How to spend a week in Cusco
Even a month is not enough time to visit all the stunning places in Peru. From Iquitos in the Amazonas, to the white city of Arequipa and the Cordillera Blanca and its astonishing high mountain peaks in Huaraz, this amazing country offers many picturesque corners. Definitely worth a visit is the beautiful colonial city of Cusco which is full of Incan history and furthermore it is the perfect starting point for your tour to Machu Picchu. We guarantee you that a week is by far not enough to explore the region. Find below our selection of our favourite Cusco Tours that you can add to your Peru Travel Package. At Andina Travel we understand that not every passenger has the same needs and wishes, therefore we categorized the trip itineraries according to different travel profiles:
You came to Peru to experience the rich customs and traditions, culture and history of the country? The following Cusco tours might be exactly what you’re looking for: Start your visit to Cusco with spending the first night in Raqchi, a small Andean village about two hours South of Cusco where you’ll be warmly welcomed by the most accommodating Peruvian ladies. Visit the pottery market, learn more about the daily life in the Andean Highlands, dress up in Andean clothing and enjoy a delicious typical meal cooked by your hosts. Next morning visit the arqueological site in Raqchi and on the way back you can do a tour of the Valle Sur which includes visiting the beautiful church in Andahuaylillas, also called the Sistine Chapel of South America, and the arqueological centres in Tipon and Pikillaqta. On Day 3 you’ll have a free day in Cusco to either relax and discover the city on your own or to take part in a city tour where your guide will lead you to the most important monuments of Cusco and you’ll learn more about the city’s past. On Day 4 we’ll take you to the Sacred Valley of the Incas to explore the ruins of Saqsayhuaman, Pisac and Ollantaytambo where you’ll stay overnight. Next morning of your Peru Travel Package you’ll start your Short Inca Trail Hike to the famous citadel Machu Picchu.
Cusco has a lot to offer for adventure travellers, whether it is wilderness trekking, ziplining, rafting or Paragliding in the Sacred Valley, thrill seekers will have a good time in Cusco. We´d recommend you to start your Cusco trip with a rafting tour in Chuquicahuana in the South of Cusco. This rafting section is waiting with class II-III rapids for you. Spending three nights in the Andean Highlands without seeing another soul and far away from civilisation sounds tempting to you? Join the Quillatambo trek, our own route that leads through the majestic Andean Highlands and is characterised by its absence of other tourists, in short, this trek is a real adventure. After you hike you can also choose to visit Machu Picchu as part of your Peru Travel Package.
Exploring Peru with the kids? Cusco is the perfect destination for a family holiday. Upon your arrival in Cusco head straight to the Manu National Park where you can go on animal hunt and spot birds, alligators and monkeys. During your time in the city of Cusco you can explore its Incan history and culture and participate in a chocolate making workshop, an entertaining experience for both children and adults https://nygoodhealth.com alike. And your Peru Travel Package wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the world-famous citadel Machu Picchu, therefore add a one-day tour by train to your Cusco Tours. At the citadel you can explore the ancient ruins with your kids and your guide will teach you more about the history of this magnificent place.
Travelling America on a shoestring? No worries, Peru is one of the best destinations in Latin America to travel on a budget and also in Cusco you can add many inexpensive tours to your Peru Travel Package. After staying in the city for two days and exploring its surroundings, we’d recommend you to join the following Cusco Tours: The Salkantay Trek and the Rainbow Mountain. These Cusco Tours have daily group departures at affordable prices. The Salkantay Trek is the most popular trek after the Inca Trail in the Cusco area and is spectacular because you’ll experience various microclimates, from the Andean Highland climate at the Salkantay pass to the Cloud forest the closer you get to Machu Picchu, within a short amount of time. On your last day in the region you can either visit the instagrammable Rainbow Mountain, one of the most stunning natural wonders of Peru.
There are many must-sees in Cusco and it is possible to visit the most important attractions within a week. Upon your arrival in Cusco in the morning of Day 1 you’ll be transported to your hotel and can participate in a city tour in the afternoon where you’ll visit the most-important monuments in the Cusco area. The next day we would recommend you to add a Sacred Valley Tour to your Peru Travel Package which involves visiting the archaeological sites in Pisac and Ollantaytambo. After an overnight stay in this town you’ll start your Classis Inca Trail where you’ll follow the footsteps of ancient populations for four days to the world-famous lost city of the Incas Machu Picchu. At your last day in Cusco profit by visiting the Rainbow Mountain, also known under the original Quechua name: Vinicunca.
Off-the-beaten track travel
You want to skip the crowds at your Cusco Tours? No worries, this region doesn’t only have Machu Picchu and the Rainbow Mountain to offer but there are many, lesser known, unconventional attractions to discover. Head to Palccoyo instead of the Rainbow Mountain where you’ll see five Rainbow-coloured smaller hills instead of one big one. Many people consider this hike even as more beautiful than the classic Rainbow Mountain tour thanks to its tranquillity and absence of people. Furthermore, it is less physical strenuous since Palccoyo is located at a lower altitude and therefore it is suitable as an acclimatisation hike before starting one of your treks in the region. Already heard of Choquequirao, an archaeological site similar and even bigger than Machu Picchu but only reachable via a four- or five-day trek which is supposed to be the most strenuous in the area. However, if you’d like to enjoy the ruins without the crowds you need to visit Choquequirao within the next year since the government is planning on building a cable car to transport more people to this magnificent archaeological site. So head there before it becomes the next Machu Picchu!
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