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Top 5 Tours of the most requested excursions in Cusco

Top 5 Tours of the most requested excursions in Cusco

Top 5 Tours

Travelers from all over the world have been looking at Cusco and its wonders for the last 10 years; it is not a rating based on what is better or worse.

They are exciting routes through the most beautiful landscapes of Peru, where the destination is no less exciting, they are challenges with rewards for every effort. The photos will be the best we can find on social networks and we will gain experience to travel around the world.

Classic trekking on the Inca Trail

The impressive route of the classic Inca Trail, known and most demanded around the world, takes us through the millenary trekking route to Machu Picchu; The most sought after in Cusco. The route is four days and three nights, we pass through the Cusco jungle while knowing the archaeological sites of the Inca culture, and at night we will live in camps under an impressive starry sky.

Route description

Day 1: Cusco – Waila Pampa (13 km)

The Inca Trail starts at kilometer 82 of the railway to Machu Picchu (2 hours 30 minutes by bus from Cusco). Then the ascent to the Cusichaca Valley will begin. Visitors will pass by the ruins of Llactapata (2,840 m) until reaching the village of Huayllabamba (3,057 m).

Day 2: Wailampa – Pacasmayo (11 km)

The second day is the hardest due to its physical demands. Tourists will climb the Warmiwañuska (“Passage of the Dead Woman”). This is the highest point of the trail (4,215 ml). From this point you can see the archaeological site of Runkurakay (3760 m.a.s.l.).

Day 3:Pacasmayo- Wiñay Wayna (16 km)

On the third day, the descent will quickly head down to the valley of the Pacaimayo River. The steep slope is about 1600 m up to the site of Sayacmarca (3625 m above sea level). Here the view is unusual. Day 4: Wenai Huayna – Machu Picchu (3 km)

The last day hides some of the best Inca specimens: Phuyupatamarka, Wiñaywayna. As you move away from these ruins, you will begin to descend gradually, which will eventually become more difficult. Finally you will arrive at Intipunku or Puerta del Sol. From there, you will walk another 30 minutes to the lost Inca city, Machu Picchu.

A short walk along the Inca Trail

One of the alternatives to go to Machupicchu is “Short” mode, a two-day and one-night hike that allowed us to experience the ancient route to Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate. It is an accessible experience for all travelers looking for adventure in Cusco, and in a short time an amazing summary of what it means to do one of the most sought after treks in the world.

Since this is the only trail enabled, it is recommended to book your ticket at least three months in advance.

Travel from Salkantay to Machu Picchu

An alternative route to Machu Picchu, known as the Salkantay Trek, is a five-day, four-night trek that explores the best of Cusco through snow-capped mountains, forests, communities and an archaeological complex.

This is a tour for travelers who want to experience nature tourism by finding the best photos of unique and different places from everything people know about Cusco, panoramic photos from one of the most striking snow-capped mountains in Peru or in one of the most spectacular turquoise lakes in Humantai. A five-day trip full of adrenaline that tests our physical endurance because it is not an accessible trip; you will have to prepare yourself for two of the greatest challenges in Peru: conquering snowy peaks and reaching Machu Picchu.

Salkantay has been named one of the 25 best trekking routes in the world by National Geographic magazine.

Hiking in Choquequirao

Another unusual but stunning destination like Machu Picchu is the Choquequirao Archaeological Complex, which offers great altitude and a less visited site.

Choquequirao represents a major breakthrough in the culture of the Inca Empire and is a great stop for those seeking adventure, it is a small route of discovery from which we will take a great photo of Choquequirao. It takes four days and three nights through the jungle and the Apurimac Valley to reach the mysterious Choquequirao, a place with so much magic to discover, only 30% of the site has been discovered.

Trek to Urquillos and Machu Picchu

Alternative route to Machu Picchu while walking and learning more about the communities of the Sacred Valley, the Cusco nature and the local gastronomy: Urquillos Trek. It is two days and one night where we will learn more about Chinchero and Ollantaytambo, take pictures at the waterfall while enjoying the food invited by the guides.

This is an accessible trip for anyone who wants to get to Machu Picchu taking a different route and taking the best pictures that Cusco can give us.

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