Cusco Day Tours

 

Cusco Day Tours

There are plenty of things to do around Cusco but the 3 most popular tours are:

  1. The Cusco City tour (half day)
  2. The Sacred Valley Tour (full day)
  3. A tour by train to Machu Picchu, usually for just 1 day but even better if you have the time to spread the tour over 2 days with an overnight in Aguas Calientes.

There are loads of travel agencies around the main Plaza de Armas selling these tours. The City Tour and the Sacred Valley tour are easy to booking just one day in advance, the City Tour can usually be booked in the morning and you can start the tour after lunch. Unless you specifically book a private tour you will usually just be grouped together with other visitors on a bus (can be up to 30 people in a group). When making a booking always ask what the maximum group size is, does the guide speak good English (or the language that you require), what time and where will you be picked up and get it all in writing with a receipt. Prices vary depending on the maximum size of the group and quality of guide. My personal experience of these tours is that the guides are usually just satisfactory but the tours are usually cheap and taking a tour is much more convenient than arranging the transport yourself especially if you are on limited time. Entrance fees are not usually included so its standard to have to buy your own Cusco Tourist Ticket (Boleto Turistico) and still have to pay an additional fee for entry to the Cathedral and the Qoricancha. Day tours to Machu Picchu can often be bought a couple of days ahead of time but during the high season entrance tickets to Machu Picchu can sell out several days in advance and it can also be difficult getting the cheaper priced train tickets or sometimes any train tickets at all. My recommendation would be to book your tour to Machu Picchu at least a few weeks in advance or as soon as you have booked your flights. Why risk waiting until you arrive in Cusco?

Cusco City Tour (half day)

Departures: Monday - Saturday 1:30pm until around 6:30pm

Typical Group Service Price: US$15 per person

Typical Private Service Price: 2 people US$70 per person, 3 people US$60 per person, 4 people US$45 per person

Group Size: (depends on the company but up to 20 people in a group is manageable, some groups as large as 30)

When to book: one day in advance is fine

Places visited:

Includes:

  • Transport by private bus
  • English-speaking guide

Does not include:

  • Entrance fees: Cusco Tourist Ticket is 130 soles, Cathedral 25 soles & Koricancha 10 soles

Sacred Valley Tour (full day)

Departures: Everyday 8:30am until around 6:30pm

Typical Group Service Price: US$25 per person

Typical Private Service Price: 2 people US$95 per person, 3-4 people US$75 per person, 5-9 people US$50 per person, 10 people US$30 per person

Group Size: (depends on the company but up to 20 people in a group is manageable, some groups as large as 30)

When to book: one day in advance is fine

Places visited:

  • Pisac Market 25 minutes
  • Pisac Ruins (entrance with Cusco Tourist Ticket) 90 minutes [not many companies stop at Pisac ruins due to time limitations preferring to spend more time at the market and other locations]
  • Urubamba for lunch 45 minutes
  • Ollantaytambo Ruins (entrance with Cusco Tourist Ticket) 60 minutes
  • Chinchero (entrance with Cusco Tourist Ticket) 30 minutes

Includes:

  • Transport by private bus
  • English-speaking guide

Does not include:

  • Entrance fees: Cusco Tourist Ticket is 130 soles
  • Lunch at Urubamba. Most companies stop at a designated restaurant with buffet lunch and gardens, typical price 25-35 soles per person

Maras & Moray Tour (half day)

Departures: Everyday 9am until around 2pm

Typical Group Service Price: US$25 per person

Typical Private Service Price: 2 people US$85 per person, 3 people US$65 per person, 4 people US$55 per person

Group Size: (depends on the company but up to 20 people in a group is manageable, some groups as large as 30)

When to book: one day in advance is fine

Places visited:

Includes:

  • Transport by private bus
  • English-speaking guide

Does not include:

  • Entrance fees: Cusco Tourist Ticket is 130 soles, Salineras 10 soles

Machu Picchu Day Tour (full day)

 

Rainbow Mountain (full day)

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