Best of Cusco 10 Day Trekking Tour

Get active with our 10 day trekking and adventure tour!

Taking you through the most beautiful parts of Southern Peru, this tour gives you the opportunity to have a very active holiday while learning more about the history, culture and nature of this amazing country! Discover the best the Cusco region has to offer, from the popular attractions that will dazzle you to the lesser-known gems often only experienced by the locals! You will also get to experience the amazing food that is so embedded in the Peruvian culture.

Minimum number of participants: 2

Tour Itinerary

  • Day 1: ARRIVAL TO CUSCO

    This day is meant to give you time to acclimatize to the altitude of the region. At 11155 ft (3400 m) above sea level, it´s essential that everyone has some time to get used to the change in atmosphere before we set off for the adventure.

    Depending on your arrival time, we will organize a relaxed day of sight-seeing in the city that includes a visit to the ruins of Saqsaywaman, the Koricancha museum, and possibly a cooking class! Here you will learn how to prepare some typical Peruvian dishes and the most important Peruvian beverage, Pisco Sour.

    Max Altitude: 11155 ft (3400 m) above sea level
    Overnight stay in Cusco

  • Day 2: OLLANTAYTAMBO RUINS AND PATACHANCHA VALLEY

    The Sacred Valley of the Incas, also known as the Urubamba Valley is a unique valley in the Cusco region. It offers not only stunning landscapes, but Peruvians believe the area holds a special energy. It is here, in one of the most fascinating areas the Cusco region has to explore, that we find the some of the most important remains of the Inca Empire. Although the whole valley is beautiful, for this part of the tour we have chosen to explore two of the most fascinating towns in Peru, Pisac and Ollantaytambo.

    Day 2 of our tour starts at 6:30 am, at which time we travel to Ollantaytambo by private transport. Upon arrival, we will visit the town´s Inca ruins by way of a 1 hour long hike. We then continue our journey to the Pattacancha Valley! This valley is famous for its production of textiles using traditional, local methods. Here we have the chance to meet local artisans and learn more about the craftsmanship and artwork of this region. Next, we will travel by car to the Puma Marka ruins from where we will hike back down to Ollantaytambo, taking us roughly 3 hours to arrive there at around 6:00 pm.

    Max Altitude: 12140 ft (3700 m) above sea level 
    Overnight stay in Ollantaytambo

  • Day 3: INCA JUNGLE TOUR

    This part of the tour is where we really get some great opportunities for adventure in the Peruvian Andes! During our time in the Inca Jungle, you will experience a myriad of different activities, landscapes and adrenaline-inducing situations to suit your tastes (and nerve). In this jungle, real adventure awaits!

    The biking tour begins at an altitude of 14173 ft (4320 m) from where we will mountain bike down to the high jungle at an altitude of 3940 ft (1200 m) above sea level. After that you will have a chance to test your water skills in an optional rafting adventure before completing the day with a gorgeous hike to a rustic jungle lodge where we will spend the night.

    Max Altitude: 14173 ft (4320 m) above sea level 
    Overnight stay in Santa Maria

  • Day 4: INCA JUNGLE TOUR

    On this day, we will follow a trail that is part of the ancient Inca pathway system, Qhapaq Ñan. Hiking on history, we will eventually reach the small town of Santa Teresa where a relaxing soak in thermal hot springs will welcome us, soothing away our fatigue from the day!

    Max Altitude:
    Overnight stay in Santa Teresa

  • Day 5: INCA JUNGLE TOUR

    On the third day of the Inca Jungle Tour, we can give our legs a short break by going for an optional zip-lining adventure before continuing our 2-2.5 hour long trek to Aguas Calientes – also known as Machu Picchu Pueblo.

    Max Altitude: 8202 ft (2500 m) above sea level 
    Overnight stay in Aguas Calientes

  • Day 6: MACHU PICCHU

    Finally, on the sixth day of our adventure in the Inca Jungle, you are presented with the opportunity to explore one of the New 7 Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu. Surrounded by mountains and jungle, you will have a chance to enjoy this incredible place from the early morning until 5:00 pm (closing time).

    You will start the tour to Machu Picchu from Aguas Calientes where you will take an early morning bus to the site´s entrance (with this option, an additional fee for the bus ticket is required) or you will walk there (around a 1-1.5 hour trek).

    In the ruins you will have a 2 hour guided tour, giving you an overview of the history and culture of the Inca Empire, as well as the spiritual, political and educational importance of Machu Picchu. After the tour you will have time to explore the site on your own until about 5:00 pm (you also have the option to leave earlier if you wish). Inside the ruins there are multiple options available to you. You can hike one of the two small peaks, Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, you can even walk to the Sun Gate (Inti Punku) and/or Inca bridge.

    After visiting the ruins, you will make your own way back to Aguas Calientes via bus (with this option, an additional fee for the bus ticket is required) or on foot (around a 1 – 1.5 hour trek), from where you will take a train to Ollantaytambo. In Ollantaytambo, our bus will be waiting to transfer you back to Cusco, where you will arrive at around 10:30 pm.

    Max Altitude: 10334 ft (3150 m) above sea level 
    Overnight stay in Ollantaytambo

  • Day 7: SACRED VALLEY, PISAC, MORAY AND SALINERAS DE MARAS

    Rested and recovered from the Jungle section of the tour, this morning we will head by car to another town in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Pisac, where we will have the chance to wander the town´s quaint streets and explore its Inca ruins (hiking around for up to 3 hours).

    Pisac is also home to a small zoo that includes jungle birds, llamas, alpacas, vicunas and condors! At around 6:00pm we will arrive back in Cusco, leaving you plenty of time to enjoy the city´s food scene and nightlife.

    During this day you will also visit two other unique spots: an archaeological site in Moray and a salt mine in Salineras de Maras.

    We will be arriving back in Cusco around 4:00 – 5:00 pm.

    Max Altitude: 12417 ft (3785 m) above sea level
    Overnight stay in Cusco

  • Day 8: AUSANGATE 7 LAKES

    This part of the tour is where we really see the true beauty of Andean landscapes. As we reach heights of almost 16400 ft (5000 m) you will pass through small villages perched high in the mountains, learn about the cultivation of llamas and alpacas, and hopefully encounter herds of these famous Peruvian animals along the way.

    Our tour beings at 5:00 am. After approx. 4 hours of driving, we will arrive at the trailhead and at around 9:30 am we will start the hike. Our base camp in Q´ampa is at 15910 ft (4850 m) above sea level! We will reach it at around 5:00 pm.

    If you would like to complete part or all of the trek by horseback then please let us know at the time of your booking.

    Max Altitude: 15910 ft (4850 m) above sea level
    Overnight stay in the tent

  • Day 9: AUSANGATE 7 LAKES

    After breakfast at around 9:00 am, we will start the second part of the trek, which will take 4-5 hours. The trail during this day is easy, there is only one 20 minute long uphill hike.

    At the end of our trip you will be rewarded with a warm bath in the local hot springs with fantastic views of Ausangate´s summit, the fifth highest peak in Peru. After lunch, at around 4:30 pm we will leave the Ausangate area and you will be taken by private car to Cusco.

    We will arrive back in Cusco around 9:00 pm.

    Max Altitude: 15910 ft (4850 m) above sea level
    Overnight stay in Cusco

  • Day 10: CUSCO

    Day of leisure in Cusco.

    Depending on your departure time from Cusco you may have time to visit more of the city´s sites, browse the artesian markets or even stop for a very traditional lunch at the Mercado San Pedro!

    Your tour “Best of Cusco 10 Day Trekking Tour” will end in Cusco. If you would like to stay in the Cusco region or in any other part of Peru longer and explore more, feel free to contact us. We are happy to modify our tours so that they meet your tastes and expectations. 

TERMS & CONDITIONS

GROUPS

Our tours are customized for small groups starting from a minimum of 2 persons, unless it is specified otherwise in the description of the tour.   

We can provide a tour guide in these languages: English, Spanish, French, German, Polish, etc. as required.

All our tours are aimed for people in good physical and mental condition. Some tours require better physical condition than others, please check the tour details. Before booking the tour you are obligated to mention any health problems, including allergies, you have had in the past.

TRANSPORTATION

All road transportation within Peru is included in our tours. Both the “Standard” and “Premium” price of the tour includes private transfers by car (depending on the amount of participants in your group, the size of the car will differ) and in some cases by bus and/or by train. In the case of the tours to the ruins Machu Picchu there is a public, touristic train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes and from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo; and a public, touristic bus from Aguas Calientes to the ruins of Machu Picchu.

International flights are not included. Depending on the tour you choose, some domestic flights may be included if specified. Always, before booking your tour please carefully check and review the chosen tour’s page with the “Included” or “Not Included” lists located near the bottom of the page.

If you would prefer to travel by public transportation and decrease the cost of your tour we are able to accommodate this in the case of private group. Please before booking,  ask for this option.

ACCOMMODATION

The price of the “Standard” tour includes accommodation of double rooms in hostels, except in some parts of certain tours where you will be provided with a homestay.

NOTEhostels are not hotels.

The price of the “Premium” tour includes accommodations of double rooms in 3* hotels, except in some parts of certain tours where you will be provided with a homestay.

NOTE3hotels in Peru are likely to be more basic than the equivalent of European or North American standards.

Homestays are very basic and usually will not provide a suite bathrooms or hot water. Hostels in some trails/parts of the tours are very basic; however, most include private bathrooms, but with no hot water.

We are able to provide single rooms and a higher standard of hotel for an extra fee – please let us know if this is your preference at the time of your booking. Where an itinerary states that you will be staying in a ´basic hostel´or ´homestay´ it is unlikely that there are other accommodation options. If you would prefer not to stay in these places then we can adjust the tour accordingly, but this will mean missing out on that particular location. Similarly, we are able to provide accommodation exclusively in hostels and homestays, which will result in a decrease of the tour fee and will provide you with deeper, local experiences. Please advise us of any desired changes as soon as possible before booking.

MEALS

Breakfasts are generally included in the accommodation. Unless otherwise specified in the tour itinerary, lunch and dinner are not included in the tour price.

PRICES

Our prices are “all inclusive” as much as possible. Nevertheless, some excursions, visits or activities cannot be included in order to adapt and accommodate appropriately to each traveler.

Please read carefully the “Included” and “Not Included” information located near the bottom of each tour page, and consult the ´Itinerary´ tab for information about optional/non-included excursions.

The prices of our tours may vary during the high tourist season (April to November) when some rates can increase.

MACHU PICCHU

For Machu Picchu, there is a discount of USD $20 for students who send us a scanned copy of their Student University card via email during the booking process and who then bring their original, valid Student University card with them for the trip (without a valid Student University card, you would not only lose the discount, but also the possibility to explore the ruins since you would not get permission for entrance). Peruvian citizens have to indicate DNI number during booking process and bring valid DNI for the tour to receive the discount of USD $20. Peruvian students have to send a scan of their student card during the booking process and bring a valid document with them for the tour. In both of the above-mentioned situations, if you do not show the valid document(s) at the entrance to Machu Picchu, you will not be granted entrance and will not have the chance to explore the ruins .

BOLETO TURISTICO

In all of our tours that take more than 2 days, a Boleto Turistico is included. It is a special kind of the ticket that provides access to a number of attractions in the Cusco Region including the ruins at Pisac, Chinchero, Moray and Ollantaytambo as well as certain sites within Cusco city. The Boleto Turistico is valid for 10 days.

RESERVATIONS & PAYMENT

To book any tour, first we need to confirm its availability for your specific date. Then we need to receive an advance reservation payment (65% of the total price) according to the current price of the tour. We will also need to have your full details including your full name (including surname), passport number, nationality and date of birth (no errors). If there are any errors in the above mentioned details the company is not responsible for any invalid tickets due to misinformation from the participant. This information is necessary to book the appropriate entrance tickets on your behalf and if there are any errors with the information you provide, the tickets are invalid. In order to reserve tours we need a copy of each participant’s passport valid for at least 6 months after the planned travel date. Please note that your reservation is not confirmed until we receive these elements.

We require clients to pay the remainder of the fee one day before the start of the tour.

CANCELLATION POLICY

From the date of reservation payment (65% of the total price) until 29 days before the tour begins: Cancellation fee of 30% of the paid amount.

From 28 days before the tour begins until 15 days before the tour begins: Cancellation fee of 50 % of the paid amount.

From 14 days before the tour begins or in the case of a no-show: Cancellation fee of 100% of the paid amount.

Cancellations are deemed to be executed when a written email cancellation confirmation from the client to the agency is received. Cancellation deadlines and fees may vary depending on group size, route and dates.

Any additional charges incurred (including, among others, bank transfers of payment) will be covered by the client and will be discounted from the reservation payment.

VACCINATIONS & INSURANCE

Before traveling, you should always check current information about required vaccines and contact your doctor that is specialized in this field. We recommend you to take the vaccine against yellow fever at least one week before your travel, especially if you are planning to visit the Peruvian jungle.

Please note that to participate in any of our tours you have to have valid travel insurance, which can sometimes require insurance from high risk and adventure activities if you are going to do them. Please check the regulations and exclusions of your insurance company, especially if you are planning on trekking in the high mountains or doing adventure sports. Travel insurance is not included in the price of our tours.

LIMITED RESPOSIBILITY & FORCE MAJEURE

FORCE MAJEURE is any event that DASPE TRAVEL E.I.R.L. could not, even with all due care, foresee or avoid or predict. This includes among others events such as weather conditions, physical condition of the participants or their behaviors like: drinking alcohol, taking forbidden substances, and other unpredictable situations, including: loss, theft, injury, accidents, strikes, protests, any flight/train/buses delays or cancellations, any flight/buses/train problems, political disputes, war or threat, riot, civil strife, terrorist activity, industrial dispute, disease, disaster or adverse weather conditions, fire or all similar events beyond our control. In all of these cases of FORCE MAJEURE, DASPE TRAVEL E.I.R.L. will not accept any liability or responsibility and reserves the right to change, postpone or even cancel, even in the last moment, any part of the tour or the whole tour package. In these kind of situations, DASPE TRAVEL E.I.R.L. is not liable or responsible for additional expenses that the client may incur. In all these cases there are no refunds.

In the case of any FORCE MAJEURE, it may be necessary to leave a day or even 2 days earlier than scheduled so that we are able to comply with other services. In this case, an increment will be charged to cover costs incurred.

RISKS

By booking any of our adventure trips (Inka Trail to Machu Picchu, Salkantay, Ausangate, Inka Jungle, Choquekirao, Lares, Vilcabamba trek, Santa Cruz trek, etc.) you assume and accept the risks associated with them. For these risks and any of their associated damages incurred by the client DASPE TRAVEL E.I.R.L. will not accept any liability or responsibility. In all these cases there are no refunds.

ACCLIMATIZATION TO HIGH ALTITUDE

For all of our adventure tours in Arequipa, Cusco or Puno region (biking, trekking, climbing or similar) we strongly suggest staying at high altitude (above 9840 feet / 3000 meters – in Cusco or another high altitude city/place) for at least 3 to 4 days before undertaking the trip. This is in order to minimize the effects of possible altitude sickness. Also, you can help your body acclimatize by drinking plenty of liquids, adding a bit more sugar to your drinks, eating food rich in carbohydrates, avoiding cigarettes / alcohol and drinking muña and coca (ancient traditional leaf) tea. Please before coming to the places with high altitude, ask your doctor about this topic and all possible medicine/medication you can take in the case of any problems caused by high altitude.

CHECK SOME IMPORTANT POINTS

Avoid unforeseen complications by arriving at the tour departure location at least one day before the beginning of the tour. Check requirements about passports and visas for entering Peru in advance.

WHAT TO BRING

Here you will find some recommendations for what kinds of items you may need on the tour:

  • A lightweight water & windproof jacket with hood
  • Sandals or thongs/ flip flops
  • Wide-brimmed hat or cap
  • Sunglasses
  • Lip balm, sun block with high UV factor
  • Antibacterial hand cleansing gel
  • Wet wipes
  • Toilet paper
  • Travel plug adaptor with a USB port
  • Camera
  • Personal medication, if required
  • Insect repellent
  • Small backpack for day trips
  • Warm jacket and pullover
  • Gloves, hat and scarf
  • Comfortable trekking trousers
  • Flash light
  • Original and copy of your passport

Pricing Packs

Standard

Double bed, Breakfast
$ 2450
  • Hostels
  • 24/7 Customer Support
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Premium

Double bed, Meals, Transfer
$ 2750
  • 3 Stars Hotels
  • 24/7 Customer Support
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  • INCLUDED
  • English/Spanish speaking tour guide
  • Accommodation: 9 nights
  • 9 x breakfast, 2 x lunch, 1 x dinner
  • Transport and transfers (both public and private)
  • Entrance ticket to Ausangate Park
  • Entrance ticket to hot springs in Santa Teresa
  • Camping Equipment (Tent and sleeping mat)
  • Horse and porter for treks
  • Rafting, Zip Line tour during Inka Jungle Tour
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu
  • Entrance ticket to the Inca ruins in Ollantaytambo
  • Entrance ticket to the Inca ruins in Pisac
  • Entrance ticket to the Inca ruins in Moray
  • Entrance ticket to Salt mine in Salineras
  • Train ticket Ollantaytambo-Aguas Calientes (one way)
  • NOT INCLUDED
  • Lunch & Dinner (unless specified in itinerary)
  • Travel insurance (Obligatory)
  • Tips
  • Sleeping bag and extra camping equipment
  • Bus ticket Aguas Calientes-Machu Picchu ruins
  • Entrance ticket to additional mountain in the ruins of Machu Picchu: Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain

Before booking any tour we require all clients to carefully consult both the Itinerary and Terms tabs above.

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