To go to Machu Picchu is a dream of all travelers that come to Cusco for vacation. There are many options that exist to experience the jewel of the Incan empire. You can go through the Sacred Valley, do adventure sports on the way, or trek through the snowy Salkantay, touri the Lares valley, do the traditional Inca Trail, or visit coffee fields in the jungle of the Cusco region.
We will tell you how much a tour is worth, the options you have, and the time each of these options take. With these references you can choose the best way to get to Machu Picchu according to what you desire of your experience.
Keep in mind that all tours involve various types of tourism; from adventure and ecotourism, to cuisine exploration, historical-cultural immersion, and sports. It is guaranteed you will have an experience that you will never forget.
Prices for Tours to Machu Picchu
All tours depart from the city of Cusco although they take different routes and offer different alternatives according to the experience that the traveler wishes to have. Here, the list of options to Machu Picchu.
- Lares to Machu Picchu: 470 dollars.
- Cusco to Machu Picchu in 4 days: 720 dollars.
- Inka Jungle Premium: 360 dollars.
- Coffee Jungle Premium: 640 dollars.
- Tour Cusco 7×7: 780 dollars.
- The Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu: 400 dollars.
- Sonqo Jungle: 850 dollars.
- Inka Jungle Backpacker: 300 dollars.
- Salkantay: 380 dollars.
- Salkantay + thermal baths: 400 dollars.
- Inca Trail: 550 dollars.
Lares and Machu Picchu
This is a circuit that connects you with the history, people and the culture of this region. The tour is an experience designed for those who are passionate about long walks but also want a deeper connection with the native communities of the Lares Valley. This tour is a wonderful cultural experience and an opportunity to discover beautiful landscapes.
In the Cusco region there are many excellent trekking routes, such as those proposed in this tour. In this case you have the option of making a train connection via Ollantaytambo to the famous Inca ruins of Machu Picchu. During the 4 days that the tour lasts, it will cross very high areas of the Andean region until it reaches the jungle of Cusco on the way to Machu Picchu.
All of the information you need is here: lares y machu picchu
Cusco and Machu Picchu in 4 days
The Cusco and Machu Picchu tour is 4 days and 3 nights of dynamic and adrenaline filled adventures. You will not onlcy experience Machu Picchu at the end of the trip, but also many other tourist attractions. The tour starts with the city of Cusco and its main tourist sites: from the Temple of the Sun “Qorikancha” and the Cathedral to Sacsayhuamán, Qenqo, Tambomachay and Pukapukara, among other places.
In the following days you will visit the salt mines of Maras, the agricultural laboratory of Moray, the villages of the Sacred Valley (Ollantaytambo and Pisac) to finally go to Machu Picchu. It is a highly recommended adventure if you do not have much time and want to see many attractions besides Machu Picchu.
If you desire more details about this trip and the itinerary: Cusco y Machu Picchu en 4 días
Inka Jungle Premium
The Inka Jungle tour is a circuit that combines adventure sports like mountain biking, rafting, ziplining, andhikes during the 4 days before arriving at Machu Picchu. Optionally you can also buy your ticket to enter one of the additional mountains “Montaña Vieja” or “Huayna Picchu” within the archaeological complex of Machu Picchu.
The Inka Jungle premium tour is a more personalized service since this tour is done in small groups (6 people on average). Similarly, this tour has many improvements in services since it offers excellent transportation, accommodation, food and guides, among other things.
This tour is highly recommended for those traveling as a couple, families and groups of friends who prefer privacy and a more comfortable service when making an adventure trip. It might seem that this tour requires certain physical skills but do not worry, it can be done by people of any age without complications.
If you want to learn more, or book a premium tour follow this link: tour Inka Jungle
Coffee Jungle Premium
This adventure will take you to the Peruvian high jungle (at 1,200 meters above sea level) to marvel at nature, the flavors and the colors that exist in this area of Cusco.
Although there are many ways to get to Machu Picchu, the Coffee Jungle Tour will give you the opportunity to live a different experience from many others, as you will get to this iconic destination by appreciating beautiful landscapes while doing adventure tourism activities such as hiking and canoeing. The most salient point of this tour is the option of experiencing a coffee plantation. You will learn everything you need about the cultivation and production process of this flagship food of Peru. You will even spend a night at the coffee plantation.
The tour includes a full day to discover the most spectacular attractions near Cusco as we move towards Machu Picchu. You can enjoy this tour in just 4 days!
The tour has certain similarities with the Inka Jungle Tour but there are fundamental differences such as: instead of a bicycle and zip line excursion, we offer you a 4-hour coffee tour, during which you will learn everything about the production process of this plant. You will even have the opportunity to make your own infusion! This tour is ideal for families, groups of friends and those looking for travel alternatives. It is an accessible route that includes some difficult walks during the day (around 6 hours in total).
Note: The tour includes lodging at the coffee plantation (one night), which gives you the opportunity to experience what life is like in the high jungle of Cusco. The conditions of these lodgings are basic, although sufficiently comfortable for a good nights rest.
More information in the next link: coffee jungle premium
Tour Cusco 7×7
The Cusco 7 x 7 tour is a group service that lasts a week and is the ideal option for those travelers who do not have much time in the city and wish to visit the main 7 tourist attractions of the ancient Incan Empire.
This tour allows you to combine history, archeology, agriculture, cuisine, nature and adventure sports. During this tour of 7 days and 6 nights you will be able to see the most important tourist attractions.
Within the city of Cusco you will visit: Temple of the Sun “Qorikancha”, the Cathedral, Sacsayhuamán, Qenqo, Tambomachay and Pukapukara.
In the Sacred Valley you will go to: Chinchero, Maras, Moray, Písac and Ollantaytambo.
Later in the tour there are characteristics of an Inka Jungle Premium. In this sense, in 4 days you can do adventure sports such as trekking, mountain biking, rafting and zip line, among other activities on the way to the archaeological complex of Machu Picchu. During these days beautiful Andean landscapes and high jungles are crossed. You will see coffee plantations, coca, bananas, and other fruits of the area.
In the following link more information and the possibility of hiring the tour: tour Cusco 7 x 7
Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu
The Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu tour is a 2-day service that begins in Cusco and continues to the tour of ancient villages through the Urubamba Valley to reach the famous archaeological site of Machu Picchu.
The Sacred Valley of the Incas is located at an altitude of 2,800 meters above sea level and combines the charm of beautiful landscapes full of picturesque villages and imposing Inca archaeological complexes. In the valley the climate is very pleasant, which is why the valleys always look fertile and allow the cultivation of, for example, the giant white corn (unique in the world) among other fruits and plants typical of the tropical lowlands.
The citadel of Machu Picchu (Old Mountain in Quechua), is located 112 kilometers northwest of Cusco. The archaeological site is surrounded by a humid forest in the high jungle of this region and is crossed by the Urubamba River. The concept of the tour is to arrive at this location on the first day during the nighttime, so in the second day you can fully enjoy this incredible attraction, one of the most famous in the world.
All the information you need about the travel itinerary here: tour Valle Sagrado y Machu Picchu
The Sonqo Jungle is a 7-day private tour that allows you to visit Cusco with comfortable services and without you having to worry about accommodation, food, transportation, or tickets, among other things.
This circuit allows you to enjoy a complete city tour (on the first day), as well as appreciate the calm and beauty of the Sacred Valley (second day), which includes accommodation in Ollantaytambo. Later you will make the continue to experience the Inka Jungle tour in the Premium version (third to sixth day) until arriving at Machu Picchu as the final destination. The seventh day will be to rest and return before farewells.
Among the places you will visit are the Temple of the Sun “Qorikancha”, the Cathedral, Sacsayhuamán, Qenqo, Tambomachay and Pukapukara. But there are also Chinchero, Maras, Moray, Písac and Ollantaytambo.
The tour includes the transfer service from your hotel to the airport or bus terminal. More info at: Sonqo Jungle
Inka Jungle Backpacker
This tour is ideal for travelers who want to practice sports in nature and at the same time have access to historical and archaeological sites. The Inka Jungle is an expedition that combines the practice of adventure sports such as biking, canoeing, zip-line (above the canopy) and trekking for 4 days to Machu Picchu.
This tour is the economic version of the Premium tour and is commonly chosen by young people from all over the world who come to Cusco in search of adventure and good memories. This package has daily departures usually in groups of 12 people on average.
This tour is proposed as an alternative to the famous “Inca Trail” tour but with the same final destination: Machu Picchu. The excursion allows you to discover the varied fauna and colorful flora of this region; contemplate incredible landscapes and climates; and learn about coffee, coca, corn and fruit crops, among other plantations we will see along the way. The accommodation is carried out in lodging houses and the dining in local restaurants, to support the primary economy of the towns where we will travel.
Intrigued? More information at: Inka Jungle Backpackers
The Salkantay Tour lasts 4 days and is known as the best choice for those who enjoy long hikes. This route reaches a height of 4,600 meters above sea level at its highest point and has a sunny climate during the day, but cold at night (0 ° C from June to September). In the season from December to March it is the rainy reason, which is why the path is only recommended for experienced hikers and experts. The service offered runs along paths where there are not too many tourists and allows you to enjoy a beautiful view of the snowy Salkantay.
The Salkantay tour is among the 25 best hiking tours in the world according to National Geographic Adventure Travel Magazine.
If you want to know more about this tour, here is a link with the tour details: tour Salkantay
Salkantay + Thermal baths
Unlike the previous one, this tour lasts 5 days and has as its final destination the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, but using a different route. This tour will travel through the Nevado Salkantay in a total distance of 73 kilometers through routes that differ from the traditional routes and includes a visit to the famous Humantay Lagoon. This hike allows you to enjoy spectacular landscapes, high Andean peaks, streams, and humid forests. You will get to rest 4 nights under a starry sky and surrounded by tropical forest plantations, among other natural attractions.
The Salkantay + hot springs tour is an authentic adventure in which you can climb and pass through one of the highest points of Peru: the Salkantay pass, and then descend through a tropical forest. During this tour you will not find many people, in comparison to other tours that are also going in the direction of Machu Picchu. It is recommended to acclimatise to the altitude first, since the walk is a little demanding in addition to being long and rugged.
All the information to hire this tour in this link: Salkantay + baños termales
The Inca Trail is the most classic tour since it follows sections of the old Inca trail in the direction of Machu Picchu. It is considered one of the best walking routes in the world. It is surrounded by fascinating natural and cultural beauty. The road meanders through different ecosystems that range from the Andean mountains to the misty forests. We will explore mysterious archaeological sites, some still covered with vegetation, that gives us the sensation of discovering them for the first time. The walk ends with an impressive view of sunrise at the entrance (Puerta del sol) of Machu Picchu.
The Inca(Inka) Trail tour requires to be booked up to 6 months in advance in high season (March-September).
If you want more information, in the following link you will find all you need: Camino Inca
Why Contract a Tour to go to Machu Picchu?
Although you can get to know the archaeological complex by taking a trip on your own, the experience of hiring a tour guarantees that you will arrive at your destination in a reasonable time and with all the comforts you can imagine. Hiring a tour is an ideal option if you have little time to enjoy the city and the region.
Live an unforgettable experience in Cusco and Machu Picchu. Just pack your suitcase, and choose which tour you want, to reach the most famous tourist attraction in the world.