Cusco City & Sacred Valley 1 Day Tours

Cusco City & Sacred Valley 1 Day Tours
We include entry tickets, train tickets and bus tickets where needed

If you enjoy organizing your own hotel reservations and want to leave your itinerary open & flexible, the following day tours & services are perfect for you. For travelers who enjoy walking vacations, we let you determine the amount of activity you desire in your itinerary as you discover the hidden treasures of Cusco and Machu Picchu in your own way.  

For independent travelers who want to enhance their trip to Peru, Adios Adventure Travel offers walking tours, day hikes, entry tickets & grand picnics in Cusco and Sacred Valley.  Choose any date then contact Adios US office regarding availability.  For visits to Machu Picchu, we can take care of both the train and the entry tickets including the ground transfers to and from the train stations. 

What you need to know about Adios Adventure Travel Tour Guides:

  • Are Licensed
  • Speak English & Spanish (& sometimes other languages)
  • Have in-depth knowledge of places to see, local customs, and insider tips that can make your trip special
  • Are your advocates in case problems arise

How to reserve any of the tours and activities listed below:

  • Call or email our US office (we have a contact page and phone number in the header. 757-270-9293)
  • Tell us the type of tours or activities you want to schedule
  • let us know the dates. We can advise regarding the most efficient way to arrange more than 1 day of activities
  • let us know the number of people in your group and their ages

Click here to see our Peru Pre-Departure Info and Packing List

Look What You Can Do in Cusco in One Day:

  • $492 pp - 1 Day Guided Express Service to Machu Picchu - starts/ends at your hotel in Cusco or Sacred Valley.  Our guide arrives in the morning to accompany you 1 hour/ 20 minutes by private vehicle to the train station in Ollantaytambo where you board Perurail for a 1.5 - 2 hour ramble through the Urubamba Valley.  Arrive in Aguas Calientes by mid-day and board the shuttle bus for the 30-minute ride to the main entry of the Machu Picchu National Park. Enjoy an afternoon guided tour. Tours last approximately 2.5-3 hours. Then return to Aguas Calientes to board the train back to Ollantaytambo and by private vehicle to your hotel in Cusco 10-11 pm Includes everything but meals, tips & hotels. Minimum 2 people

  • Airport transfers Lima/Cusco 
    Our driver will meet you at the Lima or Cusco airport with a private vehicle to escort you to your local hotel - Min 2
    $10 pp Cusco / $23 pp Lima min 2 (For hotels in Sacred Valley or Ollantaytambo, cost of $90 per group for 2-3 people. Contact our office in Virginia for a customized quote for larger groups)

  • Private Walking tour of Cusco city center - $45 pp 
    includes entry to Koricancha Temple - starts/ends at your hotel in Cusco - Based on 2 people. Add $15 USD for additional people (full description and tour details below)

  • Private 1 day Cusco Historical Outskirts Hike - $98 pp (4-5 hours)
    Tambomachay to Cusco City Center - Minimum 2 people / add $18 for each additional person
    8:30 AM Guide and private driver arrive at your hotel in the city center to begin driving about 15 min to the ruins of Tambomachay. The guide hikes with you stopping for a historical tour in each place. About 7 kilometers from Tambomachay to Pukapukara, Laqo, Qenco, Sacsayhuaman, and finally back to your hotel by 1300 to 1400 hours. Amazing views of Cusco. Very easy route can be done at your pace. Please bring: water, hat for the sun, rain jacket, day pack, snacks & “Turistico Boleto” entry tickets to the sites (or 70 soles for ticket)

  • Private Sacred Valley Tour $292 day/min 2 people & $32 each additional person (full day)
    Includes: guide, driver, private vehicle - starts/ends at your hotel in Cusco or Sacred Valley.  Choose from 2 routes (see route descriptions below):  #1 Chinchero weavers / Moray Greenhouse / Maras Salt Ponds or #2 Pisac ruins / Pisac Market / Ollantaytambo ruins (add $35 pp entry fees or use your own Turistico Boleto tickets)

  • Private South Valley Tour $292 day/min 2 people & $32 each additional person (full day)
    Starts/ends at your hotel in Cusco.  Drive outside the city to the rural district where you visit Tipon ruins, then continue to the famous church of Andahuaylillas, also known as "The Sistine Chapel of the Andes." (if you are going overland to Puno, the tourist buses will stop here for an optional guided tour) Continue through small towns famous for serving the best cuy (roasted guinea pig). Return to your hotel in Cusco.  (add $30 pp entry fees or use your own Turistico Boleto tickets)
  • Rainbow Mountain Day Trip $162 per person (minimum 2 people. Add 80 each for extra people in your group)
    Begins from your hotel in Cusco. Extreme high altitude is 16,000 ft. Please dress warmly and bring rain gear and sturdy footwear. Should be done at the end of your trip. Choose from Palccoyo route with easy hiking or Vinicunca Pass with strenuous hiking and optional horse rental. Includes: driver, van, guide, entry, box lunch, and water refills. Trekking poles available upon request. Not included: hotel in Cusco, ask hotel to provide box breakfast
  • Private transportation from Cusco to Sacred Valley Mil Restaurant Guided Luxury Dining Excursion /  $125 USD up to 4 people
    Dedicated foodies will appreciate the attention to detail for the ultimate dining experience. Begins from your hotel in Cusco with 2H drive through Sacred Valley to Moray to a restaurant perched right above the Greenhouse ruins. Make your own advance reservations online. Vegetarian and non-alcoholic meals are available. Average meal takes about 3 hours to enjoy 8 courses from beginning to end. Return to your hotel in Cusco or continue to Ollantaytambo for drop-off at your hotel or train station.
    Includes: private driver, private car, 
    Not included: Mil dining, hotel, tips, travel insurance, alcohol
  • Peruvian Picnic Feast - $30 pp (In addition to the cost of your Sacred Valley Tour)
    Starts/ends at your hotel in Cusco or Sacred Valley.  You have the option to work up an appetite with a short hike or mountain bike ride (cost of bike rental not included), and we'll serve up a hot feast in the most elegant, breathtaking mountain setting you can imagine. Your tour guide will set up a delightful tasting for various finger foods including homemade empanadas, exotic fruits from the jungles and various other tidbits.  You don't eat, you indulge!  Minimum 4

  • Pachamanca Qechua Feast (vegetarians welcome) + Pisac - Sacred Valley Tour ($96 USD for 2 people - add $20 pp for additional)
    Drive to a small family-owned Qechua village or farm to participate in a traditional meal called “Pachamanca”.  Rocks are used to create an earthen oven in which meats and vegetables are cooked. This traditional ceremonial meal was practiced by farmers who worked in fields that were not close to home. They utilized rocks and dirt to create an efficient means of cooking food while they worked. The setting is in an adobe compound with a "powder room."  (cost of full-day Sacred Valley tour not included) Here's a link to Adios YT channel to a 5 minute video where you can meet the Qechua family

  • Mountain Biking in the Sacred Valley $42 pp (bike rental and transport) in addition to the cost of your SV Tour
    Combined with your Sacred Valley tour. 8:30 AM. After visiting Chinchero and Maras, you arrive in Moray, where you begin your Mountain Bike ride. Ride mostly downhill over dirt roads and rolling terrain for about 1.5 hours to the community of Pachar where you end the ride and continue by car to Ollantaytambo, the oldest still-occupied town in Peru. Continue by van to the village of Ollantaytambo drive back to your hotel in Cusco. 5 PM (option to remain at your hotel in Ollantaytambo)

  • Market Tour and Cooking Class in Cusco (vegetarians welcome) $122 USD per person with minimum of 4
    9:00 AM - 1:30 PM Begins at your hotel in the city center or the main plaza. Walk to the best indigenous market in Cusco for a private tour to discover the unique flavors and food customs of Peru. Nibble on giant choclo corn kernels, and marinate yourself in the sights and smells of mountain-grown potatoes, fresh "on-the-hoof" meats, cascades of fruits and vegetables, and items not found elsewhere in the world. Walk to a local restaurant to begin your cooking class at 11:30. Learn the art of making Chicha Morada or Pisco Sours followed by hands-on crafting of appetizers and main courses: relleno, causa palta, trucha, and the popular lomo saltado. Tour ends in a restaurant near the main plaza. (Your guide will assist you to your hotel if needed.)

  • $556 Couple 1-Day Wedding Ceremony (see page with full details here)
    Our guide and driver pick you up from your hotel and take you to the outskirts of Cusco where you walk for about 15-20 minutes to unknown Inca ruins. The Shaman and his assistant prepare the site for your ceremony, and for the next hour, you and your beloved will forever become "uno." Includes chicha or champagne and coca leaf and flowers for decoration. With advance notice, we can arrange a small picnic following the ceremony. Add $45 each. Or combine with any Sacred Valley tour/activity as described below.

Descriptions of guided Cusco and Sacred Valley day tours: (subject to change. We will let you know)

City Tour in Cusco -  mostly flat, easy walking  / 3 Hours

9 AM - 12 PM. Starts at your hotel or the statue in the main plaza. Your guide introduces you to local Peruvian culture and ancient Inca civilization with legendary stories and a visit to the main Plaza de Armas, once considered the center of the Inca Empire, and where the statue of King Pachacutec, whose brilliant vision led to the design and building of Machu Picchu, greets everyone. Continue on foot through authentic narrow Inca streets where you explore the historical city including markets and Qoricancha Temple, also known as the "Golden Temple of the Sun."  See the remarkable achievements of ancient Peruvians that include stone arches, Inca walls, cobbled streets, and many examples of exotic architecture. Observe the impact of colonial invasion and how the collision of two very different societies fused into one enchanting hub of modern Peruvian culture. Concludes in the main plaza or your hotel.

Cusco Outskirts Tour - by car / 4 hours, or on foot / 5-6 hours

8:30 AM - 1 PM (or 2 PM by foot)  Pickup from your hotel in the city center and drive about 15 minutes to the ruins of Tambomachay, a tranquil place where water is channeled from a hill towards stone formations constructed by the Incas. It is said that the Inca emperor came here to bathe and perform religious rites in the water. We continue our journey to the ruins of Qenqo, a site of mysterious caves carved by the Incas, to see the altar where it is believed the Incas mummified their dead. And finally to Sacsayhuaman to explore one of the most significant archaeological legacies of the Incas. Due to the complexity of the layout of the massive blocks of stone, some bigger than a car, it is said that the construction of Sacsayhuaman lasted more than 50 years and employed over 20,000 men in the construction. Return to your hotel in the city center.
Sacred Valley Guided Tours - Choose from 2 Routes:  Chinchero/Moray/Maras/Ollantaytambo or Pisac/Ollantaytambo

9 AM - 5 PM. Pick up from your hotel to begin the drive out of Cusco. On the way you will see typical Andean villages and scenery as you descend into the Sacred Valley. It will be obvious that you have arrived in an area the Incas revered for its lush fertile soils and advanced agricultural opportunities.

Chinchero Route: Drive about 30-40 min to Chinchero, home to the famous colonial-style church and archaeological ruins and the backdrop for Qechua women & girls who demonstrate traditional dyeing and weaving.  (One of the best indigenous markets is on Sunday in Chinchero) Continue 20 KM to the ruins of Moray. The ancient ruins of Moray are different from other well-known Inca sites in the Urubamba Valley. Here the Inca found highly unusual geologic formations, which they shaped and embellished to create a landscape masterpiece. Its purpose has been debated for decades since it was rediscovered from the air in 1931. Then drive about 11 KM over dirt roads to Maras Terraced Salt Ponds. Here you learn how salt is harvested and the importance of salt for economic exchange since Inca times. Each town offers its own unique view of life and traditions established long ago. Finally, we visit the impressive ruins overlooking the ancient village of Ollantaytambo. These magnificent ruins serve as an outpost that dominates the village, and if you are up for the short climb, offer an incredible view of the Sacred Valley.  During the height of the Inca Empire, the ruins were the royal estate of Emperor Pachacuti and later served as a critical stronghold for Manco Inca Yupanqui in the Inca´s final rebellion against the Spanish. The village of Ollantaytambo has interesting minor architectural elements that should not be missed. For example, down some of the side streets, you will find a serpent´s head as the drainage spout. Combined with the village history and the ruins, these features make this town a prime destination of the Sacred Valley. We check in to our hotel or return to your hotel in Cusco 

Pisac Route: Pickup from hotel and begin drive about 1 hour to the traditional village of Pisac for the opportunity to explore the charming local market where Peruvian handicrafts are on sale. It is here that many fine Andean garments and textiles are available. Option to hike to Pisac Archaeological Ruins, one of the lesser-known archaeological gems of the Sacred Valley. Drive past the village and up to the parking area past sweeping agricultural terraces. The car parks and you prepare for 2-3 hour hike beginning with a short walk to the Inca cemetery where you see hundreds of holes in the mountain. Continue on the trail for another 20-30 minutes until you reach the first residential structure. Further down is the stunning temple complex constructed from exquisitely carved pink granite, featuring a sun temple, ceremonial altars, water channels, and wells. After some time to enjoy the setting, you are driven 10 minutes to the village.  Here you can enjoy refreshments in the cafe and check out the famous market. Continue 1 hour by car to arrive in Ollantaytambo, the oldest still-occupied town in Peru where you visit the prominent ruins overlooking the Sacred Valley. (closes 5 pm) These ruins serve as an outpost that dominates the village and if you are up for a short climb, offer an incredible view of the Sacred Valley. During the height of the Inca Empire, the ruins were the royal estate of Emperor Pachacuti and later served as a critical stronghold for Manco Inca Yupanqui in the Inca´s final rebellion against the Spanish. The village of Ollantaytambo has interesting minor architectural elements that should not be missed. For example, down some of the side streets, you will find a serpent´s head as the drainage spout. Combined with the village history and the ruins, these features make this town a prime destination of the Sacred Valley. We check in to our hotel or return to your hotel in Cusco. (Full day) Requires Turistico Boleto entry tickets. 10-day book $50 USD pp / 2-day book $30 USD pp