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How to Spend 2 Days in Cusco

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How to Spend 2 Days in Cusco
Two days in Cusco give you plenty of time to explore the city’s historic attractions and pay a visit to Machu Picchu, one of the most famous archeological sites in the world. Here’s the best way to spend 48 hours in the former Inca capital. 

Day 1: Experience the City
Begin your time in Cusco with a visit to the colorful San Pedro Market, to see traditionally-dressed locals shopping for fresh produce. Get an even richer experience by joining a morning cooking class; a guide introduces you to unusual products which are used to create a 3-course meal for lunch. 

Afterward, embark on a private or group sightseeing tour of Cusco’s historical highlights, which include the Temple of the Sun (Qoricancha), Cusco Cathedral in Plaza de Armas, and the fortified Inca complex of Sacsayhuaman.

In the evening, head to the artisans’ district of San Blas for a traditional meal, or opt for an evening walking tour that includes Pisco Sours at a local bar. Another option is the Planetarium Cusco for some stargazing; small-group tours often include dinner and a drink, and allow you to skip the stress of arranging transfers. 

Day 2: Discover Machu Picchu
Even though it requires a full day and a very early wake up, visiting Machu Picchu is possible on a day trip from Cusco. Opting for an all-inclusive package saves you hours of planning time; you won’t need to worry about arranging transportation, permits, admission fees, or the required guide. 

Private and group tours typically include round-trip train tickets from Cusco to Aguas Calientes, round-trip bus tickets from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu, and a guided tour of the Inca city, with some offering exclusive, early access in the company of an archaeologist. Guides provide historical context that’s crucial to understanding the UNESCO-listed site. 

Depending on your budget, you have several train options; local trains prove the most cost-effective option, while the mid-range Vistadome, with its floor-to-ceiling windows, offers panoramic views. Visitors seeking luxury can ride the Hiram Bingham Pullman, a vintage train with a lavish interior. 
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Machu Picchu Day Trip from Cusco

Machu Picchu Day Trip from Cusco

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Spend a day exploring the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu during this all-inclusive day trip leaving from Cusco. Discover this renowned mountaintop Inca site with a guide, learning about its construction, history, and what daily life was like for its residents. The trip’s relaxed, non-strenuous pace is a great option for first-time visitors, families, and solo travelers alike, and features three different train ride options. The trip also includes round-trip hotel transport, transfer from Cusco to Machu Picchu (via train and bus), and the site entrance fee.
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  • 14 hours
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Machu Picchu Tour from Cusco Full Day

Machu Picchu Tour from Cusco Full Day

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Spend a full day exploring Peru’s star attraction, the UNESCO-listed Machu Picchu, on a guided tour from Cusco. Climb up into the mountains on a dramatic train journey to Agua Calientes and continue by bus to the mountaintop citadel. Then, explore the fascinating ruins of the Lost City of the Incas or join a guided trek to the Sun Gate for an unforgettable view over Machu Picchu.
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  • 8 hours
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Hiram Bingham Luxury Train to Machu Picchu

Hiram Bingham Luxury Train to Machu Picchu

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Travel back in time aboard the elegant Belmond Hiram Bingham train, enjoying the ultimate in luxury train transportation on a day trip to the world-famous Machu Picchu. Climb aboard the train’s richly appointed 1920s Pullman cars to enjoy fabulous views of the Andes, white tablecloth dining, and high-end wine. Then explore Machu Picchu with an expert guide, followed by afternoon tea at the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge. This VIP Machu Picchu experience also includes welcome drink at the station, appetizers, lunch and dinner, full drink service, entrance fees at the site, live on-board entertainment, and round-trip hotel transport.
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  • 13 hours
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Peruvian Cooking Class and Local Market in Cusco

Peruvian Cooking Class and Local Market in Cusco

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Explore a local market in Cusco, then take a workshop on Peruvian cuisine during this 4-hour culinary experience. Learn about the functions of traditional Andean kitchens and local specialties from a professional Peruvian chef. Tastings, meal, and drinks included.
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  • 4 hours
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Cusco by Night: Planetarium Cusco, Dinner, and Pisco Sour

Cusco by Night: Planetarium Cusco, Dinner, and Pisco Sour

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If you’ve already ticked off the sights by day, see a different side to Cusco on a nightlife tour that includes dinner and a drink. In an intimate group limited to eight people, you’ll go stargazing at Planetarium Cusco; admire illuminated landmarks in Cusco Historic Center; and enjoy a traditional Peruvian dinner accompanied by a Pisco Sour cocktail. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included for added convenience.
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  • 5 hours
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Half Day Cusco City Sightseeing

Half Day Cusco City Sightseeing

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Immerse yourself in the grand colonial majesty of Cusco on a half-day guided sightseeing tour of the city. Wander winding Incan streets to discover the ancient Temple of the Sun, the sacred Convent of Santo Domingo and the colossal Cusco Cathedral. Gain insight into the fascinating history of the city with an interesting and informative guide as you explore one of Peru’s most treasured places on foot.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Cusco Night Walking Tour and Pisco Sour Lesson

Cusco Night Walking Tour and Pisco Sour Lesson

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Discover the architectural majesty of Cusco and sample Peru’s tantalizing national drink during a night walking tour of the city. Marvel at Cusco’s charming colonial buildings and impressive historical monuments; absorb the bohemian ambience of San Blas Square; and immerse yourself in the convivial vibrancy of a local bar to sample the legendary drink of Pisco. Select your favorite Pisco flavor then combine it with fruity juices and tangy mixers to create your perfect cocktail. A personalized experience is guaranteed on this small-group tour, with numbers limited to 12 people.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Machu Picchu Full Day from Cusco

Machu Picchu Full Day from Cusco

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Relive the glory of the Lost City of the Incas on this full-day tour to the UNESCO-listed wonder of Machu Picchu from Cusco. Wind your way through the jungle-clad mountains on a thrilling 1.5-hour train ride to Aguas Calientes, then follow your guide to the mountaintop citadel of Machu Picchu. Learn the fascinating history of the ‘Lost City’ as you roam the ruins, look out over the Sacred Inca Terraces and see the sacred temples of the Sun and Condor, then enjoy free time to trek to the Sun Gate or Incan Bridge.
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  • 8 to 14 hours
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Machu Picchu Tour

Machu Picchu Tour

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Uncover the ancient mysteries of Machu Picchu on an exciting tour from Cusco. Relax on a scenic train journey through the Sacred Valley of the Incas, then gain fascinating insight into the legends and landscapes of this Machu Picchu, one of the New Wonders of the World, on a guided tour. Enjoy free time to explore independently and make a stop in Aguas Calientes.
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  • 11 hours
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