- San Pedro Market
- Craft Market
- White Christ
Best Walking Tour Cusco
On this tour, you'll visit the city's highlights so that you get to know Cusco from its foundations. You'll start at the vibrant traditional San Pedro market. You'll enjoy a picnic in the middle of incredible landscapes and walk through Cusco's streets while learning about its history and culture.
Before You Go
Cusco is the oldest constantly inhabited city in the western hemisphere. Built on the mountains and considered one of the most beautiful places on the planet, it was the Inca Empire's flourishing capital. Both locals and tourists consider it the most impressive Peruvian city due to its history and architecture. In addition it has the impressive beauty of its landscapes and the warmth of its people.
As you walk through its streets, you'll discover colonial buildings built on top of Inca temples and palaces: a palpable reminder of the past. For those who wish to acquire a global vision of Peru's history and culture, the walking tour of Cusco is perfect.
Itinerary at a Glance
San Pedro Market
You will start the historical tour of Cusco with a visit to the traditional San Pedro market, which is one of the highest in the world at an altitude of 3,400 meters above sea level. You'll start your morning on top of the world!
You'll learn about the history of the market as you explore rows and rows of locally produced food, colorful looms, flowers of all kinds, implements for shamans, and natural fruit juice stands in the company of a bilingual guide. It's the perfect opportunity to drop your Spanish or Quechua language skills and buy snacks for later. Get ready to interact with the locals!
Located at the end of Av. El Sol, one of the main avenues of Cusco, the Artisan Market is a paradise for shopping. Beautiful alpaca clothes, jewelry of all kinds, and traditional ceramics; the perfect place to buy gifts!
We’ll visit the Temple of the Sun, or Qorikancha, the most important Inca construction in the city of Cusco.
For 20 minutes, we’ll go in private transportation to the Cristo Blanco statue where we will stop for our delicious Peruvian snack picnic while enjoying the beautiful panoramic views of the city of Cusco.
What Is Included?
High Quality Service & Safety
You will meet your guide and group in our office for an orientation before your trek. At this time, we will provide you with the duffle bags which will be carried by our porters. The meeting will be at 6:00 PM the evening before the trip begins.
All our guides are graduates of the professional career of Tourism of the National University San Antonio Abad of Cusco. Also, they speak English. As good cusqueños, they feel a great commitment to transmit the knowledge they have inherited from their grandparents. They are very friendly and professional. They’ll make sure you are safe and happy.
All Salkantay Trekking guides have received specialized training in first aid. We hold mandatory training sessions with our guides every February. Your guide will always carry a first aid kit to face basic emergency situations (altitude sickness, traveller’s diarrhoea, cuts, scrapes, etc.) as well as oxygen. If necessary, we’ll evacuate you from the path as quickly as possible and ensure that you arrive at a clinic for treatment.
Customer Service 24/7
We have telephone service available 24 hours/day for ease of communication and preparation with the agency leading up to your trek.
Round trip private transportation.
What Is Not Included?
Optional Tourist Ticket (see the web for more information).
Tips for our staff
Tips are usual on any excursion. Although we pay good salaries to our entire team, something extra is always welcome, especially considering the hard work they do. Typically, group participants collect their tips to hand out to the porters and chefs together.
Additional costs or delays out of control of the management
Landscape, bad weather condition, itinerary modification due to a safety concern, illness, change of government policy, political instability/strike, etc.
Personal clothing and gear
Entrance fee to the Qorikancha.
We want to make your trip to Peru as memorable and as easy as possible. In this section, you will find speedy answers to all those questions you had about trekking Salkantay in one place. Please read the following information carefully – it will help you with any questions about our services.
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Briefing or informative meeting
All information meetings are held in your hotel at 6:00 p.m., one night before the tour begins. If you cannot attend, you must coordinate another time at the Salkantay Trekking offices. These meetings last approximately 30 to 45 minutes and there you will be given a small duffel bag, in which you’ll put all the belongings you intend to bring on the trek that won’t be in your day pack.
Payment of Trek Balance (in Cusco)
The trek has to be paid for in full by at least 7.30 pm two days before departure. For example, if your tour departs on a Wednesday, then you must come to our office before 7.30 pm on Monday.
It would be much appreciated if you pay the trek balance in cash US dollars or local currency. You can withdraw some money from several ATMs along Avenida Sol (either in US dollars or local Peruvian Soles). You can pay by credit card or PAYPAL online, but you will have to pay an 8% service charge, charged by VISA and PAYPAL. We do not accept bank checks or payment of the balance by traveler’s checks.
Storing your luggage at our Office.
Of course! During the travel, your main luggage can be stored at our office(you can organize briefing day or by email) or at your hotel, both free of charge.
Any equipment that you are not going to need on the trek can be stored safely in your hotel. Nearly every hotel will provide this service. Don’t leave items of value with your bags, put them in the hotel safe and obtain an itemized receipt (In the unlikely case of theft many insurance companies require that you have a copy of the receipt itemizing all the items). Best put items such as credit cards inside a sealed, signed envelope for extra peace of mind.
Salkantay Trekking can pick you up from your hotel, as long as it’s in the Historic Center of Cusco. The pickup time will be coordinated with your guide in the briefing. The pickup time may vary between 30 and 45 minutes due to traffic. Cusco is a very old city, therefore, it has many narrow cobbled streets. Some hotels and Airbnbs may be located on streets without access to cars or on long, steep slopes, making it difficult to transport luggage. We strongly recommend that you book accommodation with good access.
Group tours are made up of different types of people. Physical conditions and ages can vary. By agreeing to be part of a group tour, you also accept that some people may be faster or slower than you. Therefore, each person can go at their own pace on the route. It may be the case that a group wishes to modify the tour; however, it will be the guide who decides, after consulting with all the participants, if said modifications can be made.
Strikes and demonstrations:
Strikes and demonstrations are usually frequent in Peru and this may interrupt some of our tours. Roads can be blocked and train tracks can be taken over. However, we will try to keep your excursion as planned, even if it means leaving the night before the scheduled date. Under these circumstances, tours may also be cancelled. In case of changes or cancellations, all situations will be coordinated with you by our operations department. Your safety is our highest priority and our decisions will be made to protect it.
You’re responsible for your objects during the tour. Please pay attention to where you leave your things and remember to take everything once you leave our trucks, tents, or restaurants.
The Walking Tour Cusco can leave any day of the week, from March through January. We do not run this trip in February because rainy season & maintenance.
2020 Land Cost
- This small-group journey is guaranteed to operate with just two guests.
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Private Tour - 2020 Land Cost
Private tours are available and priced by party size.
- 2 Trekkers: US$200 per person
- 3 Trekkers: US$180 per person
- 4 Trekkers: US$140 per person
- 5 Trekkers: US$110 per person
- 6 Trekkers: US$80 per person
- 7 Trekkers: US$40 per person
- 8 or more Trekkers: $20 per person
If you would like to customize this itinerary and create a Tailor Made Journey just for you and your companions, click here to inquire, or speak to your travel professional.
Extensions & Offers
There are several extensions you can include to your Adventure:
- Rainbow Mountain: $100 $80
- Sacred Valley: $60 $50
- City Tour: $30 $20
Once your booking has been confirmed we guarantee the price will not increase, whatever the circumstances. Before booking please ensure you have read our important tour pricing information
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