The list of things to do in Cusco can be overwhelmingly long for some. Scout the web and you’ll find varying lists of where to eat, what to see, and what to do, often conflicting and offering up far too many options for your short pass through the city. That’s why we’ve created this list geared for the adventure traveler who also wants to experience the local culture during their holiday in Peru. We offer up three of our top picks for things to do in Cusco, curated based on our decades of experience as adventure tour operators in Cusco. In other words, we’ve tried it all and these are the experiences that truly stand out and check every box when it comes to a well-rounded adventure travel experience in Cusco. They are:
Mountain Bike Maras Moray
Hands down this is one of the best day trips an adventure traveler could choose while visiting Cusco. Between the jaw-dropping scenery, impressive Incan ruins, and the spectacular salt flats you have the chance to visit, this adventure tour is as well rounded as they came. Pedal your way past scenic lagoons, snow-capped mountain peaks, and rolling farmland, making stops at the impressive archaeological site of Moray and the iconic Maras salt terraces along the way. You get a bit of Incan history, heart-pumping adventure, and postcard Andean scenery on this full-day mountain bike tour.
Chicha by Gastón Acurio
You may be asking yourself why a restaurant is on this adventure travel-focused list of things to do in Cusco, but trust us, it belongs here. Chicha by Gastón Acurio takes its diners on an adventure into the local cuisine and ingredients of Cusco. All of the dishes on the menu feature ingredients grown and sourced from local producers, while the menu is entirely inspired by ancient and modern day Cusco culinary tradition. In summary, Chicha by Gastón Acurio truly brings it all together – Andean gastronomy, culture, and tradition – into one memorable fine dining experience.
Mountain Lodges of Peru
How does a luxurious lodge-to-lodge trek into the scenic Andes sound to you? That’s what Mountain Lodges of Peru provides. Whether you choose the classic Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu or the Sacred Valley and Lares Trek, adventure with a nightly dose of plush, pillow-top comfort comes with it, as do countless cultural immersion experiences and a sense of treading lightly on the otherworldly landscapes you’re traversing. Arrive to Machu Picchu refreshed in every way, from your mind to your body and your spirit. The Andes have a way of doing that to a person and Mountain Lodges of Peru makes sure that you feel that.
Entrust Explorandes with Your Once-in-a-Lifetime Peru Holiday
We’ve been pioneering adventure travel in Peru since the 70’s. Explorandes was the first Peru tour operator to offer Inca Trail treks and we’ve gone on to be the first to offer countless other Andean trek routes over the years. Entrust us with your Peru holiday and get ready for the Peru adventure of a lifetime. Contact us today!