Skip to content
Experience Machu Picchu
The Iconic Citadel of the Incas
LEARN MORE
Authentic Experiences
with Local Tour Guides, #1 Rated Tour Guide Company in Peru
LEARN MORE
Explore The Rainbow Mountain
Spectacular Natural Wonder Boasting Colorful Striated Mountains
LEARN MORE
Unbeatable Insider Access
Signature & Curated Itineraries
LEARN MORE
Previous
Next

Cusco Local Friend

Highest rated Tour Guide Company in Cusco. We organize and conduct Personal Guided Tours to Machu Picchu, Inca Trail, Sacred Valley, Rainbow Mountain, and more. You get the personal attention from your extremely passionate, knowledgeable and friendly local Guide that you cannot get on a group tour.

Discover Machu Picchu with a local private guide 

MACHU PICCHU TRIPS

The world’s greatest travel destination, a New7Wonder of the World, South America’s top attraction, or purely a postcard-worthy ancient site that must be seen to be believed; no matter how you describe Machu Picchu, the magic of real existence is always the same. If visiting Machu Picchu is on your bucket list, check out our exciting Machu Picchu guided tours. Whether you are on a day trip or hiking the Inca Trail, traveling to Machu Picchu is an unforgettable adventure to tick off any bucket list. 

Experience the best of local Culture and Culinary 

SACRED VALLEY EXPERIENCE

No trip to Peru is complete without a visit to Sacred Valley and we will make sure that your journey is unique, memorable, and perfect. We believe that coming to Peru is all about “the experience” and not just the country’s iconic sites. That’s why we have developed a number of signature tours as part of the “Cusco Local Friend Select Experiences“, so if you are not sure what it is you want to do or see…don’t worry we have taken great lengths to develop the best itineraries for you. 

Enjoy the Best Hikes and Treks to Machu Picchu

THE BEST HIKES IN PERU

Peru has some of the best hiking routes in South America, the variety of trails is simply amazing. The main trekking routes are in Cusco and Arequipa in the southern Andes, and Huaraz in the north. Peru is famous for the Inca Trail but if you are looking for a day to acclimate for a strenuous multi-day trek, there are plenty of excellent day hikes throughout the Sacred Valley and Cusco. These hikes are a great way to visit some of the rural communities and lesser-visited ruins throughout the Valley. 

¿Do not know where to start your Peruvian Adventure?

Customize your Trip

Machu Picchu Select Journeys

Browse our exciting Signature Guided Journey ‘suggestions’ – We believe that coming to Peru is all about “the experience” and not just the country’s iconic sites. That’s why we have developed a number of signature tours as part of the “Local Friend Select Experiences” These itineraries can also be adapted to suit your needs and interests.

Cusco City - Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu - Rainbow Mountain - Humantay Lake
35
5 Day Machu Picchu Tour, The best Tour to the Must-Dos of Cusco and Machu Picchu 5-Day Machu Picchu Tour--Explore the best of Cusco, the Sacred Valley, the Rai
  • Hiking
  • Local Culture
  • Archaeology
  • Train journeys
  • Scenic Vistas
5 days from
$ 890
Cusco City - Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu - Rainbow Mountain
31
4 Day Machu Picchu Tour, The Best Bundle Tour by Local Guides Explore the best of Cusco, the Sacred Valley, the Rainbow Mountain, and the famed UNESCO site - M
  • Hiking
  • Local Culture
  • Archaeology
  • Train journeys
  • Scenic Vistas
4 Days from
$ 745
Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu - Rainbow Mountain
38
3-Day Machu Picchu Tour, The Best Bundle Tour by Local Guides Explore the best of Sacred Valley, the Rainbow Mountain, and the famed new7wonder of the world -
  • Hiking
  • Local Culture
  • Archaeology
  • Train journeys
  • Scenic Vistas
3 Days from
$ 640
Cusco - Sacred Valley - Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu
35
Explore the best of Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu Tour from Cusco Explore the best of the Sacred Valley and the most famed archaeological site in South Americ
  • Local Culture
  • Archaeology
  • Train journeys
  • Scenic Vistas
2 Days from
$ 450
Ollanta Train Station - Km 104 - Sun Gate - Machu Picchu
63
Embark on a Short Inca Trail 2 Days to Machu Picchu Short Inca Trail 2 days to Machu Picchu - This is a perfect Experience for those willing to explore the bes
  • Hiking
  • Archaeology
  • Wildlife
  • Train journeys
  • Scenic Vistas
2 Days from
$ 525
Cusco Airport - Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu - Cusco city
35
5 Day Machu Picchu Sacred Valley Epic Adventure Explore the best of Cusco, the Sacred Valley and the famed UNESCO site - Machupicchu on this amazing 5-Day Guid
  • Local Culture
  • Archaeology
  • Family
  • Train journeys
  • Scenic Vistas
5 days from
$ 1090

Why Travel with us

Local Knowledge & Expertise

It's great to travel with professional experts from the same destination you are going, that's how you get first-hand information. With deep in-country knowledge, We know the ins and outs of all the logistics, we will ensure you can make the most of your time away.

Personalized Experiences

Your time is precious - we know that. Your experience is our top priority. No big bus groups, No flags to follow! Traveling with a private guide and driver you’ll do what you want, when you want with the freedom to change your plans on the fly.

Friendly Local Guides

Great sights don’t make an amazing tour. Great guides do! Our guides don’t read from a script, we give them the freedom to make each tour their own, and your experience unique. We love what we do and it shows. From the moment you arrive, you'll feel the buzz and excitement that Cusco Local Friend to offer.

Exclusive Itineraries

It’s not all about the destination, it’s also about the journey. We offer only the best itineraries and tours. As local experts, we know first-hand what tours or experiences are the ones that most travelers enjoy and request. Escape the crowds! Never waste any minute, never miss any highlight!

Trending Tours in Cusco & Sacred Valley

Enjoy the Best Tours and Experiences in Cusco and the Sacred Valley. We have crafted the best tours and experiences, these tours are conducted by Knowledgeable Local Guides in private and semi-private groups

Absolute Sacred Valley Tour Full Day

42
Ollantaytambo - Moray - Maras Salt Pools - Pisac
Join us on the Absolute Sacred Valley Tour with a Local Guide Absolute Sacred Valley Tour--Explore the best of the Sacred Valley in one day! This is a perfect
Full Day from
$ 115

Sacred Valley Extended Day Tour

21
Pisac - Ollantaytambo - Moray - Maras Salt mines - Chinchero
Explore the Sacred Valley Extended Tour from Cusco and/or Ollantaytambo Sacred Valley Extended Tour is an absolute way to explore the Sacred Valley in one day
Full Day from
$ 125

Best of Sacred Valley Tour: Moray Salt Mines Ollantaytambo

36
Ollantaytambo - Moray - Maras Salt Mines
Best of Sacred Valley Tour: Chinchero Moray Salt Mines Ollantaytambo Best of Sacred Valley Tour -  Enjoy the best sites in the Sacred Valley on a leisurely da
Full Day from
$ 110

Best Sacred Valley Hike Huaypo Lake

38
Cusco - Sacred Valley Hike - Huaypo Lake
Sacred Valley Hike Huaypo Lake, A Walk Through The Quinoa Fields Sacred Valley Hike Huaypo Lake Tour--Want to hike to go on an off-the-beaten path and explore
Full Day from
$ 150

Humantay Lake Tour, One Day Trip

38
Cusco - Soraypampa - Humantay Lake
Embark on the Humantay Lake Tour from Cusco Enjoy a 1-day adventure to one of the nicest lakes in Peru surrounded by amazing mountains - Humantay and Salkantay
Full Day from
$ 135

Rainbow Mountain Tour & Red Valley 1-Day Hike

33
Cusco - Rainbow Mountain - Red Valley
Experience Our exclusive Rainbow Mountain Tour & Red Valley This Day Tour will take you to the now-famous Colored Mountains. Enjoy this day hike
Full Day from
$ 135

Best Guided Trekking Tours in Machu Picchu & Cusco

For the best ultimate trekking holiday, look no further than Peru. From the wilds of the Ausangate Rainbow Mountain and Salkantay Trek to the high trails of Inca Trail and Choquequirao Trek, our trekking adventures are designed for those who prefer a hearty hike over a scenic drive. Our hand-crafted trekking itineraries take you on some of the most famous trails around the Cusco region in addition to some of the lesser-known gems! Embark on a trek of the legendary Inca Trail through the Sacred Valley en route to Machu Picchu. Or delve into the challenging trail to Choquequirao, and brave the highland regions of the Ausangate Rainbow Mountain.

Cusco - Wayllabamba - Pacaymayo - Phuyupatamarka - Machu Picchu
18
Inca Trail 5 days Trek to Machu Picchu This Inca trail to Machu Picchu is renowned for its breathtaking beauty and history. Trek Peru's most famous trek, also
  • Hiking
  • Camping
  • Archaeology
  • Scenic Vistas
5 days from
$ 1200
Cusco - Lares Hot Springs - Cuncani - Pumahuanca - Ollantaytambo - Machu Picchu
15
Lares Trek to Machu Picchu 4 Days Highlands, llamas/alpacas, highland villages, history, and Machu Picchu: this 4-day Lares trek covers them all. Incredible hi
  • Hiking
  • Camping
  • Local Culture
  • Train journeys
  • Scenic Vistas
4 Days from
$ 750
Cusco - Upis Town - Yanacocha - Rainbow Mountain - Jhampa - Pacchanta Town
16
Ausangate Trek to Rainbow Mountain 5 Days, Mind-bending Scenic Vistas in Every Way! Visit a landscape shaped by the spectacular forces of wind and ice, trek th
  • Hiking
  • Camping
  • Local Culture
  • Wildlife
  • Scenic Vistas
5 days from
$ 680

Cusco Local Friend Experience

We started “Cusco Local Friend” as a result of a simple observation of the many frustrated travelers, being taken on big tour busses, being herded on fixed itineraries with little time at the sites; and obviously willing to explore more, have more time at the visited sites, however, it was not possible due to strict itineraries of the tour companies.

Machu Picchu Travel Guide

From must-see things to do and historical insights to FAQs, each guide features our top destinations along with all the inspiration and details you’ll need to help plan your dream trip to Peru. Browse our destination guide below for essential travel details and top attractions to check out on your visit.

Trip Reviews

Kathy C
Kathy C
August 29, 2022.
Most Amazing Guided Tour EVER! I very highly recommend this amazing tour company. We worked closely with Percy and customized a 4 day trip with the incredible Juan Carlos. We had the best time and felt like family since the very beginning of our time. Hats off to our fabulous driver as well. I have already told several friends that THIS is the tour company you want. I have hired many in different countries and this was the best experience. Fell in love with Peru, I'll be back. Thank you Percy, Juan Carlos and Team for making this the best trip ever! Kathy C
Elizabeth M
Elizabeth M
August 4, 2022.
Best tour guides ever! We had Edgar and Abraham as our drivers/guides on a full day tour of the Sacred Valley and they were phenomenal! They were already outside at 7am when we walked out. Both were friendly and held meaningful conversations along the way, in addition to Abraham explaining the historical significance of each site. We loved the unexpected, fun stops we made along the way. They even took us to the train station at the end of the tour and showed us how to get there from the plaza so that we could spend time exploring the area instead of waiting 2 hours at the train station. We highly recommend them!
jason p
jason p
July 24, 2022.
A great service provider Excellent trip arrangements by Hugo to for airport transfer, and visit to Humantay lake and rainbow mountain. He took extra effort to arrange us to get visa in Bolivia consulate in Cusco and bought us SIM card in advanced which is so useful. The tour guide, Smith is also a very nice person and we enjoyed the trip very much even though it was tiring. Thumbs up to Cusco Local Friends !
Dee P
Dee P
July 22, 2022.
Cusco to Ollantaytambo made pain-free Used this service to go from Cusco Airport to Ollantaytambo and then Ollantaytambo to Cusco city. Can't say enough good things about how easy it was to book service with them and I highly recommend using a private taxi vs a bus. I was forced to use a taxi due to the bimodal service via PeruRail having issues with a bus driver strike. This meant that the bus from Cusco to Ollantaytambo was canceled. Cusco Local Friend emailed me within minutes of requesting taxi service and charged $35 USD which was such a good deal that I used them to return to Cusco even though the bus driver strike was over. Drivers Daniel and Rafael were safe and efficient on the roads. Recommend that you speak a little bit of Spanish but not necessary.
baron s
baron s
July 12, 2022.
7 day Journey through Cusco, sacred valley, macchu Picchu, rainbow mountain We planed a honeymoon 7 day adventure with local Cusco friends and my wife and I had a 5 star experience. First off the communication between Hugo and Percy were amazing in helping plan this once in a lifetime experience. A lot goes into planning a Trip to Peru including admission tickets, transportation, train tickets etc and everything was orchestrated flawlessly. Ferdinand was out tour guide and he went above and beyond in teaching us about the Incan/ preincan/ modern culture. As well as show us many local spots. Alex was our driver and he was extremely professional and was prompt at making our itinerary move smoothly. I can honestly say that by the end of the trip we were sad to leave Alex and Ferdinand as we have all become good friends. I have already referred this company to two couples that are visiting in the next few months. Go ahead and book with this company you won’t regret it.
demi
demi
July 6, 2022.
Yes - They are locals and they are friends! I had a terrific experience with Cusco Local Friend and wouldn’t hesitate to tell any of my friends to use them. I started working with them back in 2019 to plan my dream trip to Machu Picchu. My private tour all arranged with Cusco Local Friend included hiking the short Inca Trail, a day visit at MP with an additional hike up Huayna Picchu, another day around Aguas Calientes, and then the Belmond Hiram Bingham train back to Cusco. My trip was originally scheduled for April 2020, and the world shut down. I worked with Cusco Local Friend to postpone my trip until further notice, and they did not hesitate to make that accommodation on our arrangements. Then, a year later, I finally rescheduled the trip for September of 2021, but the Delta variant was high and Huayna Picchu was still not open, so I decided to postpone indefinitely again. Again, no issues with this from our Cusco Local Friends! I FINALLY was able to get the trip successfully completed at the beginning of June this year. When we arrived in Cusco, Hugo and a driver were there waiting for us. We went into town for coffee and talk about the details of our planned MP experience. Afterwards, the driver took us to our hotel in the Sacred Valley where we were staying to acclimate for 4 days prior to our trek. On the morning of our trek, we were greeted by our guide, Juan Carlos and a guide in training at the time, Smick. We had an incredible day! The trek was hard, but Juan Carlos kept us on pace and even brought some wine for us to have during lunch, which was a fabulous touch. Note: It was raining most of our trek, so a nice glass of red wine warmed up, and prepared us for the final push, along with our coco leaves, of course. The next day when we toured MP and climbed Huayna Picchu, we had both Smick and Juan Carlos along for the ride. They took amazing pictures for us and answered all our questions. The following day, we had not planned anything, but to relax, but Hugo at Cusco Local Friend said that Smick could hang out with us that day and take us to the butterfly place and do a hike to a waterfall that was close to town. Since Smick was in training and needed the experience, they just threw that time in for us! So generous! We had a great day with Smick! When we finished up our day, Smick got us to the train station, and we said our farewells. Back in Cusco, we planned to see Hugo again and give him our feedback on our trip. He came and met us at our hotel and even brought us a little gift. He also arranged for a transport to the airport for us in a couple days, no extra charge. I had an excellent experience with Cusco Local Friend! They are all LOCALS to Cusco and the Sacred Valley, and that is always what is important to me when deciding on what tour company to use. Plus, the communication and number of times we had to change plans, was all smooth and easy. We learned so much on our MP trek, and it will be an adventure that I will never forget. Thank you, Cusco Local Friend!
Aubry A
Aubry A
June 23, 2022.
We Loved Rumi For Helping Our Different Abilities Wonderful experience. My family and I loved Rumi our guide. Unfortunately for Rumi, we got confused about when and where we were supposed to meet Rumi, but he did really well tracking us down in no time even though we were like herding cats. The confusion was our fault not his. On the tour Rumi was wonderful. He had brought a binder full of pictures and references to show us Machu Picchu at different times in history and different references about the area. He was also very sensitive to my family members that had ability differences. He even held my mother-in-laws hands while she walked up and down the more precarious areas of Machu Picchu. Be aware that this isn't an easy hike. My father-in-law had a knee replacement a year prior to our trip and he struggled with the ups and downs and the length of the hike. If you are determined, like he is, you can do it but just be aware its not like an American National Park with rails and flattened walk ways. It was 100% worth it for all of us though. Thank you Rumi and Cusco Local Friend.
Timo W
Timo W
May 15, 2022.
Perfectly organised, great and knowledgeable guide. Unforgettable experience! From start to finish our tour was perfectly organised. During the planning of this trip Percy was our contact person. He replied quickly, proposed ideas and he felt really engaging en determined to create the best experience in and around Cusco for us. During our stay Abraham was our guide and we had a variety of drivers. Abraham was super knowledgeable and found the perfect balance between explaining but not overloading us with knowledge. All of the drivers were super punctual and drove us around very comfortable. We had some challenges as there was a strike in the region that we visited however we never noticed a thing about it. Percy contacted us in advance and was super flexible in changing our itinerary. When the train back from Aquas Calientes was fully booked due to the strike Percy upgraded us to make sure that we didn’t have to change our itinerary. If you are to plan your trip to Cusco make sure to use Cusco Local Friend as they will make sure that you will get an unforgettable journey.
E2WorldTraveler
E2WorldTraveler
May 14, 2022.
Remarkable World Wonder From the pre-booking, to booking, to post-booking, the information given and provided is spot on. Our tour guide was extremely knowledgable, gave an in-depth insight into the area and provided "theorized" answers to questions asked. Would rebook hands down without hesitation! September was a great month. Cool weather, slight rain encountered, which made the experience even better as the climate shifting throughout the day could be easily felt.
pandbburleigh
pandbburleigh
May 7, 2022.
Sacred valley tour Our guide Abraham was very knowledgeable, friendly and flexible allowing stops for photos. Edgar our driver had the van so clean and windows clear for taking pictures. He cleaned windows after each stop. We were a small group but had a wonderful experience. Would highly recommend these fine men. We did the Sacred VALLEY. Thank you so much. PAUL AND BARBARA BURLEIGH, CANADA








    Interested places or tours

    Places that you definitely want to visit in Cusco

    Machu PicchuSacred Valley sites (Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Maras Salt Pans, Moray)Classic Rainbow Mountain HikeHumantay Lake HikeAlternative Palcoyoc Rainbow Mountain HikeCusco CityRuins nearby CuscoWayna Picchu or Machu Picchu MountainAusangate 7 Lakes HikeShort Inca Trail HikeClassic 4 Day Inca Trail HikeClassic 4 Day Inca Trail HikeChoquequirao TrekAusangate Trek

    Places that you definitely want to visit in other destinations in Peru

    Lima CityNazca LinesParacas and Ballestas IslandArequipa City & Colca CanyonLake Titicaca (Uros floating island)Amazon Jungle: Tambopata National ReserveAmazon Jungle: Manu National ParkAmazon Jungle: Iquitos River CruiseHuaraz & Cordillera Huayhuash TrekkingGocta WaterfallsKuelap Lost CityTop beaches of Peru




    Phone

    Start Planning Here

    Thank you very much for stopping by and considering Cusco Local Friend for your visit to Cusco! Please complete the contact form below and we will get back to you promptlyWe guarantee that your emails will be replied to within 24hrs.









      Please provide at least two alternative tour start dates in order of preference. Write none if there are no other dates available for you.


      Consider only if your tour includes or finishes at Machu Picchu
      Waynapicchu MountainMachupicchu Mountain

      Prefer to speak with a local Expert?

      CALL US TODAY
      Call us today until 8:00 pm

      OFFICE HOURS
      Monday - Sunday | 8am - 8pm GMT
      (excluding national holidays)
      EMAIL
      ADDRESS
      Urb. Luis Vallejo Santoni D - 5, Santiago
      Award-winning Tour Operator

      Cusco Local Friend has been awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for the past five years in a row.