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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. 

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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
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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
$ 790
Cusco City - Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu - Rainbow Mountain
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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
$ 690
Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu - Rainbow Mountain
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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
$ 590
Cusco - Sacred Valley - Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu
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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
$ 490
Ollanta Train Station - Km 104 - Sun Gate - Machu Picchu
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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
$ 520
Cusco Airport - Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu - Cusco city
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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
$ 990

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

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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
$ 100

Sacred Valley Extended Day Tour

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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

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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
$ 125

Best Sacred Valley Hike Huaypo Lake

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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

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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
$ 130

Rainbow Mountain Tour & Red Valley 1-Day Hike

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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
$ 130

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
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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
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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
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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

Cat Z
Cat Z
January 26, 2022.
We love Cusco Local Friend! Lovely tour of Sacred Valley! We visited Chinchero, Moray, the Maras Salt Mines and Ollantaytambo. Percy was extremely helpful and communicative, going above and beyond to make the best suggestions and be flexible with our travel situation. Our tour guide Hugo was super friendly, talkative and informative. He introduced us to a few unique and off the beaten path options like a stop to drink some homemade chicha, a casual 1-hour hike down the Maras Salt Mines that ended up in a small village near the Urubamba River, and many pit stops to see additional sites, photo ops and interesting history lessons. Our driver Edison was also very polite. We would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a private, detailed tour of anywhere in Cusco!
SaltySunburns
SaltySunburns
January 10, 2022.
A wonderful Sacred Valley day tour! Percy helped design a tour for us during the day including our transport from Ollantaytambo to Cusco. The price was very fair and we had an amazing day, including a memorable lunch at a little spot with llamas everywhere! Our guide Carlos was super knowledgeable, friendly and professional and I'd recommend Cusco Local Friend to anyone!
Scotty W
Scotty W
December 31, 2021.
Peru’s Sacred Valley Tour These guys are amazing! They were extremely helpful, knowledgeable, and made sure I was always well taken care of. They were also reasonable on prices. Highly recommended!
peacher2017
peacher2017
December 6, 2021.
3rd trip with Cusco Local Friend exceeded expectations ! Last July / August I took my 3rd trip with Hugo from Cusco Local Friend. Just like my two previous trips with them, it completely exceeded all expectations. And I’m already planning a 4th trip with them this coming summer! Hugo and Cusco Local Friend are the reason we fell in love with Peru. Hugo is professional, flexible, very knowledgeable and most of all FUN! The first two trips ( 2017 and 2018) I traveled with my two very food allergic daughters (allergies to dairy, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, seafood and sesame). Hugo and Mario asked a lot of questions, took the allergies very seriously, and found us some great restaurants. We even ate a pachamanca lunch with Hugo’s parents on their farm. So delicious. This time, I traveled alone. I texted Hugo my list of places I wanted to visit, things I wanted to do, and how long I wanted to spend in each location. He created the perfect itinerary and made the most of my time in Peru. We hiked for three days - Rainbow Mountain ( Vinicunca ), Seven Lakes ( Siete Lagunas ), and the alternative Rainbow Mountain - Palccoyo. The hikes were so stunningly beautiful. Hugo planned the hikes perfectly. He paid attention to health and safety and carried supplemental oxygen, snacks and water for me. And, he made them fun! We also visited the Potato Park ( Parque de la Papa ) , spent the night with a host family, and visited Pisac. We were supposed to do a food tour on my last day in Cusco, my my stomach was a bit upset. So he planned some alternative things to do. He also arranged my COVID test prior to my flight home. I can’t wait for my next trip with Cusco Local Friend! Call or text them with WhatsApp at +51 984 585 909 or +51 996 550 700. Email at CuscoLocalFriend@gmail.com . Have a great trip!
Ferhat D
Ferhat D
November 2, 2021.
Perfect 👍🏻 Hugo was a great and knowledgeable person. He was so friendly and very patient with our questions. As a group, we really enjoyed our trip. I highly recommend him!! Thank you very much for the great experience, Hugo!!
shama842018
shama842018
November 2, 2021.
nice Everything went well. The tour was organised as individually as possible and all our wishes were taken into account immediately. Good guys, I recommend them.
Ahram A
Ahram A
October 26, 2021.
Thank you Hugo! I want anyone to know that you can trust Hugo from Cusco Local Friends. My wife and I spent 4 different days with Hugo hiking into Machu Picho, Rainbow Mountain, and on a beautiful, secluded hike to the Sun Gate above Ollantayambo. Hugo made everything easy with private car pick ups from the airport, and he is very knowledgable about the history of every place. I would hire Hugo again anytime when I go back to Peru. Thank you my brother! Ahram + Jennie
Andrew De Donato
Andrew De Donato
October 14, 2021.
Fantastic Tour on Short Notice Hugo was a fantastic guide to spend the day with. He met us in the morning at our hostel in Aguas Calientes and helped us get set up for the day as we picked up some last minute items like snacks, water, and insect repellant. We took the bus to Machu Picchu together and once we got to the site, he provided a really in-depth and interesting tour. He had great answers to every follow up question we had, took fantastic photos throughout the day, and was generally just a really nice and helpful person! I learned so much and will definitely use Cusco Local Friend again next time I visit. I should also add that I originally reached out to him only two days before we were slated to be in Aguas Calientes and he was easy to work with on such short notice and able to source some hard-to-find entry tickets for the time we wanted to visit.
Jessica K
Jessica K
August 17, 2021.
MAGICAL TOUR DURING OUR AMAZING HONEYMOON!! Hugo was truly our Local Friend! We had an amazing tour of Machu Picchu that made our Honeymoon even more fantastic than it already was. He gave us some very interesting and amazing details about the ruins and Incan culture. We would love to return to Peru to learn more and hop on another one of his tours. On top of everything, he even met up with us the next day to help us in Cusco get our Covid Antigen tests so we could fly home (We originally didn't know we needed them to return). Absolutely fun and professional man. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!!
Bean
Bean
July 15, 2021.
Best tour experience ever! The best thing I can say about our 3 days touring with Hugo is that we left having made a great friend and look very forward to seeing him again. He led us on sensational tours of Ollantaytambo, Moray, Maras, Chinchero, Pisca, Rainbow Mountains and gave us valuable advice, counsel, and information for our self guided tour of Machu Picchu. Every day seemed to exceed the grandeur and historical significance of the previous day. Each day, with Hugo's terrific guiding, we found ourselves more captivated with Peru and it's history. Hugo is incredibly well versed in the history and lore of the Cusco region and is thoughtful and engaging in sharing his knowledge. He adjusted our tours to meet our needs, interests, age and fitness levels. He was always gracious, thoughtful, kind and understanding. If we were ahead of schedule Hugo always had an additional archeological site or worthwhile additional "something" to see. Sarah and I have travelled throughout the US, Scandinavia, Europe, and Southeast Asia. This was the single greatest travel experience we've shared. And a great deal of the credit is due to Hugo's thoughtful, caring personality and his singular interest in making each of his participants have a fully developed, well organized, educational, and enjoyable experience. I can't make a stronger recommendation than to say using any other tour service in the Cusco region would diminish your experience compared to what Hugo and Cusco Local Friends would give you.








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