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Best Day Hikes Cusco & Sacred Valley

Peru is famous for the Inca Trail and other multi-day hikes, but if you are short on time or looking for a day to acclimate for a strenuous multi-day trek, there are plenty of trails to discover in this part of Peru. From the snowcapped peaks of the Rainbow Mountain and Ausangate 7 Lakes to the Sacred Valley Urubamba, These one-day day hikes are the best way to explore the amazing mountains in the Sacred Valley and Cusco. Taste the local food, admire the natural beauty, explore the ancient ruins, and interact with locals in far-off Quechua villages.

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Best Day Hikes Cusco & Sacred Valley

Day Hikes in Cusco & Sacred Valley with a Local Guide

Peru is famous for the Inca Trail and other multi-day hikes, but if you are short on time or 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. 

For those with a few extra days to explore, Cusco and the Sacred Valley offers a great selection of amazing day hikes. The Sacred Valley of the Incas is a must-see destination in Peru. Just one hour away from Cusco, it’s a destination full of adventure, culture, and glimpses into local Andean life. The best hikes enable travelers to explore ancient Inca Ruins, remote mountain communities and stunning landscapes, then return to their hotel in time for dinner. Explore an Inca fortress perched atop a spectacular waterfall, Hike through ancient terraces with sweeping views of the Sacred Valley, Enjoy a picnic lunch from a unique vantage point over Ollantaytambo. Chat with local farmers and learn about a way of life that has remained largely unchanged since Inca times. 

Looking for a more serious multi-day hike, check out our Machu Picchu treks and our Alternative treks. 

Best Day Hikes in Cusco & Sacred Valley 

The following are the best hiking experiences in Cusco and the Sacred Valley, these hikes are enhanced local experiences and you will be accompanied by your own local private tour guide.

Sacred Valley Hike to Hidden Inca Ruins

Sacred Valley Hike to Hidden Inca Ruins

Cusco - Huchuy Qosqo Ruins - Lamay - Sacred Valley
(21)
Sacred Valley Hike to Hidden Inca Ruins, Huchuy Qosqo Hike A full-day hike through the highlands of Cusco to Huchuy Qosqo ruins, with spectacular Andean scenery, rich history, and the fascinating culture of the region's indigenous people.
  • Hiking
  • Local Culture
  • Archaeology
  • Scenic Vistas
Full Day from
$ 160
per person
Best Sacred Valley Hike Huaypo Lake

Best Sacred Valley Hike Huaypo Lake

Cusco - Sacred Valley Hike - Huaypo Lake
(38)
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 a lesser-known route with a beautiful Lake? This day trip is perfect for those i
  • Hiking
  • Local Culture
  • Family
  • Culinary
  • Scenic Vistas
Full Day from
$ 150
per person
Ausangate 7 Lakes Day Trip from Cusco

Ausangate 7 Lakes Day Trip from Cusco

Cusco - Pacchanta Village- Ausangate 7 Lakes
(28)
Ausangate 7 Lakes Day Trip from Cusco Explore one of the Highest Mountains in Peru, Ausangate on a day trip from Cusco. Avoid the massive crowds with our exclusive itinerary on a private or semi-private experience from Cusco. Our Ausang
  • Hiking
  • Local Culture
  • Wildlife
  • Culinary
  • Scenic Vistas
Full Day from
$ 160
per person
Sacred Valley Hike on Hidden Inca Trail

Sacred Valley Hike on Hidden Inca Trail

Cusco - Chinchero - Urquillos hike
(29)
Sacred Valley Hike, Hidden Inca Trail, Urquillos 1 Day Hike This is a picturesque and charming trail with impressive ancient Inca ruins, some remains of Inca Trail along cascades, with dazzling mountains and sweeping views of tall peaks of
  • Hiking
  • Local Culture
  • Archaeology
  • Family
  • Scenic Vistas
Full Day from
$ 160
per person
Short Inca Trail 2 Days to Machu Picchu

Short Inca Trail 2 Days to Machu Picchu

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 best of the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu on an amazing 2-day adventure, take the 7-h
  • Hiking
  • Archaeology
  • Wildlife
  • Train journeys
  • Scenic Vistas
2 Days from
$ 520
per person

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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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