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Who We Are

We are the 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. We care about every guest we take on tour. Don’t get lost in the crowd and join us on our private and semi-private tours for an unforgettable tour experience! 

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Who We Are

Who We Are

“Imagine having a friend who lives where you want to travel, has experience in tourism and can guide you every step of the way. In Peru, that friend can be us!”

We are the 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. We care about every guest we take on tour. Don’t get lost in the crowd and join us on our private and semi-private tours for an unforgettable tour experience! 

Our travel experiences are led by friendly, professional, enthusiastic and knowledgeable “local friends” who will not only share with you their knowledge of the must-see attractions but also their favorite local attractions, their expertise, their insights into the Peruvian culture and the daily life of locals. 

What We Do Best

We create unforgettable experiences around Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley, Cusco, Inca Trail, Rainbow Mountain, Hiking in the mountains, and more. We will take care of the rest and show you that getting out of your comfort zone has never been so comfortable! As Local Guides, we work both the field and behind the scenes so we not only organize them but we conduct all our Guided Tours

Machu Picchu

Sacred Valley

Rainbow Mountain

Inca trail



Our aim is to create meaningful experiences while touring the main destinations. We also want to help Travelers experience the authentic Andean culture, customs and of course, enjoy the best of Peruvian cuisine. Most importantly, We want to help you make the most out of your valuable time in Peru with personal and exclusive itineraries. There will not be large, anonymous herds but exclusive personalile Experiences.

Our Story

We are Hugo and Percy, Local Guides and Travel Planners  (we call ourselves local friends) We both have 10+ years of guiding experience in the Machupicchu, Cusco, the Sacred Valley areas. We both are native to the Sacred Valley; born and raised in this beautiful land and obviously, we both share the passion for our history, the culture and show them to visitors.   

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 willing to explore more, have more time at the visited sites, however, it was not possible due to strict itineraries of the tour companies.  

So we thought: “what travelers need is more personal, flexible and customer-oriented tours led by friendly real local Guides” so that, we created “Cusco Local Friend” – the first Tour Guide company made of a team of Local Tour Guides who know the ins and outs of the tourism industry in the region.





Our guests enjoy our full attention and service through the entire experience. We are dedicated tour guides, NOT just drivers who drop you off and meet you later.


Our team of guides are well informed locals who reveal the essence of our region. Sharing the best local secrets, stunning sights, our local culture and unique history in the city and beyond.


With over 10+ years of combined adventure and tour guiding experience, you are in very good hands. We provide safe, fun and unique private and semiprivate tour experiences.


We are here for our guests. If anything can improve your experience we will make it happen. We adjust every tour to best suit the travel style and requirements of all our guests.


Imagine having a friend who lives where you want to travel, has experience in tourism and can guide you every step of the way. In Peru, that friend can be us!

This is the team that makes the tours and experiences happen!


Cusco Local Friend has been awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence due to the most consistent 5-star reviews in Cusco, the Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu for exceptional levels of service and care.

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.
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.
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.
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


Imagine having a friend who lives where you want to go, has experience in tourism and can guide you every step of the way. In Peru, that friend can be us, your Cusco Local Friend. We are based in the Cusco area and Machupicchu. Our aim is to assist travelers who are considering Peru, especially the Cusco Region as their next destination to travel. 

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