Cusco Cultural Tours

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Half day (1-5 hrs)
Availability : Available any day with 2 people
Max People : 12

About the Cusco Cultural Tours

Why not join a cultural tour and take in some interesting activities while you are acclimatizing to Cusco’s altitude before a trek? From salsa dancing to chocolate-making, cooking classes and more, we’ve got a hands-on activity for everyone. Immerse yourself in Cusco culture and make the most of your stay in Peru’s cultural capital!

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Get your hands dirty as you dig into a pottery workshop. Learn about how chocolate is made – and then sample the results! Discover Peru’s unique culinary tradition and try your hand at creating some traditional dishes. All this and more await you on our vibrant Cusco Cultural Tours!



Prices are per person in USD, based on group size. We do not have fixed-date group departures. If you do not want to book a private tour, please see our Trekkers Wanted page for a list of open departures within your dates.

2 people


4-6 people


7-8 people


9-12 people


High quality personalized experience

Unique, off-the-beaten track routes

Experienced staff

Verified sustainability practices

$20 of every trek donated to Threads of Peru

Important Details About the Cusco Cultural Tours

What is Included?

  • Inclusions on cultural tours depend on which activity(ies) are chosen. Send us an Enquiry for more details.

What is Not Included?

  • Inclusions on cultural tours depend on which activity(ies) are chosen. Send us an Enquiry for more details.

Optional Extras & Upgrades

We offer you the opportunity to personalize your trip and make your experience more comfortable through our Optional Extras and Upgrades. All options are available during the reservation process; please ask your sales consultant for more information.


    • Any upgrades or trip extensions must be requested at time of booking.

What to Pack

Cusco can experience every season in a single day, so you should be prepared for sun and rain, cold and hot weather! We recommend a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, sweater, rain gear or plastic poncho, winter hat or toque and gloves. In addition, you should bring:

    • A light day pack to carry your things
    • Water bottle and snacks
    • Money for snacks, souvenirs and tips

You can also see What To Bring for our comprehensive recommendations on what to pack for a trek in the Andes. For more great suggestions, check out our blog about How to Prepare for a Trek in Peru.

Available Discounts

    No discounts available for this tours.

Guides & Safety

Our whole trekking team know the city of Cusco and the surrounding regions like the back of their hand! They are some of the warmest, endearing and wonderful people you are ever likely to meet.

Our guides are all licensed and receive regular training. They share their experience, professionalism, knowledge and enthusiasm with our passengers on every trek.

Get to know our team!

Trekkers Wanted

Want to join a trek or tour? Ready to confirm a departure date of your own, but interested in having others join you? Then Trekkers Wanted is for you! Our innovative Trekkers Wanted system matches people up who are interested in hiking the same trek or doing the same tour, bringing costs down and multiplying the fun for everyone!

Read More about Trekkers Wanted, post your trek or search for confirmed departures!

Important Info

  • These excursions are operated by independent providers and not by Apus Peru. The exact itinerary and inclusions are at each provider’s discretion and Apus Peru is not responsible for deviations from the information presented here, or for the quality of the services provided.
  • The times cited in this itinerary are approximate.
  • The program is subject to change, due to weather and other unexpected circumstances

Ready to Book?

  • Does this trek sound like just what you were looking for? If you’re ready to book or just want to find out a bit more information, fill out the Inquiry Form in the top right-hand corner of this page to get the ball rolling. You’ll be connected with one of our amazing sales people who will be able to turn your dream of hiking in the Andes into a reality. For more information on the entire booking process, please see our How To Book page.
  • Travel insurance is a must! World Nomads offers travel insurance for adventure activities.


Choose one or more of the following activities for our Cusco Cultural Tours, to dive in a bit deeper into what Cusco has to offer:

Art & Traditional Andean Culture

Cusqueñan and Contemporary Art Tour (Duration 5 hours)

    This is a cultural tour for those who wish to delve deeper into the Cusco art scene while also gaining greater insight into Peru’s Art History. We visit the Museum of Pre-Columbian Art (MAP), then continue to the bohemian neighborhood of San Blas to visit the most famous artisans of Cusco, the Mendivil family. From here we visit the workshop of Maximo Laura whose tapestries are rich in color. After this, you will have a didactic pottery class where you will learn different techniques and create a beautiful piece of art.

Bailamos! An Intro to Salsa & Latin Dance (Duration 1.5 hours)

    Want to learn how to groove the night away Latin-style? Join a resident salsa instructor, for a specially-designed beginner salsa and Latin dance workshop.

Casa Mantay: Leather-making Workshop (Duration 3 hours)

    Casa Mantay is a home for teenage mothers with nowhere else to turn. They provide a safe place for them to stay, raise their children and go to school. While there, Casa Mantay residents are also taught a trade which they can continue once they leave the program: leather-making. They learn the basics of designing, cutting and sewing leather into beautiful yet functional contemporary products.

    On this cultural tour, you’ll get a tour of this wonderful facility, visit the leather-making workshop and even make your own leather keychain to take home! You’ll end the morning with a lunch shared with all the girls and their children in the communal dining room.

Culinary Delights

Rooftop Cooking (Duration 2 hours)

    This tour is a culinary experience with a unique insight into Peru’s food and culture through the use of regional products like quinoa, spicy yellow pepper, and trout. With their patient chef you will create fusion gourmet dishes and enjoy the most spectacular views that the city has to offer. The class starts with a 30-minute tour of the traditional open-air San Pedro market. Afterwards we will head to the 11th floor Rooftop Kitchen facility, with breathtaking views of the city. The class consists of the preparation of an appetizer, main course, and Pisco Sour.

Chocolatey Delicacies

Mini Chocolate Chef Workshop (Duration 40 minutes)

    This is a short and easy explanation of the chocolate-making process for people who are in a hurry. Great for kids and families! You leave with your own handmade chocolates, filled the way you like! Suitable for ages 5+ and chocolates will be ready 45 minutes after the class.

Bean to Bar Chocolate Workshop (Duration 2 hours; starts at 11am, 1:30pm or 4pm daily)

    Learn the entire chocolate making process starting with the cocoa tree from the Peruvian Jungle. You will prepare three drinks during this cultural tour workshop: cacao tea, Mayan hot chocolate and European hot chocolate. You leave with your own handmade chocolates filled just the way you like them! Enjoy bringing them back to your friends and family. Chocolates ready 45 mins after the workshop.

Learn How to Make Truffles (Duration 2 hours; starts at 11am, 1:30pm or 4pm daily)

    Truffles are easy to prepare and excellent gifts for any occasion! You will leave with your own handmade chocolate truffles and filled chocolates. Truffles will be ready 30 mins after the workshop.


Planetarium Cusco (Duration 2 hours; departs at 5:30pm and returns at 7:30pm)

    The “Planetarium Cusco” is probably the most original planetarium in the world. Located only 15 minutes away from downtown Cusco, the Cusco Planetarium is a cultural interpretation center of Incan astronomy, a Planetarium of the southern skies and an amateur observatory – all this merged into one experience and surrounded by an incredible natural environment.

    The experience covers what the Incans believed about the universe, a workshop about constellations in the Southern sky, and – weather permitting – a view through the observatory’s telescopes.

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