It depends on what you want to do. If you are trekking to Machu Picchu or taking the train I would advise booking in advance. However, if you want to do day trips around the Sacred Valley you can easily book tours and drivers on arrival in Cusco. It's a beautiful part of the world - enjoy!
Alicia about 2 years ago
By the way, if you would like save on your trip from Cusco to Machu Picchu by avoiding the train and using, bus, taxi and walking along the train line, this article explains how to do it: http://outofyourcomfortzone.net/how-to-get-from-cusco-to-machu-picchu-for-less-than-31-soles-or-10-usd/ about 2 years agoAnswered by Mario Cunha via WorldNomads.com
The later the better unless you are doing the Inca trail which needs to be booked months in advance, however you will get far cheaper deals if you book there.
Coco Peru Travel does a great and really cheap deal for the inca jungle trek to machu pichu, I think it was $150 for everything.
Have a great time! about 2 years ago
We have just returned from Peru. As of July 1st they have changed the requirements for entry into MP and now everyone must enter in one of two waves. The first is from around 6 am to noon and the second is from around noon to 430. They do not actually rush anyone out at noon, but they do have circuits in place (three of them) that you must follow. If you get off the path or try to go the other way on a one way path they will whistle at you and call you back. There are guides waiting at the bottom offering tours for around 30 soles and guides at the entrance offering the same. You can go in without a guide, you just have to stick to the circuit. You can also exit at least once and come back in if you want to do a different circuit.
As for booking in advance, there were several people I met at the hostel that bought tickets the night before and the morning of. However, if you want to climb either Montaña or Huayna Picchu you should book in advance because they only allow 200 people up a day and those tickets do sell out more often than not.
In Cusco you can get a free walking tour of the city, they do survive on tips, that is well worth the two hours. We picked ours up in the Plaza de Armas. In the plaza there are several different tour companies and you can haggle with them over prices a bit for Sacred Valley and Cusco tours. We booked our Sacred Valley tour on Thursday night and went Friday morning. 8 months ago