Highlights of Cusco and Machu Picchu

5 days - 4 nights
Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu
Overview
  • Hike the Royal Inca trail to the lost citatel of Machupicchu.
  • Visit the local traditional market in Cusco and see how life is for local people.
  • Walk around the cobbled streets of Cusco accompanied by our expert guides.
  • Tour through the scenic and fertile Sacred Valley of the Incas
  • Delight your senses in some of the exquisite restaurants available in Cusco.
  1. Morning arrival in Cusco and transfer to your hotel. Afternoon pick up from your hotel for your private walking tour of Cusco.
  2. Pick up at your Hotel for your Sacred Valley tour. Overnight in the Sacred Valley.
  3. Spectacular train ride to the starting point of the trail. Disembark at KM 104 where you will meet with your guide for the hike and the next day's Machupicchu tour. Late afternoon arrival. Overnight in Machu Picchu town.
  4. Early morning guided tour of Machu Picchu Sanctuary (About three hours tour). After the tour, free time for some explorations on your own. Afternoon return by train to or Poroy station and transfer to your hotel in Cusco. Overnight in Cusco
  5. Morning pick up at your hotel for your transfer to the airport. Flight from Cusco to Lima.
Departures:
Daily departures year round, except in February
Destinations:
Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu
Reservation code:
IT25
Day by day

Day 1 Cusco

On arrival to Cusco our representative will meet you at the airport to take you to your hotel. The rest of the morning will be free to relax and acclimatize.

In the afternoon your guide will meet you at your hotel for a private walking tour of the city. We will visit Nazarenas square, the artisan’s neighborhood of San Blas and its beautiful colonial church, on the way we will visit the famous 12 angle stone and returning from San Blas we will visit the main square of Cusco. We will continue to the market of San Pedro, a vibrant, colorful market giving you an inside look at the local culture of the city.
 From the market we will take our car to the archaeological sites of Sacsayhuaman and Qenko. Finishing back at your hotel. 

The rest of the afternoon is free. This is a good moment to do some shopping. Cusco offers high quality garment in Alpaca wool, silver jewelry, and other fine handicrafts.


Note: If you prefer you can opt to have a SIC (Seat-in-Coach Basis Tour, which means you will share an air-conditioned coach or van with other tourists and you will have an english speaking guide) or Private City Tour with your own english speaking guide and transport. The itinerary starts visiting the Cathedral of Cusco on the Plaza de Armas and continuously the temple of Qoricancha, also known as the temple of the Sun. After these visits, we will continue to the upper part of Cusco to visit several archaeological sites. The first stop will be at Sacsayhuaman, a ceremonial complex of the Incas. We will also visit Qenqo, Puka Pukara and Tambomachay. At the end, we will return to Cusco and drop you off at your hotel.

Overnight in Cusco

No meals included

Day 2 Sacred Valley

This will be a full day tour where you will enjoy the varied landscapes of the beautiful Río Urubamba Valley, known as “Valle Sagrado de los Incas”, along the way we can see attractive colonial towns and isolated villages of indigenous communities that continue their tradition for weaving, pottery and agriculture. Main attractions will be the handicraft markets and the lofty Inca citadels of Pisac and Ollantaytambo, it is definitely the perfect match between a cultural experience, the andean sunlight and delicious typical food.

We will visit first the famous Pisac Colorful Indian market to see the handicrafts and taste delicious empanadas baked in huge typical ovens. Afterwards, continue to the Pisac ruins above the town for a visit of the Sun Temple and admire the many surrounding terraces. We will continue to Urubamba to enjoy lunch, then off to one of the original Inca towns of Ollantaytambo to be amazed by the ruins that sit in front of the quaint town.  At the end of our tour we check-in to our hotel in the Sacred Valley.

Overnight in the Sacred Valley
Breakfast and lunch included

Day 3 Short Inca Trail - Machu Picchu

Transfer to the train station of Ollantaytambo to take the scenic train journey to the starting point of the trail. We disembark at Km 104 to begin the hike of the recently discovered ancient Inca trail to Machu Picchu. We cross the Vilcanota (Urubamba) River climbing up through abundant vegetation that is home for hundreds of bird and orchid species. We will emerge from the cloud forest at Wiñaywayna which is a beautiful ceremonial site divided into two sectors and fashioned from finely-carved stones fitted together with great precision. We will continue our hike to the Sun Gate where we wil get our first views of Machu Picchu; here, the final stretch of the royal Inca trail will take us to the citadel itself, hidden in undergrowth for four centuries and now laid out for our appreciation. From the Sanctuary we will take the bus to Aguas Calientes town and to your hotel.

Note: Keep in mind that for the Inca Trail you will need a trekking permit; permits usually sell out and it is advisable to book this tour at least three months in advance in order to have the permits confirmed. If the Inca trail is fully booked we can organize a day hike in the Sacred Valley or you can travel by train to Macchu Picchu and hike to the lesser know parts of Macchu Picchu area. 

Overnight in Aguas Calientes town.
Breakfast and box lunch included

Day 4 Machu Picchu

After breakfast your guide will accompany you for an early bus for the sunrise at Machu Picchu. The first buses start leaving at 5.30am and take 30 minutes to get to Machu Picchu. The doors to Machu Picchu open at 6am.You will have about 4 hours for your visit in the Citadel when you will be able to enjoy this magnificent place before the crowds arrive later in the morning. Our professional guide will slowly show you around the main areas recounting myths and legends passed down over the centuries and explaining about some of the advanced building techniques the Incas used. After the tour will be time to head back down to the town by bus. Here you can find many restaurants offering lunch and afterwards you will board the return train through the Sacred Valley to Poroy town with a transfer back to Cusco arriving at approximately 8.30pm.

Overnight in Cusco
Breakfast included

Day 5: Fly to Lima

It is time to say goodbye to Cusco, at a scheduled time, we will transfer you to Cusco airport for your flight to Lima, then you will have time to relax until your scheduled international flight.

Optionally we can offer you a transfer service to Miraflores where you have plenty of restaurant options for lunch or simply walk down the Malecon and a convenient time a pick up for the airport for your international flight.

Breakfast included

 

Included

Included

Hotels included:
Two nights in Cusco, One night in the Sacred Valley, One night in Aguas Calientes
Entrance tickets:
All entrance tickets for the places to visit mentioned in the program
Excursions:
All excursions as mentioned in the program
Guide:
Official guides during excursions.
Machupicchu:
Roundtrip bus tickets and entrance tickets to the Sanctuary
Meals:
Meals as mentioned in program
Train:
Train round trip to Machu Picchu town/Poroy

Not included:

  • International flights
  • Two Domestic flights Lima/ Cusco/Lima. 
  • Tips: Tips at airports, hotels and tips for guides, drivers or other personal.
  • Insurance: Travel insurance
Hotels

Hotels

Cusco

  • 3
    Category: Economic

    Encantada

    Hotel Encantada is far from the noisy streets, but still located in the centre and close to the Sacsayhuaman ruins. The Encantada Boutique Hotel is a marvellous place located in the higher part of Cusco's city centre.

    All 15 rooms are divided among three floors in this modern styled hotel; on the upper floor there is a rooftop terracce and a spa. From both places you'll have an excellent view over the city, the surrounding mountains and the rooftops of San Blas while listening to the sound of the birds in the trees close by. The services of the Spa are exclusive guests of the hotel and must be reserved in advance. 

    The lobby is decorated in a very modern way with leather furniture, dark brown colours and offers a tranquil atmosphere, especially with the fire burning. The Internet, fruits and hot water for drinks are free to use and can be found in the hotel's lobby.

    Plenty of natural light enters the spacious rooms because of the large windows.

Machu Picchu Pueblo

  • 3
    Category: Economic

    Andina Luxury

    Rooms at the Hotel Andina are spacious and the riverside rooms have spectacular views of the mountains and river. All rooms have a bathtub and the six luxury rooms of the hotel include a Jacuzzi. All rooms have flat screen 32'' plasma TVs with cable. Hotel Andina Luxury has a sauna, a hot whirlpool, a massage centre and a restaurant in the basement; these new facilities are available to enjoy since a few monts.

    Hotel Andina is the perfect choice when looking for a modern, new hotel at a reasonable price.

    The hotel also has a conference room, which can be used by groups for free.

Sacred Valley

  • 3
    Category: Economic

    Inkallpa Sacred Valley

    Hotel Inkallpa in the Sacred Valley is a wonderful new hotel located in a small community called Yanahuara, about 20 minutes from the train station in Ollantaytambo. It took the Peruvian family, the Mayos, two years to construct this little paradise and they have operated this hotel from the beginning.

    While at Hotel Inkallpa, surrounded by mountains and silence, it will certainly feel like you're very far away from the civilization, but no....with a simple 20 minute drive you're at the Ollantaytambo train station, from where your train leaves to Machupicchu.

    Many people stay one night in the Sacred Valley and then start their journey onto Machupicchu. Hotel Inkallpa, however, is a place where you can spend more than a day relaxing, reading or meditating without feeling bored. At the end of July, their spa will also be ready and so you will have the opportunity to order a massage or to take a bath in their Jacuzzi.

    A small river, complete with fountains and waterfalls, runs through the green fields and makes sure the flowers are showing their finest colors throughout the year. When lucky, the fruit trees are in bloom upon your check in and you can pick your own peaches, raspberries are any other fruit growing on the property.

    Because of its lovely climate and beautiful scenery, the Sacred Valley is an excellent place to practice outdoor sports like horse riding, white water rafting, mountain biking, and paragliding or rock climbing. All these activities can be done in just one day with the start and end from Hotel Inkallpa. After a day full of activities and upon your return to the hotel, one suggestion would be to get a massage before going to your room to enjoy the sunset falling down over the Sacred Valley of the Inca's from your balcony with a glass of wine.
     

Prices

2019

  Occupancy Economic 3* Comfort 4* Luxury 5*
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* Prices for 2022 (we are working on it)