Machupicchu and the Sacred Valley

7 days - 6 nights
Lima, the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and Cusco
Overview

Discover the Andes at your own pace. Imagine yourself traveling with a highly knowledgeable friend and with your own transportation, avoiding the crowds and seeing some of the rarely-visited wonders of Peru. Explore the heart and soul of the Inca civilization in style and comfort as we fill out your days with the best of Cusco, The Sacred Valley and Machu  Picchu. A care-free week of adventure, history and culture in comfort as we make our way through the valley to the lost city of Machu Picchu. Returning to Cusco you will find unique treasures this marvelous city holds for the discerning traveller.

  • Tour enjoying the breathtaking landscapes of the Andes. 
  • Indulge your appetite with the wonders of Peruvian cuisine
  • Marvel with the incredible stonework of the Incas
  • Take in breathtaking views at Machu Picchu
  • Discover and walk through the ancient Salt pans at Maras
  • Wander around traditional artisan markets in the Sacred Valley
  • Take the chance to relax in the hot springs at Aguas Calientes
  • Explore the unique Inca and Colonial streets of Cusco with our knowledgeable guides.
  • Experience the vibrant colonial city of Lima

 

  1. Arrival in Lima. Transfer to hotel. Overnight in Lima
  2. Morning flight from Lima to Cusco.Tour to the Sacred Valley of the Incas.Visit to Pisac Ruins and market.Lunch at a Hacienda. Overnight in the Sacred Valley.
  3. Private excursion in the Sacred Valley (Maras salt pans, Moray terraces, and Chinchero town). Overnight in the Sacred Valley.
  4. Morning train to Machu Picchu. Private guided tour of Machu Picchu Sanctuary. Overnightin Aguas Calientes Town.
  5. Free morning to explore Machu Picchu on your own. Afternoon return to Cusco. Overnight in Cusco.
  6. Morning private Cusco city tour inlcuding two archaeological sites. Afternoon at leisure.
  7. Morning flight to Lima. Afternoon Lima city tour. Evening international flight.
Departures:
Daily departures all year round
Destinations:
Lima, the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and Cusco
Reservation code:
MP7
Day by day

Day 1 Arrival in Lima

On your arrival in Lima, our representative will meet you at the airport to transfer you to your hotel. For customers arriving in the late evening we offer the option to spend the night at the four-star Airport Hotel which is directly connected to the airport. If you opt for the airport hotel make your own way over to the hotel and check in. You will find that the hotel is just a short walk from the airport arrival lounge. Please collect your Chaska Tours holiday hotel vouchers that will be waiting for you at the reception desk of the Hotel. 

Overnight in Lima
No meals included.

Day 2: Arrival in Cusco and transfer to the Sacred Valley

Transfer to Lima airport. Flight from Lima to Cusco.

You will high up in the Peruvian Andes to Cusco, once the capital of the Incas Empire where you will learn more about the Andean culture as the city itself represents the center of indigenous Quechua culture.

On your arrival in Cusco, our representative will be waiting for you with your guide to proceed on your tour to Pisac, a small town located in the Sacred Valley. En route you will stop at Awanacancha center, a place where you will enjoy time to learn about the traditional techniques of weaving and dying the natural fibers that local people obtain from the south american camelids. You will also have a chance to feed and see the different camelids like llamas, alpacas, vicuñas and guanacos.
Your next stop will be Pisac, a colonial town well known for its traditional market, then you will visit the archaeological site located on top of the town, lunch will be provided in a nice colonial hacienda. After lunch you will be transferred to your hotel in the Sacred Valley where you will spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure to acclimatize to the altitude.

Overnight in the Sacred Valley.

Breakfast and lunch included

Day 3 Sacred Valley of the Incas.

Today you will visit a very beautiful area of the Sacred Valley, with your private guide you will stop in Chinchero, a town well known for its efforts to keep alive the traditional weaving techniques, proud of showing it to the world, here you will have a weaving demonstration and after you will visit the ancient part of the town, you will continue to Maras, a little adobe town situated in a beautiful secluded part of the Valley, not far away from the town you will discover the ancient salt pans, where local people nowadays still continue extracting salt, lunch will be provided in a nice spot on the way to Moray where you will explore the magnificent agricultural terraces, a place it is said was constructed to acclimatize some species of plants brought from other areas; it was also an Incan laboratory in order to investigate and improve Andean farming techniques.

Overnight in the Sacred Valley.

Breakfast and lunch included

Day 4 Machu Picchu

This morning you will ride on the train from Ollantaytambo with breathtaking views to Machu Picchu town.

On arrival to Machu Picchu towm the hotel staff will be waiting for you to take you to your hotel.  Your guide will be waiting at your hotel and after dropping off your luggage you will take the bus up to Machu Picchu Sanctuary.

In your way up to the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu you will have spectacular views from the Mountains and the typical flora and fauna of the mysterious Cloud Forest. It is highly recommended to have lunch in Sanctuary Lodge Restaurant located in the entrance of the Citadel, enjoying the atmosphere of this magical place and then have a quiet guided tour after noon, with less crowds and the chance to see the amazing sunrise.

With your Official guide you will visit the enigmatic Citadel of Machu Picchu following a specific route where you will walk through the different sectors such as the Urban and Ceremonial and other places of interest. You will also have time for taking memorable pictures. We are sure that this will be a unique experience!

The Citadel of Machu Picchu was declared by UNESCO a world heritage in 1983. It is believed to have been built in the 15th century and abandoned by the Inca Empire when the Spaniards conquered them. The locals always knew about the ruins and some locals lived around it. The ruins were brought to the world’s attention in 1911. Visit the Sun Temple, the Room of the Three Windows, the Royalty sector and more.

Note:  New regulations have been stablished for the visit to Machu Picchu since 2019, according to these statements there are certain schedules for the visit, with the Machu Picchu ticket you can stay 4 hours as maximum in the Citadel. Please notice that Machu Picchu is open from 6:00 am to 5:30pm. aumentar 

Overnight in Machu picchu town
Breakfast and lunch included.

Day 5 Free morning in Machu Picchu or Optional Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain Peak

Today you will have free time to explore Machu Picchu on your own pace.

You have the option to return to Machu Picchu Sanctuary and explore the site for a second time with a private guide or you can choose to visit the waterfalls of Mandor. Optionally you can choose to climb one of the Mountains in Machu Picchu: Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain Peak:

These short treks inside the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu will make your day spectacular! You will hike up through Inca’s original paths that will lead you towards magical places within the Cloud Forest. With every step you will get fascinated by the beautiful views of the famous Andean Mountains. You can have a taste of the real Inca Trail doing this trek and appreciate the architectonic magnificence of the Incas.  You have to see it with your own eyes!

If you are staying at the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo hotel (4 stars category), you can opt to do one of the various excursions on the hotel grounds which include bird-watching, orchid and nature hikes with specialist guides as the Hotel is located inside the cloud forest, also you can enjoy the Unu Spa, characterized by a mystical Andean approach. The natural products are derived from local botanical extracts (mint, eucalyptus and orchids), offering a spiritual, sensual and relaxing experience.          

Please make sure you check out of your hotel before you leave for the Sanctuary and to pick up your luggage and to be at the train station half an hour before your train’s departure.

Return to Aguas Calientes and enjoy lunch on your own. Then board your train to the Poroy or Ollantaytambo station. Private transfer to your hotel in Cusco.


Note:  Tickets are subject to availability. There are schedules for the visit to one of the Mountains, with the Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu tickets you can stay inside the Park for 6 hours and with the Machu Picchu + Machu Picchu Mountain Peak ticket for 7 hours maximum.  The visit for one of the mountains has a moderate grading that requires a good physical condition although effort is well worth it. The Huayna Picchu hike is easier and takes less time than Machu Picchu Mountain Peak.

Overnight in Cusco
Breakfast included

Day 6 Cusco City Tour

Free morning to relax and explore on your own. In the afternoon we will pick you up for your City Tour. First, we will visit 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.
 

Note: In private service you will first have a tour by foot through the city, visiting Qoricancha the Inca Sun Temple, the Plaza de Armas and the Cathedral, enjoying the atmosphere of the city by observing the well-preserved colonial architecture that conserves Incas original stone walls, evidence of a rich and complex history. We will continue our way until we get to San Pedro Central Market where the locals shop for Andean grains, fruits, natural medicine plants and more. Afterwards, drive up above Cusco for a visit of the spectacular Sacsayhuaman Inca complex with stupendous stonework, Qenko a place of rituals and then we will visit the house of Sulca to see the lovely textiles made by hand.

Return to your hotel. Rest of the day at your leisure.

Overnight in Cusco
Breakfast included

Day 7 Flight Cusco/Lima. City tour of 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. On arrival to Lima our representative will meet you from the exit gate, it is advisable that you go straight over to leave your luggage in the airport storage.

Then you will be transferred to the drop off/pick up point in Miraflores in front of the Marriott Hotel. You will have free time for lunch.

In the early afternoon you will be picked up from in the drop off/Pick up point in front of the Marriott hotel for your guided Lima city tour in group service.

We first visit Lima’s Historical Center, which was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1988, and a Cultural Patrimony in 1991.

We will visit the colonial sites of the Plaza Mayor, the Presidential Palace, the Cathedral, the Archibishop’s Palace. Right after we visit the San Francisco Monastery and Catacombs. We continue to modern section and visit the suburbs of San Isidro and Miraflores. On our way we will pass by the Huaca Pucllana, a pre-Inca pyramid shaped temple.

Then we will visit the Parque del Amor (Lovers Park) and enjoy refreshing views of the Pacific Ocean as we drive down to the Miraflores Malecon, a road overlooking the ocean. At the end of the tour you will be dropped back to Marriott Hotel were you have free time until your evening scheduled transfer to return to the airport for your international flight.

Breakfast included

Included

Included

Hotels included:
One night in Lima, two nights in the Sacred Valley, one night in Aguas Calientes and two nights in Cusco,
Entrance tickets:
All entrance tickets for the places to visit as 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 on day 4
Meals:
Meals as mentioned in the program
Train:
Train to Machu Picchu (roundtrip)

Not included:

  • International flights.
  • Domestic flights Lima/ Cusco/Lima.
  • Tips: Tips at airports, hotels, restaurants and tips for guides, drivers or others.
  • Entrance ticket & bus tickets for Machu Picchu on day 5 
  • 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.
     

Lima

  • 3
    Category: Economic

    Runcu

    Hotel Runcu is a modern hotel set on a relatively quiet street in a safe area of Miraflores.

    The hotel is only 2 blocks away from the Pacific Ocean and the beautiful waterfront parks of Miraflores and it is  10 minute walk to the busy area of Parque Kennedy, where you find many restaurants and shops.

    Rooms are clean and comfortable, the staff is helpful and friendly. Hotel Runcu received a certicate of excellence from Tripadvisor in 2011.
     
    The hotel serves a personalized breakfast on the 8th floor of the hotel from where you have a nice view of the surroundings. 
     

Prices

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

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