ANCIENT CUSCO TO MACHU PICCHU 4 DAYS

Duration: 4  Days

GENERAL INFORMATION

A classic 4 days’ journey through Cusco the capital of the Inca Empire admiring colonial and Incan architecture and feeling the spirit of the city. Then off to the Sacred Valley of the Incas experiencing and immersing yourself into its culture and history. Finally, explore the magnificent Machu Picchu, one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

AT A GLANCE

  • Day 1 Arrive Cusco airport – Half Day City Tour – Cathedral at Plaza de Armas – Qoricancha – Sacsayhuaman – Qenko Hotel in Cusco
  • Day 2 Sacred Valley Tour – Awanacancha Llama farm – Pisac ruins + market – Lunch – Ollantaytambo ruins – Train station – Train to Aguas Calientes Hotel in Aguas Calientes (B, L)
  • Day 3 Bus to Machu Picchu – Tour – lunch in Tinquy Restaurant – Bus to Aguas Calientes – Train to Ollantaytambo or Poroy station – Transfer to Cusco Hotel in Cusco (B, L)
  • Day 4 Depart Cusco(B)

Itinerary

Day 1  Welcome to Cusco – City TourArrive at the Cusco airport and our staff will greet you with a smile and private transfer to your hotel. Relax and have lunch
before commensing the excitement in Cusco.  Stroll the ancient city of Cusco with your guide, visiting the Plaza de Armas (main square), and tour the Cathedral with its stunning altars, wooden carvings, and brilliant art pieces. Walk to the Qoricancha, the Golden Sun Temple, once a favorite of the Incas. Afterward, delve into the local lifestyle with a visit of the San Pedro Market, where you will see many exotic fruits and more.  Take a scenic drive above Cusco, for a tour of the impresive Sacsayhauman, with its enormous stone structures. Move on to Qenko, a mysterious place that was used by the Incas to perform mumification and rituals.  Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure shopping or visiting museums.
Hotel selection in Cusco

4* Casa Cartagena Boutique, Novotel, Costa del Sol Ramada, El Mercado, Antigua Casona San Blas, Sonesta Cusco, Casa Andina Premium, Tocuyeros Boutique
5* Belmond Nazarenas, Belmond Monasterio.

Day 2 Sacred Valley of the Incas – Train Ride to Aguas Calientes

Depart Cusco in the morning with your professional guide driving through the Sacred Valley of the Incas, admiring the surrounding Andes Mountains in the lush valley.  Our first visit takes to the Awanacancha Center to get acquainted with the camelids of Peru. Explore the Inca ruins of Pisac by walking around the archeological site, sightseeing the Sun Temple, water channels, and the stunning terraces that surround the site. Later, we will drive down to the village of Pisac to stroll through the colorful handicraft market where you can pick up some souvenirs. We will take a scenic drive through the Vilcanota River to the town of Urubamba to have a delicious lunch.  Moving forward to the Inca town of Ollantaytambo we will come upon the grand archeological site with huge terraces that face town. Next take a pleasurable stroll around the Inca village to admire the well preserved Inca design.  Afterwards, a picturesque train ride to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Town) admiring the lovely landscapes and drop of elevation.  Enjoy a comfortable night in a hotel of your choice.
Hotel in Aguas Calientes
Breakfast and lunch included
Hotel selection in Aguas Calientes
3* Retama Machu Picchu, Waman, La Cabaña, Hatun Inti Classic, Jaya Machu Picchu, Ferre Machu Picchu, Casa Andina Standard
4* Casa del Sol Machu Picchu, El Mapi by Inkaterra, Hatun Inti Boutique,
5* Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo, Sumaq. Optional route: You can do Chinchero, Maras, Moray instead of the above.

Day 3 Machu Picchu Tour – Train ride to Ollantaytambo or Poroy Station – Cusco

Our guide will meet you at the agreed time to walk to the nearby bus station for a ride on the shuttle bus to Machu Picchu, a 25-minute ride. Inhale, exhale as you finally reach the breathtaking Machu Picchu, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Wow at last! Enjoy a fantastic historical walking venture with your guide of this impressive citadel observing the  guardhouse, main temples, royal tomb, sacred plaza, and more. After a fabulous time return to Aguas Calientes, (Machu Picchu Town) to have lunch before boarding the train to the Ollantaytambo or Poroy station. Return to your hotel in Cusco.
Hotel in Cusco
Breakfast and lunch included.

Day 4 Farewell Cusco

Morning, afternoon, or early evening transfer to the airport for a flight to your next destination.
Breakfast included **Add more days in Peru. Consult us.
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Optional extra cost

  • Add extra day at Machu Picchu (consult us for price)
  • Add Huayna Picchu or Montaña Hike extra cost during booking
  • Upgrade from Expedition train to Vistadome or Hiram Bingham or First Class train with Inca Rail on return (consult us for price)

Included

  • Transfer IN/OUT Cusco
  • Private transport + Driver
  • English speaking guide
  • Private tours of Sacred Valley + Machu Picchu
  • Meals as per program
  • Entrance tickets: Full tourist Ticket for the ruins in the Sacred Valley Cusco, entrance to Cathedral Qoricancha
  • Tourist Train to Aguas Calientes Return train to Ollantaytambo or Poroy station
  • Cusco: 2 nights
  • Aguas Calientes: 1 night
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu
  • Bus Tickets: Round trip from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu and back to town
  • Train: Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo or Poroy station
  • Transfer from the train station to Cusco
  • Complimentary water 1 bottle per person day 1

Not Included

  • Travel Insurance (highly recommend it)
  • Domestic flights (let us book for you with LATAM with confidential rates)
  • Huayna Picchu or Montaña hike
  • Anything not mentioned in program
  • Tips

What to bring

  • Physical Passport
  • Daypack
  • Carryon luggage per person for one night up to 6 kilos (rest of luggage you will leave in hotel storage)
  • Hat or cap for sun protection
  • Sunglasses
  • Comfortable broken-in walking shoes with good sole grip
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Sunblock
  • Insect repellent
  • Moisturizer
  • Light jacket for cool morning or night
  • Rain poncho in case of rain
  • Canteen to refill water
  • Camera
  • Wet wipes
  • Small towel
  • Snacks
  • Personal medicines and first aid items
  • Cash for tipping etc

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