5 DAYS TRADITIONAL MACHU PICCHU

DAY 01: Arrival in Cusco + City Tour

Upon your arrival to Cusco, we will take you to the hotel and then join your guide for a briefing about the wonderful tour that awaits you. Today, begin the day with a tour in Cusco and enjoy the sights of Cusco (the capital of the Incas) with the indigenous and colonial heritage. The remaining of the day is free time where you can explore Cusco’s nightlife or try some of its many typical restaurants.

Afternoon: City Tour with a visit to Cathedral

We will pick you up at 14:00 am from your hotel to start the tour and visiting the following places:

– The Koricancha: Temple of the sun.

– Sacsayhuaman: Majestic place with impressive works in stone, some up to 120 tons.

– Q´enqo: (Labyrinth) a religious center dedicated to the adoration of the Earth.

– Puca Pucara: (reddish place) that was used as a military control center.

– Tambomachay: (Temple of the Water) a center of adoration and worship of water.

 

DAY 02: Full day Sacred Valley tour

After breakfast, we will pick you up from your hotel at 8:00 am. This is a full day excursion to the Urubamba Valley. The Valley is (31km)/ (19mi) from Cusco, and at an altitude of 2,970m/9,700 ft. Pisac is located at the entrance of the Sacred Valley where you will be able to appreciate the mixture of color and tradition. You will be able to test your bartending skills, interact with the local craftsmen and purchase their hand-made souvenirs.

Followed by Pisac is Urubamba where we have a delicious buffet lunch at the Tunupa restaurant. Then, we continue to Ollantaytambo, the oldest continuously occupied town due to the beautiful ruins on the terraces. The narrow streets of Ollantaytambo, along with their canals, have been well-preserved from the time of the Inca Empire. They evoke their ancestral inheritance and give you a taste of what it would have been like living in this time.

The last visit will be the Chinchero market. Chinchero is believed to be the mythical birthplace of the rainbow. Its main attraction is the colorful Sunday market which is less tourist-orientated than the market at Pisac. In the end, we bring you back to the Plaza de Armas in Cusco at 6:30 pm approximately.

 

DAY 03: Cusco to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu town)

This morning you are picked up at 8:00 am to head off to the train station to board the train to Aguas Calientes, the gateway to Machu Picchu. The train leaves at approximately 11:30 am (time may change depending on availability and changes in the time table). After a 3.5-hour journey with majestic views, you arrive at Aguas Calientes to spend the night. Also known as Machu Picchu Pueblo, this town lies in a deep ravine below the ruins. Its cut off from all roads and enclosed by stone cliffs, towering cloud forest, and two rushing rivers. Aguas Calientes is surrounded by thermal hot springs so on arrival there is plenty of time to relax and enjoy a steamy bath in the natural springs.

Things to do in Aguas Calientes:

– Visit the Machu Picchu ‘Manuel Chávez Ballón’ museum and orchid exhibition. This is open from 9am to 4.30pm, and is a 35 minute walk down the road from Aguas Calientes to Puente Ruinas. It is a very illustrative museum that gives you an interesting introduction to Machu Picchu.
– Thermal baths -10 soles per person.

 

DAY 04: Machu Picchu in its Glory – Big Day!

This is it! Wake up early for breakfast before our guide picks you up from your hotel at 5:40 am to begin the short bus journey to the gates of Machu Picchu where you will watch the sunrise. After entering Machu Picchu, you begin a guided walking tour (approximately two hours) around the Inca ruins. After this experience, enjoy some free time to explore the mysterious city.

After enjoying a magic time in Machupicchu, you will take the bus down to Aguas Calientes for lunch later we will board the train back to Ollantaytambo. Upon arrival to the train station, we will pick you up and take you back to your hotel in Cusco.to the train station, we will pick you up and take you back to your hotel in Cusco.

 

DAY 05: Departure from Cusco

After breakfast, we take you back to the airport of Cusco according to your flight itinerary.

All transfers in / out to the airport
Round trip train tickets to Machu Picchu with Inca Rail Company
Round trip bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
4 nights accommodation at Casa Andina 3 star hotels (or similar standard)
4 breakfasts at the hotel
Private guided tour in Machu Picchu
Entrance fee to Machu Picchu
City tour of Cusco + entrance fee
Sacred valley tour + entrance fee

International and local airfare
Entrance fee to the hot springs in Machu Picchu (US $ 5)
Meals where not otherwise stated
Optional: Climb up the Wayna Picchu Mountain at Machu Picchu
Gratuity

OPTIONAL ITEMS TO TAKE AND CAN BE HIRED FROM US
Pair of walking sticks (20 US $)
Rain Poncho (10 US $)

USD $ 860, – pp