Cusco the Capital of the Incas, Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu 4 days 3 nights

  • Destination: Cusco, Machu Picchu, Peru, Sacred Valley
  • Duration: 4 days
  • Price per person: $470


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If you are trying to explore Cusco, the Inca sites and Machu Picchu in shortest time possible then this package will suit you perfectly. We combine city tour of Cusco, the Sacred Valley of the Incas and the Classic Train tour to Machu Picchu, giving you the opportunity to explore the most amazing sites and culture in Cusco area.

Itinerary

Day 1

Cusco Excursion – City Tour

Reception in Cusco airport and Transfer to Amaru Group Hostels we recommend you get an early flight so you can spend the morning relaxing and acclimatising to the altitude (in case you are arriving from sea level)!!

In the afternoon, the city tour of Cusco will give you the opportunity to discover the enigma of this marvellous city and the surrounding archaeological sites.
We pick you up from your hotel and bring you to the main Plaza de Armas at 1:30 pm, where you will meet you travel mates (in case of shared service). We start by visiting the main cathedral of Cusco where you can observe the colonial architecture and amazing paintings of the Cusqueña school (well known for its religious iconography painted by Cuscqueños)
Afterwards we take you to Koricancha (golden palace) and Santo Domingo convent. Here is a perfect example of the fusion of Inca and Christian cultures.

After your tour, we will take the bus and drive to the impressive Inca fortress of Saqsaywoman, where the rocks used to construct the site will amaze you, some of them weighing more than 300 tons.

The tour continues with the discovery of the underground temple of Quenqo, (labyrinth) with impressive rock carvings and tunnels carved into the solid rock. This religious temple dedicated to the worship of mother earth.
After a few minutes ride we will see a small fortress of Puka Pukara (red fortress) used as military control gate as entrance to Cusco. Walking few minutes we will arrive at Tambomachay (water temple), temple dedicated to worship the water and fertility. We return to Cusco at the end of the day, if you want, you can ask your tour guide to stop at one of the souvenir shops on way back.

Accommodation: Amaru Group Hostels

Day 2

Sacred Valley Cusco, Pisac, Urubamba, Ollantaytambo Aguas Calientes

The Sacred valley tour starts in Cusco at 8:00 am. We pick you up from your hotel and bring you to the bus, where you will meet your tour guide and your travel mates (shared service). We leave Cusco around 8:30 am in direction of Pisaq, descending to the Sacred River Urubamba. With a few stops along the way at various lookout points, we will arrive at Pisaq town, where you can enjoy browsing around the traditional handicraft market of Pisaq with enough time for local souvenir shopping. Afterwards we drive up the mountain where Pisaq’s ruins are located. Our tour guide will take you around temples, terraces, tunnels of this complex all the time enjoying the majestic view of the Sacred River and also the Intihuatana (sun clock).

Then we drive among the Sacred River passing by a colourful little town, where you can observe the descendants of the Quechua people wearing colourful ponchos. We stop in Urubamba town to take a lunch (we recommend a buffet lunch of Peruvian food) After a short rest we keep going until we reach Ollantaytambo, one of the last living Inca town. You will be amazed by the living Inca town, the impressive temple of the Sun, the intricate detail of the stone work, the terraces constructed to sustain the mountain and admire the temple in the shape of a lama.
You will have short time to explore by yourself this amazing complex, with its beautiful water fountains.

After explore the complex your tour guide will indicate you the train station from where you will take the train at 4:36 pm in direction to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Town) an incredible journey of 2 hours on a panoramic windows train takes you among the Sacred River of the Incas descending from high valley down to cloud forest, at 2000 m. changing the landscapes drastically in from of your eyes, you will be able to see the tropical mountain ending in snow carpet, and the small water falls shining on the hills, forming small rivers that goes down to meet the Sacred River. After this spectacular natural views you will arrive to Aguas calientes where the warm atmosphere will give a welcome with a typical jungle sounds.

Green Peru Adventures staff and a tour guide will be waiting with your name at the gate of the train station in Aguas Calientes and bring you to your Hostel. At 7:00 pm at your hotel, the tour guide will come to give you a briefing for the next day’s tour.

Accommodation:Hotel Hatun inti Classic

Day 3

MACHU PICCHU – OLLANTAYTAMBO – CUSCO

The day you were waiting for!! Wake up early with an early breakfast, we then start our day by climbing or taking the bus up to the entrance of the famous Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas. Avoiding the crowds, you will be one of the first visitors of the day. Your bilingual tour guide will take you around the vast ruins for about 3hrs, comprehensively explaining its historical significance and place in the Inca Empire. After this you have some free time to wander around. Machu Picchu is the best known of the Inca ruins, as it is recognized worldwide yet not mentioned in any of the writings of the Spanish Conquistadors. It is believed to have been constructed around the mid-15th century and was rediscovered by American historian Hiram Bingham in 1911. The guided tour of this fascinating place is an unforgettable experience. Visit the Main Square, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows, the Circular Towers, the Sacred Sun Dial and Burial Grounds.

After the excursion you can hike up the mountain behind Machu Picchu Huayna Picchu where you will have stunning views over the whole complex! However there are only 400 persons per day allowed, therefore you must let us know in advance. This, we have to book it, when we reserve your tour and has a cost of US$ 10.00 plus. Due Huayna Picchu is very fast oversold, we are offering Machu Picchu Mountain as a second optional climbing. The adventage of this hike is that its less crowed, but not less beautiful. The cost fot this climb are also US$ 10.00 per person.

Optional unguided walks include Inti Punku, the SUN GATE the traditional end of the Inca Trail, duration 45 min. and the Inca Bridge, duration 1 hr. Otherwise simply relax and take in the inspiring atmosphere. After your free time you can walk down to the town of Aguas Calientes for a late lunch or a dip in the hot springs (not included). In the afternoon you take the train back. A frequent bus service takes visitors back to Aguas Calientes, where you will catch the train to Ollantaytambo on the late afternoon then tourist bus on to Cusco.

Meals: Breakfast.

Accommodation: Amaru Group Hostels

Day 4

Free day Cusco

According to your flight or bus schedule, we will give a free walking tour around the city of Cusco, to discover the enigma of this city and at the same time you can do some souvenir shopping. Then transfer to the Airport or Bus station to your next destination.

Meals: Breakfast

Included:
  • Pick up and transfers in and out from Cusco’s Airport
  • Local cell phone
  • 24 hour support from company owner
  • 2 nights in Amaru Group Hostels Cusco in Standard Private Rooms with breakfast (single persons pay US$ 40.00 extra per night)
  • Tourist bus (12 to 20 people as shared service for City Tour and Sacred Valey Tour)
  • City tour Cusco
  • Sacred Valley tour
  • Machu Picchu tour by train
  • Tourist wide window Train Tickets to Machu Picchu
  • Entrance fees for Machu Picchu
  • Bus both ways to Machu Picchu and down to Aguas Calientes
  • English professional tour Guide in all the tours
  • 1 Night Hotel real Machu Pichu inn or similar in Aguas Calientes
  • 3 Breakfasts
Not Included:
  • Cusco Tourist Ticket. We recommend you to buy the general tourist ticket that allows you to visit 15 places, including the ruins of Cusco and the museums. Also is included to visit the Sacred Valley sites,
  • Koricancha 10 soles “Sun Temple” with in city tour
  • Entrance to Cathedral 25 soles with in City Tour
  • Meals during the tour (except breakfast).
  • Hot Springs in Aguas Calientes 10 soles (US$ 4)

 

Optional 

* Extra night in Aguas Calientes in case you don’t want spend a night in Cusco. (on double occupancy, you have to book it in advance to organise your train ticket for the following day).

We recommend that you bring the following:
  • Your original passport (to control your train ticket and entrance fee to Machu pichu)
  • Original ISIC ID if you book your tour as student.
  • Day back pack (train luggage limit is 5-6 kg)
  • Warm clothes for the early morning and evening.
  • Water
  • Camera and extra batteries
  • Rainjacket or poncho (being close to the jungle weather is unpredictable)
  • Change of clothes
  • Basic toiletries
  • Sun protection (sun cream, hat).
  • Insect repellent (must be number one in your list)
  • Torch or heat light (if you decide to walk on the morning to Machu Picchu)
  • Comfortable shoes,
  • Extra money (prices in Aguas Calientes can be higher than anywhere else in Peru)
What we need when you make a reservation:
  • Full name as it is written in your passport (please include a scan copy of your passport)
  • Passport number
  • Nationality
  • Date of birth
  • Scan copy of your ISIC student card (if you have one its $18 US less)
  • Departure date for the trail
  • 60% deposit of the tour´s price by booking online, western union, PayPal, ABN AMRO bank in Holland, the remainder of the balance is paid at our office in Cusco.

Price US$ 470.00 per person
price based on two people.

Single person pay US$ 40.00 for single accommodation per night
Up grade hotel in Cusco up to your needs.

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Term and Condition

 

With each tour you book with Green Peru Adventures, you are a free walking tour offered by the mysterious and historic city of Cusco. Here you will be guided by one of our multilingual, professional guides.

We look forward to an unforgettable experience of your trip.