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Essential Machu Picchu Journey 4D

Essential Machu Picchu Journey 4D
Trip name: Essential Machu Picchu Journey
Trip Length: 4 Days
Type service: Group Tour Type itinerary: Customize
Destinations: Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu
Activities: Cultural & History/Family
Difficulty / Physical Activity

* Easy – nothing more than normal walking while sight-seeing

Comfort

** Moderate to superior-class accommodations, combined with basic accommodations or camping

Highlights: Cusco, Catedral, Koricancha, Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Pisaq ruins and Indian Market, Ollantaytambo Fortress, Machu Picchu Citadel

Amazing Machu Picchu wonder the Lost City of the Incas & Sacred Valley

Have a fascinating 4 day tour of the cultural and archaeological treasures of the Incas. Visit the ancient Inca capital of Cusco, the beautiful Sacred Valley and the Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu. Visit the Incan citadel of Machu Picchu and explore the colorful and lively city of Cuzco where colonial customs intermingle with Andean tradition

Itinerary

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrival to Cusco – City Sightseeing Tour

Upon arrival, reception and transfer to your Cusco Hotel; where you’ll be welcomed with coca infusion tea (“mate de coca”) that will help you to get used to the altitude – free morning to take a leisurely walk around the ancient capital of the Incas or to acclimatize to the high altitude setting.

After lunch at 1:30pm; Cusco tour including the Cathedral, Koricancha, Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Pucapucara and Tambomachay. Our tour will beginning on to the Main Square of Cusco. You’ll enter the Cathedral of Cusco and see the beautiful woodwork and colonial paintings containing extensive Incan iconography. Visit the Korikancha (Temple of the Sun) on which the Santo Domingo Convent was built. Legend says this temple was completely gold coated, which impressed the conquerors upon their arrival.

Ascend to the Archaeological Park of Sacsayhuaman and visit the Cuidadela. This is the royal house where they admired the Sun God but also worshiped younger gods. Admire this large structure and enjoy the magnificent landscape which brings peace and tranquility. Next, visit Qenqo, the old temple of the Puma. Inside you can see a sacrificial altar made of a huge stone. At Tambomachay, you’ll see the sacred fountains of life and health. Pucapucara safeguarded the city gates and the Fortress of Sacsayhuaman. The tour ends with a detailed visit of the city of Cusco – Overnight at Cusco Hotel

  • Meals Included: None

Note: We highly recommend you arriving to Cusco between 9 to 11:30am

Day 2 – Sacred Valley of the Incas

Breakfast at the hotel; pick up from the hotel at 8:30am for your full day tour to the impressive Sacred Valley of the Incas, explore the beautiful Peruvian countryside with a full-day tour of the magical Sacred Valley. First place, you will visit the town of Pisaq, famous for its bustling market. This native town was once where “exchange transactions” took place. In this type of transaction, customers would exchange one good for another instead of using currency. Visit the market of Pisaq where you can purchase beautifully crafted products hand-made by the locals.

On Sunday, the main attraction is a mass celebrated in Quechua and conducted in Spanish. It is attended by the mayors and their attendants who play traditional musical instruments called “pututos.”

Afterwards, you’ll enjoy a typical Peruvian lunch (included in price) before visiting the fortress of Ollantaytambo.

Next, you will visit the impressive ruins of Ollantaytambo fortress. These magnificent ancient ruins serve as great vantage points to look out over the valley. Originally the royal estate of Emperor Pachakuteq during the Inca Empire, this site later served as a stronghold for Manco Inca Yupanqui in the Inca´s final rebellion against the Spanish. Stop in Ollantaytambo where you’ll spend the night – Overnight at Ollantaytambo Hotel

  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3 – Full Day Machu Picchu and back to Cusco

Breakfast at the hotel; full day Excursion to Machu Picchu; take train from Ollantaytambo railway station to enjoy 1 hour and 40 minutes scenic rail tour to Aguas Calientes (Expedition Train).

Upon arrival at Aguas Calientes station, you’ll board a small bus and head up to the ruins of the “sacred city”, Machu Picchu. Your expert guide will walk with you through the main streets of these amazing ruins. Stroll through town squares and climb delicately carved stone stairways. Esoteric wisdom holds Machu Picchu as the new spiritual center of the world. There will be time to be alone and fully embrace this magnificent wonder of the world, letting this once in a lifetime experience set in. After the tour you’ll have time to stroll around the archaeological Site at your leisure.

Then, you will have time to perform some of the following activities by yourself (not included in the price):

  1. Climb to Wayna Picchu; for the most adventurous people, we suggest to go up the Wayna Picchu from where you can appreciate the immensity of Machu Picchu, even more amazing being high and distant.
  2. Walk to Sun Gate; opportunity to walk (approx. 1 hour) up to the Sun Gate (Inti Punku)

Lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge Restaurant in Machu Picchu (included in the price)

Train back to Cusco: In the afternoon you’ll return to the train station in Aguas Calientes for the trip back to Cusco (Vistadome Train) – train departure to Cusco; upon arrival to Cusco reception and transfer to the Hotel

Overnight at Cusco Hotel

  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4 – Cusco Depart

Our representative will assist you and transfer to the airport and say goodbye.

  • Meals Included: Breakfast

Includes

Services included

All mentioned land transport (bus, etc.), Hotel accommodation with breakfast, entrance to parks and cultural sights, guided visits and mentioned excursions, English/Spanish speaking guide to accompany visits and excursions, all transfers, meals as indicated in the itinerary, Train tickets (Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes with Expedition Train and Back to Cusco with Vistadome Train)

Services not included

International airfares, domestic flights

Airport departure (US$ 30 per person for international flights and US$ 6.5 for national flights) taxes or visa fees, excess baggage charges, additional nights during the trip due to flight cancellations, alcoholic beverages or bottled water, snacks, insurance of any kind, laundry, phone calls, radio calls or messages, reconfirmation of flights and items of personal nature, personal equipment, obligatory personal insurance and meals which are not mentioned, Entrance fee to Wayna Picchu Mountain

Flights

Domestic flights are not included in the price; you’ll need to book the following

Day 1 – Arrival to Cusco – City Sightseeing Tour

Lima to Cusco in the morning; you can buy with Peruvian Airlines – www.peruvian.pe

Day 4 – Cusco Depart

Cusco to Lima; you can buy with Peruvian Airlines – www.peruvian.pe

Other companies that you can buy domestic flight tickets will be StarPeru www.starperu.com LAN www.lan.com OR AVIANCA  www.avianca.com.pe

Hotels

Hotels to use for this Package

City Tourist Class Superior Tourist Class
Cusco Sueños del Inka

www.suenosdelinka.com

Hotel Los Portales Cusco

www.losportaleshoteles.com.pe

Eco Inn Cuzco

www.ecoinnhotels.com

Novotel Hotels

www.novotel.com

Hotel Costa del Sol Cusco

www.costadelsolperu.com

Sonesta Posadas del Inca Cusco

www.sonesta.com

Ollantaytambo El Albergue (Standard room)

www.elalbergue.com

El Albergue (Superior room)

www.elalbergue.com

Pakaritampu

www.pakaritampu.com

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