PACKAGE DETAILS | CUSCO CITY TOUR – SACRED VALLEY – MACHU PICCHU
Day 1: CUSCO CITY – INCA RUINS
We will meet you at your hotel lobby at 1:00 pm to begin this tour. From here you will head to Cusco’s Plaza de Armas where you will visit the famous cathedral. After touring this sacred church you will continue on foot with your group through an ancient Inca built street from the Plaza de Armas to Qoricancha, the Temple of the Sun. In Qoricancha you will see the clash between Inca culture and Catholicism, and you will have the opportunity to see firsthand the difference in building methods. The Inca constructions here are amazing as this was the main temple of the Incas, where all their highways used to depart from. The high altar made in bronze in the Catholic church is one of the highlights.
From Qoricancha your group will walk down Avenida El Sol, where you will take your bus to drive up and outside of the city. It will take 25 min until you arrive to the majestic Inca site Sacsayhuaman, where your guide will lead you around. You will have extra time to explore on your own.
From Sacsayhuaman, you will take a short bus-ride to Quenqo. Here, you will see ancient altars from Inca times! Next, we will continue to Puca Pucara, a small circular Inca site. Finally, you will visit Tambomachay, the temple of water with its impressive water fountains.
We will drive back to Cusco, and the tour will end in the main square. (Private tours will end back at your hotel)
Hotel in Cusco
Day 2: CUSCO – PISAQ – OLLANTAYTAMBO
We will pick you up at your hotel in Cusco around 8:00 am and begin our journey. We will meet up with the rest of the group and drive to Pisaq Inca Ruins. These are amazing ruins that are located on top of one of the mountains in the Sacred Valley. There are hundreds of terraces still used today for agriculture and where the Incas farmed corn, potatoes, and quinoa. We will also see the religious and astronomical side of the Incas at these ruins. It is an amazing place to take photos as you will be on top of the Sacred Valley, with nearly endless views.
We will get back in the car to drive to the Pisaq market and town. This is the most traditional market and another great place to purchase gifts. You can also experience some local delicacies – many of the local farmers bring their vegetables here to sell. This is also where we will stop for our lunch break.
We will drive through the Sacred Valley after lunch to Ollantaytambo. Ollantaytambo was an Inca checkpoint where they protected Machu Picchu and the valley against any enemies (Ollantay is the name of the leader, Tambo is a lodging place). After your tour, you have extra time to wander around the site before dinner, which you have in any one of the local restaurants. In the evening you will head to the train station, which is around a 15-minute walk from the center. Your train will depart at 7:00 pm to Aguas Calientes, which will be a 2-hour journey.
Hotel in Aguas Calientes
Day 3: MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO
Today is the most important day as we will be visiting Machu Picchu. Because it’s so special, we encourage you to wake up early in the morning to enjoy breakfast at the hotel and then get to the bus station to try to catch one of the first buses, which begin at 5:30 am (they are a first come first serve basis). This bus will take around 25 min to get to Machu Picchu. As soon as you arrive, there will be a rendezvous to observe the sunrise (if the weather allows) in order to get a spectacular view of the Lost City of the Incas. You will then have a 2 hour guided tour around Machu Picchu, with plenty of free time afterward to explore on your own. If you have tickets to climb the amazing mountain of Huaynapicchu, your guide will direct you to where this hike begins. Please make sure this is arranged at least a month in advance of your visit, as tickets do sell out. It is $25 USD per person. Once you finish exploring Machu Picchu, you will take a bus down to Aguas Calientes for lunch. You will take an afternoon train back to Ollantaytambo and then a private bus will be waiting for you to return to Cusco and drop you off at your hotel.
Hotel in Cusco
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We recommend buying the 10-day tourist ticket for 130 Soles, which will give you access to all of the ruins sites in the Sacred Valley and in Cusco and give you access to other attractions and museums in Cusco as well.
IN MACHU PICCHU:
If you are looking for an extra challenge once you arrive at Machu Picchu there are some excellent hiking options.
SUN GATE: It is a short hike up from the ruins and is always available and free to the public. This is a wonderful place to visit with amazing views of Machu Picchu.
HUAYNAPICCHU MOUNTAIN: The most famous additional climb to do while there and provides spectacular views of the ruins and surrounding area. This must be booked in advance and costs an additional $25/person. The climb takes 45 minutes and is moderately difficult. This is not recommended if you have vertigo or do not like heights.
MACHU PICCHU MOUNTAIN: Another great option to climb up and see the ruins from down below. 1.5 hours a steep climb and can be very physically demanding, but the spectacular views from the top definitely make it worthwhile. An additional $25 per person and usually does not sell out.
Groups of more than 5 people
Students with a valid international ID presented at time of booking
Children under 17