Discovering the Andes to Machu Picchu 05D & 04N
Discovering the Andes to Machupicchu 5 days & 4 nights
Cuzco Peru travel creating unforgettable journeys created this package Discovering the Andes to Machupicchu 5Day & 4Nights with the most essential attractions to do on your visit: Cusco City, Sacred Valley of the Inkas, Inka trail 2D & 1N and finally Machu Picchu. Cusco was the capital and the most important city during the Incan times. Since much time before the Incas culture until our times. Through Cusco´s streets you will find history, traditions, religions, etc. Cusco is the best place to start our journey through the history and learn more about this amazing culture.
The sacred Valley of the Inkas is basically the beginning of the trail to go to Machupicchu and we will have opportunities to explore both of them, Located in the heart of the Andes is one of the most impressive places in the area with beautiful and breathtaking scenery.
Then we will go to the most important attraction nowadays in South America and one of the new wonders of the world MACHUPICCHU.
Machupicchu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site virtually unknown to the western world until Hiram Bingham’s “Re” discovery in 1911.
- Arrival in Cusco.
- Cusco City Tour (in the afternoon)
- Overnight in Cusco.
- Sacred Valley Tour (full day)
- Overnight in Cusco
- Inka Trail to Machupicchu.
- Overnight inn Aguas Calientes Town
- Bus journey to Machupicchu
- Machu Picchu Tour with a professional tour guide.
- Train & bus journey back to Cusco
- Overnight in Cusco
- Departure from Cusco.
STYLE: Adventure, Cultural, historical and Archaeological.
DAY 1: ARRIVAL TO CUSCO & CITY TOUR
Our staff will be waiting for you at Cusco’s airport; they will be in charge to escort you to your hotel selected previously.
We highly recommend taking it slowly on your first day in Cusco! Rest a while to acclimatize to the altitude of Cusco City (its elevation is around 3,400m or 11,200ft above sea level). We also suggest drinking the Coca tea, minimizing physical activities, eating lightly and drinking lots of water to avoid altitude sickness.
In the afternoon, our Cusco City Tour starts between 13:00hrs to 13:20hrs; we will visit the sixteen century Cathedral of Cusco located in the heart of the city (Plaza de Armas) which contains over 400 paintings from the Cusqueñan School in addition to colonial art. Continues on to visit the “Qoricancha” (Temple of the Sun) as well as several impressive archeological inca sites such as: Sacsayhuaman the Royal House of the Sun, Q’enko the Pachamama or Mother Earth temple, PukaPukara the Red Control and Tambomachay the water temple. Our tour will be finished by the main square. You might like to enjoy a nice dinner out in one of the many restaurants nearby, or if you prefer you can enjoy the city night life of Cusco City, or we can also arrange to drop you off by your hotel.
DAY 2: SACRED VALLEY TOUR (FULL DAY)
After a delicious breakfast at our hotel, then our staff will pick you up between 08.00 to 08.20 Hrs. in order to start our day visiting the magnificent Sacred Valley of the Inkas. Our day starts at Pisaq first stop “PISAQ INKA SITE” it was an Inka agricultural experimental center the construction and location of this place is very impressive, here we will see the largest cemetery of the Sacred Valley after the visit we will have a lot of time to visit the handicraft market of PISAQ really famous market of the area.
After we will make our way to Urubamba agricultural area which have been the bread basket of Cuzco city during the Inka time, there a delicious buffet lunches will be waiting for us.
Right after, we will go to the last living Inka town OLLANTAYTAMBO an administrative, religious, astronomical and agricultural Inka town.
To end this great day on the way back to Cuzco we will stop at CHINCHERO one of the last towns of the ancient weavers and we will visit one of the houses to learn the ancient techniques of the Inkas.
Finally back to Cuzco end of our tour.
DAY 3: BEGINNIG OF THE INKA TRAIL
Early in the morning you will be picked up from your Cuzco hotel between 04.00 to 05.00 hrs, and then you will take an expedition train towards kilometer 104 (Chachabamba), where our adventure begins. Upon arrival we visit the archaeological sites of Chachabamba at 2250mt. / 7,380 feet above sea level. Here agricultural product from other areas where collected to be brought to Machu Picchu. Then we begin our walk towards Wiñaywayna. A long the way we have beautiful views of the Urubamba River and for sure you see many different kinds orchid family.
Unexpectedly, the amazing ruins of Wiñaywayna will appear in front of you. Your guide will show you this important Inca site located at about 2650 mt. / 8,692 feet above sea level. After another 10 minutes of hiking, you will arrive at the only lodge located in the area. This portion of the hike can be completed in about three hours. Here you will enjoy your box lunch. After lunch you will start a hike of about one hour and thirty minutes, which will take you to the sun gate or “Intipunku.” From the sun gate, you will have the first amazing view of Machu Picchu. Machu Picchu, after a rest, you will walk another 40 minutes until the historical sanctuary of Machu Picchu. From there, we will catch a tour bus that will drive you down to Machu Picchu town or Aguas Calientes. Once at the town, you will check in at the accommodation of your choice and then enjoy a delicious dinner at a local restaurant.
DAY 4: MACHUPICCHU FULL DAY
Early in the morning we will try to get one of the first buses to Machu Picchu. Going up by bus we get the first glance of Machu Picchu between the mountains on its saddle high over the Urubamba River. Once there our professional tour guide is going to show us the highlights of the place for about 2 hours and a half. We will learn about the importance – religiously and historically – of the place, and we will be able to appreciate the fine architecture of the Incas. After the guided tour you will have time for your own to go everywhere like go to the top of Wayna Picchu Mountain or the Inka Bridge. In the afternoon we will meet in Aguas Calientes to take the train back to Cusco.
Optional: Hike up Wayna Picchu, the peak overlooking the Machu Picchu Archaeological site. This hike is steep and takes about 3 hours round trip, but affords spectacular views of the surrounding Andes and views over the Machu Picchu citadel from above. Numerous Inca burials have been found in cavities on this mountain. Please let us know if you’d like to add this to your itinerary.
DAY 5: DEPARTURE FROM CUZCO
Depending on what time your flight departs from Cuzco; our staff will pick you up and escort you to the airport in a private transport. Once you arrive at the airport, our Discovering the Andes to Machupicchu 5D & 4N program concludes.
Included-Not Included & Price
- Transfers IN & OUT Airport / Hotel / Airport.
- All the other transfers in a private transport, quoted in this program.
- 03 nights lodging at selected hotel mentioned in our program, including breakfast.
- Specified meals in the program.
- Professional Tour Guides.
- City Tour in Cusco.
- Sacred Valley Tour.
- Entrance tickets to all the places mentioned in the program.
- Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu.
- Machu Picchu private guided tour.
- Round-trip train & bus tickets to go to Machu Picchu.
- Personal attention.
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED?
- Domestic flights: Lima to Cusco & Cusco to Lima.
- Excess baggage charges.
- Local, national or international calls.
- Optional guide and staff gratuities.
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