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Machupicchu Tour – 5D/4N

Overview

Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machupicchu and Rainbow Mountain.

Come experience the energy that flows from each of the rocks that make up this impressive fortress that stands in perfect harmony with its beautiful surroundings. Discover Machu Picchu: one of the most important Inca legacies.

Visited Areas:  Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machupicchu and the Rainbow Mountain & Red Valley.
Minimum: 2 passenger.
Operation: All year.

Itinerary

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DAY 1:  SALT MINES, MORAY & CHINCHERO.

We will pick you up from your hotel at 8:00am. This tour introduces to some of Cusco’s most interesting Inca sites. It starts with a visit to the Colonial town of Maras and its church. From Maras, continue to the nearby Inca site of Moray, a magnificent series of terrace circles set into the ground that were once used by the Incas for experimentation with crops, then we will visit the salt mines, which have been in use since Pre-Incan times. Water from a subterranean stream is channelled through pools where it evaporates and leaves behind pure salt crystals. With thousands of stark white pools stretching down the valley, the views are stunning.

Finally, we will travel to Chinchero where we will then walk through the beautiful village and visit the Textiles workshop where we will watch a demonstration of local weavers who are still using traditional Inca patterns and techniques for dyeing fabric. Here you will have time to browse the shop which sells Inca style purses, tablecloths, wall hangings, and many other colorful and exquisitely patterned artisanal goods.

Lunch will be at a restaurant in Urubamba.

The train trip to Aguas Calientes is just under two hours, descending into the Cloud Forest, where you will see orchids, bromeliads and ferns. Our representatives will meet you just outside the train station, upon arrival and lead you to your hotel.

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DAY 2:  MACHUPICCHU “THE LOST CITY OF THE INCAS”

Today is an amazing day! You will visit the famous Sacred City of the Incas. You will determine, with your tour guide, the best time to start your day. Most people prefer to rise at 4 a.m. walk to the bus station to take one of the first buses up to Machu Picchu. It can be enjoyable to arrive at the ruins as soon as they open, at 6 am.to catch the magical mists on the ruins as the sun rises. After a 25 minute bus ride to Machu Picchu, your tour guide will take you to the best views before the day trippers arrive. Then, we will start the two hour guided, walking tour, exploring all of the famous places of this impressive citadel: The Temple of the Sun, The Royal Tomb, The Intiwatana (sun dial rock), Main Plaza, Temple of the 3 Windows, The Artisan Sector, the Condor Temple and many others. After the tour, you will have time to explore the ruins on your own. If you have booked permits to climb Huaynapicchu Mountain or Machu Picchu Mountain, you will head to that adventure. If you chose not to book a hike, you can climb to the Sun Gate and witness its amazing views. At around 12:30 you will need to take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes to enjoy lunch at one of the many restaurants there. Be sure to arrive at the train station 30 minutes before your departure. Our train schedule is usually at 4:20 p.m. to Ollantaytambo, where you will catch our private transportation for another two hour drive back to Cusco. If you care to upgrade the train to the Vistadome-class service, then you will have the choice to leave at either 4:43 p.m. or 5:23 p.m. Both Vistadome trains take you to Poroy station, where our driver will collect you and drive you back to Cusco.

Please Note: Exact times will be confirmed as it depends on the train`s availability and on your booking time.

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DAY 3:  SACRED VALLEY TOUR.

You will be picked up at 8:00 from your hotel in Cusco or the Sacred Valley by private transportation, there is a 45 minute drive through beautiful mountains and farmlands to Awanacancha a farm where we can see and feed llamas, alpacas and vicuñas and even take selfies with them!

Then we will drive one hour to the majestic ruins at Pisac where we will visit terraced Inca ruins that are situated high on a mountain. From here, we will climb to the top of the ruins and take in amazing views of the Sacred Valley.Your guide will teach you about the religious, astronomical and military functions of the site and see the terraces that allowed the Incas to grow food above 11,000 feet. After visiting the Inca ruins, there will be a chance to hike on a little known, seldom used original Inca trail and through a tunnel that was built by the Incas. One of the largest Inca cemeteries is also located in the ruins at Pisac and we can tour this part of the site as well.

We will then drive one hour to the town of Urubamba where we will have lunch in a local restaurant. After lunch, we will go to the local authentic non-tourist market in Urubamba. Here we will see local families selling things such as fruits, vegetables, flowers and natural medicinal plants. Your guide will give you a tour of the market and you can taste Peruvian fruits and foods such as passion fruit, lucuma, and chirimoya. We will also learn about the ingredients needed to make chicha, a corn beer that has been an important part of Peruvian culture since Inca times.

We will then drive for half an hour to visit the Inca ruins at Ollantaytambo, which was the lodging of the Inca emperor Pachacutec and later served as a military checkpoint for the Incas trying to protect the roads to Machu Picchu from the invading Spaniards. Enjoy a guided tour of the terraced ruins, fountains and aqueducts and see storage houses that were used by the Incas to maximize winds to keep crops cool and preserved. We will then have time to wander the streets of one of the oldest towns in Peru, where many 15th century Inca buildings still stand today.

If your hotel is in Cusco, we will stop on the way back at Chinchero in order to visit the women’s weaving cooperative where we will watch a demonstration of local weavers who are using Inca techniques for dyeing fabric and for weaving traditional patterns. Here you will have time to browse the shop which sells Inca style purses, tablecloths, wall hangings, and many other colorful and exquisitely patterned artesanal goods.

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DAY 4:  TRADITIONAL CUSCO CITY TOUR.

We will pick you up from your hotel at 9:30 am or 1:15 pm. (Depending on what time you choose) then, we will head to Cusco’s Plaza de Armas, where you will visit the famous cathedral. Following, you will continue on foot through an ancient Inca-built street from the Plaza de Armas to The Qoricancha (the golden enclosure) was the most important religious centre in Inca times.

From Q’oricancha, we will walk down Avenida El Sol, where you will take your bus 25 minutes outside of the city. You will be taken to the majestic Inca site, Sacsayhuaman, with its enigmatic, 200 ton monoliths, here we celebrate the famous INTI RAYMI or Holiday (SUN CELEBRATION) on June 24th of every year, you will be able to hear from your guide and then, explore on your own.

From Sacsayhuaman, you will take a five minute bus ride to Q’enqo an Inca site to see its fascinating Incan altars. Following, you will take another five minute drive to Puca Pucara, a small, circular Inca site. The final stop on our tour is Tambomachay, a water temple with impressive water fountains, thought to be used by the Inca for bathing. We’ll then drive back down to Cusco where the tour ends in the main square at 6:00 pm aprox, unless you are taking a private tour, in which case, we will return you to your hotel.

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DAY 5:  RAINBOW MOUNTAIN & RED VALLEY.

Your day starts in Cusco where you are picked up from your hotel at 4:00am for a 3.5 hour trip via private van to the start of the trail. You will be given a local Peruvian style breakfast prepared by our chef and fuel up for the hike ahead of you.

The hike to the rainbow mountain will take around 2 hours and is a distance of 5 kilometers (3.1 miles). Throughout your journey you will pass through a vibrant green valley with the snow capped peak of Ausangate towering in the distance. You will see hundreds of roaming alpaca and have the chance to truly see how Quechua people live. As you get closer to the Rainbow Mountain you will begin to see the first signs of the colored minerals that formed the painted hills. Your guide will explain what makes up the existence of the Rainbow Mountain and how it was formed, and finally with one last push you will hike up to a vantage point that gives you a 360 degree view of the beautiful landscape that makes up the sacred land.

We will have snacks on top and take a relaxing break to soak up the vistas, where you can enjoy the beauty that surrounds you. After about 30min. we will continue on to the red valley, another awe inspiring area not to be missed by trekkers but seldom visited. From here, we continue our hike back to the trailhead (2.5 hours), where you will have a gourmet lunch prepared by our chef in a traditional mud-house and depart back to Cusco. Arriving in Cusco around 6pm.

Include

INCLUDED :

  • Private transport, train(Tourist class Expedition) to and from Aguas Calientes.
  • Bus tickets to and from Machu Picchu.
  • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu.
  • Private guided tour every day.
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes*** (Hatun Inti or similar – upgrade possible if desired).
  • Private transport to hotel upon return, & snacks.
  • Entrance into Salt Mines.

NOT INCLUDED : 

  • Acommodations.
  • Lunches and dinners.
  • Boleto Turístico for entrance into Ollantaytambo (130 soles or $37 covers entrance to Pisac, Ollantaytambo,Chinchero, Moray, multiple museums in Cusco, and Sacsayhuaman or half ticket: 70 soles – $23 which covers only some of these sites).
  • Alcohol.
  • Gratuities.

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