Machupicchu Tour 4D/3N
DAY 1: SACRED VALLEY TOUR TO MACHUPICCHU
We will start our trip to the Sacred Valley at 8:00am with the pick up from your hotel. You and your tour guide will take our private transportation to the first stop, the Awanacancha Alpaca farm. Here, you will see the traditional animals of the Incas: llamas, alpacas, vicuña, and guanaco. Your guide will give you background information, show you a potato display and a textile center, showing how the wools are woven and colored. Good quality alpaca wool will be for sale. Then, we’ll drive to El Mirador del Valle Sagrado, the Sacred Valley Lookout Point, for amazing views and photos. Following, we will visit the famous Pisaq Market, where women come down from the Andean villages to sell their textiles and vegetables. The market is open every day, but is busiest on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. After the visit to the market, we will continue the journey up to the Pisaq Inca Archeological site, located on top of Pisaq Mountain in the Sacred Valley. Your tour guide will take you to the most impressive spots. Then, we will drive along the valley for about 45 minutes, until we reach Urubamba, where we will stop for lunch. You will have an amazing selection of fresh dishes, served buffet-style. After lunch, we will drive to Ollantaytambo, where the second heaviest Inca monoliths are to be found. The ruins have an amazing Temple of the Sun, Moon, and The Temple of the 10 Niches. This living Incan town displays narrow walkways, lined with water channels.
If your departing train is at 7 p.m., you will have time to explore more of the town and enjoy dinner. If your departing train is at 3:36 p.m., you will need to head to the train station and catch your train to Aguas Calientes, where you may have dinner there (the train schedule will depend on how far in advance you are booking and/or the availability of the train.) 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.
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 am. 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.
DAY 3: 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.
Private transport back to your hotel in Cusco.
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 6:00pm aprox, unless you are taking a private tour, in which case, we will return you to your hotel.
- Private transport, train to and from Aguas Calientes, bus tickets to and from Machu Picchu, entrance fees to Machu Picchu, private guided tour of the site, hotel in Aguas Calientes (Hatun Inti or similar caliber–upgrades possible if desired), private transport to hotel upon return, & snacks.
NOT INCLUDED :
- Acommodarions, Lunches and dinners, Boleto Turistico for entrance into Ollantaytambo (130 soles-$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.