Day 1: Cusco
Upon arrival in Cusco, we will provide assistance and transfer to your selected hotel.
Day 2: Cusco – City Tour
In the morning, we will explore the magical capital of the Incas on a tour of all of Cusco’s main sites. As we roam about the narrow streets of Cusco’s old town, we will make stops at all the major sites including a visit to the Plaza de Armas (Main Square), the Cathedral, Santo Domingo Monastery or the sun temple of the Incas called Qoricancha.
After seeing the most interesting sites of the city, you will be driven into the country side outside Cusco to visit some of the remarkable Inca buildings in the area. They include the cult centre of Sacsayhuaman, Temple and sacred place of Q’enko, and the red fortress of Pucapucara.
Day 3: Cusco – Sacred Valley
Our day starts when we pick you up from your hotel at 9:00 am, we then head to the archaeological site of Moray, The site consists of several enormous terraced circular the depressions was possibly used by the Inca to study the effects of different climatic conditions on crops. In other words, Moray was perhaps an Inca agricultural experiment station.
Our next destination is a tour of the Salineras of Maras. Maras is another Inca-colonial town where you can see the gates of 17th century colonial houses. The vast network of irrigation channels and polygon ponds make this place an ideal photo shoot. Salt has been obtained here since Pre-Inca times by evaporating salty water from the nearby subterranean stream. To this day salt production continues.
We will descend back down the mountain and make our way to Urubamba, where we will enjoy a delicious buffet lunch with international and typical Peruvian cuisine and then continue on to the most important stop on the tour, Ollantaytambo.
Ollantaytambo is one of the most beautiful and historically significant sites in the entire Cusco region. At a distance of 47 mi / 76 km from Cusco, it is a very interesting town with a grand display of well-preserved Inca ruins. We will visit the unfinished temples high above the village on the mountainside.
After our tour of the Ollantaytambo, we will take you to your selected hotel in the Sacred Valley.
Day 4: Sacred Valley – Machu Picchu
This morning we board the train to Machu Picchu, the “Lost City of the Incas”. We spend the rest of the morning visiting the Sacred Inca citadel, exploring its main temples and hidden corners. We enjoy a delicious buffet lunch at the famous Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge Hotel, in its unequaled location at the entrance of the Inca Citadel ruins. In the afternoon, we may choose to continue visiting the main ruins, the fabulous Inca Bridge, offering impressive views over Urubamba river.
Day 5: Machu Picchu – Cusco
Free day on your own to continue to explore the pathways of the sacred city before the crowds arrive, or climb the Huayna Picchu (limited spaces), offering impressive views over Machupicchu. Alternatively, we also suggest to stay in Aguas Calientes and visit the local handicraft market before we return to Cusco in the evening on the train.
Day 6: Cusco – Lima
Transferred to the airport for your flight to Lima for your journey home or connecting flight to continue your travels.
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