Cusco, Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu, 3 days

Code: 22SACR03
3 DAYS - 2 NIGHTS
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Cusco was the Capital of the Incan Empire that was as powerful and formidable as the Egyptians, Chinese, and Aztec Empires (Mexico).

Our “Cusco, Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu” tour is for those individuals who have a short stay in Peru, but want to see the most important attractions while in Cusco (Short Excursion).

City Tour:

Involves circulating through traditional markets, neighborhoods, and impressive archaeological sites.

Sacred Valley:

Starts by visiting the Pisac ruins, appreciating the agricultural terraces and the mysterious and sacred cemetery around the site. Then, we’ll visit the market to see a variety of crafts, textiles, paintings, silver jewelry, and more. We continue onto to Moray archeological site (Greenhouse of the Incas).  This evolutionary terrace allowed the Incas to optimize crop yield by comprehending the micro-climates.  We continue onward,to “Salineras of Maras” (Salt Mines) to walk along the salt pools where the local people extract the salt.   Finally to conclude, you’ll travel to Ollantaytambo’s archeological site (Temple of the Sun), one of the older villages.

Machu Picchu:

We’ll save the details of the last day for your Trek Leader. You already know it’s the 7th Wonder of the World, the best ecological sanctuary and protected by the Peruvian Government.

 

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Your hotel
DEPARTURE TIME In the morning

 

WHAT IS INCLUDED
• Pick up at your hotel.
• Entrances to the Inca Cities and all Archeological Sites
• Private transportation
• Round Trip Expedition Train Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes
• Hotel accommodation with breakfast in Ollantaytambo and Aguas Calientes
• Meals as indicated on itinerary
• Roundtrip bus ticket Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu
• Entrance fees to Machu Picchu
• Professional English & Spanish speaking guide

Not Included

• Food (except for the buffet lunch in Urubamba)
• Entrance to the archeological sites (Pisaq, Ollantaytambo)
• Thermal baths in Aguas Calientes
• Tips

We Recommend to bring

• A small backpack or carry bag (larger not allowed on the train or in Machu Picchu)
• A change of clothing
• Comfortable shoes or runners
• Camera
• Water to drink
• Rain jacket or poncho
• A fleece or jacket,
• Basic toiletries,
• Sunscreen,
• Insect repellent for mosquitoes
• Hat for the sun
• Some extra money for lunch, snacks and souvenirs
• Original passport (cannot enter Machu Picchu without it)
• ISIC Card if applicable.

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Day 1: CUSCO CITY TOUR

Upon your arrival to Cusco, you will be greeted by our representative and transferred to your hotel. There you will receive a short briefing and will have time in the morning to acclimate to the altitude.

In the afternoon, our trek leader will impart onto you the local knowledge and the history of our Imperial City of Cusco.  Continuing on, you will visit the Santo Domingo Convent built over the “Koricancha”, an ancient Inca Palace and the main worship center of the Sun God.

Our tour continues to the unmatched and mesmerizing archaeological site of Sacsayhuaman (some pronounce it “Sexy-Women” lol) and its’ military Inca architecture that overshadows the city.

Finally, we explore the archaeological sites of Qenqo, Pucapucara and Tambomachay, located in the north east part of the city.  Then, we’ll take you back to your hotel by early evening.

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Day 2: CUSCO – PISAC – MORAY – SALT MINE – OLLANTAYTAMBO – AGUAS CALIENTES

Pick-up at your hotel in Cusco or Sacred Valley (7:00 a.m.).  On the way to Pisac, we’ll do a quick stops at the lookouts for a breathtaking view of the Valley of Urubamba.   Reaching Pisac, we’ll park at the heart of the town where there is a colorful market place and to enjoy free time to interact with the local artisans and purchase hand-made souvenirs for your loved ones back home. Then, onward to the archeological site of Pisac, perched in the safety of its mountain nest.  Here you’ll take-in the great and unique ancient tombs, terraces, watchtowers and religious areas. Afterwards, we will continue to the village of Urubamba for lunch.

Next stop, the Archeological site of Moray (a.k.a.) “The Greenhouse of the Incas”.  You’ll be fascinated by this gigantic carved bowl.  This evolutionary terrace allowed the Incas to optimize crop yield by comprehending the micro-climates (makes you wonder how much further in crop science they would have advance if not interrupted by the Spaniard colonist).

After our visit to Moray we move forward to the colonial town of Maras, ascending our downhill to the pre-Inca salt mine.  A hot spring at the top of the valley discharges a small stream of heavily salt laden water, which is diverted into salt pools and evaporated to produce natural salt that is used for human and animal consumption.

Finally, we drive to Ollantaytambo, where we have time to explore an age old village. Then, we will take the train (7:00 p.m.) to Aguas Calientes where we will spend the night in our reserved hotel.

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Day 3: AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO

This 3rd day is the whole reason you came to Peru.  You’ll need to start-off right – breakfast (5:00 a.m.) at the hotel. Afterwards, you’ll board the bus to Machu Picchu, which will take approx. 25 minutes to reach (door open 6:00 a.m.). Please be sure to bring your original passport to show the Rangers (you can get a Machu Picchu seal on your passport).

Your guide will take you to the best places in Machu Picchu, while you enjoy the sunrise (depending on the weather).

Then you will have a two hour guided tour.  Following, you’ll have an opportunity to explore Machu Picchu on your own.

  • If you have reserved a visit to “HUAYNAPICHHU” (tickets $ 25.00 per person/limited to 400 per day – not included), you’ll begin your hike at 7:00 – 10:00 a.m., please coordinate with the Tour Guide for your visit depending on Municipality’s programmed time.

In the afternoon, you’ll catch the train to reach the City of Ollantaytambo. Upon arrival to Ollantaytambo, we will have transportation waiting to drive you back to your hotel in Cusco.

Note:      Rangers don’t allow people to carry bags bigger than 25 liters when entering Machu Picchu

No trekking poles are allowed in Machu Picchu

Snacks and water are allowed – in bags.

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