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Cultural trip to Cuzco: an unforgettable experience to discover Cuzco, Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu, the historical capital of the Incas.  

A short but complete way to visit the historic capital of the Incas. First you will visit the city of Cuzco, then the second day will be dedicated to the Sacred Valley of the Incas and finally you will finish your visit exploring the famous archaeological site of Machu Picchu. This trip allows you to immerse yourself in Inca history and culture!

Solidarity Tourism: You will have the opportunity to help reactivate the local economy of Maras Moray and its entrepreneurs. Discover the local culture and its eco-foodie gastronomy prepared by local chefs with natural ingredients of Cusco region.  

Creating incredible memories!

  • Discover Cusco in all its splendor and support solidarity tourism by consuming local Peruvian gastronomy.
  • Visit the Sacred Valley, a place full of history, with beautiful landscapes where the Inca culture has remained at the present time.
  • Explore the legendary site of Machu Picchu, one of the 7 wonders of the world that you should not miss.

Gallery Cuzco Cultural & Solidarity – Machu Picchu

TRIP OVERVIEW

Day 1: Cusco – City tour

Day 2: Cusco – Sacred Valley of the Incas – Aguas Calientes town 

Day 3: Aguas Calientes town – Machu Picchu – Cusco

Day 4: Cusco – Airport

Itinerary

A private transport and a representative of the agency will be waiting for you at the Cusco airport (3,400 m) for the transfer to your hotel. Around 13:00, we will go to your hotel to start discovering the city of Cusco: the Plaza de Armas, main square of the town since its foundation in Inca times, the Monastery of Santo Domingo Church built on the foundations of the Koricancha Temple (Temple of the Sun) and inside, the most representative jewel of Inca architecture, also, its alleys and authentic constructions of the Inca and colonial times. We will continue visiting the archaeological sites of Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Pukapukara and Tambomachay, which are located on the outskirts of the city of Cusco. Return to the hotel around 18:00. Overnight in a selected hotel of Cusco.

  • Transportation time: 2h.
  • Visiting time: 4h-5h approx.
  • Difficulty time: easy 
  • Meals: L = on your own, D = on your own
  • Overnight: hotel 
  • Climate: mild during the day and cold at night. 
  • Elevation: Cusco (3,400m) – Tambomachay (3,700m).

Breakfast at your hotel. At 7:30 am, a private transport and your guide will pick you up at the hotel to go to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Visit the village of Pisac (2,972 m), famous for its handicraft market and then, at the top of the mountain we discover the archaeological site of Pisac (3,272 m) which is part of a historical site built with every rich piece of the sacred valley and its Inca communities. Continuing with the trip, we enter the town of Maras Moray: two of the most important tourist centers; Moray is characterized by its various circular terraces with different microclimates and the Salineras de Maras that has been used since pre-Inca times for obtaining and supplying salt in the Cusco region. Then we will take the road to the town of Ollantaytambo, during which we can admire the beautiful landscapes of mountains, peaks and snow-capped mountains. Visit Ollantaytambo (2,800 m), which is considered the last Inca village thanks to its houses and narrow streets, remains of Inca constructions, as well as the archaeological center. The last part of the day is to take the train to reach Aguas Calientes town (2,050 m) located at the foot of Machu Picchu, where we will spend the night.

  • Transportation time: 5h
  • Visiting time: 5h.
  • Difficulty level: easy
  • Meals: B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner
  • Overnight: hotel 
  • Climate: warm and moderate cold at night. 
  • Elevation: Cusco (3,400m) – Tambomachay (3,700m) – Pisac (2,972m) – Urubamba (2,871m) – Ollantaytambo (2,800m) – Aguas Calientes (2,050m).

Breakfast at your hotel. Early in the morning we will board the bus to Machu Picchu citadel. The sunrise and the company of our professional guide will take you to visit the archaeological site, for approximately 3 hours, to learn more about the daily life and culture of the Incas. After having a tour guided, you will enjoy the magic of the historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu for taking some pictures in memory of your own experience. Lunch at the Tinkuy, Sanctuary lodge restaurant: a buffet lunch experience while visiting Machu Picchu!

Then, return to Aguas Calientes town for boarding the train to Ollantaytambo/Poroy, where our transportation will be waiting to take you to your hotel in Cusco.

  • Transportation time: 3h 30.
  • Visiting time: 3h.
  • Difficulty level: easy
  • Meals: B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = on your own
  • Overnight: hotel 
  • Climate: warm with mosquitoes. 
  • Elevation: Ollantaytambo (2,800m) – Aguas Calientes (2,050m) – Machu Picchu (2,400m).

Breakfast at your hotel. Private transportation will take you from the hotel to Cusco airport.

HOTELS OVERNIGHT IN MACHU PICCHU TOWN

RESTAURANTS!

Inclusions

Included

  • Personal assistance by a local representative of our organization.
  • Transportation: Private transport from Cusco airport to your selected hotel. Private transport during the City tour in Cusco. Private transportation from your hotel to the Sacred Valley of the Incas
  • Round trip bus ticket Aguas Calientes-Machu Picchu-Aguas Calientes.
  • Expedition Train Tickets*, from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes town.
  • Vistadome Train Tickets*, from Aguas Calientes to the train station in Ollantaytambo/Poroy and transportation back to your hotel.
  • Professional bilingual (Spanish-English) speaking tour guide (for a French speaking guide or other languages, please contact us in advance. Bare in mind, this may have additional costs).
  • Entrance fees to the sites, also called Boleto Turistico. This ticket allows you to go to the different sites along the City Tour and Sacred Valley of the Incas. It’s valid for 10 days. It also includes the entrance to the Coricancha temple or Temple of the Sun.
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu citadel.
  • Private room at the hotel of your choice, including breakfast. (check list of options).
  • Meals: as mentioned in the itinerary (vegetarian, vegan or special options are available).
  • First aid kit including biosafety equipment (Oximeter and temperature metre) and oxygen bottle.

Not included

  • Meals not described in itinerary.
  • Personal expenses (drinks, snacks, souvenirs, etc).

Train services included

If you are looking for an adventure on your way to Machu Picchu at an unbeatable price, the Peru Rail Expedition train has just what you need, with all the on-board services you could wish for.

(*) The carriages of the Peru Rail Expedition train are infused with the designs of the Inca culture, making them the perfect way to begin your journey to the citadel of Machu Picchu. Peru Rail Expedition gives you the opportunity to enjoy the incredible scenery and take amazing panoramic photographs of a journey like no other.

RECOMMENDATIONS

  • The trip previously described may vary due to weather conditions, landslides, participants walking pace or other factors. Our professional guide will make the right and best decisions along the way for the benefit and safety of the group.
  • The Andean weather is quite unpredictable. Thus, we suggest bringing warm clothes, a hat/cap, sunglasses, a scarf, gloves, jacket, high protection sun cream and Anti-mosquito spray – minimum recommended 20% DEET (non-toxic – we suggest nature-friendly repellents). No malaria risk has been reported.

Optional services to be hired

  • To make the most of Machu Picchu, we suggest taking the buffet lunch at the Tinkuy, Sanctuary Lodge restaurant, located right next to the archaeological site. We also recommend the buffet lunch option at El Mapi hotel Machu Picchu by Inkaterra in Aguas Calientes.
  • Optional train services: It is possible to travel in a superior luxury category on the Vistadome or Hiram Bingham trains; contact us for more information.

On Demand – Vistadome Train

The “Vistadome” train offers you breathtaking views during your journey to Cusco, offers fashion shows, dinners, a refined service and premium travel conditions. In addition, the carriage is built with large windows that offer unparalleled panoramic views and the possibility to take beautiful photographs. The Vistadome also has air-conditioning and heating, and ergonomic leather seats that are very comfortable after so many hours of walking.

The Vistadome offers you a first class service, which will allow you to immerse yourself in the Andean culture, through the landscapes, the music, the dance and even the food carefully prepared with local ingredients.

On Demand – Hiram Bingham Train

The Hiram Bingham Train category is optional and it is a luxury service of the Orient Express, operated by the company “Peru Rail”. You will experience an exceptional journey. The Hiram Bingham carriages are distinguished by their blue and gold colour, their warm and cosy interior and their elegant upholstery. The service includes 4 carriages, 2 restaurant carriages, as well as a panoramic view carriage with bar. Brunch and dinner on board are also included.

For the optional services, contact our staff to check availability.

What we recommend that you bring

  • An ergonomic day backpack for hiking with waterproof cover (30 or 40 liters).
  • Hiking shoes or running shoes.
  • Comfortable pants.
  • Swimsuit and towel for hot springs (in case you want to relax it).
  • T-shirts with short or long sleeves.
  • Rain poncho.
  • Hat, sunscreen and gel disinfectant alcohol.
  • Anti-mosquito spray – minimum recommended 20% DEET (non-toxic – we suggest nature-friendly repellents). No malaria risk has been reported.
  • Camera (wrapped in a plastic bag).
  • Snack (cereal bars, chocolate and dried fruits).
  • Original passport.
  • Original ISIC Student Card (in case you have applied for a student discount).
  • Extra money in soles.

More information

1. During high season (May to September), it is difficult to ensure the exact date of entry, due to the restrictions set by the Ministry of Culture to limit the number of entries to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu; therefore, the date of entry to the Inca Trail could vary for one or two days; then we will adapt the program so you can make the most of it.

2. Entrance tickets to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain: To hike up Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain, it is required to book well in advance, because the entrance tickets are limited to a certain number of people daily. Therefore, we’ll take care of the reservation and confirm your entrance with an additional charge of 75 USD for adults and 55 USD for students.

Note: If you wish to visit any of the extra mountains, please inform us in due time before purchasing the entrance tickets to the Inca Trail / Machu Picchu citadel.

3. Student card: To qualify for the 20 USD student discount, you must have a valid ISIC student card when you book, not just when you arrive in Cusco! It must be valid for the current year. When booking, we need a picture of the card sent to the contact email. The Ministry of Culture is strict when verifying student cards. If you do not have a valid ISIC student card, you will be charged the regular price. 

4. Tips: for porters, cooks and guides tips are always welcome. Porters are also very grateful for a small donation, such as school clothes or supplies for their children.

5. Cancellation policy: For any cancellation; the costs already incurred by the travel agency will be at your expense. For more details on the cost of cancellations by certain participants, please refer to articles 6, 6.4 and our cancellation policies in the sales terms and conditions. For more information, you may wish to check or consult our FAQ, Safe and Healthy Travel, and Flexible Booking with Explorandino.

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Entrance to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu citadel having been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1983. Entrance to Machu Picchu is limited to 4,044 visitors per day. Thus, it is important to book at least 3 months in advance, especially during the high season (between May and September). During the low season, between December and January, it is possible to still have some places available before your visit. However, it’s always best to book in advance.

If you are interested in this trek, please contact us for more information.

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