CUSCO CITY + SACRED VALLEY + SHORT INCA TRAIL
This tour is designed for travelers who want to know the wonders of the city of Cusco and the enigmatic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. The first day will see the circuit of Sacsayhuaman, Quenqo and Tambomachay. The next day you will discover the beautiful landscape of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. During the tours you can still breathe a pure air, and learn in site the traditions of the ancestors, see local markets, and people who still speak the language of the Incas.
DAY 1: CUSCO CITY TOUR
In the afternoon, we will introduce you to the Imperial Cusco City. Cusco’s history lives in its streets, squares, valleys and towns. You’ll find stunning destinations and examples of fine engineering by Inca stonemasons and living examples of the mix of Andean and Spanish culture. Continuing our journey we visit the Santo Domingo Convent built over the Koricancha, as well as the ancient Inca Palace, the main worship center of the Sun God. Our discoveries continue at the unmatched and mesmirizing archaeological site of Sacsayhuaman and its military Inca architecture which dominates the city. Finally we are introduced to the contrasts of the indigenous ancients Qenqo, Pucapucara and Tambomachay sites, located in the north east of the city. We then head back to your hotel in Cusco by early evening.
DAY 2: SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCAS ( Chincheros + Moray + Salt mines + Ollantaytambo)
We will pick you up at your hotel at 7am, with our private van and head towards the Sacred Valley of the Incas, taking the direct route to Chincheros . we enjoy free time to interact with the local craftsmen or to purchase their hand-made souvenirs. Onto the archeological site of Chincheros, perched in the safety of its mountain nest, we enjoy the great and unique ancient terraces, watch towers and religious areas. Then you are off to the mirador of Raqchi to enjoy a classic view of the Urubamba valley with crops dressing the mountains like a carpet. With timeless charm we visit the archeological site of Moray also known as “The Greenhouses of the Incas” an evolutionary bowl of ecological difference. Levels of terraces are carved into a huge bowl, which was excavated by the Incas. The terraces have varied microclimates depending on how deep into the bowl they are, and so they were thought to have been used by the Incas to discover the optimal growing conditions for their crops.
Expanding on our journey to the colonial town of Maras, ascending our hike downhill to the pre-Inca salt mine. Thousands of salt pans have been used for salt extraction since before Inca times. A hot spring at the top of the valley discharges a small stream of heavily salt laden water, which is diverted into salt pans and evaporated to produce a salt that is used for human and animal consumption. Finally we drive to Ollantaytambo, having time to explore the age old and bustling Inca village and the massive Inca Ruins, with a tour provided by our guide. Here we spend the night at your hotel in Ollantaytambo, ready to start the Inca Trail the next day.
DAY 3: OLLANTAYTAMBO – WIÑAYHUAYNA – SUN GATE – MACHU PICCHU
Early in the morning we go to the train station. One hour free flowing train ride to 104 kms (2,100m/6,927ft) will take us to the beginning our trek, where we cruise past the first checkpoint with easy. Afterwards we initiate a moderate climb for three hours to the chiselled remnants and remote archaeological site of Wiñayhuayna. (2,650m/8747ft). As we view out with an open mind and heart, we embrace the spectacular plunging views of the Urubamba Canyon, and the ethnic wonder of ancient Inca sites, we make our connection into the traditional four day Inca Trail. After being at one with this beautiful sight, we continue onward towards the Sun Gate (2,730mts/9,007ft). Following the ancient remote footpath we grasp onto our first spectacular view of Machu Picchu in all its brilliance and majestic monumentality. As we move closer to the Citadel of MachuPicchu, you will feel the reasoning of her energetic vibration. Then we take our bus to Aguas Calientes, where we spend the night in our hotel.
DAY 4: AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO
Bursting with excitement on your final surreal day, we take the first bus to Machu Picchu archeological site, making sure we tour every nook and cranny of this New 7 Wonder of the World and UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. The Citadel of the Incas, Machu Picchu, what an unforgettable experience. Your guide will expertly direct you through the energetic ruins and its diverse main streets. Then on your own, you can wander around the town squares of the world’s spiritual center of esoteric wisdom, as well as climb the intricately carved stairways made of stone. Or you can stay still and find the peace within as you sit in the pure delight of the moment. Finally, climb Huayna Picchu to appreciate the beauty and magnificense of MachuPicchu and the valleys below.
If you wish to indulge in a few of the following activities on your own you can (not included in the price):
- Climb Huayna Picchu – appreciate the beauty and magnificence of Machu Picchu from there. (additional fee)
- Climb Machu Picchu Mountain – appreciate the beauty and magnificence of Machu Picchu from there. (additional fee)
- Other optional activities in Aguas Calientes include a visit to the new local museum or to the hot springs. (entrance fee)
When you are ready, you will descend to Aguas Calientes, have a leisurely lunch on your own, and later on board the train at 14:30 pm or 19:00 pm for the return trip to Cusco stopping at the Ollantaytambo Station, where you will catch our van back to Cusco.
WHAT IS INCLUDED
- City Tour
- Sacred Valley Tour
- Entrances to the Inca cities and archeological sites
- Professional guide for four days.
- Train from Ollantaytambo to the start of the Inca Trail and from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
- Four nights hotel accommodation with private room, bathroom and breakfast included.
- 02 Lunch, 01 dinner
- Bus tickets from Aguas Calientes – Machu picchu -Aguas Calientes.
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED
- Hotel – optional upgrades to 4* or 5*
- Huayna Picchu Tickets: US$ 80 per person
- Machu Picchu Mountain: US$ 80 per person
- Tips for your guide, porter and chef crew.
- Meals not mencionated
***The short Inca trail to Machu Picchu is always available (except February when it is closed for maintenance). This trek still takes you into Machu Picchu by walking through the SUN GATE, you will get to explore some amazing Inca ruins along the way like Wiñaywayna Inca city
***The fantastic tour with Inca trail included is available on any date that will suit you – Join in with our group and get the best deals.
- Students with ISIC CARD: US$20. Please send us a copy of your ISIC at the time of booking.
- Under 18 years old: US$30 Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.
- Huayna Picchu Mountain: US$ 80 per person
- Machu Picchu Mountain: US$ 80 per person
- Walking Poles: US$ 15 for pair and whole trek.