The city of Cusco is a perfect fusion of Inca and Spanish architecture. Cusco’s main square showcases superb examples of colonial structures and Inca monuments, all within walking distance. Visit the local San Pedro market to see the fresh ingredients and taste the typical dishes of the region.
You’ll enjoy a leisurely, comfortable train while viewing the spectacular landscapes of the Andes: snow-capped mountains and farming terraces carved into steep slopes. See glimpses of the Andean lifestyle. The train will take you to Machu Picchu, one of the official New 7 Wonders of the World.
DAY 1.- CUSCO CITY TOUR
Machu Picchu and Cusco City Tours 2 days begin when we pick you up from your hotel at 1:00 pm, and then head towards the nearest Incan attractions. This excursion includes sites in the city of Cusco as well as a little outside of it, with the ruins Sacsayhuaman, Q’enqo, Puca Pucara and Tambomachay. We will visit a total of five Inca sites over the course of this five-hour afternoon tour.
We begin with one of the most important temples, Qoricancha, which means “gold enclosure” because its walls were originally covered with solid sheets of gold. This temple was dedicated to the worship of the Sun god, one of the primary deities of Inca cosmology.
Then we’ll travel up the hill to Sacsayhuaman (“Satisfied Falcon”), one of the most astonishing megalithic monuments built by the Incas. The site is a brilliant architectural feat even now after it was significantly dismantled by the Spanish to build colonial Cusco in the 16th century. You can still imagine and sense its full glory from the grandeur of its stone walls, with the largest stone weighing over 300 tons.
Next, we’ll visit the ruins Qenqo (“Zigzag”) which displays many symbolic carvings of Inca gods and animals critical to the Inca culture including a llama, a condor and snakes. Inside the rock ruins there are a number of caves and passageways to explore. There is also an altar, which was used to sacrifice llamas.
Then comes Puca Pucara (Red Fortress), a small site that was used as control point and a sort of hotel for housing important Inca people during ceremonies.
The last stop of the tour is Tambomachay (Lodging Place), which is thought to be built to worship water, with an abundant subterranean source which flows through the temple. There are some incredible aqueducts, canals and cascades efficiently carved in stone.
DAY 2.- VISIT TO MACHU PICCHU
Today is the day to experience the wonder of Machu Picchu. Today’s activities last approximately 18 hours, leaving your hotel at 3:45 am and returning to your hotel at approximately 10:00 pm.
We get an early start at 3:45 am for the 1.5 hour trip by private bus to Ollantaytambo. From Ollantaytambo, you’ll take the train to Aguas Calientes, the base village for Machu Picchu. Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes at about 8:00 am, your guide will meet you and accompany you for the 25-minute bus ride up to Machu Picchu.
Your two-hour guided tour begins at the monument, where you’ll visit the most important areas of Machu Picchu: the Guard House, the Sun Temple, the royalty area, the Main Plaza, the Three Windows Temple, the Sacred Sun Dial and other attractions. All areas are connected by narrow paths and steps, so be prepared for a bit of walking.
At the end of the tour, you’ll have plenty of free time to explore the site on your own. Hike up to the Sun Gate (Inti Punku), or with a previous reservation, climb Huaynapicchu with its magnificent view of the entire sanctuary.
In the afternoon, you’ll take the return train to Ollantaytambo, where you’ll be picked up by a private bus and taken to your hotel in Cusco.
Transportation to all ruins and sites.
Professional Tour guide.
RT train tickets, Expedition class service between Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes.
Roundtrip bus ticket between Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu.
Entrance fee to Machu Picchu.
Tourist Ticket for Cusco ruins tour.
RT private transportation from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.
What’s not included
Meals and/or snacks in Machu Picchu (upon request buffet lunch for $25).
Entrance to Huaynapicchu / Machu Picchu peaks (see more info below).
Hotel in Cusco.
Tips and gratuities (depends on service).
What to Bring
A change of clothes.
Original passport & International Student Identity Card (if applicable).
Rain gear or poncho.
Trekking boots (rather than sneakers).
Camera with extra batteries.
Hat or cap to protect you from the sun.
Sun block, minimum 30 SPF (It’s easy to burn at high elevations).
Insect repellent (minimum 20% DEET recommended)
A roll of toilet paper.
Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, etc.
Sufficient drinking water (consider the physical exertion of walking uphill).
Personal medical kit with prescriptions.
Small towel and wet wipes.
Bathing suit and sandals (or flip flops) for the hot springs.
Cash for tipping staff and buying souvenirs.
PRIVATE SERVICE PRICE: $365 WITH EXPEDITION CLASS TRAIN SERVICE
This service is perfect for friends, couples and small families because you select your arrival and departure dates, group size, and most importantly, you set the pace to maximize your experience. This tour is based on 02 minimum and 08 maximum passengers.
METHODS OF PAYMENT
We require a deposit of 50% to confirm your reservation.
There are additional fees associated with this method of payment, which will be paid by the client.
Receiver’s Name: DAVID
Receiver’s Surname: GUZMAN FLORES
Receiver’s Address: CALLE NUEVA N° 462
Receiver’s City: CUSCO
Receiver’s Country: PERU
Receiver’s ID: 42567695
After sending payment, please send us an e-mail with the following information:
Transaction numbers: Money Transfer Control Number (MTCN), a ten-digit number)
If you’d like to pay via PayPal or a direct bank deposit, please note that a 10% fee applies. Please add this amount to the tour cost to cover the transaction costs.
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For all methods of payment, please include the following information in your reservation email:
* Scanned passports for each traveler. We cannot make reservations or book tickets until we have scanned copies of all passport(s).
* Start date for your trip.
* Details of your arrival flight to arrange airport pick up.
All foreign students with a valid International Student Identity Card get a discount. Teenagers and children: $20.00 USD (up to 15 years of age, passport copy required for all bookings).
HUAYNAPICCHU OR MACHU PICCHU MOUNTAIN ASCENTS
The Huaynapicchu peak ascent is limited to only 400 people per day, with one group of 200 at 7:00 am and the second group at 10:00 am. We recommend booking Waynapicchu entrance tickets 3-4 months in advance. Once tickets are sold out, there is no chance to get them! Instead, you’ll have the option to climb the Machu Picchu Mountain for the same cost.
The ticket price to climb Huaynapicchu or Machu Picchu Mountain is $25.00 per person, which will be added to the total price of your package.