The Incas chose the fertile lands of the Sacred Valley to live in, and their descendants currently do the same. We have designed this tour so you can discover and learn the talents from our people. Enjoy a wonderful day in the community of Chichubamba and take part in our workshops of ceramic art, artisanal chocolate, production of honey, etc.
Cusco is located at 3400 (11200 feet) meters above sea level.
Welcome to Cusco, the historical capital of Peru! Upon arrival, a representative from the Machu Picchu Explorer travel agency will be awaiting you to transfer you to your hotel. Cusco, also known as the "bellybutton of the world" is a charming place. You will be able to get to experience its architectural beauty, its traditional neighborhoods, the beautiful Plaza de Armas (its main square), as well as its various gastronomical delights.
Cusco's main points of interests are the Cathedral, the Temple of the Sun (known as the Qoricancha), the San Blas district and San Pedro market among many others.
We recommend that you take the first day to rest and become acclimated to the altitude.
Night in Cusco.
The city of Cusco is one of the most important destinations of Peru. It was the ancient capital of the Inca empire, with its streets and buildings still reflecting its grand historical past. Due to this, the city is known as “the belly button of the world”. In the morning/afternoon, our professional guide will accompany you to discover the best of this Inca city. We will begin by visiting the Temple of the Sun (also called Qoricancha). After, we will visit the treasures that the Basilica Cathedral of Cusco has to offer, and then finish by visiting the ruins adjacent to the city, Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Puka Pukara, and Tambomachay.
In the evening, spend at your leisure enjoying the local cuisine, music, and the lights of Cusco at night, the surrounding hills and the sky overhead littered with stars.
Overnight in Cusco
After breakfast, we’ll begin our tour heading to the northwest of the city. All along our path, we’ll see incredible landscapes such as mountains, peaks, and the plain of Maras where many of the products we consume in Cusco come from. The first archeological site to visit will be Pisac, a royal state built by Pachacuteq. Next, we will visit Moray, which was an important agricultural laboratory; their terraces measuring up to 150 meters deep represent the advanced knowledge to adapt the crops at the time. Later we’ll continue our visit to the village of Maras where we can see an excellent colonial architecture such as the church San Francisco. We’ll finalize our tour by visiting the famous site of Salinas, which is a salt mine where locals still get the salt the Incas used to extract, we estimate that there are around 3000 salt wells. Many products made from salt are also offered during your visit. Way back to the hotel at the end of the day.
Overnight in Cusco.
Today we will be heading to the Sacred Valley, where the local community of Chichubamba will be glad to share their knowledge with us. You will take part in our workshops to make your own pottery, to prepare a popular drink, the Chicha, made from corn, taste an artisanal chocolate and enjoy a traditional lunch surrounded by the landscape of the Sacred Valley. We complete our tour by visiting the fortress of Ollantaytambo and their magnificent temples. Late in the afternoon, we take the train to Aguas Calientes.
Overnight in Aguas Calientes.
Machu Picchu is located at 2400 meters above sea level (7,900 feet).
This will be a memorable day during your visit in Peru, given that you will see one of the Wonders of the World that all travelers dream of visiting, we mean the historical sanctuary of Machu Picchu. Early in the morning, our professional guide will pick you up from your hotel to board the bus to the Machu Picchu citadel all together (20 min trip). Once in Machu Picchu, you will visit the farming and urban zones, as well as its main temples. The tour will take about an hour and a half, after which you will have time to explore the ancient city on your own as well as take additional photographs.
In the afternoon, we will return to Cusco on a comfortable train.
Night in Cusco.
Flight time: 1h10 minutes
Last day in Cusco! Ideal for doing some additional shopping as well as visiting other points of interest. After experiencing this authentic journey through the Inca's land, we will accompany you to the airport to board your flight.
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Our Rates: (Valid until December 2016)
Price per person
* Consider the possibility of taking the VISTADOME train instead, an extra of $35.00 will be required.
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