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exploring the sacred valley

Cusco > sacred valley > machu picchu

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6 Days

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USD$ 925.00

The Sacred Valley of the Incas is a spectacular place. Characterized for its fertile lands, lovely landscapes, and beautiful snow-capped mountains, it’s a favorite among our travelers. This package will allow you to see the colorful town of Chincheros, whose women are spinning experts since centuries. We will also discover the archeological park of Moray and its admirable terraces. Finally, the Urubamba River and its meanders will guide us to spectacular views by train to our main destination, Machu Picchu.

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Day 1: Arrival in Cusco     

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.


Day 2: Cusco City Tour     

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


Day 3: Cusco - Sacred Valley

The Sacred Valley is situated at 28000 meters (9,186 feet) above sea level.
Our adventure will continue on towards the Sacred Valley of the Incas, an enigmatic place whose fertile lands and beautiful landscapes were intelligently taken advantage of by the ancient Peruvian people. Firstly, we will visit “Colorido Poblado de Chincheros” (the colorful town of Chincheros). This town is famous because of the many women who live here and possess expert textile-making skills and weaving of distinct beauty. After, we will visit Maras and Moray, an enigmatic place where you can find large, circular agricultural terraces that would have been used as an “agricultural laboratory” for the Incas. A few kilometers from Moray, you will find several salt mines that have taken the name “Salinas de Maras”, a beautiful landscape whose inhabitants have worked on the extraction of salt since the Incanato times. 

In the afternoon, we will transfer you to a comfortable hotel in the Urubamaba Valley to settle in.


Day 4: Sacred Valley - Aguas Calientes

Aguas Calientes lies at 2040 meters above sea level. (6,690 feet).
Travel time between Ollantaytambo and Aguas Calientes: 1 hour 40 min by train.

Today we shall continue to discover the Sacred Valley! Our first destination will be the typical town called Pisac, known for its local market and spectacular Incan agricultural terraces. To continue, we will transfer you to Ollantaytambo to finally see this Incan city and its fortress. Lastly, to end the afternoon, we will board the train to Aguas Calientes, a small town located at the foothills of Machu Picchu where we will spend the night.

Night in Aguas Calientes.


Day 5: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco

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.


Day 6: Depart Cusco - Lima

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)

N° People Price per person
(USD, American dollars)
2 925.00 USD

HOTELES (3*, Based in a Double/Twin room)
Cusco
San Agustin El Dorado, Maytaq Wasin or similar.

Aguas Calientes
Tierra Viva Machu Picchu, Casa Andina Machu Picchu or similar.

Valle Sagrado
Amaru Valle, Hotel Mabey or similar.

Included

Hotels 3 stars

  • 03 nights of accommodation in Cusco and breakfast Included (for different hotel category, just contact us!)
  • 01 night of accommodation in the Sacred Valley and Breakfast included
  • 01 night of accommodation in Aguas Calientes and Breakfast included

Tours

  • City tour in Cusco: English tour guide + transportation (Shared Service)
  • Tour Sacred Valley: English tour guide + transportation + Buffet Lunch (private service)
  • Tour in Machu Picchu: English speaking guide (shared service)
  • Bus Aguas Calientes-Machu Picchu-Aguas Calientes
  • Train Ollantaytambo-Aguas Calientes (Inca Rail or Expedition)
  • Train Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo/Poroy station (Inca Rail or Expedition)
  • Entrance fees at all sites

Transfers

  • Transfer in from Airport to the Hotel in Cusco
  • Transfer from Ollantaytambo/Poroy station to the Hotel in Cusco
  • Transfer out from Hotel to the Airport in Cusco

Not Included:

  • Airfare
  • Lunches, dinner or drinks Not mentioned
  • Airport taxes
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips
  • * Consider the possibility of taking the VISTADOME train instead, an extra of $35.00 will be required.

Our Tips For You:

    • Remember to minimize your efforts and stay hydrated to avoid altitude sickness while traveling in Peru. We highly recommend that you take a coca tea upon arrival! See more information about altitude sickness on our blog post.
    • It's not every night that you will have the opportunity to sleep with an Andean family, consider the possibility of including a homestay in your itinerary.
    • During each step of this journey in Peru, take some time if you can, to explore on your own. Interesting details in towns and villages might be found!

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