Machu Picchu Tours From Cusco (4-Days)

Highlights:

  • Cusco City Tour, including the Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of the Assumption and Plaza de Armas
  • Ollantaytambo and the Urubamba River
  • Sacred Valley Tour
  • Machu Picchu Tour

What’s included:

  • 3 nights in a 3-Star Hotel (other options are available)
  • All breakfasts, 1 lunch in the Sacred Valley and 1 dinner.
  • Transportation after your arrival in Cusco
  • Fully Guided tour of Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley and Cusco.

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Join us as we take you on an unforgettable Machu Picchu tour from Cusco,  legendary home of the Inca people. Have you always dreamt of visiting the famous Incan Citadel, but were afraid that it was only accessible to intrepid adventure travelers?

Believe it or not, this phenomenal destination is accessible to everyone,  and you can be a part of it just by joining our remarkable Cusco to Machu Picchu tour.

Many people may believe that Cusco is merely the starting point for a journey to Machu Picchu, but that could not be further from the truth. This World Heritage site is itself a remarkable destination full of amazing experiences. With our guided tour you can make the most of every moment in discovering this fascinating destination.

As anticipation builds on the way to Machu Picchu, you will travel through the Sacred Valley, and pass through small villages with traditional markets along the way. You will also experience the scenic Urubamba River and the ruins at Ollantaytambo and Pisaq.

From there on, you will arrive at the jewel in the crown of this tour, Machu Picchu itself: a royal estate during the Incan era, it was visited by the most celebrated emperors of that period. You will be taken through the entire complex, where you’ll gather the secrets of this breathtaking destination.

Afterward, you will overnight in Cusco before returning to Lima.

Throughout the tour, you will discover Machu Picchu and its surrounding areas at their best, with all the details arranged for you so you can enjoy the scenery.

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DAY 1

Cusco – City Tour

The first day begins in Cusco with a tour of the Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of the Assumption . Millions of people from all over the world gather here to see this exquisite combination of Gothic and Renaissance architecture, as well as the dazzling examples of colonial gold work. The Cathedral, located in the Plaza de Armas, is a beautiful example of ancient urban planning and design. The primary attraction within the Cathedral is the exceptional painting of the Last Supper, in which Judas is portrayed as famous Conquistador Francisco Pizarro; the assassin of Incan emperor Atahualpa, who claimed the territory for Spain.

The collection of art found in the Plaza de Armas is one of the greatest in Peru because it contains both color illustrations of 17th-century European artists and indigenous Andean artists. In short, you will have an excellent opportunity to linger over these relics of Peruvian culture. While in Plaza de Armas, you will have the opportunity to taste Inca corn beer, chicha.

Continuing from Plaza de Armas, you will proceed to Koricancha, Temple of the Sun, just a short walk away. Dating back to the earliest period of ancient Incan civilization, the Temple was the place of prominence until the end of Spanish colonization. One of the most elegant buildings constructed during that period, it contains interior decorations and structures that were created using the finest gold of that era.

Following the delights within Cusco itself, you will take a comfortable motor coach ride  to the marvelous Sacsayhuaman. Constructed even before the Incans settled in the area, this fortress complex dates back to 1100. The Incans did expand the city significantly over a period of seven decades by building enormous walls. These walls consist of 350 tons of stone blocks, which were cut and stacked without mortar.

The next stop is just a few minutes away: the remarkable Qenqo Temple. The temple was sculpted out of a single monolith; it contains chambers that are connected by tunnels. It is incredible to contemplate at these complex settlements: they were created using the most rudimentary tools.

After the Qenqo Temple, a short bus ride will take you to Puka Pukara, or the Red Fortress. The terraces of Puka Pukara overlook the mountains of Cusco. Once inside, you will have time to explore the fascinating passages, stairways, and towers.

From Puka Pukara, a 5-minute walk will take us to Tambomachay, sometimes known as the Incan’s Bath. This archeological site features intricately carved stonework, erected above a natural spring, much like the complex that the Romans created over a natural hot spring they’d found in the town of Bath after conquering England.

After this remarkable tour, you will be returned to your hotel in Cusco, where you will have time to prepare for the next day’s magical tour of the Sacred Valley.

DAY-2

Sacred Valley Tour From Cusco

Your journey by motor coach  through the Sacred Valley meanders through glorious and unspoiled paths, colorful Peruvian villages, and ancient Incan ruins. Partially following the flow of the wildly scenic Urubamba River, you will ultimately reach the famous Machu Picchu.

You will be picked up by your guide at 8 a.m. and driven to Corao, stopping along the way to visit villages and local markets. This will include a visit to a weaving center where you will learn about the local tradition of back-strap loom weaving.

With the scenic Vilcabamba mountain range watching us over, as we drive through the Sacred Valley, we will reach Pisaq, a complex which served as a royal residence for the Incan King Pachacutec. According to local history, Pisaq was the ruler’s favorite place for recreation, and it is obvious why. Everywhere you turn, there are magnificent Incan buildings, all adorned with fountains, imposing lookout towers and spectacular terraces.

Within Pisaq you will find the Intihuatana. With “Inti” meaning sun, and “huata” meaning to tie up, it referred to in English as “The Hitching Post of the Sun.” It is a spiritual stone associated with the Inca’s astronomic clock or calendar. Incredible water ducts and terraces cut into solid rock are visible nearby, as well as a Sun Temple that is thought to be the rival of anything at Machu Picchu!

Continuing on, you will explore Pisaq’s charming modern village, as well as its famous traditional market.

Relax! You now have plenty of time to sample the local foods and spices, or to purchase crafts and jewelry on display. You will also find a choice of Alpaca products to choose from, and you will have the opportunity to mingle and socialize with locals in town, many of whom will be dressed in traditional garb.

Although this destination is undoubtedly one of the prime attractions of this tour, the rest of the day is equally captivating.

From Pisaq, we move north to arrive at Urubamba, where a delicious buffet lunch will be served at a typical local restaurant. From thereon, a relaxing thirty-minute drive later, we will arrive at Ollantaytambo.

Ollantaytambo and its ceremonial center were built by Incan Emperor Pachacuti, and it was intended to serve as his royal estate. It consists of four groups of well-preserved buildings including a watchtower, chamber, and other impressive features. At the center of the complex is another Sun Temple. Don’t miss the Bath of the Nusta, which is an annex of the Temple of the Sun. It is believed that the Incan construction method using stacked stones was invented entirely by trial and error, and many experts feel the engineering required rivals that of the Great Pyramids in Egypt.

We will now continue toward Machu Picchu. There will be a brief stop to admire the beauty of the Vilcanota Gorge from a nearby train station. These spectacular mountains flank the railway, and the Veronica Snow Mountain is absolutely captivating.

Onward over scenic bridges and through small rainforest villages, we will soon reach Aguas Calientes, the town just below Machu Picchu and our destination for the night.

DAY 3

Machu Picchu Tour

After breakfast, it will be time to begin the journey we have all been looking forward to— the legendary Machu Picchu. A 25-minute drive in a comfortable shuttle will see us traveling through breathtaking vistas and will provide unhindered views of the mountaintops along the way. Machu Picchu is located on the edge of the cliffs high above the Urubamba River and is truly a sight to behold.

Thanks to its elevated location, there are breathtaking views of both the mountains and the Sacred Valley below. Many of the outlying buildings here have been restored so that visitors can get an idea of what the original construction may have looked like. Your two-hour tour will begin at the entrance and take you to all of the most riveting historical monuments of this fascinating Pre-Columbian complex.

Not only will you see Temple of the Sun, dedicated to the Incan’s highest deity, the Sun God, you will also visit the simple houses where the lower-class people once resided in the popular Residential District.

You will also visit the Nobility Sector, where royalty and nobility made their homes, including the trapezoid-shaped rooms where the Princesses lived. Next comes the Mausoleum. This carved statue with its vaulted interior and carved drawings were used for rites and sacrifices. The Terrace of the Ceremonial Rock can be viewed through an opening in one of the long sides of the three-sided Guardhouse building. Throughout your tour, your guides will entertain and educate you about daily life at Machu Picchu and the research done at the site.

After the tour, a shuttle will return you to Aguas Calientes. You will then travel by train to Ollantaytambo and transfer to Cusco to arrive at your hotel between 6 pm and 8 pm.

DAY 4

Airport Transfer and Flight

Following a hearty breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport in Cusco, where we will say farewell. From there you may choose to continue on to Lima or to any number of other stops within South America.

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