6 Day Machu Pichu and Cusco ” The Puma City”

Itinerary

DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN CUSCO – INKA MUSEUM AND KORICANCHA

Shuttle from the airport to hotel. The rest of the morning will be reserved for resting to adapt to the altitude, approximately 3400 meters (11,000 feet).

In the afternoon we will visit the Inka Museum, home of thousands of years of Andean culture. Here we will become more familiar with the origens and beginnings of Andean civilizations. Continuing with the tour we will move onto the temple of Koricancha, the famous Sun Temple of Qosqo, that was and still remains the pinaccle of organization, architecture, and religion of Inka civilization. During its construction they had already achieved the greatest advances of their time, and this temple may have been the exact representation of the center, or “Navel of the World” and therefore the center of the world, as dictated by the pre-hispanic Andean cosmovision.

Lodging: Cusco

Tandapata Hotel Boutique *** or similar

DAY 2: SAQSAYHUAMAN – TAMBOMACHAY AND TEMPLE OF THE MOON – TRANSFER TO AGUAS CALIENTES

We will begin our day with the journey to Saqsayhuaman. This Inka architecture with its magnificient qualities and colossal stones is considered in humanity’s history one of the greatest constructions on the face of the Earth. From here we will continue on to the Temple of the Moon, a place for spiritual connection and encounter with the feminine energy of the Moon Goddess.

Places that are visited:

  • Sacsayhuaman.
  • Tambomachay.
  • Temple of the moon.

In the afternoon we will travel by car to the town of Ollantaytambo to the train station for our transfer to the town of Machu Picchu (Aguas Calientes).

You will have the option to visit and enjoy the hot springs.

Lodging: Aguas Calientes

Waman Hotel Machupicchu *** or similar

DAY 3: MACHU PICCHU

Today we will rise very early for breakfast and ascend to the citadel Inka of Machu Picchu to appreciate sunrise in this magical place, a famous masterpiece of architecture and engineering, believed to have been a santuary and energetic center. Today Machu Picchu is recognized by UNESCO as one of the seven wonders of the world and a World Heritage site.

OPTIONAL:

  • The trek to the peak of Huayna Picchu, a rigorous climb on steep trails with impressive ruins and spectacular views, a round-trip of 2 hours.
  • The trek to Machu Picchu Mountain that has the most spectacular view, but in turn is one of the most overlooked treks in Machu Picchu. Located to the southwest of the citadel of Machu Picchu with a height of 3,050 m (10,007 ft.), This trek offers unparalleled views of the famous Inca sanctuary and also panoramic views of the surrounding mountainous landscape. Difficulty: Moderate to challenging.

Lodging: Aguas Calientes.

Waman Hotel Machupicchu *** or similar

DAY 4: AGUAS CALIENTES- OLLANTAYTAMBO – MORAY-SALT MINES.

In the morning we will return to “living” Inka town of Ollantaytambo by train and continue visit the Inka town of Ollantaytambo during the morning, visit the “living” Inka town of Ollantaytambo before continuing onto Moray, an ancient construction designed for agricultural investigations and studies of different crops in a range of altitudes. Here the many concentric “rings” of terraces produce a fine gradient of micro-climates; the warmth of the lowest central ring slowly dissapates as the rings ascend outward and upward, creating reductions in temperatures until reaching the ground-level norm.

When you are done exploring Moray you will head to the salt mines of Maras, which is about 2 miles away. This village is known as a former salt-producing center that is thought to date back all the way to pre-Inca times. There are over 3000 salt pools all carved into the mountain side, being filled daily by a little stream of water.

Lodging: Chinchero

Casa de Barro Chinchero.

DAY 5: CHINCHERO (TEXTILE INTERPRETATION CENTER)

Chinchero, the rainbow village, home of the ruins of the royal palace of the Inka Túpac Inca Yupanqui, a picturesque community located on a high plateau overlooking the many snowcapped peaks of the Cusco region. Here we can admire the well-preserved Inka walls of the main square as well as the many altars. We will also visit the beautiful colonial church, unique for its interior artwork and imagery. Moving on we will participate in a wonderful introduction and learning experience of the art of Andean textiles; throughout the afternoon we will become acquainted with the wisdom of Andean weavings as maintained since long before Inka times.

In the afternoon we will return to Cusco and in the evening we will have a buffet dinner, with music, show and typical dances.

Lodging: Cusco

Tandapata Hotel Boutique *** or similar

DAY 6: CITY WALKING TOUR – FLY TO LIMA

Free morning to relax or walking tour. The walking tour will visit the following places:

  • Plaza de Armas/Main square, which is home to the main cathedral and colonial houses
  • Plaza Nazarenas
  • San Blas neighborhood
  • The twelve angle stone
  • San Pedro local market

This afternoon transfer to the airport for your departure to Lima

Includes & Not Includes

INCLUDED:

  • 05 night’s accommodations in 03 or 04 stars hotels (based in double occupation)
  • 05 breakfasts, 01 lunches , 01 dinners
  • Entrances to Machu Picchu.
  • All transportation.
  • All transfers.
  • All entrances fee.
  • Ejecutive (Incarrail) or Vistadome tren to Machu Picchu.
  • Buses to Machu Picchu (Round trip)
  • Private guided tour in Machu Picchu.
  • Professional English Speaking Tour Guide during whole trip

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Flights
  • Single suplement: US$230 (03 stars hotel) /us$400 (04 stars hotels)
  • Meals where are not stated
  • Huayna Picchu entrance fee US$35
  • Travel Insurance – you are strongly recommended to take out travel insurance for the duration of your trip.

Prices & Dates

THIS TOUR RUNS ONLY AS A PRIVATE SERVICE.

1.-PRICES WITH 03 STARS HOTELS (based in double occupation)

****Daily Departure with at least 2 people****

Number of paxsPrice per personAction
*02 peopleUS$ 819.00
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*03 peopleUS$ 739.00
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*04 peopleUS$ 699.00
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*05 peopleUS$ 689.00
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*06 peopleUS$ 669.00
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*07 peopleUS$ 649.00
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*08 PeopleUS$ 639.00
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*10 peopleUS$ 619.00
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THIS TOUR RUNS ONLY AS A PRIVATE SERVICE.

2.-PRICES WITH 04 STARS HOTELS (based in double occupation)

****Daily Departure with at least 2 people****

Number of paxsPrice per personAction
*02 peopleUS$ 1069.00
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*03 peopleUS$ 989.00
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*04 peopleUS$ 959.00
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*05 peopleUS$ 949.00
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*06 peopleUS$ 919.00
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*07 peopleUS$ 899.00
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*08 PeopleUS$ 889.00
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*10 peopleUS$ 869.00
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Discounts for Both Options:

  • Student Discount: US$25 (Requires ISIC Card to qualify)
  • Under 18’s Discount: US$15. Please send us a copy of the passport at the time of booking
  • Under 10’s Discount: US$65

Hotels 3 & 4 Stars

3 STARS HOTELS:

IN CUSCO:

  • Tandapata Boutique hotel
  • Taypikala Hotels
  • San Agustin Internacional
  • Andenes de cielo hotels
  • Or Similar.

IN MACHUPICCHU:

  • La Cabaña Hotels
  • Waman Hotels
  • Hatun Inti Classic
  • Or Similar.

IN THE SACRED VALLEY:

  • Inkallpa Lodge & Spa.
  • Villa Urubamba Lodge Spa.
  • Casa de Barro Chinchero.

 

4 STARS HOTELS:

IN CUSCO:

  • Sonesta Hotel Cusco
  • Casa Andina Pirvate Collection
  • San Agustin El Dorado
  • San Agustin Plaza

IN MACHUPICCHU:

  • Taypikala Hotels
  • Inkaterra Hotels “El Mapi”

IN THE SACRED VALLEY:

  • Inkallpa Lodge & Spa.
  • Villa Urubamba Lodge Spa.
  • Casa de Barro Chinchero.

Packing List

PACKING LIST

Sturdy shoes, a good raincoat, and warm layers for the evening are the only essential items. Bring comfortable and modest clothes for the time in Cusco. There is no need to bring a sleeping bag or any gear as you’ll be staying in lodges throughout the expedition.

Documents and Logistics

  • International flights booked and confirmed to Cusco
  • Flight information submitted
  • Passport valid through end of trip (*Passport and entry receipt must be carried at all times during expedition!)
  • Medical insurance card
  • Cash for tipping guides, buying souvenirs, incidental costs, etc. (*Note: Please bring crisp US bills. Many places will not accept torn, wrinkled, or worn bills)








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