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Cusco and Machu Picchu "The Andean Journey"

  • Duration

    05 / 04

  • Price per person

    $749USD

12,343ft.

MAX. ALTITUDE 12,343ft.

2-8

GROUP SIZE 2-8

hotel

ACCOMMODATION hotel

1

LEVEL Easy ACTIVITY LEVEL

  • Qoricancha
  • Saqsayhuaman
  • Sacred Valley
  • Machu Picchu

This wonderful package tour in Peru will show you the best and magical places of the Sacred Valley and Cusco city, and also, the most impressive Machu Picchu

Highlights

05 Day Cusco and Machu Picchu “The Andean Journey”

With Tour Cusco and Machu Picchu – planning a trip to Machu Picchu: enjoy the true spirit of the Andes: Cusco, Machu Picchu the magic and enigmatic wonder of the world. Also, the Sacred Valley of the Incas is an excellent option to know the capital of the Incas with its best attractions. Above all, this tour includes beautiful hotels, all tickets, all transportation and the best trip by train to Machu Picchu “Ejecutive (Incarail) or  Expedition (Perurail) service”.

By booking your train tour to Machu Picchu with Inkayni Peru Tours you are choosing the best service. Come and Enjoy!!

Itinerary

DAY 1: ARRIVAL TO CUSCO – INCA MUSEUM AND KORICANCHA

This morning will be reserved for resting or free time. Subsequently, in the afternoon we will visit the Inca Museum Cusco, 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 Qoricancha, the famous Sun Temple of Qosqo, which was and still remains the pinnacle of organization, architecture, and religion of Inca civilization. During, its construction they had already achieved the greatest advances of their time. Likewise, 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.

Places that are visited:

  • Inca Museum.
  • Qoricancha.

Lodging: Tandapata Boutique *** or similar

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

Firstly, we will begin our day with the journey to Saqsayhuaman. This Inca architecture with its magnificent qualities and colossal stones is considered in humanity’s history one of the greatest constructions on the face of the Earth. After that, 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. Our last place to visit will be Qenqo.

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

Places that are visited:

  • Sacsayhuaman.
  • Temple of the Moon.
  • Qenqo.

Lodging: Golden Sunrise Machu Picchu *** or similar

DAY 3: MACHUPICCHU – OLLANTAYTAMBO

Today we will rise very early for breakfast and ascend to the citadel Inca of Machu Picchu to appreciate the sunrise in this magical place. Truly, it’s a famous masterpiece of architecture and engineering, believed to have been a sanctuary and energetic center. Nowadays, 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.

So, in the afternoon we will return by train to Ollantaytambo.

Lodging: Casa Blanca Lodge *** (Ollantaytambo) or similar

DAY 4: MORAY – SALT MINES – CHINCHERO (TEXTILE INTERPRETATION CENTER)

In the morning we will visit Moray, an ancient construction designed for agricultural investigations and studies of different crops in a range of altitudes. Certainly, there are many concentric “rings” of terraces that produce a fine gradient of micro-climates. Also, the warmth of the lowest central ring slowly dissipates as the rings ascend outward and upward, creating reductions in temperatures until reaching the ground-level norm.

So, when you are done exploring Moray you will head to the Maras salt mines, 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. Therefore, there are over 3000 salt pools all carved into the mountainside, being filled daily by a little stream of water.

The last place to visit will be Chinchero, so, we can admire the well-preserved Inka walls of the main square as well as the many altars. Likewise, we will 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.

Finally, in the evening we will have a buffet dinner, with music, show and typical dances.

Places that are visited:

  • Moray.
  • Salt Mines.
  • Chinchero.
  • Textile Center in Chinchero.

Lodging: Tandapata Boutique *** or similar

DAY 5: FLY TO LIMA

Transfer to the airport. End of the 5 Day The Andean Journey

What´s Included

TOUR CUSCO AND MACHU PICCHU  INCLUDED:

  • 04 nights accommodations in 03 star hotel (based in double occupation)
  • 04 breakfasts, 01 lunch, 01 dinner.
  • All transportation.
  • All entrances fee.
  • Ejecutive (Incarail) or Expedition (Perurail) train to Machu Picchu.
  • Buses to Machu Picchu (Round trip)
  • Private guided tour in Machu Picchu.
  • Entrances to Machu Picchu.
  • Professional English Speaking Tour Guide during whole trip

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Flights(International and domestic)
  • Single supplement US$ 200
  • Meals where are not stated
  • Wayna Picchu entrance fee: US$ 35
  • Tips.
  • Travel Insurance – you are strongly recommended to take out travel insurance for the duration of your trip.

WHAT TO BRING (5 Day The Andean Journey):

  • Original Passport
  • Current University card (if you are a student and want to qualify for the discount)
  • Waterproof jacket / rain poncho
  • Warm jacket
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable Trousers
  • Sun hat
  • Sun cream (factor 35 or higher)
  • Insect repellant
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and film

Prices

5 DAY THE ANDEAN JOURNEY RUNS AS A PRIVATE SERVICE

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

NUMBER OF PAXS PRICE PER PERSON ACTION
*02 people US$ 749.00
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*03 people US$ 729.00
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*04 people US$ 699.00
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*05 people US$ 679.00
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*06 people US$ 649.00
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*07 people US$ 629.00
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*08 + people US$ 599.00
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Discounts for tour Cusco and Machu Picchu:

  • Under 18 years old: US$ 25:00 Please send us a copy of the passport at the booking time.
  • Under 10 years old: US$ 65:00 Please send us a copy of the passport at the booking time.
  • Student Discount (Maximum Age 25 years old): US$ 25:00 Student discounts apply to anyone who has a valid UNIVERSITY STUDENT CARD at the time of the trek or who is 17-years-old or younger. Likewise, For those using an university student card to receive the discount, we need to see a copy of the card at booking. Similarly, For those booking children 17-years-old or younger, we need a copy of their passport at booking time. So, Please send all to info@inkayniperutours.com.  More Information about STUDENT CARD.

Departure Dates

  • Daily departures: We pick you up from your hotel 30 minutes before the tour Cusco and Machu Picchu.

FAQS?

How to contact Inkayni Peru Tours?

Likewise, Inkayni works 24 hours per day, in their differents booking forms and free information: by e-mail, by telephone, and by our web page.

Certainly, Inkayni Peru Tours will organize all about your tour cusco and machu picchu, hotels, transportation, meals, and other items for giving you a fantastic trip – planning a trip to machu picchu. If you want to arrange your package to visit PERU, Inkayni is the only tour operator that provides you with alternatives to do your packages and gives you the best options for your hotels and your kind of transportation.

How much I need to book tour cusco and machu picchu?

Above all, you can book with us with 50% of the cost of your tour – planning a trip to machu picchu, and you will pay the other 50% when you are in Cusco city with us.

Airport Information - planning a trip to machu picchu

So, the Airport and airlines located in the port of city of Callao, Lima´s Aeropuerto Internacional Jorge Chavez 01-517-3100 www.lap.com.pe.

Callao is serviced by flights from North, Central and South America, and two regular direct flights from Europe (Madrid and Ansterdam) check the airport website or call 01-511-6055 for update departure and arrival schedules for domestic and international flights.

Can I find international departures in Cusco?

Therefore, Cusco has the only other airport with international al service to La Paz, Bolivia.

Do I need a Visa to enter Peru?

With a few exceptions (notably some Asian, African and Communist countries), Visa is not required for travelers entering Peru.

Likewise, Tourists are permitted a 30 to a 90-day stay, which is stamped into their passports and onto a tourist card called Tarjeta Andina de Migracion “TAM”(Andean Immigration card). Above all, you must return upon leaving the country.

Where I can get a new TAM during 5 day the andean journey?

Be careful not to lose your tourist card, or you will have to queue at the immigration office (Oficina de Migraciones), also known as Migraciones to get a replacement card. It is a good idea to carry your passport and TAM in your pocket at all times, especially when traveling in remote areas, for example, it is required by law on the Inca Trail.

For security get a photocopy of both documents and keep them in a separate place from the originals.

Money in Peru - planning a trip to machu picchu

Peru uses the Nuevo Sol (S), which has traded from S3.00 to S3.30 per US dollar (US$) for several years, although you should keep an eye on current events.

Carrying cash, an ATM card or traveler´s checks, as well as a credit card that can be used for cash advances in case of emergency, is advisable.

Will I need cash during the tour cusco and machu picchu?

When receiving local currency, always ask for small bills (Billetes Pequeños), as S100 bills are hard to change in small towns or for small purchases. That is to say, Carry as much spare change as possible, especially in the small cities. planning a trip to machu picchu.

The best places to exchange money are usually foreign exchange bureaus (Casa de Cambio), which are fast, have longer hours, and often give slightly better rates than banks.

Sometimes, any places accept US dollars. Do not accept torn money as it will likely not be accepted by Peruvians. Most importantly, It is best not to change money on the street as counterfeits are a problem.

Do you know what voltage the sockets have (110 or 220)?

What are the standard plugs – 5 day the andean journey?

Electrical current is 220V, 60HZ AC, Standard outlets accept round prongs, but many places will have dual-voltage outlets which take flat prongs. Even so, you may need an adapter with a built-in surge protector.

What should we pack - tour cusco and machu picchu?

Above all, Peru is a diverse country in natural and cultural resources. So, you only need a passport to enter our country and take some precautions that will help you to enjoy the wealth of this beautiful land.

Phone Calls

Public payphones operated by Telefonica-Peru (www.telefonica.com.pe) or Claro-Perú (www.claro.com.pe)  are available on the street even in small towns. Certainly, most payphones work with phone cards which can be purchased at supermarkets and groceries. Often internet cafes have private phone booths with ¨net-to-phone¨ and ¨net-to-net¨ capabilities (such as skype), where you can talk for pennies or even for free.

How to do international callings?

So, when calling Peru from abroad, dial the international access code for the country you are in, then Peru¨s country code (51), then the area code without the 0 and finally, the local number.

Certainly, When making international calls from Peru, dial the international access code (00), then the country code of where you are calling to, then the area code and finally the local phone number.

In Peru, any telephone number beginning with a 9 is a cell-phone number. Numbers beginning with 0800 are often toll-free only when dialed from private phones, not from public pay phones.

What is the time difference between the United States and Peru?

Peru is five hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). Therefore, it is the same as Eastern Standard Time (EST) in North America.

To clarify, Daylight Saving Time (DST) is not used in Peru, so add an hour to all of these times between the first Sunday in April and the last Sunday in October.

Weather - planning a trip to machu picchu

¿What is the weather in Cusco?

Certainly, Peru has three main climatic zones: the tropical Amazon jungle to the east, the arid coastal desert to the west, and the Andean mountains and highlands in between.

Therefore, in the Andes, which have altitudes over 3500m. Average daily temperatures are around 10°C (50°F), and overnight temperatures can dip well below freezing. So, travelers flying straight to Cuzco (3250m), or their hight altitude cities, should allow several days to acclimatize since altitude sickness or soroche can be a problem.

As a result, April to November is the dry season in the mountain and Andean Plateau (altiplano). The wettest months are from December to March. It rains al the time in the hot and humid rainforest, but the driest months there are from April from November.

Hotels 3***

Some of our partner hotels for  planning a trip to machu picchu are :

IN CUSCO:

  • Tandapata Boutique Hotel

MACHUPICCHU:

  • Golden Sunrise Machu picchu
  • La Cabaña Hotel

SACRED VALLEY:

  • Taypikala Hotels
  • Inkallpa Lodge & Spa.
  • Villa Urubamba Lodge Spa.

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