06 Day Luxury Exploration in Cusco
DURATION 06 Day
MAX. ALTITUDE 12,343ft.
PRICE $ 2150
These activities are a walk in the park! You will be able to enjoy the scenery, history, and time with loved ones without exhausting yourself. You do not need any special training, gear, or acclimatization for an “Easy” trek or tour. Terrain will be generally flat and comfortable, highly traveled.
A step up from “Easy,” these tours require a little more physical effort but are still 100% manageable to anyone with or without adventure experience. Again, you do not need special training, gear, or acclimatization for a “Mild” trek or tour. Terrain is generally flat but with possible gentle up- and downhills.
Before embarking on a “Moderate” trek or tour, you should be at least partly acclimatized to the high altitude of the Andes as it affects your oxygenation, energy levels, and hydration. These tours are still very manageable without special training as long as you have spent a day or two at high altitude. Terrain often includes moderate up- and downhill walking with possible rough patches or infrequently-traveled sections.
“Challenging” treks or tours require that you are acclimated to the Andes’ high altitude before leaving as it affects your oxygenation, energy levels, and hydration. Spending 2-3 days or more at high altitude will help you on the trek. You will need hiking shoes and possibly trekking poles for these treks. You will need to be in good physical shape, and it’s recommended that you train at least some beforehand, possibly with running, biking, or strenuous workout videos. Terrain is often rough, sometimes with steep up- and downhills and often not highly traveled. Generally, these last several hours.
These “Formidable” treks are our most difficult treks and require serious effort but are also the most rewarding. It is necessary to be in pristine physical condition. Again, you must be acclimated to the Andes’ high altitude before leaving as it affects your oxygenation, energy levels, and hydration. Spending 4-5 days or more if possible at high altitude will help you on the trek. You will need hiking shoes and possibly trekking poles for these treks. It is important to train physically before these treks so that your body is prepared for the strenuous nature of the trip. Generally, these last at least an entire day in infrequently-traveled areas with rough paths.
06 Day Luxury Exploration in Cusco
The 6 Day Cusco Luxury Explorer program will take you on a rich and fantastic tour through the Sacred Valley of the Incas, revealing the beauty of the diverse landscapes ranging from streams, ravines, glaciers, farmlands, and diverse flora and fauna of the region. We will take you through the most highlighted sites in Cusco, such as Maras, Moray, Pisaq, Chinchero, Saqsayhuaman, Tambomachay and the Temple of the Moon.
All of this offered in the best personalized service – Your lodging will include the best 5-Star Hotels that Cusco has to offer. And as you journey beyond towards Machu Picchu, this trip includes the finest service available upon the luxurious Hiram Bingham train, offering you all of the comfort and attention down to the last detail. This journey offers you all of the magic and splendid sensations that Cusco has to offer, all in one complete quality service in the company of the best professionals.
DAY 1: ARRIVAL TO CUSCO
Our staff will welcome you upon your arrival to the Cusco airport and transfer you to your hotel where you can accomodate yourself before preparing to continue on your journey. The hotel will help you settle in and ensure your enjoyment of the Cusco experience, not far from Cusco’s charming main square and downtown historic center. This day is crucial to your first day in the high Andes, as it will help you rest and acclimitize to the altitude and your new surroundings.
Day 2: CHINCHERO -MORAY – MARAS
This day we will begin our adventure towards the Sacred Valley of the Inca, first stop at the beautiful town of Chinchero upon the high plains with its picturesque conlonial church located upon the ancient archaelogical site. We will also visit a textile center where we will learn about the ancient science of weaving from the very artesans themselves and how they bring to magic these wonderful pieces of art dyed with minerals, plants and seeds. Continuing towards the Valley, we will visit the enigmatic circular terraces of Moray where we will learn about how these constructions served as an experimental agricultural center to selectivly cultivate the best breeds of Andean staple crops at different temperatures. Near Moray we will stop at the town of Maras to then visit the ancient salt mines, used for thousands of years by local families to supply salt not only to the Incas, but still to this day offering us an example of the natural art of salt harvesting straight from the land. Our journey today concludes in the town of Urubamba for a relaxing evening and rest.
DAY 3. LUXURY HIRAM BINGHAM TRAIN TO MACHU PICCHU
Our train will be awaiting our depature upon the extravagant Hiram bingham, rated as one of the best train services in the world. The views during this journey are one of a kind as we journey down the Sacred Valley through the high Andes towards the “eyebrow of the jungle,” or edge of the Amazon rainforest, all while being attended to by the staff and offered the best foods, drinks, and open-air enjoyment along the way. A gourmet lunch maybe accompanied by local musicians playing the finest music of the Andes while sipping on the most delicous Peruvian cocktails. Arriving to Aguas Calientes, we will make a short journey by bus to the majestic mountain of Machu Picchu, offering us oustanding views of the beautiful landscape and all of the magic and mystery within. The offical tour will take about 2 hours. In the evening the crowds will slowly disappear and leave you with some space at peace to feel the enchantment of this ancient place.
Lodging: Aguas Calientes
DAY 4: RETURN TO PISAQ – AWANANCANCHA
In the afternoon we will arrive to Ollantaytambo and continue onwards to the town of Pisaq, offering us a spectacular encounter with the engineering of the Incas demonstrated by mountainsides full of terraces and buildings on steep hillsides and high peaks. As we journey to the top of this mountain the heights will offer us the best views of the Sacred Valley below. Later we will return to the town of Pisaq and visit the local artesan market of craftsmen, complete with products of all kinds, offering you everything from weavings to musical instruments and all sorts of souvenirs. After completing our visit to the market we will aboard our transportation back to Cusco. Along the way we will stop at Awanacancha, weaving center and also an opportunity to meet the Andean species of camels, such as alpaca, llama, vicuña, and guanaco, as we continue to dive deeper into the science of weaving and appreciate this hand-made art by Andean women.
Hotel: Belmond Monasterio
DAY 5: CITY TOUR (4 SITES)
We will begin our tour starting at Saqsayhuaman, one of the greatest architectural centers of the Incas, demonstrating magnificient megalithic stones in all their splendor. Journeying through this enigmatic ceremonial center, we will continue up into the hills to visit the famous Temple of the Moon, a sacred space possibly used for sacrificies to Andean dieties worshipped by ancient cultures. Further on lies Puca Pucara, a military construction at the entrance to Cusco on one of the main roadways to the city and named for its color that the stones reflect at sunset. Finally we complete our circuit at Tambomachay, the ceremonial Inca baths, offering us a unique example of aquaducts and fine stone work to honor this life-giving element.
Hotel: Belmond Monasterio
DAY 6: WALKING TOUR – AIRPORT TRANSFER
This morning you will have the opportunity to familiarize yourself with the most attractive sites of Cusco’s Historic Center before your afternoon flight to Lima. The sites offered include:
- Plaza de Armas (Main Square)
- Plaza Nazarenas (Nazarenas Square)
- Mercado San Pedro (Central Market)
- Barrio de San Blas (San Blas Neighborhood)
- La piedra de los 12 ángulos (12-Angled Stone)
Here we finalize our journey together and transfer you to the airport for your departure!
PALACIO DEL INKA, A LUXURY COLLECTION HOTEL
Palacio del Inka, a Luxury Collection Hotel, is built within an historic mansion known as the Casona de los Cuatro Bustos, which, from its privileged position next to Qoricancha Palace in the center of Cusco, has lived over five centuries of this storied city’s history.
Each of our 203 guest rooms are exquisitely decorated with colonial art and furniture and all the creature comforts that modern technology provides like the exclusive Luxury Collection bed, LCD TVs and high speed Internet. Some rooms have Quechua names and Cusco School paintings decorate the walls, while the headboards and ceilings bear original hand-painted frescoes. Also, have a system of oxygenation to ease the effects of altitude and are located in the Casona Four Bustos, overlooking the central courtyard of the mansion.
The Palacio del Inka Spa offers a range of treatments based on indigenous Andean minerals and products, as well a soothing indoor therapy pool. The Inti Raymi restaurant presents a wide variety of Peruvian dishes and a buffet breakfast whose service begins in the early pre-dawn hours of the day. The salons and meeting rooms can be adapted to any need and invite guests to host the perfect event or celebration.
TAMBO DE INKA, A LUXURY COLLECTION RESORT & SPA.
Located in the Sacred Valley of Urubamba between Cusco and the Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary, Tambo del Inka, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa a franchise of Starwood Hotels & Resorts, is the only hotel in the valley with a private train station. From which you can start your journey to the famous Inca citadel.
INKATERRA MACHU PICCHU PUEBLO HOTEL
Popular with those heading to the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu, Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel is an intimate Andean village with terraced hills, waterfalls, stone pathways and 83 whitewashed adobe casitas tucked away in the cloud forest. Member of National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World, the property has 12 acres of exquisite natural beauty, where 214 bird species – such as the golden-headed quetzal and the iconic Andean cock-of-the-rock – and the world’s largest native orchid collection (372 species) have been registered.
After exploring the Historic Sanctuary and in-house excursions, guests can enjoy the Unu Spa, which combines the classic nurturing with a mystical Andean approach. Natural products are derived from local botanical extracts (mint, eucalyptus and orchids), thus providing a pleasing spiritual, sensual and soothing experience. The first-class restaurant features stunning views of Vilcanota River, and shares the secrets of Peruvian cuisine with a contemporary twist.
Prices & Dates
THIS TOUR RUNS ONLY AS A PRIVATE SERVICE.
****Daily Departure with at least 2 people****
|Number of paxs||Price per person||Book now|
|*02 people||US$ 2150.00|
|*03 people||US$ 2100.00|
|*04 people||US$ 2050.00|
|*05 people||US$ 2000.00|
|*06 people||US$ 1960.00|
|*07 people||US$ 1950.00|
|*08 People||US$ 1920.00|
|*09 people||US$ 1920.00|
Includes & Not Includes
- 05 night’s accommodations in 05 stars Luxury hotels (based in double occupation)
- 05 breakfasts, 01 Lunch, 01 dinners
- Entrances to Machu Picchu.
- All Private transportation.
- All transfers.
- All entrances fee.
- Luxury Hiram Bingham Train to Machu Picchu.
- Vistadome train back to the Sacred Valley.
- Buses to Machu Picchu (Round trip)
- Private guided tour in Machu Picchu.
- Professional Private English Speaking Tour Guide during whole trip
- Single suplement: US$1200 (05 stars hotels)
- Meals where are not stated
- Huayna Picchu entrance fee US$45
- Travel Insurance – you are strongly recommended to take out travel insurance for the duration of your trip.
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)