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MAGICAL CUSCO

6 Days

5 Nights

Hotel 3***

English Guide

Private or Shared Transportation

Entrances included

This journey of six days and five nights has been created to visit the unmissable region of Cusco and its most significant places or highlights.

You will be able to visit the beautiful archaeological sites surrounding the city of Cusco named as 4 Ruinas. In addition, you will have the opportunity to visit the complex of Pisac and its colorful traditional market, stop at the fortress of Ollantaytambo, visit the salt mines of Maras and the ancestral laboratory of Moray. 

Of course, we could not miss the expedition for the discovery of the majestic citadel of Machupicchu, still shrouded in wonder and mystery. 

Besides, if you are interested in a little hiking, then this program is for you, since we will take you to visit the famous Rainbow Mountain, known for its beautiful red colors and then the spectacular lake Humantay with a breathtaking and imposing view of the Salkantay glaciar.


Included:
  • Accommodation in 3*** hotels for the days mentioned as included in the itinerary.
  • Meals and activities mentioned as included in the itinerary.
  • Transportation according to the itinerary (private or shared transportation, trains, boats, public buses with VIP seats or tourist bus)
  • Guides in English according to the itinerary. (private or shared)
  • Assistance according to the itinerary.
  • Entrance fees to the sites mentioned in the itinerary (archaeological sites, museums, national parks, churches, etc.)
Not Included:
  • Meals not mentioned in the program.
  • Domestic flights
  • Beverages.
  • Insurance.
  • International flights.
  • Tips for guides, drivers, carriers or others.
Day 1 : ARRIVAL TO CUSCO – 4 RUINS – CITY TOUR

Upon arrival at Cusco’s airport or bus station, a private driver will be meeting and driving you to your hotel located in Cusco’s downtown. Free time to adjust to the altitude and explore city center. 

In the early afternoon, a vehicle (private or shared depending of what you selected) will be ready to take us to the archaeological site of Tambomachay. 

From there, everybody descends on foot towards PucaPucara, Kenko and Sacsayhuaman. This last one is a fortress, and it was built on a hill, which dominates the city of Cusco. It is characterized by its gigantic blocks of stones nested to the nearest millimeter, some of which exceed 9 meters (29.5 ft.) in height and weigh more than 550 tons.

After visiting these 4 ruins, we will continue your descend to the Plaza de Armas, the center of the Incas capital. We will start with the cathedral, an impressive building that has many paintings from the Escuela Cusqueña (School of Cusco) as well as real goldsmith treasures. We will continue our discovery in Santo Domingo and Koricancha Monastery, ancient temple of the Sun.

Rest of the day free and overnight in Cusco.

  • 4 ruins (3800 m // 12,467 ft.)
  • Private/Shared transportation for the visits.
  • Private/Shared ENG-SPA for the visits.
  • Ticket(s) for site(s) visited.
  • Breakfast
  • Night at the hotel in Cusco
Day 2 : CUSCO – MORAY – MARAS - OLLANTAYTAMBO - AGUAS CALIENTES

 

Chinchero is a town that looks to be frozen in time; we will find wonderful Inca sites, a wonderful view and a traditional market where you can find all kind of souvenirs and traditional clothing. 

Then, will continue to the archaeological site of Moray, that according to historians, the place has constructions that were part of an agricultural investigation in the Incas Empire.

Next place to visit in our journey is the village of Maras and visit their famous salt mines. We will witness the thousands little salt ponds where the process of solidification is naturally happening, and we even might be lucky to see the local villagers collecting it.

We will continue our descent to the Sacred Valley of the Incas until we reach the town of Urubamba, where we will have lunch.  

Then, we will follow the river until reach the village of Ollantaytambo and visit the imposing archaeological fortress. Finally, we will walk towards the train station located in the same village and take the train to Aguas Calientes, a small village located at the foot of the famous Machupicchu.

Arrival and installation at the hotel.

Free evening and overnight in Aguas Calientes.

* In order to guarantee a safe and punctual service, the national train company Perurail asks passengers going to Machupicchu to take only a small backpack of 5kg and 157cm (height + width + length) maximum or a bag cabin type. Please note that the company has become very strict regarding these restrictions. Suitcases and large travel bags will not be accepted on the train.

You will leave your luggage and personal belongings for the day, leaving them at the hotel in Cusco before the excursion. After the excursion of Machupicchu, you will return to the Hotel in Cusco.

  • Chinchero (3762 m // 12,342 ft.) – Maras (3385 m // 11,105 ft.) - Ollantaytambo (2792 m // 9160 ft.) – Aguas Calientes (2040 m // 6692 ft.)
  • Private/shared transportation for the visits. // Train Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes: approx. 1h45.
  • Private/ shared ENG-SPA guide for the visits.
  • Ticket(s) of the site(s) visited.
  • Breakfast and Lunch.
  • Night at hotel in Aguas Calientes or similar.
Day 3 : AGUAS CALIENTES - MACHU PICCHU – POROY - CUSCO

Very early in the morning, you will take the shared bus to go up to the most famous Inca site in the country: Machupicchu, "old summit" in Quechua’s language.

During your guided tour (around 2h), you will discover, still enveloped in the morning mist, this architectural complex built on a narrow ridge bordered by precipices. An impressive vision that evolves with the progression of the sun.

 

You will then walk through the alleys of the citadel, its quarters, its squares, its royal houses, its agricultural areas, its paths and its observatories. After the guided tour, we descend in the afternoon to Aguas Calientes to take the train to Poroy. (The closest train stop to the city of Cusco) Arrival to Poroy and transfer to your Hotel. Overnight in Cusco. (Without assistance on arrival).

Extra activities to do on site: (not included in package and reserved in advanced)

Possibility of adding the ascent of the Huaynapicchu Mountain or Montaña Machupicchu depending on availability. (These mountains are part of the landscape of the citadel of Machupicchu and have different times and entrances, since they take more time to climb and visit).

  • Machu Picchu (2430 m // 7972 ft.)
  • Shared bus roundtrip to Machupicchu // Train Aguas Calientes – Poroy: approx. 3h50
  • Private ENG guide for the visits.
  • Ticket(s) for the site(s) visited.
  • Breakfast
  • Night at Hotel in Cusco
Day 4 : CUSCO – RAINBOW MOUNTAIN - CUSCO

Very early in the morning, our transportation will pick us up from the hotel and drive towards Vinincunca or the so-called Raimbow Mountain, known for its beautiful red colors. 

After approximately 2 hours, the ride will stop for breakfast in the town of Cusipata - Paucarpata and continue to the final destination. We will follow the route for another 1 hour until we reach the starting point of the hike. 

The ascent to the overlook is around 2h; meanwhile we will see a large number of llamas and alpacas that are at the mercy of shepherds dressed in beautiful colorful costumes typical of the place. We will pass through beautiful ravines heading to the highest parts, surrounded by snow-capped mountains (Ausangate).

Arriving at this point, our guide will explain about the orography, ecosystem and color of the mountain, while we are able to witness wonderful views, take pictures and breathe the purest air of all.

The descend will be through the red valley, where you will able to see one last time the Vinincunca mountain and start the road back to Cusco, with a stop for lunch. 

Arrival to Cusco and overnight.

Remember that travelers who make the trip to Rainbow Mountain must be in a good physical condition and adapted to the high altitude.

  • Cusco (3400 m // 11,154 ft.) – Cusipata (3310 m // 10,859 ft.) - Vinincunca (5020 m // 16,469 ft.)
  • Shared transportation for the visit/Cusco –Vinincunca: approx. 4h (with stop)
  • Shared ENG-SPA guide for the visit.
  • Ticket(s) for the site(s) visited.
  • Breakfast and lunch
  • Night at Hotel in Cusco
Day 5 : CUSCO – PISAC– CUSCO (HALF DAY)

After breakfast and a good night rest, we will start our experience going to the Sacred Valley of the Incas (30 km // 18 miles away from Cusco) with a beautiful landscape bordering the Urubamba river.

 We will stop at Awanacancha, a small place where you can see traditional people weave baskets, blankets and pieces of clothing with techniques learned from their ancestors. Also, it will be possible to observe the South American camelids whose wool is used in making textiles.

We will continue until arrive to the archaeological complex of Pisac, place made up of terraces, fountains, observatories and even a necropolis, the largest in the region. It was from there that the Incas controlled and dominated the Sacred Valley.

At our descent, we will be able to visit the town’s famous craft market and be able to buy souvenirs, buy jewelry and take pictures.

Return to Cusco and overnight in the city.

  • Pisac (2972 m // 9750 ft.)
  • Private/shared transportation for the visits
  • Private/shared ENG-SPA guide for the visits
  • Ticket(s) of the site(s) visited.
  • Breakfast at Cusco
  • Night at Hotel in Cusco
Day 6 : CUSCO – HUMANTAY LAKE - CUSCO

Very early in the morning the transportation will pick us up from the hotel and drive towards the Humantay Lake, known for its clear water and imposing views of the near snow-capped mountains. 

After approximately 2 hours, the ride will stop for breakfast in the town of Mollepata and then continue to the final destination. We will be able to enjoy the landscapes and ravines for another hour until we reach the town of Soraypampa, the starting point of the hike.

The ascent to the lake is around 2h and we will be able to witness the clear water of the lake and the impressive views of the mountain on top. There will be time to enjoy the wonderful views, take pictures and breathe the purest air of all.

In this place, we will participate in a demonstration of the use of the coca leaf and a small offering to our Apus (Mountain Gods) that allowed us to arrive.

The descent to Soraypampa will take around 1h30, and we will take the car back to Cusco, with a stop in Mollepata for lunch.

Arrival to Cusco and end of services to continue with other destinations or side trips. 

Remember that travelers who make the trip to Humantay Lake must be in a good physical condition and adapted to the high altitude.

  • Cusco (3400 m // 11,154 ft.) - Mollepata (2803 m // 9196 ft.) – Soraypampa (3900 m // 12,795 ft.) - Humamtay Lake (4200 m // 13,780 ft.)
  • Shared transportation for the visits.
  • Shared ENG-SPA guide for the visits.
  • Ticket(s) for the site(s) visited.
  • Breakfast and Lunch.
  • Night at Hotel in Cusco
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