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Cusco & Machu Picchu Tour

Cusco & Machu Picchu Tour

During tours to Cusco and Machu Picchu you learn more about this mix of two different cultures, which evidence can be found in then Inca capital and surrounding areas as well as the City tour. 

This Machu Picchu tour from Cusco have an enormous value and interest in itself as a tourist destination. Visitors to Cusco come from all over the world and not only on the way to Machu Picchu, but also to enjoy the many charms, history and magic so particular that the city has.

First day will have time to do the City Tour in Cusco, that will take you to visit some of the most beautiful places in Cusco, among these is one of the most enigmatic places on the planet; there is no person who sees the amazing strength of Sacsayhuaman and is not stunned.

During the second day you will visit the Sacred Valley of the Incas, appreciate Pisac, Ollantaytambo and the traditional Pisac Market.

Finally, we visit Machu Picchu Cusco, where we can eplore the site, goign to the crafting houses where is possible purchase some remainders or maybe visit the market of the place for take a food before arrive to the ruins from there.was considered as the capital of the Inca Empire! The Incas also called it the "navel of the world". Its constructions were based on perfectly fitted stones.

Quick Itinerary:

Day 01: Cusco / City Tour

Day 02: Visit Sacred Valley Peru 
Day 03: Machu Picchu Cusco

Day 04: Departure Day

 

Highlights of the tour:

  • Walk around the capital of the Incas Cusco
  • Visit the Sacred Valley of the Incas 
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu Cusco
  • Discover the tradicional Pisac market and the colonial towns
  • Enjoy the beatiful lanscapes through to the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu Cusco
  • Explorer the lost city of the Incas

Crew: A Inca Trail Machu Representative and profesional bilingual Tour Guide.

Accommodation: Hotel *** (3 Nights).

Meals: 3x breakfast, 1x buffet lunch.

Transportation: Tourist bus, a train trip from Cusco to Machu Picchu and back (Expedition), private transportation by van.

 

Interesting Information

Day 01: Cusco City Tour

All of our 4 day machu picchu tours starts when you arrive to Cusco. One of our representative will be waiting for you at the Cusco´s airport, holding a sheet with your name. The rest of the morning is free so you can relax, have some coca tea (a natural tea of coca leaves and the best tool against altitude sickness) or just walk around the city´s centre and visit some Colonial churches and ancient streets. 

 

In the afternoon, your tour guide picks you up from your hotel and takes you onto the tour of Cusco City starting with a visit of the Cathedral located on the main square. Then, you visit Qoricancha - the golden temple of the Incas that was once the main temple of the Incan Empire and it was dedicated to the god of Sun! After that, we continue by our bus outside of the city visiting the huge Incan fortress of Sacsayhuaman. There are some magnificent Inca´s walls made up of huge and impressive stones weighing up to 130 tons. The stones fit together with an absolute peferction! Three of these walls run parallel to over 360 m. There are 21 bastions in the fortress. 
 
Later on, we continue to a nearby Incan labyrinth and a ceremonial site - Qenqo. After our tour guide has explained us about this enigmatic site, we board our bus to continue to the red fortress of Puca Pucara. Our last stop is in Tambomachay - a water temple of the Incas.
  
Finally, we are taken back to our hotel in Cusco to overnight.

Day 02: Visit Sacred Valley Peru

Today the guide picks you up from the hotel in the morning to visit Sacred Valley Peru that was an important source of food to the Incas. The Sacred Valley is a lush agricultural region that keeps supplying the Cusco City with lots of its production. We visit the majestic ruins of Pisaq as well as its current famous handicraft market. Then, we stop in Urubamba, considered to be the capital of the valley, to have a buffet lunch offering Andean cuisine. Afterwards, we continue to the picturesque town of Ollantaytambo with its Incan fortress. The town and the fortress are strategically situated overlooking the beautiful Urubamba River Valley. The fortress is known as the best surviving example of Inca´s urban planning and engineering! It is admired for its huge steep terraces guarding the fortress as well as for being one of the few places where Spaniards lost a major battle during their conquest.

In the evening, we take a train from Cusco to Machu Picchu tour. We spend the night in this small town before heading Machu Picchu.

Day 03: Machu Picchu - Cusco

In the morning, we get ready for the tour Cusco to Machu Picchu!! First off, we get on a shuttle bus that let us just in front of the entrance to this historic and spiritual centre of the Incas. There, we enter and start our guided tour, during which our tour guide introduces us to its history, absolute location of Machu Picchu and describes us each part of the "Lost City of the Incas". 

 

Machu Picchu is both, the best and the least known site of the Incas as it is not mentioned in any Spanish conquistador´s chronicle so that contemporary archaeologists can not do anything more than just speculate on its functions. Local Quechua farmers had known about Machu Picchu Cusco for centuries before an 11-year-old boy showed the American historian Hiram Bingham (who was in search of Vilcabamba) this site on the 24th of July 1911. At that time, all the rest of the world became aware of its existence. However, the site was covered with thick vegetation so Hiram Bingham along with his team returned and within the years of 1912 and 1915 cleared its surface. Over the years, plenty of work has been done on excavating and studying the site. Despite these efforts, many unanswered questions have remain.

 

Afterwards, we are given an opportunity to hike the peak of Huayna Picchu to observe the Incan citadel from another perspective.


In the afternoon, we return by train to Ollantaytambo, from where we are taken by van back to Cusco. 

Day 04: Departure Day

After the 3 day machu picchu tours, this day our transfer will pick you up from your hotel to transfer you back to the Cusco´s airport. Nevertheless, you can still extend your trip. To do so, please check our tailor made section or choose another of our tours.

Please note:
 a return flight to Lima can be arranged upon request.

Included

  • Transfer from/to the Cusco´s airport at arrival and departure.
  • Accommodation: 3* hotel (3 nights).
  • All entrance fees according to the Cusco to Machu Picchu tours itinerary.
  • Professional bilingual tour guide fro each day.
  • Meals: 3x breakfast, 1x buffet lunch (when visit Sacred Valley Peru).
  • Transport by a private van during the tours and local transfers.
  • A tourist train trip in Machu Picchu tours from Cusco and back (Expedition).
  • A shuttle bus Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - a round trip. 
  • Private transportation from Ollantaytambo to Cusco

Not Included

  • Pre & post tour accommodation,
  • International and local flights nor airport departure taxes,
  • Meals not mentioned,
  • Travel insurance for Cusco and Machu Picchu tours
  • Tips and baggage portage (please note: it is a custom to give tips in Peru, however, it is not obligatory),
  • Other extras not mentioned in tours from Cusco to Machu Picchu.

Meals budget: Please allow USD 20 - 30 for meals not included.
Single room: Please note that if you have booked the "Single Room" option for this tour, you receive your own single room for all overnights.
Local flights: No flight is included in the cost of Cusco Machu Picchu tours!

Accommodation

These following hotels are used to accommodate you during your tour Cusco Machu Pichu

 

Accommodation in Cusco 

Hotel Prisma 

Address: Calle Matara N 394, Cusco 

Tel: (+51) 84 224466 

 

Hotel Muyurina Machu Picchu 

Address: Capac Yupanqui - Aguas Calientes 

 

We request our hotels to get ready your rooms for time of your arrival, especially, if you arrive prior to standard check-in time. Nevertheless, this is not always possible. In this case, you just store your luggage in that hotel storage room and you can explore around your new destination in between.

 

Please note! If you have purchased pre or post trip accommodation, you might be asked to change your room during Cusco tours to Machu Picchu.

Packing List

  • Passport Original and copies 
  • Travel insurance(+ copies for a case of lost)
  • Flight tickets
  • Cash in USD or credit cards
  • Day pack (to carry your personal items during daily travels)
  • Rain gear (a rain-jacket and a waterproof trousers or a rain poncho - this can be purchased in Cusco)
  • Sandals 
  • Warm clothes such as a jacket, a fleece.
  • Hat or a cap (to protect you against the Sun, rain as well as cold)
  • Sun block
  • Insect repellent– recommended minimum is 20% DEET (please note that no malaria has been reported during this trip!)
  • Camera and its charger/batteries (please note that batteries are consumed quickly under cold conditions)
  • Flashlight/headlamp + batteries
  • Small towel and toiletries
  • Sufficient reserve of underwear
  • Handkerchiefs and toilet paper
  • Snacks (biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.) 

 

Please note: we do provide a daily morning snack and our meal service is very complete and well supplied in all Machu Picchu tours from Cuzco. The recommendation of taken own snack applies only for customers who like a specific snack that might not be in our menu. 

Doubts and Frequent Questions about Cusco and Machu Picchu Tour

Here is everything you need to know about our tours Cusco Machu Picchu


Where is located Machu Picchu?
"Machu Picchu" is located in the south of Peru, belongs to the department of Cusco, but how far is Machu Picchu from Cusco? "Machu Picchu" is located 112.5 kilometers northeast of the city of Cusco, with a height of 2350 meters above sea level.

If you love treks, tehn you can get to the citadel through the Inca Trail from Cusco to Machu Picchu.


What does "Machu Picchu" mean?
"Machu Picchu" means 'Old Mountain' in the indigenous Quechua language. The lost city of the Incas, is an unprecedented historical, natural and architectural complex, a tourist destination that has earned the category of inescapable.

Altitudes:
  • "Cusco" at 3,399 m.a.s.l.
  • "Pisaq" at 2,974 m.a.s.l.
  • "Ollantaytambo" at 2,972 m.a.s.l.
  • "Chinchero" at 3,762 m.a.s.l.
  • "Maras" at 3,300 m.a.s.l.
  • "Moray" at 3,450 m.a.s.l.
  • "Tipon" at 3,560 m.a.s.l.
  • "Lucre Lagoon or Huacarpay" at 3,200 m.a.s.l.
  • "Hot Springs" at 2,040 m.a.s.l.
  • "Machu Picchu" at 2,430 m.a.s.l.

Cusco to Machu Picchu train

To board the train at the Ollantaytambo station, you must have previously reserved train tickets. One of the black parts of the trip is that the train to Machu Picchu is one of the most expensive in the world; however, booking them in advance will allow you to access the most economical services, which usually run out weeks before.
As we already told you, this is the fastest way to machu picchu and it goes through amazing landscapes. From time to time you will see humble villages, Andean communities and their fields of sowing.

 

Is it possible to do the Cusco and Machu Picchu tour on my own?
The archaeological places that make up the City Tour around Cusco are the following: Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Tambo Machay, and Puka Pukara. These ruins are very close, a tour usually charge between 20 to 25 soles per person for tourism companies, but there are ways to get there without spending so much money. For example, Sacsayhuaman is located very close, for a backpacker who wants to walk the 7km on foot and not spend a lot of money is recommended to leave from the main square. After the visit to Sacsayhuaman, you can visit the ruins of Qenqo which is located 1.5 km away, it is very close, you can go following the road. After, about 5km following the road is the next archaeological site that is Tambo Machay, where the Inca bathed. About the entrance costs to the ruins, it is mandatory to have that tourist ticket that gives you access to 16 archeological sites (Machu Picchu is not included), also depends on how many days in cusco you will stay.

To make tours of Machu Picchu from Cusco by your own is very easy. The first thing you will have to do "and the most important thing" is to book your Machu Picchu Tickets, and the train tickets. Once in Cusco, you will have to get up very early and go to Pavitos Street, here you will find minibuses and minivans that will take you to the town of Ollantaytambo for around $4. When you arrive in Ollantaytambo, you can take a "moto-taxi", it's very fun and the easiest way to get to the Ollantaytambo station, this will cost between $ 0.70 and US $ 1.50. Once at the Ollantaytambo station, look for your train and approach it. The tour of the Sacred Valley of the Incas is one of the most beautiful short train routes in the world, so enjoy it. The train will take you to the city of Aguas Calientes, at the foot of the Machu Picchu Mountain. Arriving at Aguas Calientes, you can buy the bus tickets next to the train station. These tickets can not be reserved in advance, bought online, or by third parties, ou can only buy your ticket in person and with your passport. Before letting you enter Machu Picchu Cusco you will be asked to present a copy of your Machu Picchu ticket along with your original valid Passport, if you do not present these documents you will be prevented from entering Machu Picchu, and everything will have been in vain; so do not forget that your documents must be valid at the moment of entering Machu Picchu.


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