Cusco - Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu 8 Days

Trip introduction

Cusco, the most cosmopolitan city in Peru, opens its doors to you so you may discover it in all its glory. This is a tour that will take you through all places, inside and outside the city. We explore all its attractions from the north to the south. We will start in the city and over the following days visit its southern valley and its sacred valley. We will go to the agricultural areas that have existed since Inca times and learn more of the local life. Finally finishing with Machu Picchu.

Highlights

  • City tour in Cusco
  • Visit the main local markets and museums
  • Visit the South Valley
  • Visit the Sacred Valley
  • Visit the agricultural center of Moray and Maras
  • Visit Machu Picchu
Responsible travel.
By booking this trip, you will be helping provide a special Christmas breakfast for low income children in Cusco.

Itinerary

DAY 1: CUSCO - CUSCO

You may choose the time of arrival at the airport in Cusco. It is important for us to become acclimated to the altitude so we will have no activity planned in the city. You have time to rest in your hotel or dine out at night in one of the restaurants in the city center.

DAY 2: CUSCO – SPECIAL CITY TOUR

After lunch at 1:30 pm we will go to the Cathedral of Cusco. The cathedral is considered the second most beautiful cathedral in the South American continent. Here we will enter and appreciate the works of the Cusco School paintings which highlight unique syncretism of the Andean culture. We will go on a short walk for about 10 minutes to the Temple of the Sun or Qoricancha. Qoricancha was once the most important for the Andean culture. Here you will clearly see the perfect architecture that was stood for over 500 years even after the arrival of the conquistadors. Afterwards we will journey outside the city to visit Inca places like Sacsayhuaman, Quenqo, Pucara, and Tambomacha. We wil return to the city in the afternoon at approximately 7:00 pm.

DAY 3: CUSCO - SOUTH VALLEY

We will drive to the town of Tipon to observe the inspiring hydraulic engineering of our Inca ancestors. After a brief educational tour by our guide we will continue to Pikillacta; one of the first urban centers of the pre-Inca which was dominated by Waris. Here we will learn more about the culture that developed years before Christ. We will end our visit in the chapel of Andahuylillas also known as the Sistine Chapel of America because of the large decoration which resides inside.

DAY 4: CUSCO - SACRED VALLEY - AGUAS CALIENTES

At 8:30 am we will board a bus bound for the town of Pisac. After a 40-minute drive we arrive at the town that is the gateway to what is known as the Sacred Valley. We will then continue 15 minutes further by bus to reach this archaeological complex of Pisac from Inca times. Our guide will show us the most important places in the area which include religious area of Pisac and its cemetery which was the largest in the pre-colonial era. We will return to the village to have a brief stop in the colonial market where you can make some purchases.
After we are finished we can continue by bus which will follow the river Wilkamayu (aka, the sacred river) to reach the capital of the Sacred Valley "Urubamba." Here we will have a lunch buffet with all the traditional foods of the area and international cuisine. Our next stop after lunh is the village of Ollantaytambo (a.ka. the living Inca city). The town still retains its original architecture from pre-colonial times. We will visit its archaeological complex to learn more about this magnificent place and learn about the techniques used for its construction. Upon completion of our tour we will go to the station to board the train to the town of Aguas Calientes for the next day to visit one of the 7 wonders of the world.

DAY 5: AGUAS CALIENTES - MACHU PICCHU -CUSCO

This is our Day!!! We’ll catch the first bus leaving from Aguas Calientes at 5:30am to Machu Picchu City. After we enter the check point with our guide we’ll walk for 7 or 10 minutes to experience the panoramic view of the city and depending on weather condition we could see the sunrise. We will explore the city for 2 or 3 hours while visiting the most important sectors inside and listening the wealth of historical information from our guide. After the tour you could explore the place on your own. AT the end of the day we will return to Aguas Calientes to catch the train to Cusco.

DAY 6: MARAS - MORAY - CHINCHERO

We will focus on this day to visit and learn a little more about agriculture and textiles. Our first stop we will be at Chinchero which is located about 3800 meters from where we will visit the Inca site. This textile area will help us learn the process of textileria where they use plants to provide natural color to the plant tissue. After this we will travel to moray. Moray is an Inca site which was used to adapt different plants to different types of ecosystems. Finally, we will travel to maras to learn more about the drying process for precious ore that is used for local consumption. We will then return to Cusco in the afternoon.

DAY 7: CUSCO - SAN PEDRO MARKET - CASA GARCILASO MUSEUM - INCA MUSEUM

At this juncture, we already know practically everything around Cusco. Now it's time to learn a little more of the city. For this we will travel to the San Pedro Market to see local life unfold. We will tour the museum of the Garcilaso house to take a few moments to view the artwork and colonial paintings. Finally we will travel to the Inca museum where we see the largest number of pieces that are 100% original Inca and learn about the chronologically of the first inhabitants in Peru.

DAY 8: CUSCO – AIRPORT

Depending on your flight schedule and plans we will transport to you at the airport.

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Included

  • 6 nights of hotels in Cusco
  • 1 night hotel in Aguas Calientes
  • Local professional guides speaking english
  • Professional assistance throughout your trip
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 1 lunch buffet in Sacred Valley
  • 1 lunch buffet in Aguas Calientes
  • 1 Boxed lunch at Maras Moray
  • Visit Machu Picchu by train
  • All inclusive hotels
  • Explore Machu Picchu
  • Tickets for bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu and back
  • Round trip train to Machu Picchu
  • Explore the South Valley
  • Explore the Sacred Valley
  • Visit the market of Pisac
  • Visit San Pedro market
  • Visit the second most beautiful Cathedral of America
  • Visit the Sun Temple Qoricancha
  • Visit Sacasayuaman, Quenqo, Puca Pucara, Tambomachay
  • Visit Ollantaytambo
  • Explore chinchero
  • Explore Moray and Maras
  • Visit museums and Inca Garcilaso House Museum

Not Included

  • International and local flights
  • Drinks
  • Tips for staff

Recommendations

  • Wear light or tennis shoes.
  • Drink plenty of fluids in your excursions.
  • Raincoat (poncho long) rainy season
  • Long sleeve shirts
  • Trousers
  • Insect Repellent
  • Sunscreen, brimmed hat for sunny days.
  • Binoculars
  • Sunglasses, plastic bags
  • Medicine and / or personal items (liquid for contact lenses)
  • A light backpack per person Camera or camcorder and films.
  • Have on hand checks in small denominations and coins dollars, euros or soles.