Luxury Cusco and Machu Picchu Tour

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6 days
Availability : All Months
Cusco
Min Age : 1
Itinerary

Day 1Arrival in Cusco

Upon your arrival to Cusco, you will be greeted at the airport by one of our Peru Vacation Tours representatives and transferred to your hotel in Cusco.

Enjoy a warm cup of coca tea to help you get acclimatized to the high altitude, which is a staggering 11,200 feet (3,400 meters) above sea level.

You will have the rest of the day to spend at your own leisure.
Overnight in 5 Star Hotel in Cusco

Day 2Cusco City Tour and Surrounding Ruins

In the afternoon, one of our local guides will take you on a half day tour of the city of Cusco. You will be shown the exact center of the Inca Empire, the Plaza de Armas. There one can find the Cathedral built on the ruins of the Inca Palace. Next stop will be the old town with its magnificent renovated colonial buildings. Also in Cusco, we will visit Qorikancha, the Main Temple of the Incas, where Sun God is worshiped.

After, we will visit Sacsayhuaman, a ruins site located approximately 3 kilometers from Cusco. Sacsayhuaman also offers a fabulous view of the entire city. After that, the tour will stop shortly in Tambomachay, the bath of the Inca; Kenko, the giant rock whose niches and gaps were carved in an eccentric way; and Puca Pucara, the ruins of a fort.

Return to Cusco where you can relax, enjoy the local food and exciting nightlife.
Overnight in 5 Star Hotel in Cusco

Day 3Sacred Valley Tour

After your breakfast you will be picked up from your hotel in Cusco by our representative. You will be taken along a road that winds over the mountains north of Cusco. On the way you will stop at a point known as El Mirador, from where we will be able to see the whole of the Sacred Valley and listen to the history of the Incas.

Later in the day, you will go towards Pisac, where we will visit the Pisac Archaeological Park. Here there are many different buildings, plazas, temples, pools and other structures, all built between the 10th and 11th centuries AD. After we will visit a peculiar market in Pisac. Here, you will have the opportunity to purchase a wide variety of fine crafts of various kinds, for example, ponchos, blankets, vases, hats and much more. You will have free time to walk around and do some shopping. Afterwards you will be taken to have lunch in a nice local restaurant to enjoy some great Andean food.

After lunch you will continue the tour and be driven along the Urubamba River towards the town of Ollantaytambo. Here you will visit the ruins of Ollantaytambo, an important Inca construction built during the Inca’s most powerful times.

We will then return you to your hotel in Cusco and you can spend the evening as you please.
Overnight in 5 Star Hotel in Cusco

Day 3Hiram Bingham Train and Machu Picchu Tour

In the morning, you will picked up from your hotel and transferred by bus to the train station where the tour starts on the luxury Hiram Bingham train.

The train leaves from Poroy in the morning, taking a spectacular journey through a changing landscape while guests enjoy breakfast. After departing Poroy and going through Cachimayo, the train descends to the plateau of Anta, a patchwork landscape of typical Andean crops and passes lush fields and colorful villages in the foothills of the Andes.

Far to the left, just below the horizon, the massive agricultural terraces of Jaquijahuana can be seen, close to the village of Zurite. Sadly, these great terraces are all that remain today of what was once a major Inca city lost forever during the first years after the Spanish conquest.

Beyond the town of Huarocondo, the great plain narrows dramatically as the track enters a deep gorge carved by the rushing Pomatales River down which the railway, too, is funneled until it meets the Urubamba River, which runs through the incredible Sacred Valley. The train passes through extensive areas of terracing dotted with the ruins of Inca fortresses. Bisecting these are still-visible sections of an ancient, long-abandoned highway adopted by the muleteers of the late 19th century, who used it to travel between Cusco and the rubber plantations of the Amazon lowlands.

Five kilometers beyond Pachar, is the village of Ollantaytambo where farmers work with the same patience and skill that their ancestors must have employed to shape and move the huge blocks of stone with which they built both their homes and the temples in which they worshipped.
As the train leaves Ollantaytambo to begin the last part of its journey to Aguas Calientes, the temple complex known as The Fortress, dedicated sometime in the 15th century to the many deities of the Inca pantheon, can be seen to the right above the earthwork ramp once used to drag its monolithic blocks up from the valley floor.

The railway follows the river into the Urubamba Gorge. At Coriwaynachina, known simply to the generations of hikers who have begun the Inca Trail there as KM 88, a fine staircase carved into the rock leads to a series of ruined buildings where once, it is said, Inca artisans took advantage of the constant wind that rises from the valley floor to smelt gold.

Emerging from a short tunnel, a series of beautiful agricultural terraces marks the ruins of Qente, which in Quechua means hummingbird. In this fertile micro-climate fed by a nearby waterfall, giant hummingbirds are indeed a common sight in the early morning and bright flowers bloom all year round.

Surrounded by tall ceibos and rocky outcrops hung with orchids and bromeliads, the train passes KM 104 at Chachabamba, from where the one-day trek to Machu Picchu via the magnificent ruins of WiƱay Wayna begins.

At just two kilometers from Machu Picchu, the train arrives at Aguas Calientes. Surrounded by the high, green mountains that cradle the famous lost city, as well as myriad other Inca remains, this small town, which is well known for its thermal baths, has blossomed into an extremely popular overnight destination for travelers visiting Machu Picchu.

Guests disembark at Aguas Calientes and are taken by bus to Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge that is located at the top of the mountain, overlooking the ancient citadel, for lunch.

After, you will be taken on an official tour of Machu Picchu to see the most important parts of the Inca city. (Optional: hike up Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain. This will allow you to have more time in Machu Picchu).

Machu Picchu is a magical, mysterious place that for nearly a century has intrigued archaeologists and visitors alike. Perched atop a steep, emerald green peak 8,000 feet high in the Andes in southern Peru, it is reachable only by a long road that zigzags up the slope from the roaring Urubamba river, or by hiking four days along the challenging Inca Trail. Visitors to Machu Picchu see well-preserved ruins hidden among the majestic Andes: palaces, baths, temples, tombs, sundials and farming terraces, along with llamas that roam among hundreds of gray granite houses.

In the afternoon, you will be transferred back to your luxury hotel in Aguas Calientes, as this will allow you next day go back to Machu Picchu very early and enjoy the wonderful sunrise.

Dinner will be served at the hotel.
Overnight in 5 Star Hotel in Aguas Calientes

Day 5Machu Picchu Tour

Today you will have the chance to have a second visit to Machu Machu Picchu Citadel. It is recommended to awake very early an so you can have the chance of watching the magical sunrise described as a once in a lifetime experience. An optional hike for people feeling energetic is to ascend Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, which is highly recommended. (Please note that Huayna Picchu needs to be booked in advance due to the 400 person per day limit)

Later, you can also visited the hot springs of Aguas Calientes located at 10 minutes from your hotel.

In the afternoon, you will return to Cusco on the Hiram Bingham train.
Overnight in 5 Star Hotel in Cusco

Day 6Departure from Cusco

After breakfast, you will be picked up and transferred from your hotel to Cusco airport to take your flight to Lima and onward to your next destination.

Price
Base Price – $2,999 per person

Based on 3 star hotels and 2 people sharing a room. We also offer 4 and 5 star hotel accommodation packages.

Group discounts available.

Contact us to customize this tour to Peru based on your travel preferences and dates.

Included

  • 4 nights 5 star hotel in Cusco
  • 1 night 5 star hotel in Aguas Calientes
  • Breakfast in all hotels
  • Hiram Bingham train Cusco-Aguas Calientes-Cusco
  • 2 x Bus Aguas Calientes/Machu Picchu/Aguas Calientes
  • Bilingual Tour Guides
  • All site entrances
  • Lunch in the Sacred Valley
  • Lunch in Aguas Calientes
  • Dinner in Aguas Calientes hotel
  • All ground transportation and logistics
  • Law taxes
  • Local assistance 24 hours
  • Tours on group basis (Private tours available. Ask your travel advisor for more details)

Not Included

  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Tips