Best time: All Year
Timing: 4 Days Tours
Grade: Easy

The 4 day Cusco, Machu picchu tour allows you to visit many interesting places such as local museums and the archeolical sites of Tipon, Pisac and Ollantaytambo. The tour is followed by a visit to the famous Inkan citadel of Machu Picchu, rightly considered to be one of the wonders of the world.

The city of Cusco sprawls across the Huatanay valley.  Its climate is generally dry and temperate, with two defined seasons: the dry season lasts from April to October with abundant sunshine and an average temperature of 13° celsius.  The wet season is much cloudier, it lasts from November to March with an average temperature of 12°.

The major nearby Inca sites are Pachacutek’s presumed winter home Machu Picchu, which can be reached on foot by a Inca trail or by train; the “fortress” at Ollantaytambo; and the “fortress” of Sacsayhuaman.

TOUR ITINERARY

Day 01: Lima – City Tour Cusco
Arrival, reception at Velasco Astete Airport and transfer to your Hotel Lodging.  You’ll then have a free morning to get acclimatized
At 1.30pm in the afternoon we’ll take a City Tour in Cusco walking to the renaissance style Cathedral.  Inside, you will find beautiful cedar wood statues, silver and gold leaf exhibits and many famed Cusco  paintings.  Next, we’ll visit Koricancha, or sun temple, from which we’ll have a great view of the whole city (nowadays this is the Santo Domingo Church).  Finally we’ll go to the four surrounding ruins: the Sacsayhuaman fortress, Q’enqo, Puca-Pucará and Tambomachay. Later we’ll return to hotel and have some
free time for meals.
Day 02: Tipon, Pisac & Ollantaytambo.
You will be picked up at 8:00 am for a full day excursion to the Urubamba Valley.  We´ll start by visiting the very interesting Incan village of Tipon, a city of beautiful royal rooms and great water fountains. The Incas were skilled architects, especially in their hydraulic constructions.  Each complex features well-built canals which channeled the water perfectly, this method was so effective that many of the canals are still used to provide local inhabitants with water today.
Then we will continue with our tour toward Pisac, a picturesque rural with a charming indigenous market and craft fair.  Pisac is an important archaeological centre surrounded by mystical Incan ruins.  Typically, for traditional Incan architecture, the cities were built based on figurative designs of animals.  Pisac itself was partridge-shaped, hence its name which means partridge in Quechua.  In the afternoon we will visit the fortress of Ollantaytambo, a group of edifices that in the days of the Tahuantinsuyo empire constituted a gigantic agricultural, administrative, social, religious and military complex.  After taking in some of the Incas most glorious legacies, we will take our train to the town of Aguas Calientes.
Day 03: Machupicchu – Cusco
Early wake up (by 05:30a.m), breakfast and, having left our luggage in safe storage at the hotel, we will take the early tourist bus up to Machu Picchu.  We should arrive at Machu Picchu by around 6: 50 a.m, allowing us to enjoy the magical site in peace & relative solitude before the tourist trains arrive from Cusco.  We´ll have a guided tour with an English speaking guide of about 2 ½ hours. Then for the rest of the day you will be free to enjoy the atmosphere of this amazing city. You can climb up Huayna Picchi Mountain for spectacular views over the entire Machu Picchu site (about 1 hour 40 mins round trip) or visit the Temple of the Moon lower down.  You will be issued with a transfer ticket and you can catch the bus down to the town of Aguas Calientes when you’re ready in order to enjoy a nice lunch.
Most trains depart Aguas Calientes between 3:30pm and 5:20pm (depends on train schedules) and the return train journey will take approx 4½ hours, arriving in Cusco sometime between 7:30 – 9:30pm.  Lunch Included
Day 04: Cusco – Lima
Breakfast, at required time, transfer from hotel to the airport for your departure to Lima, Arequipa, Puno or Puerto Maldonado-Tambopata.

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