Best time: All Year
Timing: 3 days Tours
Grade: Easy

Cusco has become the highlight for most people traveling to Peru and South America.  This ancient capital of the Inca Empire and its surroundings has a combination of history, mysticism and authenticity that is rarely equaled by any other city in the continent.  The city’s magical feel has drawn thousands of artists, photographers, shamans and travelers year after year.

Typically, on arrival a tour of the city itself is recommended as an introduction that will allow a better understanding of what you might visit afterwards.  The tour covers a visit to the Sun Temple (Koricancha) and Cusco’s impressive Cathedral; you’ll then continue, visiting 4 archaeological sites in the city surroundings: the stunning  Sacsayhuaman, Q’enqo, Puca pucara and Tambomachay ruins.  The following day we will travel by train to visit the famous Inca citadel of Machu picchu.


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: Cusco – MachuPicchu – Cusco
You will be picked up at your Cusco hotel at 6:15am or 5:40am (depending on the train schedule) and transferred to the nearby train station for the 4 hour journey to the mysterious lost city of Machu Picchu. The journey is picturesque but the train is slow as it zig zags its way out of the Cusco Valley, before travelling along the banks of the Urubamba River. The nearest village to Machu Picchu is called Aguas Calientes and this is where you will leave the train and drop your bags off at the hotel.  From here it’s a 25-minute bus ride up to the site (included). Your first views will be of Huayna Picchu (“Young Mountain”), which towers above the ruins.  It is possible to climb this mountain but it is a hard walk to the top (takes about 50 minutes). Before you enter the site there is a cafeteria, luggage storage and toilets. Your local guide will give you an approx 2½ hour guided walking tour of the ruins explaining all about the culture, the buildings and the lifestyle of the Incas.  After your tour you will then have free time to explore the ruins at your leisure. You will be issued with a transfer ticket and you can catch the bus down to the town of Aguas Calientes where you’ll have 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
Free time dinner
(*) Should there be no train tickets available for the direct route Cusco – Aguas Calientes – Cusco, a train ticket from Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo with an additional private transportation from Cusco to Ollantaytambo will be provided by our company.
Day 03: Cusco – Lima
Breakfast, at required time, transfer from hotel to the airport to your departure to Lima or (Arequipa, Puno or Puerto Maldonado-Tambopata)

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