- The mystery of Machu Picchu begins in Cusco and the Sacred Valley. Great kings built up the imperial city with grand palaces and temples and filled them with unimaginable riches. This express tour of Machu Picchu is designed to give you a glimpse of this long history and of the continuing evolution of Cusco and the Sacred Valley into the present. It’s an experience you won’t want to miss.
Day 1 :ARRIVE TO CUZCO
We will meet you at Cusco and take you to your hotel. Here you will join your guide for a short briefing about the wonderful tour that awaits you. Today begins with a guided tour of the Inca Museum of Cusco.
OPTION 1: HALF-DAY CITY TOUR (FOR AN EXTRA COST)
Pick up time at 1:00pm from your hotel to start the tour and visit the following places.
Day 2 :OPTIONAL: FULL DAY SACRED VALLEY TOUR (FOR AN EXTRA COST)
After breakfast, we will pick you up from your hotel at 8:00am. This is a full day excursion to the Urubamba Valley visiting the colorful Indian market in Pisac . Followed by Pisac is Urubamba where we will have a lunch then we continue through to Ollantaytambo, the oldest continuously occupied town on the American continent. The last visit will be the Chinchero market. Chinchero is believed to be the mythical birthplace of the rainbow.
Day 3 :ON THE WAY TO AGUAS CALIENTES (MACHUPICCHU TOWN)
We will pick you up at 8:30am (to be confirmed) and take you to the train station. The train leaves at 11:15 am (time may change depending on availability and changes to timetable). After a 3.5-hour journey of majestic views you arrive to Aguas Calientes (Hot Springs Town) where you will spend the night. There will be plenty of time to relax if you want to have a hot bath in the natural springs!
Day 4 :MACHU PICCHU IN ITS GLORY – BIG DAY!
Early breakfast at the hotel, then your guide will pick you up at 5:30am to take the bus station and board the bus up to the majestic Machu Picchu Inca citadel to catch the sunrise where you can take the classic photo (picture postcard shot) of this ancient. Then, we visit Machu Picchu itself with a walking tour for at least 2 hours, which is given by your guide, and after this you can explore the mysterious city by yourselves. Then we will board the train back to Poroy train station where we will be waiting for you and take you back to your hotel.
Day 5 :OPEN DAY FOR LEISURE
OPTION 2: MARAS MORAY & SALT MINES (FOR AN EXTRA COST)
After breakfast, we will pick you up from your hotel around 8:00 AM an take you to Moray “The Inca agricultural greenhouse or laboratory”. Finally, you will arrive to the fascinating display of terraces in Moray. Moray boasts three amphitheater-like terraces made by the Incas. When we are done exploring Moray we will continue and visit the salt mines of Maras. This village is known as a former salt-producing center that is thought to date back all the way to pre-Inca times.
Day 6: DEPART FROM CUSCO
After breakfast, we will take you back to the airport according your flight itinerary.