Explore Cusco, Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley 3 Days

Explore Cusco, Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley 3 Days

Tour in Cusco, Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley of the Incas

Explore Cusco, Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley 3 Days

The Sacred Valley of the Incas, is the best cultural and landscape space where you can walk, and learn more about the customs and local life of its inhabitants. In the tour that we offer, you will visit the village of artisans in Chinchero, there the women spinners will show you all their techniques and materials used since the Inca times, to create great masterpieces of hand weaving. We will also visit the archaeological complex of Moray, which was a site of agricultural experimentation, the famous salt pools of Maras. And the Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo, which is considered one of the Inca cities, which is still inhabited, and maintains its streets and water channels left by the Inca lords.

Located on top of a mountain in the middle of a tropical forest, it is considered the best tourist attraction in Peru. The historical sanctuary of Machu Picchu  is a place that captivates tourists not only because of its dazzling architectural beauty, but also because of its important historical-cultural legacy, which has led it to be recognized and admired throughout the world.

Explore Cusco, Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley 3 Days

Trip Highlights

  • Discover the ancient Incan citadel of Machu Picchu one of the grandest and most enthralling sites to see in the whole of Latin America, with an expert local guide. Visiting this citadel hidden in the mountains is inspiration enough for a first-time visit, but the Incas were just one in a long line of peoples with a surviving legacy to explore.
  • Visiting this citadel hidden in the mountains is inspiration enough for a first-time visit, but the Incas were just one in a long line of peoples with a surviving legacy to explore. The temples, palaces and houses are in a remarkable preserved state. The Spanish never ventured up the mountains and so left it untouched.
  • With a spectacular train journey through the Urubamba Valley, arrive back in the archaeological city of Cusco, to spend your final nights in the glorious former capital of the Incan empire.
  • The greatest cultural legacy of the Inca Empire, in the sanctuary of Machu Picchu, you will be able to learn more closely the true history of this advanced culture, in terms of astronomy, agriculture, engineering, and art.
  • You will be surrounded by a very spectacular nature, which merges with the blue sky of the Andes, and its great mountains, which allow you to take the best photos on your trip to Peru.
  • Experience traditional Andean life in the Sacred Valley

Inclusions of this tour

Lodgings
Hotel 2 nights
Transport
Car, Van, Train
Team
Private Guide, Driver, Cook, Porter, Travel Agent
Meals
1 Lunch
Services
Entrance fees, Excursions
Not Includes
What is not Included?
Explore Cusco, Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley 3 Days
Explore Cusco, Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley 3 Days
Explore Cusco, Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley 3 Days
Explore Cusco, Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley 3 Days
Day 1

WELCOME TO CUSCO

Leisurely/Moderate
3350 m
2 hrs

Welcome to Cusco, upon arrival of your plane at the Cusco airport, a representative of Andean Great Treks will be waiting for you to transfer you to your hotel. There you will be able to rest and adapt a bit to the altitude.
In the afternoon, together with your local guide, together with other travelers, the tour of the 4 ruins will begin. First we are going to see the ancient temple of the Sun Qorikancha, then we travel in our bus to the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, in fact this is one of the largest megalithic constructions of the Incas, with stone blocks of more than 150 tons. Nearby are the other archaeological sites of Quenqo, Pucapucara and Tambomachay.
Our tour will end at 18:30 pm, after which you can visit any restaurant to have your dinner.

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Hotel Anahuarque Boutique

Day 2

CUSCO - SACRED VALLEY - AGUAS CALIENTES

Leisurely/Moderate
2000 m
2 hrs

This morning starts with a pick-up from your hotel. Pick-up will take place will be between 07:00 and 07:20 in the hotel foyer.

In Cusco some of the streets are quite narrow and many have strict parking restrictions so it’s likely you will need to take a short walk with a representative to where the bus is.

The first stop after 40 minutes is the town of Chinchero, where the Inca square is visited with its covers and terraces. You will also be able to interact with the weavers of Chinchero, who are very famous for making one of the most beautiful textile works in Cusco. We continue the tour to the circular terraces of Moray, which in the past were used for the agricultural laboratory of many species of potatoes and cereals. Nearby is the other attraction, Las Salineras de Maras, which are a set of thousands of salt pools, where local people extract salt in an artisanal way.

At noon you will arrive at the town of Urubamba, which is where you will have a stop for buffet lunch.

Then you will visit the town of Ollantaytambo, which is considered the best preserved Inca city, together with your guide you will visit the archaeological site of Ollantaytambo, and try to figure out how those terraces were build or the big boulders that are part of the temple of the Sun got to the place where you can find them now, the top of the mountain.

Your guide will point you in the direction of the train station where you will wait for the departure of your train that takes you to Aguas Calientes. (Please note that depending on the time of your train, if your departure time is later then you may have some time to explore the town)

A 1.5 hour train ride through the winding Urubamba Valley takes us to Aguas Calientes, nestled in the cloud forest (2040m above sea level) at the foot of the magnificent Machu Picchu.

Upon arrival a representative will be waiting for you to take you to your hotel and give you the last instructions for your tour the very next day.

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Hotel Retama Machu Picchu

Day 3

GUIDED TOUR IN MACHU PICCHU - CUSCO

Leisurely/Moderate
2400 m
2 hrs

After an early breakfast, catch a bus to Machu Picchu (approx 30 minutes along a winding road). The first bus departs at around 5.30am. Please note that you will need to check out and leave your luggage on storage at the hotel while you visit Machu Picchu.

A local guide will take you on a 2 hour tour through the ruins. While it is thought Machu Picchu was built around 1440 as a country retreat for Incan nobility, there is evidence this had been a sacred site for much longer. Another school of thought is that this was an astronomical observatory. There is plenty of time to decide for yourself as you wander around the many temples, palaces and living quarters.

After taking advantage of the seemingly endless photo opportunities it is time to return to Cusco, travelling first by train to Ollantaytambo (at 14:30 pm) then a shared transfer to Cusco (approx 90 minutes). Upon your arrival to Cusco at 19:00pm your tour comes to an end.

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Best season to travel

The best time to visit Peru is during the dry season, between May and November, when the weather is dry and bright, with more frequent rainfall occurring between November and April.

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JUNE Hot
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DECEMBER Warm - Heavy Rain

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