Magical Cusco · 3 nights

Enjoy Peru with this 3 night tour in Cusco visiting Machu Picchu. Please see the detailed pricing on description based on accommodation.

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$610

INCLUSIONS

  • Private transfers to and from the airport
  • 3 nights accommodation in Cusco
  • Daily breakfast
  • Round trip Touristic train to Aguas Calientes (Inca Rail Executive or Expedition)
  • Lunch at Café Inkaterra – Machu Picchu Town
  • Excursions in shared service with transfers, entrance fees and bilingual guide (Spanish / English) in shared service according to itinerary:
    – Cusco: Half Day City Tour & nearby ruins
    – Machu Picchu Tour
    – Half Day Tour Maras & Moray

EXCLUSIONS

  • Personal expenses, or services not specified
  • International and domestic airfare

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Departure city – Cusco – Departure city

HOTELS
CUSCO: San Francisco Plaza, Casa Don Ignacio, Mabey, Augustos, Munay Wasi, Samay, Sueños del Inca, Taypikala
Depending on availability one of these hotels is assigned or similar in the same category

 


ITINERARY

DAY 1 CUSCO / ARRIVAL

Cusco: A transportation service will wait for your arrival at the Cusco Airport and transfer you to your hotel. You will be accompanied by a guide who will inform you about the attractions and services that the city has to offer.

Free afternoon.

 

Day 2 CUSCO – HALF DAY CITY TOUR & NEARBY RUINS

Breakfast at the hotel.

1pm- You will start your tour visiting the Coricancha, also known as “The Temple of the Sun” (Quri Kancha ‘Golden Temple’), which was built by the Inca Pachacutec (1438 – 1572) and at the arrival of the Spaniards became the basis for the construction of the Santo Domingo Convent. Here, during the Inca empire reverence was surrendered to the sun (“Inti”), and there was a time when it was covered with gold. Then visit the Cathedral, the most imposing monument in the Plaza de Armas. Its construction began in 1560 and ended only in 1654. Almost a century of construction. For this purpose hundreds of stones were extracted and transported from Sacsayhuaman fortress under the command of the Ecclesiastical Council. You will continue your tour to the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, one of the most emblematic buildings of the Incas (located just minutes from town center) built by the Inca Pachacutec in the fifteenth century. This is a huge fortress built with large stones whose transportation remains still a mystery. Each June 24th, during the winter solstice, the feast of Inti Raymi is recreated here, where the sun is worshipped. Continue to Quenqo, located 4 kilometers from the city of Cusco. Quenqo is an archaeological complex of mainly religious use where it is believed agricultural rituals were performed. Finally get to know Puka Pucara, located 7 kilometers from the city of Cusco. Puka Pucara, which means “Red Fortress”, was an architectural complex of alleged military use with multiple spaces, plazas, baths, aqueducts, walls and towers, and it is believed the entourage of the Inca used it while he rested in Tambomachay. Return to the hotel.

Duration: 4 hours & 40 minutes.

Meals: Breakfast.

 

DAY 3 CUSCO / MACHU PICCHU/ CUSCO

Breakfast at the hotel

On schedule pick up from your hotel and transfer to Poroy station or Ollanta Train Station (a.k.a Ollantaytambo).

*From Poroy Station (located 20 minutes away from Cusco city), the train ride to Aguas Calientes lasts 3.5 hours.

Ollantaytambo’s train station is located close to the site where the old Inca hanging bridge crossed the Urubamba. Move along the tracks following the river’s course into the jungle lowlands to Aguas Calientes a.k.a. Machu Picchu Pueblo (a 2-hour ride). This is the last stop before getting to the famous archaeological complex. Find crafts, books, restaurants and array of hotels in this buzzling town. The bus zig-zags up the steep side of the mountain for nearly 20 minutes. The prehispanic

engineering marvel unveils itself gradually; this was the site Pachacutec Inca (1438-1572) chose as royal retreat and where his “malqui” or mummified remains were to be worshiped. Machu Picchu or “Old Mountain” is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New Seven Wonders yet the traveler senses a beauty unmatched by these or any other title. How was such a work accomplished? Granite stone buildings that seem to naturally sprout from the earth instead of being constructed on it. Andean mountain aesthetics can truly be appreciated at Machu Picchu; explore the site at your own pace. Visit the Royal Mausoleum or take the path to the Inca Bridge, or the central flight of steps to reach Intihuatana. Or simply contemplate the sacred geography all around; the Urubamba nearly encircling the site and Mount Salkantay (“Wild”), overlooking the citadel from the southeast. Enjoy the evening train back.

Lunch at Cafe Inkaterra

A vehicle will be waiting for you at the train station of Ollantaytambo to transfer you to your hotel in Cusco.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

 

DAY 4 CUSCO / DEPARTURE

Breakfast at the hotel.

A transportation service with a guide will pick you up from your hotel at the established time and transfer you to the airport.

Meals: Breakfast.

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