5-Day Visit Cusco, Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu – From $868.00 Adults
AVAILABLE FOR DAILY ARRIVALS IN CUSCO UNTIL DEC 15, 2020
This is one of our most popular travel programs, it gives our guests the opportunity to tour the Sacred Valley, spend one night in Urubamba and one night in the riverside village of Aguas Calientes in Machu Picchu. Guests will have also their second morning in Aguas Calientes for a second optional visit to Machu Picchu before heading back to Cusco.
Visit Cusco, Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu in our 5-day vacation package with overnights in Cusco, the Sacred Valley of the Incas and Machu Picchu and includes visits to the Sacsayhuaman Archeological Park, Colonial Cusco, and the Machu Picchu Citadel.
- 2-night hotel accommodations in Cusco with breakfast
- 1-night hotel accommodations in the Sacred Valley with breakfast
- 1-night hotel accommodations in Machu Picchu Town (also known as Aguas Calientes) with breakfast and dinner
- 7 Meals (4 Breakfast, 2 lunches, and 1 dinner)
- Round trip transfers Cusco Airport – Hotel
- One Way transfer Sacred Valley Hotel – Train Station
- Half Day Guided Excursion of Cusco and Sacsayhuaman Archeological Park
- Guided Drive to the Sacred Valley of the Incas with visits of Chinchero, the Living Museum of Yucay, and Ollantaytambo Inca Fortress.
- Round trip train tickets Sacred Valley – Aguas Calientes
- Transfer Sacred Valley – Cusco
- One Guided visit to the Machu Picchu Citadel with lunch
- Round trip shuttle bus tickets Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu
- All Entrance Fees per itinerary
- All transfers and sightseeing in A/C vehicle
- English-speaking local hosts and guides
- On site logistical support of our Peru-based office
Day 1 | Spanish Colonial Cusco & Ancient Sacsayhuaman Archaeological Park Sightseeing Excursion
Upon your arrival in Cusco, meet and greet at the airport and transfer to the hotel of your choice for an overnight night stay.
- Standard Class: Casa Andina Standard Cusco Koricancha
- First Class: Jose Antonio Cusco
- Deluxe Class: J.W. Marriott
Balance of the morning at leisure to get acclimatized to the altitude.
In the afternoon, we will enjoy a half-day tour combining Sacsayhuaman and Cusco Historic Center and it will start visiting the Archaeological Park of Sacsayhuaman. 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 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. 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.
Day 2 | Cusco / Sacred Valley of the Incas with Overnight Stay | B.L.
During the morning, you are picked up from your hotel in Cusco to visit the town of Chinchero*, a traditional Cusco urban center located at an elevated point with a beautiful view of the valley. The inhabitants of this area preserve the artisan traditions and the inherited knowledge of the Incas and display them in their clothes and customs. In Chinchero there are also archaeological remains and a beautiful seventeenth-century church, one of the first Catholic buildings in Peru. Then, you are transferred to the Living Museum of Yucay. The museum is a center Andean traditions interpretations, where demonstrations of the elaboration of textile work, adobe, pottery and silverware are carried out in the same way in which they used to in antiquity; an original recreation of Inca traditions. Also, residents of the museum include llamas, sheep and alpacas, and they can be fed! Transfer to Ollantaytambo where you have free time for lunch. After this, visit the town and local archaeological site, inhabited uninterruptedly since Inca times, and climb the iconic fortress, built next to a mountain. At the end of this activity, you are transferred to your hotel. Overnight stay in the Sacred Valley at the hotel of your choice with breakfast included. * Visits on Sundays include a tour to the Chinchero market
- Standard Class: San Agustin Monasterio de la Recoleta
- First Class: Sonesta Posada Yucay
- Deluxe Class: Aranwa Sacred Valley
Day 3 | Machu Picchu Exploration and Overnight Stay | B.L.D.
Morning transfer to the Ollantaytambo train station, board the Expedition Train (Tourist Class) or the Vistadome Train (first or deluxe class) for a Day Trip to the Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu. During the journey, we will appreciate several landmarks in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, including the hanging bridge that signals the start of the Inca Trail. The railway follows the course of the Urubamba River, also known as Vilcanota River, climbing down and entering a canyon until we reach Aguas Calientes; the town that is located at the foot of the Machu Picchu Mountain. After getting off the train, we will board the mini-bus that will take us up the winding road to Machu Picchu; the Sacred Citadel of the Incas that is considered one of the New Wonders of the World. Machu Picchu, is a masterpiece of engineering and architecture that served as a sanctuary and retreat for the Inca Pachacutec (1438 – 1572). Machu Picchu, which means “Old Mountain” is considered a World Heritage by the UNESCO and one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. Enjoy a delicious lunch at Belmond Sanctuary Lodge. Dinner and overnight in Aguas Calientes at your selected hotel.
- Standard Class: El Mapi
- First Class: Casa Del Sol
- Deluxe Class: Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo
Day 4 | Machu Picchu to Cusco | B.
Enjoy the morning at leisure to continue exploring on your own. In the afternoon, take the train back to Cusco. Transfer to your hotel for an overnight stay.
Important note: An extra visit to Machu Picchu requires an additional entrance fee and a shuttle bus ticket; admission is limited and it is recommended that you purchase it when booking your travel program. With this additional self-guided visit to Machu Picchu, you will be able to see the Intipunku or Door of the Sun and the Inca Trail entrance to the citadel. Intense adventure seekers may wish to climb to the Huayna Picchu, as there are only 400 daily spots available it is necessary to reserve and pay well ahead of your touring date.
- Standard Class: Casa Andina Standard Cusco Koricancha
- First Class: Jose Antonio Cusco
- Deluxe Class: J.W. Marriott
Day 5 | Continue to your next destination | B.
At the designated time, van transfer to the airport for your onward flight, either back to Lima or to continue with the next Insider Journey of your choice.
To complete your experience, we recommend combining Visit Cusco, Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu with any of our short programs to visit other great destinations in Peru:
- Fly Over the Nazca Lines & Paracas Bay – 1-Night Program
- Discover Lima, the City of Kings – 2-Night Program
- Arequipa, Colca Canyon & Lake Titicaca – 4-Night Program
PRICES PER PERSON IN US$
AVAILABLE FOR DAILY ARRIVALS IN CUSCO UNTIL DEC 15, 2020
|CATEGORY||DOUBLE||TRIPLE||QUAD (2 BDR)||CHILD SHARE TRIPLE*||SINGLE SUPPLEMENT||TRAIN CLASS|
* Up to 1 child – 10 years and under sharing a triple room with two adults
STANDARD CLASS HOTELS
In Cusco: Casa Andina Standard Cusco Koricancha is a comfortable and cozy 54-room hotel, 100% non-smoking, located just 4 blocks from the Plaza Mayor of the city of Cusco. This spacious hotel is removed from the traffic, and hustle bustle of the center but still just 3 blocks from Cusco Plaza de Armas. An atmosphere of spaciousness and serenity, spread across 2 sprawling, connected 18th-century manor houses and 2 peaceful courtyards. Just steps from Koricancha (the Inca Temple of the Sun) and Santo Domingo church. All the bedrooms feature one Queen or 2 Twin beds warmly decorated with Cusco textiles, and include either writing desks or breakfast tables, closets with safes, cable TV, heating system, Wi-Fi access, and more. Oxygen is available upon request.
In Sacred Valley: San Agustin Monasterio de la Recoleta Hotel is a historical religious monument built in the 17th century. This charming hotel is located in the Sacred Valley close to the most important archaeological remains of the Sacred Valley and a scenic three hour train ride to Machu Picchu. Make yourself at home in one of the 32 rooms featuring a private bathroom with shower, free Wi-Fi, LCD TV and cable, heater, blackout drapes, safes and direct dial phones. The contemporary restaurant, “Recoleta”, offers guests a wide and exclusive range of novoandina and international dishes. Relax and taste a variety of cocktails and selection of Peruvian Pisco in the bar. San Agustin Monasterio de la Recoleta offers first class amenities including massages, complimentary oxygen and laundry service. After the breakfast buffet, take a stroll through the Bio-garden or visit the private chapel. Enjoy the game room and keep in touch with high speed internet in the computer room.
In Machu Picchu / Aguas Calientes: El Mapi is a smart and contemporary hotel situated in the commercial village of Aguas Calientes, where you can admire and interact with the local residents and get a different perspective. The hotel is efficient, lively and people friendly; it welcomes a wide range of guests who expect an uncomplicated visit. You will be enlightened when you visit Peru’s most distinguished destination, the Machu Picchu Archaeological site. The hotel rooms are equipped with blackout curtains, 100% cotton sheets, down duvets, hypoallergenic pillows, cotton bath robes, and 32″ flat screen TVs. Step into the smart, contemporary and cozy confines of El MaPi, amidst the picturesque Machu Picchu Pueblo. The flowing lobby creates a sense of vitality. Lofty ceilings, panoramic windows and an open café allow natural light to filter between tall eucalyptus, creating an ambience of order and wellbeing.
FIRST CLASS HOTELS
In Cusco: Jose Antonio Cusco Hotel is located in the heart of Cusco’s archaeological center, the oldest city of America. A few minutes away from the Main Square, this recently built hotel has a modern architecture, with a fine colonial touch. The 6-stories building is one of the highest hotels in the city, offering excellent views over the city of Cusco. All the 126 rooms are divided among 5 floors and on the rooftop you can enjoy a solarium, the Jacuzzi and sauna. These can be quite refreshing after a full day of sight-seeing in the beautiful city of Cusco or in the nearby Sacred Valley. Spacious rooms and suites with double glazing windows, hair dryer, heater, safe deposit boxes, international direct dialing telephone, Wi-Fi, cable TV, and fully stocked minibar.
In the Sacred Valley: Sonesta Posada del Inca Yucay Hotel. This 87-room hotel is located in the heart of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, a one-hour drive from the ancient Inca capital of Cusco and close to the majestic Machu Picchu. The Sonesta Posada del Inca-Yucay Hotel is a former 18th century colonial-style monastery surrounded by beautiful gardens. Guests will enjoy the refined rooms which come with wood or tile floors, countryside or courtyard views, TVs, private baths with tubs, safes, free Wi-Fi, individual climate control, direct-dial telephone and hairdryers. In the restaurant, experience Peruvian cuisine while dining in front of an inviting fireplace. There’s also a bar, cafe and private dining area. Additional amenities include a gym, a chapel and an Andean market, as well as several shops. This upscale hotel is ideal for nature trips and romantic getaways. Discover all the mystery that surrounds Machu Picchu and immerse yourself in the history of Cusco and Peru.
In Machu Picchu / Aguas Calientes: Casa del Sol Machu Picchu is located in the middle of the honored and revered sacred lands in the village of Aguas Calientes. Nestled in the mountains, this boutique hotel gives visitors a true luxury experience and is a 5 minute walk to the Machu Picchu train station. Featuring mountain views and Andean textiles, the rustic-chic rooms have flat-screens TVs, safes and bathrooms with granite sinks. Wi-Fi is available. Enjoy dinner in a casual restaurant with exposed beams and views of Vilcanota River. Other amenities include a casual bar with a class on cocktail mixology, plus a spa area with a Jacuzzi, massages and Incan-inspired treatments. The hotel is surrounded by nature and splendor; it is located very close to the imposing buildings full of knowledge and wisdom where the fascinating Inca citadel was erected with stories yet to be fully told.
DELUXE CLASS HOTELS
In Cusco: JW Marriott Cusco Hotel This elegant hotel in a restored 16th-century stone convent on the site of ancient Incan ruins is a 5-minute walk from the colonial arcades of Plaza de Armas and Cusco Cathedral. The hotel is located a few blocks from the Main Square and surrounded by the main historical sites such as, Qoricancha, and San Blas Neighborhood. Some of the rooms are built with the original Inca walls and the windows facing the walls of the Incan ruins. Common areas (all non-smoking) feature period decor and artifacts. The hotel has 2 stylish restaurants with a courtyard featuring a bar; the perfect way to end a day full of adventures. Other amenities are a heated indoor pool, a hot tub and a spa. All of their guest rooms are equipped with luxury bedding and hotel amenities such as wireless Internet and the latest in technology. Upon request, all rooms have a supplementary oxygen enriched system. In addition, all bathrooms have a separate shower and bathtub. The sophisticated rooms and suites feature Wi-Fi, flat-screens and whirlpool tubs. All also offer minibars, bottled water and safes. Room service is available 24/7.
In the Sacred Valley: Aranwa Resort and Wellness Center is located along the Río Vilcanota River on the grounds of a 17th-century hacienda. This sprawling spa hotel is 10 km from both Plaza de Armas and the exhibits at Museo Inkariy. The hotel is known for its eclectic combinations of service, amenities and culinary masterpieces. The rooms overlook lush gardens of local flora and the distant mountains. Each room offers a safe, flat-screen TV, iPod dock and free Wi-Fi, plus Jacuzzi bathtub. There’s also room service. One of the hotel restaurants serves traditional Andean cuisine and usually has a local pianist playing softly in the background. If it is a lighter dinner you want, visit the Rikhura Restaurant; created with three walls and a large glass window. It is the perfect place to play pool, order drinks, and look out at the beautiful view. Aranwa Sacred Valley lives up to everything it promises!
Outside of the rooms, guests find an adult playground of attractions ranging from a movie theatre, an art gallery and a library. Most well-known of the attractions, however, is the Temple of St. Peter and St. Paul, which was created with gold leaf and hand painted to perfection. Kusi Pisco, on the other hand, is a cozy sushi restaurant located between two floors with a fireplace in the center of each story. For more of a family vibe, try the Colonial Kitchen. This literal hole in the wall pizzeria was created with freshness and fun in mind. With this blend of culinary gastronomy, never-ending entertainment and astounding service.
In Machu Picchu / Aguas Calientes: Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel. Popular with those heading to the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu, Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel is an intimate Andean village with terraced hills, waterfalls, stone pathways and 83 whitewashed adobe casitas tucked away in the cloud forest. Member of National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World, the property has 12 acres of exquisite natural beauty, where 214 bird species – such as the golden-headed quetzal and the iconic Andean cock-of-the-rock – and the world’s largest native orchid collection (372 species) have been registered. Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel sits on 12 serene acres of natural paradise, just across from the train station of Aguas Calientes. It is located at 2,020 meters (6,627 ft.) above sea level the hotel occupies a private five-hectare (12.3-acre) mountainside reserve. After exploring the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, guests can enjoy the Unu Spa, which combines the classic nurturing with a mystical Andean approach. Natural products are derived from local botanical extracts (mint, eucalyptus and orchids), thus providing a pleasing spiritual, sensual and soothing experience. The first-class restaurant features stunning views of the Vilcanota River, and shares the secrets of Peruvian cuisine with a contemporary twist.
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