MARVELOUS CUSCO

Overview

Overview

Day 01: Arrive in Cusco / PM City tour

Day 02: Maras – Moray

Day 03: Sacred Valley of the Incas

Day 05: Cusco – Lima

Itinerary / Included

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Cusco / PM City tour

Upon arrival at the Cusco airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the morning will be at your leisure.

In the afternoon enjoy a half day tour of Cusco, visiting the Cathedral on the Plaza de Armas and the legendary Qoricancha, the most important religious center in the Inca time, a temple devoted to worshiping the Sun deity. Your tour includes also the visit to some nearby archaeological sites such as the impressive fortress of Sacsayhuaman; the religious site of Q’enqo; the ancient site of Puca Pucara and finally the water temple of Tambomachay.

Include: Transport, professional tour guide, entrance fees to all sites visited, chosen hotel.

Day 02:    Maras – Moray

In the morning you will be picked up from your hotel to start a half day tour, you will head out on the road that crosses the Sacred Valley of the Incas to reach the important Moray archeological site (3176m/10419ft), where enormous circular and Pre-Incan semi-circular agricultural terraces were constructed to be used as a botanical laboratory for experimenting on plant domestication and foreign crop acclimatization. The area is so large that at least 3000 plant varieties, including potatoes and corn, could have been grown.

Next, Maras is located about 4 km from Moray, and is the site of pre-Inca salineras (salt ponds). Each terraced pond is polygonal in shape; salty water emerges from an underground spring, flows into the ponds, and evaporates with the sun. The Maras’ salt mines are still active today and maintained cooperatively by the Maras community. The white salt ponds contrast with the green hills and mountains that surround the mines and the views of the Sacred Valley from here are amazing. The tour will end in the early afternoon at your Cusco’s down town.

Include: Transport, professional tour guide, entrance fees to all sites visited, chosen hotel.

Day 03: Sacred Valley of the Incas

Today you will enjoy a full day tour to explore the Sacred Valley of the Incas. This fertile river valley was home to many important sites for the Incas, both strategic and religious. The first stop is the village of Pisaq, with its famous market. In the market comes alive with locals from nearby hillside villages in traditional dress selling local fruit and vegetables as well as handicrafts. There is free time to wander the colorful market stalls before to visit the spectacular Pisaq Ruins – a hilltop Inca citadel and fortress with impressive agricultural terracing. Afterwards, you will enjoy a delicious buffet lunch in a local restaurant in Urubamba.

Following, you will visit Ollantaytambo, an Incan military, religious, administrative and agricultural center located at the top of a mountain. Unlike other small towns, this one has maintained its original Incan design, featuring stone buildings and narrow streets. Finally, in the way back to Cusco visit the traditional Andean village of Chinchero. The visit combines the Inca archeological site, and a colonial church.

Include: Transport, professional tour guide, entrance fees to all sites visited, buffet lunch, chosen hotel.

Day 04: Machupicchu full day

This day early in the morning you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to the train station. You will travel by train to the town of Aguas Calientes, an experience in which you will see the striking scenery of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes, the town at the base of Machu Picchu, you will be met at the train station and accompanied to the bus station for a 30-minute ride up to the secluded citadel, which is surrounded by a cloud forest inhabited by orchids and hummingbirds.

In Machupicchu you will enjoy a guided visit to the greatest ruin in the world, the lost city of Machu Picchu. This is one of the architectural and engineering marvels of the ancient world, in a mountain setting of staggering immensity. The Spaniards never found it; the Incas left no records about it, so Machu Picchu remains a great enigma, a city lost for centuries in the cloud forest. Afterwards the guided tour, you will have free time for the many spectacular walks including following the path to the Inca Bridge, the Sun Gate or even climb to Huaynapicchu mountain.

In the late afternoon, you will board the train to return to Cusco. Upon arrival in the train station, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Include: Transport Cusco – Ollantaytambo – Cusco, train ticket Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo (Expedition or Voyager), professional tour guide, bus ticket Aguas Calientes – Machupicchu – Aguas Calientes, entrance ticket to Machupicchu, chosen hotel.

Important: The train considered in the program is tourist class: Expedition (Peru Rail) or Voyager (Inca Rail). If you prefer a first class train (vistadome), please make an inquiry for the additional cost.

Day 05: Cusco – Lima

You will be collected from your hotel and transferred to the airport for your flight to Lima or your next destination.

Include: Transport hotel – airport.

Prices

Price / Include

PRICE PER PERSON – TOURS ONLY: US$:418.00

PRICE PER PERSON TOURS + HOTELS:

RATES 2018
CUSCO * SINGLE DOUBLE TRIPLE
ANDEAN HOME HS 2 $562.00 $498.00 $487.00
AMARU HS 3 $623.00 $551.00 $534.00
ARCANGEL 2 $642.00 $562.00 $540.00
SAN AGUSTIN INTERNACIONAL 3 $725.00 $584.00 $554.00
ANDENES AL CIELO 3 $802.00 $635.00 $614.00
TIERRA VIVA 3 $828.00 $623.00 $623.00
PRICE PER PERSON IN US DOLLARS

Single: One individual bed (01 person)
Double: Two individual beds or one double bed (02 people)
Triple: Three individual beds (03 people))

Example: If you are 2 people, the type of accommodation with the option of the hostel Andean Home and Sol de los Andes would be a double room, in this case the price to pay per person would be US$ 498.00

PRICE INFORMATION

  • Prices based on two people at least. There is an additional cost for single travelers. Please make an inquiry about it.
  • Prices based in group service. If you prefer a private service, please make an inquiry about it
  • Discounts for students, teenagers, and children are available. Please make an inquiry about it.

INCLUDES

  • All transfers hotel – airport / train station – hotel.
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfast (02 nights in Cusco).
  • Entrance fees to all sites visited.
  • Tourist train tickets (Inca Rail 06:40  – 16:12hrs): Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo (*).
  • English / Spanish speaking guide. All our guides are officially licensed tourist guides.
  • All guided excursions described in the itinerary – group service.
  • All specified meals.
  • (*) Train tickets are subject to availability. Should there be no spaces at the booking time on the scheduled train and route (Inca Rail 06:40 – 16:12hrs), available options will be provided with the new prices and schedules.

IMPORTANT

  • The entrance ticket to Machupicchu considered in the program, is for the citadel only, does not include the entrance to the mountains like Huaynapicchu or Montaña. Please make an inquiry for the additional cost of each of them.
  • Hotels: Should there be no availability at the booking time at the chosen hotel, another option of similar category and cost will be provided.
  • Trains: Train tickets are subject to availability. Should there be no spaces at the booking time on the scheduled train and route, available options will be provided with the new prices and schedules.

NOT INCLUDES

  • International and domestic air tickets (*).
  • Airport taxes or visa fees.
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Additional nights during the trip due to flight cancellations
  • Alcoholic beverages or bottled water.
  • Snacks.
  • Insurance of any kind.
  • Laundry.
  • Phone calls, radio calls or messages.
  • Other items of personal nature.
  • Tips
  • Extra expenses originated in itinerary changes or others due to force majeure or other circumstances beyond PERU ANDEAN EXPLORER’s control
  • (*) Before buying your domestic air tickets, please let us know your schedules to avoid changes in your itinerary.

FLIGHT TICKETS

  • International flights from/to your country and domestic flights. Please contact us to check our fares.

OPTIONAL SERVICES

  • Entrance ticket to Machupicchu + Huaynapicchu: US$ 20.00 per person.
  • Entrance ticket to Machupicchu + Montaña: US$ 20.00 per person.
  • Upgrade to vistadome train: US$60.00 per person.
  • Dinner show buffet in Cusco (Don Antonio): US$ 25.00 per person.
  • Buffet lunch in Aguas Calientes (Totos House): US$ 24.00 per person.
  • Buffet lunch in Machupicchu (Sanctuary Lodge): US$ 40.00 per person.

WHAT WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU BRING

  • Clothing: long trousers, shorts (Machupicchu visit), long and short-sleeved T-shirts or shirts, cotton socks, warm clothes for Cusco, especially at night.
  • Rain gear or poncho (you can buy a basic one in Cusco), especially if visiting in the months November to April
  • Comfortable footwear, trekking boots recommended
  • Camera, films (ASA 50, 100 and 200 recommended)
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, cold and rain
  • Sun block (high factor)
  • Sunglasses
  • After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
  • Insect repellent – minimum recommended 20% DEET – no malaria risk has been reported
  • Personal toiletries and medications
  • Non-disposable canteen (Nalgene type) or water bottle to carry water on outings
  • Cash in soles and/or US$ for extras (souvenirs, beverages, etc)
  • Original passport and passport photocopies.

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