Machu Picchu - Peru

the essence of Machu picchu & cusco.

This short trip has been especially designed to show you the essential of the Inca world. Travel from the Peruvian capital of Lima directly to the holy city of Cusco, spend some time exploring the great legacies left behind by the Incas, such us the temple of Sacsayhuaman, the labyrinth of Qenko, the great Qoricancha, and the majestic Cathedral of Cusco. Travel by train crossing the gorgeous Sacred Valley and descend to the cloud forest towards the small village of Aguas Calientes, where you can spend one night and get ready for an amazing exploration of Machu Picchu, going there before sunrise. Explore the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu at your own pace.

Photo Gallery: Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu

Cathedral of Cusco Twelve angles stone Machu Picchu Sanctuary Machu Picchu
MACHU PICCHU & CUSCO

Program: 5 Days / 4 Nights

Day 1º: Arrive in Lima

Upon your arrival in Lima, a representative from Mystery Peru will meet you at Lima's airport and then you will be transferred to the hotel at the residential zone of Miraflores. Overnight at the Hotel Grand Faraona *** or similar.

What is included on this day?

  • Pick up from the airport in Lima and transfer to the hotel.
  • Accommodation at the Hotel Grand Faraona *** or similar (1 Matrimonial or Double Standard Room)

What is not included?

  • Meals, Extras & gratuities.

Day 2º: Flight to Cusco - City Tour of Cusco

At the designated time you will be picked up from your hotel in Lima by our representative and then transferred to the airport where you will take a plane to the city of Cusco. The flight will last about one hour. Upon you arrival in Cusco airport (3300 m.a.s.l.) you will be met by our local representative and then transferred to the hotel.
13:30hrs. You will be picked up by our local guide from your hotel and then we will do a City tour, visiting the City's Highlights located in and around Cusco. We start off by visiting the huge "Inca Ceremonial Center of Sacsayhuaman". This enormous structure overlooks the city of Cusco. Its constructions are amazing, with huge rocks perfectly fitted. Later on we will visit another important Inca site known as "Qenqo". This is a place with subterranean passages and carved stone channels in a zigzag pattern. In its inner part there is a carved stone table where it is said the Incas mummified their dead. Afterwards we will do a short visit to the archaeological Inca site of Pukapukara and "Tambomachay", a temple dedicated to the God of Water. After these visits, we will return to Cusco, where we will visit one of the most sacred Inca buildings, "The Temple of Koricancha". Koricancha was the most important temple of the Inca Empire. According to archaeologists it housed over 2000 priests and attendants. Here religious ceremonies were constant and offerings to the Gods and the Inca's ancestors were made each day. Finally we will visit the beautiful "Cathedral" of Cusco. This enormous Cathedral was built in the XVI. It contained nearly 400 colonial paintings, including many from the Cusco School, which was prominent in the 17th century. Among them a painting of the Last Supper by Marcos Zapata, showing Christ and the apostles about to dine on guinea pig (Guinea-pig was the main course at sacred feasts in Inca times). After our city tour our local guide will drop you off at your hotel. Free evening. Overnight at the Hotel Casa Andina Classic Cusco *** or similar.

What is included on this day?

  • Pick up from the hotel in Lima and transfer to the airport.
  • Flight tickets from Lima to Cusco.
  • Pick up from the airport of Cusco and transfer to the hotel.
  • 13:30 hrs. City tour of Cusco + all entrance fees.
  • Accommodation at the Hotel Casa Andina Classic Cusco *** or similar (Matrimonial or Double Standard Room)

What is not included?

  • Meals, Extras & gratuities.

Day 3º: Early train ride to Aguas Calientes

05:30hrs, You will be picked up from your hotel in Cusco and then transferred to the train station. The train leaves at 06:00hrs. towards Aguas Calientes, a modern little town close to the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu. The train ride to Machu Picchu is one of the most beautiful journeys that visitors can experience in our country. The first 30 minutes the train makes its way up following a zig zag route ascending level by level to the upper part of the Cusco city, passing popular neighborhoods and allowing travelers to enjoy a fantastic view of the sunrise over the Inca capital. Afterwards the train starts to descend gradually to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, riding throughout lush fields and small villages. From this moment on, the trip offers great natural sceneries, with many staggering views of the Andes. After passing the village of Ollantaytambo, the train will start to descend more and more, riding along the edge of the Urubamba River, till finally reach the cloud forest. After approximately 4 hours we will have arrived in Aguas Calientes, where a representative from our agency will welcome you and will take you (on foot, no taxis in this town) to your hotel. On this day we will not visit Machu Picchu, but on the next day (in case you want to visit Machu Picchu on this day, you can do it, but at your own expense). The day is free, so you may wander around the village, or go to visit the Museum of Machu Picchu, which is located downhill, about 1 kilometer away from Aguas Calientes. The museum of Machu Picchu shows fine Inca artifacts found at the zone, virtual videos of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, and great pictures of the discovery of Machu Picchu by Hiram Bingham. At Aguas Calientes, if you wish, you can go late in the afternoon to relax in the thermal baths, the hot springs are located on the upper section of the village; visitors may ask for orientation at the hotel. Overnight at the Hotel Inti Inn *** or similar.

What is included on this day?

  • Breakfast Buffet at the hotel.
  • Pick up from your hotel in Ollantaytambo and transfer to the train station.
  • Backpacker train tickets to Aguas Calientes.
  • Pick up from the train station in Aguas Calientes and transfer to your hotel.
  • Accommodation at the Hotel Inti Inn *** or similar (1 Matrimnial or Double Standard Room)

What is not included?

  • Meals, Extras & gratuities.

Day 4º: Early guided visit to Machu Picchu

In order to enjoy a peaceful atmosphere in Machu Picchu and avoid large numbers of tourist, it is advisable to go there early in the morning, therefore we will leave at 5:30hrs (breakfast at the hostel is available since 05:00hrs ). Our guide will pick you up from your hotel and then will take you to the local bus station to take the bus that goes up to the ruins of Machu Picchu. The bus ride to the sanctuary of Machu Picchu lasts around 20 minutes and it follows a steep winding path, offering spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. Upon your arrival, our guide will show you the most important sectors of this great Inca City, such as the great Intiwatana (solar clock), the Sun Temple, the urban sector, the agricultural sector among others. Machu Picchu was long thought to be legendary and then in 1911, the explorer Hiram Bingham stumbled upon its remains. Machu Picchu stands at 2,430 m above sea-level, in the middle of a tropical mountain forest, in an extraordinarily beautiful setting. It was probably the most amazing urban creation of the Inca Empire at its height; its giant walls, terraces and ramps seem as if they have been cut naturally in the continuous rock escarpments. The natural setting, on the eastern slopes of the Andes, encompasses the upper Amazon basin with its rich diversity of flora and fauna. The guided tour in Machu Picchu will last about 2 hours, and afterwards you will have free time to explore the ruins on your own, and if you wish, you might climb the Huayna Picchu Mountain, the huge mountain that appears on the background in every classic picture of Machu Picchu. It takes about one hour or so to get to the top, following very steep stairs, though is a little hard, at the top you will be rewarded with one of the most impressive views in your lifetime. Later on, we will take the bus down to Aguas Calientes, where you will have time for lunch and also to explore the many craft shops in Aguas Calientes. Finally, at around 16:00 h, we will take the train back to the city of Cusco, arriving there after nightfall. Overnight at the Hotel Casa Andina Classic Cusco *** or similar.

What is included on this day?

  • Breakfast buffet.
  • Guide visit in Machu Picchu + entrance fees.
  • Return to Cusco by train. Backpacker train service.
  • Pick up form the train station and transfer to the hotel.
  • Accommodation at the Hotel Casa Andina Classic Cusco *** or similar (Matrimonial or Double Standard Room)

What is not included?

  • Meals, Extras & gratuities.

Day 5 º: Flight to Lima.

At the designated time, you will be picked up by our representative from your hotel in Cusco and the transferred to the airport to take the plane to Lima. End of our service.

What is included on this day?

  • Breakfast buffet at the hotel.
  • Pick up from the hotel in Cusco and transfer to the airport.
  • Flight tickets from Cusco to Lima.
  • Pick up from the airport in Lima and transfer to the hotel.

What is not included?

  • Hotel en Lima.
  • Meals, Extras & gratuities.

1,545

Important: We need a minimum of 2 participants for this program.

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