Machupicchu is known for its history, beauty and ability to enrich individual’s lives.
This is the perfect excursion for participants interested in Machupicchu and Cusco. Our tour leads you to discover the heritage of Cusco, the Inca archaeology and magnificent stone architecture of their Andean mountain civilization. Today we see the descendants of the Incas going about their daily lives, while our expert guides take you "behind the scenes" to become acquainted with their rich ancestry.
Groups from 2-6 Participants
Your tour will begin with a flight from London to Lima, the capital of Peru. You will arrive in the evening and be met at the airport by one of our tour representatives. The representative with then transfer you directly to your hotel where you will have a chance to settle and relax for your first evening in Peru.
Following a delicious breakfast you are now ready to experience and explore the best sites of Peru’s capital colonial city. This visit will include; The Larco Herrera Museum where you can view some of the pre-columbian pottery, the colonial city Centre that showcases both Spanish and Peruvian influences, Plaza San Martin where architecture boasts beauty in an array of colours and the modern coastal district of Miraflores. Lunch is included.
You will be collected from your hotel at a designated time and transferred to the airport where you will catch a flight from Lima to Cusco. This flight offers visitors astonishing view of Peru’s Andes mountain rage.
Upon arrival to Cusco airport your tour guide will be waiting for you and will take you to your hotel in a private transfer.
For the remainder of the morning we advise our guests to rest and adjust their body to the altitude of Cusco which is located 3800 meters above sea level.
At 2pm your tour guide will collect you from your hotel and take you on a tour of Cusco. This allows you to see and experience the most important and historical places in the city and its surroundings. The tour will begin by foot.
Your tour will begin with the Main Plaza. The Main Plaza is known as Huaycapata. During the Incas Empire, they used to carry out important ceremonies here as well as host the Inca governors such as Pachacutec, Sinchi Roca, Wiracocha, Tupac Yupanqui and Huayna Capac.
You will then continue onto the astonishing Cathedral of Cusco. The cathedral has a historic museum, with more than 300 well preserve paintings of the Cusquenian School. Continuing the tour, you will visit the temple of the sun Qoricancha, which offers the visitor an outstanding variety of style of Inca with Spanish architecture. After this our comfortable transportation will take you to visit the famous site of Sacsayhuaman, this is a sanctuary dedicated to the sun, built with gigantic rocks, it has 3 platforms of more than 3600 meters long, each of them with a different access to the ruins. You will also see Quenqo, the astrological and ceremonial site, where Incas carried out important events and PucaPucara and Tabomachay which are both temples of the water.
You will be picked up at 8:15 am from your hotel in Cusco. The full day excursion to the Urubamba Valley will include: A visit to the colourful Indian market in Pisac where a mixture of colours and traditions will be appreciated. Pisac is located to the entrance of the Sacred Valley. Most people visit Pisac to see the market on Sunday, however there are also smaller markets on both Tuesday and Thursday. Pisac is a pretty village and has plenty of small handcraft shops and is worth a visit on any day of the week as is a good place to buy the local ceramics including huge and varied collections of hand-painted multi-coloured beads. You will enjoy lunch in a typical restaurant in Urubamba.
Following lunch the tour will continue to Ollantaytambo, an attractive little town located at the western end of the Sacred Valley. It’s considered the oldest town which is continuously well preserved by Peruvian traditions and is located at the foot of some spectacular Inca ruins which protects the strategic entrance to the lower Urubamba Valley. The narrow streets of Ollantaytambo, along with their channels that have not varied from the Inca time, evoke their ancestral inheritance.
You will then finish the tour by visiting Chinchero, a small Andean Indian village located high up on the windswept plains of Anta at 3762m about 30km from Cusco. It is believed to be the mythical birthplace of the rainbow. Its major claim to tourism is its colourful Sunday market which is much less tourist-orientated than the market at Pisac.
Your tour will end with you returning to Cusco at approximately 6:30pm.
Breakfast will be served early. You will then be transferred to the train station. You will then board the train towards Aguas Calientes, this ride features astonishing views of the Inca valley and beautiful villages along the Urubamba river.
You will arrival to Aguas Calientes Village at 10:30am, here a comfortable bus will take us up the mountain towards the entrance of Machupicchu.
You will have a two and half hour guided tour to explore the most important sites on this ancient city. After the tour you have the rest of the time to explore the Incas heritage at your leisure.
The buses that take you back to Aguas calientes village run every 15 minutes, you can decide if you have lunch at Machupicchu or Aguas calientes, before taking the train back to Cusco. Estimated arrival time to Cusco 20:00 hours.
You will be collected at 8:30am from your hotel. Today you will visit the site of Moray, the only one with perfect huge circular platforms used for agriculture, here you can feel the climate change as you explore the top and bottom platforms. You will also explore the complex of salt work farms, these salt terraces date from the Incas times and are still used by the locals whom continue the tradition. At 3pm you will drive back to Cusco.
You will have the morning free to explore Cusco at your leisure or simply rest before your afternoon flight back to Lima. You will be transferred directly to the airport in Cusco and once again met at Lima by the tour guide whom will transfer you to your hotel. This is your final evening in Peru.
Following breakfast you will be transferred directed to Lima airport ready for your flight back to London.
Our experience designers will be happy to assist you.