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From Cusco: 6-Day Machu Picchu and Cusco Tour
Appreciate the best of the Sacred Valley of the Incas with visits to its most popular archeological sites, including Machu Picchu, on this 6-day tour. Enjoy an adventure full of archeology, history, nature, museums, and more.
- Stimulate your senses with the wonders that await for you in the Sacred Valley of the Incas
- Explore one of the New Seven Wonders of the World: Machu Picchu
- Appreciate South American camelids, like llamas, vicuñas, and alpacas, whose wool is used in making traditional fabrics
DescriptionDay 1: Arrival in Cusco and Inca Museum and Koricancha Start your tour with shuttle service from the airport or bus station to your hotel. The rest of the morning will be reserved for resting to adapt to the altitude, approximately 3400 meters (11,000 feet). In the afternoon, visit the Inca Museum, home of thousands of years of Andean culture. Continuing with the tour, head to the temple of Koricancha, the famous Sun Temple of Qosqo. Day 2: Saqsayhuaman, Tambomachay, and the Temple of the Moon – Transfer to Aguas Calientes Begin your day with the journey to Saqsayhuaman. This Inca architecture, with its magnificent qualities and colossal stones, is considered one of the most exceptional constructions on the face of the Earth. From here, continue to the Temple of the Moon, a place for spiritual connection, and encounter the feminine energy of the Moon Goddess. In the afternoon, travel by car to the train station in the town of Ollantaytambo for transfer to the town of Machu Picchu (Aguas Calientes). You will have the option to visit and enjoy the hot springs. Day 3: Machu Picchu Wake up very early for breakfast and ascend to the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu to appreciate the sunrise in this magical place, believed to have been a sanctuary and energetic center. Today, Machu Picchu is recognized by UNESCO as one of the seven wonders of the world and as a World Heritage site. Day 4: Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo – Moray-Salt Mines In the morning, return to the 'living' Inca town of Ollantaytambo by train. Visit Ollantaytambo before continuing into Moray, an ancient construction designed for agricultural investigations and studies of different crops in a range of altitudes. Then, head to the salt mines of Maras, about 2 miles away. This village is known as a former salt-producing center that is thought to date back to pre-Inca times. There are over 3000 salt pools all carved into the mountainside, filled daily by a little stream of water. Day 5: Chinchero (Textile Interpretation Center) and City Walking Tour Chinchero, the rainbow village, is home of the ruins of the royal palace of the Túpac Inca Yupanqui, a picturesque community located on a high plateau overlooking the many snowcapped peaks of the Cusco region. After your visit to this area, return to Cusco, where you will have free time for lunch, and then start with your City Walking Tour around the most important places in Cusco. Day 6: Free Day – Fly to Lima Enjoy a free morning to relax or do any activity and, according to your flight details, you will be transferred to the airport by the local partner for your departure to Lima.
Includes5 nights of accommodations in 3 or 4-star hotels, based on double occupation 5 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner Entrances to Machu Picchu All transportation All transfers All entrance fees Executive (Inca Rail) or Expedition train to Machu Picchu Round-trip buses to Machu Picchu Private guided tour of Machu Picchu Professional English-speaking tour guide during the entire trip
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- With a few exceptions (notably some Asian, African, and Communist countries), visas are not required for travelers entering Peru