cusco express cusco | sacred valley |machu picchu
Available year round
Day 1: Arrive Cusco - City Tour
Bienvenidos! Welcome to Cusco. You will be transferred from the airport to your hostel after a welcoming reception.
Cusco is not just a simple town; it is a place of man-made beauty. Some consider it a time machine of sorts because it is the oldest inhabited city in the western Hemisphere, now called the archaeological capital of America, and it is one of the New Wonders of the World.
In the afternoon, the Imperial Cusco City tour starts. You will visit four archaeological sites: Sacsayhuaman, where the Incas showed to the conquistadors the power of their Empire by building an incredible place using huge stones; Q’enqo, a ceremonial center; Pucapucara, a control point that served as a kind of customs office; and Tambomachay, a sacred place where Incas worshiped the water.
Included: Imperial Cusco City tour, transportation and entry to all sites
Day 2: Sacred Valley Tour
Today we will see the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Along the way, we will stop to take in the iconic view of the Urubamba River that snakes its way through the valley. Your journey continues to the small village of Pisac, with a colorful handicraft market, and the archeological complex of Pisac, where your guide will explain the history and Inca architecture of this wonderful site.
Next stop: Urubamba. Here, we will have lunch at a restaurant that specializes in the regional cuisine. Then we will head to Ollantaytambo, known as the living Inca city because it has kept the originality of the Inca style. An impressive archeological site can be seen here, made up of an enormous sculpture of the main Inca God called Wiracocha, carved into the mountainside. Lastly, you will visit the colonial church to learn about its importance within archaeological history. You will take the train to Aguas Calientes and be transferred to your hotel.
Included: Sacred Valley tour, entry to all sites, transportation, breakfast and lunch
Day 3: Machu Picchu
An early morning, but it will be worth it. You'll wake up at 4:30am and have breakfast in the hostel, then take a bus to the top of Machu Picchu for a breathtaking sunrise view of this wonder of the world.
Our guide will take you on a 2 hours tour around the ruins, teaching you all about the ancient Inca city. After the tour you will have free time to wander around and explore by yourself, or you can choose to take a hike to Huayna Picchu, which is very steep and rugged, but rewarding. Once you reach the lookout point, you will get to witness a view of the city that only a handful of people in history have ever seen – past or present. Alternatively, you can choose to spend the rest of your morning exploring the town and village in and around Machu Picchu. Your guide can tell you about different hotspots you can check out. At the arranged time we will return to Cusco by train and transfer you to your hostel.
Included Activities: Machu Picchu Tour, breakfast, transportation and entry to Machu Picchu
Day 4: Cusco
Today you will be seen off like royalty after an incredibly rewarding trip. We will take care of all the transportation arrangements. We will deliver you in style to the airport, where your flight awaits. We’ll help with whatever you need: Check-ins, tickets, luggage, etc.
Included: Transportation, breakfast
Just remember to come back and vacation with us again. You can never see too much of Perú.