Machu Picchu Express 6 Days
Machu Picchu Express 6 Days
Travel Lima City and Machu Picchu perfect experience
Spend 6-day exploring Peru land of the Incas including Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu.
This trip is perfect for those looking to experience the region’s archeological and cultural treasures in a short amount of time – along with a visit to the cloud forest citadel of Machu Picchu and Lima City
You will discover one of the most incredible cities in the world, Cusco is the Archaeological Capital of America (1933), and World Heritage Site declared by UNESCO in 1983, considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world that you must know.
You will explore the city of Cusco and its surroundings, you will know the incredible landscape of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, one of the 7 wonders of the world Machu Picchu World Heritage Site (1983) and the very famous mountain of the 7 colors a spectacular natural formation, in the middle of the mountain range.
Day 1 - International Arrival in Lima.
Day 2 – Lima Sightseeing Tour.
Breakfast at the Hotel; morning free to relax; we recommend you to take a long rest and be prepared to begin with this unforgettable journey through our wonderful country.
At 2:30pm start your guided sightseeing tour to the most attractive and important sites in Lima, the “City of Kings”. This excursion offers the best combination of the different attractions in Lima and its three historical periods: pre-Hispanic, colonial and contemporary. In Lima, there were several different pre-Columbian cultures which are dated thousands of years back. Lima was part of the Inca Empire until was founded by the Spaniard Francisco Pizarro on the 18th of January, 1535; back to Hotel – Overnight at Lima Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast
Day 3 – Flight to Cusco – City Sightseeing Tour
Breakfast at your hotel; transfer to the airport for your flight to Cuzco, the ancient Inca capital of the Incas. Upon arrival to Cusco; reception and transfer to your Hotel – free morning to get acclimatization
After lunch at 1:30pm; Cusco tour including the Cathedral, Koricancha, Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Pucapucara and Tambomachay. Our tour will beginning on to the Main Square of Cusco. You’ll enter the Cathedral of Cusco and see the beautiful woodwork and colonial paintings containing extensive Incan iconography. Visit the Korikancha (Temple of the Sun) on which the Santo Domingo Convent was built. Legend says this temple was completely gold coated, which impressed the conquerors upon their arrival.
Ascend to the Archaeological Park of Sacsayhuaman and visit the Cuidadela. This is the royal house where they admired the Sun God but also worshiped younger gods. Admire this large structure and enjoy the magnificent landscape which brings peace and tranquility. Next, visit Qenqo, the old temple of the Puma. Inside you can see a sacrificial altar made of a huge stone. At Tambomachay, you’ll see the sacred fountains of life and health. Pucapucara safeguarded the city gates and the Fortress of Sacsayhuaman. The tour ends with a detailed visit of the city of Cusco – Overnight at Cusco Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast
Day 4 - Sacred Valley of the Incas
Breakfast at the hotel; pick up from the hotel at 8:30am for your full day tour to the impressive Sacred Valley of the Incas, explore the beautiful Peruvian countryside with a full-day tour of the magical Sacred Valley. First place, you will visit the town of Pisaq, famous for its bustling market. This native town was once where “exchange transactions” took place. In this type of transaction, customers would exchange one good for another instead of using currency. Visit the market of Pisaq where you can purchase beautifully crafted products hand-made by the locals.
On Sunday, the main attraction is a mass celebrated in Quechua and conducted in Spanish. It is attended by the mayors and their attendants who play traditional musical instruments called “pututos.”Afterwards, you’ll enjoy a typical Peruvian lunch (included in price) before visiting the fortress of Ollantaytambo.
Next, you will visit the impressive ruins of Ollantaytambo fortress. These magnificent ancient ruins serve as great vantage points to look out over the valley. Originally the royal estate of Emperor Pachakuteq during the Inca Empire, this site later served as a stronghold for Manco Inca Yupanqui in the Inca´s final rebellion against the Spanish. Stop in Ollantaytambo where you’ll take the train to Aguas Calientes town, upon arrival, reception and transfer to the Hotel – Overnight at Aguas Calientes Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 5 - Full Day Machu Picchu and back to Cusco.
Breakfast at the hotel; full day Excursion to Machu Picchu; take train from Ollantaytambo railway station to enjoy 1 hour and 40 minutes scenic rail tour to Aguas Calientes (Expedition Train).
Upon arrival at Aguas Calientes station, you’ll board a small bus and head up to the ruins of the “sacred city”, Machu Picchu. Your expert guide will walk with you through the main streets of these amazing ruins. Stroll through town squares and climb delicately carved stone stairways. Esoteric wisdom holds Machu Picchu as the new spiritual center of the world. There will be time to be alone and fully embrace this magnificent wonder of the world, letting this once in a lifetime experience set in. After the tour you’ll have time to stroll around the archaeological Site at your leisure.
Then, you will have time to perform some of the following activities by yourself (not included in the price)
Climb to Wayna Picchu;for the most adventurous people, we suggest to go up the Wayna Picchu from where you can appreciate the immensity of Machu Picchu, even more amazing being high and distant.
Train back to Cusco: In the afternoon you’ll return to the train station in Aguas Calientes for the trip back to Cusco (Vistadome Train) – train departure to Cusco; upon arrival to Cusco reception and transfer to the Hotel
Overnight at Cusco Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast
- All mentioned land transport (bus, etc.)
- Hotel accommodation with breakfast
- Entrance to parks and cultural sights
- Guided visits and mentioned excursions
- English/Spanish speaking guide to accompany visits and excursions
- Train tickets Expedition Class.
- International airfares
- Domestic flights
- Alcoholic beverages or bottled water
- Insurance of any kind
- Wayna Picchu Mountain
Book your entrance ticket to Machu Picchu
For most visitors, the city of Cusco is just a passing place on their way to the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. For this reason, many adventurers only stay a couple of days or nights in this city. But, that couple of nights should be memorable and for this reason we recommend making your reservation well in advance.
Book and buy your flight tickets to Cusco
To travel to the city of Cusco by plane, remember that there are only direct flights from the following countries: Santiago de Chile, Bogota (Colombia) and La Paz (Bolivia). So, with the exception of the destinations mentioned above: book your flight to Cusco (or Lima – Cusco) months in advance. 92% of flights arrive to Cusco from Lima. Due to the high demand and the small number of airlines, it is advisable to book months in advance.
Book your lodging
In the city of Cusco you will find a wide variety of accommodations. From lodgings, hostels, hostels and hotels ranging from 2 to 5 stars. But, as in all the most visited places in the world, most of the time they do not have availability. Therefore, we advise you to book in advance the hotel or hostel that best suits your budget and requirements.
Beware of altitude sickness or “soroche”.
The city of Cusco is located in the south of Peru, between the inter-Andean valleys of the Great Andes Mountains. Its altitude is above 3399 meters above sea level. For this reason, the first and main problem you will have to deal with will be altitude sickness or soroche.
What is altitude sickness? Acute mountain sickness (AMS), also called soroche, apunamiento or páramo sickness, is the lack of adaptation of the organism to the hypoxia (lack of oxygen) of altitude.
When is the best time to travel to Cusco?
In spite of what was said in the previous paragraph. Personally for our team, the best months to visit Cusco are the months of April and May. Since in these months the weather is pleasant with a radiant blue sky, adorned with white clouds, and with a green nature in full bloom.
Take your personal documents with you
As in all the countries of the world, the most important thing is to carry with you your passport that has a minimum validity of 6 months at the moment of your entrance to Peru. However, if you are from Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Uruguay or Venezuela you will only need your National Identity Card.
Carry cash or your credit card.
When it comes to money, it is always advisable to bring dollars and make the change to soles, in the exchange houses that abound around the Plaza de Armas in Cusco.
Always look out for your safety
Cusco, in general, is a quiet place with friendly and hard-working people. However, as in any other place, there are always opportunists and people with bad intentions.
For your safety in Cusco:
Do not stray too far from the Historic Center of the city, as it is the only place that is monitored with security cameras and police patrolling the streets.
Take tourist services only with duly authorized travel agencies.
Take with you appropriate clothing according to the season.
What to bring to Cusco? Cusco is characterized by its rainy season and dry season or drought. Also, for its frigid nights and sunny days. For this reason, the ideal clothing to travel to Cusco will be:
Use urban or tourist transportation.
The best way to move within the city of Cusco is in private cabs or tourist transport services. The prices of cabs vary from 6 soles to more, depending on where you want to go.
Stay connected at all times
In Cusco you will not have communication problems, because this city has all the communication services that have the big cities: internet, fixed telephony, mobile telephony and others. Also all the applications work perfectly.
Taste the exquisite Cusquenian gastronomy
Cusco’s gastronomy is varied, traditional and full of flavor and color. So, you will have no problem finding food to your liking. However, always try to eat in a restaurant that is located around the Plaza de Armas or within the historic center of the city of Cusco.
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