This trip allows a taste of the Short Inca Trail without days of hiking and camping. One of our shortest treks to the ancient city of Machu Picchu.
|Round trip train tickets to Machu Picchu with Inca Rail Company||Private guided tour in Machu Picchu|
|Round trip bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu||Entrance fee to Machu Picchu|
|4 nights’ accommodations||City tour of Cusco + entrance fee|
|4 breakfasts at the hotel||Sacred valley tour + entrance fee|
|International and local airfare||Tips for the guide|
|Entrance fee to the hot springs in Machu Picchu (US$5)||Optional: walking sticks $20|
|Meals where not otherwise stated||Optional: rain poncho $10|
|Optional: Climb up the Wayna Picchu Mountain at Machu Picchu|
Upon your arrival to Cusco, you will be brought to your hotel where your guide awaits you. The guide will brief you about the wonderful next couple of days you will have. Today, the day begins with a tour of Cusco, wherein you can enjoy the sights of the Incas’ capital. You will be picked up from your hotel at 1.00 PM and will visit the following sights:
The Koricancha: Temple of the sun.
The Cathedral: Marvel of the religious art.
Sacsayhuaman: Majestic place with impressive works in stone, some up to 120 tons.
Q’enqo: (Labyrinth) a religious center dedicated to the adoration of the Earth.
Puca Pucara: (reddish place) that was used as a military control center.
Tambomachay: (Temple of the Water) a center of adoration and worship of water.
The indigenous and colonial heritages then will be on the programme for the rest of the day. At night you can explore the nightlife of Cusco or visit some of its many typical restaurants.
After breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel at 8.00 AM. This is a full day excursion to the Urubamba Valley visiting the colorful Indian market in Pisac where you will be able to appreciate the mixture of color and tradition and have an opportunity to test your bartering skills, interact with the local craftsmen and purchase their hand-made souvenirs. Pisac is located at the entrance of the Sacred Valley. The Valley is 31km/19mi away from Cusco, and located at an altitude of (2,970m)/ (9,700 ft.). Followed by Pisac is Urubamba where we have a delicious buffet lunch at Tunupa restaurant. We continue further to Ollantaytambo, the oldest continuously inhabited town on the American continent. The narrow streets of Ollantaytambo, along with their canals, have not changed much from the time of the Inca Empire. They evoke their ancestral inheritance and give you a feeling of what it would be like to live during this time. The last visit will be the Chinchero market. Chinchero is believed to be the mythical birthplace of the rainbow. Its major claim to tourism is its colorful Sunday market which is much less tourist-orientated than the market at Pisac. At the end, we will return you to your hotel in Cusco at approximately 6.30 PM.
Cusco - Aguas Calientes
You will be picked up from your hotel at 8.00 AM and taken to the train station. The train leaves at 11.30 AM (time may change depending on availability and changes to timetable). After a 3.5-hour journey of majestic views you arrive to Aguas Calientes (Hot Springs Town) where you will spend the night. There will be plenty of time to relax if you want to have a hot bath in the natural springs.
Options in Aguas Calientes:
- Visit the Machu Picchu ‘Manuel Chávez Ballón’ museum and orchid exhibition. This is open from 9am to 4.30pm, and is a 35 minute walk down the road from Aguas Calientes to Puente Ruinas. It is a very illustrative museum that gives you an interesting introduction to Machu Picchu.
- Visit the thermal baths
You will have breakfast and then your guide will pick you up from your hotel (5.40 AM). You will take the bus up to majestic Machu Picchu to catch the sunrise and then begin your walking tour with your guide (approximately 2 hours) after this you can explore the mysterious city by yourselves.
After enjoying a magical time in Machu Picchu, you will take the bus down to Aguas Calientes for lunch. Later we will board the train back to Ollantaytambo. Upon your arrival to the train station, we will pick you up and take you back to your hotel in Cusco.
After breakfast, we will take you back to the airport according your flight itinerary.