Day 1: TRANSFER IN – CUSCO CITY TOUR
On the first day, the tour starts with a pick-up from your hotel at 1 PM. You will be taken to Cusco’s Plaza de Armas, where you will visit the famous cathedral. Afterward, you will proceed to the Q’oricancha, the Temple of the Sun, where you can observe the blend of Inca culture and Catholicism. From there, you will walk down to Avenida El Sol and take a car to the Inka site of Sacsayhuaman. Your guide will explain the history and construction of this impressive site. The tour will then continue to Q’enqo, Puca Pucara, and Tambomachay before returning to Cusco, either at the main square or your hotel, depending on your preference.
Day 2: CUSCO – PISAQ – MORAY – OLLANTAYTAMBO – AGUAS CALIENTES
The second day begins with an early pick-up from your hotel at 7 AM. You will be driven to Pisac, where you will explore the Inca ruins and have an opportunity to visit the local market. Next, you will stop at Urubamba for lunch before continuing to the Salt Mines and Moray archaeological site, known as the Andean farming laboratory. The tour will then proceed to Ollantaytambo, an Inca fortress built with pink granite rocks. After the tour, you will head to the train station to catch a train to Aguas Calientes, the town near Machu Picchu. In Aguas Calientes, you will have dinner at a restaurant and spend the night.
Day 3: AGUAS CALIENTES — MACHU PICCHU — CUSCO CITY
This day begins early with breakfast at the hotel, followed by a bus ride to Machu Picchu. You will have the opportunity to witness the sunrise if the weather permits. Upon arrival, your guide will provide a 2-hour tour of the Machu Picchu site, highlighting its history and significance. After the guided tour, you will have free time to explore the site on your own. Your guide will provide your bus ticket back to Aguas Calientes, where you will meet and receive your train tickets. You will then take the train to Ollantaytambo, where a private car will be waiting to transfer you back to Cusco and your hotel.
Day 4: Explore Maras Salt Mines & Moray
The morning begins with a guided tour to the Maras Salt Mines and Moray, two intriguing Incan sites near Cusco. The Maras Salt Mines are terraced salt pans used since ancient Incan times, where visitors can witness the traditional salt extraction methods employed by local families. The tour then proceeds to Moray, an archaeological site with unique circular terraces that likely served as agricultural experimental laboratories for the Incas. The afternoon brings a return to Cusco for a traditional Peruvian lunch at a local restaurant, offering the opportunity to savor diverse flavors and fresh ingredients characteristic of Peruvian cuisine.
Day 5: South Valley Tour
The South Valley tour in Cusco is a captivating journey that combines ancient history, stunning landscapes, and vibrant culture. Explore hidden treasures such as Inca terraces, pre-Inca ruins, and a colonial church, while immersing yourself in the natural beauty and local traditions. The tour concludes in a lively market town, offering a taste of authentic Peruvian cuisine and engaging encounters with friendly locals.
Day 6: Rainbow Mountain
The Rainbow Mountain tour takes you on a challenging trek to the captivating and vibrant Rainbow Mountain in the Andes of Peru. The hike offers stunning views, a landscape transformed by colorful mineral deposits, and a breathtaking summit at 5,200 meters. After enjoying the beauty, the return journey provides more opportunities to appreciate the remarkable Andean landscapes.
Day 7: TRANSFER OUT OF CUSCO CITY
On the final day of the tour, you will check out of your hotel in Cusco. The tour will conclude with a transfer from your hotel to Cusco Airport, timed according to your flight schedule. The exact departure time will be coordinated with the tour office, ensuring a smooth and timely transfer. As you bid farewell to Cusco, you can reminisce about the rich history, stunning landscapes, and captivating culture that you have experienced during your journey through the heart of the Inca Empire.