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Machu Picchu Cultural Tour 6D/5N

Machu Picchu Cultural Tour is a prodigious tour in the region of Cusco – Peru; this trip brings you to explore one of the world’s greenest countries and where you can find a singular history.  Machu Picchu’s natural and cultural beauty and the abundant wildlife make for a holiday destination a difference. Travel by train to the lost city of the Incas; travel by confortable bus to “Maras” moray and “Tipon”; the unbelievable Inca settlement where you still can see the most impressive Inca hydrological technic.

In addition this trip takes our customers on an incredible adventure of discovery through this extremely beautiful country; This Trip brings you through the most bio-diverse countries in the world, with over 350 different species of orchids. The sub-tropical climate, spectacular blue sky and incredibly diverse ecosystems, provides Cusco with an abundant offering of wildlife including a large quantity of birds and hummingbirds. Our Machu Picchu Cultural Tour will take you through national parks and reserves to see the very best of this ecological paradise and history.

Because the 6-day Machu Picchu Cultural Tour provides a unique opportunity to experience the magnificence of Cusco, Machu Picchu and its surroundings. This particular region of Peru is often recognized for its spectacular vistas, featuring magnificent viewing opportunities for some of the most popular mountains in Peru; thanks to a relatively high altitude and favorable terrain. Travelers will be able to gaze out over vast expanses of picturesque terrain.

Machu Picchu Cultural Tour

Machu Picchu Cultural Tour is the best travel package in Peru –All inclusive and escorted by top guide

Overview

MACHU PICCHU CULTURAL TOUR OVERVIEW

Six-day Machu Picchu Cultural Tour is perfect for those looking to experience the region’s archeological and cultural treasures in a short time; so, this tour includes the Cusco’s city tour, Sacred Valley of the Incas, journey to the “Lost City of the Incas” – Machu Picchu, and finally the wonderful Inca sites of Moray and Tipon.

Cusco the ancient Capital of the Inca Empire, where the mixture of Spanish and Inca cultures can be appreciated as well as its architecture of enormous cut-stone blocks fitted so perfectly that no mortar was needed. The Machu Picchu Cultural Tour is available for everybody and it’s possible to do it all year around; in this tour we’ll explore the grand temples and cultural attractions of Cusco region.

The tour included short walks through the Inca ruins; you will walk at your own pace, interacting with our tour guide and capturing the beautiful scenery with your camera. In the tour is includes hotels of 3-stars category located near the main square which gives you an easy access to restaurants coffee shops and other tourist facilities.

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES

  • The city of Cusco
  • City tour in Cusco (sacsayhauman, Koricancha, Qenqo, Pucapucara and Tambo machay).
  • Sacred Valley of the Incas (Pisaq, Urubamba and Ollantaytambo).
  • Trip to Machu Picchu
  •  Machu Picchu Tour (optional climb Huyanapicchu Mountain).
  • Maras-Moray Tour.
  • Tipon and Pikillacta Tour.

MACHU PICCHU CULTURAL TOUR INFO

TIMING6 days and 5 nights.
STARTING & ENDING POINTCusco airport
DEPARTURE DATESDaily Departure group service and private service.
TYPE OF TOURCultural and History
TRANSPORAir-conditioned minibus  and train
DIFFICULTYDoes involve some narrow trails amongst archaeological site like: Sacsayhuaman, Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Maras Moray, Tipon and Machu Picchu, so sturdy footwear is required to help you enjoy it fully.

BRIEF ITINERARY

Day 1: Cusco

For Machu Picchu Cultural Tour you need arrive to Cusco before noon. In the afternoon, you will have city tour that starts at 01:30 p.m.

Day 2: Sacred Valley of the Incas

The tour starts at 08:00 a.m; Today will be a full-day tour including the market of Pisac.

Day 3: Machu Picchu

Very early, we’ll board the tourist train to the picturesque town of “Aguas Calientes” and then 25 minutes bus up to Machu Picchu and explore with our expert guide; in the afternoon, you will return to Cusco.

Day 4: Maras-Moray

Half-day tour; you will have the option to visit the agriculture experimentation center of the Incas and the salt mines.

Day 5: Tipon

In addition, you’ll explore the pre-Inca ruins of Pikillacta and the water ceremonial Center of the Incas.

Day 6: Departure from Cusco

Departure from Cusco at any time; we’ll transfer you to the airport.

EXTRA WALKS TO HUAYNA PICCHU OR MACHU PICCHU MOUNTAINS.- These tickets are limited, The Permits have to be reserved and bought in advance. The price will be an extra of US$10 per person. After your guided tour in Machu Picchu you can do these extra nice walks at 11:00 a.m, please let us know at the booking time.

Itinerary

DETAILED TOUR ITINERARY FOR MACHU PICCHU CULTURAL TOUR

Day 1: Arrival to Cusco & City Tour

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Bacuse the city of cusco at 3,400m – Machu Picchu Cultural Tour

The Six-day Machu Picchu Cultural Tour starts once you arrive to Cusco before noon. We must know your flight details for your reception and transfer to your hotel; in the hotel we’ll give you the briefing about the trip.

In addition, by the afternoon you will have city tour that starts at 01:30 p.m. We’ll pick you up from the hotel and depart on a guided city tour where tourists have the opportunity to visit 6 places (including entrance to the archaeological centers and museums).

During this tour, we will visit the Main Square, the Cathedral, the Qoricancha (Temple of the Sun) and in addition, we will make a route bordering archaeological centers like Sacsayhuaman Fortress, Q’enko, Puka Pukara and Tambomachay. The tour ends at 06:30 p.m approximately at the Main Square in order you can take dinner in one of the exquisite restaurants.

Cusco city

Elevation: 3,400 / Population: 325,000
Cusco or Cuzco, often referred to as the ‘Archaeological Capital of the Americas’ Cusco is a beautiful city riddled with contrasts between the indigenous styles and the modern western world. It is these contrasts that have given Cusco its rare beauty.

Most visitors are keen to get to Machu Picchu, either by trekking for 4 days along the Inca Trail, or by 4 hours on the train, but Cusco itself has a lot to offer the visitor and most travellers usually end up seduced with this vibrant city and stay longer than first planned.

The city has a long and interesting history dating back to 1200AD and linked to the first Inca ruler Manco Capac. Therefore the city saw its expansion in the 15th century under the rule of the greatest Inca Pachacutec, who led a drive that spread the boundaries of the Inca Empire as far south as Chile and Argentina, and north to include Ecuador and Columbia.

This rapid expansion abruptly came to an end on the arrival of the Spanish Conquistadors, led by Francisco Pizarro who, following the murder of the Inca “Atahaulpa” in Cajamarca, marched into Cusco in 1534 and added it definitively to the realms of King Charles V. This invasion opened the gates to a cultural mix that has left its imprint on every aspect of Peruvian culture, especially in the ancient Andean capital of Cusco.

  • Private Van:
    Airport – Hotel-10 -15 minutes
  • Accommodation:
    Hotel Prisma (or similar)

Day 2: Sacred Valley of the Incas

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In addition visit the Sacrde Valley of the Incas – Machu Picchu Cultural Tour

Today the tour start at 08:00 a.m; we’ll pick you up from your hotel and head to the fertile valley for a full-day tour. The valley is renowned for its excellent climate, fertile lands and the waters of the sacred river called by the Incas as a “Willkamayu” (Sacred River).

During the tour we’ll visit the local market in the town of Pisaq after which we’ll drive 20 minutes zigzag up to the Mountain of Pisaq where we’ll explore the Inca ruins of Pisa. After Pisaq the tour continues toward Urubamba town; here we stop to enjoy local cuisine.

From Urubamba we drive 20 minutes to the town of Ollantaytambo where we’ll visit the town and explore the Inca foretress of Ollantaytambo.

In the Afternoon we’ll ride the tourist train for two hours the town of Aguas Calientes; this town located to 25 minutes from Machu Picchu.

  • Private Vehicle:
    Cusco – Sacred Valley – Ollantaytambo /Full Day95km
    Make stops along the way as you pass through this gorgeous valley – the elevation descends the whole way.

Pisac Ruins Guided Tour /Pisac-1h

Tour the fascinating hilltop citadel of Pisac, an Incan ruin with plunging gorges, a ceremonial centre, and winding agriculture terracing that’s still in use today. Be captivated by this truly amazing site sitting amid sweeping green valleys and mountain peaks. Explore the back of the site to see a pocketed cliff across “Chitamayo” Gorge, which once contained hundreds of Inca tombs.

Ollantaytambo Ruins Guided Tour / Ollantaytambo -1h

Tour the town and fortress of Ollantaytambo with a local guide. Take a step back in time at this Inca archaeological site; it still shows signs of its former glory, including agricultural terraces, a Temple Hill, and storehouses. Learn how the area, overlooking the Urubamba River Valley, was an important stronghold during warfare between the Spanish and Incas.

  • Accommodation:
    Hotel Presidente (or similar)
  • Meals included: Breakfast

Day 3: Machu Picchu Tour

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So, Machu Picchu Cultural Tour

Probably we leave the hotel at 05:00 a.m. walk for ten minutes to the bus station and drive the bus for 25 minutes up to Machu Picchu. Once in Machu Picchu you’ll have guided tour for 2 -3 hours. After the tour, optionally you can climb the Mountain of Huayna Picchu.

In the afternoon, we will take the train and return through Urubamba Valley to Cusco and transfer to your hotel; we’ll arrive to Cusco later in the evening.

Machu Picchu Location

Since Machu Picchu Historic Sanctuary is located in Cusco towards the southern part of Peru, on top of the mountain which belongs to Vilcanota mountain range, it is located at 2,400 meters about see level; it is an important center of the Incas and South America; with its archeological and architectonic beauty, its natural surroundings and its magical landscape between Andean mountains and rain forests; its tropical climate does make this town a beautiful place where you will find Mother Nature and the best place to relax and absorb natural energy.

Discovery of Machu Picchu

Because Machu Picchu was discovered by American Mr. Hiram Bingham at 1911, in the ancient times was considered religious center and astronomical observatory center, also it was a penetration point towards the Amazonian jungle, visited in that time only by the highest class of the Inca Empire; we still can see nowadays the trail that connects Cusco with Machu Picchu running through magnificent mountain scenery.

Machu Picchu Weather

The climate in Machu Picchu has also some characteristics that are found all over the region; thus, only two well-defined seasons are distinguished: the rainy season between September to April, and the dry season from May to August. Nevertheless, Machu Picchu is found by the beginning of the Amazonian Jungle, so the chance of having rains or showers is latent by any time of the year.

In the hottest days, it is possible to get even until 26° Celsius (78.8° Fahrenheit), while that in the coldest early mornings in June and July the temperature may drop to -2° C. (28.4° F); the average annual temperature is 16 degrees Celsius. Annually, there is an average of rains from 1,571 mm (61 in) to 2,381 millimeters (93 in). It is obvious that the monthly relative humidity is in direct relationship to rains, so the humidity average is from 77% during the dry months to 91% in the rainy months.

Machu Picchu Guided Tour / Machu Picchu -2h – 3h

Rise and shine – the best time to see the Lost City of the Incas is in the early morning light. Follow the local guide to Machu Picchu to learn about its history at a leisurely pace. Gain local insight into the Inti Mach’ay cave, Inti Watana, the Temple of the Sun, the Temple of the Water, the Temple of the Condor, and the Room of the Three Windows. Take time to sit and feel the energy of this 15th-century site, now both a UNESCO World Heritage site and voted one of the new Seven Wonders of the World (in a worldwide Internet poll).

  • Train:
    Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo/ 1:45 hours 118km
    Climb aboard, take your seat, and enjoy the ride.
  • Private Vehicle:
    Ollantaytambo – Cusco /2h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.
  • Accommodation:
    Hotel Prisma (or similar)
  • Meals included: Breakfast

Day 4: Tour to Maras-Moray

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Probably the mos beutiful Inca terraces – Machu Picchu Cultural Tour

After breakfast in the hotel, we leave at 8.30am. Our first stop is the village of Maras whe we can see the colonial buildings; then we continue toward the salt mines. The salt mines display a bizarre spectacle of beauty. Located on a wide-open hill above the Urubamba Valley, a natural salt water stream runs underground. In pre-Incan times, they have been evaporating the salty water from this stream in order to obtain the salt that gets left behind.

After visiting the salt mines near Maras, we continue on a short distance to the Moray Inca ruins. Ruins are composed of three coliseums, which are thought to have been used by the Incas as a sort of open air crop laboratory.

The coliseums consist of several enormous terraced circular depressions, the largest of which is about 30m/98ft deep. Terraces are arranged in concentric circles and are reminiscent of an ancient Greek theatre. In the afternoon, we will return you back to your hotel in Cusco.

  • Private Vehicle:
    Cusco – Maras – Moray – Salineras – Cusco
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.
  • Accommodation:
    Hotel Prisma (or similar)
  • Meals included: Breakfast

Day 5: Tour to Tipon and Pikillacta.

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In addition explore Tipon – Machu Picchu Cultural Tour

The tour of today is known for combining beautiful natural landscapes, Inca architecture in Tipon, pre – Inca Wari architecture in Pikillacta and a beautiful chapel, known as the “Sistine Chapel of America”
In this tour will visit the following pplaces:

Tipon:

It’s very important Inca Archaeological site that has numerous impressive terraces that are still being cultivated today. Even more impressive is the irrigation system that is still serving agricultural areas nearby. It consists of carved stone channels, precisely calculated and sometimes with almost vertical falls that all together constitute a hydraulic engineering masterpiece.

Pikillacta:

The constructions of Pikillacta are composed of more than 700 structures: 200 Kanchas (departments), 504 qolqas (storages) and different buildings that should have sheltered a population of about ten thousand people. The walls were made with mud and stones, wide at the bottom but thin at the upper part. At the beginning of the nineties, these walls were covered with mud of 9cm, that then were painted with plaster. Floors were also made with a kind of thick plaster showing the appearance of a white city.

Andahuaylillas:

It’s the most important attraction for the visitors is its church: San Pedro de Andahuaylillas considered as the “Sistine Chapel” of America due to the quality of its art pieces. Built at the beginning of VII century, the interior of the temple is decorated with murals performed by Luis Riaño ( XVII century) representing the path to glory and the path to hell.

  • Private Vehicle:
    Cusco – Tipon – Pikillacta, Andahuaylillas – Cusco
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.
  • Accommodation:
    Hotel Prisma (or similar)
  • Meals included: Breakfast

Day 6: Departure from Cusco.

Farewell and travel from Cusco to Lima After having a good breakfast,we’ll pick you up from your hotel to drive you to the airport in Cusco, which is 20 minutes from downtown of Cusco, we must be 2 hours before at least to make arrangements for confirmation of flight After check in at the airline to fly and pay the airport tax, we said goodbye and you’ll aboard the flight from Cusco to Lima.

Inclusions

MACHU PICCHU CULTURAL TOUR INCLUDES:

  • TRANSPORTATION: Transfer in/out Airport/Hotel/Airport, Private bus for all the tours; bus up and down from the town of “Aguas Calientes” to Machu Picchu, round-trip train ticket expedition class from Ollantaytambo to “Aguas Calientes” and from “Aguas Calientes” to Ollantaytambo, transfer to your hotel.
  • ENTRANCE FEES: For all tourist places.
  • GUIDE: Licensed bilingual tour guide.
  • ACCOMMODATIONS: Room based on double occupancy. 5 nights in Cusco ***Hotel
  • OTHER: Local guide for permanent assistance, first-aid kit and emergency oxygen bottle.

EXCLUDED

  • MEALS: Lunch and dinner, you must consider a budget of US$10 to US$20 for each meal.
  • Airport taxes and tips.

Price

THE PRICE INFO

Daily departure in group service and private service

 TYPE OF TRAIN PRICE PER PERSON
 Expedition Class US$ 760
 Vistadome class US$ 790
 Hiram Bimgham class 

 PRIVATE  SERVICE PRICE

  • 2 people US$  870 PP.
  • 3 people US$ 830 PP.
  • 4 people US$ 800 PP.
  • 5 people US$ 770 PP.

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