Activity level: Moderate
On this 4 day tour you are starting your trip in the capital of the Inca Empire, Cusco. Visit the colorful Pisac Market and the ruins of Ollantaytambo during a daytrip to the Urubamba Sacred Valley. And discover the Lost Citadel of the Incas, surrounded by imposing mountains. You can carry on your trip easily by adding on any of our following destinations:
Lima, Arequipa , Puno, Ica, La Ruta Moche, Iquitos, Puerto Maldonado, Huaraz or Cajamarca are awaiting you!
► DAY 01: Cusco-Arrival Details
After your arrival in Cusco, the capital of the Inca Empire, you will be transferred to the hotel. In the afternoon you will have a city tour in Cusco. The tour will last approximately 4 hours. You will visit the center of Cusco, the Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral, Korincancha and the four ruins Tambomachay, Puca Pucara, Quenko and the Sacsayhuaman. Afterwards the guide will bring you back to the Hotel.
► DAY 02: Sacred Valley- Aguas Calientes Details
Early in the morning you will begin the Full Day-Tour to Sacred Valley. The first stop is “Hawana Cancha”, a place to take the first pictures of landscape and llamas. Another photo stop is at the viewpoint Taray. There you can observe the Sacred Valley and the Nevado Taray. After that you will arrive at Pisac. You visit the ruins of Pisac (60 min) and visit the Indian market of Pisac (40 min, open every day of the week). To have lunch (not included) you head towards Urubamba. There you have 1.5 hours to relax. After lunch you arrive at Ollantaytambo train station to take the train to Aguas Calientes. The train takes approximately 2 hours. When you arrive at Aguas Calientes a transfer will bring you to the hotel. Your guide for Machu Picchu meets you there to coordinate a time for the next day. After the check in you have the rest of the day to discover Aguas Calientes and to enjoy the hot springs.
► DAY 03: Machu Picchu– Cusco Details
The next day you will start at the time you had coordinated with your private guide. You will have a transfer to the bus station to take the bus to Machu Picchu complex. 20 min later you arrive at Machu Picchu and begin the guided tour. After the tour you will have free time to explore the citadel. In the afternoon you will take the train back to Cusco and you will arrive in the early evening. Here you will be transferred to the hotel.
► DAY 04: Cusco- Out Details
After breakfast you have to say good-bye to Cusco. A private transfer will bring you to the airport (or bus- or trainstation) for your following destination. We hope you had a great journey!
-Unveil the mysteries of the largest Inca Ruins.
-Enjoy fantastic Peruvian cuisine.
-A cultural journey within the Sacred Valley.
All tours and excursions specified with licensed bilingual guide & transportation.
Transfers to/from Airport and others where detailed.
Accommodation on selected hotel (category) with Breakfast.
Entrance fees to visited sites.
24/ assistance when on tour.
TOUR DOES NOT INCLUDES
International and domestic flights in Peru.
Lunch and Dinner where not specified.
Additional entrance fee, tours & sightseeing besides mentioned.
Personal expenses, extras, tips and drinks.
Other services not specified in the program.
Travel, medical and cancelation insurance.
Tour General Information
Trip Style: Cultural – Archeological
- Cusco 3.326m
- Sacred Valley 2.800m
- Aguas Calientes 2.410m
- Machu Picchu 2.430m
Peru does not have one climate. Because Peru is close to the equator, the seasons are hardly affectedby changes in the state of the sun. However there can be observed some differences between the months November to April and April to November. Due to the very diverse landscape that Peru has, there are serveral distinct climatic zones. The climate depends on the geographical location, altitude and sea currents, so we can divided Peru in three climitac zones:
- Coast: Through the influence of the warm gulf stream El Niño off the coast of Peru are the summer months between December and April. The short summer is associated with small showers. The temperature is pleasant and is between 25°C and 35°C. From April to December dominates the cold Humboldt Current along the coast and the temperature is between 15°C and 25°C.
- Highland: In the Andes is a mountain climate prevails. The climate is fairly constant during the year. The temperature differences are mainly to do with day and night and the height at which you are located. In general; the higher, the colder! The climate in the Andes has also a dry and a wet season. The dry season runs from May to October and the air is often brightly. The temperature range between 15°C and 25°C, depending on the height. At night the temperature drops quickly to 0-5°C. The rainy season runs from November to April. It can rain for days during this period. The temperature differences between day and night are less extreme. In the afternoon it is around 20°C, and in the night about 5°C.
- Rainforest: East of the Andes you will find the rainforest which covers most of Peru. In the rainforest is a suptropical climate. It is here all year round humid and temperatures will be around 25°C. The rainy season runs from November to April. The rains are generally short and after the rain usually appears the sun. In the dry season from April to November, there is much less rain in the rainforest.
Access to Cusco – Via air transport
From Lima: 1h20 min
From Arequipa: 0h45 min
From Puno Juliaca: 0h45 min
Access to Cusco – Via land transport
From Lima: 21h30
From Arequipa: 10h00
From Puno: 08h00
Cusco is a city in southeastern Peru near the Urubamba Valley of the Andes mountain range. In 1983 the historical capital of the Inca Empire was declared World Heritage Site. Today the city is a jumping-off point for the Inca Trail and famous Inca city Machu Picchu. Cusco got his name in a special way; legend tells that in the 12th century, the sun god Inti looked down on the earth and decided that the people needed organizing, so he created the first Inca, Manco Cápac, and his sister-wife, Mama Ocllo. They came to life on Isla del Sol (Sun Island), way over in Lake Titicaca, with a long walk ahead of them. Inti gave Manco Cápac a golden rod and told him to settle in the spot where he could plunge it into the ground until it disappeared:this would be the navel of the earth, Qosq´o in the Quechua language, Cusco.
The Sacred Valley of the Incas or the Urubamba Valley is a valley in the Andes of Peru, close to the Inca capital of Cusco and the ancient city of Machu Picchu. The valley was formed by the Urubamba River. The star attractions are the lofty Inca citadels of Pisacand Ollantaytambo. Pisac is known for its craft market, by far the biggest in the region. You can visit the market daily but the official market days are Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.Ollantaytambo is an Inca archeological site and dominated by two massive Inca ruins.
Machu Picchu is a 15th century Inca site located 2.430 meters above sea level. It is also called ¨Lost city of the Incas¨ and declared by the UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. Machu Picchu was built in the classical Inca Style, with polished dry-stone walls. In 2007 Machu Picchu was voted one of the ¨New Seven Wonders of the World¨.