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Cusco, Peru

Explore Cusco, Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley by Train

3 Days | Historical Sites, Cultural Activities and Archeological Expedition

Dive into the culture and history of the Sacred Valley (with limited hiking) on this immersive 3-day tour. You'll see fascinating Incan altars in Q’enqo; connect with Quechua communities in the Pisac markets; explore the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu; and more! Your local guide from Alpaca Expeditions will take care of everything for you to make this a stress-free way so you can focus on enjoying these once-in-a-lifetime experiences. The company is 100% Peruvian run with a strong commitment to supporting the communities of the Sacred Valley, so you can feel extra satisfied knowing that you'll be helping to sustain the unique places you visit.

Right for You?

Duration

3 Days / 2 Nights

Travel Style

Cultural Immersion and Historical Sites

Languages

English and Spanish

Physical Activity

Light activity

Location

City/Urban, Mountains and Small Towns/Villages

Connect

Wifi: Limited
Cell: Limited

Alpaca Expeditions

Locally Owned Tour Operator
Starts at:

$525/person

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Speaks: English and Spanish

Details

Availability

Flexible Departure Date
All year

At 1 p.m., we will meet you at your hotel lobby to begin your tour. From here, you will head to Cusco’s Plaza de Armas, where you will visit the famous cathedral. Following, you will continue on foot through an ancient Inca-built street from the Plaza de Armas to the Q’oricancha, the Temple of the Sun. At the Q’oricancha you will be able to compare and contrast the building methods of the Incan culture and Catholicism. This was the key spiritual center of the Incas, which leads to all four quarters of the Inca Empire. There is also a bronze, high altar to be seen.
From Q’oricancha, your group will walk down Avenida El Sol, where you will take your bus 25 minutes outside of the city. You will be taken to the majestic Inca site, Sacsayhuaman, with its enigmatic, 200 ton monoliths, you will be able to hear from your guide and then, explore on your own.
From Sacsayhuaman, you will take a five minute bus ride to the Q’enqo Inca site to see its fascinating Incan altars. Following, you will take another five minute drive to Puca Pucara, a small, circular Inca site. The final stop on our tour is Tambomachay, a water temple with impressive water fountains, thought to be used by the Inca for bathing. We’ll then drive back down to Cusco where the tour ends in the main square, unless you are taking a private tour, in which case, we will return you to your hotel.
Accommodations: Rumi Punku (or similar)
Meals Included: None
Entrance Tickets: Included

Your guide will pick you up from your hotel lobby in Cusco at 8 a.m. You will be taken on a road that winds around the mountains north of Cusco. On the way, we will stop at a famous point known as El Mirador (Lookout Point). From there, we will be able to see the Sacred Valley and gain some insight into the Inca history. The Sacred Valley was one of the main areas the Incas settled. There is an unusual abundance of fertile plains in this high area of the Andes. You will also witness vast contour terracing and irrigation channels left behind by the Incas.
Later on, we will drive towards the ruins of Pisac. Here, you will witness and learn about Inca culture. You will see amazing works of stone art and impressive agricultural terraces. After exploring, we will drive back to the lower town of Pisac to stop at a bustling handicraft market. After you spend some time walking around the market bargain hunting, we will meet for lunch at a local Andean restaurant. This meal is not included in the tour, so if you prefer a different restaurant, just let your tour guide know.
After lunch, will drive along the Urubamba River towards the town of Ollantaytambo. Once we reach Ollantaytambo, we will visit the ruins, an important area of Incan construction, built during the Inca’s heydays. This is an extraordinary Inca site because you can find rock formations representing the Inca god, Wiracocha.
Afterwards, you will board your train for the two hour ride to Aguas Calientes. During your breathtaking train ride, you will see glaciers, snow-capped peaks, lush, green valleys and Incan farming terraces and ruins. Before your arrive in Aguas Clients (2000m/6000ft above sea level), you will enter the subtropical areas with bromiliads and ferns. Our representative will meet you just outside the train station and take you to your hotel.
Accommodations: La Cabana (or similar)
Meals included: None
Entrance Tickets: Included

After an early breakfast at your hotel, you will take a 25 minute bus to the ruins. The buses run as a shuttle system, starting at 5:30 a.m. If you prefer, you may hike along the Inca trail instead of taking the bus. This trail will take about one hour and 30 minutes. For further instructions on the hike, be sure to consult your tour guide.
Once in Machu Picchu, you will have a two hour private, guided tour, followed by some time for you to explore on your own. If you choose to book a permit to climb Huyana Picchu (or Machu Picchu Mountain), that will be your next adventure. The Sun Gate one hour climb is also available and free to all. Usual train departure to Ollantaytambo is in the afternoon, followed by a bus to your hotel in Cusco.
Note:
If you prefer to climb Huayan Picchu for an extra $35, this needs to be booked in advance. It is a challenging 45 minutes to the top. The other option is to climb Machu Picchu Mountain (this is different than Machu Picchu citadel). This is an extremely challenging, steep, yet beautiful hike. It costs $15 per person for the 90 minute hike.
From April to June, this itinerary will change due to the possibility of landslides. Pick up time will be at 6:30 a.m., from your hotel, to take you to the bus station in Cusco. You will then, take a two hour bus to the Sacred Valley. Here, you will ride a two hour train to Aguas Calientes. This same itinerary will be followed on your return to Cusco.

What's Included

Lodging

2 Nights Hotel

Activities

Historical Sites, Archeological Expedition and Cultural Activities
See the itinerary for details!

Guide

Bilingual guide

Room

Private Room

Food

Some meals included (see itinerary)

Transport

Private van, Train and Walk

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Alpaca Expeditions

Locally Owned Tour Operator

Hike the Inca Trail or alternative treks to Machu Picchu with this 100% Peruvian company who is leading the way in providing quality and sustainable experiences to travelers. Their entire team grew up in villages around the city with tales of the greatness of the Incas. They pride themselves on both the care and quality of their tours as well as their unparalleled commitment to supporting their community and leaving no negative impact on the planet. They are excited to show you their homeland and help you fall in love with Peru.

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Getting There

You'll be picked up from your hotel in Cusco to begin the trip and it will all be taken care of from there!