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The Spirit of Machu Picchu

The Spirit of Machu Picchu



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Get well acquainted with the vibrant culture and rich history of Cusco and the Sacred Valley before embarking on the iconic Short Inca Trail directly to Machu Picchu.

Day 1: Arrival to Cusco & City Tour


The tour begins the moment you step off the plane in Cusco. Our airport shuttle will pick you up from the airport and take you to your Cusco hotel to drop off your luggage (CHECK-IN 12:00 pm).

Day 1 of the tour begins at 1:00 pm in Cusco, also known as the Imperial City. The tour begins visiting the Koricancha Temple, a preserved Inca palace and worship center in Cusco’s Historic Center.

From there, the tour visits Plaza de Armas (the main square) and the Cathedral Basilica (a historic catholic temple) before heading on to the Sacsayhuamán Fortress (15th century Inca ruins and Q'enqo archeological site).

After the tour, we return to Cusco. Our service will end in the surroundings of the Plaza de Armas.


Day 2: Sacred Valley


We will pick you up and then go towards the Sacred Valley. The first place to visit will be Pisaq and the traditional market where you will be able to buy some souvenirs really cheaper, the next stop will be the archeological park site of Ollantaytambo, you will love this small town. In the city of Urubamba, we will stop for lunch time, the meal will be composed by the most important peruvian dishes, an alluring buffet.

Getting back to Cusco we will visit two fascinating places: “The Salt Mines in Maras” and “The Agricultural Inca Laboratory in Moray”. At the salt mines you will be able to try the bountiful variety of salt the local people make and, of course, buy the kind of salt that you most like. Both of them places are unmatchable and have many stories that your professional guide will share with you.

To finish this delightful trip we will spend some minutes in the town of Chincheros, better known as the handicraft city. In fact, here is made the most beautiful and colorful traditional clothes, accessories and souvenirs that of course you will be able to buy. Local Women will teach you the tradition about how they tint wool of alpaca, lama and sheep with natural tincture with ancestral Inca technics.


Day 3: Short Inca Trail


You will be picked up from your hotel at 4:00 am and transferred (by bus) to the train station in Ollantaytambo to take the 7:00 am train to Km 104 (2.000m). Before heading to visit the Inca archaeological site, we will provide you with a packed lunch and drinks, as well as a briefing, which will be provided by our professional guide.

From Km 104 it will take around 3 hours to hike to Wiñayhuayna (2.600m). Continuing on this route we will arrive at Inti Punku (4Km) where we will have the first view of the historical sanctuary of Machu Picchu. We will have the opportunity to take some spectacular photos, we will take a bus to Aguas Calientes where the guide will take us to the hotel, followed later by dinner.


Day 4: Machu Picchu


At 4:30 am we head to Machu Picchu with our professional guide to visit the principal sites during a 2-hour tour. After the tour there is free time to visit Machu Picchu again or Inti Punku (the Sun Gate) on your own. In the afternoon we will return to Aguas Calientes, take a train to Ollantaytambo followed by a bus back to Cusco.


Day 5: Rainbow Mountain


Your day will begin with an early pickup from your accommodation in Cusco, between 4:30 and 5:00 am. Our transportation will take you from Cusco to the town of Cusipata. The transfer lasts approximately 2 hours. Upon arrival in Cusipata, we will have breakfast. After breakfast, we will continue our trip to the Rainbow Mountain for about 1 hour. On the way to the mountain, you will have the chance to enjoy beautiful landscapes and to see the wildlife.

We will start our adventure with a walk uphill for about 1 hour and a half, appreciating in the background snowy mountains and wonderful landscapes. Then, we will finally reach the point to which we will be able to appreciate the colors of the Rainbow Mountain (5.036m) and the stunning view it offers.

After visiting and taking pictures, we will return the same way we came, have lunch, and start the drive back to Cusco, arriving between 6:00 and 6:30 pm.


Day 6: Airport Transfer


After you check out from your Cusco hotel (CHECK-OUT 10:00 am), we will pick you up and take you to the Cusco Airport.

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