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Machu Picchu Expedition

This five days itinerary will show you the millenary Cusco city and its surrounded archaeological sites, the majestic of the Sacred Valley of the Incas and the astonishing Machu Picchu.

Trip Highlights

  • The visit to Machu Picchu includes the train ride in standard class category.
  • This program includes guided shared tours and entrance fees.
  • Domestic flights inside Peru.

Schedule by Day

  • Day 1 Lima
    • Upon your arrival, reception at the airport and transfer to the hotel.
    • Overnight at selected hotel at Lima.
  • Day 2 Lima - Cusco
    • Transfer to Lima airport to take the flight to Cusco city.
    • Transfer to the hotel.
    • Afternoon City Tour:
    • Visit the city declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco. The tour will start at the temple of Koricancha, an ancient Inca palace where the order of the Dominicans built an incredible church that can still be seen there. Then visit the Main Square, where the Cathedral and the beautiful Church of the Society of Jesus, among other colonial buildings, are located. Continue to the San Cristóbal colonial chruch to enjoy a spectacular view of the city. Afterwards you will go on to the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, an Inca building known for its massive walls of hewn stone, also Qenko and Puca Pucara archaeological complexes.
    • Overnight at selected hotel at Cusco.
    • Included: Breakfast.
  • Day 3 Sacred Valley
    • Half day visit to Ollantaytambo, a military, religious and agricultural center of the Incan Empire. The fortress is located on top of a mountain to allow them to protect the whole valley from invaders. From the highest spot you will be able to appreciate the narrow roads along with the channels that remain unaltered since Incan times.
    • Overnight at selected hotel at Sacred Valley.
    • Breakfast and lunch.
  • Day 4 Machu Picchu
    • Transfer from the hotel to the train station to take the train to Machu Picchu.
    • You will arrive to station in Machu Picchu town, and then you will be transported by bus to Machu Picchu citadel, one of the most renowned examples of the Inca’s architecture, surrounded by an amazing landscape of lush forest. Lost in history, Machu Picchu was not discovered until 1911 by the American explorer Hiram Bingham, but was built in the middle of XV century. At the appointed time, you will return to the station to take your train ride back to the Sacred Valley. From there transfer to Cusco city and to the selected hotel.
    • Overnight at selected hotel at Cusco.
    • Included: Breakfast.
  • Day 5 Cusco - Lima
    • Transfer from the hotel to the airport to take the flight to Lima.
    • Arrival and board the connecting international flight back home.
    • Included: Breakfast.

Accommodation

  • 1 night of accommodation in Lima at standard hotel.
  • 1 nights of accommodation in Sacred Valley at standard hotel.
  • 2 nights of accommodation in Cusco at standard hotel.

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Additional Tours In Cusco

  • Full Day South Valley
    • TIPON, PIQUILLACTA & ANDAHUAYLILLAS
    • Southeast of Cusco is the Tipon archeological center. Your excursion today includes a tour of the site to see long stone canals built by the Incans, representing the height of their hydraulic engineering skill. Afterwards, it’s a visit to Pikillacta, one of the most important Pre-Incan archeological centers. Next on the itinerary is Andahuaylillas town and its precious 17th century church that is a spectacular expression of Andean Baroque architecture.
  • The Barroco Route
    • You will be transferred from the city of Cusco to the city of Huaro to visit “La Capilla de la Virgen Purificada de Canincunca”, a chapel located next to Urcos Lagoon. This small church has some incredibly beautiful mural paintings which really makes it stand out. After that, you will continue towards the San Juan Bautista de Huaro Church, where you will be able to partake upon an amazing choir, reminiscent of colonial times. You will then head to Andahuaylillas to visit the San Pedro Apostol Church, emblematic of the location and known as the “American Sistine Chapel”. Although this church is famous for its beautiful murals, it is also one of the most astounding examples of religious popular Andean art. The tour will then head towards Pikillacta, where you will be able to visit on of the most important pre Inca archaeological complexes. Finally, you will head to the archaeological complex of Tipon, where you will have an amazing view of the stone canals that were built by the Incas. These canals represent the incredible abilities they had with regards to hydraulic engineering. A box lunch is included.
  • Cooking Lesson
    • In the morning, you will be driven to San Pedro Market (located a few blocks from The Main Square), where you will experience the local life and see a whole range of products, such as many varieties of potatoes, meats, juices, fruits, vegetables and more. Upon your arrival to the market you will receive your "Budget for Lunch", which will be the same amount that a local family uses in Cusco between $ 1.50 and $ 3.00 (higher-income families) per person, this budget must be considered for the preparation of a full menu consisting of an appetizer, main dish, dessert and drink.
    • Guided by a chef, you will buy all the ingredients and you will try to bargain with the sellers to get special prices, as the housewives from Cusco do it.
    • After you have all the ingredients, you will go to a local house where you will have the culinary session. The chef will give your instructions on how to cook our typical dishes.


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