5 days to Machu Picchu in the Heart of the Inca Empire

5 days to Machu Picchu in the Heart of the Inca Empire

The Cusco Region has tons to see and not everybody has time to see it all. In order to give everyone  the possibility to know the region a bit better, we decided to create a special package consisting of 5 days. If you are not a big fan of trekking excursions but you still dream about seeing the best of the best in the Cusco region then this package is for you.

Come and discover the best of the best in the Cusco region with us!

Package: Cusco, Chinchero, Moray, Saliners de Maras, Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley (Ollantaytambo and Pisac)
Duration: 5 days

ITINERARY:

Day 1: Arriving in Cusco

  • Acclimatization (getting used to the altitude-very important!)
  • Half-day tour
  • Overnight stay in Cusco

Cusco-city-Peru

When planning your days in Cuzco region, keep in mind it’s high altitude (around 3 400 m.) Many people under appreciate it and end up spending their first few days in bed. For this reason on the first day after arriving in Cusco we have a light schedule. Depending on the arrival time, you will visit the ruins of Saqsaywaman, the museum of Koricancha and maybe you will have a cooking class, where you will learn how to prepare typical Peruvian food and the most famous beverages, for example, Pisco Sour.

Day 2: The Sacred Valley Tour – Inca ruins in Pisac and Ollantaytambo

  • Full day tour by car
  • Overnight stay in Ollantaytambo

Ollantaytambo to Inti Punku

The Sacred Valley of the Incas, also known as the Urubamba Valley is a unique valley in the Cusco region. It not only offers great and stunning landscapes, but also it is known by the Peruvians as a place with a special energy. Here you can find the most important and strategic ruins of the Inca Empire. You can easily spend many days here discovering new things. There are also two very important and beautiful towns in the Sacred Valley worth seeing and exploring – Ollantaytambo and Pisac.

During the day you will have a chance to discover the best parts of these cozy and adorable places. Additionally to the lovely markets and memorable landscapes, you will learn a lot about the history of the Inca Empire, especially during the visit of two different but very beautiful archaeological spots.

Usually, the tour starts early in the morning, around 7:00 am. The first destination would be a visit to a small zoo in which you will have the chance to see the most popular Peruvian animals: jungle birds, llamas, alpacas, vicunas and condors. Next, the route will lead you to Pisac where you will have some time to walk around the center and explore the local, colorful market. After, you will go directly to the Incas ruins situated just above the town.

Inca Ruins in Pisac, Cusco

From Pisac you will be transported to Ollantaytambo by private transfer and you will have time to wander through the terraces and impressive Inca fortresses. If you want to have a nice dinner, the city gives your a affordable choice of cozy restaurants available close to the main square.

Day 3: Machu Picchu tour

  • Full-day tour
  • By train
  • Overnight stay in Cusco
  • Optional: Hike to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu also known as Montaña Vieja. The first hike is steep and takes about 2-3 hours round trip. The second hike takes longer, but is less steep. From both mountains you will have remarkable views of the ruins and high jungle.

machupicchu peru

The third day of the hiking program will start very early in the morning. First, you will go by train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes (train leaves at 5:35 am and arrives at 7:44 am). After arriving you will have a short tour city and then you will go by bus to the ruins of Machu Picchu where you will spend as much time as you like until it closes at 5pm. Inside Machu Picchu there are a lot of things to do. You can hike additional small peaks, like Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu montaña, you can take a longer walk to the so-called Sun Gate (Inti Punku) and/or to Inca bridge. After visiting Machu Picchu you will come back to Aguas Calientes (by bus or on foot – short trekking), where you will have dinner. In the late evening you will return to Cusco.

VIDEO ABOUT MACHU PICCHU 

Day 4: Exploration of the most beautiful sites in Chinchero, Moray, Maras and Salineras de Maras

  • Some biking and some transportation by car (there is an option to do the whole tour only by car or some parts on foot, 2 hours trekking)
  • Full day tour
  • Overnight stay in Cusco

Chinchero

Peruvian-handicraft

Around 8:00 am you will visit the ruins of Chinchero after which you will have a lesson about textiles of this region by the local handicrafts. Chinchero offers you a unique opportunity to participate.

Moray

Moray near Cusco

After Chinchero, you will explore an archaeological spot in Moray, which contains unusual Inca ruins, mostly consisting of several enormous terraced circular depressions.

Maras

Bike adventure near cusco

Not only horse riders can find something entertaining for themselves but also the bike lovers. You will have the possibility to go from Moray to the next destination – Maras on bike (or by car). In Maras, a small local town, we will stop for a moment and learn more about production of the most popular Andean beverage called chicha de jora (corn beer).

Salineras de Maras

salt mines salineras de maras near cusco, peru

The biking tour after Maras continues towards the incredible salt ponds, in use since Inca times, which are called Salineras de Maras. The place offers you a chance to walk through more than 5000 salt ponds and learn about the production of salt here.

VIDFEO ABOUT THE TOUR TO MORAY, MARAS, SALINERAS DE MARAS

VIDFEO ABOUT THE TOUR TO MORAY, MARAS, SALINERAS DE MARAS

Day 5 Departing from Cusco

  • Free time, shopping

Depending on your flight schedule you will have at least some hours to enjoy Cusco city, including the famous San Pedro Market (Mercado San Pedro) or Museums, as well as a chocolate and coffee tour – including choco museo, where you can learn a lot about the world renowned Peruvian chocolate and coffee.

If you will have a flight late in the afternoon, there is possibility to organize a half-day tour to some local communities outside the city or to other archaeological sites.

Additional Information

Please, keep in mind that this itinerary is flexible. We always try to develop the tours which match the group best, but at the same time we are open to make changes depending on the possibilities and desires of our clients. The price of each tour depends on the size of the group, the type of accommodation and the type of the service. If you have any questions about the tour, please feel free to contact us by e-mail at sylwiatravel@gmail.com

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The Cusco region is considered as one of the most beautiful and attractive part of Peru. It is worth seeing because of the beautiful Andean landscapes, great trekking, bicycle and horseback riding routes as well as the very interesting history and archaeological sites. It is also worth visiting thanks to its warm and friendly inhabitants as well as the rich traditions and culture they have here. From Cusco you can easily reach famous Inca ruins of Machu Picchu as well as jump to the jungle or to the high mountains. This famous region will provide you with incredible and unique attractions and experiences. Do not miss the opportunity to see it all!

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