Cusco region in 6 days
With so much to offer, not everyone has time for discovering the many delights of Peru and Cusco region. With this in mind, we have carefully prepared a special package consisting of 6 days of unique tours. During this time you will see all the most important attractions in Cusco region as well as you will have many possibilities to meet with local people and learn from them different skills. If you are limited on time or if you are not a big fan of long treks or very active excursions but would still like to see the best of the best in the Cusco region, then this package is for you.
The Cusco region is one of the most beautiful and attractive parts of Peru. The Andean landscapes offer great trekking, bicycle and horseback riding routes, as well as a chance to learn about the history and archaeological sites. The warm and friendly inhabitants make it a desirable place to visit and witness the rich traditions and culture. From Cusco you can easily reach the famous Inca ruins of Machu Picchu as well as jump down to the jungle or reach the dizzy heights of the mountains. This region provides you with many attractions and unique experiences. Do not miss the opportunity to see it all!
Day 1: ARRIVAL TO CUSCO
The first day after arriving to Cusco you will have a light schedule so as to acclimatize to the high altitude (around 3 400 m.a.s.l.). Depending on the arrival time, you will visit the ruins of Saqsaywaman, the museum of Koricancha and other the most important parts of the city center.
Day 3: PATACANCHA VALLEY - OLLANTAYTAMBO
This day will also be very various. You will wake up around 7:30 am, eat delicious local breakfast, in the local atmosphere, after which we will strat a lightweight and comfortable trekking through the valley Patacancha to the beautiful Inca town of Ollantaytambo. In the afternoon we will visit the Inca ruins in Ollantaytambo as well as we will have time to walk around through lovely streets of this amazing town. You will also have unique oportunity to participate in the preparation of the local dish called Pachamanca. It is one of the most famous dishes in the Andes, so you just have to try it – but not only. You will also see how it is made. After lunch in the garden with the view of the mountains, you will go by train to Aguas Calientes, from where the next day you will explore the most spectacular Inca ruins – Machu Picchu.
Day 4: MACHU PICCHU
During this day you will have possibility to explore Machu Picchu from many diferent points. Inside the ruins there are many options available to you. You can hike one of the two small peaks, Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain, or walk to the Sun Gate (Inti Punku) and/or Inca bridge. Once you’ve completed your Machu Picchu adventure you will return to Aguas Calientes, where you will have dinner. Later on in the evening you will return to small, but very lovely town Chinchero.
Day 5: CHINCHERO - MARAS - MORAY - SALIENRAS
This full-day tour is definitely more than just a tour. It is awesome and unforgettable adventure, full of diverse activities during where no one can get bored! Today you will explore Inca archeological spots situated near Cusco, the unique salt mine, mystical agricultural terraces as well as you will have an interesting lesson of textiles and a meeting with local communities. You will be positively surprised at how many things there are to do and possible to explore in just one day as well as how rich in the experiences and knowledge about history, culture and traditions you will become.
We will start the day around 6:30 am. After breakfast we will visit the Inca ruins of Chinchero and afterwards we will particpate in a very nteresting lesson about the local textiles of the region.
After Chinchero, you will explore the archaeological site of Moray, containing unusual Inca ruins, consisting of several enormous terraced circular depressions.
From Moray we continue to the next destination – Maras. We will take a short pause in this small town and learn about the production of the popular Andean beverage, chicha de jora (corn beer). We will also walk around, because the streets of Maras are more than lovely.
Salineras de Maras
After Maras we continue the tour towards the incredible salt ponds, Salineras de Maras, that are still in use and have been since the Inca times. We will go there on foot. It will be around 1 hour long easy and very relaxing trek with the view for the spectacular Cordillera Uubamba. In the salt mines you will have a chance to walk through more than 3000 salt ponds and learn about the production of salt.
After full day of different atractions, around 6 -7 pm we will arrive to Cusco. You will still have some hours for discovering the nightlife of this beautiful city.
Day 6: DEPARTURE FROM CUSCO
Depends on your time of departure we will visit all possible important spots, which was impossible to visit during the first day. Among others we will visit San Pedro market and lovely, full of artists San Blas disrict.
Your tour “Heart Of The Inca Empire With Machu Picchu” comes to the end today. If you would like to stay in Cusco region or in any other part of Peru longer and explore more, feel free to contact us. We can add or modyfiy each tour in the way which will meet your expectations.
Our tours are customized for small group starting from minimum 2 persons and maximum 12 persons. The price shown in this itinerary is applied for 2-4 persons.
If your group is more than 4 people, please contact us for the price.
We can provide a tour guide in some other languages like French, German, Polish, etc as you requested.
All our tours are aimed at people in good physical and mental condition.
Some tours requires better physical conditions than others: please check the “Physicality” information.
All accommodations are done in double rooms unless you ask for single room (with extra-cost).
Breakfasts are generally included in the accommodation.
To allow the freedom of food option, lunch and dinner are not included in the tour. However, upon your request, we can arrange lunch and dinner with additional cost.
Some details of the tour may change depending on weather conditions, physical condition of the participants and other unpredictable things, like for example strikes.
Our prices are “all inclusive” as far as possible. Nevertheless, some excursions, visits or activities cannot be included in order to give you more freedom and to adapt to each traveler.
Please read carefully the “Included” and “Not included” information in the “DETAILS” tab of the tour, and also the details of the “ITINERARY” tab that provides more information about optional excursions, visits or activities.
The prices of our tours may vary in high season (April to November) when some rates can increase.
For Machu Picchu, there is a discount of USD$20 for students who send us the scan of their ISIC card by email during the booking process and who then bring the original, valid ISIC card with them for the trip (without valid ISIC card, you would not only loose the discount but also the possibility to explore the ruins since you would not get permission to entrance). There is another discount of USD$20 for Peruvians and another USD$10 for Peruvian University students. Peruvian citizens have to indicate DNI number during booking process and to bring valid DNI for the tour. Peruvian students have to send a scan of their student card during booking process and bring valid document with them for the tour. In both above mentioned situations, if you do not show the valid document(s) at the entrance to Machu Picchu, you will not get permission to entrance and will loose the possibility to explore the ruins.
RESERVATIONS & PAYMENT
To book any tour, first we will confirm its availability for your specific date. Then we need to receive an advance payment (50% or full payment) according to current prices and to have your full details (no errors), which are necessary to book the entrance tickets on your behalf.
Please note that your reservation is not confirmed or safe until we receive these elements.
VACCINATIONS & INSURANCE
Before travelling, you should always check current information about the necessary vaccines.
We recommend you to take the vaccine against yellow fever at least one week before your travel.
Please note that to participate in any of our tours you have to have valid travel insurance. Please check the regulations and exclusions of your insurance company, especially if trekking in the high mountains or planning adventure sports.
CHECK SOME IMPORTANT POINTS
Avoid unforeseen situation by being at departure location at least one day before the beginning of the tour.
Check requirements about passports and visas to enter Peru enough time in advance.
WHAT TO BRING
- Here you will find some recommendations what kind of items may be needed on the tour:
- A lightweight water&windproof jacket with hood
- Sandals or thongs/ flip flops
- Wide-brimmed hat or cap
- Lip balm, sun block with high UV factor
- Antibacterial hand cleansing gel
- Wet wipes
- Toilet paper
- Travel plug adaptor with a USB port
- Your medicines if you are taking any
- Insect repellent
- Small backpack for 2 days tour
- Warm jacket and pullover
- Gloves, hat and scarf
- Comfortable trekking trousers
- lash light
- Original of your passport