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From Cusco: Maras, Moray & Machu Picchu 2-Day Trip

1. From Cusco: Maras, Moray & Machu Picchu 2-Day Trip

Explore The Lost City of Machu Picchu, Peru’s preeminent archaeological site and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Immerse yourself in the amazing sites and culture of the Urubamba Valley over 2 days. Benefit from round-trip transportation from your hotel in Cusco, lodging and meals. DAY 1: CUSCO – CHINCHERO – MORAY - SALINERAS – OLLANTAYTAMBO – AGUAS CALIENTES Start with a hotel pickup in Cusco at 8:00 AM. Be driven to Chinchero. Explore the archeological site and the colonial church. Visit the handicraft market. Next, settle in for a 1-hour drive to Moray. See circular farming terraces and Maras town. Stop at a local restaurant for lunch while enjoying the view of the mountains. After lunch, visit Salineras, where locals have extracted salt since Incan times. Later, drive to Ollantaytambo to explore the town and archeological site. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. Then, take the train to Aguas Calientes and spend the night in a 3-star hotel. DAY 2: MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO On the final day, start early with breakfast in the hotel. Take the first bus up to Machu Picchu. Upon arrival, join a guided tour through the most important landmarks like Sunagte or Inca Bridge, temples, palaces, and plazas. After a 3-hour tour, enjoy free time to explore the citadel. Next, take the bus down to Aguas Calientes and have lunch. Finally, hop on the Visatdoem train back to Cusco. Arrive back at your hotel at around 7.30 PM.

Cusco: 8 Day Machu Picchu and Puno Southern Treasures Tour

2. Cusco: 8 Day Machu Picchu and Puno Southern Treasures Tour

Day 1: Arrival in Cusco Be collected when you arrive at the airport in Cusco and driven to your lodge in the charming historic district of Cusco. Your lodge will be the 3-star Ayni Cusco Hotel or similar. Spend the first day resting and acclimatizing to the altitude of approximately 3,400 meters (11,000 feet). Later, meet your expedition group at 5 PM.    Day 2: Sacred Valley tour of Chinchero, Moray, and the salt mines Begin your adventure at an important ancient site for the Inca on the high plains of Chinchero. Visit the picturesque colonial church and a local textile center. Learn about the ancient science of weaving from the artisans themselves. Continue through the rolling hills to the enigmatic circular terraces of Moray. Learn about how they served as an experimental agricultural center to cultivate the best Andean crops at different temperatures. Near Moray, make a stop at the town of Maras to visit the ancient salt mines. Discover the natural art of salt harvesting straight from the land. In the afternoon, travel to Ollantaytambo and board the train to Aguas Calientes. Stay overnight at the 3-star Golden Sunrise Hotel or similar.    Day 3: Machu Picchu Rise early for breakfast then ascend to the citadel Inka of Machu Picchu - recognized by UNESCO as one of the seven wonders of the world and a World Heritage Site. Take a 2 to 3-hour tour of the site with a guide who will teach you about the site and answer any questions. Return to Aguas Calientes for lunch then the 3-star Waman Hotel Machupicchu or similar for the night.    Day 4: Pisaq and Awanancancha Travel to Ollantaytambo and continue to the town of Pisaq. Discover the engineering of the Incas as the mountainsides are full of terraces and buildings on steep hillsides and high peaks. Journey to the top of this mountain for the best views of the Sacred Valley below. Later, return to the town of Pisaq and visit the local artisan market to see all kinds of products including weavings, musical instruments, and souvenirs. Return to Cusco and on the way stop at the weaving center, Awanacancha. Meet the Andean species of camels including alpaca, llama, vicuña, and guanaco. Learn the science of weaving to appreciate the hand-made art of the Andean women. Stay the night at the 3-star Ayni Cusco Hotel or similar.    Day 5: Cusco Enjoy free time to explore Cusco. You can spend the day in the city independently or book a day tour such as the city walking tour, river rafting on Vilcanota River, horse riding in Saqsayhuaman Park, ziplining in the Sacred Valley, or ATV riding in Killarumiyoc. Stay tonight at the 3-star Ayni Cusco Hotel or similar.    Day 6: Puno In the morning, go to Puno, then stop at Andahuaylillas - one of the best examples of the fusion between Catholic and Andean religions. Visit Raqchi, an Inka temple dedicated to the god Wiracocha, creator of the universe.Next, see La Raya at the midway point on your journey and the highest point on the road at 4,335 meters above sea level. The impressive views here allow you to admire the rugged altitude full of tall snow-capped peaks and herds of llamas, alpacas, and vicuñas.Continue to Pucara, one of the oldest and most important ceremonial centers of the high plains, which is well known for its lithic structures and tombs. Stay tonight at the 3-star Puno Qalasaya Hotel or similar.    Day 7: Uros and Taquile Island Depart at 7:30 AM from your hotel to the dock or main port. At 7:45 AM, begin your trip to the floating islands of Uros, the National Reserve of Lake Titicaca.See the beautiful panoramic view as your expert guide teaches you about the floating islands, then sail for 2.5 hours to Taquile Island. On the way, see the mountain chain, the royal mountain range. After your 2 hour visit, enjoy a delicious typical lunch, then purchase some of the crafts. Return to the city of Puno at 5 PM and stay at the 3-star Puno Qalasaya Hotel or similar.    Day 8: Puno to Juliaca to Lima Take a brief transfer from Puno to the neighboring city of Juliaca. Upon your arrival in Lima, you will be assisted to your international connecting flight or accommodation.

From Cusco: 2-Day ATV Tour to Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu

3. From Cusco: 2-Day ATV Tour to Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu

Day 1: Start the first day with pickup from your hotel in Cusco and travel to the first destination, Cruzpata. This is the ATV base camp, where you will be able to practice using your ATV, which you will drive to the first two destinations of the tour. Set out on your ATV with your guide to Moray in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. See the terracing system and irrigation using aqueducts, indicative of the ingenuity of the Incan civilization. Next visit the Maras Salt Mines. The salt mines, or the famous "salt pools" are located in the rural community of Pichingoto. This site is highly recommended for photography lovers because of its impressive landscape. After visiting the salt mines, enjoy lunch in one of the local restaurants of Urubamba. Next, make your way to Ollantaytambo to hop onboard the train to Aguas Calientes. Depart at 3:37 PM and enjoy a scenic 1.5-hour journey. During the train ride, take time to appreciate the beauty of the surrounding valleys and Andes mountains. The train will arrive in Aguas Calientes, which is a small town located at the base of Machu Picchu. Your transfer will be waiting for you at the train station to take you to your selected hotel in Aguas Calientes. Have a meeting with your guide to find out the scheduled departure time for Machu Picchu the next morning.   Day 2: It is recommended to wake up early in the morning to enjoy breakfast at the hotel. At the scheduled time, head to the bus station to try to catch one of the first buses, which begin at 5:30 AM and fill on a first-come, first-served basis. The bus journey will take about 25 minutes to get to Machu Picchu. As soon as you arrive at the complex, meet your guide who will take you to the best viewing spots throughout the ruins. Get a panoramic view of the landscape and the sunrise over the mountains. There will be a rendezvous to observe the sunrise in order to get spectacular views of the Lost City of the Incas. Take a 2-hour guided tour around Machu Picchu, with plenty of free time afterwards to explore the ruins on your own. If you have tickets to climb the amazing mountain of Huaynapicchu, your guide will direct you to where this hike begins. Please make sure this is arranged at least 1 or 2 months in advance of your visit, as tickets do sell out fast. Once you are done exploring all Machu Picchu has to offer, take a bus down to Aguas Calientes then take the train back to Ollantaytambo. From here, be returned to the historic center of Cusco.

Cusco: Moray, Maras, Ollantaytambo & Machu Picchu Trip

4. Cusco: Moray, Maras, Ollantaytambo & Machu Picchu Trip

Immerse yourself in the history, culture, and architecture of the Inca Empire on this overnight trip from Cusco. Day 1After getting picked up from your hotel, head to Chinchero where you will buy your tourist ticket. Then, take a stroll through the city and see the famous church covered in murals and the textile market. Continue to Moray, the "greenhouse of the Incas", where you can learn how the Incas were able to acclimatize their agricultural products to different climates. Next, head to the Maras Salt Mines and witness over 5 thousand salt pools. Enjoy breathtaking panoramas of the mountains and dramatic views of the salt mines. After your spectacular descent into the Sacred Valley, enjoy a delicious local lunch and continue to the Ollantaytambo archaeological site. Here, catch the train to Aguas Calientes where you will spend the night. Day 2After breakfast, hop in the bus and travel to Macchu Picchu, enjoying breathtaking views of the mountains along the way. Upon arrival, enjoy a guided tour of the archaeological zone with a local guide. Discover the most important sights and enjoy an optional visit to Huayna Picchu or Machupicchu mountain. After your visit, hop back in the bus to Aguas Calientes, just in time for lunch before taking the train to Ollantaytambo where your driver will be waiting to take you back to Cusco.

Lima: 9-Day Peru Express with Ica, Cusco, and Puno

5. Lima: 9-Day Peru Express with Ica, Cusco, and Puno

Day 1: Arrival in Lima, City Tour Your tour will begin as you are picked up from the airport, it is advisable to arrive in the morning. In the afternoon, you will take a city tour. That evening you will stay at the Miramar Hotel or similar in Lima. Day 2: Paracas, Ica, and Huacachina with Buggies and Sandboarding Visit the Ballestas Islands and Candelabrum, before a wine and Pisco demonstration in Ica city. Later that day, take part in riding buggies and sandboarding in Huacachina. That evening you will once again stay at the Miramar Hotel or similar in Lima. Day 3: Arrival to Cusco On your third day, you will arrive in Cusco, you will be transferred to the hotel then will have a free day for acclimatizing or visiting some places around the Cusco historical center. That evening you will lodge in the Ayni Cusco Hotel or similar. Day 4: Chinchero, Maras, and Moray in the Sacred Valley of the Incas Begin with a visit to the Chinchero textile center, before moving onward to the archaeological sites in Chinchero and Moray. Following that, you will tour the salt mines in Maras before taking the train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes, lodging at the Golden Sunrise Hotel or similar in Aguas Calientes. Day 5: Machu Picchu Inca Citadel On day 5 you will explore the breathtaking Machu Picchu, which is one of the Seven Wonders of the world. Following a full day at this sacred site. In the afternoon, take the train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and arrive in Cusco by transportation, you will overnight at the Ayni Cusco Hotel or similar. Day 6: Humantay Lake On your sixth day, you will trek to Humantay Lake, which is close to the snowy Salkantay mountain, you will be able to know the first camp of the famous Salkantay trek. That evening you will once again lodge in the Ayni Cusco Hotel or similar. Day 7: Rainbow Mountain Trek to Rainbow Mountain, which is very close to the highest mountain of Cusco: the Ausangate Mountain, this is a famous place around Cusco. Following your day of hiking, you will return once more to the Ayni Cusco Hotel or similar overnight. Day 8: Route of the Sun On day 8 you will take a bus tour between Cusco and Puno. Throughout this journey, you will visit the Andahuaylillas Chapel, Raqchi Archaeological Complex, La Raya Pass, and the Lithic Museum of Pukara. That evening you will stay at the Qalasaya Hotel or similar. Day 9: Titicaca Lake and the Uros and Taquile Islands On the final day, you will take a speed boat tour of Lake Titicaca, before exploring the Uros and Taquile Islands. In the afternoon, you will transfer to the airport where your tour will conclude.

Cusco: Private Chinchero Ruins, Maras & Moray Tour

6. Cusco: Private Chinchero Ruins, Maras & Moray Tour

Start your day by meeting your friendly driver/guide at your hotel. From here, you will take a scenic drive before enjoying a panoramic visit to a beautiful landscape where the finest salt in the world is extracted, the Maras salt mines. Continue on your tour by heading to Moray, a fascinating archaeological site located in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. There, you will visit and be amazed at its huge concentric terraces, which the Incas used as a botanical laboratory. Afterwards, you will head to Chinchero to enjoy a traditional lunch. After lunch, continue to the PARWA Center, a picturesque place where you can appreciate beautiful textiles and even buy some to take a little bit of Cusco back home with you. Afterwards, you will visit the church of Chinchero, which was built by the Spanish in 1607 and amazingly remains standing to this day. This experience finishes with a visit to the imposing Chinchero ruins, where you will find an important Inca center in which terraces and aqueducts were built.

Cusco: 7-Day Inca Jungle Multi-Sport Adventure

7. Cusco: 7-Day Inca Jungle Multi-Sport Adventure

Day 1: Arrival to Cusco Upon your arrival to the airport in Cusco, you'll be picked up and transferred to your hotel in the charming historic district of Cusco. The hotel assigned will be Ayni Cusco Hotel or similar, and at 5:00PM you will meet your expedition group. Day 2: Chinchero, Maras Salt Mines, and Moray Your second day will begin with pickup from your hotel, from where you will head towards the colorful town of Chinchero. Once there you will be able to explore the Inca walls as well as a small colonial church which contains a lot of history. Continuing your visit, you will go to the famous circular cultivation terraces of Moray, before descending towards the Maras Salt Mines, which make for the perfect photograph. Finally, you will travel back towards Cusco to rest. Day 3: Cusco and Santa Maria (Biking and Rafting) After traveling for approximately 3 hours by van, you will arrive at the high mountain pass of Malaga where you will start your descent by mountain bike. You'll pass through small villages, orchards, rivers, and streams, before reaching the town of Huamanmarca at around 1:30PM. From there you will continue by bus for approximately 30 minutes until you reach the town of Santa Maria. Following a short break and lunch, you will begin a rafting trip for 2 hours, encountering class III and IV rapids whilst always accompanied by a professional safety kayak which will watch over the group. Day 4: Santa Maria, Santa Teresa (Trekking) Following your wake-up call at around 6:00AM, you'll savor a typical breakfast whilst immersed in nature before departing for a trek. You'll walk along the banks of the river before climbing for 30 minutes, eventually meeting up with the original Inca trail. On your way you will see small coffee plantations, fruit trees, and an abundance of flora and fauna such as birds and orchids. From there you will descend for about 2.5 hours before arriving to the village of Qellomayo for lunch. After a rest you will continue hiking for 3 hours, traversing farms, waterfalls, and rivers until arriving at the Cocalmayu hot springs. Following a relaxing bath, you will walk for 40 minutes to the town of Santa Teresa for the evening's dinner and lodging. Day 5: Santa Teresa, Aguas Calientes (Hiking and Zip-line) You will start your day at around 7:00AM to continue exploring the Urubamba River Valley with zip-lines in Santa Teresa. Afterwards, a van will take you to the area known as the hydroelectric. There you will break for lunch before catching the short train through the final stretch to the town of Aguas Calientes below the mountain of Machu Picchu. That evening, you will stay in one of the hotels in town. Day 6: Machu Picchu and Cusco You will wake up at around 5:00AM for breakfast, before taking one of the first buses up the mountain to Machu Picchu. Machu Picchu is at its finest at dawn, and there will be a guided tour around the citadel to explain some of its history and to visit its most important features. Day 7: Departure On your final day you will have a free morning to relax, before being transferred to the airport in the afternoon.

Cusco: 7 Day Andean Experience of the Living Incas Culture

8. Cusco: 7 Day Andean Experience of the Living Incas Culture

Day 1: Arrive in Cusco.  Be collected when you arrive at the airport in Cusco and driven to your lodge, which is located in the charming historic district of Cusco. Your lodge will be the 3-star Ayni Cusco Hotel or similar. Today is reserved for resting and acclimatising to the altitude of approximately 3,400 meters (11,000 feet). You will meet your expedition group at 5:00 PM.  Day 2: Cusco Tour.  Begin your day tour at Sacsayhuaman, which is one of the emblematic buildings of the Inca Empire. It is just a few minutes from the center of the city and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was built by the Inca Pachacutec in the 15th century. It is a vast fortress built from huge stones and how they were transported and worked is still a mystery. It has been calculated that what we see today is only twenty percent of the original structure because when the Spanish arrived they used the stones for new buildings such as the cathedral. The other places that you will visit this morning are Qenko, Tambomachay, and Puca Pucara. In the afternoon, you will travel by car to the town of Ollantaytambo and board the train Machu Picchu. Stay tonight at the 3-star Aguas Calientes Golden Sunrise Hotel or similar.  Day 3: Machu Picchu.  Today, you will rise very early for breakfast and then ascend to the citadel Inka of Machu Picchu, which is approximately 25 minutes by bus. Appreciate sunrise at this magical place. It is a famous masterpiece of architecture and engineering, believed to have been a sanctuary and energetic center. Today, Machu Picchu is recognized by UNESCO as one of the seven wonders of the world and a World Heritage Site. You can choose to join a 2-hour trek to the peak of Huayna Picchu. This is a rigorous climb on steep trails with impressive ruins and spectacular views. Return to the 3-star Aguas Calientes Waman Hotel Machu Picchu or similar for the night.  Day 4: Ollantaytambo, Moray, and Salt Mines of Maras. Return to living Inka town of Ollantaytambo by train then continue by car to Moray. Moray is an ancient construction designed for agricultural investigations and studies of different crops in a range of altitudes. Here, the many concentric rings of terraces produce a fine gradient of micro-climates. The warmth of the lowest central ring slowly dissipates as the rings ascend outward and upward, creating reductions in temperatures until reaching the ground-level norm. You will also visit Maras to see the salt mines. Stay tonight at the Chinchero La Casa de Barro.  Day 5: Chinchero Textile Interpretation Center. Chinchero is the rainbow village and home to the ruins of the royal palace of the Inka Túpac Inca Yupanqui. It is a picturesque community located on a high plateau overlooking the many snowcapped peaks of the Cusco region. Here, admire the well preserved Inka walls of the main square and the many altars. Visit the beautiful colonial church, which is unique with its interior artwork and imagery. Participate in a wonderful learning experience about the art of Andean textiles. Throughout the afternoon, become acquainted with the wisdom of Andean weavings, which have been maintained since long before Inka times. Enjoy a traditional lunch here. Return to Cusco and spend the night at Ayni Cusco Hotel or similar. Day 6: Animal Sanctuary and Pisaq Market.  Travel to the Sacred Valley of the Inkas towards the town of Pisaq. Stop on the way to visit the Animal Sanctuary of Cochawasi. Here, see many native Andean species including the puma, Andean cóndor, and alpaca. Further en route, stop at a spectacular viewing location to observe the Urubamba River as it curves like a serpent through the mosaic-like agricultural lands. See the design of the archaeological site of Pisaq, which many say portrays the profile of a condor. Pisaq is known mainly for two reasons, its famous craft market, and its archaeological site. Here, you have free time to wander the market and to interact with many local artisans. The ruins of Pisaq, high above the modern town on the mountain, are one of the most important in the Sacred Valley. Stay tonight at the 3-star Ayni Cusco Hotel or similar.  Day 7: Return to Lima.  You have this morning to relax. In the afternoon, take your transfer to the airport for your flight to Lima. 

From Cusco: Maras and Moray Full-Day Biking Tour

9. From Cusco: Maras and Moray Full-Day Biking Tour

Head to the popular and unique destination around the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Explore the wonderful valley in the best way, by mountain biking on different paths that lead to incredible places.  Learn more about the lively culture of Chinchero, witness the production of handmade fabrics, visit the magnificent agricultural laboratory INCA of Moray, and explore the colorful salt mines of Maras. Take in views of the impressive landscapes, around which are lagoons, mountains, and glaciers full of life and color. Embark on a complete adventure of history, culture, tradition, and mountain biking. The route has different bike trails suitable for all skill levels, so you can always let your guide know which of the paths suits you best.

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The guide Vidal is awesome knows all the sites and all the information and was very useful. He was also very accommodating and planned the trip differently for my partner who had some altitude sickened He spoke really good English which is easy to travel together and understand what he was explaining. The trip was great and all the sites the the chincero ruins, salt mines, the moray Incan circles and also ollantaytambo ruins was awesome. Also the trip to Macchu pichu was the highlight The only downside is the hotel is aguas caliente. It was really not up to scratch and we didn’t have hot water when we arrive that night. Also there is no air condition and it was a warm night and humid. We had to turn off the lights to open the window cos there were lots of insects. Not sure it is what we envision a 3* hotel to be. The breakfast was very good though. Nice views of the river and great service The panaromic train was an experience

Very nice trip! We were the only ones to book the tour so we got a private tour!Our guide Efrain was very helpful and answered all our questions. The only thing I would change is on the way back a direct transfer to Cusco by train, because we had to change to bus at Ollantaytambo, which was a bit extra tiring and especially considering the price of the tour. I would definitely recommend this tour!

We were with Adolfo. He was very friendly and helpful, giving us loads of interesting information at every stop. The trek ran very smoothly, with no stop feeling rushed or dragged out. The food was good and the commodities too. Very comfortable and enjoyable trip ! Highly recommended !

the company took great care of us. Nathalie, our guide is very passionate and has a huge knowledge. We enjoyed a lot our tour and the pace was perfect, not rushed but still we were able to see so many incredible places.

Fantastic trip that shows exactly what is described. All the places we saw were as amazing as we hoped. Good guide and good driver. It was all in order