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Cusco: Machu Picchu Tour with Tickets

1. Cusco: Machu Picchu Tour with Tickets

Embark on a full-day trip to Machu Picchu from Cusco and experience the grandeur of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Learn the history behind the complex and the Inca people from your guide. On this 1-day excursion, visit Peru’s most important archaeological and cultural treasure. The day begins with pickup at your hotel, and transfer to the train station in Ollantaytambo. An early 5:05 AM departure means you’ll have ample time to explore Machu Picchu. Take in the beauty of the valleys on the train journey to Aguas Calientes. From this point, there’s just a 30-minute bus trip to the sanctuary of Machu Picchu. Explore the Inca complex with a knowledgeable guide. See the Temple of the Sun, the Intihuatana, the Temple of the 3 Windows, the mausoleum, and more. Have free time to take photos and walk around on your own. Visit the Plaza de Armas in town and see what handicrafts are on offer.  Return to Ollantaytambo by train, and then you’ll be taken back to Cusco.

Cusco: 4-Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Small Group Trek

2. Cusco: 4-Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Small Group Trek

Day 1: Cusco to Wayllabamba After pick-up Cusco, drive for 1.5 hours by bus to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, where the trek begins. The walking on the first day is relatively easy. Along the way you will visit the ruined city of Patallacta, and Willkarakay, a military post located above Patallacta. Then enter the lush valley of Wayllabamba, walking along the banks of the Cusichaca River. The trail continues gradually upward through dense Andean forest, to the first campsite in Wayllabamba. Day 2: Wayllabamba to Pacaymayu You will start early, as the walking is physically intense for those who are not accustomed to high altitudes. Trek through the densely vegetated Andean forest until you arrive at a campsite, where you will take a short rest. Continuing your ascent in the afternoon, the habitat will begin to change. After another rest, with snacks and hot drinks, begin the final ascent to a 4,215 meter pass, the highest point of the trek. Enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding valleys below, then descend to the campsite in Pacaymayu for the night. Day 3: Pacaymayu to Wiñay Wayna  Visit the archaeological site of Runkurakay, a former resting lodge for ancient pilgrims. Then after a 45-minute ascent, you will reach the second highest pass of the Inca trail. Descend to the archaeological site of Sayacmarca. After visiting the site, continue down the beautifully paved road to the lunch stop. From here you will enter the high Andean cloud forest. The trail continues along a narrow ridge, arriving at a natural viewing area, where it is possible to see the Sacred Valley and numerous mountain peaks, as well as Machu Picchu. From here, descend to the campsite at Wiñay Wayna, passing an important archaeological site and a temple where offerings are made to the sacred mountain spirits. Day 4: Wiñay Wayna to Machu Picchu Rise early to complete the final stretch of the Inca Trail. After about an hour you will reach the Sun Gate, and see the sunrise over the Andes (weather permitting). A 45-minute walk will take you into the higher area of Machu Picchu. Take a 2-hour tour to learn more about this magical place, and then you will have time to explore the citadel by yourself. The climb to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain is optional (at additional cost and must be booked in advance). In the afternoon you will descend by bus to the town of Aguas Calientes, where you will receive your train tickets for the return journey to Cusco. The train will arrive to Ollantaytambo, where you will be picked up and driven by bus back to your hotel in Cusco.

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

3. 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.

The Ultimate Sacred Valley tour: 12 hours of Inca history

4. The Ultimate Sacred Valley tour: 12 hours of Inca history

It's the one Sacred Valley tour to rule them all: Experience the life in the Andes of Peru, the perfect opportunity to learn more about the Incas before visiting Machu Picchu. Carefully crafted, you'll enjoy an itinerary avoiding the crowds, our travelers favorite, and the right mix of Incan history and architecture, local living, and beautiful landscapes with views over the Andes. What will you get to see in this most comprehensive, 12-hour and well-ranked Sacred Valley tour? - Be fascinated about the alpaca weaving process using ancient techniques and natural ingredients (Chinchero). Enjoy a live demo with Roxana, who's part of the eldest family keeping these traditions alive. You also have the chance to feed lovely alpacas and take the coolest selfies with them! - A salty stream of water coming from the mountains. It's the origin of the Maras Salt Mines, and the view over thousands of artisanal salt pans is the perfect location for more impressive pictures and moments to capture. - You might know that potatoes come from Peru. But who would ́ve guessed that there are more than 3500 types? Learn how all this happened, and learn about the Incan agricultural techniques at the Moray land terraces. - Lunch in one of Sacred Valley's most famous restaurants. The beautiful Tunupa expects you with a rich buffet (vegan and vegetarian options available) - Finally, an Inca fortress in a mountain? This is the impressive archeological park of Ollantaytambo. Discover its architecture and enjoy the fresh breeze at the viewing point at the top of the park.

Cusco: 2-Day Inca Trail Tour to Machu Picchu in Small Groups

5. Cusco: 2-Day Inca Trail Tour to Machu Picchu in Small Groups

After pick-up from your hotel on the first day, travel by bus to the town of Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley. From here, a train will take you to the starting point of the trek, on the banks of the Urubamba River. The trail slowly ascends to meet the original Inca Trail. Along the way, pass through dense cloud forest with a rich variety of plants, flowers, and birds. If you are lucky you might see some of the local mammals, such as the rare spectacled bear. After a full day of trekking, arrive at the Sun Gate in the late afternoon for your first views of Machu Picchu. The lighting at this time makes for amazing pictures. Descending from the Sun Gate, continue along the beautiful paved stone path to Machu Picchu, to the famous look-out point above the main part of the citadel. From here, descend to the town of Aguas Calientes in the valley below. Check in to your hotel and enjoy dinner. You will rise very early on the second day to catch the first bus up to Machu Picchu. Take a 2-hour guided tour of the site to see some of the most important locations, altars, and constructions. Learn about the history of this amazing place and the people who once lived here. After this, the rest of the day is yours to explore the citadel by yourself. If you have the additional permit to climb either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain, this will be the time. In the afternoon, your train will depart from Aguas Calientes back to Ollantaytambo. From here, drive by bus to Cusco, where you will be dropped off at your hotel.

From Cusco: Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4-Day Hike with Meals

6. From Cusco: Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4-Day Hike with Meals

Embark on a challenging and rewarding adventure with this 4-day hiking trip along the Inca Trail. Learn fascinating history from your certified guide as you make your way to Machu Pichu. Sleep in comfortable tents and enjoy full, freshly prepared meals. Day 1 itinerary Start your adventure with an easy day that will ensure you are prepared for the road ahead. Get picked up from your hotel bright and early in the morning and travel by bus through the pretty villages of Chinchero, Urubamba and Ollantaytambo. This scenic drive takes 2.5-hours and ends at kilometer 82, the start of the trail (2550m/8269ft). The tour buses normally stop at the town of Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley for about an hour to give passengers the opportunity to have breakfast. At km 82, cross the Vilcanota River to officially begin your journey. Take in views of the Cordillera Oriental and the snow-capped peak of Veronica. Set off near where Hiram Bingham returned in 1915 to begin his re-discovery of the Inca Trail. The trail is flat for almost 2 hours until you reach the first Inca site, Llactapata. On the way, pass through the resting point of Mescay, where there are bathroom facilities. The path then follows the left bank of the Cusichaca River to the small village of Wayllabamba (3000m/9900ft), where you will camp for the night. Day 2 itinerary Prepare yourself for the most challenging day of the trek, with a 5-hour uphill hike. Pass by Llullucha Pampa in the morning — the last place along the trail where you can buy snacks and drinks. Continue hiking uphill for 2 hours until arriving at the top of Dead Woman’s Pass. At 4200m/13779ft, this is the highest point of the Inca Trail. Then head down for 1.5 hours until reaching the second campsite at Pacaymayo (3600m/11880ft), where there are bathroom facilities. Day 3 itinerary Depart from Pacaymayo and head to Wiñaywayna. Walk for almost 15 kilometers and see 4 Inca sites along the way. From Pacaymayo, it takes about 1 hour to climb up to the ruins of Runkuracay. These small circular ruins occupy a commanding position overlooking the Pacaymayo Valley below. Another 45-minute hike will bring you to the top of the second pass (3900m/12870ft). After about 1 hour from the second pass, arrive at Sayacmarca by way of a superbly designed stone staircase. From then on, the path descends into a magnificent cloud forest full of orchids, hanging mosses, tree ferns, and flowers. Day 4 : THE GLORY OF MACHUPICCHU! In your free time, you can choose to climb for 45 minutes to the top of Huayna Picchu (2750m / 8940ft). To climb this mountain, Tickets for Huayna Picchu are limited to 400 people per day (200 from 7 to 9 in the morning and 200 from 10 am to 24:00). After enjoying our last hours in Machu Picchu, we will take the bus to the city of Aguas Calientes, where we will meet for lunch. Then, you will be given your train tickets for the trip back to Cusco.

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

7. From Cusco: Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu 2-Day Tour

Day 1: Cusco - Sacred Valley - Aguas Calientes. You will travel through the fertile lands of the Cusco Andes until you arrive at the colonial town of Pisac. In Piscar you will visit a colorful market with abundant things, where you will have the opportunity to observe and buy the most varied Cuzco crafts and jewelry. After lunch, the tour continues to Ollantaytambo, an ancient Inca fortress made up of numerous temples and terraces that rise majestically above the valley. In the afternoon you board the train to Aguas Calientes and you will stay in a 3-star hotel. Day 2: Cusco - Machu Picchu - Cusco. After breakfast you go to the bus station to start the trip to the lost city of the Incas, Machu Picchu. This impressive and colossal citadel is one of the most important tourist attractions in Cusco. Machu Picchu was hidden by the mountains and the tropical jungle, it was discovered in 1911 by the North American explorer Hiram Bingham. It was a center of worship and astronomical observation, it consists of two large areas, one agricultural and the other urban, where the temples, squares and royal mausoleums built with exquisite perfection stand out. This excursion includes lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge hotel and in the afternoon you return to Cusco.

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The trip at first may seem very expensive, but it is really well organized from the start to the finish. The only thing to remember is to always listen to your guide who meets with you at the train station in Aguas Caliente. A driver collects you near the Plaza de Armas and takes you by bus to Ollayantambo. From there you take the train through the sacred valley, which offers you a beautiful landscape. After that the guide takes you up the mountain with the bus where the tour starts. The view up on the old city is truly breathtaking and worth every step. After the tour you can hike down (1.5h) or ride with the bus back to Aguas Caliente. Back to Cusco it is the other way round. Overall an awesome trip.

A great experience from start to finish, Machu Picchu is a magical place. It is a very busy destination so when we arrived in Cuzco they told us that there would be no vacancies for two weeks! Quickly enter the Get your guide platform and I immediately found a super complete tour. Pick up at the hotel very punctual as well as the entire journey. Our guide, Americo, treated us very well and gave us all the information we needed and also told us native stories since he was born in an Andean town and his native language is Quechua; For me that was a luxury. We were very pleased with everything and I recommend it 100%

I picked this experience because I was able to get picked up in cusco and return to cusco the same day. The host was very communicative and I was easily directed from bus to the Inca rail train, onto another bus, and into Machu Picchu where my guide was waiting for me. They took care of all transport tickets and entry tickets I did not have to lift a finger! My guide was extremely knowledgeable and made the tour fun and he knew the best photo spots!

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!

In Machu Picchu we had an exceptional guide named Joel. The place is incredible, however it is a very long trip to get there from Cusco and for those of us who do not know we were surprised.