Inca Hearthland 4 days
Cusco - Saqsayhuman ruins - Sacred Valley of the Incas - Machu Picchu
Visit Cusco and Machu Picchu, undoubtedly, the jewels in the crown bequeathed to all humanity by the indigenous and colonial past of the South American continent.
Day 1 Lima – Cusco / City tour and Saqsayhuaman ruins
Early morning transfer from the hotel to the airport for the 50-minute flight to Cusco. Transfer from airport to hotel. After a morning free to acclimatize, you will be picked-up for a tour of the city. In the afternoon we will make a city tour. The tour begins with a visit to the city’s cathedral, which was erected on the site of one of the most important temples of the Inca period, dedicated to the creator god Wiracocha. Construction began in 1559 and was completed in 1654. The interior houses a collection of paintings from the Cusco School of religious art. From the cathedral we will head to the Qoricancha, the Inca Temple of the Sun, to see its fine stonework and learn about its history as the most important shrine in the Inca Empire. From here we will leave the city and venture into the surrounding hills. Saqsayhuaman was the ancient House of the Sun, and today we can observe beautiful stone constructions erected by the Incas on a massive scale. Our tour will continue with guided visits to the temple of Qenqo, the red fortress of Pukapukara and the Inca baths at Tambomachay. In the evening you will have the opportunity to enjoy Cusco’s fine Novo Andino cuisine – based on traditional local ingredients and international gourmet techniques – and a show featuring Andean music or dance.
Day 2 Sacred Valley of the Incas
Today will be spent in the Urubamba Valley - also known as the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Apart from the valley’s breathtaking scenery – with fertile slopes surrounded by towering peaks – the main attractions include ancient ruins, colonial villages and traditional markets. The quiet village of Pisac is home to a colourful market and high above the village stand the ruins of the Inca ceremonial and fortress site of the same name. At the far end of the valley, Ollantaytambo is the only remaining example of Inca urban architecture, where descendants of the Incas live beneath the imposing ruins of the temple built by their ancestors. We will spend the night in a valley hotel where typical colonial architecture and the quiet village atmosphere provide the perfect backdrop for all the comforts of the modern world.
Day 3 Machu Picchu full day
From the village of Ollantaytambo we take the train to Machu Picchu on what is widely considered one of the world’s most spectacular train rides, following the Urubamba River through the gorge it cuts down into the tropical forest. Machu Picchu is set amid forested hills, on a saddle between two peaks, where it remained undisturbed by the outside world until its discovery in 1911. We will have the rest of the day to explore Machu Picchu’s streets, temples, palaces and residential areas in the company of an expert guide, before returning to Cusco on the afternoon train, arriving early evening to be transferred to the hotel in time for a free evening in the city.
Meals: B.L. (lunch at Sanctuary lodge restaurant)
Day 4 Cusco – Lima / transfer out
After breakfast in the hotel, you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight to Lima, for your home flight or transfer to the hotel of your choice and an optional city tour of Lima.
- All transfers and all necessary land transportation
- Tours mentioned in the program (available in pool and private services upon request)
- Entrance fees for all tours, excursions, parks and museums
- Accommodation at selected hotel with private bathroom (Low budget hotel, tourist class hotel, first class hotel or De luxe hotel, upon request)
- Professional bilingual guide (English and Spanish)
- Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B.= Breakfast, L.= Lunch, D.= Dinner, FB.= Full board, BL.= Box Lunch)
- Direct assistance.
- International flights Domestic flights
- Airport taxes
- Meals not included in the program,
- Personal expenses
- Any kind of personal insurance
- International or National personal telephone calls.
- Baggage excess
- VAT if applicable
We recommend that you take:
- Travel documents: passport, visas, travel insurance certificate, air tickets, vouchers
- Health requirements arranged
- Any Vaccination Certificates required
- Money: cash, credit card and money pouch
- Waterproof rain jacket
- Backpack for carrying items for daily use such as cameras, water bottles, etc.
- Long-sleeved shirts
- Short-sleeved t-shirts
- Comfortable pants
- Sports shoes or sandals
- Hat, cap and accessories
- Rehydration cream
- Towel, toilet paper
- Camera, video camera, binoculars, etc.
- Insect repellent
- Sun block
- Non-disposible canteen
- Original International Student Identity Card (in case you have applied for a student discount)
Before you travel we recommend that you check that you have adequate health insurance, travel insurance and personal insurance to cover the needs of your family in case of loss of baggage, accident, theft or death.
(these discounts are not cumulative)
- Students: US$ 20.00 (students require a valid International Student Identity Card. Please note that Youth Travel Cards are not valid)
- Teenagers: US$ 20.00 (up to 15 years of age, passport copy required for all bookings)
- Children: US$ 40.00 (up to 7 years of age, passport copy required for all bookings)
Plus Additional discounts
(that may be added to the above-mentioned)
- 5 % off on full program price for all bookings confirmed at least 3 months in advance. This discount may not be applicable in case a promotional price is offered
Social & Environmental responsibility
Andean Skyline / Peru & Travel is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. With your participation we can help conserve the area we visit and bring positive benefits to our host communities.
What you need to know on how to be a responsible traveller:
- The natural environment is also very important. If in the bush we need to make our human waste, be sure is buried away from waterways. Burying or carrying out used toilet paper is a must. Tampons and sanitary pads must also be taken out of the area and disposed of appropriately. Minimize use of soap or shampoos in rivers and lakes - your local guide will let you know when using soap is unsuitable.
- When trekking, many travellers take an extra plastic bag to pick up any rubbish that they see to improve the area and for their own rubbish. Rubbish may have to be carried until a suitable disposal opportunity in the next town.
- Please try and minimize the waste of plastic water bottles. Consider packing a water filter, water purification tablets or iodine to purify drinking water. At some of our hotels there are large water 'bubbler' dispensers where you can refill your bottle with purified water for free or for a small fee.