Cusco at first sight 5 Days

Tour Type

Perú

Location

Perú

Overview

Cusco is one of the most interesting Peruvian destinations, as you will discover during this five-day fascinating tour around the city’s main attractions. Visit the Imperial City’s stunning archaeological ruins, explore some of the most spectacular sceneries on the planet, and admire the magnificent citadel of Machu Picchu.

HOTELS

Tourist 3*.
Top Tourist 4*.
Deluxe 5*.

ITINERARY

*Subject to change.

DAY 1 |ARRIVAL CUSCO.

Arrive at Cusco airport and enjoy a comfortable transfer you to your selected hotel. A representative will accompany you, offering useful information about the city attractions and assisting you along the way.

 Overnight at the selected hotel in Cusco.

 Optional activity: Visit to the planetarium.

DAY 2 | CUSCO / CUSCO: CITY TOUR AND ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES

You will be met by one of our representatives in Cusco who will transfer you to your hotel. In the afternoon, enjoy a guided tour of the former capital of the Inca Empire. The tour starts with a visit to Santo Domingo Convent, a large Renaissance-baroque complex, which was built over the Inca Coricancha temple. It was one of the most important temples dedicated to worshipping of the sun, and its foundations are still prominent at the base of the convent. Ancient 3 chronicles say the temple was covered in gold leaf and filled with golden representations of nature.

Then, visit the Cathedral, the most imposing monument of the Main Square. Head to the hills above Cusco to visit the remains of the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, whose impressive ramparts offer a stunning panoramic view of Cusco, and the ruins of the temple and amphitheatre of Qenqo, where it is believed the Incas practised agricultural rituals. Admire Qenqo and then finally visit Puka Pukara (‘Red fortress’ in Quechua) an Inca military complex located on a prominent hill.

Its dwellings squares, bathrooms, aqueducts, walls, and towers can still be appreciated. Afterwards, return to your hotel.

 Overnight at the selected hotel in Cusco. Breakfast included.

 Optional activity: Art workshop.

DAY 3 | CUSCO – SACRED VALLEY: CHINCHERO, YUVAY LIVINH MUSEUM AND OLLANTAYTAMBO

During the morning, you are picked up from your hotel to visit the town of Chinchero, a traditional Cusco urban centre located at an elevated point with a beautiful view of the valley. The inhabitants of this area preserve the artisan traditions and the inherited knowledge of the Incas and display them in their clothes and customs. In Chinchero there are also archaeological remains and a beautiful seventeenth-century church, one of the first Catholic buildings in Peru. Then, you are transferred to the Living Museum of Yucay, an Andean traditions interpretation centre with demonstrations of the production of textile work, adobe, pottery and silverware, following the techniques used by the ancestors.

Also, residents of the museum include llamas, sheep and alpacas, and they can be fed! ! Upon arriving in Ollantaytambo, inhabited uninterruptedly since Inca times, have a superior Andean gastronomy experience in a restaurant and feel the true spirit of the Sacred Valley, transmitted in a cosy atmosphere! Later, climb the iconic fortress, built next to a mountain. At the end of this activity, you are transferred back to your hotel. 

*On Sundays, also visit the local market

 Overnight at the selected hotel in Sacred Valley. Breakfast and lunch included.

DAY 4 | SACRED VALLEY - MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO

A transportation service will pick you up and transfer you to the Ollanta Station to board the train to Aguas Calientes, the nearest town to Machu Picchu. Following a scenic journey through dramatic Andean landscapes, arrive at the station in Aguas Calientes. Here you board a coach for a 25-minute ride to Machu Picchu. The ‘Lost City of the Incas’ is believed to have been built in the 1450s by Inca emperor Pachacuti as a holiday retreat, yet within a century the city would be abandoned following the Spanish conquest.

The Spaniards never found it, so it was spared the destruction they brought on other Inca sites. Instead, it was slowly swallowed up by the jungle and hidden from harm. A guided tour explains the origins behind this awe-inspiring citadel, presenting its most prominent landmarks such as the monumental Main Square, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows, the Circular Towers, the Sacred Sun Dial, and the Burial Grounds. Return to Aguas Calientes for lunch and then board the train back to Cusco.

 Overnight at the selected hotel in Cusco. Breakfast and lunch included.

DAY 5 | DEPARTURE CUSCO

After finishing your breakfast at the hotel, your representative will assist you with check out and accompany you on the short transfer to Cusco’s airport.

 Breakfast included.

Included/Excluded

GUIDE: Operated with a guide in Spanish and English.
ACCOMMODATION: 3 nights of accommodation in Cusco and one night of accommodation in the Sacred Valley.
MEALS: Daily breakfast in the hotel from day 2. Lunch on day 3 in Sacred Valley, on day 4 in Aguas Calientes.
TRANSPORT: Private transfers from and to the airport. Shared transfers from and to the train stations. Roundtrip train to Machu Picchu in Expedition service (PeruRail) or Voyager (IncaRail).
ENTRANCE FEES AND ACTIVITIES: All the visits mentioned in the above itinerary: Coricancha, Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Tambomachay and Puka Pukara in Cusco, Ollantaytambo and Living Museum of Yucay in Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu on day 4.
Expenses of a personal nature, beverages and meals not stated in the programme.
Tips for driver and guide.
Additional optional visits.
Cusco Tourist Ticket (BTC) for children from ages 10 to 17.
Mandatory supplementaries for special dates like Easter Holidays, Inti Raymi, National Holidays, Christmas and New Year´s mentioned separately.
International flights to Peru.
Domestic flights (we advise booking the first flights in the morning).
Domestic and international airport taxes.

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FAQs

When and where does the tour end?
Your tour will conclude in San Francisco on Day 8 of the trip. There are no activities planned for this day so you're free to depart at any time. We highly recommend booking post-accommodation to give yourself time to fully experience the wonders of this iconic city!
When and where does the tour start?
Day 1 of this tour is an arrivals day, which gives you a chance to settle into your hotel and explore Los Angeles. The only planned activity for this day is an evening welcome meeting at 7pm, where you can get to know your guides and fellow travellers. Please be aware that the meeting point is subject to change until your final documents are released.
Do you arrange airport transfers?
Airport transfers are not included in the price of this tour, however you can book for an arrival transfer in advance. In this case a tour operator representative will be at the airport to greet you. To arrange this please contact our customer service team once you have a confirmed booking.
What is the age range
This tour has an age range of 12-70 years old, this means children under the age of 12 will not be eligible to participate in this tour. However, if you are over 70 years please contact us as you may be eligible to join the tour if you fill out G Adventures self-assessment form.