Discover the heart of the Incas 5D/4N

Overview

Daily departures and fully customized Traditional tour in Cusco.

Cusco was the heart of the Inca Empire and the most important place for the Incas. It is nowadays considered one of the two most beautiful cities in South America. Inca and Spanish architecture are intermixed in its narrow streets that survived several earthquakes.

The Inca empire was stretched out as far as Ecuador, Bolivia, Colombia, Argentina and Chile from 12th hundreds to 15th hundreds, but when a handful of Spanish arrived in the heart of the Inca Empire, many of the amazing work was destroyed including temples and palaces of the Inca kings, where on top of them they built Catholic churches, but the history still lives and it is on display in the outdoor museum of Cusco.

Visiting Cusco before Machu Picchu is a perfect idea because you learn all the history of the Incas, pre-Incan and colonial times after the arrival of the Spanish to Cusco.

The Sacred Valley itself is unique with many Incan sites along the valley, offering to travellers spectacular views of snowcapped mountains and the Urubamba river (the main river of Cusco area).

Machu Picchu has always been the mysterious place in the Peruvian history. When visiting the place, it is amazing to see the high quality of the architecture, hydraulic engineering and astronomical observatories.

  • Day 1: Arrival to Cusco
  • Day 2: Cusco city tour
  • Day 3: Sacred Valley tour
  • Day 4: Machu Picchu tour
  • Day 5: Departure from Cusco

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival to Cusco

When you arrive to Cusco airport, one of our PERU BY LOCALS Travel representatives will meet you and drive you to your hotel. On the way he/she will show you some samples of Incan and colonial constructions and the historic center.

The rest of the day you may just want to relax and explore the historic center of Cusco to adjust to the altitude or visit Peruvian cuisine restaurants.

Overnight in Cusco.

Day 2: Cusco City Tour

Spend the morning at your leisure – it will be a great idea to explore Cusco streets that still keep the beauty of Inca work, and you should not miss the San Pedro Market, local market that is the main provider of all the food for hotels and restaurant in Cusco.

In the afternoon you will meet your guide who will guide you to the main attractions. You will visit Cathedral of Cusco, where you can view colonial paintings by the Cusco school of painting at the time, including a painting of the Last Supper with the local specialty, cuy (guinea pig) as the main dish. The local painters managed to capture the culture and history in uniquely historical way in the art work such as paintings.

The following place will be Qoricancha or the Temple of the Sun. In the Inca times with its amazing architecture kept on its walls for centuries, this is one of the greatest examples of the Inca buildings in Cusco.

Next you will visit Saqsayhuaman, where you will have a guided tour of this incredible architectural site, built with stones that weigh up to 120 tons and amazingly fit together without the help of a mortar! There is probably not a place in the world that can beat the architectural skill of this place. Afterwards you will tour the Inca archaeological site of Qenqo, considered to be the Temple of the Mother Earth and also once probably the tomb of the most important king of the Incan empire Pachakuteq.

Finally, you will visit the Incan sites of Pukapukara and Tambomachay that used to be ceremonial places in past times.

You will be back in your hotel by 6 pm for the dinner time.

Day 3: Sacred Valley Tour

The Sacred Valley of the Incas is an incomparably beautiful stretch of small villages and ancient ruins spread across a broad plain and rugged mountain slopes northwest of Cusco. It is the main valley of Cusco, capital of the Inca Empire. It was the best place for maize production in Peru as well as a great source of natural wealth.

The first Incan site you will visit will be Pisaq, a beautiful site with its Temple of the Sun, ancient Inca cemetery, terraces, great architecture and an unbelievably great view of the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

After seeing the ruins of Pisaq your guide will take you to the local market where you will find a variety of handicrafts, locals garments made from alpaca and similar – a perfect place for shopping.

Leaving Pisaq, you will take a 1 hour drive to Urubamaba town where you will have lunch.

Ollantaytambo is the last place to be visited with its majestic Inca architecture. Your guide will give you tour of the temples, the bath of the princess, terraces etc.

In the evening you will then catch a train to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu town), where you will spend the night.

Day 4: Machu Picchu Tour

Machu Picchu is considered a masterpiece of architecture and engineering. Its unique architectural features and landscape contribute to a veil of mystery woven around much of the literature published about the site. The magic and mystery of Machu Picchu is internationally recognized and it has been on the List of World Heritage Sites of UNESCO since 1983 as part of a cultural and ecological site known as the historic sanctuary of Machu Picchu.

In the morning you will take an early bus to Machu Picchu, in time for sunrise. Your guide will give you a detailed tour on the culture and history of the city. You will visit the main temple, the Temple of the Condor, Inca palaces, the stone quarry and the sun observatory.

After a guided tour you will have time to explore Machu Picchu at your leisure.

In the afternoon you will catch the train back to Cusco.

At the Cusco station a representative of PERU BY LOCALS travel will meet you to take you back to your hotel in Cusco.

Day 5: Departure from Cusco

After your breakfast in your hotel, one of our representatives will meet you to take you to the airport of Cusco for your journey home or to your next destination.

If you are wondering what else there is to be seen in Cusco, we offer you tours to the jungle, such as Manu, Puno tours, Nasca lines, Ica and Lima.

Inclusions & exclusions

Inclusions

  • Transport on the tours, pick-ups from hotel to airport
  • Four nights accommodation in a hotel – three nights in Cusco and one night at Aguas Calientes
  • All the tours mentioned
  • Train tickets from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes and back to Cusco
  • Bus tickets from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu round trip
  • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu
  • Entrance tickets to the Sacred Valley Inca sites
  • Breakfast in all the hotels
  • Profesional tour guide

Exclusions

  • Lunches, dinner, drinks and other expenses
  • Airfare
  • Airport taxes
  • Tips

Note:

The Machu Picchu tour includes tickets for the Expedition train for the 3 stars, and Vistadome train for 4 and 5 star packages.

Prices with hotels

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NOTE: All the prices may vary according to your preferences and availability. Please contact us for more information to give you the best price posible for  great service.

Hotels in Cusco

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3 star

4 star

5 star

Tika WasiSan Blas boutiqueAndean wings boutiqueAranwa boutique
Cusco B&BCasa andina San BlasCasa Andina Private CollectionsPalacio Nazarenas

Hotels in Machu Picchu/Aguas Calientes

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3 star

4 star

5 star

Terrazas del IncaAndina luxury hotelSumaq hotelPueblo hotel

Tika Wasi 2*

Tika wasi meaning House of the flowers in Quechua, has been in the business for over fifteen years. We offer our guests unforgettable experience amidst. Our colorful gardens and views from our terrazes as well as a harmonious mix of modern and Colonial infrastructure.

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More info here: http://www.tikawasi.com


Cusco B&B 2*

The Cusco B&B is a new hotel ideally located in the center of Cusco. It features all of the modern amenities of a large hotel but provides quality service and personalized attention so that you feel right at home.

 

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More info here: http://www.cuscobedandbreakfast.com


San Blas boutique 3*

Casa San Blas started as an idea of a boutique hotel with highly personalized service in one of the most magical, mystical tourism and world cities, Cusco. To make this idea a reality, bought, restored and remodeled colonial house from the 18th century to accommodate the idea of ”home in Cusco » .

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More info here: http://www.casasanblas.com/es/nuestro-hotel-boutique.htm


Casa Andina Classic Cathedral 3*

With a strategic location in the heart of Cusco, Casa Andina Classic Cathedral, has been designed to express the local flavor with all the facilities and services. It has an unmistakable local style.

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More info here: http://www.casa-andina.com/classic-cuzco-catedral


Andean wings boutique 4*

Andean Wings Boutique Hotel is the premier accommodation in Cusco, situated two blocks from the Plaza de Armas in the heart of the ancient city. This fully restored, sixteenth century colonial gem blends style, luxury, comfort and an unforgettable experience, with five-star amenities and unrivalled personalized service.

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More info here: http://www.andeanwingshotel.com


Casa Andina Private Collections 4*

Casa Andina Private Collection Cusco is located in a beautiful eighteenth century house, recently remodeled, with 5 stately colonial courtyards, only 4 blocks away from Cusco’s Main Square.

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More info here: http://www.casa-andina.com/private-collection-cusco


Aranwa boutique 5*

Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel is the essence of luxury and comfort in the heart of the Inca city. A colonial mansion built in the sixteenth century, houses many paintings of the Cuzco school, colonial sculptures and carvings that transport us to the greatness of the time. It offers elegant rooms equipped with intelligent oxygen system and radiant floor.

 

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More info here: http://www.aranwahotels.com/es/cusco.php


Palacio Nazarenas 5*

Located In a quiet square behind the main square of Cusco, the former palace and convent emerge after years of restoration to become one of the most exclusive hotels in the city.

Inca stone walls, the courtyard of the cloister and the old fountain witness a noble past. But suffice to delve further to discover the contemporary Cusco – a fabulous spa, outdoor pool first city and a stylish restaurant offering the best of local cuisine.

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More info here: http://www.belmond.com/es/palacio-nazarenas-cusco


Hotels in Machu Picchu

Terrazas del Inca 2*

Terrazas del Inca Bed & Breakfast is located in the heart of Machu Picchu town, on the banks of the Aguas Calientes River. It is far from the noise of the main street, and in a peaceful place where you will find it very easy to relax. The rooms are fully equipped with everything you will need.

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More info here: http://www.terrazasdelinca.com


Andina Luxury 3*

Andina Luxury Hotel is situated just 200 meters from the train station and boasts 31 fully-equipped with Internet, an LCD cable television, and air-conditioning.

Each accommodation features wooden furnishings, a large bed covered with comfortable bed linens, and some rooms provide breathtaking views of the river. Andean art adds the finishing touch to the room.

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More info here: Andina Luxury


Casa Andina classic Machu Picchu 3*

Hotel Casa Andina Classic Machu Picchu is strategically located in the heart of Machu Picchu towns, near major attractions and local restaurants with comfortable rooms and practices in a secure, central and affordable hotel.

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More info here: http://www.casa-andina.com/casa-andina-classic-machu-picchu


Sumaq hotel 4*

SUMAQ. – Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel is a family hotel with extensive experience in the luxury hospitality of the country. Experience makes Sumaq a dedicated entirely to hotel guests.

In it’s exclusive service binds its privileged location that is immersed within the historic sanctuary of Machu Picchu, its main tourist attraction.

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More info here: http://www.machupicchuhotels-sumaq.com/espanol


El Mapi hotel – Inka Terra 5*

Step into the smart, contemporary and cozy confines of el MaPi, amidst the hustle and bustle of Machu Picchu Pueblo (formely Aguas Calientes). Where you can admire and interact with the quaint atmosphere; you can welcomed along with other global guests expecting an unfussy.

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More info here: http://www.inkaterra.com/byinkaterra/el-mapi-hotel


Additional tours

Less  visited places – Additional tours

  • South valley: Tipon, Pikillaqta and Andawayllillas
  • Salt mines: Chinchero, Moray and Salineras
  • Family visit: Visit the family of Jose L. Condor
  • Picnic: On the second day of the tour we offer you the option of a lunch with a chef who will come with us and cook organic food in the most beautiful place outsite of Cusco.

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