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US$ 560 Price per person, 3 stars, double occupancy, group tours, airport transfers, and Expedition Trains (subject to availability). Airfares and Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain Hikes not included.
Duration: 4 Days
Destination: Cusco - Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu

 4 DAY MACHU PICCHU TOUR OVERVIEW

The 4 Day Machu Picchu Discovery Tour offers you the ideal opportunity to discover and experience closely the Inca history, legacy and cultural ways which still endure in the present time, in only 4 days!  Your trip to Machu Picchu will take you through Cusco, the Sacred Valley and finally Machu Picchu citadel!

Your trip to Machu Picchu will include:

  • An excursion through the outstanding Inca and Colonial sights in the lively city of Cusco
  • A visit to the formidable and long lasting fortress of Sacsayhuaman
  • Travelling across the gorgeous landscape the Sacred Valleyof the Incas has to offer
  • Shopping at the historical artisan market of Pisac
  • Climbing up the stairs to the Wind shrine in the archaeological site of Ollantaytambo
  • And finally your Machu Picchu full day tour

Machu Picchu, one of the most valued icons of Inca architectural prowess, mistakenly referred to as the “Lost City of the Incas”. Even though its existence was known by the locals since the beginning of the 1900’s, it wasn’t until 1911 that Machu Picchu citadel became known to the world.

Constructed on top of the mountain, on the ridge (2,430 mt. OR 7,970 ft above sea level.), strategically harbored by the mountains surrounding it, as if the main purpose was to keep it hidden. When you finally lay your eyes on it, you know the trip was all worthwhile and the best way to spend your holidays!

The Machu Picchu citadel is considered one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It has received many awards and recognitions over the years, most recently TripAdvisor’s 2016 No. 1 Tourist Landmark around the World!

4 DAY MACHU PICCHU TOUR ITINERARY

DAY 1

The city and surroundings of Cusco tour: Sacsayhuaman, Kenko, Pucapucara, Tambomachay

We will pick you up from the airport in Cusco and transfer you to your hotel (3,350m / 10,9981ft)

Later in the day after you rest we will meet you at your hotel and begin your excursion in the city of Cusco. We will make a first stop at the Cathedral of Cusco, part of our colonial legacy considered of high importance amongst the catholic population in the present. Then we will continue with Koricancha (or Temple of the Sun) the most important sacred Inca place within the city, which sheltered all Gods and Goddesses brought by the nations that integrated the Empire centuries ago. After a short drive we will be at the formidable archaeological complex of Sacsayhuaman, a magnificent stonework with finely cut polygonal blocks; a little further we will stop at the archeological sites of Qenqo, Pucapucara, and Tambomachay, all part of the limits of the city in the old days. What nowadays we would call Customs checkpoint!  After our excursion, we will take you back to your hotel.

Evening free.

Overnight in Cusco.

DAY 2

The Sacred Valley of the Incas (2,800m / 9,184ft) and Aguas Calientes arrival

We will meet you at your hotel and we will begin our visit the citadel of Pisac, an archeological site with extensive agricultural terraces, naturally divided by the mountain ridges, famous because of its impressive cementary constituted by more than a thousand burial niches on a mountain wall. Later on explore and perhaps shop in the historical artisan market located on the main plaza of the town of Pisac. Then for lunch we will be stopping at the town of Yucay for some delicious lunch buffet.

We will continue the tour in the next archaeological site of Ollantaytambo, with an awe inspiring construction on a steep mountain, build for military, agricultural and religious control purposes as a watchtower over the Sacred Valley, once you make it to the top you may experience a sense of spiritual communion with nature, you will be stepping in the Wind Shrine, which offers an incredible sight of the magnificent landscape along the Sacred Valley. The tour ends at around 16:00 to 17:00 hrs. You will be instructed to walk on your own, to the Ollantaytambo Train Station (10min walk from the Main plaza) you will easily find your Expedition Train Departing at 19:00hrs, arriving to Aguas Calientes at 20:43. A hotel staff member will take you to your hotel in Aguas Calientes.

Evening free.

Overnight in Aguas Calientes.

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DAY 3

Machu Picchu full day tour (2,350m / 7,710ft)

Your tour guide will pick you up from your hotel and together you will take the bus up to Machu Picchu citadel early in the morning so you can explore this formidable architectural complex at a less crowded time. After your tour, we recommend you to try climbing up to the Sun Gate or Intipunku (the arrival point for hikers trekking their way into Machu Picchu) and feel as one of the few privileged visitors to admire this amazing ad complete sight of the citadel, just as well you can also visit the exciting grass rope Inca Bridge (optional), a secret entrance on the west side of Machu Picchu citadel during the golden time of the Incas.

You may leave the archeological site on your own and enjoy lunch at the place of your choice (not included), take the bus back to Aguas Calientes (last bus departs at 17:30).  You can do some exploration in the small town or you may wish to try bathing in the town’s Hot Springs (from which the town owes its name) and  then head to the train station on your own, and hop on your Expedition Train departing at 16:43hrs, arriving at 20:13hrs in Poroy (15-20min from Cusco). At your arrival in Poroy, a pickup person will be waiting for you with a sign with your name on it, he will transfer you to your hotel in Cusco.

Evening free.

Overnight in Cusco.

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DAY 4

We will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the airport in Cusco for your flight back to Lima (morning or afternoon).

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B Breakfast.

S Snack.

L Lunch.

D Dinner.

BL Boxed Lunch.

TOUR NOTES:

The 4 Day Machu Picchu Tour is customizable. If you’d prefer to travel for fewer days or add days or destinations to your trip, please let us know in the section section of the Get Free Quote form. You can fill out our Present Design Your Trip form or Contact Us form with your specific needs.

  • This 4 Day Machu Picchu Discovery Tour Package is available every day of the year.
  • Different train coach services: Expedition – tourist, Vistadome – superior, Hiram Bingham – luxury.
  • Your luggage: you can leave unnecessary luggage at your hotel in Cusco when going to Machu Picchu. There are luggage weight regulations in the train.
  • Sacred Valley Tour: The best days to enjoy the artisan market of Pisac are Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. And the best day to enjoy the food market of Pisac are Sundays.

MACHU PICCHU TOUR PRICES

3 Stars

Double Room US$ 560
Addtl for single room  US$ 150
Addtl to Vistadome (return only) US$ 40
Addtl in private service  US$ 165
Addtl to Vistadome Trains (round trip) US$ 40

4 Stars

Double Room US$ 605
Addtl for single room US$ 200
Addtl to Vistadome (return only) US$ 30
Addtl in private service  US$ 165
Addtl to Vistadome Trains (round trip) US$ 40

5 Stars

Double Room US$ 1,000
Addtl for single room US$ 600
Addtl to Vistadome (return only) US$ 30
Addtl in private service  US$ 165
Addtl to Vistadome Trains (round trip) US$ 40

5-star Deluxe

Double Room US$ 1,070
Addtl for single room US$ 665
Addtl to Vistadome (return only) US$ 30
Addtl in private service  US$ 165
Addtl to Vistadome Trains (round trip) US$ 40

INCLUDED IN MACHU PICCHU TOUR PRICE

Included in Tour Price

Hotel accomodation according to itinerary.
Meals according to itinerary.
Guided excursion in English.
Tour and intermediate transfers.
Entrance tickets.
Bus and entrance tickets to Machu Picchu.
Expedition Train to / from Aguas Calientes.

Not included in Tour Price

International and domestic flights.
Visas required to enter Peru.
Airport Taxes.
Drinks.
Tips.
Airport Transfer, hotels, and tours in Lima.
Buffet Lunch at Belmond Santuary Lodge during Machu Picchu Tour.
Entrance ticket to the mountains of Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu.

MACHU PICCHU TOUR Q&A:

When is the best time to visit Machu Picchu?

The best time of the year to visit Machu Picchu is from April to mid-October. For more information click here.

What Kind of Clothing and Footwear Should I Bring?

Bring clothes you can use in layers so that you can adjust your body temperature depending on local conditions and time of day. Alternatively, you will also find excellent quality alpaca and llama wool products available in town, for easy wear and staying warm at night.

Bring a small foldable pouch, daypack or backpack to carry your valuables, a water bottle to keep you hydrated and any extras like a light coat to be prepared for lighter temperature.

Daytime in the Andes can be extremely sunny and bright so bring sunglasses, a hat and some sunscreen; lip moisturizer is also useful since the air is dry.

Hiking Machu Picchu requires proper footwear. Sturdy shoes with good ankle support or light hiking boots. Heavier hiking boots for the more extreme hikes like the Inca TrailSalkantay or Ausangate Mountain.

What to do about altitude sickness?

We strongly recommend you rest for at least 3 hours upon arrival to your hotel, and limit food intake as digestion might be a bit slow during your first day. Also, many hotels offer a tea made with the leaves of the coca plant (considered a sacred plant in the Andes), it possess the property to ease oxygen into the body blood cells and helps relieve altitude sickness.

You can also purchase “Sorocchi pill” or “Gravol” pills sold over-the-counter at drugstores and airports in Perú. However, the best thing you can do is to take a nap, eat lightly on the first day, drink lots of fluids, and avoid excessive physical or mental effort until acclimatized. Most people do NOT have serious problems with the altitude, and only experience a mild headache and shortness of breath on the first day.

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