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US$ 535Price 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 Tour offers you the opportunity to discover and experience closely the Inca history, legacy, and cultural ways which still endure in the present time.  Your Machu Picchu tour will take you through Cusco, the Sacred Valley, and finally the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu!

Your 4 Day Machu Picchu Tour 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 Valley of 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 Tour full day with the opportunity to hike the Huayna Picchu Mountain.

Machu Picchu, one of the most valued icons of Inca architectural prowess, is 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 became known to the world.

Machu Picchu was constructed on top of a mountain, on the ridge (altitude: 2430m/7970ft 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!

Machu Picchu 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

We will pick you up from the airport in Cusco and transfer you to your hotel (altitude: 3400m/11152ft).

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). It is considered one of the most important sacred Inca places 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. They are all part of the limits of the city in the old days, what nowadays we would call Customs checkpoint!  After this excursion, you will return to your hotel.

Evening free.

Overnight in Cusco.

DAY 2

The Sacred Valley of the Incas (altitude: 2800m/9184ft) and Aguas Calientes arrival

We will meet you at your hotel and we will begin the excursion by visiting the citadel of Pisac. It is an archeological site with extensive agricultural terraces which was naturally divided by the mountain ridges. Also, it is famous because of its impressive cemetery constituted by more than a thousand burial niches on a mountain wall. Later on, you will explore and perhaps shop in the historical artisan market located on the main plaza of the town of Pisac. Then, you will have a delicious lunch in the town of Yucay.

The tour continues to the archaeological site of Ollantaytambo, with an awe inspiring construction on a steep mountain. It was 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. Also, 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. Then, you will go to the Ollantaytambo Train Station to board the Expedition Train departing at 19:00hrs and arriving to Aguas Calientes at 20:45. At your arrival, 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 Tours full day (altitude: 2430m / 7970ft)

Early in the morning, your tour guide will pick you up from your hotel, and together you will take the bus up to Machu Picchu. Then, you will explore this formidable architectural complex.

After your tour, we recommend you to try climbing up to the Sun Gate (Intipunku), which is the arrival point for hikers trekking their way into Machu Picchu. From this point, you will feel as one of the few privileged visitors to admire this amazing and panoramic sight of the citadel. Moreover, you can 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.

Also, if you want to admire impressive panoramic views of the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, we highly recommend you hike the Huayna Picchu Mountain and visit the Temple of the Moon, or hike the Machu Picchu Mountain (not included).

You may leave the archeological site on your own and enjoy lunch at the place of your choice (not included). Afterwards, you will take the bus back to Aguas Calientes (last bus departs at 17:30).  You can do some exploration in this small town or you may wish to try bathing in the town’s hot springs (from which the town owes its name). Then, you will head to the train station on your own and hop on the Expedition Train departing at 16:43hrs and arriving at 20:13hrs in Poroy (30min from Cusco). At your arrival in Poroy, a driver will be waiting for you with a sign with your name on it to transport 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 would 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 Tour 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 on 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 is Sundays.
  • Chinchero, Maras, and Moray Tour: we only offer this tour in private service. Includes transportation, guide, entrance tickets, and visits to the natural salt mines of Maras, the most advanced Inca agricultural system of Moray, and the textile town of Chinchero.
  • Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountains: There is a limit of visitors per day for each mountain. Huayna Picchu is the best known and most requested mountain, therefore it is the first to finish its availability. For this reason, we recommend you book it in advance to ensure your hike after your Machu Picchu Tour.
  • You can modify this tour adding 2 nights in Lima at the beginning of your trip as in the Peru Holiday Package.

Please do not hesitate to Contact Us about customizing this trip itinerary.

4 DAY MACHU PICCHU TOUR – PRICES

Package Price Per Person in Shared Service

3 Stars

Double RoomUS$ 535
Additonal for single room  US$ 165
Additonal in private service  US$ 120
Vistadome Train (return only) US$ 25
Vistadome Trains (round trip) US$ 35

4 Stars

Double Room US$ 569
Additional for single room US$ 200
Additonal in private service US$ 120
Vistadome Train (return only) US$ 25
Vistadome Trains (round trip) US$ 35

5 Stars

Double Room US$ 955
Additional for single room US$ 580
Additonal in private service US$ 120
Vistadome Train (return only) US$ 25
Vistadome Trains (round trip) US$ 35

5-star Deluxe

Double Room US$ 1,219
Additonal for single room US$ 850
Additonal in private service US$ 120
Vistadome Train (return only) US$ 25
Vistadome Trains (round trip) US$ 35

INCLUDED – MACHU PICCHU TOUR

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 Transfers, hotels, and tours in Lima.

Buffet Lunch at Belmond Sanctuary 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 mid-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 possesses 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 Peru. 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 acclimated. 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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