Classic Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley Private Tour

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  • Duration: 9 days
  • Price: from $1,895 per Person

Begin your trip of a lifetime to the Lost City of the Incas with your arrival in Cusco, the sacred city of the Incas and archeological capital of the Americas, and a City Tour to visit all of the famous attractions. Your unforgettable train journey to Machu Picchu begins on the Vistadome with its large windows offering spectacular panoramic views. Take a guided tour of the most significant ruins and sites of the Citadel of Machu Picchu. Return the following day for the exhilarating hike to the top of Huayna Picchu that towers nearly 1,000 feet above Machu Picchu. Visit the famous ruins and fortress of Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley while relaxing at a Spa and Wellness Resort. Conclude your amazing Machu Picchu adventure in Cusco to shop for some of the best handicrafts in the entire country of Peru.

Day 1

Welcome to Cusco, Peru!

Upon arrival at Cusco International Airport you will be transferred to your hotel where you can relax with a hot cup of Mate de Coca, which is an herbal tea to help you acclimatize to the high altitude. Be sure to rest up and take things slowly as you venture out and around Cusco so as to begin acclimatizing to the 11,000 foot altitude.

Night in Cusco at San Agustin Dorado Cusco or Similar.

Day 2

Private Guided City Tour of Cusco

Today’s comprehensive tour of Cusco and the most important surrounding architectural sites begins with a visit to Qoricancha, which means “Golden Courtyard”. It was considered to be the most sacred site in the Inca religion and was actually the center of the Inca world.

Following Qoricancha, you will visit the Cusco Cathedral which was started in the year 1559 and lodges the greatest collection of Peruvian colonial art. It is also said to be one of the most beautiful and significant monuments in the Americas. The next stop is the Plaza de Armas which was the epicentre of social life and where major religious holidays were celebrated by the Incas.

On the northern outskirts of Cusco sit the ruins of the famous Citadel, Sacsayhuaman. The spectacular fortress was built with huge carved boulders adjoined with incredulous accuracy. We’ll have plenty of time to discover the massive fortress on your own.

Two other spectacular sites boasting architectural precision are Qenqo and Tambomachay. For its part, Qenqo is an immense rocky promontory marked by carved steps, wells and channels. The fine architectural features of Tambomachay are characterized by platforms, niches and fountains fed by spring water from higher ground.

Night in Cusco at San Agustin Dorado Cusco or Similar.

Day 3

Private Guided Tour of the Ruins of Machu Picchu

The city of Machu Picchu was built by the Incas on a narrow ridge between Machu Picchu (“old peak” in the local Quechua language) mountain and Huayna Picchu (“young peak”) mountain at an elevation of 8,000 feet. In order to truly understand the significance of the Lost City of the Incas is to know that the Incas revered nature and worshipped Pacha Mama, or Mother Earth. During this comprehensive guided tour you will learn about and see such significant sites of the ruins such as the Temple of the Condor and how it points in the direction of the sun. Or how in the Temple of the Sun, the sun enters one window during summer solstice and how the sun enters a different window during winter solstice. And you will be amazed to see how the Sacred Rock takes an identical shape to Yanantin Mountain directly behind it.

Your guided tour of Machu Picchu is sure to be an experience never to be forgotten. It will also provide an excellent overview of the most significant sites within the complex so that you can go back to visit your favorite ones on your own.

Night in Aguas Calientes at Hatun International Classic Aguas Calientes.

Day 4

Private Guided Trek to the Peak of Huayna Picchu and up the Inca Trail to Intipunku

Today you will be up before the crack of dawn to take the first bus up to the Lost City of the Incas for your once-in-a-lifetime trek to the top of Huayna Picchu, which hovers nearly 1,000 feet above and behind the Lost City of the Incas. The trek to the top is not for the faint of heart. But once you reach the peak will be rewarded with 360 degree views of the towering Andes and the ruins of Machu Picchu below that will literally take your breath away!

After a hearty lunch and good rest, the second part of today’s journey takes you up the Inca Trail to Intipunku, otherwise known as the “Sun Gate”. It is this point that the adventurous who do the 3.5 day trek of the Inca Trail peer down on the ruins for the first time as they watch the sun rise above while contemplating their last push to arrive at Machu Picchu.

Night in Aguas Calientes at Hatun International Classic Aguas Calientes.

Day 5

Welcome to the Sacred Valley and Ollantaytambo!

Today you will be picked up at your hotel in Aguas Calientes for your private transfer to Ollayntaytambo, or Ollanta for short. Ollanta is in the heart of the Sacred Valley and boasts spectacular scenery that will leave you breathless.

You will take a guided tour of the Fortress of Ollantaytambo, is located north of the town of the same name, perched on the skirts of a hill and is one of the most important samples of Incan military architecture. The entire complex is formed by temples, palaces, burial galleries, mausoleums, huts to lodge soldiers, religious sites, trenches, and weapons and food storage rooms. Because of its location and strategic position that controls a great part of the region it has been defined as the fortress or the fortified citadel.

Night in the Sacred Valley at Inkallpa Lodge and Spa or Similar.

Day 6

Day at Leisure to Enjoy the Amenities of the Lodge on your Own

Today you can enjoy a well-deserved day of rest and relaxation at your lodge after so much hiking of Inca Ruins over the last several days. The Inkallpa Lodge and Spa in the Sacred Valley is a quaint Andean retreat that focuses on sustainable tourism. There you can let simply relax and let yourself be carried away by its mystical atmosphere in the Sacred Valley of the Incas surrounded by one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world!

Night in the Sacred Valley at Inkallpa Lodge and Spa or Similar.

Day 7

Private Pisaq Market Tour en Route to Cusco

Today on your way back to Cusco, you will stop to admire the local architecture and handcrafts of Pisaq. At an altitude of approximately 10,000 feet, Pisaq is famous for its outstanding local artisan’s market. There you can find handicrafts produced by the local artisans, all of which are of excellent quality. Make sure to look for the visually appealing and quite tasty empanadas which are made in a wood oven. On Sunday, the Varayocs or mayors of neighbouring communities go to mass to the local church wearing their best clothes and their characteristic command sticks.

Night in Cusco at San Agustin Dorado Cusco or Similar.

Day 8

Private Half Day Guided Shopping Tour of Cusco

Cusco is the center of Peru’s handicraft production and one of the best overall venues for shopping in the entire country. But the selection of items and varying levels of quality can be overwhelming. For that reason you will have your own personal shopper to help you weave through the hectic maze of shops and abundance of wares available to buy. It’s best to go with a game plan and know what you want so your personal shopper can assist you in locating the highest quality items for the best prices. Items that may be of particular interest include alpaca-wool sweaters, shawls, gloves, hats, scarves, blankets, ponchos, fine, ceramics, and jewelry; just to name a few.

After your personal shopping guide points you in the right direction by showing you some of the very best shops to check out, you will have the remainder of the day to explore the dizzying array of shops on your own.

Night in Cusco at San Agustin Dorado Cusco or Similar.

Day 9

Depart Cusco International Airport for Return Flight Home

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