Native Enthusiast 8D/7N (Cusco Day Trips + Machu Picchu)

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Train going to Machu Picchu from Cuzco in the valley with Urubamba river shutterstock_86013832.jpg
Aguas Calientes below Machu Picchu shutterstock_110164496.jpg
Chinchiilla Machu Picchu, Peru shutterstock_39009430.jpg
DSC06802.JPG
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Karen 182 Machu Picchu DSC00490.JPG
Karen 178 Machu Picchu Vicunas DSC00489.JPG
Karen 187 Wayna Picchu DSC00482.JPG
Karen DSC01630.JPG
Karen DSC06080.JPG
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Karen DSC06105.JPG
Karen DSC06114.JPG
Karen DSC06139.JPG
Karen DSCF1086.JPG
Llama Machu Picchu Tracy.jpg
Machu Picchu Intiwatana shutterstock_162551957.jpg
Steep winding road leading up to Machu Picchu from Aguas Calientes shutterstock_46982638.jpg
34 Valle Sagrado - Maras Pueblo Karen DSC00325.JPG
circular terraces at Moray shutterstock_173744831.jpg
Salineras shutterstock_41886892.jpg
20141017_112319.jpg
20141017_113859.jpg
20141017_114628.jpg
Sunset above a colonial church at Chinchero shutterstock_10979530.jpg
20141017_095557.jpg
20141017_100644.jpg
20141017_110444.jpg
Amaru Community near Cusco, Peru Karen DSC_1404.JPG
Coca leaf offering next to quinoa field at Amaru Community near Cusco, Peru Karen DSC_1178.JPG
Local community member of Paru Paru near Cusco, Peru DSC_0836DSC_1458.JPG
Quinoa fields of Paru Paru Community near Cusco, Peru DSC_1535.JPG
Tubers demonstration at Paru Paru Community near Cusco, Peru DSC_1028.JPG
Papa a la Huancaina a Peruvian appetizer shutterstock_89815945.jpg
Traditional Peruvian food called Pachamanca shutterstock_76044079.jpg
12 sided Inca Hatunrumiyoc stone (Cuzco, Peru) shutterstock_60093427.jpg
church.cusco Parade Tracy.jpg
Puca Pucara, Ancient Inca fortress, Cuzco, Peru shutterstock_5325574.jpg
Night shot of the Coricancha Q'oricancha temple shutterstock_118132714.jpg
Karen SAM_0722.JPG
Sacsayhuaman shutterstock_99551312.jpg
Ollantaytambo fountain Bath of the Princess shutterstock_121758811.jpg
Ollantaytambo giant stones temple of the Sun shutterstock_104975846.jpg
Ollantaytambo shutterstock_104385608.jpg
Inca ruins in Tambomachay in Cuzco shutterstock_132239921.jpg
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Native Enthusiast 8D/7N (Cusco Day Trips + Machu Picchu)

from 2,100.00

Price listed is the average base price per person based on a group of 4 people, double occupancy. Price varies based on length, class of transportation / accommodations, travel dates, and group size. Please contact us for a personalized quote.

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Summary

8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS

Day 1: Arrive Cusco, tour Sacred Valley, hotel
Day 2: Indigenous communities, Pisaq ruins, hotel
Day 3: Maras-Moray-Salineras, hotel
Day 4: Ollantaytambo, indigenous community, train to Aguas Calientes, hotel
Day 5: Machu Picchu citadel, train, hotel
Day 6: Cusco city historical tour, hotel
Day 7: Southern Ruins Route, hotel
Day 8: Van transfer to CUZ airport


HIGHLIGHTS


• Machu Picchu archaeological site.
• 400-500 species of orchids and > 700 species of butterflies.
• Hot mineral springs bathing.
• Awanakancha llama/alpaca ranch and textile arts center.
• Flight of the Condor at Cochahuasi Animal Sanctuary.
• Authentic home-cooked meals and cultural presentations with the Amaru, Paru Paru, or Willoq indigenous communities.
• Pisaq, Ollantaytambo, Tambo Machay, Saqsayhuaman, and Q’oricancha archaeological sites.
• Incan agricultural laboratory in Moray natural salt mines in Salineras.
• Horseback options on 2 days.
• Textiles and handicrafts markets.

Itinerary

8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS

Day 0:  Flight to Cusco with connection in Lima
Day 1: 
Awanakancha-Cochahuasi-Chinchero
• Airport reception and private van transfer from CUZ airport to hotel.
• Awanakancha llama/alpaca ranch and textile arts center.
• Flight of the Condor at Cochahuasi Animal Sanctuary.
• Chincheros textile arts center and emperor Tupac Inca Yupanqui's royal estate.
• Hotel in Sacred Valley. (Homestay optional.)
• 2.5 miles / 4 km – 2 hours.
Day 2:  Pisaq-Community Immersion
• Authentic home-cooked meal and cultural presentations with the Amaru, Paru Paru, or Willoq indigenous communities.
• Pisaq archaeological site.
• Textile and handicrafts market in Pisaq.
• Hotel in Sacred Valley.
• 2.5 miles / 4 km – 2 hours.
Day 3:     Maras-Moray-Salineras
• Maras colonial architecture.
• Moray Incan agricultural terraces.
• Salineras natural salt mines.
• Hotel in Sacred Valley.
• 2.5 miles / 4 km – 2 hours.
Day 4:  Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes
• Private transport from hotel to Ollantaytambo.
• Authentic home-cooked meal and cultural presentations with the Willoq indigenous community.
• Train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes.
• Hotel in Aguas Calientes.
• 2.5 miles / 4 km – 2 hours.
Day 5:  Machu Picchu
• Machu Picchu Citadel
• Wayna Picchu (optional advance purchase)
• Aguas Calientes hot springs baths
• Train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
• Private transport from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.
• Hotel in Cusco.
• 2.5 miles / 4 km – 2 hours.
Day 6:  Cusco City Historical Tour
• Via private van, walking, or horseback.
• Includes Q’enqo, Tambo Machay, Puca Pucara, Templo de la Luna, Saqsayhuaman, cathedral, and Q’oricancha.
• Hotel in Cusco.
• 1-2 miles / 2-5 km – 1-2 hours intermittent walking for car and horseback tours.
• 3-5 miles / 5-8 km – 3-4 hours for walking tours.
Day 7:  Southern Ruins Route: Pikillaqta-Tipon-Andahuaylillas
• Tipon’s Incan agricultural terraces and irrigation system.
• Pikillaqta (Quechua for “village of the flea people” – due to their short stature) is a large archaeological site the Wari culture occupied from about 550 to 1100 AD for ceremonies.
• The magnificent frescos in the baroque church of Andahuaylillas, nicknamed "the Sistine Chapel of America".
• Hotel in Cusco.
• 2.5 miles / 4 km – 2 hours.
Day 8:  Private van transfer from Cusco hotel to CUZ airport.

Have more time? Add the Amazon jungle, Lake Titicaca, or more day trips.


IMPORTANT NOTES

• During April 2016, certain sections of Machu Picchu and Wayna Picchu will be closed for sustainability.
• Entry to climb Wayna Picchu (the “Young Mountain” overlooking Machu Picchu citadel) is also restricted to 400 people per day and requires an additional ticket purchased in advance. Please inform your adventure specialist of your interest to verify availability.

Pricing

Number of Passengers Tour Only (No Hotel) Standard 3-Star Hotels Superior 4-Star Hotels Deluxe 5-Star Hotels
1 $5000 $6400 $7950 $9500
2 $3100 $3900 $4650 $5400
3 $2450 $3450 $4450 $5500
4 $2100 $2900 $3750 $4700
5 $1900 $2800 $3650 $4500
6 $1800 $2550 $3300 $4050

7+ Passengers - Please contact us for special group pricing.

For discounted pricing on shared tours see our Fixed Departure Tours.

All prices are USD. Price listed is the price per person based on double occupancy by non-Peruvians in standard accommodations. Pricing and product availability are subject to change without notice until purchased. Please Request a Reservation for exact pricing and to determine departure date availability.

Amid the majestic ruins of Machu Picchu I muse on the bewildering romance of the ancient builders who, ages ago, sought refuge in a region which appears to have been expressly designed by nature as a sanctuary for the oppressed, a place where they might fearlessly and patiently give expression to their passion for walls of enduring beauty.
— Hiram Bingham
 

FAST FACTS

Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Surface: stone-carved stairs
Activity level: Level 1 – Easy
Total distance on foot: 1-3 miles / 2-5 km per day
Average daily walking time: 1-2 hours intermittent
Altitude: 8,829 - 11,800 ft / 2,700 - 3,600 m
Availability: Daily, year-round
•Calendar
     ◦Apr-Oct: best
     ◦Nov & Mar: fair
     ◦Dec-Feb: wet
Accommodations: 7 nights in 3-4 star (standard) or 5-star hotels (deluxe)
•Meals: Not included
•Weather: Warm days, cold nights
Restrictions: None
 


INCLUDED

• Travel insurance.
• Entry to Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, and Cusco archaeological complexes.
• Private transportation on Day Trips.
• Private English/Spanish/Quechua bilingual professional guides (other languages may be available with advance request).
• Bus from Machu Picchu park to Aguas Calientes.
• Round-trip train ticket from Aguas Calientes and transfer to hotel.

NOT INCLUDED

• International or domestic airfare.
• Meals not specified in the itinerary.
• Visa fees (if any) or taxes.
• Tips for personnel: guide, etc.
• Extra services (spa, laundry, etc), personal items, or additional tours not listed in the program itinerary.
• Local taxes (18% IGV) on all services applicable to Peruvians, foreign residents in Peru, and tourists traveling in Peru for 60+ days.


RECOMMENDATIONS

• In the Andes the split between dry and wet seasons is acute. The dry season runs from April to October (the best time for hiking); the rainy season goes from November through March. Temperatures can vary significantly, from about 50-82ºF (10-28º C) in the day to 32-50ºF (0-10ºC) at night, depending more on the altitude than the time of year.
• LAN and its partners are the only international airlines to offer flights to Cusco. If you need help booking domestic flights in Peru, let us know via email or in your Request Reservation form.
• Many international flights arrive at Lima airport in the late evening, while flights to Cusco and other domestic airports leave from 6 to 11 am. If you have a long layover and would like to add a hotel (onsite at the airport) to your package, please let us know.
• Read about What to Bring on your trip.


Thank you so much for arranging the most memorable tours of Cusco and Machu Picchu and the surrounding areas. It was so exciting to learn about the history and culture of such an ancient society. Your guides were so informative and knowledgeable that it really enhanced our experience. The transportation was very well organized and timely from the vans to the train ride into Machu Picchu. The accommodations and restaurants you chose were excellent. Thank you so much for making our vacation to Peru one of the most favorite of all our experiences that we will never forget!
— Harry and Melissa H. Hallandale Beach, FL

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