Cusco For Less 6 Days / 5 Nights
DAY 1: CUSCO IN – CITY TOUR
At Cusco´s airport our representative will be waiting for you. Upon arrival, airport reception to be transferred to the hotel, time free to rest and acclimatize to the altitude.
In the afternoon, the guide will pick you up from your hotel and take you on a half day tour of Cusco. You will start visiting the main square surrounded by magnificent colonial buildings, the Cathedral, the Koricancha which was the most important temple of the Inca culture; it was dedicated to worship the sun. Finally we will visit the archaeological sites of Sacsayhuaman and its impressive rocky constructions, followed by Kenko, Puka Pukara and Tambomachay. Return to the hotel.
Overnight in Cusco
DAY 2: SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCAS PISAC – OLLANTAYTAMBO:
Today, you will set off for the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Along the way you will stop to visit Awanacancha a llama project where you will see South American camelids such as llamas, alpacas, and vicuñas, also you have the chance to appreciate the traditional Inca weaving and dying techniques which have been kept by the local people for centuries.
Your journey continues to the small village of Pisac, and there you will walk through its lively typical market and have some free time to interact with the townsfolk and artisans and to shop for handicrafts and souvenirs. Continuing the tour you will visit Pisac´s archaeological site located at the top of the mountain which gives us a clear idea of the hard work and amazing ingenuity required to create the Inca’s agricultural terraces, its constructions are just compared with Machu Picchu buildings.
You will enjoy a buffet lunch at the town of Urubamba, and then visit Ollantaytambo which is one of the most beautiful, and significant sites in the entire Cusco region. It is a very interesting, and typical pueblo with extensive, well preserved Inca ruins; crowned by the sacred archaeological site with its impressive temple of the sun.
Transfer to the hotel.
Overnight in the Sacred Valley
DAY 3: SACRED VALLEY – AGUAS CALIENTES
Free morning to rest or explore Ollantaytambo on your own, this is amazing town known as the last inca city living, because the inca buildings are still used as basement of the modern constructions, and by its old streets continue running the clean water of the Incas.
At midday you will board the Expedition train which will take you to Aguas calientes town; this scenic train ride is considered one of the most beautiful in the world. Upon your arrival, reception and accommodation at the hotel.
Aguas calientes is a small village almost 90% dedicated to the tourism activities, there are many activities to do; you can visit the Mandor waterfalls, visit the site Museum, go to the hot springs, visit the market or walk around this village.
Overnight in Aguas Calientes
DAY 4: MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO
Today, you have a full-day to explore Machu Picchu citadel – the new seven wonder of the world; the shuttle bus service will take you for 20 minutes from Aguas Calienets to Machu Picchu where you will have a 2- 3 hours fully guided tour of the mysterious ruins, visiting the most important sector of the city such as the temple of the Sun, the Intihuatana, the temple of the three windows, the mausoleum, the temple of the condor, etc.
If you are in a good physical shape you can hike to the Inca Bridge, Huayna Picchu, Inti Punku sun gate, or just wander through the ruins taking pictures.
You then return to Aguas Calientes to catch the train back to Cusco (Poroy train station), arrival to Poroy and transfer to the hotel.
Overnight in Cusco
NOTE: hike to the summit of Huayna Picchu, (Huayna Picchu now requires an extra, limited-availability permit; allowed just 400 per day. It is a 1.5-hour hike)
DAY 5: RIVER RAFTING (CLASS II-III):
After breakfast, the guide will pick you up from your hotel to be transferred to the starting point of the river rafting (1 ½ driving).
Upon your arrival to the river, you will gear up with the wetsuits, helmet, waterproof jacket, and life jacket. The guide will provide you safely briefing, and give general information for beginners (how to paddle, follow instructions).
This section of the river will offer you: class II, and III plus rapids, as well as some introductory rapids. Some rapids are technical so our expert guides will scout ahead and indicate appropriate directions, commands. Also, there will be a guide in a Kayak for protection for your safety.
It will be a last adventure activity of your trip to Peru, full of fun, with lots of “adrenalina pumpers” along the way.
Finally, enjoy the lunch and return to Cusco.
Overnight in Cusco
DAY 6: CUSCO – LIMA – HOME:
Transfer to Cusco`s airport. If your time frame allows you to visit other destinations, contact us.
INCLUDED / NOT INCLUDED
- Professional bilingual guide
- Tourist transportation
- Tours/activities described in the itinerary
- Entrance fees for the tours described in the itinerary
- Meals mentioned
- Train service: Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes – Cusco (Expedition, tourist class train)
- Entrance fee to Machu Picchu citadel
- Round trip bus ticket (Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes)
- Oxygen and first aid kit
- River rafting (included complete rafting equipment – professional guide)
- Assistance 24 hours
- Cusco (3 nights)
- Sacred Valley (1 night)
- Aguas Calientes (1 night)
- Aircraft tickets
- Extra services not mentioned in the itinerary
- Meals not mentioned in the program
- Tips and extra expenses
- Entrance to Huayna Picchu ($ 20.00 per person)