Experience the hearth of the ancient Inca Empire through its capital Cusco, its Inca citadel of Machu Picchu and fertile countryside of Sacred Valley inclusive the agricultural laboratory of the Incas at Moray.
Day 1: private transfer form Cusco (airport, hotel or bus terminal) to Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley. Ollantaytambo is a great alternative to Cusco when arriving to the area due to its lower elevation (2790 m) and quiet surrounding. It is situated on the half way from Cusco to Machu Picchu making the train journey to the citadel much shorter. The small town is still made up of the original ancient Inca houses and streets but offers several activities in case of early arrival. In good weather we can take a short hike uphill to the Inca storehouse ruins on the slopes to see the picturesque view of the valley from above. For families it is a great opportunity to participate in one of the courses of the local Choco Museum.
Day 2: Full day trip to Machu Picchu by train. Get ready for an early wake up to catch one of the first trains from the local railway station to Machu Picchu Village. Apart from the amazing views and architecture of the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu many travelers consider it to be one of the most scenic train journeys of their life. Return to Ollantaytambo with a train in the late afternoon to spend another night in the Sacred Valley.
Day 3: In the morning visiting the ruins of Ollantaytambo than moving towards Cusco by private transport with intermediate stop at Moray. Here we visit the “Agricultural Laboratory of the Incas” circle shaped agricultural terraces where the Incas cultivated the different type of seeds to find the best breeds for different regions of their empire. Later we have a look at the salt fields nearby to see how salt is evaporated in thousands of salt pans on the hills by its traditional method.
Overnight stay in Cusco.
Day 4: Sightseeing Tour of Cusco and spending our second night in the Inca capital.
Please note, this tour cannot be booked individually, only if combined with other holiday routes or extended by visiting further destinations outside of Cusco area. Recommended to combine with: “Cusco to Lima off the beaten path” or “The Southern Circuit”.
Price: 2 persons - $640/person, 3 persons - $600/person, 4 persons - $580/person
No hidden charges, price includes all arising costs during the trip apart from meals:
-train ticket from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu Village (approx. $90/person one way)
-entrance tickets to the ruins (approx.. $60 / person)
-return bus ticket from Machu Picchu Village to the entrance of the Inca citadel ($15/person)
-Tourist Carnet for Cusco and Sacred Valley: unfortunately no individual tickets are sold for sights in Cusco and across Sacred Valley. All can be visited only with one single “tourist card” valid for 10 days that costs approx. $42. ( incl. Ollantaytambo and Moray).
-private transport from Cusco to Ollantaytambo and from Ollantaytambo to Cusco with intermediate stop at Moray
-mid range accommodations with double occupancy
-English speaking local guide at the ruins of Machu Picchu
-guided tour of Cusco
-cost of your tour leader and his onward journey to Cusco before the groups arrival
-meals, apart from breakfast where included in accommodation price and on board of the train
Price can be reduced by booking more basic accommodations or cutting down on museum entrance fees. There is a more time consuming but cheaper way to get to Machu Picchu Village from Cusco by a scenic bus journey (7 hours) + 2 hours walk. In this case you would be spending 2 nights in Machu Picchu Village in the Valley below the ruins and could be among the first to reach the citadel in the morning. (First day: outward journey from Cusco, Second day: full day at Machu Picchu, Third Day: return journey to Cusco). This option does not include Ollantaytambo and Moray, but can be visited on a separate excursion out of Cusco.
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