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MACHU PICCHU JOURNEYS

 

One of the new Seven Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu is located in the most stunning setting, high above the Urubamba river in the middle of a tropical mountain forest. It is surely the most impressive and fantastic creations of the 15th century Inca empire. No matter how many photos you have seen of the citadel, nothing will compare to actually visiting the site and feeling and seeing the original Inca stone work while learning all about Inca construction techniques, history, religion, astronomy and culture. 

 

Machu Picchu &
Sacred Valley Tour

2 DAYS | 3 DAYS | 4 DAYS

This tour highlights some of the best spots in the Sacred Valley before taking the train to Aguas Calientes where we will spend the night and take you on a private sunrise tour of Machu Picchu the next day.

Machu Picchu, Markets,
& Local Farm Visit

2 DAYS

No trip to Cusco and the Sacred Valley is complete without a visit to Machu Picchu and we will make sure that your journey is unique, memorable, and perfect.
 

Machu Picchu, Huchuy Qosqo
Trekking & Home Stay

3 DAYS | 2 NIGHTS

You will be able to experience the life of local farmers living in remote areas high above the Sacred Valley, in the same way that their ancestors were living during Inca times.
 

 

MACHU PICCHU & SACRED VALLEY TOURS

2 DAYS | 3 DAYS | 4 DAYS

 
 
 
 

EXPERIENCE


 
 
The salt mines at Maras have been used since Inca times

The salt mines at Maras have been used since Inca times

This tour highlights some of the best spots in the Sacred Valley before taking the train to Aguas Calientes where we will spend the night and take you on a private sunrise tour of Machu Picchu the next day. There is an option to add additional days to visit a local farm and other amazing sites in the Sacred Valley as well as doing a city tour of Cusco. 

No trip to Cusco and the Sacred Valley is complete without a visit to Machu Picchu and we will make sure that your journey is unique, memorable, and perfect. Your guide will stay with your for the entire tour providing you with a wealth of information and history about this incredible site. We will make every attempt to book you on the Vistadome train for your return journey which has large windows for seeing the beautiful scenery, is faster than the other train, and also has snack service included in the cost of the ticket. We recommend that you start this journey from a hotel in the Sacred Valley because the altitude here is lower than in Cusco and you will have an easier time acclimating and can better enjoy your time at Machu Picchu. However, we would be happy to pick you up from Cusco if you decide to stay there. 

 
 
 

ITINERARY


 

DAY 1

Chinchero, Maras, Moray and transfer to Aguas Calientes

You will be picked up at 8:30 by private driver at your hotel in the morning. From Cusco or the Sacred Valley, there is a 45 minute drive through beautiful mountains and farmlands to the town of Chinchero in order to visit the women's weaving cooperative where we will watch a demonstration of local weavers who are using Inca techniques for dyeing fabric and for weaving traditional patterns. Here you will have time to browse the shop which sells Inca style purses, tablecloths, wall hangings, and many other colorful and exquisitely patterned artisanal goods. Then, we will visit Maras, a collection of salt mines that have been used since pre-Inca times to evaporate salt from an underground stream followed by a visit to Moray where will look down below to contemplate the concentric circles that made up an Incan agricultural laboratory. Hike down into the archaeological site with a  private guided tour of the ruins that served as one of the main amphitheaters for the Incas where they performed rituals and ceremonies. Lunch will be at a restaurant in Urubamba. 

We will have dinner in Ollantaytambo before boarding the train for a 2-hour journey to the town of Aguas Calientes, which is the base for visiting Machu Picchu. The train ride allows for spectacular views of the countryside. Arrive in Aguas Calientes and be accompanied by your guide to your hotel. 

 

 

DAY 3

Ollantaytambo, lunch and Sacred Valley farm tour, local market & Pisac

After breakfast at your hotel, we will visit the Inca ruins at Ollantaytambo, which was the lodging of the Inca emperor Pachacutec and later served as a military checkpoint for the Incas trying to protect the roads to Machu Picchu from the invading Spaniards. Enjoy a guided tour of the terraced ruins, fountains and aqueducts and see storage houses that were used by the Incas to maximize winds to keep crops cool and preserved. We will then have time to wander the streets of one of the oldest towns in Peru, where many 15th century Inca buildings still stand today. 

We will then drive 20 minutes to the town of Yanahuara where we will visit to a farm in the sacred valley, where we will tour the farm lands, cut alfalfa to feed the guinea pigs, and see first hand how chicha is made. This will be followed by a picnic lunch, which will be eaten outside overlooking the Sacred Valley. After lunch, we will go to the local authentic non-tourist market in Urubamba. Here we will see local families selling things such as fruits, vegetables, flowers and natural medicinal plants. Your guide will give your a tour of the market and you can taste Peruvian fruits and foods such as passion fruit, lucuma, and chirimoya. We will also learn about the ingredients needed to make chicha, a corn beer that has been an important part of Peruvian culture since Inca times. 

Then we will drive one hour to the majestic ruins at Pisac where we will visit terraced Inca ruins that are situated high on a mountain. From here, we will climb to the top of the ruins and take in amazing views of the Sacred Valley Your guide will teach you about the religious, astronomical and military functions of the site and see the terraces that allowed the Incas to grow food above 11,000 feet. After visiting the Inca ruins, there will be a chance to hike on a little known, seldom used original Inca trail and through a tunnel that was build by the Incas. One of the largest Inca cemeteries is also located in the ruins at Pisac and we can tour this part of the site as well.  

We will conclude the tour with a trip to Pisac handicraft market in the town to browse such things such as ceramics, jewelry, and weaving. Return to your hotel in Cusco private transport.

DAY 2

Machu Picchu and return to Sacred Valley or Cusco

Today we will have a very early start so that we can arrive at Machu Picchu in time for the majestic sunrise--a once in a lifetime opportunity. You will have breakfast at your hotel and your guide will pick you up and walk with you to the bus station where we will catch the bus that takes us to the entrance to Machu Picchu. 

After stopping to take photos, your guide will give a 2-3 hour guided tour of Machu Picchu. We will then take a break to rest and have snacks. There is an option to hike up to the Inka Bridge or to Inti Punku, the sun gate, which used to be the main entrance to Machu Picchu and offers phenomenal views of the entire site.

You will then have two hours of free time to explore on your own before taking the bus back down to the town of Aguas Calientes where we will have lunch and then take a mid-afternoon train back to Ollantaytambo or Poroy and you will then have private transport back to your hotel in the Sacred Valley or Cusco.

 

 

DAY 4

Cusco city tour

This tour will take you to local sites not included in most other city tours. You will be met by your guide at your hotel and we will walk to the bustling San Pedro market, where many Cusqueños start their day. We will stop to have coffee or tea and take a tour of the stands that sell everything from fruits and vegetables, meats and medicinal plants. You will then be led on a tour of the most important historical sites of Cusco including the Plaza de Armas and the main cathedral.  Inside the cathedral, you can see a massive silver altar and a painting of the last supper where they are eating guinea pig. We will also will give you a tour of Coricancha, which was the most sacred Inca temple dedicated to Inti, the sun God. When the Spaniards arrived to Cusco, they demolished the temple, using the existing foundation on which to build a colonial church. We will then have lunch in a local restaurant where you can taste cuy (guinea pig).

After lunch, we will drive 30 minutes to Tambomachay which was the Inca temple of the water, and then visit Pukapucara which was a ceremonial place of the Incas. Then we will visit the the Unesco world heritage site of Sacsayhuaman. Located on a steep outcropping overlooking Cusco, this Inca site is composed of massive boulders held together without mortar. It was an important site for military and ceremonial purposes.  You will be given a private tour of the site and we will go to a vista where there are great views overlooking the city of Cusco and we can enjoy the sunset. We will also visit some other amazing Inca sites nearby such as Return by private transport to your hotel in Cusco.  Another option for this tour is to start at Tambomachay and hike down to visit the other Inca sites, then walk from Sacsayhuaman to Cusco (about 2.5 hours total of walking) and finish the afternoon in the city of Cusco after having lunch in the main square. 

 
 

PRICING


 
 

2 DAY

Groups of 2-4: $600 per person

Groups of 5 or more: $550 per person, single hotel supplement of $60, upgraded hotel available on request for extra fee

 

4 DAY

Groups of 2: $840 per person

Groups of 3-4: $820 per person

Groups of 4-6: $800 per person

Groups of 6 or more: $750 per person

Not included: Entrance to Inca sites, cathedral, & hotel on days 2 or 3

3 DAY

Groups of 2: $725 per person

Groups of 3-4: $700 per person

Groups of 4-6: $675 per person

Groups of 6 or more: $625 per person

Not included: Hotel on day 2 or 3, entrance to Pisac and Ollantaytambo see above for Boleto turistico, lunch, & dinner. 

Hotel booking available on request

 
 

 

-INCLUDED-

Private transport, train to and from Aguas Calientes, bus tickets to and from Machu Picchu, entrance fees to Machu Picchu, private guided tour of the site, hotel in Aguas Calientes (Tierra Viva or similar caliber--upgrades possible if desired), private transport to hotel upon return, & snacks.

-NOT INCLUDED-

Lunch and dinner both days, Boleto Turistico for entrance into Ollantaytambo  (130 soles-$37 covers entrance to Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Chinchero, Moray, multiple museums in Cusco, and Sacsayhuaman or half ticket: 70 soles--$23 which covers only some of these sites), alcohol, & gratuities.

 

MACHU PICCHU, MARKETS
& LOCAL FARM VISIT

2 DAYS

 
 
 
 

EXPERIENCE


 
 
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No trip to Cusco and the Sacred Valley is complete without a visit to Machu Picchu and we will make sure that your journey is unique, memorable and perfect. This 2 day tour can be combined with any of our other trips and is different from what you will find with any other company because our first day will involve a visit to a local market and a picnic lunch with Valentin's family on their working farm in the Sacred Valley. Your guide will stay with your for the entire day providing you with a wealth of information and history about this incredible site. We will make every attempt to book you on the Vistadome  train for the return trip home as it has large windows for seeing the beautiful scenery, is faster than the other train, and also has snack service included in the cost of the ticket. We recommend that you start this journey from a hotel in the Sacred Valley because the altitude here is lower than in Cusco and you will have an easier time acclimating and can better enjoy your time at Machu Picchu. However, we would be happy to pick you up from Cusco if you decide to stay there.

 

 
 
 

ITINERARY


 

DAY 1

Local market tour, picnic lunch on a farm, Ollantaytambo & transfer to Aguas Calientes

After an early breakfast at your hotel, you will be picked up by your guide and will have private transport from your hotel to the local authentic non-tourist market in Urubamba. Here we will see local families selling things such as fruits, vegetables, flowers and natural medicinal plants. Your guide will give your a tour of the market and you can taste Peruvian fruits and foods such as passion fruit, lucma, and chirimoya. We will also learn about the ingredients needed to make chicha, a corn beer that has been an important part of Peruvian culture since Inca times. We will then drive 20 minutes to visit to a farm in the sacred valley, where we will tour the farm lands, cut alfafa to feed the guinea pigs, and see first hand how chicha is made. This will be followed by a picnic lunch, which will be eaten outside overlooking the Sacred Valley. 

After lunch we will visit the Inca ruins at Ollantaytambo, which was the lodging of the Inca emperor Pachacutec and later served as a military checkpoint for the Incas trying to protect the roads to Machu Picchu from the invading Spaniards. Enjoy a guided tour of the terraced ruins, fountains and aqueducts and see storage houses that were used by the Incas to maximize winds to keep crops cool and preserved. We will then have time to wander the streets of one of the oldest towns in Peru, where many 15th century Inca buildings still stand today. 

We will have dinner in Ollantaytambo before boarding the train for a 2-hour journey to the town of Aguas Calientes, which is the base for visiting Machu Picchu. The train ride allows for spectacular views of the countryside. Arrive in Aguas Calientes and be accompanied by your guide to your hotel.

DAY 2

Machu Picchu and return to Sacred Valley or Cusco

Today we will have a very early start so that we can arrive at Machu Picchu in time for the majestic sunrise--a once in a lifetime opportunity. You will have breakfast at your hotel and your guide will pick you up and walk with you to the bus station where we will catch the bus that takes us to the entrance to Machu Picchu.  

 After stopping to take photos, your guide will give a 2-3 hour guided tour of Machu Picchu. We will then take a break to rest and have snacks. There is an option to hike up to the Inka Bridge or to Inti Punku, the sun gate, which used to be the main entrance to Machu Picchu and offers phenomenal views of the entire site.

You will then have two hours of free time to explore on your own before taking the bus back down to the town of Aguas Calientes.  We will have lunch and then take a mid afternoon train back to Ollantaytambo or Poroy and you will then have private transport back to your hotel in the Sacred Valley or Cusco.

 
 
 

PRICING


 
 

2 DAY

Groups of 2-4: $600 per person

Groups of 5 or more: $550 per person,
(Single hotel supplement of $60, upgraded hotel available
on request for extra fee)

 
 

 

-INCLUDED-

Private transport, lunch on day 1, train to and from Aguas Calientes, bus tickets to and from Machu Picchu, entrance fees to Machu Picchu, private guided tour of the site, hotel en Aguas Calientes (Tierra Viva or similar caliber--upgrades possible if desired), private transport to hotel upon return,
& snacks.

-NOT INCLUDED-

Dinner in Ollantaytambo and Lunch in Aguas Calientes, Boleto Turistico for entrance into Ollantaytambo  (130 soles-$37  covers entrance to Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Chinchero, Moray, multiple museums in Cusco, and Sacsayhuaman or 70 soles--$23 which covers only some of these sites), alcohol,
& gratuities.

 
 
 

MACHU PICCHU, HUCHUY QOSQO, TREKKING & HOMESTAY

2 DAYS

 
 
 
 

EXPERIENCE


 
 
The salt mines at Maras have been used since Inca times

The salt mines at Maras have been used since Inca times

Huchuy cosqo means "little Cusco" and is a less frequently visited but amazing Inca archaeological site. On this journey, we will hike along one of the original inca trails through a beautiful canyon between amazing mountains to arrive at this location for an in depth tour where we will learn how it was used by the Incas for rituals and offerings to their gods. It was also a site that was important for the development of Inca astronomy as there are amazing views of the Milky way and stars from here. We will tour the ruins and then stay overnight at a home stay in the local community where people are still living in the Inca way. The lodgings are rustic but comfortable and we will share dinner with the local family. If we are lucky, the family may perform traditional music for us. The next morning, we will again share breakfast with the family, and we will hike for 5 hours (3 hours up and 2 hours down) through stunning countryside until we arrive at Chinchero, a weaving community, where we will share lunch with a local family before transport back to Cusco. 

 

 
 

ITINERARY


 

DAY 1

Cusco to Tambo Machay to Huchuy Cosqo

We will pick you up from your hotel at 5:30 in the morning and drive 30 minutes to Tambo Machay where we will start our trek. We will ascend through a beautiful path that is surrounded by tall mountain peaks. In the distance we can see Ausangate and around us, we will see mountain lakes and grazing llamas and alpacas. During this hike, we will reach 4 mountain passes, the highest of which is at 4000 meters. We will stop for lunch after about 4 hours of hiking, and after lunch, we will hike for about 4 hours more for a total distance of 16 km or 10 miles.

We will arrive at the house of a local family in Huchuy Qosqo where we will share dinner and time before going to bed for the night in their house. You will be able to experience the life of local farmers living in remote areas high above the Sacred Valley, in the same way that their ancestors were living during Inca times.

DAY 2

Huchuy Cosqo to Lamay to Machu Picchu

After breakfast with the family, we will have an in depth tour of the archaeological site of Huchuy Cusco which was a very important place and was considered "Small Cusco". We will see the Inca king’s palace, the temple of the water, and ceremonial altars. Then we will descend to Lamay where we will have lunch and will be picked up by private bus to be transported to Urubamba where we will tour the local, non-touristic market. You can have the chance to taste fruits and veggies unique to Peru and see the locals selling fruits and vegetables. Then we will continue driving to Ollantaytambo, a town with original Inca walls and cobblestone streets. We will have time to walk and visit the house of a local family located in a former Inca mansion. Then we will catch our train to Aguas Calientes and spend the night in a 3-star hotel (Tierra Viva or equivalent).  The total distance of hiking this day is 8 km or 4 miles, mostly downhill.

*Can add an optional day 3 journey to Machu Picchu

 
 

PRICING


 
 

$200 per person

 
 

 

-INCLUDED-

Private transport, English/Quechua/Spanish speaking professional guide, first aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle, lunch and dinner on day 1, homestay with a local family, breakfast and lunch on day 2, entrance to Huchuy Cosqo archaeological site & transport back to
hotel at the end of the trek.

-NOT INCLUDED-

Breakfast on day 1 & dinner on day 2.