Venture through the Sacred Valley of the Incas to see some of Peru’s ancient wonders. Start in Cusco, the former Incan capital, and descend into the Sacred Valley to visit the markets of Pisac, the fortress ruins of Ollantaytambo, and the breathtaking mountain citadel of Machu Picchu.
This 6-day Peruvian vacation takes you through the Sacred Valley of the Incas, journeying from Cusco to Pisac, Ollantaytambo, and eventually the citadel of Machu Picchu. It features first-class and moderate accommodations, shared tours, and is a great introduction to Peru’s most famous landmarks.
Your Peruvian vacation begins in Cusco, the former capital of the Inca Empire and one of South America’s most distinctive historical cities. Head down to the Plaza de Armas to see the statue of the Incan Emperor Pachacutec and the massive churches of Cusco Cathedral and the Ieglesia de la Compania de Jesus. After adjusting to the high altitude of this mountain city, descend into the Sacred Valley. First stop is the Pisac Indian Market, where you can shop for the beautiful Andean textiles that are famous the world over. You’ll also have a chance to see the Pisac Ruins, notable for their sophisticated irrigation system, astronomical observatory, and solar clock. Continue to the Incan town of Ollantaytambo, where the ruins of a massive fortress cover the hillside. Explore these ruins and enjoy the view from the hillside overlooking the conflux of two mighty rivers. Spend the next full day engaged in local activities at the Misminay community project. Learn how to work the earth, bond with locals, and get in touch with ancient Andean traditions.
Hop the train bound for Machu Picchu, the legendary Inca citadel that was constructed in the 14th century and was lost until 1911 when Hiram Bingham introduced it to the western world. Explore the ruins in the company of an expert guide who’ll bring the citadel to life with stories about its past and the heights of the Inca Empire. After passing along the circuit through the site, spend the evening at the foot of the mountain in Aguas Calientes. The following morning, return to Machu Picchu and consider climbing to the top of nearby Huayna Picchu for truly breathtaking views of the citadel and the surround, cloud-draped mountains.
Return to Cusco that evening and connect to your next destination the following day.
DAY 1: Cusco
Terra Andina is a colonial mansion in the historic district of the former capital of the Inca Empire, Cusco, Peru. The hotel is located half a block from the charming Plaza San Pedro, Eiffel's designed San Pedro Market, San Pedro Church and the train station to Machu Picchu and only four blocks from the Main Square. It is a 31-room full service hotel offering comfortable accommodation.
DAY 2: Ollantaytambo
A full day excursion to the Chincheros and Pisac Ruins and the Ollantaytambo Fortress in the heart of the Sacred Valley. With an early start, you drive through the fertile countryside of the Urubamba Valley to the colonial village of Chincheros. This traditional Andean town is known as 'the birthplace of the rainbow', and it has the full complement of photogenic attractions: Inca ruins, Andean village houses, an elaborate colonial church built on Inca foundations, and of course the lively weekly market. Please note: The main market day is Sunday. Other days the market is open but much smaller in scale. Then continue down the valley to visit colonial village of Pisac where the Indian Market is one of the town and areas, main features. Please note: The main market days are Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Other days the market is open but much smaller in scale. You then visit Pisac Ruins which lie atop a hill at the entrance to the valley. It features an irrigation system, an astronomical observatory, and a solar clock and calendar (Intiwatana). Continuing down the valley and ever so slightly lower in altitude you head to the impressive archaeological complex of Ollantaytambo. Ollantaytambo is a massive citadel located 50 kilometers from Machu Picchu. The citadel served as both a temple and a fortress and the only battle at which the Incas held off the Spanish. You will then be transferred to your hotel.
DAY 3: Misminay Community Project
Visit a local community and participate in local farming activities, learn ancestral techniques and use farming tools that date back to pre-Inca times. After lunch the community will show you how they make textiles from the collection of wool and natural dyes.
DAY 4: Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu
The Vistadome is the ideal train for those who want to be in contact with the environment and appreciate the wonderful journey to Machu Picchu.
Surrounded entirely by glass and wagons with large panoramic windows offering incomparable scenic views and innumerous opportunities to capture amazing pictures, Vistadome travelers feel connected and part of the impressive landscape of Peru. Perurail provide travelers on board personalized and first level service to give them an unforgettable life experience.
The Vistadome has two stations of departure to Machu Picchu: Cusco (Poroy) and the Sacred Valley (Ollantaytambo).
The Vistadome also has air conditioning and heating, leather seats that adjust the body to provide comfort and relaxation during the entire trip.
There are two available entrances for Machu Picchu. Morning visit valid from 600AM to 1200PM midday and an afternoon entrance valid from 1:00PM to 5:00PM with a maximum stay of 4 hours in each admission period. The below tour is the afternoon option.
You will be met by your guide you upon disembarking from your train, at the Aguas Calientes train station. If you are already in Aguas Calientes, your guide will meet you at your hotel reception at approximately 12 midday. He/she will then escort you to the nearby bus stop where buses transport travelers from the town of Aguas Calientes to the ruins of Machu Picchu (it's about a 20-min bus ride up to the idyllic mountain top location). On arrival at the ruins, you will begin your guided tour. You must exit the ruins by 5:00PM.
After the tour, you will exit with your guide. If you have chosen to stay at the Sanctuary Lodge, located right at the entrance of Machu Picchu, your guide will assist with your check in. Otherwise, you will board the first available bus down the hill to the town of Aguas Calientes where you will continue to your chosen accommodation.
If you are returning to Cusco, at the shuttle bus terminal in Aguas Calientes, your guide will be waiting to assist with boarding your train for your return to Cusco (departures range from approx. 4:00PM to 5:30PM- schedules vary and subject to change without notice). NOTE: You need to be at the Aguas Calientes train station 30 minutes before your trains departure time.
DAY 5: Machu Picchu
There are two available entrances for Machu Picchu. Morning visit valid from 6:00AM to 12:00PM midday and an afternoon entrance valid from 1:00PM to 5:00PM with a maximum stay of 4 hours in each admission period. The below tour is the morning option.
Today you will visit Machu Picchu (entrance and round-trip shuttle bus ticket included).
As this visit is NOT GUIDED, you will be required to present your first visit ticket.
Please make your way to the shuttle bus station at the south end of town near the bridge that crosses the river Vilcanota. Buses begin running from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu at 5:30AM. The ruins open at 6:00AM. No reservation for the bus is required. A guide will assist with boarding your bus in Aguas Calientes and if you're departing this day, advise you of the time you must be back in Aguas Calientes to board your train back to Cusco. NOTE: You need to be at the Aguas Calientes train station 30 minutes before your trains departure time.
After ascending the multi- switch-back dirt road, you will be dropped off at the entrance to Machu Picchu. Enjoy Machu Picchu at your pace or partake in one of the following walks below. You must exit the ruins before 12 noon.
Climb Huayna Picchu (the famed peak in the ruins). This must be pre booked at the time of your Machu Picchu reservation with Goway Travel. Time spent climbing the peak would be considered part of your morning entrance ticket.
Climb Machu Picchu Mountain. This must be pre booked at the time of your Machu Picchu reservation with Goway Travel. Time spent climbing the peak would be considered part of your morning entrance ticket.
Walk to the Incan bridge - no costs. Approx. time 90 minute round trip. Not allowing for time at the bridge. Time spent trekking to and from would be considered part of your morning entrance ticket.
Walk to the Sun gate - no cost. Approx. time 2.5 hours round trip. Not allowing for time spent at the Sun Gate. Time spent trekking to and from would be considered part of your morning entrance ticket.
After your time in the ruins, you will exit and board the first available bus down the hill to the town of Aguas Calientes where, if you are overnighting, you will continue to your chosen accommodation. If you are returning to Cusco, at the shuttle bus terminal in Aguas Calientes, your guide will be waiting to assist with boarding your train for your return to Cusco (departs approx. 4 pm - schedules vary and subject to change without notice).
Please note that unless a SUPPLEMENT has been included you will be touring the ruins on your own today.
if you are catching a train to Cusco or Ollantaytambo, check out of your hotel or collect your bags from your hotel if you have not already.
There is an option to purchase the afternoon entrance ticket to Machu Picchu where you can re-enter at 1:00PM.
Day 6: Cusco
Transfer to Airport
Terms & ConditionsDEPARTURE: Daily. PRICE INCLUDES:
- 5 nights accommodation
- Misminay Community Visit
- Sacred Valley touring
- Guided tour of Machu Picchu
- Entrance fees
- Meals as indicated
- Travel insurance
- International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
- Visa fees if applicable
- Meals and beverages not mentioned
- Items of a personal nature