Duration: 5 days
Location: Cusco-Peru
Price: $ 650.00
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Our Standard Tour is characterized by Three Star Hotels in the cities in which this tour is planned.

Our Standard Tour means encountering the unexpected; stay in a standard but comfortable hotel, eat as a local, have time to wander around and as always it is important for us your security. So come and enjoy touring with us from a grassroots perspective and experience one of the “Seven Wonders of the Ancient World” and take home memories that will last you a lifetime!

Our prices include:

  • Three Star hotels.
  • Transfers to and from the airports/hotels.
  • Cost of entrance to the visitor sites.
  • Train ticket to Machu Picchu (Round-trip).
  • All taxes and fees.

Overview

The lost city of Machu Picchu is the most famous archaeological site in Peru and all of South America. The UNESCO World Heritage-listed collection of temples, terraced hills, and plazas was once the mountaintop citadel of the ancient Inca empire under Pachacutec and Tupac Yupanqui. It may now be world famous, but Machu Picchu still has not revealed the mysteries behind construction, function, and eventual demise. The spectacular remains are thought to date from around 1450.

Itinerary description

Day 1: Arrival to Cusco – City Tour

Our personnel will provide assistance at your arrival into Cusco International Airport and transfer you to your Three Star Hotel located in Cusco city. Then you will receive a summary description of your tour and additional information on the schedule of your trip. This tour begins in the Temple of the Sun (Qoricancha), then we take you to the surrounding hills and visit the impressive ceremonial sites to give us an amazing picture of the highly engineering feats of the Incas: Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Pucapucara, and Tambomachay.

Day 2: Sacred Valley of the Incas

After breakfast in the hotel we will have the “Sacred Valley of The Incas” excursion. Visiting archeological remains of Pisaq and its traditional Handy Graff Market (Lunch in Urubamba town is optional). Next we will continue our tour to visit Ollantaytambo. It is located at an altitude of 2,792 m (9,160 ft) above sea level. During the Inca Empire, Ollantaytambo was the royal estate of Emperor Pachacutec, who conquered the region,and built the town and a ceremonial center. At the time of the Spanish conquest of Peru, it served as a stronghold for Manco Inca Yupanqui, leader of the Inca resistance.Thereafter we will transfer you to the train station for a short drive where you will experience spectacular views of the Peruvian Andes all the way down to the cloudy forest which is our next destination of Aguas Calientes.

Day 3: Machu Picchu

After breakfast, we will have a very early start to arrive in time for sunrise at Machu Picchu where you will have the most impressive panoramic view of the citadel which is one of New Seven Wonders of the World. Upon arrival to Machu Picchu, you will get an approximate three-hour guided tour around the Magnificent Complex visiting the main sites and monuments. Machu Picchu is located at 2,400 meters (7,970 ft) above sea level. After the tour to this extraordinary location you will have free time to wander around and soon after you will go by bus down to Aguas Calientes.

We depart by catching the train back to Cusco or Ollantaytambo (time and destination indicated on your train ticket) where we are going to transfer you back to your hotel.

Day 4: Rainbow Mountain

Our staff will come to pick you up at 04:00 am approx. from your hotel to mobilize you to the town of Pitumarca. Upon arrival we will make a stop to enjoy a delicious breakfast and stock up on some things necessary to start the tour. After this short stop, we will continue our trip where we are going to observe landscapes, mysterious mountains and deep valleys.

Our next stop is Chillca town which is located at 12,000 feet of altitude. From here, at 8:00 am approx., you will start up hiking uphill for 2 hours until you reach the Rainbow Mountains (5,012 m/16,000 ft of altitude approx). Upon reaching the top of the mountain you will be able to enjoy stunning views of the Andes, including potato fields and unique fauna. There is the possibility of seeing chinchillas and vicunas. Vicunas are the only non-domesticated animal of the llama family in Peru. Many red mountains are also a highlight of this portion of the hike. All the mountains that surround this area are red and there are stunning views of the valleys and the mysterious  Mountain of Seven Colors, where we will have enough time to take pictures and videos.

After the great experience we will undertake the return walk, in a duration of 2 hours, then we will enjoy a delicious lunch. After lunch you can visit some of the houses of the local family, where you can see the lifestyle of these people who still practice the ancient traditions of the Incas. For your information during the trekking we have the option of horseback riding until we reach the Rainbow Mountain for an additional cost of approx. $ 25 that is paid directly at the place. Afterwards we will return to Cusco at 7:00 p.m.

Day 5: Departure from Cusco

After breakfast is where our Machu Picchu & Rainbow Mountain adventure comes to the end. You will be transferred to Cusco Airport to take your flight to Lima International Airport.

Exclusions

  • The price does not include air flight tickets.

Highlights and Recommendations

  • Entry tickets sell out early for Machu Picchu, especially in the Peruvian winter (May–September). Book this tour well ahead of time.
  • All travelers have to visit with a licensed guide.
  • Selfie sticks, tripods, and strollers are not allowed at Machu Picchu.
  • One of the most iconic views of Machu Picchu is seen from the top of Huayna Picchu mountain. It has to be reserved ahead of time so please call us (862) 371 – 6161 to coordinate it.   
  • All this tour requires a fair amount of physical fitness, particularly given the high altitude in the Andes mountains. Give yourself at least one day in Cusco city to acclimatize.

Recommendations

  • Carry on your passport to present it in your hotel register, ride on trains and tours.
  • Drinking coca tea (coca leaves infusion) is recommended upon arrival at your lodging.
  • If necessary, it is advisable to take a pill for “altitude sickness”.
  • During your stay in Cusco it is not advisable to eat heavy or fatty foods.
  • Wear a cotton shirt (if you like long sleeves to avoid getting burned in the sun).
  • Jeans pants, rain jacket.
  • The Inca ruins offer little shade, so remember to bring sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat.
  • Sneakers for hiking or trekking.
  • If there is rain, you can buy disposable rain poncho in the City of Cusco (Our staff in Cusco city will guide you in the purchase).
  • Lightweight bag or backpack to carry your essential things when you visit the citadel of Machu Picchu.
  • Repellent and lip moisturizer.
  • Camera and battery charger.
  • Secure your luggage with padlocks.
  • Bottle of water to drink.
  • Extra money to buy souvenirs or others. Preferably in soles (Peruvian currency).
  • It is a tradition to give tip to tourist guides. However, consider it as a voluntary act.
  • Pick up a pair of walking sticks—you’ll be glad you did.

Cancellation Policy

If you cancel at least 30 days in advance of the scheduled tour, there is no cancellation fee.

If you cancel between 29 and 20 days in advance of the scheduled tour, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.

If you cancel within 20 days of the scheduled tour, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

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