MACHU PICCHU CULTURAL TOUR PACKAGE 8-DAYS
GUIDING PERU INCLUSIVE PACKAGE TOUR • LEISURELY PACED TOUR FOR ALL AGE GROUPS AND ABILITIES • EXPERIENCE CUSCO, SACRED VALLEY VILLAGES, AND MACHU PICCHU
✓Multi-day adventure at a leisurely pace ✓Visit the world famous Machu Picchu ✓Experience the Sacred Valley and cultural Cusco city ✓Flexible start date
Machu Picchu Cultural Tour Details
The Machu Picchu Cultural Tour, exclusive to Guiding Peru, allows guests the opportunity to explore major tourist sites in and around Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu in a less intense or more leisurely pace. Our experienced and knowledgeable indigenous guides lead you through the Cusco region of Peru while sharing their in-depth knowledge of the pre-Inca, Inca and Colonial cultures. Throughout your journey, you will stay in boutique-style hotels and enjoy fine meals in traditional local restaurants.
Day 1: Arrival To Cusco Peru
Accommodation: Hilton Garden Inn, Cusco Meals: Welcome Reception You will receive a warm greeting by a Guiding Peru representative at the Cusco airport and then enjoy a private van transfer to the 4-star Hilton Hotel in Cusco marking the start of your Machu Picchu Cultural tour. In the late afternoon, your guide will visit your hotel and take you on a private walking tour of the wonderful Cusco Inca Museum. Upon returning to the hotel you will enjoy an evening reception in the hotel’s courtyard, followed by an itinerary briefing from your guide.
Day 2: Guided City Tour Of Cusco
Accommodation: Hilton Garden Inn, Cusco Meals: Breakfast and snacks On the second day of your Machu Picchu Cultural Tour, you will get plenty of time to relax in the morning. Your tour guide from Guiding Peru will meet you at the hotel lobby at 1:00 pm to begin the Cusco City Tour by heading to Cusco’s Plaza de Armas. Here you will start walking up four blocks on a gradual path and steps around the most traditional and ancient Inca-built street of the city. Then you will head towards the highest point of the tour- Saint Christopher Church. At this site you will get an opportunity to enjoy the best views of the city. While exploring the city with your guide, you will learn about the history of the palace of the first Inca King, Manco Capac. Our guide will then lead you down to the Sam Blas Incan urbanization, to the next viewpoint. At this urbanization, you can visit the first Catholic Church of the city, to view the best pulpit in South America, which is carved out of cedar wood. After touring this sacred church, you will keep walking to explore the temple of the Sun Qoricancha, which is located at the Monastery of the Saint Dominic Religious order. In Qoricancha, you will learn about the clash between Inca culture and Catholicism, by witnessing the differences in building methods. From Qoricancha, your Cusco City tour continues along two blocks of the principal streets of Cusco to the Cathedral, where you will get the chance to enjoy the descriptions of the Andean art, such as the Andean last supper and the choir. Your tour ends at 5:00 pm in the main square of the city, which allows you some time to shop and have dinner in one of the fine local restaurants.
Day 3: Almudena Cemetery – San Pedro Market – Qenqo – Sacsayhuaman
Accommodation: Hilton Garden Inn, Cusco Meals: Breakfast and gourmet buffet picnic lunch The third day of your Machu Picchu Cultural tour starts at 8:30 am, when our guide will pick you up from your hotel to begin walking to the Historical Cemetery of “La Almudena”. Your guide will explain the Cusco society and their customs and traditions. Visiting this cemetery, you will get a perspective on how the society lives today. Following this stop, your next destination will be the most traditional and first Local Market: San Pedro. Upon arriving, you will notice the Cusquenian ladies still wearing beautiful traditional dresses around the market. Here you will be given the best opportunity to shop locally. If you are looking for an alpaca jumper or a Peruvian souvenir, this is the place to purchase these, as well as other, unique items. We end our time at the market by tasting a freshly made local juice. We then drive up to Sacsayhuaman Park to tour the Incan complex. Our excursion begins by visiting the fertility or mother earth temple called “Qenqo,” located inside natural caves with outstanding altars (that were used for sacrifices by this pre-colonial culture). After this half hour tour, we continue driving to our picnic spot located over the Sacsayhuaman mountain. Today’s lunch will be a delicious chef-prepared buffet picnic lunch with drinks. Your lunch location is near an ancient Inca trail, on the grounds of a newly built mountain village school. After lunch, you will enjoy a visit with the children in a local schoolhouse. We then walk down an ancient Inca trail to the Sacsayhuaman Incan archaeological site enjoying a 2-hour private tour. After the tour, it will be optional for you to go by foot or take our van down to your hotel ending your third day around 5 pm.
Day 4: Awanacancha -Pisac -Amaru – Inkary
Accommodation: Casa Andina Valle Sagrada Hotel, Urubamba Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner with snacks An exciting day tour of your Machu Picchu Cultural Tour begins at 8:00 am driving you to the Inca town of Pisac. Along the way, we make a quick stop at the Awanacancha weaving center and then continue driving to the Pisac archaeological site to explore the cemetery, houses of priests, sector of terraces, ending with an amazing viewpoint of the whole complex. Following this short tour, you will be driven in the van to the next destination, Amaru, where you will have lunch. Prior to lunch, you will experience a warm greeting from the community who play traditional music on very ancient instruments, and offering us many flowers to the Pachamama (Mother Earth) to cleanse our spirits. After the offering ceremony, we join the craftspeople to collect items such as flowers, which are used to dye the textiles. Once you have gathered the necessary materials, the craftspeople will explain how the weaving fibers have been dyed to bring out their vibrant colors. These techniques have been used since ancient times. During this experience, other ladies of the community will prepare a delicious traditional lunch for you with fresh and organic produce of the area. Before we end our cultural travel experience and say goodbye, they will display beautiful tapestries, scarves, and other textiles, that you can buy if you wish. After this introduction to the Peruvian communities, we drive to Calca town to embrace the next surprise of the day, “INKARI” Museum. Here we will get an opportunity to learn more about the ancient Peruvian cultures and enjoy an informative tour. Then we drive to Taray to visit the children of a local orphanage. Tonight’s dinner will be at one of he best restaurants in the valley near Urubamba, located in the middle of the forest of Yucay village.
Day 5: Urubamba – Chinchero – Moray Inca Site – Maras Salt Pans
Accommodation: Casa Andina Valle Sagrada Hotel, Urubamba Meals: Breakfast, gourmet buffet picnic lunch and dinner with snacks On the fifth day of your Machu Picchu Cultural Tour, you can enjoy the grounds of the hotel in Urubamba this morning. At around 9:00 am, you will be driven to Chinchero to explore the traditional market and get a chance to see the meeting of different communities exchanging produce with the locals. Here you can see and discuss the magnificent and impressive Inca site of Chinchero, where the Catholic Church was built on the terraces. At times, it is possible to experience or witness the traditional weddings or other beautiful ceremonies happening at the church. After exploring the Inca site and church you will have time to walk around Chinchero, to explore and shop in the local market. Then you will drive to Lake Huaypo for a delicious buffet picnic lunch, which is located at one of the most beautiful sites of our journey- over the highland of Cusco. After having lunch, you will be served a glass of Peruvian wine or Pisco sour prepared by our professional chef. Then our drive continues for about 30 min to the Moray Inca site to explore the experimentation of microclimates for tropical production in the highlands. This complex was built in a shape of an amphitheater on top of a large plateau at about 3,500m. You will enjoy exploring this amazing archaeological site, which is a sophisticated system of several enormous terraced, circular depressions and an amazing irrigation system that was studied by pre-Incan and developed by Incan people. Continuing your Machu Picchu Cultural Tour, you will enjoy a short drive to Maras community to indulge in a short walk to Maras Salt Pans. Maras village is well known by its nearby salt evaporation ponds. This is the main salt mine in Peru and one of the most productive in the world, producing pink salt. Finishing the tour at 4:30 pm, you will be back to the hotel at Urubamba where this evening you will dine at Tunupa, a wonderful locally-owned restaurant that serves traditional Peruvian cuisine.
Day 6: Ollantaytambo – Willoc – Aguas Calientes
Accommodation: Tierra Viva Machu Picchu Hotel, Aguas Calientes Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner with snacks On Day 6 of your Machu Picchu Cultural tour, you will be picked up at 9:00 am and driven to Ollantaytambo, which is considered the only living museum protected by UNESCO. Ollantaytambo is the best example of an intact Inca village, which boasts of having impressive architecture surrounded by temples, granaries, fortresses, houses and waterways running through the quaint streets of the town. After exploring the main archaeological site “Ollantaytambo fortress”, we continue walking through the middle of the town along ancient Incan streets (still named in the Quechua language) and visit the Incan bars where you can taste the famous Incan corn beer “Chicha”. Here you can also view the process used to make this traditional drink for festivities and interact with the locals. After touring Ollantaytambo Inca town, you will be driven 45 minutes up to Willoc community, where our staff and the people from the community will welcome us wit ha buffet picnic lunch. Willoc is the only community that preserves their traditions as Incan people did in the Sacred Valley. You will join one of the families for a few moments in their house, who will share their lives and knowledge of the highlands and its benefits to the community. We highly recommended you purchase some of the beautiful tapestries and scarves they make as souvenirs, as these are of high quality and available at affordable prices. The main objective of Guiding Peru in taking the clients to Willoc is to get in close touch with the Peruvian culture and see the real Peru, feel their lives, learn about the ancient weaving techniques, appreciate their reciprocity, and live with the people inside their houses. In order to help them, Guiding Peru provides this activity that proves to be a way to of reciprocity, and are pleased that the community people allow us to explore their village. By participating in Guiding Peru’s Machu Picchu Cultural Tour, you are lending a hand to the stability of Willoc and other rural communities. Following this experience, we provide a train expedition to Aguas Calientes and enjoy a meal at one of the best restaurants in the area, where the guide will organize and brief you about the next day at Machu Picchu.
Day 7: Machu Picchu – Inca Bridge – Cusco
Accommodation: Hilton Garden Inn, Cusco Meals: Breakfast and celebratory lunch and snacks This morning we start the Machu Picchu Cultural Tour at 8:00 am. This tour will start along the Inca trail that ends in Machu Picchu, on flat stones on the edge of cliffs in the highland jungle, which is well known as the Inca Bridge Trail. A fascinating walk that takes around 35 minutes round trip, proves to be the best beginning around the magical complex. After the Inca Bridge you will relax at the best view point of the Citadel and then our guide will begin explaining the mystery of Machu Picchu. After the discussion, your guide will lead you on a tour of the total complex taking approximately 3-4 hours. (Huayna Picchu Mountain climb is optional). Around 1:00 pm you will go for our celebratory lunch at one of the best restaurants in Aguas Calientes town. You then take the train at 4:30 pm with the Inca Rail Company to Ollantaytambo where the Guiding Peru driver will be waiting to transport you back to your Cusco hotel, arriving at approximately 8:00 pm. In the evening, you will be free to relax in the Plaza de Armas and select a restaurant on your own to enjoy your last dinner in the city of Cusco.
Day 8: Goodbye Peru- The Last Day of Machu Picchu Cultural Tour
Meals: Breakfast On your the 8th day of your Machu Picchu Cultural Tour, you will have a plenty of time to relax and explore, before receiving a private transfer back to the airport for your flight back home.
What’s Included in our Machu Picchu Walking Tour?
- Guiding Peru “welcome package”
- Private transfers to and from the Cusco airport
- Professional Guiding Peru English/Spanish speaking guide(s)
- Private van support throughout the trip
- 4 Nights in Hilton Garden Inn Hotel Cusco
- 2 Nights Casa Andina Sacred Valley Hotel, Urubamba
- 1 Night Tierra Viva Machu Picchu Hotel, Aguas Calientes
- Trekking poles
- Meals as indicated in the itinerary
- Tourist vehicles and expert English speaking indigenous guides
- Cusco Visitors Ticket
- 21 Entrance tickets for all the Inca sites and touristic places
- Machu Picchu entry and guided tour
- Cusco City and Sacred Valley guided tours
- Oxygen and first aid kit
- Expedition train tickets
- Bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
Suggested Packing List
• Original passport. • Backpack to carry your personal items • Comfortable trekking boots with good ankle support • Warm clothes, layers for variable temperatures • Thermal underwear for cold conditions • Gloves or mittens, wool socks, beanie for cold conditions • T-shirts and trekking pants that zip off to short pants for comfort • Personal medications, insect repellant • Flash light, head lamp and extra batteries • Camera • Binoculars • Sun hat, Sunscreen, and sunglasses • Rain jacket/pants or high quality rain poncho • Personal Toiletries, toilet paper, small towel, moist towelettes • 2 x1 litre water bottle • Bathing suit for the hot springs in Aguas Calientes • Extra money for drinks & tips, souvenirs etc in soles
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
"Our guides Reuben, Marco and Celia were great. They took care of everything. I enjoyed the conversation and learning about their country. I liked the food and think the meals were well rounded. The hotels were clean and accommodating. Good team. I’d book with them again."
SEAN S., DENVER CO
"Awesome leadership, great preparation, outstanding food, a new adventure at every turn and....the contrast from 14000 ft. peaks to jungle canopy was what brought it all together....two worlds, one civilization, new friendships, and lots of fun. We'll be back!"
LOUIS C., SCOTTSDALE AZ
"One final note - over the four days, one couldn't help looking over at the other groups of trekkers, observing and even chatting with along the trail. From groups of 2 to what looked like other groups of 30+ people, I don't think I found any group that was as well looked after as our group. You can stop looking now - go ahead and book with Guiding Peru."
RICHARD C., ALBERTA CALGARY CANADA
When to Travel
- High Season (June – August): Dry season in the Andean highlands. Best time for dry conditions for hiking in the Sacred Valley and on Inca Trail.
- Shoulder Season (September-November and March-May): Occasional rain storms Trails are less crowded, making for ideal visits with more solitude.
- Low Season (December to February): Rainy season. Expect persistent daily rains. The Inca Trail is closed in February for trail maintenance and campsite clean up.
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