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5 Day - Inca Trail Express to Machu Picchu

We want you to enjoy the most of your time in Peru the land of the Inca trail.  This time we have a express tour of just 5 days, starting from Cusco and its great history, the Sacred Valley, and then the trekking to Machu Picchu.

5 Day - Inca Trail Express to Machu Picchu
USD 732
Price per person
Duration
5 days


Details


Itinerary at a Glance


  • DAY 1

    Arrive In Cusco (Peru)

  • DAY 2

    Open Day For Leisure

  • DAY 3

    Cusco - WiÑay Wayna - Machu Picchu

  • DAY 4

    Machu Picchu Tour – Return Train To Cusco

  • DAY 5

    Bye Cusco!



  • Itinerary


    DAY 1 :

    Arrive In Cusco (Peru)

    Once we welcome you we’ll take you to your hotel.

    Now you can decide, either you can enjoy the Inca city and colonial heritage on your own.  Or you might want to rest and wait the evening when Cusco shows its night life; At night time, there are several places to have a delightful night and eat too.

    Your other option for this first part of your Inca 5 days, is to get onto a half day tour at an additional price of USD 30 per person. The  half day city tour starting at 13:00 hrs and cover the following places:

    • The Koricancha: Temple of the sun.

    • The Cathedral: Marvel of the religious art.

    • Sacsayhuaman: Majestic place with impressive works in stone, some up to 120 tons.

    • Q´enqo: (Labyrinth) a religious center dedicated to the adoration of the Earth.

    • Puca Pucara: (reddish place) that was used as a military control center.

    • Tambomachay: (Temple of the Water) a center of adoration and worship of water.

    Included:

    • Transportation
    • Professional English speaking guide.

    Not included:

    • Tourist ticket for entrance to attractions (extra USD 33)
    • Dinner
    • Gratuity

    Overnight at: Casa Andina Classic Cusco Plaza or Similar.

    DAY 2 :

    Open Day For Leisure

    As a part of your Inca Trail Express to Machu Picchu 5 days trip, we will travel to the Sacred Valley.  As you may know, The Inca Trail is one of the most famous trails worldwide and begins at some point within this Sacred Valley. The Sacred Valley is one of the most representative and beautiful landscapes of Cusco.  

    We need to leave Cusco during the morning time at around 08:00 am and head towards Pisac village.  We have chosen this location as part of our Inca Trail Express to Machu Picchu 5 days because Pisac offers you a fantastic artisans market and a well preserved Inca architecture of the same name as the village.  The artisans market is worthy to visit as all the hand made products are using organic materials, very well made and designed.

    After being in Pisac market,  the Inca ruins in this valley of Pisac are awaiting our visit.  We will head up on private transport and to have also a panoramic view of this impressive and beautiful Sacred Valley.

    If visiting Pisac liked you, then Ollantaytambo will not be less.  We are leaving Pisac in the direction to Ollantaytambo but before getting to our final destination, we will have a lunch break (not included) on the way.  

    The Ollantaytambo Inca site shows you the magnificent temple of the sun.  This Inca tour shows you also the enormous blocks of rock perfectly carved and polished, stone water fountains, stairs and terraces.

    Looking at the people of Ollantaytambo, you will notice, their pride in keeping their traditions reflected in their beautifully wearing of typical dresses.  This village is surrounded by its local sacred mountains and Valleys.

    Finished our journey to Ollantaytambo, we will be visiting Chinchero market and then return to Cusco at about 18:30-19:00 hours.

    Included:

    • Transportation

    • Professional English speaking guide.

    Not included:

    • Tourist ticket (extra USD 25)

    • Meals

    P.S: Tonight we will have the Inca trail briefing at 7:00 pm at the hotel lobby.

    Overnight at Casa Andina Classic Cusco Plaza or Similar.

    DAY 3 :

    Cusco - WiÑay Wayna - Machu Picchu

    Due to its altitude, Cusco most of the times welcome us with its refreshing mornings so that day it will not be an exception.  On early morning ( time to be confirmed) we leave Cusco to carry on with the tour. This time we are heading to the train station, to embark ourselves on a wonderful train journey.  

    The train journey will last a couple of hours in which you will be surrounded by the panoramic Andean valleys views.  

    The starting of the Inca Trail Express, lead us for about 4 hours walk until we reach one of the most impressive Inca sites called 'Forever Young'.  The site and its fresh spring at sight are well known in native Quechua language as a 'Wiñay Wayna'. Our Inca Trail Express has taken you at 2,680m / 8,792 ft above the sea level and seeing one of the most beautiful claimed Inca sites for travelers.

    As we are heading our way up, gradually this Inca trail tour will show you  'Inti Punku' or 'Sun gate' at 2,730m / 8,792ft. From this fantastic gate, you will get a panoramic glance of Machu Picchu at 2.400m or 7,873 ft. on our way to the ancient city, we will divert our walk to Aguas Calientes town we will have some dinner, rest well so we can leave again at early morning to the claimed ancient site by Unesco as a world heritage monument.

    Overnight at Casa Andina Classic Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu or Similar.

    DAY 4 :

    Machu Picchu Tour – Return Train To Cusco

    The Inca, the son of 'Inti' (The Sun) was allowed to enter to the glory and enjoyment of his royal house, Machu Picchu.  Today you will trace his steps and complete the whole Inca Trail Express to Machu Picchu 5 days tour.

    After taking your breakfast at 05:45 am we leave this town and get the first bus to Machu Picchu. The ride will take us around 20 minutes to get to the top of the hill.  Our aim is to get to the ancient citadel when the sunrise is over the city.

    The first impression of Macchu Picchu is its fantastic location which mixes very well with the whole nature around it.  Very far away at the back, the Andean mountains and snow peaks will take your breath away.

    Our guide will give you a 2 hour guided over this Inca tour and after this, you can explore the city by yourself.

    If you have done the arrangements before the tour, you will know that in order to climb the mountain of Huayna Picchu at 2.720m/8,890ft above the sea level, you will need a permit. To climb the Huayna Picchu mountain which is the one facing the ancient city, It takes around 45 minutes to reach the top.

    Once you finish exploring the city or part of it,  your guide will meet you in Aguas Calientes to have lunch and to receive your train tickets back to Cusco. The return to Cusco takes about four hours with a bus transfer in Ollantaytambo to Cusco.

     

    Please note: allocations or Itineraries are subject to change depending on the time of bookings and campsites provided by INC (National Culture Institute that runs the Inca Trail).

    DAY 5 :

    Bye Cusco!

    Finished your breakfast, you will get a transfer to the local airport for you to take your flight back (according to your airline schedule). Have a safe journey.

    Highlights


    Price Includes

    • Private transportation to the trailhead
    • Pick up from your hotel in Cusco
    • Breakfast at the trailhead
    • Entrance fee into Rainbow Mountain (Cerro colorado)
    • English speaking Tour guide for the entire trip
    • Snacks
    • Drinking water
    • Freshly prepared hot lunch
    • First Aid kit
    • Trekking poles
    • Porters & Cook
    • Dining tent, chairs & tables
    • Private toilet
    • Taxes

    Price Not Includes

    • Tips for your crew
    • Recommendations of what to bring:
    • Small day pack
    • Photocopy of your passport
    • Warm clothes
    • Rain gear
    • Sunglasses
    • Hiking pants
    • Hiking boots
    • Camera with extra batteries


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