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TOUR: THE LOST CITY OF THE INCAS

Tour to Cusco - Machu Picchu - Cusco
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Tour Summary
Cusco, a city with a splendid legacy, full of history and culture, is the departure point for visiting the Impressive Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu, "The Lost City of the Incas", considered one of the World's Archaeological Jewels and an obligatory travel destination in Peru.

At a distance of 120 km (75 miles) from Cusco, in the Valley of the Urubamba River, Machu Picchu lies within the spectacular framework provided by the exuberant vegetation of the nearby jungle and the rugged landscape. The ruins are situated on the Eastern slope of Machu Picchu in two different areas: the Agricultural and the Urban ones. The latter includes the Civil sector (dwellings and canalizations), and the Sacred sector (temples, mausoleums, squares and royal houses). Although constructions show different levels of architecture, religious buildings exhibit a high degree of perfection. The constructions, often, were built with stones, and the roofs were built of tree trunks and thatched with "ichu" straw.

This program was specially prepared for those who want to make their trip a once-in-a-lifetime experience by sleeping at a hotel nearby Machu Picchu, offering them the opportunity to return to the Citadel the next day early in the morning when white clouds cover the site and are evaporated as the sun rises gradually discovering the magical Machu Picchu in front of your eyes.
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Tour Details
Duration: 4 days / 3 nights
Price: From US$ 486
Starting point: Cusco
Ending point: Cusco
Tour Type: Archaeological and cultural

Tour Description

All our programmes can be tailor made according to your requirements, whether regarding the length of your tour, any special interests or specific activities, flight reservations, optional destinations or tours.

DAY 01: Cusco

Cusco Tours, Cusco Travel, PeruMeet upon arrival and transfer to your selected hotel. Remaining morning free to rest in your hotel in order to avoid altitude sickness. In the afternoon, we will visit the City of Cusco on a guided sightseeing tour visiting the Main Square, the Cathedral and the Temple of the Sun or Korikancha. Then, we drive out of the City to visit the Inca sites of Kenko, Tambomachay, Puca Pucara and the impressive Fortress of Sacsayhuaman, strategically built on a hill overlooking Cusco, famous for its enormous carved stones, some of them standing over 9 m / 30 ft high and weighing over 350 tons.

Meals Included: None

DAY 02: Cusco - Machu Picchu
Cusco Tours, Cusco Travel, Peru Early in the morning, transfer to Cusco Train station for a three hours train ride to the famous Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu, one of the most renowned examples of Inca architecture, known as "The Lost City of the Incas", stepping off the train in Aguas Calientes Station for a 30-minutes drive climbing a 6km of winding road to reach the marvellous Citadel. Upon arrival, guided tour of the Citadel, visiting the Main Plaza, the Circular Tower, the Sacred Sun Dial (the most important Intihuatana), the Royal Quarters, the Temple of Three Windows and various burial grounds. Time free to stroll by the Archaeological Site. Lunch at a local restaurant. Late afternoon transfer to your selected hotel in Machu Picchu or in Aguas Calientes, the closest Town, at only 15 minutes by bus from Machu Picchu.

Meals Included: Breakfast and lunch

DAY 03: Machu Picchu: Aguas Calientes / Cusco
Leisurely breakfast. Excellent opportunity to wake up early and enjoy a beautiful sunrise as well as a stroll through the Town of Aguas Calientes and visit its Hot Springs Thermal Waters. Then, you will have time to perform some of the following activities: (not included in the overall tour price).
1. Visit the Citadel of Machu Picchu for the second time.
2. For the most adventurous people, we suggest to go up the Huayna Picchu (if it is not raining) from where you can appreciate the immensity of Machu Picchu, even more amazing being high and distant.
Arriving at the top takes about two hours and a half and it must be before 13:00 hours. It is necessary to register in an office at the beginning of the trail. An exciting adventure for the travellers who want to see, from the top, the nature and the carved stone emerging from the ground as if a geological miracle.
In the afternoon, back to Cusco by train, and transfer to your hotel.
Overnight.

NOTE: Not included second entrance to Machu Pichu

Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 04: Cusco
After breakfast, transfer assistance on your departure.

Meals Included: Breakfast


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Tour Inclusions

INCLUDED:
  • 2 Nights accommodation at a selected hotel in Cusco
  • 1 Night`s accommodation in Machu Picchu or Aguas Calientes
  • In and out transfers
  • All applicable taxes
  • Bilingual guided tours (english / spanish)
  • Entrance fees for the excursions mentioned above
  • Lunch at Aguas Calientes and other meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Train and bus ticket Cusco-Machu Picchu-Cusco

NOT INCLUDED:
  • International and Domestic flights (Lima / Cusco / Lima: US$ 294 aprox.)
  • Airport taxes ($30.25 for international flights and $6.05 for domestic flights)
  • Baggage excess
  • Alcoholic drinks, soda or bottled mineral water
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • International or National personal telephone calls
  • Additional nights for bad weather o flight cancellation
  • Snacks
  • Laundry


Useful Information

WE RECOMMEND YOU TO
- Use boots or sneakers during long walks.
- Drink lots of liquids on long excursions.
- Always take an umbrella or rainwear.

WHAT TO BRING
- Hiking boots, sneakers and shoes.
- Long pants or slacks
- Long-sleeved shirts.
- T-shirts.
- Sweaters and a jacket.
- Rain wear always.
- Camera.
- Insect Repellent and sun block.
- Aid kit (Bandaids, cotton, bandages, rubbing alcohol, Aspirin).
- Medicine to arrest or prevent the so called ”Soroche” or altitude sickness.
  Please consult your physician what medicine is best suited for your organism.

WEATHER
Cusco has a temperate climate with year long temperatures fluctuating 14º - 16ºC with warm days and cold nights. Rainy season in Cusco is from December to March.

Machu Picchu has a semi-tropical climate, warm and humid days and cold nights. Rainy season in Machu Picchu is from November to April.

Although your can do trekking during the months of April to October, the best months for visiting Machu Picchu are May and June.

ALTITUDE
Cusco City: 3360 m.a.s.l.
Machu Picchu: 2400 m.a.s.l.
Sacred Valley of the Incas: 2850 m.a.s.l.

Restaurants During Your Trip
In Cusco: International, vegetarian and local food restaurants.
In Aguas Calientes: International and local food restaurants.
In the Sacred Valley of the Incas: Local food restaurants.

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