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Activities
  • 7 days adventure touring
Accommodation
  • 6 nights hotel
Meals
  • 6 Breakfasts

7 Days$1399USD

 
 
Trip Code: CMP

Trip highlights


  • Explore the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu
  • Marvel at the churches, cathedrals, plazas and markets in the great Inca city of Cusco
  • Take in impressive views of three mountain ranges in the beautiful Sacred Valley
  • Discover the charming town of Aguas Calientes
  • Enjoy the historic city of Cusco with an extra day at leisure

Why Book With Us

  • Visit Machu Picchu twice, two entrances included.
  • Explore Cusco and the stunning Sacred Valley with our experienced and passionate bilingual guides.
  • Extra time in Cusco built in at the end of the trip.
  • All transfers in a private air conditioned and well maintained vehicle included.
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of the trip included.

This one week trip explores the famous sites of the Incas including Cusco, the Sacred Valley and concluding at the magnificent ruins of Machu Picchu. Rather than rush back to Cusco, we spend a night at Aguas Calientes, with an opportunity to soak in the hot springs before heading up to Machu Picchu for sun rise. We also spend ample time in Cusco savouring and acclimatizing in this great Inca city.


You will be met at the airport and transferred to our hotel located in the historic centre then you will have some time to explore the city and also enjoy a few hours of rest, essential to initiate successful acclimatisation to the altitude. In the evening you will meet with your guide at 6pm at your hotel for an initial trip briefing. Overnight: Casa Andina Standard Cathedral or similar.

Meals:  Nil

Today we have a guided tour of Cusco and its nearby ruins. The city, once capital of the extensive Inca Empire, has seen many changes since Francisco Pizarro's men took the city with such apparent ease in November 1533. The tour starts with a visit to Santo Domingo Convent, a large Renaissance-baroque complex, which was built over the Inca Coricancha temple. It was one of the most important temples dedicated to worshipping of the sun, and its foundations are still prominent at the base of the convent. Ancient chronicles say the temple was covered in gold leaf and filled with golden representations of nature. Then, visit the Cathedral, the most famous monument of the Main Square. Head to the hills above Cusco to visit the remains of the fortress of Sacsayhuaman. The impressive ramparts offer a stunning panoramic view of Cusco, and the ruins of the temple and amphitheatre of Qenqo, where it is believed the Incas practised agricultural rituals. Admire Qenqo and then finally visit Puka Pukara (‘Red fortress’ in Quechua), an Inca military complex located on a prominent hill. Its dwellings, squares, bathrooms, aqueducts, walls, and towers can still be appreciated. Afterwards, we return to our hotel. In the afternoon you may have time to explore some of the central parts of the city and have a chance to look at some of the great varieties of local craft work on sale in open-air artisan markets and shops. Overnight: Casa Andina Standard Cathedral or similar.

Meals:  B

We leave Cusco and head to the Chinchero Plateau to explore Chinchero, an important town in Inca times. The most striking remnant of this period is the massive stone wall in the main plaza which has ten trapezoidal niches. There are beautiful views overlooking the Sacred Valley of the Incas, with the Cordillera Vilcabamba and the snow-capped peak of Salcantay dominating the western horizon. Chinchero is believed to be the mythical birthplace of the rainbow. Next we visit the salt mines of Maras. This village is a salt-producing centre that dates back all the way to Pre-Inca times. There are thousands of salt pools all carved into the mountain side. Due to a change in regulations, visitors are not allowed to walk through the salt mine anymore to avoid contamination of the salt. We will go to a lookout point from where we have stunning views of the salt pools. After lunch (own expense) we drive to Ollantaytambo. This village is famous for its monolithic granite blocks that had been hauled 500 years ago from the quarries more than 8 km away to become part of an unfinished temple high above the village. The town of Ollantaytambo, a typical example of urban planning of the Incas, is still inhabited like in the past. We will visit the most impressive archaeological complex in the Sacred Valley, called " The Fortress". We arrive at our hotel in the late afternoon. Overnight: Tika Wasi Hotel or similar.

Meals:  B

From our hotel, we drive to the railway station at Ollantaytambo where we take an early morning train to Machu Picchu. Our early start ensures we can thoroughly explore these remarkable and truly enigmatic ruins. We will enjoy a guided tour of the sanctuary which lasts 2 hours. We then take a late afternoon bus down to Aguas Calientes, where we spend the night. Overnight: El Mapi Hotel or similar. *Important: Peruvian authorities have implemented entry restrictions to protect Machu Picchu from the impact of its immense popularity. There are three time slots in which patrons can enter Machu Picchu for a maximum of four hours and must follow one of three predetermined routes. Admission is not allowed after 4pm. Additionally, all visitors must be accompanied by a guide at all times. These changes have been made to improve the visitor experience and in an effort to deal with overcrowding. World Expeditions endeavours to ensure you get the most of your Machu Picchu experience regardless of these restrictions.

Meals:  B

This morning we get up early to savour the views and atmosphere of the mystical morning light over Machu Picchu. We are treated to a unique second visit to Machu Picchu including another guided tour (conducted by a local guide) visiting the sites that you may have missed yesterday in this colossal sanctuary. In the afternoon or early evening we depart from Machu Picchu for the train ride back to Ollantaytambo where we transfer to our vehicle for the drive back to Cusco. Overnight: Casa Andina Cathedral Hotel or similar. NB - depending on train schedules, we may arrive into Cusco very late at night. OPTIONAL HUAYNA PICCHU CLIMB OR MACHU PICCHU MOUNTAIN CLIMB - For the more adventurous, you can purchase an additional Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain permit (ask us for costs), and forego the guided tour of Machu Picchu which is non-refundable and non-transferable. Please be aware that this is NOT a guided climb, and it takes a minimum of 3 hours return. Both climbs are very steep (including many small and narrow steps) and can be slippery and are very exposed with vertiginous drops. Before purchasing the permit on your behalf (non-refundable and non-transferable), we require any passengers to sign a waiver form. Note - there are limited Huayna Picchu permits and they sell out fast, if you are interested in this option, we encourage you to contact us as soon as possible.

Meals:  B

A good day to relax and perhaps do some 'tourist shopping', selecting from a great variety of expertly made craft work - including alpaca sweaters and hats, ceramics, weavings and traditional Andean instruments. In and around Cusco there are a number of day trips that can be booked and paid for locally. Overnight: Casa Andina Cathedral Hotel or similar.

Meals:  B

After breakfast we offer a transfer to the airport where services conclude.

Meals:  B


Map

Elevation

The map and elevation chart are for illustrative purposes only and meant to provide general guidelines.


Inclusions

  • 6 breakfasts
  • Airport transfers on day 1 and day 7 of the trip
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu on two occasions
  • Expert local bilingual guides
  • Comfortable well located hotels
  • Private air conditioned transportation
  • Train to Machu Picchu
  • Sightseeing and site entrance fees as listed

  • International airfares and departure taxes
  • Internal flights and taxes
  • Meals not stated in itinerary
  • Tips
  • Personal expenses such as beverages, laundry costs or phone calls
  • Visas
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory)

Departure dates

Departs daily year round

* Guaranteed status denotes minimum trip numbers have been met, however the trips operation will be subject to there being no COVID-19 restrictions or other government travel advisories. Please contact us for further information.


Notes

Note:
Christmas, New Year and Easter surcharge may apply.

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Total Priceper person from

$1399USD

Options & Supplements*
  • Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain - additional permit costUSD$90
  • Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain - additional permit costUSD$90
  • Single SupplementUSD$260
  • Single SupplementUSD$260
  • Single Traveller SurchargeUSD$590
*Prices listed are per person

Essential Information

Ready to book? Make sure you download and read the detailed Cusco and Machu Picchu trip notes which contains all the essential information you need to know before booking. Once you’ve booked, we will supply you with a Pre-Departure document which contains a detailed gear list and other important information to help you prepare for your adventure ahead.


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Enhancing your journey with authentic experiences, genuine cultural exchange and real exploration are the focal points on all of our adventures. In 2019, we were crowned by our peers as the best in adventure travel at The Travel Awards in Sydney.

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Our vision is to leave the world a better place by following our sustainable active outdoor travel charter. All our adventures are 100% carbon offset and our Regenerative 2030 Project aims to integrate ‘regenerative’ projects into every one of our global operations by 2030.

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 When you book one of our adventures, you will receive quality services at the best prices with plenty of inclusions. There are no hidden costs, single travellers don’t pay more and you’ll enjoy many ‘extra touches’ that ensure your holiday is excellent value for money.

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By joining this trip you are directly supporting positive impact projects in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

We’ve offset the carbon emitted by this trip by purchasing credits that support important projects that address the UN’s seventeen SDGs, like reducing poverty, affordable and clean energy, reducing hunger, clean water and climate action.

Proceeds from this adventure purchase carbon credits through the world’s largest and most awarded carbon project developer, South Pole, which are invested into projects accelerating the transition to renewable energy sources in developing countries.

Supported projects are based on internationally recognised standards and are third-party audited. They entail a series of positive impacts on the ground, which benefit local communities and ecosystems, that are aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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