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PE01: 8 Days Cusco - Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu - Pisac - Cusco - Puno

Tour Type: Private Tour, flexible and customized
Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide, experienced driver & air-conditioned car
Accommodation: 3 to 4-star well selected hotels, also be open to your own choice
Meals: A mix choice of local cuisines and western-style food

Itinerary Details
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Day 1: Arrival in Cusco, Pick up & Cusco city tour
Welcome to Cusco and join this best Machu Picchu tours with us! Our English-speaking guide will wait for you at the airport and hold a board with your name on it. After a warm greeting, the guide and the driver will send you to the hotel. Then, we will stroll around Plaza de Armas, visit Qorikancha (the Temple of Sun). This temple, dedicated to the sun god Inti, is the landmark building of Cusco and an important relic of the Inca civilization, with a history of more than 1,000 years. Next, we will go to Sacsayhuaman to appreciate magnificent tall stone walls. Sacsayhuaman, only about 4 kilometers (2.5 mi) from Cusco, is a military stronghold built in the late 15th century. It is made of thousands of large stones weighing up to 400 tons each.

Accommodation: Sonesta Hotel Cusco (4 stars)

Day 2: Tour in Sacred Valley, Take a train to Aguas Calientes
In the morning, first we will drive to Chinchero, home to the Peruvian weaving. When getting to Main Square, we will visit intact Inca Walls and beautiful Colonial Church. Then we'll visit a local textile center and learn from artisans about traditional textile methods. Driving through the rolling hills, we will go to Moray to watch its Inca ruins: Concentric Terraces. Then we will go to visit Maras Salt Mines, where more than 3,000 pure white salt fields covering half a mountain and it looks very spectacular. After the visit, we will continue drive in the beautiful Sacred Valley to Ollantaytambo. Lunch is on your own.

After lunch, we'll send you to the railway station to take the train to Aguas Calientes in 1.5 hours - the town of Machu Picchu. Upon arrival, the local hotel staff will pick you up and lead you to walk to the hotel, which is close to the train station.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Casa del Sol Machupicchu (4 stars)

Day 3: Tour to Machu Picchu, Take a train back to Ollantaytambo
Your Machu Picchu tours begin today. Our tour guide will meet you at the hotel and accompany you to walk towards the nearby bus station together to take a bus to Machu Picchu, one of Seven Wonders in the World. As the largest Inca empire relic, it was titled UNESCO World Heritage Site. During the more than 2-hour guided tour, the guide will give you a detailed introduction about this scenic spot. After that, we plan to go back to Aguas Calientes by bus. Today you still need to have a self-paid lunch but the guide will give you some good recommendations. Also, the guide will show you the direction to the railway station.

After having lunch, please go to the railway station on your own and take a train to Ollantaytambo. You will see our tour guide and the driver when you arrive there. You will be picked up and escorted to the hotel around Urubamba Village in 30 minutes.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Sonesta Posadas del Inca Yucay (3 stars)

Day 4: Tour to Pisac, Transfer back to Cusco
Today, the Machu Picchu tours start with Pisac after a 50-min drive. We will visit Pisac Archaeological Park to overlook the breathtaking terraces and the scenery of the Sacred Valley. Next, we will go to the market in Pisac where you can buy some handicrafts and local specialties for your family or friends. Then we will return to Cusco and stop to visit Awanacancha on halfway, where we can see some unique camelidae animals such as Alpaca, llama, and Guanaco.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Sonesta Hotel Cusco (4 stars)

Day 5: Full day tour to Humantay Lagoon
Today, we need to get up early and take a car to Mollepata with a 2-hour drive over the 102 km (75 mi) distance. After a short break, we will continue to go to Sorayapampa, where we will experience a 2-hour up-hill hike to Humantay Lagoon. Once we reach the top, you'll have plenty of time to enjoy the view below, and you can see the snow-covered Humantay Mountain in the distance. Then we will walk back to Soraypampa, and drive back to Mollepata for lunch. After lunch, we will return to Cusco.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Sonesta Hotel Cusco (4 stars)

Day 6: Bus tour to Puno
In the morning, our tour guide and the driver will pick you up from the hotel and send you to the Bus Terminal. You will take a bus to Puno, which takes around 10 hours with 386 km (240 mi) on the way and it will be a shared bus tour journey. The bus tour will first stop at Andahuaylillas and show you around San Pedro Chapel. The church is a blend of Catholic and Andean styles, and the interior is magnificently decorated with golden gilded statues.

Then the bus continues to head to Raqchi to visit the Inca Temple, which is dedicated to Wiracocha, the creator God in Inca mythology. Have lunch at a buffet cafeteria in Sicuani town. Next, it will stop at La Raya where you can overlook a snow mountain and there are high chances to see groups of llamas and alpacas. The last stop will be Pucara, where you can visit Inca cultural relics. When you arrive in Puno, our local guide and the driver will pick you up and send you to the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Casa Andina Premium Puno (4 stars)

Day 7: Trip to Floating Islands and Taquile Island
Our tour guide and the driver will send you to the pier to take a motorboat with the guide to Uros Islands to explore Uros people's lives. Uros Islands are also called Floating Islands because they are made of floating reed. Then we will head to Taquile Island by a motorboat for 3 hours, to have a family visit with a simple lunch. After the visit, we will go back to the pier and send you to the hotel. The rest time is on your own.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Casa Andina Premium Puno (4 stars)

Day 8: Transfer to Juliaca, Airport see-off
Today we will send you to Juliaca airport on time according to your flight schedule. Wish you have enjoyed the best Machu Picchu tours during this period!

Meals: Breakfast

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Tour Prices

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Month2-3 travelers4-5 travelers
Year round$2479 $2181$2289 $2014
  • Prices are per person in US Dollars based on double occupancy.
  • The prices in red reflect 12% discount.
  • Any part of the itinerary e.g. tour length, activities & hotels can be tailored to your individual interests.
What's Included
  • Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels.
  • All meal arrangements are served as the itinerary specifies.
  • Shared bus tour from Cusco to Puno.
  • Private boat and guide for Titicaca tour.
  • English speaking local guides for the city tours mentioned.
  • Entrances fees for scenic spots as per the itinerary.
  • Round trip vistadome service train of Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes.
  • All transfers in private air-conditioned vehicle with driver as per the itinerary.
What's Excluded
  • International flight into and out Peru.
  • Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.).
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Tips for guides and drivers.
  • Peru visa fee.
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