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05 days / 04 nights

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Mountains

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Archeological sites

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USD 576 per person

The Ancient Incas Empire and their enviroment

Cusco Sacred Valley of the Incas Machu Picchu

Don’t miss a Colourful experience with this Cusco, Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu tour.

Cusco, which is the capital of the Inca Empire, proudly holds the title of Archaeological Capital of the Americas since there isn’t another place in the whole continent where the monumental remains of a great culture are so easily accessible and in such good conditions. Cusco is also a museum-city provided with a mystical beauty given by the contrasts between the native and the western, the present and the past.

We can divide Cusco in three main destinations: Cusco city, with its ruins, temples, churches, mansions and archaeological complexes. Machu Picchu: “The Lost City of the Incas”, which is considered one of the archaeological gems of the world and the Sacred Valley of the Incas which has a nice weather, fertile lands, plains and wonderful views that are the frame for picturesque towns, impressive terraces and important archaeological complexes. These archaeological complexes include:

  • Yucay, with its intact Inca terraces at the back of the town;
  • Pisac, the biggest Inca complex;
  • Ollantaytambo, military, religious and agricultural strategic center during the Inca Empire;
  • Maras, salt mines that have provided Cusco with salt from pre-Inca times;
  • Moray, circular terraces that look like giant fingerprints used by the Incas to adapt plants to new climates. These are an evidence of the advanced agricultural levels reached by the Incas.

The Sacred Valley is the perfect place for outdoor sports such as canoeing, mountain bike, climbing, treks etc., due to its warm weather and peculiar geography.

According to documents Machu Picchu dated from 16th century, It was a resting place for the Inca Pachacútec between 1438 and 1470. However, according to studies, the ruins were allegedly used before his rule so it can be said that it was a religious sanctuary because of its strong ceremonial nature.

Booking this Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu tour you will know the principal places of the Inca Empire.

**All our programs can be modified according to your requirements on duration, interests, activities, flight reservations or other additional destinations.**

 

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Itinerary

day1 :

Cusco: City tour and nearby ruins

On arrival, you will be assisted and transferred to your hotel. We suggest resting the rest of the morning to acclimatize to the altitude.

In the afternoon, we will get to know Cusco city on a guided tour, visiting the Main Square, the Cathedral and the Temple of the Sun or Korikancha. The tour continues outside the city to visit the Kenko, Tambomachay and Puca Pucara archaeological complexes and the impressive Sacsayhuaman Fortress which was strategically built on a hill dominating Cusco. It is famous for its huge carved stones, put together with amazing precision to form the external walls of the complex. Some of these stones are over 9 meters high and weight more than 350 tons.

Meals: None

day2 :

Cusco - Sacred Valley of the Incas

Tour to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, on the Vilcanota River where you will be able to see the typical Indian market and experience its people´s customs. (On Sundays, the mass is celebrated in Quechua the native language). Lunch in a valley’s local restaurant.

In the afternoon stop by Calca and Urubamba on our way to the Ollantaytambo fortress and citadel, built to guard the entrances to this part of the valley and protect it from possible invasions from the rainforest´s inhabitants. It is formed by a series of overlapping terraces. We will have the chance to walk through the towns’ streets so we can have a clear idea of how this military, religious and agricultural strategic center was during the Inca Empire.

Overnight stay in the Sacred Valley.

Meals: Breakfast and lunch

day3 :

Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu

Visitors will be transferred to the train station early in the morning, to start their trip to the Machu Picchu citadel, also known as “The Lost City of the Incas” which is one of the most renowned examples of the Inca architecture. They will get off the train at the Aguas Calientes station to take a bus that will take them to the wonderful citadel in a 30-minute-long trip through a zigzagging road to get to the wonderful citadel. Once there, we will have a guided tour over the citadel, visiting the Main Square, the Circular Tower, the Sacred Sundial, the Royal Chambers, the Temple of the Three Windows and the cemeteries. Then, they will have free time to go for a walk around the archaeological complex.

Lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon transfer to the hotel in Machu Picchu or Aguas Calientes, which is the closest town, only fifteen minutes from Machu Picchu by bus.

Meals: Breakfast and lunch

day4 :

Machu Picchu – Cusco

Great opportunity to get up early, watch a beautiful dawn and explore the Aguas Calientes town and visit its thermal waters. Then, you will have time to do any of these activities (not included in the price):

  1. Visit the Machu Picchu citadel for the second time.
  2. For those who are more adventurous, we recommend going up the Huayna Picchu (if it’s not raining) from where you can admire the magnitude of Machu Picchu, which is even more impressive from the top and in the distance (according to availability).

Going up to this point will take approximately two and a half hours and can only be made before 1 pm. It is necessary to register in a booth at the beginning of the tour. It is an exciting adventure for those travelers who want to see the contrast between the wild nature and the carved stone emerging like a geological miracle.

In the afternoon, we will return to Cusco by train and you will be transferred to your hotel to stay overnight. Free night. We recommend having dinner at the hotel and going to bed early.

NOTE: The second entrance to Machu Picchu is not included. 

Meals: Breakfast

day5 :

Cusco

At appropriate time, transfer and assistance on your departure.

Meals: Breakfast

Price

Destination Tourist Superior tourist Superior Deluxe

Cusco

Antawasi

Inkarri

Xima

Casa Andina Premium

Sacred Valley of the Incas

Ollantaytambo Lodge

Samanapaq

San Agustín Monasterio de la Recoleta

Casa Andina Premium

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu Guest House

Retama Inn

Inti Punku Machu Picchu

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

Price per person: USD 576 617 885 1229

Tourist

Cusco Antawasi
Sacred Valley of the Incas Ollantaytambo Lodge
Machu Picchu Machu Picchu Guest House
Price per person: USD 576
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Superior Tourist

Cusco Inkarri
Sacred Valley of the Incas Samanapaq
Machu Picchu Retama Inn
Price per person: USD 617
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Superior

Cusco Xima
Sacred Valley of the Incas San Agustín Monasterio de la Recoleta
Machu Picchu Inti Punku Machu Picchu
Price per person: USD 885
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Deluxe

Cusco Casa Andina Premium
Sacred Valley of the Incas Casa Andina Premium
Machu Picchu Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel
Price per person: USD 1229
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Tour Inclusions

Prices per person in US Dollars, based on double occupancy.

INCLUDES:

  • 02 nights accommodation at the selected hotel in Cusco
  • 01 night accommodation at the selected hotel in the Sacred Valley
  • 01 night accommodation at the selected hotel in Aguas Calientes
  • Transfer in and transfer out
  • All due taxes
  • Bilingual guides in all the above-mentioned tours
  • All the entrance fees to the above-mentioned tours.
  • All meals stated in the itinerary
  • Train ticket Cusco-Aguas Calientes-Cusco
  • Bus ticket Aguas Calientes-Machu Picchu-Aguas Calientes

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Second entrace to Machu Picchu or Wayna Picchu
  • Domestic and international flights
  • Airport taxes
  • Fees for excess baggage
  • Alcoholic drinks, softdrinks or bottled water
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • Laundry
  • National or international personal phone calls
  • Not stated meals

Regulations

PRICES
All rates are expressed in US dollars, per person, based on double occupancy and are subject to change without notice.

ITINERARY
All our itineraries have been very carefully prepared taking your trip’s best operation into account. However, changing the order of some tours or routes might be necessary in some cases. Although these changes occur in few instances, the itinerary details should be taken as a basic guide.

AIR TICKETS
If Colourful Peru oversees buying and issuing local-flight tickets, their prices may vary until the date of the flight’s booking and payment. Furthermore, the airline might change the flight number as well as its departure hour.

Once the flight reservation and payment are made, the latter will not be reimbursable. Changes regarding name, flight, route, trip’s date or cancellations are not allowed.

Hotel reservations that are not part of an organized trip

Cancellations and Reimbursements  

  • All reserve cancellations or annulments shall be communicated by email from Monday to Friday. In case the communication is made on Saturday or Sunday, the following Monday will be considered as the date of receipt.
  • If the cancellation or annulment is received 31 days before the date of entry to the hotel, the payment is reimbursable discounting administrative expenses.
  • If the cancellation or annulment is received between 16 and 30 days before the date of entry to the hotel, Colourful Peru will charge 50% of the total payment as a penalty.
  • In case of no-show or if the cancellation or annulment is received 15 days or less before the check-in date, the payment will not be refunded.

Booked trips

Cancellations and Reimbursements

  • All reserve cancellations or annulments shall be communicated by email from Monday to Friday, in case the communication is made on Saturday or Sunday, the following Monday will be considered as the date of receipt.
  • The email shall have the necessary information to be immediately attended.
  • If the cancellation or annulment is received up to 35 days before the booked trip’s start, the payment is reimbursable discounting administrative expenses.
  • If the cancellation or annulment is received between 16 and 34 days before the booked trip’s start, Colourful Peru will charge 50% of the total payment as a penalty.
  • If the cancellation or annulment is received 15 days or less before booked trip’s start, the payment will not be refunded.
  • On rare occasions, some tours can be affected or cancelled by climate conditions, riots, force majeure, etc. which are beyond the control of the airlines, hotels, suppliers or Live Corporation. In those cases, the company will not issue a refund.

(*) Note: some suppliers consider stricter cancellation conditions, consequently, they reserve the right to charge additional fees for other penalties in such cases.

Regarding the Inca Trail: the reserve is subject to its payment and there will not be reimbursements in case of cancellations, moreover, neither name nor date changes are allowed.

During peak season, the company reserves the right to change the cancellation regulations in case the suppliers apply other penalties or make the aforementioned changes.

LIABILITY
Live Corporation carries out your trip’s arrangements, books transfer services, hotel rooms or other travel services required on your behalf, consequently, the company takes no responsibility for the loss of items, flight or tours delays due to events of force majeure, accidents or other events.

Important!
Live Corporation disclaims any liability for medical conditions, pregnancy, mental or physical limitations that might put at risk the health or integrity of the passenger or third parties during the operation of the booked tours or that might jeopardize the trip’s progress. Therefore, the company will not be obliged to any refunds or to address claims regarding the aforementioned reasons, even when there are not noticeable problems in normal circumstances.

Given this, it is important for the passengers to inform the company whether there is any of the aforementioned impediments, so we can offer and suggest suitable services according to the existing limitations.

Useful info

CLIMATE
The climate in Peru can be divided by zones: the western Andes that has a dry and cold climate in winter and its very rainy during the summer. The rainforest that has a hot, wet and rainy climate and the desert coast with a warm climate without regular rainfall.

Cusco has a mild climate with temperatures that go from 14 ºC to 16ºC with warm days and cold nights. The rainy season is from December to March.

Machu Picchu has a semi-tropical climate with warm days and cold nights. The rainy season is from November to April.

TIME ZONE
Peru Time Zone according to Greenwich Mean Time is -5 (GMT -5), same as Bogotá and Mexico throughout the year and same as New York during summer. When it is midday in Peru the hour in the most important cities is:

São Paulo 14:00
Frankfurt 19:00
Nueva York 13:00
Londres 18:00
Hong Kong 01:00 + 1day
Singapur 01:00 + 1day

ALTITUDE
In Cusco: 3,360 meters above sea level
In Machu Picchu: 2,400 meters above sea level
In the Sacred Valley: 2,850 meters above sea level

WE RECOMMEND

  • Windbreaker
  • Camera
  • Long-sleeve shirt
  • T-shirts
  • Sweater and jacket
  • Repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Trek boots or snickers
  • Cap or hat
  • Water-resistant clothes
  • Sun block

HEALTH
The Peruvian Andes are at high altitudes, so it is necessary to take precautions to avoid altitude sickness or “soroche”. It is important to rest a few hours, to walk slowly and to eat light before beginning any tour. We also recommend drinking coca tea that helps with acclimatization. Even though water is potable in most cities, it is advisable to drink bottled water to avoid any problems.

VISA
To know if you need a visa to enter Peru, please go to the closest consulate since the requirement may vary at any moment. For more information, please go to:

Visa types to enter Peru

LANGUAGE
Peru’s official language is Spanish, which is spoken by 80% of the population. However, there is a large portion of the population that speaks Quechua and Aymara (especially in the Peruvian Andes). Moreover, we can find 55 dialects in the Amazonian rainforest.

ELECTRICAL CURRENT
Electricity in Peru is 220 Volts and 60 Hertz. In some hotels, you may find dual voltage outlets, however, we suggest checking your appliances’ voltage and take precautions by having a power adapter or converter.

PERUVIAN GASTRONOMY
During the last years, the Peruvian gastronomy has become famous because of its variety and exquisiteness. Among the most known dishes you can find the ceviche, a dish made of fish and seafood marinated in lemon juice.

There is a new gastronomy trend in Cusco called “novoandina”. The novoandina cuisine is based on the creation of new dishes using local ingredients such as quinoa, quiwicha, potato, alpaca and trout. This way, we have dishes such as alpaca tenderloin with “quinotto” (risotto made of quinoa instead of rice) or grilled trout with sautéed vegetables and native potatoes.

Restaurants during your trip:
Cusco: international, local and vegetarian food restaurants.
Aguas Calientes: international and local food restaurants.

IMPORTANT
Colourful Peru reserves the right to make any changes without prior notice due to weather conditions, river levels, transport departures or arrivals, etc., to assure a better development of your trip’s operation.

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