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Heart of the Incas

Duration
6 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,322

Cusco is the base for this great expedition. From Cusco, travel through the Sacred Valley of the Incas, passing the Inca Fortress town of Ollantaytambo before embarking on Machu Picchu.


Offering the best of Peru’s breathtaking Inca ruins over just 6 days, this travel idea combines the best of Cusco with the nearby Sacred Valley, Pisac Ruins, Maras Salt Pools and of course, unforgettable Machu Picchu.

Spend a full day in the Sacred Valley, stopping in at Pisac Indian Market and the spectacular terraces of Ollantaytambo Fortress. The Pisac Ruins are another highlight, notable for their sophisticated irrigation system, astronomical observatory and solar clock. Several communities unchanged by time still thrive throughout the Andes, often still utilizing the advanced agricultural technology of the Incas. The agricultural experimental center of Moray demonstrates this first hand, before you continue to the Maras salt pools. Learn about the ancestral techniques used to extract their resources and how these live on today, in both practical and ceremonial use.

Hop the Vistadome train bound for Machu Picchu, enjoying spectacular views both alongside and above through a canopy roof as you ascend to the legendary lost city. Perched 8,000ft above sea level, this spectacular 15th century ruin has been known to outsiders for just over a century, and much of its purpose within Inca civilization remains a mystery. There are many sites to explore, each with its own story – told with varying degrees of accuracy and imagination! Return to Cusco for departure.

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Duration
6 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,322

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Day 1

Cusco Airport to Cusco Hotel

Duration20 Minutes

Terra Andina Hotel

Terra Andina is a colonial mansion in the historic district of the former capital of the Inca Empire, Cusco, Peru. The hotel is located half a block from the charming Plaza San Pedro, Eiffel's designed San Pedro Market, San Pedro Church and the train station to Machu Picchu and only four blocks from the Main Square. It is a 31-room full service hotel offering comfortable accommodation.

Meal Plan Buffet Breakfast
Duration1 Night
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Terra Andina Hotel

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    Terra Andina Hotel



    Terra Andina is a colonial mansion in the historic district of the former capital of the Inca Empire, Cusco, Peru. The hotel is located half a block from the charming Plaza San Pedro, Eiffel's designed San Pedro Market, San Pedro Church and the train station ...

    Terra Andina is a colonial mansion in the historic district of the former capital of the Inca Empire, Cusco, Peru. The hotel is located half a block from the charming Plaza San Pedro, Eiffel's designed San Pedro Market, San Pedro Church and the train station to Machu Picchu and only four blocks from the Main Square. It is a 31-room full service hotel offering comfortable accommodation.

    Facilities

    • Concierge
    • Currency Exchange
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Mail and Postal Facilities
    • Medical Services
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service

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Day 2

Chincheros with Weaving Demonstration Pisac Ruins and Ollantaytambo Fortress with Lunch and Sacred Valley drop off

A full day excursion to the Chincheros and Pisac Indian Markets and the Ollantaytambo Fortress in the heart of the Sacred Valley. With an early start, you drive through the fertile countryside of the Urubamba Valley to the colonial village of Chincheros. This traditional Andean town is known as 'the birthplace of the rainbow', and it has the full complement of photogenic attractions: Inca ruins, Andean village houses, an elaborate colonial church built on Inca foundations, and of course the lively weekly market. Please note: The main market day is Sunday. Other days the market is open but much smaller in scale. Then continue down the valley to visit colonial village of Pisac where the Indian Market is one of the town and areas, main features. Please note: The main market days are Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Other days the market is open but much smaller in scale. You then visit Pisac Ruins which lie atop a hill at the entrance to the valley. It features an irrigation system, an astronomical observatory, and a solar clock and calendar (Intiwatana). Continuing down the valley and ever so slightly lower in altitude you head to the impressive archaeological complex of Ollantaytambo. Ollantaytambo is a massive citadel located 50 kilometers from Machu Picchu. The citadel served as both a temple and a fortress and the only battle at which the Incas held off the Spanish. You will then be transferred to your hotel.

Duration8 Hours

La Casona De Yucay

Next to the banks of the Wilcamayu River (Sacred River), you will find our historic and peaceful hotel. It was constructed in 1810 for housing purposes by the illustrious citizen of Cusco, Don Manuel de Orihuela. The beautiful archtiecture of the antique colonial house reflects its history. In it you can find the insignia of Liberator Don Simon Bolivar from 1825, during his campaign for Peru's independence. The room that he occupied is also available to visitors.

Meal Plan Buffet Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
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La Casona De Yucay

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    La Casona De Yucay



    Next to the banks of the Wilcamayu River (Sacred River), you will find our historic and peaceful hotel. It was constructed in 1810 for housing purposes by the illustrious citizen of Cusco, Don Manuel de Orihuela. The beautiful archtiecture of the antique colonial house reflects ...

    Next to the banks of the Wilcamayu River (Sacred River), you will find our historic and peaceful hotel. It was constructed in 1810 for housing purposes by the illustrious citizen of Cusco, Don Manuel de Orihuela. The beautiful archtiecture of the antique colonial house reflects its history. In it you can find the insignia of Liberator Don Simon Bolivar from 1825, during his campaign for Peru's independence. The room that he occupied is also available to visitors.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Boutique(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gift Shop
    • Internet Access
    • Massage Treatments
    • Medical Services
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Spa
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi

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Day 3

Moray and Maras Salt Pools

Today you pass through unspoiled and picturesque Andean communities on our way to the Incan agricultural experimental center of Moray, famous for its sunken amphitheatre, made up of four circular terraces, which appear to fade away into the earth like an artificial crater. The site was apparently an Inca agricultural research station filled with fertile earth and watered by a complex irrigation system, designed for experimenting with crops at various altitudes.

Continue onto the impressive Maras salt pools formed by water emerging from a lake inside the mountain in the Urubamba Valley. An amazing view is offered of the evaporating ponds used for the extraction of salt. Learn about ancestral techniques, which are still used, in agricultural, irrigation and salt-recollection tasks, as well as in Andean festivals and rites.

Duration4 Hours
Day 4

Sacred Valley to Ollantaytambo Station Seat in Coach

Duration15 Minutes

Vistadome train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes

The Vistadome is the ideal train for those who want to be in contact with the environment and appreciate the wonderful journey to Machu Picchu.

Surrounded entirely by glass and wagons with large panoramic windows offering incomparable scenic views and innumerous opportunities to capture amazing pictures, Vistadome travelers feel connected and part of the impressive landscape of Peru. Perurail provide travelers on board personalized and first level service to give them an unforgettable life experience.

The Vistadome has two stations of departure to Machu Picchu: Cuzco (Poroy) and the Sacred Valley (Ollantaytambo).

The Vistadome also has air conditioning and heating, leather seats that adjust the body to provide comfort and relaxation during the entire trip.

Duration2 Hours

Afternoon Guided day tour of Machu Picchu

There are two available entrances for Machu Picchu. Morning visit valid from 600AM to 1200PM midday and an afternoon entrance valid from 1:00PM to 5:00PM with a maximum stay of 4 hours in each admission period. The below tour is the afternoon option.

You will be met by your guide you upon disembarking from your train, at the Aguas Calientes train station. If you are already in Aguas Calientes, your guide will meet you at your hotel reception at approximately 12 midday. He/she will then escort you to the nearby bus stop where buses transport travelers from the town of Aguas Calientes to the ruins of Machu Picchu (it's about a 20-min bus ride up to the idyllic mountain top location). On arrival at the ruins, you will begin your guided tour. You must exit the ruins by 5:00PM.

After the tour, you will exit with your guide. If you have chosen to stay at the Sanctuary Lodge, located right at the entrance of Machu Picchu, your guide will assist with your check in. Otherwise, you will board the first available bus down the hill to the town of Aguas Calientes where you will continue to your chosen accommodation.

If you are returning to Cusco, at the shuttle bus terminal in Aguas Calientes, your guide will be waiting to assist with boarding your train for your return to Cusco (departures range from approx. 4:00PM to 5:30PM- schedules vary and subject to change without notice). NOTE: You need to be at the Aguas Calientes train station 30 minutes before your trains departure time.

Duration4 Hours

El Mapi Hotel

El Mapi is located right at the foot of the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu and just across from the train station for Cuzco/Machu Picchu train. This is a very reasonably priced hotel for Machu Picchu with full amenities. While the ruins may be ancient this hotel has all the modern comforts.

Meal Plan Half Board (Breakfast + Dinner)
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

El Mapi Hotel

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    El Mapi Hotel



    El Mapi is located right at the foot of the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu and just across from the train station for Cuzco/Machu Picchu train. This is a very reasonably priced hotel for Machu Picchu with full amenities. While the ruins may be ancient ...

    El Mapi is located right at the foot of the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu and just across from the train station for Cuzco/Machu Picchu train. This is a very reasonably priced hotel for Machu Picchu with full amenities. While the ruins may be ancient this hotel has all the modern comforts.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service

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Day 5

Morning Machu Picchu Visit

There are two available entrances for Machu Picchu. Morning visit valid from 6:00AM to 12:00PM midday and an afternoon entrance valid from 1:00PM to 5:00PM with a maximum stay of 4 hours in each admission period. The below tour is the morning option.

Today you will visit Machu Picchu (entrance and round-trip shuttle bus ticket included).

As this visit is NOT GUIDED, you will be required to present your first visit ticket.

Please make your way to the shuttle bus station at the south end of town near the bridge that crosses the river Vilcanota. Buses begin running from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu at 5:30AM. The ruins open at 6:00AM. No reservation for the bus is required. A guide will assist with boarding your bus in Aguas Calientes and if you're departing this day, advise you of the time you must be back in Aguas Calientes to board your train back to Cusco. NOTE: You need to be at the Aguas Calientes train station 30 minutes before your trains departure time.

After ascending the multi- switch-back dirt road, you will be dropped off at the entrance to Machu Picchu. Enjoy Machu Picchu at your pace or partake in one of the following walks below. You must exit the ruins before 12 noon.

Climb Huayna Picchu (the famed peak in the ruins). This must be pre booked at the time of your Machu Picchu reservation with Goway Travel. Time spent climbing the peak would be considered part of your morning entrance ticket.

Climb Machu Picchu Mountain. This must be pre booked at the time of your Machu Picchu reservation with Goway Travel. Time spent climbing the peak would be considered part of your morning entrance ticket.

Walk to the Incan bridge - no costs. Approx. time 90 minute round trip. Not allowing for time at the bridge. Time spent trekking to and from would be considered part of your morning entrance ticket.

Walk to the Sun gate - no cost. Approx. time 2.5 hours round trip. Not allowing for time spent at the Sun Gate. Time spent trekking to and from would be considered part of your morning entrance ticket.

After your time in the ruins, you will exit and board the first available bus down the hill to the town of Aguas Calientes where, if you are overnighting, you will continue to your chosen accommodation. If you are returning to Cusco, at the shuttle bus terminal in Aguas Calientes, your guide will be waiting to assist with boarding your train for your return to Cusco (departs approx. 4 pm - schedules vary and subject to change without notice).

Please note that unless a SUPPLEMENT has been included you will be touring the ruins on your own today.

if you are catching a train to Cusco or Ollantaytambo, check out of your hotel or collect your bags from your hotel if you have not already.

There is an option to purchase the afternoon entrance ticket to Machu Picchu where you can re-enter at 1:00PM.

Duration4 Hours

Vistadome train from Aguas Calientes to Cusco

The Vistadome is the ideal train for those who want to be in contact with the environment and appreciate the wonderful journey to Machu Picchu.

Surrounded entirely by glass and wagons with large panoramic windows offering incomparable scenic views and innumerous opportunities to capture amazing pictures, Vistadome travelers feel connected and part of the impressive landscape of Peru. Perurail provide travelers on board personalized and first level service to give them an unforgettable life experience.

The Vistadome has two stations of departure to Machu Picchu: Cuzco (Poroy) and the Sacred Valley (Ollantaytambo).

The Vistadome also has air conditioning and heating, leather seats that adjust the body to provide comfort and relaxation during the entire trip.

Duration3 Hours

Poroy Train Station to Cusco Hotel

Duration20 Minutes

Terra Andina Hotel

Terra Andina is a colonial mansion in the historic district of the former capital of the Inca Empire, Cusco, Peru. The hotel is located half a block from the charming Plaza San Pedro, Eiffel's designed San Pedro Market, San Pedro Church and the train station to Machu Picchu and only four blocks from the Main Square. It is a 31-room full service hotel offering comfortable accommodation.

Meal Plan Buffet Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Terra Andina Hotel

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    Terra Andina Hotel



    Terra Andina is a colonial mansion in the historic district of the former capital of the Inca Empire, Cusco, Peru. The hotel is located half a block from the charming Plaza San Pedro, Eiffel's designed San Pedro Market, San Pedro Church and the train station ...

    Terra Andina is a colonial mansion in the historic district of the former capital of the Inca Empire, Cusco, Peru. The hotel is located half a block from the charming Plaza San Pedro, Eiffel's designed San Pedro Market, San Pedro Church and the train station to Machu Picchu and only four blocks from the Main Square. It is a 31-room full service hotel offering comfortable accommodation.

    Facilities

    • Concierge
    • Currency Exchange
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Mail and Postal Facilities
    • Medical Services
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service

    More Details

Day 6

Cusco Hotel to Cusco Airport

Duration20 Minutes

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DEPARTURE:

Daily.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Transfers
  • Transportation
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu
  • Sacred Valley touring
  • Entrance fees
  • Meals as indicated

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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