Cusco to Machu Picchu 5 day Tour Package
up to 8 people
Van, Bus, Train
Explore all the highlights from Cusco to Machu Picchu with our 5 day package. Enjoy touring Cusco, the Capital of the Inca Empire, Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu with our custom itinerary. At the citadel of Machu Picchu (2,400m/7907ft), catch yourself as you travel back in time to this magical place, sacred and mysterious, the most beautiful UNESCO World Heritage site. Take your time exploring the majestic Machu Picchu, with its Incan ruins rich in history and the thriving culture of the people who once resided there.
Machu Picchu Tour Package – ITINERARY
DAY 1: ARRIVING TO CUSCO
Upon your arrival to Cusco, you will be greeted by our representative and transferred to your hotel. There you will receive a short briefing and then have the rest of the morning for resting and acclimatizing. In the afternoon, there will be time to explore Cusco on your own, enjoying the sights of the capital city of the Incas, the indigenous and colonial heritages at your leisure, and at night your experience Cusco’s nightlife and sample some of its cuisines at the many traditional Peruvian restaurants.
- 3* Accommodation: Maytaq Wasin or Waman Qorikancha
- Recommendations: We highly recommend walking around the main plaza and visiting the San Pedro Market at your leisure in the afternoon or evening.
Day 2: CUSCO – PISAC – OLLANTAYTAMBO
After breakfast, we will pick you up from your hotel at 7:30am. This is a full-day excursion through the Sacred Valley. Your driver will carry your luggage from your hotel lobby to the van. On the way to Pisac, we stop briefly at the mirador of Taray to enjoy a classic view of the Urubamba valley. Laid out at your feet is the beginning of the Sacred Valley with crops decorating the valley floor like a quilt. Onward, we drive to the archaeological site of Pisac, where you will see the biggest Inca cemetery in the Sacred Valley, with more than 2,000 tombs. There, we can admire the incredible farming terraces carved into the mountain, explore the Inca tunnel and the religious area of this important citadel. Here, we will spend more than 2 hours exploring this Inca city.
After the ruins, we visit the colorful artisanal market in Pisac, where you will be able to appreciate a mixture of modern color and traditional crafts. You will have plenty of opportunities to test your bartering skills, interact with the local artisans and purchase their hand-made souvenirs.
Leaving Pisac, we head next to Urubamba, where we have the option of several local restaurants. Just tell your guide what you are in the mood for! (Lunch is not included). We continue on towards Ollantaytambo, the oldest continuously occupied town in South America. The narrow streets of Ollantaytambo, along with their canals, have not changed much from the time of the Inca Empire. They evoke their ancestral inheritance and give you a feeling of what living in Ollantaytambo would have been like back then. We explore the archeological site for 1 hour and admire the water fountains, the Sun Temple, the Incahuatana and the impressive storehouses.
Then we heard to Veronica View Hotel, a scenic 10 minute drive from Ollantaytambo.
- Accommodation: Veronica View Hotel
- Meal included: Breakfast
Day 3: OLLANTAYTAMBO – MARAS – MORAY & SALT MINES – AGUAS CALIENTES
We pick you up in our private van from the Veronica View Hotel at 8am and drive you to the stunning Inca site of Moray also known as “The Greenhouses of the Incas.” Different levels of terraces are carved into a huge circular bowl, a part of which was further excavated by the Incas. The terraces have varied microclimates depending on how deep the terrace runs into the bowl. They were thought to have been used by the Incas to experiment with hybridization and to discover the optimal growing conditions for their crops.
After time to enjoy and explore this beautiful Inca sight, we continue driving towards the colonial town of Maras and to the Pre-Inca Salt Mine (Salineras). Thousands of saltpans have been used for salt extraction since before Inca times. A hot spring at the top of the valley discharges a small stream of heavily salt-laden water, which is diverted into saltpans and evaporated to produce a high quality salt. This is one of the few places in the world where you can find naturally pink salt!
Then, we will take the afternoon Vistadome train to Aguas Calientes from Ollantaytambo at 13:27pm, where we spend the night in a hotel. Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes, a representative of the hotel will meet and transfer you to your hotel.
- 3* Accommodation: Inti Punku Machu Picchu or Waman Machu Picchu
- Meal included: Breakfast
Day 4: AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO
You will have breakfast and then your guide will pick you up from your hotel sufficient early to catch the shuttle bus up to the fabled Machu Picchu. You will have a 2.5-hour walking tour with your guide, exploring all the attractions at Machu Picchu and learning about its history and secrets. On your private tour, your guide will walk you through the rediscovery of these enigmatic ruins. You will see the Temple of the Sun, Temple of the Condor, Temple of Three Windows, Sun Dial, Quarry, the House of the Inca, the urban areas, agricultural terraces and many different types of Inca architecture.
After the tour, you will have time to explore the mysterious city by yourself. At noon, you will take the shuttle bus back to Aguas Calientes, with time for lunch. You will take the 14:55 or 15:20 Vistadome train from Aguas Calientes to the Poroy Station, and you will be picked up and transferred to your hotel, arriving around 19:00. (From January through April the Vistadome train only runs to the Ollantaytambo station)
Note: If you choose to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, you get 2 hours extra at Machu Picchu.
- 3* Accommodation: Maytaq Wasin or Waman Qorikancha
- 4* Accommodation: Costa del Sol Ramada, Casa Andina Private Collection or Novotel Hotels
- Meal included: Breakfast
Day 5: LEISURE TIME/CITY TOUR
After breakfast, enjoy the beauty of Cusco or just relax.
HALF-DAY CITY TOUR
We will pick you up at 9am or 1:00pm from your hotel to start the tour and visit the following places:
- The Koricancha: Temple of the sun
- Sacsayhuaman: Majestic place with impressive works in stone, some up to 120 tons
- Q’enqo: (Labyrinth) a religious center dedicated to the adoration of the Earth
- Puca Pucara: (Red place) that was used as a military control center
- Tambomachay: (Temple of the Water) a center of adoration and worship of water
In the afternoon, we will pick you up from your hotel proceeding to visit the Imperial City. It is a living example of the mix of Andean and Spanish culture. We start the tour at the Convent of Santo Domingo built over the Koricancha, which was the Ancient Inca Palace and the main worship center of the Sun God. You are given plenty of time to enjoy these beautiful sights. From there we visit the massive archaeological site of Sacsayhuaman, with its impressive Inca architecture, which dominates the city. Finally, we explore the archaeological sites of Q’enqo, Pucapucara and Tambomachay, which are located in the hills just northeast of the city. You will return to your hotel in Cusco in the early evening.
- Meal included: Breakfast
WHAT IS INCLUDED FOR MACHU PICCHU TOUR PACKAGE?
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED FOR MACHU PICCHU TOUR PACKAGE?
This 5 day Machu Picchu Tour package can be done on any date that is best for you as long as we have a minimum of 2 participants.
$657 USD per person without hotels
$857 USD per person 4 nights 3* hotels
$1,057 USD per person 4 nights 4* hotels
***Deposit for 3* hotels is $316 USD per person and for 4* or 5* hotels $525 USD per person
***Private service is available for $75 USD more per person.
***All entrance fees are included and we operate our tours in small groups averaging 4 persons with a maximum of 8!
***This price includes a round trip Vistadome Train is which allows you to enjoy the gorgeous landscape of the Sacred Valley!
- 18 to 25 years old: US$30. Information required on student card: name of university, student name, photo of student, expiration date etc. A copy of the card at booking is required & government approval for discount.
- Under 18 years old: US$30. Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.
- Under 11 years old: US$40. Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.
- Huayna Picchu Mountain: $75 USD
- Machu Picchu Mountain: $75 USD
- Single supplement: $60 USD per night 3* (for solo travellers with single room)
- Single supplement: $100 USD per night 4* (for solo travellers with single room)
- Upgrade to 5 star hotels
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR MACHU PICCHU TOUR PACKAGE
Please read carefully the following information. It will help you answer all of your questions about our Machu Picchu Tour Package.
WELCOME TO CUSCO!
You will be welcomed at Cusco airport and taken to your hotel in Cusco. Please ensure that you inform us of your full flight details at least 14 days prior to your trek. Look for our representative holding an orange Veronica Group sign at the arrival terminal.
CAN I STORE MY LUGGAGE AT THE HOTEL?
Of course! During the Machu Picchu Tour Package your main luggage can be store at the hotel in our secure storage.
HOW TO BOOK THE TOUR?
Please be ready with the following information (FROM EACH PARTICIPANT in your group). We cannot purchase an an entrance to Machu Picchu or the train without the following information:
- Personal information (your full name, exactly as on your passport):
- Passport number
- D.OB. (dd / mm / yyyy)
SECOND, we require a deposit of $211.00 USD per person in order to purchase a your entrance to Machu Picchu and train ticket. You can make you deposit by clicking on the VISA or PAYPAL symbols on the top of our home page, or you can click on the VISA or PAYPAL symbols on our booking page.
WHAT ABOUT THE BALANCE?
If you would like to avoid the high credit card fees in Peru, you may pay in cash at our office (US dollars or Peruvian soles) here in Cusco. There are many ATMs within the historical center to withdraw money. You can also pay by VISA or PAYPAL online but you will have to pay a 5.5% service charge, charged by VISA and PAYPAL. To pay your balance through PAYPAL, you need to log into your PAYPAL account using our email address of firstname.lastname@example.org.
MAY I CHANGE THE DEPARTURE DATE AFTER THE TICKETS HAVE BEEN BOUGHT?
Yes, with some restrictions. Once the tickets for Machu Picchu have been bought the government does not allow any changes, so we can’t change any departure date after the tickets has been bought. Tickets are also not transferable nor refundable.
If you cancel your Machu Picchu Tour Package, the deposit is not refundable at all!
DO I NEED MY ORIGINAL PASSPORT?
Yes! You have to bring your original passport and it is very important that it is the same passport number you sent to us to book your entrance to Machu Picchu, train ticket, other entrances and reservations.
In case you are renewing your passport or changing your name, go ahead and send us your old passport information to secure your permit, and we can change it when you get your new passport number or updated your name for a fee of $25 USD per person. We must have a copy of your old and new passport to make the change. Before you change your passport keep a copy of your old one.
If you do not wish to pay this fee you will need to bring both passports to Peru with you. You can enter Peru with your new passport but you will need to show both passports, old and new to be to enter into Machu Picchu or the train. If you do not have both you will not be allowed to enter into Machu Picchu or get on the train.
WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE?
The weather is very unpredictable and it’s difficult to foresee. We recommend that you always dress in layers as that makes it easier to adjust to the different climates.
WHAT ABOUT ALTITUDE SICKNESS?
For some visitors, the first hours in Cusco can be summarized as: shortness of breath, a discomfort in the body, dizziness, headaches, stomachaches, even vomiting. As great connoisseurs of natural medicine, the Incas used coca leaves to counteract soroche, Quechua for high-altitude sickness.
The Veronica View Hotel, and all of the Sacred Valley, are at a lower altitude than Cusco. If you are concerned about the altitude of Cusco, you may want to spend a few days in the Sacred Valley when you first arrive.
If you’re happy with the services provided, a tip – though not compulsory – is appreciated. While it may not be customary in your country, it’s of great significance for the people who will take care of you during the tour. It inspires excellent service and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many VV Hotel & Tours destinations. Of course you are free to tip more or less as you feel, depending on your perception of the quality and the length of your tour. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.
ARE YOU SUSTAINABLE?
Yes, we are a local sustainable & responsible tourism operator, that incorporates universal principles of tourism: protect the environment and benefit the local communities by respecting their culture and religion. With this in mind, we have trained all our staff to know, understand and respect the local places and its people.
WHAT TO BRING MACHU PICCHU TOUR PACKAGE?
OUR HOTEL IN OLLANTAYTAMBO
A scenic 10 minute drive from Ollantaytambo, follow the river and the train tracks to the Veronica View Hotel. Keep an eye out across the river for the original terraces from Incan times! Arriving at the hotel, you will be greeted amid gardens of native flowers and orchids. Take in the stunning sight of the Veronica Mountain, covered with glaciers year-round.