With so much to offer, not everyone has time for discovering the many delights of Peru and/or the Cusco region. With this in mind, we have carefully prepared a special package consisting of 5 days of unique tours. If you are limited on time or if you are not a big fan of long treks or active excursions but would still like to see the best of the best in the Cusco region, then this package is for you.
The first day arriving in Cusco we have a light schedule so as to acclimatize to the high altitude (around 3 400 m.a.s.l.). Depending on the arrival time, we will visit the ruins of Saqsaywaman, the museum of Koricancha and attend a cooking class. Here you will learn how to prepare typical Peruvian dishes and the famous beverage Pisco Sour.
The Sacred Valley, also known as the Valley of Urubamba, is unique. It offers not only breathtaking landscapes, but Peruvians believe it is full of positive energy. Here is where you find ruins from the Inca Empire, which are viewed as the most important and strategic in the entire region and also the country. You can spend many days discovering new entities in this part of the Cusco region. There are two important and beautiful towns in the Sacred Valley which we will see and explore – Ollantaytambo and Pisac.
During the day you will have a chance to explore these cosy and inviting towns. Besides the lovely markets you will learn about the history of the Inca Empire when we visit both archaeological sites that differ in beauty and structure.
You will start the tour early in the morning, around 7:00am. First on the agenda is a visit to a small zoo where the Peruvian animals include: jungle birds, llamas, alpacas, vicunas and condors. Next is a visit Pisac where you can explore the town center and local, colourful market. The tour also includes visiting the Incas ruins situated just above the town. From Pisac we travel directly by private transport to Ollantaytambo where you will have time to wander through the historical terraces and admire impressive Inca fortresses. There are many cosy restaurants around the main plaza from which to chose your evening meal.
We begin with an early start to the day with an exciting train ride through the Sacred Valley from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes (train leaves at 5:35am and arrives at 7:44am). Upon arrival you will have a brief tour of the town and then take a bus up to the ruins of Machu Picchu where you will spend as much time as you like (closes at 5pm). Inside Machu Picchu there are many options available to you. You can hike one of the two small peaks, Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain, or walk to the Sun Gate (Inti Punku) and/or Inca bridge. Once you’ve completed your Machu Picchu adventure you will return to Aguas Calientes (by bus or on foot – a short trek), where you will have dinner. Later on in the evening you will return to Cusco.
We will start the tour early around 6:30am. Around 7:30am we will reach the ruins of Chinchero, have an explore and afterwards have a lesson about the local textiles of the region.
After Chinchero, you will explore the archaeological site of Moray, containing unusual Inca ruins, consisting of several enormous terraced circular depressions. We will travel to the ruins by bike (this will take around 3-4 hours).
From Moray we continue to the next destination – Maras, by bike (optional by car). We will take a short pause in the small town of Maras and learn about the production of the popular Andean beverage, chicha de jora (corn beer).
Salineras de Maras
After Maras we continue the biking tour (optional trekking) towards the incredible salt ponds, Salineras de Maras, that are still in use and have been since the Inca times. Here you will have a chance to walk through more than 5000 salt ponds and learn about the production of salt.
We will finish the tour and return to Cusco around 6pm.
Depending on your flight schedule you may have some additional hours to enjoy Cusco city, which could include visiting the famous San Pedro Market (Mercado San Pedro) or Museums, as well as a chocolate and coffee tour – at Choco Museo (Chocolate Museum), where you can learn about the world renowned Peruvian chocolate and coffee.
If you have a flight late in the afternoon, there is the option of organising a half-day tour to some local communities outside the city or to other archaeological sites that are of interest you.
This itinerary is flexible. We always prepare tours which best suit the group, making it possible to amend them depending on the requirements of the group. The price of each tour depends on the size of the group, the type of accommodation and the type of service. If you have any questions about the tour, please feel free to contact us by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Cusco region is one of the most beautiful and attractive parts of Peru. The Andean landscapes offer great trekking, bicycle and horseback riding routes, as well as a chance to learn about the history and archaeological sites. The warm and friendly inhabitants make it a desirable place to visit and witness the rich traditions and culture. From Cusco you can easily reach the famous Inca ruins of Machu Picchu as well as jump down to the jungle or reach the dizzy heights of the mountains. This region provides you with many attractions with which to have unique experiences. Do not miss the opportunity to see it all!