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The Highlights of Cusco – 5 Days

  • Duration: 5 days/ 4 nights
  • Physical rating: Easy
  • Departure dates: All year arround
  • Min age: 10+
  • Group size Min: 01
  • Group size Max: 16
Trip overview:

Immerse in the Incas’ archaeological and cultural splendors. The five-day journey to the highlights of Cusco & Machu Picchu provides beautiful landscapes and magnificent vistas of the Incas’ old treasures, including the ancient Incan city of Cusco, the lush green Sacred Valley, and one of the World’s Wonders, Machu Picchu. The tour concludes with Rainbow Mountain, a purportedly beautiful rock structure located outside Cusco. As Rainbow Mountain’s magnificence approaches, the ranger will discuss the area’s geological history.

Highlights of Cusco:
  • Explore Inca ruins around Machu Picchu and Cusco.
  • Stroll around the Pisac market, enjoying the lovely sights and pleasant sounds.
  • Get a sense of Machu Picchu's ancient grandeur.
  • A comprehensive tour of Machu Picchu takes in all of the key attractions.
  • Rainbow Mountain is an awe-inspiring geological structure.
The highlights of Cusco tour Includes and excludes:

Price Includes:

  • Accommodation: 3 nights in Cusco and Aguas Calientes hotel with breakfast included.
  • The itinerary includes all admission costs (Cusco, Sacred Valley, and Machu Picchu).
  • English-speaking local guides lead the tours.
  • All transfers: airport, train station, bus station transfers, Hotel pickup, and drop-offs.
  • Train ticket: Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes – Cusco (Expedition Class).
  • Meals: According mentioned in the itinerary (vegetarian or special diets are available).
  • All ground transportation.
  • 24-hour support by our local staff.

Price Excludes:

  • The price does not cover domestic or international flights. Consult a travel agency if necessary.
  • VISA procedures, travel insurance, pre, and post-tour accommodation.aswsa
  • Additional personal costs (alcoholic beverages, laundry).
  • The price does not cover gratuities for tour guides, drivers, and support staff.
  • Guidance in another language (Germany, French, others), in case you request them, please ask your travel agent.
  • Additional items are not included explicitly in the itinerary description.
  • Entrance fee to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain.
Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1Arrival at Cusco & Colorful Cusco Walking Tour

Upon arrival in Cusco, assistance at the airport and transfer to the lodging.
The rest of the day is free for relaxation to minimize the adverse effects of the high altitude and explore this wonderful city.
Hotel pickup at 14:30. The walking tour starts in the colorful San Pedro market; there is probably no better place to witness Cusquean life. Enjoy a first-hand look at how residents live day-to-day outside the postcard perfection of Cusco’s main square. The guide explains this market’s history as its wanders through the narrow aisles laden with colorful fabrics, meals, fruit juice, bread, and shaman stalls.
After, we visit Cusco’s main square. This busy and vibrant space marks the city’s colonial center, featuring wide stone pathways and well-kept colorful gardens.
Afterward, we will go to Qorikancha, where Santo Domingo’s convent sits atop the ancient temple. For some unknown reason, numerous invaders were awed by the splendor of this temple when they first arrived because, according to tradition, it was fully gold-plated.
The tour ends around 18:00.

  • Overnight at the Hotel in Cusco.
  • Meals Included: None

Suggested flight schedule — Lima (09:30am) – Cusco (10:50am)

Day 2 Tour to the Sacred Valley (Pisac & Ollantaytambo)

Hotel breakfast; pick up from the hotel at 07:30 am. We embark on a journey to the Inca’s Sacred Valley, beginning in Pisac, 31 km from Cusco. The old Incan archaeological site is on the summit of a mountain. There have the chance to witness the impressive stonemasonry skill of our ancient ancestors.
Afterward, go down into the quaint little town and wander through its colorful market to buy intricate, hand-crafted products.
Afterward, have lunch at a nearby restaurant.
We next go to Ollantaytambo, an Inca military, religious, and agricultural hub perched on a mountain. Unlike other little villages, this one has retained its original Incan architecture, complete with magnificent stone structures and winding alleyways.
Following the tour, we go to the Ollantaytambo railway station to board the train to Aguas Calientes. Upon arrival, guests will be welcomed and transferred to the hotel.

  • Overnight at the Hotel in Aguas Calientes.
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch.

Expedition train — Ollantaytambo (19:04) – Aguas Calientes (20:45)

Day 3Visit the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu & Back to Cusco

Hotel breakfast; at 06:00 am. Take a bus to the Machu Picchu archaeological site (2,430m/7,972ft). Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007, the mountaintop fortress earned every bit of its notoriety.
Around 07:30 am, the guided tour begins; the guide expertly directs through the astounding ruins and its main streets. Then wander around the town squares and climb the intricately carved stairways made of stone. Machu Picchu is considered the world’s spiritual center by esoteric wisdom.
The guided tour takes around two hours and 30 minutes.
From 12:30 pm to 13:30, take the bus to Aguas Calientes.
From 13:30 to 15:00, take lunch at a local restaurant in Aguas Calientes.
Return to Cusco: Later in the day, board the train to return to Cusco. Arrive at Poroy station and then be picked up and transported to the Cusco hotel.

  • Overnight at the Hotel in Cusco.
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch.

Expedition train — Aguas Calientes (15:20) – Cusco (19:05)

Note about train tickets: We attempt to book tickets on this train, but we may need to book an alternative service if the timetable changes or the trains are unavailable.

Day 4Take a hike up Rainbow Mountain

Hotel breakfast; pick up at 5:00 am from hotel and a 3-hour drive to trailhead. Stop at Cusipata; afterward, we continued towards Phullawasipata (4626m/15,177ft).
The day starts with a creek trek. Enjoy the ride as we pass alpaca and llama herds. Bring a camera since we will be seeing Ausangate Mountain. Also, take a stroll through rural areas and meet the residents.
The hike to Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain (5,030m/16,498ft) takes 1 hour and 30 minutes. Once reaching the peak, we will get a chance to eat and take in the panoramic views. Typically, the break lasts 45 minutes.
It is time to descend after soaking in the beautiful vistas. Returning to the trailhead should take lunch before traveling to Cusco.
We will embark on the 3-hour drive back to Cusco and drop off at the Cusco hotel.
The approximate arrival time is between 17:00.
Approximate walking distance: 8 kilometers (4.97 miles) – Walking time estimate: 4 hours.

  • Overnight at the Hotel in Cusco.
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5Departure from Cusco

Hotel breakfast; Our representative will meet in the hotel lobby at the specified hour and help with the departure—airport transfer.

  1. Meals Included: Breakfast.

Suggested flight schedule — Cusco (10:40 am) – Lima (12:05 pm)

Price Options:
Hotel category: Double or Triple room Single room – Additional cost
Tourist: US$ 705 US$ 136
Superior Tourist: US$ 814 US$ 224

* Prices per person in US dollars.
* Single passengers are subject to an additional fee.
* Prices are based on a group of two to three travelers.
* 5% discount available if four or more people are traveling together.

Optional services

  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain US$ 25 per person.
  • Upgrade train to Vistadome returns to Cusco US$ 45 per person.
  • Domestic flight tickets (Lima to Cusco and Cusco to Lima) cost around US$ 254 per person (Baggage allowed: Carry-on 8 kg + Checked 23 kg). * Airfares are subject to change according to availability and travel date.


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