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LocalAventura Tour: Tour the Best of Cusco in 5 Days

Tour the Best of Cusco in 5 Days

See the highlights of Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley, and Cusco
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5 days, 4 nights

Cusco

2 ~ 10

High content


Description

Enjoy Cusco’s unique natural and cultural heritage in the aventura of a lifetime!  This five-day journey will take you through the mysterious and historic heartland of the Inca empire, exploring both the highlights and off-the-beaten-path spots along the way. You will discover the Cusco's unique combination of Inca and colonial architecture as well as its local markets and traditional neighborhoods. Then, explore the peaceful Sacred Valley of the Incas surrounded by the glacier-capped Andes and impressive ancient ruins. All of this will lead up to the highlight of your Peruvian Adventure, a trip to Machu Picchu, one of the new 7 Wonders of the World. 

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Cusco
Upon arrival to Cusco airport, you'll be met by your local guide and taken to your hotel in a private shuttle. Today, you will be free to relax, explore Cusco on your own, and acclimatize to the high altitude.

Day 2: Cusco and Sacsayhuaman Guided Hike
Strap on your walking shoes! Today, you will enjoy a city tour which includes a scenic hike, ancient ruins, and an unprecedented panoramic view of the city. Begining the tour in the outskirts of Cusco, your local guide will take you to Sacsayhuaman, a huge Inca fortress overlooking the city. After touring the ruins, you and your Local Guide will descend down into the city, passing parts of an old Inca road and arriving in the bohemian San Blas neighborhood. Afterwards, your Local Guide will show you the most popular sites in the city, such as the main square and the Qorikancha “Temple of the Sun.” In addition to these key sights, you will also explore off-the-beaten-path destinations, ancient streets, and the local market, giving you an authentic feel for the city and allowing you to discover the magic of Cusco.

Day 3: The Sacred Valley of the Incas
At 9:00 am, you will be picked up by your Local Guide to set off on a fascinating day in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Your first stop will be Pisaq, a traditional village with a very well-maintained archaeological site and a picturesque Andean market. Here, you will get to learn about local customs and artisan crafts. After touring this village, you will enjoy lunch at a restaurant in Urubamba, before seeing the fortress and citadel of Ollantaytambo. Once finished at the citadel, you’ll get to wander the narrow, ancient streets of the city.

From Ollantaytambo station, you will then board the comfortable and scenic train to the town of Aguas Calientes, which will be your starting point for Machu Picchu. The train journey is a spectacle in itself, and you’ll be able to witness the changing landscape from green fields and eucalyptus forests to lush jungle.

Day 4: Discovering Machu Picchu!
It’s the day you’ve been waiting for! Starting bright and early, you will take a 20-minute bus up the steep and zigzagging road to Machu Picchu. Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted by an expert local guide to give you an insider’s look into the mystery and beauty of this world wonder. After, you’ll be given free time to continue exploring every corner of the “Lost City of the Incas” at your own pace.

After exploring Machu Picchu, you will return to Aguas Calientes for lunch and will board your train back to Cusco. Upon arrival in Cusco, you will be taken back to your hotel.

Day 5: Departure Day
Today, you will be given free time to take a last walk in Cusco, explore the shops and markets, and take in the magic of the land. After a few hours to explore, you will meet your local guide, where he will take you to the airport for your departure. 


Eligibility criteria

This tour is suitable for all ages and physical ability levels.


What's Included

  • Tours as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Private and shared transfers 
  • Entrance fees
  • English-speaking Local Guide
  • Some meals including:
    • Breakfast on day 1
    • Breakfast on day 2
    • Breakfast and lunch on day 3
    • Breakfast on day 4
    • Breakfast on day 5
  • All accommodations

What's not included

  • Domestic Flights: Lima to Cusco, Cusco to Lima

Additional Pricing Information (*)

  • If you'd like to hike Huayna Picchu, tickets are available with the tour for an extra cost. Please email founders@localaventura.com for a price quote.

Recommendations

  • Your Local Guide will send you a packing list upon booking.
  • Please contact your doctor if you are concerned about the altitude.
  • Be sure to be at the train station 30 minutes before your train departure.
  • Please don’t forget to bring your passport with you since it will be required when entering Machu Picchu.

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Diego

Born and raised in Lima, I moved to Germany to study business and marketing. Following the traditional business path, I began working in sales and marketing at a multinational company, but realized that going to work every day felt more like a chore. I decided it was time I pursued my two passions: entrepreneurship and travel. I started my travel company in 2009 and have since loved every day of my job. Having grown up in Peru, I understand the beauty that lives within the land, and I absolutely love showing it to others. On each trip I lead, I get to share my world while also meeting new people and learning new things. I invite you to come to Peru and explore the soul of my country, together.

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