Cusco, Machu Picchu, and Sacred Valley 5-Day Tour
You'll be picked up from the Cusco Airport and be taken to the hotel. You have the morning free to rest and get used to the altitude. Your 4-hour city tour of Cusco begins around 1:20pm. You will enjoy a guided visit to the Temple of Sun (Qorikancha), and also visit Inca remains around the city including Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Pucapucara, and Tambomachay.
Day 2: Sacred Valley Tour (B) (L)
After breakfast, you'll be picked up from the hotel and head to the Sacred Valley with your guide. You will visit the town of Pisaq and its typical handicraft market. Then at noon you'll enjoy a buffet lunch in Urubamba and continue to Ollantaytambo, where you will see some of the region's most important archaeological remains. Come back to Cusco by way of Chinchero, another tourist center, and then get dropped-off at the hotel.
Day 3: Aguas Calientes (B)
After breakfast, early in the morning at approximately 4:45am you'll be taken to the train station for a trip by rail to Aguas Calientes (gateway to Machu Picchu), where you'll spend the night. Upon arrival into town, you'll be transferred to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure, with options to visit the hot springs near town.
Day 4: Machu Picchu
Very early in the morning, you will take the bus up to the citadel of Machu Picchu. You'll start with a guided tour, walking around the citadel for two hours. After the tour, you'll have time to see the place on your own. Then in the afternoon head back to Cusco.
Day 5: End of Tour (B)
After breakfast in the hotel, you'll be transferred to the Cusco airport to catch your flight.
- 3 nights accommodation in Cusco
- 1 night accommodation in Aguas Calientes
- Transfers Cusco Airport / Hotel
- Transfers Hotel / Train Station / Hotel
- Transfer Hotel / Cusco Airport
- Professional guide
- Cusco city tour and Sacred Valley tour
- 3 breakfasts and buffet lunch during Sacred Valley tour
- Single room accommodation (20% more from original amount paid)
- Excess luggage charges (where applicable)
- Internal flights
- Food and drinks, unless specified
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 3 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
- A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
- Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
- Passport name, number, expiry and country is required at time of booking for all participants
- A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
- Each traveler is allowed a maximum of 1 suitcase and 1 carry-on bag. Oversized or excessive luggage (e.g. surfboards, golf clubs or bikes) may have certain restrictions, please inquire with the operator prior to travel to confirm if your excess luggage is acceptable
Although the tour is promoted as a 5-day Tour, the core tour is really just three and a half days. Still, what you get in that time is packed with history and scenic grandeur. The Cusco part of the tour is a combination of the Spanish heritage of the city, as well as the Inca heritage of the surrounding areas. The Sacred Valley tour is an all-day affair, with a buffet lunch in Ollantaytambo, and a return to the city center not your hotel. The Machu-Picchu part of the tour is in two parts - the first part is the scenic train ride to Aguas Calientes, a charming town in a wooded valley, with the afternoon free. The second part is the next day, with a bus ride to the entrance to Machu Picchu, some time to explore the site on your own, and a 2-hour guided tour of the site. At the end of the tour you return to Aguas Calientes and take the train back to Cusco. You need to be reasonably fit to enjoy some of the sites particularly Ollantaytambo and Machu Picchu, as they involve climbing hills that are occasionally steep. Our tour operator was very prompt and efficient, with airport pickup/drop off, hotel pickups for guided tours, and transfers. Our guides were knowledgeable and spoke English reasonably well. The people we met were warm and welcoming. All-in-all, Peru is a wonderful place to visit, and we were lucky to have a good travel outfit to take us around.
This is not a tour as one would define it. Mysterious Peru, which handled the tour, managed by Lenin Roman acts simply as a broker that then contracts several existing tours in the area and passes us around to whichever tour is available. The problems we encountered: 1 Booking dates were wrong but discovered at the last minute by my husband who thoroughly checked our travel itinerarythe Cusco tour was only part of multiple stops across South America! We expected it to be handled easily by this company-- given it appears on VIATOR, we were so wrong! 2.We were not picked up at the airport, had to call Lenin to pick us up, we were dropped at a hotel that did not have a booking for us!! Eventually we got into another hotel. 3 2nd day, again we were NOT picked up for our tour. We had to be driven by a taxi contracted by Lenin after we called to catch up with a tour, we had no reservation! 3.3rd day trip to Cusco, we were supposed to be picked up at 4:30AM -- NOT!! Called again, picked up by a van at 4:50 only to be transferred to taxi so we can be driven to Ollantaytambo 1 hr away and not miss our train to Aguas Callientes. At arrival in AC, again not picked up! Again, had to call. Tour at Macchu Picchu, we were transferred from one guide to another. Trip back from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo, we were so surprised that our names actually appeared on a list to go on a bus back to Cusco!! Last day, transfer to airport-- this time we proactively called so as not to be late for our plane. I cannot believe VIATOR would even have this tour on their list without vetting the company before listing it. We've been in numerous tours: Turkey, Cambodia, Vietnam, Philippines and others and never had this horrid experience. We would have been so much better off had we booked all our tours upon arriving at Cusco, and booked the hotels ourselves!! I went via VIATOR, expecting a good experience --- NEVER again! I would rate less than 1 star if I could.
Tour for this 5 days were excellent for what we wanted to see and do. Guides were friendly and helpful. There were a couple of times when the tour contacts did not show on time to meet us - at Cusco Airport and at Aguas Calientes train station. Both times we had to get help calling our contacts. Overall, good value for the tour price.