An amazing 5-day with a Cusco and Machu Picchu Tour. Discover historic city of Cusco and the spectacular mountaintop citadel of Machu Picchu to immerse yourself in the Inca’s old and current culture. Visit Inca monuments like Saqsayhuaman and Koricancha to learn more about Cusco‘s beautiful colonial architecture and unique Inca traditions.
After that, spend the day seeing Machu Picchu’s amazing buildings and temples. Spend the last day of your trip touring Moray, which is home to a historic agricultural site as well as an Andean weaving center. You may witness traditional dyeing and weaving demonstrations and buy souvenirs while you’re there.
- 5-day tour of Cusco and Machu Picchu
- Delve into the heart of the ancient Inca Empire and learn the history of what had been the largest empire in Pre-Columbian America
- See Cusco’s top sights and attractions, including prime examples of Spanish architecture and the massive stone ruins of Sacsayhuaman
- Discover the famed Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu both on a guided tour and during ample free time
- Spend a day exploring the ancient agricultural terraces of Moray and seeing traditional dyeing and weaving techniques in action
This 5-day trip takes you to the heart of the old Inca Empire, including Cusco, the Sacred Valley, and the spectacular mountain city of Machu Picchu. This multi-day tour of the Incas’ most important sites and the iconic city of Cusco is the ideal way to learn about this renowned ancient civilisation. Start your adventure by arriving at the Cusco airport between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. on the first day.
During days one and two, continue your exploration of Cusco, the former colonial capital and one-time center of Incan culture. Visit some of the city’s fascinating museums as well as some of the city’s most prominent Incan religious and political sites, such as Saqsayhuaman and Koricancha. On day three, travel to Machu Picchu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you’ll meet your guide at sunrise to experience this ancient engineering and design marvel.
On your fourth day, visit the intriguing archaeological site of Moray, where you’ll learn about the Inca’s unique farming tactics and scientific aptitude. Finish at the little town of Chinchero, near Cusco, where you’ll take time to visit a traditional weaving center and learn about the wonderful Andean textile traditions. Return to Cusco airport for a journey back to Lima on day five.
Day 1: Arrival to Cusco
This morning will be spent sleeping or having leisure time. We’ll spend the day in the Inka Museum, which houses thousands of years of Andean history.
We’ll learn more about the origins and beginnings of Andean civilizations here. Continuing our journey, we will visit Koricancha Temple, the famed Sun Temple of Qosqo, which was and still is the apex of Inca civilization’s organization, architecture, and religion.
They had already made the greatest accomplishments of their time during its construction, and this temple may have been an exact replica of the center, or “Navel of the Globe,” and hence the center of the world, as mandated by pre-Hispanic Andean cosmovision.
Day 2: Saqsayhuaman – Temple of the moon – transfer to Aguas Calientes
Sacred Valley of the Incas
Our day will begin with a journey to Saqsayhuaman. This Inka building, with its magnificent attributes and huge stones, is regarded as one of the greatest structures ever built on the face of the Earth in human history. We’ll then proceed to the Temple of the Moon, a place of spiritual connection and interaction with the Moon Goddess’s feminine energy. Our last destination will be Qenqo. In the afternoon, we will travel by automobile to the town of Ollantaytambo, where we will board a train to Machu Picchu (Aguas Calientes).
Day 3: Machupicchu – Ollantaytambo
Today, we will rise early for breakfast and travel to Machupicchu’s Inka citadel to watch the sunrise in this wonderful spot, a legendary masterpiece of architecture and engineering that is thought to have served as a santuary and energizing center. UNESCO has designated Machu Picchu as one of the world’s seven wonders and a World Heritage Site. Optional: A 2-hour round-trip journey to Huaynapicchu’s top, a strenuous climb on rocky slopes with amazing ruins and spectacular views.
Day 4: Moray – Salt mines – Chinchero (textile interpretation center)
We’ll go to Moray in the morning, a historic structure built for agricultural research and study of various crops at various elevations. The many concentric “rings” of terraces provide a narrow gradient of micro-climates here; the warmth of the lowest center ring gradually dissipates as the rings ascend outward and above, causing temperature drops until they approach the ground-level norm.
When you’ve finished touring Moray, head to the Maras salt mines, which are around 2 miles distant. This hamlet is famous for being a former salt-producing center that dates back to pre-Inca times. Over 3000 salt pools have been cut into the mountainside and are replenished everyday by a little stream of water.
Chinchero is the last stop on the tour. The well-preserved Inka walls of the main square, as well as the numerous altars, may be seen here. We’ll also pay a visit to the lovely colonial church, which is notable for its interior artwork and iconography.
Moving on, we’ll take part in a beautiful introduction and learning experience of the craft of Andean textiles; throughout the day, we’ll learn about the knowledge of Andean weavings, which has been passed down since long before the Inka era. We will have a buffet supper with music, a show, and traditional dances in the evening.
Day 5: Fly To Lima
Alejandro Velasco Astete Cusco International Airport (CUZ)
Transfer to the airport.
This ends our Amazing 5-Day Cusco and Machu Picchu Tour.