Private Guide Machu picchu Day 1: Transfer to the hotel in Lima
Private guide will come and pick you up at the airport and take you to your hotel in Lima.
In the afternoon, you will enjoy some free-time in Peru’s Capital. We highly recommend that you walk around the Historical center, to make the most of its parks and nice views of the Pacific Ocean. Depending on your arrival time, we could also offer you a half-day City Tour of Lima in the afternoon.
Day 2: Transfer to airport in Lima and to hotel in Cusco
Private guide Cusco, the archaeological capital of the Americas and the oldest continuously inhabited city on the continent lies in exceptionally beautiful Andean countryside. It is 3400 metres above sea level and its legacy as the hub of the Inca Empire is readily apparent: Most of the city streets are lined with Inca-built stone walls and crowded with Quechua-speaking descendants of the Incas.
The city of Cusco and Sacsaywaman (half day)
We begin our tour with a visit to the cathedral, which was built between 1560 and 1654 on the site of the palace of the Inca Wiracocha. It is a magnificent example of European art made by the indigenous population. Its main altar is completely covered in silver, and the church contains many fine paintings from the Cusco School of religious art. From the cathedral we move on to Qoricancha, the Inca Temple of the Sun, where we will be able to see some of the finest remaining examples of Inca stonemasonry. We will explore this ancient Inca sanctuary with its immense monolithic walls built from stones that weigh up to 130 tons each, all joined perfectly together. Sacsaywaman witnessed great events and bloodshed during the siege of Cusco at the time of the conquest. We will then visit the amphitheatre at Qenqo, the fortress of Puka Pukara and the ritual Inca baths at Tambomachay.
Day 3: The Sacred Valley of the Incas, (full day)
The colourful markets of the valley are open during the mornings, when you will be able to buy Peruvian crafts, jewellery and textiles, and see the traditional produce market where local people trade. Pisaq market is open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, and Chinchero market is open on Sundays.
Ollantaytambo: The village of Ollantaytambo retains the original street plan of the Inca town, making it the only surviving example of Inca urban planning. Our tour will include a visit to the agricultural areas around the village, the irrigation system, granaries and the fortress-temple built by Inca Pachacuteq using stonemasons from the Colla culture around Lake Titicaca. Private Guide Pisaq.
Day 4 & 5: Wiñay Wayna – Machu Picchu
Private guide Wiñay Wayna:
Cusco or Ollantaytambo to Km 104 by Expedition train or others. On reaching Km 104 we cross the Urubamba river and head for Choquesuysuy. Here the trail climbs to half-way up the mountain where we arrive at Wiñay Wayna, surrounded by lush vegetation. We pass a high waterfall where we can cool off. The Wiñay Wayna complex was once inhabited by farmers who used terraces to reclaim these steep slopes for agriculture. We will encounter about twenty constructions which have all been recently restored, as well as an irrigation system and a splendid Inca temple.
That afternoon we will continue along the trail to Machu Picchu, enjoying along the way the spectacular scenery, with the river far below, and the snowy peaks emerging from the surrounding cloud forest. Following a path which is very narrow in places, we eventually arrive at the Sun Gate above Machu Picchu from where we will get our first glimpse of the ruins below us. From here it is a forty minute walk to Machu Picchu. We stay at a hotel close to the ruins or in the village of Aguas Calientes (hotel not included).
Day 5: Machu Picchu
We get up early to visit this lost city which was rediscovered in 1911. This citadel, standing at the top of a steep, forested hill overlooking the Urubamba River was hidden by dense vegetation for centuries until Hiram Bingham began to clear the site. Today the city has been completely restored and even if it has lost some of its mystery it still remains an unforgettable sight. Our tour includes a visit to the temples, plazas, palaces, watercourses and residential areas and will also leave you time to explore the ruins on your own. Return to Cusco by train, transfer to hotel by the Private Transportation.
Private Guide Machu picchu.
Day 6: Transfer to airport
- All the necessary land transport
- All tours and transfers with English-speaking Private tour guide.
- Entrance fee for all tours and excursions, parks and museums.
- Accommodation at selected hotel with private bathroom (double room basis).
- Single supplement includes: single room where available.
- Second day bus services to Machu Picchu.
- Entrance fees to Inca Trail and Machu Picchu.
- Tips to guides.
- Airport taxes approximately: $6 USD for each domestic flight and $28 USD for the international flight.
- Tips to the staff.
- Travel insurance.
- Personal expenses: clothing and sleeping bag, laundry, telephone calls, etc.
- Meals not included in the program.