MACHU PICCHU CLASSIC

Visit the most popular tourist attractions in Cusco area.

OVERVIEW:

Starting point: Cusco (Airport)
Ending point: Cusco (Airport)
Tour type: Archaeological and Cultural

Hotel Range: 3 stars (Upgrade, let us know)

Day1: Pick up from Airport, free day - acclimatize to the Altitude

Day2: Cusco - City tour

Day3: Sacred Valley tour: Pisac - Ollantaytambo - Chinchero

Day4:  Cusco - Machu Picchu - Cusco

Day5: Cusco - Lima - International Departure


Full Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco arrival - free day adjust to the altitude:

Pick you up from Airport in Cusco. let us know the arrival time of your flight

Transfer to Hotel in Cusco: 20 minutes.

Free day - We suggest to stay in Cusco and relax before you start with all the activities and tours. Avoid the Altitude Sickness drinking plenty Coca tea

Altitude sickness Info

Day 2: Cusco: Sightseeing Tour 5 hours guided tour

Visit the Main Square of Cusco and the Cathedral, one of the most beautiful places in Peru, the artwork by Goldsmith and silversmiths is just amazing.

The Temple of the Sun - Korikancha, Its walls and floors were once covered in sheets of solid gold, and its adjacent courtyard was filled with golden statues
Then, we drive out of the City to visit the Inca sites of Kenko and the impressive Fortress of Sacsayhuaman, strategically built on a hill overlooking Cusco, famous for its enormous carved stones, some of them standing over 9 m / 30 ft high and weighing over 350 tons, Our Cusco tour will end at the San Pedro Market where you can a appreciate the typical market of Cusco City.

After the guided tour we return to your hotel.

Meals Included: Break fast

Day 3: Sacred valley tour: Pisaq town - Ollantaytambo ruins - Chinchero town

Breakfast. Full-day excursion to the "Sacred Valley of the Incas", along with the Vilcanota River. We will have the opportunity to share closely the peasants' customs and bargain with vendors at the typical Inca market of Pisac, held on Tuesdays, Thursday, and Sundays.

Our next stop is Pisaq ruins (Agriculture Inca center)

Lunch in a local countryside restaurant. 

In the afternoon, passing through the Towns of Calca and Urubamba, we visit the Inca Fortress and Citadel of Ollantaytambo, built to guard the entrance to this part of the Valley, and protect it from possible invasion from the tribes in the Lower jungle. You can walk through the quaint streets of the nearby Town, and get a good idea of what this strategic military, religious, and agricultural centre was like during the era of the Inca Empire.

Later in the afternoon we will visit Chinchero town, a short walk to the Inca citadel and visit the local weaving center where we will opportunity to appreciate the locals and how they work with the alpaca wool

Back to Cusco hotel 

Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 4: Cusco - Machu Picchu - Cusco

Breakfast at hotel. The day starts with an early morning rise to transfer (3 hours) Aguas Calientes town also known as Machu Picchu town.

We will arrive in Aguas Calientes town where we will take a tourist bus to the famous Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu, also known as "The Lost City of the Incas", discovered for science in 1911 by the American explorer Hiram Bingham.

We tour the ruins for around 2 hours private guide, during which time our guide explains the astounding degree of technology achieved by the builders of this famous site. The tight construction, the Intihuatana, (or "Hitching Post of the Sun"), which served as an astronomical calendar, all show technological advancement far beyond anything this area of the world was thought to have achieved. all allow us to glimpse back into the past of these truly remarkable people.

After Machu Picchu Inca site, back to Aguas Calientes town in order to get lunch and take the train back to Cusco city.

Note: Please check the timetable for the train back.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Hotel Cusco

Day 5 : Cusco / Lima - International Departure

Breakfast: Leisurely breakfast at your hotel in Cusco.
Transfer to the Airport for your flight to Lima. Lunch on your own.


What is included

In Cusco: Sightseeing Tour 5 hours.
In the Sacred Valley of the Incas: Full-day excursion to Pisac Inca Market and ruins, Ollantaytambo ruins and Chinchero
In Machu Picchu: Guided visit of the Inca Citadel

  • Private Transfer from Airport to Hotel in town
  • 4 Nights accommodation 3 stars. Want to upgrade the accommodation? 
  • All entrance tickets for the excursions mentioned in the Program (Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu)
  • All the transfers indicated in the itinerary. Starting at Airport and Ending at Airport
  • Meals: Breakfast and lunch for Sacred Valley tour
  • Train ticket round trip - Ollantaytambo town - Aguas Calientes town - Ollantaytambo town
  • Transfer Ollantaytambo - Cusco (return)
  • Bus ticket round trip from Aguas Calientes- Machu Picchu- Aguas Calientes
  • All guided tours (English/Spanish) as described in the itinerary (private)
  • All applicable taxes

NOT INCLUDED:

  • International and domestic flights
  • Airport taxes ($30.25 for international flights and $6.05 for domestic flights)
  • Baggage excess. (i.e.Puno/Cusco bus)
  • Alcoholic drinks, soda or bottled mineral water
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • International or National personal telephone calls.
  • Meals not mentioned

Optional post-tour (cost given separately)

What you need to bring/carry:

  • Daypack,
  • Rain jacket or poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco for a few dollars)
  • comfortable footwear
  • Sweater and jacket (something warm)
  • Water bottle and purification tablets (Micropur are recommended and can be bought in local pharmacies in Cusco)
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun
  • Sun block (sun protection cream)
  • Insect repellent
  • Selection of small snacks, chocolate, dried fruit, biscuits etc,
  • Camera, plenty of film and spare batteries
  • You also need to bring your original passport on the trail and your student ISIC card (if claiming a student discount)

Options: Discovery Machu Picchu

(1) An extra night in Aguas Calientes can easily be arranged for you if required. Hotels costs and costs associated with returning to Machu Picchu the following day are additional to trek costs.
 It is best to make your hotel reservation directly. We have some good recommendations and contact details. Ask at info@tandapata.com

Time of arrival in Cusco after returning from the tour.
you will return from Machu Picchu to Cusco approximately 7pm on the last day of the tour (if you have overnight in Aguas Calientes the train will be at the same time). The tickets are subject to availability and at times of high demand, we may have to change your departure to an alternative service / departure time without prior notice departing on the someday as stated in your service voucher.  

This alternative service may run only as far as Ollantaytambo, in which case we will  provide transport for you back to your hotel in Cusco. If the service is more expensive our Company will pay additional cost.

This applies to return by train only,  We will not be responsible for additional costs associated with returning to Cusco in any other form. If it is your decision to change to a different service or different date you must inform us at the time of purchasing the tour and pay any additional cost yourselves.

2) Vegetarian Meals. We can provide vegetarian meals or cater for special diets with no extra cost. Just let us know at least 2 days prior to trek departure.(much better TO LET US KNOW at the time of your booking)

Other information:
(1) Luggage storage. When you go on the trek it is best to leave any luggage that you are not going to need behind in Cusco. Nearly all the hotels in Cusco provide a secure luggage deposit.
(2)Put any valuables in their safe. Very rarely do hotels charge for this service especially if you are returning to the same hotel after the trek. If there are any problems with your hotel we can arrange to store your luggage at our office.

As you may realize we are very happy to announce (publish) our  trek prices and departures, but we are very clear too that some of the third party cost such, entrance fee to Machu Picchu, train tickett return, etc, may increase later, even a month before your trek departure as is been happening the last 05 years.
If any of the third party costs listed below (what is included) change to increase the cost of the trek we will immediately update the trek price listed on our website and will inform by email to every client, Clients will be liable for paying any increased cost of the Inca Trail trek upon arrival in Cusco.


Questions

Climate: During the May-September dry season the weather is geneally sunny. With spells of overcast or showers. From October to April the weather is far more variable, with a tendency to sunshine in the morning with rain later. January and February are the wettest months. The Andean seasonal variation seems to have become less reliable in recent years, and the weather less predictable. In recent times the problem of grass and forest fires in the Andes and Amazon has become acute, often leading to very smoky skies in August and September.

 Altitude Note : At high elevation air preasure is lower. Each lungful of air captures fewer oxygen molecules. It is definitely worth restraining one`s enthusiasm for the first couple of hours when arriving by plane from Lima. Relax, lie down, adjust. Evoid respiratory depressants, such as alcohol, sedatives and sleeping pills. ( For better sleep, take Acetazolamide ( Diamox) instead ) Eat lightly for a day or so. Dehydration occurs very rapidly at high altitude, thus it is vital to drink plenty of fluids. All this will speed acclimatization. In a day you will feel better, and in two days you should be fine.

Hypoxia or AMS ( Acute Mountain Sickness), know locally as soroche, can be hard to shake off once it starts. Symptoms are shortness of breath, headache, nausea, dizziness, insomnia, loss of appetite, vomiting in bad cases. Descent in the infallible cure for altitude problems. The local remedy is tea made from coca leaves ( mate de coca ) This is helpful, but by no means a cure. Acetazolamide ( Diamox ) This drug has shown good results as prophylaxis and treatment of AMS ( soroche o mal de altura ) It is a prescription drug used in the treatment of glaucoma, and as a diuretic. It acts as a respiratory stimulant, and also counteracts the blood alkalosis associated with AMS. Taking the drug at night before sleep is particularly helpful. Most people experience a slight tingling in their extremities as a side effect, some feel drowsy, and a few have more serious adverse reactions. It is a sulfa drug, and the usual precautions apply.

Dexamethasone is an alternative for the sulfa-intolerant. Consult a physician. Acetazolamide ( Diamox ) is now usually taken for two or three days to prevent AMS ( soroche ), beginning the day before your journey to high altitude ( 125-250 mg twice a day, or one 500 mg sustained release capsule per 24 hours ) It is available over the counter at Peruvian pharmacies. To set off for the Inca Trail the day you fly into Cusco from sea level is asking for trouble. SAS`s clients are proffesionally assisted by the expert Dr Oscar Tejada`s expertise in Cusco. ( Source: High Altitude Medicine, P.H. Hackett ,R.C Roach & Peter Frost, Exploring Cusco`s guide book )

Note: Please remember more visitors to Cusco and other cities got slightly sick not for the AMS ( soroche o mal de altura ) rather than the infamous Turista stomach problems, the diarrhea.

Diarrhoea:  To prevent diarrhea, avoid tap water unless it has been boiled, filtered, or chemically disinfected (eg with iodine tablets); only eat fresh fruits and vegetables if cooked or peeled; be wary of dairy products that might contain unpasteurized milk, and be highly selective when eating food from street vendors.

If you develop diarrhea, be sure to drink plenty of fluids, preferably an oral re-hydration solution containing lots of salt and sugar. A few loose stools don't require treatment but, if you start experiencing more than four or five stools a day, you should start taking an antibiotic (usually a quinolone drug) and an antidiarrheal agent (such as loperamide).

If diarrhea is bloody, or persists for more than 72 hours, or is accompanied by fever, shaking chills or severe abdominal pain you should seek medical attention.


Price

Our prices are according to the category of hotel you request

We provide prices from Budget hotels to 5 stars hotels, Please send us an email to Upgrade hotel

Note: You can upgrade the accommodation or Train back from Machu Picchu, Just let us know.

Best hostel in town: See Suggested Options

 

Payment Details to confirm the tour

We will require a non-refundable tour deposit of 50% per person; We will indicate the date for payment. You will receive an e-mail.

The deposit is to be paid by the following options, by VISA Payment On-Line, Paypal, and Western Union money transfer;  these are the fastest & most secure form of payments in Peru. Further details of how to send the deposit are included with our trek booking confirmation email.

The remaining balance is to be paid in Cusco once you arrive prior to your tour departure date. Payment can be made in cash US$, local currency (Peruvian Soles) or Travel Cheques (3%).

As you may realize we are very happy to announce (publish) our  trek prices and departures, but we are very clear too that some of the third party cost such, entrance fee to Machu Picchu, train tickets return, etc, may increase later, even a month before your trek departure as is been happening the last 05 years.
If any of the third party costs listed below (what is included) change to increase the cost of the trek we will immediately update the trek price listed on our website and will inform by email to every client, Clients will be liable for paying any increased cost of the Inca Trail trek upon arrival in Cusco.




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