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Machu Picchu Explorer Package 7 Days

  • Machu Picchu Explorer Package Tour
  • Machu Picchu Explorer Package Tour
  • Machu Picchu Explorer Package Tour
  • Machu Picchu Explorer Package Tour
  • Machu Picchu Explorer Package Tour
  • Machu Picchu Tours
  • Machu Picchu Explorer Package Tour
  • Machu Picchu Explorer Package Tour
  • Machu Picchu Explorer Package Tour
  • Machu Picchu Explorer Package Tour
  • Machu Picchu Explorer Package Tour
  • Machu Picchu Explorer Package Tour
  • Machu Picchu Tours
  • Machu Picchu Explorer Package Tour
Cusco City, Cusco
7 days
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Machu Picchu Explorer Package 7 Days

Machu Picchu Explorer Package Tour–Feel the pulse of ancient history on this 7-day journey through one of Peru’s most timeless regions, and take an adventure through history as you embark on a life-changing journey to the lost Incan cities of Cusco, the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu. Peru beckons curious travelers with its astounding natural diversity and remarkable ancient history. Venture from the heart of the Incan Empire Cusco to Sacred Valley, and discover the majestic lost city of Machu Picchu, Peru’s star attraction.
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Machu Picchu Explorer Package 7 Days

Overview

Machu Picchu Tours

Machu Picchu Tours–Feel the pulse of ancient history on this 7-day journey through one of Peru’s most timeless regions, and take an adventure through history as you embark on a life-changing journey to the lost Incan cities of Cusco, the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu. Peru beckons curious travelers with its astounding natural diversity and remarkable ancient history. Venture from the heart of the Incan Empire Cusco to Sacred Valley, and discover the majestic lost city of Machu Picchu, Peru’s star attraction.

We begin in Cusco, a city nestled high in the Andes. Much of the city’s long history is still visible in its well-preserved buildings and cobblestone streets. In the Sacred Valley of the Incas, explore traditional Quechua markets, hike through breathtaking terraced salt mines and journey to the fascinating Pisac ruins.

Our journey reaches a crescendo at Machu Picchu itself, where we spend a full day by private guide enjoying the awe-inspiring splendor of the immense ruins. Take time throughout the journey to reflect back on the purpose and significance of this brilliant citadel, and take an optional hike to the Gateway of the Sun and be rewarded with a breathtaking panoramic view of the entire ruins complex. Witness the colonial artwork perched on the walls of the remote XVI-century churches, where the local indigenous artists left us their great legacy in art–Machu Picchu Tours.

Itinerary Preview

Day 1. Arrive Cusco, Peru – Walking Tour.

Day 2. Sacsayhuaman – Qoricancha – Cathedral

Day 3. Chinchero – Moray – Maras Salt Mines.

Day 4. Pisaq – Ollantaytambo

Day 5. Machu Picchu.

Day 6. Andahuaylillas – Huaro – Canincunca.

Day 7. Depart Cusco

Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights

Physical Rating: 2 – Light – Moderate. Hotel, Lodge nights and/or safari-style camping, hikes of two to four hours on some days. Other physical activities are sometimes included, such as optional sea kayaking, rafting, suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging

Service Level: Upgraded

Group Size: Small Private Group. Small group experience, Min 02 – Max 12, Avg 06.

Activity: Hiking / Archaeology, Cultural Adventures.

Arrive: Cusco, Peru

Depart: Cusco, Peru

Limited Ticket Permits: YES, Reserve your tour early!

The Peruvian Government has restricted the number of Machu Picchu permits to 2500 visitors per day. With many individuals and groups vying for an opportunity to visit this spectacular site, obtaining permits has become a bigger challenge than ever. It is common for permits to be sold out one to two months in advance. Don’t miss your opportunity to experience this unforgettable unique place… reserve your spot early for the best selection of date options and leave the rest to Crocotrail Travel!

Please Note. Passport information must be submitted to Crocotrail Travel at the moment you book prior to departure. This information is necessary to issue Machu Picchu train tickets, Machu Picchu entrance fee, and Bus tickets.

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrive Cusco, Peru – Walking Tour.

Arrive in Cusco, where you are met and transferred to your hotel. Welcome meeting at hotel by your Tour Leader. We then have our orientation tour in the city.

Lunch and dinner are at your expense. However, round-trip car service is included to a restaurant in Cusco of your choice, (for a good choice you can get some recommendations from your Tour Leader).

Day 2. Sacsayhuaman – Qoricancha – Cathedral

Today, you will engage in a full day tour of Cusco. You will have the opportunity to enjoy a pleasant stroll through the historical and impressive of Sacsayhuaman, Qoricancha, and Cathedral.

In Sacsayhuaman we’ll witness the breath-taking Inca architecture, nine meters high limestone blocks were used to make massive walls, employing only the manpower, which was offered to Andean Gods as a great temple. We then proceed to Qoricancha the most important temple for the whole Inca empire, this place still amazes you by the finest walls the Incas were able to make. After exploring this Inca temple, we’ll visit the Cathedral of Cusco, home for more than 1500 piece of arts from the colonial time, among the artworks the most representative is Last Supper, where you can see a roast guinea pig instead of bread, a canvas made by a local indigenous person (Marcos Zapata). Only breakfast included.

Lunch and dinner are at your expense. However, round-trip car service is included to a restaurant in Cusco of your choice, (for a good choice you can get some recommendations from your Tour Leader).

Day 3. Chinchero – Moray – Maras Salt Mines.

Today we head out on a full-day exploration of the western side of Urubamba Valley – the enchanting “Sacred Valley of the Incas”. We travel to the lovely high Andean village of Chinchero where we visit a textile cooperative and learn more about the weaving traditions that have been passed down among the local people for centuries. We’ll travel to the Inca ruins of Moray. The circular terraces of Moray were used as an agricultural “research laboratory” for the Incas, who studied temperature variation from one terrace to another in order to develop different crop varieties. We continue to the small town of Maras, and the picturesque salt mines. Originally used by the Pre-Inca and Inca culture, villagers from surrounding communities still mine salt by hand from the spring-fed terraced pools. After exploring this quaint place, you’ll be transferred back to your hotel. Only breakfast included.

Lunch and dinner are at your expense. (for a good choice you can get some recommendations from your Tour Leader).

Day 4. Pisaq – Ollantaytambo

We set out this morning for the Urubamba Valley, where we visit one of the most important and well-preserved ruins in the Sacred Valley–Pisac, our guide helps us identify the various structures at the site including the fascinating Temple of the Sun, used by the Incas as an astronomical observatory. We climb to the top of the ruins to take in the spectacular views of the terraced countryside.

After that, we travel through the Sacred Valley, past Incan terraces and fields of corn, wheat, barley and quinoa, ultimately arriving in the amazing Inca ruins of Ollantaytambo, where a unique Temple of the Sun still rests atop the hill. The granite rocks which comprise the temple wall were brought from 4.97 miles away. We then explore the small town of Ollantaytambo, whose street plan still maintains its original Incan layout. After Cusco was overtaken by the conquistadors, Manco Inca and his army of approximately 30,000 retreated to Ollantaytambo and were victorious here against the forces of Spanish commander Hernando Pizarro in the Battle of Ollantaytambo. After a guided walking tour of the town, we take the train to Aguas Calientes town, hotel check-in upon our arrival. Only breakfast included.

Lunch, and dinner are at your expense. (for a good choice you can get some recommendations from your Tour Leader).

Day 5. Machu Picchu.

We have an early breakfast and head up to the Inca city to experience the peace and solitude of this magical place. Our knowledgeable Leader leads us through, explaining the significance of the various structures and the theories behind Machu Picchu’s purpose and construction methods. We have the rest of the morning and early afternoon to attempt the optional hike up Huayna Picchu mountain and/or explore the Inca city on your own. We catch the afternoon train to Ollantaytambo and from there take the bus back to Cusco, arriving at approximately 6:45 p.m. Only breakfast included, the rest of meals don’t include.

Hiking Optional Huayna Picchu. Hike may be unguided and is steep with some exposure. Permits are limited to 400 spaces a day. An alternative optional hike may be available if Huayna Picchu permits cannot be obtained.

Day 6. Andahuaylillas – Huaro – Canincunca.

We head out to the south of Cusco to visit the Canincunca church, a beautiful village church located on a hilltop, and right above a lake, a great church to start our introduction to colonial Andean art ( from XVI, XVII century). This church is not restored yet in whole structure, but the ceilings and the walls covered by paint in fresco are the brilliantly work of indigenous artists. We then continue to church of Huaro, just close by to the first one, this church in comparison with previous one is more elaborated and already restored, the arts in it, will amaze us, paintings, made by Tadeo Escalante (an indigenous person), show the afterlife of human beings (the vision of death), the final judgment, glory and hell, defined by the union of Andean symbolism, its popular beliefs and colonial art. The frames of the paintings and the main reredos are in 18 karat gold leaf.

Our exploration ongoing to Andahuaylillas where we’ll visit the church of San Pedro Apostol, that is home to golden altars, paintings and many coloured ceilings. The chapel is simple and unassuming on the outside, but on the inside the church will take our breath away, as this place holds unique masterpiece, reredos, canvases, frescoes, all made by local artists from escuela cusqueña (cusquenian school), you’ll enjoy this trip of a lifetime, led by our local Leader. After immersing into the local colonial art, we’ll be transferred back to our hotel.

Day 7. Depart Cusco, Peru

This morning, transfer to the airport and depart. End of Adventure.

Note on Itinerary

Although we do our best to adhere to the schedule listed above, this itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control.

What’s included

– All transfer service in private transport.

– Private Tour Leader (Who travel with you during the journey assisting you 24/7). And local guides.

– Entrance fee to archaeological sites like Machu Picchu, Sacsayhuaman, or Andahuaylillas, and many other Inca archaeological sites.

– 6 nights of hotel (3-star hotels, Lodge).

– Train tickets for Machu Picchu (round trip).

– Bus ticket in Machu Picchu (up & down).

– Excursion to all the places mentioned on the itinerary.

What’s not Included

– National airfares ( please let us know detailed information about your flight tickets, to pick you up from the airport)

– Meal Budget, ( while your stay at hotel or sightseeing) between US$20 to US$25 for every meal not included.

– Additional nights during the trip due to the flight cancellations.

– Extra expenses.

– Tipping for guides, and other staff (optional).

– Travel Insurance.

– Travel and health insurance (bring copies with you please), we highly recommend to get an insurance of trip cancellation, interruption; an insurance to protect your travel investment, Included with your pre-departure package, bring your travel insurance to cover trip cancellation, interruption, baggage loss and delay, emergency medical evacuation insurance and emergency medical expense insurance. Any unexpected situations occurred during the journey and which are beyond our control, including changes in scheduling trains or flights, delays, strikes, cancellations, missed connections, etc. it should be covered by the passenger as a whole. Also, if you for physical reasons of health cannot continue the trek or walk, and will need emergency evacuation then all charges incurred such as transportation, hotel, ambulance, doctors, medication, hospitalization, etc. will be at passenger’s expense.

– International or internal airfare, transfers for independent arrival or departure, any meals not specified after each itinerary day in the Detailed Itinerary, airport departure taxes, optional tipping or gratuities to leaders or staff, additional hotel nights that may be necessitated by airline schedule changes or other factors, expenses such as medical immunizations (if any), travel insurance, or passports and visas, and other expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.).

Lodging

We selected carefully our hotels in each destination all over the country. And we selected our accommodations for how well they represent the distinctive character of the destination you’re in. Some of these rooms and cabanas draw their inspiration from history and others from the views they offer. What’s consistent, however, is that we stand by each and every one of these for what they’ll add to your experience. 

Price

From USD 1250.00 Per Person.

Prices are quoted in US Dollars and all payments must be made in US Dollars.

To offer the lowest possible cost, our trips are tier priced according to the number of full-paying participants on the trip.

All costs are per person, based on double occupancy. If you wish to have a single room, you must pay the single supplement fee. If you are willing to share accommodations, we will match you with a roommate if one is available. If we cannot match you with a roommate, the “forced single supplement” is listed if applicable.

Trip Payment Schedule.

At the time of reservation: 50% of total balance.

– 90 days prior to departure: Balance should be paid fully, or once upon your arrival in Cusco the other 50% of final balance must be paid fully.

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule.

– Minimum fee (tour permit fee): $300 per person

– 61-90 days prior to departure: 30% of trip cost

– 46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost

– 45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

Tour Leaders

Meet our fabulous Leaders

A professional Crocotrail Travel Tour Leader with a deep knowledge of the destination and a focus on customer service makes all the difference. Our leaders are experts in Inca history, nature, birding, gastronomy, local laguage, etc, with a profound connection to Peru’s fascinating traditional culture. They take care of all the details so that you can savor the experiences of the trip. And just as important, they have a remarkable gift for sharing their extensive knowledge and favorite places. Our Tour Leaders have the warmth, endless energy, and that special “it” factor that transforms a trip into an unforgettable journey.

Trip Details

What The Trip Is Like

This trip is rated Level 2, Light – Moderate. It features sightseeing with day walks, and we enjoy hotel and lodge accommodations throughout the trip. Other physical activities are sometimes included, such as optional sea kayaking, rafting, suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging. Much of the trip takes place at considerable altitudes, ranging from 7,500 feet at Machu Picchu to over 11,000 feet at Cusco and 12,500 feet at Lake Titicaca. Appropriate time for rest and acclimatization is included in the itinerary, but for your own enjoyment of the trip, we recommend that you make a special effort to be in good physical condition.

Fitness

All of our non-trekking trips in Peru take place in high altitude locations like Cusco and Lake Titicaca, where even just a walk up a flight of Inca stone step can make you feel a bit breathless. Remember that the better physical condition you are in, the more you will enjoy your experience at these altitudes. Make an effort to get in good physical condition with some exercise beyond your normal routine. A brisk 30-45 minute walk every other day over moderately steep terrain can do wonders for your conditioning. Also be sure to drink plenty of water when you’re at altitude, even if you don’t feel thirsty.

Trip Checklist.

– Original passport and Student ISIC card (if applicable), and some copies.

– Travel insurance (and some copies).

– Backpack (daypack) to carry your things.

– Phone, power bank battery, camera charger and adapter.

– Bathing suit

– Camera.

– Torch or headlamps.

– Deet or mosquito repellent ( recommendable 30% deet).

– Rain gear (especially if travelling in the wet season, from October to March).

– Comfortable hiking clothes, including warm clothes for the nighttime.

– Good hiking shoes with protector ankle or similar, and one pair of flip-flops or light sandals.

– Sunblock and sunglasses.

– Hiking long sleeve T-shirts.

– Hiking trousers.

– Ear Plugs.

– Water bottle or canteen.

– American dollars and Peruvian soles in cash.

– Sun hat, cap, and warm hat and gloves for the nighttime.

– Toilet paper, and face tissue paper.

– Crédit or debit card.

– Luggage Tags and Locks.

– Anti-inflammatory tablets (e.g. Ibuprofen).

– Personal first-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhoea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may take).

– For more info you can visit Gear Lexicon https://www.alpineascents.com/pdf/gear-lexicon.pdf ..

When to Go

This tour can be experienced all year-round, but in late January and February, are the rainiest months in the highlands of Peru, when some Inca sites, landscapes are foggy and difficult to see. The season normalizes in March and April when the rains lighten up and the mountains are still green. High season begins in May and extends through September, as these are the driest months. October through December is considered shoulder season when occasional rain is possible, but keep in mind that the highlands of Peru are a temperate desert and it is not uncommon for it not to rain for weeks at a time even in the height of the rainy season. This is also the time with the fewest hikers on the trail, more flowers in bloom, and fewer tourists at Machu Picchu as well as in Cusco. Temperatures in the Cusco-Machu Picchu region range from the high 60s in the daytime to the low 40s at night, with some variation depending on the time of year you go.