MACCHU PICCHU RUINS TOUR

What is so special about the Ancient Ruins of Machu Picchu? Machu Picchu is recognisable to people all over the world. There are many theories as to the origins behind Machu Picchu but three of the most popular ideas include a temple to the sun, a fortress against the jungle inhabitants or a sanctuary for the Incas. This fabulous city has houses, temples, warehouses, a large central square, all connected by narrow roads and steps, and is surrounded by terraces cut into the mountain side which were used for agriculture. The complex is situated on a ridge high above the Sacred Valley and survives to this day as relic of Inca civilization. Commonly referred to as the ôLost City of the Incas, it is accessible by train and road, or by walking the 4 day Inca Trail

 

The ruins also recently became one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

 

Overview

Day-1. Lima

Day-2. Lima - Cuzco (B)

Day-3: Cuzco (B)

Day-4: Sacred Valley - Ollyantaytambo (BL)

Day-5: Cuzco to Machu Picchu (B)

Day-6: Aguas Calientes - Cuzco (B)

Day-7: Cuzco - Lima

Fast Facts

Unlike the Inca Trail there only 250 permits are issued a day, Machu Picchu allows 2500 visitors per day. However, because of the high amount of foot traffic, they are not enforcing "slot appointments", so people need to book the time that they want to visit in advance.
There are two options. One is that you take the bus which runs from 05h30 until 15h00 each day, or you can walk up.  The walk will be around 90 minutes and the climb is about 400m. An alternative is to walk the 4 day trail along the Inca Trail to the ruins of Machu Picchu.
Yes you can climb up Huayna Picchu however there is an extra cost and again you need to choose your climbing slot. It will add about $30 to your cost and the climbs are normally between 7 and 8am, and 10 and 11 am.
Macchu Picchu is best visited during the drier months being May till October. High season is from June through August although the ruins are very busy all year.

Detailed Itinerary

Day-1. Lima

Arrival in Lima, and transfer to hotel.

Day-2. Lima - Cuzco (B)

Flight and arrival in Cuzco, reception and transfer to Hotel. Remainder of the day at leisure.

Day-3: Cuzco (B)

Afternoon guided visit of the four ruins nearby; the Sacsayhuaman Fortress, Kenko, Fortress of Puca-Pucara and Tambomachay, the Main Square, the Cathedral and the Koricancha or Temple of the Sun.

Day-4: Sacred Valley - Ollyantaytambo (BL)

Full-day excursion to the Sacred Valley of the Inca and then a visit to Pisac markets and Ollantaytambo

Day-5: Cuzco to Machu Picchu (B)

Transfer to the railway station for the 06.00 departure to Aguas Calientes by train and then bus to Machu Picchu ruins. Guided visit of Machu Picchu . This fabulous city has houses, temples, warehouses, a large central square, all connected by narrow roads and steps, and is surrounded by terraces cut into the mountain side which were used for agriculture. Later, free time to enjoy this magical and spiritual wonder. Accommodation in Aguas Calientes.

Day-6: Aguas Calientes - Cuzco (B)

Morning at leisure or option to return to the magnificent Machu Picchu. Return to Cuzco with the 1530 train. Arrival and transfer to hotel.

Day-7: Cuzco - Lima

After an early breakfast we will fly back to Lima.

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What's Included

Price includes

Airport transfers by private vehicle
Three four or five star hotels with breakfast
All sightseeing tours, entrance fees, guide, transportation
Guide, their wages, insurance and expenses

Internal flights

Train to and from Aquas Calientes

Bus transfer to the ruins

Price Excludes

International flights, departure taxes and any excess baggage charges.
Mandatory travel and medical insurance
Tips, baggage and porterage
Expenses of a personal nature such as bottled drinks, mineral water, morning and afternoon teas etc laundry etc.
Extra expenses and/of additional days caused due to unexpected events (such a flight delays, porterage because of land slides and other natural events.)
Entry Visa if applicable
Tips and gratuities
Single supplements if applicable

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