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From Cusco: Full-Day Group Tour of Machu Picchu

1. From Cusco: Full-Day Group Tour of Machu Picchu

Travel from Cusco to learn about the majestic Inca city: Machu Picchu and the ancient civilization living there. Discover the secrets that are hidden in it. Go back in time as you explore the streets of these ruins located in the Peruvian Andes.  Begin with an early morning pickup from your hotel in Cusco for transfer to the train station. Get on board and enjoy the comforts offered by the train during the journey to Machu Picchu. Choose from the option of a standard train or a Vistadome train that offers panoramic views. Enjoy the dynamic landscapes of the Peruvian Andes. Arrive in Aguas Calientes and take a bus to the entrance of the citadel of Machu Picchu. Learn about the history of this wonderful place. Take the bus back to Aguas Calientes and get recommendations for lunch. Board the train back to the Ollantaytambo or Poroy station where transportation will be waiting to take you to your hotel in Cusco.

From Cusco: Machu Picchu Small Group Full-Day Tour

2. From Cusco: Machu Picchu Small Group Full-Day Tour

Join a small-group tour and go on an unforgettable guided journey to Machu Picchu. Receive a guided tour of the awe-inspiring citadel from an official guide and benefit from a tour package that includes hotel pickup from Cusco, train tickets, and bus shuttles. After being picked up from your hotel, be driven to Cusco's train station and embark on a 2-hour scenic train ride to the town of Aguas Calientes. Admire the breathtaking beauty of the Sacred Valley of the Incas set against the stunning Andean landscape. Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes, hop on a small bus and travel past the town of Urubamba and up to the ruins of the so-called “Lost City of the Incas”, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and now one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Get dropped off at the main entrance to Machu Picchu where you will be met by your expert guide who will lead you around the sacred hilltop site and tell you about the fascinating history and culture of the Incas. Marvel at more than 600 terraces, 160 buildings, thousands of steps, several temples, and 16 fountains built by the Incan Emperor Pachacutec. Gaze up the restored buildings, like the Temple of the Sun and the Room of the Three Windows, and take in the sweeping scenery of the surrounding valley.   Descend back down to Aguas Calientes where you will enjoy free time to walk around the city and look for a place to have lunch.  At a scheduled time, board the train back to Cusco and be picked up at the train station to be transported back to your hotel.

From Cusco: Train Ride and Guided Tour of Machu Picchu

3. From Cusco: Train Ride and Guided Tour of Machu Picchu

Join a local guide and travel from Cusco to the infamous Machu Picchu on this private day trip. Marvel at a panoramic view of the Sacred Valley and visit the most remarkable attractions at the ancient Inca site. After being picked up from your hotel, board the train and sit back and relax as you enjoy a 2-hour journey across the Sacred Valley. Admire the spectacular views over the mountain and pass by towns like Ollantaytambo. If you opt for the Vistadome Panoramic train, you also get to taste an Andean snack and drink. Next, arrive at the town of Aguas Calientes and set off with your guide on a bus ride uphill to Machu Picchu. Shortly after check in, begin your private tour and discover the citadel’s magnificent architecture and attractions like the Temple of the Sun and The Temple of the Moon. Then, you will be given free time to explore the site on your own before taking the bus back to Aguas Calientes. In the late afternoon, ride the train for your return journey to Cusco. If you chose the Vistadome Panoramic train option, end your experience by immersing yourself in Andean culture though music and entertainment on board.

Lima: 7-Day Inca Adventure with Flights

4. Lima: 7-Day Inca Adventure with Flights

Day 1: Arrival to Lima and City Tour Upon your arrival to Lima, your representative will be waiting with a sign stating your name. From there you'll be transferred to your respective hotel where you can check-in. You'll soon begin a city tour through Lima, which will begin with panoramic views of the Pucllana Pyramid or Huaca Pucllana, the historical center of Lima. It will be there that you can appreciate more than fifty monuments and colonial buildings, and once the tour has finished you'll return to your hotel. Day 2: Paracas, Ica, and Huacachina with Buggies and Sandboarding Day 2 begins with pickup from your hotel between 4:30AM to 5:00AM. You will begin with a trip to the Paracas Peninsula to visit the Ballestas Islands, which are a national reserve. From there, continue your trip to the city of Ica for a demonstration with wines and traditional Pisco of the valley. Following that, you will taste a typical local lunch according to the menu of the day. You will then travel for approximately 30 minutes to the oasis of Huacachina, where you will enjoy the adrenaline of riding buggies and sandboards. After this great adventure, you will return back to Lima in your private transportation. Day 3: Arrival to Cusco According to your flight schedule in Cusco, your representative will be waiting for you at the Cusco Airport. From there, your day will be spent by you acclimatizing to Cusco's altitude. Day 4: Chinchero, Maras, and Moray You will begin day 4 between 8:00AM and 8:30AM, at which point you will travel to the colorful town of Chinchero. There you will learn about Andean fabrics in a textile interpretation center, before continuing onward to the famous circular cultivation terraces in Moray. After that, descend towards the salt mines in Maras where you will visit the more than 3,000 wells of salt. Finally, you will travel to Ollantaytambo Station where you will board your train to Aguas Calientes. Day 5: Machu Picchu Citadel On day 5 you will encounter one of the 7 Wonders of the World: Machu Picchu. You'll begin by taking the bus from Aguas Calientes, as your tour guide provides you with all the information before your 2-hour tour through this Inca citadel. In the afternoon you will take the train back to Ollantaytambo, from where you will be transferred to Cusco by private transportation. Day 6: Rainbow Mountain Between 4:30AM and 5:00AM, your transportation will pick you up from your hotel from where you will drive for 3 hours in the direction of Rainbow Mountain. Following breakfast, you will drive for another 45 minutes to begin your 2-hour trek. Upon reaching the top of the "Mountain of Colors", you will have enough time to take the photographs and enjoy the landscape. In addition, you will also be able to appreciate the highest snow peak in Cusco: Ausangate Mountain. Day 7: Airport Transfer On the final day of your tour, you will be taken to Cusco Airport, at which point your tour will conclude.

From Cusco: 3-Day Imperial Cusco & Macchu Picchu & Transfer

5. From Cusco: 3-Day Imperial Cusco & Macchu Picchu & Transfer

Ascend to the ancient and beautiful Machu Picchu, where you will see famous landscapes and experience the hallowed ruins. Visit the thermal baths and learn about the fascinating history and culture of the Inca Civilization. Day 1: Cusco Be picked up from the airport upon arrival in Cusco, then be transferred to the hotel where you will acclimatize to the altitude in a restful environment. Day 2: Machu PicchuBe driven from your accommodations to Ollantaytambo where you will take the train to the thermal baths of 'Aguas Calientes'. Hop onto the mini-bus that goes on a short but beautiful 20-minute trip that ascends the zigzagging path to the famous Machu Picchu. Enjoy a guided tour of Machu Picchu and marvel at the Central Plaza, the ancient ritual stone Intihuatana, the Temple of the Three Windows, sacred cemeteries, and the majestic ascent of platforms that border the citadel. Return to the Aguas Calientes before being driven back to Cusco in the evening. Day 3: City Tour and Archeological Sites Learn of interesting Incan history and culture as you take a tour of the Inca city and see its main streets and ceremonial centers.

Cusco: 5-day Machu Picchu Trek along the Salkantay Trail

6. Cusco: 5-day Machu Picchu Trek along the Salkantay Trail

Your adventure begins with early morning pickup on day 1 and heads by bus to Mollepata where you can stretch your legs and buy some snacks. Continue onto Challacancha next for final preparations and to double check your equipment. From here, embark on an exciting 3-hour walk to Soraypampa, then enjoy lunch whilst admiring panoramic views of the surrounding snow-capped mountains. Hike up to Laguna de Humantay for more breathtaking views of the Andes, then head to your campsite for the night. After a restful night’s sleep, wake up to an early breakfast before beginning a 4-hour walk to the highest pass of the trek, located halfway between 2 huge mountains — Salkantay and Humantay. After a stop over to marvel at the mountain views, hike 2-hours down to Huayracampa where a well-deserved lunch awaits, followed by a 3-hour trek to the next campsite at Challhuay or Colcapampa. On day 3, trek through the upper jungle region of the area and cross the Santa Teresa River, home to a variety of little brooks. Pass through the valleys and soak up magnificent views of waterfalls, tropical plants, and more. Enjoy lunch at La Playa then travel by car to Santa Teresa town, where you’ll spend the night in warmer climates. In the town, enjoy some free time to explore and treat yourself to a relaxing hot spring experience. Depart from Santa Teresa on day 4 and stroll along a relaxing path for 3-hours to reach the hydroelectric station, where a picnic lunch will be served. From here, walk uphill for another 3-hours to Aguas Calientes where you can recharge your batteries while preparing for your visit to Machu Picchu. Wake up early on day 5 to catch one of the first buses to Machu Picchu in order to appreciate the magnificent city in the early morning light as the mist dissipates. Enjoy a 2-hour walking tour of this fascinating site, and then explore this mysterious city on your own. At the end of an unforgettable 5-day experience, return by train to Ollantaytambo then take the bus back to Cusco, arriving in the late evening at Plaza San Francisco.

Lima: 9-Day Peru Express with Ica, Cusco, and Puno

7. Lima: 9-Day Peru Express with Ica, Cusco, and Puno

Day 1: Arrival in Lima, City Tour Your tour will begin as you are picked up from the airport, it is advisable to arrive in the morning. In the afternoon, you will take a city tour. That evening you will stay at the Miramar Hotel or similar in Lima. Day 2: Paracas, Ica, and Huacachina with Buggies and Sandboarding Visit the Ballestas Islands and Candelabrum, before a wine and Pisco demonstration in Ica city. Later that day, take part in riding buggies and sandboarding in Huacachina. That evening you will once again stay at the Miramar Hotel or similar in Lima. Day 3: Arrival to Cusco On your third day, you will arrive in Cusco, you will be transferred to the hotel then will have a free day for acclimatizing or visiting some places around the Cusco historical center. That evening you will lodge in the Ayni Cusco Hotel or similar. Day 4: Chinchero, Maras, and Moray in the Sacred Valley of the Incas Begin with a visit to the Chinchero textile center, before moving onward to the archaeological sites in Chinchero and Moray. Following that, you will tour the salt mines in Maras before taking the train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes, lodging at the Golden Sunrise Hotel or similar in Aguas Calientes. Day 5: Machu Picchu Inca Citadel On day 5 you will explore the breathtaking Machu Picchu, which is one of the Seven Wonders of the world. Following a full day at this sacred site. In the afternoon, take the train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and arrive in Cusco by transportation, you will overnight at the Ayni Cusco Hotel or similar. Day 6: Humantay Lake On your sixth day, you will trek to Humantay Lake, which is close to the snowy Salkantay mountain, you will be able to know the first camp of the famous Salkantay trek. That evening you will once again lodge in the Ayni Cusco Hotel or similar. Day 7: Rainbow Mountain Trek to Rainbow Mountain, which is very close to the highest mountain of Cusco: the Ausangate Mountain, this is a famous place around Cusco. Following your day of hiking, you will return once more to the Ayni Cusco Hotel or similar overnight. Day 8: Route of the Sun On day 8 you will take a bus tour between Cusco and Puno. Throughout this journey, you will visit the Andahuaylillas Chapel, Raqchi Archaeological Complex, La Raya Pass, and the Lithic Museum of Pukara. That evening you will stay at the Qalasaya Hotel or similar. Day 9: Titicaca Lake and the Uros and Taquile Islands On the final day, you will take a speed boat tour of Lake Titicaca, before exploring the Uros and Taquile Islands. In the afternoon, you will transfer to the airport where your tour will conclude.

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What people are saying about Aguas Calientes

Organization for the transport and tickets are very well done, we have Angel arriving the evening before to explain everything which is so assuring. And thanks to the transport and ticket arrangements we were not caught by surprise with shortage of bus or train tickets. And the guide on site Victor was super informative and a great photographer who took so many great photos for us and explain some good historical details on sites. Highly recommended this trip!!!

Great experience magically and breathtaking. Staff was friendly, professional, informative, and safe. Great experience must do and doing it with all in one is very stress free and worth every penny!!!!!

Absolutely incredible experience. Our guide Ronny was amazing. Nothing was too much trouble for him. He was polite, informative and really looked after us. 10/10

Machu Picchu alone would deserve full 5 stars. The tour as a whole is well organized, train + bus + guide at Machu Picchu.

It was a wonderful experience, one of those that you cannot miss in this life. We met an incredible civilization