Experience the magical ancient empire of the Incas as you explore the colonial city of Cuzco which was built on the foundations of former Inca palaces; discover the best of the Sacred Valley in Yucay; uncover the monumental architectural complexes of Ollantaytambo and travel to Machu Picchu by rail.
Day 1 Cuzco
Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. The remainder of the day at leisure to acclimatise to the high altitude.
Day 2 Cuzco
Today discover the amazing colonial city built on the foundations of the Inca palaces. Visit the popular San Pedro Market, a must-see in Cuzco; Koricancha or Temple of the Sun, the Plaza de Armas and the Cathedral with its carved woodworks, altars and paintings. Drive to the Inca fortress of Sacsayhuaman. (B)
Day 3 Cuzco - Yucay
Discover the best of the Sacred Valley of the Incas starting on the Inca’s Balcony, offering impressive views of Chinchero ruins and the city. Spend time with a local community before visiting Ollantaytambo, a fortress that also served as a temple. Ollantaytambo, with its narrow cobblestone streets, has been continuously inhabited since the 13th century. (B)(L)(D)
Day 4 Yucay - Machu Picchu
Transfer to Ollanta station to board the Vistadome train service to Aguas Calientes. Sit back and enjoy the spectacular views of the Sacred Valley from the panoramic windows. Disembark at Aguas Calientes station and then board a bus for the ride to Machu Picchu and your guided visit. (B)(L)(D)
Day 5 Machu Picchu - Cuzco
A morning at leisure to explore the town of Aguas Calientes. or venture, on your own, to the citadel for further explorations. Alternatively, hike up the impressive Huayna Picchu mountain for a bird’s-eye view of Machu Picchu. This afternoon board the train for the return journey to Cuzco. (B)
Day 6 Cuzco
Transfer to Cuzco Airport. (B)