4-Day Classic Machu Picchu Travel Package
This vacation package to Machu Picchu is ideal for those who don’t want to miss the most important archaeological and historical sites in the Cusco Region. Enjoy your guided tours of the best sites in Cusco, the most stunning Inca ruins in the Sacred Valley, and top it off with a visit to the one and only Machu Picchu! We reserve all of your tickets, hotels, and transportation, so that you can relax and enjoy these UNESCO World Heritage sites!
|Day 1:||Arrival in Cusco, City Tour|
|Day 2:||Sacred Valley|
|Day 3:||Machu Picchu|
Day 1 – Cusco City Tour. We will pick you up at the Cusco airport and take you to your hotel. You will have some time to settle in, and then we will return at 1:00 pm to start the Cusco City Tour. We will begin the tour at the most important temple of the Inca Empire, the Sun Temple, known as the Qoricancha. Here, you can observe detailed and intact architecture, and within the temple you will see smaller temples dedicated to the moon, rainbow, stars, lightning and thunder, among others. Today, the Santo Domingo church stands on top of the temple. From there, we will go to an important religious site called Sacsayhuamán which features immense stones. Although the site was religious, the Spanish considered it a military fortress because of its location and the way it was built. Next, we will visit Qenqo, a site built in a natural rock formation which was created to represent the Andean constellations and the concept of the three worlds, each one representing sacred animals: the condor, puma, and snake. After that we will travel to Puka Pukara, which was a shelter for travelers coming to Cusco from the Amazon. It was also a military center and used to protect the nearby temple located at Tambomachay. Our last stop is Tambomachay, known as the Temple of Water, where the Incas practiced religious traditions tied to water in order to rejuvenate the land. This tradition is known as the fountain of eternal youth. From there, we will return to the city and drop you off at your hotel at around 6:00 pm.
Day 2 – Sacred Valley Tour to Aguas Calientes. We will pick you up at your hotel at 8:00 am for the Sacred Valley tour. We will first drive to the Animal Refuge which has Andean animals such as llamas, alpacas, condors, and pumas. Afterwards, we will head to one of the most important archaeological sites in the region, called Pisac, to see Inca burial grounds, ancient irrigation systems and astronomical centers. We will visit the ruins and terraces for about an hour, and after our tour here will then go down to the town of Pisac located at the bottom of the valley. In this town we will first stop by a local silver factory and will see a demonstration of how they process and form beautiful jewelry. Next, we will walk through the cobble-stoned streets to the plaza to see locals selling produce and souvenirs in their stands. You will have some free time to browse and do some shopping here as well. After finishing our visit in Pisac, we will drive to the town of Urubamba to have a buffet lunch which includes both delicious Peruvian and Western cuisine. From there, we will head to Ollantaytambo where we will visit the ruins built up on terraces that features massive stones at the top. This site was an important religious and astronomical center, and was also used as a military fortress in one of the biggest battles the Incas had against the Spanish. After that we will have an evening snack in Ollantaytambo before taking the train to Aguas Calientes. We will take you to your hotel and arrive at about 9:00 pm and you will have the rest of the night to relax or explore Aguas Calientes.
Day 3 – Machu Picchu. After having an early breakfast at your hotel, you will meet your guide and take the 25-minute bus ride up to Machu Picchu. You will have a 3-hour tour with your guide where you will see and learn about the most important sites including the Temple of the Sun, the main plaza, Intiwatana, and the Temple of the Condor. After your tour, you will take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes, and in the afternoon you will take the train back to Cusco where we will pick you up from the train station and drop you off at your hotel.
Day 4 – Departure. We will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco and take you to the airport for your departure flight.
Food: We include lunch in the Sacred Valley (does not include drinks) and an evening snack in Ollantaytambo on the second day. Breakfast will be provided by your hotels. All other meals not specified are not included.
Accommodations: We include the first and third nights in a B&B hotel in Cusco (Cusco B&B or Hotel Montecristo). We include the second night in a B&B hotel in Aguas Calientes (Killa Inn or Panorama B&B). Please note that all hotels are subject to availability. For hotel upgrade options, please see the “Additional Options” tab.
Guide: Your guide will be with you for your tours in Cusco, the Sacred Valley, and in Machu Picchu. All our guides are licensed and speak fluent English, Spanish, and Quechua.
Transportation: We will provide you with private transportation to and from the airport, as well as to and from our tour destinations. Round trip train tickets in the Expedition service from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes and back to Cusco and round trip bus tickets to Machu Picchu and back to Aguas Calientes are also included.
Entrance Fees: The entrance to Machu Picchu is included, as well as the full tourist pass that will admit you into all major archaeological and historic sites in Cusco and the Sacred Valley.
What to Bring
- Original passport
- Backpack to carry your things
- Good sneakers or light hiking boots
- Bathing suit (if you would like to enjoy the hot springs in Aguas Calientes)
- Rain gear (especially if traveling in the wet season, from October to March)
- Comfortable clothes
- Bug repellent
- Money to buy souvenirs
- Sunscreen and sunglasses
- Tip for your guide (optional)
Huayna Picchu: If you are interested in climbing Huayna Picchu, the mountain overlooking Machu Picchu, there is an additional fee of $20 USD per person for us to buy your entrance ticket. Spaces are limited, so please let us know when booking whether you would like to hike Huayna Picchu, and we will reserve it for you. For information about this hike, please visit our Huayna Picchu page.
Hotel Upgrade: Included in this package are accommodations in comfortable B&B Hotels in Cusco and Aguas Calientes. However, if you would like to upgrade to 3, 4, or 5 star hotels, we offer the following prices and options:
- 3 Stars: $140 USD total for double rooms and $130 total for single rooms (Tambo del Arriero or Rumi Punku in Cusco and Hotel Ferre or La Cabaña in Aguas Calientes)
- 4 Stars: $500 USD total for double rooms and $400 total for single rooms (Costa del Sol or Casa Andina Premium in Cusco and Casa del Sol in Aguas Calientes)
- 5 Stars: $1,340 USD total for double rooms and $1,260 total for single rooms (Inkaterra La Casona or Belmond El Monasterio in Cusco and Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo or Sumaq Hotel in Aguas Calientes)
*Please note that all hotels and room types are subject to availability, and that we will confirm them once your reservation is made. Prices may be modified during holidays or the peak tourism season. Also, we work with many hotels in Cusco and Aguas Calientes, so if there is a specific hotel not listed that you prefer, please let us know and we can provide you with a price, or you can also reserve your hotels directly.
Vistadome Train: Our price includes train tickets in the Expedition train, however, if you would like to upgrade your return train from Aguas Calientes to Cusco to the Vistadome train the price is an additional $50 USD per person. Please note that because of the train schedule this option is only available for your return train, and not for the train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes.
Customized Itinerary: Although this is our suggested itinerary for this 4-Day Package, we can personalize your itinerary to better fit your preferences. For example, please let us know if you will be spending more or less than 4 days in Cusco, if there are additional tours you are interested in, and if there are any other services we can help organize for you.
Additional Information: For more information on rules and regulations of Machu Picchu, please see our Rules and Regulations page here. To see information on cancellations and other policies, please see our Cancellations page here.
How to Book
We only require a minimum of 2 people to start this package, so if there are at least 2 people total in your group we can organize this package for the start date that you choose. If you are traveling by yourself, please email us to check the availability and let us know the package that you are interested in and the dates when you are available to start.
To reserve your package, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the package you want to do, the date you want to start, and how many people are in your group. We will also need the following information for each traveler:
- Full name
- Passport number
- Date of birth
- Food restrictions (if any)
- Would you like to climb Huayna Picchu for an additional $20 USD per person?
If you would like tickets to climb Huayna Picchu after your tour of Machu Picchu, we will reserve a ticket for you as long as there is availability.
After sending your personal information, the next step is for each person in your group to make a deposit of $300 USD to reserve your package. To make your deposit, please pay by selecting the correct amount below or by visiting our Book Now page. To receive the child discount, you must email us a copy of the child’s passport at the time of making your reservation. The remaining balance is due in Cusco. You may pay in cash (either in US dollars or Peruvian soles) at your briefing, or if you prefer you may pay with a Visa credit card at our office. To pay with a credit card, before your briefing please visit our office which is located at Calle Union #140 in the reception of the Cusco B&B Hotel.
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4-Day Classic Machu Picchu PackageOur 4-Day Package is perfect for travelers who want to see the most important Inca ruins and historic sites in the area, including Cusco, the Sacred Valley, and Machu Picchu. This package includes all transportation and accommodations, so take a look to see what we visit on this tour!