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Day 1: Arrive in Cuzco
When you arrive in Cusco you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel conveniently located close to Plaza de Armas. Overnight in Cusco.
Day 2: Cusco and Hillside Ruins
Today is your introduction to the amazing Inca culture and ruins in and surrounding Cusco. Your half day guided tour will include close inspection of the amazing stone walls of the former Inca palaces on the colorful main square of Cusco. You will then travel to the hillsides surrounding the city to visit several nearby ruins which may include Tambo Machay, Kenko or the massive fortress of Sacsayhuaman. Overnight in Cusco.
Day 3: Sacred Valley
Today you will have a full day tour to the Sacred Valley sites of Pisaq and Ollantaytambo. The Inca fortress at Pisaq offers stunning views and the colonial town center has a lively market in the main square. In Ollantaytambo, you can experience the huge, steep terraces that guarded the temple areas. The village itself is considered the best surviving example of Inca city planning. Overnight in Cusco or Ollantayambo. (Some departures may visit the Sacred Valley after your days at Machu Picchu.)
Day 4: Machu Picchu
After an early breakfast, travel by train down the rugged gorge of the roaring Urubamba River to Machu Picchu. This famous "Lost City of the Incas" is one of the world's most memorable archeological sites. Our guide will give a tour of the site on arrival, leaving the afternoon free to continue exploring the site, or to return to our lovely hotel by the side of the river in Machu Picchu Pueblo (formerly known as Aquas Calientes), the town below the site.
Day 5: Machu Picchu and Return to Cuzco
A second day at Machu Picchu allows time for individual exploration of the dramatic site and a chance to contemplate its man-made wonders. Ambitious hikers may consider hiking to the top of Huayna Picchu. This strenuous hike takes between two and three hours and provides spectacular views over the site of Machu Picchu.
Day 6: Depart Cuzco
Today, You will be transferred to Cusco airport for your onward flight connections.
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