Cusco Classic Itinerary in 4 days:
Day 1: Pick up at Cusco Airport – City Tour
After meeting you at the airport, we will transfer you to the hotel, where you can rest and acclimatize your body to the altitude of the city and take the City Tour in Cusco (optional).
Cusco Cathedral: The tour begins in the main Catholic temple of Cusco and one of the most emblematic monuments of America, the Cathedral or Basilica of the Virgin of the Assumption, Cultural Heritage of Peru.
Temple of Qoricancha: It was the main sacred temple for the Incas. Known as the Temple of the Sun or Golden Temple. Although much of the wealth of this place was looted, you will be amazed by the majesty of the place and the architectural fusion shows an incredible history of Hispanic imposition, arising in this same place which is now the Convent of Santo Domingo.
Sacsayhuaman Fortress: A place that contrasts nature and architecture in a masterful way. It also has megalithic walls with stones up to 9 meters high, embedded on a natural carpet that offers a beautiful panoramic view.
Qenqo: This ancient ritual site, known as the Labyrinth, is made up of tunnels or subway galleries that intertwine. We will see curious channels carved in the form of a zigzag. A true work of art carved in an immense monolith that worships the Pachamama or Mother Earth.
Puca Pucara: A place destined for military purposes, also known as Red Fortress due to the color of its stones joined together to form beautiful walls, canals and stairways, from whose terraces you will be able to see an incomparable landscape.
Tambomachay: An archaeological site that was intended, as its translation indicates, to be a “resting place”. The Incas worshiped water, thanks to canals and aqueducts made of stone that are still functioning.
Main Square: In ancient times it was an important administrative, religious and cultural center of the Tahuantinsuyo. It contains important works that we will admire with our guide.
After this extensive tour, it is time to return to the lodge where we can rest and assimilate all the emotions of the first day.
Day 2: Cusco City – Sacred Valley of the Incas – Cusco
After breakfast, we prepare for an exciting day getting to know the most emblematic of the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
Around 7:30 – 8:00, we will board our transportation to the first stop that gives you a panoramic view of what you are about to discover, the Taray Viewpoint gives you a wide view of the valley.
Then you know Pisac, whose most important attraction, the Ruins or Archaeological Center, an impressive architectural complex made up of circular terraces, multiple temples such as the Intiwatana; towers, stone monuments, rooms and spaces full of beauty on top of a mountain.
We visit the town and market of Pisac, where we could buy handicrafts from the region. Then we will continue the tour to Urubamba, where a buffet lunch awaits us.
After recharging your batteries, you will discover the Ollantaytambo Ruins, which preserve the Inca architectural design in imposing lithic structures, terraces, temples, walls, fountains and other heritage pieces, which in ancient times formed a military, agricultural and religious center. There will be free time to visit the magical town of Ollantaytambo, known for being the only Inca Living City.
We end the tour with a stop in Chinchero, where we will visit a textile center and learn more about the textile techniques used by the Incas and the artisanal processing of wool.
Day 3: Cusco – Machu Picchu Citadel – Cusco
For many, this is the most awaited day. After discovering so many majestic places, expectations are high and will surely be exceeded when getting to know our World Heritage Site.
The day starts early when we pick you up at your accommodation in Cusco and take you to the train station in Ollantaytambo. Outside the station you will find local stalls where you can buy everything from food (breakfast) to souvenirs. The train to Aguas Calientes takes approximately 1 hour 45 minutes and once you arrive at your destination, our representative and guide will be waiting for you outside the train station.
The tour in the Inca Citadel takes you to discover the almost 200 iconic tourist attractions of the Sacred City, distributed in temples, squares, water fountains, monuments and residences; not to mention its natural spaces full of grandeur and spirituality.
Being a private tour to the citadel of Machu Picchu, the times will be managed at your pace, where apart from taking the best pictures of the place, you can appreciate and enjoy the majesty of the Inca empire.
After visiting one of the 7 Wonders of the World, we will return by tourist bus to the Aguas Calientes station where we will have lunch and free time to explore the small town before departing to Ollantaytambo. Here, our driver will be waiting for us to board private transportation to your accommodation in Cusco around 22:00.
Day 4: Cusco – Free Tour
The fourth day of the tour allows you the freedom to explore the city of Cusco on your own. After receiving recommendations from our tour guide, you can go to the markets, fairs, visit the streets, try local food, shop and discover on your own all that the city has to offer.
At the appropriate time we will take you to the airport for you to return and design a new Guru Explorers experience. See you next time!