CUSCO ARCHAEOLOGICAL TOUR 6 Days

Our Cusco Archaeological Tour is the most popular trip in the region of Cusco in Peru; your reservation should be done in advance!…

6-day Cusco Archaeological Tour is blessed with many natural beauties; culture and history; it has been a popular trip for prospective travellers and adventure seekers; therefore is a six-day tour where you’ll explore the most important places in the region of Cusco in Peru. During the Cusco Archaeological Tour, you’ll visit the Historical City of Cusco, The Sacred Valley of the Incas, the Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu, explore less visited Inca remains of Moray, Pikillacta and Tipon; also is included the salt mines of Maras.

Many foreigners visit this tiny South America city, just to behold its natural beauty and take pleasure in being close with the nature. Several types of tours are popular in Cusco; most of them are sightseeing tours, Jungle trip, trekking, Expedition tour, Bird watching and last but not the least Archaeological Tours.

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Experience the Inca culture in the region of Cusco – Peru

  • TIMING: 6 days and 5 nights.
  • STARTING & ENDING POINT: Cusco Airport.
  • TYPE OF TOUR: Cultural and History.
  • TRANSPORT: Bus and train.
  • DIFFICULTY: Does involve some narrow trails amongst archaeological site like: Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Maras -Moray and Machu Picchu, so sturdy footwear is required to help you enjoy it fully.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Explore the city of Cusco
  • Full-day tour to Sacred Valley of the Incas
  • Take the train through Urubamba Valley to the town of “Aguas Calientes”
  • Guided Machu Picchu tour
  • Optional climb Huayna Picchu Mountain
  • Visit The Inca ruins of Moray and the salt mines of Maras
  • Explore the inca site of “Tipon” and Pikillacta a Pre-Inca ruins.

Description for Cusco Archaeological Tour

The six-day Cusco Archaeological Tour is perfect for those looking to experience the region’s archeological and cultural treasures in a short time; Cusco Archaeological Tour includes a driving tour in Cusco, Sacred Valley of the Incas (Including Pisaq and Ollantaytambo), travel by train to the “Lost City of the Incas” – Machu Picchu; explore the wonderful Inca site of Moray, the salt mines of Maras, and the impressive Inca ruins of Tipon and Pikillacta.

This tour starts once you arrive to the city of Cusco and ends in the airport of the city of Cusco. During the tour you’ll use 3-star category hotels with buffets breakfast included.

Our Cusco Archaeological Tour is one of the best tours of Peru; It will amaze you with its abundance of fascinating, stunning, and exotic sights and sounds. You’ll visit many of Peru’s most important and significant places, including Pisaq, Ollantaytambo and Machu Picchu, the holiest site in Peru, where the Inca temples are setup.

Guaranteed departures

Cusco Archaeological Tour

All departures for Cusco Archaeological Tour are guaranteed, so once you’ve booked you can be sure you’re going!. This guarantee gives you the confidence to book all of your travel arrangements and simply look forward to your holiday.

Our dedicated groups department will give you a personalized service from start to finish and, wherever possible, we will ensure that you only ever deal with one person.

Included activities

City Tour in Cusco.
Sacred Valley of the Incas.
Machu Picchu Tour.
Maras-Moray Tour
Tipon and Pikillacta Tour

Outline itinerary

Day 1: Cusco

Welcome to Cusco; Arrive before noon, we will meet you in the airport and transfer you to the designated hotel. In the afternoon you’ll have guided city tour.

Day 2: Pisaq & Ollantaytambo: Sacred Valley tour

Today we’ll visit the Sacred Valley of the Incas where you’ll explore the Inca ruins of Pisac, perched on a hilltop with incredible views. in the Afternoon we’ll explore the Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo with its enormous Inca terracing constructed on the side of a steep mountain. Then travel by train to Aguas Calientes town.

Day 3: Explore Machu Picchu

Full day will be dedicated to explore the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu; in the afternoon return to Cusco.

Day 4: Visit Maras & Moray

Today you’ll enjoy a panoramic drive across the changing landscape to the salt mines of Maras and Inca terraces of Moray.

Day 5: Tipon & Pikillacta

On this day you’ll explore the Inca ruins of Tipon and Pikillacta.

Day 6: Departure from Cusco

Departurte from Cusco at any time; we’ll transfer you to the airport.

Detailed Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival to Cusco

WELCOME TO THE CITY OF CUSCO: We’ll be waiting for you in the airport of Cusco on your arrival date, once you arrive, we’ll take you to the hotel where you’ll have a cup of coca tea (Very good for the altitude) while that you’ll receive briefing of the tour.

In the afternoon (13:00 hours), we will meet in the hotel for the Guided city tour. The city tour start visiting the Cathedral of Cusco where you will find in its walls priceless art and treasures, which is considered by many the most beautiful works of art in South America. After the Cathedral, we will visit the “Qorikancha” known as the temple of the sun of the Incas, Continue the tour we’ll drive outsite of the city in order to visit archaeological centers located around the city.

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We’ll visit the Inca fortress of Sacsayhuaman; located at 3 km from the city where you’ll see the megalithic Inca construction; here still exist stones of 261 tons. After that, we will visit, Kenko, Quechua word meaning “Labyrinth” coined by the Spanish for its labyrinthine underground galleries and small canals carved zigzag.

The tour continues to Puka-Pukara, called the Red Fort, which is built with stones in that tone of color. And finally, we will arrive at Tambomachay which was an Inca temple to worship the water.

City tour ends 06:30 p.m approximately in the Main Square in order that you can you’re your dinner in one of the restaurants.

Important Recommendations:

  • After the tour, stroll through the Plaza de Armas and surrounding areas, where you can appreciate the work of the Cusqueñian artisan craft stores

Day 2: Sacred Valley of the Incas

Breakfast in the hotel is included. The Sacred valley tour starts at 8:00 AM; we’ll travel by private bus to visit the Inca archaeological site of Pisac located to one hour from the city of Cusco. Pisac give you an idea of advanced knowledge achieved by the Incas in architecture. The ruins consist of platforms, domestic and ceremonial structures and aqueducts that provided the water for agriculture. The tour also includes visit the traditional market in the town of Pisaq, where you can find some unique and authentic souvenirs.

The tour continues to the town of Urubamba where we will have lunch;  buffet where you can enjoy the delicious Peruvian cuisine. After lunch we continue to visit the Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo, which was a strategic military, agricultural and religious center to manage and control the Sacred Valley of the Incas; the constructs were presumed to be used for agricultural, as well as for military.

At 16:30 hours we’ll take the train for two hours to the town of Aguas Calientes wher you’ll have accommodation in the hotel.

Important recommendations

  • We suggest suitable footwear; you will climb stairs with many steps. Bring a small backpack, camera; wear a sun hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, and a water bottle.
  • In Pisac, do not forget to try the delicious empanadas, and purchase an artisan souvenir/memorabilia.
  • In Urubamba enjoy a delicious buffet lunch where we invite you to try the corn of Sacred Valley.

 Day 3: Machu Picchu Tour

Early breakfast in the hotel. At 5:30am we leave it and walk for 5 minutes to the bus station from where we’ll take a bus and travel for 25 minutes up to Machu Picchu Archaeological Park, situated on top of a mountain at an altitude of 2,400masl.

In Machu Picchu our expert tour guide will assist you to know better the history and architecture of the Inca City of Machu Picchu. Marvel at the buildings and Inca temples, beside the natural surrounding environment.

Here you’ll explore all important sites like the temples, palaces, astronomical observatories, store houses, cemeteries, and Agricultural terraces.

After the tour you’ll have free to wonder around. After all return by bus to the town of Aguas Calientes where you can have your lunch. In the afternoon, at 16:30 pm board the train back to Ollantaytambo train station and from here we’ll transfer you by bus to your hotel in Cusco.

Recommendations

  • We suggest suitable footwear; you will climb stairs with many steps. Bring a small backpack, camera; wear a sun hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, and a water bottle.
  • Arrive to the train station half hour before the departure time.

Day 4: Tour to Maras-Moray

Maras & Moray tour starts at 8.30am. This tour introduces to some of Cusco’s most interesting Inca sites. The tour starts with a visit to the Colonial town of Maras and its church.

From Maras we continue to the nearby Inca site of Moray; a magnificent series of terrace circles set into the ground that were once used by the Incas for experimentation with crops. Our final destination is the salt mines of MARAS which have been in use since Pre-Inca times. Water from a subterranean stream is channeled through pools where it evaporates and leaves behind pure salt crystals. With thousands of stark white pools stretching down the valley, the views are stunning. In the afternoon we return to Cusco.

THE VILLAGE OF MARAS:

Located in the province of Urubamba at 3,300 masl. Is an attractive and colourful town guard of the pre-Hispanic, colonial and republican period, emphasizing in the town colonial streets and covers with shields of the noble and caciques of centuries XVI and XVII.

THE INCA TERRACES OF MORAY:

Moray is located to about 7 km to the southwest of the village of Maras; aunique archaeological group in its sort in the region. It is about enormous terraces that are superposed concentrically in a gigantic hole, these beautiful terraces that served at the Inca time like an agricultural laboratory.

Cusco Archaeological TourSALINERAS or “SALT MINES” OF MARAS:

Located to the northwest of the village of Maras, this are constituted for about 3,000 small wells with an area average of about 4 m², operated from the Inca time, Colonial time and that even continues being exploded by the villagers.

recommendations

  • We suggest suitable footwear; you will climb stairs with many steps. Bring a small backpack, camera; wear a sun hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, and a water bottle.

Day 5: Tour to Tipon and Pikillacta

We pick you up from the Hotel at 8:30am to start visiting these incredible places in the southern of Cusco.

TIPON:

Tipon is said to be a royal garden commissioned by Wiracocha (the most important Inca God). It is one of the most elaborate examples of agricultural terracing created by the Incas. These tall terraces which run up the narrow valley are irrigated by an aqueduct from Pachatusan, the mountain above the site. The Archeological Complex is located 24 km southeast of Cusco.

PIKILLAQTA:

Pikillacta is the only pre-Inca site in the Cusco area. This adobe complex was built around 700 to 900 years AD by the Huari Culture, in the area; there is a small Inca site just a short walk from Pikillacta, known as Rumicolca, a travel checkpoint for the Incas.

ANDAHUAYLILLAS:

Here you’ll find the “Sixtine Chapel of Peru”, a church that is home to golden altars, paintings and many colored ceilings. The chapel is simple and unassuming on the outside, but on the inside you’ll find masterpiece after masterpiece. Also some paintings from famous “Escuela Cuzqueña” can be appreciated. After we visit this place, we’ll return to Cusco.

Please Note: The days 4th and 5th the tours are only half day, from 8:30AM to 2:00PM, son in the afternoon you explore the city by yourself. In the city of Cusco there are beautiful sites of gallery to see.

recommendations

  • We suggest suitable footwear; you will climb stairs with many steps. Bring a small backpack, camera; wear a sun hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, and a water bottle.

Day 6: Departure from Cusco

Departure from Cusco at any time; we’ll transfer you to the airport.

Cusco Archaeological Tour Includes

  • TRANSPORTATION: Transfer in/out (Airport/Hotel/Airport), Private bus for all the tours; bus up and down from the town of “Aguas Calientes” to Machu Picchu, round-trip train ticket expedition class from Ollantaytambo to “Aguas Calientes” and from “Aguas Calientes” to Ollantaytambo, transfer to your hotel.
  • ENTRANCE FEE: For all tourist places.
  • GUIDE: Licensed bilingual tour guide.
  • ACCOMMODATIONS: Room based on double occupancy. 4 nights in Cusco ***Hotel and 1 night in the town of Aguas Calientes.
  • OTHER: Local guide for permanent assistance, first-aid kit and emergency oxygen bottle.

The price Exclude

  • MEALS: Lunch and dinner, you must consider a budget of US$10 to US$25 for each meal.
  • Airport taxes and tips.

Price for Cusco Archaeological Tour

  • In the following price is included 3-stars category hotel which we consider appropriated and very confortable hotel for Cusco Archaeological Tour
  • We have other options based on the hotel, type of train; the options are adapted to all budgets and THE PRICE IS PER PERSON. We gladly will assist you, write or please call Us.

Daily Departure

TYPE OF TRAIN  PRICE PER PERSON
 Expedition class  US$ 770
 Vistadome class  US$ 800
 Hiram Bimbhan class  

HOTELS FOR THE TOUR

No-frills or fancy, historic, quaint or quirky, we offer accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets. Accommodation on your tailor-made tour can range from western-style hotels and resorts to charming boutique properties, camps, authentic raids, and other unique accommodation in the region you are travelling – the choice is yours.

HOTEL IN CUSCO – HOTEL GARCILASO  OR SIMILAR

Hotel in Cusco for Cusco Archaeological Tour

Address: Calle Garcilaso 233-285 – Cusco – PERU
Rating: 3 stars
Web: http://www.hotelesgarcilaso.com

Hotel Garcilaso is a charming hotel decorated in a classic Cusco style – using local artisans to create an aura of beautiful Inca tradition. Guest rooms are well furnished with air conditioning and en suite facilities. The hotel also benefits from an o, cocktail bar and complimentary Wi-Fi. The hotel is located to half a block from the main square.

HOTEL IN “AGUAS CALIENTES” – HOSTEL PRESIDENTE  OR SIMILAR

Hotel Presidente in Aguas Calientes town – Cusco Archaeological Tour

Address: “Aguas Calientes” town – Cusco
Rating: 3 stars
Web: http://hostalpresidente.com/rooms.html

“Hostal Presidente” is located in the heart of “Aguas Calientes” town, beside the River Vilcanota. The hotel is very clean, helpful, and friendly and all rooms have a private bath and 24 hour hot water. Some of the rooms have small balconies with great views over the river Vilcanota.

FACILITIES

  • Restaurant (open to public for breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Bar-Cafeteria
  • Telephones with international and national dial up
  • Fax services
  • Luggage porters
  • Laundry service

Cusco Archaeological Tour Video

The City of Cusco, the capital of the Incas is the most visited city in America. Cusco Archaeological Tour has something to allure every taste and pocket. From Inca structures to colonial building, shopping and festivities, every chapter of the golden history enthralls. The traditional charm is still alive in the avenues of Cusco.

Highlights of each Day

Th city of Cusco located at one hour for Lima the capital of Peru

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The Sacred Valley of the Incas, where you can visit the Inca ruins of Pisaq and Ollantaytambo

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Machu Picchu known as the lost city of the Incas

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Moray.- Round shaped Inca terraces known as the agricultural Inca laboratory

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Tipon.- a site where the Incas built the most important hydrological system

Cusco Imperial Tour

Cusco Archaeological Tour Location

Cusco Archaeological Tour map

Map for Cusco Archaeological Tour

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