This extension allows our travelers to explore Cusco and Machu Picchu. Spend two nights in Cusco and one night in Machu Picchu Pueblo (formerly called Aquas Calientes). The days in Cusco are free to explore on your own, and a guide will accompany our travelers to Machu Picchu. There is one free day at Machu Picchu without a guide.
Day 1 : Cusco Day 2 : Train to Machu Picchu Day 3 : Free Day at Machu Picchu. Return to Cusco Day 4 : Cusco
Follow the Urubamba River as it tumbles its way towards the Amazon and the sacred city of Machu Picchu. Ancient canals still bring water from the high mountains to the baths used by Inca priests. As visitors, you are welcomed to respectfully dip your hands in the cool water. After your tour of Machu Picchu, you'll return to the village of Aguas Calientes (located at the base of Machu Picchu). Enjoy one of many excellent local restaurants or end your day soaking in the hot springs after exploring one of the most magical archaeological sites in the world. Say goodbye to your guide as you settle in for the evening.
Today is your chance to watch the sunrise at Machu Picchu and to listen to the spirits of the city's past inhabitants before the hikers from the Inca Trail arrive. You can choose to book a permit to climb the sacred peak of Huayna Picchu, hike to the Sun Gate which overlooks the ruins or take a walk through the lush cloudforest to the Temple of the Moon. In the afternoon, you'll return by train to Cusco. (Let us know if you would like help arranging entrance fees or hiking permits for today – these are not included and sell out in advance!)
Day 4 Cusco
Depart from Cusco at your leisure. You transfer driver will pick you up from your hotel for your flight or bus ride.
Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
When to Go
Good to ideal period to travel, and many people choose to visit at this time.
Chance for unpredictable weather but with fewer visitors.