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.
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.
Day 3: Free Day at Machu Picchu with Guide. Return to Cusco
Today you can return to the ruins at Machu Picchu for further exploration. Depending on your preference in permits, return early with the hope of catching the sun coming up over the mountains at Machu Picchu or arrive in time to hike to the top of Huayna Picchu for incredible views of the entire area. You could also choose to hike to the Sun Gate which overlooks the ruins or take a walk through the lush cloud forest 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 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.
Beyond expectations! Then again we weren't sure what to expect. Lovely stay at the lodge, met other like-minded travelers (many had their trips planned by Adventure Life) and the owner was a gracious hostess. It felt like you were one happy family, visiting with a favorite aunt.