Luxury Cusco & Sacred Valley Tour
6 Days / 5 Nights
The Peruvian Andes are a melting pot of sights, ancient ways, textile traditions, cosmovision beliefs and unthinkable landscapes. In our tour through the Andes, you will experience the best of natural landscapes by visiting the Sacred Valley and hiking to Rainbow Mountain. You will learn about the legacy of the Inca Empire by walking through one of its most majestic citadels – Machu Picchu and will be witness to the cultural and architectural mixture between pre-Columbian and colonial times in the city of Cusco. Lastly, you will be introduced to the flavourful palette of Peruvian cuisine.
Culinary & historical experience. Your tour in Cusco city will have you walk through one of the city’s most colourful markets to learn about local produce and exotic fruits. Enjoy of a walking tour to the city’s most iconic landmarks and lookout points.
Cultural experience. Partake in a Pachamama ceremony to thank the mighty sacred mountains and Mother Earth for safe travels. This ceremony will be in the calmness of Moray plains and in the company of an Andean priest.
Luxury treatment. Without a doubt, the highlight of this luxury tour is visiting Machu Picchu without hiking any trail. Our private transfers and included train services will have you sit back and relax on your way to Machu Picchu. Your visit to Machu Picchu and Aguas Calientes town will be complemented by a splendid night accommodation at one of the region’s top-rated hotels, a delicious lunch at one of Machu Picchu most exquisite restaurant, and a elegant train ride to Cusco in the Hiram Bingham train.
Bucket-list moment. Your visit to Machu Picchu will be one of its kind in the company of our expert guides. Machu Picchu is a UNESCO World Heritage site, spanning 32,592 hectares (80,537 acres) of lush mountains and valleys.Nestled among the Andes mountains in the Cusco region in Peru, Machu Picchu attracts as many as 5,000 people a day during the high season between May and October, with about 1 million people visiting the site yearly (pre-pandemic).
DAY 1: Cusco City Culinary Experience
Welcome to the Imperial City of the Incas! Cusco is a true mixture of Inca archeological remains, colonial architecture and cobblestone streets.
Our day will begin with an immersive culinary experience in the city of Cusco. Your guide will come to pick you up from your hotel in Cusco at approximately 9:30AM. From here, we will make our way to the most colourful markets of the city, San Pedro market, for a culinary tour. During this tour, you will be delighted by the vast range of fruits, vegetables, local ingredients and ancient flavours. We will also handpick each of our ingredients for our culinary session.
After our tour of San Pedro market, we will continue to our private cooking studio to begin our 3 hour cooking class. During this time, we will learn all about Peruvia culinary art, local dishes and iconic drinks. This will be a hands-on opportunity to create a three course andean/peruvian inspired meal.
After lunch, we will continue to visit some of the city’s most iconic sites including the Plaza de Armas (main square), the famous Cusco Cathedral, the Q’oricanca or the Temple of the Sun, and the majestic Inca site of Sacsayhuaman, with its enigmatic 200-ton monoliths and unmatchable views of the entire city. This section of today’s tour will have a duration of approximately 3 hours and will have you back in Cusco for a free afternoon and evening to be spent at your own leisure.
Tickets: Entrance ticket to Cusco’s Cathedral, Q’oricancha & Sacsayhuaman archeological site
Services: Professional guided service | Guided culinary experience | Guided tour of Cusco city
Additionals: Private pick-up & transfer from hotel in Cusco
DAY 2: Ollantaytambo - Moray - Pachamama Ceremony
The Sacred Valley was one of the most beautiful and historically important locations during the Inca Empire. Known for its fertile plains, and astonishing Inca archeological sites the Valley captivates all visitors in unexplainable ways.
Today’s tour will begin with your private pickup at 8:00AM directly from your hotel in Cusco. From here we will drive to the quaint town of Ollantaytambo for our guided tour of the town’s archeological site and cobblestone streets. This stop will be of great importance to understand the magnitude and complexity of the Inca empire, its power and cosmovision beliefs.
We will continue to the vast plains of Moray, where in the company of a Andean priest, we will partake in a Pachamama ceremony. During this cultural experience, we will learn about ancient beliefs, sacred mountains and so much more. Our time in the plains of Moray will be accompanied by the picturesque views of the towering mountain ranges of the Valley. Our lunch will be in nature, picnic style. We will enjoy a delicious lunch prepared with the best of local ingredients.
The rest of the afternoon will be free of activities. You will have the rest of the day to spend at your own leisure at your hotel accommodation in the Sacred Valley.
Tickets: Entry tickets to Ollantaytambo & Moray archeological sites
Services: Professional guided service | Private driver
Additionals: Private pick-up & transfer from hotel in Cusco | Pachamama ceremony
DAY 3: Machu Picchu
After breakfast, your private transfer will come to pick you up from your hotel in the Sacred Valley. You will be transferred in our private bus/van to the train station in Ollantaytambo to board your Vistadome train to Aguas Calientes. The train ride to Aguas Calientes is just under two hours, descending into the Cloud Forest, where you will see orchids, bromeliads and ferns.
In Aguas Calientes, we will board the bus to Machu Picchu Citadel for our guided tour of the site. From here, you will begin your 2 hour guided tour of the archeological site.
Once you are finished with your tour of Machu Picchu, you will head to the restaurant at the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge for an exquisite lunch. After lunch, you will have the rest of the day free to relax and return to the town of Aguas Calientes for your overnight stay.
Total walking distance: 2 km/ 1.24 mi
Machu Picchu Citadel elevation: 2,400 m.a.s.l / 7,873 ft.a.s.l.
Weather: warm & humid
Meals: Breakfast | Lunch
Tickets: Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu Citadel
Services: Professional guided service | Guided tour in Machu Picchu Citadel
Additionals: Bus Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes town | Vistadome train tickets | Private pick-up & transfer to hotel in the Sacred Valley
DAY 4: Cusco City
The Imperial City of the Incas is a true gem of the Peruvian Andes. Cusco is a true mixture of Inca archeological remains, colonial architecture and cobblestone streets.
To begin, your private guide will come to pick you up from your hotel in Cusco at approximately 9AM. From here, we will head to Cusco’s Plaza de Armas (main square), to visit the famous Cusco Cathedral. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Cathedral will awe you with its impressive architecture, extensive collection of original art works and all gold-leafing decorating the altars.
Continuing on, we will continue on foot through an ancient Inca-built street from the Plaza de Armas to the Q’oricanca or the Temple of the Sun. At the Q’oricancha, you will be able to compare and contrast the building methods of the Incan culture and the Spanish conquerors. This was the key spiritual center of the Incas, leading to all four quarters of the Inca Empire. There is also a bronze, high altar to be seen.
From Q’oricancha, your group will walk down Avenida El Sol, where you will take your private van/bus for your 25-minute car drive outside the city to visit the most important archeological sites around Cusco. You will be taken to the majestic Inca site of Sacsayhuaman, with its enigmatic 200-ton monoliths and unmatchable views of the entire city.
After enjoying some of the best views of the city, we will return to Plaza de Armas to delight our palates with some of the best dishes in the city for lunch. The rest of the afternoon will be free of arranged activities for you to enjoy at your own leisure.
Meals: Breakfast | Lunch
Tickets: Entrance ticket to Cusco’s Cathedral, Q’oricancha & Sacsayhuaman archeological site
Services: Professional guided service | Guided tour in Cusco City
Additionals: Private pick-up & transfer to hotel in Cusco
DAY 5: Rainbow Mountain
Your day´s trek will begin with an early-morning private pick up from your accommodation in Cusco at 4AM. From here, it will be a 3.5 car drive in our private van passing through traditional villages to the trail head. At the trailhead, we will stop and enjoy a hearty breakfast, prepared by our trekking chef.
After breakfast, we will begin the hike from Chillca located at 3,700 m.a.s.l./ 12,140 ft.a.s.l., until the famous Rainbow Mountain. This hike will be approximately 4-hours along gradually ascending terrain. Along the way, you will enjoy amazing views of the Andes, glacial peaks, red mountains, rocky hills, and traditional llamas and alpacas grazing along the valley. As you reach the summit of the mountain, you will be able to spot some Andean wildlife too. This is one of the few places in Cusco where you can see wild Vicuñas, the Andean camel. Vicuñas are in the same family as llamas, although they are smaller. Their wool is the most expensive wool in the world.
Once we arrive at the top of Rainbow Mountain, you will have enough time to absorb the majesty of the red mountains that surround this area. You will also see amazing views of the valleys and Ausangate Glacier Peak in front of you. Ausangate is the tallest mountain of the Cusco region (just under 21,000 ft elevation) and is part of the Cordillera Vilcanota Range. While taking in these magnificent views, our staff will bring you some hot drinks and share some information with you about the composition of these mountains and how they became striated in the rainbow of colours.
After taking a few amazing pictures and soaking in the views (perhaps we will even see a few condors floating on the air currents), we will begin our descent back to the trail head. This will be a 2 hour, downhill hike. We will then meet up with our trekking chef and enjoy a delicious, freshly prepared, hot lunch.
After lunch, we will start our return trip back to the Chillca village, to catch our private van back to Cusco. We will drop you off at your hotel around 7 – 8 p.m.
Total walking distance: 3 km/ 1.86 mi
Rainbow Mountain elevation: 5,200 m.a.s.l / 17,060 ft.a.s.l.
Weather: Cold & windy
Meals: Breakfast | Lunch
Tickets: Entrance ticket to Rainbow Mountain
Services: Professional guided service | Guided tour to Rainbow Mountain
Additionals: Private pick-up & transfer to hotel in Cusco
DAY 6: Airport Transfers
We hate to see you go but hope you have had the best of experiences in the Peruvian Andes! Our service today will include your private pick up from your hotel in Cusco and transfer to the airport for your departure flight.
Tickets: None required
Services: None required
Additionals: Private pick-up & transfer to airport in Cusco
END OF TOUR
In our LUXURY CUSCO & SACRED VALLEY TOUR we guarantee a carefully crafted, luxury experience from beginning to end.
- Professional english-speaking guide
- 01 lunch during CULINARY EXPERIENCE in Cusco
- 02 breakfast at Inkaterra La Casona in Cusco
- 01 picnic lunch in Moray
- 01 dinner at Hawa Restaurant in Tambo del Inka – Sacred Valley
- 01 breakfast at Tambo del Inka – Sacred Valley
- 01 lunch at Belmond Sanctuary Lodge
- 01 breakfast at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo
- Entry tickets for all archeological sites visited in Cusco
- Vistadome train Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes
- Entry ticket to Machu Picchu
- Bus Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu Citadel – Aguas Calientes
- Hiram Bingham train Aguas Calientes – Cusco
- Welcome gift
- Private pre-tour briefing session
- Private pick-up & drop off from hotel in Cusco
- Private overland transport from Cusco to train station & vice versa
- Private hotel – airport transfer in Cusco on Day 6
- 03 night accommodation at Inkaterra La Casona Cusco
- 01 night accommodation at Tambo del Inka – Sacred Valley
- 01 night accommodation at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo
- Culinary Experience in Cusco
- Guided tour of archeological sites visited in the Sacred Valley
- Pachamama ceremony in Moray
- Guided tour of Machu Picchu Citadel
- First aid kit & oxygen bottle
In our LUXURY CUSCO & SACRED VALLEY TOUR the following services are NOT included.
- All meals not listed
- Walking sticks
- Personal hiking backpack
- Hotel accommodations not listed
- Extra transportation required & resulting from unforeseen and force majeure circumstances
- Personal expenses
- Travel insurance – highly recommended
Price per person
- $0 per person
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- $35 off per person
Student discounts apply to anyone who has a valid UNIVERSITY STUDENT CARD at the time of the trek or who is 17-years-old or younger. For those using a University Student Card our under 17-years-old, we need to see a copy of their card or passport at the time of booking to receive the discount.
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Huayna Picchu is the mountain that stands next to Machu Picchu. It is a 45-minute hike to the top. Even when you will do this hike on your own, your guide will still show you the trail entrance. This trek is an additional entrance ticket that we can secure for you with advance notice.
Your tickets will be purchased to coincide with when you need to start the trail. Tickets are either for the First Session from 7-8 AM or Second Session from 10-11 AM. We purchase the Second Session for our clients for you to enjoy your tour of Machu Picchu before you begin. This window is only your start time, and you may take your time up and down, so no rush.
- The ticket is $75 per person.
* Only possible to do if you have an extra day to visit Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu mountain is the other mountain that stands above the Machu Picchu ruins. It offers even more stunning views than Huayna Picchu but takes an hour and a half to reach the top. For this trek, it will be an additional entrance ticket that we can secure for you.
Tickets for Machu Picchu Mountain are now also within a timeframe of when you can begin – which is between 9-10 AM. Due to this limited time frame, it is not possible to hike the Inca Trail and hike Machu Picchu Mountain. You can, however, schedule a second visit to the citadel on the next day.
- This ticket is $75 per person.
Getting to Cusco
The airport in Cusco currently is only for domestic flights, so all international travelers by plane must disembark in Lima and go through Customs. Even if your flight to Cusco is the same day by the same airline carrier, you must grab your bags in Lima and then check them back in.
The best way to get to Cusco is by air and there are several options in airlines. LAN tends to be the most expensive, but has the most options and flights. Expect delays or flight cancellations. Due to the high altitude of Cusco, it tends to be difficult to land and any acclimate weather will stop air traffic. Bus travel is always available and while the trip can be long, especially from Lima, the buses in Peru are very well maintained and comfortable. This option is strongly encouraged if coming from a city closer to Cusco, like Puno. Lima buses will take about 20 hours to arrive.
Even though this is an overnight tour by train, your luggage allowance is still limited due to restrictions on the train. All bags brought to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu) need to be carry on size. Any extra luggage you have with you can be left safely in Cusco at either your hotel or with us at the Alpaca Expeditions deposit while you trek. We will grab from you the morning of your tour and return once you are back in Cusco. Make sure your bags have some kind of identification on them so they are easy to locate.
As soon as people book their trip to Peru, specifically Cusco, they start wondering about altitude sickness. The air at high altitudes contains less oxygen than at sea level and forces your body to work harder to get the oxygen it needs. Over several days at high altitude, your body adjusts to the lower amount of oxygen in the air.
With altitude sickness, you may first feel like you have the flu or a hangover. You may have a headache, tiredness, loss of appetite, nausea or vomiting, dizziness, trouble sleeping, trouble breathing during exercise. If any of these effects become severe, please contact our office and we will help you get to a doctor.
Most of the time, these symptoms will be mild. We always recommend easing into activity slowly, allowing your body to adjust. Drink plenty of fluids such as water or coca tea. Coca tea has been used since ancient times to help prevent altitude sickness. Leaves from the coca plant contain alkaloids which helps bring oxygen into your blood, helping your body avoid the effects of altitude sickness. Avoid drinking a lot of alcohol and coffee. They will cause you to urinate more often and become dehydrated. Avoid smoking. Smoking makes it more difficult for your body to get oxygen. Avoid sleeping pills. They may cause shallow breathing at night, making it more difficult for your body to absorb oxygen while you sleep.
Your healthcare provider may prescribe medicines, such as acetazolamide and dexamethasone, to help prevent altitude sickness. Start the medicine two days before you get to a high altitude. Continue to take it while you are at high altitude.
Of course weather is unpredictable. Typically the dry season in Cusco is from April through October, but this does not stop rain from falling in June or the sun from coming out in December – just be prepared. No matter what month you are doing the trek, please make sure that you have rain gear that includes a waterproof jacket, pants, poncho and waterproof gloves.
Also prepare for four seasons. Many of the treks through the Andes involve many micro-climates and you will need to be prepared for all seasons. Layers are always key as they are easy to adjust to the different temperatures. And evenings will always be cold, so please be prepared with a warm, winter-weight jacket.
To protect your travel investment, we highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance. Obtaining travel insurance before you leave home is strongly encouraged and very easy. In fact, we work with a great agency in the United States that has helped to make it easy and affordable. This is a great way to protect yourself while visiting Peru.
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Alpaca Expeditions is really proud of the work we do for our community. This is a main focus for our company. We have worked with villages directly to help supply them with needs their families were missing. We have supported local schools by giving them computers and books. We currently sponsor a teacher at the village most of our porters come from to ensure their children are offered the best education.
We buy all our food from local farmers and markets and serve the freshest ingredients. We provide English classes for all our team: guides, porters, chefs and drivers. And we are building a house for our porters to give them a safe and comfortable place to stay before and after our treks so they no longer need to sleep on the floor of a friend.
And twice every year we bring our porters and their families to Machu Picchu. This is our favorite trip to do as the guys who work tirelessly have never visited the Lost Citadel of the Incas. Showing them this place is our biggest honor.
We are always looking to do more for our partners. Please let us know of your ideas and we will work to help.
Luxury Cusco & Sacred Valley Tour 6D/5N
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The Alpaca Difference
Alpaca Expeditions is a 100% peruvian, indigenous owned company. Started by Raul Ccolque, a former porter and tour guide, Alpaca Expeditions separates ourselves by our dedication to both our customer and our team. We work very hard to make sure that all our clients needs are taken care of throughout the tour with us. At the same time, we never forget about our brothers and sisters working tirelessly for us to make all of this possible. Responsible and sustainable tourism that gives as much to our community as to our clients.
Meet the AE Trekking Team!
Everyone on the Alpaca Team is from Cusco region, living the traditions and history they share with you while on one of our tours. Our guides are all graduates of university studying tourism, history and english. Our chefs are trained every February by a professional cooking team learning new meals, adding varieties of entrees for all types of eating. And all our porters are from HUARQUI, HUACAHUASI, PATACANCHA, QUISWARANI, CANCHACANCHA, QUEYUPAY, UMACHURCO and CCACCACCOLLO villages, very often working this job on top of maining their farms back at home. Most of our team has been with us for years, as we have the most loyal, hard working, happy employees in Cusco. We know how lucky we are to have the best team trekking and you will immediately fall in love with all the men and women who call Alpaca Expeditions their home.
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What do we do for our porters?
Alpaca Expeditions would not be where we are today without these hardworking men and women. We could not imagine a harder job and our team does it smiling. We do our best to thank them for their hard work and loyalty by doing as much as we can to make their lives and their families lives better. All our porters receive all their equipment for free from warm winter hats to proper hiking boots. They sleep in proper tents and are given warm sleeping bags for night. They enjoy the same food we serve our clients and all leftovers are donated to their families. We visit their villages with doctors and dentists, donate school supplies and sports equipment. And our favorite time of the year is when we bring a group of porters and their families to Machu Picchu to visit the ruins for the first time.
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Free Medical Assistance to Porters
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Our Porter’s bus
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Our Porter’s House
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Tents and Sleeping bags
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Proper Equipment for our Porters
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Nutritious Meals for our Porters
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Alpaca Expeditions is always ready to make your trip safe and as easy as possible for you. Because these trips are a bit more complicated than your typical tour, we have put together some notes on logistics, storage, and even recommendations on where to stay in Cusco. And of course our team is ready to answer any other question, as we promise to be your partner from the moment you first contact us to our last goodbye in Cusco.
Alpaca Expeditions Recognitions
ISO (International Organization for Standardization)
In the pursuit to stand out from the rest, Alpaca Expeditions has obtained four ISOs plus our carbon footprint certificate to date. These achievements result from our efforts to implement the internationally-recognized integrated management system. They also represent our commitment to all of our clients and staff of operating sustainability and responsibility in every way possible.