Cusco to Machu Picchu short tour

“This four-day tour combines the unforgettable architecture of Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu, with living culture, too, on a village visit to meet descendants of the Incas.”

Highlights

Cusco city tour | Amaru village guided tour | Pisaq’ market visit | Sacred Valley of the Incas | Ollantaytambo | train to Aguas Calientes | bus ride to Machu Picchu citadel | guided visit around Machu Picchu

Description of Cusco to Machu Picchu short tour

Take this short tour from Cusco to Machu Picchu, to see the wonders of the Incan Empire and also learn more about the culture of the Peruvian Andes today. This four-day tour begins in Cusco, with a guided walk around this beautiful city to see highlights including the cathedral, Qoricancha or Temple of the Sun, and the huge Sacsayhuaman Archaeological Park.

Next, explore the Sacred Valley of the Incas, beginning with a visit to Amaru village. Here, the Yachaq preserve ancestral traditions and are the present-day guardians of traditional textile technologies and techniques. You’ll have the chance to see how they create natural dyes and how they prepare wool from sheep and alpacas. Moving on, you’ll visit Ollantaytambo, a former agricultural, military and religious centre, home to some of the finest Inca architecture, before taking the train and bus up to the extraordinary citadel of Machu Picchu for a guided visit.

This four-day tour includes unforgettable Incan archaeological sites, but also offers the opportunity for cultural exchange with descendants of the Incas, making it a great opportunity to learn about past history and present-day life. It makes a great addition to a trip to the Amazon rainforest, hiking in the Andes or you can even extend it with a trip into Bolivia.

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Cusco to Machu Picchu short tour

Environment

We support operations committed to reduce negative impacts in all ecosystems found in the landscapes or parks we visit, or do their best to achieve this. In this case the Amaru Village is at the stage of including ways to reduce solid waste, save water and energy as part of their services and also to use this approach to improve its living standards, benefiting all its inhabitants and therefore help protect their fragile surrounding environment.

The community has built infrastructure using local materials, has ensured to offer comfortable bedrooms, safe drinking water and basic sanitary services. The food in this place is a mixed of locally-produced and other that has traveled from nearby valleys, allowing you to enjoy the local cuisine. Meals offered includes several varieties of potato, corn, the nutritious quinua, and other grains and vegetables produced in the community hillsides, using gentle agricultural practices in a still productive landscape presently supporting a relatively intense land use.

Community

Besides our proud local guides and drivers, this special tour is also hosted by award-wining Amaru Village, one of many Quechua communities along the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Groups of women here, who have expertise in traditional textiles complement their other present economic activities; mostly low-yielding agriculture and cattle, with tourism.

As a company, we have a premise of supporting local efforts which can help improve living standards and environmental protection, which will allow Andean communities to achieve sound growth and development and a more sustained way to manage fragile landscapes still productive and functional for the benefit of their future generations. In early September 2015, we have signed a cooperative agreement with representatives of the Amaru Village and CODESU, an international development NGO which is presently sponsoring training and coaching in tourism development to interested members of the Amaru Village.

We are glad to be helping the Amaru Village and we also hope our travelers will also be part of this effort that will also ensure the protection of the lifestyles and ancestral culture of this unique community that still guards the knowledge inherited inside a precious Andean landscape not far from Cusco City.

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