The Perfect 3 Days in Cusco Itinerary with Machu Picchu
The 3 days in Cusco offers the highlights of the city, the most important historic and archaeological sites in and around the Inca capital, and a full-day excursion to explore Machu Picchu, the Inca Pachacutec’s citadel atop a jungle mountaintop.
- Transport from and to airport
- Two nights in the hotel of your choice
- English-speaking guides
- Cusco city tour
- Orient Express Expedition Train
- Guided tour of Machu Picchu
- Entrance fees to historic and archaeological sites
Prices available upon request
How to spend 3 days in cusco?
Day 1: City Tour and Archaeological Ruins
Pickup at the airport and transfer to your hotel. Because of the high altitude, 11,152 feet above sea level (3400m), it is highly advisable that you take a short rest to acclimatize.
In the afternoon, you will have a city tour highlighting Cusco’s historic past, the fusion of Inca and Spanish architecture. The excursion featuries walk-thru tours of the Cathedral and the ruins of Koricancha (or Temple of the Sun), which was looted and razed by the Spanish, who then constructed the Santo Domingo Church on its massive foundation.
You will also explore the four main ruins just outside the city: the Sacsayhuaman Fortress, Kenko, Puca Pucara, and Tambomachay.
Day 2: Machu Picchu Excursion
Breakfast at the hotel, then pickup and transfer to the train station to board PeruRail’s Expedition Train for the 4-hour journey to Machu Picchu, the “Lost City of Inca.”
Experience this mysterious ruins, with its ingeniously engineered underground water canalization and its sacred citadel of temples, mausoleums, squares and royal houses. Widely believed to have been built in the mid-15th century by Inca Pachacutec, Machu Picchu was the secret city of the Inca, never discovered by the Spanish.
Its rediscovery for the world was made in 1911 by American explorer Hiram Bingham, and it remains South America´s most spectacular archaeological site.
Lunch at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge beside the ruins. Afternoon, return to Cusco on the train.(B/L)
Day 3: Transfer Out
Breakfast. Transfer from the hotel to the airport. (B)
(B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner
Suggestion: Altitude is a consideration for anyone planning to travel to Peru’s highlands. For trips to Cusco, it can make a huge difference to spend your first day in the Sacred Valley (2,400 mts./9,000 ft) to acclimatize and avoid problems with altitude sickness, before ascending to the Inca capital city of Cusco (3,360 mts./11,152 ft.).
We are happy to adjust your itinerary to help ensure that “soroche” isn’t a factor during your vacation.
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