Many travelers come to Cusco with the main objective of knowing the wonder of the modern world, Machu Picchu, but in the ancient capital of the Inca Empire there are many things to know, from the same city that has a myriad of attractions, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, the South Valley Cusco, the attraction of the moment in Cusco, the mountain of 7 colors, and many others.
Although it is possible a brief visit to Machu Picchu of only two days, this will be very fast and will not give you time to know other attractions, a trip of 3 days will give you a greater margin of time to know more, but you can still Do not get to visit and experience everything you would like.
A prudent time that will allow you to know Machu Picchu and many of the tourist places of Cusco and without so much hurry is a trip of 4 days. Many travelers usually visit Cusco, assigned 4 days for their stay.
Here we offer you a travel itinerary that will guide you and that will allow you to visit many of the most well-known tourist destinations of Cusco and post its Machu Picchu post. It is possible to make changes in the order of time and places to visit. It is always advisable to take advice and find out if you are traveling on your own.
It is advisable to arrive in the city of Cusco as early as possible, since the morning is more conducive to acclimatization and to cope with the effects of altitude faster, it is highly recommended to take a short break and drink a coca tea, so you can counteract or avoid altitude sickness.
When the small trance has passed after your arrival, you can eat something, in Cusco there are dozens of restaurants, coffee shops and many more places where you can taste delicious dishes and the most varied.
Once you are with all the energies you can visit all the city of Cusco and its attractions, it is preferable to do it on the first day, since you will be able to acclimatize completely to the conditions of the region. You can make your visit in one of the many “city tours” that are offered, a tour allows you to visit the main attractions of the city optimizing your time as well as having a guide and some extra services. It is also possible that you visit the city on your own, this will allow you to spend more time in the attractions that you like the most and to know sites that overlook the tours, but the logistics will be at your charge, the main tourist attractions of the city are They are located in the historic center and archeological sites such as Sacsayhuaman are just a few minutes away, so it is not difficult to travel the city on your own.
The second day we recommend you to make a full day excursion through the Sacred Valley of the Incas, you can visit charming places such as the town of Pisac and its traditional craft market, as well as its Inca remains, the tour continues through the fertile valleys Calca and Urubamba to finish in Ollantaytambo, here you can visit its impressive archaeological site. After the visit you can stay overnight in Ollantaytambo, or if you prefer you can take the train at the end of the day to go to Aguas Calientes, that way you can spend the night in Aguas Calientes and so the next day climb very early to Machu Picchu .
It is possible that you can make the tour of the Sacred Valley on your own, but it will require your expertise as a traveler or have a person to guide you along the route. By programming your time well you can visit more places in the Sacred Valley such as Chinchero, Maras or Moray.
Continuing with the itinerary, it is the day so longed for by all, the moment in which you will be able to know Machu Picchu, the fabulous city made by the Incas. If you stay overnight in Ollantaytambo you will have to board the train very early to Aguas Calientes town. From Aguas Calientes take the bus to Machu Picchu, the bus stop is very close to the train station and depart every few minutes.
If you have a ticket that includes some of the Machu Picchu mountains and in the first hours or if you want to see the sunrise, you must go up to the Inca city very early.
The buses will leave you very close to the entrance to Machu Picchu, to enter you must show the printing or copy of your Machu Picchu Ticket and your personal documents (Passport, ID card, ISIC card, etc.), and after that you should only prepare your senses to marvel at the jewel of the Incas. Hiring a good guide will help you get to know Machu Picchu better, you can hire one upon entering the city, but if you come on an organized tour you already have it included. Take your time in the Inca city, enjoy its incredible architecture and the beautiful landscape that surrounds it. It will be an experience you will never forget. And do not forget to take some forecasts before visiting Machu Picchu.
Depending on the time you enter Machu Picchu your visit will last until noon or afternoon, back to the town of Aguas Calientes you can eat something and assimilate the intense emotions that the Inca city of Machu Picchu usually generates. The usual thing is, whether you are on your own or on an organized tour, take the train back to Ollantaytambo the same afternoon, from here take the mobility that will take you back to Cusco. So you can rest after an extraordinary day and get ready to take advantage of your last day in Cusco.
Your last day will allow you to know other tourist places, or if you want to know more about the city of Cusco. We recommend you to take a tour through the South Valley of Cusco. If you are more adventurous and can get up early enough, you can visit the spectacular mountain of Siete Colores or Vinicunca, the destination of the moment in Cusco, there are one day tours that will take you to this fantastic place, but yes, the final walk to Getting to it is not easy, so be sure you have the physicality to do it.
And in this way they end 4 days in which you can enjoy and know several of the attractions offered by Machu Picchu and Cusco. But they are not the only ones, there are many other attractions in Cusco, but they demand more time of stay, among them we have the famous Inca Trail, Choquequirao (the other Machu Picchu), you can also make incredible hiking trails to the snowy Salkantay and Ausangate , adventure routes such as Lares, expeditions to the jungle of Cusco and a host of other activities, almost no tourist destination in the world offers so many things and in one place like Cusco.
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