Highlights: Cusco city, Sacred Valley of the Incas, Salineras de Maras and Andenes Incas de Moray, Aguas Calientes and the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu.
Cusco has many attractions, especially the Inca culture, visit the beautiful colonial temples built on Inca foundations. This tour considers the famous train journey from Ollantaytambo to the city of Aguas Calientes for a more interesting exploration of Machu Picchu, considered as the lost city of the Incas. The town of Maras famous for having the exploitation of salt to date, then we visit the Inca terraces of Moray, considered as a center for the domestication of seeds for different ecological floors.
Cusco Airport Transfer
Depends on your flight’s arrival time
Upon arrival, reception and transfer to the Hotel in Cusco; where you are welcomed with a traditional drink coca tea (“coca tea”) that will help you to achieve a good adaptation in the altitude free morning to take a walk around the ancient capital of the Incas or to achieve a good process of to air conditioning.
After lunch at 1:30 pm; The City Tour begins in Cusco including the Cathedral, Koricancha, Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Pucapucara and Tambomachay. Our tour begins in the Plaza de Armas. We will enter the Cathedral of Cusco with an exuberant Baroque style of the 16th century, see the beautiful wood crafts with gold leaf and colonial paintings that contain extensive Inca iconography. We will visit the Koricancha (Temple of the Sun) part in which the Santo Domingo Convent was also built. The chronicles say that this temple was completely covered with gold, which impressed the conquerors upon their arrival in the capital of the Empire.
Ascend to the Archaeological Park of Sacsayhuaman and visit the great Inca wonder. This is the royal house where the Sun god was honored, younger gods were also worshiped. Admire this great structure and enjoy the magnificent landscape of the Cusco Valley with peace and tranquility. Next, we will visit Qenqo, the old temple in honor of the Puma, inside you can see a sacrificial altar perfectly worked in a huge piece of stone. In Tambomachay, you will see the sacred ceremonial sources of life and health, finally we will visit the Pucapucara fortress, an important mandatory checkpoint before entering the city of Cusco or the Sacsayhuamán Fortress. After having enjoyed all this archaeological and cultural knowledge we return to the city of Cusco – Night of Accommodation in Cusco.
• Food: None
Note: It is recommended to take the first flights to the city of Cusco between 7 to 9:30 am
Buffet breakfast; The transfer starts from the hotel at 8:00 am for your full day excursion to the impressive Sacred Valley of the Incas, explore the beautiful full day landscape of the magical Sacred Valley. First, you will visit the city of Pisaq, very famous for its well-known and varied artisan market, textiles, handicrafts, works and unique silver designs. In colonial times, “exchange of products or barter” were carried out. In this type of operation, customers exchanged one good for another instead of using currency. To know the Pisaq market is to appreciate the magnificent works made by hand by local people, this gives an incalculable added value to their work.
Sunday is a main day in Pisaq for having the attraction of hearing masses celebrated in Quechua and Spanish. With the presence of the main authorities such as mayors and their assistants who play traditional musical instruments called “pututos”.
Then, we continue to the city of Urubamba, the most important in the Sacred Valley, here we have a typical Peruvian buffet lunch (included in the price) for one hour we will enjoy the restaurant facilities, and then continue our visit to the Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo Knowing this impressive archaeological complex reflects the great management and mastery that these characters had in the place. This magnificent archaeological group offers a great panorama and viewpoint to contemplate the valley both to the South and the North. The chronicles say that it was the royal domain of Emperor Pachakuteq, this great Inca portent later served as a stronghold for Manco Inca when he carried out the rebellion against the Spanish. Then we return to the city of Cusco, on this journey we will visit the town of Chinchero, famous for having the Colonial Church built on Inca walls, the textile handling of ancestral times, they serve to know the works based on Alpaca wool and Vicuña, later in the afternoon return to Cusco. Night of accommodation in Cusco.
• Food: Breakfast, Lunch
Buffet breakfast; Transfer from your hotel at 8:30 am for a private guided tour of the Sacred Valley. Excursion to the Inca agricultural experimental center of Moray, famous for its sunken circular amphitheater, formed by four platforms that seem to disappear into the earth like an artificial crater. The site was apparently an Inca agricultural research station designed to experiment with seeds and crops at various altitudes (some of which run down to depths of 100 meters). The terraces, built on retaining walls filled with fertile soil and watered by complex irrigation systems, are believed to have enabled the Incas to create more than 250 species of plants.
After appreciating the Inca circular platforms of Moray, we enjoyed a delicious picnic lunch.
Then we will continue along very picturesque paths that will take us to the ancient city of Maras with its prominent Spanish door arches and large church. Maras is famous for having a whole ravine where salt is exploited from remote times to the present with a strategic location we descend to the Salineras. Here there are more than 5000 terraces still in production and many families from Maras bring their salt to the Urubamba market on mules. Finally we meet our vehicle very close to the Urubamba river, to drive us to the living Inca town in Ollantaytambo, where we will take the train to Aguas Calientes, after receiving the arrival and transfer to the Hotel – Accommodation at the Aguas Calientes hotel.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Breakfast at the hotel; Full day excursion to Machu Picchu from Aguas Calientes, early transfer at 5:30 am to the bus stop for the short trip (25 minutes) Upon arrival at the Aguas Calientes station, you will board a tourist bus that will take us to the “sacred city” of Machu Picchu. In the company of your expert guide you will participate in a guided tour of the Complex or Sacred City, visiting the Main Square, the Circular Tower, the Sacred Solar Clock, the most important known as Intihuatana, important for its great handling for Inca astronomy, it has a good state of conservation, generates a lot of admiration in our visitors, the temple of the Three Windows, houses, warehouses, the great central square; and the entire urban area with narrow passages that are surrounded by terraces or platform systems that give greater strength to the mountain. After the excursion, you will have time to stroll through the archaeological sites or sites that have most impressed you, taking the photo perhaps as the most important proof of your visit to this new wonder of the planet.
Then, you will have time to do any of the following activities by yourself (not included in the price):
1. Climb the Mountain of Wayna Picchu; For the more adventurous, climbing this great Mountain implies a great unique challenge for you. From where you will be able to appreciate the great immensity of the Machu Picchu Sanctuary, making your visit even more surprising.
2. Another impressive walk is to get to Puerta del Sol; great opportunity to walk (approx. 1 hour) and enjoy the great landscape, the Urubamba canyon, highly recommended Puerta del Sol (Inti Punku).
Lunch at the Restaurant of the Sanctuary Lodge in Machu Picchu, considered in the price of this program. Then take the bus down according to the scheduled time
Train back to Cusco: In the afternoon we go to the Aguas Calientes train station to take the train back to Cusco – train class (Vistadome Class). arrival at Poroy station, reception and transfer to your hotel in Cusco. Night of accommodation in Cusco.
• Food: Breakfast, Lunch
Our representative will assist you with your transfer to the airport, thank you for your visit and wish you a good trip
• Food: Breakfast