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Cusco & Machu Picchu

6 days

Cusco & Machu Picchu

From the colonial and pre-Columbian grandeur of Cusco, with all the comforts it offers to travelers from all over the world, we explore the land of the Incas. The Sacred Valley of the Incas was the fertile heart of the Inca Empire and its people still farm amid the ruins of their ancestors’ culture and trade in their colorful markets. From the valley we journey by train to Machu Picchu, still surrounded by the dense tropical forests rich in biodiversity that hid it from view for so many centuries.

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Day 1: Transfer to your hotel in Lima

We will pick you up from the airport in Lima, and we will transport to your hotel. Depending on your time, you can opt to visit the historic center of Lima.


Day 2: Transfer to airport in Lima and to hotel in Cusco

Cusco, the archaeological capital of the Americas and the oldest continuously inhabited city on the continent, lies in exceptionally beautiful Andean countryside. It is 3400 meters above sea level and its legacy as the hub of the Inca Empire is readily apparent: Most of the city streets are lined with Inca-built stone walls and crowded with Quechua-speaking descendants of the Incas.

 

The city of Cusco and Sacsaywaman (half day): We begin our tour with a visit to the cathedral, which was built between 1560 and 1654 on the site of the palace of the Inca Wiracocha. It is a magnificent example of European art made by the indigenous population. Its main altar is completely covered in silver, and the church contains many fine paintings from the Cusco School of religious art. From the cathedral we move on to Qoricancha, the Inca Temple of the Sun, where we will be able to see some of the finest remaining examples of Inca stonemasonry.

 

Leaving the city, in the surrounding hills we will visit Sacsaywaman. We will explore this ancient Inca sanctuary with its immense monolithic walls built from stones that weigh up to 130 tons each, all joined perfectly together. Sacsaywaman witnessed great events and bloodshed during the siege of Cusco at the time of the conquest. We will then visit the amphitheater at Qenqo, the fortress of Puka Pukara and the ritual Inca baths at Tambomachay.


Day 3: Sacred Valley of the Incas

Pisaq market:
The colorful markets of the valley are open during the mornings, when you will be able to buy Peruvian crafts, jewelry and textiles, and see the traditional produce market where local people trade. Pisaq market is open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, and Chinchero market is open on Sundays.

 

Ollantaytambo:
The village of Ollantaytambo retains the original street plan of the Inca town, making it the only surviving example of Inca urban planning. Our tour will include a visit to the agricultural areas around the village, the irrigation system, granaries and the fortress-temple built by Inca Pachacuteq using stonemasons from the Colla culture around Lake Titicaca.


Day 4 & 5: Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu, the so-called “Lost City of the Incas”, remains intact because it was never discovered by the invading Spanish. Constructed on a high, forested mountain overlooking the Urubamba River, Machu Picchu and Wayna Picchu were lost in time and dense foliage until they were discovered in July 1911 by the American historian Hiram Bingham.

 

Our guides will carefully explain the history of this unique place and guide us around its terraces, temples, palaces and watercourses.


Day 6: Transfer to the airport


Included

  • All the necessary land transport.
  • All tours and transfers with English-speaking tour guide.
  • Entrance fee for all tours and excursions, parks and museums.
  • Accommodation at selected hotel with private bathroom (double room basis).
  • Single supplement includes: single room where available.
  • Food: hot breakfast, lunch, and dinner as described in the above itinerary (BLD).
  • Domestic flights unless you book directly.

Not Included

  • Second day bus services to Machu Picchu
  • Second day entrance fees to Machu Picchu.
  • Tips to guides.
  • Airport taxes approximately: $6 USD for each domestic flight and $28 USD for the international flight.
  • Drinks.
  • Tips to the staff.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Personal expenses: clothing and sleeping bag, laundry, telephone calls, etc.
  • Meals not included in the program.

Things to bring on the trip

  • Passport, (bring additional photocopies of your passport).
  • One small and one large backpack.
  • Warm coat for Andean region.
  • Rain jacket.
  • Long sleeved shirts (cotton).
  • Shorts for walking.
  • Cap and sunglasses.
  • Bathing suit and sandals.
  • Sun block
  • Camera (ASA 200/400).

To be in good health and shape to be part of this adventure (Try to train by walking each day for at least two weeks before departure).

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