Day 01 : Arrival to Cusco – Sacred Valley
Reception and assistance at the airport of Cusco. To avoid the « Soroche » or high altitude sickness, you will be transferred to the Sacred Valley located 2400 m.a.s.l. besides Cusco which is 3399 m.a.s.l.. On the way touring the countryside, stopping to view the Cordillera Vilcanota and small towns along the way. You will stop at Pisac and you will enjoy the ruins of Pisac and have a walk through them for approx. 1.5 hours. After that you will visit the Indian market of Pisac with lost of handmade blankets, clothes and curious Inca handicrafts (Only Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday). You will be able buy some beautiful textiles, jewelers and ceramics at good prices. On the way you will get nice pictures of the valley, and you can have lunch in some of the very good buffet restaurants, some with splendid views and famous Peruvian cookers. After lunch we travel to Ollantaytambo, discovering the ruins and the town - "The Cradle of the Inca Empire ". The Fortress of Ollantaytambo is a large site characterized by its terraces, canals, granaries, fortress wall, and the temple of the sun. The fortress was used by the Inca emperor Manco Inca to conduct successful attacks on Francisco Pizarro and other Conquers, who were based in Lima. You will stay overnight in the Sacred Valley. (Overnight Sacred Valley) (B)
Day 02 : Sacred Valley / Machu Picchu / Aguas Calientes
Today you will take the early train to Aguas Calientes. Arrival to the Aguas Calientes Train Station around 08:30, from where you take a 20 minute bus ride to the ruins of Machu Picchu. The ruins are on the eastern slope of Machu Picchu in two separate areas: the agricultural and the urban. Guided sightseeing through the archaeological site of Machu Picchu visiting the Main Plaza, the Circular Tower, the Sacred Sun Dial (the greatest Intihuatana), the Royal Quarters, the Temple of Three Windows and various burial grounds. Time free to stroll by the archaeological site and to have lunch in Aguas Calientes town. In the afternoon you will take the bus back to Aguas Calientes and from there take the train back to the Sacred Valley. (Overnight Sacred Valley) (B,L)
Day 03 : Sacred Valley / Cusco
Your driver will pick you up in the morning for another interesting Valley trip. You will enjoy the spectacular views of the salt mines situated between the mountains that surround the Sacred Valley. Later on you will visit Chinchero an Indian village In its main square, which is dominated by a formidable Inca wall composed of huge stones and 10 trapezoidal niches, you'll find the famous Chinchero markets. Here you'll be greeted by bustling artisan sellers, dressed in traditional clothing, and eager to win your attention (and secure a purchase). You will stop on the way to have lunch. If time permitting you will visit Moray as well, an interesting and photogenic Inca greenhouse. After this spectacular visit you will come back to Cusco. (overnight Cusco ) (B)
Day 4 : Cusco
Today you have time enough to discover Cusco. . In the afternoon, city tour of Cusco visiting the impressive Colonial Cathedral in Cusco that contains over 400 paintings from the Cusqueña School, several altars. After that we go to visit the Temple of the Sun, main religious center of the Incas dedicated to the Sun Cult. According to the chroniclers, the walls of this temple were entirely covered with gold. From here we go by bus to visit the four surroundings ruins located at less than 8 km. We start with the Sacsayhuamán Fortress. People think it was an astronomic observatory and is used for meditation because of its great accumulated cosmic energy. You will visit Q'enqo, this place was used for worship and ceremonial center, Puca-Pucara which means "Red Fortress" this site was an administrative and military center, and Tambomachay or Inca's Bath, considered as a place of the cult to the water. Return to the hotel *** (Overnight Cusco) (B)
Day 5 : Good bye Cusco
You will be picked up for transfer to the airport/bus station (B)
Meals unless mentioned.
All Land transfers.
02 night accommodation at Cusco hotel
02 nights accommodation at Sacred Valley Hotel
All Guided tours and excursions (in English) as described in the program
Vistadome Train Service Cusco / Machu Picchu / Cusco
Bus tickets from/to Machu Picchu
All entrance fees
04 Breakfasts 01 Lunch in your first day in Aguas Calientes.
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