Cusco, Cuzco or Qosqo in quechua, means “Navel”, a city founded by the Incas. It was their capital and also the geographical, political, strategical and military center of the Inca Empire.
Cusco’s stunning landscape is characterized by a blue sky with withe clouds, accompanied by majestic mountains. Due to the Incas and the colonial architectural heritage, this place is definitely unique in the world.
The first day of this tour, we will have a closer look between the cobble stones of the city, like in Koricancha and the Inca Palace Roca or in the colonial buildings as in the barroque-styled cathedral and the Jesuit Church (Iglesia de la Compañia). Just ten minutes from the city there raise the massive walls of the fortress of Sacsayhuamán, and a few kilometres more there are the archaeological sites of Qenko, Pukapukara and Tambomachay, all of them built entirely of stone.
On the second day we will have the opportunity to visit the Sacred Valley of the Incas in the Peruvian Andes. This region is famous for the many rivers which descend through canyons and valleys, several archaeological sites and the indigenous people themselves with their typical markets like in Pisaq, Ollantaytambo and finally in the village of Chinchero. This valley was very appreciated by the Incas because of its special geographical and climatic qualities. Thanks to the richness of the land, it was one of the significant places for the production of the best grain corn in Peru.
The third day, the most important of all, we will get to know the majestic Machu Picchu. The fourth day, end our tours, we will be guided to the tourist sites of Maras and Moray. The fifth day transfer from your hotel to the airport, ending our services.
Cusco, World Cultural Heritage, is today one of the most visited places. The people are impressed by the amount of important archaeological and touristic attractions such as the Inca walls, colorful costumes, churches built on palaces, the lost citadel in the high Andes, legendary roads and all the beauty of the glorious past of Cusco, the sacred city of the Incas – or the archaeological capital of the Americans.
We visit the fallowing places:
Koricancha.- Religious center, known as the "Temple of the Sun", highlights the impressive engineering used in this construction.
Sacsayhuamán.- Impressive stone fortress with an excellent architecture, located 3km away from the city of Cusco.
Qenqo.- Ceremonial and ritual center, amphitheater where sacrifices were made.
PucaPucara.- Old farm (or similar), functioned as a kind of surveillance along the Inca Trail.
Tambomachay.- Ceremonial center to worship the water, located 7km away from the city of Cusco, traditionally known as the place of water.
Qosqo Native Art Center.- At 6.30pm there is the option to see various dances and customs, all of them cultural expressions of the region.
The Sacred Valley of the Incas is maybe one of the most impressive things you will see during your stay in the imperial city of Cusco. It is also known as the ‘Valley Vilcanota’. We will visit the traditional archaeological site of Pisaq and its typical market, the great fortress of Ollantaytambo, the craftsmarket and also the ruins of Chinchero.
You will be picked up at your hotel between 8.00am and 8.30am.
For the night we will drop you off at your hotel in Cusco.
Machu Picchu, “New Wonder of the Modern World”, located at 2.450 metres, was discovered by the American explorer Hiram Bingham in 1911. Since then, it is the most important and most visited archaeological site in South America. We will pick you up very early at your hotel (at 5am) to drive you with our private transport to the train station, from where you will take a journey for three and a half hours to the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, also known as the "Lost City of the Incas", today “a New Wonder of the Modern World”. When we arrive at the train station of “Machu Picchu Town” (formerly “Aguas Calientes”, located at 2000 meters), we will immediately board our bus which takes us on a zigzag street (30 minutes) to the incredible Machu Picchu. The tour includes a guided tour through the citadel for approximately two hours, visiting the most important sites like the Main Plaza, the Circular Tower, the Sacred Solar Clock, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows and the cemeteries. Afterwards there is free time to stroll around the citadel, taking pictures (or films). Then we return to “Machu Picchu Town” to take our lunch, before getting on the train back. It will be around 6:30 pm when we will board the train to the village of Ollantaytambo, where a bus is waiting for us to bring us back to Cusco. You will be back in your hotel in Cusco around 11pm.
Enjoy a guided trip to Maras Salt Mines and the circular terraces of Moray. On the way you will see some of the most scenic spots in the Sacred Valley. First, visit the ancient salt mines near the village of Maras, where salty springs emerge from the hillside and the Incas built terraces to capture the flows and harvest salt. Continue the excursion to Moray, where huge circular agricultural terraces were built by the Incas on limestone sinks served to plant various crops. It is said to have a cosmological significance, however, the Incas used the terraces as an agricultural laboratory to determine the optimum conditions for each species in varying altitudes.
After the breakfast at the hotel we will drive you to the airport for your departure of Cusco.
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