Upon your arrival to Cusco you will be greeted by our representative and transferred to your hotel where you will receive a short briefing and having the remainder of the morning to acclimatize. In the afternoon, we will introduce you to the Imperial Cusco City, a living example of the mix of Andean and Spanish culture.
Continuing our journey visiting the Santo Domingo Convent built over the Koricancha, as well as the ancient Inca Palace and the main worship center of the Sun God. Our introductions continue to the unmatched and mesmirizing archaeological site of Sacsayhuamanand its military Inca architecture which dominates the city.
Finally our last introduction to the archaeological sites of Qenqo, Pucapucara andTambomachay, located in the north east of the city. We will head back to your hotel in Cusco by early evening.
Bright and bushy tailed we pick you up at 7am at your hotel in Cusco or the Sacred Valley navigating through the hairpin bends each motion in change of direction stiring the pot of excitement within, stopping on the way to have a classic view of the Urubamba valley, with crops dressing the mountains like carpet.
Parking up at the colourful market of Pisac, with free time to interact with the local craftsmen or to purchase their hand-made souvenirs. Onto the archeological site of Pisac perched in the safety of it´s mountain nest, enjoy the great and unique ancient tombs,terraces, watch towers and religious areas. After time at this Inca Fortress, we will continue to the village of Urubamba for lunch.
With timeless charm we visit the archeological site of Moray also known as “The Greenhouses of the Incas” an evolutionary bowl of ecological difference. Levels of terraces are carved into a huge bowl, part of which was further excavated by the Incas. The terraces have varied microclimates depending on how deep into the bowl they are, and so they were thought to have been used by the Incas to discover the optimal conditions for their crops.
Expanding on our journey to the colonial town of Maras, ascending to the pre-Inca salt mine. Thousands of salt pans have been used for salt extraction since before Inca times. A hot spring at the top of the valley discharges a small stream of heavily salt laden water, which is diverted into salt pans and evaporated to produce a salt that is used for cattle licks. Finally we drive to Ollantaytambo village where we will spend the night in a hotel.
After a delicious breakfast we will visit the town of Inca origin with remarkable channels and stone streets and then the archaeological site of Ollantaytambo. In its high part one rises to an impressive ceremonial center of cult to the water and fortress that guarded the access to the inferior part of the valley. On the other mountain side part,one rises to honour the ancient storehouses.
After time to explore and enjoy these great sights, expand yet again to the sea of growth as we take our train to Aguas Calientes with a perfectly navigated view of the Sacred Valley. There we will spend the night in a hotel.
Bursting out with excitement on your final surreal day, we take the 5.30am bus to Machu Picchu archeological site making sure we tour every nook and cranny of this New 7 Wonder of the World and UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site the master Machu Picchu what an unforgettable experience.
Your guide will expertly direct you through the energetic ruins and its diverse main streets. Then on your own, wander around the town squares of the world’s spiritual center by esoteric wisdom as well as climb the intricately carved stairways made of stone. Or stay still and find the samsara within as you sit in the pure delight of the moment.
If you wish to indulge in a few of the following activities on your own (not included in the price)
Climb up Huayna Picchu and appreciate the beauty and magnificence of Machu Picchu from there – US$25
You will be given some time to walk to the Sun Gate or Inti Punku for free
Climb up Machu Picchu Mount and appreciate the beauty and magnificence of Machu Picchu from there –US$15
Other optional activities in Aguas Calientes include a visit to the new local museum or to the hot springs.
Train to Cusco: You will descend to Aguas Calientes and at 4:22pm, board the train for the return trip to Cusco. On reaching Ollantaytambo / Poroy train station, reception and transfer to your hotel.
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