Cusco, Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu

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machu-picchuThis amazing 3 day trip will highlight the 3 most sought after areas to see in this part of Peru. Not only will you see the massive ruins with its giant stones, the archeological site of Sacsayhuaman, you will visit a local farmers market, and the Colonial Cathedral, considered the most beautiful in all South America, all of this on the Cusco City tour on day 1. You will also visit a llama farm, Awana Cancha, experience the Inca town and ruins of Pisaq and the impressive town and ruins of Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley. On the third day, the Grand Finale, on every ones Bucket List, the Magical Mountain Citadel of Machu Picchu. You will have a 2-3 hour guided tour, then some time to explore this amazing compound on your own and try to imagine how the ancient Inca civilization could build such a site, using only the tools they had at that time.

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Day 1: Cusco City tour

the tour begins at 08:00am. Set off from the city center by private van towards the National park of Sacsayhuaman surrounded by many different Inca ruins and the Famous Cristo Blanco, which majestically overlooks the city of Cusco. We will visit first Sacsayhuaman can be translated as ‘speckled falcon’ or ‘Puma head’. The last interpretation refers to the belief that the city of Cusco was set out in the form of a puma whose head was the hill of Sacsayhuaman. The origins are uncertain but the fortress is generally credited to the period of Inca Pachacutec (1450-1490), the Inca king who essentially founded the Inca Empire.

After Sacsayhuaman, your van will be waiting to continue with visits to Qenqo, Puca Pucara and Tambomachay also located near the X-zone, just outside the city, before returning to Cusco for a stop at the ‘Koricancha’ golden Palace Inca Temple of the Sun located beneath the Santo Domingo church and convent.

We’ll round out the excursion with a visit to the local market, where inside the main building you find the food market with fresh fruits and vegetables, meat from rabbit to guinea pig to whole pigs, fish and seafood, groceries of all kinds and little food stands where ‘Mamá or ‘Jefe’ cooks a simple, but fresh and delicious menu for a few Soles.

And finally, the cathedral of Cusco a very impressive colonial church build on the 16 hundred by the Spanish after you will be returned to your Hotel.

Overnight at Hotel Andean winds or similar.

DAY 2 – Sacred Valley from Cusco

The sacred Valley of the Incas it’s Located between the Village of Pisaq and Ollantaytambo, it has wonderful Andean Landscapes, where its inhabitants are native of the ethnic Quechua, Conserves many customs and ancestral rites. Here you will appreciate and magnify the high technological development that the Incas Achieved on agriculture through system of Andenerias (set of land terraces in staggered form on the mountains to be used in the sowing). The tour Begins In Cusco, where we will pick you up from your Hotel at 8:00 am. and begin our journey our first stop will be at the Llama farm Awana Cancha, where we will find not only the variety of Andean Camelids Like llamas, alpacas, Guanaco And Vicuña but also a group of native people from Different communities of Peru dressed in their traditional clothes, and all of them Practicing the art of weaving textiles. Then the trip continues through the ruins of Pisac with panoramic views of the jagged granite peaks before stopping in the town to visit one of the best textile markets in the Andes. There, you’ll be able to look for souvenirs and learn about the local culture, lunch here and then we have a beautiful ride along the Sacred Valley. The next stop is Ollantaytambo at 9,200ft, this is a small town with impressive Inca remains, with a visit to the archeological site. From here we will board the famous Vistadome or Expedition train to the quaint little town of Aguas Calientes, the gateway to Machu Picchu.  After enjoying a beautiful and relaxing 2-hour train ride, you will arrive in Aguas Calientes, where you will spend the night.  You can explore the town and have a delicious dinner on your own.

Overnight at El Mapi Hotel or similar.

Day 3 – Machu Picchu tour

Early this morning your guide will pick you up from the lobby of your hotel.  You will take the shuttle bus up the mountain to Machu Picchu.  Here you will have your first breath taking view of the Citadel, and around every corner you will be amazed and impressed with this ancient Inca site.  You will have a private guided tour, approximately 2 – 3 hours.  Afterwards, you will have some time to explore on your own before returning by shuttle bus to Aguas Calientes.  There will be some time to have lunch on your own, before boarding the train back to Ollantaytambo, where your private driver will be waiting for you, to take you back to Cusco.

OPTIONAL HUAYNA PICCHU OR MACHU PICCHU MOUNTAIN HIKE: We may be able to arrange an early morning hike, providing there are permits available on your date.  This hike would be an additional fee.

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INCLUDED IN THIS TOUR:

  • Professional, English speaking guide
  • Private Transportation
  • Hotel in Cusco and Aguas Calientes
  • Round trip train tickets on the Vistadome or Expedition train
  • Round trip Shuttle bus tickets to Machu Picchu
  • Entrance fees to all archaeological sites
  • All Accommodations are in 3 stars Hotels
  • breakfast included at all the hotel

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Meals
  • Gratuities for guide and driver
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