Welcome to the mysterious, magical and sacred world of the Incas! This program offers visitors an exploration of the political and religious capital of the Incas: Qosqo (the “Navel of the Earth”), once the center of the greatest empire ever seen in the Americas. We will visit the historic city, where with the arrival of the Spanish Cusco’s temples and palaces became the foundations of magnificent neo-Baroque churches such as Santo Domingo and the Cathedral. In the hills above the city we will explore the fascinating Sacsayhuaman Archaeological Park, the main attraction of which is the monolithic temple complex. After exploring the verdant Sacred Valley of the Incas, with its colorful local markets, beautiful scenery and fascinating archaeological sites, we will visit Machu Picchu, lost for centuries amid lush tropical vegetation and now one of the world’s most iconic travel destinations.
Cusco & Machu Picchu Fixed Departure Dates 2017:
Day 01: Cusco (Sacsayhuaman)
Day 02: Sacred Valley Of The Incas
Day 03: Machu Picchu
|Accomodations:||3 nights’ hotel (3 star twin rooms)|
|Tours:||As per above detailed description, incl. transport, bilingual guide and entrance fees.|
|Included Meals:||Three (3) breakfasts and two (2) lunches|
NOT INCLUDED: International/domestic flights, travel insurance, optional tours/meals, extra services and tips
|DURATION:||4 Days / 3 Nights (Cusco-Cusco)|
You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. You will have the morning free to get used to the altitude (3300 meters / 10,900 feet), and to wander through the narrow streets of the historic center of the city. In the afternoon we will visit the impressive Sacsayhuaman Archaeological Park. This great complex was once the Inca “House of the Sun”, composed of temples, palaces and astronomical observatories. Many of the stones which form the walls weigh up to 130 tons each and were positioned with incredible precision.
Overnight stay in Cusco.
We will leave the city in the early morning and head by bus to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. En route we will visit a weaving center and museum, where local weavers will explain the textile making process from shearing, spinning and dyeing with plant extracts to the actual weaving process. After this special experience we will continue our tour by visiting the archaeological site of Pisaq. This charming colonial-era village with its lively local market is situated at the base of a mountain upon which the Incas built a fortified temple complex. We will have plenty of time to explore this beautiful place. After a picnic with fantastic views of the Sacred Valley far below, we will visit the colorful handcraft market in the village, and in the afternoon we will drive to the village of Ollantaytambo. Located at the narrow end of the Sacred Valley, this village is often described as a living museum, for the descendants of the Incas continue to live in houses built by their ancestors, below the ruins of an imposing Inca temple complex.
Overnight stay in Ollantaytambo (B/L)
After breakfast, we will head to the local station to board the train for the magnificent train ride through the Urubamba Gorge to the small town of Aguas Calientes, located below the ruins of Machu Picchu. During this two hour journey following the course of the Urubamba River we will pass from high Andean scenery to lush tropical vegetation. Arriving at Aguas Calientes, we will take a bus up to the most famous site in the southern hemisphere: the fascinating ruins of what the world knows as the Lost City of the Incas: legendary Machu Picchu. You will visit this magical site in the company of a highly experienced and knowledgeable guide, after which you will have free time for individual exploration of the ruins. We will return by train to Cusco in the afternoon.
You will be transferred to Cusco airport for your domestic and/or international connections.
Accommodations: 3 nights’ hotel (3 star twin rooms)
Tours: As per above detailed description, incl. transport, bilingual guide and entrance fees
Included Meals: Three (3) breakfasts and two (2) lunches
International/domestic flights, travel insurance, optional tours/meals, extra services and tips.
||1 Participants||2-3 Participants||4-5 Participants
||$ 1,792||$ 1,142||$ 897
|Group Service||$ 1,113||$ 821||$ 755||$ 742|