Cusco & Machupicchu Classical Program (4 Days / 3 Nights)
See the highlights of Cusco region and learn what made the Incas so remarkable. This tour visits all the highlights in Cusco and the Sacred Valley before making your way by train to the Lost Citadel of the Incas, Machu Picchu. By the end of the 4 days, you will be an expert in Inca History. Let us handle all the logistics and relax and enjoy the splendor of Cusco.
DAY 1: CUSCO – CITY TOUR AND NEARBY ARCHEAOLOGICAL SITES
You will be received at the airport and transferred to your hotel. You will be welcomed with a cup of coca tea and have the rest of the morning free for acclimating to the high altitude.
In the afternoon starting at 13:30 hrs. we will have a half day tour of the City and nearby archeological sites.
We will start our excursion visiting the PLAZA DE ARMAS (Main Square) which in the Inca time was called HUACAYPATA. In this square many important events have taken place during its long history. In pre-Hispanic times, many religious and sacred ceremonies were held here. Between the years 1560 and 1654 the Cathedral was built. This monumental architectural jewel from the XVI century is formed with three Churches with a very rich art collection having more than 1200 pieces of art in exhibition.
We will also visit KORICANCHA known as the Temple of the Sun where now exists a Church and a Dominican Convent. This pre-Hispanic religious icon according to the Andean cosmology is situated in the center of the world.
After we are going to the nearby archeological sites such as Sacsayhuaman, Q’enqo, Puca Pucara and Tambomachay. Sacsayhuaman
is an ancient sanctuary with great monolithic walls build with stones that weigh over 130 tons. Here, yearly on the 24th of June a celebration takes place called INTIRAYMI or Sun Festival. We will continue to Q’enqo or the Labyrinth which dates back to 1500 BC. Here were held ceremonies to the Sun the Moon and the Stars. Puca Pucara has enclosures, squares, interiors, aqueducts and paths. This could have been a Tambo for storage and a place of rest for the Inca. TAMBOMACHAY had an important religious function related to the water and the earth. After finishing the excursion, we will return to our hotel
DAY 2: CUSCO – SACRED VALLEY
We will start the day with breakfast at the hotel.
SACRED VALLEY TOUR: Full day tour leaving Cusco at 8:30 am towards Pisaq where we will visit the archeological site and the local market. Here we will have the opportunity of buying typical art and weavings from Cusco. We will continue down the Valley to Urubamba where we will have lunch at a country side restaurant. After lunch we will visit the town of Ollantaytambo which has maintained through the years the old Inca design and street layout. It is an example of urban Inca organization. Here we will also see agriculture areas with ancient irrigation systems still working as in the Inca times. Finally, we will visit the archeological site build by the Inca Pachacutec. It was constructed using enormous stones brought from quarries from the other side of the mountain. Finally, late in the afternoon you will be transferred to the train station and board the train for a spectacular 2-hour train ride alongside a roaring river into the cloud forest. You will arrive to Machupicchu Town, a small town at the base of a beautiful cloud forest setting, and you will know why Machu Picchu is also called the Lost City of the Incas.
Arriving you will transferred to your hotel.
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
DAY 3: CUSCO – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO
Early in the morning we will depart by bus to Machupicchu to begin our guided tour. We will visit the different areas of this amazing archeological site such as temples, royal residence, agriculture zone and the Intihuatana (Sun Dial). After the guided tour we will have free time to visit at our leisure different places like the Sun Gate or the Inca Bridge. After a hearty lunch we will take the train back to Cusco.
DAY 4: CUSCO – LIMA
After breakfast you will be transferred to the Cusco airport.
- All transfers from airport, hotels and train station.
- 3 hotel nights according to the program with breakfast.
- City tour and nearby ruins (5 hours approx.)
- Full day Sacred Valley tour with lunch at country side restaurant.
- Machupicchu tour with all services included. Excep Lunch and
- Professional English speaking guides .
- All entrance fees for sites visited.
- Alcoholic beverages
- Baggage excess
- Medical expenses