Cusco & Machupicchu Magical Program (5 Days / 4 Nights)
Peru is a nation of mixed ethnic origins throughout its history; Peru has been the meeting ground for different nations and cultures. The indigenous population was joined 500 years ago by the Spaniards. As a result of this encounter, and later enriched by the migration of African blacks, Asians and Europeans, Peruvian man emerged as the representative of a nation whose rich ethnic mix is one of its leading characteristics.
DAY 1: LIMA – CUSCO
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 in your hotel and free afternoon for acclimating to the high altitude.
DAY 2: CUSCO – CITY TOUR AND NEARBY ARCHEAOLOGICAL SITES
8:30 hrs we will have a full 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.
We will walk the ancient Inca streets of Cusco and them visit the San Pedro market them we will have lunch.
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 builds 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 3: CUSCO – SACRED VALLEY TO MACHUPICCHU
Full day tour leaving Cusco at 8:30 am towards Pisaq where we will visit the ruins 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 our lunch at a countryside restaurant. After our 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 built by the Inca Pachacutec. It was constructed using enormous stones brought from quarries from the other side of the mountain. At the end of the afternoon we will go to the train station of Ollantaytambo and we will take the tourist train to go to the Lost City of the Incas Machupicchu which is situated in a cloud forest of extreme natural beauty. We will arrive first to
the village of Aguas Calientes town where we spend a night at the hotel.
Meal: Breakfast and lunch
DAY 4: MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO
Early in the morning, we will depart by bus to Machupicchu for beginning to our guide for the visit to 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 have free time to visit at our leisure in different places like the Sun Gate or the Inca Bridge. After a hearty lunch we will take the train back to Cusco.
DAY 5: CUSCO – LIMA
fter breakfast you will be transferred to the Cusco airport.
END OUR SERVICE.
- All transfers from airport, hotels and train station.
- 4 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 Dinner.
- Professional English speaking guides .
- All entrance fees for sites visited.
- Alcoholic beverages
- Baggage excess
- Medical expenses