Arrival. Reception at the airport and transfer to hotel.
We are welcomed at the hotel with coca tea; drink it to acclimatize to the high altitude.
In the afternoon, visit of Cusco’s Historical Monuments, such as the Main Square, known in Inca times as Huacaypata or the Warrior’s Square, it was the scene for many key events in Cusco’s history.
The Cathedral, originally built on the site of the old temple of Suntur Wasi (House of God), now known as the church of El Triunfo, a particular interest are the choir cloisters, the pulpit, the engravings on the altar and furniture.
You will continue onto the Church and Convent of Santo Domingo, a Spanish construction belonging to the Dominican Order built upon the foundations of the Inca temple of Qoricancha or Temple of the Sun. Qoricancha (in quechua, site of gold) was the main religious building of the Incas dedicated to the worship of the Sun and whose walls, according to the chroniclers, were plated with sheets of gold.
Magnificent blocks of finely carved stone were used in its construction.
After, you will visit the surrounding ruins of the city of Cusco: Sacsayhuamán, this huge Inca fortress is built on three overlapping platforms, each of them over 360 m long. Then, onto Tambomachay, known as the Inca baths. It was apparently a site dedicated to the worship of water and a resting place for the Inca monarch. Qenqo, it is said to have been a worship site. There is a huge 5,9 m high stone block shaped as a puma. There are also passages, canals and stairways with stone engravings representing animals.
Finally, Puca Pucara, which was an administrative and military center formed by terraces, stairways, passages, turrets and vaulted niches. Return to hotel. Overnight.
Day 02: Cusco – Sacred Valley – Cusco
Breakfast. Full day visit to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, a pre-Hispanic agriculture center.
You will visit the old Inca Community of Pisac, located at the entrance to the Sacred Valley, 32 Km from Cusco. Its traditional colorful local market has over the centuries attracted the local traders and remote communities from all over the valley, to come and sell their products.
Dressed in their traditional and colorful costumes, they now attract many visitors. Afterwards, you will visit the Inca temple of Ollantaytambo, with its Inca Streets, traditional Squares and dwellings which have been built onto the ancient foundations of the Incas. Traditional lunch. Return to the city of Cusco. Overnight in Cusco. (B-L)
Day 03: Cusco – Machu Picchu
Breakfast. At coordinated time, full day departure to the Lost City of the Incas: Machu Picchu, by train in tourist class (Backpacker), Pls note Optional (First Class train).
Spectacular train journey crossing valleys, mountains and typical communities. The altitude will descend from 3,500 to 1,500 meters above sea level. Crossing two different regions from the mountains to the rainforests. Snowcapped peaks, eucalyptus, deep canyons and orchids are also part of the sceneries.
This stone citadel, located 112 km from Cusco, was discovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911. The citadel was built on a very special spot covered in vegetation between two mountains: the Machu Picchu (old mountain) and Huayna Picchu (young mountain), at the foot of the Urubamba or Vilcanota River (lower Jungle featuring abundant flora and fauna). On arrival Tour of the Sanctuary. Overnight in Machu Picchu. (B)
Day 04: Machu Picchu – Cusco
Breakfast. Morning without activities. In the afternoon, return to the city of Cusco by train and bus. On arrival in Cusco, reception and transfer to hotel. Overnight. (B)
Day 05: Cusco
After breakfast, at a coordinated time, transfer to the airport to take flight back to Lima or next destination. (B)
Excursions as described
Specialized tour guide
Accommodation with breakfast
Meals where stated (B=Breakfast / L=Lunch / D=Dinner)