DAY 1 -
Fly from Lima to Cusco (Flight as organized by client).
Upon arrival in Cusco you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. (Hotel as organized by client)
Shared afternoon Cusco city tour.
We will collect you from your hotel for an extended tour of Cuzco and the Inca sites nearby. You will be accompanied by a qualified English speaking guide and driver. This half day tour combines the principal sites in Cusco city centre with those Inca sites located nearby.
We start the tour at the Inca ruins of Tambomachay. This was an Inca sanctuary dedicated to the cult of water, and it was reserved for Inca Royalty.
The waterfalls in these ruins form part of a terrace to the second wall where the drainage cascades on the first and forms a small pool.
We then proceed on to visit Puca Pucara (Quechua for red fortress). This is an Inca archaeological site located on the peak of a hill and is thought to be a military position and an administrative centre.
Due to its proximity to Tambomachay, it is believed to have had a relationship with its defense, as well as the control of the route to Calca that led to the Antisuyo (Forest County of the Inca).
We proceed on to visit Qenko; a sanctuary dedicated to the adoration of animals, and consists of ruins formed by rocks with stairs in a zigzag, and a main building similar to a circular amphitheatre where 19 window sills are located as a way of seats.
We then proceed on to one of the most important Inca sites in South America, the enormous fortress of Sacsayhuamán. Its Quechua name means "satisfied falcon", as it was the falcon that guarded the capital of the empire.
Cuzco was designed in the shape of a lying puma with Sacsayhuamán as its head, and the Coricancha (or Sun Temple) would correspond to the feline's genitalia.
Its construction took over seven decades and required the work of approximately 20,000 men, both for the foundations and hewn stone works, the transportation of materials, carving and stone setting. Some of its external walls exceed 9 meters in height and 350 tons of weight.
DAY 2 -
Full day private excursion to the Sacred Valley of the Incas including Pisaq ruins (L).
Today you will go on a tour of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. A buffet lunch is included.
A vital Inca road once snaked its way up the canyon that enters the Urubamba Valley at Pisac. The citadel, at the entrance to this gorge, now in ruins, controlled a route which connected the Inca Empire with Paucartambo, on the border of the eastern jungle. Set high above a valley floor patch-worked by patterned fields and rimmed by vast terracing, the stonework and panoramas at Pisac's Inca citadel are magnificent.
Terraces, water ducts and steps have been cut out of solid rock, and in the upper sector of the ruins, the main Sun Temple is equal of anything at Machu Picchu. Above the temple lie still more ruins, mostly unexcavated, and among the higher crevices and rocky overhangs several ancient burial sites are hidden
The tour visits the market town of Pisac and the Inca ruins that lie above. Pisac is a great place to buy local artifacts. There is a big artisans market here every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday and many of the local craftsmen come in from the surrounding hills to sell their goods.
Finally we proceed on to Ollantaytambo which is an attractive little town located at the western end of the Sacred Valley (about two and a half hours by bus from Cusco). The town has been built on top of original Inca foundations and is the best surviving example of Inca town planning. The town is divided in canchas (blocks) which are almost entirely intact. Each cancha has only one entrance (usually a huge stone doorway) which leads into a central courtyard. The houses surround the courtyard. Good examples of this construction can be found behind the main plaza.
The town is located at the foot of some spectacular Inca ruins which protected the strategic entrance to the lower Urubamba Valley. The temple area is at the top of steep terracing which helped to provide excellent defenses. Stone used for these buildings was brought from a quarry high up on the opposite side of the Urubamba River – an incredible feat involving the efforts of thousands of workers. The complex was still under construction at the time of the conquest and was never completed.
After the tour you will either be transferred to your hotel in this beautiful valley or your hotel in Cusco.
(Hotel in Sacred Valley or Cusco as organized by client)
DAY 3 -
Vistadome train to Machu Picchu & overnight.
Today we have an early start in order to catch the Vistadome train to Machu Picchu. You will be transferred from your hotel to the train station in Ollantaytambo.
The Vistadome train has carriages with large panoramic windows offering unsurpassed scenic views and photographic opportunities. With glass surrounding them on all sides, passengers can enjoy Peru’s remarkable landscape to the fullest.
Snacks and hot and cold refreshments are included on the journey.
Overnight at Aguas Calientes
DAY 4 -
Visit Machu Picchu, return train to Cusco. (Lunch Included) (Snack Included)
There is an early bus to Machu Picchu at 05.30 to enable you to enjoy the sunrise (not guaranteed!) over the ruins.
You will enjoy a tour of Machu Picchu led by a qualified English speaking guide before having some free time to explore the site by yourselves. Your guide will lead you on a full exploration of the ruins - staircases, terraces, temples, palaces, towers, fountains and the famous sundial.
You may also wish to get to the site early in order to climb Huayna Picchu, the ubiquitous peak that overlooks Machu Picchu. The views from here are stunning and afford fantastic and unique photo opportunities. There are however limited tickets available each day which should be bought in advance. If you wish to climb Huayna Picchu let us know in advance so we can include the entrance fee.
The bus and entry tickets are included in the price of your tour.
Transfer back to Machu Picchu train station for the afternoon departure of your train. You will be met at the train station and returned to your hotel in Cusco. (Hotel as organized by client)
DAY 5 -
Fly from Cusco (Flight as organized by client)
Today you will be transferred to the airport in Cusco for your flight to Lima in order to catch your international departure flight.
NOTICE : TAILOR MADE TOURS CAN BE ARRANGE UPON REQUEST !!!
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