Imperial Cusco And Machu Picchu Tour

Imperial Cusco And Machu Picchu Tour

Imperial Cusco And Machu Picchu Tour
 
Imperial Cusco And Machu Picchu Tour
  • From
    usd 765
  • Departures
    Daily
  • Style
    Standard
  • Days
    4

This Machu Picchu tour is designed for those who are craving an eye-opening adventure to Peru and would like to grasp the essence of the Inca empire in Cusco, the Sacred Valley and the Lost City of the Inca. We start our trip off with the ritual visit to Cusco’s beauties and its surroundings. Experience the appearances of two Inca fortresses: Pisaq and Ollantaytambo as well as magnificent Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu. But we also venture off the traditional trail to visit the Inca agronomical laboratory of Moray, the Inca Salinas in Moray. We finish the tour with a visit to the archaeological ruins in Chinchero.

  • Country
    Peru
  • Departure
    Cusco
  • Arrival
    Cusco
  • Theme
    Explorer
Imperial Cusco And Machu Picchu Tour

 

Day 1. Cusco City Tour and Inca sites

Imperial Cusco And Machu Picchu Tour - Cusco City Tour and Inca sites
  • Destination
    Cusco
  • Hotel
    Posada de Atahualpa
  • Attractions
    Cusco City Tour

 

We set off with our local guide to visit Cusco, the great palace of the Inca “Hatun Cancha Rumi”– in the Quechua language, “of the Great Stone Fence” – where we will see the famous “Stone of twelve angles”, a gigantic block of granite with 12 corners perfectly framed in a large, rather famous stone wall; the main square; and the majestic cathedral. Then we take a tour of the Korikancha, “Temple of the Sun“. This was the most important place of worship at the time of the Incas. Later, the Spanish went on to build their own structure on top, called the Convent of Santo Domingo.

After lunch, we drive out of the city to visit the following Inca sites:

  • Kenko ceremonial centre, considered a holy place by the Incas.
  • We will take a trip to Tambomachay, an archaeological Inca site known as El Baño del Inca, “The Bath of the Inca“. This spectacular venue has a series of aqueducts, canals, and waterfalls that run through the terraced rocks. The function of the site is uncertain; it may have served as a military outpost or as a type of spa resort for the Incan political elite.
  • Then we tour around Puca Pucara, a military ruin. This fort is made of large walls, terraces, and staircases and was part of the defence of Cusco, known as the Red Fortress.
  • Finally, we visit the impressive fortress of Sacsayhuaman, strategically built on a hill overlooking Cusco and famous for its enormous carved stones–some of them standing over 9 meters high (30 feet) and weighing over 350 tons.

Overnight stay in Cusco.

Day 2. Inca Sacred Valley: Pisaq, Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes

Imperial Cusco And Machu Picchu Tour - Inca Sacred Valley: Pisaq, Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes
  • Destination
    Aguas Calientes
  • Hotel
    Andean Terra
  • Attractions
    Sacred Valley of the Incas

 

Early in the morning, we start our excursion with a tour of the Urubamba valley, “The Sacred Valley of the Incas”. Our first stop will be the Inca Ruins of Pisaq, which lay atop a hill at the entrance of the valley. These ruins are separated along the ridge into four groups: Pisaqa, Intihuatana, Q’allaqasa, and Kinchiracay. Once you have taken in the breathtaking scenery, we visit the rather picturesque Pisaq market where you will not only be amazed by all of the artisans at work, but you can also practice your bartering skills - a mainstay of current-day culture in Peru. The market is open every day.

We then travel to Urubamba, the city where we will enjoy a buffet lunch.

After lunch, we continue along a scenic route to the fortress and citadel of Ollantaytambo - the best surviving example of Inca city planning and the most “atmospheric”. The flights of terraces leading up above the town are superb, as well as the panoramic views of the valley. This region is special because it was one of the last areas in which construction was performed by the Incas prior to the arrival of the Spanish.

In the late afternoon, we will travel by train to Aguas Calientes, where we transfer to our hotel and relax for the night.

Day 3. Tour of Machu Picchu

Imperial Cusco And Machu Picchu Tour - Tour of Machu Picchu
  • Destination
    Cusco
  • Hotel
    Posada de Atahualpa
  • Attractions
    Machu Picchu

 

This is the day we enter Machu Picchu, and quite possibly the highlight of your experience in Peru. Many things have been written about this magical place, but to experience it in person… it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity. We will arrive at the entrance gate by 6:00 am, in time to view the spectacular sunrise from the cover of Inti Punku, this in itself is an experience worth sharing with friends. Between surreal clouds and a clearing sky, our guide will share with you the secrets and the architecture of this Lost City of the Incas. For those keen on climbing Huayna Picchu, you will not be disappointed; your effort will be rewarded by a panoramic view of Machu Picchu.

In the late afternoon, once you have taken in the stories and breathtaking sights of one of the most famous Wonders of the World, we travel back to Aguas Calientes, where you can reflect on your extraordinary day by taking a well-deserved relaxing bath in the hot springs.

It is then time to take our train to Ollantaytambo and transfer to our hotel in Cusco.

Day 4. Salinas de Maras, Moray, Chinchero – Cusco

Imperial Cusco And Machu Picchu Tour - Salinas de Maras, Moray, Chinchero – Cusco
  • Destination
    Cusco
  • Hotel
    End of the Tour
  • Attractions
    Salt Pans of Maras

 

After breakfast, our excursion begins with a trip to the archaeological complex of Moray where the Incas cultivated various crops in circular amphitheatre-like terraces. We then continue on to the salt pans of Maras, and as though you are going back in time, you will have the opportunity to witness the local people extracting salt as it was done in the time of the Incas. Have your camera ready to go because the scenery is addictive!

We continue on to the village of Chinchero, in the centre of the great plateau located between the Cusco valley and the Urubamba River, which offers a spectacular view of the Cordillera del Urubamba. We will visit the village, the archaeological remains, and the lovely church that has many paintings in the style of the Cusco School.

Late afternoon we then arrive in Cusco.

Transfer to Cusco airport to board the flight to Lima. Optional: transfer to your hotel of choice, in case you decide to spend a few more days in Cusco.

*At your request, we can book your flight from Cusco to Lima.

The Tour Includes

  • Services
    • Personal Service

    • 01 local cellphone – 24/7 travel assistance

 

  • Services
    • Excursions

    • Private transfers airport/hotel/airport
    • Private excursions with English speaking guide: Cusco and Machu Picchu
    • Excursion in shared service with English speaking guide: Sacred Valley and Maras-Moray
    • All entrances fee mentioned in the program

 

  • Services
    • Hotel

    • 03 overnight stays in hotel

 

  • Services
    • Transport

    • Train and private transport for all the transfers

 

  • Services
    • Meals

    • 03 breakfasts and 01 lunch

 

Not Included

  • Services
    • International and national air tickets and airport taxes
    • Huayna Picchu USD 30
    • Other meals
    • Insurance
    • Personal Expenses
    • Extras