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Cusco: 7 Day Andean Experience of the Living Incas Culture

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Begin and end the tour in Cusco. Discover the living culture of the Incas over 7 days through Peru.

Highlights

  • Visit the Sacred Valley of the Incas
  • Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Macchu Picchu
  • Get an insider look at South American culture and history

Description

Day 1: arrive in Cusco.  Be collected when you arrive at the airport in Cusco and driven to your lodge, which is located in the charming historic district of San Blas. Your lodge will be the 3-star Tandapata Boutique Hotel or similar and is just a few minutes walk from the Plaza de Armas, the beautiful and bustling town center. Today is reserved for resting and acclimatising to the altitude of approximately 3,400 meters (11,000 feet). You will meet your expedition group at 5:00 PM.  Day 2: Cusco tour.  Begin your day tour at Sacsayhuaman, which is one of the emblematic buildings of the Inca Empire. It is just a few minutes from the center of the city and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was built by the Inca Pachacutec in the 15th century. It is a vast fortress built from huge stones and how they were transported and worked is still a mystery. It has been calculated that what we see today is only twenty percent of the original structure because when the Spanish arrived they used the stones for new buildings such as the cathedral. The other places that you will visit this morning are Qenko, Tambomachay, and Puca Pucara. In the afternoon, you will travel by car to the town of Ollantaytambo and board the train Machu Picchu. Stay tonight at the 3-star Aguas Calientes Hatun Samay Hotel or similar.  Day 3: Machu Picchu.  Today, you will rise very early for breakfast then ascend to the citadel Inka of Machu Picchu, which is approximately 25 minutes by bus. Appreciate sunrise at this magical place. It is a famous masterpiece of architecture and engineering, believed to have been a sanctuary and energetic center. Today, Machu Picchu is recognized by UNESCO as one of the seven wonders of the world and a World Heritage Site. You can choose to join a 2-hour trek to the peak of Huayna Picchu. This is a rigorous climb on steep trails with impressive ruins and spectacular views. Return to the 3-star Aguas Calientes Hatun Samay Hotel or similar for the night.  Day 4: Ollantaytambo, Moray, and salt mines. Return to living Inka town of Ollantaytambo by train then continue by car to Moray. Moray is an ancient construction designed for agricultural investigations and studies of different crops in a range of altitudes. Here, the many concentric rings of terraces produce a fine gradient of micro-climates. The warmth of the lowest central ring slowly dissipates as the rings ascend outward and upward, creating reductions in temperatures until reaching the ground-level norm. You will also visit Maras to see the salt mines. Stay tonight at the Chinchero La Casa de Barro.  Day 5: Chinchero Textile Interpretation Center. Chinchero is the rainbow village and home to the ruins of the royal palace of the Inka Túpac Inca Yupanqui. It is a picturesque community located on a high plateau overlooking the many snowcapped peaks of the Cusco region. Here, admire the well preserved Inka walls of the main square and the many altars. Visit the beautiful colonial church, which is unique with its interior artwork and imagery. Participate in a wonderful learning experience about the art of Andean textiles. Throughout the afternoon, become acquainted with the wisdom of Andean weavings, which have been maintained since long before Inka times. Enjoy a traditional lunch here. Return to the Chinchero La Casa de Barro for the night.  Day 6: animal sancturary and Pisaq market.  Travel to the Sacred Valley of the Inkas towards the town of Pisaq. Stop on the way to visit the animal sanctuary of Cochawas. Here, see many native Andean species including the puma, Andean cóndor, and alpaca. Further en route, stop at a spectacular viewing location to observe the Urubamba River as it curves like a serpent through the mosaic-like agricultural lands. See the design of the archaeological site of Pisaq, which many say portrays the profile of a condor. Pisaq is known mainly for two reasons, its famous craft market, and its archaeological site. Here, you have free time to wander the market and to interact with many local artisans. The ruins of Pisaq, high above the modern town on the mountain, are one of the most important in the Sacred Valley. Stay tonight at the 3-star Cusco Tandapata Boutique Hotel or similar.  Day 7: return to Lima.  You have this morning to relax. In the afternoon, take your transfer to the airport for your flight to Lima. 

Includes

6 night’s accommodations in 3-star hotels with breakfast Transportation Professional English-speaking tour guide Train ticket to Machu Picchu Entrance fee to Machu Picchu Guided tour of Machu Picchu 1 dinner and 1 lunch
International or local flights Single supplement, which is 300 USD Travel Insurance Entrance fee to Huayna Picchu, which is 35 USD

Important Information

  • Please provide the full name, date of birth, nationality, and passport number of each participant when booking because it is required to confirm your admission to Machu Picchu
  • You must bring a current valid passport on the day of travel
  • It is highly recommended to get travel insurance for the duration of your trip
  • It is recommended to bring local currency as some places do not accept credit cards
  • The group size is between 2 and 12 people

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