Day 1: Cusco City and vicinity.
In the afternoon, at approximately 1:00 PM, we will meet at the hotel and start our city tour. Starting with the Cathedral of Cusco, we will find in its walls priceless art and treasures, which is considered by many the most beautiful works of art in South America. Afterward, we will visit the Qorikancha. This wonderful temple is considered sacred because it harbored priests of the Inca Empire that were in charge of worshiping, Inti, the Sun God. We will then continue our tour of the archaeological centers located around the city of Cusco. Starting with Sacsayhuaman, the Quechua name means "satisfied falcon" which was built with huge stone blocks. At the time of the Incas, it was called the "house of the sun" and was a religious center of great importance in local tradition. Afterward, we will visit, Kenko, Quechua word meaning "Labyrinth" coined by the Spanish for its labyrinthine underground galleries and small canals carved zigzag. We will continue our tour visiting Puka-Pukara, called the Red Fort, which is built with stones in that tone of colour. And finally, we will arrive at Tambomachay which was an Inca temple to worship the water.
Our tour ends at the Plaza de Armas of Cusco, at approximately 6:00 pm.
After the tour, stroll through the Plaza de Armas and surrounding areas, where you can appreciate the work of the Cusqueñian artisan craft stores. Grab a bite at the famous Peruvian cuisine restaurants nearby or relax on the park benches of Plaza de Armas and then take a photo there for memories to last during the warm weather in the afternoon, despite the cold nights of Cusco. And if you like the night around the square you will find many nightclubs and bars filled with tourists and locals who expect to have fun with good music and drinks.
Our tour includes:
• Information prior to the tour.
• Entrance to all tourist destinations mentioned (tourist ticket - Cathedral and Qoricancha).
• All transfers in tourist bus.
• Guided group. Spanish - English professional guide.
• Food. Other services not mentioned.
Day 2: Sacred Valley - Cusco – Pisac – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes
Breakfast at the hotel. At 8:00 AM pick up from your hotel and start visiting the archaeological site of Pisac located 45 minutes from Cusco by private transport. Pisac give you an idea of advanced knowledge achieved by the Incas in architecture. As in other Inca constructions, some studies show that this was not a fortress but a kind of "real estate", property of Inca Pachacutec, consisting of platforms, domestic and ceremonial structures and aqueducts that provided the water for agriculture. Another good reason to visit Pisac is its traditional market where you can find some unique and authentic memorabilia.
At noon we head to the town of Urubamba where we will have lunch, a buffet where you can enjoy the delicious Peruvian cuisine. Urubamba was one of the main agricultural centers of the Inca Empire. Currently here the best corn in the world is harvested during the rainy season and the valley own fruits abound, such as peaches, cherry tree, quince, strawberries, among others.
In the afternoon, we will visit the fortress of Ollantaytambo, which was a strategic military, agricultural and religious center to manage and control the Sacred Valley of the Incas; the constructs were presumed to be used for agricultural, as well as for military. Walls and watchtowers (probably to protect them from jungle ethnicities). This archaeological site comprises a series of superimposed terraces, showing impressive and large stone blocks finely carved and placed on the upper deck. After we will board the train to Aguas Calientes to visit Machu Picchu early the next day.
We suggest suitable footwear, you will climb stairs with many steps. Bring a small backpack, camera, wear a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, and a water bottle. In Pisac, do not forget to try the delicious empanadas, and purchase an artisan souvenir/memorabilia In Urubamba enjoy a delicious buffet lunch where we invite you to try the corn of Sacred Valley.
• Entrance at the archaeological site of Pisac, Ollantaytambo.
• Shuttle Bus.
• Guided group. English and Spanish speaking professional guide.
• Buffet lunch at the Tunupa restaurant.
• 01 night Hotel in Aguas Calientes
• other services not mentioned
Day 3: Cusco - Machu Picchu - Cusco.
Early breakfast at the hotel. At 5:50 AM, we will go to the bus station to board the Archaeological Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, the journey will take 25 minutes and we will finally get to appreciate the breathtaking sunrise. At 8:00 AM we start the tour by guiding you to know better the history and architecture of Machu Picchu. Marvel at the Inca buildings and the natural environment that surrounds it. The tour will last approximately two hours and at the end you will have until 12:00 PM to rest and freely explore Machu Picchu.
In the afternoon we will have until 3:00 PM for lunch, enjoy the hot springs of Aguas Calientes and visit the town. At 4:00 PM we board the train to Poroy. Arriving at approximately 7:00 PM, we pick you up from the station to transport you to your hotel in Cusco. Hours may vary based on the outputs of trains. Recommendations: Arrive half an hour before the time of train departure.
In Machu Picchu we climb many stairs, use appropriate shoes for a hike. We suggest that you carry a small backpack, a camera, wear a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, and a water bottle. After the guided tour you will have free time at Machu Picchu so enjoy the magical moment, appreciate the wonder, open your arms and recharge your energy. - You can also visit the thermal baths of Aguas Calientes.
• Transportation by bus from Cusco to Ollantaytambo or Poroy station and back.
• Train ticket from Poroy or Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes and back
• Bus ticket Aguas Calientes -. Machu Picchu¬ and back.
• Entrance to Machu Picchu.
• Guide service group. Spanish - English professional guide.
• other services not mentioned
Day 4: Cusco - Airport.
At the appropriate time, transfer to the airport for your departure flight.