DAY 01.- CUSCO
Reception and transfer to the hotel. Accommodation in Cusco.
**Additional: City tour and nearby ruins, Koricancha & Cathedral ($50 per person)
Visit to Cusco City where we‘ll appreciate the “Cathedral” that stands out due to its beauty, the “chorus” and the “pulpit” which contains an important collection of paintings of Cusquena School and objects made of embossed silver. Continuing with the trip, we’ll visit the “Plaza de Armas”, the Sun’s temple known as “Koricancha” which was one of the most stunning constructions of Andean “Cusco”. By car 10 minutes away from Cusco City, we will visit the “Sacsayhuaman Fortress”, the type of this construction is Cyclopean due to the stone’s size, some of them weight between 90 and 128 tons. We will go at 15 minutes to Cusco City in car, where we’ll arrive to the archeological center of Qenqo known as the Labyrinth sacred place in which the ceremonies in honor to the Sun, the moon and the stars took place. After 30 minutes ride, we’ll visit another archeological complex named Pukapukara, this center has several grounds, interior squares, aqueducts, watchtowers and roads. Finally, we will finish the journey visiting the Archeological Complex of Tambomachay which played an important function related to the Water and to the regeneration of the land. In the afternoon return to Cusco City. Accommodation in Cusco.
DAY 02.- CUSCO 2 OPTION TO CHOOSE:
-VALLE SAGRADO (If you take this option add $20 per tourist ticket)
We will take a road that winds over the mountains north of Cusco. On the way we will stop at a point known as El Mirador, from where we will be able to see the whole Sacred Valley and receive a good insight of the Inca history. The Sacred Valley was undoubtedly a key area of settlement to the Incas; its combination of agreeable climate and fertile plains bestow an unusual abundance for the high Andes. Here the Incas sculpted the mountain flanks with vast contour terracing and irrigation channels. Our driver and guide will suggest you the best points for pictures. Later on, we will drive towards the ruins of Pisac. At the ruins you will see and learn about different aspects of Inca culture. You can see a great fine art of stone works and impressive agricultural terraces all over the place. After touring around we will get back to the car and will drive back to the modern town of Pisac, where there is a peculiar market that deserve to be visited. At the market you will have free time to walk around and do some shopping. Afterwards we will meet for lunch in a nice local restaurant to enjoy good Andean food. After lunch we will continue our tour. We will drive along the Urubamba River towards the town of Ollantaytambo. Once we get there we will visit the ruins of Ollantaytambo, an important Inca construction built during the Inca’s heydays. This is an extraordinary Inca place where besides the ruins you may also see an amazing rock formation representing the Inca god Wiracocha.
Pick up from your Hotel in Cusco 05:00 am 3 Hrs drive on a private transport to Quesiuno located at 4,320 masl (start of the trek). Breakfast will be provided once we arrive to Quesiuno. We start our hike from 4200 m to 5100 masl to Rainbow Mountain aka: (Cerro Colorado, Montaña de Colores or “Vinicunca”) lead by our expert guide, here we can see the stunning colors that are natural formations of minerals since ages that give colors to the mountain. Beautiful views of red and colors mountains, streams and herds of alpacas and llamas and the south side of Ausangate ranges of mountains. We will hike through small traditional andean villages a see the local people with their colorful dresses. After a total hike of approximately 3-4 hours, we finally will reach to this mirador spot to have an impressive views of Rainbow Mountains located at 5,100 masl. Time to explore the area. Time to rest and enjoy our packed lunch. You will have time to take pictures and soak in the environment. (We will spend approximately 30-45 minutes at the top). Then we start our return back hiking a downhill the way thru we came. The hike will take 3 hours. Our private van will be waiting for us when we return. 3 hour drive back to Cusco and drop you off at your Cusco hotel. Approximate arrival time is between 16:00 Hrs.
Breakfast & Lunch included.
DAY 03.- MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO
Transfer to the station from where we will take the train to Aguas Calientes. We will take the local bus that goes up to the ruins of Machu Picchu. The bus ride to the sanctuary of Machu Picchu lasts around 25 minutes and it follows a steep winding path, offering spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. Upon our arrival, we will get into the archaeological zone of Machu Picchu and our guide will show us the most important sectors of this great Inca City, such as the great Intiwatana (solar clock), the Sun Temple, the urban sector, the agricultural sector among others. Machu Picchu was long thought to be legendary. Then in 1911, the explorer Hiram Bingham stumbled upon it remains. Machu Picchu stands 2,430 m above sea-level, in the middle of a tropical mountain forest, in an extraordinarily beautiful setting. It was probably the most amazing urban creation of the Inca Empire at its height; its giant walls, terraces and ramps seem as if they have been cut naturally in the continuous rock escarpments. The natural setting, on the eastern slopes of the Andes, encompasses the upper Amazon basin with its rich diversity of flora and fauna.
We will take the bus down to Aguas Calientes, where you will have time for lunch and also to explore this colorful town that utterly filled with souvenirs shops, restaurants, bars, internet cafes etc.
Return by train to Cusco departing in the afternoon. Accommodation in Cusco.
DAY 04.- CUSCO
Transfer to the Airport to take the flight to the country of your final destination.
|SERVICES FOR SMALL GROUPS||(Local guides in each city in Spanish language)|
|Lima-Cusco||Departs 08:25 Arrival 09:57|
|Cusco-Lima||Departs 11:48 Arrival 12:43|
|$110||No baggage allowance|
|$190||All Air sections - Luggage 10Kg.|
|ISSUANCE OF TICKETS||RESTRICTIONS|
|$15 per person||Subject to change and availability|
|CITY||Tourist||Superior Tourist||First Class||Deluxe I||Deluxe II|
Andean Wings hab.
Xima hab. Standard
Union Hab. Clasica
Andean Wings superior
Casa Andina Plaza,
Terra Andina Superior
San Agustin Plaza
Casa Andina Premium
Quinta San Blas
Costa del Sol Superior
Palacio Manco Capac hab.
Palacio Manco Capac
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