IMPERIAL CUSCO TOUR 5 DAYS
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Imperial Cusco Tour 5 Days, is one of the most complete, and you can stay in the capital of the Inca Empire Cusco, walk through the most representative cultural attractions within the city, and also get to see the beautiful Sacred Valley, spending a night in Aguas Calientes, reach the wonderful citadel of Machu Picchu, and finally you’ll be able to explore the town and the salt mines of Maras and the Inca experimental center of Moray.
In Peru and in South America, there are few places that offer you magic and the special connection with nature and archeology. The first step in Machu Picchu, you feel that it is a true wonder. One of the most important reasons to realize how impressive nature and the apus were at the time of making their constructions. Nature and history together to surprise us It was a place that was kept hidden from the view of the Spaniards, so it was an untouched wonder until Hiram Bingham arrived and told the world that here in Cusco, was the most important architectural work of the Incas.
Cusco was once the capital of the Inca Empire and one of the most important cities of the Viceroyalty of Peru.
The city of Cusco currently holds many titles that have been attributed due to its history, archeology, anthropology and architecture:
- Cusco Cultural Heritage.
- Cusco Archaeological Capital of America.
- Cusco Historical Capital of Peru.
- Cusco Navel of the World.
During the Viceroyalty big houses, stunning churches and convents were built upon Inca foundations, such constructions have magnificent works of art inside.
The Sacred Valley (2850 meters), in the Peruvian Andes, is composed of numerous rivers flowing through canyons and valleys. It has numerous archaeological monuments and Andean villages.
The Sacred Valley was very appreciated by the Incas due to its special geographical and climatic qualities.
Sacred Valley was one of the main points of production due to the richness of its land, it’s currently the place where the best maize in Peru is produced.
Moray was possibly an Inca agricultural research center where crop experiments were carried out at different altitudes.
During the month of October hundreds of people from neighboring communities attend the circular terraces of Moray to celebrate the Moray Raymi or Fiesta del Sol. The celebrations include folk dances related to land, agricultural products and labor.
In Maras, its church and houses still have the crests of indigenous nobility in their facades.
Machu Picchu is one of the 7 Wonders of the Modern World, Heritage of Humanity, Historical Sanctuary of Peru and probably the most important archaeological site in Latin America.
Machu Picchu es majestic architecture comprises 140 structures throughout the citadel.
Machu Picchu was built by the Inca Pachacutec around the year 1460.
After being forgotten, it was only in 1911 that the American Hiram Bingham reached Machu Picchu on an expedition and spread the site worldwide.
Its main buildings of Machu Picchu are the Intihuatana, the Temple of the Sun and the Temple of the Three Windows.
In 1913 it received worldwide attention when the National Geographic Society dedicated its entire print run in April to the newly rediscovered city.
DAY 1: CUSCO - CITY TOUR:
This day will begin with a welcome at the airport or bus terminal, then transfer to the hostel or Hotel, we chose for you, then you will have the rest of the morning to rest and acclimatize. At 1:30 pm. we will pick you up at your hotel for the City Tour, we will begin the tour visiting the QORICANCHA; or Convent of Santo Domingo. Then we’ll visit the Archaeological Complexes that are close to the city of Cusco, starting with the impressive fortress of Sacsayhuaman; here we can see the cyclopean constructions and have a panoramic view of Cusco, then we head to Q'ENQO where we will see high precision carving into the rock, then we head to PUKAPUKARA; there we can see part of the Inca trail, finally we visit TAMBOMACHAY; This site was designed basically for the performance of ceremonies and water purification.
The tour will end at approximately 6:30 pm.
DAY 2: SACRED VALLEY:
This wonderful excursion begins with pick up from your hotel at 08:30 am to begin our journey to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, during our tour we make stops at the viewpoints of Taray and Ccorao, we’ll also visit the typical market of Pisac and the archaeological complex of Pisac, where we find very important Inca buildings that serve as an area of adaptation for some Inca produce. Then we continue to the town of Urubamba where we will enjoy a delicious buffet lunch at a tourist restaurant, then continue our journey to the archaeological complex of Ollantaytambo. after we’ll board the train at the station of Ollantaytambo towards Aguas Calientes, where we spend the night. (Optionally we can enjoy the hot springs in Aguas Calientes).
DAY 3: MACHU PICCHU:
We will pick you up at your hotel 2 hours before the departure of your train, and take you to the train station, located in the town of Ollantaytambo, here we take the train and begin the journey from Ollantaytambo to the village of Aguas Calientes which lasts two hours, where our guide will be waiting, with the guide we will go to the bus station, where we’ll board the bus that will take us to the wonderful citadel of" Machu Picchu ". On reaching the Citadel, we begin our guided tour, visiting the Main Square, the Circular Tower, the Cemeteries, Intihuatana, the Royal Quarters, and the Temple of the Three Windows etc. approximately more than two hours. Then you will be given free time to stroll around the citadel, then we descend to the town of Aguas Calientes by bus, where you can you have lunch at one of several restaurants in Aguas Calientes or if you wish at Sanctuary Lodge. (Lunch is on you).
At 6:30 pm, we take the train that will take us back to Ollantaytambo. This trip takes about two hours; therefore, at 8:20 pm, we will take the bus to take us back to Cusco; we’ll arrive in Cusco at approximately 10:30 pm.
DAY 4: CUSCO - SALT MINES OF MARAS - MORAY:
This tour allows you to know Maras and the agricultural terraces of Moray. You will enjoy the beautiful natural scenery along the way. We start the tour by picking you up from your hotel at 09:00 am in a tourist bus, to go to the town of Chinchero, then we’ll head to the picturesque town of Maras, the importance of this place is given by the salt mines that it owns, which we will visit. Then we’ll go to Moray, which is composed of a group of circular terraces of different sizes, which in Inca times were used as an agricultural experimental center; here it was where they performed their studies of plant adaptation to new ecosystems.
At each site that you visit you will have time to enjoy the scenery and take pictures. After the tour ends you’ll return to the city of Cusco. The entire tour takes about 5 hours, that’s why we will be back to the city of Cusco approximately at 14:30.
DAY 5: FAREWELL:
This day according to the departure time of your travel ticket, we will coordinate with you the time of your pickup and then transfer either to the Bus station or to the airport to return to your hometown.
- Round trip transfers between airport and hotel (Cusco)
- Round trip transfers between hotel and train station
- Round trip train tickets between Ollantaytambo and Aguas Calientes
- Round trip bus tickets between Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu
- Ground transportation for scheduled tours
- Entrance tickets to Machu Picchu & all scheduled attractions (except Cusco Cathedral)
- English speaking guide
- Accommodations 1 night in Aguas Calientes (breakfast included)
- Accommodations 3 nights in Cusco (breakfast included)
- Lunch buffet, (Sacred Valley)
- Huayna Picchu (US$25.00) or Machu Picchu Mountain (US$20.00) – if you want it
- Entrance to the Cusco Cathedral (25 Peruvian Soles)
- International and domestic flights
- Airport taxes
- Excess baggage
- Additional nights for bad weather o flight cancellation
- Alcoholic drinks, soda or bottled mineral water
- Hotel and train upgrades are available upon request
- Personal expenses
- National or international calls
- Travel Insurance
- Tips (the amount you tip (or if you tip) is a personal decision and it is NOT an obligation.
WHAT TO BRING
- Use sneakers or jogging shoes.
- Drink plenty of fluids during your excursions.
- Wear waterproof clothing during the rainy season.
- Long-sleeved shirts.
- Swimsuit, shorts, towel and sandals, if you want to visit the thermal baths
- Flashlight, should you decide to go up to Machu Picchu at dawn.
- A rain poncho.
- Long pants.
- Insect repellent.
- Sunscreen, brimmed hat for sunny days.
- Medication and / or personal items.
- A light backpack per person.
- Camera or camcorder.
- Have on hand checks in small denominations and coins dollars, euros or soles.
List of objects to take to the tour.
This tour leaves every day of the year.
- Pre payment per person: 50% of the payment per person
- Balance: 50% before departure. - Terms and Conditions -
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