five-day vacation package offering the best of Cusco, and full-day
excursions to explore Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley of the Inca,
and the amazing Huari ruins of Piquillacta and the Andean "Sistine
Chapel" of Andahuaylillas.
DAY 1: City Tour and Archaeological Ruins
Reception and transfer from the airport to
the hotel. Afternoon tour of the city, a blend of Spanish and
Inca Cultures; visit the main squares, the Cathedral, the Koricancha
(or Temple of the Sun) ruins. Continue to Tambomachay, Puca Pucara,
Kenko and Sacsayhuaman Fortress.
DAY 2 :Machu Picchu Excursion
Breakfast at the hotel, then pickup and transfer to the train
station to board the Peru Rail Expedition train for the 4-hour
journey to Machu Picchu, the “Lost City of Inca.”
Experience this mysterious ruins, with its ingeniously engineered
underground water canalization and its sacred citadel of temples,
mausoleums, squares and royal houses. Widely believed to have
been built in the mid-15th century by Inca Pachacutec, Machu Picchu
was the secret city of the Inca, never discovered by the Spanish.
Its rediscovery for the world was made in 1911 by American explorer
Hiram Bingham, and it remains South America´s most spectacular
archaeological site. Lunch at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge
beside the ruins. Afternoon, return to Cusco on the train.
DAY 3 Sacred Valley Excursion
Breakfast. Excursion to The Sacred Valley of the Inca. The first
stop, Pisac, is famous for its Sunday Mass and daily outdoor market.
The excursion is best when taken on Tuesday, Thursday or Sunday,
when the market is expanded and attracts traders from surrounding
communities. The Sunday mass is held very early in the morning
in the native language, Quechua, and is attended by the community
elders from neighboring villages, wearing traditional dress. (Note:
Special arrangements can be made in private service to witness
this weekly religious event, as well as to hike to the impressive
Inca ruins of Pisac, which towers above the village.) After lunch,
visit the Inca Citadel at Ollantaytambo, a sprawling complex of
ruins characterized by fine masonry, terraces, canals, fortress
walls, and the Temple of the Sun. (B/L)
DAY 4 Piquillacta Ruins and Andahuaylillas "Sistine Chapel"
Breakfast. Half-day excursion to Piquillacta and Andahuaylillas
Located about 20 miles (32km) southeast of Cusco, the Piquillacta
Archaeological Park features a well-preserved pre-Inca administrative
center that has stood since around 600 A.D. The site is enclosed
by a massive adobe rampart wall encompassing scores of buildings
and compounds. The ruins were built by the Huari Empire, which
fell some 400 years before the rise of the Inca civilization.
Continue on to the village of Andahuaylillas. The community church,
built in 1580, appears humble enough from the outside, but inside
it is a kaleidoscope of Andean Baroque artwork, gilded altars
and wood carvings elaborated in gold leaf and polychromatic ceilings
— earning it the name, the "Sistine Chapel of Peru."
DAY 5 Transfer Out
Breakfast. Transfer from the hotel to the airport.
• Transfers In /out
• City tour + koricancha +cathedral
• Sacred valley + lunch
• Half-day guided tour of Piquillacta & Andean "Sistine
Chapel" of Andahuaylillas
• Tourist ticket
• Entrance fee to Machu Picchu.
• Bus Aguas Calientes –MachuPicchu – Aguas Calientes.
• Train ticket Cusco – Machupicchu – Cusco in
• Profesional bilingual guide.
• 04 nights hotel of your choice
• Nacional airline tickets.