This four-day vacation package lets you experience the most important
sites of Cusco, and explore Machu Picchu, as well as enjoy a full-day
tour of the Sacred Valley of the Inca, where Quechua-speaking
farmers still use hand plows fashioned from wood to harvest corn,
barley, squash and beans amid the ruins of once mighty Inca fortresses
Day 1: City Tour and
Pickup at the airport and transfer to your hotel. Because of the
high altitude, 11,152 feet above sea level (3400m), it is highly
advisable that you take a short rest to acclimatize. In the afternoon,
you will have a city tour highlighting Cusco's historic past,
the fusion of Inca and Spanish architecture. The excursion features
walk-thru tours of the Cathedral and the ruins of Koricancha (or
Temple of the Sun), which was looted and razed by the Spanish,
who then constructed the Santo Domingo Church on its massive foundation.
You will also explore the four main ruins just outside the city:
the Sacsayhuaman Fortress, Kenko, Puca Pucara, and Tambomachay.
Day 2: Sacred Valley
of the Inca
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 3: Machu Picchu
Breakfast at the hotel, then pickup and transfer to the train
station to board PeruRail's 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.(B/L)
Day 4: transfer out
Breakfast. Transfer from the hotel to the airport. (B)
(B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner
Suggestion: Altitude is a consideration for anyone planning to
travel to Peru's highlands. For trips to Cusco, it can make a
huge difference to spend your first day in the Sacred Valley (2,400
mts./9,000 ft) to acclimatize and avoid problems with altitude
sickness, before ascending to the Inca capital city of Cusco (3,360
mts./11,152 ft.). We are happy to adjust your itineary to help
ensure that "soroche" isn't a factor during your vacation.
• Transfers In /out
• City tour + koricancha
• Sacred valley + lunch
• Tourist ticket
• Entrance fee to Machu Picchu.
• Bus Aguas Calientes –MachuPicchu – Aguas Calientes.
• Train ticket Cusco – Machupicchu – Cusco in
• Profesional bilingual guide.
• 03 nights
NOT INCLUDED IN PROGRAM:
• Nacional airline tickets.