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Cusco, Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley of the Incas

Cusco, the capital of the Inca Empire is without a doubt is one of the best tourist destinations on earth. Its unique mixture of cultures has given this place the perfect atmosphere for any tourist. There are no words to describe Cusco and its attractions, but we must mention the Natural and Historical Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, one of the wonders of our planet; the beauty of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, with towns like Pisac (with its handcraft market) and Ollantaytambo. You will marvel at the ruins of the Sacsaywaman fortress, the Temple of the Sun, the Temple of Wiracocha, Cusco Cathedral, Lares and its lost communities. You will surely be dazzled by the variety of festivities, processions, Inca ceremonies, and local food and drink that you will be able to experience day by day. You can also visit the Lares Valley and its lost communities. The Sacred Valley of the Incas, originally called Yucay by the Incas, is located in Cusco department; it spreads along the Vilcanota River, covering the area between the towns of Pisac and Ollantaytambo. With an altitude of 2800 meters above sea level, mild climate and 2 well-defined seasons - the rainy season and the dry season - very few places can compete with this rich valley, chosen by the ancient Peruvians. Nowadays a must among tourist destinations, where you can enjoy the beauty of the landscape, the rich history and culture, plus the chances to do extreme sports and adventure.

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1 | Cusco - Pisac

Upon arrival to the capital of the Inca Empire, transfer to the hotel in the village of Pisac in the Sacred Valley of the Incas to acclimatize to the altitude. Afternoon at leisure for walking through the village.

Day 2 | Pisac - Ollantaytambo

In the morning visit downtown of Pisac and then, free time to shop in the famous handicraft market. The lunch is included in Tunupa restaurant in Urubamba (novo-andina cuisine). Visit to artist Pablo Seminario's house and the Ollantaytambo complex. Overnight in Ollantaytambo.

Day 3 | Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes

In the morning, train to Aguas Calientes, on arrival transfer to our hotel. For the afternoon we suggest a visit to Mandor waterfalls. Overnight in Aguas Calientes.

Day 4 | Machu Picchu - Cusco

Morning visit to Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary at sunrise, Machu Picchu one of the new seven wonders of the world, 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. Most archaeologists believe that Machu Picchu was built as an estate for the Inca emperor Pachacuti (1438–1472). Often referred to as the "Lost City of the Incas", it is perhaps the most familiar icon of Inca civilization. Then we will have free time to enjoy the complex on your own. In the afternoon we will return to Aguas Calientes and take the train to Ollantaytambo, from there bus to our hotel in Cusco. Night free.

Day 5 | Cusco

City tour, includes visit to Qenco, Sacsayhuaman, Puca Pucara and Tambomachay complexes, the Temple of the Sun or Koricancha and the Cathedral in Cusco. Night free.

Day 6 | Cusco

Day free to do your own search in the Imperial Capital of the Incas, its restaurants, bars and pubs. We suggest a visit to the traditional district of San Blas or the Pre-Hispanic Art Museum. Farewell dinner included.

Day 7 | Transfer out

Transfer to Cusco airport and end of our services.

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