CUSCO THE INCA EMPIRE 4 Days / 3 Nights

 

 

CUSCO (also spelt Cuzco with a "z"), mythical capital of the Inca Empire, preserves its stone walls and battlements with pride, evoking the greatness of the "Children of the Sun". It's a city packed full of historical monuments and relics, of myths and legends, which seem to come to life every time you walk through its century old streets.

At 3,360 meters above sea level (m.a.s.l.), in the Huatanay valley of the southeastern Andes of Peru, visiting Cusco is an unforgettable experience, as it allows you to uncover some of the mysteries of the Incas, because Cusco was the center, the "navel" of the Andean world.

 

ITINERARY:

 

Day 01:- Cusco – City Tour + 4 Ruins

Assistance on arrival in Cusco and transfer to the hotel. Free time to take a short rest to be acclimatized to the altitude.

In the afternoon, city tour of Cuzco visiting the Main Square, the Cathedral and the Temple of the Sun or Korikancha; take a pleasant walk in the the bohemian district of San Blas, house of the most re-known craftsmen of Cuzco, visit to its beautiful church that houses an impressive pulpit, a filigree woodcarving bearing the fruits of the region and visit some artisans workshops located in its small Main Square. On the way back, pass by the Hatunrumiyoc Street where you can appreciate the famous Twelve-angled stone.

Then, drive out of the city to visit the Inca sites of Kenko, Tambomachay, Puca Pucara and the impressive fortress of Sacsayhuaman, built strategically on a hill overlooking Cusco; famous for its enormous carved stones joined with astounding precision to form the outer walls. Some of these stones stand over 9m / 30ft tall and weight over 350 tons.

Back to the Hotel, free night.

 

Day 02:- Sacred Valley of the Incas

Excursion to the "Sacred Valley of the Incas", a succession of picturesque towns, agricultural terraces and archaeological sites. On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, we’ll have the opportunity to bargain with vendors or stroll at the Pisaq typical Indian market, with a catholic mass service on Sunday (celebrated in Quechua, the native language).

Lunch at a local restaurant in the Sacred Valley.

In the afternoon pass through Calca and Urubamba towns to arrive to the Inca Fortress and Citadel of Ollantaytambo, which was built to guard the entry of this part of the valley and protect it from enemies of the lower jungles; consisting in a series of superimposed terraces of carved stones accessed by long staircases. We will have the opportunity to walk through the quaint streets of the nearby town, religious and agricultural centre during the Inca Empire, and get a clear idea of the military strategy against possible invasions. On our way back to Cusco we will visit the picturesque Andean village of Chinchero where the remains of what was the royal hacienda of Tupac Inca Yupanqui lies. Admire its well preserved Inca Wall at the Main Square, visit the beautiful colonial temple built on Inca foundations, with interesting frescoes on the portico.

Back to Cusco in the afternoon.

 

Day 03:- Cusco - Machu Picchu - Cusco

The day starts with an early morning rise to transfer to Cusco train station for a four- hour train journey to the famous Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu, also known as "The Lost City of the Incas". Arrive at Aguas Calientes station followed by a 30-minute bus drive, climbing 6km of winding road, to the incredible Machu Picchu. Upon arrival, we’ll participate in a guided tour of the Citadel, visiting the Main Plaza, the Circular Tower, the Sacred Sun Dial, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows and various burial grounds. After the tour you will have time to stroll around the archaeological site at your leisure.

Back to Cusco by train in the afternoon, transfer to the Hotel

 

Day 04:- Cusco / Exit

After breakfast, transfer assistance on your departure.

 

End of our services.

 

INCLUDED:

 

• In/out transfers

• 03 nights accommodation in Cusco

• Bilingual guided tours

• Train ticket Cusco - Machu Picchu -Cusco

• Bus ticket Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes

• Lunch at Aguas Calientes and other meals as indicated in the program

• All entries

 

NOT INCLUDED:

 

• International and domestic flights

• Airport taxes

• Alcoholic drinks, soda or bottled mineral water

• Personal expenses

• Tips

• International or National personal telephone calls.

• Meals not mentioned

 

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