6D Sunrise of the Inca Civilization -Peru
Starts at $1,225.00 per person
RATE IS BASED ON TWIN SHARING
Valid until April 2018
Day 1- Discover Cusco, Half Day City Tour
Welcome to Cusco, Peru! Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983, this colonial city is currently one of Peru’s most popular destinations. It is a must stop to visit Machu Picchu, one of the New World Seven Wonders and host of the ruins of the Inca civilization and the most spectacular landscapes on the planet. Today you will need to arrive in Cusco before midday to be able to enjoy your city tour. Upon arrival at the Cusco airport, you will be received by your guide and transportation and head towards your selected hotel. Along the journey, your guide will be telling you about the attractions and services that the city has to offer you. At the appropriate time, you will enjoy a guided tour of this charming city and learn about the fascinating Inca Empire. Discover the insights of this lost civilization visiting the famous Qoricacha temple, the Plaza de Armas and its Cathedral and another important monument along the city. Head to the top of the city to visit the remains of the fortresses of Sacsayhuaman and Puka Pukara with stunning panoramic view of Cusco. You will return to your hotel, after the excursion.
Day 2- Peru Tours: Full Day Maras & Moray/ Sacred Valley
After breakfast, you will leave on a full day excursion., where you will discover the beautiful colonial town of Chincheros and the spectacular Inca sites of Maras and Moray. Start your morning at the fascinating Maras Salt mines which feature more than 100 small pools fed by a salt-water mountain spring that is interconnected by channels. Be fascinated by the mysteries of the Incan civilization and hold you breathe while learning about this interesting and never equaled culture. In the afternoon, head along a dirt road towards another typical Andean village called Moray; famed for being an Inca agricultural experimental center. At the end of this excursion, you will be dropped off at your selected hotel in Valle Sagrado.
Note: During the rainy season (December to March) this excursion may be changed for South Valley tour taking in the archaeological sites of Tipton and Pikillaqta, and the town of Andahuaylillas.
Day 3- Sacred Valley/ Full Day Awanakancha, Pisac Market & Ollantaytambo
After breakfast, you will drive along the Urubamba River valley to discover the spectacularly scenic Sacred Valley. You will also visit the Awana Kancha farm where the Andean camelids are bred and learn about the weaving activity of the region. Afterwards, head to the historic town of Pisac to have a wander through its famous market before exploring the developed architectural sense of the Incas at the Ollantaytambo fortress. In the afternoon, return to your hotel in Sacred Valley.
Day 4- Sacred Valley: Full Day Machu Picchu Ruins / Aguas Calientes
After a nice and well-deserved breakfast, you will leave to start the long-awaited adventure, your tour to Machu Picchu begins with a train ride to Aguas Calientes in approximately four hours time. This town is also known as “Machu Picchu Pueblo” and is the last stop before entering the remains of the most important archaeological site in Peru. In Aguas Calientes, there is a train station, a craft market, restaurants and hotels of different categories for those who prefer to spend the night at the foot of the mountain and climb it early. Finally, after a short transfer by bus, you will reach Machu Picchu, a masterpiece of engineering and architecture that served as a sanctuary and retreat for the Inca Pachacutec. Machu Picchu, which means “Old Mountain”, and is considered a World Heritage by UNESCO and one of the new seven wonders of the world. At the end of the tour, you will take a bus back to Aguas Calientes and have lunch at ¨Cafe Inkaterra¨ Machu Picchu. The rest of the afternoon will be free. You will spend the night in your selected accommodation in Aguas Calientes.
Day 5- Aguas Calientes – Full Day Machu Picchu Ruins / Cusco
After having breakfast at the hotel, you have the option to return to Machu Picchu and visit any of the attractions of the citadel (2nd-day visit not included in actual pricing). Visit the Intipunku, which in Castilian means “Sun Gate” and is the last stop before entering Machu Picchu if you follow the Inca trail from Ollantaytambo. The sun rises every day through this door if viewed from the most important buildings of the citadel. You may climb the Wayna Picchu (subject to space availability), which means “Young Mountain” as opposed to Machu Picchu. This ascent takes about an hour and its main attraction is the “Temple of the Moon”, a complex of underground constructions likely to have been used by the elite. Finally, you will be able to know the Inca Bridge, an incredible stone building that served as entrance or exit of the citadel. In the afternoon, you will head to the train station of Aguas Calientes and take the train back to Cusco from there. Once you arrive at the Cusco train station, you will be transferred to your hotel.
Day 6- Goodbye Cusco, Peru
At the appropriate time, your guide and transportation will pick you up from your hotel and transfer you to the airport.
|· All the transfers mentioned on the itinerary||· International or Domestic Flights|
|· 2 nights in Cusco, 2 night in Sacred Valley, 1 night in Aguas Calientes with breakfast||· Personal Expenses|
|· Lunch included on Day 3 & 4||· Day 5: Tour to Machu Picchu.|
|· Tours described on the itinerary||· National Park Entrance Fees|
|· Tickets to Qoricancha Temple, Monastery of Santo Domingo, Cusco Cathedral in Cusco, Moray archaeological remains, Maras salt deposits, Awana Kancha, Pisac market Ollantaytambo Fortress in the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu.||· Travel / Medical Insurance|
|· Bilingual Guide (English/Spanish)|