Cusco the “Archaeological capital of the Americas” seen as the oldest continuously inhabited city is a beautiful city riddled with contrasts between the indigenous styles and the modern western world. All these contrasts have given Cusco its rare beauty.
The Sacred Valley of the Incas was undoubtedly a key area of settlement to the Incas. Its pleasurable climate and fertile plains make a rare and fruitful combination for the high Andes. The Sacred Valley was also the route to the jungle, therefore an area with access to the fruits and plants of the tropical lowlands; and served as a safeguard zone, protecting Cusco from incursions of the fierce jungle tribes.
The situation of Machu Picchu, perched on a hilltop enclosed by a 400-meter cliff in a meander of the River Urubamba, could not be better chosen. Man and Nature have managed integration perfect in this work of the Inca people to the harmonious construction which makes it one of the most extraordinary architectural and archaeological monuments in the world.
TYPE OF TOUR: Cultural and Historical
PRICE: $ 450 per person
This trip lasts half a day. We will pick you up at the hotel at 8 am or 1 pm. The groups will first visit the centre of Cusco, having with us a professional guide. First he will present the Cathedral (build in a Baroque style and having paintings of the Cusqueña school) and the temple of Qoricancha, more known as the gold covered temple. Following we will set course to Qenqo, also known as the Labyrinth. This temple dedicated to Mother Earth is a unique center of celebrations and astronomical studies. It has numerous ceremonial carvings, holes and canals cut into the rock. One of its features is a semi-natural underground chember. Later on we’ll visit Pucapucara, This complex contains several rooms, inner plazas, aqueducts, vantage points, and pathways. It might have served as a tambo or rest and lodging area. Next we will visit the archeological site of Tambomachay. Tambomachay might have fulfilled an important altar function linked to water and the regeneration of the land and closely linked with Pucapucara. The area covers about one hectare, and was made out of polygonal shaped set limestone. Last but not least we will go to the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, situated on a mountain overlooking Cusco.
Your journey through the Sacred Valley will begin around 8 am, when you will be picked up from your hotel. With our private transport we will head for the Sacred Valley of the Incas. In Pisac, you will be able to enjoy the wonders of the valley for the place of its´ archeological centre lies on the mountain in harmony with nature. The village of Pisaq has an enormous cultural attractiveness, because of its colonial streets and impressive hills around it, which form a charming landscape. Part of its attractiveness is also the handcraft market. After continuing our trip, we will be brought to magnificent scenery of mountains and snow-covered mountaintops. We will have lunch in the village of Urubamba and continue our trip to Ollantaytambo where we will spend the night.
Around 8.30 am we will visit the archeological complex of Ollantaytambo. The complex presents a collection of houses, temples, platforms, colcas (deposits) and several enclosures of which the function is not determined yet. After this visit we will take a local train to Aguas Calientes where you will have a free afternoon and where you can enjoy the hot springs.
This day we will wake up early at 5 am and take a tourist bus to Machu Picchucitadel (30 min). Our guide will offer you a guided visit of about 2 hours and after this you will have time to visit Machu Picchu and maybe Wayna Picchu (optional, to be reserved in advance) at your own pace. Tourist busses will offer you the descent back to Aguas Calientes, from where we will take the train to Ollantaytambo, where our bus awaits you to continue to Cusco.