6 days / 5 nights
Ancient and Colonial Cusco - Private Tour
Cusco: The ancient Inca capital is a unique blend of pre-Columbian past with Spanish architecture. Its temples, squares and streets are surrounded by hills that hide amazing places like Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Puca Pucara and Tambomachay. Sacsayhuaman: An immense Inca fortress erected in the fifteenth century on top of a hill above Cusco. Its large stones are a sign of its grandeur that continues to amaze visitors 500 years later. Andahuaylillas: get into work of art in the heart of the Peruvian Andes. Visit the church San Pedro Apóstol, also called the "Sistine Chapel of America" for its Renaissance-Baroque style and the fascinating frescoes that decorate its interior. Machu Picchu: The "lost city of the Incas" is the reason why thousands of people arrive in Peru. Get closer to our past through its rooms, temples, bridges and religious sites, built in communion with the landscape that surrounds them. Explore the best attractions of Cusco on this six-day trip through the Imperial City. Discover the Inca heritage as you travel through the Sacred Valley, heart of the Inca Empire, as well as the legacy left by the pre-Inca cultures in a tour of the southern valley. Learn about the cultural amalgam developed during the Colonial era while strolling through the streets of the city, and live an unforgettable experience while you enter the cloud forest in search of Machu Picchu, the Inca jewel.
Assistance on Arrival Daily Full Breakfast Hotel Accommodation on twin / double sharing basis. All tours / activities / shows as per the itinerary All entrance tickets as per itinerary All Pick up drops / transfers mentioned in the itinerary Transport in A/C car / Bus as mentioned Meals as per the itinerary / included in the itinerary
Air Tickets (International / Domestic) Visa and Insurance Hotel Taxes Suggested optional activities/ tours if any. Any meals / snacks other than mentioned in the itinerary Camera Fee and any other entertainment charges Tips of any kind – Guides, Driver, Cruise Crew, etc. Portages at airport Personal Expenses such as Laundry, Telephone etc Beverages of any kind
ARRIVAL CUSCO – SACRED VALLEY (50km – 1.5 hours)
A transportation service and a representative will pick you up at Cusco´s airport and will to your selected hotel at the Sacred Valley. Domestic flight from Lima to Cusco must arrive not later than 10:30hrs. Noon arrivals are too late. On the way, taking the route to Pisaq, you will visit the Inkary Museum, which exhibits the history and culture of different civilizations of ancient Peru. At your arrival to the hotel, you will be assisted with the check-in and accommodation. Overnight in Sacred Valley in selected hotel category
SACRED VALLEY – CHINCHERO – OLLANTAYTAMBO (90 Km - 2 Hrs)
Breakfast at the hotel. During the morning, you are picked up from your hotel to visit the town of Chinchero (on Sundays, also visit the local market), a traditional Cusco urban centre located at an elevated point with a beautiful view of the valley. The inhabitants of this area preserve the artisan traditions and the inherited knowledge of the Incas and display them in their clothes and customs. In Chinchero there are also archaeological remains and a beautiful seventeenth-century church, one of the first Catholic buildings in Peru. Then, you are transferred to the Living Museum of Yucay, a centre of Andean handicraft traditions, where demonstrations of the elaboration of textile work, adobe, pottery and silverware are carried out in the same way in which they used to in antiquity; an original recreation of Inca traditions. Also, residents of the museum include llamas, sheep and alpacas, and they can be fed! Upon arriving in Ollantaytambo visit its town, inhabited uninterruptedly since Inca times, and climb the iconic fortress, built next to a mountain. Later, have lunch in Ollantaytambo and live a superior Andean gastronomy experience in a restaurant, where the true spirit of the Sacred Valley is transmitted in a cosy atmosphere! At the end of this activity, you are transferred back to your hotel. Overnight in Sacred Valley in selected hotel category
SACRED VALLEY – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO (1,5 hr by train / 75 Km - 2,5 hrs by land )
After breakfast at the hotel, a transportation service will pick you up and transfer you to the Ollanta Station to board the train to Aguas Calientes, the nearest town to Machu Picchu. Following a scenic journey through dramatic Andean landscapes, arrive at the station in Aguas Calientes. Board a coach for a 25-minute ride to Machu Picchu. The ‘Lost City of the Incas is believed to have been built in the 1450s by Inca emperor Pachacuti as a holiday retreat, yet within a century the city would be abandoned following the Spanish conquest. The Spaniards never found it, so it was spared the destruction they brought on other Inca sites. Instead, it was slowly swallowed up by the jungle and hidden from harm. A guided tour explains the origins behind this awe-inspiring citadel and its most prominent landmarks such as the monumental Main Square, the Royal Quarters, and the Temple of the Three Windows, the Circular Towers, the Sacred Sun Dial and the Burial Grounds. Return toAguas Calientes for a tasty lunch at the famous Café Inkaterra, a beautiful thatched-roof restaurant hemmed in between the railway and a mountain. In the afternoon, transfer to the Aguas Calientes station to take the train back to the Ollanta station, from where you will be taken to your hotel in Cusco. Overnight in Cuzco in selected hotel category.
Enjoy a guided tour of this charming city, which was the capital of the Inca Empire. The tour starts with a visit to Santo Domingo Convent, a large Renaissance-baroque complex, which was built over the Inca Coricancha Temple. It was one of the most important temples dedicated to worshipping of the sun, and its foundations are still prominent at the base of the convent. Ancient chronicles say the temple was covered in gold leaf and filled with golden representations of nature. Then, visit the Cathedral, the most imposing monument of the Main Square. Head to the hills above Cusco to visit the remains of the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, whose imposing ramparts offer a stunning panoramic view of Cusco, and the ruins of the temple and amphitheatre of Qenqo, where it is believed the Incas practised agricultural rituals. Admire Qenqo and then finally visit Puka Pukara (‘Red fortress’ in Quechua) an Inca military complex located on a prominent hill. Its dwellings squares, bathrooms, aqueducts, walls, and towers can still be appreciated. Afterwards, return to your hotel to rest or enjoy an optional tour:Cusco traditional ceramics workshops: Glazed Ceramics and Colonial Gold Leaf application .
CUSCO – SOUTHERN VALLEY - CUSCO (40km – 3 hrs)
Today visit the Southern Valley to take a ride through pre Inca times to the colonial era. You will start your journey in Tipón, perfectly preserved archaeological sites located 27 kilometers from the city of Cusco. Close to the town of the same name, where stands an impressive rural colonial mansion (1650), there are 12 terraces still cultivated, some enclosures and an irrigation system considered a masterpiece of hydraulic engineering still used by the surrounding population. Then continue to Pikillacta, considered one of the best preserved pre-Inca cities of Peru and corresponds to the Wari culture, ancestor of the Incas. Among its 700 structures, covering more than 3 thousand hectares, there are stone and mud buildings of two and three floors, fine andenería and the head of a condor carved in a rock. It is estimated that in this city, whose streets can still be traveled, about 10,000 people lived. Finally, you will visit Andahuaylillas, a town located 40 kilometers from Cusco that has the Church of Andahuaylillas as the most attractive. Also called "The Sistine Chapel of America", due to the high quality of the pieces of art found in it, the structure was built in the sixteenth century on sites of possibly Wari buildings. Today it has an original pipe organ recently restored. From here, he will return to Cusco. Overnight in Cuzco in selected hotel category.
Enjoy a pleasant transfer from the selected hotel to the airport. A representative will assist you along the way.
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Languages English, French and Spanish Included Meals 5 breakfasts 2 lunches IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE NEW ENTRANCE REGULATIONS TO MACHU PICCHU The current restrictions on visits to Machu Picchu allow a maximum stay of 4 hours in the citadel accompanied by a guide during the first entry. If the visitor tours an alternate route (Mountain Machu Picchu or Huayna Picchu) the passenger will have 3 hours to for this purpose, additional to the 4 hours in the citadel. If the passenger wishes to enter the citadel again during the afternoon shift or the next day, he must acquire previously an additional ticket to enter in the new shift. For a re-entry, a guide is optional. Passengers must bring the previous entrance ticket and the new entrance ticket. There is no ticket sale in the archaeological zone. It is forbidden the follow objects: professional cameras that require lights and tripods, or with telephoto lenses with a weigh higher than 2 kilos (in order to use them, special authorization is needed, as well as the payment of an additional fee), drones, selfie sticks, sprays, high heels, walking sticks without rubber tip, banners and posters, sharp objects and backpacks bigger than 40cm x 35 cm x 20 cm. NEW PLASTIC REGULATION: After the prohibition of the access of single use plastic items to 76 natural areas including Machu Picchu, it is important to use reusable bottles. Lima Tours installs a water refill point in our office in Aguas Calientes. Guide options Guide type: Guide Requirements Minimum Age: 3 years old. Please provide your flight details when booking. Please note you will be asked to leave your passport details when booking. Recommendations If you are prone to altitude sickness, please see a doctor to get a prescription for altitude pills before you go. We suggest you wear comfortable clothes and shoes for the time of the year.
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