6 days / 5 nights
Ancient and Colonial Cusco - Shared Tour
Cusco: The ancient Inca capital is a unique blend of a pre-Columbian past and Spanish architecture. Its temples, squares and streets are surrounded by hills that hide fantastic archaeological sites such as Sacsayhuamán, Qenqo, Puka Pukara and Tambomachay. Sacsayhuaman: An immense Inca fortress erected on top of a hill above Cusco in the 15th century. Its gigantic stone walls remain today as a testimony to the skills of Inca architects, and the grandeur of the complex continues to amaze visitors 500 years later. Andahuaylillas: Get into art in the heart of the Peruvian Andes. Visit the San Pedro Apóstol Church, known as the 'Sistine Chapel of the Americas' because of its Renaissance-Baroque style and the fascinating frescoes that decorate its interior. Machu Picchu: The ‘lost city of the Incas’ is what draws thousands of people to Peru each year. Hidden among the vegetation, this mountain-top citadel, built in complete harmony with the landscape, hosts a wealth of rooms, temples, bridges and religious sites that offer the visitor a chance to get closer to Peru’s fascinating past. We invite you to experience the very best attractions Cusco has to offer on this six-day trip through the Imperial City and surrounding areas. Discover Inca heritage as you travel through the Sacred Valley, the heart of the Inca Empire, and learn about the pre-Inca cultures in a tour of the Southern Valley. Witness the blend of Incan and Colonial heritage as you stroll around the cobbled streets of the Cusco and enter the cloud forest for an unforgettable experience in search of the Inca jewel, Machu Picchu.
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 (50 km – 1.5 hrs)
Upon arrival at Cusco Airport, a representative will be waiting to greet you at the airport and the transportation service will transfer you to your Sacred Valley hotel. If you are arriving on a domestic flight from Lima, ensure that your arrival time is no later than 10:30 , later arrival times will be too late. En route to the hotel, following the road to Pisac, you will make a stop at the Inkariy Museum where you will learn about the pre-Columbian history and traditions of Peru. This museum features a chronological circuit of exhibits that will not only give you an insight into the impressive Inca Empire, but will also introduce you to the lesser-known peoples of Peru, including the Caral, Chavín, Paracas, Moche, Nasca, Wari, Malbayeque and Chimú cultures. Upon arrival at your hotel, you will be assisted with check-in and then you can enjoy some free time to make use of the hotel facilities or to relax and re-charge your batteries ready for the exciting trip ahead. Overnight at Sacred Valley in selected hotel category
SACRED VALLEY – CHINCHERO – OLLANTAYTAMBO (90 km – 2 hrs)
Today, breakfast at the hotel is followed by visit to the town of Chinchero, a small high-altitude town offering beautiful views of the valley and the chance to witness traditional clothing, customs and local handicrafts. Visit archaeological remains and a beautiful 17th-century church, one of the first Catholic buildings in Peru. You will then be transferred to the Yucay Museum of Living Culture, where you can see textiles, adobe pottery and silverware being crafted using techniques dating back to the Incas. This centre not only gives you an insight into local Andean traditions, but you also have the opportunity to feed the llamas, sheep and alpacas! Feel the true spirit of the Sacred Valley as you sample a lunch of local cuisine in a cosy restaurant in Ollantaytambo. After eating, explore the streets of Ollantaytambo, inhabited uninterruptedly since Inca times, and climb the iconic fortress built into the mountainside. On Sundays, you may also visit the local market. At the end of the day, return to your hotel to rest full of the spirit of the Incas. Overnight at Sacred Valley in selected hotel category.
SACRED VALLEY – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO (1.5 hrs by train / 75 km – 2.5 hrs by land )
Wake up to breakfast at the hotel then transfer to the Ollanta station to begin your trip to Machu Picchu. Enjoy the approximately two-hour scenic train ride to Aguas Calientes, also known as ‘Machu Picchu Pueblo’, the last stop before entering the most important archaeological site in Peru. It is believed that Machu Picchu was built for the Inca emperor Pachacútec around 1450 as a holiday residence. The citadel was abandoned just over 100 years later, probably as a result of the Spanish Conquest, although historians have never uncovered why it was abandoned or how it escaped the destruction that other Inca settlements faced. Instead, the jungle slowly engulfed its stone construction, covering it in a thick vegetation that kept it hidden and protected until the ‘lost city of the Incas’ was brought to international attention in 1911. Your tour will introduce you to the origins of this impressive citadel and guide you around some of its most iconic monuments, such as the main square, the royal rooms, the Temple of the Three Windows, the circular towers, the Sacred Clock and cemeteries. At the end of the tour, return to Aguas Calientes for lunch at the famous Café Inkaterra, a beautiful thatched-roof restaurant hemmed in between the railway and a mountain. In the afternoon, back to your hotel in Cusco. Overnight in Cuzco in selected hotel category.
After breakfast at the hotel, enjoy a guided tour of this charming city, which was once the capital of the Inca Empire. The tour begins at the Santo Domingo Convent, a building constructed on the site of Coricancha, one of the most important Incan complexes dedicated to sun worship. According to historical records, the original temple walls depicted scenes of nature and were covered in gold leaf. After Coricancha, visit the imposing cathedral in the Plaza de Armas, then head to the Cusco hills, where you’ll find the fortress of Sacsayhuamán and panoramic views of Cusco. Continue on to Qenqo, an archaeological site where it is believed the Incas carried out religious rituals. Your tour ends in Puka Pukara, meaning “red fortress” in Quechua. Puka Pukara is an ancient military site comprising numerous rooms, courtyards, baths, aqueducts and towers. At the end of the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel. At the end of the tour, return to your hotel to rest or take part one of the traditional pottery workshops: Glazed Ceramics or Colonial Gold Leaf application. Overnight in Cuzco in selected hotel category.
CUSCO – SOUTHERN VALLEY – CUSCO (40 km – 3 hrs)
Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel before embarking on a journey through pre-Inca times to the Colonial era in the Southern Valley. You will start your journey in Tipón, a perfectly preserved archaeological site just 27 kilometres away from the city of Cusco. This site is considered a masterpiece of hydraulic engineering and the fully-functioning irrigation systems are still in use by the local population today. Then visit an impressive colonial mansion that dates back to 1650. Continue to Pikillacta, one of the best preserved pre-Inca cities in Peru. Pikillacta was built by the Wari people around 800 AD and used for approximately 2000 years. The site covers more than 3,000 hectares and contains 700 structures including stone and mud buildings of two and three floors, terraces and a rock carving of a condor. Finally, visit Andahuaylillas, a town located around 40 kilometres away from Cusco. The main attraction here is the local Church, often referred to as the ‘Sistine Chapel of the Americas’ owing to the high quality of art found inside. The church was built in the sixteenth century on the site of what are believed to have been Wari buildings. From here, we will return to Cusco for the evening. Overnight in Cuzco in selected hotel category.
After finishing your breakfast at the hotel, your representative will assist you with check out and accompany you on the transfer to the airport. Although this is the last day of your journey around Cusco and surrounding areas, we hope that your memories of this remarkable region, bursting with both culture and history, will last a lifetime.
Hotel Hacienda del Valle or Similar, Hotel San Agustín Paracas or similar or similar
Casa Andina Premium Valle Sagrado Hotel & Villas or Similar, Hilton Garden Inn or Similar or similar
- Above rates are subject to availability.
- Cancellation charges as per company policy.
- The above rates are subject to change in case of travel during the festive season
- In case we are not able to provide the same hotels as mentioned, then we shall provide similar alternate properties, change in the cost if any will be advised.
- In case of Political Unrest, bad weather or sudden breakdown of the vessel we may shift guest to alternative govt ferry and no refund will be entertained during that situation.
- Our Executive may change your itinerary depending on the weather condition and ferry availability same will be update to you daily basis.
Included Meals 5 breakfasts 2 lunches on days 2, 3 Languages English and Spanish 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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