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Machu Picchu Inca Tour Cusco

Day 1: City Tour Cusco

Includes visists to

➡️ Catedral
➡️ Templo de Qoricancha
➡️ Sacsayhuaman
➡️ Qenqo
➡️ Puca Pucara
➡️ Tambomachay

Itinerary

The tour starts the Plaza de Armas where you will be told about the history of Cusco before and after the arrival of the Spanish conquerors. You will continue to the cathedral, here you will be provided with information about the cathedral’s construction and history. Afterwards, you will visit the most important temple of the Inca Empire, the Qoricancha or, Temple of the Sun. The tour will continue to the archaeological centers of Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Puca Pucara and Tambomachay. The circuit will end in the historic center of Cusco.

Tour description

Plaza de Armas Cusco

In the time of the Incas, the main square had 4 names; Waqaypata (crying square), Cusipata (joy square), Wajaypata (meeting place), Auqaypata (over the defeated). At the main square, the stone of war, different sources of pure water and healing water could be found. The healing water used to be carried by a golden gutter to the Qoricancha, where the water was drunk by pregnant women. The important events of the whole empire were held at the Plaza de Armas. Back in time, the Plaza de Armas was a single square that was linked to the Regocijo square and the San Francisco square. Around it lived the royalty, the priesthood and other elite of the Inca Empire.

Cathedral

The Basilica of Cusco, located next to the church of triumph is made in the Renaissance-style and took over 100 years to finish the construction. When the Spaniards conquered Peru, they brought different styles to the country such as Mannerism, Baroque, Renaissance and Rococo. These were forced upon local painters who were not allowed to express their traditional culture in art. With this overload of ornamentation merged the Cusco School. The Cuzco school is a famous painting school characterized by its originality, result of the confluence of two powerful currents: the western artistic tradition, on the one hand, and the eagerness of Indian and mestizo painters to express their reality and their vision of the world, on the other hand. According to Catholics, the construction of the Basilica received help of the Virgin of Assumption and the Apostle Santiago. Therefore, the cathedral is invoked to these saints. The remains of one of the most important Spanish chroniclers of the Inca era, Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, can be found in the catacombs in the Basilica.

Qoricancha

Qoricancha or, Temple of the Sun, is the most important religious center of the Inca period. Gratitude towards nature can be appreciated through architecture and construction of spaces in honor of its main deities. It currently houses the convent of Santo Domingo, symbol of cultural syncretism.

Sacsayhuaman

Sacsayhuaman offers a panoramic view of the city of Cusco. It is one of the most significant archaeological legacies Peru possesses, due to its construction composed of huge blocks of limestone. It took more than 50 years to build the construction of the Sacsayhuaman fortress and more than 20,000 men worked on it.

Qenqo

Its construction was dedicated to the mother earth “PACHAMAMA”. In the archaeological park of Qenqo, its semi-circular amphitheater stands out. History tells us that in order to perform the different ancestral ceremonies, the Inca mummies, which belonged to the nobility or the priesthood, were put in the center. The Qenqo has underground galleries and a monolith that pretends to be a cougar, measuring approximately six meters. It is these peculiar characteristics that make this place interesting and magical.

Puca Pucara

This fortress is composed of walls, terraces and stairs of red color due to its high iron levels. It almost seems a small square. Puca Pucara was part of the defensive complex of Cusco and resting place of the troops of the Inca Empire. It also consisted of a control zone for people who came from the AntiSuyo.

Tambomachay

Tambomachay is an archaeological site where people worshiped water. Tambomachay is also known as “Bath of the Inca”. It consists of a series of aqueducts, canals and several waterfalls. After several centuries the water continues to flow through its canals.

Day 2: Sacred Valley of the Incas

Includes visits to

➡️ Pisac Archaeological Park
➡️ Handicraft market Piscaq
➡️ Ollantaytambo
➡️ Chinchero

Itinerary

The first place that you will visit is the archaeological park of Pisac, here you can you can appreciate one of the most beautiful and extensive constructions of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. You will feel the energy and the ancient magic of this great culture of Peru. You will be explained how the Incas thought, felt, acted and lived in these great constructions. The tour continues to the town of Pisac. Pisac is an artistical town whose inhabitants create jewelry of silver, semiprecious and precious stones inspired by the iconography of the ancestral cultures of Peru. Around midday, you will leave Piscac and visit Urubamba, where you will get an excellent buffet lunch. After lunch, we will continue to the Archaeological Park of Ollantaytambo to appreciate its beautiful architecture that the Incas built. The last stop of the tour will be at the town of Chinchero, which is known for its stunning landscapes. In the afternoon you will return to the historic center of Cusco.

Tour Description

Archaeological Complex of Pisac

The archaeological complex of Pisac is one of the most beautiful monumental centers of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. The faultless constructions combined with the landscape is breathtaking. It is believed to be the largest Inca cemetery and the oldest in South America.

Handicraft Market of Pisac

The handicraft market of Pisac is certainly a colorful and lively place, where the most famous Cusco crafts made by the Andean Communities are exhibited. The articles which mostly stand out are textiles, jewelry, ceramics, wood carvings etc. Most of the handicrafts are reproductions of Inca archeological pieces, such as queros (ceremonial vessels), necklaces, etc.

Archaeological Complex of Ollantaytambo

The archaeological complex of Ollantaytambo was built in order to monitor the entrance to this part of the Sacred Valley and protect it from possible invasions. You will have the opportunity to walk through the streets of the town and have a clear idea of how this military, religious and cultural center functioned during the era of the Inca Empire.

Chinchero

On the way back to Cusco we will visit the stunning town of Chinchero, where the remains of the royal house of Túpac Inca Yupanqui are located. You can appreciate its well-preserved Inca wall in the main square and visit the beautiful colonial temple with interesting handicrafts.

Day 3: Maras & Moray

Includes visits to

➡️ Town Maras
➡️ Moray
➡️ Salt mines Maras

Itinerary

The tour starts at your hotel where you will be picked up. The first place to visit is the beautiful town of Maras, where the houses still remain their colonial facades. The tour continues to the Archaeological site of Moray. The archaeological site consists of a system of circular terraces where the Incas practiced agricultural in a very intelligent way. The tour finishes at the Salineras “natural salt wells”. The Salineras are platforms formed by hundreds of white wells that can be seen from a distance as if it were snow. In was the first salt producing center in the colonial era.

Tour Description

Maras

Maras is a small town located at the west of Cusco at 3300 meters above sea level, from there you can see the Urubamba mountain range. The town only got inhabited when the elite of the Incas were stripped of their palaces in Cusco and had to leave to settle in other small towns such as Maras. Maras has a church made of adobe, with typical local architecture.

Moray

Moray is located about 7 km. southwest of Maras, its archaeological site is the only one of its kind. The archaeological site consists of a set of terraces that houses a variety of microclimates, from the first tier to the last. These terraces were used for agriculture with their respective irrigation channels. It is a prototype greenhouse or biological experimental station, quite advanced for its time.

Salineras or “salt mines”

The salt mines of Maras consist of about 3000 small wells. During the dry season the wells are filled or “irrigated” every 3 days with salt water that emanates from a natural spring located at the top of the wells. When the water evaporates, the salt it contains solidifies, then the salt is beaten and granulated.

Day 4: Rainbow Mountain

Includes visits to

➡️ Rainbow Mountain

Itinerary

You will be picked up from your hotel to leave with private transport to Cusipata where you will have breakfast. The drive from Cusco to Cusipata takes approximately 2 hours. Once you arrive in Cusipata you will start to hike to the rainbow mountain at an altitude of 5200 meters above sea level, the hike takes approximately one hour. Once you reach the summit of the mountain, you can see the panoramic view of the rainbow mountain. Before you start the return walk, you will have enough time to rest and take photos. The return walk will be to Llaqto, where you will have lunch. After lunch, private transport will pick you up and take you back to Cusco. You will arrive at between 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Cusco.

Tour Description

Rainbow Mountain

The rainbow mountain also known as Vinicunca, is one of the new and best attractions in Peru. It is located some 100 kilometers from the city of Cusco, with an altitudinal summit of 5200 meters above sea level. The name ¨rainbow mountain¨ was given due to the mountainous formation dyed in various colors, product of the complex combination of minerals. The colors you will be able to observe include red, purple, green, yellow, pink and other variations. The mountain was surrounded and covered by ice layers not many years ago. But when the ice layers began to disappear since 2016, the colors appeared and the rainbow mountain became one of the most visited places in Cusco-Peru, along with Machu Picchu.

Day 5-6: Machu Picchu by car

Includes visits to

➡️ Hidroelectrica
➡️ Aguas Calientes
➡️ Machu Picchu

Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco – Hidroeléctrica – Aguas Calientes

At 07.00 AM you will be picked up from your hotel to head to the Sacred Valley where you will have breakfast. After breakfast you will be going to Abra Malaga at 4400 meters above sea level. At the summit you can see the with snow covered Verónica and Salkantay mountain tops. From Abra Malaga you will be descending to the jungle area of Santa María, passing by the Urubamba River and arriving in Santa Teresa where you will make a stop for lunch. From Santa Teresa you will continue the tour by bus to Hidroeléctrica. At Hidroelécrica you will walk to Aguas Calientes, where you will have dinner and stay the night.

Day 2: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Hydroelectric – Cusco

Day 2 is the most significant day of you trip as you will arrive at Machu Picchu. There are two ways to get from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu on which you are free to decide; 1 ½ hour walk or a 30 minutes bus ride. However, it is recommended to arrive early to Machu Picchu in order to appreciate the spectacular sunrise. Once you arrive at Machu Picchu, you will have a guided tour of 2 hours around the most important points of the archeological site. After a considerable time, you will return walking to Hidroeléctrica where private transport will await you to take you back to Cusco.

Tour Description

A pleasant trip where you enjoy beautiful landscapes, valleys and mountains covered by snow, flora, fauna and rivers that descend from the top of the mountains with very crystalline waters, which will make your trip to the Inca city of Machu Picchu an unforgettable adventure. The historic sanctuary of Machu Picchu is a large Inca citadel, built on top of a mountain in the fifteenth century. It is internationally recognized as one of the seven world wonders and a cultural heritage of humanity.

Day 7-8-9-10: Choquequirao

Includes visits to

➡️ Choquequirao
➡️ Cachora
➡️ Chiquisca
➡️ Playa Rosalina y San Rosa
➡️ Maranpata
➡️ Sunchupata
➡️ Capuliyoc

Itinerary

Day 7: Cusco – Cachora – Chiquisca

In the morning you will leave by bus to the town of Cachora. From here one, you will begin to hike to Chiquisca. The first day’s hike you will be only descending. In Chiquisca you will spend the night.

Day 8: Chiquisca – Rosalina Beach – Sunchupata

On day 2 you will get up early for breakfast and continue the walk towards Rosalina Beach, where you will have lunch. After lunch you will walk until reaching Sunchupata, here you will have our dinner and camp.

Day 9: Sunchupata – Choquequirao – Chiquisca

On day 3 you will get up very early in the morning in order to appreciate the sunrise in Choquequirao. When you arrive at Choquequirao you will have a guided tour around the most important places of the archaeological site. After a considerable time spend in Choquequirao, you will start to walk back to Chiquisca, where you will camp.

Day 10: Chiquisca – Capuliyoc – Cachora – Cusco

After a good night of rest and a delicious and nutritious breakfast in Chiquisca, you will continue the trek returning to Cusco. You will walk along the same path until reaching the Capuliyoc and Cachora pass, which is a much smoother stretch. On the way you will see the exotic flora and fauna, the imposing snowfalls and the impressive canyon of Apurimac.

Tour Description

Choquequirao is considered one of the last Inca resistance bastions of 1536, located in the Vilcabamba Valley, it was a cultural and religious center. This citadel was allegedly used as a control center to ensure access to the areas of Vilcabamba, which connected the jungle with other important centers such as Pisac and Machu Picchu. During the trek you will appreciate the scenic beauty of the place surrounded by lush vegetation and wildlife.

Day 11: Offering to Pachamama and Inca Energy Meditation

Includes visits to

➡️ Temple of the Sun and Moon
➡️ Temple of the Monkeys

Itinerary

You will be picked up from your hotel at 10:00 AM to leave to the Temple of the Sun and Moon, here you will do an offer to the Pachamama and the Inca Energy Meditation. Once the ceremony is over, you will return to the city center Cusco for lunch. In case you leave Cusco the same day, you will be brought to the airport at 2:00 PM.

Tour description

The last day is very special, as you will dedicate the day to connecting with your inner self, your essence. In the temple of the Sun and Moon you will perform an ancestral Inca ceremony, with which you will be filled with the pure and healing energy of this magical place.

Tariffs

The tour includes

➡️ Professional bilingual guide for all the tours
➡️ Pick up from hotel
➡️ Camp equipment
➡️ Sleeping bag
➡️ Horses to carry equipment
➡️ Walking sticks
➡️ Transportation day 1: ticket city tour bus
➡️ Transportation day 2,3,4
➡️ Transportation on day 5-6
➡️ Transport Cusco – ….
➡️ Transport … – Cusco
➡️ Bus up and down to the archaeological center of Machu Picchu
➡️ Transportation day 7-8-9-10
➡️ Transportation day 7: Cusco – Cachora
➡️ Transportation day 10: Cachora – Cusco
➡️ Transportation day 11
➡️ Entrance ticket to the archaeological center of Machu Picchu
➡️ Entrance ticket to the Qoricancha
➡️ Entrance ticket to the Rainbow mountain
➡️ First aid kit
➡️ 10hotel nights
➡️ Complete alimentation for 11 days
➡️ Souvenirs
➡️ Offering to the Pachamama (Mother Earth) and Inca Energy Meditation
➡️ Transportation pick up and return to the airport

It is highly recommended to bring a rain coat, sunscreen, a small backpack, bottled water and hiking shoes.

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