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Cusco Classic

Enjoy visiting the most important capital of the Incan Empire while taking this tour, which includes the main attractions in the heart of the Incan Empire. Cusco is the main tourist destination in South America well known for being the former capital of the Incan Empire. Visiting Cusco means learning and witnessing the fascinating Incan structures, and culture, all the time enjoying the exquisite cuisine and the warmth of its people.

Itinerary

DAY 1: CUSCO CITY TOUR

Cusco is the historical and archaeological capital of South America, a title awarded by UNESCO to preserve its archaeological monuments and to keep their customs that come from the time of the Incas. Their great archaeological monuments defy time with huge complex which now amaze all visitors.

This is a half day tour starting with a visit the Santo Domingo Convent, famous for being built on the Incan sun temple structures, the main religious building of the Incas dedicated to the worship of the Sun. When the first Spaniards arrived they were amazed to see that the walls of the great temple were covered with gold plates. Following that tour, we will visit the Cathedral, a colonial religious monument of extraordinary artistic value with its fabulous paintings with a carved wooden frame, and the beautiful Church of the Company.

Continuing the tour, we visit the archaeological complex of Sacsayhuaman, where you will appreciate large terraces which overlap in zigzag formation surrounded by enormous stone walls well fitted with stone blocks exceeding 6 meters high and weighing over 120 tons. Simply a magnificent work of Incan architecture most worthy of being admired. You will also visit Q’enqo, which means “Labyrinth”. This place is a stone shrine that was used for ritual purposes.                                                 Also Pukapukara, which means “red fortress” because the calcareous stones with which is built have acquired the reddish color of the ground. And finally Tambomachay which was a sacred center of worship of water, that were also known as Incan Baths.

DAY 2: SACRED VALLEY TOUR.

The Sacred Valley runs along the Vilcanota River basin. You will witness amazing archeological towns built by the Incas. This valley was appreciated by the Incas due to its special geographical and climatic qualities, becoming one of the main places for agricultural production, besides its spiritual significance for the inhabitants of the area.

We start the tour visiting the archaeological complex of Pisaq, characterized by the harmony of its time-resistant and rugged terrain- resistant buildings. It is represented mainly by its amazing system of agricultural terraces, and its traditional market in Pisaq village located on the main square and surrounding streets. A very colorful place demonstrated by the diversity of the handcraft products. After this we will head straight to Urubamba to enjoy lunch.

We will rejoin the bus ride to the archaeological complex of Ollantaytambo. An Incan site that was a strategically based military center constructed to protect the city of Cusco from possible invasion. It is also regarded as a religious and agricultural center for enclosures to worship the sun and water, as well as its impressive system of agricultural terraces. Finally, we will go to Ollantaytambo station to board the train to Machu Picchu town (known as Aguas Calientes) where we will stay overnight.

DAY 3: MACHU PICCHU.

Machu Picchu is known as “The Lost City of the Incas”, considered one of the new 7 wonders of the modern world. It is a masterpiece of Incan architecture and engineering, and has unique architectural and landscape features. Machu Picchu has become one of the most popular tourist destinations on the planet, and has been recognized as cultural heritage of humanity by UNESCO. Visiting this place you will certainly find the greatest historical legacy of the Incas. We start early boarding the bus up to the citadel. Upon your arrival, your guide will take you on a walking tour through impressive buildings that blend perfectly with the natural landscape of the area. The site has three main sectors of construction. The agricultural sector, characterized by the imposing terraces that rise from the base of the mountains. The religious sector, full of imposing temples and shrines that were finely crafted. Finally, the urban sector, where the ancient Peruvians lived. At the end of the guided tour, you will be able to explore the citadel on your own. Finally, you will take the bus down from Machu Picchu to board the train back to Cusco.

DAY 4: DAY OF DEPARTURE

We will transfer you to the airport for the flight back to Lima.

Included / Not Included

INCLUDED

  • Accommodation + breakfast: 2 nights in Cusco + 1 night in Machu Picchu town.
  • All transfers for tours.
  • Entrance tickets to: City Tour, Sacred Valley tour and Machu Picchu tour.
  • Train Tickets round trip.
  • Bus tickets, up and down.
  • Guided tours with official tour guide.
  • Lunch for Sacred Valley tour (day 2).

NOT INCLUDED

  • Pick up from Cusco airport.
  • Food that is not specified.
  • Drinks and tips.
  • Tickets to the mountains of Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu.

Price

2016 prices per person

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Duration: 4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS
Level: Easy
Destinations: Machu Picchu