Cusco – Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu

5 Day Tour

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OVERVIEW

Cusco is completely filled with Inca buildings. In colonial times, the Spanish built a new city on top of what they found.

Enjoy the sights including the Main Square, neighbourhood of San Blas and its craftsmen; Jesuit church, La Merced, San Francisco and San Cristobal. Archaeological tour of the outskirts. Cusco is a highly cosmopolitan city and this is noticeable especially at night in its numerous bars, restaurants and discos.

DAY 1 - ARRIVAL IN CUSCO

On arrival in Cusco, transfer to your hotel. Your holiday starts at Coricancha, also known as the "Temple of the Sun" (QuriKancha golden temple), built on the orders of Inca Pachacútec (1438 - 1572) and which, when the Spanish arrived, became the base for the convent of Santo Domingo. During the Inca Empire the temple was dedicated to worship of the sun ("Inti") and was at times filled with gold. Then to the cathedral, the most imposing monument on the Main Square. Construction started in 1560 and it was completed in 1654. After that you will be taken to Sacsayhuaman, one of the emblematic buildings of the Inca Empire (just a few minutes from the centre of the city and a UNESCO World Heritage Site) built by the Inca Pachacutec in the 15th Century. It is a vast fortress built from huge stones; how they were transported and worked is still a mystery. It has been calculated that what we see today is only twenty percent of the original structure, because when the Spanish arrived they used its stones for new buildings such as the cathedral.

DAY 2 - OLLANTAYTAMBO & SACRED VALLEY

Your tour today starts in the village of Ollantaytambo, a typical example of Inca urban planning that is still lived in today. Pachacútec (1438 - 1572) conquered the village, destroyed it and built a new one, which became part of his empire. It was at that time that he fortress of Ollantaytambo was built, a great complex of buildings that was actually a "tambo", a place of rest and lodgings for officials who had travelled long distances. It is undoubtedly one of the master works of the Inca Empire. After lunching in a selected restaurant, you will visit the village of Pisac. Pisac was built in the shape of a partridge and is famous for two things: its handicrafts market and because it harbours one of the most important archaeological sites in the Sacred Valley. The market has dozens of stalls displaying products made by the inhabitants of the zone. There are textiles, carvings, and replicas of ancient Inca pieces. (B,L)

DAY 3 - CUSCO TO MACHU PICCHU

We take you to the railway station at Ollantaytambo where you will take the train to Aguas Calientes. From there you will climb up a hillside to Machu Picchu, a masterpiece of engineering and construction that is believed to have been used as a sanctuary and resting place for Inca Pachacutec (1438 - 1572). Machu Picchu, which means "Old Mountain", is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the seven new wonders of the world. (B)

DAY 4 - MACHU PICCHU TO CUSCO

Enjoy optional activities - but make a reservation first. Today you may return to Machu Picchu and visit any of the tourist attractions there. You could visit Intipunku, which means "Doorway of the Sun" and is the last stop before entering Machu Picchu if you take the Inca Trail from Ollantaytambo. It was a sort of gatehouse and the sun emerges through this gate every day if it is viewed from the city´s most important buildings. You could climb Wayna Picchu, which means "Young Mountain", in contrast to Machu Picchu. The ascent takes approximately one hour and its principal attraction is the "Temple of the Moon", a complex of underground buildings, probably destined for use by the elite. Finally, you could go to Inca Bridge, an incredible stone structure that served as the entrance or exit to the city and that has a gap in the middle several metres long, over which two large wooden planks were placed. Thus the Incas could cut off the city for their own protection, by just removing the planks. In the afternoon you will be taken to Aguas Calientes station to take the train back to Ollantaytambo and your hotel in Cusco. (B)

DAY 5 - CUSCO DEPARTURE

Transfer from the hotel to the airport. Assistance with check-in. (B)

PRICES ON REQUEST

Normally this holiday would form part of your overall holiday to Peru. Rates vary frequently, depending on your hotels choice, number of people in your party and period of your trip.

We work with the highest quality hotels of different styles in each area – which, in some cases, may mean the 'authentic' rather than the obviously luxurious – and we do not always opt for the obvious. So it’s a matter of working out what’s right for you, based upon your tastes and the experience you want.

All the holidays have been carefully crafted by our experts. However, we understand that every travel experience should be as unique and individual as each traveller.

Our specialists are looking forward to hearing from you so that we can tailor a tour to your individual specifications.

CUSCO'S MAGIC CITY - 5 DAYS
CUSCO IS THE GATEWAY TO MACHU PICCHU. (CODE: LMT)