Cradle to the vast Incan Empire, the largest in pre-Colombian America, Peru’s power and gold attracted the Spanish conquistadors who used it to fund their own vast empire in the Americas.
As a result, colonial gems like magnificent Cusco were built on Incan foundations, making for a fascinating hybrid culture. Peru is peppered with Incan sites, but none so famous as the “lost city” of Machu Picchu, whose breathtaking image seems to grace every brochure and travel book.
Get acquainted with the wonders of the Incas in this exhilarating introduction to Peru. Embrace cultures past and present in the hills surrounding Cusco and delight in the amazing views as you travel by rail or by foot to Machu Picchu.
We'll pick you up from the Airport via private transportation to take you to your hotel, where you'll be welcomed with Coca tea which helps you to adapt to the 3,400m Cusco altitude. The rest of the day is yours to relax/explore/wander around the city and take in the sights and be fresh for the next day.
We'll pick you up from your hotel at 8:00am to take you to the bus for Sacred Valley. This bus will take you to the town of “Pisak”, 32km from Cusco. We'll take you to see a folk market, natives of the area making clothing by hand, then later stopping at a typical Andean restaurant buffet. Continuing on, you will visit the ruins, and amazing architecture of Ollantaytambo. The tour will end at 4:00pm, when we'll have three free hours to explore & have dinner.
At approximately 7:00pm, we take the train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes; the town of Machu Picchu where we'll arrive at around 9:00pm.
Machupicchu tour guide will welcome you to Machupicchu and will do a briefing on what time you will go up to Machupicchu and plan the next day with you.
We will be returning to Ollantaytambo aproximately at 6:10 depending on train availability to then take a private car to take you back to your hotel at Cusco this evening.
Your tour guide will meet you at your hotel in the morning to take you to the Machu Picchu bus stop and zig zag about 20 minutes before reaching the entrance of Machu Picchu.
Your tour guide will be with you for approximately two hours, visiting temple of the seven windows, the solar clock and the various other sites. After that you will have some time to explore Machu Picchu freely.
On the same day, we will be return to Ollantaytambo at approximately 6:10pm depending on train availability, then take a private car to your hotel in Cusco.
At 8:30am, breakfast is served at your hotel. You will then be picked up from your hotel and head out to the salt mines, and the town of Maras.
At the salt mines we will see how the mines were used by the Incas for economic trade. Seven miles away to the southwest, we will visit the unique Maras archeological site. It is described as gigantic natural round holes, these are kind of terraces and each terrace has a different temperature, where it was used by the incas as a lab to harvest different vegetables and take advantage of the reaction at different altitudes.
Return to Cusco is at approx. 2pm.
Depending on the departure of the flight we will take you back to the airport and say our goodbyes.