Exploring the Sacred Valley of the Inca
This four-day vacation package lets you experience the most important sites of Cusco, and explore Machu Picchu, as well as enjoy a full-day tour of the Sacred Valley of the Inca, where Quechua-speaking farmers still use hand plows fashioned from wood to harvest corn, barley, squash and beans amid the ruins of once mighty Inca fortresses and towns.
- Transport from and to airport
- Three nights in the hotel of your choice
- English-speaking guides
- Cusco city tour
- Full-day Sacred Valley excursion
- Orient Express Expedition Train
- Guided tour of Machu Picchu
- Entrance fees to historic and archaeological sites
Prices available upon request
Day 1: City Tour and Archaeological Ruins
Pickup at the airport and transfer to your hotel. Because of the high altitude, 11,152 feet above sea level (3400m), it is highly advisable that you take a short rest to acclimatize. In the afternoon, you will have a city tour highlighting Cusco’s historic past, the fusion of Inca and Spanish architecture. The excursion features walk-thru tours of the Cathedral and the ruins of Koricancha (or Temple of the Sun), which was looted and razed by the Spanish, who then constructed the Santo Domingo Church on its massive foundation. You will also explore the four main ruins just outside the city: the Sacsayhuaman Fortress, Kenko, Puca Pucara, and Tambomachay.
Day 2: Sacred Valley of the Inca
Breakfast. Excursion to The Sacred Valley of the Inca. The first stop, Pisac, is famous for its Sunday Mass and daily outdoor market. The excursion is best when taken on Tuesday, Thursday or Sunday, when the market is expanded and attracts traders from surrounding communities. The Sunday mass is held very early in the morning in the native language, Quechua, and is attended by the community elders from neighboring villages, wearing traditional dress. (Note: Special arrangements can be made in private service to witness this weekly religious event, as well as to hike to the impressive Inca ruins of Pisac, which towers above the village.) After lunch, visit the Inca Citadel at Ollantaytambo, a sprawling complex of ruins characterized by fine masonry, terraces, canals, fortress walls, and the Temple of the Sun. (B/L)
Day 3: Machu Picchu Excursion
Breakfast at the hotel, then pickup and transfer to the train station to board PeruRail’s Expedition Train for the 4-hour journey to Machu Picchu, the “Lost City of Inca.” Experience this mysterious ruins, with its ingeniously engineered underground water canalization and its sacred citadel of temples, mausoleums, squares and royal houses. Widely believed to have been built in the mid-15th century by Inca Pachacutec, Machu Picchu was the secret city of the Inca, never discovered by the Spanish. Its rediscovery for the world was made in 1911 by American explorer Hiram Bingham, and it remains South America´s most spectacular archaeological site. Lunch at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge beside the ruins. Afternoon, return to Cusco on the train.(B/L)
Day 4: Farewell
Breakfast. Transfer from the hotel to the airport. (B)
(B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner
Suggestion: Altitude is a consideration for anyone planning to travel to Peru’s highlands. For trips to Cusco, it can make a huge difference to spend your first day in the Sacred Valley (2,400 mts./9,000 ft) to acclimatize and avoid problems with altitude sickness, before ascending to the Inca capital city of Cusco (3,360 mts./11,152 ft.). We are happy to adjust your itinerary to help ensure that “soroche” isn’t a factor during your vacation.
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