STANDARD TOUR PROGRAM #004
The Machu Picchu Inca Experience
7 Days / 6 Nights
Lima-Cuzco-Sacred Valley-Machu Picchu-Cuzco-Lima
Day 1 – Lima
Fly to Lima. Upon arrival, overnight at Costa del Sol Wyndham Airport hotel.
Day 2 - Lima/Cuzco
Make your morning flight to Cusco.
Greeting upon arrival and transfer from the airport to the Hotel Casa Andina San Blas. This three-star hotel is within walking distance of historic churches, museums and the main plaza of Cuzco.
Afternoon tour of Cuzco - The Plaza de Armas, which has been the center of solemn parades and great assemblies since Inca times; The Cathedral, built on the site where the palace of Inca Viracocha once stood, mixes Spanish Renaissance architecture with beautiful Inca stone-work. Its construction began in 1580 and took approximately one century to complete. Among its many treasures are nearly 400 colonial paintings, including those of the "School of Cusco" a very particular style developed by the blending of Inca and Spanish cultures. The Twelve Angled Stone, an example of Inca architectural achievement that continues to amaze the world, the twelve corner-angles fit perfectly with all the surrounding stone blocks. The stones were positioned without the use of mortar and have withstood earthquakes of the centuries; The Koricancha Temple, known as the "temple of the supreme Sun God " that colonial chronicles described as having the inner walls covered with gold plates to reflect the sun's rays entering through windows specially positioned for that purpose; and the nearby ruins Sacsayhuaman, a massive fortress made of large stones, including one weighing 125 tons, arranged in a zig-zag shape in three platforms.
Sacsayhuaman presently serves as the location for the Inti Raymi Festival (Festival of the Sun) held every year on June 24 and; Kenko, or Quenco, (zig-zag) another great example of skilled Inca masonry work consisting of a large limestone slab covered with carvings, thought to have been used for ritual sacrifices.
Here is also a mysterious cave with large niches, and an amphitheater facing north with 19 niches; Tambomachay, consisting of a beautiful ceremonial bath, popularly called "Bath of the Inca”, formed by four walls linked by stairs and adorned with crystalline waterfalls. Return to Casa Andina San Blas for overnight. (Breakfast)
Day 3 - Cuzco/Sacred Valley
Early morning pickup for a full day tour of the Sacred Valley. Our first stop is Awanakancha, a beautiful Exhibition Center of Textiles and South American camelids such as llamas, vicuñas, and alpacas.
Continue to the Urubamba Valley of the Incas, considered the historic heart of the Inca Empire. It was intensively cultivated with terraces increasing its harvest several fold. Small villages lined the valley floor, while the stone fortresses of Ollantaytambo and Pisac served the dual purpose of providing protection and serving as religious centers. We arrive to the colorful Pisac Indian Market, have sometime for free exploration. Lunch at Sonesta Posada del Inca Yucay hotel. Continue to Ollantaytambo for a tour of the ruins. The enormous step terraces protecting the fortress are spectacular. The bastion's walls were built with huge blocks of granite. This location was the site of a major battle during Manco Capac's Inca rebellion against the conquistadors. Overnight at Pakaritampu Hotel. The hotel was built in the architectural style of Cuzco and is surrounded by lawns and garden of local plants and flowers. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 4 - Sacred Valley/Machu Picchu
Early morning transfer to the Ollantaytambo train station for the Vistadome train to Aguas Calientes. The Vistadome trains have beautiful panoramic windows offering unsurpassed scenic views and photographic opportunities. Entertainment on board, snacks and hot and cold refreshments are included on the journey. Aguas Calientes is renowned for its natural hot baths, which give the town its name ("hot waters" in Spanish). Upon arrival, transfer by bus to Machu Picchu. Afternoon guided tour of the Inca citadel including park entrance fee, bus and lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge.
Machu Picchu is one of the world's most impressive archaeological sites. Built by the Incas on the summit of the mountain of Machu Picchu (Old Peak), it overlooks the deep canyon of the Urubamba River in a semi-tropical area at 8,000 feet above sea level. It was “re-discovered” in 1911 by the American professor Hiram Bingham, although locals knew of it’s existence all along. The building style is "late imperial Inca". It is thought to have been a sanctuary inhabited by high priests and the "Virgins of the Sun". No signs of post-conquest occupation were found. The original entrance to the complex is the Intipunko" (Sun Gate) on the southwestern side of the citadel at the end of the Inca Trail. You can easily take a short walk out from the main ruins to the Sun Gate. Overnight at Hotel Inkaterra Machu Picchu. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 5 - Machu Picchu/Cuzco
Morning return (on your own) to the citadel including bus and entrance fee. An early arrival will give you the opportunity to walk out to the Sun Gate to obtain the classic Machu Picchu photograph of the rays of the sun first illuminating the ruins. Your guide the previous day will brief you on what time to arrive to the gate. This morning is also a good opportunity to hike up Huayna Picchu, (Young Peak), (Entrance fee NOT included. Must be booked in advance.) that is as much a part of the site as the buildings of the citadel. The towering granite peak overlooks Machu Picchu to the north with a steep, well-preserved original Inca path, well worth the one hour climb for an astounding view of the citadel and the entire valley. Note that this hike is not suited for those nervous about heights and sheer drop-offs. Afternoon Vistadome train back to Cuzco - Poroy Station, with private transfer to your Cuzco hotel, the Casa Andina San Blas. (Breakfast)
Day 6 - Cuzco
Free day for optional activities. Cuzco has many shops with colorful, diverse and creative handicrafts. These include textiles hand-made from alpaca wool, ceramics, religious imagery, dolls, gold and silver jewelry and more. Wandering around the colorful fruit and vegetable market is a photographer’s dream. There are many excellent restaurants where you can enjoy delicious regional cuisine. Overnight at Hotel Casa Andina San Blas. (Breakfast)
Day 7 – Cuzco/Lima
Late morning transfer from your Cuzco hotel to the airport for your flight back to Lima. Make your connections to the States or elsewhere. Optional overnight in Lima. (Breakfast)
|Inca Experience 2018
7 Days / 6 Nights
|Private Service Daily Departures|
|Price per person||$2725||$1784||$1639||$1587||$1537||$489|
|Price varies depending upon number of travelers,
hotel substitutions, optional tours and services.
| Available Options:
- Overnight in Lima on Day 7
- Lima Colonial City Tour & Larco Herrera Museum on Day 8
- Airport transfers.
- Guided sightseeing as detailed in the itinerary.
- Ground transportation (bus and train).
- Meals according to the itinerary.
- Accommodation at selected hotels with breakfast.
What’s Not Included:
- Meals not noted in itinerary.
- Optional tipping to guides and local staff.
- Airport departure taxes.
- Items of a personal nature (sodas, alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.).