Hotel 3 ***
Private or Shared Transportation
This short journey of four days and three nights has been created to visit the unmissable region of Cusco and its most significant places or highlights. You will be able to visit the beautiful archaeological sites surrounding the city of Cusco named as 4 Ruinas. In addition, you will have the opportunity to visit the complex of Pisac and its colorful traditional market, stop at the fortress of Ollantaytambo and travel on a coal train to discover the majestic citadel of Machupicchu, still shrouded in wonder and mystery.
Upon arrival at Cusco’s airport or bus station, a private driver will be meeting and driving you to your hotel located in Cusco’s downtown. Free time to adjust to the altitude and explore city center. In the early afternoon, we will start our experience walking the Plaza de Armas, the center of the Incas capital. We will start visiting the Cathedral, an impressive building that has many paintings from the Escuela Cusqueña (School of Cusco) as well as real goldsmith treasures. We will continue our discovery in Santo Domingo and Koricancha Monastery, ancient temple of the Sun. Then we will head towards the most important archaeological sites surrounding the city of Cusco. We will start with Tambomachay, and then descend on foot to PucaPucara, Kenko and Sacsayhuaman. This last one is a fortress, and it was built on a hill, which dominates the city of Cusco. It is characterized by its gigantic blocks of stones nested to the nearest millimeter, some of which exceed 9 meters (29.5 ft.) in height and weigh more than 550 tons. Rest of the day free and overnight in Cusco.
After breakfast, we will start our journey going to the Sacred Valley of the Incas (30 km // 18 miles away from Cusco) with a beautiful landscape bordering the Urubamba river. We will stop in different spots to take pictures and arrive to the archaeological complex of Pisac. It is made up of terraces, fountains, observatories and even a necropolis, the largest in the region. It was from there that the Incas controlled and dominated the Sacred Valley. At our descent, we will be able to visit the town’s famous craft market. We will continue until we reach the town of Urubamba, the place for our lunch and then follow the river until reach the village of Ollantaytambo and visit the imposing archaeological fortress. Finally, we will walk towards the train station located in the same village and take the train to Aguas Calientes, a small village located at the foot of the famous Machupicchu. Arrival and installation at the hotel. Free evening and overnight in Aguas Calientes.
* In order to guarantee a safe and punctual service, the national train company Perurail asks passengers going to Machupicchu to take only a small backpack of 5kg and 157cm (height + width + length) maximum or a bag cabin type. Please note that the company has become very strict regarding these restrictions. Suitcases and large travel bags will not be accepted on the train. You will leave your luggage and personal belongings for the day, leaving them at the hotel in Cusco before the excursion. After the excursion of Machupicchu, you will return to the Hotel in Cusco.
Early in the morning, we will take the shared bus to go up to the most famous Inca site in the country: Machupicchu, "old summit" in Quechua’s language. During your guided tour (around 2h), you will discover, still enveloped in the morning mist, this architectural complex built on a narrow ridge bordered by precipices. An impressive vision that evolves with the progression of the sun. We will then walk through the alleys of the citadel, its quarters, its squares, its royal houses, its agricultural areas, its paths and its observatories. After the guided tour, we descend in the afternoon to Aguas Calientes to take the train to Poroy. (The closest train stop to the city of Cusco) Arrival to Poroy and transfer to your Hotel. Overnight in Cusco. (Without assistance on arrival).
Extra activities to do on site: (not included in package and reserved in advanced) Possibility of adding the ascent of the Huaynapicchu Mountain or Montaña Machupicchu depending on availability. (These mountains are part of the landscape of the citadel of Machupicchu and have different times and entrances, since they take more time to climb and visit).
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