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CUSCO ARCHEOLOGICAL 7 DAYS

Duration 7 Days and 6 Nights
Departures Daily departures from Cusco Peru
Activities Cusco City tour and Nearby ruins,
Full day tour to Sacred valley visiting markets of Pisac and Chincheros with Ollantaytambo fortress
Machu Picchu with overnight in the Aguas Calientes town
Half day tour to South Valley visiting Andahuaylillas “Peruvian Sistine Chapel”
Half day tour to Mara’s Salt Flats and Moray ruins with lunch
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DAY 1: CUSCO CITY TOUR
Upon arrival to Cusco Airport. Reception and transportation to the Hotel where you will receive an aromatic coca tea to help your body and heart with the altitude, you will have the morning free to rest and we also suggest you to have a light lunch either at your hotel or in one of the restaurants near the hotel; in the afternoon you will depart on a guided city tour, where tourist have the opportunity to visit 6 places (entrance to the archaeological centers and museums including) we will visit the Main square, Cathedral, the Koricancha (temple of the sun) and in addition we will make a route bordering archaeological centers like Sacsayhuaman Fortress, Q'enko, Puka Pukara and Tambomachay, tour finishes 6:30pm approximately at the main square in order you can take dinner in one of the restaurants in the area, then overnight. (No meals included).

NOTES:
*City tour: from 1.45pm to 6:30pm approx. (Pickup from the hotel starts at 1:15pm)


DAY 2: FULL DAY SACRED VALLEY TOUR
Breakfast. You will be picked up at 8:15 am. Full day excursion to the Urubamba Valley visiting: The colorful Indian market in Pisac where a mixture of color, tradition will be able appreciated. Pisac is located to the entrance of the Sacred Valley followed by Ollantaytambo. Most people visit Pisac to see the market on Sunday, but there are smaller markets on both Tuesday and Thursday. However Pisac is a pretty village and has plenty of small handicraft shops and is worth a visit on any day of the week as is a good place to buy the local ceramics including a huge and varied collection of hand-painted multi-coloured beads. Lunch in a typical restaurant in Urubamba then we continue with Ollantaytambo which is an attractive little town located at the western end of the Sacred Valley, considered the older town continuously occupied of the American continent is located at the foot of some spectacular Inca ruins which protected the strategic entrance to the lower Urubamba Valley. The narrow streets of Ollantaytambo, along with their channels that have not varied from the Inca time, evoke their ancestral inheritance, and then finish visiting Chinchero.
Chinchero is a small Andean Indian village located high up on the windswept plains of Anta at 3762m about 30km from Cusco and is believed to be the mythical birthplace of the rainbow. Its major claim to tourism is its colorful Sunday market which is much less tourist-orientated than the market at Pisac. At the end, return to Cusco arriving at 6:30pm approximately at the main plaza.

The night is free for you to eat in a restaurant of your choice; although we always have plenty of suggestions for you should you require them. (B, L)

Note: Take this tour on market days: Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday // Bilingual Guided tour on different days

DAY 3: SOUTH VALLEY (Note: Take this tour on: Mon, Wed and Fri)
Early breakfast and then we will pick you up at 7:45 am for a tour in the valley south where you can visit the following sites:

TIPON: This beautiful set of agricultural terraces, long stairways and canals carved in stone is located about 20 km southwest of the city (45 minutes). According to legend, Tipon is one of the royal gardens ordered the construction Wiracocha. It consists of twelve terraces flanked by stone walls and huge terraces perfectly polished, these are quite large and as one moves, shrink, as well as canals and ornamental waterfalls.
Apparently, Tipon was part of the real estate Yahuarhuaca while, a place dedicated to religious worship and agricultural experimentation.

Highlights of the harmony achieved greatly in the conduction of water through the fine stone structures as aqueducts, some of them underground or falls gullies.

PIKILLAQTA: The complex includes the city itself plus another 23 sets associated with closeness and functionality, containing historic or Muyna Wakarpay lagoon, with a suggestive landscape considered one of the most beautiful in the world. Pikillaqta was built during the heyday of the Wari culture AD 500 or 900 years. This great urban and ceremonial center of almost 2 km long, consists of a citadel surrounded by ramparts and walls up to 7m. in height. There are numerous deposits qolqas or barns and buildings in almost every small stones have been used together with mud.

In some precincts were small idols in turquoise on display at the museum Inca. Pikillaqta stands as a massive set of stone structures concentrated on a hill overlooking the beautiful lagoon of Lucre. Pikillaqta fleas or city, is perhaps the greatest pre-Inca city in the region and its name derives from the presence of numerous compounds of only 4 m square which apparently belonged to a military garrison.

ANDAHUAYLILLAS: Is a cozy village with a warm climate rather benign as a result of being surrounded by mountains and the left bank of the river "Vilcanota" below which is called "Urubamba" lands have a privileged fertility and its people are quiet and friendly.

In its vast main square, adorned with "rams" and palm trees is their most valuable jewel: the colonial church of Andahuaylillas, considered the "Sistine Chapel" of the Americas, the quality of the work of art that are in their interior. That church was built on some important Inca constructions, possibly a "Waka" as the foundation of the church were made with carved andesites own religious Quechua architecture, turn around are the remains of other Inca constructions, highlighting the cover of transitional architecture (transition from colonial to Inka) on the western side of the church with sculptures of two quadrupeds in its lintel.
At the end, return to Cusco arriving at 1:30pm approximately at the main plaza. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight (B, Box Lunch)

DAY 4: MACHUPICCHU OVERNIGHT TOUR
Early breakfast and pickup to go the train station to depart to Machu Picchu, the trip takes about 4 hours. During the trip we will have an amazing view of the landscapes of the Sacred Valley of Urubamba and the Amazon rainforest providing you a small hint of how much Peru has to offer. Upon arrival to the little town of Aguas Calientes you will have to approach the bus station towards Machupicchu the “Lost City of the Incas” (Only 20 minutes ride) to receive a professional guided tour by this Huge Historical Sanctuary visiting the Main Plaza, the Circular Tower, the Sacred Sun Dial, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows and various burial grounds follow by some free time to explore the zone on your own and experience the energy and force contained therein, an according time, we will go down to the Aguas Calientes town to relax at the hot springs or just overnight at the select lodging in Aguas Calientes town. (B,L).

TRAIN SERVICES:

The Hiram Bingham is the most luxurious way to journey between Cusco and Machu Picchu. For many visitors a trip to Machu Picchu is a once in a lifetime experience, and the Hiram Bingham assures a magical journey, never to be forgotten.
The carriages are painted a distinctive blue and gold and the interiors are luxurious, warm and inviting with elegant decoration in the style of the 1920's Pullman trains.
Each of the carriages has been furnished in polished wood and brass with large chairs and plenty of space to stretch out. As you board, the tables are exquisitely laid, ready for your meal, with gleaming crystal and polished cutlery.

On board you will be served by a team of dedicated waiters who will attend to your every need and make sure your journey is as comfortable and luxurious as you imagined.

The Vistadome connect your senses through a sophisticated and sensory travel experience; is the ideal train for those who want to be in contact with the environment and appreciate the wonderful journey to Machu Picchu.
Surrounded entirely by glass and wagons with large panoramic windows offering incomparable scenic views and innumerous opportunities to capture amazing pictures, Vistadome travelers feel connected and part of the impressive landscape of Peru.

The Vistadome also has air conditioning and heating, leather seats that adjust the body to provide comfort and relaxation during the entire trip and has a different service, which allows the visitor to be immersed and feel the Andean culture through its landscapes, music, dance and even food carefully prepared with local ingredients

The Expedition is a travel experience with all the quality and benefits at a lower cost. Is a service designed for the traveler’s comfort, with four passenger seats located in front of each other, so you can share your experience, and for the faithful backpack that is always with you we offer racks placed above the seats. Also, this train has panoramic windows, air conditioning and heating, and Andean music that creates a cheerful atmosphere.

DAY 5: MACHU PICCHU / CUZCO
Breakfast and rest of day at leisure by your own (Entrance and bus fee to Machu Picchu Not included on this day) in the afternoon return to Cusco. Reception at the train station and transfer to the Hotel where it passed the night (B).

Upon request: You can make a second visit to Machu Picchu and have the chance to know hidden places, such as the Intipunku (Gate of the Sun) or for more adventures can take a hike to the top of Huayna Picchu (Young Mountain) to visit the Temple of the Moon and enjoy a spectacular view of the city. Or if you have good physical conditions can take a hike full of adrenaline to the Putukusi mountain opposite position than Machu Picchu which allows us to have other unforgettable views from this new wonder.

DAY 6: MARAS AND MORAY (Note: Take this tour on: Mon, Wed and Fri)
We will pick you up from your hotel at 7:45 am for a tour in the valley south where you can visit the following sites:

MARAS : In the town of Maras, can see the snowy mountain of the Incas Sacred Valley and the Vilcabamba. At present this district keeps attractive pre-Hispanic, colonial and republican, highlighting people in the colonial doorways with coats of the nobles and chieftains from the sixteenth and twentieth century’s.
Split the town of Maras two routes, one to the archaeological complex of Moray and the other to the salt mines of Maras, each with an approximate distance of 4 km.

SALINERAS: OR "SALT MINES": Located northwest of the town of Maras consist of about 2000 small wells, which were already exploited since Inca times as a means of economic exchange and is still being exploited by the locals.
The small wells with an average area of about 5 m², built on the side of the slope of the mountain of "Qaqawiñay" during the dry season is fill or "water" every 3 days with salt water that comes from a natural spring located at the top of the wells to the water evaporates, the salt contained in it gradually solidifies. This process will continue for about a month until a considerable volume of solid salt, about 10 cms. height from the floor, which is then beaten and well granulated, the salt is then bagged in plastic bags and shipped to markets in the region today that iodized salt is still so its use is not harmful.

MORAY: Archaeological group unique in the region. It is famous for its sunken amphitheater, formed by four circular terraces which seem to disappear within the highlands, by way of an artificial crater. Apparently, the place was an Inca agricultural research center dedicated to the experimentation of cultures around the different altitudinal levels of the plots (some more than 100 m deep). The terraces, retaining walls built on filled with fertile soil and watered by complex irrigation systems, allowed to grow more than 250 plant species.

The gallery has a depth greater than 45 m and the average height of each platform is 1.80 m. It is considered that the site was an important center of agricultural experimentation during Inca times. Through the use of concentric terraces because the temperatures at each level are different from each other, have played all the ecological zones covered by the rule of Tahuantinsuyo.
Besides being considered for Incas as a place of concentration of female energy, which is considered as a magnetic center of the Pachamama.
At the end, return to Cusco arriving at 1:30pm approximately at the main plaza. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight (B, Box Lunch)

DAY 7: TRANSFER OUT
Breakfast and according time, transportation will be provided to go the airport (B).

END OF SERVICES



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INCLUDES: All hotel and lodge accommodations based on double or single occupancy. All scheduled transportation. All transfers. All scheduled excursions with English-speaking guide services. All entrance fees. Meals as specified in the itinerary. B=Breakfast; L=Lunch; D=Dinner.

IMPORTANT: For a better service, the company informs you that it has autonomy to change the Hotels mentioned in the itinerary with another one of similar category if therefore sees it by advisable taking into account justifiable availability of spaces or other reasons, if this it is the case you will be notified ahead of time.

NOT INCLUDED IN THE FEE
International and domestic airfares, airport departure taxes or visa fees, excess baggage charges, additional nights during the trip due to flight cancellations, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages or bottled water, snacks, insurance of any kind, laundry, phone calls, radio calls or messages, reconfirmation of international flights and items of personal nature.

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