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Machu Picchu Peru

Machu Picchu Peru

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The archaeological complex of Machu Picchu Peru is located in the department of Cusco, in the province of Urubamba and the district of Machupicchu. It is located on the eastern slopes of the Vilcanota mountain range, a chain of mountains bordered by the Apurímac and Urubamba rivers. It is located northwest of Cusco, 129 kilometers above the Urubamba River (hence the name of the Vilcanota River), in the mountains of Vilcabamba. Its altitude is about 2380 m.a.s.l The citadel of Machu Picchu is one of the most important archaeological sites in the world and is the main destination of Peru. Few works done by man show as much harmony with nature as the citadel of Machu Picchu shows us and the 33 archaeological groups that are united by the Inca trail. The archaeological complex is located at the top of the mountain, Machu Picchu (in Quechua means old mountain or important mountain) which gives the name to the citadel and the impressive landscape that we have all seen. In front of this, the incredible mountain of Wayna Picchu appears ("young mountain") in whose top and slopes some archaeological remains are located. Both summits limit with the mighty Urubamba River that runs towards the east, 400 meters below the citadel.

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Quick Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival to Cusco

Day 02City Tour of Cusco

Day 03: Sacred Valley

Day 04: Guided tour of Machu Picchu

Day 05Cusco City 

Day 06: Departure Day 




Full Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival to Cusco

Cusco expands through the Valley that forms the Huatanay River and the surrounding hills. Its climate is generally dry and temperate. It has two defined seasons: a dry one between April and October, with sunny days, cold nights and an average temperature of 13 °C; and another rainy, from November to March, average temperature 12 °C. The city of Cusco - Peru is located in the central and south eastern part of Peru, exactly in the western part of the Watanay river valley. The department has an extension of 76,225 Km², 5.9% of the Peruvian territory (1'285,215 Km²). These large territorial assemblages contain high Andean zones and jungles, with limits defined only by an interpretation of general physiological and climatic variables, but which are useful to understand the enormous diversity of the Cusco space.Come and discover the magic city of Cusco, a city full of history and adventures.



Day 2: City Tour Cusco.

The first day of your arrival it is advisable to make a city tour, our agency organizes this tour every afternoon. They are picked up from your hotel between 13:00 p.m. and 13: 20hrs. You will have a guided tour through the center of the city of Cusco, visit the Main Square, the Cathedral, the Temple of the Sun Qoricancha - Santo Domingo, then go out to visit the ruins of Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Puca Pucara and Tambomachay , returning to the city between 18:00 hrs. and 18:30 hrs.

 



Day 3: Sacred Valley of the incas

This tour starts at approximately 08:00 hrs. and ends at 7:00 p.m., we pass by your hotel at 7:30 a.m, to have a guided tour to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, over the Vilcanota River, for a panoramic view of the Inca citadel of Pisac and visit the typical Indian market of Pisac , where we will have the opportunity to learn about the customs of its inhabitants and haggle prices with sellers, then we will go to the inca city of Ollantaytambo to finally spend the night in this beautiful place.



Day 4: Guided tour of Machu Picchu

According to the time coordinated with your guide, you will look for your hotel to go up to Machupicchu together and have your guide of approx. 2 hours to 2 hours and a half. After your guided tour you will have free time to continue touring Machu Picchu on your own or down to the town of Aguas Calientes. In the afternoon or evening it would be your return being your possible train from 18:20 or earlier, it will depend on the availability. The train will leave from Aguas Calientes to the train station of Ollantaytambo, there the transfer will wait for you and will take you to the center of the city of Cusco leaving you close to the main square of Cusco or your hotel.



Day 5: Cusco city

On this day , you can take a relax and explore the imperial city of the ancient Tahuantinsuyo, visit its markets, buy some traditional souvenirs , you can do some potional activities and enjoy a funny night in the traditional neighbourhood of San Blas or go to dance in your last night in Cusco.

 



Departure day

Transfer to the Cusco´s airport. End of the tour, or alternatively, a good time to extend your trip!

Please note: a return flight to Lima can be arranged upon request



THIS TOUR INCLUDES:

  • Welcome by our Representative at arrival;
  • Transfer from/to the Cusco´s airport at arrival and departure;
  • Accommodation: 3* hotel (5 nights);
  • All entrance fees according to the itinerary;
  • Professional bilingual Tour Guides as per the itinerary;
  • Meals: 5x breakfast, 1x buffet lunch (during the Sacred Valley Tour);
  • Transport by a private van during the tours and local transfers;
  • A tourist train round trip to Machu Picchu (Expedition Class);
  • A shuttle bus Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - a round trip.


NOT INCLUDED:

  • Pre & post tour accommodation,
  • International nor domestic flights,
  • Airport departure taxes,
  • Entrance fee to Huayna Picchu mountain (U$80)
  • Meals not mentioned,
  • Travel insurance,
  • Tips and baggage portage (please note: it is a custom to give tips in Peru, however, it is not obligatory),
  • Other extras not mentioned.

Single room: Please note that if you have booked the "Single Room" option for this tour, you receive your own single room for all overnights.
Local flights: There is no local flight included in the cost of the tour.



What I will see in the city tour Cusco?

  • The Cathedral of Cusco: We start the city tour visiting the Cathedral of Cusco, the church of the Sacred Family, and the church of Triunfo.
  • The Qoricancha: Then we visit the Qoricancha temple, the highest expression of Inca architecture and engineering. The Temple of the Sun or Qoricancha, is also currently the Convent of Santo Domingo. 
  • Sacsayhuaman: The impressive fortress of Sacsayhuaman is strategically built on a hill from where you can see all of Cusco. It is famous for its huge carved stones, some of which are 9 meters or 30 feet high and weigh more than 350 tons. 
  • Qenqo: Located four kilometers northeast of the city of Cusco, it has the archaeological groups of "Q'enqo Grande" and "Q'enqo Chico". Etymologically, it means labyrinth or zigzag, served a purely religious function, being on the outside a semicircular amphitheater with trapezoidal niches and a monolith that simulates a puma which is approximately six meters.
  • Puka pukara: Puka pukara means "red fortress", because the calcareous stones with which it is built have acquired the reddish coloration of the terrain, very abundant in iron. It is alleged that he had the function of guarding Tambomach'ay, an important palace in the Inkario. But that, in turn, for its architectural layout and the existence of fountains, aqueducts and multiple enclosures, was a "tambo" that is, a collective shelter that offered inn and food to travelers, as well as the entourage that was to accompany to the Inka in his retirement in Tambomach'ay. 
  • Tambomachay: Tambomachay, is located about 8 kms. north of Cusco and very close to the ruins of Puka Pukara, it is an archaeological site that was dedicated to the worship of water and so that the head of the Inca Empire could rest. This place is also called Incas Bath. It consists of a series of aqueducts, canals and several waterfalls that run along the rocks. The surprising thing about this is that from a main waterfall, the Incas created 2 secondary waterfalls, which are exactly the same. That is, if one places two empty bottles, one in each waterfall, the two are filled at the same time.


What I will see in the Sacred Valley of the Incas?

  • Pisac Archaeological Complex: The archaeological complex of Pisac, is located on the top of a mountain from where a good part of the Sacred Valley is dominated. This wonderful place is formed by groups of platforms and architectural structures scattered on the slopes and at the top of the mountain, Pisac is one of the most beautiful monumental centers of the valley because it combines the landscape with the impeccable finish of its buildings. 
  • Pisac Handicraft Market: Located 30 km from the city of Cusco, the main square of Pisac houses this market, a colorful and lively place, where the most famous Cusco handicrafts made by Andean hands are exhibited, among the crafts, textiles, ponchos, bags, etc. stand out. , and the ceramic handicrafts, which are reproductions of Inca archaeological pieces, such as the queros (ceremonial vessels), necklaces, etc. This fair is attended by traders and inhabitants craftsmen from many villages, dressed in their typical costumes.
  • Ollantaytambo: built to guard the entrance to this part of the valley and protect it from possible invasions of the inhabitants of the jungle. We will have the opportunity to walk through the streets of the town and thus have a clear idea of how this military, religious and cultural center was during the Inca Empire.