CUSCO MAGIC 6 DAYS / 5 NIGTHS

Code: TCM
Duration: 6 Days and 5 Nights
Departures: Every day, all year round

ITINERARY

DAY 01: Cusco/Sacred Valley

A representative of our company will be in Lima Airport to assist you in your flight to Cusco. Upon arrival in Cusco, your personal guide and private driver will greet you at the airport to head straight to Urubamba in the Sacred Valley. where you will be able to rest and acclimatize. En route, stop for a short visit of Awanacancha where you will have the opportunity to see the different camelids that live in the Andes such as llamas, alpacas, vicuñas and guanacos. Overnight in Sacred Valley. (B. L.)

DAY 02: Amaru / Pisac

This morning will go to Pisac where we will follow a dirt road that will take us to the community of Amaru, where the locals will welcome us and begin explaining their daily life, traditions and the work that the Association does on behalf of the traditional culture. After a short briefing, we will go into the fields to learn the ancestral agricultural traditions and participate in their daily farming routine. We will start with the “Weaving workshop”, including a short hike through a native forest, where we will collect the plants that we will use to dye our natural fibers. We will also discover the medicinal and culinary properties of some of these plants. The women of the community will show us their ancestral and weaving techniques that are still used today, ending with a delicious local lunch. Driving back to the Valley, we will appreciate the great views of the most impressive complex of agricultural terraces of the Sacred Valley and will visit the village of Pisac and its beautiful traditional market, which has scores of stands that exhibit and sell products. In the afternoon we will return to our Hotel in Urubamba. (B.L.)

DAY 03: Urubamba / Machu Picchu

Early in the morning, our vehicle picks up to go to Ollantaytambo station for your two-hour train, where you will see the drastic changes from mountain vegetation to cloud forest. On arrival in Aguas Calientes you will board a bus to reach the entrance of Machupicchu. “ magnificence” is the only word to describe the scene and Machupicchu ruins, the “ lost city of the Incas. Believed to be an Inca settlement built to control the economies of neighboring communities, it is associated with being the royal state of Pachacuti, the great Inca who sparked the expansion of the empire. Enjoy a 2 hour guided visit of Machupicchu and after lunch, in Santuary lodge restaurant we will continue exploring the ruins and optionally hike to Intipunku ( sun Gate) where the majority of visitors have left the inca site. Afterward, return by bus to your hotel in Aguas Calientes. (B.L.)

DAY 04: Machupicchu / Ollantaytambo / Maras & Moray / Chinchero / Cusco

Early departure by train from Machupicchu pueblo to Ollantaytambo Village where we will visit the fabulous town of Ollantaytambo and its archaeological sites. The town is unique in that it still preserves its original Inca plan with people living in traditional canchas enclosures once occupied by the Inca elite. We will also visit the Inca ruins situated on a hilltop landscape with surrounding terracing and cyclopean rock. we will continue our route to Maras, the site of the remarkable and unusual Salinas, located in the heart of the Sacred Valley. This site consists of a huge number of watered terraces that collect salt by evaporation from the saline waters that gush from an underground stream. Built in a similar way to agricultural terraces seen throughout the Andes, the Salinas have been in use since pre-Columbian times. Visually, the shining, salt-encrusted terraces are extraordinary. Nearby Maras the most enigmatic Inca terraces at the site of Moray, a very unique arqueological site in the region, probably used for agricultural experimentation, consists of several enormous terraced circular depressions. In these natural formations, nature has created environmental conditions or microclimates that in modern time people need create in greenhouses or hothouses to get the same results.we will enjoy box lunch with beautiful panoramic landscape, Chinchero will be the next stop to visit the Inca Ruins, the colonial Church and some weaving centers to witness the making of traditional weaving with natural dyes. Finally, we will arrive to Cusco city, check in hotel. (B.BL.)

DAY 05: Cusco city tour and nearby ruins

Morning free. In the afternoon will go by car to Saqsayhuaman, a vas fortress built on three platforms, overlooking the city of Cusco. From here we continue to Kenko, a site or worship with a high rock carved into the shape of a Puma, which dominates a series of canals, passageways painted with animals. The road continues uphill to reach Puka-Pucara and Tambomachay, a site with Inca baths. Return to Cusco, and visit the main sites around the Plaza de Armas – the Cathedral, the Inca walls with its 12 angled stone and the Sun Temple of Koricancha inside the Santo Domingo Church. At the end, we can leave you in the restaurant or in your hotel. (B.)

DAY 06: Cusco / Lima / Out

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Lima – or any other connecting destination. (B.)

Private service: Combined

IncludedNot IncludedWhat to Take
  • Hotels with breakfast
  • Tours mentioned
  • Entrance fees to cathedral, qoricancha, and archaeological
    sites
  • Transfers on arrival and departure
  • Meals detailed on the itinerary
  • Official guides
  • Standard class hotels in Cusco,Sacred Valley
  • Train ticket round trip from ollantaytambo to
    Ollantaytambo
  • Transfer sacred valley hotel / Ollantaytambo station/
    Cusco Hotel
  • Tourist transportation for all the services
  • Personalized assistance
  • Meals in the main cities
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Extras
  • Taxes
  • Tips
  • Laundry services
  • Additional tours
  • Insurance
  • Airline tickets
  • Good Walking Shoes
  • Standard clothing used for travelling outdoor worldwide
  • Light Outdoors Gear
  • Rain protection gear, sun protection and insect repellent
  • Warmer clothes especially in the Months of May – July when temperature can vary
    from hot days to freezing nights. In the altitude, layered clothing systems are best
    for Peru’s diversity