“Throughout this interactive itinerary you will encounter a side of Peru that cannot be found searching in photos, books, or the internet; it has to be lived.“
Therefore, the first-hand experiences carefully planned and organized will allow you to encounter new insights on the culture, heritage and traditions of the locals and ancient customs. You will delve into inspiring discoveries, both new and old, of the Incas and the many ruins, temples, and the signs of life they have left behind that have created such an impact on the world today, and those that continue to thrive in the hearts of the locals. From the very beginning in Cusco, your time will be spent investigating the various ruins and museums that pay homage to the Inca and even Pre-Columbian arts and gold artifacts. In the Sacred Valley, you will realize for yourself and understand why the Inca called it the “Valle Sagrado” with its incredible topography, rivers, abundant fields of crops and majestic peaks in the background. Each day you will witness a new and enthralling experience that will sweep you off your feet.
Depending on your flight departure time, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to the city of Cusco. When arriving at Cusco, you will have another transfer waiting to take you to your selected hotel. After you have settled in, you will have an afternoon city tour that will include the very best of Cusco. You’ll visit the Koricancha Temple (Temple of the Sun) and the Cathedral with its magnificent chapels and baroque altars and paintings from the Cusquena School. The tour also includes the surrounding ruins of the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, the Inca bath of Tambomachay, Puca Pucara and the Amphitheater of Kenko (Private services). After the tour you will return to your hotel where you can stay and relax or continue to explore Cusco on your own.
After breakfast you will be taken on a full day excursion to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. (Private services.) You will visit Maras, the principal salt production center still in use since Inca times. It is an extraordinary spectacle of the terraced white salt mines that you can see from a short distance. Nor far towards the west are the circular terraces of Moray, built by the Incas in order to create different microclimates for agricultural purposes. A buffet lunch will be included in a local restaurant before you continue north to visit Ollantaytambo. Here you will see a fortress built during the Inca Empire, which is an excellent sample of military architecture and was used in a successful battle against the Spanish. Afterwards you will go to the village of Pisac and attend the lively local, agricultural open-market where artisans from all over the area congregate to sell their crafts. You will then return to Ollantaytambo overnight.
You’ll leave for a transfer to the Ollantaytambo train station. You’ll be on the Vistadome riding across the Andes. Guides will point out places of interest along the way to Aguas Calientes. Upon arrival you’ll have a ride to the entrance of the ruins where the guided tour of Machu Picchu begins (private services). In 2007, Machu Picchu was selected as one of the 7 New Wonders of the World. It is also thought to be a place for astronomical observation. You can decide for yourself as you explore the ruins of the temples, living quarters and many terraces. After the tour of Machu Picchu, you will have a buffet lunch at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge restaurant and return to Aguas Calientes. You’ll then depart on the Vistadome train to the Poroy train station. Upon arrival to Poroy you will be transferred back to Cusco and your hotel.
Thanks to Pablo at Columbus Travel, our trip to the Galapagos was perfect. Even though rebooking with Covid, Pablo was always very responsive and didn’t miss anything with planning our trip. We will use his services again in the future.
We really have had the most wonderful trip in Ecuador! So glad we could make the last minute switch from Peru to the Rainforest. We were thinking that your initial suggestion for having us go to Cuenca was probably better still as we have heard great things about that place. That means we will need to come back to Ecuador again. We also wanted to go to the cloud forest.
We look forward to working with you again next time!!
We want to sincerely thank you for being so professional, supportive and responsive, the whole part of the trip you helped us plan went perfectly smoothly and we will definitely recommend your services to anyone planning to visit Ecuador!
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I am a bit sad today as I leave Ecuador, but I am very thankful for the wonderful experiences we have enjoyed. A tribute to your thoughtful planning. I think I wrote to tell you of our successful experiences in the Galapagos.
Here are some comments from the past 15 days.
Starting from Guayaquil, we appreciated very much the experience and knowledge contributed by our guide Javier Marin.
Elvis our driver was also fabulous. Driving in all the different conditions in Ecuador requires great skill. We felt very safe at all times, and Javier and Elvis make a great team.