“This amazing five-day itinerary takes you through the most marvelous and enchanting visits between Cusco, the heart and soul of Peru and the Sacred Valley and the fascinating Machu Picchu.“
Each day you will discover something new and exciting as you experience Peru’s rich and lively culture that has continued to thrive for many centuries, since pre-Incan times. Explore the Sacred Valley and see for yourself why the Incas chose this unique place to settle as you visit the incredible terraced salt mines of Maras and Moray’s circular-shaped terraces the Inca created to manage micro-climates for different crops. In Ollantaytambo you will visit the Incan military fortresses and many other perfectly conserved ruins. Open markets are full of life where artisans and farmers from all over the area gather to sell their hand-made works of art created from different kinds of materials. The impressions Peru will leave on you will not be soon forgotten and will have you yearning to return to relive these incredible experiences!
Depending on your 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 get ready for 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, agricultural open-market where local artisans from all over the area congregate to sell their crafts. You will then return to Cusco and stay here overnight.
Early in the morning you will be transferred to the Poroy train station, about 20 minutes from Cusco. You will depart Poroy on the Vistadome train, riding across the Andes en route to Aguas Calientes at the foot of the Peruvian mountains where Machu Picchu is located. Once you arrive you will have a short bus ride to the entrance of the ruins where the guided tour of the Lost City will begin.
In 2007, in a worldwide internet poll, Machu Picchu was selected as one of the 7 New Wonders of the World. You can decide for yourself as you explore the ruins of the temples, palaces, living quarters and many terraces, leaving you bewildered on how the Inca were capable of such a feat.
After the tour and further exploring of Machu Picchu, you will have a buffet lunch at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge restaurant and head back to Aguas Calientes. You will then depart once more on the Vistadome train back to the Poroy train station. Upon arrival to Poroy you will be transferred back to Cusco and your hotel.
Hi Gabriela, Yes, we are now all back in Denmark after the best holiday of our life. I have done a fantastic job of ensuring this for us. Trips, guides, tours, and activities were all spot on, and we will, of course, make an online review 5 stars!!! Once again, thank you. We had a wonderful holiday that will stay in our hearts forever. Thank you.