“Peru begs for your attention with amazing topography, ancient ruins, vast lands with both modern and traditional customs blended together, Peru is the perfect place to visit.“
In Cusco, you will be in the oldest continuously inhabited city in all of South America with ancient foundations. Retrace the steps of the Inca visiting Ollantaytambo and the fascinating ruins that have lasted through the sands of time, all the way to Machu Picchu, the Incan fortress tucked away in the forested mountains where the Andes meet tropical rainforest. Further south leaving the Sacred Valley, Peru will take your experiences to new heights and depths as you reach Puno, located on Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world. Here, just like the rest of Peru, is another vibrant but separate culture that finds new ways to charm you each day. The blends of traditions, customs, cuisines, and landscapes will create a memorable adventure!
After breakfast you will leave your hotel with provided transportation to the airport for your flight to Cusco. Once you arrive in Cusco, you will once more be transported to your hotel in Cusco so you can settle in before the afternoon’s excitement of exploring the ancient Incan city of Cusco.
The afternoon tour of Cusco includes all the absolute best and must-see sites. For example, you will visit the Koricancha Temple, known as the Temple of the Sun and the Cathedral with its magnificent chapels and baroque altars and paintings from the Cusquenian School. Your tour also includes the surrounding ruins of the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, the Inca baths of Tambomachay, Puca Pucara and the amphitheatre of Kenko. Each of these four ruins are incredibly well preserved, allowing you to appreciate their magnificence in awe. (Private services). You will return to your hotel in Cusco for an overnight stay.
Entering the Sacred Valley, you’ll stop at the Maras salt depository. Since Incan times, Maras has been a salt producer. You can still see the salt pans filled by underwater springs, supplying Cusco and other areas. Nearby, circular terraces resemble a deep-bowl in the earth, believed to be used by the Inca for experimental agricultural purposes. Each terrace creates a different micro-climate, allowing for different crops to be grown.
Afterwards, you’ll continue to Ollantaytambo to visit a fortress built during the Inca Empire, even used in one of the successful battles against the Spanish. It is an excellent example of Incan engineering. You can also visit the village of Pisac to experience their local agriculture markets, as well as artisanal works of crafts and arts. Locals gather from the Urubamba Valley to trade and sell their works. Afterwards, you’ll be taken to your hotel in Ollantaytambo.
After beginning your day with a delicious breakfast you’ll be picked up for a transfer to the Ollantaytambo train station. You’ll depart by the Vistadome Valley train making your way to the enchanting site of Machu Picchu where you’ll discover the lost city. The train will stop at the foothills of the mountains in a small town called Aguas Calientes. You’ll then be provided transportation to the entrance of the Machu Picchu where your guided tour begins. Upon entering be prepared as the sight may take your breath away once you realize just how big and incredible this Incan fortress really is. Soak in the moments of this amazing engineering masterpiece of an ancient world so long ago.
Machu Picchu is also thought to be a place for astronomical observation. 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.
You’ll have lunch after the visit in the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge restaurant and stay the night in Aguas Calientes.
After your check out, according to your hotel, you’ll have some leisure time to explore Aguas Calientes, as well as some time inside of Machu Picchu to explore the ruins even deeper one last time before returning via the Vistadome train to the Poroy train station near Cusco. A transfer will be awaiting your arrival to transport you to your hotel. You will stay the night in Cusco.
Hi Sofia. We had a great time on board Ocean Spray. The crew and guide were fantastic. Truly an experience my Grand daughters will not forget. Their dive trip was great. Our son in law who is a US AirForce dive master said it was one of the best organized trips he had been on.
Thank you for organizing all of this for my family. We reallly enjoyed it. Ray.
It was a fantastic experience, even better than we expected! Sofia and the Columbus team were excellent; they were very responsive, quickly answered any questions we had, and were available to help us navigate the logistics of our trip. They even helped coordinate some travel logistics outside of those they booked for us and solved a few issues while on our trip.
I would highly recommend Columbus and this trip to the Galapagos to anyone!