Classic Tour To Machupicchu
Cusco is a UNESCO World Heritage site is an architectural and cultural jewel of the city set in the South-eastern Andes of Peru. Cusco is also fascinating, the immortal city stands
unbreakable offering past history of the ancient Inkas they built many temples to their gods or simply for their gobernors like pachacuteq as we appreciate the base of many houses are Inka architecture.
This former capital of the Inca Empire stands at 3350m above sea level a fascinating mix of colonial churches, monasteries and convents, and extensive, pre-Columbian ruins. Almost every central street has remnants of Inca walls and much of this ancient stonework now serves as foundations for more modern dwellings. Originally named Qósqo, meaning ̈Navel ̈, the city was considered to be the center of the world by the Incas. From there the Incas expanded outwards to form what was at the time the world ́s largest empire.
- Day 1 – Tour to the Ancient Inka City and a Fantastastic Colonial Cathedral.
- Day 2 – Hike to Tambomachay, and the monumental Inka fortress Saqsaywaman.
- Day 3 – Sacred Valley of the Incas.
- Day 4 – Aguas Calientes & Machu Picchu back to Cusco.
- Day 5 – End of Tour.
Classic Tour To Machupicchu 5 Days
Day 1 – The tour to the Ancient Inka City and a Fantastastic Colonial Cathedral.
Once you get off the airplane we will be there waiting for you and take you to your chosen hotel then you will be resting for a little while and get ready for your walking city tour.
In the afternoon you will be collected from your hotel for your walking tour of Cusco’s historical centre. You will be accompanied by a qualified English speaking guide. You will visit Cusco Cathedral which is one of the finest Colonial Cathedrals in the Americas. Building started in 1560 and was completed in 1664. Situated on the Plaza de Armas, this impressive building lies at the heart of many traditional festivals.
When the Conquistadores arrived, bringing Catholicism with them, local people combined many catholic feast days and customs with their own Andean customs and rituals, leading to some of the most colorful yet devout celebrations in the world. Qoricancha (from the Quechua word Quri Qancha meaning ‘Golden Courtyard’), originally named Inti Qancha (‘Temple of the Sun’). It was the most important temple in the Inca Empire, dedicated primarily to Inti, the Sun God.
The Church of Santo Domingo was built on the site, using the ruined foundations of the temple that was flattened by the Spanish in the 17th century, and is a fine example of where Inca stonework has been incorporated into the structure of a colonial building. Then visited the stone of twelve angles located near the main square in a very narrow street made of green granite a test INKA magnificent building not exactly known what was the functionality of this stone twelve angles but we can be sure that it was a temple of great importance at the time of INKAS. in this same street is a cougar carved granite stone once again leaves us an impression of wisdom in building their temples and shrines of religious importance.
Day 2 – Hike to Tambomachay, and the monumental Inka fortress Saqsaywaman.
Today is a great day a fantastic sunrise with a cup of coca leaves tea you will get more energy after breakfast Your expert guide will tell you all about the sites and start to explain the history of the Incas and their great empire.
Tambomachay: Situated at 3.700 m of sea level a Quechua word ( Tampu machay ) the place where people can rest a short period of time it could also be the bath of the Ñusta ( the Inca princess) it is also believed the sanctuary to the cult of water. Next stop will be Puka Pukara Quechua word (red fortress).
This is an Inca archaeological site it was a military and administrative site it was built to control ,provide security and defend the Cusco city, as well as the control of the route to Calca that led to the Antisuyo (Forest County of the Inca). The route then goes to the carved rocks of the Temple of the Moon and through the maze of rocks and tunnels of the Temple of the Monkey before arriving at Qenqo.
Is believed to be a multifunctional religious site was also a place of Andean worldview where nature converges and the space around us and astrological observatory, commissioned by people specifically looking for the seasons, the wise INKAS this archaeological site is unique, here the carving of many animals can be seen in high relief were considered secondary gods in the time of the Incas, and consists of ruins formed by rocks with stairs in a zigzag, and a main building similar to a circular amphitheatre where 19 window sills are located as a way of seats.
You then move on to one of the most important Inca sites in South America, the enormous fortress of Saqsaywaman Scene of epic battles between Conquistadores and Incas, this cannot fail to impress. While the high towers that once dominated the skyline were long since razed to the ground, the sheer scale of the zigzag stone walls is a sight to behold. Its construction took over seven decades and required the work of approximately 20,000 men. The stone was dragged from 20 miles away and still today we are not quite sure how they moved the huge megaliths into place. Some of its external walls exceed 30 feet in height and the largest stone weighs over 350 tonnes.
From Sacsayhuaman we will head down to.
Day 3 – Sacred Valley of the Incas.
This tour begins at approximately 08:00 hrs. and ends at 19:00 hrs., we go through your hotel, to take 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 a typical Andean market Pisac where we will have the opportunity to learn about the customs of the inhabitants and bargain with vendors, then we went to the city of Urubamba, traveling on the River Vilcanota, returning to Cusco between 18:30 to 18:40 hrs. Pisac Archaeological Complex The archaeological complex of Pisac, is situated on top of a mountain from where much of the sacred valley.
This wonderful place is made up of 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 it combines landscape with impeccable finish of their buildings. Pisac Market Located 30 km from the city of Cusco, the main square of Pisac market houses, colorful and cheerful place, where the most famous Cusco Andean handicrafts made by hands are exhibited , including crafts, projecting pieces textiles, ponchos bags, etc. handicrafts and ceramics, which are reproductions of Inca archaeologies parts like stocks ( ceremonial glasses ), necklaces, etc. To this fair traders and artisans of many indigenous peoples , dressed in their costumes.
Ollantaytambo Lunch at a local restaurant in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. In the afternoon we visit the fortress and citadel of Ollantaytambo, built to guard the entrance to this part of the valley and protect it from possible invasion from the tribes of the jungle. We will have the opportunity to walk the streets of the town and have a clear idea of what this military, religious and agricultural center during the Inca Empire.
Chinchero On the way back to Cusco we will visit the picturesque Andean village of Chinchero where the remains of the royal hacienda of Tupac Inca Yupanqui. Admire its well preserved Inca Wall at the Main Square, visit the beautiful colonial temple with interesting frescoes on the portico, built on the foundations of an Inca building.
Transfer to your hotel in Cusco for the night.
Day 4 – Aguas Calientes & Machu Picchu back to Cusco
After an early breakfast at your hotel, we take the bus up to Machu Picchu, arriving well before the majority of tourists. The name Machu Picchu translates as ‘Old Mountain’, in contrast to the nearby peak of Huayna Picchu which means “Young Mountain”. Constructed by the Inca Pachacutec in the 15th Century, it was mysteriously abandoned 100 years later during time of the Spanish conquest.
It is generally believed that it was never discovered by the Spanish and simply disappeared into the jungle, hidden from western eyes until it was “discovered” by Hiram Bingham in 1911.
He arrived with the help of local people who knew of its existence, and indeed there was actually a family living and farming amongst the ruins. You will enjoy a tour of Machu Picchu led by a qualified English speaking guide before having some free time to explore the site by yourselves. Your guide will lead you on a full exploration of the ruins – staircases, terraces, temples, palaces, towers, fountains and the famous sundial. In the afternoon, you will head back to Machu Picchu train station for the departure of your train.
You will be met at the train station and returned to your hotel in Cusco.
- Estimated walking time: 2 hours.
- Maximum altitude point: 2,400 m (7,870 ft ) Machu Picchu.
Day 5 – End of Tour
After breakfast we will pick you and drive you to the airport of Cuzco from there you continue your journey.
What is included?
- pick and transfer from airport to hotel
- all pick ups from all ports or hotels
- entrance tickets to Machupicchu
- buses up and down
- Pre-departure briefing: You will meet your guide and group in our office for an orientation to the trek and we will provide you the duffle bags which will be carried by our porters or horses depending what destination you are hiking. The meeting will be at 6:00 PM the evening before your trip begins.
- Transport: pick up from your hotel in the morning and transportation in a private vehicle to the starting point of the trek.
- English speaking tour guide ,
- Accommodation: all hotels will be included
- Trekking Cook: A chef specialized in cooking on the trail, with an assistant, will prepare all of your delicious meals along the journey .
- Medical kit: Our crew will bring a first-aid kit, including emergency oxygen bottle.
- Train tickets: From Cuzco to Aguas Calientes and viceversa . (subject to availability)
- Transport: Private transport from hotel to train station and viceversa
- 24-hour guest service: We have telephone service available 24 hours/day for ease of communication and preparation with the agency leading up to your trek.
- Walking Sticks: You can rent a set from our company if you would like.
- Last Day: Lunch and Dinner in Aguas Calientes.
- Personal clothing and gear
- Travel insurance
- Tips for our staff
- Additional costs or delays out of control of the management (landscape, bad weather condition, itinerary modification due to a safety concern, illness, change of government policy, political instability/strike, etc.)
- all meals which is not specified
- all entrances to inka sites