Upon your arrival in Cusco, you'll be greeted by a representative who will introduce you to your private guide and driver for your Cusco visit. They will then accompany you in a private vehicle to Pisac, a significant Inca site located in the Urubamba Valley, with various stops along the way.
Llama & Alpaca Ranch | En Route to Pisac On the journey to Pisac, you'll have the opportunity to encounter the diverse Andean camelids that inhabit this region, including llamas, alpacas, vicuñas, and guanacos. Alpacas are known for their thick wool, commonly used in textiles, while vicuñas, smaller in size, possess delicate fur considered the finest in the world.
Guided Visit of Pisac Market and Ruins Following your visit to the Llama & Alpaca Ranch, continue to Pisac, where you can immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of the town's famous market. Here, you'll discover an array of handcrafted goods and fresh produce. Afterward, explore the Pisac ruins, featuring Inca masonry of exceptional quality. These terraced ruins follow the natural contours of the mountain, offering spectacular views of the valley. You can explore this remarkable site at your own pace.
Explore Ollantaytambo and its captivating ruins, where the town retains its original Inca layout, with inhabitants residing in traditional cancha enclosures once occupied by Inca elites. The archaeological site here is of immense historical importance, as it was the setting for a significant battle during the Conquest, one of the rare instances where the Incas triumphed over the Spaniards. Following this visit, your journey continues.
In the afternoon, you'll head to Maras, home to the extraordinary Salinas, a unique site nestled in the heart of the Sacred Valley near Urubamba. These vast terraces collect salt through the evaporation of saline waters flowing from an underground stream. Constructed similarly to agricultural terraces found throughout the Andes, the Salinas have been in use since pre-Columbian times. The salt-encrusted terraces create a visually striking scene. Nearby, in Maras, you'll discover the enigmatic Inca terraces of Moray. This exceptional site, believed to have been used for agricultural experiments, features several large circular terraced depressions. After your visit, you'll be transferred back to your hotel.
Maras Salt Mines
We will take the train to Km 104, where we will embark on a approximately 6-hour hike. We will start by crossing a bridge that spans the banks of the Urubamba River, beginning at the archaeological complex of Cachabamba. Then, we will ascend towards the ruins of Wiñay Wayna. Access to this site is only on foot, and it is the closest archaeological site to Machu Picchu. Our next stop will be the Inti Punku (Sun Gate), where you will get your first incredible view of Machu Picchu, a sight that leaves everyone in awe. From here, we will begin our descent towards Machu Picchu.
Discover the awe-inspiring ruins of Machu Picchu on a guided tour led by an expert guide. This iconic destination, often referred to as the 'lost city of the Incas,' stands as a testament to human ingenuity and the prosperity of the expansive Inca empire in pre-Columbian America. Discovered just over a century ago through an excavation led by Yale archaeologist Hiram Bingham and the National Geographic Society of Washington, Machu Picchu has rightfully claimed its place in history.
Perched on a mountaintop at 2,430 meters (7,972 feet) above sea level, Machu Picchu is believed to have served as an Inca settlement for economic control over neighboring communities. It is often associated with the royal property of Pachacutec, the influential Inca responsible for expanding the empire.
Your guided tour of these spectacular ruins will delve into their rich history and significance while you bask in panoramic views. After the visit, you'll take a bus back downhill to the quaint town of Aguas Calientes, from where you'll catch your train for the return journey to Cusco.
Take the Vistadome train from Aguas Calientes to Poroy, a service designed for an immersive experience with its spectacular panoramic windows, ideal for soaking in the breathtaking views along the journey. This PeruRail mid-range option consists of five cars, offering both comfort and quality, along with snacks and beverages. The focus is on captivating guests with an ever-changing and impressive environment, providing the perfect opportunity to capture stunning photos during the approximately 3-hour and 15-minute journey.
Please note that the baggage allowance for this service is limited to hand luggage with a maximum weight of 5 kg (11 pounds) and a maximum size of 157 cm (62 inches) when adding the length, height, and width.
Upon arriving at Poroy train station, an Andean Exclusive representative will be there to welcome you. They will then transport you to your hotel in Cusco, which is roughly a 20-minute drive away.
Experience a 4-hour guided tour in and around Cusco, a city situated at 3400 meters (11,155 feet) above sea level and often regarded as one of the most beautiful in Peru and South America. It was once considered the "navel of the earth" and served as the capital of the Tahuantinsuyo, the Inca Empire, which at its zenith, extended north to southern Colombia, south to northern Chile and Argentina, and east through the Andes to the Amazon Basin.
Your tour begins with hotel pick-up, leading you to the Plaza de Armas in the city center. Delve into the city's rich history as you explore the streets and buildings where pivotal moments unfolded. Visit the impressive Renaissance-style Cathedral, one of the city's most imposing structures, and admire the intricate masonry of Qoricancha, the revered "Temple of the Sun" of the Incas.
Venture to the vibrant open-air market of San Pedro, offering a dazzling array of unique fruits and potatoes. Finally, head to the city's outskirts to witness the significant Inca ruins of Sacsayhuaman.
Cusco Main Square
On the way out from Cusco, a representative will pick you up from your hotel 2 hours and 15 minutes earlier to your flight and take you to the airport. The representative has already your boarding pass to get inside the airport and would help you with check-in process and be there if you need something in the counter. Then will escort you to the entrance of departures launge to say goodbye.
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