Imperial Cusco

Imperial Cusco

Cusco - Machu Picchu - South Valley

Imperial Cusco

7 days
Cusco - Machu Picchu - South Valley

Day 1. Yucay The Legacy Km 0    
Day 2. Pumamarca Hike    
Day 3. Kay Machu Picchu 2D/1N    
Day 4. Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain / to Cusco    
Day 5. Cusco Archeological AM / Cusco City Walk PM    
Day 6. South Valley    
Day 7. Out PM    

Day 1. Yucay The Legacy Km 0  

Take flight from Lima to Cusco
Today, you will be met by your representative at the airport, who will introduce you to your private guide and driver who will be with you during your stay in Cusco, then you will be escorted in a private vehicle to Yucay.
Yucay: The Legacy 
Yucay is one of the most beautiful villages in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Although it is not very visited by tourists, it possesses a mysterious charm that bewitches its visitors. Perhaps this is due to its buildings of Inca origin. Or to the traditions of its people. The truth is that for many it is the valley town with the best climate and most fertile lands.
During the Inca period, Yucay was the residence of the emperors Huayna Cápac and Sayri Túpac.
In colonial times, it was one of the most important points because the 'Yucay valley' was also integrated by the towns of Maras, Yanahuara, Urubamba, Chichubamba, Huayoqari, Huayllabamba and Urquillos.
During your visit, you can visit the Inca Terraces, enjoying the variety of local crops. You will see the sunset surrounded by nature and enjoy the most beautiful and hidden landscapes of the Sacred Valley.

Day 2. Pumamarca Hike  

Pumamarca Hike
Little-visited Pumamarca ruins are the remains of a hillside fortress that once guarded the entrance to the fertile Sacred Valley. Built on a steep slope overlooking the convergence of the Río Patacancha and Yuracmayo rivers, its prime position, away from any tourist crowds, rewards visitors with panoramic views. The total half-day trek covers approximately 6km (3.7 mi), which is about two to four hours of hiking. We arrange for you the Pumamarca ruins trek on a private basis only, not as a group tour. The trek can only be booked as part of a tailormade trip to Peru, not on a standalone basis.
Pumamarca trek route
You will drive first to the community of Pallata, approximately 20 minutes past the town of Ollantaytambo, to reach the starting point. Here you will walk along a trail for around 2km (1.2mi), taking around an hour and a half, through terraced countryside and passing the community’s houses for a glimpse into local life. The hike is uphill, gradually climbing to the Pumamarca ruins. You guide will show you around the ruins, which are comprised of various structures including ceremonial buildings, storage houses and enclosures. It is one of the few places that the Spanish suffered a defeat against the Incas.
From here begin the moderate descent along a different path for approximately 4km (2.5mi), taking around two hours, where you will follow ancient aqueducts towards the terraces of Conchapata to be greeted by a private picnic lunch. Your vehicle will be ready waiting when you finish.

Day 3. Kay Machu Picchu 2D/1N  

Transfer from the Urubamba Valley to the Ollantaytambo train station
Today you will be picked up from your hotel and driven in a private vehicle approximately 20 minutes to the train station in Ollantaytambo to begin your journey to Machu Picchu.
Train Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
As the name suggests, the train has spectacular panoramic windows to make the most of the incredible panoramic views during the incredible trip. This service has a total of five cars and is the mid-range option of PeruRail, offering comfort and quality in addition to snacks and soft drinks. The approach of the......  is to captivate guests with an impressive and constantly changing environment while giving them the opportunity to take some spectacular photos of the trip. The journey from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes is about 1.5 hours.
**The baggage allowed for this service is hand luggage (which we can provide) with a maximum weight of 5 kg/11 pounds and a maximum size of 157 cm/62 inches (length + height + width). Our representatives will coordinate for larger suitcases to be kept in a safe place at your hotel until your return from Machu Picchu.
Upon arrival in the town of Aguas Calientes, you will board a bus for a winding uphill journey to your final destination.   
Two Days in Machu Picchu | Two-day tour accompanied by expert guide | ""Magnificence"" is the only word to describe the scene, as you contemplate the ruins of Machu Picchu. The main destination in the lists of many travelers, the 'lost city of the Incas' is a wonder made by man that has become a symbol of the ingenuity and prosperity of one of the most expansive empires in Latin American history. Only a century ago the incredible ruins were discovered; a two-year excavation led by Yale archaeologist Hiram Bingham and the National Geographic Society of Washington DC allowed Machu Picchu to gain the prominence it deserves. 
Its fascination is partly due to its position, on top of a mountain and 2430 m/7972 ft above sea level. It is believed that it was an Inca settlement built to control the economies of neighboring communities, associated with being the real property of Pachacuti, the great Inca who caused the expansion of the empire. Enjoy a two to three hour guided tour of Machu Picchu before spending the rest of the afternoon exploring the ruins after most visitors have left the site. Then return by bus to your hotel in Aguas Calientes.

Day 4. Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain / To Cusco

Second Day in Machu Picchu | Accompanied by expert guide
This morning, take a bus back early for a day full of activities in the ruins.
Trek to Huayna Picchu
Huayna Picchu is the mountain behind Machu Picchu. This hike is exhausting and is only recommended for people who are not afraid of heights and who have a good level of physical condition, as it requires a good amount of climbing. There are fabulous views of Machu Picchu from the top. You may want to extend your visit and also go to the Temple of the Moon, which is near Huayna Picchu. This will add an additional hour to the total of this tour. The total approximate time for this tour is 2 ‍ hours, or 3 ‍ hours if you visit the Temple of the Moon. Degree: Rigorous 
After your visit to Machu Picchu, you will take a bus to the village of Aguas Calientes to take the train back to Ollantaytambo and Cusco.
Train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
As the name suggests, the train has spectacular panoramic windows to make the most of the incredible panoramic views during the incredible trip. This service has a total of five cars and is the mid-range option of PeruRail, offering comfort and quality in addition to snacks and soft drinks. The approach of the train is to captivate guests with an impressive and constantly changing environment while giving them the opportunity to take some spectacular photos of the trip. The journey from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo is about 1.5 hours.
The baggage allowed for this service is hand luggage with a maximum weight of 5 kg/11 pounds and a maximum size of 157 cm/62 inches.
Transfer from Ollantaytambo train station to Sacred Valley 
Upon arrival at Ollantaytambo train station, you will be met by a representative of Andean Exclusive and transferred approximately 2hrs back to your hotel.   

Day 5. Cusco Archeological AM

Back to the Outskirts
4-hour tour accompanied by one of our expert guides | There is much more to historic Cusco than just the heart of downtown. There are extraordinary Inca ruins on the outskirts
After you are picked up from your hotel, you will get to know the most important Inca archaeological sites around Cusco and you can choose which one to visit depending on what you have already explored in Cusco. The highlight is the temple-fortress of Sacsayhuaman, in an imposing position overlooking the city. 
This is the only known Inca site that features megalithic architecture, with its imposing zigzag terrace walls made of the largest cut stones incorporated into any structure in the world. Then you can choose to visit more of the archaeological sites that are in the vicinity, including Tambomachay, a spring water source that is believed to be worshipped by the Incas, Quenco, a stone maze and Puca Pucara, a tower within the archaeological complex of Sacsayhuaman.

Day 5. Cusco City Walk PM

Cusco on foot | 4 hour tour accompanied by expert guide
One of the best ways to know any city is on foot. This is particularly true in Cusco, which was originally designed by the Incas as a walking city, exemplified by the narrow alleys seen throughout the city. Travel to the Plaza de Armas, where you will start your walk from one place to another. What may initially draw his attention is the exquisite Spanish colonial architecture and ornamentation: after the conquest, the Spaniards strategically lavished the former Inca capital with their own grandeur to exert religious and political influence. Underneath everything, however, you can clearly see the remains of Inca Cusco in the form of solid stone.
Your trek will feature the main sites of Qoricancha, the most sumptuous ""Temple of the Sun"" of the Inca Empire, and the impressive Cathedral, a repository of Cusco’s colonial art, as well as many other important relics and archaeological artifacts. After visiting these two sites, you can customize this experience according to your own interests by selecting from the following options:

  1. The charming and informative Chocolate Museum will take you on a journey through time, giving you an idea of the ancient history of cocoa and giving you the current understanding of this incredible plant in all its varieties. You can also learn about the complex biology required to grow and maintain the plant, along with an advance in the production process of fair trade organic cocoa products produced there.
  2. Inaugurated in June 2003, the Museum of Pre-Columbian Art is exclusively dedicated to the preservation and presentation of the arts of ancient Peruvian cultures and has a large selection of pieces dating from 1250 BC. to 1532 AD. C. with eleven galleries and texts modernly equipped in Spanish, English and French, this museum is an exquisite addition to the itinerary of any discerning history buff.
  3. Rows and rows of fresh local produce, meat and other seasonal ingredients are what you can expect to see as you maneuver through the bustling stalls of the San Pedro market. The local market of Cusco, San Pedro, offers a colorful and tasty opportunity to experience all the flavors, colors and textures characteristic of this Andean region. Have an exotic fruit as a snack or take home some aromatic herbs to taste. This market surely has something delicious to offer for all tastes.
  4. Not far from the Plaza de Armas, the streets begin to narrow, the slope of the road becomes a little steeper and the aroma of fresh coffee awakens your senses. The shop windows become dominated by fine handicrafts produced by local artisans, and the beautiful old houses, with walls built with Inca stone, are charming with their colonial facades. You have reached the neighborhood of San Blas, known for being one of the most picturesque districts of the city. Wander the streets, venture into one of the many cafes and be sure to visit the church, which features an intricately carved wooden pulpit that will surely take your breath away.
  5. Concha mansion, a fully restored colonial mansion owned by the San Antonio Abad National University of Cusco, has become home to an excellent selection of repatriated Inca artifacts excavated by Hiram Bingham during his exploration of the wonderful Machu Picchu. A Yale archaeologist, Hiram had transported this extensive collection of artifacts to be studied at the University, and then exhibited the pieces at Yale’s Peabody Museum. Years of controversy surround this collection, with arguments over exhibition and research rights. A selection of the thousands of fragments and artifacts was recently returned, which are now exhibited in this beautiful mansion.

Day 6. South Valley

Southeast of Cusco | 6-hour tour accompanied by an expert guide 
Embark on a tour of the southeast of Cusco, a region dotted with colonial churches, Inca and pre-Inca ruins and stunning landscapes. In the morning, you will first head to Andahuaylillas, a small village surrounded by mountains southeast of Cusco. Here you will find the beautiful Church of San Pedro de Andahuaylillas, commonly known as the "Sistine Chapel of America" and known for its splendid murals and original, fully restored organ. From there, your journey will take you to Pikillacta, an expanding site that presents the only ruins of a pre-Inca city in the Cusco region. 
This site, attributed to the Wari culture (c. 1000 d. C.), was strategically located and designed for defensive purposes with solid walls at ground level and entrances only at the second level. However, compared to the striking Inca style, the masonry here is relatively rough. Artifacts excavated in Pikillacta, such as miniature figures of turquoise color, can be seen in the Archaeological Museum of Cusco. 
Its last stop on the way back to Cusco is Tipón, a little visited Inca complex consisting of a walled enclosure with some of the channels, hydraulic works and more complex Inca baths, some of which are still in operation.

Day 7. Out PM

Transfer from airport to hotel in Cusco | Take flight from Lima to Cusco 
Upon arrival at Cusco airport, you will be greeted by an English-speaking office representative as well as your guide, and taken to your hotel. Along the way, your guide will inform you about the activities you have planned and answer any questions you may have.
Rest is recommended upon arrival. Take some time to relax, lie down, drink plenty of fluids and let your body acclimate to the height.
Transfer from hotel in Cusco to airport 
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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