Machu Picchu, the Inca Sanctuary

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This is the Classic Cusco Tour that every first Cusco visitor must take to know all important places in this mysterious land. Get to know the City of Cusco; The Sacred Valley of the Inkas and the Lost City of The Inkas: Machu Picchu. However, an extra days in Machu Picchu makes this Cusco experience complete. With this extra day, you will have the opportunity to visit one more time Machu Picchu and access some areas you were not able to reach on your first day such as the Inti Punku, the HuaynaPicchu or watch this magical sunrise that all people talk about.

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Places Visited 

Day 01: Cusco City
Day 02-03: Cusco – Sacred Valley – Cusco
Day 04-05: Cusco – Machu Picchu
Day 06-07: Machu Picchu – Cusco
Day 08: Cusco - out

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Detailed Itinerary 

Machu Picchu, the Inca Sanctuary
5 days / 4 nights

Day 01: Cusco City

Arrival. Reception at the airport and transfer to hotel. Welcome coca tea; drink to acclimatize to the high altitude. In the afternoon, visit of Cusco’s Historical Inca and Spanish Colonial Monuments, such as the Main Square, known in Inca times as Huacaypata or the Warrior’s Square, it was the scene for many key events in Cusco’s history. The Cathedral, originally built on the site of the old temple of Suntur Wasi (House of God), now the church of El Triunfo, a particular interest are the choir cloisters, the pulpit, the engravings on the altar and furniture.
Then, you will visit the Church and Convent of Santo Domingo, a Spanish construction built upon the foundations of the Inca temple of Koricancha or Temple of the Sun. Koricancha (in quechua, site of gold) was the main religious building of the Incas dedicated to the worship of the Sun and whose walls, according to the chroniclers, were plated with sheets of gold.
After, you will visit the surrounding ruins of the city of Cusco: Sacsayhuamán, this huge Inca fortress is built on three overlapping platforms, each of them over 360 m long. Then, onto Tambomachay, known as the Inca baths. It was apparently a site dedicated to the worship of water and a resting place for the Inca monarch. Kenko, it is said to have been a worship site. There is a huge 5,9 m high stone block that looks like a puma. There are also passages, canals and stairways with stone engravings representing animals. Finally, Puca Pucará, which was an administrative and military centre formed by terraces, stairways, passages, turrets and vaulted niches. Return to hotel. Overnight.

Day 02-03: Cusco – Sacred Valley – Cusco

Full day visit to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, a pre-Hispanic agriculture centre.
Then, you will visit the old Inca Community of Pisac (Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday), located at the entrance to the Sacred Valley (32 Km. from Cusco) and its traditional colourful local market that over the centuries has attracted the local traders and remote communities from all over the valley, to come and sell their wares. Dressed in their traditional and colourful costumes, now attract many visitors.
Afterwards, you will visit the Inca temple of Ollantaytambo, with its Inca Streets, traditional Squares and dwellings which have been built onto the ancient foundations of the Incas. Typical lunch and return to the city of Cusco. Overnight in Cusco. (B-L).

Day 04-05: Cusco – Machu Picchu

Departure to the Lost City of the Incas: Machu Picchu, by train in tourist class (Backpacker), please notes Optional (First Class train). This spectacular train journey crossing valleys, mountains and typical communities. The altitude will descend from 3,500 to 1,500 m.a.s.l. Crossing two different regions from the sierra to the rainforests. Snow peaks, eucalyptus, deep canyons and orchids are also part of the sceneries.
This stone citadel, located 112 km. from Cusco, was discovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911. The citadel was built on a very special spot covered in vegetation between two mountains: the Machu Picchu (old mountain) and Huayna Picchu (young mountain), at the foot of which meanders the Urubamba or Vilcanota River (lower Jungle featuring abundant flora and fauna). On arrival, Tour of the Sanctuary.
Overnight in Machu Picchu. (B).

Day 06-07: Machu Picchu – Cusco

Morning free. In the afternoon, return to the city of Cusco by train.
On arrival to Cusco, reception and transfer to hotel.
Overnight. (B).

Day 08: Cusco

After breakfast, at a coordinated time, transfer to the airport to take flight back to Lima or next destination. (B).

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Price 

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