5 Day Cusco and Machu Picchu “The Andean Journey”

Itinerary

DAY 1: ARRIVAL TO CUSCO (NAVEL OF THE WORLD) – INKA MUSEUM AND KORICANCHA

This morning will be reserved for resting or free time. In the afternoon we will visit the Inka Museum, home of thousands of years of Andean culture. Here we will become more familiar with the origens and beginnings of Andean civilizations.

Continuing with the tour we will move onto the temple of Koricancha, the famous Sun Temple of Qosqo, that was and still remains the pinaccle of organization, architecture, and religion of Inka civilization. Durings its construction they had already achieved the greatest advances of their time, and this temple may have been the exact representation of the center, or “Navel of the World” and therefore the center of the world, as dictated by the pre-hispanic Andean cosmovision.

Places that are visited:

  • Inka Museum.
  • Koricancha.

Lodging: Cusco

Tandapata Boutique *** or similar

DAY 2: SAQSAYHUAMAN – TEMPLE OF THE MOON – TRANSFER TO AGUAS CALIENTES.

We will begin our day with the journey to Saqsayhuaman. This Inka architecture with its magnificient qualities and colossal stones is considered in humanity’s history one of the greatest constructions on the face of the Earth. From here we will continue on to the Temple of the Moon, a place for spiritual connection and encounter with the feminine energy of the Moon Goddess. Our last place to visit will be Qenqo,

In the afternoon we will travel by car to the town of Ollantaytambo to the train station for our transfer to the town of Machu Picchu (Aguas Calientes).

Places that are visited:

  • Sacsayhuaman.
  • Temple of the Moon.
  • Qenqo.

Lodging: Aguas calientes

Waman Hotel *** or similar

DAY 3: MACHUPICCHU – OLLANTAYTAMBO

Today we will rise very early for breakfast and ascend to the citadel Inka of Machupicchu to appreciate sunrise in this magical place, a famous masterpiece of architecture and engineering, believed to have been a santuary and energetic center. Today Machu Picchu is recognized by UNESCO as one of the seven wonders of the world and a World Heritage site.

OPTIONAL: The trek to the peak of Huaynapicchu, a rigorous climb on steep trails with impressive ruins and spectacular views, a round-trip of 2 hours.

In the afternoon we will return by train to Ollantaytambo.

Lodging: Ollantaytambo (Sacred Valley)

Hotel El Sol Ollantay *** or similar

DAY 4: MORAY – SALT MINES – CHINCHERO (TEXTILE INTERPRETATION CENTER)

In the morning we will visit Moray, an ancient construction designed for agricultural investigations and studies of different crops in a range of altitudes. Here the many concentric “rings” of terraces produce a fine gradient of micro-climates; the warmth of the lowest central ring slowly dissapates as the rings ascend outward and upward, creating reductions in temperatures until reaching the ground-level norm.

When you are done exploring Moray you will head to the salt mines of Maras, which is about 2 miles away. This village is known as a former salt-producing center that is thought to date back all the way to pre-Inca times. There are over 3000 salt pools all carved into the mountain side, being filled daily by a little stream of water.

The last place to visit will be Chinchero. Here we can admire the well-preserved Inka walls of the main square as well as the many altars. We will also visit the beautiful colonial church, unique for its interior artwork and imagery. Moving on we will participate in a wonderful introduction and learning experience of the art of Andean textiles; throughout the afternoon we will become acquainted with the wisdom of Andean weavings as maintained since long before Inka times.

In the evening we will have a buffet dinner, with music, show and typical dances.

Places that are visited:

  • Moray.
  • Salt Mines.
  • Chinchero.
  • Textile Center in Chinchero.

Lodging: Cusco

Tandapata Boutique *** or similar

DAY 5: FLY TO LIMA

Transfer to the aiport.

Includes & Not Includes

INCLUDED:

  • 04 nights accommodations in 03 star hotel (based in double occupation)
  • 04 breakfasts, 01 lunch, 01 dinner.
  • All transportation.
  • All transfers.
  • All entrances fee.
  • Ejecutive (Incarail) or Vistadome (Perurail) train to Machu Picchu.
  • Buses to Machu Picchu (Round trip)
  • Private guided tour in Machu Picchu.
  • Entrances to Machu Picchu.
  • Professional English Speaking Tour Guide during whole trip

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Flights(International and domestic)
  • Single supplement US$ 200
  • Meals where are not stated
  • Wayna Picchu entrance fee: US$ 35
  • Tips.
  • Travel Insurance – you are strongly recommended to take out travel insurance for the duration of your trip.

Things to Take

What you need to take:

  • Original Passport
  • ISIC card (if you are a student and want to qualify for the discount)
  • Waterproof jacket / rain poncho
  • Warm jacket
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable Trousers
  • Sun hat
  • Sun cream (factor 35 or higher)
  • Insect repellant
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and film

Prices & Dates

THIS TOUR RUNS ONLY AS A PRIVATE SERVICE.

****Daily Departure with at least 2 people****

NUMBER OF PAXSPRICE PER PERSONACTION
*02 peopleUS$ 769.00
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*04 peopleUS$ 739.00
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*06 peopleUS$ 699.00
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*08 + peopleUS$ 679.00
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Discounts:

  • Students with ISIC CARD: US$25. Please send us a copy of your passport at the booking time.
  • Under 18 years old: US$25 Please send us a copy of the passport at the booking time.
  • Under 10 years old: US$60 Please send us a copy of the passport at the booking time.

Hotels

3 STARS HOTELS:

IN CUSCO:

  • Tandapata Boutique hotel

IN MACHUPICCHU:

  • Waman Hotels
  • La Cabaña Hotel

IN THE SACRED VALLEY:

  • Taypikala Hotels
  • Inkallpa Lodge & Spa.
  • Villa Urubamba Lodge Spa.








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