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The heart of the Empire: 6 days tour to Cuzco city, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu

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Day 1: Arrival to Cuzco - Sacred Valley

Stop At: Sacred Valley of the Incas, 0051 Peru
A transportation service awaits your arrival at the Cuzco Airport to transfer you to your Sacred Valley hotel. On the way, taking the route to Pisac, you will visit the Inkari Museum, where you can learn about the history and traditions of Peru. Once checked at your hotel, get ready to relax in its facilities or to rest in your room.
Duration: 3 hours

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Overnight in Sacred Valley.


Day 2: Sacred Valley - Chinchero - Ollantaytambo

Stop At: Sacred Valley of the Incas, 0051 Peru
Breakfast at the hotel. During the morning, you are picked up from your hotel to visit the town of Chinchero, a traditional Cuzco urban centre located at an elevated point with a beautiful view of the valley. The inhabitants of this area preserve the artisan traditions and the inherited knowledge of the Incas and display them in their clothes and customs. In Chinchero there are also archaeological remains and a beautiful seventeenth-century church, one of the first Catholic buildings in Peru. Then, you are transferred to the Living Museum of Yucay, a centre Andean traditions interpretations, where demonstrations of the elaboration of textile work, adobe pottery and silverware are carried out in the same way in which they used to in antiquity; an original recreation of Inca traditions. Also, residents of the museum include llamas, sheep and alpacas, and they can be fed!. Later, have lunch in Ollantaytambo and live a superior Andean gastronomy experience in a restaurant, where the true spirit of the Sacred Valley is transmitted in a cosy atmosphere. Upon arriving in Ollantaytambo visit its town, inhabited uninterruptedly since Inca times, and climb the iconic fortress, built next to a mountain. At the end of the day, return to your hotel to rest full of the Inca spirit.
*On Sundays, also visit the local market. After your visit, return to your hotel in Sacred Valley.
Duration: 8 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast: At the hotel
• Lunch: In Sacred Valley
Accommodation included: Overnight in Sacred Valley.


Day 3: Sacred Vacred - Machu Picchu

Stop At: Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes), Signposted from main square, Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu Peru
Breakfast at the hotel. Your visit to Machu Picchu begins with an hour and a half train journey through spectacular Andean landscapes to Aguas Calientes, starting from the Ollanta station. From here, you will make a 25 minute bus tour to Machu Picchu, the 'lost city of the Incas'. It is believed that the archaeological site was built around 1450 by the Inca Pachacútec as his holiday residence. However, a century later, the city was abandoned after the Spanish conquest, saving itself from the destruction that reached other Inca settlements. Instead, the jungle slowly swallowed its stone constructions and hid it, protecting it. During the guided tour, you will learn about the origins of this impressive citadel, presenting its most outstanding monuments such as the main square, the royal rooms, the temple of the three windows, the circular towers, the sacred clock and the cemeteries. At the end of the tour, return to Aguas Calientes to have lunch and enjoy the rest of the afternoon free.
Duration: 6 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast: At the hotel
• Lunch: In Aguas Calientes
Accommodation included: Overnight in Aguas Calientes.

Day 4: Machu Picchu - Cuzco

Stop At: Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes), Signposted from main square, Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu Peru
Breakfast at the hotel. Spend a relaxing free morning in Aguas Calientes. By your own, you can optionally return to Machu Picchu and visit the attractions that the citadel houses, by your own. We recommend you get up early and watch the sunrise over the mountain. It is an unforgettable experience! The best views are both the Huayna Picchu (subject to space availability) and its complex of underground temples, such as the Inti Punku, both more than 300 meters above the citadel itself. Another option to visit is the Inca bridge, a secret military road that controlled access to Machu Picchu. In the afternoon, board the train back to the Ollanta station and, from there, a transportation will take you to your hotel in Cuzco.
The second entrance to Machu Picchu is not included.
Duration: 4 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast: At the hotel.
Accommodation included: Overnight in Cuzco.


Day 5: Cuzco: City Tour & nearby archeological site

Stop At: Centro Historico De Cusco, Cusco 08002 Peru
Breakfast at the hotel. Take advantage of the free morning in Cuzco to rest at the hotel or take a walk through its cobblestone streets or buy some crafts. In the afternoon enjoy a guided tour of this charming city, which was the capital of the Inca Empire. The tour begins by visiting the Santo Domingo Convent that was built on the Inca temple of the Coricancha, one of the most important enclosures dedicated to the cult of the sun. The ancient chronicles say that its walls were covered with gold leaf and full of golden representations of nature. Then, visit the Cathedral, the most imposing monument of the Plaza de Armas. Then head towards the Cuzco hills where the fortress of Sacsayhuamán is located, whose imposing walls offer an impressive panoramic view of Cuzco. Continue to Qenqo, an archaeological complex of religious use where it is believed that the Incas practiced rituals related to agriculture. Your tour ends in Puka Pukara, in Quechua 'strong red', an architectural complex of supposed military use, with multiple environments, plazas, baths, aqueducts and towers. It is believed that it was used by the Inca entourage while the leader rested in Tambomachay. After finishing the visit, you will return to your hotel.
Duration: 5 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast: At the hotel.
Accommodation included: Overnight in Cuzco.


Day 6: Departure from Cuzco

Pass By: Centro Historico De Cusco, Cusco 08002 Peru
A transportation service and guide will pick you up from your hotel at the established time and transfer you to the airport.

Meals included:
• Breakfast: At the hotel
No accommodation included on this day.
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brian d
19 March 2019|
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Response from LimaToursMKT | Property representative |
Dear Brian, Thank you for your question. The following hotels in the 4* range are available: Cusco: Sonesta Posada, Costa del Sol, Hilton Garden Inn, Casa Andina Private Collection, Novotel, El Mercado by MLP. Sacred Valley... More
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