We will pick you up in the Cusco airport, welcome you to our beautiful city, and take you to your hotel.
1:15pm to 6:30pm : Cusco city tour (city and neighboring ruins)
The tour of the city includes the following: The Plaza de Armas (main plaza), The Cathedral of Cusco, Koricancha (religious complex dedicated to the different deities of Tahuantinsuyo). We then visit the archeological sites near the city: Kenko, an ancient ceremonial center dedicated to the earth; PucaPucara, an ancient administrative and military site; Tambomochay, an important and sacred place dedicated to water; Sacsayhuaman, a fort overlooking Cusco and a central part of its defense. After Sacsayhuaman, we take you back to the city and your hotel.
We leave early in the morning for an excursion to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Initially, we visit Pisaq, a picturesque little town in which you have the opportunity to visit the largest artisan market in the region. This is followed by lunch in Urubamba (not included) after which we visit the ruins of Ollantaytambo, which were a massive agricultural, administrative, social, religious, and military complex during the time of the Tawantinsuyo. On the way back to Cusco, we visit a beautiful indigenous village called Chinchero. Then we take you back to the hotel in Cusco.
We pick you up from the hotel in Cusco and take you to the train station of Poroy or Ollantaytambo. We then take the train, although only until kilometer 104, which is the beginning point of the trek. After only 15 minutes of hiking, we come to the archeological site of Chachabamba, after which we continue hiking and climbing until the next archeological site of Winayhuayna, which is one of the most well preserved and beautiful ruins. Here we eat a box lunch. After lunch, we resume the trek until we get to Intipunku, or the Sun Gate from where we get a bird`s eye view of the majestic Machu Picchu! We then get on the bus down to AguasCalientes and spend the night in a hotel.
Very early in the morning we get on the bus that takes us back up to Machu Picchu. There will be a guided tour of the city that lasts roughly two and a half hours and provides all the information you need to know about the city. Afterwards, you can take your time and explore Machu Picchu at your own pace. At a specified time, we will board the buses back down to AguasCalientes and then board the train to Ollantaytambo. From Ollantaytambo transportation is provided back to Cusco and the hotel.
We will pick you up at your hotel and head to our first destination, Maras. Here you will see the salt mines; salt is one of the most important minerals of the region. We next visit Moray. This is a formidable arqueologicalcomplex made up of a system of platforms and enormous terraces taking the form of a gigantic amphitheater. We then return to Cusco.
We will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the airport (or bus station) for your next connection.
Important Note: For this tour, it is important to make reservations well in advance (5 or 6 months) because there is a limited amount of space for the Inca Trail.