Day 1: City Tour Cusco – History Day.
Our city tour is one of the finest experiences in Cusco, where we explore archaeological sites, temples, and Inca palaces. This comprehensive tour is considered the best way to discover the city, combining historical insights with the application of extensive knowledge to provide a unique experience for our clients, especially those visiting Cusco for the first time. Immerse yourself in the rich history and culture of the city as we guide you through its remarkable archaeological treasures. Our goal is to ensure that each visitor receives a memorable and unparalleled introduction to the enchanting city of Cusco.
- Explore Plaza de Armas: Start your tour in the heart of Cusco. Plaza de Armas is surrounded by colonial buildings, including the Cathedral of Cusco and the Church of the Society of Jesus. Take in the atmosphere, watch street performers, and visit local shops.
- Cathedral of Cusco: Visit the Cusco Cathedral, a stunning example of colonial architecture. Explore its interior, filled with religious art and artifacts.
- Qorikancha (Temple of the Sun): Explore the ruins of Qorikancha, an Inca temple that the Spanish later converted into the Santo Domingo Church. Marvel at the impressive Inca stonework and learn about the history of this sacred site.
- Sacsayhuamán: Head to the outskirts of Cusco to visit Sacsayhuamán, an impressive Inca fortress with massive stone walls. Enjoy panoramic views of Cusco and the surrounding mountains.
- San Pedro Market: Immerse yourself in the local culture by visiting the San Pedro Market. Experience the vibrant colors, aromas, and flavors of Peruvian produce, handicrafts, and street food.
- Walk through San Blas: Explore the bohemian neighborhood of San Blas, known for its narrow cobblestone streets, artisan workshops, and charming cafes. Don’t miss the San Blas Church.
- Museums: Visit one of Cusco’s museums to delve deeper into the region’s history and culture. The Pre-Columbian Art Museum and the Inca Museum are popular choices.
- Try Local Cuisine: Sample Peruvian dishes at one of Cusco’s many restaurants. Taste traditional foods like ceviche, lomo saltado, and rocoto relleno.
- Attend a Cultural Show: In the evening, consider attending a traditional dance or folklore show to experience Peruvian music and dance.
- Visit a Chocolate Museum: Learn about the chocolate-making process and indulge in delicious chocolate treats at the ChocoMuseo.
Remember to acclimate to the high altitude gradually, stay hydrated, and take it easy, especially on your first day in Cusco. Enjoy your city tour!
Day 2: Sacred Valley Of The Incas – Chinchero.
Chinchero is a quaint village nestled in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, near Cusco, Peru. With a history steeped in significance, it stands out as a vital agricultural center during the Inca era. Below are some noteworthy features that make Chinchero a captivating destination.
- Visit Chinchero Market: Chinchero is renowned for its market, where you can find local textiles and crafts. Locals often display and sell their products, including traditional weavings.
- Explore Chinchero Archaeological Site: Chinchero houses an archaeological site with Inca agricultural terraces and ruins. Enjoy panoramic views of the Sacred Valley from this historic location.
- Chinchero Colonial Church: The Chinchero church, built on Inca foundations, is an example of the fusion of Inca and colonial architecture. Explore its interior adorned with colonial paintings.
- Moray: A short drive from Chinchero, you’ll find the circular terraces of Moray. These Inca structures were used for agricultural purposes and are architecturally impressive.
- Maras: Near Chinchero, you’ll discover the Maras salt mines. These terrace salt pans have been in use since Inca times and provide a unique sight.
- Ollantaytambo: Take the opportunity to visit Ollantaytambo, another significant archaeological site in the Sacred Valley. Explore the ancient ruins and enjoy the charm of the town.
- Local Cuisine: Sample local food in Chinchero and its surroundings. Local restaurants offer traditional Peruvian dishes with fresh, regional ingredients.
Remember that the Sacred Valley provides a wealth of activities, and you can tailor your visit based on your preferences. The natural beauty and cultural richness make Chinchero and its surroundings a fascinating destination in your journey through the region.
Day 3: Machu Picchu Guiding Tour.
Embark on a Spectacular Machu Picchu Adventure:
Begin your journey with a scenic train ride to the charming town of Machu Picchu, also known as Aguas Calientes. The train journey is not just a means of transportation; it’s an immersive experience that condenses the travel time to a mere fraction, ensuring you reach your destination swiftly.
Upon arrival in Machu Picchu town, the gateway to the legendary Machu Picchu, your next leg of the journey involves a bus ascent to the majestic Machu Picchu mountain. Here, nestled among the Andean peaks, lies the awe-inspiring stone city—the treasure of the Andes, the ruins of Machu Picchu.
Prepare for a guided exploration lasting three hours, led by a knowledgeable guide who will serve as your primary companion throughout this captivating journey. The guide will expertly navigate you through the key landmarks of the Inca city, offering insights into its rich history. The tour encompasses both Circuit 1 and 2, providing you with panoramic views of Machu Picchu from the highest vantage points, capturing the essence of this ancient Incan marvel. Following the classic photo opportunities, you’ll descend to explore the entire stone city in more detail.