Explore ancient Inca ruins of the Sacred Valley, discover the most traditional villages and markets in the area, take stunning pictures of the mountain and end your trip in Machu Picchu, the sacred city of the Incas.
The Sacred Valley is possibly one of the most incredible places on the planet. This luminous enclave located 15 km north of the ‘Imperial City’ has a good number of villages and communities that still preserve ancient traditions or ruins that were sacred points for the inhabitants of the vast Inca Empire.
The Sacred Valley of the Incas and Machu Picchu are the ideal places if we want to soak up all the energy that flows from the Peruvian Andes, but it is also the experience we are looking for if we want to enjoy communion with nature or know the culture of its inhabitants who are popular for their friendliness and good treatment with the foreigner.
The first day of our experience we will arrive in Cusco, where our staff will be waiting for you to transfer to our hotel. After a short rest and a few hours to acclimatize to the height of Cusco with a hot coca tea, we will begin a tour of the city starting in the Plaza de San Cristóbal.
Later we will know the colorful Market of San Pedro that keeps the best ingredients of Cusco’s gastronomy and the best of its craftsmanship, to go later to one of the wonders of Cusco’s city, the Q’ oricancha or Temple of the Sun. From there we will go to the Church of Santo Domingo, the artisan quarter of San Blas, and go down Hatun Rumiyoc Street, where you will find the Inca Roca Palace and the well-known Stone of the 12 Angles. We will finish our tour in the Plaza de Armas and the fascinating Cathedral of Cusco, a World Heritage Site that began to be built in 1560.
Early in the morning we will resume our strength with a good breakfast before heading towards the ruins of the Inca fortress of Sacsayhuaman, built with huge stone blocks that simulate a large puma and then heading towards the sacred enclosure of Qenqo, where we can still appreciate a cave with an altar dedicated to sacrifices.
We will then head towards Puca Pucará and Tambomachay, a sacred place considered one of the most important points of the Andean cosmovision. After visiting the surroundings of Cusco we will return to the city to stay in our hotel.
As a suggestion we can also propose you to visit the archaeological complex of Tipón in the South Valley of Cusco, and to visit the small town of Huaro, where there is a fascinating 16th century church with murals by the artist Tadeo Escalante.
We will begin the day by heading to the long awaited Sacred Valley of the Incas. Our first stop will be at the Awanacancha complex, a place known for the docility of its llamas and alpacas, where we can feed some of these camelids. Its inhabitants will also show us their millenary weaving and textile dyeing techniques.
The tour will take us to Pisac and its Inca ruins that dominate the top of its mountain, to later visit its streets and know its handicraft market, the largest of the region. From there we will pass to the Inkariy Museum for lunch. After rest we will continue on our way to our accommodation in the Sacred Valley. We will be able to witness firsthand the energy that is felt throughout the valley.
Our fourth day brings us a great number of adventures. We will begin with the Moray complex, circular terraces that create concentric circles in the land where the Incas studied the most favorable conditions for the cultivation of different agricultural species. From there we will continue to the Salineras de Maras, salt mines dating back to the Spanish colony and showing a spectacular landscape of white wells covered with water.
After a refreshing lunch buffet lunch we will head to the archaeological complex of Ollantaytambo, where you can observe how the ancient Incas worked the stone. After the visit we will go to the train station of Ollantaytambo to get to Aguas Calientes (also known as Machu Picchu Pueblo). Our staff will take you to one of our hotels in Aguas Calientes or Machu Picchu.
The most special day of our adventure will begin by taking a transport along the Hiram Bingham Highway on an ascent with spectacular views of the Urubamba River. It is then when we will have the first images of the Lost City of the Incas with its terraces, stairs, religious enclosures and temples broken up on the clouds. Machu Picchu will be waiting for us with open arms to make a beautiful guided visit and know all its secrets. Later we will have lunch in a local restaurant and return to the train station to get to Cusco and sleep in the Imperial City.
Our staff will accompany you to the airport at the coordinated time to take your departure plane to Lima.