Cusco City Tour
Cusco Cathedral: Built in 1560 and taking nearly 100 years to complete, Cusco Cathedral is an emblematic feature of Cusco’s main colonial square – Plaza de Armas. In 1928, Cusco Cathedral was granted Minor Basilica status, and became the official seat of the diocese (under the supervision of a bishop). The full name of the Cathedral is “The Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption of the Virgin.” Furthermore, the cathedral was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site under the City of Cusco listing in 1983.
The Koricancha Palace: Religious center known as “The Temple of the Sun” where you will admire the impressive engineering used in its construction.
Sacsayhuaman: Located 3 Km. From the city of Cusco, impressive stone fortress with an excellent architecture, Famous for its huge carved stones some of which are at 9 m/ 30 feet tall,with a weigh over 350 tons. Here is where the Inty Raymi or Fiesta del Sol take place in June Every year.
Qenqo: Ceremonial and ritual center, amphitheatre where sacrifices were made.
Puca-Pucara: An old tambo (resting place), monitoring place throughout the Inka Empire Routes.
Tambomachay: Located 7 Km. From the city of Cusco, ceremonial center of cult to the water , known traditionally as the place of water. Excursion time: around 5 hours.
Machu Picchu citadel
Machu Picchu took some 30 years to construct. Built during the reign of Inca Pachacutec (1438 – 1471), Due to limited historical information the true and original name of this epic Inca citadel is unknown. Machu Picchu’s name derives from the mountain that lies to the south-west of the citadel, meaning “Old Mountain.”
Machu Picchu citadel covers a vast area of approximately 9 hectares (22.3 acres), and is constructed on a mountain ridge high above the Sacred Valley. Machu Picchu is split into two main sectors: the Agricultural Sector in the south and the Urban Sector in the north, of which both are roughly equal in size. Granite stone was the main building material used in the construction of Machu Picchu, which was obtained from onsite quarries and others within close proximity. The finest Inca construction techniques were reserved for the Royal Quarter; the best examples are found at the Sacred Square, the Temple of the Sun and the Temple of the Moon. This magic and epic Inca citadel is one of South America’s greatest archaeological sites. In 1981, Machu Picchu was declared a Peruvian Historical Sanctuary and later in 1983, it became a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
3 Hours Before Flight Time
Travelling to Cusco shouldn’t be underestimated remember the Inca empire is located at 3,400 meters (11,200ft), therefore we strongly recommend to consult your doctor about altitude pills and the vaccines you may need.
It will be a really enjoyable adventure that you will remember for a long time. Cusco the capital of the Incas, a city that still maintains Inca constructions. Machu Picchu is located at 2500 meters (8200 feet) above sea level, the visit to this Inca city is very unique and special. Along the way you will experience the change of climates because Machu Picchu is located in a tropical mountainous area. During the visit to Macchu Picchu you will experience the walks that the Incas did during their existence in this magical place. The following destinations are waiting for you:
Reception at the airport and transfer to your hotel, accommodation and welcome coca tea.
At around 1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. a bus will come to pick you up then we continue to city tour. The first place to visit will be the imposing Cathedral of Cusco which contains important canvases and sculptures of the Cusco school, then we will go to the famous Coricancha (Temple of the Sun). After the visit to Coricancha, we will go outside the city to Sacsayhuaman ruins, where we can see huge blocks of stone of up to 40 tons perfectly placed on top of each other. We will continue to the sector of Qenqo (labyrinth) that bears this name along its roads that give the impression of being inside a maze, we will continue on our tourist bus to Puca Pucara (red fortress) which was an important control center for the People who wanted to enter the city of Cusco in the Inca times. Finally continue to Tambomachay the last place we will visit where you can still appreciate the skill and knowledge in hydraulic engineering achieved by the Incas. The tour ends in the city of Cusco around 6:30 p.m.
Hotel night in Cusco
Breakfast at the hotel
At the indicated time transfer from your Hotel to the train Station with direction to the amazing Inca city. During the train trip you will be able to view the amazing transition and combination from mountains to jungle and vegetation area. Arrival at Aguas calientes City where immediately you will get in the touristic bus which will bring you to Machu Picchu. After 8 km we will arrive at Machu Picchu citadel where you will find, Inca temples, water deposits, stairways, water fountains, inca platforms, as well as the temple of the sun, the Intiwatana (Solar Clock) and the temple of the three windows among other enchanting scenarios. Lunch at the Mapi restaurant and eventually return to Cusco
Hotel night in Cusco
Breakfast at the hotel
At an agreed time we will transfer you from the hotel to the airport to get your flight to your next destination