Day 1: Upon your arrival to Cuzco you will be met at the airport by your private driver and transferred to your hotel located in historic downtown. Due to the high altitude we recommend all travelers relax at the hotel and acclimatize until the evenings activities. In the afternoon we will pick you up from the hotel to begin the city tour.First stop is the Plaza de Armas or "The Warrior Square" followed by the Cathedral of Santo Domingo, which was built between 1560 and 1664 from red granite stones taken from the Inca Fortress of Sacsayhuaman. Our travels takes us to the Korikancha Temple as well, which was considered the most important temple dedicated to the worship of the sun and whose walls were once plated with gold.
Just outside the city we will visit Kenko, Pucapucara, Tambomachay and the Fortress of Sacsayhuaman. After the excursion we return to our hotel to relax before the next day's adventures.
Day 2: We will pick you up from the hotel at 8 am to begin the full day tour of the Sacred Valley. This picturesque town offers travelers a blend of mestizo and colonial architecture. Get a chance to explore, and even buy local handicrafts at the Pisac Indian Market, such as textiles, jewelery, replicas of pre-Hispanic pottery, or even ceremonial goblets called "Q'eros." The Pisac market is a major highlight, it attracts thousands of visitors each year who come to see the locals dressed in their colorful, traditional attire and to purchase unique hand crafted gifts.
Following lunch and a little time to explore the market, we will then head to the Ollantaytambo Ruins, named Ollantaytambo in honor of the chief Ollanta, who was famous for courting an Inca Princess daughter of Pachacutec. One of its best preserved areas, know as Hanan Hucaypata, lies north of the main square and contains 15 estates built with elegantly crafted stone walks. You will spend the night in the Sacred Valley.
Day 3: This morning, get ready for one of the most memorable train rides in the world, the Andean train. We will pick you up from the hotel around 6 am for the transfer to the train station where we will journey through lush mountain tops winding alongside the Urubamba river arriving at Aguas Calientes 2 hrs later.
Leaving the train station we catch a short bus ride to the entrance of Machu Picchu, considered to be one of the most extraordinary examples of landscape architecture in the world. Located in an enclave on the saddle of a mountain overlooking the deep canyon of the Urubamba River, it served as a place of worship, a site for star-gazing and a private hacienda of the family of the Inca Pachacutec. After our 2 hr guided tour we are free to explore for a while before returning to Aguas Calientes for the night.
Day 4: Today we head back to Cuzco on an early morning train to Ollantaytambo at 5:30am. After 2 hours and 10 minutes you arrive to Ollantaytambo and transfer with private car to the airport or continuing on your own travels. We hope you enjoyed this once-in-a-lifetime journey of following in the footsteps of the Incas.
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