ENIGMATIC CUSCO

Overview

Overview

Day 01: Arrive in Cusco / PM City tour

Day 02: Maras – Moray

Day 03: Rainbow Mountain

Day 04: Sacred Valley of the Incas – Aguas Calientes

Day 05: Machupicchu – Cusco

Day 06: Tipón, Pikillaqta & Andahuaylillas (South Valley)

Day 07: Humantay Lake

Day 08: Cusco – Lima

Itinerary / Included

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Cusco / PM City tour

Upon arrival at the Cusco airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the morning will be at your leisure.

In the afternoon enjoy a half day tour of Cusco, visiting the Cathedral on the Plaza de Armas and the legendary Qoricancha, the most important religious center in the Inca time, a temple devoted to worshiping the Sun deity. Your tour includes also the visit to some nearby archaeological sites such as the impressive fortress of Sacsayhuaman; the religious site of Q’enqo; the ancient site of Puca Pucara and finally the water temple of Tambomachay.

Include: Transport, professional tour guide, entrance fees to all sites visited, chosen hotel.

Day 02: Maras – Moray

In the morning you will be picked up from your hotel to start a half day tour, you will head out on the road that crosses the Sacred Valley of the Incas to reach the important Moray archeological site (3176m/10419ft), where enormous circular and Pre-Incan semi-circular agricultural terraces were constructed to be used as a botanical laboratory for experimenting on plant domestication and foreign crop acclimatization. The area is so large that at least 3000 plant varieties, including potatoes and corn, could have been grown.

Next, Maras is located about 4 km from Moray, and is the site of pre-Inca salineras (salt ponds). Each terraced pond is polygonal in shape; salty water emerges from an underground spring, flows into the ponds, and evaporates with the sun. The Maras’ salt mines are still active today and maintained cooperatively by the Maras community. The white salt ponds contrast with the green hills and mountains that surround the mines and the views of the Sacred Valley from here are amazing. The tour will end in the early afternoon at your Cusco’s down town.

Include: Transport, professional tour guide, entrance fees to all sites visited, chosen hotel.

Day 03: Rainbow Mountain

This day we will pick you up from your hotel at approximately 3:45 am to begin our incredible adventure of a full day. We will drive 3 hours in our private transport through the South Valley of Cusco until arriving at the starting point in the sector called Quesiuno (4,326 m). Along the way you will have incredible views of Inca agricultural terraces, canyons and rocky mountains.

Once we reach the starting point, we will take a light breakfast provided by our company and then we will begin a moderate walk of ascent following a scenic path. Along the way you will be amazed to appreciate herds of Alpacas and Lamas, enjoy beautiful views of the Ausangate Mountain and you will also be able to interact with local people who still keep their culture alive.

After a total hike of approximately 1.5 hours, we will finally arrive at our destination, the reason we came to Vinincunca, “Rainbow Mountain” (5.020 m). After catching breath for the weariness and beauty of the place, you will have time to take pictures and enjoy the natural surroundings. We will spend approximately 30 minutes at the top of the mountain. After celebrating for having fulfilled our goal, we will return downhill by the same road that we came. The walk will take 3 hours until we return to the starting point, where we will enjoy a delicious lunch prepared by our chef. After lunch, we will take a 3 hours trip back to Cusco arriving between 5:30 and 6:00 PM.

Include: Transport, professional tour guide, entrance fees to all sites visited, breakfast, lunch, chosen hotel.

Day 04: Sacred Valley of the Incas – Aguas Calientes

Today you will enjoy a full day tour to explore the Sacred Valley of the Incas. This fertile river valley was home to many important sites for the Incas, both strategic and religious. The first stop is the village of Pisaq, with its famous market. In the market comes alive with locals from nearby hillside villages in traditional dress selling local fruit and vegetables as well as handicrafts. There is free time to wander the colorful market stalls before to visit the spectacular Pisaq Ruins – a hilltop Inca citadel and fortress with impressive agricultural terracing. Afterwards, you will enjoy a delicious buffet lunch in a local restaurant in Urubamba.

Following, you will visit Ollantaytambo, an Incan military, religious, administrative and agricultural center located at the top of a mountain. Unlike other small towns, this one has maintained its original Incan design, featuring stone buildings and narrow streets. In the late afternoon, you will board the train to Aguas Calientes. Upon arrival in the train station, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Include: Transport, professional tour guide, entrance fees to all sites visited, buffet lunch, train ticket Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes (Expedition or Voyager), chosen hotel.

Day 05: Machupicchu – Cusco

This day early in the morning you will ride up a 30-minute bus to the secluded citadel, which is surrounded by a cloud forest inhabited by orchids and hummingbirds.

In Machupicchu you will enjoy a guided visit to the greatest ruin in the world, the lost city of Machu Picchu. This is one of the architectural and engineering marvels of the ancient world, in a mountain setting of staggering immensity. The Spaniards never found it; the Incas left no records about it, so Machu Picchu remains a great enigma, a city lost for centuries in the cloud forest. Afterwards the guided tour, you will have free time for the many spectacular walks including following the path to the Inca bridge, the Sun Gate or even climb to Huaynapicchu mountain.

In the late afternoon, you will board the train to return to Cusco. Upon arrival in the train station, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Include: Bus ticket Aguas Calientes – Machupicchu – Aguas Calientes, entrance ticket to Machupicchu, professional tour guide, train ticket Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo (Expedition or Voyager), transport Ollantaytambo – Cusco, chosen hotel.

Important: The train considered in the program is tourist class: Expedition (Peru Rail) or Voyager (Inca Rail). If you prefer a first class train (vistadome), please make an inquiry for the additional cost.

Day 06: Tipón, Pikillaqta & Andahuaylillas (South Valley)

This day, you will experience a half day tour to the “Southern Valley” of Cusco with an expert guided tour of Tipón, Pikillaqta and Andahuaylillas. At Tipón, you will discover a remarkable and extensive Inca site famous for beautiful gardens irrigated with fresh, cool water that runs through an intricate system of fountains.

Pikillaqta, “the City of Fleas,” is an impressive and ancient Wari ruin built in the first century. Here you’ll explore this administrative capital of the southern portion of the Wari Empire which dates back to pre-Inca times.

You will also visit the small village of Andahuaylillas, home to a dazzling 17th-century church, known as the “Andean Sistine Chapel.” Built upon the site of an old Inca temple, the church’s altar is gilded in 24-carat gold leaf and adorned with both Christian and Quechua symbols.

The tour will end in the early afternoon at your Cusco’s down town.

Include: Transport, professional tour guide, entrance fees to all sites visited, chosen hotel.

Day 07: Humantay Lake

Very early in the morning (approx. 4:30-5:00am) our guide and driver will pick up you from your hotel. We will begin our adventure towards Humantay lake with a 03 hours private transportation from Cusco to Soraypampa (3850 masl).

The first stop of the day will be at Mollepata to have breakfast and fill us with the energy we’ll need to continue our trip up to Soraypampa at 3920m.a.s.l. After a brief rest we will prepare ourselves to start the trek upwards until we reach the highest point of the trail (1.5h), on our way crossing wonderful landscapes surrounded by a complex of mountains, if the sky is clear enough, we can even see the impressive Apu Salkantay and Humantay (the Apus are the spirits of the mountains).

You will surely be impressed with the panoramic view of seeing the turquoise lake at 4200 masl. 13779 ft. close to an astounding glacier.

After we will return to Soraypampa campsite where our personnel will be waiting for us with lunch.

Our transport will be waiting for us to return to Cusco at 6pm approximately.

Include: Transport, professional tour guide, entrance fees to all sites visited, breakfast, lunch, chosen hotel.

Day 08: Cusco – Lima

You will be collected from your hotel and transferred to the airport for your flight to Lima or your next destination.

Include: Transport hotel – airport.

Prices

Price / Include

PRICE PER PERSON – TOURS ONLY: US$ 494.00

PRICE PER PERSON TOURS + HOTELS:

RATES 2018
CUSCO//MACHUPICCHU * SINGLE DOUBLE TRIPLE
ANDEAN HOME HS//SOL DE LOS ANDES HS 2 $755.00 $639.00 $620.00
AMARU HS//MARCO WASI HS 3 $865.00 $734.00 $703.00
ARCANGEL//FLOWERS HOUSE 2 $915.00 $761.00 $724.00
SAN AGUSTIN INTERNACIONAL//WAMAN HOTEL 3 $1,077.00 $805.00 $750.00
ANDENES AL CIELO//LA CABAÑA 3 $1,209.00 $891.00 $847.00
TIERRA VIVA//TIERRA VIVA 3 $1,276.00 $911.00 $887.00
PRICE PER PERSON IN US DOLLARS

Single: One individual bed (01 person)
Double: Two individual beds or one double bed (02 people)
Triple: Three individual beds (03 people)

Example: If you are 2 people, the type of accommodation with the option of the hostel Andean Home and Sol de los Andes would be a double room, in this case the price to pay per person would be US$ 639.00

PRICE INFORMATION

  • Prices based on two people at least. There is an additional cost for single travelers. Please make an inquiry about it.
  • Prices based in group service. If you prefer a private service, please make an inquiry about it
  • Discounts for students, teenagers, and children are available. Please make an inquiry about it.

IMPORTANT

  • The entrance ticket to Machupicchu considered in the program, is for the citadel only, does not include the entrance to the mountains like Huaynapicchu or Montaña. Please make an inquiry for the additional cost of each of them.
  • Hotels: Should there be no availability at the booking time at the chosen hotel, another option of similar category and cost will be provided.
  • Trains: Train tickets are subject to availability. Should there be no spaces at the booking time on the scheduled train and route, available options will be provided with the new prices and schedules.

NOT INCLUDED

  • International and domestic air tickets (*).
  • Airport taxes or visa fees.
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Additional nights during the trip due to flight cancellations
  • Alcoholic beverages or bottled water.
  • Meals not specified in the program.
  • Snacks.
  • Insurance of any kind.
  • Laundry.
  • Phone calls, radio calls or messages.
  • Other items of personal nature.
  • Tips
  • Extra expenses originated in itinerary changes or others due to force majeure or other circumstances beyond PERU ANDEAN EXPLORER’S control

(*) Before buying your domestic air tickets, please let us know your schedules to avoid changes in your itinerary.

OPTIONAL SERVICES

  • Entrance ticket to Machupicchu + Huaynapicchu: US$ 20.00 per person.
  • Entrance ticket to Machupicchu + Montaña: US$ 20.00 per person.
  • Dinner show buffet in Cusco (Don Antonio): US$ 25.00 per person.
  • Buffet lunch in Aguas Calientes (Totos House): US$ 24.00 per person.
  • Buffet lunch in Machupicchu (Sanctuary Lodge): US$ 40.00 per person.

FLIGHT TICKETS

  • International flights from/to your country and domestic flights. Please contact us to check our fares.

 WHAT WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU BRING

  • Clothing: long trousers, shorts (Machupicchu visit), long and short-sleeved T-shirts or shirts, cotton socks, warm clothes for Cusco, especially at night.
  • Rain gear or poncho (you can buy a basic one in Cusco), especially if visiting in the months November to April
  • Comfortable footwear, trekking boots recommended
  • Camera, films (ASA 50, 100 and 200 recommended)
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, cold and rain
  • Sun block (high factor)
  • Sunglasses
  • After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
  • Insect repellent – minimum recommended 20% DEET – no malaria risk has been reported
  • Personal toiletries and medications
  • Non-disposable canteen (Nalgene type) or water bottle to carry water on outings
  • Cash in soles and/or US$ for extras (souvenirs, beverages, etc)
  • Original passport and passport photocopies.

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