Cusco, Cuzco or Qosqo in quechua, means “Navel”, a city founded by the Incas. It was their capital and also the geographical, political, strategical and military center of the Inca Empire.
Cusco’s stunning landscape is characterized by a blue sky with withe clouds, accompanied by majestic mountains. Due to the Incas and the colonial architectural heritage, this place is definitely unique in the world.
The first day of this tour, we will have a closer look between the cobble stones of the city, like in Koricancha and the Inca Palace Roca or in the colonial buildings as in the barroque-styled cathedral and the Jesuit Church (Iglesia de la Compañia). Just ten minutes from the city there raise the massive walls of the fortress of Sacsayhuamán, and a few kilometres more there are the archaeological sites of Qenko, Pukapukara and Tambomachay, all of them built entirely of stone.
On the second day, the most important of all, we will get to know the majestic Machu Picchu from Cusco City. The third day is the transfer from the hotel to the airport.
3 Days / 2 Nights
Easy – Moderate
Cusco, World Cultural Heritage, is today one of the most visited places. The people are impressed by the amount of important archaeological and touristic attractions such as the Inca walls, colorful costumes, churches built on palaces, the lost citadel in the high Andes, legendary roads and all the beauty of the glorious past of Cusco, the sacred city of the Incas – or the archaeological capital of the Americans.
We visit the fallowing places:
Koricancha.- Religious center, known as the “Temple of the Sun”, highlights the impressive engineering used in this construction.
Sacsayhuamán.- Impressive stone fortress with an excellent architecture, located 3km away from the city of Cusco.
Qenqo.- Ceremonial and ritual center, amphitheater where sacrifices were made.
PucaPucara.- Old farm (or similar), functioned as a kind of surveillance along the Inca Trail.
Tambomachay.- Ceremonial center to worship the water, located 7km away from the city of Cusco, traditionally known as the place of water.
Qosqo Native Art Center.- At 6.30pm there is the option to see various dances and customs, all of them cultural expressions of the region.
Pick up at the airport and free time in the morning.
City Tour: We start our tour with the pick up at 1.30 pm, you will be back at your hotel at 7.00pm. We visit the Temple of Koricancha and 8km away from the city we have a look at the four ruins: Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, PucaPucara and Tambomachay.
“Centro Qosqo de Arte Nativo”: typical dances from 7.00pm to 8.30pm (optional)
Transport and night at the hotel.
Not included: all meals.
Machu Picchu, “New Wonder of the Modern World”, located at 2.450 metres, was discovered by the American explorer Hiram Bingham in 1911. Since then, it is the most important and most visited archaeological site in South America. We will pick you up very early at your hotel (at 5am) to drive you with our private transport to the train station, from where you will take a journey for three and a half hours to the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, also known as the “Lost City of the Incas”, today “a New Wonder of the Modern World”. When we arrive at the train station of “Machu Picchu Town” (formerly “Aguas Calientes”, located at 2000 meters), we will immediately board our bus which takes us on a zigzag street (30 minutes) to the incredible Machu Picchu. The tour includes a guided tour through the citadel for approximately two hours, visiting the most important sites like the Main Plaza, the Circular Tower, the Sacred Solar Clock, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows and the cemeteries. Afterwards there is free time to stroll around the citadel, taking pictures (or films). Then we return to “Machu Picchu Town” to take our lunch, before getting on the train back. It will be around 6:30 pm when we will board the train to the village of Ollantaytambo, where a bus is waiting for us to bring us back to Cusco. You will be back in your hotel in Cusco around 11pm.
Departure at 5am or 6am and transfer to the train station.
Train to “Machu Picchu Town” (formerly “Aguas Calientes”).
Arrival at the train station in “Machu Picchu Town”, directly bus connection to the majestic citadel of “Machu Picchu”.
Guided tour for approx. 2 ½ hours.
Return by bus to “Machu Picchu Town” (or “Aguas Calientes”).
Free lunch time.
Connection to the train at the train station.
Transport from train station to your hotel in Cusco.
Not included: all meals.
After the breakfast at the hotel we will drive you to the airport for your departure of Cusco.
Breakfast at the hotel.
Transport hotel – airport.