Travel to the center of Incan existence Cusco. Enjoy fantastic markets, charming of old colonial neighborhoods built upon ancient Inca foundations. Take pleasure in a city tour highlighting the famous Sacsayhuaman, Korichancha and the surrounding. Travel through the lush Sacred Valley of the Incas and feel the grandeur of the snow mountains once dominated by the Inca Empire. Continue to the concealed Inca citadel of Machu Picchu to explore the ancient city in all its glory. Trek one of the most beautiful hikes through authentic villages, experience camping in the Andes and soak in the Lares Hot Springs.
Day 1: Lima
Day 2: Cusco
Day 3: Sacred Valley / Aguas Calientes
Day 4: Machu Picchu / Ollantaytambo
Day 5: Ollantaytambo / Ipsaycocha
Day 6: Ipsaycocha / Lares Hot Springs
Day 7: Lares - Cusco
Day 8: Departure Day Cusco / Lima / Return Home
DAY 1: Arrive to Cusco
A upon arrival to Cusco Airport, our staff will be waiting for you to drive you to the Hotel where you will receive an aromatic coca tea then you have the free morning to rest for a while. Later in the afternoon we’ll take you on a guided visit to see Cusco’s highlights, including nearby ruins of Sacsayhuaman, Q’enko, followed by a visit to the Main Square and famous ‘Koricancha’ or Temple of the Sun and of course the local market. (B)
DAY 2: Sacred Valley
One of the most spectacular days of the tour takes us through the Sacred Valley of the Incas; once an important source of food for the Inca, the Sacred Valley is a lush agricultural region that continues to supply the city of Cusco with much of its produce. As it is 600m lower than Cusco, temperatures are on average 5 degrees Cº higher in the Sacred Valley.
Our travels will bring us through the major archaeological sites of Pisac and Ollantaytambo. At Pisac, an optional two hour or 5km hike will allow us to fully appreciate the Incan city nestled high in the Andean range. Later, the colorful artesian market at Pisac will no doubt be a highlight for those in search of unique souvenirs.
The day trip finishes in the picturesque village of Ollantaytambo, location of another large Inca site. This major ruin is known as the best surviving example of Inca urban planning and engineering. But more than that, Ollantaytambo is a living breathing Inca City. Here we catch our breath and prepare for our train voyage to Machu Picchu. (B)
DAY 3: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu
This morning we’ll make our way to the train station in Ollantaytambo and board the train to Aguas Calientes traveling northeast through the lush Sacred Valley of the Incas. Arrive at Aguas Calientes, also known as Machu Picchu village, check into your hotel and enjoy the atmosphere. Aguas Calientes is about 30 minutes from Machu Picchu, which you’ll visit this afternoon after the crowds. Today you can soak in the hot thermal springs and explore the village. (B)
DAY 4: Machu Picchu / Ollantaytambo
A pre-dawn start from takes us by bus to Machu Picchu. Enjoy the ruins in virtual solitude for the first hour until sunrise. Make the hour-long hike up to the ‘Intipunku’ or Sun Gate. See Machu Picchu in all its glory and discover Machu Picchu on an expert 2-hour private guided tour. Then, free time at site to explore, rest, meditate or simply chill out in the ruins.
Climb Wayna Picchu (Young Peak 2 hrs, not included), hike to the Moon Temple (2 1/2 hrs), or venture to the Inca Draw Bridge! There is no shortage of things so see and do in Machu Picchu. Generally we’ll have lunch in Aguas Calientes although it is your choice, afternoon train to Ollantaytambo. (B)
DAY 5: Start of the Trek: Ollantaytambo - Ipsaycocha
Today we drive through the valley where we can appreciate the vast archeological remains to the village of Patacancha (3,700m/ 12,139ft), a well-known textile community and where the people still preserve their ancient Quechua customs. Here we start hiking to Ipsayccasa Lake (4,00m/ 13,500ft) and enjoy the Andean Geese, Puna Ibis and other water birds. We will camp here here. (B, L, D)
DAY 6: Ipsaycocha – Lares HOT SPRINGS
Today we continue ascending to the Ipsayccasa Pass (4,500m/ 14,760ft) and take in the breathtaking views of Mount Veronica (5,750m/18,864ft) and the surrounding snow-capped peaks. Then we will descend traversing through a treeless landscape of beautiful plants and flowers with roaming herds of llamas and alpacas to the highland village of Huacahuasi (3,600m/11,800ft), where we have lunch. This is an authentic Andean Community where you observe their colorful distinct and colorful weavings. After lunch we continue walking down through the beautiful valley of Huacahuasi to finally reach to our camp, the Lares Hot Springs!! relax. (B, L, D)
DAY 7: Lares – Cusco (free day)
After packing up our camp and taking an additional dip in the hot springs we return to Cusco, you have a free day to explore the many markets, churches, museums, plazas and first-rate restaurants, all at your fingertips while exploring the city center on foot. We recommend a stop by the Incan Archaeological Museum located just around the corner from your hotel. Then, time permitting, visit the recently opened ‘Casa Concha’, which houses hundreds of pieces removed from Machu Picchu by Hiram Bingham in 1912 and recently returned in 2011 (Centennial Anniversary of Machu Picchu’s scientific discovery) to Peru by Yale University in the United States. If you have time go for shoping. (B)
DAY 8: Flight to Lima
Our services end today after a direct flight back to Lima for your ongoing international connection. We can arrange a later flight date out of Cusco or additional post tour accommodation in Lima or Cusco upon client request. (B)
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You can Add on this Trip: Amazon Rainforest, Titicaca Lake, Colca Canyon, and other extension tours or treks. Let us know.