DAY 1.- RECEPTION AND TRANSFER TO HOSTAL – AFTERNOON CITY TOUR
Machu Picchu Hike, will be waiting for you to arrive to the imperial city of Cusco to then take you to your selected hostal. The hostal will give you a warm welcome with a typical drink of mate de coca. You will have the morning free to get yourself acclimatized with the altitude. Our transport will then come pick you up from your hostal at 1:15 pm to then start the city tour or combination and its surroundings. This tour will start with a guided visit to different places like:
Qoricancha’s Temple.- Its clear that the Qoricancha Temple (The sun’s house) was the richest in precious metals because gold and silver would be stored there, every one of the metals there were given as an offering to The City of the Sacred Temple. In the Incan times or (quechuas) all of these precious metals didn’t really have any economic value but what they did have was religious value, their perfect architecture and their stone structure reflect that it was one of most important enclosures of the Incan empire.
Sacsayhuaman.- In quechua Sacsayhuaman means “satisfied falcon”. They say that this falcon was the guardian bird for the Incan Empire. The “ceremonial construction” of Sacsayhuaman is located 3 km away from Cusco, every year there, on June 24th, they celebrate the sun’s party (Into Raymi) also known as “La Fiesta del Sol”
Qenqo.- In quechua Qenqo means “labyrinth” and it’s located 6 km way from Cusco. Because of its semicircular construction you can observe from the outside, this archeological site was qualified as an amphitheatre. In fact, the purpose of this construction is ignored since you can appreciate its ceremonial table, zigzag channels, niches, etc. that could’ve been used as an altar. It is said that Qenqo was one of the most important shrines that existed in Incan times.
Puca Pucara.- In quechua Puca Pucara means “Red fortress” it was named this due to its red coloured rocks at dusk, Puca Porta was an example of a military construction that was used to look over the valley of Cusco and every quechua road, this fort was made of large walls, terraces, and staircases that were part of the defense of Cusco in particular and the Incan Empire in general. Its construction is one of a rustic type that consists of streets, houses and patios.
Tambomachay.- Located 12 km from the City of Cusco, known as the bath of the Inca because of its aqueducts, canals and waterfalls that run through terraced rocks, and because of its water fountains there’s a possibility that Incas came here to worship water.
DAY 2: VISITA DEL PARQUE ARQUEOLOGICO DE MACHU PICCHU
This is the most important day for all of us. Our company Machu Picchu Hike will come pick you up from your hostal at 4:00 am to then head out to Ollantaytambo, where we will hop on a train to the town of Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu), once we get to here our guide will be waiting for us with a delicious breakfast and after we will continue our trip into the Inca city of Machu Picchu. Our guide will give us a 3 hour tour around the most important places in the Inca Empire. After the tour is over we will have free time to explore around Machu Picchu, with prior coordination with the guide. We will head back to the town of Aguas Calientes in the afternoon where we will be able to enjoy a peaceful lunch. After we will hop on a train to Ollantaytambo where our bus to Cusco will be waiting for us.
DAY 3: CIRCUITO MARAS – MORAY – CHINCHERO
Our travel agency Machu Picchu Hike – Tour operator will come pick you up from your place of stay at 8:30 am to then continue with our tour until we get to archeological site of Moray or Muray(quechua), this archeological site is one of a kind. Here we will able to see the different terraces, experimental agricultural aqueducts for the old Tahuantinsuyo, each level or platform served as a point of cembrio due to its climatic conditions and other characteristics, it was an important centre of domestication, acclimatization and hybridization of wild plant species that were modified or adapted for human consumption. Just as many other Inca sites, which also have a sophisticated irrigation system.
Once the visit here comes to an end we will head towards Salineras, the salt there has been acquired in Maras by the evaporation of salt water from a local undercurrent, there are more than 5000 salt wells administered by the town of the same name, actually this salt is treated for human consumption.
DAY 4: AIRPORT TRANSPORT ACCORDING TO THE HOUR OF THE FLIGHT
On this day with prior coordination with the company we will come pick you up to go to the airport. End of our service of Machu Picchu Tours.