FIRST DAY: RECEPTION AND TRANSFER TO THE HOSTEL – AFTERNOON CITY TOUR
Machu Picchu Hike will be waiting for you to arrive to the imperial city of Cusco to take you to the hostel of your choice. The hostel will welcome you with a Peruvian typical beverage (mate de coca) and you will have the morning to acclimatize. We will then pick up your party at hostel at 13:00 P.M. so we can begin our excursion with the Machu Picchu Backpacker package, where we will start the city tour or the combination excursion in the city and its surroundings, this tour will begin with a guided visit to different places like:
QURIKANCHA’S TEMPLO OR THE SANTO DOMINGO CONVENT: This place was a ceremonial religious place also known as the “Temple of the Sun”, it is an example of the great pre-Columbian engineering that was used for construction and architecture.
THE CATHEDRAL: Inside this building we will contemplate cuzqueñan paintings like cloth linens, gold decorations, colonial walls, and more.
SAKSAYWAMAN: This archeological site is located 3 Km. from the imperial city of Cusco, the meaning of its name, Saksaywaman, is satisfied hawk. It was an incredible fortress made with huge stones and excellent architecture. Saksaywaman is also famous for its gigantic worked stones, some of them are 30 feet high and they weight more than a ton.
QENQO: The translation of the word Qenqo means labyrinth. Qenqo was a ceremonial place, and it is said that it was an amphitheater where animal sacrifices were made (the black llama).
TAMBOMACHAY: This place was a precinct for very important Incas, used to relax, as a spiritual retired place for the cult to the water.
We will return to Cusco and this is going to be the end of our first day with the Machu Picchu Backpacker package.
SECOND DAY: THE SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCAS – MACHU PICCHU
Our representatives of Machu Picchu Peru Tours will pick up your party at the hostel at 8:00 A.M. so that our Machu Picchu Backpacker excursion can start with a guided tour of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. In this route we will have time to appreciate the different colorful towns, as well as stopping in places like Corao, where we will have the opportunity to appreciate the inhabitant’s art with textiles and ceramics. After that, we will stop at the Taray gazer, having the panoramic view of the Vulcanite River, the Salkantay Mountains and the Pisaq Mountain. The next stops in our trip will be in two beautiful towns:
PISAC: A typical Andean town full of artisans and an archeological site where the famous Artisan Fairs take place. We will visit the fairs, the typical markets and the archeological site. We are also having lunch in the tourist restaurant in Urubamba.
OLLANTAYTAMBO: It was a center for agriculture, administration, social, religious and military gatherings in the time of the Tahuantinsuyo. It is conformed by temples and platforms, and it is united by a complete system of irrigation. Here, the Spanish conquistadors lost a battle to the Incan empire. Ollantaytambo was a great fortress that also served as a temple.
After visiting the Sacred Valley of the Incas, we will head to Chinchero, a town rich with culture and architecture, where we will visit the local market and the archeological site. In this town, 12 families still live their day to day with the same customs as their ancestors did, processing wool the old way and the way they extract those lively and beautiful colors for their textiles.
THIRD DAY: MACHU PICCHU BY CAR (2 DAYS/1 NIGHT)
This day we will continue with our Machu Picchu Backpacker adventure by picking up you party between 07:00 A.M. and 07:30 A.M. so we can start the trip to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Throughout the trip we will visit different towns and climate changes that are located in the Andes. After that we will have lunch in Huamanmarca.
The next stop in our Machu Picchu Backpacker tour is going to be in the hydroelectric plant on the way to Aguas Calientes; the trip lasts for 2:30 hours approx. When we arrive to Aguas Calientes, our guide is going to take us to our respective hostels (with private bathroom and hot water). In the night, we will have dinner and our guide will instruct us about the visit to the Incan citadel of Machu Picchu; there are thermal pools that are optional.
FORTH DAY: VISIT TO THE INCA IMPERIAL CITY OF MACHU PICCHU
This is the most important day for us. We are going to wake you up at 4:00 A.M. to start our trip walking up to the Incan citadel. This trip will have a duration of about 1 hour and 30 minutes approx., so that we can gaze at the sunrise, and also be the first ones to arrive to the archeological site.
Our guide will give you a 2-hour tour approx. of the most important places in the Incan Empire. After this guided tour, you and your party are going to have some free time to wander freely throughout the archeological park, after coordinating with your guide. By 11:30 A.M. we will travel back to the town of Aguas Calientes, and enough time to go back to get to the train station to board the 13:20 A.M. train back to the hydroelectric. Once there, we’ll wait for our transportation to go back to Cusco to end our forth day with the Machu Picchu Backpacker package.
FIFTH DAY: TRANSFER TO THE AIRPORT
With previous coordination with the company, we will pick up your party at your hostel to take you to your flight.