FIRST DAY – JUNE 22
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 have 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 & Inti Raymi package.
SECOND DAY – JUNE 23
SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCAS
This day we will wake up really early because our hosts in Machu Picchu Hike will pick your party up at your hostel at 07:50 A.M. so we can continue our adventure throughout the Sacred Valley of the Incas. We will visit different archeological sites like: the Pisaq Ruins, the Pisaq Market, Ollantaytambo and Chincheros.
THIRD DAY – JUNE 24
PRINCIPAL FESTIVITIES OF THE INTI RAYMI (FESTIVITIES TO THE SUN)
This is one of the most important and unforgettable days for us, our company Machu Picchu Hike will pick up your party at the hostel at 07:00 A.M. so we can head to Qurikancha, and start the festivities by 08:30 A.M. Here, our guide will explain and translate what is going on throughout the ceremony; the duration is one-hour approx. After experiencing the first part of the festivity our party, accompanied by the guide, will head walking to the arms plaza to continue to the second part of the festivities, staying there for 45 minutes. After that we will make our way to the bus to continue to the third and last part of the festivities in Sacsayhuaman, where we will presence the principal ceremony of offering, gratefulness and wishing to the god of the sun. This ceremony has a duration of 3 hours approx., and after that we will enjoy some dinner before going back to Cusco for the night.
FORTH DAY – JUNE 25
VISIT TO THE INCA IMPERIAL CITY OF MACHU PICCHU
The Machu Picchu & Inti Raymi package offers the visit to the most important archeological site of South America: Machu Picchu. We will pick up your party at predetermined time, before the train departs, to continue the trip on to Ollantaytambo. Here we will board the train to head to Aguas Calientes, which is a 1:40 hour trip.
Our guide will give you a 2:30 hour tour approx. in 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. In this adventure you will experience the magical energies that surrounds this beautiful site. We will enjoy a guided excursion of the principal buildings of the Incan citadel and the agricultural, urban, military, artisanal areas, as well as the Intihuatana, the Temple of the Condor, the Temple of the Sun, and much more.
After this magical tour we are going to have lunch in the town of Aguas Calientes, in a tourist restaurant. After that, our transfer will arrange transportation to the train station to board towards Ollantaytambo. Afterwards we will take the bus back to Cusco and this is going to be the end of our forth day with the Machu Picchu & Inti Raymi package.
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.
End of the Machu Picchu & Inti Raymi package.