Cuzco, Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu
• Cuzco • Sacred Valley of the Incas • The Lost City of Machu Picchu • Pisac Markets • Ollantaytambo Fortress • Sacsayhuaman
An ideal introduction to Cuzco and Machu Picchu and the delightful Sacred Valley of the Incas. This area is very rich in history and culture, being the heartland of the Inca Empire when it was at its peak. You'll visit the amazing Inca sites of Maras, Moray and Ollantaytambo in addition to the jewel in the crown, Machu Picchu. End your time in charming Cuzco, once the Inca 'Capital of the World'.
Day 1: Cuzco > Sacred Valley Arrive Cuzco airport and transfer by car to the Sacred Valley of the Incas via the colourful Pisac Market. On the way, stop and learn about the Andean members of the camelid family - llamas, alpacas and vicunas, and hand feed them if you wish. After some time at the market, continue to your hotel located in the heart of the beautiful Sacred Valley, home for the next two nights. This area is some 600 metres lower than Cuzco and spending your first nights here significantly aids acclimatization to altitude.
Day 2: Sacred Valley Today's private tour includes several great highlights of the area. The first stop will be Maras, an amazing collection of over 3,000 salt ponds where the local Indians have been extracting this precious commodity since well before Inca times. Continue to the intriguing Inca agricultural experiment at Maras, famous for its impressive circular terracing, a marvel of engineering. A visit will also be made to the weavers village of Chincheros. Here you will learn about weaving techniques that date back to Inca times. After lunch visit the impressive fortress of Ollantaytambo, scene of one of the last great battles between the Inca and the Spanish conquistadors. Return late afternoon to your Sacred Valley hotel.
Day 3: Sacred Valley > Machu Picchu Take a scenic Vistadome train journey to Machu Picchu. On arrival enjoy a buffet lunch before a guided tour of the ruins. It was to Machu Picchu that the Inca royalty fled after the Spanish invasion, where they were never discovered by the conquistadors. Your guide will explain all about this magnificent historical gem allowing time for photographs before you return to the nearby town of Aguas Calientes for the night.
Day 4: Machu Picchu > Cuzco There is time this morning for a second entry to Machu Picchu (at additional cost) or to explore the markets of Aguas Calientes. Return by rail to Cuzco and stay for two nights in a hotel located close to the heart of the old city.
Day 5: Cuzco Enjoy a Cuzco sightseeing tour that includes a visit to the iconic local San Juan market, followed by a tour to see the most exquisite examples of Inca stonework found at Koricancha, in Inca times known as the Temple of the Sun. Cuzco's Cathedral, full of priceless art treasures and beautiful altars of silver and precious stones, is one of the most important churches in all of Latin America. Continue to the impressive Inca fortress of Sacsayhuaman where enormous shaped stones weighing up to 130 tons fit together so neatly you can't get a knife blade in-between them. Enjoy great views over Cuzco and learn about Inti Raymi, the ancient Inca Festival of the Sun that is held here every winter solstice. In the evening perhaps try one of the excellent restaurants on the main Plaza de Armas, a short walk from your hotel.
Day 6: Cuzco Transfer to the airport.
• Tailor-made journey with English speaking local guides • 5 nights' in your selected category of accommodation • Transfers and transport • Sightseeing & entrance fees • 5 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 1 Dinner
Pricing (per person) $NZD
Booking conditions You can add days in Cuzco at either end. For a deluxe option, please view our 'Machu Picchu in Style' package. Prices do not apply during Inti Raymi Festival in June
You can add days in Cuzco at either end. For a deluxe option, please view our 'Machu Picchu in Style' package.
Prices do not apply during Inti Raymi Festival in June