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Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu, 3d/3n

Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu 3 days & 3 nights


This 3 day tour features all the enchanting places of The Sacred Valley of the Incas, including the spectacular Machu Picchu. You will visit small Andean Villages, spectacular Inca Ruins, local markets and salt pools, while passing through some of the most scenic areas of Peru. Our 3 day Sacred Valley Tour hits all the highlights and includes three nights of great accommodation. Upon completing this trip you will see why even the Incan royalty would travel down into the Valley to unwind and relax.

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ITINERARY

Awana Cancha – Pisac Ruins – Pisac Market – Urumbamba

 

We will pick you up from the airport or your hotel in Cusco in the morning for this three day guided tour of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, including Machu Picchu. Our first destination is the exhibition center of Awana Cancha, a living museum of the Andes. Here you will get first hand experience with the different camelids (relatives of the camel), and see fine examples of ancient weaving techniques. After this we drive to the colonial town of Pisac, located about 1 hour by car from Cusco, and known for its traditional market and for the Inca ruins of the same name. Our vehicle will take you up to the ruins where our guide will take you on a 1 hour tour at this site that served as a trading hub as well as a religious centre. After the ruins we will continue to colonial town itself for a delicious lunch buffet, before we visit its famous market, which has been an important market town since well before the Incan empire. This sprawling market, which overflows the main plaza, offers excellent opportunities to pick up some textiles or colorful ceramics.


After shopping, it is back to the vehicle for a one hour long ride along the banks of the Urubamba River until we reach the town of the same name. Along the way we will pass through numerous small villages and see the locals working the fields. After a short stop at the main town square, we will go directly to our beautiful hotel: La Hacienda Hotel, a little oasis in the middle of the Sacred Valley. This superior hotel is a combination of colonial and modern styles, and offers many exquisite amenities. Lean back and enjoy the magical atmosphere in the midst of the natural beauty of The Sacred Valley. Meals included: lunch

Chinchero – Moray – Maras – Ollantaytambo

 

We leave your selected hotel after the breakfast buffet around 8 a.m. to continue our adventures in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. After a 30 minute ride we will arrive into the town of Chinchero – a small town perched up on a hill with stunning views of the surrounding countryside. We will explore the town on foot making our way up to its famous colonial church adorned with many colorful religious frescoes and built on top of an Incan structure. Leaving Chinchero, we continue along the road for another 30 minutes to the unique agricultural archeological site of Moray. We will take some time to fully explore this series of concentric terraces that were used for the domestication, acclimatization and hybridization of plants that were modified or adapted for human consumption. A surprising fact about Moray is that from top to bottom the terraces are about 30 mts (100ft.) deep resulting in wide range of temperature differences. This created the conditions similar to today’s greenhouses and allowed the pre-Colombian people to grow a wide variety of different strands of crops from potatoes to corn. Leaving this fantastic ruin, we travel to the Salt Mines of Maras (Salineras) to view this immense complex consisting of hundreds of terraced pools fed by a salt water spring. From the salt pools we will have the option to ride our vehicle or hike 3 miles down to the Urubamba River Valley. Once in the valley we will stop for lunch before continuing on by vehicle to the village of Ollantaytambo. Here we will explore the fabulous ruins that in addition to serving as an important agricultural and religious centre were the site of a famous battle where the Incas humiliated the Spanish. With the day ending we make our way back to the hotel only 45 minutes away. Meals Included: lunch

Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

 

Today we leave the hotel early at approximately 7:30am to get to the train station in Ollantaytambo, where we will go on a beautiful ride of nearly 2 hours through marvelous scenery to the town of Machu Picchu (Aguas Calientes), located at the base of the Machu Picchu. In town, we make a quick transfer from the train to a shuttle bus for a 20 minute ride up a winding road to the entrance of Machu Picchu. Here our guide will give you an in-depth tour of this world famous archaeological site. The tour lasts approximately 3 hours and includes some time to wander off and do some of your own exploring. Use this time to explore the numerous plazas, buildings and spectacular views that have captivated so many since Hiram Bingham first brought notoriety to the site in 1911.

With your inner-explorer satisfied we will meet to take the bus down to the village together, where we will enjoy a buffet lunch that allows you to fuel up on some of Peru’s world famous cuisine while soaking in the mystery of Machu Picchu. After lunch we will board the train for the 4 hour ride back to the city of Cusco. Coming back to Cusco you will be picked up at the train station and brought to your hotel of choice, located close to the Main Square (Plaza de Armas). Meals included: lunch

 

Accommodation
Sacred Valley
Cusco
Standard Tikawasi Valley Hotel San Augstin Hotel
Premium El Albergue Hotel Encantada Casa Hotel

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Made known to the World by Hiram Bingham in 1911, Machu Picchu was inhabited by local farmers but probably remained unknown to the Spaniards. The purpose of an Inca city in such a spectacular location remains under debate: Some argue it was built and populated by the family of a powerful Inca ruler (Pachakutek). Others have proposed that the principal function of Machu Picchu was a “trading center” to maintain a reliable supply of coca leaves and other tropical supplies for the priests and royalty in Cuzco. Bingham fostered the school of thought that the city existed primarily for strategic and defensive purposes, yet another theory supports the idea that Machu Picchu was an indoctrination center or school to teach the leaders and their children about other Andean cultures conquered by the Incas.

PRICES

Number of passengers
2 4 6
Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu 3 days/3 nights 890.00 740.00 670.00

The prices are per person and in US dollars.
Note: The prices are based on hotel allocation of 2 people in double room. For other room allocation, please send us a request (this normally implies a higher price per person). If you would like a different hotel, it is possible to upgrade, please ask about the alternative hotel options.

Price Includes:


• Machu Picchu entrance fee.
• Entrances to all sights in the Sacred Valley (BTG-ticket).
• Train tickets from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu Town (Aguas Calientes), and return ticket from Machu Picchu Town (Aguas Calientes) to Cusco. (Executive Class)
• Bus tickets up and down from/to Aguas Calientes to/from Machu Picchu.
• Pick-up from the hotel or the airport at arrival.
• Service of local official and bilingual tour guide(s).
• Private transportation for each activity.
• Meals indicated
• 3 nights at good tourist hotels in Cusco and The Sacred Valley.

Price Does Not Include:

• Meals not specified in the itinerary.
• Personal expenses such as medical immunizations (if any).
• Travel insurance.
• Optional tipping of the staff.

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