Cusco & Machu Picchu
6 days Departures any day
Located in the Peruvian Andes the beautiful city of Cusco is the Ancient capital of the Inca Empire..When the Spaniards conquered the Inca Empire in the 16th Century they preserved the basic structure of the Inca temples but built baroque churches and palaces directly on top of the Inca walls. After a major earthquake in 1950 that caused a lot of damage to the city’s buildings the old granite walls of the Coricancha (Temple of the Sun) as well as many other Inca walls throughout the city were exposed. Today you can walk the streets of the historical centre of Cuzco and the main square – the Plaza de Armas- and literally see layers of history.
The surrounding countryside is also stunning, with ancient agricultural terraces and Inca ruins including Sacsayhuaman, Kenko, Puku Pukara, Tambo Machay, Pisac and Ollantaitambo and of course a train trip away – Machu Picchu!
Arrive in Cuzco, capital of the Inca Empire, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel. This afternoon relax and acclimatise to the altitude perhaps with a stroll around the ancient cobbled-stoned streets.
Morning at leisure. This afternoon enjoy a city tour, which includes the Cathedral on the Plaza de Armas, and the Koricancha Temple. Just outside Cusco, you will visit the ruins of Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Puka Pukara, and Tambomachay. B.
CUSCO – SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCAS
A full day tour into the Sacred Valley of the Incas, including a visit to Pisac and its colourful Indian market – a not-to-be-missed opportunity to purchase Peruvian weavings and pottery. After a sumptuous lunch, continue along the Urubamba Valley to the ruins of Ollantaitambo, an impressive Inca fortress. Spend the night at a charming inn in the Sacred Valley. (Market is open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.) B. L.
SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCAS – MACHU PICCHU
Transfer to Ollanta station to board your train bound for Machu Picchu village and take the shuttle bus up to Machu Picchu citadel. A guided tour of the ruins will have you wondering about the lives of the priests, craftsmen, and servants who inhabited this citadel and what drove them to build it on a mountain top. Excavations have revealed skeletons, artifacts and woolen clothing, but no gold. Overlooking the raging Urubamba River and re-discovered in a hidden tangle of vines and trees atop the mountain in 1911, by Hiram Bingham, the city of Machu Picchu will forever hold the secret of its destruction as the Incas left no written record. Have lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge and then free time to wander the ruins. This afternoon take the shuttle bus back down to Aguas Calientes and your hotel. B. L. D.
MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO
We suggest you rise early and return to the ruins which are usually shrouded in clouds before sunrise. Perhaps climb to the summit of Huayna Picchu or up to the Sun Gate for panoramic views. This afternoon take the train to Cusco and transfer to your hotel. (Bus and entrance fee on 2nd day is not included – allow approx US $65) . B.
Transfer to the airport for your departing flight. B.
Perhaps continue across the Altiplano to Puno, Lake Titicaca and Bolivia or into the jungle at Puerto Maldonado, or on to the white city of Arequipa.
|Tourist Class - Casa Andina Traditional||AUD||1210||1765|
|First Class - Casa Andina Private Collection||AUD||1560||2135|
|Superior -Aranwa Boutique Hotel||AUD||1680||2559|
Accommodation with private facilities - Return airport transfers - Sightseeing and meals as indicated - Visitdome train to Machu Picchu - Bus and Entrance fees to Machu Picchu on Day 4 only - Lunch at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge on Day 4 only -Service charges and taxes
What's not included
Any airfares, Airport or air ticket taxes - 2nd entrance and bus to Machu Picchu on Day 5 (allow approx US$65) - Passport or visa fees - Insurance - gratuities - Any items not specifically mentioned as included
UPGRADE TO HIRAM BINGHAM LUXURY TRAIN AU$ 695 RETURN. These rates do not apply during Christmas or Inti Raymi Holidays (20 -27 June). Other hotels and longer durations are available on request. Your itinerary can be amended to fit in with market days at Pisac - Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. If you prefer to stay in Cuzco instead of the Sacred Valley, this too can be arranged.