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SACRED VALLEY AND MACHUPICCHU

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The Cusco city itself is one of Peru's greatest treasures. Seat of the ancient Inca Empire, Cusco is home to many of the countries, most splendid examples of pre-colonial art and architecture. And many of its buildings rest upon Incan foundations. The area is also rich in Peru's vibrant living heritage: the culture of the Quechua people, many of whom maintain essentially the same way of life they have known for thousands of year, where are located the most important tourist attractions, Cusco is mysterious, magic, world of the Incas. where are located the most important tourist attractions, at the northwest of Cusco City also is located another treasures of the Incas and colonial times, This trip the sacred valley of the Incas including Pisaq, Ollantaytambo and Machupicchui is a great tour.

LOCATION:   South-America, Cusco - Perú.
DURATION:
  2 Days / 1night
DEPARTURE:
  Every Day, Group Service.
TRANSPORTATION:
  Tourist Bus or Van and Train to Machu Picchu.
PRICE:
  USD: ON REQUEST on request Vistadome Train Service.
SEASON:
  All Year, As you request.
ACTIVITIES:
  Archaeology, Nature, Cultural.

DETAILED ITINERARY:

PISAQ

Located in the Sacred Valley of the Incas or Urubamba Valley. The Inca city controlled a route which connected the Inca Empire with Paucartambo, on the border of the eastern jungles. Set high above a valley floor patch worked by patterned fields and rimmed by vast terracing, the stonework and panoramas at Pisac's Inca citadel are magnificent. Terraces, water ducts and steps have been cut out of solid rock, and in the upper sector of the ruins, the main Sun Temple is equal of anything at Machu Picchu. Above the temple lie still more ruins, mostly unexcavated, and among the higher crevices and rocky overhangs several ancient burial sites are hidden. The Modern Pisac is a picturesque Andean Village, typical except for the huge, spreading pisonay tree that dominates the central square. The village is best known for its Sunday market, which draws hundreds of tourists each week. In spite of its popularity the market retains much of its local charm, at least in the part where villagers from miles around gather to barter and sell their products. In the tourist section of the market you can buy a wide variety of handicrafts - mostly the same things you see in Cusco. Many of the guide books state that handicrafts are cheaper than Cusco but in last years are not to much difference in price. Our recommendation is if you like something in Cusco or anywhere buy it! A good shopper never pays the first price make your bargain. Pisac is a good place to buy the local ceramics; there are smaller markets in Pisac on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

OLLANTAYTAMBO

Located at the western end of the Sacred Valley, The town has been built on top of original Inca foundations and is the best surviving example of Inca town planning. The town is divided in canchas (blocks) which are almost entirely intact. Each cancha has only one entrance (usually a huge stone doorway) which leads into a central courtyard.

The houses surround the courtyard. Good examples of this construction can be found behind the main plaza. The town is located at the foot of some spectacular Inca ruins, which one protected the strategic entrance to the lower Urubamba Valley. The temple area is at the top of steep terracing which helped to provide excellent defenses. Stone used for these buildings was brought from a quarry high up on the opposite side of the Urubamba River - an incredible feat involving the efforts of thousands of workers. The complex was still under construction at the time of the conquest and was never completed. After Manco Inca was defeated by the Spanish at Sacsayhuaman following the unsuccessful siege of Cusco (1536) he retreated to Ollantaytambo.

Francisco Pizarro's younger brother Hernando led a force of 70 cavalry, 30 foot soldiers and a large contingent of natives to capture Manco Inca. The Inca's forces, joined by neighboring jungle tribes, rained down showers of arrows, spears and rocks upon the unfortunate Spanish troops. In an intelligent move the Inca's flooded the plains below their stronghold making it difficult for the horses to maneuver.

Hernando, uncharacteristically, ordered a hasty retreat. Ollantaytambo became the only place ever to have resisted attacks from the Spanish.

However, their victory was short-lived when the Spanish returned with four times their previous force. Manco Inca retreated to his jungle stronghold in Vilcabamba and Ollantaytambo fell into the hands of the Spanish.

The village may have been an important town in Inca times. The most striking remnant of this period is the massive stone wall in the main plaza which has ten trapezoidal niches. The construction of the wall and many other ruins and agricultural terraces are attributed to Inca Tupac Yupanqui who possibly used Chinchero as a kind of country house. In the main plaza an adobe colonial church, dating from the early seventeenth century, has been built upon the foundations of an Inca temple or palace. The ceiling and walls are covered in beautiful floral and religious designs. The church is open on Sundays for mass and also every day for tourist visit.

DAY 2: MACHUPICCHU - CUSCO.

Early in the morning, we'll catch the bus up to the Inca city of Machu Picchu to enjoy a guided tour or this enigmatic site. After the tour there will be time to wander around and appreciate the beauty and mystery of Machu Picchu. Later on, you may choose to climb Wayna Picchu 2,700 m.a.s.l. / 8,850 ft. the peak overlooking the area. Around mid-afternoon we'll catch the bus back to the train station for the return trip to Cusco. The tracks run along the Urubamba river valley, the route taken by Hiram Bingham in 1911 when he re-discovered Machu Picchu. On the arrival to Cusco we transfer to the hotel.

INCLUDED:

  • Transfer hotel/train station/hotel.
  • Tourist Bus or Van sacred valley tour.
  • Group Tour in Sacred Valley.
  • Buffet lunch at Sacred Valley.
  • Round Trip train Ticket, Vistadome train service.
  • Round trip bus ticket in Machu Picchu.
  • Entrance Fee to Machu Picchu.
  • Professional Tour Guide English or Spanish.
  • Group service tour in Machu Picchu.
  • Buffet lunch at Sanctuary Lodge restaurant

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ADITIONAL EXPENSES:

  • Hotel booking service for extra night in Machu Picchu, additional charge depending hotel category.
  • Dinner in Machu Picchu town.
  • Tips guides, drivers.
  • Extra day expenses.

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