The origins of Cusco are lost in the night of time. Archaeological excavations let us know that the Cusco valley (except for its bottom, then marshy) was already inhabited by primitive settlers about three millennia ago. Around the 12th century, Manco Cápac and his sister and wife Mama Ocllo, demigods and sons of Father Inti (the Sun God) emerged from the waters of Lake Titicaca, with the mission of founding a new kingdom to improve living conditions of the peoples. Manco Cápac and Mama Ocllo would have to walk until they found a place on the ground where the great golden scepter carried by Manco Cápac sank, they walked to the north and reached Pacárec Tampu (Pacaritambo) where they rested in a small cave; At dawn they continued north until they reached Cerro Huanacaure and there the scepter sank, and founded the city of Cusco. Also called Qosqo or Cuzco (Quechua voice: the navel of the world).
FIRST DAY: ARRIVAL IN CUSCO / CITY TOUR AND RUINS:
Arrival at the Cusco airport, transfer to hostel. Brief welcome and information about the program, rest time, for altitude acclimation (mate de coca). Afternoon excursion in the town or city from 1:30 pm-6:30pm. Visit the Qorikancha Temple, the Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral, Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Puca Pucara Tambomachay. This tour is carried out with transportation and the appropriate language.
After breakfast at the hostel, you will be picked up at 8:30 a.m. For the tour of the “Sacred Valley of the Incas”, along the Vilcanota River. We will have the opportunity to observe the rural customs in the typical traditional market of Pisac, buffet lunch in a tourist restaurant in the area. In the afternoon, passing through the towns of Calca and Urubamba, we will visit the fortress of the Incas, the Ollantaytambo fortress, built to guard the entrance and protect the invasion of the tribes in the lowlands. You can walk in the picturesque streets of the city and have a good idea of its strategic place both in the army, and the religious and agricultural center in the Empire of the Incas, end of the tour.
We will stay here in Ollantaytambo to take the Expeditions train from 7:00 p.m., you will arrive in 1 hour and 40 minutes to the town of Aguas Calientes. The hotel staff will wait for us to take us to our hotel and give the respective instructions for the next day’s tour.
Very early in the morning, approximately 5:30 in the morning begins our breakfast, to then have the excursion to Machupicchu, the guide will look for us at the hotel according to our schedule of entrance to the care of Machupicchu. Includes bus up and down the town of Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu. Arriving at the care of Machupcchu we will visit the ruins around 2 and a half hours, during which our guide will show us the Intihuatana, (or “Picota De Sol), the Temple of the Sun, the Royal Tomb, the House of Priests, the Baths of the Inca and the Temple of the Three Windows: all these places allow us to glimpse back into the past.
Time to have lunch At mid-afternoon we will take the train according to our return schedule that will take us back to the station of Poroy and / or Ollantaytambo. Once there, transfer to the hostel.
Breakfast at the Hostel, then TRANSFER TO THE AIRPORT At the stipulated time