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The Sacred Valley of the Incas in Peru, a gorge that runs east-west along the Vilcanota River from the Inca ruins of Pisac, Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu. Elevations in the valley range from approximately 10,000 feet to 6,700 feet at the lower end near Machu Picchu. It was the heart of Andean agriculture and the spiritual center of the Inca Empire. What will impress you the most will be the vast open spaces of the Sacred Valley: the distance between the towns. Each town is made up of a few families, and here the families are numerous, from the oldest grandparents to the youngest grandchildren. They live together and work together to maintain the home.
Machu Picchu, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World! Machu Picchu, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, rises up more than 2,400 meters above sea level where the Amazon Basin meets the Andes. The Inca chose this site above their Sacred Valley and completed the masterpiece in the mid-15th century. It is widely held that Machu Picchu, with its iconic stone walls, emerald green terraces and dazzling structures, was gifted to Emperor Pachacuti as a royal estate.Machu Picchu’s architecture, which has gradually been restored, blends seamlessly with its natural setting. Though the sanctuary is visited by hundreds of thousands of tourists each year, it’s incredible to think that it was abandoned during the Spanish Conquest and re-discovered as recently as 1911.
Enjoy views of the Inca ruins and the forested peak of Huayna PicchuVisit the Temple of the Sun, perfectly positioned for the seasonal solstices.
Climb the stairs to Intihuatana, the most sacred site of Machu Picchu
Climb the Huayna Picchu mountain and visit the Temple of the Moon
climb the Machupicchu mountain and enjoy the 360 degree view
visit the Inca bridge is an original cobbled path that goes west. It is an impressive narrow path that surrounds a granite mountain on its left side and to the right, needless to say, there is a great abyss
We will pick you up from your hotel at 8:30 a.m. and head to the town of Pisac in the south of the valley, situated on the Vilcanota River with picturesque terraced fields on the mountain. Here we will visit this archeological site best known for its Incan ruins where many traditional rituals were conducted to honor Pachamama, a goddess revered by the Incas. It is also famous for its fairs where you can buy beautiful handicrafts. We will then travel approximately one-hour and arrive at Urubamba where we will have a buffet lunch with Peruvian dishes from the local area. Following lunch, we will travel to the historic town of Ollantaytambo, pronounced Oh-yan-tay-tam-bo, with its cobblestoned streets where descendants of the Incas still live in the homes of their ancestors. This site is known for the Ollantaytambo ruins, a massive Inca fortress with large stone terraces on a hillside where many battles were fought because of its strategic location in the mountains and near the jungle. You will have some time for dinner, then at 06.00 pm, we will take the Expedition train to Aguas Calientes where we will spend the night in a hotel.
Today we will get up early and have breakfast at the hotel. Following breakfast, we will take the bus shuttle up a switchback road to the citadel of Machu Picchu. Once on site, your guide will take you for a two-hour tour of the site where you will discover the many wonders of Machu Picchu such as the main plaza, the circular tower, the sacred solar clock, the royal quarters, the temple of the three windows and the Royal Inca cemeteries. After the tour you will have time to take pictures and further explore this sacred sanctuary on your own. So, get your camera ready and enjoy your visit of one of the Seven Modern Wonders of the World! You do have the option to summit Huayna Picchu o Machupicchu mountain which takes approximately two-hours round trip. (This hike is unguided and not included in your package). Following your visit of the site we will descent back to Aguas Calientes Once there, you can eat at one of the many restaurants and then take the train to Ollantaytambo (train schedules are subject to availability). When you arrive at Ollantaytambo station, the driver will be waiting to take you to Cusco, where you will arrive at approximately 8:00 p.m.
Transportation including pick up and transfer to hotel, tour of the Sacred Valley, bus ticket for trips to and from Cusco to Ollantaytambo, train ticket from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes, bus shuttle to and from Machu Picchu
Professional English-speaking guide who will provide the guided tour
Bed and breakfast in Aguas Calientes
1 Day Tourist Ticket for sites included in this tour
Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu