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Cusco and Machupicchu,
Inka Treasures

Cusco is a high Andean city located in southeastern Peru, near the Urubamba Valley. It is a city rich in history, with a present population of approximately 300, 000 people. It is a high altitude city, located at around 3,500 meters above sea level. It is the historic capital of the Inka Empire, and its name comes from the Quechua, Qosqo, meaning belly button, or center of the world.
It is believed that Cusco was built in the shape of a puma, a sacred animal of the Inkas.
Cusco┬┤s rich history is evident today, as one can walk down the streets and view Inka walls, stairs and arches that are still standing. The Inka were renowoned for their amazing stonework, in which large stones were fit together very closely without the use of mortar or cement. This civilization did not have the wheel, so their accomplishments in this regard are considered more than extraordinary.

Cusco has many beautiful old buildings, churches and convents that were constructed by the Spanish conquistadors after their arrival in the 16th century, many over the foundations of the original Inka buildings. Some of these edifices incorporated parts of Inka walls and other architectural features. It is a city rich in art and sculpture. Its main plaza, the Plaza de Armas is flanked by two renowned churches, the Cusco Cathedral and the Church of San Francisco.

Cusco is the gateway to one of the most famed ruins in the world, Machupicchu, which was brought to the attention of the western world by Hiram Bingham in 1911. It has recently been named one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. It is located in the middle of a cloud forest setting and part of its beauty is its harmonious relationship to its surroundings.

It was built in approximately 1450 by the Inka Pachacutec and abandoned less than 100 years later with the arrival of the conquistadors, as the Inka empire succumbed to the destruction of their great empire. It was never discovered and ravaged by the Spaniards, although it is located only 50 miles from Cusco.

Its construction consists of the same ashlar style that can be seen in Cusco, where blocks of stone were carved to fit together very tightly. Not even a knife can be inserted between these closely fitting stones in many cases. It is speculated that the huge stone blocks were placed by hundreds of men pushing them up inclined planes.

These days, many tourists walk the ancient stone roads of the Inka Trail every year to arrive at Machupicchu. Traditionally, they spend several days exploring Cusco before undertaking this somewhat arduous but highly rewarding trek, which ends with the enthrallment of arriving at Machupicchu on foot, with a splendid view of the ancient citadel spread out below.

Tour Details

From US$ 499
Starting point : Cusco
Ending point : Cusco
Tour Type : Archaeological and cultural

Tour Description

All our programmes can be tailor made according to your requirements, whether regarding the length of your tour, any special interests or specific activities, flight reservations, optional destinations or tours.

DAY 01: Cusco
Reception at Cusco Airport and transfer to your hotel. Free time available to rest and so avoid altitude sickness. In the afternoon, sightseeing tour of Cusco visiting the Main Square, the Cathedral, and the Temple of the Sun or Korikancha. Take a pleasant walk in the bohemian District of San Blas, home to the best known craftsmen of Cusco. Visit its beautiful church, to admire its impressive carved wooden pulpit, with images of local fruits carved into it in filigree. Pop into some of the craft shops in its small Main Square. On your way back to the Centre of Cusco go through Hatunrumiyoc Street with its famous Twelve-angled stone.
Then, we drive out of the City to visit the Inca sites of Kenko, Tambomachay, Puca Pucara and the impressive Fortress of Sacsayhuaman. The latter site is strategically built on a hill overlooking Cusco and is famous for its enormous carved stones, some of them standing over 9m / 30ft tall, and weighing over 350 tons, set together with astounding precision to form the outer walls.

Meals Included: None

DAY 02: Sacred Valley of the Incas
Breakfast. Full-day excursion to the "Sacred Valley of the Incas", by the Vilcanota River. We will have the opportunity to share closely the peasants' customs and bargain with vendors at the typical indian market of Pisac, held on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Lunch in a local countryside restaurant.
After lunch, passing through the Towns of Calca and Urubamba, we visit the Inca Fortress and Citadel of Ollantaytambo, built to guard the entrance to this part of the Valley, and protect it from possible invasion from the tribes in the Lower jungle. The Fortress consists of a series of stepped carved stone terraces accessed by long staircases. Later on you can walk through the quaint streets of the nearby Town, and get a good idea of what this Strategic Military, Religious, and Agricultural Centre was like during the era of the Inca Empire.

Meals Included: Breakfast and lunch

DAY 03: Machu Picchu
The day starts with an early morning rise to transfer to Cusco Train Station for a three hour train journey to the famous Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu, also knownas Cusco Tours, Cusco Travel, Peru "The Lost City of the Incas", one of the best known examples of surviving Inca architecture. Arrive at Aguas Calientes Station followed by a 30-minute bus drive, climbing 6km of winding road, to the marvellous Citadel. Upon arrival, you will participate in a guided tour of the Citadel, visiting the Main Plaza, the Circular Tower, the Sacred Sun Dial (the most important preserved Intihuatana), the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows and various burial grounds. After the tour you'll have time to stroll around the Archaeological Site at your leisure. Lunch at a local restaurant and a late afternoon return to Cusco. Overnight in your selected hotel in Cusco.

Meals Included: Breakfast and lunch

DAY 04: Cusco
After breakfast, transfer and assistance on your departure.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour Rates

Price per person in US dollars
Prices are not valid for peruvian residents

Prices 2008

English or spanish-speaking local guides
Hotel Single Double Triple
Libertador Hotel 1 378 924 835
Novotel Hotel 978 724 683
S A Intern Hotel 665 540 521
Hostal Los Portales 570 504 482

Price per person in US dollars
Prices are not valid for peruvian residents

English, spanish, french or italian speaking local guides
Hotel Single Double Triple
Libertador Hotel 1 962 1 196 1 004
Novotel Hotel 1 563 997 851
S A Internaci Hotel 1 202 788 674
Hostal Los Portales 1 107 752 364

Note 1: Above rates are subject to change without notice i.e. Easter Week, Labour Day, Christmas, New Year, etc.

Note 2: Single room basis value stands for 1 person travelling alone.

Note 3: Our package tours are sold on a daily basis, taking in consideration the specific days for the local markets in the Sacred Valley (Cusco) i.e. Pisac Market held only on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.

Note 4: There are Special Rates for 4 passengers onwards.

Tour Inclusions


* 3 Nights accommodation at a selected hotel in Cusco
* In and out transfers
* All applicable taxes
* Bilingual guided tours (english / spanish)
* Entrance fees for the excursions mentioned above
* Lunch at the Sacred Valley and Aguas Calientes, other meals as indicated in the itinerary
* Train tickets Cusco - Aguas Calientes - Cusco
* Bus tickets Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes


* International and Domestic flights (Lima / Cusco / Lima: US$ 294 aprox.)
* Airport taxes ($30.25 for international flights and $6.05 for domestic flights)
* Baggage excess
* Alcoholic drinks, soda or bottled mineral water
* Personal expenses
* Tips
* International or National personal telephone calls
* Additional nights for bad weather o flight cancellation
* Snacks
* Laundry
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