Machu Picchu & Cusco Communities
Visit one of the seven wonders of the World, a 15th Century Inca site lying on a mountain ridge. Machu Picchu, considered a mystical place that exudes vital energy. Get to know more about this place and its legends and stories through a local guide who have been carefully chosen by Lima Mentor for you to experience the place at its best. Visit hidden Andean towns that kept their ancient customs, visit one of the homes there and share a moment with the local people. Visit other small towns around Cusco and get to know more of the art achieved by the Inca people. You will also pay a visit to the astonishing historical city of Cusco, full of not-to-be missed sites such as churches, museums, pre-Inca archaeological sites, art workshops, restaurants, handicraft shops and much more!!
After your arrival in Cusco, you will be transferred to the Urubamba Valley (also known as Sacred Valley), which lies at lower altitude making its climate milder. Today we are organising an easy day for good acclimatisation. Afternoon visit of the ruins of Pisac, located above the valley with stunning terracing following the contours of the hill.
Today you may choose among several activities, all of them involve an approach to the Andean culture, that is still alive and that you will experience. Among the options you can get to know the processes of Andean textiles while learning how to weave, you can practice on the cooking of some Andean meals made of quinua and corn, you can get to know the raw products that the locals use to heal themselves and learn how to make your own candies to fight colds, and finally you can get to know more about the Andean agriculture, the rituals practiced and get to know how to use traditional tools. All of them take a full day and include a box lunch.
Today is the great day! You will first get into the train that will take you to Machu Picchu, Peru's main tourist destination and it is magnificent - never a disappointment! Enjoy the panoramic views from the skylights of the Vistadome train. The journey takes around 3 hours to reach Aguas Calientes where you will catch a bus for the final 30 minute ride uphill to the Sanctuary. Enjoy a 2-3 hour private guided visit of Machu Picchu. Rest of the afternoon free to recharge energy and take a deep breath in this wonderful place. Overnight in the town of Machu Picchu (formerly known as Aguas Calientes).
Machu Picchu deserves another visit, a second day visit. There are several activities we recommend in the area. You can re-enter the site very early, time when there are few visitors, you can take a walk to the Inca Bridge, walk to the Sun Gate (original entrance to the citadel, where people coming from the Inca Trail enter), visit the market of the town, hike the Huayna Picchu (hill in front of the site where you can get impressive views), and even do some canopy (at an extra cost and requires to take a train of half an hour ride to Santa Teresa). Train back to Cusco and transfer to your hotel. Cusco is a very active city, plenty of restaurants and night clubs await you!
Today you will visit the archaeological site of Tipon, the only known Inca aqueduct, reaching approx 800m towards the glacier, having a temple complex, baths and irrigation systems. It is all situated ina splendid setting with commanding superb views of the valley below. You will then head to the Andahuaylillas Church, a 17th Century humble village church with one of Peru s most magnificent church interiors. It has superb baroque altars, woodcarvings and frescoes. Another stop awaits you at Huaro, village where there is a magnificent colonial temple with mural paintings of Tadeo Escalante (1803), one of the last masters of the Academy of Cusco. Finally, a stop in Oropesa, an early-rising community whose forty-seven bakeries have provided Cusco with its dayily bread for generations
Today you will first visit the Pre-Columbian Art Museum housed in an extraordinary Cusco historic monument, holding the only museum in Peru dedicated to rebound the arts of ancient Peruvian cultures. The collection consists of 450 master pieces date from 1250 B.C to.1532 A.D. You will then visit the highlights of the city: such as the Jesuit church, "Korikancha"or the Temple of the Sun, the Cathedral, whose stonework is the most impressive in Cuzco, and two of the ruins in the outskirts of the city: Sacsayhuaman and Quenco. Afternoon transfer to catch flight to Lima.
US$987 per person in 3-star hotels (Sauce Hostal/El Mapi Hotel/Casa Boutique San Blas), based in a party of 4 and double accommodation.
US$1291 per person in 3-star hotels (Sauce Hostal/El Mapi Hotel/Casa Boutique San Blas), based in a party of 2 and double accommodation.
US$1108 per person in 4-star hotels (Sonesta Yucay/Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel/Novotel Cusco), based in a party of 4 and double accommodation.
US$1412 per person in 4-star hotels (Sonesta Yucay/Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel/Novotel Cusco), based in a party of 2 and double accommodation.
US$1711 per person in 5-star hotels (Casa Andina Private Collection Urubamba/Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel/Monasterio del Cusco-Orient Express), based in a party of 4 and double accommodation.
US$2015 per person in 5-star hotels (Casa Andina Private Collection Urubamba/Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel/Monasterio del Cusco-Orient Express), based in a party of 2 and double accommodation.