City tour through Lima, where you will appreciate the best of the colonial side, as the beautiful colonial churches and mansions such as the Government Palace, The Main Square, The City Hall, The Cathedral and the San Francisco Convent, considered gems of the colonial architecture of the XVI century. Then you will visit the amazing Magic Water Circuit, considered the largest fountains' complex of the world, obtaining the Guinness Record. The main fountain spreads a jet of water that reaches a height of 80 meters. We recommend walking through "The Tunnel of Surprises" about 35 meters long, go through the "The Children Fountain" that has an irresistible water system to play and the "Daydream Labyrinth" fountain which has walls of water with different effects.
Pick up from the hotel and transfer to a ranch in Ollantaytambo, there we will saddle the horses to start the ride to Pumamarca. Along the route we will enjoy a spectacular view of the archaeological complex and the surrounding countryside.
Arriving at Pumamarca we will visit the Inca ruins and then return to Ollantaytambothrough the same way.
You will start your excursion visiting Maras, located in the province of Urubamba, 46 kilometers West of the city of Cusco. Salt deposits are located Northwest this town. There, you will find the most important salt mines of the region, operated from the Incan times and the viceregal period.
Then, you will visit the circular andenes in Moray, created by the Andean man with the looks of an amphitheater.
Finally,you will go to Ollantaytambo, military, religious and agricultural center of the Incan Empire. The fortress is located on top of the mountain and allowed them to protect the whole valley from invaders. From the highest spot we will be able to appreciate the narrow roads along with the channels that remain unaltered since Incan times. Lunch will be provided at local restaurant.
Transfer to Ollantaytambo train station to take the ride to Machu Picchu town.
Today you will start your Machu Picchu excursion with a private guide. This incredible place is a renowned example of the advanced Inca’s architecture, surrounded by an amazing landscape of lush forest. Lost in history, Machu Picchu was not discovered until 1911 by the American explorer Hiram Bingham, but was built in the middle of XV century. The name of the citadel comes from the Quechua language that means “Old Mountain” and apparently was the principal Inca’s Sanctuary. Enjoy a buffet lunch at Sanctuary lodge.
At the appointed time, you will return to the station to take your train ride back to Cusco.
Transfer from the train station to the hotel in Cusco.
Get to know the city of Cusco, an UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site and possessor of a style on its own. The tour begins at the Koricancha Temple, an old Incan palace and main center for the worship of the sun god, Inti. Once the Spanish conquered Peru, the Dominican order built a lovely church over top this temple’s foundations: the church of Santo Domingo that is still there today. Your next destination is the Main Square, and then the adventure continues at the Sacsayhuaman Fortress built of enormous stone blocks expertly shaped by the Incas. It is strategically located at the top of a hill overlooking Cusco. What a view of the city! The tour continues with visits to three archeological sites: “Qenko, Puca-Pucara, and Tambomachay”, important religious and administrative centers for the Incas. Finally you will visit an art workshop named “Inkas Expression” that presents artists working on silver pieces and painting in wood. This is an ideal place for the ones who like andean art.