Group Tours with Rosa Ramirez Carlson
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Optional Extended Tour: Cusco & Machu Picchu
Folk Art in Peru
OPTIONAL EXTENDED TOUR
CUSCO | SACRED VALLEY | MACHU PICCHU
Please note that the cost of this extension will depend in the number of people who sign up to participate and therefore it will be subject to change. Same cancellation penalties are applied.
AREQUIPA / CUSCO
Overnight Hotel Novotel or similar.
Greet and transfer to hotel
Half day city tour of Cusco
You will begin your tour as you enjoy the best view of the city of Cusco from atop Cerro Pukamoqo (Red Peak), a natural scenic overlook from which the outstretched arms of Cristo Blanco, a massive white statue of Christ, embrace the city in a benevolent gesture. You will then visit nearby Fortress of Sacsayhuamán, a colossal structure of enormous stones, carved and fitted together with incredible precision. The return will include a stop at Mercado San Pedro, the main market in Cusco, where you will appreciate the products of Cusco, overwhelming you with the sights, aromas, tastes, and colors of the region. Just a few blocks away, you will visit one of the most impressive buildings of Inca Empire: The Korikancha - a temple dedicated to the worship of the Sun God, whose interior walls were said to have been covered in gold. You will complete the day with a stroll through the Plaza de Armas, where you will visit the Cathedral and admire its exquisite vestibules and priceless paintings from the Cusco School of the 17th and 18th centuries.
CUSCO / SACRED VALLEY
Overnight in the sacred valley TBD. (B, L)
Full day Sacred Valley tour
You will travel to Chinchero, a small and colorful town that owns a very important Inca archeological center built in the late XV century, as well as a beautiful and traditional church. You will visit the home of a local family where you will appreciate preserved weaving and textile techniques. On your way to Ollantaytambo, you will stop at the Raqchi vantage point to admire the area’s beautiful natural scenery, continuing on to Moray to see the enormous circular terraces that were used by the Incas as a botanical laboratory. The tour will also visit the Maras salt pans know for its salt around the world. Lunch will be served in a local restaurant. After lunch, you will continue to Ollantaytambo, one of the most imposing complexes of the Inca Empire and the site of one of the Spanish Conquistadors' rare strategic defeats. Famous for its terraced fields embedded into the hillsides, Ollantaytambo was an effective fortress as well as a religious center. The tour ends at the village located below the site which has been continuously inhabited since the 13th century.
CUSCO / MACHU PICCHU / CUSCO
Overnight Hotel Novotel or similar. (B, L)
Breakfast at hotel
Transfer to train station
Train to Machu Picchu
Shuttle bus to the citadel and return
PM- Guided tour of the Machu Picchu citadel (4 hours)
The ruins of Machu Picchu, rediscovered in 1911 by Hiram Bingham, are one of the most beautiful and enigmatic ancient sites in the world. While the Inca people certainly used the Andean mountaintop, erecting many hundreds of stone structures from the early 1400's, legends and myths indicate that Machu Picchu was revered as a sacred place from a far earlier time.