Cusco City

Located in the Southeastern Andes Mountains, Cusco sits at an altitude of 3,400 meters above sea level (11,000 feet). It is the gateway to the sanctuary-city of Machu Picchu and the Inca Sacred Valley, and one of the most culturally rich cities in Latin America. Through its rich architecture, you will embark on a journey through time that will take you from the pre-Inca peoples, to the Inca Empire before being conquered by the Spanish, who incorporated elements from the past to make it into the city that it is today. Your day will consist of visits to the Qoricancha temple, the Plaza de Armas, the Sacsayhuaman fortress, and the archeological sites of Quenqo, Puca-Pucara and Tambomachay.

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Machu Picchu

The ruins of Machu Picchu (meaning ‘Old Peak’ in the Quechua language) are one of the world’s most beautiful and enigmatic sites. Built in the mid-1400s for sacred purposes, rediscovered in 1911 by Yale archaeologist Hiram Bingham, declared by the United Nations a World Heritage Site in 1983, and named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World by the New7Wonders Foundation in 2007; Machu Picchu is certainly Perú’s most famous landmark.

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Sacred Valley (Pisaq and Ollantaytambo)

What is known today as the region of Cusco is home to the ancient Sacred Valley of the Incas. Tucked between the city of Cusco and Machu Picchu, it is a stretch of virtually untouched villages and ancient ruins ranging across broad fields and mountain slopes, it drips with Andean history, culture, and beauty.
Originally formed by the Urubamba River, the valley was once the fertile and spiritual base of the Incan Empire. The Inca ruins of Pisaq and Ollantaytambo are the living testimony of the rich history and heritage of the now extinct Empire.

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Maras & Moray

The tour will start at around 8am with a visit to the Colonial town of Maras and its church. From Maras we continue to the nearby Inca site of Moray, a magnificent series of terrace circles set into the ground that were once used by the Incas for experimentation with crops. Our final destination are the salt mines, which have been in use since Pre-Inca times. Water from a subterranean stream is channelled through pools where it evaporates and leaves behind pure salt crystals. With thousands of stark white pools stretching down the valley, the views are stunning. We return to Cusco at approximately 1:30 pm. After the tour, you will have the chance to walk around one last time around Cusco city before your late afternoon flight back to Lima.

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Inca and Salkantay Trails

Rated by many as two of the best treks in the world, the Inka and Salkantay trails offers visitors the opportunity to trek through beautiful mountain scenery, subtropical jungle and Inca paving stones, ruins and tunnels, until reaching Peru’s most famous landmark: Machu Picchu. The duration of the treks may vary from two to seven days, depending on the route and availability.

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Rainbow Mountain

Vinucunca, commonly known as the Rainbow Mountain, is one of the 100 places you must visit before you die, according to National Geographic; and one of the multiple gifts of nature that Peru has. This majestic rock formation is located in Peru’s Cusco Region and receives its nickname from the shifting colors of its minerals -pink, green, grey or yellow minerals struck into a bank of rock protruding upward from the Earth-. The famous rainbow hump is part of a whole stretch of coloured mountains, in shades of rose and blonde. The route to Rainbow Mountain is a gorgeous one, passing local stone villages, spectacular mountain peaks and river streams. The Rainbow Mountain is located at 4,400 metres or 14,400 feet above sea level, and although the trek is typically done in one day, we highly recommend the Ausangate 7-day trek to the Rainbow Mountain through the mountains and glaciers of the Cusco Region.

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Choquequirao

Choquequirao (3,085 m), also known as “the other Machu Picchu”, is an Inca archaeological complex located in the Salkantay Mountain Range in the Region of Cusco above the Valley of the Apurimac River. It encompasses 1,800 hectares of which 30-40% is yet to be uncovered. Choquequirao is formed by inca terraces, a temple, administrative buildings from the Inca era, a central square and the living quarters of the inca elite surrounding it, and living quarters for the common people. There are numerous water channels, aqueducts and water springs. Unlinke its sister complex Machu Picchu, Choquequirao remains excluded from most commercial tours in Peru, contributing to its isolation. Although there are plans to build a cable car that would allow visitors to reach “the other Machu Picchu” in 15 minutes, the only way to currently access it is by trekking to the site. Treks may vary in duration from 4 to 5 days.

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