Sacred Valley of the Incas and Machu Picchu 2 days
The Sacred Valley of the Incas was undoubtedly a key area of settlement to the Incas. Its agreeable climate and fertile plains make a rare and fruitful combination for the high Andes. It was also the route to the jungle and therefore an area with access to the fruits and plants of the tropical lowlands. The Sacred Valley served as a buffer zone, protecting Cusco from incursions of the Antis, the fierce jungle tribes who from time to time raided the highlands. Today the Sacred Valley remains a lush agricultural region supplying the city of Cusco with much of its produce such as maize, fruit and vegetables.
Machu Picchu (2,430 meters above sea-level) stands in the middle of a tropical mountain forest, in an extraordinarily beautiful setting. It was probably the most amazing urban creation of the Inca Empire at its height, its giant walls, terraces and ramps seem as if they have been cut naturally in the continuous rock escarpments. The natural setting, on the eastern slopes of the Andres, encompasses the upper Amazon basin with its rich diversity of flora and fauna.
You will be able to see the most important Inca Archeological Sites and have enough time to take pictures and enjoy the view. Machu Picchu is the most famous archeological site because it is one of the seven modern world wonders and you will be able to walk this site.
Day 1 Sacred Valley – Aguas Calientes
On the first day we will drive to different places inside the Sacred Valley. During this ride we will enjoy short stops to look at cultural aspects and the landscape of the country. At the end of the day we take the train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes, where you will have free time to visit Machu Picchu Pueblo and where we will spend the night in a hotel.
Day 2 Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco
We pick you up and transfer you to the bus that will take us to Machu Picchu. After a 2-hour tour you will have free time to visit this beautiful place. After exploring Machu Picchu, we will return by bus to Aguas Calientes, and catch the return train to Cusco. Upon arriving in Cusco we will bring you to your hotel.
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