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Cuzco Peru Tours- Day Trips and Short Tours | Great Peru Trekking Tours

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City Tour & Ruins nearby Cusco
This afternoon's tour of the oldest continuously inhabited city in the western hemisphere includes important landmarks of enchanting Cusco and also the nearby ruins of Kenko, Puca-pucara, Tambomachay as well as the Sacsayhuaman fortress. Once the center of the Inca civilization, modern Cusco is a delightful combination of Inca and colonial architecture. During the tour, you will visit Cusco's Cathedral, Santo Domingo Church and the Plaza de Armas. (4h.)

Walking Tour of Cusco
During the walking portion of the Cuzco Peru tours of the ancient capital of the Inca Empire, visitors are easily caught up in the excitement of this city. The tour includes a visit to the Cathedral and Santo Domingo Church, passing through the city's main streets and the Plaza de Armas. You will walk through some of Cusco's most astonishing streets to reach the San Blas Church. (2h 1/2.)

Cusco Ruins
Discover the ancient ruins of Kenko; Puca-pucara; and Tambomachay and the Sacsayhuaman Fortress (It is the most important Ceremonial center in the Inca Empire's capital. The great size of the stones used in its construction and the surrounding landscape are amazing). (2h.)

Pisac Ruins
Few sites top the ruins at Pisac! To reach these ruins you’ll climb past lush mountainside terraces. The high altitude may leave you breathless and your heart pounding, but so will the awesome view that awaits you at the top. The precision with which the stones of these ancient buildings was cut and fitted will amaze you. (4h.)

Pisac Indian Market
Morning departure for a drive through the fertile countryside to the colonial village of Pisac. During your visit to the bustling marketplace you will have the opportunity to bargain with the natives for many different types of Peruvian handicrafts and jewelry. (4h.)

Chincheros Indian Market
Take a trip back in time to the exciting and unspoiled Chincheros Market, where the Indians trade among themselves just as they have done for centuries. (4h.)

Piquillacta and Andahuaylillas
Travel south of Cusco to Piquillacta. This town, one of the most important civil monuments left by the Incas, is thought to have been a repository for agricultural products or else used for defensive purposes. From there continue south to Andahuaylillas. Here you find the "Sistine Chapel of Peru", a church that is home to golden altars, paintings and many colored ceilings. The chapel is simple and unassuming on the outside, but on the inside you’ll find masterpiece after masterpiece. (4h.)

Machu Picchu Tours

Machu Picchu
Early wake up for a train ride through the sacred valley of Urubamba to the "Lost City of the Incas," Machu Picchu. Perched 8,200 feet above the valley, it was hidden by mountains and semi-tropical jungles for 400 years until discovered by Hiram Bingham of Yale University in 1911. Archaeologists believe that the Inca "Virgins of the Sun" took refuge from the Spanish Conquistadors here. (L) (12h.)

Pisac Indian Market and The Ollantaytambo Fortress
Morning departure for a drive through the fertile countryside to the colonial village of Pisac. During your visit to the bustling marketplace you will have the opportunity to bargain with the natives for many different types of Peruvian handicrafts and jewelry. After lunch the tour continues to the village of Ollantaytambo for a visit to its impressive Inca fortress. (L) (9h.)

Chincheros with weaving demostration, Pisac Ruins and Ollantaytambo Fortress
Departure to the Andean village of Chinchero to visit with Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez. Nilda learned to weave as a child while tending the flocks in the fields of her village. When she was a teenager, Nilda worked with researchers on preserving the traditional themes and techniques of weaving in the Andean community. As an adult, Nilda traveled extensively to the U.S. to organize weaving exhibits and workshops in several universities and the Textile Museum of Washington D.C. Nilda offers an indigenous, multi-faceted perspective on the arts, as well as excellent facilitation and communication skills. She is truly a one of a kind artist. She will be happy to lead a relaxed, fascinating workshop on traditional back strap weaving techniques and a discussion on the role of weaving in a contemporary Andean culture. Nilda is the founder and director of the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco. This organization is dedicated to preserving ancient textile designs and weaving techniques from all over the Andes. Some designs are more than 2000 years old. Then visit Pisac Ruins and Ollantaytambo Fortress. (9h)

Chincheros Indian Market and The Ollantaytambo Fortress
In the morning leave from your hotel for Chincheros. Drive to Yucay for lunch; then your tour continues along the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Urubamba, to visit the Inca fortress at Ollantaytambo during the afternoon. (L) (9h.)

Moray, Maras Salt Pools and Authentic Quechua Village
Morning excursion to the Inca agricultural experimental center of Moray, famous for its sunken amphitheater, made up of four circular terraces, which appear to disappear into the earth like an artificial crater. The site was apparently an Inca agricultural research station designed for experimenting with crops at various altitudes (some of which run down to depths of 100 meters). It is believed that the terraces, built over containing walls filled with fertile earth and watered by complex irrigation systems, enabled the Incas to grow more than 250 plant species.
Continue to the impressive Maras salt pools formed by water emerging from a lake inside a mountain in the Urubamba Valley. An amazing view of evaporating ponds for the extraction of salt. Learn about ancestral techniques, which are still used, in agricultural, irrigation and salt-recollection tasks, as well as in Andean festivals and rites. After lunch, visit an authentic Quechua Village to feel the way of life of the Inca's ancestors. The Inca himself was a noble Quechua. They live off the land and are always wearing their colorful ponchos, see Quechua children scamper about while woman are weaving their family's clothes. (9h)

Lunch or dinner at Hacienda Huayocari
The most noticeable aspect of the house is its sensational setting, dominating the Urubamba valley in the midst of the highland crags and vegetation through which the river flows. Above it, on the very mountain top within sight of heaven are two lakes, which seem to seethe on a rainy night. With magnificent views of the river Urubamba, the Casa-Hacienda has the magical ability to make us forget the reality of life. The courtyard fulfills much the same function as the main square of a town: a natural focus for daily life, but at times more intimate and private. It successfully incorporates the tradition of secret gardens that invite you to enjoy and wonder. Today's lunch or dinner will be a remarkable event.

Dinner Show at Tunupa
Join us in the "Imperial City" for the greatest variety of novo-andean dishes, and the best panoramic view of Cusco's Town Square. (3h)

Dinner Show at La Retama
Take the guesswork out of deciding where to eat. Come to the best place for International, Creole and Andean Cuisine where you always find good ambiance and great entertainment. (3h)

Dinner at Andean Grill
A place where you and your friends can enjoy a pleasant social atmosphere and an excellent culinary experience. We are located at Plaza de Armas of Cusco - a rustic yet elegant place, constructed in 1877. (3h)

Inca Trail To Machu Picchu
Take a fantasy journey into a different civilization as you hike one of the most legendary of the Inca Trail Tours from the high Andean Plain to the Cloud Forest. It is truly one of the most spectacular walks on earth. Pass through several archaeological sites surrounded by breath-taking natural scenery. This network of ancient Inca roads traces the route to Machu Picchu.

Inti Raymi
The Inti Raymi festival evokes the splendid Inca ritual of yore, being carefully scripted by Cusco professors, archaeologists and historians. The central event is acted out on the esplanade below the imposing fortress of Sacsayhuamán, 2 km outside the city of Cusco, easily reached by car or on foot. There, step by step, thousands of actors enact a long ceremony giving thanks to the sun god, Inti. The Inca ruler is borne on a royal litter from the Koricancha, or Temple of the Sun to the Huacaypata, the city's main square, where he commands the local authorities to govern fairly. Then all the participants set out for Sacsayhuamán, where the ceremony calls for the sacrifice of two llamas, one black and one white.
The llamas' entrails and fat are handed to a pair of high priests: the first, the Callpa Ricuy, examines the intestines to predict what sort of year lies ahead; while the second priest, the Wupariruj, makes his predictions based on the smoke that wafts up from the burning fat. The high priests' predictions are then interpreted by the Willac Umo, the lord high priest, who bears the news to the Inca. Finally, at sunset, the Inca orders all to withdraw from the site, and the entire city breaks out into festivities that will rage for several days.

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