Cusco, lively Culture
Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley
Huilloc and Machu Picchu
A trip that will connect us with the villages that still keep their ancestral traditions. Huilloc, Chinchero and Ollantaytambo, Inca villages, that will show us the richness of their life, in combination with the main attractions of downtown Cusco, Sacsayhuaman, the colorful atmosphere of the Sacred Valley and the magnificence of Machu Picchu.
Day 01: Welcome to Lima, City of Kings and the Larco Museum of Cultures
Arrival to the city of Lima, assistance, and transfer to the hotel.
An exclusive and intense tour of the Historical Center of Lima will take us to know and admire the architectonic relics that are part of the old Lima, which has been recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The Convent of Santo Domingo is the beginning of this magnificent experience. It was built during the foundation of Lima. The Universidad Mayor de San Marcos (University of San Marcos) was founded on this site, the oldest in America. Inside, the choir with the oldest stalls in the country; and the library, with 25,000 books, some printed in the XV century, has an invaluable historical value. The mortal remains of San Martín de Porres, San Juan Masías and Santa Rosa de Lima lie inside. Crossing the Plaza Mayor, the Government Palace and the Municipality, going into the Cathedral, a jewel in the history of Lima, with artworks that will make us feel closer to colonial Lima. Leaving downtown Lima and heading to the Larco Museum, where we will get a clear vision of the cultures that inhabited ancient Peru. We shall admire the gold pieces, textiles and erotic ceramics that are part of the collection which will introduce us to the cosmovision of the ancient Peru. The warehouse of this museum will be open during our visit to appreciate the expressions of art that were reflected in their ceramics.
Day 02: Cusco, Capital of the Empire
Arrival to the city of Cusco, assistance, and transfer to the hotel.
In the afternoon, exclusive stroll in the city that starts with a visit to the Plaza de San Cristóbal (San Cristobal Square) to enjoy a panoramic overview of the city. Afterwards, we will visit the San Pedro Market, where we will absorb the local flavors and learn more about the products of the area in this market that has it all and supplies the entire city. Later, the Qorikancha Temple will welcome us with all its splendor and magnificence, with walls that used to be covered in gold. From San Blas, the artisans’ neighborhood, we will walk down the street Hatun Rumiyoc finding in our way the palace Inca Roca, today´s Archbishops Palace, and we will have time to admire the world famous Twelve Angled Stone. We will continue to the Plaza de Armas to visit The Cathedral that houses colonial works of incredible value.
Day 03: Archaeological Park of Sacsayhuaman and the Community of Huilloc
Afterwards, we will head to the village of Huilloc in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. The settlers are heirs of ancestral Inca traditions. This afternoon we will have a close contact with them. They offer various activities to the traveler that visits them, choose one of the following: “Kusi Runa” is an experience where you can share the daily routine in the life of the settlers of Huilloc by participating in the agricultural work that takes place in the chakra (farming fields). Symbolically, you will be a member of the community and experience their way of life and the daily chores of the runa (Andean peasant). As a member of the community, you will wear the typical poncho of Huilloc and use the traditional tools during the work. The men will do the agricultural work and the women the kitchen work. You will end your experience participating in the ritual celebrations, enjoying the music and the local dances.
“Willqa Uma”, during the Inca times, the willaq uma was the high priest; he would deliver the oracles and was the bond between the sacred and the profane. In this activity we will assume the role of the willaq uma participating in ancestral ritual practices that will draw us closer to the Andean world from its spiritual and sacred aspects. This activity is a sacred ritual that intends to seek the harmony between the spirit of man, nature and the energy of the Andean deity. As participants in this role we will have the opportunity to express our wishes and desires so that they enter the harmony of the cosmos.
“Chasqui”, this experience with the community of Huilloc starts choosing a visitor that will assume the responsibility of being the chasqui (messenger). The rest of the group will be transported to the past together with him in order to join him in his adventure of delivering a khipu in the archaeological site of Aya Urqu. On our way we will visit the cave of Sutuq Mach’ay, a place where we ask permission so that we can have a safe trip. On our way we will enjoy the scenery that has many agricultural fields and learn about the properties of many of the native and healing plants. The sound of the pututu, a musical instrument made from a sea snail (Strombus galeatus), will announce our arrival to the archaeological site of Aya Urqu. In a previous location we will prepare so that our messenger can deliver the khipu and during this ceremony the local wiseman will recall the dance of the Condor, which will be done by two authorities that will involve us in the ancestral Inca spirituality.
“Allin Pachacuy”, one of the main features of the settlers of Huilloc is, without a doubt, their clothes. It is not only colorful, but it contains a textile tradition that is hundreds of years old and symbolic representations of their cosmovision. In this program we offer you the opportunity to participate in the process of making the garments, using the traditional techniques, from the dying with natural dyes to the weaving with tools made of bones and wood. During the process you will learn the tricks and secrets needed to obtain a good garment, as well as the meaning of the symbols and drawings used. Finally, you will be able to purchase a beautiful piece of clothing from Huilloc and, in this way, contribute to the strengthening of this traditional activity and the maintenance of its iconography.
Lodging in the area.
Day 04: Inca Village of Chinchero, Terraces of Moray and the Inca Village of Ollantaytambo
This day we shall visit the most outstanding places in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. We will depart towards the Village of Chinchero, the most typical and colorful of the Sacred Valley. This village is famous for its weaving women. Short stop in a textiles center to appreciate the old Inca techniques for the dyeing and spinning using alpaca wool. After visiting the Inca plaza with its beautiful colonial church, we will continue towards Moray, a beautiful Inca archaeological site made up of concentric agricultural terraces that served as a lab to recreate microclimates. Lunch. Later visit to the last living village of the Incas, Ollantaytambo. Also, a visit to the Temple of the ten windows, the bath of the princess, and the Sun Temple. The postcard pictures that we will take from the heights of Ollantaytambo will close this magical day in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Lodging in the area.
Day 05: Machu Picchu, the Lost City
The much-awaited day to visit one of the 7 Wonders of the World. Boarding at the Ollantaytambo station. Departure in the selected train. Arrival at the Machu Picchu station. Assistance, from our staff to board the bus that will ascend up a winding road, with a spectacular view of the Urubamba river which forms a deep canyon. The Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu, will greet us with its incredible terraces, staircases, ceremonial sites and urban areas. Energy exudes from the whole place. Lunch. At the coordinated time, return by train and transfer to the hotel in Cusco. Lodging.
Day 06: Farewell Day
Transfer to the airport. Departure to Lima to connect with your return flight home.
• Larco Museum
• Chinchero, old inca town.
• Ollantaytambo, the last living Inca town
• Huilloc Community, heirs of ancestral Inca traditions
• Machu Picchu, lost citadel.
• Shared Tours: english, spanish.
• Private Tours: Portuguese, French, Italian, Russian, Chinese, English, Spanish.
• Share transfers from airport to hotels.
• Shared transfer to the train station.
• All admission tickets on tours.
• Shared Tours with english-spanish speaking guide.
• Round trip railway ticket to Machu Picchu according with selected hotel category.
• 2 lunches.
• 1 night of accommodation in Lima in selected hotels.
• 2 nights of accommodation in Cusco in selected hotels.
• 2 nights of accommodation in Sacred Valley in selected hotels.
• Daily breakfast.
• Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
Cusco, Lively Culture CCV 6D/5N
Transfers airport / hotel / airport
HD Lima Heritage Tour of Lima and Larco Museum
1 night of accommodation – Daily breakfast
Transfers airport / hotel / railway station / hotel / airport
HD Cusco sightseeing tour, San Pedro Central market, inca 12 angle stone, Cathedral & Korikancha temple.
HD Sacsayhuaman archaeological park: 3 levels of Sacsayhuaman, Tambomachay, Q’enqo & Puca Pucara
HD Huilloc, Heirs of the Incas techniques
FD Premium Sacred Valley: Chinchero Inca town, Moray Inca terraces and Ollantaytambo, Last Inca living town.
FD Excursion to Machu Picchu in train with lunch.
2 nights of accommodation in Cusco – 2 night of accommodation at Sacred Valley – Daily breakfast
Hotel Category Train Single Double Triple
Economy Expedition / Voyager : $1,225, $924, $838
Tourist Expedition / Voyager $1,391, $1,007, $910
* Not included International flight to Lima, flight Lima Cusco and back.
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