Share an organic lunch with a local family in the community of Tauca in this Cusco & Short Inca Trail Experience
Get acquainted with the wonders of the Incas in this exhilarating introduction to Peru; choose to do a weaving lesson to learn the basic structure of weaving. Embrace past and present cultures in the hills surrounding Cusco and delight in the amazing views of the Sacred Valley as you travel by rail to Machu Picchu. Taking our Cusco & Short Inca Trail explore the ancient culture.
Day 1 – Arrival to Cusco at any time
Upon arrival to Cusco, reception and transfer to your Hotel, free afternoon to acclimatize to the high altitude setting – Overnight in Cusco Hotel
Day 2 – Native Inca Textile Tradition in Taucca Local Community – Moray – Salineras – Ollantaytambo
Pick up from your hotel, this day we will visit a local community of Taucca, where we will learn about the dyeing and weaving process. The journey begins from Cusco with a scenic view to Piuray Lake, once we arrive to the local community we will be good welcomed with a multicolored native flowers, here we will see how the local women use the natural plants, roots, seeds, leaves and insects to dye the alpaca wool, there you can choose to do a weaving lesson to learn the basic structure of weaving. After our transport will take us 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. Before to continue our journey we will enjoy our picnic lunch, time to relax and continue to the impressive Maras salt pools formed by water emerging from the ground, here we will learn about ancestral techniques, which are still used, in agricultural, irrigation and salt-recollection tasks, as well as in Andean festivals and rites. Finally we will continue to Ollantaytambo, where we will participate in the guided tour – Overnight in Ollantaytambo Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 3 – Short Inca Trail: Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
Pick up from your hotel and transfer to the train station, here you will board the train that will take you to Km. 104 or Chachabamba, from where we will start the four-hour ascent that will take us past spectacular overlooks above the great valley, then beneath a lovely waterfall near the delightful site of Wiñay Wayna. We ascend through this largest and most exquisite of the Inca Trail sites, passing its chain of ritual baths and elegantly curved terracing, and then joining the main Inca Trail. We follow it across a steep mountainside and up narrow stairways through lush, humid cloud-forest of giant ferns and broad-leaf vegetation. Suddenly we cross the stone threshold of Inti Punku (Gate of the Sun) and encounter an unforgettable sweep of natural beauty and human artistry —a backdrop of twisting gorge and forested peaks framing the magical city of Machu Picchu.
We walk the last half-hour or so down the royal flagstone walkway, past outlying shrines and buildings and through the heart of Machu Picchu, taking a bus to the small town of Aguas Calientes – Overnight in Aguas Calientes Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Box-Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 – Machu Picchu Tour – Back to Cusco
Excursion to Machu Picchu from Aguas Calientes, short ride (25 minutes) up to the citadel of Machu Picchu. Upon arrival, and you will participate in a guided tour, visiting the Main Plaza, the Circular Tower, the most important preserved Intihuatana, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows.
Optional climb to Huayna Picchu Mountain; from where you can appreciate the immensity of Machu Picchu, even more amazing being high and distant (not included in the price):
In the afternoon you will take the train back to Cusco. Upon arrival reception and transfer to your Hotel – Overnight in Cusco Hotel
Day 5 – Departure from Cusco
At the scheduled time, pick up from your hotel and transfer to the airport.
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