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Golden Peruvian Tours

CUSCO

CAPITAL FROM THE INCA EMPIRE
 

Situated in the Peruvian Andes, Cuzco developed, under the Inca ruler Pachacutec, into a complex urban center with distinct religious and administrative functions. It was surrounded by clearly delineated areas for agricultural, artisan and industrial production. When the Spaniards conquered it in the 16th century, they preserved the basic structure but built Baroque churches and palaces over the ruins of the Inca city. The former capital of the Inca Empire- carries the title of the Archeological Capital of America with pride. Cusco, literally means "navel" in the local Quechua language, and it certainly still fits this description today, as it is at the center of Andean culture. It is the gateway city to the Andes, from where you can easily visit countless sites such as the famous Machu Picchu, one of the most fascinating lost cities in the world. There is no other place in the whole continent where you can easily reach ruins of such an amazing culture which are still in a good condition. The contrast between autochthon and western, history and present, gives Full of life, colors, typical images but also bars, museums, restaurants and cobbled stoned streets with small shops and friendly people this is a great travel destination you will most certainly enjoy!

Altitude:

Cusco City : 3399 m.a.s.l.
Sacred Valley : 2400 m.a.s.l.
Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu): 2040 m.a.s.l.

Climate:

Cusco has a subtropical highland climate. Its climate is generally dry and temperate, with two defined seasons. The dry season lasts from April to October, with abundant sunshine, and occasional nighttime freezes: July is the coolest month with an average of 9.6 °C (49.3 °F). The wet season lasts from November to March, with night frost less common: November averages 13.4 °C (56.1 °F). Although frost and hail are common, snow is virtually unheard of. The only snowfall ever recorded was in June 1911.

City Tour + Nearby Ruins

We Start this sightseeing tour picking up our tourists from the Hotel, then we will be visiting the following archaeological, and religious attractions:

The Cathedral.- Colonial Religious Monument, with a great historic value.
Koricancha.- The Inca temple of the sun, The Santo Domingo church was built in the 17th century on the walls of the Koricancha Temple of the Sun.
Sacsayhuaman.- Located 3 Km. From Cusco, Inca fortress with an excellent and great architecture.
Qenqo.- Ceremonial and Ritual Center, Also place where sacrifices were made.
PucaPucara.- Was more likely a Tambo, or kind of post house than an actual fortress.
Tambomachay.- 7 Km. From Cusco, site for ritual bathing its use was restricted to the higher nobility, who maybe only used the baths on ceremonial occasions.

Include: Transportation, guide and entrances feebr
Duration: 04:00 hours approximately
Time: 01:15PM

Sacred Valley of The Incas

Full-day excursion to the "Sacred Valley of the Incas", by the Vilcanota River. We will have the opportunity to share closely the peasants' customs and bargain with vendors at the typical indian market of Pisac. Lunch in a local countryside restaurant. After lunch, passing through the Towns of Calca and Urubamba, we visit the Inca Fortress and Citadel of Ollantaytambo, built to guard the entrance to this part of the Valley, and protect it from possible invasion from the tribes in the Lower jungle. The Fortress consists of a series of stepped carved stone terraces accessed by long staircases. Later on you can walk through the quaint streets of the nearby Town, and get a good idea of what this Strategic Military, Religious, and Agricultural Centre was like during the era of the Inca Empire. On our way back to Cusco we stop of at the picturesque Andean Village of Chincheros where the ruins of the Royal Hacienda of Tupac Inca Yupanqui lie. You can admire the well preserved Inca Wall in the Main Square, and visit the beautiful Colonial temple built on Inca foundations, with interesting frescoes in the portico.

Include: Transportation, guide and entrances fee
Duration: Full day
Time: 07:30AM

Pisac Ruins

A vital Inca road once snaked its way up the canyon that enters the Urubamba Valley at Pisac. The citadel, at the entrance to this gorge, now in ruins, controlled a route which connected the Inca Empire with Paucartambo, on the border of the eastern jungles. Set high above a valley floor patch worked by patterned fields and rimmed by vast terracing, the stonework and panoramas at Pisac's Inca citadel are magnificent. Terraces, water ducts and steps have been cut out of solid rock, and in the upper sector of the ruins, the main Sun Temple is equal of anything at Machu Picchu. Above the temple lie still more ruins, mostly unexcavated, and among the higher crevices and rocky overhangs several ancient burial sites are hidden.

Include: Transportation, guide and entrances fee
Duration: Additional tour to Sacred Valley

Maras y Moray

Moray: Archeological complex where you can see four slightly elliptical agricultural terraces, that the people call muyus. The largest structure is 45 meters / 148 feet deep, and the average height of each terrace is 2 meters / 3 feet. Many think that this place was an important agricultural experimentation center for the Incas. Through the use of concentric terraces and because the temperature is different in each of their level, all the ecological tiers found in the confines of the Tahuantinsuyo Empire would have been reproduced in this complex. Maras: these salt-mines have been used since the Tahuantinsuyo. The people channel the salt water that bubbles to the surface from a spring called Qoripujio towards men-made wells. From the exposure to the sun, the water evaporates and the salt remains on the surface to be transported later to the market to be sold. The view of this complex of nearly 3000 wells is spectacular.

Include: Transportation, guide and entrances fee
Duration: Half day
Time: 08:30AM

Machu Picchu

The day starts with an early morning rise to transfer to Poroy or Ollanta Train Station for a three hour train journey to the famous Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu, also known as "The Lost City of the Incas", one of the best known examples of surviving Inca architecture. Arrive at AguasCalientes Station followed by a 30-minute bus drive, climbing 6km of winding road, to the marvelous Citadel. Upon arrival, you will participate in a guided tour of the Citadel, visiting the Main Plaza, the Circular Tower, the sacred sun dial (the most important preserved Intihuatana), the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows and various burial grounds. After the tour you'll have time to stroll around the Archaeological Site at your leisure. Return to Cusco by train.

Include: Transportation, guide, Round trip train ticket, bus to Machu Picchu and entrances fee
Duration: Full day
Time: Depends of the train schedule.

Inca Trail 2 days – 1 night

The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 2D/1N is undoubtedly one of the most popular excursions for those seeking adventure and mystery that the Incas have left us. We are proud to offer a unique walk, with spectacular landscapes and unforgettable experiences. To all these natural wonders we should add Inca buildings that are worth visiting, the architectural art in perfect harmony with the natural environment.



Day 01: Ollantaytambo . Km 104 Chachabamba – Wiñaywayna – Machu Picchu – Aguas

Ours passengers will be picked up from their Hotels at the agreed time, transferred to the station in order to aboard the train that will lead them to the KM104, located in the railroad Cusco-Macchu Picchu. KM104 will be our departure point for the adventure and we will be arriving there at 10:00. At this point we will leave the train and start walking to the city of Macchu Picchu, across the Urubamba River through a bridge that offers a spectacular view of the mountains. During the trip we will make our first visit to one of the Inca sites known as Cachabamba, a beautiful palace with nice walls carved in stone. Then our guide will explain part of the story of the Incas. We will start walking again and start climbing through a mountain totally covered by vegetation, for about 8 Km (4 hours), until we arrive to Wiñaywayna, located at a height of 2700 meters above sea level. After Macchu Picchu, Wiñaywayna is one of the most beautiful buildings made by the Incas, is a cloudy forest. Wiñaywana shows a perfect example of the agriculture during Incas time, showing a great number of terraces, where the Incas used to grow different plants and vegetables, including coca leaves. The name of Wiñaywayna comes from a beautiful orchid which grows in that region and means “forever young”. After exploring this marvelous site we will have lunch near to this zone. Later the same day we will continue our walk towards a cloudy forest until the Inti Punko or “Door of the Sun”. At this point the adventurers shall have access to the most amazing view of the city of Macchu Picchu. This is a very special site, where we will rest for some minutes and take a lot of pictures of Macchu Picchu. After we will descend towards MacchuPicchu (the guided visit will be next day) and we will arrive to the town of AguasCalientes where we will spend the night in a hotel or a hostel, depending on the preferences of the passenger. At night the passengers will explore and get to know the little town and will be able to try the thermal baths located in the superior part of the city near the Main Square. AguasCalientes has a great variety of restaurants and counts with an ATM. We will stay for the night in the chosen hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel // Maximum altitude: 2700 M
Minimum altitude: 2400 M // Distance: 8 km // Approximate walking time: 6 to 7 hours.



Day 02: Aguas Calientes. Machu Picchu .Ollantaytambo .Cusco

After breakfast, we will go to the bus station of AguasCalientes in order to take the tourist bus that will take us to the Sacred City of Macchu Picchu. This short trip takes only 20 minutes and goes through a rural road, very difficult and with a big number of curves through a mountain with jungle characteristics and amazing views. Finally we will arrive to the Sanctuary of Macchu Picchu where our guide will offer us a walk through the most important points of this beautiful Inca city, visiting the most important parts. Later the same day each passenger will be able to explore the city on his own. Around 13:00 we will take the returning bus to AguasCalientes. Once the train has arrived to the train station, the passengers will be transferred to their respective hotels. End of the trip.

Accommodation: Not Included // Maximum altitude: 2400 M // Minimum Altitude: 2000 M Distance: 0 km // approximate walking time: 2 to 3 hours.

Inca Trail 4 days / 3 nights

The Inca Trail to Macchu Picchu is definitely one of the most requested tours for those who visit Peru looking for adventure. We are proud to offer a walking adventure with unique style. You will enjoy from the beginning to the end, of amazing landscapes of the Andes and a great mix of highlands and jungle. There is no other natural place in our planet which could show you a constantly changing variety of ecological floors, surrounded by astonishing mountains and rivers, as well as a great variety of animals and plants. Architectonical art is perfectly harmonic with the natural environment and all of these natural wonders are added to the Inca buildings which worth the effort to visit and enjoy.



Day 01: Cusco Wayllabamba

You will be picked up from your hotel at scheduled time, and transferred in our private car to KM 82. The route will go through the beautiful Sacred Valley of the Incas. After approximately one hour and a half, we will cross the little town of Ollantaytambo, where we will make a little stop to take some pictures of this fortress and have a little rest. We will continue our trip following a rural road that goes parallel to the railroad, which will lead us to the KM 82, where we will unpack and get prepared to the walking with our excursion team (cookers, assistants and porters). At this point, the passengers will have to show their passports to the security personnel of the Sanctuary and once these has been reviewed they will be able to cross a bridge that will take you to the other side of the river where they will start climbing in a parallel line to the Urubamba River, which goes from north to west across the Sacred Valley. In this first section of the Inca Trail, we will visit the Community of Miskay (2800 meters), where we will stop for meeting the natives and try the popular drink known as “chicha”, which is offered by the ladies of this place. Later we will start climbing through a little tableland where we will experience an amazing Andean landscape, and see in the base of the mountains a beautiful Inca building known as “Patallacta”, located at 2750 meters over sea level. At this point we will stop and our local guide will provide us information regarding this interesting Inca legacy. After that, we will continue walking for two hours along the Cusichaca River, going upwards until reaching a beautiful spot where we will stop for lunch and take a little break. Shortly after that, we will continue walking through a zone full of vegetation, where is highly probable seeing the beautiful giant hummingbird native from this region. After a two hours walk we will arrive to our first camping, located in the zone of Wayllabamba at 3000 meters height.

NOTE:

It is normal if the first day feels hot during the dry season (May to September). We strongly recommend bringing light and fresh clothing, as well as a good sunscreen and a hat to protect your face. Passengers will be able to enjoy a marvelous Andean landscape and the majesty of Veronica Mountain, 5832 meters over sea level. Camps will be assigned depending on the availability of entrants to the Inca Trail, seasons.

Accommodation: Camping
Maximum altitude: 3000 M
Minimum Altitude: 2650 M
Distance traveled: 12 km // Approximate time of walk: 5 to 6 hours.



Day 02: Wayllabamba - Pacaymayo

In this second day of the Inca Trail we will wake up early, around 06:00 am. This will be necessary in order to get ready and have breakfast before starting the excursion. Later we will start walking through a narrow road covered by plants, across a little bridge that will take us towards a cloudy forest of a unique beauty. In this section of the trip passengers should climb many stairs, for which we recommend taking all the time that is needed and stopping for a break when necessary. Following the route, we will arrive to the Llulluchapampa sector, where we will make a quick stop just to rest and get prepared to climb to the highest point of our walk, the famous pass Warmyhuañuska, located at 4200 meters above the sea level. These sectors include about 2 kilometers of distance and are a bit steep, for which we will recommend going slowly and stopping for a break whenever needed. In this part of the trip we will face the most difficult part of the walk, as we will be over 4200 meter height; however this part is also known as one of the most beautiful landscapes of the world. Once we have reached the top of the mountain, we will be granted with a spectacular view of the Andean mountains. For this special day, we recommend bringing some chocolates, lemon candy, a lot of water and even some coca leaves. In the top we will be able to take the classic pictures of the Inca Trail. After that we will descend by a winding valley until the point where we will stop and have lunch in one of the excellent restaurants of the zone. During this last part it is possible to watch diverse type of wild birds. At last we will arrive to the camp of Pacaymayo (3600 meters above sea level) where we will spend a comfortable night. Pacaymayo is an official camp, and that is why it has baths and showers; however, we should be aware that the water in this part is really cold.

Accommodation: Camping
Maximum altitude: 4200 M
Minimum Altitude: 3000 M
Distance traveled: 13 km
Approximate time of walk: 6 - 7 hours



Day 03: Pacaymayo - Wiñaywayna

A lot of visitors feel that this is one of the longest days of the excursion, but at the same time, one of the most beautiful due to the presence of marvelous Inca buildings along the road. This day we will get up at 06:00 hours. After a tasty breakfast we will start our walk climbing through a steep road. Soon we will arrive to Runkurakay ruins, a beautiful Inca oval building which is believed to be as a Inca watchtower. After hearing the historical explanation we will continue until Runkurakay pass, located at 3900 meters above sea level. During this trip we will find a little lake where sometimes you can watch Andean goose and other native bird species. After the pass, we will descend to a beautiful valley full of plants; here we will visit Sayacmarka ruins, located 3624 meters height. This is an interesting Inca construction, built over a steep slope, surrounded by marvelous mountains. After visiting Sayacmarka, we will continue descending to the cloudy forest, arriving to the Puyupatamarka ruins, composed of impressive fountains and water channels that are spectacular works of hydraulic engineering made by the Incas. At this stop we will have a good time, after which we will continue down to reach one of the most beautiful Inca buildings of the place: the ruins of Wiñaywayna. These are without any doubt one of the most beautiful of all the ruins after Machu Picchu. Wiñaywayna means "forever young" and it is said that acquired said name due to the abundance of an orchid that bears the same name. After exploring every corner of Wiñaywayna we head to our last camp, which is located a few meters away. This will be the night on which we will say goodbye to our porters and staff to tour, so we will organize a small party to thank everyone for sharing with the group this beautiful experience.

Accommodation: Camping
Maximum Altitude: 3900 M // Minimum Altitude: 2700 M
Distance traveled: 16 km // approximate hiking time: 7 to 8 hours.



Day 04: Wiñaywayna – MachuPicchu . Cusco

On the last day, we will wake up very early, at 04:00 hrs. After breakfast, we will quickly go and pass the control gate to enter the path that leads directly to Machu Picchu. It is advisable to bring a good flashlight, because this time it is normally dark here. After walking for about one hour and a half, we will arrive at Inti Punko or Puertadel Sol, a magnificent point from where you can see the city of Machu Picchu. At this point we can relax for a few minutes, take pictures of the group, and finally go down to reach the recognized as one of the seventh wonders of the world: Machu Picchu. It was long thought that Machu Picchu was only part of a legend, until in 1911 the American explorer Hiram Bingham discovered it only after many expeditions in the area. Machu Picchu rises to a height of 2430 meters above sea level, in the middle of a tropical forest with an extraordinary location. It was without any doubt one of the most amazing urban creation in Inca times. Its massive walls, terraces and ramps seem to be continually cut in the rocky cliffs. Our guide will take you on a tour of the most impressive of this beautiful Inca city. This will take us about 2 hours, after which we have free time to explore each city on our own taste and preference. Then return by bus to the town of AguasCalientes, to take the train that will take us back to the city. At the time indicated on the ticket of train our staff will be waiting at the station Ollantaytambo or Poroy, from where we will transfer to your hotel.
Accommodation: Not Included
Maximum altitude: 2700 M
Minimum Altitude: 2400 M
Distance: 6 km
Approximate walking time: 3 to 4 hours.