Mystery - Special pax

THE BEST OF CUSCO.

Enjoy with Mystery Peru the Best of the Inca Capital. Don't miss this great opportunity and travel to the land of the Incas, a place with magic and hidden treasures !!! Hike the "Inca Trail" and discover the wonders of " Machu Picchu", an ancient citadel located in the middle of a tropical mountain forest, in an extraordinarily beautiful setting, without doubt the most amazing urban creation of the Inca Empire. Enjoy the Ancient Inca Capital of "Cusco", with its fabulous colonial architecture, traditional festivals and wonderful nightlife. Visit the "Sacred Valley" of the Incas with its amazing temples of Pisaq and Ollantaytambo. We also take you visit a colorful andean market at the modern town of Pisaq.



Photo gallery : Cusco - Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu.

Cusco City Sacred Valley Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Sanctuary of Machu Picchu
THE BEST OF CUSCO

Program: 11 days / 10 nights

Day 1º: Arrive in Lima

Upon your arrival in Lima, a representative from Mystery Peru will meet you at Lima's airport and then you will be transferred to thehotel at the residential zone of Miraflores. Overnight at the Hotel JW Marriott ***** or similar.

What is included on this day?

  • Pick up from the airport in Lima and transfer to the hotel.
  • Accommodation at the Hotel Jw Marriot ***** or similar (Matrimonial or Double Standar Room)

What is not included?

  • Meals, Extras & gratuities.

Day 2º: Flight to Cusco

At the designated time you will be picked up from your hotel in Lima by our representative and then transferred to the airport where you will take a plane to the city of Cusco. The flight will last about one and a half hour approximately. Upon you arrival in Cusco airport (3300 m.a.s.l.) you will be met by our representative and then transferred to the hotel. The rest of the day will be free for you to acclimatize to the altitude in Cusco. Overnight at the Hotel El Monasterio ***** or similar.

What is included on this day?

  • Pick up from the hotel in Lima and transfer to the airport.
  • Flight tickets from Lima to Cusco.
  • Pick up from the airport of Cusco and transfer to the hotel.
  • Accommodation at the hotel El Monasterio ***** or similar (Matrimonial or Double Standard Room)

What is not included?

  • Meals, Extras & gratuities.

Day 3º: Cusco City Tour

Morning free for you to explore the great Inca Capital of "Cusco". This gorgeous city lies at the head of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, at the heart of the Andes. In Inca times Cusco was a Holy City, a place of pilgrimage, a sacred place the Incas themselves believed was "The Navel of World", thus its real name "Qosqo". Nowadays Cusco is a fascinating mix of Inca and Colonial Spanish architecture; colonial churches, monasteries, convents and Inca remains are found at every corner, many streets are lined with perfect Inca stonework's, which served as foundation for most Spanish constructions.
In the afternoon we will do a City Tour, visiting the City's Highlights located in and around Cusco. We start off by visiting the huge "Inca Ceremonial Center of Sacsayhuaman". This enormous structure overlooks the city of Cusco. Its constructions are amazing, with huge rocks perfectly fitted. It is said that it took 20,000 workers 50 years to build it. The origin of Sacsayhuaman is uncertain. The archaeologist attributed its construction to the Period of the Inca Pachacutec (in the Inca language Pachacutec means Cataclysm or He who transforms the world), the man essentially credited with founding the Inca Empire.
Later on we will visit another important Inca site known as "Qenqo". This is a place with subterranean passages and carved stone channels in a zigzag pattern. In its inner part there is a carved stone table where it is said the Incas mummified their dead. Afterwards we will do a short visit to the archaeological Inca site of "Tambomachay", a temple dedicated to the God of Water. After these visits, we will return to Cusco, where we will visit one of the most sacred Inca buildings, "The Temple of Koricancha". Koricancha was the most important temple of the Inca Empire. According to archaeologists it housed over 2000 priests and attendants. Here religious ceremonies were constant and offerings to the Gods and the Inca's ancestors were made each day. Finally we will visit the beautiful "Cathedral" of Cusco. This enormous Cathedral was built in the XVI. It contained nearly 400 colonial paintings, including many from the Cusco School, which was prominent in the 17th century. Among them a painting of the Last Supper by Marcos Zapata, showing Christ and the apostles about to dine on guinea pig (Guinea-pig was the main course at sacred feasts in Inca times). After our city tour our local guide will drop you off at your hotel. Free evening. Overnight at the Hotel El Monasterio ***** or similar.

What is included on this day?

  • Breakfast buffet at the hotel.
  • City tour of Cusco + all entrance fees.
  • Accommodation at the Hotel Monasterio ***** or similar (Matrimonial or Double standard room)

What is not included?

  • Meals, Extras & gratuities.

4º: The Sacred Valley of the Incas

Today we will visit the Sacred Valley of the Incas, with the traditional "Andean Market of Pisac", as well as the "Inca ruins of Pisac" and "Ollantaytambo". Our tour starts early in the morning. Customers are picked up from their hotels around 08:30hrs. Afterwards we will take a road that winds over the mountains north of Cusco. On the way we will stop at a point known as El Mirador, from where you will be able to make out the whole Sacred Valley and receive a good insight of the Inca history. The Sacred Valley was undoubtedly a key area of settlement to the Incas; its combination of agreeable climate and fertile plains bestow an unusual abundance for the high Andes. Here the Incas sculpted the mountain flanks with vast contour terracing and irrigation works. Our driver and guide will suggest you the best points for pictures. Later on, we will drive towards the ruins of Pisac. At the ruins you will see and learn about different aspects of Inca culture. You can see a great fine art of stone works and impressive agricultural terraces all over the place. After touring around we will get back to the car and will drive back to the modern town of Pisac, where there is a peculiar market that deserve to be visited. At the market you will have free time to walk around and do some shopping. Afterwards we will meet for lunch in a nice local restaurant to enjoy good Andean food. After lunch we will continue our tour at the zone of Ollantaytambo. Once we get there we will visit the ruins of Ollantaytambo. This is an extraordinary Inca place where besides the ruins you may also see an amazing rock formation representing the Inca god Wiracocha. After touring around Ollantaytambo we will go to our hotel. Overnight at the Hotel Casa Andina Private Collection Valle ***** or similar at the Urubamba Valley.

What is included on this day?

  • Breakfast buffet at the hotel.
  • Tourist transportation.
  • Sacred Valley tour + entrance fees + Lunch buffet.
  • Accommodation at the Casa Andina Private Collection Valle ***** or similar (Matrimonial or Double Standard Room)

What is not included?

  • Meals, Extras & gratuities.

Day 5º: The Gods welcome you to the Inca Trail - Wayllabamba Campsite

07:00hrs. You will be picked up from your hotel and afterwards we will take a dirt road till Piskacuchu (2700 m) a community located on the kilometer 82 of the Cusco -Machu Picchu railroad. From here we will start our trek. At this point all hikers must show their original passport so that they may enter the National Park towards Machu Picchu. Starting at this point, we cross the bridge and walk along the left shore of the Urubamba River, which flows north-west along the Sacred Valley Following the trail along a flat terrain, we reach the little community of Miskay (2800 masl), where we make a little break and try some local Chicha (a maiz beer) from the Andean ladies sitting along the way, and then ascend a steep path that will lead us to a high plateau, from where, all hikers will be rewarded with a spectacular view of an Inca construction called Patallacta (2750 masl). After a good explanation of our tour guide, we carry on along a gorgeous valley created long ago by the copious Kusichaca River. We will gradually climb for about two hours, till we reach a nice natural spot where our cook and porters await for us to have lunch. Later on, we will walk up hill ( not very difficult) for about 2 hours till we reach our first campsite in the village of Wayllabamba ("Place of Good Pasture"), (3000 masl). This day is usually hot in the dry season (May - Sept), so it is advisable to wear light clothing, as well as a hut and sunscreen. Hikers will enjoy along the route spectacular views of the Vilcanota ridge on the opposite side of the Urubamba River, and might also spot the impressive Veronica Mountain(5832 meters above sea level). Overnight in Wayllabamba Campsite.

What is included on this day?

  • Breakfast Buffet at the hotel.
  • Tourist transportation to the KM 82.
  • Entrance to the Inca Trail national park + Meals ( 1 lunch & 1 dinner)
  • Accommodation on camping tents. (tent with capacity for 2 people)

What is not included?

  • Meals, Extras & gratuities.

Day 6º: Inca Trail - Warmihuañusca " The Dead Woman Pass"

We will be woken up by our humble friends (the porters) at around 06:00hrs, and after breakfast we start to climb up along a narrow valley full of vegetation and beautiful streams. On this section visitors will experience a hard path, full of steps, so we advise you to take it easy and stop to rest along the way at any time you wish. Later on we will reach Lluluchapampa Village, a spot frequently used by some other hikers to camp. At this point we will be starting the climbing to the highest and most famous mountain pass, the Abra Warmihuañusca (Dead Woman's Pass 4200 m.). It will take about 2 hours to get to the top, so my recommendation is just to do it slowly, without pushing yourself too much. Usually our tour guide will be with us till the end, so even if you got delayed, don't worry, the group usually waits for you at the top of the Pass. It is a great idea to carry on this day some chocolates, candies and coca leaves on your day backpack, this will help to keep your sugar level high, and also help to ward off altitude sickness. After you have conquered the highest pass, we will descend an endless winding pass of steps that cross a narrow valley, which is the habitat for many different kinds of birds, like hummingbirds and sparrows and the Andean bear, which is also called the Spectacled Bear (Tremarctus Ornatus). We will have lunch along the way, and afterwards continue till our campsite at Pacaymayo Valley (3600), where we will take a deep rest after such a hard day. This is also an official campsite, so here you for sure will be able to find good showers (very cold) and proper flash toilettes.

What is included on this day?

  • All meals.
  • Accommodation on camping tents. (tent with capacity for 2 people)

What is not included?

  • Meals, Extras & gratuities.

Day 7º: Inca Trail - Wiñaywayna Campsite

For many visitors, this day is the longest but also the most impressive and the most interesting day, due to the number of archaeological sites that hikers can see along the way. We get up at 06:00 hrs., again, and after breakfast, start off following a steep path that will lead us to the second pass, the Abra Runkurakay (3970 masl). Half way up, we will stop to visit the archaeological complex of Runkurakay. This site, located at 3800 masl, consists of a small oval structure (Runkurakay means in quechua language "egg" hence it name)it is very likely that this Inca building served as a watchtower. Some meters before the Runkurakay Pass, we will pass a small billabong, where sometimes Andean dears can be seen drinking water. After going over the pass, we descend to Yanacocha (Black Lagoon) and arrive at Sayacmarca (erected building 3624 masl). This is an interesting Inca building in which you can find semicircular constructions, water fountains, as well as irrigation channels. After visiting this ruins, we enter the cloud-forest, walking up and down, and then comes the last climb, that will lead us to the third pass, the Abra de Phuyupatamarca (3700 masl). From now on, the rest of the trail is mostly downhill. We will descend some steps, then will stumble upon one of the best Inca ruins on the Inca Trail Phuyupatamarca. (Phuyupatamarca, means ¨town over the clouds¨). From above, trekkers can observe a sophisticated complex made up of water fountains with solid foundations, and also impressive views of the Urubamba River.
The end of day lead us to Wiñaywayna, second only to Machu Picchu in beauty. This fantastic site is a perfect example of Inca terrace farming, and is located on a steep edge overlooking the Río Urubamba. The name Wiñaywayna comes from the name given to a beautiful orchid typical in the zone, and it means FOREVER YOUNG. We will spend the night in the camping zone, close to a big restaurant where trekkers usually may enjoy a hot shower after these long days, as well as cold beers and party in the evening. This will be the night in which we will say good bye to our porters and cooks, as the next day they will departure very early to catch the local train that will take them back to their town, so at dinner we will have a nice meeting with them. Last camping night.

What is included on this day?

  • All meals.
  • Accommodation on camping tents. (tent with capacity for 2 people)

What is not included?

  • Meals, Extras & gratuities.

Day 8º: Welcome to Sacred Citadel of Machu Picchu

On this fourth and last day we get up at 04.00hrs, have breakfast at 04:30hrs, and by 05:00hrs, we must be on the trail towards Inti Punko (Sun Gate). This will take about an hour of hiking along a narrow trail of cloud forest. At the Sun Gate visitors will be able to see the Sunrise over the Sacred Machupicchu Mountain. After having shot some photos we will descend to "Machu Picchu" . Machu Picchu was long thought to be legendary. Then in 1911, the explorer Hiram Bingham stumbled upon it remains. But while the walls and chambers have been extensively studied in the years since, the purpose of this ancient site remains unclear.
Machu Picchu stands 2,430 m above sea-level, 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 Andes, encompasses the upper Amazon basin with its rich diversity of flora and fauna.The guided tour in Machu Picchu will last about 2 hours, and afterwards you will have free time to explore the ruins on your own, and if you still got some strength, you might climb the Huayna Picchu mountain, the huge mountain that appears on the background in every classic picture of Machu Picchu. It takes about one hour or so to get to the top, following very steep stairs, though is a little hard, at the top you will be rewarded with one of the most impressive views in your lifetime. Later on, we will take the bus to Aguas Calientes (20 minutes), where we will have lunch and also where we catch the train back to Cusco (your guide will tell you how to get there). At Aguas Calientes, if you wish, you can go to relax in the thermal baths. The hot springs are located on the upper section of the village of Aguas Calientes, visitors may ask their local guide how to get there. Finally, at around 16:00hrs, we take the train to the city of Cusco, arriving there after nightfall. Overnight at the Hotel El Monasterio ***** or similar.

What is included on this day?

  • Breakfast.
  • Guided visit in Machu Picchu + entrance fees.
  • Return to Cusco by train. VISTADOME train service.
  • Pick up from the train station and transfer to the hotel.
  • Accommodation at the Hotel El Monaterio ***** or similar (Matrimonial or Double Standard Room).

What is not included?

  • Meals, Extras & gratuities.

Day 9º: Free day in Cusco

On this day you may go out just to relax, drink a cold beer somewhere and have lunch in one cozy restaurant around the main square. There are plenty of video bars and discos in which to relax too. The day is yours. Overnight at the Hotel El Monasterio ***** or similar.

What is included on this day?

  • Breakfast buffet at the hotel.
  • Accommodation at the Hotel El Monasterio ***** or similar (Matrimonial or Double Standard Room).

What is not included?

  • Meals, Extras & gratuities.

Day 10º: Flight to Lima

At the designated time, you will be picked up by our representative from your hotel in Cusco and the transferred to the airport to take the plane to Lima. Upon your arrival in Lima you will be met by a representative from our agency, and then you will be transferred to your hotel in the residential district of Miraflores. Rest of the afternoon free. Overnight at the Hotel JW Marriot ***** or similar.

What is included on this day?

  • Breakfast buffet.
  • Transportation to Cusco airport. Flight tickets from Cusco to Lima.
  • Pick up from the airport in Lima and transfer to the hotel.
  • Accommodation at the Hotel Jw Marriot ***** or similar (Matrimonial or Double Standard Room).

What is not included?

  • Meals, Extras & gratuities.

Day 11º: Departure day

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