Inti Raymi Festival Peru Tour – 6 Days
Cusco – Sacred Valley – Machu Picchu – Inti Raymi Festival
DAY 1: CUSCO (B)
You will be picked up when you arrive to Cusco and transferred to your hotel. Today you have the option of having a free day to explore the city at your leisure or to take a city tour for an additional price. The tour includes both sites in the city and travels to the ruins surrounding the city. You will see the Cathedral, the Temple of the Sun, and the bustling San Pedro Market in the amazing city of Cusco. You will continue on to see the four ruins in the hills above the city; the impressive Sacsayhuaman fortreess watching over the city, Kenko which is a pre-Incan architectural masterpiece, the Puca-Pucara red fortress, and finishing with the beautiful fountains of Tambomachay. You will have the evening free to explore the great dining and nightlife options in this exciting city.
DAY 2: SACRED VALLEY (B, L)
After breakfast in your Cusco hotel, you will be picked up to start your Sacred Valley tour. The Sacred Valley of the Incas is a chain of fertile farmlands and quaint towns unmoved by time, and is a great preparation to get you even more excited for Machu Picchu. Your tour will start in the market town of Pisac, about an hour outside of Cusco. Here you will get to experience the bustling market, where local natives come from all over the valley to sell their gorgeous handicrafts. This is a great opportunity to get the best, most authentic souvenirs from your trip. We will also visit the ruins on the mountain above Pisac that are largely overlooked, they are expansive and impressive as is Machu Picchu. From here we will have a buffet lunch made completely from ingredients grown here in the Sacred Valley, before moving on to the ancient town of Ollantaytambo. This town is the best surviving example of Incan architecture and was never conquered by the Spanish. You will have the afternoon free to stroll around these ancient cobblestone streets, visit the ruins overlooking the town, and enjoy some of the many dining options. You will be transferred to your hotel for the night.
DAY 3: MACHU PICCHU (B)
Today you will travel to the feature point of your trip to Peru, Machu Picchu! Early in the morning you will be picked up at your hotel and brought to the train station to board the train to Aguas Calientes. This amazing train journey takes you through rural landscapes outlined by gorgeous towering mountians, and descends into the lush cloud forest that hides Machu Picchu. Recently named one of the Seven New Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu is the ultimate desination for any traveller, as it is rich in history, culture, and lies in an amazing and iconic setting. This is easily the most impressive pre-Colombian city in the world with its amazing stone work and mystical setting in a hidden spot in the Andes. You will get a guided tour of this lost city with an English-speaking guide who will help you to understand the interesting history of the site and the Inca people, as well as the various theories of the purpose of the city. Following the tour, you will have free time to explore this expansive site. Wander through ancient cobblestone paths leading to temples, homes, warehouses and a large square – all surrounded by dramatic terraces cut into the steep mountainsides. In addition, you have the option of taking the challenging hike up Huayna Picchu where you will have the most beautiful, panoramic view of Machu Picchu. When you have your fill of the ruins, you will take the tourist bus back down to Aguas Calientes where you will stay for the night. You will have the evening to explore this little town and enjoy the hot springs if you would like.
Day 4: Aguas Calientes – Cusco (B)
In the morning you will be transferred to the train station to return to Cusco. Today you have the option of a free day to explore the city further or to take an adventure tour in the area, including mountain biking to the ruins of Moray and the Moras salt pans or white water rafting down the Urubamba River.
Day 5: Inti Raymi Festival (B)
After breakfast you will be brought up to the Sacsayhuaman fortress where the festival takes place and shown to your reserved seats. This “Festival of the Sun” was once a 9 day celebration of the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year. The Incas would do dances, sacrifices, and rituals to welcome a new year as well as pray to the gods for a productive agricultural season. It was last celebrated such as this in 1535 when the Spanish banned all traditional Inca religous ceremonies. However, in 1944 a group of indigenous people started the festival again, and since then the celebration has taken place on June 24th and attracted great crowds. This day long celebration will treat you to amazing traditional dances, beautiful music, and vibrant extravegant costumes of the performers. After the completion of the show, you will be transported back to your hotel to enjoy the rest of the day’s celebrations in the city itself.
Day 6: Return to Lima (B)
You will be picked up at your hotel and brought to the Cusco airport for your return flight to Lima.
End of our Services
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Include / Not Include
- 5 nights at standard, but high quality hotels with private bathrooms and breakfast included & local taxes
- All indicated pick-ups and transfers in group service with English-speaking guide
- Meals indicated: B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
- Expedition train round-trip tickets, Cusco – Aguas Calientes – Cusco
- All entrance fees
Price Does Not Include
- International flights and airport taxes
- Domestic flights
- Meals not indicated
- Additional expenses, such as laundry, telephone calls, snacks, etc.
- Travel insurance