Often referred to as the ‘Archaeological Capital of the Americas’ Cusco is a beautiful city riddled with contrasts between the indigenous styles and the modern western world. It is these contrasts that have given Cusco its rare beauty. Visitors to this magnificent Inca fortress, which overlooks the city of Cusco, cannot fail to be impressed by the beauty and monumental scale of this important Inca construction. Sacsayhuaman can be variously translated as the”speckled head” of the puma overlooking Cusco.
Cusco’s San Pedro Market market is a must-see. You will be entertained for hours. Tasty fresh produce juice bars to die for exotic and traditional food. Meat stalls, Pig heads for caldo (soup), frogs (to enhance sexual performance), roast lechón (suckling pig) and tamales are just a few of the foods on offer. Around the edges are typical clothes, spells, incense and other rare products.
This is the best itinerary to enjoy Cusco & Machu Picchu at its finest!! Travel on the exclusive and luxurious Belmond Hiram Bingham train and enjoy the elegant dining car, the bar car and observatory, where you can take in the unmatched scenery in the open air while sipping on a traditional Peruvian cocktail and listening to live local music.
Start your experience off with a welcome cocktail. Once aboard, the maître will invite you to a brunch and gourmet lunch. The return trip includes a fine dining experience at dinner. In both cases, you can accompany your meals with beverages (non-premium) and an excellent wine selection.
We pick you up from the airport and transfer you to your hotel. In the afternoon our exclusive city tour starts with a visit to the San Cristobal Plaza to enjoy its panoramic view of the city. Then, we will visit the San Pedro Market to soak in its local flavours and learn about more of the products grown in the local and surrounding areas which provide for the whole city. Afterwards, the Korikancha temple will welcome us in all of his magnificence; the temple, whose Quechua name means â€śGold Enclosureâ€ť still bedazzles us with the thought of his gold covered walls. Moving on to visit the Santo Domingo Church. We will walk from San Blas, the artisansâ€™ neighborhood to Hatun Rumiyoc Street, stopping at the Inca Roca Palace. Nowadays home to the Archbishopâ€™s Palace and also at the famous Twelve Angled Stone. Finally we head back to the hotel.
In the morning we will distance from the crowds and visit Sacsayhuaman, a huge and impressive fortress of colossal constructions and surrounded by beautiful views blending together perfectly. Our adventure continues at the Inca Shrine Qenqo to see the sacrificial altar embedded inside a rock cave. Finally we will arrive to the Puca Pucara viewpoint and Tambomachay, a monument of impressive architectonic knowledge considered as one of the pillars of Andean Cosmo vision. Then take the afternoon to explore the city.
From the Poroy station, we will embark in one of the most spectacular rides on board the exclusive Hiram Bingham deluxe train. The experience on board is purely first class. The trainâ€™s incredible classic style compliments perfectly with the dining room arrangement, making it easy to taste the delightful dishes carefully prepared for us by experienced chefs.
The landscapes are breathtaking and while we follow the Urubamba River course getting closer and closer to the canyon, weâ€™ll arrive at Aguas Calientes. From there we will take a small bus up the winding road to Machu Picchu. The Lost City of the Incas will astonish us with its terraces, ceremonial shrines, steps, solar clock or Intihuatana, all this amid a special atmosphere and on a guided tour. Tea time at Sanctuary Lodge Hotel, then an overnight stay at one of the hotels in Aguas Calientes or Machu Picchu.
Morning off. Entrance tickets to Machu Picchu are limited so we suggest applying for the entrance tickets and your tour program for later dates. as to avoid any complications due to congestion or lack of local availability. In an additional visit to Machu Picchu we will be able to see the areaÂ´s of the Intipunku or Door of the Sun, the Inca Trail and entrance to the citadel. For those looking for a more intense adventure and wish to visit Huayna Picchu, it is important to keep in mind that there are only 400 daily spots to climb the mountain, all of which have to be reserved in advance. At an arranged time, we will return to Cusco enjoying a Gourmet dinner on board then transferring to the hotel.
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