Peru is frequently referred to as the ‘Land of the Incas’. It is true that the Incas formed the greatest empire on the continent and left mysterious cities such as Machu Picchu, the magnificent ruins of which can be visited today. The Incas were the last in a long series of Peruvian civilizations spanning several thousand years and the ruins of many of these earlier civilizations can also be visited. Peru is made up of three main geographical areas: the Andes, the Amazon and the desert coastal area. We’ll concentrate on the Andes region of south-central Peru and the ancient Inca capital of Cuzco.
Cuzco is the hub of the South American travel network and in this respect, is reminiscent of Kathmandu in Nepal. Both cities attract thousands of travellers who come not just to visit a unique destination but also to experience an age-old culture that is very different from their 21st century way of life. One could easily spend a week just in and around this area. Cuzco is the continent’s oldest continuously inhabited city. Inca built stone walls line most of the central streets and you don’t have to go far to see other Inca ruins as it is a city steeped in history, tradition and legend.
Cuzco’s numerous colonial churches are one of the most common sights, the main one being the Cathedral. It was started in 1559 and took 100 years to build. It is also one of the city’s greatest repositories of colonial art. Immediately in front of the entrance is a vault containing the remains of the famous Inca historian, Garcilaso de la Vega. Also worth visiting are the churches of La Compañía, La Merced and San Francisco.
While most ruins are just outside of the city, the main ruin within is that of the Coricancha, once the Inca Empire’s richest temple. This ruin forms the base of the colonial church of Santo Domingo. During Inca times this temple was literally covered with gold, but within months of the arrival of the first conquistadors this incredible wealth had all been melted down. It is left to the individual imagination to envision the magnificence of the original structure. There are several good museums in Cuzco, including the Archaeological Museum, which also houses a small art museum, the Regional History Museum and the Religious Art Museum.
Machu Picchu is both the best and the least known of the Inca ruins. It is not mentioned in any of the chronicles of the Spanish conquistadors and archaeologists today can do no more than speculate on its function. Although Machu Picchu was known by a handful of Quechua farmers in the area, it was not until the American historian Hiram Bingham stumbled on it, almost by accident, on July 24, 1911, that the rest of the world became aware of its existence. At that time it was covered in thick vegetation. Bingham and his team returned in 1912 and 1915 to clear the growth. Over the years, a lot of work has been done on excavating and studying the site. Despite these efforts, many unanswered questions remain. You have the better part of the day to explore the site before returning by train, to Cuzco for the night. Discover and try to solve some of the mystery of Machu Picchu!
Day 1. – Cusco – Bike Tour to Maras Moray and Aguas Calientes.
At 8am we pick you up from the hotel and travel by own private vehicle to Chincheros, which takes 40 minutes. Here we begin our cross country biking tour on the nice Andean landscape. We visit Lake Huaypo, Maras-Moray, Salt mining and finally enjoy doing downhill biking to Urubamba in the Sacred Valley. Maras is an Inca settlement, and is a place named Salineras, are extensive terracing salt areas, controlled, and used since before Inca days. This trip is for beginners, and experience bikers, you can choose to ride in asphalt road, dirt road and single trucks. Will be a nice experience mixing the sport and knowledge of the Inca culture. After 5 hours biking 35km (or more) is stopping at different view points. The lunch will be in Ollantaytambo and then at 4pm we aboard the train to Aguas Calientes (2 hours of travel), welcoming reception and then transfer to the hotel in Aguas Calientes Meals: Buffet lunch in Urubamba and Dinner in Ollantaytambo or Aguas Calientes )
Day 2. – Aguas Calientes – Machu picchu – Cusco.
first option is leaving at 4:30am breakfast and begin of 2 hours climb to Machu Picchu archaeological site (2500m).and Second option is leaving at 6am breakfast and half hour later aboard the first tourist bus to drop us to Machu Picchu main door, and to be the first visitors inside Machu Picchu archaeological site you will have complete guided tour of this spectacular and mystical place. The guided tour include walk through the different section such as urban, agriculture, and the religions zone was used by the Inca Culture. According with the time and your feeling you can coordinating with the tour guide climb to Huayna Picchu (Young Mountain) this climbing take around 1 hour to get the summit from where you can have the best view for photos of all Machu Picchu and of deep green canyon surrounding the sacred Inca City. At according time descend to Machu Picchu and then free time to explorer on your own. At mentioned time aboard a tourist bus to descend to Aguas Calientes town. Lunch will be in town and then we will aboard the backpacker train to Ollantaytambo (Sacred Valley) and from here we take a private van to drop us to the hotel in Cusco.
Included / Not Included
_Private supporting vehicle along the bike tour.
_English speaking tour guide during the 2 Days
_Mountain bikes in good maintenance (full disk brake)
_Helmet and comfortable for your head.
_Warm gloves / 01 Dinner in Ollantaytambo or Aguas Calientes.
_2 lunches ( one in the sacred valley and one in Aguas Calientes )
_Machupicchu Entrance fee
_Time of Riding 4 to 5 hours (Aprox)
_A small bottle of water
_Tourist Train ticket Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo)
_Private Transportation from Ollantaytambo to Cusco and Drop off at the hotel
_Lodging in Aguas Calientes ( Nice Hostel twin bed room with private bathroom and hot shower)
_Bottle of oxygen and first aid kit for all participants and our cam staff (only private service)
-Food and accommodation for our camp staff (guide and driver)
_Tourist Pass( Known as Boleto Turistico to see Maras and Moray
WHAT WE RECOMMEND TO BRING:
_Small back pack
_Rain jacket or poncho (December – April)
_One complete change of clothing.
_Bottel of wáter
_Flash light and batteries
_Hat or cap to protect you from the sun.
_Sun block (sun protection cream)
_Selection of small snacks, chocolate, dried fruit, biscuits, etc.
_Camera, plenty of film and spare batteries
_Extra Money (soles)
Prices & Availability
We need at least 02 of you and Leave any day you suit. All Departures 100% Guaranteed If You’re Booked, You are Going !!! To Confirm and Secure the Permits. Send us the filled out booking form as well as a deposit of US$100 and you are ready to go.
Please, Prices are Based On Group size you want us to place you./Please, note: We will Never pass you onto another operator or share service with other companies as most agencies do here.
SHARED GROUP SERVICE 2017 – 2018 (Small Group size)
Price based on Number of ppl departing that date. (Group size: Upon Request)
02 persons group / US$470 per person
03 persons group / US$450 per person
04 persons group / US$430 per person
05 persons group / US$410 per person
06-8 more persons group / US$400 per person