11-Day Cusco Region Adventure Highlights

11-Day Cusco Region Adventure Highlights

This package is an ideal deal for those travelers who prefer a very active holiday, adore adventures and would like to know mire about Peru, the Inca Empire, as well as the most famous of Inca ruins – Machu Picchu.

Come and discover the best of the best in the Cusco region with us!

Package: Cusco, Chinchero, Moray, Salineras de Maras, Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley (Ollantaytambo and Pisac) and the Ausangate trek
Duration: 11 days

ITINERARY:

Day 1: Arriving in Cusco

  • Acclimatization (getting used to the altitude-very important!)
  • Half-day tour
  • Overnight in Cusco

Cusco-city-Peru

Due to the altitude (around 3 400 m.a.s.l.) we try to keep a light schedule on the first day after arriving to Cusco. Depending on your arrival, you will have time to see the ruins of Saqsaywaman, museum of Koricancha and maybe even take a cooking class. Here you will have a possibility to learn how to prepare typical Peruvian food and the most famous beverages, like Pisco Sour.

Day 2: The Sacred Valley – Ruins of Ollantaytambo and Patachancha Valley

  • Partial trekking, partial journey by car (there is an option to do the whole tour only by car)
  • Full day tour
  • Overnight in Ollantaytambo

Ollantaytambo to Inti Punku

The Sacred Valley of the Incas, also known as the Urubamba Valley is a unique valley in the Cusco region. Among all the stunning landscapes it is claimed to have a special energy. Here you will encounter the most strategic ruins of the Inca Empire. There are a lot if new things to be discovered in this region. Ollantaytambo and Pisac count to the most important and beautiful towns in the Sacred Valley worth seeing and enjoying. During the second day you will have a chance to discover the first of them – Ollantaytambo. It is a very small town but cozy and warm.

Our day will start early in the morning, around 7:00 am. Our journey will start with the visit to the Inca ruins situated in town and then continue by car to Patacancha Valley, which is famous for producing textiles in the natural way. You will have a possibility to meet local communities and learn about the production of textiles and handicrafts in this region. Afterwards, we will go by car to the Puma Marka ruins and from here we will descend (around 3 hours of hiking in beautiful scenery) to Ollantaytambo, where we will arrive around  6:00pm.

Puma-Marka-ruins-in-Sacred-Valley

Day 3-6: Inca Jungle Tour to Machu Picchu

  • Includes biking, rafting, zip line and trekking
  • Full 4 -day tour
  • First night will be in a lodge in the jungle, second night in Santa Teresa, third night in Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu pueblo) and forth night in Cusco

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We can promise you that you won’t get bored during this trip for this tour will give you a lot of different experiences. The Inca Jungle Tour is more than a tour, it is an intensive adventure during which you will experience different activities on completely new levels. You will start the tour at an altitude of more than 4 300 m.a.s.l., from where you will switch to the mountain bike and bike down to the high jungle at an altitude of 1 200 m.a.s.l. Right after that you will have a possibility to check your skills in rafting (optional). This will be completed by a hike to the rustic lodge surrounded by coffee plantations, hidden in the jungle, at an altitude of 1 500 m.a.s.l. The second day is devoted to the exploration of Inca paths and some relaxation at the end of the day  in the hot springs near the small town of Santa Teresa. The third day will give you other experiences, like zip lining (optional) and trekking to Aguas Calientes.

inca-junglel-tour

On the fourth day you will finally reach one of the New 7 Wonders of the World – Machu Picchu, situated on the top of the hill, surrounded by the mountains and jungle. In order for you to have the opportunity to enjoy this incredible place from the early morning, we will start our day very early and will stay there until 5 pm (closing time). After this visit we will return to Cusco about 1:00 am.

VIDEO ABOUT MACHU PICCHU 

Day 7: Sacred Valley – Pisac expedition

  • Partial trekking, partial journey by car (there is an option to do the whole tour only by car)
  • Half-day tour
  • Overnight in Cusco

Travel to Peru. Pisac Inca Ruins

The seventh day is devoted to the other important town in the Sacred Valley – Pisac, which we will reach by car. We will have some time for a walk in the center and exploration of the Inca ruins situated just above town. From there you can descend towards the town, passing different sections of the ruins and terraces from the times of Incas (optional).

Our trip will end with the visit of a small zoo, in which you will have the possibility to see some of the most popular Peruvian animals, like: jungle birds, llamas, alpacas, vicunas and condors. You will return to Cusco at around 6:00pm and there you’ll have enough time to explore the city’s nightlife.

Day 8: Exploration of the most beautiful sites in Chinchero, Moray, Maras and Salineras de Maras

  • Partial biking, partial journey by car (there is an option to do the whole tour only by car)
  • Full day tour
  • Overnight in Cusco

Chinchero

Travel to Peru and learn how to do handicraft near Cusco

Around 8:00am you will visit the ruins in Chinchero where we will have a lesson about textiles of this region. Chinchero counts to those few places where you can have the unique opportunity to participate.

Moray

Travel offers in Peru. Biking to Moray

The next spot on the program is the archaeological spot in Moray, which contains unusual Inca ruins, mostly consisting of several enormous terraced circular depressions.

Maras

Salineras de Maras biking tour

From Moray to the next destination – Maras we offer you an adventurous option – to go on bike (if you do not have experience in mountain biking, you will do the biking tour from Chinchero to Moray). Maras is a small, cute town we will stop at for a moment and learn more about the production of the most popular Andean beverage called chicha de jora (corn beer).

Salineras de Maras

Salineras-de-Maras-Peru

Later we will continue our the biking tour (optional trekking) towards the incredible salt ponds, called Salineras de Maras which are in use since Inca times. Here you will have a chance to walk through more than 5000 salt ponds and learn about the production of salt here.

VIDFEO ABOUT THE TOUR TO MORAY, MARAS, SALINERAS DE MARAS

Day 9-10: Short version of Ausangate circle

  • Trekking or horseback riding (there is an option to do the tour partially on foot and partially on horse).
  • Full 2-day tour
  • First night in Q´ampa base in a tent (4 650 m.a.s.l.), second night in Cusco

Ausnagate-trek-2-days

During this trip you will get a total aesthetic pleasure combined with new knowledge. Not only will you have the opportunity to see wonderful landscapes of the Andean and reach almost 5000 m.a.s.l., as you pass through small villages placed high in the mountains but also learn a lot about the cultivation of llamas and alpacas whose herds meet along the way. Finally you can relax in a warm bath in the local hot springs with the view of Ausangate summit – fifth highest mountain in Peru. The tour will start around 5:00 am and will finish the next day around 9:00 pm. More details about this tour you will find here.

VIDEO ABOUT AUSANGATE TOUR

FACEBOOK PHOTO GALERY ABOUT AUSANGATE TOUR

Day 11: Departing from Cusco

  • Free time, shopping

Cusco-city-Peru-2

During your last day in Cuzco you can enjoy your walk through the famous San Pedro Market (Mercado San Pedro) or several Museums, as well as make the chocolate and coffee tour – at the choco museo, where you can learn a lot about the world renowned Peruvian chocolate and coffee.

If your flight is late in the afternoon, there is possibility to organize a half-day tour to some local communities outside the city or to other archaeological sites.

Additional Information

This itinerary is flexible. We always prepare tours which match each group best, that is why it is possible to change them depending on the possibilities and likes of our clients. The price of each tour depends on the size of the group, the type of accommodation and the type of the service. If you have any questions about the tour, please feel free to contact us by e-mail sylwiatravel@gmail.com

FACEBOOK PHOTO GALERY ABOUT EXPEDITIONS TO PERU 2015

The region of Cusco is definitely one of the most beautiful and attractive part of Peru. It is worth seeing not only because of the beautiful Andean landscapes, great trekking, and very interesting history and archaeological sites; it is also worth seeing thanks to its warm and friendly inhabitants as well as rich traditions and culture. From here you can easily reach the famous Inca ruins of Machu Picchu as well as jump to the jungle or to the high mountains. This famous region will provide you with incredible and unique attractions and experiences. Do not miss opportunity to see  all that Peru can offer you.

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