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Travel to Peru: Caral, Huaraz, Sechin,Trujillo, Cajamarca, Leymebamba, Chachapoyas, Chiclayo, Cusco, Machu Picchu - Tours in Peru 16 Days - TOUR CODE : TP-16DNTHKNG
Travel to the past, pre-Inca cultures, underground labyrinths, temples mud in the northern deserts where water scarcity was no problem. Follow one of the most recommended trips in Peru, a tour circuit designed for all travelers in search of archaeology, nature and adventure, continue your trip in Lima colonial city,Visit the navel of the world Cusco, the sacred valley of the Incas travel to "MACHU PICCHU", lost city of the Incas. Explore the highest navigable lake on the planet "Titicaca" and its Floating Uros islands, conical towers that were used for Inca burials .
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Caral, Huaraz, Sechin,Trujillo, Cajamarca, Leymebamba, Chachapoyas, Chiclayo, Cusco, Machu Picchu - Best Tours in Peru 16 days - tour package
Day 1. Arriving to Lima city
Airport pick up + transfer to Lima hotel.
PRE briefing in your hotel.
Hotel night in Lima city
Day 2. Caral the Oldest civilization of Americas
06:00 a.m. Hotel pick up + private transfer Caral.
Guided Visit to Caral Archaeological Complex 5.000 years old
Lunch in Barranca.
Trip to huaraz A.m. Bus trip Lima to Huaraz
Arrival to Huaraz, + hotel drop off. ,
Hotel night in Huaraz city
Day 3. Huaraz city Leisure
a.m. breakfast in the hotel
Free day in Huaraz to your leisure ( to acclimate recommended).
Optional: visit thermal baths of Monterrey.
Hotel night in Huaraz city
Day 4. Chavin de Huantar Archaeological complex
a.m. Hotel pick up + for your tour in Huaraz
Full day trip to Chavin de Huantar Archaological Complex .
p.m. back to Huaraz
21:00 p.m. Nightly bus trip Huaraz to Trujillo. (See map ) 4:50 hrs
Overnight in Nightly Bus
Day 5. Travel to Trujillo Via Sechin
A.m. Hotel pick up + private trip to Casma.
Visit of Sechin Archaeological Complex
Trip Casma to Trujillo
p.m. Arrival to Trujillo and conexion to Huanchaco Boulevard for Lunch
Hotel night in Huanchaco Beach
Day 6. Archaeological complex of Chan Chan + Sun & Moon Temple
a.m. Pick up from your hotel in Trujillo.
Guided visit of Chan Chan Temple Archaeological complex
Guided visit of Sun & Moon temple.
p.m. Return to Trujillo + hotel drop off
Hotel night in Trujillo city
Day 7. Travel from Trujillo to Cajamarca
Hotel pick up + transfer to bus terminal
Bus Tri p from Trujillo to Cajamarca
In Cajamarca: Arrival to Cajamarca, bus terminal pick up + hotel drop off
Hotel night in Cajamarca
Day 8 Visit to Inca's Bath, Otuzco Windows + Trip to Celendin
A.m. Visit of Inca's Bath
Guided Tour to Otuzco Windows
Trip to Celendin Province
Hotel night in Celendin Village
Day 9 . Trip from Celendin to Leymebamba + Museum's Leymebamba
a.m. Hotel pick up after breakfast.
Private Trip from Celendin to Leymebamba
Visit of Leymebamba Museum
Hotel night in Leymebamba village
Day 10 . Visit the Mausoleums of Revash, Guided Tour to Kuelap to Empire
Breakfast in your hotel
Trip from Leymebamba to Chachapoyas
Horse ride to Mausoleums of Revash
visit to the fortress of Kuelap
Hotel night in Chachapoyas
Day 11. Travel from Chachapoyas to Chiclayo
Breakfast in the hotel
Hotel pick up & travel from Chachapoyas to Chiclayo
Hotel night in Chiclayo
Day 12 . Tucume pyramids, Royal Tombs of Sipan , Flight to Lima
Breakfast in the hotel
Guided visit of Tucume pyramids
Guided visit of Royal Tombs of Sipan
Flight from Chiclayo to Lima city
In Lima : Airport pick up + hotel drop off
Hotel night in Lima city hotel
Day 13 . Cuzco Archaeological tours + main attractions
a.m. Hotel pick up after breakfast.
Transfer to the airport of Lima city
Flight from Lima to Cusco city.
In Cusco : Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel selected
rest of the morning to your leisure
p.m. hotel pick up for your guided tour in the city and its main attractions.
Visit : temple of Koricancha, Cusco main plaza, San Blass artisanal street. .
Archaological visit : Sacsayhuaman temple, The Zig Zag temple of Qenqo, Pucapukara red fort , Tambomachay .
Hotel night in Cusco city
Day 14. Full day tour to Machu Picchu , escorted tour, Overnight
Breakfast in the hotel
Hotel pick up, transfer to Train station
Travel to Machu Picchu by Train
Arrival to Aguas Calientes, assistance by our local representative
Ascent by bus to Machu Picchu
Guided tour of the Inca citadel (2 to 3 hrs.)
Bus return to Aguas Calientes
Hotel night in Aguas Calientes
Day 15. Travel to Cusco by train
Breakfast in the hotel
morning leisure ( optional return to Machu Picchu on your own)
Travel to Cusco by Train
Arrival to Cusco assistance by our local representative
Hotel drop off
Hotel night in Cusco
Day 16. International Flight
Breakfast in the hotel
A.m. At estimated time Hotel pick up & transfer to the airport for your flight back to Lima. ( At time international flight back home International flightsn ot included
Description Travel to Peru : Caral, Huaraz, Sechin,Trujillo, Chiclayo, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Puno - Archaeological visit - 16 days tour package
Day 1 Arrival to Lima city.
Upon arrival to Lima city, a local tour guide will meet you at international airport, the guide assigned will be waiting holding a sign and your name on it with a logo of Trippers Peru .Then will bring you to your hotel selected where you will have a pre briefing of your tour in Peru.
Overnight in Lima city hotel.
01 night of accommodation in Lima
Day 2 Guided tour of the pyramids of Caral, Travel to Huaraz .
06:00 a.m. After your breakfast in the hotel Full Day Tours to Caral, considered the mother of cultures the oldest civilization of the Americas this archaeological tour is considered as one of the most interesting. An archaeological tour, a city of lost pyramids in Peru.
The adventure to the lost pyramids of Caral begins early in the morning,your guide will pick you up and drive to the Valley of Supe where the complex is located, northern coast of Lima city Capital of Peru. 175 KM. (3 hours distance)
The route goes through along the Peruvian coast small villages, agricultural areas and cloudy zones. Where you will have the chance to stop the car and take some pictures, interact with locals or purchasing something for the route.
Upon arrival to the Supe Valley the guide will explain the whole information of the complex , history, main researches made by archaeologists and introductions of the whole group of pyramids of Caral. the walking tour takes for about 2 hours.
First that a tourist observes are when arriving to Caral are 6 pyramids around a central square, next to them an amphitheater and a temple, the religious center of Caral.
The visit to Caral is a visit to a very powerful society, well organized and incredibly ancient.
A pre-ceramic society without weapons indicators, without walls protection, without evidence of conflict.
A society that knew how to have fun, musical instruments made from condor’s bones, a society that enjoyed worldly pleasures , this and much more involves the Tour exploration to the history of Caral.After the guided tour in Caral is time to have lunch in a restaurant overlooking the Ocean Pacific in Barranca Boulevard.
To Huaraz : Stretch your legs for a few minutes before starting to climb the mountain range of the Andes to the city of Huaraz surrounded by snowy mountains We will travel to the Northenr highlands, Huaraz is a city located in the Callejon de Huaylas Valley, the city sits more than 3,000 meters above sea level, with the snow-capped peaks of the Cordillera Blanca range forming its dramatic eastern skyline. Encompassing much of the Cordillera Blanca is Huarascán National Park, home to Andean condors and jaguars as well as Peru's tallest mountain, Huarascán.
During the dry season which peaks in July-August, the days are warm and sunny (perfect for trekking!) while the nights are clear (perfect for star gazing!) but can be extremely chilly.
During the wet season which peaks in January-February, the days are cooler with rain typically in the afternoons and extending anywhere from a few brief minutes to several hours. The nights are warmer than the dry season with the clouds trapping the day's warmth. It is usually quite foggy in the hills above town at night so navigating can get a bit tricky.
Always is recommended to have a free day in Huaraz in order to follow a proper acclimatization, Upon arrival to the city of Huaraz, our guide will pick you up and drive to your hotel selected where you will spend the night. Rest of the day to your leisure ,( we recommend to rest )
01 night of accommodation in Huaraz
Day 3 Huaraz city tour your Leisure .
Today you will have the whole day to your leisure ( recommended)
Huaraz is the restless capital of this Andean adventure kingdom and its rooftops command exhaustive panoramas of the city's dominion: one of the most impressive mountain ranges in the world. Nearly wiped out by the earthquake of 1970, Huaraz isn’t going to win any Andean-village beauty contests anytime soon, but it does have personality – and personality goes a long way.
This is first and foremost a trekking metropolis. During high season the streets buzz with hundreds of backpackers and adventurers freshly returned from arduous hikes or planning their next expedition as they huddle in one of the town’s many fine watering holes. Dozens of outfits help plan trips, rent equipment and organize a list of adventure sports as long as your arm. An endless lineup of quality restaurants and hopping bars keep the belly full and the place lively till long after the tents have been put away to dry. Mountain adventures in the off-season can be equally rewarding, but the vibe is more subdued and some places go into hibernation once the rains set in.
01 night of accommodation in Huaraz
Day 4 Chavin de Huantar archaological site
09:00 Departure for the excursion. Culture and recreation in the"Conchucos Alley". The tour will start with the towns of Recuay, Ticapampa, Catac, Querococha Lagoon, where the geological fault is observed. We continue along the creek cross the "Cordillera Blanca", the Cahuish tunnel, the highest in the world with a length of 480 meters in length. We visit the villages of Kercos and the modern town of Chavin, which is located on the banks of the river Mosna, to arrive at the ceremonial center of Chavin, the cradle of Andean civilization, the oldest stonestructure of Peruvian culture (200 BC ), inside the imposing temple, we find the monolithic Lanzonof Chavin. The Temple is decorated with the famous tenon Heads. Also this temple is the place where the Tello Obelisk and Stela Raimondi (which have anthropozooform representations) were found. Lunch at Chavin. Return to Huaraz. 19:00 Arrival to Huaraz. and transfer to your hotel where after this long trip you will have the rest of the night for relaxing and recovering energy for the next day trip, overnight in the city of Huaraz
01 night in the nightly bus to Trujillo
Day 5 From Huaraz to Trujillo - Guided visit of Sechin archaeological complex
a.m. After breakfast at your hotel, our tour in private service to the city of Trujillo follows the route of Casma located 130 km from Huaraz and place where we will make our first stop, archaeological Temple of Sechin is perhaps one of the scariest places and terrifying that the traveler can find in all the Peru, this ancient temple palace of Sechin is located in Casma, is all granite stone is a building that was not only sacred but also home to someone call "the High Priest Sechin ". All this happened 3500 years ago, long before the great pre-Inca cultures.
The cover shows more warlike style rather than sacred, it is between 2 large monoliths representing flags. The palace temple was built as a memorial to the victory of the king priest.
This monument celebrates the warriors who achieved the victory and exhibits sacrificially their vanquished enemies.
SECHIN It is a macabre gallery of severed bodies, viscera, torn limbs, severed heads, as the sinister showcase a human carnage.After visiting this archaeological site , you continue your trip from Sechin to Trujillo
Upon arrival to Trujillo city we will continue to Huanchaco beach where your hotel overlooking the ocean pacific will receive you and where you will spend the night.
01 night of accommodation in Trujillo
Day 6 Tours in Trujillo . Guided visit of Chan Chan archaological complex , Sun & Moon Temple.
10:30 AM Pick up from your hotel and start of the tour of one day in Trujillo.
TOUR TEMPLE OF THE SUN AND THE MOON
We leave for Moche countryside and the start the tour "Huaca de la Luna" (Temple of the Moon). We visit the Huacas de Moche Museum, which has pottery showing moche iconography and Moche people's activities. Then visit the Huaca de la Luna, Moche religious center. There we will go through its rooms full of murals in high relief depicting their god AIAPAEC or the beheader, warriors, naked prisoners, dancers, animals, big spiders, the sun, stars, abstract motifs, and so on. From Huaca de la Luna we will see Huaca del Sol (Temple of the Sun), pyramid 43 meters high, built for administrative purposes. Also we will see the Moche Urban Area, place where the upper class moche people used to live. Finally in the Area of Artisans, we will see pieces of pottery made with the style, colors, forms used by the ancient Moche artisans and which are still used nowadays.
01:30 PM Lunch
02:30 PM TOUR CHAN CHAN
We start the Chimu tour. We visit to Temple of the Rainbow also called Temple of the Dragon, used by the ancient Chimu people to workship their god, this temple is decorated with figures representing the fertility of the Earth. We visited the site museum of Chan Chan, where we will learn about pottery, silverware and lifestyle of the chimu people. Then we will go through one the 9 palaces of Chan Chan Citadel, the Nikan Palace (ex Tschudi Palace), which has different rooms decorated with friezes and carvings like the ceremonial center, the fish and birds corridor, the Huachaque (reservoir), among others. Finally we will return to the city of Trujillo where you will spend the night. .
01 night of accommodation in Trujillo
Day 7 Travel from Trujillo to Cajamarca.
At an appropriate time transfer to the bus terminal.
Inter-provincial bus trip from Trujillo to Cajamarca city.
The trip from Trujillo to Cajamarca is a journey of 246 km.
The route goes through various towns of the coast and mountains parallel to the river Chicama, the ascent to the Andes begins approximately
in the town of Sausal. The geography of this route is impressive and beautiful, no doubt to enjoy a landscape in search of your next tourist destination Cajamarca.
Located in the north part of the country and shares a border with Ecuador. It is located at heights reaching 8900 feet above sea level in the Andes Mountain Range, the longest Mountain range in the world. Part of its territory includes the Amazon Rainforest, in total the largest in the world.
Upon arrival to Cajamarca, transfer to your hotel.
Rest of the day to your leisure
01 night of accommodation in Cajamarca
Day 8 Bath of the Incas + Otuzco Necropolis + Travel to Celendin.
After breakfast we start the day visiting the famous Baths of the Inca, located in the district with the same name "Baños del Inca", a place to totally relax, private and group rooms. This place is particularly attractive for its thermal waters have medicinal properties for curing rheumatic diseases, nervous disorders and skin. The fluid emerges from the volcanic bedrock, whose temperature reaches 70 to 75 degrees Celsius. Numerous testimonies of people cured of rheumatism, bronchitis and other diseases attest to the healing power of these waters called thermionic or thermo scientifically.
the Ventanas de Otuzco stand out in the midst of the natural setting. The site is the necropolis of a pre-Inca civilization, older than the Caxamarca culture, most probably with Wari influences. Hundreds of galleries and individual niches, which resemble windows, were carved into the volcanic rock. The niches reach depths of up to 8 or 10 meters (26 to 33 feet) and have rectangular or quadrangular entrances which are 50-60 centimeters tall (20 to 24 inches).
According to tradition, the Incas emptied the inside of the rock and gave the niches a different purpose: they were converted into grain deposits (collca, in Quechua), which led to the entrances being re-directed against the wind to keep the contents fresh. Through some windows, one can enter the dark and mysterious galleries, whose inexorable end inspired man's imagination in the creation of the secret passages that link Cajamarca with Cusco. After visiting Otuzco we drive to the village of Celendin a small town in the Andes of northern Peru, at 2600 meters above sea level. It is about two and a half hours from Cajamarca by paved highway and about six and a half hours from Chachapoyas (mainly highway, but also some parts of road is still unpaved). The Blue Sky of Eden… “Yes! Yes, of Eden!” respond proud “Celendinos” when they are in contact with other cultures! And if you participate in the daily life of Celendín, you’re going to discover many traditions which date back to past generations. In some places it seems that time has actually stopped, of course not in many areas, but we can definitely guide you there!
Celendín is also known for its international achievements in their contribution in favor of the environment. Celendín is a small town, very quiet and known for great craftsmanship in “Toquilla” straw. You can take advantage of being in Celendín by buying a handmade hat made by local “mamitas,” since it would be useful in protecting you from the high altitude sun while continuing your journey. And if you happen to be in Celendín during the weekend, you will not regret walking through the most beautiful traditional markets that still exist from years and years before, where people can eat a delicious fried or braised guinea pig made with the fine touch of the local mamitas, enjoying a rich chicha observing the buying and selling of animals, along with hundreds and hundreds of very traditional local people who come from the nearby mountains. They still maintain their traditional brightly colored costumes and if you look at the detail of their smiles, some of their dentures are mostly decorated with pure gold in different figures to bring attention to themselves. With a smile to their suitors they start the traditional artisan fair!
After the sale, some stay to celebrate with “chicha de jora” which is a fermented corn liquor which sits for several days in large containers made of mud. After a bottle, everyone is ready to sing “carnivales,” music from the area, while their horses wait for their owners to be able to return to their homes behind the mountains. Upon arrival to the Town , hotel drop off where to spend the night.
01 night of accommodation in Celendin
Day 9 Amazing Trip from Celendin To Leymebamba + Leymebamba Museum .
After a hearty breakfast we traveled from the town of Celendin (Peruvian highlands) to the town of Leymebamba (Peruvian jungle) geography in this part of the country is simply appealing to the eye, tourists observe climate change in these regions which are divided by the Marañon river known by locals as the golden snake. During the trip we can make stops and enjoy nature, take lots of pictures, interfacing with the local area, tasting its gastronomy and appreciate the beauty that has this north eastern route.
The way forward towards Leymebamba take us to one of the most interesting and important museums in Peru. THe Leymebamba's museum.
It was built from the need for a suitable site for conservation of the mummies and archaeological materials recovered from the Lake of the Condors in 1997. This work was performed by the Mallqui Center with contributions from the international community from Austria, Finland , Italy and the United States, and important contributions from the Institute for Bioarchaeology, the Discovery Channel von Hagen and family.
The local community contributed their work tasks and building materials. The town of Leymebamba owns the museum and is represented by a Civil Association. The administrative and professional work in the museum is done by the Center Mallqui. It opened in June 2000 with the presence of the Minister of Education of Austria, Dr. Elisabeth Gehrer.
The design corresponds to the architect Jorge Burga and Rosana Correa, while museology is a product of the collaboration of Rodolfo Vera and Sonia Guillen. It was built using local architectural techniques such as rammed earth with wooden roofs and tiles, complemented by modern technical resources to meet the needs of conservation and exhibition of archaeological materials.
Most of the cultural remains on display correspond to the Chachapoya culture and the era of Inca domination in the area. It also has a room dedicated to the traditional continuity in the region.
From the museum, the Centro Mallqui bioarchaeological maintains a line of research, management of archaeological collections, as well as educational, tourism, and the restoration and protection of natural resources.After the visit you will have time to explore on your own this little but beautiful village of Leymebamba.
You will spend the night in Leymebamba .
01 night of accommodation in Leymebamba
Day 10 Visit the Mausoleums of Revash, Guided Tour to Kuelap to Empire .
The trip through the Northeast of Peru, is one of the most exciting and adventurous alternative to the tourism circuits can offer, not congested and offers unimaginable archaeological complex. That is why in this part of the adventure will visit the Mausoleums of Revash.
The Revash funerary complex is located in Peru's Santo Tomás District, part of Luya Province, which is approximately 60 km to the south of Chachapoyas. The funeral buildings are located at an altitude of 2,800 m above sea level.
The fortress of Kuelap or Cuélap, associated with the Chachapoyas culture, consists of a walled city, with massive exterior stone walls surrounding more than four hundred buildings.
This fortress is the largest stone structure of South America. It contains more than 450 stone houses. It is located on a mountain higher than Machu Picchu, is much older than the Inca Empire. This Machu Picchu of the North was found in better condition than the one in the South. The Kuelap complex remains relatively unknown in this remote zone, which only thirty years ago took two months to walk out to from the nearest road. The fortress is filled with a million air plants, bromeliads and orchids, high on a mountain top, in this mysterious cloud forest. The monumental ruins of Kuelap are situated at 3000 metres above sea level. The ruins of Kuelap are located at the summit of a hill that rises on the left bank of the Utcubamba,access to Kuelap is gained via El Tingo, a town at approximately 1800m above sea level, near the bank of the Utcubamba.
After the guided tour in Kuelap the trip continue to Chachapyas town where you will spend the night.
Overnight in Chachapoyas .
01 night of accommodation in Chachapoyas
Day 11 Trip from Chachapoyas to Chiclayo.
In a quiet trip excursion and continuing perhaps one of the most historic destinations in Peru, visit the city of Chiclayo, famos for its museums and archaeological sites travel to different cities like Chiclayo crosses Pedro Ruiz Gallo where we will stop to stock for the trip. Bagua Grande, Motupe and others up to Chiclayo.
During the tour will make many stops to enjoy the scenery and take pictures, also we will stop to have lunch. Continuing the trip we will arrive to Chiclayo in the afternoon and leave it at your hotel.
The rest of the day you can enjoy on your own this beautiful ciuudad where she spent the night. Chiclayo is the capital city of the Lambayeque region in northern Peru. It is located 13 kilometers inland from the Pacific coast and 770 kilometers from the nation's capital, Lima.
Peru's fourth largest city, Chiclayo is the capital of the Lambayeque region located on the northern coastal plain of Peru. It is 95 feet above sea level. As of 2005, the city population was approximately 546,054 inhabitants, with the surrounding metropolitan area being 910,255 persons. A sunny and warm climate with fresh ocean breezes embraces a geography including impressive mountains and expansive beautiful beaches with spectacular waves, (quite popular with surfers). It is a land of legendary ancient civilizations and a wealthy colonial society reflected in its majestic and traditional constructions.
01 night of accommodation in Chiclayo
Day 12 Huaca Rajada - Museum Royal Tombs of Sipan + flight to Lima city.
Visit to Huaca Rajada : Today you will visit this archaeological site where The Lord of Sipan was found intact with all its treasures: over 200 pieces of pottery and more than 100 pieces of gold, silver and copper jewelry.
You will visit the Huaca Rajada and Museum on site.
He was a very important Mochican warrior priest, which remains were founded in Huaca Rajada by Dr. Walter Alva in 1987.
In his tomb were discovered a great quantity of gold and silver objects, jewels, ceramics and carved wood of incredible value. This investigation had given archaeologists the chance to know many more aspects of the Mochican Culture.
In the main tomb was found a guard, skeleton of a young man with a golden shield and sectioned feet.
"El Señor de Sipán" (The Lord of Sipan), was founded in a sarcophagus made of wood (this is the first event founded in America), next to his head were the skeleton of two young women, and at his sides a skeleton of a dog and two lamas.
He was all covered with gold, silver and copper, chest protector with jewels and gold necklaces. His skull rested on a big golden plate.
Very close to this tomb, in 1989, some investigators of the Brüning Museum discovered the tombs of "El Sacerdote" (The Priest), and the tomb of "El Viejo Señor de Sipán" (The Old Lord of Sipan).
The tomb of the "Viejo Señor de Sipán" (Old Lord of Sipan) is chronologically older, and with difference among the others, was found a sarcophagus without company and wrapped in vegetal fiber. It had signs of royal importance, dressed with gold scepter, fine gold and silver jewels, chest protectors made with pearl shells, peculiar and unique pictures.
The archaeological investigation continue, and the last discovery was found in 2007, named the funeral chamber 14
All the original pieces were restored in Germany at the Mainz Museum (1988-1993) and are actually shown at the Museum of the Royal Tombs of Sipán in Lambayeque. Besides, all the replicas from the originals are used as demonstration in Huaca Rajada.
After the guided visit transfer conexion to the airport for your flight back to Lima city.
In Lima : Upon arrival to the Capital o Peru , we will drop you off in your hotel.
01 night of accommodation in Lima
Day 13. Cuzco classic city tour & 04 archaeological ruins
Upon arrival to Cusco city, a representative of your Agency will pick you up in the airport and bring you to your hotel, you will receive information of your tour activities in the city.
Rest of the morning leisure to acclimatize.
Around 13:30 hrs. our guide will pick you up in your hotel and bring you to the meeting point for the classic Cusco city tour & main attractions that involves : - The Cathedral - : Cusco Cathedral is a Baroque-style cathedral built on the foundations of the palace of the Inca Wirachocha in Cusco. Construction began in 1550, using many stones looted from the site of the hillside Sacsayhuaman fortress, and was completed a century later. It is considered one of the most splendid Spanish colonial churches in America. Within the cathedral's high walls are some of the best examples of the Cusqueña School of painting, including a Marcos Zapata painting of the Last Supper with a local specialty, cuy (guinea pig), as main course.
The cathedral's centerpieces are its massive, solid-silver altar, and the enormous 1659 Maria Angola bell, the largest in South America, which hangs in one of the towers. The cedar choir has carved rows of saints, popes, and bishops, all in stunning detail down to their delicately articulated hands. Five chapels flank each side of the nave; one dedicated to Nuestro Señor de los Temblores (Our Lord of the Earthquakes) contains a solid-gold crucifix that, legend has it, minimized damage to the chapel during a 1650 earthquake. There’s no-Christian imagery in Cusco Cathedral too: figures of pumas, the Inca representation of the earth, are carved on the enormous main doors Normal access to the cathedral is not via those doors but through the adjoining Iglesias del Triunfo, the city's first Christian church.
- The Koricancha Palace and Convent of Santo Domingo. Koricancha is a classic example of the fusion of Inca and Western cultures, and was one of the most important temples in the Tahuantinsuyu. Its finely polished stone walls were used as the foundations of the Convent of Santo Domingo. The temple walls were said to have been sheathed in gold and silver, it was dedicated to sun worship, as well as containing images of the gods of thunder and Wiracocha, deities brought from various regions and the mummified bodies of Inca rulers. The temple worship was reserved for the highest-ranking figures of the era, and was visited by representatives of communities all over the empire to render homage to the gods of the Tahuantinsuyu. The tour continues visiting 4 archeological complexes located around the city:
- Sacsayhuaman.- Sacsayhuaman is one of the most amazing Incas constructions for tourists. Its Quechua name means "satisfied falcon", it was the falcon that guarded the capital of the empire, since it was possible to overlook Cusco from the hill in where it was erected. If, as it is known, Cusco was designed with the shape of a lying puma, Sacsayhuaman would be its head, and the Coricancha would correspond to the feline's genitalia. It is said that the work was started by Pachacutec and continued by Tupac Yupanqui, even though some chroniclers state that it was Huayna Capac who gave it the final touch. Inca Garcilaso de la Vega says that Apu Huallpa Rimachi was the main architect, and that Inca Maricanhi, Acahuana Inca and Calla Cunchuy successively took control of the works.
Its construction took over seven decades and required the work of 20,000 men approximately, both for the foundations and hewn stone works, the transportation of materials, carving and stones setting. Hewn stones could have been located at Muina, Huacoto and Rumicolca, 20 kilometers away from Cusco, and at closer places such as Sallu,Rumi, Chita, Curovilca and Viracocha. Sacsayhuaman Some of its external walls exceed the 9 meters of height and 350 tons of weight.
Spectacular fortress built with huge carved rocks jointed with absolute accuracy, this astounding sample of the Incan military architecture is, undoubtedly, the greatest architectonic work of the Tahuantinsuyo. But, in addition, it proves the undeniable firmness of the great administrative capacity of the empire and its powerful logistic system capable of mobilizing and organizing such a work.
It is located 2 km away from the city of Cusco, that is, 10 minutes by car. As of the Spanish arrival its aspect has changed a lot, since this fortress was used as a hewn stone to build the colonial Cusco.
- Qenqo.- At 4 and 6 km, 5 minutes to the northeast of Cusco, by asphalted road, we can find the two archaeological sites of Qenqo: Qenqo Grande, which is located near the road that goes from Sacsayhuaman to Pisac; and Quenko Chico, which is located at 350 meters to the west from the latter, on the hillside. Both of them are worship places whose nature has not been deciphered yet, but in which we can highlight the Inca's predilection for stone and their thoroughness with regard to the carving process. These sites are limestone outcrops on which intricate mythical representations had been carved. It is believed that it was destined to the worship of the land. Its Quechua name means zigzag, probably due to the labyrinthine underground galleries, or due to the small channels carved on rocks with that shape.
- Puca-Pucara.- Located at 7 km to the northeast of the city, by the road leading to Pisac (30 minutes by car and 2 hours on foot), we find this inca site which Quechua name means "red fortress" due to the color of the rocks when the twilight reflects on them. (puca = red and pucara = fortress or defended place). It would deal about a military building made up by overlapping terraces, interior squares, aqueducts, watchtowers, high walls and staircases.
However, Its presence along the road may also indicate that it was a wayside inn, though its structure does not belong to the standard outlining that characterizes those buildings along the Inca trails. On this possibility, there is a version that says the Inca accommodated there his numerous delegations each time he decided to visit the Tambomachay baths. The site occupies another typical rocky place standing out in the Sacsayhuaman plain. Towards the western side, it shows a facade on a free area like a small square. On the opposite site, there is a medium size building, which main characteristic is its strategic location since it controls the whole surrounding territory.
- Tambomachay.- Tombo Machay, 7 km northeast of Cusco, is believed to have been built around 1500 AD.This site, sometimes referred to as Inca's Bath or El Baño del Inca, is thought to have been used for religious functions. Some theories suggest Tambo Machay was involved in an Inca water cult. Fountains or waterfalls fed by spring water were used to channel water to a ceremonial stone bath. The fountains are still functional at this well preserved site. Above the baths is an Inca wall. Tambo Machay is located in a sheltered area about 300m off the road to Pisac.Frequency:everyday in the afternoons.
Around 18:00 p.m. we will return to Cuzco city and drop you off in your hotel, rest of the night leisure to explore the city by night.
1 night of accommodation in Cusco.
Day14 Full Day Tour to Machu Picchu, Escorted Tour.
After our breakfast we will drive to Ollantaytambo train station and start our journey to Machu Picchu . After leaving the village of Ollantaytambo, the train will start to descend more and more, along the edge of the Urubamba River, till finally reach the cloud forest. After approximately 2 hours we will have arrived in Aguas Calientes, where a representative from our agency will welcome you and then will escort to the following bus terminal that will bring us to the main gate of Machu Picchu.
Guided tour in the Incan city of Machu Picchu will last about 2 hours, our professional and expert native guide will take you through the main streets and monuments of the temple, then the tourist will have free time to explore on your own the citadel taking pictures and enjoy an invaluable landscape.
At appropriate time we will return to your hotel, rest of the day to your leisure .you can relax and enjoy this picturesque town, its traditional market or just relax in the thermal baths located just minutes walk from the village. Driving first past there is also a walk through an orchid garden to get to the falls of Mandor.
We will spend the night in Aguas Calientes Machu Picchu village.
01 night of accommodation in Aguas Calientes Machu Picchu,
Day 15 Travel to Cusco by Train .
After breakfast , you have Free morning, you can optionally return to the Inca city of Machu Picchu (on your own) or carry out the above activities as hiking to the waterfalls of Mandor crossing a Orchids botanic garden or visit the town's thermal baths.
You will have free time to explore this picturesque village, This town is in the midst of lush vegetation and a chain of mountains that form a valley, Aguas Calientes Aguas, is a pretty town but it grew very fast and in disarray, things in town are expensive, much more expensive than in Cusco and the high price is because the locals have to bring things in Cusco.offers to travelers At an appropriate time transfer to the train station and travel by train to the city of Cusco.
Upon arrival in Cusco, our local guide will take you to your hotel where you will spend the night..
the trip back to Cusco takes approx. 4: hrs..
01 night of accommodation in Cusco
Day 16 . Flight back from Cusco to Lima city
Breakfast in the hotel, morning leisure to explore the city of Cusco on your own at estimated time pick up at your hotel and transfer to the airport for your flight back to Lima city END of OUR SERVICES
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All private transfers in / Out : Airport - Hotel - Airport & Hotel - Bus Terminal - Hotel
All private transfer in the following route :
Lima to Huaraz - 404 KM
Huaraz to Sechin + Sechin to Trujillo - 310 KM
Trujillo to Cajamarca ( This route is By Bus ) -246 KM
Cajamarca to Celendin - 101 KM
Celendin to Leymebamba - 154 KM
Leymebamba to Chachapoyas - 83 KM
Chachapoyas to Chiclayo - 435 KM
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