ALTITUDE ADJUSTMENT PROGRAM – SACRED VALLEY 7D–6N

The Imperial city of Cusco is the principal tourist attraction in Perú due to the fact that it is essential for trip planning and – more than anything – to carefully dealing with sickness that results from high altitudes – called Soroche – since the city is located at 3,400 meters above sea level.

No specific factors exist – like age, gender, or physical conditions – that cause altitude sickness; however, anyone can come to the point of receiving this type of sickness. To prevent and/or combat altitude sickness, we recommend the following program in order to become accustomed to high altitudes and also to have an enjoyable trip.

Passing two or three days in the Sacred Valley of the Inkas – in Ollantaytambo (2,800 meters of altitude) – is a great option for being accustomed to the high altitude before visiting the city of Cusco or before partaking in some sort of trekking (walking) experience. This altitude adjustment program permits its partakers a moderate experience with constant acclimatization activities around the living city of Ollantaytambo.

Duration

7 Days / 6 Nights

Availability

Every Day of the Year from Cusco

Services

Shared

Activities

Archaeological Sites of Ollantaytambo, Puma Marka, Maras, Moray, Salt Mines, Machu Picchu, and Cusco.

 

DAY 01.- ARRIVAL TO THE CITY OF CUSCO

AM/PM – Upon arrival to the Cusco airport, you will be received and then transferred to our hotel in the Sacred Valley of the Inkas (Ollantaytambo); you will have the rest of the day on your own account to become used to the climate and the altitude (you will be at 2,800 meters above sea level).

HOTEL IN OLLANTAYTAMBO: Provides a hotel room with private bathroom + breakfast.

Included: Transfer in + hotel.

DAY 02.- VISIT TO OLLANTAYTAMBO + ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES

AM – After breakfast, we will visit the village of Ollantaytambo; this village is divided by what is called two ayllus – the “Ayllu de Araq’ama”, and the “Ayllu del Qosqo.” Both ayllus are divided by the Patakancha River. This enigmatic and historical village that is qualified as a living city is where it is said that time took a rest; its buildings are still maintained by those who are direct descendants of the Inkas from the Imperial Inka Empire. A walk through the living city’s streets and plazas promotes a magical sensation of reliving the past.

After our visit, we will head to the archaeological complex of Ollantaytambo – an infrastructure that was an agricultural, religious, and strategic military center; we will likewise visit the Temple of the Sun and its spectacular enclosures, agricultural platforms, what is called baño de la ñusta, amongst others. You will have the afternoon free after our visit.

HOTEL IN OLLANTAYTAMBO: Provides a hotel room with private bathroom + breakfast.

Included: Visit to Ollantaytambo / the archaeological complex of Ollantaytambo (tour guide, entrance fee, lunch) + hotel.

DAY 03.- VISIT TO THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE OF PUMA MARKA

This tour is an alternative tour in the Sacred Valley of the Inkas that is especially designed for dazzle; the beauty of the place is something to admire, and it is guaranteed that the experience would never be forgotten of. During the trajectory, we will be able to enjoy every nook and cranny, as well as the agricultural terraces found within the place; the whole trip is approximately 4.5 hours maximum round trip so that we can get to know this spectacular archaeological site.

AM – After breakfast, we will personally pick you up from the hotel in order to start the trip; we will travel for about 40 minutes in transport in ascension via the profound parts of the mountains over the Patacancha Valley until arriving to the top. From there, we will take a little walk until arriving to the impressionable archeological sites. Puma Marka could have been a fortress or control post for accessing the Sacred Valley or the Amazon. When we make our descent, we will do so via the trails that pass through farmland; this will give us more of an opportunity to observe other Inka archaeological sites. Actually, the majority of these terraces are cultivated. We will also pass through the camps where corn, potatoes, and other vegetables are cultivated.

HOTEL IN OLLANTAYTAMBO: Provides a hotel room with private bathroom + breakfast.

Included: Shared transport to Puma Marca, local tour guide, entrance fee + hotel.

DAY 04.- TOUR TO MARAS + MORAY + SALT MINES + PM TRAIN TO AGUAS CALIENTES

08:00–08:30 AM – After breakfast, we will personally pick you up from your hotel in Ollantytambo in order to take private transportation towards the village of Maras, passing through typical villages that are characterized by beautiful landscapes which we will be able to enjoy throughout our trajectory; likewise, we will visit the following attractions:

  • Village of Maras – Located in the province of Urubamba at an altitude of 3,300 meters above sea level; we will be able to appreciate the mountain range of Vilcanota, as well as the snowy mountains of Chicón (5,530 meters above sea level), Putucusi (2,560 meters above sea level), and Verónica (5,682 meters above sea level). Of a truth, this picturesque village is encompassed with attractions of the colonial, pre-Hispanic, and republican periods and is highlighted by its village streets, as well as its colonial covers that sport the shields of chiefs and noble people of the 17th and 18th Centuries.
  •  Moray – Found 7 kilometers Southeast of Maras and 53 kilometers from the city of Cusco, with an altitude of 3,385 meters above sea level, this unique archaeological group consists of gigantic natural holes that were used by the Inkan people who constructed terraces or agricultural platforms with their respective irrigation channels. Moray, a greenhouse prototype, consists of many holes – the greatest having a depth of 150 meters – and, the average height between each platform us approximately 1.8 meters. What is striking is the average annual temperature difference between the top and bottom which can reach a whopping 15ºC (59ºF) of temperature difference. In this place, there has been tremendous advances in agriculture.
  • Salt Mines – Located in the Northwest of the village of Maras, the salt mines consist of about 3,000 small wells which have been exploited since the Inkan period as a means of economic exchange and are still being exploited by the local people to this day. It is said that the mountain has in its interior salt mines and also salt water that emanates from the mountain; they serve during the dry season to fill wells with salt water in the form of irrigation every 3 days so that – for a month – it can solidify gradually. Once the salt is processed, it is ready for consumption in the region.

Once we have visited the salt mines, we will return to Ollantaytambo.

PM – Train from Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes; upon arrival, we will find accommodation in the selected hotel.

**Please note: the best time to visit is during the dry season (April – December).**

HOTEL IN AGUAS CALIENTES: Provides a hotel room with private bathroom + breakfast.

Included: Tour to Maras/Moray/Salt Mines (shared touristic transport, local tour guide, lunch, entrance fees), train ticket from Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes + hotel.

DAY 05.- TOUR TO MACHU PICCHU (FULL DAY)

VERY EARLY IN THE MORNING – After breakfast, we will we will take the first bus in ascension via a zigzag-like route to Machu Picchu (approximately a 30-minute trip). Once we pass through control, you will have to show your entrance ticket – and, from that point on, the visit will be guided. We will visit the principal ceremonial centers – like:  the Temple of the Sun; Intihuatana – an astronomical observatory; the Temple of the Pachamama; the Main Plaza; the Temple of the Three Windows; the Temple of the Cóndor; the Sacred Rock – amongst others. The guided excursion is approximately 2.5 hours; afterwards, you will have time to explore at your own pace the Inka city of Machu Picchu.

AFTERNOON – You will need to descend to Aguas Calientes in order to take the train in return to the city of Cusco; remember that it is necessary to be at the train station at least 30 minutes before the train departure time. The trip will take approximately 4-hours.

HOTEL IN CUSCO: Provides a hotel room with private bathroom + breakfast.

Included: train from Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo and a connection to Cusco “Expedition/Vistadome” Class, bus ticket up/down to/from Machu Picchu, entrance fee, guided visit to Machu Picchu + hotel.

DAY 06.- PM CITY TOUR IN CUSCO

AM After breakfast in the hotel, you will have free time on your own account to enjoy the enchanting Inka city until the hour of our city tour.

13:00-13:30 PM – We will personally pick you up from your hotel in Cusco to visit the following attractions:

  • The Cathedral The mother church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cusco and a religious colonial monument of extraordinary artistic value with fabulous paintings and works in gold leaf, wood carved and covered with embossed silver. The Cathedral, in addition to its official status as a place of worship, has become a major repository of Cusco's colonial art. It also holds many archeological artifacts and relics. The cathedral was designated an UNESCO World Heritage Site under the City of Cusco listing in 1983.
  •  Temple of Koricancha (Temple of the Sun) Its architecture is perfect, and the stone construction is a strong indication that this temple was the most important during the Inka Empire - a symbol of dominance in the West; the temple is considered to be one of the most sacred structures due to the fact that this temple housed a large select group of priests who worshiped the Sun and the Moon. The temple was finely built with etched stones – and, inside, the walls in the numerous chambers are covered in gold and silver leaf. The incredible size of the Inka walls’ stones are sure to be the center of attention.
  • Sacsayhuaman (House of the Sun) One of the most significant archaeological legacies that the city of Cusco owns due to its enormous complex structure. The archaeological structure is comprised of a total of 33 archaeological sites – the best of which being the Sacsayhuaman Fortress. The building may have been used for religious purposes – but, due to its location and style, the Spanish and contemporary writers assume it was a military structure. It is said that the construction of Sacsayhuaman lasted more than 50 years, and that more than 20,000 men were used in the construction; it is an impressive fortress of monumental stones and excellent architecture.
  • Qenqo Located a kilometer from Sacsayhuaman, this structure is a ceremonial center in which you can appreciate in the center of the structure a monolithic giant – possibly an animal – that was considered the principal deity of the Inkas; surrounded by niches, the Inkas made offerings to the deity. It contains a labyrinth cave that was cultivated very well by the Incas where you can see an altar; it was a ceremonial and ritual center where sacrifices were made.
  • Puca Pucara An antique tambo, constructed by the Inkas as a point of vigilance; its construction is rustic and contains alleys, houses, and courtyards.
  • Tambomachay Found 9 kilometers from the city, this could a temple dedicated to the Inka water cult – but, it’s known as the Inka bath due to the form of its fountains.

After our visit to Tambomachay, we will head back to the city of Cusco.

HOTEL IN CUSCO: Provides a hotel room with private bathroom + breakfast.

Included: City Tour (shared touristic bus, tour guide, entrance fees) + hotel.

DAY 07.- TRANSFER OUT

AM/PM At the indicated hour, we will personally pick you up from your hotel and then transport you to the Cusco airport or bus station.

Included: Transfer out.

END OF SERVICES

NOTE: In order to provide tour and/or tour package prices, we would appreciate if you would please provide for us the number of people who would be going on the tour.

PRICE PER PERSON: USD$

For more information and pricing, please contact us at
reservashoteltierrainka@gmail.com

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