City is the most popular tourist destination in Peru. It lies amidst
a panorama of exceptional Andean landscape.
The city is
characterized by much pre-Columbian construction. The massive stone
walls erected by the Inca formed the foundation of colonial and
post-colonial settlement here. There are many sites to see in the
city, churches, museums, ruins, plazas, but more importantly, Cusco
is the gateway to the wonders of the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu.
City tour and Sacsahuaman This guided
excursion is offered every day. It includes the most significant
sites in and around Cusco City, such as: the massive Inca sanctuary
of Sacsahuaman, the amphitheatre of Qenqo, the fortress of Pukapukara,
the springshrine of Tambomachay, the Cathedral of Cusco with its
magnificent colonial art, and the Korikancha, which displays the
best Inca stonework in the city. Walking tours only of Cusco city
or full day explorations only of Sacsahuaman National Park can also
be organized on a private basis. Horseback riding from Cusco to
Sacsahuaman is also possible with a private guide.
2. The Sacred
Valley of the Inca
This tour of the Sacred Valley includes the Inca Citadel at Ollantaytambo.
This is a large site of ruins characterized by fine masonry, which
includes terraces, canals, granaries, fortress walls, and the Temple
of the Sun. The markets at Pisaq are also featured. Here you can
purchase beautiful textiles, jewelry and ceramics at bargain prices.
The sacred Inca city of Machu Picchu is famous for its dramatic
setting among spectacular peaks and lush cloud forest. Guided excursions
are offered every day of the year. Departure from Cusco is by train,
at 6am. It is possible to visit Machu Picchu and return to Cusco
the same day as trains return to the city by 6pm. However, we recommend
an overnight stay, so that the ruins can be enjoyed before and after
the late morning and early afternoon crush of tourists. An exciting
itinerary for extended visits is a trek from Machu Picchu to the
Winay Wayna ruins.
Rafting the Urubamba River
Daily departures of one or two day white water rafting adventures
on the Urubamba River. The Urubamba winds through a dramatic, steep
canyon, draped in bromeliads and orchids. Class 3 rapids, with some
spots increasing to Class 4 from November through March.
Arranged with a private guide, the ruins of Intiwatana Pisaca and
K'alla Qasa demonstrate fine stone masonry. The agricultural terraces
here are extensive and well preserved. The view of the Urubamba
Valley from this site is magnificent.
Maras Salt Mines
Arranged with a private guide, a half day trek in the Sacred Valley
to Maras. The salt pans here have been used for salt extraction
since pre-Columbian time.
Piquillacta and Andahuaylillas
Arranged with a private guide, Piquillacta is the major pre-Inca
ruin site from Cusco. Andahuaylillas is a colorful, traditional
Willoj and Patacancha
Arranged with a private guide, we can do programs from 1-4 days
to these remote, indigenous Andean communities located in the high
zone of Ollantaytambo. A great experience for people who want to
be immersed in the native Andean culture, off the beaten track of