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We arrive in Cusco and start the tour in Awanakancha, an exhibition center for textiles and South American camelids.
We continue to visit the Pisac market. You can find textiles, carvings and replicas of ancient Inca pieces.
Pisac is a partridge-shaped town, also known for hosting one of the most important archaeological sites in the Sacred Valley on the slopes of its hills. Lunch at Rancho Wayra.
Indulge yourself with the surprising variety of recipes prepared under the careful tutelage of renowned chefs. The ingredients used come from the fertile Sacred Valley of the Incas, and are rich in nutrients and flavor.
During lunch we will enjoy a show of passing horses. Accommodation.
After breakfast we visit the archaeological center of Ollantaytambo with a series of stops at various points of interest. The town of Ollantaytambo is a typical example of the urban planning of the Incas still inhabited in the manner of the past.
Today it is considered one of the most notable archaeological complexes of the Inca. Lunch included in the Chuncho restaurant.
Then we move to the Ollantaytambo station, where we will board the train and then we will visit the town of Aguas Calientes. Dinner and accommodation.
In the morning we will enter the Inca citadel, a masterpiece of engineering and architecture that is believed to have served as a sanctuary and at the same time a resting place for the Inca Pachacútec.
Machu Picchu, which means "Old Mountain", is considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the new seven wonders of the world. If time permits, we can choose between visiting the Intipunku or the Inca Bridge. The Intipunku, which in Spanish means "Puerta del Sol", is the last stop before entering Machu Picchu following the Inca trail from Ollantaytambo.
It was a kind of checkpoint and the sun rose every day through this door when it was seen from the most important buildings in the citadel.
After the tour we will enjoy a delicious lunch at Café Inkaterra. In the afternoon we will start the return by train to the Ollanta station. A mobility with a guide, from the Ollantaytambo train station at the established time and transfer to the hotel in Cusco.
We will enjoy a guided tour of this charming city, which was the capital of the Inca Empire.
We started the tour visiting the Santo Domingo Convent that was built on the Inca temple of Coricancha, one of the most important venues dedicated to the worship of the sun. Ancient chronicles say that its walls were covered in gold leaf and filled with golden representations of nature. Then, we will visit the Cathedral, the most imposing monument in the Plaza de Armas.
Then we will visit the Cusco hills where the Sacsayhuamán fortress is, whose imposing walls offer an impressive panoramic view of Cusco. We will continue to Qenqo, an archaeological complex of religious use where it is believed that the Incas practiced rituals related to agriculture.
We finish in Puka Pukara, in Quechua "red fort", an architectural complex of supposed military use, with multiple environments, squares, bathrooms, aqueducts and towers. It is believed to have been used by the Inca retinue while the leader was resting in Tambomachay. Accommodation.
Early we leave for Quesoyuni to visit Japurá on the way, a small Andean community where breakfast is served. Then a walk to Kairawiri, the starting point of the walk to the impressive 7 Colors Mountain.
Enjoy the natural spectacle in front of you, as well as the imposing mountains that also fill the landscape with color. After the visit in between we descend to Kairawiri to taste the box lunch. Bus back to Cusco and transfer to the hotel.
After breakfast we transfer to the Cusco airport to board the flight to Lima. Free afternoon.
After breakfast we visit the Bogotá savannah until we reach the city of Zipaquirá, whose name means ‘city of our Father’ in the Chibcha language. In pre-Columbian times, saline springs were exploited in this region to produce 'loaves of salt', a strong currency with which the Muisca traded.
Over time, the technology changed and pits began to be cut to extract larger amounts of salt. In these old underground galleries stands the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá, 180 meters below the surface. There is a small miners' chapel in homage to the Virgin, Our Lady of the Rosary of Guasá (this word means ‘mine’ in Chibcha). Typical lunch included.
Then we continue the tour back to Bogotá to its historic center, where a pedestrian tour of the Plaza de Bolívar and the nearby streets begins, where you can see buildings such as the National Capitol, center of the country's legislative life; The House of the Communards; the Casa de Nariño, headquarters of the Presidency of the Republic and panoramic visit of the Church Museum of Santa Clara.
We will enter the Botero Museum and the Casa de la Moneda Museum. Accommodation.
After breakfast we transfer to the Bogotá airport and arrive in Cartagena. Accommodation. Free afternoon.
After breakfast we begin a panoramic tour of Cartagena de Indias. During the circuit we will pass through the modern area of Bocagrande and the Manga neighborhood, where you can see old houses from the beginning of the 20th century.
Then we will visit the Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, with which the Spanish sought to defend themselves against English attacks in the 17th century.
We continue with a short walk through the historic center of this beautiful city, we will visit the San Pedro Claver church, where the remains of the Saint with the same name are located, then we will finish the tour visiting the emerald museum. Accommodation. Free afternoon.
Free day to enjoy your independent activities or you could take an optional tour.
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* Based on Double Room
* $ 500.00 Dep on January 15, 2020
* Final Payment: February 15, 2020
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