Cusco Private Tours
Cusco Private Tours–Embrace the storied capital of the Inca Empire and gateway to the sacred city of Machu Picchu, Cusco (also spelled Cuzco) is one of the undisputed highlights of South America. Stately and historic, with stone streets and building foundations laid by the Incas more than 5 centuries ago, the town is much more than a mere history lesson. Cusco looks and feels like the very definition of an Andean capital. It’s a fascinating blend of pre-Columbian and colonial history and contemporary mestizo culture. The Incas made Qosqo (meaning “navel of the world” in Quechua) the political, military, and cultural center of their empire, which stretched up and down the Andes, from Ecuador through Bolivia and all the way to Chile. Cusco was the empire’s holy city, and it was also the epicenter of the legendary Inca network of roads connecting all points in the empire. The Spanish conquistadors understood that it was essential to topple the capital city to take control of the region, a feat they ultimately accomplished after an epic battle at Sacsayhuamán. The Spaniards razed most Inca buildings and monuments, but, in many cases, they found the structures so well engineered that they built upon the very foundations of Inca Cusco. Many perfectly constructed Inca stone walls, examples of unrivaled stonemasonry, still stand. After a devastating earthquake in 1650, Cusco became a largely baroque city. The result is a city that showcases plainly evident layers of history. Cusco’s highlights include both Inca ruins, such as Sacsayhuamán, a seemingly impregnable temple in the upper Cusco on a hill overlooking the city, and Qoricancha, the Temple of the Sun, and colonial-era baroque and Renaissance churches and mansions.
Today Cusco thrives as one of the most vibrant expressions of Amerindian and mestizo culture anywhere in the Americas. Every June, the city is packed during Inti Raymi, the celebration of the winter solstice and the sun god, a deeply religious festival that is also a magical display of pre-Columbian music and dance. Cusco is the handicrafts center of Peru, and its streets and markets teem with merchants and their extraordinary textiles, many hand-woven using the exact techniques of their ancestors… Let us take you there!
Group Size: ( minimum 02 people) prices are based on two people or couple. The itinerary is described and based on personalized service.
Service Level: Upgraded
Physical Grading: 1 2 3 4 5 6
EASY TO MODERATE: Hotel nights and/or lodge nights, nature walks. hikes of two to four hours on some days. Other physical activities are sometimes included, such as optional sea kayaking, horseback riding.
Important Note: While we expect the tour will run as the itinerary describes. Participants should accept that there is the possibility of changes, being necessary liable to local conditions, e.g, strikes, natural desasters, these changes might be at the discretion of your travel company.
Price: From US$ 220/ 2 Days.
DAY 1, CUSCO – CITY TOUR
A day on leisure in the ancient capital of the incan empire entitled a World´s Heritage site by UNESCO. In the morning you will explore the stunning fortress-temple Sacasayhuaman, Qenqo, Pukapukara, and Tampumachay. About midday you will have a great lunch at one of the typical restaurants, after having the lunch we continue exploring the Cusco’s antique streets, and we arrive walking to the extraordinary Temple of the sun Qoricancha, the most important religous site of the incas in the lower Cusco This sumptuous temple’s walls and floors were allegedly once covered by sheets of solid gold. This temple was once one of the most important religious site of the Incan people in the city of Cusco. On this tour we also visit a local market where you taste fresh-baked Chuta bread, and you still see some local items, articles for different purposes and aims, then you go walking to the main square in which you will feel at the plenary puma’s heart, (because Cusco the capital of the incan Empire was designed in a puma shape), and from here wou will see the colonial buildings, the cathedral and the other chuches around, eventually we go back to the hotel.
DAY 2, SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCAS
Full day guided tour in the Sacred Valley, visiting important incan sites, as Pisaq, Ollantaytambo, and Chinchero along with the visits to the local interesting places ( e.g, chicheria a place where you would have a local typical corn beer and play frog game). In the morning we will go to the hotel to pick you up then to drive to the sacred valley with several stops along the way to enjoy the unique views. Later on we will arrive to Pisaq archaeological center; in which, you will enjoy the rich history about the place, offered by our tour guide. After that you will continue driving through the sacred valley, until Urubamba town, where you will have lunch at one of the restaurants, afterward the lunch we will visit the Ollantaytambo incan site; in which, you will be amazed by the stunning temple of the sun and the other constructions from the incan time. After visiting this place we will come back to Cusco, on the way we will stop at Chinchero to visit its incan temples, and colonial church, eventually we will drive back to Cusco.
In short at each incan site you will have stunning views and rich history, and you will be amazed by the architectural styles, walls, palaces, granaries, temples, terraces, etc.
You have another way of visiting the Sacred Valley, exploring the incan sites of Chinchero, Moray, Salt Mines Maras, Ollantaytambo. We have these two options because in the Sacred valley of the Incas you have several incan sites to visit, and according to your preferences, please let us know in advance which option you are taking, to provide that service to you.
Peru Summit Includes
- Private transportation
- Tour manager.
Peru Summit Does Not Include
- The tourist ticket to visit the incan sites in the Sacred Valley (general tourist ticket 130 peruvian soles) that includes the entrance to the incan sites around Cusco, Sacred Valley of the Incas.
- Backpack to carry your things.
- Rain gear (especially if traveling in the wet season, from October to March).
- Sunblock and sunglasses.
- Water bottle or canteen.
- American dollars and peruvian soles in cash.
- Sun hat.
- Crédit or debit card.