The essence alive of the capital of the Incas.
Visit two of the most interesting and unique Inca archaeological sites in Peru, the " green houses" of the Incas in Moray with an impressive deep amphitheater like terrace swirling around in agriculture beauty; and the Salt Mine of Maras, watch the salt streams naturally evaporate as they bask in the sunshine to be harvested by the local farmers as they have done for centuries.
We pick you up at your hotel in Cusco or the Sacred Valley navigating through the hairpin bends each motion in change of direction stiring the pot of excitement within as we arrive at the stunning Inca site of Moray also known as “ The Greenhouses of the Incas” which is unique and fascinating.
Different levels of terraces are carved into a huge bowl, part of which was further excavated by the Incas. The terraces have varied microclimates depending on how deep into the bowl they are and so they were thought to have been used by the Incas to discover the optimal conditions for their crops.
With energy enhanced full of positive vibrations the mind is open to exploring this next beautiful Inca sight, the colonial town of Maras and to the Pre-Inca Salt Mine ( Salineras). Thousands of salt pans have been used for salt extraction since before Inca times.
A hot spring at the top of the valley discharges a small stream of heavily salt laden water, which is diverted into salt pans and evaporated to produce a salt that is used for cattle licks.
Continuing to enhance your journey of discovery we travel to the quaint Ollantaytambo, following on the cobblestone covered pathways to where you will explore the Massive Inca remains with our guide.
In preparation for our connection to the legend Machu Picchu we board our train to Aguas Calientes. On arrival the hotel representative will greet and transfer you for your night in the hotel.
Bursting out with excitement on your final surreal day, we take the 5.30am bus to Machu Picchu archeological site making sure we tour every nook and cranny of this New 7 Wonder of the World and UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site the master Machu Picchu what an unforgettable experience.
Your guide will expertly direct you through the energetic ruins and its diverse main streets. Then on your own, wander around the town squares of the world’s spiritual center by esoteric wisdom as well as climb the intricately carved stairways made of stone. Or stay still and find the samsara within as you sit in the pure delight of the moment.
If you wish to indulge in a few of the following activities on your own (not included in the price)
Climb up Huayna Picchu and appreciate the beauty and magnificence of Machu Picchu You will be given some time to walk to the Sun Gate or Inti Punku. Other optional activities in Aguas Calientes include a visit to the new local museum or to the hot springs.
You will descend to Aguas Calientes and later on, board the train at 4:22pm for the return trip to Cusco stopping at the < Ollantaytambo Station and be driven back to your hotel.
Optional: If you would like to spend an extra day in Machu Picchu, please let us know so we can change the date on your return train ticket to Cusco. ITEP Eco Travel can provide a guide and hotel for the extra day at an additional cost. Please be aware that you will have to pay for a second day entrance ticket to the Machupicchu Inca City.
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