Double Occupancy: $1,990 per person

Single Occupancy: $2,435 per person

Duration: Six Days

Minimum No. of Travelers: 2

Difficulty: Easy

Start Date: June 22

The Inca festival of Inti Raymi is the most lively and colourful of all the festivals preformed in Cusco. The festival was initially dedicated to an Incan ruler considered to be of divinity to his people. The Sun was worshiped and offered sacrifices so that it would continue to shine upon the Earth and its children during the long winters and ensure its return in the spring.

Cusco’s festival of the Sun takes you not only to the famous Inti Raymi celebration, but also to the splendid Sacred Valley of the Incas and the Inca´s most know city today - Machu Picchu.

DAY 1: Cusco

Upon arrival at the Cusco airport, you meet your guide and transport to take you to the historic centre. During the drive you see examples of Spanish colonial architecture raised upon the foundations of ancient Inca palaces and temples. At 1:30 PM, your afternoon tour starts with the company of your guide who shows you some of the world’s best archaeological sites in and around the city. Your tour includes sites such as the Cusco Cathedral in the Plaza de Armas and the fabulous Temple of the Sun or Qoricancha, the heart of the Inca Empire. You also visit the spectacular ruins of the Sacsayhuaman fortress that overlook the city, as well as the ruins of Q'enko, Puka Pukara, and Tambomachay nearby. In the late afternoon you return to your hotel, and later enjoy a welcome dinner in a fine restaurant downtown.

Overnight in hotel, double or single room with private bathroom Meals provided: Dinner

DAY 2: Tour to Tipon Pikillacta

Today you meet your guide at your hotel at 8 AM to travel south of Cusco to one of the less visited historical sites in the area, but nevertheless rich in Pre-Incan archaeology. This tour also takes you past beautiful natural landscapes, such as lake Huacarpay. The other Inca sites you visit are the water engineering wonder in Tipon, , pre-Inca Wari architecture in Pikillaccta, and a beautiful chapel known as the "Sistine Chapel of America.”
On the way back to Cusco you can enjoy samples of typical Cusqueno meals such as guinea-pig (cuye), chicharron (pork), chicken soup, in the towns of Tipon or Salla. You arrive back to Cusco around noon, and have the rest of the afternoon at your leisure to prepare for the Inti Raymi Festival tomorrow

Overnight in Hotel, double or single room with private bathroom. Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: Inti Raymi

Your guide meets you before 8 AM, and you begin your day full of activities at the Sun Temple – Koricancha. As the festival begins, we follow the parades and dancers to the main square, and then onwards to Sacsaywaman by foot to watch the remainder of the festival seated in the stands. Our vehicle is parked in an area nt that far away from the stands with water, snacks, and your boxed lunch. The festival honnoring the Sun god is celebrated in 3 historical scenes:

  1. Qorikancha (Golden Temple) – this was the principal temple dedicated to the Sun in the Incan era.
  2. Plaza de Armas (called by the Incas "Auqaypata" or the Warrior Square) – this huge square that still stands today is where the Incas held this festival on a ceremonial platform, or “ushnu” in Quechua.
  3. From there, the Inca was carried on a golden throne while leading a procession through the ancient city of Cusco up to Sacsaywaman in the hills above city. Saqsaywaman ("saqsay" and "waman" in Quechua mean "satiate hawk"), is an impressive archaeological centre situated at 11663 ft. and just a mile and a half away from the Inca neighbourhood of Qolqanpata.

Program of the Sacsaywaman´s scene:

  • Ceremonial arrival
  • Announcement of the 4 “Suyus” (or the four cardinal points): Qollasuyu, Kuntisuyu, Antisuyu and Chinchaysuyu
  • Chicha Ritual
  • Sacred Fire Ritual
  • Llama (Andean camelid) sacrifice and a sign reading (staged sacrifice, there is no lama killed nowadays)
  • Sankhu (sacred bread) Reading
  • Q'ochurikuy (burst of popular adoration)

After the festival has finished, we return to the hotel around 4/5 PM.

Overnight in hotel, double or single room with private bathroom Meals provided: Breakfast, Box -Lunch

DAY 4: Sacred Valley Tour

Your guide meets you at 8 AM in the lobby of your hotel to begin your exploration of the beautiful Peruvian countryside. You have a full-day tour of the magical Sacred Valley, home to several royal estates of Incan emperors. First, you visit the town of Pisac, famous for its bustling indigenous market and the impressive Incan ruins on the hillside overlooking the city. In the market you have the opportunity to browse all of the handicrafts and Andean garments displayed for sale as well as local fruits, vegetables, and other natural products. While at the Pisac ruins, you wander through walls and palaces of spectacularly cut stones, while enjoying a stunning view of Pisac and the Sacred Valley below. Following your visit to Pisac, you stop for a lunch buffet at a restaurant offering a variety of Peruvian and international food near the town of Urubamba. After lunch, you visit the remarkable Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo. This magnificent archaeological site clings to the hillside and overlooks the small town of Ollantaytambo. The town still has Inca houses at its base, making Ollantaytambo the only Inca city that is still inhabited today. In the late afternoon, you are taken to your hotel in the Sacred Valley.

Overnight in hotel, double or single room with private bathroom. Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 5: Machu Picchu Tour

After breakfast at your hotel in Sacred Valley, you take a train before 7 AM to get to Machu Picchu, the hidden Inca citadel. This hour-and-a-half train ride takes you along the Vilcanota river, with amazing changing views of the Andean landscape as the train descends from the high lands down through the cloud forest. Once in Aguas Calientes, the town at the base of Machu Picchu, you are accompanied to the bus station for a 25-minute bus ride up to the Machu Picchu citadel. Then, you have a 2 hour tour with your guide that takes you through the most important sites in Machu Picchu such as the Intihuatana (Sun Stone), the Sun Temple, The Temple of the Condor, the Inca Bridge, and many other buildings. In the late afternoon, you take a train back to Ollantaytambo and then a bus to Cusco where you are transferred to your hotel for the evening.

Overnight in hotel, double or single room with private bathroom Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 6: Machu Picchu Tour

After breakfast at your hotel, one of our representatives meets you and takes you to the airport for your journey home or on to your next destination. Optional Lima City tour is available upon request.

Meals provided: Breakfast

The meals we provide while your Inti Raymi Tour are shown below:

DAYS 1 2 3 4 5 6
Breakfast X X X X X
Boxed Lunch / Lunch X X X X
Dinner X
  • Bilingual Tour Leader / Guide (Spanish + English) throughout the trip
  • Entrance fees to all sites shown in the itinerary
  • All excursions as shown in the itinerary
  • All transportation as shown in the itinerary, including private buses and regular trains
  • 5 nights lodging in hotel with a double or single room and private bathroom
  • Flights to and from Cusco
  • Other entrances not described on our itinerary
  • Any other accommodation before or after the tour
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Medical or Life Insurance
  • Other Expenses
  • Any other expense due to delays because of natural causes, landslides, political strikes, etc.
  • A 60 litre Duffel sac (18 lbs max weight)
  • Small daypack
  • Walking shoes or boots
  • Rain jacket & pants
  • Gloves & wool hat
  • Long sleeved shirts (cotton/breathable fabric, not too thin)
  • Sun hat/Sunglasses/Sunscreen
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Personal items & medication
  • Torch, binoculars
  • Personal documents (Passport Mandatory to present at control gates)
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