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As the heart of the once mighty Inca empire, the magnetic city of Cusco heads the list of many a traveler´s itinerary. Each year it draws hundreds of thousands of tourists to its cobbled streets, lured by the city´s unique combination of colonial and religious splendors built on the hefty stone foundations of the Incas. And lying within easy hopping distance of the city is the country´s biggest drawcard of all, the "lost" city of the Incas, Machu Picchu, a lofty Inca citadel perched high on an isolated mountain top.
The department of Cusco boasts a long list of flamboyand fiestas and carnivals in which the nation´s proud pagan past collides colorfully with solemn Catholic rituals and modern Latin American mayhem. And in no other place in Peru can you descend from the breathtaking altitudes of Andean peaks down through cloud forest painted with rare orchids to the lush lowlands of the Amazon jungle so quickly - and you can do it while trekking on foot, mountain biking, river running
(white- water rafting).
Yet you don´t have to go to the ends of the Amazon or the Andes to discover some of South America´s most fascinating archaeological sites, not least of which are those to be found in the Inca´s ancestral homeland in the Sacred Valley of the Rio Urubamba, where quaint colonial towns, hertic artisan markets and head- spinning trekking routes also await. Just remember not to overexert yourself during your first few days if you´ve flown in from low altitudes.
The Inca Trail to Machupicchu... The famous "Inca Trail" which connects the city of Cusco to Machupicchu's sacred citadel, is only a small part and tangential huge network of Inca roads. There were many trails built by Incas in Peru and South America, but there is only one Inca Trail, the one that is connecting to Machupicchu the Inca`s "Royal Sacred Highway" The Capac Ñan (in Quechua 'the road of the Inca king') or Inca Trail is the name given to the extensive trail system of 25 to 30 thousand kilometers linked and connected to the main axis of the road network Tahuantinsuyo (the Inca Empire.) All roads of the empire were linked to Cusco, the imperial capital, from which emerge a series of roads connecting the various peoples of the Inca Empire. During the Inca Empire was a means of integration for the Inca imperial expansion in the political-administrative, socio-economic, social, cultural and environmental.
Hiram Bingham, discoverer of Machupicchu in 1911, found the trail in 1915. The highway was traced and explored in more details in 1942 by the Viking Expedition with Paul Fejos 1941.
There is nothing like the feeling of discovery you get when, after 4 days of hiking stone-paved Inca pathways, you finally ascend the last trail, walk to the arch of Intipunku ("Gate of the Sun"), and see spread before you Machupicchu, the beautiful, enigmatic, "lost city" of the Incas. To arrive on foot, as the Incas did, is to step back in time and feel a real link with Inca history. The Inca Trail to Machupicchu is a classic hike. There are few short hikes anywhere in the world that can offer such a mix of jungle and sierra, so many secluded ruins to explore en route, and such stunning mountain views- plus the thrill of culminating at the most famous archaeological site on the continent... MachuPicchu.
Program Itinerary :
Day 1: Flight Tickets Lima to Cusco. Reception and transfer to Hotel Marqueses.
Day 2: Cusco Free Morning Excursion, Afternoon Cusco City Tour. Hotel Marqueses
Day 3: Sacred Valley full day tour .Hotel Marqueses- Pre departure breafing at 7 pm
Day 4,5,6,7 Inca Trail personal porter for 6 Kg, Plenty of time to explore Machupicchu after your guided tour scorted by your expert guide. Night in Aguas Calientes town, enjoy the hot springs.
Day 8: Train at 9 40am Return to Cusco , Rest afternoon Hotel Marqueses.
Day 9: Cusco to Puno with VIP Inka Express bus. Buffet Lunch. Qalasaya Hotel
Day 10: Lake Titicaca- Floating Island tour to Uros and Amantani Meals: Breakfast - Lunch – Dinner Accommodation: rustic family lodging.
Day 11: Taquile island –Puno Overnight in Puno hotel Meals: Breakfast – Lunch Accommodation: Qalasaya hotel in Puno.
Day 12: Direct Bus from Puno to Chivay to see the Condors at Colca Canyon Accommodation: Colca Inn Lodge.
Day 13: Chivay –Arequipa Afternoon Bus to Nazca arrive in the morning 6.00 am
Day 14: Flight over Nazca Lines, Tour to Chauchilla. 2 Hrs Bus to Paracas Hostel Mirador.
Day 15: 8am Boat tour to Ballestas Islands , Tour to the Paracas reserve 2 Hrs By 1.30 Bus to Lima. (Bus Terminal at Javier Prado, end of our service). Official Taxis inside available.
START: Soraypampa (12,690 ft / 3,869 m)
– Site of the Salkantay Lodge & Adventure Resort
Abra Salkantay (15,213 ft / 4,638 m)
– High pass crossed on third day ofthe trek Huayraccmachay (12,812 ft / 3,906 m)
– Site of Wayra Lodge Collpapampa (9,414 ft / 2,870 m) – Site of Colpa Lodge
Lucmabamba (7,003 ft / 2,135 m)
– Site of Lucma Lodge End of trek at Hydroelectric train station
FINISH: Aguas Calientes Detailed Itinerary.
Vistadome train return to Cusco.
This tour start on JUNE 22nd
This tour start on June 22nd
Daily Departure!! After 3 days of fantastic walk around the Salkantay Mountain reaching the top at 4,860 mts we descend gradually to link with the famous Inca Trail on Day 4th , this trek is the combination of the 2 best trek routes around the Mountains of Vilcabamba with spectacular tranquil campsites and avoiding the crowds in both sections of our trek.
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Walking Inca Trail to Machupicchu with SAS Travel; Fully portered trek where your comfort is our prime responsibility, we make sure that you get the best experience of your holiday while you interact with the locals, explore and rediscover remote ancient Inca buildings, learning some Quechua words and history, take in the stunning landscape surrounding you and simply feel one with mother nature, while we carry your gear, prepare your meals, set up your camps and take care of all your requirements. At SAS Travel we want you to worry about nothing but getting the maximum out of your trip... just exceeding your expectations !!
Everyone knows that the heart of a city is its people. ‘The Heart of Cusco’ Tour is an out-of-the-ordinary half-day tour based on the outskirts of Cusco, in a semi-rural area, where you will meet local people and experience a little of their lives and contribute to a project involved in sustainable development.
INTI RAYMI -JUNE 24th
Inti Raymi 2012 ( The Great Festival of the Sun), Festival of the magnificent
ritual of the Sun in the esplanade of Sacsayhuaman where you will be able to
apprecciate the most venerated Incas celebration.
CHOQUEQUIRAO 4 Day/ 3 Night TREK " The Other Machupicchu"
PROMOTIONAL GROUP PRICE US$ 495.00 pp (4 person minimum)
Choquequirao means "Cradle of Gold" in Quechua Inca´s language, although this is probably not its original name. It is another "Lost City of the Incas" rediscovered officially late in 20th century located high on a ridge spur almost 1750mts above the raging glacier-fed Apurimac River and surrounded by towering Salkantay and Humantay snow-capped peaks.
Choquequirao was build during the last days of the Inca empire in the government of the Inca Pachacutec 1490, by Tupac Inca Yapanqui, and probably after the Spanish invasion in 1532. Almost 40 years the Inca's held stand against the spanish conquerors (between 1536 - 1572). The construction of the different levels of temples, palaces, canals and aqueducts is really fantastic. "Choquequirao is the city which demonstrates the inspiring example of an elite Inca ceremonial center. A city dedicated to worship the “Pachamama” the andean mother earth “the Apus” mountain gods and divinities, the river and the elements of nature." Choquequirao finally burned down and left deserted. This happened probably after the execution of the last Inca, Tupac Amaru I in 1572. By this occasion, the plaster covering the walls, carbonized and disappeared for the most part. At the east side of the complex more then 110 terraces with houses and squares are being revealed. At the west side another 170 terraces are hidden and covered by the forest, in some of these terraces can be seen now an amazing in straight line white color llamas in symetrical order, Until now only 25% is put to overdraft and conserved. With this Choquequirao is the largest Inca-town of the continent and much larger then Macchu Pichu. For the first time in 1710 they mentioned the existence of Choquequirao.
The first drawings of the structure of the ruins were made about 1836 by the Frenchmen Léonce Angrand and them by Eugine Sartigues. Only in 1986 there was made a structured plan of Roberto Samanez and Julinho Zapata for the restoration and conservation of Choquequirao. In 1993 the archeologists Percy Paz and Eulogio Auca brought Choquequirao under the Copesco Plan. Choquequirao in short time, has become a primary sightseeing in Perú.
A Machu Picchu without the crowds, without the vendors, without the long lines of buses snaking through the Peruvian countryside exists- and it’s called Choquequirao. By ETHAN TODRAS-WHITEHILL
• Distance: 64 km
• Duration: 4 Days
• When to go: Best from April to November
• Altitude : 2,200 masl to 3,100 masl
• Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging
• Modality: Trekking, scenic and Cultural, Archaeological
• Location: Mountain range Vilcabamba - Cusco
• Day Temperature: 15 ºC to 25 ºC / Night temperature : 1ºC to 4ºC
• Remark : 1- 2 day acclimatization required
Auzangate Mountain is the highest mountain in the Cordillera Vilcanota. The Cordillera Vilcanota is an impressive range of mountains which include the massive Nevado de Ausangate (6,385m) and three others tops over 6000m.
It's excellent trekking circuit offering to the traveller everything you could want: spectacular mountain scenery, snow-capped peaks, hot springs, turquoise lakes, glaciers, herds of llamas and alpacas, picturesque villages and traditionally dressed Quechua people. This is a moderate to challenging trek, not technical with several high passes and often freezing cold nights so be prepared. This beautiful six day trek starts and finishes at the small Andean village of Tinqui and takes you around the massif of Ausangate mountain and over three high passes (two of them over 5000m).
It is essential to be properly acclimatized for this hike spending at least two or three days in Cusco (or equivalent altitude) before starting.
The peak of Auzangate is considered by the local people to be a sacred Apu and it is the central most powerful point of pilgrimage for today’s Quechuas descendents. This fascinated trek can be also combined with famous Inti raymi fest, Sun`s festival in Cusco or the winter solstice fest in Qoyllor rity snow capped mountains opposite from Ausangate.