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From Cusco: 2-Day Overnight Misminay Community Tour

1. From Cusco: 2-Day Overnight Misminay Community Tour

Day 1: Start with pickup at 7:00 AM from your hotel and travel to the village of Maras. En route, you can appreciate the beauty of the Sacred Valley. Make a brief stop at the Raqchi viewpoint where you will see the imposing snow-capped mountains of Chicon, Salkantay, and Veronica. Arrive at Maras and visit Las Salineras, where you can take in the spectacular sight of its 3,000 individual salt pools on the hillside. These pools have been used to harvest salt since Incan times. Later, visit the circular farming terraces of Moray, also dating back to the Incas. Arrive at the community of Misminay, where you will be greeted by traditional music and dancing. Enjoy a traditional lunch with the local people. Afterwards, be guided to the viewpoint of the mountain of Waninmarca. Be enchanted by the fantastic views of Moray and the Sacred Valley. Return to the village for dinner, and a night of traditional stories and legends by the fireside. Day 2: Rise early in the morning to enjoy a nutritious breakfast of various local Andean products and cereals. After breakfast, take part in agricultural activities such as plowing or harvesting in the fields. Learn about the elaborate textile garments woven with ancestral techniques. Enjoy a hearty Andean stew for lunch, made will products grown locally, before saying goodbye to the locals and returning to your hotel in Cusco.

From Cusco: 6-Day Machu Picchu and Cusco Tour

2. From Cusco: 6-Day Machu Picchu and Cusco Tour

Day 1: Arrival in Cusco and Inca Museum and Koricancha Start your tour with shuttle service from the airport or bus station to your hotel. The rest of the morning will be reserved for resting to adapt to the altitude, approximately 3400 meters (11,000 feet). In the afternoon, visit the Inca Museum, home of thousands of years of Andean culture. Continuing with the tour, head to the temple of Koricancha, the famous Sun Temple of Qosqo. Day 2: Saqsayhuaman, Tambomachay, and the Temple of the Moon – Transfer to Aguas Calientes   Begin your day with the journey to Saqsayhuaman. This Inca architecture, with its magnificent qualities and colossal stones, is considered one of the most exceptional constructions on the face of the Earth. From here, continue to the Temple of the Moon, a place for spiritual connection, and encounter the feminine energy of the Moon Goddess. In the afternoon, travel by car to the train station in the town of Ollantaytambo for transfer to the town of Machu Picchu (Aguas Calientes). You will have the option to visit and enjoy the hot springs. Day 3: Machu Picchu Wake up very early for breakfast and ascend to the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu to appreciate the sunrise in this magical place, believed to have been a sanctuary and energetic center. Today, Machu Picchu is recognized by UNESCO as one of the seven wonders of the world and as a World Heritage site. Day 4: Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo – Moray-Salt Mines In the morning, return to the "living" Inca town of Ollantaytambo by train. Visit Ollantaytambo before continuing into Moray, an ancient construction designed for agricultural investigations and studies of different crops in a range of altitudes. Then, head to the salt mines of Maras, about 2 miles away. This village is known as a former salt-producing center that is thought to date back to pre-Inca times. There are over 3000 salt pools all carved into the mountainside, filled daily by a little stream of water. Day 5: Chinchero (Textile Interpretation Center) and City Walking Tour Chinchero, the rainbow village, is home of the ruins of the royal palace of the Túpac Inca Yupanqui, a picturesque community located on a high plateau overlooking the many snowcapped peaks of the Cusco region. After your visit to this area, return to Cusco, where you will have free time for lunch, and then start with your City Walking Tour around the most important places in Cusco.   Day 6: Free Day – Fly to Lima Enjoy a free morning to relax or do any activity and, according to your flight details, you will be transferred to the airport by the local partner for your departure to Lima.

Cusco: 7-Day Inca Jungle Multi-Sport Adventure

3. Cusco: 7-Day Inca Jungle Multi-Sport Adventure

Day 1: Arrival to Cusco Upon your arrival to the airport in Cusco, you'll be picked up and transferred to your hotel in the charming historic district of Cusco. The hotel assigned will be Ayni Cusco Hotel or similar, and at 5:00PM you will meet your expedition group. Day 2: Chinchero, Maras Salt Mines, and Moray Your second day will begin with pickup from your hotel, from where you will head towards the colorful town of Chinchero. Once there you will be able to explore the Inca walls as well as a small colonial church which contains a lot of history. Continuing your visit, you will go to the famous circular cultivation terraces of Moray, before descending towards the Maras Salt Mines, which make for the perfect photograph. Finally, you will travel back towards Cusco to rest. Day 3: Cusco and Santa Maria (Biking and Rafting) After traveling for approximately 3 hours by van, you will arrive at the high mountain pass of Malaga where you will start your descent by mountain bike. You'll pass through small villages, orchards, rivers, and streams, before reaching the town of Huamanmarca at around 1:30PM. From there you will continue by bus for approximately 30 minutes until you reach the town of Santa Maria. Following a short break and lunch, you will begin a rafting trip for 2 hours, encountering class III and IV rapids whilst always accompanied by a professional safety kayak which will watch over the group. Day 4: Santa Maria, Santa Teresa (Trekking) Following your wake-up call at around 6:00AM, you'll savor a typical breakfast whilst immersed in nature before departing for a trek. You'll walk along the banks of the river before climbing for 30 minutes, eventually meeting up with the original Inca trail. On your way you will see small coffee plantations, fruit trees, and an abundance of flora and fauna such as birds and orchids. From there you will descend for about 2.5 hours before arriving to the village of Qellomayo for lunch. After a rest you will continue hiking for 3 hours, traversing farms, waterfalls, and rivers until arriving at the Cocalmayu hot springs. Following a relaxing bath, you will walk for 40 minutes to the town of Santa Teresa for the evening's dinner and lodging. Day 5: Santa Teresa, Aguas Calientes (Hiking and Zip-line) You will start your day at around 7:00AM to continue exploring the Urubamba River Valley with zip-lines in Santa Teresa. Afterwards, a van will take you to the area known as the hydroelectric. There you will break for lunch before catching the short train through the final stretch to the town of Aguas Calientes below the mountain of Machu Picchu. That evening, you will stay in one of the hotels in town. Day 6: Machu Picchu and Cusco You will wake up at around 5:00AM for breakfast, before taking one of the first buses up the mountain to Machu Picchu. Machu Picchu is at its finest at dawn, and there will be a guided tour around the citadel to explain some of its history and to visit its most important features. Day 7: Departure On your final day you will have a free morning to relax, before being transferred to the airport in the afternoon.

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