Corpus, Machu Picchu and Chinchero, 4 days

Corpus, Machu Picchu and Chinchero, 4 days

What to expect and see:

Rejoice with the scenery of Sacred Valley, learn about ancient Inca weaving and textile techniques in Chinchero, visit Ollantaytambo archaeological site and its amazing Inca stonework.

Visit Cusco highlights like Coricancha, (Inca Sun Temple), Cuzco´ XVI - XVII AD baroque Cathedral, Saqsayhuaman with its amazing Inca stonework and Qenqo, Pucapucara and Tambomachay.

Enjoy World Wonder Machu Picchu at Peruvian high Andes mountain cloud forest, beautiful settings,   Inkas art, architecture, engineering, agriculture, astronomy and hydraulics.

Celebrate Corpus Christi, Cusco´s most beautiful religious festival, see fifteen fancy saints´statues parading at main square.

Itinerary at a glance
Day 01 Cusco / Chinchero / Weaving Demonstration / Ollantaytambo
Day 02 Machu Picchu
Day 03 Corpus Christi Festival
Day 04 Cusco City Tour

What to expect and see:

Visit Machu Picchu, Chinchero, Sacred Valley, Ollantaytambo and celebrate the Corpus Christi, see  fifteen saints in colorful parade.

Enjoy Cusco highlights, including “Koricancha” Sun Temple, Cusco´s renaiscense  Cathedral made by Incan artists and Saqsayhuaman Archaeological Site and its amazing Inca stonework.

Program Itinerary
Day 01: May 29th, Cusco /  Chinchero / Urubamba Valley / Ollantaytambo

AM Upon your arrival in Cusco City we depart towards Urubamba Valley by motor coach, stops at viewpoints, see the impressive Andean Range landscapes.

Arrival in Chinchero

Weaving textile demonstration in Chinchero and interaction with authentic natives  Inka weavers

Visit Chinchero archeological site.

Chinchero, ("birthplace of the rainbow") is  about 20,000 Quechua community speakers , located   on a high plain, (3800 m.) one hour north of Cusco.

Chinchero maintains ancient weaving techniques alive, passed down from their ancestors, their patterns represent agriculture, religious symbols and other images of their identity.

Hand spun and dyed wools with natural dyes like wild plants are used to color the wool. Cochineal is used for red, chilca or ragwort for green and lime drops for a more intense color.

Backstrap looms are used for weaving. Weaving is not just the art  they produce, it is part of their social organization and economic situation.

Depart from Chinchero towards Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley

PM Visit Ollantaytambo

Ollantaytambo still inhabited Inca town and archaeological site is some 60 kilometers
northwest of Cusco city, at 2,792 meters (9,160 feet) above sea level.

Ollantaytambo, during Inca times  was Pachacuti Inca Yupanqui royal estate. He built sumptuous constructions and undertook extensive works of  terracing   and irrigation.

During Peru Spanish conquest, Ollantaytambo served as Inca leader Manco Inca Yupanqui stronghold and resistance against Spaniards.

Ollantaytambo town provided lodging  for  Inca  nobility  while  terraces were farmed by yanaconas (emperor retainers)

In 1536, in Mascabamba, near Ollantaytambo, Spaniards were defeated  by Manco Inca  by blocking their advance from high terraces and flooding plains.

Despite Manco Inca victory, however, he did not consider his position tenable  so during  following   year  he   withdrew to Vilcabamba, heavily forested site.

In 1540, Ollantaytambo native population  was assigned "encomienda" to Hernando Pizarro.

In XIX AD., foreign explorers like Clements Markham, Ephraim Squier, Charles Wiener and Ernst Middendorf attracted their attention to Ollantaytambo and published accounts of their findings.

  PM Overnight in Urubamba Sacred Valley

Day 02: May 30th, Sacred Valley / Machu Picchu /   Cusco

- 10:00 am Departure from hotel to Train station
- 10:30 am. Arrival in parking lot, take only your day pack Leave bags in motorcoach with driver walk to train station. Bring along your own snacks for lunch or you can buy food at the train station of Ollantaytambo    
- 10:45 am. Board train Inka Rail with your carry-ons
- 11:15 am  Train departs
- 12:50 pm.  Arrival in Aguas Calientes,  Machu Picchu village, take your day pack meet EM representative at train station at the public area
- 01:15 pm. Bus ride to Machu Picchu
- 01: 45pm. Arrival in Machu Picchu, meet your private Local Guide use facilities for s/. 1.00 (one sol);  have passports handy to go through check point at the site.
- 14:00 pm. Visit “MACHU PICCHU” site.

World Wonder Machu Picchu involves Peruvian high Andes mountain forest, beautiful settings,   Inkas art, architecture, engineering, agriculture, astronomy and hydraulics.

Machu Picchu is at 2430 m (7960 ft.) , 50 miles NW from Cusco city, built on a ridge between Machu Picchu  and Huayna Picchu Mountains above Urubamba River Valley.

Yale University, National Geographic Society and Peruvian government supported Hiram Bingham in 1911 Machu Picchu discovery that had been known only by local people until then.

In 1983 UNESCO designated Machu Picchu World Heritage Site, describing it as "absolute architectural masterpiece and unique Inca civilization testimony.

Archaeologists believe that Machu Picchu was Inca emperor Pachacuti estate (1438–1472) who had begun fabulous stone constructions in Cuzco, Pisac and Ollantaytambo.

Machupicchu was abandoned just over 100 years later, in 1572, as Spanish Conquest belated result.

It is possible most inhabitants died from smallpox introduced by travelers before Spanish conquistadors arrived in the area.

The Spaniards had notes about Piccho, although there is no Spanish records having visited this remote city.

Many sacred rock types were defaced by Spanish conquistadors in other locations but untouched in Machu Picchu.

Its main sections are: Agricultural sector, Urban sector, Military sector, Cemetery, Sacred Rock, Sacred Plaza, Three window temple, Main temple, Main Plaza and Sun Temple

- 16:30 End of tour
- 17:00 Shuttle bus ride down to Aguas Calientes
- 17:30 Arrival in Aguas Calientes
- 19:00 Train departs from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
- 20:30 Meet driver and depart from Ollantaytambo by bus to Cusco
- 22:30 Arrival in Hotel in Cusco city
Day 03: May 31st, Corpus Christi Festival
  9:00 am. Departure from hotel with your private local tour guide.

-Explore the city and its local food market
-Walk through city streets where people sell traditional Corpus Christi food.

-Walk to Plaza de Armas see fifteen saints parading in procession, arriving from different parishes and meeting at Cusco´s Cathedral

-Lunch at a local restaurant

- 15:00 End of tour.

During Cusco winter’s solstice there were celebrations for the main Inca festival, Inca “Panakas”, (Royal clan families) had processions of their kings and queens mummies in gold and silver litters.

In XVI AD. the Inca festival became the Catholic Corpus Christi festival that was introduced by Spaniards. The royal Inka mummies were replaced by Madonnas and Christian saints statues.

“Paganism blend”, colorful clothes ornated, gold and silver threads embroidered images are carried on  brotherhood members shoulders at the rhythm of martial folk music bands and dances.

You can also see “El baldachin” ( Silver Chariot or Small Silver temple) and the Archbishop of Cusco holding the gold Monstrance inlaid with precious stones.

Saint Anthony, St. Jerome, St. Joseph, St. Christopher, St. Barbara, St. Anne, Saint Blas, St. Peter, Our Lady of Purification, Nativity, Remedies, Bethlehem “The Queen of Cusco” and Immaculate Conception participate in this festival that has kept the tradition for the last 7 centuries.

A typical dish sold in the streets is called “Chiri Uchu” (with Guinea pig and chicken) and  the drinks are “Chicha” (corn beer) and “Frutillada” (strawberry beer)

Day 04:  June 01st, City tour Cuzco and nearby Ruins
08:20 am. Departure from Hotel

Visit "Coricancha"  Inka Sun temple  (golden enclosure) was dedicated to Viracocha (creator god), Inti (Sun god) and other deities.

More than 700 gold sheets covered Coricancha basaltic-andesite stone walls, its courtyard was filled with  animals and plants life-size sculptures, all fashioned in gold.

Qoricancha temple  was Cusco´s  vast astronomical observatory and calendric device with “seques”, (sacred imaginary lines) emanating and pointing out to celestial horizon points.

Walk to Plaza de Armas and Visit the Cathedral

Cusco´s Main Square (former and present ceremonial and festive place) is surrounded by important buildings like XVI - XVII AD Baroque “Cusco´s Cathedral” made by Incan artists.

Visit the archaeological site of Sacsayhuaman and nearby ruins

Visit Sacsayhuaman (“Puma´s Head") amazing fortressed Inca temple. Estimated volume: over 6,000 cubic meters in superb stonework.

Proceed ride to other Incan sites  like Qenqo, Pucapucara and Tambomachay.

- 13:00 End of city tour and nearby ruins

PM Transfer to terminal

- Note: Cusco multientrance ticket pass is given to the passenger on the 1st day of the tour.

PM Transfer out to bus, train or airport Terminal.

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Corpus, Machu Picchu and Chinchero, 4 days

Price of tour:

1 PAX                      US$ 809.50
2 PAXS     each     US$ 552.30
3 PAXS     each     US$ 466.50
4 PAXS     each     US$ 423.65

Includes:

29 May: Transfer to hotel in Sacred Valley
Meet transfer assistant representative at airport
Private transportation
Private local tour guide
Admission tickets for Valle Sagrado ( Chinchero, Salinas de Maras y Ollanta )
Lunch at local restaurant
30 May: Tour  Machupicchu – with private tour guide
Round trip Private transpotation from hotel to Ollantaytambo train station
Train ticket in Executive class departure 11:15am / 19:00pm return
Bus going up to Machu Picchu and return down to Aguas Calientes.
Admission tickets for Machupicchu
Private tour guide to meet in Machupicchu after bus ride
31 May: Full Day  Walking  Corpus Christi festival - PVT
Pick up from hotel by transfer assitant representative
Private local tour guide
Lunch at local restaurant
01 June:  AM City Tour + Nearby Ruins – SIC
Pick up from hotel by transfer assitant representative
Shared transportation and tour guide in Premium Service (max 16 pax)
PM Transfer to airport
Private transportation
Transfer assitant representative

Not Included:

Accomodation in Cusco and Sacred Valley
Admision tickets for atractions in Cusco, these passes come in different packs or combos according to what you want to visit the folowing days, there are also tickets for students with ISIC card you can get on your own
Lunch in Machupicchu
Extra drinks
Tips (opcional)     

 Remarks

Dress code: Dress in layers as there is variations in temperatures

Be prepared for rain showers.

Bring:

- Rain gear
- Hat
- Comfortable shoes
- Water
- Sunblock
- Sunglasses
- Day pack
- Camera
- Snacks

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