Cities Covered :
Board your early morning flight to the Inca capital of Cusco. Upon arrival, proceed to the hotel to have a welcome coca tea, which may help relieve altitude sickness. The remaining of the morning is yours to relax and slowly acclimatize.
This afternoon, enjoy a walk through the major sites of interest in Cusco, including the famed Cathedral with its magnificently carved woodwork, ornate altar and many hundreds of canvases from the 17th-century ‘Cusco Painting School’. Continue exploring the cultural wealth of Cusco at the Temple of the Sun and witness the incredible masonry of the Incas, an engineering feat that remains an enigma. Afterwards, walk along Hatunrumiyoc Street which is named for the 12-angled stone clearly visible in the remaining walls of what was Inca Roca's palace. We make a last stop in San Blas artisan quarter, whose steeped cobblestone alleys not only offer spectacular views of the city but are lined with workshops and galleries, a great way to soak in Cusco’s artistic atmosphere. San Blas church houses an imposing pulpit that is considered one of New World’s finest woodcarvings.
Today’s tour ends with a visit to the Museum of Pre-Columbian Art hosted in a beautiful colonial casona, the former residence of Count of Cabrera. This ‘casona’ holds the only museum in Peru dedicated to rebound the arts of ancient Peruvian cultures and showcases an astounding pre-Columbian collection dating from 1250 B.C to 1532 A.D. The art and artifacts were made by the Huari, Chimu, Nasca and the Inca cultures.
Tonight’s dinner is served at ‘La Divina Comedia,’ located next to Las Nazarenas square in the very center of Cusco. this restaurant serves original creations with exceptional service. The intimate terracotta dining room is illuminated with candle lights and torches, and is the ideal choice for guests seeking innovative and distinctive cuisine. Here, you have the chance to sample popular, local ingredients in a new and creative way. To name a few: cream soup made with sweet pepper and red wine topped with goat cheese tartar dip, the rolled guinea pig or the grilled ostrich. (B, D)
Cusco is a city in southeastern Peru, near the Urubamba Valley (Sacred Valley) of the Andes mountain range. It is the capital of the Cusco Region as well as the Cusco Province. The city has a population of 348,935 which is triple the figure of 20 years ago. Cusco is the historic capital of the Inca Empire and was declared a World Heritage Site in 1983 by UNESCO. It is a major tourist destination and receives almost a million visitors a year. It is designated as the Historical Capital of Peru by the Constitution of Peru.