There will only be 15 spaces for this tour: exclusive! Currently 9 spots are still available.
In the Inca tradition, likely starting in 1412, there were 4 great celebrations during the year that the general public could take part in, for each of the solstices and equinoxes. With the arrival of the Spanish in Cusco in 1533 all such celebrations were banned by 1535. However, in 1944 the Inti Raymi, Inca festival of the sun was brought back to life, and is now the biggest traditional Inca celebration in the world.
Day 1: June 18: Arrive in Cusco and do walking tour of ancient Inca and older aspects. Overnight Cusco: http://www.hotelruinas.com/
Day 2: June 19: Drive above Cusco and explore the tunnels of mysterious Zone X, Qenqo and Saqsaywaman/ Overnight Cusco: http://www.hotelruinas.com/
Day 3: June 20: Drive south one hour to see the strange Huayqui skeleton that has an elongated head in the Andahuaylillas Museum, look at odd ancient stone artifacts in the Huaro Museum and then explore the amazing Inca terracing system of Tipon. Overnight Cusco: http://www.hotelruinas.com/
Day 4: June 21: Drive out of Cusco and visit the amazing Inca mountaintop fortress center of Pisaq, built prior to Machu Pic’chu. Then it is off to the huge Inca circular agricultural complex of Moray, and finally the ancient royal ruins of Chinchero. Overnight Cusco: http://www.hotelruinas.com/
Day 5: June 22: Drive to the northern end of the Sacred Valley of Peru and see the mysterious cave ruins of Naupa Huaca, created by unknown beings, and then the vast Inca complex of Ollantaytambo. Overnight Ollantaytambo: http://www.elalbergue.com/en/
Day 6: June 23: Take a train from Ollantaytambo to the vast and enchanting Inca masterpiece of Machu Pic’chu. Here, like at many of the other ancient sites, we will see strong evidence that at least one advanced civilization existed in the area prior to the Inca. Overnight Cusco: http://www.hotelruinas.com/
Day 7: June 24: As if the other days were not filled with wonders, on this day we see the Inti Raymi festival in full; including a special ceremony inside the grounds of Saqsaywaman. Overnight Cusco: http://www.hotelruinas.com/
The tour begins and ends in Cusco, so you are responsible for getting and paying for your flights from your home to Lima, and then Cusco.
The cost of this tour is 3395 US per person. Single supplement, meaning an individual wanting their own hotel room is an extra 650 US. Your deposit of 500 US is required to reserve your place.
Bolivia Extension: The Mysteries Of Tiwanaku And Puma Punku:
Day 1: June 26: Fly from Cusco to La Paz Bolivia. Visit the Precious Metals Museum, home of the enigmatic and possibly ancient Sumerian Fuente Magna Bowl, as well as the National Archaeology Museum. Overnight La Paz: http://www.ritzbolivia.com/
Day 2: June 27: Drive to the Altiplano and explore Tiwanaku and Puma Punku. Both are believed by most archaeologists to have been the creation of the Tiwanaku culture 2000 years ago, but we will see that a very technically advanced people were there before. Overnight La Paz: http://www.ritzbolivia.com/
Day 3: June 28: Explore the surreal Valley of the Moon near La Paz, then take the state of the art teleferrico gondola system to visit the art and craft center called the Witches Market. Overnight La Paz: http://www.ritzbolivia.com/