Arrive in Cusco, Peru. You will be met at the airport and will have a private-guided transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon, you will have a private-guided tour of Cusco.
Begin with a visit to the Coricancha also known as the “Temple of the Sun” (or “Premises of the Gilded One”), the construction of which was ordered by Inca Pachacútec (1438-1471) and which was used as a base for the construction of the Santo Domingo Convent upon the arrival of the Spaniards. This is when the Sun (Inti, in Quechua) was worshiped during the Inca Empire and at the time of the Incas its walls were fully covered with gold sheets and its courtyards were planted with golden corn and life-size llamas. You will then head to the Cathedral, the most important building on the Main Square and one of the most splendid Spanish colonial churches in America, which is shaped as a Latin Cross and houses about 400 colonial paintings from the Cusco art school, and impressive goldsmith, silversmith and precious stone works. Its construction lasted almost a century; it started in 1560 and ended in 1654. The Ecclesiastical Chapter was ordered to extract and transport hundreds of stones from the Sacsayhuamán fortress for this purpose. You will then visit the fortress itself, an emblematic work of the Incas, which protected the Holy City. Conceived and built by Inca Pachacútec in the 15th century, The Sacsayhuamán complex was built with megalithic blocks, the transportation and erection of which continue to be a mystery.
Your tour continues with an exploration of San Blas neighbourhood. This area was originally inhabited by the Inca nobility who built impressive stone constructions; unmistakable Inca walls can be seen at the base of many buildings. Today the neighbourhood is a delightful cluster of cobblestone streets, popular among artisans who sell their handicrafts on the street.
Following the tour, you will return to your hotel in Cuzco. Freshen up, and then transfer to your ‘welcome dinner’!