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Optional Activities - Inca Explorer

Postby b0610 » Wed Sep 06, 2017 5:26 pm

Hi I'm looking for some pointers on the optional activities. There are quite a few of them without prices, can someone please tell me the prices of these activities? Also, anyone have been to these & have recommendations? Thanks!!

Day 9 Aguas Calientes Machu Picchu Visit - A multi-day journey along the Inca Trail takes you to the heavenly 15th-century city of Machu Picchu, situated 2,430m (7,970 ft) above sea level. It's considered to be South America’s most important archaeological site and why it was built is still uncertain. Some archaeologists believe it was a royal estate, while others say it was a sacred religious site, a business centre, a prison, or agricultural testing station. A new theory has it being built by aliens. It doesn't matter because it’s breathtaking. Must-sees include the Inti Mach’ay cave, Inti Watana, the Temple of the Sun, and the Room of the Three Windows. Machu Picchu is a World Heritage site and is slowly being restored.
Day 9 Aguas Calientes Butterfly House Visit - Learn about the four stages of a butterfly’s life at this learning centre and breeding project. Observe varied species of butterflies, some unique to the area.
Day 9 Aguas Calientes Hot Springs Visit - Soak sore muscles in local hot springs for which the town, Aguas Calientes, was originally named.
Day 9 Aguas Calientes Mandor Gardens Visit - This botanical garden boasts a beautiful waterfall, varied wildlife and lush scenery. Walk along one of the trails and admire the many orchids.
Day 10 Aguas Calientes Inca Bridge Visit - Use any leftover energy from your Machu Picchu hike to visit the Inca Bridge site nearby (thought by some to be a secret back entrance to Machu Picchu). Trek up to the bridge that's cleaving to a 579m (1,900 ft) cliff, and soak in amazing views of cloud forest along the way.
Day 11 Cusco Cusco Archaeological Tour - Explore some of the most important Inca ruins outside the city. Admire Saqsaywaman's monumental stonework. See Tambomachay's fountains, thought to be an ancient spa or a military outpost. Discover the natural cave in Qenqo – home to the ancient temple of Puma.
Day 11 Cusco Cusco Cathedral Visit - Enjoy a visit to this beautiful cathedral; its construction began in 1559 and continued for another hundred years. Be sure to check out its excellent collection of colonial art, and the vault containing the remains of the famous Inca historian, Garcilaso de la Vega.
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Re: Optional Activities - Inca Explorer

Postby IncaTrail50 » Mon Sep 11, 2017 8:12 pm

You can probably do a google search and find most prices. In Cusco there is a Tourist Ticket that gives you admission to a number of sites. The info is here: https://www.cuscoperu.com/en/useful-inf ... tic-ticket
Do as many of the included sites as you can! I definitely recommend Sacsayhuaman. It's amazing to see the size of the blocks used in its construction. The cathedral was great as well. We were only in Aguas Calientes for lunch after the 4-day hike so didn't have much time other than a brief wander around the streets. Have a wonderful time!
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