Today our tour will start at Pisac. The citadel is a town built in the form of partridge known for two reasons: the craft market, established between colonial buildings, and for hosting one of the most impressive complexes of terraces in the valley. The market has dozens of stalls displaying and selling products crafted by the residents of the area.
Then have lunch at Casa Hacienda Orihuela, where the Orihuelas, a family of great collectors, will be your hosts. The house has a varied collection of popular and colonial art ceramics, paintings, weapons, photography, ceremonial vessels and the ceramic bulls of Pucara. The environs include a forest of eucalyptus trees and other native species and here the famous giant white corn is cultivated for export.
After lunch, you will drive to Pablo Seminario workshop to appreciate the creativity expressed of different kind of ceramics with a unique touch.
Then continue to the village of Ollantaytambo, a typical example of urban planning of the Incas still inhabited like in the past. Pachacutec (1438 – 1572) conquered the town, destroyed it and built a new one absorbing it as part of his empire. The fortress of Ollantaytambo is a major archaeological site that although it was called a “fortress” it was a “tambo” town for rest and lodging of long distance travelers. It is without doubt one of the most monumental works of the empire.
After the tour, you will be transferred to the Ollantaytambo train station and board the afternoon Vistadome train for a ride to Aguas Calientes in approximately two hours’ time. This town is also known as “Machu Picchu pueblo” and the last stop before entering the remains of the most important archaeological site in Peru.