Day 01. ARRIVAL IN LIMA
Arrival at the Jorge Chavez International Airport and transfer to the selected hotel.
Day 02. LIMA
Breakfast at the hotel. We will start the tour at 9:00 a.m. in the wonderful Larco Museum, located in Pueblo Libre district, where you can see a complete collection of more than 5000 pieces of ceramic, as well as gold and silver, and pre-Columbian erotic art.
After the visit, we will go to the historic center to visit Casa Aliaga, a colonial mansion with beautiful rooms full of invaluable art and history. We continue to the Plaza de Armas, where we find the Government Palace, the Archbishop’s Palace, the Municipal Palace, and other important buildings of the colonial era, where we will visit the Cathedral built in the sixteenth century.
After the visit, you will be transferred to the hotel at 2:00 p.m. Rest of the afternoon free and excellent time to start making contact with the country. Overnight in hotel.
Day 03. LIMA / CUSCO
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer
to the airport for your flight to the city of Cusco. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your accommodation in Cusco. Free time for good acclimatization at height. Overnight.
Day 04. CUSCO / SACRED VALLEY: Pisac Market + Ollantaytambo Fortress / MACHU PICCHU (Aguas Calientes)
Breakfast at the hotel. We will pick you up from the hotel in Cusco, to start a 30 Km. journey until Pisac. This fantastic place has an amazing market, and archaeological temples of stone buildings, with incredible views to the valley and the magnificent Inca platforms.
Then, we will continue until Urubamba to enjoy a delicious buffet lunch, and later we will reach Ollantaytambo. Its temple was the headquarter of Inca’s army, as well as a religious and agricultural place. It has stunning views, and more than a hundred Inca platforms with an advanced irrigation canal for that period.
Finally, we will go to Ollantaytambo station to take the Train Expedition to Aguas Calientes, which leaves at 7:00 p.m. Upon arrival, you will be transferred
to the hotel and you will have a small briefing at 9:00 p.m. with the guide to coordinate the visit to Machu Picchu. Overnight at hotel.
Note: In case you want to climb Huayna Picchu,
request reservation and admission when confirming the reservation, upon payment of the supplement
Day 05. Visit to MACHU PICCHU with the
first rays of the sun / CUSCO
Breakfast at the hotel. Early morning, you will board the bus to go up the winding road to Machu Picchu (the first one departs 5:30 a.m.). The Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu, will astonish us with its terraces, ceremonial shrines, steps and urban areas.
Energy is all around us. After a guided visit, you`ll back in
bus to Aguas Calientes, and departure from the train station to return to Ollantaytambo to then take the tourist bus to Cusco and drop you off at your hotel located in the historical center of Cusco. Overnight at hotel.
Day 06. CUSCO / SACRED VALLEY: Chinchero-Maras-Moray
Breakfast at the hotel. Early in the morning, we will pick you up from the hotel to start this fascinating tour to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Our first stop will be at the town of Chinchero, located 17 miles from Cusco city. Here, we will visit a local workshop to appreciate the ancestral techniques to create amazing textiles.
Then, we will visit the salt mines of Maras located on an open hill in Urubamba’s valley. This place has an impressive process created by Incas, where a subterranean stream evaporates salty water and it emerges at a spring. The flow is then directed into an intricate system of tiny channels constructed so that the water runs gradually down onto the several hundred ancient terraced ponds. The water, which is exposed to the sun, leaves salt on the land.
After visiting the salt mines near Maras, head to the Moray ruins, which are made up of three coliseums thought to have been used by the Incas as a sort of open air crop laboratory. The coliseums consist of several enormous terraced circular depressions, the largest of which is about 30 meters (98 feet) deep. Admire these terraces which are arranged in concentric circles and are reminiscent of an ancient Greek theater.
Day 07. CUZCO: City Tour and nearby ruins
Breakfast at the hotel. In the afternoon, we’ll pick you up from the hotel, and start the tour visiting the Temple of the Sun well-known as Koricancha. This symbolic place has a clear example of the fusion between Incan and Hispanic cultures, and its base was used to build Santo Domingo’s Church and its famous convent.
Then, we’re going to visit the Cathedral located in the Main Square, to appreciate a beautiful religious paintings of the Cusco School. The Cusco City Tour continues in Sacsayhuaman, an amazing archaeological complex with huge carved stones which fit each other in a perfect way, and it is said that it was built by more than 20 thousand men, and took over 70 years to finish it.
Then we will visit Qenqo religious temple, place where the Incas worshiped their Gods like the Sun, the Moon and the Earth. You will have an incredible experience exploring through its underground galleries, and admire a semicircular amphitheater.
We will continue this entertaining excursion in the military compound of Puca Pucara, which means “Red Fortress” for its reddish infrastructure. Then we will go the water’s worship center of Tambomachay, with aqueducts and waterfalls provided from nearby springs. At the end, we will back to the hotel.
Day 08. Cuzco / Lima:
Breakfast at the hotel.
Transfer to the airport to take the regular flight back to Lima. International flight connection.
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