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7 Days: Lima, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cuzco

Tour overview:
Brimming with both natural and manmade attractions, Peru is a place of great mystique, beauty and culture. Join this in-depth exploration of the Inca Empire culminating in your visit to awe-inspiring Machu Picchu where you’ll watch the sun rise over the mist covered mountains.

Day 1 - Arrive Lima
Depart North America today and arrive in Lima, Peru. You are welcomed and transferred to the hotel.

Day 2 - Lima - City Tour & Larco Herrera Museum
Lima has long been considered the colonial capital of South America. Founded in 1535, Lima was called the "City of Kings" by the Spanish conquistadors. Visit the Plaza de Armas, the Government Palace, the Cathedral, the Santo Domingo or San Francisco convents and the modern garden suburb districts of Miraflores and San Isidro. At the Larco Herrera Museum, see the ancient relics and shining treasures of the mighty Incas. Lunch included at Larco Herrera Museum. (BL)

Day 3 - Lima / Cuzco / Sacred Valley
Fly to Cuzco, the oldest inhabited city in the Western Hemisphere.Full day Authentic Sacred Valley tour discovers the best of the Sacred Valley of the Incas through this route starting on the Inca's Balcony, a beautiful place with an impressive view of Chinchero ruins and city, where twelve families still preserve their traditional mores, showing you the ancestral way in which they process the wool, and obtain those vivid colors for their textiles. Later, we will arrive Moray, an impressing pre-Inca greenhouse, then, we will have lunch in a local restaurant. Later travel to Ollantaytambo, one of the most monumental architectural complexes of the ancient Inca Empire, one of the few places where the Spanish conquistadors lost a major battle.  Very well known for its “Andenes” (terraces dug into the slopes of mountains for agricultural purposes), Ollantaytambo was a highly effective fortress, that also served as a temple.  Then, we will follow to the town of Ollantaytambo, with narrow cobblestone streets that have been continuously inhabited since the XIIIth century. (BL)

Day 4 - Sacred Valley / Machu Picchu
Travel aboard the Vistadome train from Ollantaytambo to the archeological wonder of Machu Picchu, built in the late 14th century. Machu Picchu was obviously a well-planned and carefully built city, made up of two clearly different sectors-one agricultural and the other urban. With mountains to one side and a river roaring far below, this solemn fortress is a fascinating remnant of a once-bustling city that was mysteriously abandoned after the middle of the 16th century. Secreted amidst dense jungle vegetation and steep hills, Machu Picchu remained undiscovered by the modern world until 1911. Learn about the many legends and strange truths of these ancient ruins from your local guide. (BLD)

Day 5 - Machu Picchu / Cuzco
Today enjoy the tranquility of the morning. This morning you will have some free time to wander the charming village of Aguas Calientes or pay locally to take the coach up to the Citadel and wander the ruins at your own pace inhaling the magic that is Machu Picchu. After lunch at the hotel, return to Cuzco aboard the “Inca Train.” Sip a cup of tea and enjoy panoramic views as the beautiful greenery of the Urubamba Valley rolls by. (BL)

Day 6 - Cuzco / Sacsayhuaman
Half day city tour and nearby archeological sites: You will visit the city of Cusco, declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco and home to a somewhat particular essence. The tour will start at the Koricancha temple, an ancient Inca palace and main worship center of the Sun God, where the order of the Dominicans built an incredible church that can still be seen there. Then, you will tour the Plaza de Armas, where the Cathedral and the beautiful Church of the Society of Jesus, among other colonial buildings, are located. You will then continue the journey to the colonial church of San Cristóbal to enjoy a spectacular view of the city. Afterwards you will go on to the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, an Inca building known for its massive walls of hewn stone, located in a strategic location, on a hill, with a broad view of the city of Cuzco. Later, you will visit the important archaeological complexes of Qenko and Puca Pucara. Overnight at the hotel. (BL)

Day 7 - Cuzco / Lima
Fly back to Lima this morning. You have free time before driving to an excellent restaurant for a farewell lunch. The remainder of your afternoon and evening is free before you pack for your late-night departure. (BL)

                 
    2017            
    Join in tour            
    Departs Returns Dbl Occ   Single Occ    
    Jan 6 Dec 20 $2,565   $3,375    
                 
    Note: Rates not valid for travel during Inti Raymi Festival (June 20 to 25, 2017)  
                 
    Internal airfare applies. Please contact us for current applicable pricing.  
                 
    Hotels            
                 
    First Class            
    Destination Property     Room type Meals  
    Lima Sonesta El olivar     Standard B  
    Sacred Valley Sonesta Posada del Innca Yucay   Standard B  
    Machu Picchu Inkaterra Machu Picchu   Superior DBB  
    Cuzco Sonesta Hotel Cusco   Standard B  
                 
    2018            
    Join in tour            
    Departs Returns Dbl Occ   Single Occ    
    Jan 6 Dec 20 $2,565   $3,375    
                 
    Note: Rates not valid for travel during Inti Raymi Festival (June 20 to 27, 2018)  
                 
    Internal airfare applies. Please contact us for current applicable pricing.  
                 
    Hotels            
                 
    First Class            
    Destination Property     Room type Meals  
    Lima Casa Andina Private Collection   Standard B  
      Miraflores          
    Sacred Valley Casa Andina Private Collection   Standard B  
      Sacred Valley          
    Machu Picchu Inkaterra Machu Picchu   Superior DBB  
    Cuzco Casa Andina Private Collection   Standard B  
      Cuzco        
SITA Exclusive:
As a guest of SITA, you will receive a Pablo Seminario Peruvian Ceramic Souvenir.

Inclusions:
• First Class accommodation with private facilities
• 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 1 dinner
• Shared arrival & departure transfers
• Shared sightseeing as per the itinerary
• English-speaking guides during touring
• Entrance fees
• Ride the rails through the Urabamba Valley aboard the panoramic Vistadome train
• Visit the famous Larco Museum in Lima
• Tour Cuzco, the oldest inhabited city in the Western Hemisphere
• Tour the fascinating Sacsayhuaman fortress
• Explore the extraordinary ruins of enigmatic Machu Picchu
 
Value Adds:
Pablo Seminario Peruvian Ceramic Souvenir for SITA guests.
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