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Peru: Ancient Civilizations
8 Days

ITINERARY

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

Tour Overview:
Join this in-depth exploration of the Inca Empire culminating in your visit to the awe-inspiring Machu Picchu where you will watch the sun rise over the mountains. Local guides provide a fascinating narrative as you discover the mysteries of the past and the colorful, vivid lifestyle of modern day Peru.

Day 1 – Arrive Lima

Arrive at Lima Airport. A transportation service and a representative will pick you up from the airport at the scheduled time to transfer you to your hotel in Lima. The Peruvian capital is a modern metropolis full of history, currently undergoing an exciting process of cultural and economic changes.


Day 2 – Lima – City Tour & Larco Herrera Museum

In the morning. Explore Lima’s old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, packed with fascinating historic buildings. Visit the Casa Aliaga, a colonial mansion granted by chief conquistador Francisco Pizarro to one of his captains, Jeronimo de Aliaga. This is the only house from that time, still belonging to the same family. See the Main Square, where you can appreciate the grandiose architecture of the Spanish Empire. Admire Lima’s Cathedral, built during the 16th century. Continue to the traditional Pueblo Libre district, where you visit the Larco Museum, located in a beautifully restored viceregal mansion built on a pre-Columbian pyramid from the seventh century. The museum boasts a complete pre-Hispanic collection of gold and silver objects, as well as pieces of erotic art. At night, enjoy dinner at Cala restaurant. (BD)


Day 3 – Lima / Cuzco / Sacred Valley

At the agreed time, you will be transferred from the selected hotel to Lima airport. Once you arrive to the Imperial City, a guide will meet and greet you at Cusco Airport and then transfer you to the selected hotel in the Sacred Valley, you will visit the Pisac market, which has scores of stands that exhibit and sell products manufactured by the residents of the area everyday. Beautiful alpaca textiles, musical instruments, paintings, carvings, necklaces and replicas of old Inca pieces stand out. You will continue to the Pisac archaeological vestiges, which as the largest complex of terraces in the area and a masterpiece of the agriculture of the Inca Empire. Buffet lunch at a local restaurant. (BL)


Day 4 – Sacred Valley

During the morning, you are picked up from your hotel to visit the town of Chinchero, a traditional Cusco urban centre located at an elevated point with a beautiful view of the valley. The inhabitants of this area preserve the artisan traditions and the inherited knowledge of the Incas and display them in their clothes and customs. In Chinchero there are also archaeological remains and a beautiful seventeenth-century church, one of the first Catholic buildings in Peru. Then, you are transferred to the Living Museum of Yucay, a centre Andean traditions interpretations, where demonstrations of the elaboration of textile work, adobe, pottery and silverware are carried out in the same way in which they used to in antiquity; an original recreation of Inca traditions. Also, residents of the museum include llamas, sheep and alpacas, and they can be fed! Upon arriving in Ollantaytambo visit its town, inhabited uninterruptedly since Inca times, and have a superior Andean gastronomy experience in a restaurant, where the true spirit of the Sacred Valley is transmitted in a cosy atmosphere! Later, climb the iconic fortress, built next to a mountain and then you are transferred back to your hotel.
*On Sundays, also visit the local market.

Lunch at Rancho Wayra. Delight yourself with the surprising variety of recipes prepared under the careful tutelage of renowned chefs. The ingredients used come from the fertile Sacred Valley of the Incas, and are rich in nutrients and flavour. Enjoy The Peruvian Paso horse show, renowned for the smoothest gait in the world. Stunning equestrian demostrations, to the rhythm of marinera music will render the environment favorable for tasting the quality of their cuisine. (BL)


Day 5 – Sacred Valley / Machu Picchu

A transportation service will pick you up and transfer you to the Ollanta Station to board the train to Aguas Calientes, the nearest town to Machu Picchu. Following a scenic journey through dramatic Andean landscapes, arrive at the station in Aguas Calientes. Here you board a coach for a 25-minute ride to Machu Picchu. The ‘Lost City of the Incas’ is believed to have been built in the 1450s by Inca emperor Pachacuti as a holiday retreat, yet within a century the city would be abandoned following the Spanish conquest. The Spaniards never found it, so it was spared the destruction they brought on other Inca sites. Instead, it was slowly swallowed up by the jungle and hidden from harm. A guided tour explains the origins behind this awe-inspiring citadel, presenting its most prominent landmarks such as the monumental Main Square, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows, the Circular Towers, the Sacred Sun Dial, and the Burial Grounds. Enjoy buffet lunch at Sanctuary Lodge. (BLD)


Day 6 – Machu Picchu / Cuzco

The delicious breakfast at the hotel is followed by a relaxing morning at leisure.
Enjoy lunch at hotel. Later, in the afternoon, transfer to the Aguas Calientes station and take the train back to Ollanta station. From here you will be transferred to your hotel in Cusco. (BL)
*The second entrance to Machu Picchu is not included.


Day 7 – Cuzco

In the morning, enjoy a guided tour of this charming city, which was the capital of the Inca Empire. The tour starts with a visit to Santo Domingo Convent, a large Renaissance-baroque complex, which was built over the Inca Coricancha temple. It was one of the most important temples dedicated to worshipping of the sun, and its foundations are still prominent at the base of the convent. Ancient chronicles say the temple was covered in gold leaf and filled with golden representations of nature. Then, visit the Cathedral, the most imposing monument of the Main Square. Head to the hills above Cusco to visit the remains of the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, whose imposing ramparts offer a stunning panoramic view of Cusco, and the ruins of the temple and amphitheatre of Qenqo, where it is believed the Incas practised agricultural rituals. Admire Qenqo and then finally visit Puka Pukara (‘Red fortress’ in Quechua) an Inca military complex located on a prominent hill. Its dwellings squares, bathrooms, aqueducts, walls, and towers can still be appreciated. Afterwards, return to your hotel. Afternoon at leisure.

At night, enjoy dinner at MAP Café restaurant located in the courtyard of the Museum of Pre-Columbian Art. Immerse yourself in a world of art, color, flavor and perfection. (BD)


Day 8 – Cuzco / Lima

Morning at leisure. Lunch at Inka Grill restaurant. A vehicle will transfer you from the selected hotel to the airport. A representative will assist you along the way. (BL)

 


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DATES/PRICING/ACCOMMODATIONS

2020 Private Tour
Dates Dbl Sgl
May 04 - May 11 3320 4800
May 11 - May 18 3320 4800
May 18 - May 25 3320 4800
May 25 - Jun 01 3320 4800
Jun 01 - Jun 08 3320 4800
Jun 08 - Jun 15 3320 4800
Jun 15 - Jun 22 3320 4800
Jun 22 - Jun 29 3320 4800
Jun 29 - Jul 06 3320 4800
Jul 06 - Jul 13 3320 4800
Jul 13 - Jul 20 3320 4800
Jul 20 - Jul 27 3320 4800
Jul 27 - Aug 03 3320 4800
Aug 03 - Aug 10 3320 4800
Aug 10 - Aug 17 3320 4800
Aug 17 - Aug 24 3320 4800
Aug 24 - Aug 31 3320 4800
Aug 31 - Sep 07 3320 4800
Sep 07 - Sep 17 3320 4800
Sep 14 - Sep 21 3320 4800
Sep 21 - Sep 28 3320 4800
Sep 28 - Oct 05 3320 4800
Oct 05 - Oct 12 3320 4800
Oct 12- Oct 19 3320 4800
Oct 19 - Oct 26 3320 4800
Oct 26 - Nov 02 3320 4800
Nov 02 - Nov 09 3320 4800
Nov 09 - Nov 16 3320 4800
Nov 16 - Nov 23 3320 4800
Nov 23 - Nov 30 3320 4800
Nov 30 - Dec 07 3320 4800
Dec 07 - Dec 14 3320 4800
Dec 14 - Dec 21 3320 4800
2021 Private Tour
Dates Dbl Sgl
Jan 04 - Jan 11 3320 4800
Jan 11 - Jan 18 3320 4800
Jan 18 - Jan 25 3320 4800
Jan 25 - Feb 01 3320 4800
Feb 01 - Feb 08 3320 4800
Feb 08 - Feb 15 3320 4800
Feb 15 - Feb 22 3320 4800
Feb 22 - Mar 01 3320 4800
Mar 01 - Mar 08 3320 4800
Mar 08 - Mar 15 3320 4800
Mar 15 - Mar 22 3320 4800
Mar 22 - Mar 29 3320 4800
Mar 29 - Apr 05 3320 4800
Apr 05 - Apr 12 3320 4800
Apr 12 - Apr 19 3320 4800
Apr 19 - Apr 26 3320 4800
Apr 26 - May 03 3320 4800
May 03 - May 10 3320 4800
May 10 - May 17 3320 4800
May 17 - May 24 3320 4800
May 24 - May 31 3320 4800
May 31 - Jun 07 3320 4800
Jun 07 - Jun 14 3320 4800
Jun 14 - Jun 21 3320 4800
Jun 21 - Jun 28 3320 4800
Jun 28 - Jul 05 3320 4800
Jul 05 - Jul 12 3320 4800
Jul 12 - Jul 19 3320 4800
Jul 19 - Jul 26 3320 4800
Jul 26 - Aug 02 3320 4800
Aug 02 - Aug 09 3320 4800
Aug 09 - Aug 16 3320 4800
Aug 16 - Aug 23 3320 4800
Aug 23 - Aug 30 3320 4800
Aug 30 - Sep 06 3320 4800
Sep 06 - Sep 13 3320 4800
Sep 13 - Sep 20 3320 4800
Sep 20 - Sep 27 3320 4800
Sep 27 - Oct 04 3320 4800
Oct 04 - Oct 11 3320 4800
Oct 11- Oct 18 3320 4800
Oct 18 - Oct 25 3320 4800
Oct 25 - Nov 01 3320 4800
Nov 01 - Nov 08 3320 4800
Nov 08 - Nov 15 3320 4800
Nov 15 - Nov 22 3320 4800
Nov 22 - Nov 29 3320 4800
Nov 29 - Dec 06 3320 4800
Dec 06 - Dec 13 3320 4800
Dec 13 - Dec 20 3320 4800
Dec 20 - Dec 27 3320 4800
Dec 27 - Jan 03 3320 4800
Note - Internal airfare not included. Please contact us for current applicable pricing.
* Minimum 2 passengers
* Single travelling alone price is available upon request.
* Supplements may apply for special events and holidays.
* The accommodation will be provided in the below hotel or similar in case the priority hotel is unable to accommodate the booking.
Hotels
Deluxe
Destination Property Room type
Lima Westin Lima Libertador Deluxe
Sacred Valley Tambo Del Inka Luxury Collection Deluxe
Machu Picchu Inkaterra Machu Picchu Superior
Cuzco Palacio Del Inka, Luxury Collection Classic

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INCLUSIONS

Inclusions:-

  • Deluxe accommodation with private facilities
  • 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Private airport transfers
  • Private sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • Private English-speaking guides during touring
  • Entrance tickets to attractions mentioned in the itinerary
  • Round trip train tickets onboard Vistadome train service from/to Ollantaytambo station.
  • Round trip shuttle bus tickets Aguas Calientes-Machu Picchu- Aguas Calientes

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