Journey through Peru’s most fascinating ancient Incan wonders, along with its blend of traditional and contemporary culture. Many centuries ago, the Incas governed this vast empire, which was connected by thousands of miles of stone-paved highways, from their cultural and religious center in Cusco. Drive through the fertile Sacred Valley of the Incas, visiting the Sun Temple of Pisac, the colorful Indian Market, Chinchero for a traditional weaving demonstration, Maras the Incan Salt Mines still harvested by hand, and Ollantaytambo the Royal Estate of the Inca Pachacuti. Then be marveled by one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Machupicchu that has withstood time. Walk around the Ancient city of Cusco and visit the artist district of San Blas, the busy San Pedro market where the locals shop and the famous 12 angle stone.
Connect to your flight from Lima to Cusco. Reception in the Cusco airport (3400mt./11,155ft) and drive 1 hour in private vehicle to a lower elevation in the Sacred Valley of the Incas around 600mt/1,970ft. lower than Cusco to help acclimatize. En route to Pisac, our first stop will be at the Animal Sanctuary Zoo where you can go inside the large cage with the mighty Condors and see the Puma and other animals. We continue to the Awanacancha Weaving Center to pet the llamas, and alpacas. After,continue to the colonial town of Pisac driving up to the impressive Inca archaeological site (2,972mt/9,751ft), overlooking the town and country side, with numerous agricultural terraces. We will visit the Intihuatana (sun temple), a solar clock among a group of temples, ceremonial baths, and the military zone called “Q’Allaqasa”. Then drive down to the town of Pisac or optional hike down enjoying the beautiful views. Once in town we will visit the colorful artisan market that has numerous stalls selling many handicrafts to choose from. Thereafter, we will enjoy a delicious lunch in a restaurant in Pisac. After lunch, a short drive down the valley to Urubamba (2.870mt/9,420ft), and check-in to yout hotel of your choice. Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.
Hotel in the Sacred Valley
This morning after breakfast we will drive up to the highlands, taking in fabulous vistas of the snow-capped mountains of Veronica and Pitusiray-both over 18,000 feet high. We arrive to the town of Chinchero (3,772mt/12,375ft) with the remains of what was the royal hacienda of Tupac Inca Yupanqui, as well as a beautiful colonial temple built on Inca foundations. Our visit will take us to a local´s home to see a weaving demonstration of traditional textile arts using natural dyes and ancient techniques. From here we continue to the the old colonial town of Maras (3,380mt/11,090ft.). Enjoy the spectacular views as we drive up the dirt narrow road to the Maras Salt Pans. The small salt pans are built on steep terraces along one side of a narrow valley which is nourished by the salt spring waters that surface from a subterranean stream in the mountain. There are about 3000 wells which are left to evaporate and are gathered by hand without any machinery. The first salt pans are believed to have been used by the Incas for trade. Taste the salty waters and enjoy the serenity and peaceful walk through the ponds. After, a glorious time we will hike downhill for about 1.5 hours to Urubamba where our transport will be waiting. Continue to a restaurant to eat Peruvian Cuisine. After lunch we will drive down the gorgeous Sacred Valley in direction to the quaint town of Ollantaytambo (2,792mt/9,160ft) built by the Inca Pachacutec. This lovely town has many water canals running alongside the homes. Visit the archeological site which has many structures such as the Temple of the Sun, the Royal Hall, the Intihuatana and more. Thereafter, we board the train to Aguas Calientes where our staff will be waiting to walk you to your hotel.
Hotel in Aguas Calientes
Breakfast and lunch included
Note: time permitting we can visit the Chicheria (Inca corn drink) and see the Cuys the traditional Inca specialty (guinea pigs).
Early rise and have breakfast before taking the first bus to avoid the crowds arriving later on by train. We ascend to the ruins by shuttle bus (gates open at 06:00am) to catch the sunrise weather permitting. Take pleasure in a professional guided walking tour with your guide for about the 2.5 hours of the stunning mysterious Machu Picchu, One of the Seven Wonders of the World. Visit the extraordinary Temple of the Sun with exceptionally carved stones, Temple of the Three Windows features huge trapezoidal windows, Intihuatana the solar clock which translates to the, Hitching Post of the Sun, Funerary Rock Hut believed to be a place where the Inca nobility were mummified, and the many temples, terraces, and corridors. After a glorious visit with your guide enjoy some time at leisure to further explore the mysterious grounds feeling the positive energy that abounds the area which has withstood time. After your visit take the bus down to the village and feast on a delicious lunch. Afterwards, board your train to the Poroy train station where our staff will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel in Cusco.
Hotel in Cusco
Breakfast and lunch included.
Optional extra cost: climb to the top of Huayna Picchu to catch amazing views of Machu Picchu below.
This morning after breakfast, your guide will meet you in your hotel to start the exciting walking tour of Cusco. Our first visit will take us to the large lively San Pedro Market where all the locals shop. Here you will see the preparation of a fruit juice, Andean cheeses, take a bite of an exotic fruit such as the chirimoya, walk and see the different meats, Andean grains, fresh vegetables, and healing medicinal stands and more. Then walk towards the Plaza de Armas the heart of Cusco from the time of the Incas, passing through the lovely Arch of Santa Clara. Stop by the fountain surrounded by beautiful flowers and benches in the Plaza de Armas. Walk through Calle Triunfo to the street Rumiyoq Hatun, also known as the Calle Roca Mayor to view the grand stone of twelve angles that is considered one of the most unique in the world. We will take a steep walk up to the Bohemian district of San Blas that has many artists´ studios, artisan workshops, sculptors, small bars, restaurants, hotels and the small Temple of San Blas. After an exciting time return to your hotel.
Hotel in Cusco
Breakfast and lunch included
Day at your leisure to explore Cusco on your own.
Optional extra cost: Why not visit the Chocolate Museum and take part in a class on how to make chocolate starting from the cacao bean. If you are a chocolate lover then this is something you do not want to miss.
Hotel in Cusco
This morning say farewell to the Inca City of Cusco and transfer to the airport for your flight to Lima. In Lima our staff will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel in Miraflores. You will be collected in the afternoon to commence the city tour of Lima, also known as the City of Kings. We will visit classic historical sights, colonial and Inca influenced architecture, residential neighborhoods, beautiful shrines and churches and incredible panoramic seascapes. Visit the Lima Historical Center, the old side of the city and the capital of the Peruvian vice Royalty. Stop at the “Kiss Park” (Parque Del Beso) built in a peculiar Gaudi style and enjoy a beautiful view of the Lima Bay. Next, you'll head over to the residential district of San Isidro where you'll be able to visit the “Huaca Pucllana” and “Huaca Huallamarca”, two famous ceremonial centers built before the Spaniards arrived. Tour the main square and enjoy a view of the Presidential and Municipal Palaces, two immense buildings whose grandeur is sure to capture your fascination. Then, it's on to the Lima Cathedral to visit the tomb of the Spanish Conqueror Francisco Pizarro. After, we´ll visit the Monasterio San Francisco, home to the large underground catacombs said to connect the monastery with nearby churches. Finally we will visit the most traditional residential areas in the capital: The Olive Grove of San Isidro, Miraflores and Larco Mar for a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean, the distinctive tourist Centre of contemporary Lima. Thereafter, return to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Optional extra cost: Larco Museum.
Hotel in Lima
Today at your designated time we will transfer you to the Lima Airport for your international flight.
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