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 artisan market, Chinchero for a traditional weaving demonstration, Maras the Incan Salt Mines still harvested by hand, and Ollantaytambo the Royal Estate of the Inca Pachacute. 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.
Arrive in the Cusco Airport (3300m/10827ft) where our staff will be waiting. We board our private transportaion and drive 1 hour to the Sacred Valley of the Incas which is at least 600m/1970ft lower in elevation than Cusco. This will help you acclimatize easier. En route to Pisac, our first optional stop will be at the Animal Sanctuary Zoo where you can go inside the large cage with the mighty Condors and see other animals and bird species (donation of S/10 required). We continue to the Awanacancha Weaving Center to pet the llamas, and alpacas. We continue passing the colonial town of Pisac and up to the impressive Inca archaeological site (2972m/9751ft), 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 more. Thereafter, we drive down to the town of Pisac to have lunch. After lunch, a short drive down the valley to Urubamba (2870m/9420ft), and check-in to yout hotel of your choice. Relax and take pleasure in the hotel amenities.
Overnight in the Sacred Valley
Note: Pisac market is optional as you will already visit Awanacancha.
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 in the town of Chinchero (3772m/12375ft) 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 (3380mt/11090ft) enjoying spectacular views as we drive up the dirt narrow road to the 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 or you can choose to take transport instead. We will feast on a Peruvian buffet lunch. After lunch we will drive down the gorgeous Sacred Valley in direction to the quaint town of Ollantaytambo (2792m/9160ft) 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 our train to Aguas Calientes where we will relax in a comfortable hotel.
Overnight in Aguas Calientes
Breakfast and lunch included
Note: time permitting we can visit the Chicheria (Inca corn drink) and see the Cuys (guinea pigs), the traditional Inca specialty.
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, 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 town 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.
Overnight in Cusco
Breakfast and lunch included
Optional extra cost: Huayna Picchu (must book 3 months in advance) or Machu Picchu Mountain Peak
We start off from your hotel for the historical tour of the city of Cusco, visiting the Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral and Qoricancha (Inca Sun Temple). Afterwards, drive above the city of Cusco, and be in awe with the ruins of Sacsayhuaman, Q'enqo, Pukapukara and Tambomachay. Return to Cusco.
Overnight in Cusco
Note: If you chose a private tour - Pick your departure time, exclusive visit to the Central San Pedro Market where the locals shop, at your pace, and drop off at your hotel.
Enjoy a free day at leisure shopping or visiting museums.
Overnight in Cusco
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.
Or visit the Southern Valley: Tipon Inca ruins, Pikillaqcta pre-Inca Wari ruins, and Andahuaylillas with the South American Sistine Chapel.
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. In the afternoon we will commence the tour of Lima, also known as the City of Kings. Tour the 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 and pass the “Huaca Pucllana”, the famous ceremonial center built before the Spaniards arrived. Visit 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 Cathedral for a visit of the tomb of the Spanish Conqueror Francisco Pizarro. Afterwards, 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.
Overnight in Lima
Optional extra cost: Larco Museum or Pachacamac ruins or Gourmet tour.
Transfer to the airport for your international flight.
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