- Guided tour of colonial Lima, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Cusco city tour and surrounding sites, including Sacsayhuaman, Qenko and Tambo Machay
- Sacred Valley of the Incas excursion
- Guided tour of the Inca citadel Machu Picchu
- Inka Express bus across the altiplano via points of interest
- Excursion to the Uros and Taquile Islands on Lake Titicaca
- Tour of Sillustani funerary towers.
- Starts & ends: Lima
- Departures year round starting on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday to fit with market days.
Day 1: Arrive Lima. On arrival in Lima you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel in the up-market neighborhood of Miraflores. The rest of the day is free to relax, or explore the neighborhood of Miraflores with its parks, cinemas, bars and cafes as well as many shopping opportunities.
Day 2: Lima city tour. Lima is the social and economic heart of Peru with the colonial centre being a UNESCO world heritage site. Among other sites and points of interest you will visit the beautiful colonial Cathedral, construction of which began in 1635 by Francisco Pizarro himself. After the Cathedral you will visit the Convent and Church of San Francisco. The building is noted for its 17th century architecture, a fine example of Spanish Neoclassicism. Includes: (B).
Day 3: Cusco. This morning we will transfer you to the airport for your flights to Cusco (approx 1 hour). This afternoon we will collect you from your hotel for an extended tour of Cuzco and the Inca Sights nearby. You will be accompanied by a private qualified English speaking guide and driver. We start the tour at the Inca ruins of Tambomachay. We then proceed to Puca Pucara (Quechua for red fortress) and then Qenko; a sanctuary dedicated to the adoration of animals. You will then visit one of the most important Inca sites in South America, the enormous fortress of Sacsayhuamán.
Cuzco was designed in the shape of a lying puma with Sacsayhuamán as its head. You will next visit Cuzco Cathedral which is one of the finest Colonial Cathedrals in the Americas. Finally we proceed to visit Coricancha, originally named Inti Qancha ('Temple of the Sun'). This was the most important temple in the Inca Empire. This ends the extended Cuzco city tour whereupon we will return to your hotel. Includes: (B).
Day 4: Full day excursion to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. The tour visits the market town of Pisac. Pisac is a great place to buy local artifacts. There is a big artisans market here every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday and many of the local craftsmen come in from the surrounding hills to sell their goods. We then proceed on to Ollantaytambo which is an attractive little town located at the western end of the Sacred Valley. The town has been built on top of original Inca foundations and is the best surviving example of Inca town planning. The town is located at the foot of some spectacular Inca ruins. The tour then returns to Cusco and your hotel. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 5: Machu Picchu. Today you take the train to Machu Picchu. On arrival in Aguas Calientes there is a spectacular 20 min bus journey from the railway station in Aguas Calientes up to the ruins. You will enjoy a tour of Machu Picchu led by a qualified English speaking guide before having some free time to explore the site by yourselves. After your tour and some free time return to the town of Aguas Calientes and your hotel for the overnight. Includes: (B).
Day 6: Free morning or re-visit Machu Picchu (optional). Return train to Cusco. Following your stay, morning at leisure in Aguas Calientes or revisit the ruins. In Aguas Calientes you can visit the hot springs or choose to climb Puticusi Mountain for a different perspective on the site of Machu Picchu. A climb not for the faint-hearted! Today you can enjoy the site at your leisure and see some of the sites that are not included in the standard one-day only tour, such as the Sun Gate and the Hanging Inca Bridge, or choose to climb Huayna Picchu, the that overlooks Machu Picchu. Afternoon departure of your train back to Cusco. You will be met at the train station and returned to your hotel. Includes: (B).
Day 7: Cusco. Cusco – a UNESCO World Heritage site - is an architectural and cultural jewel of a city set in the South-eastern Andes. It is a fascinating mix of colonial churches, monasteries and convents, and extensive, pre-Columbian ruins. Almost every central street has remnants of Inca walls and much of this ancient stonework now serves as foundations for more modern dwellings. There is a great deal to see and do in Cusco and a free day to wander about some of the back streets, visit galleries, shops, churches and markets is often welcome. There are also a number of sites and museums on your ´Cusco Tourist Ticket´ that are not visited during tours which you may like to visit. Includes: (B).
Day 8: Inka Express Bus across the Altiplano to the shores of Lake Titicaca. Today you take the first-class Inka Express Bus from Cusco to Puno. Lunch is included and the bus stops at various points of geographical and cultural interest along the way. You will finish your fantastic journey that same evening in Puno, where we will meet you at the bus station and take you to your hotel. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 9: Full day tour on Lake Titicaca. Today you have a full day visit to the incredible floating reed Uros Islands of Lake Titicaca and Taquile Island, one of the main islands on the lake. The Uros islands have a unique civilization of people living on them – there are no trees, and all of their houses and boats, etc. are made of knitted reeds. You will have lunch on Taquile, one of the three main islands on the lake. Around 1500 Quechua-speaking Indians continue to live in this remote community. The island, seven kilometres long, is devoid of roads and vehicles, and its terraced hills are scattered with pre-Inca ruins. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 10: Visit Sillustani funerary towers & fly to Lima. Depart by private vehicle for Juliaca airport stopping en route to visit the impressive funerary towers at Sillustani. Sillustani is a pre-Inca burial ground on the shores of Lake Titicaca near Puno. The architecture of the site is often considered more complex than typical Inca architecture. After your tour continue on to Juliaca airport from where you will fly to Lima in order to connect with your international flights. Includes: (B).
- Itineraries can be tailored to your requirements
- Depending on your international flights you can connect directly and fly home or if you would like to stay an extra day or days in Lima please let us know in advance so we can arrange the extra transfers and hotel for you.
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