Day 1: Lima. Assistance at your arrival to Lima International Airport and transfer to your Hotel.
Day 2: Lima - Cuzco City Tour, Nearby Ruins. Breakfast. Morning transfer to airport in order to board domestic flight to Cusco. Arrive and transfer to hotel. Afternoon 14:00 We star sightseeing tour visiting he Plaza de Armas (main square) that was the center of Inca Cusco and, still today, remains at the heart of modern Cusco. Then, San Blass Street and The Cathedral that dominates the north-east side of the Plaza de Armas and sits squarely on the foundations of the Inca Viracocha's palace. The Cathedral was begun in 1550 and completed nearly 100 years later, constructed in the shape of a Latin cross. We will continue the visit Santo Domingo Church and Qoricancha the Inca temple of the sun. Santo Domingo was built in the 17th century on the walls of the Koricancha Temple of the Sun.
Then we will visit Sacsayhuaman Inca fortress, which visitors cannot fail to be impressed by the beauty and monumental scale of this important Inca construction. Qenko, This is one of the finest examples of a rock artfully carved insitu showing complex patterns of steps, seats, geometric relief and a puma design. The rock is an excellent example of the Inca "Rock Worship". Puca Pucara, situated on a hill with superb views over the surrounding countryside Puca Pucara was more likely a tambo, or kind of post house than an actual fortress. Tambomachay commonly referred to as the "Baños del Inca" or Inca baths, Tambomachay was a site for ritual bathing. The excellent quality of the stonework suggests that its use was restricted to the higher nobility, who maybe only used the baths on ceremonial occasions. Return to the selected hotel. Overnight in Cusco City.
Day 3: Cuzco - Sacred Valley - Cuzco. Breakfast. Full-day excursion to the "Sacred Valley of the Incas", (Share service) by the Vilcanota River. We will have the opportunity to share closely the peasants' customs and bargain with vendors at the typical Indian market of Pisac, held on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. lunch in a local countryside restaurant. After lunch, passing through the Towns of Calca and Urubamba, we visit the Inca Fortress and Citadel of Ollantaytambo, built to guard the entrance to this part of the Valley, and protect it from possible invasion from the tribes in the Lower jungle. The Fortress consists of a series of stepped carved stone terraces accessed by long staircases.
Later on you can walk through the quaint streets of the nearby Town, and get a good idea of what this Strategic Military, Religious, and Agricultural Center was like during the era of the Inca Empire. On our way back to Cusco we stop of at the picturesque Andean Village of Chincheros where the ruins of the Royal Hacienda of Tupac Inca Yupanqui lie. You can admire the well preserved Inca Wall in the Main Square, and visit the beautiful Colonial temple built on Inca foundations, with interesting frescoes in the portico. Return to Cuzco. Overnight stay.
Day 4: Cuzco - Machu Picchu - Cuzco. Breakfast. Transfer to the train Station in Cuzco to take the train to Aguas Calientes. Arrival and board the bus to arrive to the Citadel of Machu Picchu. (share services) Visit to Machu Picchu one of the new 7 world wonders. In this visit you can see the Intihuatana, The 3 Windows, The Inca’s Palace, etc. Return to Aguas Calientes. Buffet lunch at restaurant. In the afternoon will take the Train to go back to Cusco. Arrival, and transfer to the Hotel. Overnight.
Day 5: Cuzco - Puno. Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to the city of Puno by touristic bus. (Share service) The ride, which takes approximately eight hours, will allow you to contemplate the wild meadows of the Andean plateau and also typical Andean towns. There will also be brief port of La Raya, Raqchi, Andahualillas. lunch included. Arrival to Puno and transfer to the hotel. Check in and lodging.
Day 6: Puno - Uros and Taquile Islands. Breakfast. Early in the morning, we take a two-hour motor boat excursion on the waters of Lake Titicaca to the unique Floating "Islands" of the Uros. (Share service). These ancient inhabitants of the lake, known as the Water Tribe, have built their own "islands" by periodically adding new layers of a type of reed unique to the area called "Totora". Their homes and boats are also made from this material. We continue our motorboat trip to Taquile Island, inhabited by Quechua-speaking natives who have developed efficient and unique social systems, as well as fine hand weaving techniques, down through the generations. Upon arrival at the Town of Taquile we will have a lunch. Then we will walk through the various hills and archaeological sites of this 6 km long island. In the afternoon, return to Puno for overnight at selected hotel.
Day 7: Puno - Lima. Breakfast. Then visit Sillustani on our way to the airport to board your international flight. Sillustani, 34 km from Puno near to Umayo Lake, is one of the largest archeological areas in America. The chullpas, impressive burial monuments standing over 12 meters high stone cylinder burial chambers, used by the Aymaras to bury their important leaders. Lake Umayo, located in front of the Chullpas, adds further beauty to the place. Here you also have the opportunity to observe wild guinea pigs, birds and other local wildlife.
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