Day 1: Arrive Lima. On arrival at Lima Airport you will be met and transferred privately to your chosen hotel for your three night stay. Overnight 2 nights in Lima at a hotel of your choice
Day 2: Private Tour of Colonial and Modern Lima. Lima `The City of the Kings` is a city to discover. You can visit the historic Plaza Mayor, where you will see the Government Palace, the City Hall, the Cathedral and the Archbishop’s Palace. Visit the Casa Aliaga, America’s best preserved colonial mansion, occupied by the same family since 1535. We also suggest to visit the San Francisco Monastery, a beautiful work of Colonial architecture.
Days 3: Lima to Cuzco. On the morning of day 3, you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred privately to the airport. Fly to Cuzco and be meet at the airport upon arrival and transferred privately to your hotel. Stay 2 nights in Cuzco to acclimatise to the altitude of 3,500 meters. Time is free as everyone experiences the altitude differently. First day definitely rest and for the second take the day as you find it. Avoid alcoholic drinks and red meat to help. Overnight 2 nights in Cuzco at a hotel of your choice.
Day 4: Private Half Day City Tour, Awanacancha and nearby Ruins. You will begin your tour visiting Awanacancha, where South American camelidae are bred. Learn about the superb fibres of llamas, alpacas and vicunas as well as the ancient weaving techniques which are still used. Proceed to Sacsayhuaman, strategically placed on a hill, this Inca construction was believed to have been a fortress. Here you will be able to appreciate the amazing and enormous stones that fit together with amazing precision. Return to Cusco city were you will visit the 16th century Cathedral and the Colonial art that is housed here. Your last stop will be Santo Domingo’s Convent, which was also the Koricancha temple, the most important Incan temple devoted to worship of the sun. According to the chronicles, it was covered in gold sheet and filled with golden representations of nature.
Day 5: Sacred Valley including Pisac and Ollantaytambo Ruins. Pick up from your hotel today for an unforgettable full day excursion to the Sacred Valley of the Inca. Today’s highlights include visits to the Indian market of Pisac and a tour of the fortress and village at Ollantaytambo. If taken as a private service, this excursion can include the spectacular ruins and terraces above Pisac. The engineering and preservation of the terraces are unrivaled anywhere else in South America, and the whole hillside rises skywards like a light of giant, green steps. Near the top is a large complex of temples, observatories and grain stores linked by cliff-hanging paths. Overnight 2 nights in Sacred Valley at a hotel of your choice.
Day 6: Day of leisure in the Sacred Valley. The Sacred Valley of the Incas was undoubtedly a key area of settlement to the Incas. Its agreeable climate and fertile plains make a rare and fruitful combination for the high Andes. It was also the route to the jungle and therefore an area with access to the fruits and plants of the tropical lowlands. The Sacred Valley served as a buffer zone, protecting Cusco from incursions of the Antis, the fierce jungle tribes who from time to time raided the highlands. Today the Sacred Valley remains a lush agricultural region supplying the city of Cusco with much of its produce such as maize, fruit and vegetables.
Day 7: Depart Sacred Valley for Aguas Calientes for Machu Picchu. This morning after a very early breakfast you will be transferred from your hotel to Ollantaytambo Station in the Sacred Valley Train station to board Peru Rail for a 2 hour journey to Aguas Calientes for Machu Picchu. Before reaching Machu Picchu, the train travels along the Urubamba River, with awe-inspiring views of the dramatic canyon. The spectacular scenic views and photographic opportunities can be enjoyed on this journey. Upon arrival your allocated private guide will greet you at the train station and escort you to the citadel for a tour of the site. They will be with you up until lunch where you will have time at your own leisure time to enjoy the citadel also. The citadel of Machu Picchu is one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world as well as being the archetypal symbol of Peru and its most important historical site. It covers an area of 5 sq km, at an altitude of 2,430 meters, in the Urubamba River Valley You will return to Aguas Calientes Station in time for your return train to Cuzco in the late afternoon.
Machu Picchu is a mystical place with a strong feeling of spirituality. It is a monument dedicated to the relationship man and the supernatural, magic and the commonplace - an approach by man, the creature of the gods, to pure divinity. It is a place where strange forces in nature enable individuals to achieve a unique state of "cosmic awareness", a state that can only be achieved in Machu Picchu. Machu Picchu is a complex word deriving from machu: "old" or "ancient", and picchu: "crest" or "mountain"; therefore, Machu Picchu or Machupicchu may be translated as "The Old Mountain". The famous mountain you can see in front of the citadel, appearing in most of the usual vistas of this place, is called Wayna Picchu or Waynapicchu ("The Young Mountain"). Unfortunately, the original names of these sites are unknown. Machu Picchu, Wayna Picchu, and some other names used today are contemporary, probably having been given by the farmers who settled in the area before Bingham reached it in 1911. Overnight 1 nights in Cuzco at a hotel of your choice.
Day 8: Departure from Cuzco. This morning after breakfast you have most of the day at leisure. After lunch today you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to your the airport.
Note: We recommend you to submit the request at least 2 months in advance to the approximate time of travel. This is to avoid disappointment as spaces are strictly limited per departure.
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