Upon arrival into Lima, be assured that a private transfer will be waiting to take you to your hotel. Your driver and English-speaking representative will welcome you to Peru and ensurethat you have a safe and comfortable reception.
Overnight in Lima (Altitude: Sea Level)
Day 2 Lima to Cusco & The Sacred Valley with Amaru & Pisaq (Meals: B)
In the morning, we will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the Lima Airport in time for your domestic flight to Cusco. Upon arrival to the Incan Empire of Cusco, you will be greeted with a welcoming hot cocoa tea and be given a special gift from the Andes as a thank you from M14712. We will then take you to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, which is located at a lower altitude than Cusco; therefore, it will help you to acclimatize to the Andes. Along the way, you will visit the Andean community of Amaru, where you will experience the daily life of a typical mountain community and observe how the people weave textiles, such as belts and blankets, and how they grow and harvest their produce. You will also have an opportunity to taste the different types of delicious Andean potatoes and corn. We will then continue through the valley to visit Pisaq, which has a large daily market full of goods for both tourists and locals. This market is where villagers come from the mountains to sell their home-grown produce and unique handmade arts and crafts. It is highly recommended for having a wide variety of interesting souvenirs at great prices. After you have shopped to your heart’s content, we will drive you to your hotel. For the more adventurist travelers, there is also the possibility to visit the Pisaq Ruins.
Overnight in Sacred Valley (Altitude: 2900m, 9500ft)
Day 3 Ollantaytambo and Train to Machu Picchu Town (Meals: B)
In the morning, your tour guide will pick you up from your hotel for your private tour of Ollantaytambo, one of the last Incan refuges during Spanish colonization. You will step back in time as many of the houses and buildings continue to stand from the Incan empire and display original architecture. You will be invited to enter one of these houses to observe the building and the way in which the people used to live. We will then take you to visit the powerful and impressive Ollantaytambo ruins, temples and terraces. These sites continue to be well preserved since the Spanish conquest and provide an interesting insight in how towns were designed during the Incan period. This tour also includes a visit to a Chicheria, where you will learn the old Incan technique of producing the most popular beverage in the Andes. You will also get to see how local families raise guinea pigs in their own homes as a means to generate meat in the future. After your Sacred Valley tour we will drive you to the train station of Ollantaytambo, where your private tour guide will accompany you on an hour and a half train journey through spectacular Andean scenery to AguasCalientes.
Overnight in Aguas Calientes (Altitude: 2000m, 6500ft)
Day 4 Machu Picchu – The New Wonder of the World (Meals: B)
This morning, your private tour guide will meet you at your hotel for your expedition through Machu Picchu, ‘The Lost City of the Incas.’ At this spectacular sacred Incan site, you will learn about the history and visit the truly remarkable temples of the Sun and the Condor. You will also see the aqueducts and houses, while learning some interesting facts about the Sacred Incan Terraces. After the guided tour, you will have plenty of time to explore this truly magnificent site on your own. There are many short trek options, such as a the one to the Sun Gate for an impressive view of Machu Picchu or a visit to the Incan Bridge, a secret entrance for the Incan Army. The most adventurous trekkers should not miss the famous mountain climb to the summit ofWayna Picchu, which can be scheduled at either 7am or 10am; however, there is a limit on the number of people who can climb each day so you will need to book it with us in advance. After this truly memorable day, you will return back to Aguas Calientes in the afternoon in time for your train to Cusco. Upon arrival, we will take you to your hotel.
Overnight in Cusco (Altitude: 3400m, 11150ft)
Day 5 Cusco City & the Incan Empire (Meals: B)
In the morning, your tour guide and driver will meet you at your hotel to begin your private city tour of Cusco. You will visit the well-known and beautiful temple of Sacsayhuaman, which continues to be a very important religious and ceremonial site for the Incan culture. You will be amazed by the ingenious architectural achievements of the Incan civilization and impressed when imagining the feat of moving and fitting each uniquely shaped stone, weighing some 70tons, so perfectly together without mortar that not a blade of grass could pass between them. As part of your city tour, you will also visit the Cusco Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage site, located in Plaza de Armas, the main square. Here you will see many very important holy Christian artifacts and artwork derived from the ‘EscuelaCuzquena’ (Cuzco Art School). Your tour will then take you to the Temple of the Sun, ‘Qoricancha,’ located on the main Avenida El Sol (Avenue of the Sun). This Incan site was one of the most worshipped and respected temples of the city. Finally, you will experience local daily life at the San Pedro Market, where you will see a wide variety of goods including, gifts, crafts, clothes, meats, juices, fruits and vegetables. You will then return to your hotel and spend the rest of the day at your leisure.
Overnight in Cusco (Altitude: 3400m, 11150ft)
Day 6 Cusco to Lima (Meals: B)
Today your private driver will pick you up from your hotel to take you to the Cusco Airport for your domestic flight to Lima where you will arrive in time for your connecting international flight. We truly hope you have had a great cultural immersion with us!
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