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Great Incan Empire

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 - 15 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 10 people
Destination(s): Peru  
Specialty Categories: Cultural Journey   Sightseeing  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 1554 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1961 US Dollar (USD)

Day 1 Welcome to Peru
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 ensuring that you have a safe and comfortable reception.
Overnight in Lima (Altitude: Sea Level)

Day 2 Lima – City of the Kings (Meals: B)
This morning, we will invite you on a private tour of Lima, ‘The City of the Kings´, where you will enjoy seeing the best of both colonial and modern Lima. We will take you to the San Martin Plaza, where you will walk through the busy and fascinating pedestrian-only Jirón de la Union, Union Street, which leads to the Plaza de Armas, the main plaza. This street was constructed in 1535 and still retains its old charm with a number of shops and restaurants set in a mixture of old and new buildings. We will then arrive at the Plaza de Armas, a beautiful square surrounded by palaces, before heading to the World Heritage Listed Monastery of San Francisco. This monastery is renowned for its architecture, a stunning 17th Century example of Spanish Baroque, and its convent library that possesses approximately 25,000 important antique texts. Hidden underneath the monastery, are the Catacombs, Lima´s first cemetery, where you will witness the remains of some 70,000 burials by exploring through narrow passages and looking down into deep pits that are lined with mysterious bones and skulls. After visiting the colonial part of Lima, we will head to Barranco, the bohemian district of Lima, which is located on an impressive cliff that overlooks the Pacific Ocean. After your tour, you will arrive back at your hotel and may spend the rest of the day at your at leisure.
Overnight in Lima (Altitude: Sea Level)

Day 3 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 4 Maras & Moray (Meals: B,L)
In the morning, your private tour guide and driver will take you off the beaten path to Maras, a typical Andean village. Here you will walk through the streets and get a sense that you are walking during the time of the Incas as a lot of the culture has remained very similar. The people continue to wear traditional clothing and the town is lined with historical buildings. You will visit the very impressive San Francisco Church, including visits to the baptism room and bell tower, where you will have a great view of the village and its surrounding snow capped mountains. Next, we will drive you to the incredible circular terraces of Moray, which were used as an Incan laboratory to acclimatize crops. After that, you will have a nice lunch at a nearby location. Following lunch, you will have an opportunity to visit the salt terraces of Maras to see and learn about an ancient pre-Incan method of producing salt. After this visit, you will have the choice of either a short 1 hour trek to the Vilcanota River and then we will drive you to your hotel or we can drive you directly to your hotel.
Overnight in Sacred Valley (Altitude: 2900m, 9500ft)

Day 5 Ollantaytambo & 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 local Andean house to observe the daily life and activities of the people. 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 scenery to Aguas Calientes.
Overnight in Aguas Calientes (Altitude: 2000m, 6500ft)

Day 6 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 of Wayna Picchu, which can be scheduled before the guided tour 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 7 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 ‘Escuela Cuzquena’ (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 8 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!

Hotels:

3* Budget hotels P.P:$1564
3* Full hotels P.P:$1706
4* Hotels P.P:$1961

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Your Package Includes:

-Domestic flights
-All transfers and transportation with private van
-All excursions and tours in private service
-All site and attraction entrance tickets
-A professional English speaking tour guide
-A professional driver
-Meals as indicated (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
-All accommodation
-Round trip Train to Machu Picchu
-All Local taxes

Your Package Does Not Include:

-International flights
-Tips

FLEXIBILITY: This is a suggested itinerary and can be adjusted in any way to suit your needs.

-Prices based on a private two person group in one double occupancy room
-Discount will be applied for a group with more than two persons
-A single supplement will be applied for a one person group
-Included domestic fights are subject to change depending upon time of booking.

Supplier Information
Location: Peru
Joined InfoHub: Aug 2006
Client Request Served: 59

M14712 is a tour operator company based in Cusco, Peru. Since April, 2005 we have provided top quality travel services throughout Peru, including Machu Picchu, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Lake Titicaca, the Peruvian Amazon, Colca Canyon, Nazca, Arequipa, Lima and other main attractions. We are much more than a travel...

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