Day 1: Lima. Upon arrival in Lima, Peru, meet your local Peru tour guide or representative at the airport and transfer to the Hotel Boulevard - centrally located in Miraflores, the modern center of the city, near restaurants, commercial centers, the Indian markets and parks. You will receive a briefing about your travel program and all documents for your trip. This afternoon enjoy a first impression of Lima as your guide takes you around on your City Tour.
Day 2: Fascinating Cuzco: Transfer to the airport for the flight to Cuzco. After 1 hour flight, arrival in Cuzco and transfer to the Novotel Cuzco, a new hotel in the city center, a few blocks from the Main Square. The rest of the morning is spent at leisure in order to get accustomed to the altitude. This afternoon, enjoy a visit to the city, the old capital of the Inca Empire, including the Cathedral and the Korikancha (the ancient temple of the Sun), as well as the nearby ruins of Sacsayhuaman, Tambomachay and Qenqo. Tonight's dinner and folklore show are included! Includes: (B), (L).
Day 3: Market day in Pisak, Sacred Valley. Probably the most spectacular market in all of the Andes! But Pisac is also a superb Inca fortress, with temple ruins that still overwhelm with their most magnificent Inca masonry. In the afternoon follow the Sacred Valley along Rio Urubamba down to Ollentaytambo. See the complete irrigation system in the mountains, canals cut out of the sheer rock. The flights of terraces leading up above the town are superb and so are the curving terraces following the contours of the rocks overlooking the Urubamba. Includes: (B).
Day 4: Travel to Machu Picchu and Aguas Calientes. Early in the morning transfer to the station for the train travel to Machu Picchu. A 3 hour scenic train journey brings you to the town of Aguas Calientes, where you will take a shuttle bus up to the entrance of the ruins. Guided visit to Machu Picchu, the “Lost City of the Incas”, with its fabulous architecture and astonishing landscapes. After free time for lunch, return by shuttle bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes. Tonight choose from one of the many little restaurants for your dinner. Too many different tastes are available, you'll have to decide for yourself! Tonight overnight in Aguas Calientes in the shadow of Machu Picchu at the Hatuchay Towers. Includes: (B).
Day 5: Free day in Aguas Calientes - Return to Machu Picchu. This morning, opt to return to the citadel of Machu Picchu. You are in the village named after it's hot springs. (Aguas calientes = Hot waters). Enjoy the view of the valley while you are getting soaked in one of the pools. In the afternoon take your 1st class train back up through the scenery of the Andes to Cuzco. Transfer to your hotel and have a last stroll over the baroque heart of Cusco, the Plaza de Armas. Includes: (B).
Day 6: 1st class Train to Puno! Another interesting but relaxing day is waiting for you. As you sink in to your first class seat, watch mountains go by as high as 20 000 feet, snow capped & majestic. As the train stops en route, glimpse out of the window and wonder how the local Indians live here. See potato fields that feed these people and which from here through the Spanish conquerors also became a mainstay for the entire world. Please note: train schedule subject to availability by Peru Rail; alternatively transfer will be by first class tourist bus including sight seeings and lunch along the route to Lake Titicaca. This evening, check in to the Posada del Inca Hotel at the shores of lake Titicaca. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 7: Lake Titicaca and its floating islands. You are at 3855 m above sea level! Sounds even more amazing to say you are at almost 12000 feet! See today how the Uro Indian tribe lives on floating islands in the lake as the fish, hunt birds and live of lake plants. This afternoon have a look at the astonishing pre-Columbian funeral towers of Sillustani in a beautiful setting on a peninsula in lake Umayo. Archaeologists attempt to rebuild the towers has been defeated. The engineering involved is more complex then anything the Incas built. Includes: (B).
Day 8: Along lake Titicaca to Bolivia. Alternatively it is now also possible to take a cruise over lake Titicaca, with lunch stop on the Island of the Sun! A visit to Tiahuanaco can then be done on Monday instead of the Moon valley and La Paz city tours. The ruins of Tiahuanaco prove that the Incas were not the only cultural and military power of the Andes. When the Incas came to conquer what today is Bolivia, they found a people that lived around ruins that are today around 3600 years old. But, sadly, the people can no longer explain what those ruins were for or what the meaning of them was.
Tiahuanaco was the hub for trans Andean trade, situated on fertile land. The flooding of the raised fields system destroyed the empire that stretched from Peru, Bolivia to Chile. Today this irrigation system is being successfully re-utilized in the Titicaca area. Continue on to La Paz, the highest capital in the world where you spend your last night in the Andes in the very nice Plaza Hotel in the lower part of the city, where the air is a bit thicker! Includes: (B), (D).
Day 9: City Tour of La Paz and Valley of the Moon. Enjoy a city tour of the Bolivian capital, followed by a special excursion to the Valle de la Luna (Valley of the Moon). Overnight back in La Paz. Includes: (B).
Day 10: Transfer home or continue with another tour! Includes: (B).
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