This trip can be customized to fit your individual travel dates and any specific requests you may have. Your travel consultant will prepare a customized itinerary for you. We offer a choice of 3, 4, 5-star and deluxe hotels. The Deluxe option is with the Orient Express hotels: the Sanctuary Lodge in Machu Picchu, Monasterio in Cuzco and the Park Plaza in Lima. You may also choose to upgrade to the luxury Hiram Bingham train from Cuzco to Machu Picchu. This tour includes international airfare from Miami (US), on non-holiday dates. You do not need to fly via Miami; Kon-Tiki will fly you the most direct way to your city of destination. Depending on your travel dates and proximity of travel, we will quote you the most economical surcharge from your city or country of origin.
Day 1: Take the overnight flight to Lima, Peru.
Day 2: Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. Afternoon city tour of Lima. Lima has always been one of the most important cities in South America since it's founding in 1535. Journey through the historic center of the city. Admire the beauty of San Martin and Major squares, the Cathedral, the Government Palace and visit San Francisco Convent, religious building from the end of the XVI century and its catacombs. Also drive through the residential districts of San Isidro and Miraflores.
Day 3: Morning transfer to the airport to take the flight to Cuzco. Upon arrival in Cuzco, transfer to your hotel. Afternoon city tour of Cuzco, visiting the Korikancha temple or Temple of the Sun, the Cathedral and its Art Museum and the artisans quarter of San Blas and San Blas church. Continuing to the nearby water shrine of Tambomachay (the Inca Fountains), Puca Pucara (the Red Fortress), amphitheater of Kenko and finally the Sacsahuaman Fortress. Return to your hotel.
Day 4: Morning transfer to the train station. Train takes us through the Sacred Valley of the Incas up to the town of Aguas Calientes. From here, we will board a bus to the Lost Citadel of Machu Picchu. We will then have a guided tour of the ruins. Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas, was a flourishing ceremonial and agricultural site, probably the gateway to the jungle marches of the Inca Empire. The central buildings were erected with the polished stone works of the Cusco Imperial style, though the site was probably occupied well before the Incas started their expansion. It was associated with the earth cult revolving around the Coca leaf, which was a privilege of the Inca Royal family and priests. You will have time to enjoy a light lunch or snack, and return to your hotel at your leisure. In the evening we will enjoy a wonderful dinner at the hotel or in the village of Aguas Calientes.
Day 5: Day at leisure. You may choose to return to Machu Picchu, hike Huayna Picchu, or relax in the village of Aguas Calientes and its hot springs. In the afternoon, we will board the train to return to Cuzco. Upon arrival transfer to your hotel.
Day 6: Morning at leisure in Cuzco. Afternoon transfer to the airport to take the flight to Lima and connect with the flight to Trujillo. Upon arrival transfer to your hotel.
Day 7: Morning excursion to the Temple of the Sun and the Moon. These enormous adobe constructions were built by the Mochicas in the 5th century. The Temple of the Sun is considered to be the largest adobe pyramid in Peru; the Temple of the Moon houses an extensive burial ground and some fine polychrome murals in which their deity is often printed. It is believed that one was administrative and the other religious. We will then drive to Huanchaco Beach, well frequented by beach-goers and surfers, you will have the opportunity to appreciate the local fishermen surfing the waves in their traditional "Caballitos de Totora", little reed boats used for fishing since pre Inca times, by Northern Peruvians during lunch. Lunch included in Huanchaco. In the afternoon, we will visit the largest mud archaeological complex of pre-Hispanic America, Chan Chan. This was once the capital of the Chimu Empire (13th Century). We will visit the Temple of Arco Iris, the site museum and the Tshudi Palace.
Day 8: Drive north to the archaeological complex of El Brujo (the Shaman) with a 30-meter adobe pyramid. It contains three large buildings constructed in different eras: Huaca Prieta, the oldest construction on the Peruvian Coast; Huaca El Brujo, a pyramid from the Mochica Culture and Huaca Cao Viejo, with an old Christian church. In the afternoon, private transfer to Chiclayo. Upon arrival in Chiclayo, visit to the Royal Tombs of Sipan Museum. The museum exhibits the most important archaeological remains of the Mochica Culture. The jewels, emblems and ornaments were found in 1987 in the tomb of a Mochica government leader, the Lord of Sipan. Overnight in Chiclayo.
Day 9: Visit the impressive Necropolis of Huaca Rajada, a Mochica Culture Funeral Centre. Here, a great number of tombs have been discovered. The Tombs of the Old Lord of Sipan (3rd Century) and the Lord of Sipan (5th Century), famous for its objects in gold and semi-precious stones, were unearthed in the decade of 1980's by Peruvian archaeologists led by Dr. Walter Alva. Drive north to visit the Archaeological Complex of Tucume, or Valley of the Pyramid, excavated by Thor Heyerdahl. This is an important Archaeological Complex of the Lambayeque Culture (BC 1,000/1,350 AD). It consists of Pyramids from which the extensive pre-Columbian urban site can be surveyed.
Day 10: Transfer to the airport to take the flight to Lima. Upon arrival in Lima, transfer to your hotel. Afternoon shopping tour of Lima, taking you to the famous handicraft markets accompanied by our guides.
Day 11: Transfer to the airport to take the flight back home, or overlap with the add-on of your choice.
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