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Cusco and Machu Picchu Archaeology Tour, Peru

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 5 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 99 people
Destination(s): Peru  
Specialty Categories: Archeology/History  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: Yes
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 3506 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 7655 US Dollar (USD)

This brief Peru must-see tour will take you to the must-see sites in Cusco and Machu Picchu. After a short flight, you will arrive in Cusco for a tour of this ancient city. Here, you will visit a series of Inca ruins in the early Capital of the Inca Empire including the Temple of the Sun, the Inca Fountains, and the Sacsayhuaman Fortress. A breathtaking train ride through the Sacred Valley will take you to Machu Picchu, the famous “lost city,” to enjoy a full day tour of the ruins spending the evening in the nearby village of Aguas Calientes.

Recently, following UNESCO recommendations, Peruvian authorities have placed restrictions on the visitation of Machu Picchu, the lost Incan ruins. Currently, no more than 2,500 people daily will be allowed to visit the ruins. While these new restrictions are great for the preservation of the ruins, they may cause some difficulties in your ability to visit them, so we recommend booking with plenty of notice.

Itinerary:
Day 1: Flight to Cusco
Day flight to Lima. Upon arrival, be met by a representatives and connect with the flight to Cusco. Upon arrival be greeted for airport assistance and transferred to the hotel in Cusco.

Day 2: Tour of Cusco
This morning enjoy a private walking tour of Cusco to visit the Korikancha Temple, or Temple of the Sun, and the Cathedral and its Art Museum. During the private tour today there will be the option to visit the Casa Concha museum or the San Pedro Market. The Casa Concha museum was recently renovated and houses over 360 archaeological pieces from Machu Picchu, recently returned by Yale University. San Pedro Market is a lively, local market where there will be a briefing about the local Andean ingredients and an opportunity to purchase them. This market visit is a great opportunity to interact with the locals either selling or purchasing items from the market. This afternoon there will be time for lunch before continuing to the nearby water shrine of Tambomachay (the Inca Fountains), Puca Pucara (the Red Fortress), the amphitheater of Kenko and finally the Sacsayhuaman Fortress. This afternoon, return to the hotel for an evening at one’s leisure.

Day 3: Tour of Machu Picchu
Early morning transfer to the train station. The train will travel through the Sacred Valley of the Incas up to the town of Aguas Calientes. From here, board a bus to Machu Picchu and 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 marshes 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. Enjoy lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge, at the entrance of the ruins, before returning to the hotel at one’s leisure. In the evening, enjoy a wonderful dinner at the hotel or in the town of Aguas Calientes.

Day 4: Machu Picchu to Cusco
Day at leisure. Choose to return to Machu Picchu, hike Huayna Picchu or relax in the village of Aguas Calientes and its hot springs. In the afternoon, board the train to return to Cusco. Upon arrival, train station reception and transfer to the hotel.

Day 5: Flight Home
Transfer to the airport to take the flight to Lima and connect with flight back home.

Notes:
Airfare is included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Air transportation from Miami to Lima and return, Lima to Cuzco and return.
- Hotel accommodation including continental or buffet breakfast.
- All transfers between airports and hotels with assistance and baggage handling.
- Guided tours in English including all entrance fees and meals where specified.

Note: Local airport taxes that are payable in the country of destination are not included. Taxes and security fees that can be paid at time of ticketing are already included in the quote (if airfare has been included in the quote).

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