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Tour in Lima, Cusco and Machu Picchu Trip
9 Days / 8 Nights

ITINERARY

Day 01: Lima

Arrive Lima. Pickup at the airport, transfer to the Hotel. Rest and relax from the long flight, and prepare for the next day´s journey to the Incan Capital of the World.

Day 02: Lima

Pick-up from your hotel for a city tour of colonial and modern Lima, including the cathedral, dating from 1654, the main square, which still houses the original bronze fountain built in 1650, and the San Francisco Convent and its catacombs. Known as the city of the kings, Lima was founded in 1535 by Pizarro and rebuilt in 1991, the same year that UNESCO declared it a world heritage site. One of the very few South American cities that preserve the colonial past, Lima was home to the Spanish viceroy during the time of the Spanish colonialists. The tour also includes a visit to the residential areas of San Isidro and Miraflores, stopping at Larco Mar to enjoy a view of the beautiful Pacific Ocean. Return to your hotel or extend your tour by a visit to your choice of museum.

Day 03: Cuzco

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Cuzco. Arrival in Cuzco, reception and transfer to the Hotel. Afternoon guided visit of the four ruins nearby; the Sacsayhuaman Fortress overlooking the city of Cuzco, a pre Inca architectural masterpiece; Kenko, a rock sanctuary whose main attraction is the monolithic altar representing a puma, the red Fortress of Puca-Pucara and Tambomachay, a beautiful fountain fed by a spring forming a series of basins continue to the city of Cuzco; the Main Square, the Cathedral and the Koricancha or Temple of the Sun. Return to your hotel.

Day 04: Urubamba Valley - Sacred Valley - Pisac - Ollantaytambo

Full day excursion to the Urubamba, the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Visit the village of Pisac, founded during colonial times and set at the foot of a hill crowned by the remains of an Inca city. On Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, in the main square, Indians barter their products and artisans from all over the area sell their woven alpaca wool blankets and ponchos, engraved gourds, antique reproductions, jewellery, etc. On Sundays it is also the meeting place for mayors from all the villages in the region, dressed in their traditional costumes to attend morning mass. After lunch, a visit to Ollantaytambo, the only Inca town which was not overthrown by the conquistadores, and explore the ruins which tower above it. Late afternoon return to Cuzco whilst visiting en-route the traditional market of Chinchero. Return to your hotel.

Day 05: Cuzco

Free day to enjoy the city. Enjoy the local cafes and artisan markets. Finish some souvenir shopping and have a hot café con leche in the Plaza de Armas, Relax and enjoy the gorgeous Andes. Accommodation in the Hotel.

Day 06: Cuzco - Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu)

Transfer to the railway station for the early morning departure to Aguas Calientes.

Transfer to your hotel and then choice of afternoon tour (guides optional). For the fit adventurer looking for a challenge, you can climb Putu Kusi, a mountain that sits straight across from Machu Picchu. This hike (2 hours) is full of beautiful vegetation and includes lengthy ladder climbs, those who are afraid of heights should take this into consideration. The other option is a rather easy hike, 4 hours, to the Mandor Pampa. This hike includes traveling though the local cloud forest and arriving at a beautiful waterfall. There is plenty of vegetation and small animals to check out along the way. After the tour, return to your Hotel for an open night and a good nights sleep.

Day 07: Tour in Machu Picchu

After breakfast, transfer to the local bus meeting location, take a bus ride up to the spectacular Machu Picchu ruins (25 minutes). Guided visit of Machu Picchu. Built by the Inca Pachacutec, comprising stone blocks fitted with masterful precision that harmoniously blends into the mountain landscape. There are many theories as to the origins of Machu Picchu but three of the most popular ideas include a temple to the sun, a fortress against the jungle inhabitants or a sanctuary for the Incas. This fabulous city has houses, temples, warehouses, a large central square, all connected by narrow roads and steps, and is surrounded by terraces cut into the mountain side which were used for agriculture. After the tour, free time to enjoy this magical and spiritual wonder. Return in the afternoon to Cuzco by train. Transfer to your Hotel.

Day 08: Cuzco - Lima

After breakfast, we will transfer to airport for return to flight back to Lima. Arrive to Lima and transfer to your hotel. Free morning. After we will have dinner in the International restaurant.

Day 09: Lima

After the breakfast, transfer from hotel until the airport.

WHAT IS INCLUDED

  • 6 night’s accommodation in * hotels with private bathroom, including breakfast
  • All transfers, tours and excursions as per itinerary with local English speaking guides
  • All meals as per itinerary
  • Train tickets: Cuzco - Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu) – Cuzco in Vistadome class
  • All entrance fees

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED

  • Meals not specified on the itinerary
  • All domestic flights require a US$5.00 charge (airport tax), payable at the airport
  • Personal expenses such as telephone bills, laundry expenses, beverages, etc
  • Insurance against theft, loss, illness and/or accident
  • Tips, baggage porterage and other extras not specified

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