Tour of Modern and Colonial Lima and Larco Museum. (B)
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Cusco. In the afternoon Tour of Cusco and its Ruins. (B)
Full Day excursion to Machu Picchu aboard the Hiram Bingham train. (B,L,D)
Full Day excursion to Moray, Maras Salt Pools and a Quechua Village. Overnight in Sacred Valley. (B,L)
Full Day excursion to the Pisac Indian Market and Ollantaytambo Fortress. (B,L)
Enjoy the Luxury Spa and Inca Ritual in Aranwa Hotel. Overnight in Sacred Valley. (B)
Transfer from Sacred Valley to Cusco airport for your flight to Lima and then take your connecting flight to home.
Departures: Weekly. Itineraries are flexible.
Tour includes: All airport transfers, all tours, meals, entrance fees and train tickets listed, hotel accommodation, hotel taxes and service charge. Additional pre and post tours are available.
Not included:International airfare, domestic airfare within Peru, These tax can not be pre-paid. The entrance fee to the ruins on the second day in Machu Picchu $58.
Day 1 - Arrival in Lima
Arrival in Lima, the "City of Kings" famous for its Spanish Colonial architecture, extraordinary museums and cuisine. Lima is internationally recognized as the "Gastronomic Capital of the Americas", and its cuisine is considered among the most diverse and exquisite in the world on par with French cuisine. Upon arrival a host will meet and assist you in transferring to the hotel and in registering.
Day 2 - Lima
Breakfast at your hotel. Tour of Modern and Colonial Lima including the world famous Larco Museum - This half-day tour visits both the colonial and modern sections of Lima. Colonial sites include the lovely Plaza Mayor, the Government Palace, San Francisco Church and the exquisite Torre Tagle Palace modern day seat of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In modern Lima, drive along the exclusive residential areas of Miraflores and San Isidro.
Continue to the Larco Museum, founded in 1926, it displays remarkable chronological galleries providing an excellent overview on 3000 years of development of Peruvian pre-Columbian history. Located in a unique vice-royal mansion of the 18th century built over a 7th century pre-Columbian pyramid is surrounded by beautiful gardens. The Larco Museum also features the finest gold and silver collection from Ancient Peru and the famous erotic archaeological collection, one of the most visited Peruvian tourist attractions. (B)
Day 3 - Lima / Cusco
Early morning transfer from the hotel to the airport for a short but spectacular flight over the snowcapped Andes to the oldest inhabited city in the hemisphere, Cusco, at an elevation of 11,440 feet. Upon arrival a host will meet and assist you in transferring to the hotel and in registering.
Tour of Cusco and Nearby Ruins - Visitors are caught up in the excitement of touring the ancient capital of the Inca Empire, a delightful combination of Inca and colonial architecture. The tour visits important landmarks such us Cusco"s Cathedral, Santo Domingo Church, Plaza de Armas and Koricancha "The Temple of the Sun". This tour of the oldest continuously inhabited city in the western hemisphere also includes the nearby ruins of Kenko, Puca-Pucara, Tambomachay as well as the Sacsayhuaman fortress, an imposing example of Inca military architecture. (B)
Day 4 - Cusco / Machu Picchu / Cusco
Breakfast at your hotel. Morning train ride aboard the most luxurious railway service in South America to enjoy the unbelievable sights of the "Lost City of the Incas," Machu Picchu. Perched 8,200 feet above the valley, it was hidden by mountains and semi-tropical jungles for 400 years until discovered by Hiram Bingham of Yale University in 1911. Archaeologists believe that the Inca "Virgins of the Sun" took refuge from the Spanish Conquistadors here. Guided tour of the Sanctuary and plenty of free time to study the mysterious site. Brunch and four-course dinner and cocktails are aboard the Hiram Bingham. Afternoon "Tea Time Goodies" at the Orient Express Sanctuary Lodge, located just a few steps from the Inca citadel is also included. (B,L)
Day 5 - Cusco / Sacred Valley
Breakfast at your hotel. Moray, Maras Salt Pools and Authentic Quechua Village - Pass through unspoiled and picturesque Andean communities on your way to the Incan agricultural experimental center of Moray, famous for its sunken amphitheater, made up of four circular terraces, which appear to fade away into the earth like an artificial crater. The site was apparently an Inca agricultural research station filled with fertile earth and watered by complex irrigation systems, designed for experimenting with crops at various altitudes (some of which run down to depths of 100 meters). Continue to the impressive Maras salt pools formed by water emerging from a lake inside a mountain in the Urubamba Valley. An amazing view of evaporating ponds for the extraction of salt. Learn about ancestral techniques, which are still used, in agricultural, irrigation and salt-recollection tasks, as well as in Andean festivals and rites.
After lunch, visit an authentic Quechua Village to feel the way of life of the Inca"s ancestors. The Inca himself was a noble Quechua. They live off the land and are always wearing their colorful ponchos, see Quechua children scamper about while woman are weaving their family"s clothes. A meaningful experience! Lunch is included. (B,L)
Day 6 - Sacred Valley
Breakfast at your hotel. Full Day Excursion to the Pisac Indian Market and the Ollantaytambo Archaeological Complex - Morning departure for a drive through the fertile countryside of the Urubamba Valley to the colonial village of Pisac where an Indian Market takes place Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Other days you will tour the religious nucleus and archaeological site of Pisac. During your visit to the bustling marketplace you will have the opportunity to bargain with the natives for many different types of Peruvian handicrafts and jewelry.
Continue to the Ollantaytambo archaeological complex, the Incas built it as a fort that included a temple, agricultural terraces, and an urban area. There are two distinct sectors: The religious and worship zone, and the residential area. Ollantaytambo was an important administrative center with probable military functions if one considers the walls and towers. There are also traces of ancient roads and aqueducts. The town of Ollantaytambo is called a "Living Inca Town" since the inhabitants maintain very old practices and customs. Lunch is at a beautiful country estate on the shores of the Urubamba River. (B,L)
Day 7 - Sacred Valley
Breakfast at your hotel. Today you will have the chance to enjoy the Aranwa Hotel You have included the use of the Inca Sauna, is an Inca ritual, whose purpose is to clean the body with the aid of steam and essential oils. An infusion of coca leaves, eucalyptus and incense poured on hot porous rocks to generate steam in the sauna. A spiritual guide leads the ceremony, saying singing and directing visitors toward catharsis, a spiritual cleansing incomparable. Afternoon is at Leisure. (B)
Day 8 - Sacred Valley / Cusco / Lima / Home
Breakfast at your hotel. Transfer from the Sacred Valley to Cusco airport for your flight to Lima where you will wait for your international flight. (B)
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Departures:Weekly. Itineraries and departure days are flexible, you can add extra days or you can shorten the number of days on a particular city according to your interests.
Tour includes:All airport transfers, tours and meals indicated in the itinerary. All entrance fees and train tickets needed to operate the tours and excursions, hotel accommodation, hotel taxes and service charge. Additional pre and post tours are available.
Not included:International airfare, domestic airfare within Peru, airport departure taxes (Approximate cost $31.00 international flights, and $7.40 for each domestic flight). These tax can not be pre-paid. The entrance fee to the ruins on the second day in Machu Picchu $58.