|Purpose:||Culture, History, Archeology|
|No. of days:||8 days - 7 nights|
|First & Last Cities:||Lima, Puno|
|Other cities:||Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cusco|
Your Tour includes:
Tour does not include:
Hotels in your Tour:
|Location||Hotel Name||Room Type||Tripadvisor|
|Lima||Casa Andina Classic Miraflores Centro||Standard||4|
|Sacred Valley||La Casona Yucay||Standard||4.5|
|Lima||Casa Andina Private Miraflores||Superior||4.5|
|Sacred Valley||Casa Andina Private Valley||Superior||4.5|
|Cusco||Casa Andina Private Cusco||Superior||4.5|
|Puno||Casa Andina Private Puno||Superior||4|
|Sacred Valley||Tambo del Inka, a Luxury Collection||Superior||5|
|Cusco||Palacio del Inka, a Luxury Collection||Superior||5|
|Puno||Libertador Lago Titicaca||Superior||4|
Hotels will be confirmed at time of reservation and may be substituted by similar class or better.
Day 1: Lima
Welcome to Lima! Arrival and transfer to your hotel. Remainder of the day at leisure to explore the city on your own.
Day 2: Lima
Today you will discover the history of Lima from the Pre-Columbian era to the present, starting in the historic downtown district. Your guide will take you to beautiful Plaza Mayor ("Main Square"), which is surrounded by the Government Palace, the Archbishop's Palace, and City Hall. While strolling the old streets lined with colonial mansions and Moorish balconies, you will also visit a convent that is an icon of colonial architecture. Then head to the modern districts of San Isidro and Miraflores. San Isidro is an upscale residential and commercial neighborhood, which houses the Huaca Huallamarca a pyramid shaped pre-Hispanic sacred structure. Next visit trendy Miraflores with its chic shops, restaurants and casinos, and lovely boardwalk. At the end of the tour, return to your hotel. Afternoon at leisure to explore Lima on own. [B]
Day 3: Lima, Cusco (Archaeological Ruins)
At agreed time, transfer to the airport to board your flight to Cusco. Arrival and transfer to your hotel. Relax for a couple of hours to acclimatize to the altitude.
Get ready to explore Cusco a UNESCO World Heritage Site! Start at the Koricancha temple, an ancient Incan palace and a place of worship for the Sun God, which in the past was fully covered in gold. Over its ruins, the Dominicans built a beautiful church that remains intact. Your next stop is the Plaza de Armas. Here you find the Catholic Cathedral and the picturesque Church of the Society of Jesus, among other colonial buildings. Continue your journey to the colonial church of San Cristóbal, a picture perfect site with panoramic views of the city. Then proceed to the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, an Incan building known for its 30-foot tall walls made of hewn stone. This fortress that was built atop of a hill offers a scenic view of Cusco. Finish your tour with a visit to the archaeological complexes of Qenko, with its stone labyrinth and sacrificial altar, and Puca Pucara, a site of military ruins, an architectural marvel of rooms, waterways and aqueducts. [B]
Day 4: Cusco, Sacred Valley (Chinchero, Moray & Ollantaytambo)
Start today’s tour visiting the Inca's Balcony, a beautiful terrace with an impressive view of Chinchero, a lovely little town in the Sacred Valley that, according to the Incas, was the birthplace of the rainbow. A small community of indigenous people will greet you. Here you will learn the ancestral technique of dyeing wool to obtain the vivid colors you find throughout Peru. Afterwards visit Moray, an archeological site built on a series of terraces that is believed to be used by the Incas as an agricultural laboratory. The last attraction of your tour is Ollantaytambo: one of the most monumental architectural complexes of the ancient Inca Empire. Ollantaytambo is an Incan military, religious, and agricultural center that rests on a mountain peak. From this imposing site, one can look down and appreciate the amazingly narrow streets and canals that have remained untouched since the Incan times. [B/L]
Day 5: Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cusco
Your day starts with an early transfer to Ollanta train station where you board the train to the small city of Aguas Calientes, gateway to the Citadel of Machu Picchu. Disembark and board a bus headed for the amazing Machu Picchu archaeological site. Go back 500 years in time and immerse yourself in the history of the Incan civilization, provided by your expert guide. Learn why Machu Picchu was designated a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site and voted one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. Afterwards, you have free time to explore the site on your own, relax, or meditate. Later, descend to Aguas Calientes, have lunch and board your train back to Cusco or Sacred Valley. You be met at the train station and transferred to your hotel. [B/L]
Day 6: Cusco, Puno (Bus drive)
At agreed time transfer to bus station to depart for your full day trip to Puno.
This ride is filled with astounding backdrops. Your first stop will be at Andahuaylillas, a town where a precious church from the 17th century boasts an amazing organ decorated with angels and cherubs. The next stop will be the Racchi ruins, known as "The Temple of God Wiracocha", and the last stop will be La Raya, the highest point on the road between Cusco and Puno. Get your camera ready to take amazing pictures. Then on to Puno where your guide will be waiting for you to take you to your hotel. [B/L]
Day 7: Puno (Taquile & Uros Islands)
The trip begins early as you head out of the city of Puno towards Taquile Island. The culture on the island is old, dating back to Pre-Incan times. The islanders still live according to the traditions and beliefs of their ancestors and are world-renowned for their lovely outfits and incredible textiles. In fact, UNESCO has declared the textile art of Taquile Island as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. Next, visit the community of Huayllano with its kind people who are very proud of their traditions and love sharing their ancient knowledge with visitors. Enjoy a box lunch and sail to the famous Uros Islands, a set of man-made floating islands made of totora reed in the middle of the Lake Titicaca National Reserve. Here, you will meet the islanders, who still live from hunting and fishing in this area. At the end of this amazing day you go back to the hotel. [B/BL]
Day 8: Puno, Lima, USA
Today you go back to Lima. En-route visit the Sillustani archeological site.
On the road that connects Puno with Juliaca, where your flight departs from, stop at the Sillustani archeological site, an ancient burial ground featuring giant cylindrical funerary towers built by a pre-Incan people, and in the background the lovely Lake Umayo. It’s an experience you’ll never forget.
Then onto the airport to board your flight to Lima with connections. [B]
[B] = Breakfast | [B/BL] = Breakfast and Box Lunch | [B/L] = Breakfast and Lunch
Rates are per person, based on number of passengers indicated on the brackets.
Price for single is for passenger traveling alone, staying in a single. Single supplement based on 2 or more pax traveling together is available upon request.
Tour code: PE18LIM16CT
Rates are valid through December 22 ’16. Some blackout dates may apply.
Tour Code: PE09LIM16CT