DAY 1 | ARRIVAL TO LIMA
A transportation service and a representative will pick you up from the airport at the scheduled time and transfer you to your hotel in Lima. The Peruvian capital is a modern metropolis full of history and is home to approximately 10 million inhabitants. The city is currently undergoing an exciting process of cultural and economic changes. Overnight at selected hotel in Lima. Optional activity at an extra charge: Visit to Magic Water Circuit and dinner show.
DAY 2 | LIMA - CITY TOUR
Breakfast at the hotel. Explore Limas old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site packed with fascinating historic buildings. Start with a scenic tour in the colonial downtown, which originates and spreads out from the Main Square, where you can appreciate the grandiose architecture of the Spanish Empire. Be amazed by Limas Cathedral, built during the 16th century and which took over 80 years to complete. Then visit the Casa Aliaga, a colonial mansion granted in 1535 by chief conquistador Francisco Pizarro to Jerónimo de Aliaga, one of his captains. This is the only house from that time that is still owned by the same family through the centuries. Continue to the Larco Museum, located in the traditional Pueblo Libre district, which is housed in a beautifully restored vice regal mansion built on a pre-Columbian pyramid from the VII century. The museum boasts the most complete pre-Hispanic collection of gold and silver objects, as well as pieces of erotic art. Finally, you will be transferred to the hotel. Overnight at the selected hotel in Lima. Optional activity at an extra charge: Tour through the boardwalk of Barranco and Miraflores + gastronomic experience in Qincha.
DAY 3 | LIMA - CUSCO: CITY TOUR & ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES (90 min flight)
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport to take the flight to Cusco. A transportation service takes you to the hotel to check-in. Then, start the city tour visiting Coricancha, also known as 'The Temple of the Sun', ordered to be built by Inca Pachacuti, which became the foundation for the construction of the Santo Domingo Convent at the arrival of the Spanish. Next, visit the Cathedral, the most imposing monument of the Main Square, construction of which began in the sixteenth century. Then, get to know the Sacsayhuaman fortress, one of the most emblematic Inca buildings, erected in the 15th century. It is an immense fortress built with large stones, their transportation, carving and assembly still remains a mystery. Every June 24th the Inti Raymi Festival, where the sun is worshipped, is recreated during the winter solstice. Continue to Qenqo, an archaeological complex for mainly religious purposes. It is believed that agricultural rituals were held in this site. Finally, visit Puca Pucara, at seven kilometres from the city. Puca Pucara, meaning 'red fort', was an architectural complex of alleged military use with multiple environments, plazas, aqueducts, walls and towers. It is believed that it was used by the Inca entourage while he rested in Tambomachay. When finished, return to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel in Cusco on bed and breakfast basis.
DAY 4 | CUSCO - MARAS - MORAY - CUSCO
Breakfast at the hotel. Start a journey of approximately an hour and a half to the archaeological sites of Moray and Maras. The archaeological site of Moray consists of mysterious concentric circular platforms that may have been an agricultural research centre. The external platforms are higher than the internal ones and could simulate the conditions of the different ecological levels of the Empire. On the other hand, Maras, near Moray, is an impressive salt mine complex. It is composed of large salt deposits that were used for trading with products from other regions of the Empire. After the tour, you are transferred to the selected hotel in the city of Cusco.
*From December to March (rainy season), visit Chinchero, Maras town and 'chicherías', instead of the Salineras. In those months, you have the option to replace this tour with the visit to Southern Valley. Overnight at the selected hotel in Cusco on bed and breakfast basis. Optional activity at an extra charge: Visit to Planetarium Cusco.
DAY 5 | CUSCO - SACRED VALLEY - CHINCHERO - OLLANTAYTAMBO & LIVING MUSEUM OF YUCAY
Breakfast at the hotel. During the morning, you are picked up from your hotel to visit the town of Chinchero*, a traditional Cusco urban centre located at an elevated point with a beautiful view of the valley. The inhabitants of this area preserve the artisan traditions and the inherited knowledge of the Incas and display them in their clothes and customs. In Chinchero there are also archaeological remains and a beautiful seventeenth-century church, one of the first Catholic buildings in Peru. You are transferred to the Living Museum of Yucay, a centre of Andean handicraft traditions where demonstrations of the elaboration of textile work, adobe, pottery and silverware are carried out in the same way in which they used to in antiquity; an original recreation of Incan traditions. In addition, you may be able to feed the residents of the museum! These include llamas, sheep and alpacas! Later, have lunch in Ollantaytambo and enjoy a superior Andean gastronomy experience in Chuncho restaurant, where the true spirit of the Sacred Valley radiates in a cosy atmosphere. Upon arriving in Ollantaytambo, visit its town, inhabited uninterruptedly since Inca times, and climb the iconic fortress, built next to a mountain. At the end of this activity, you are transferred back to your hotel. *On Sundays, also visit the local market. Overnight at the hotel in Sacred Valley on bed and breakfast basis. Lunch included.
DAY 6 | SACRED VALLEY - MACHU PICCHU
Breakfast at the hotel. A transportation service will pick you up from your hotel in Urubamba and transfer you to the Ollanta Sation. Your trip to Machu Picchu will start with a train ride to the town of Aguas Calientes. Aguas Calientes has a handicrafts market, restaurants, and accommodation of different categories for those who prefer to spend the night next to the mountain and then visit it early next morning. After a short trip, arrive at Machu Picchu, a masterpiece of engineering and architecture that served as a sanctuary and resting place for Inca Pachacuti. Machu Picchu means 'Old Mountain', and was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It is also one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. At the end of the tour, return by bus to Aguas Calientes and enjoy a delicious lunch at the Café Inkaterra. Free afternoon. Overnight at selected hotel in Aguas Calientes on bed and breakfast basis. Lunch included.
DAY 7 | MACHU PICCHU - CUSCO
Breakfast at the hotel. You can return to Machu Picchu and visit any of the attractions that the citadel keeps: the Intipunku ('Puerta del Sol') was a control gate, from where the sun rises every day. You can climb the Huayna Picchu (subject to space availability), which means 'Young Mountain'. Its ascent takes about an hour and the 'Temple of the Moon', an underground complex of constructions probably intended for the use of the elite, can be visited on the way. Finally, you can visit the Inca Bridge, an amazing stone construction that served as an entrance or exit to the citadel. In the afternoon you will be transferred to the Aguas Calientes train station to head back to the Ollanta station, from where you are transferred to your hotel in Cusco. Overnight at the selected hotel in Cusco on bed and breakfast basis.
DAY 8 | CUSCO - DEPARTURE
After having breakfast at the hotel, you are transferred to the airport. A representative assists you along the way. Breakfast included.