Discover the "Real Peru" in this week long program that
allows you to enjoy the history of the Inca and their past in a "not so fast pace". First a focus on the Cuzco area
and the archaeological ruins of Sacsayhauman Park then continue to the famous Pisac Market
where you can experience the cultural aspect and barter with the local's. Later proceed to the
famous Inca Fortress of Ollantaytambo where the Inca fought their final battles against the Spanish.
Onward to the "Lost City" of Machu Picchu where the guide will explain the history and myths of the site.
Of course the night is spent at Machu Picchu, for the spectacular view at sunrise! Spend a leisure day in Cuzco and shop or
re-view the areas that interest you most. Complete the program with a Colonial tour of Lima and the choice of any Museum.
This Great trip to be combined to other areas of interest.
Day 1 - depart to Peru - arrive Lima
Depart from the home city to Lima where you will be met and transferred
to the hotel located in Lima. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2 - Lima - Cuzco - City Tour & Sacsayhauman Park - Cuzco
You will be met and transferred to the Lima airport & the local airline flight departing to Cuzco.
On your arrival our staff will meet and transfer you to the Hotel where you can use the remainder
of the morning to acclimate to the 11,300 ft. altitude in the Inca capital of Cuzco. In the afternoon
(1:45 p.m.), our staff will meet and transfer you by bus for a City tour of Cuzco and the Colonial
and Inca sites of La Cathedral and Santo Domingo Convent, or Q’oricancha, Tambo Machay, Kenko,
Pucapucara, and Sacsayhauman. Early evening return to Cuzco and the hotel. (5:45 -6:15 p.m.)
Over night at the hotel. (CB or BB)
Day 3 - Cuzco - Pisac Market - Ollantaytambo
Our staff will meet and transfer you in the morning ( 8:45 -9:00 a.m.) into the Sacred Valley of the Inca.
This fertile region includes many Inca terraces and farm land. Travel to the town of Pisac and the Ancient
Pisac Market for the annual show where many of the local Indians sell and barter their hand made textiles,
fresh fruits, and vegetables. After an hour or so of mingling with the locals, you will proceed to eat lunch
at a local hacienda restaurant in the Sacred Valley. Afterwards, continue to Ollantaytambo which is
the oldest continuously habituated town of the Inca that contains several important Inca structures.
At the top of the sixteen massive terraces are the ever impressive ruins of Ollantaytambo Fortress.
This is where the Inca fought some of their fiercest and strongest battles. It is unknown how the huge
precisely carved stones were transported down one mountain range to the Ollantaytambo location,
or how they were fitted perfectly to support a strategic fortress that has bared the test of time.
Also found here are “silos” or grain mills that are directly adjacent to the fortress that could
have maintained thousands of pounds of grain for the Inca and its people. Some of the grain was
most likely produced in the surrounding agricultural terracing by the variety of crops that were
grown. Afterwards, remain in the Sacred Valley. (3:45 p.m) Overnight at the hotel. (CB or BB / L)
Day 4 - Ollantaytambo - Machu Picchu
You will be assisted to the Ollantaytambo train station for the 8:00 a.m. Vista dome First Class
train. As it winds through the Andean Mountains, you will pass through several small villages where
the local Indian farmers manage their farms and reside just as they have for hundreds of years.
After the scenic ride you arrive at the final stop Aguas Calientes about ( 9:45 a.m. )Here, you
will notice that the weather has changed to a tropical climate. You can now appreciate the
abundance of plants typical for this region and the Amazon basin. Here you will board the tourist
bus and proceed up a incredible winding road that leads to the fabled site of Machu Picchu.
Thousands of people from around the world frequent this magnificent ancient site to pay homage and
grasp the spectacular views of Machu Picchu’s 7,800 ft. plateau. Upon your arrival ( 10:15 a.m. )
your guide will explain the history and the myths that surround this archaeological wonder. After
your tour, you will be transferred by bus to the base of Machu Picchu and the town of Aguas
Calientes. Lunch will be served at the local hotel.( 1:30 - 2:00 p.m.) Remainder of the day on
your own. Ovenight at the hotel.(CB or BB/L) ( Note: Overnight at Sanctuary Lodge incl. BB/L/D,
the Pueblo Hotel incl. BB & D)
Day 5 - Machu Picchu - Cuzco Note: 2nd day re-entry into Machu Picchu not incl.
Today you will have the full day to explore Machu Picchu and its surroundings on your own.
We suggest to take a picnic basket on a short hike to Wayna Picchu or to the Inti Puku Pass
( Gate of the Sun ) where you can get a birds eye view of this massive site. In the late afternoon
you will depart Machu Picchu with many memories that a picture will never tell. After your return
to Cuzco you will be transferred to your hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
( CB or BB )
Day 6 - Free day in Cuzco
Full day on your own in Cuzco to explore the many shops and site see the local museum.
Overnight at the preferred hotel. (CB or BB)
Day 7 - Cuzco - Lima - Colonial & Museum tour of Lima - depart
Our staff will meet and transfer you to the Cuzco airport for your retrun flight to Lima. Here you
will be met and transferred to the hotel in Miraflores. Afternoon tours of Colonial Lima visiting
the Main Square, the site of Spanish foundation by Francisco Pizarro. Continue to the Cathedral,
built in 1625 of Spanish baroque style and the Government Palace, with its traditional & colorful
changing of the presidential guard, then to San Francisco Church and Monastery: Lima’s biggest religious
complex with a convent, museum of colonial art, cloisters and catacombs. Later continue to your choice
Museum ( Larco Herrera, National or Gold ) where priceless pre-Columbian ceramic, weaving’s, gold,
silver & copper artifacts from previous civilizations like Nazca, Paracas, Wari, Chavin, Moche,
Lambayeque, Chimu & Inca can be viewed. Early evening return to the Hotel where you can relax
for the remainder of the evening. Later that evening ( 9:30 p.m. ) you will be met and transferred
to the Lima airport and your flight out of Peru. (CB or BB)
Day 8 - Lima - arrive home
NOTE : All hotels include Continental or Buffet breakfast.
Room type : ST=Standard;CR=Colonial;SP=Superior;DR=Deluxe;
SPD=Superior Deluxe; JS=Jr.Suite;MV=Mountain View;MVT=Mountain View Terrace.
NOT INCLUDED :
International air to Peru, local air inside Peru. Local air inside Peru available directly from airline or via the Peru office representatives.
Also not included local visas, departure taxes and any add on incidentals not included in program.