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Visit Cuzco (Pisac Market, Sacred Valley of the Incas), Lima (Government Palace, Monastery of San Francisco), Machu Picchu, Aguas Calientes.

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  • Day 1
    Lima
  • Day 2
    Lima - Cuzco - Sacred Valley (582 km)
  • Day 3
    Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu - Cuzco (49 km)
  • Day 4
    Cuzco
  • Day 5
    Cuzco
  • Day 6
    Cuzco - Lima (582 km)
  • Day 7
    Lima
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Day 1 Lima

Arrive in Lima where you will be met by your Tour Director.
Standard Hotel: Sonesta Hotel El Olivar or similar

Day 2 Lima - Cuzco - Sacred Valley(582 km)

Fly to Cuzco, the impressive Andean city that was once the capital of the Inca Empire. Head into the Sacred Valley of the Incas, stopping at Awanakancha to meet local families who preserve the ancient technique of Pre - Columbian weaving using South American camelid fibers. Next, continue to Pisca, an old mountain village where you will have free time to shop for local wares such as alpaca sweaters and blankets, jewelry, or hand-painted ornamental dishes and vases. Enjoy lunch today at a local restaurant and stay overnight in the Sacred Valley.

This city once served as the capital of the Inca Empire. Many of its most popular sights are the ruins of this once-great people, such as the famous "lost city" of Machu Picchu. Cuzo itself also has many sights.

  • The heart of the Inca Empire, the Sacred Valley of the Incas is the region of Peru surrounding the city of Cusco. The valley is full of the ruins of this once-powerful empire, such as Ollantaytambo, Pisac and Tipon.
  • Pisac is a small town just to the north of Cusco, and it is home to a busy marketplace where fresh produce, meats, and handmade crafts are sold by locals.
Standard Hotel: Posada Del Inca Yucay or similar
Breakfast: IncludedLunch: Included

Day 3 Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu - Cuzco(49 km)

Transfer to the Ollanta station and board the Expedition Train for a short journey through the lush Urubamba Valley to Aguas Calientes, the town at the base of the mountain where Machu Picchu is located. Then, transfer to a motorcoach for the ascent to legendary Machu Picchu, the "Lost City of the Incas", high above the steep valley overlaid with dense tropical jungle. Your Local Guide will bring you closer to the lives and mysteries still hidden in these amazing structures built by the Pre-Columbian masters of this sacred land. Later this afternoon, return by train to Cusco, enjoy dinner at your hotel.

This town sits 20 minutes down the mountain from Machu Picchu. Its name, "hot waters" in English, derives from the presence of numerous thermal springs in the area that make thisvillage a great place to relax after a hike.

The famous citadel of the Inca sits atop a scraggy mountain peak overlooking the valley that was sacred to those people. These ruins feature many temples and the famous terraced-gardens the Inca developed for agriculture in the Andes.

Standard Hotel: Sonesta Hotel Cuzco or similar
Breakfast: IncludedDinner: Included

Day 4 Cuzco

Spend the day discovering some of the most famous ancient, Inca sites including semi-circular Kenko Temple with its stone altars and labyrinth of passages, the red fortress of Puca Pucara and the Temple of Sacsayhuaman.

This city once served as the capital of the Inca Empire. Many of its most popular sights are the ruins of this once-great people, such as the famous "lost city" of Machu Picchu. Cuzo itself also has many sights.

  • An archaeological site in the Sacred Valley of Peru located in the Cusco Region. The site was declared a Cultural Heritage of the Cusco Region by the National Institute of Culture. It is one of the largest huacas (holy places) in the Cusco Region. Many huacas were based on naturally occurring rock formations. It was believed to be a place where sacrifices and mummification took place.
  • Sacsayhuaman is strategically built on a hill overlooking Cuzco and famous for its enormous carved stones, some of them standing over 9m/30ft high and weighing over 350 tons.
Standard Hotel: Sonesta Hotel Cuzco or similar
Breakfast: Included

Day 5 Cuzco

Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore the city of Cusco. Perhaps take an optional walking tour to learn more about the Incas and their struggle against invading Spaniards. Visits include the imposing Cathedral and the Inca Temple of the Sun, Koricancha, which became the Spaniards'Santo Domingo Monastery. Tonight, gather with your fellow travelers for a special farewell dinner hosted by your Tour Director.

This city once served as the capital of the Inca Empire. Many of its most popular sights are the ruins of this once-great people, such as the famous "lost city" of Machu Picchu. Cuzo itself also has many sights.

Standard Hotel: Sonesta Hotel Cuzco or similar
Breakfast: IncludedDinner: Included

Day 6 Cuzco - Lima(582 km)

Board your return flight to Lima. On arrival, your Local Guide focuses on the city's colonial heritage during a walking tour. Start at the Plaza de Armas to see the Government Palace and the Cathedral. From here, stroll to the venerable San Francisco Monastery with its splendid 17th-century cloister murals and underground network of catacombs. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Tonight you may want to join our optional excursion to visit the Larco Museum with time to explore and have dinner at its restaurant.

Lima, the capital city of Peru, was founded by conquistador Francisco Pizarro in 1535. This city's historic places include the National University of San Marcos, which was established in 1551 and is the oldest university in the Americas.

  • The Government Palace, located on the north side of the Plaza Mayor in Peru's capital city Lima. The palace was built in 1535 and is a stately government building with a set of ornamental guards. It features a large wrought-iron fence that surrounds the building and lines one side of the Plaza Mayor behind the Rimac River.
  • Saint Francis Monastery located in Lima, Peru. The church and convent are part of the Historic Centre of Lima, which was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1991. Aside from a church and monastery it also contains a library and catacombs.
Standard Hotel: Sonesta Hotel El Olivar or similar
Breakfast: Included

Day 7 Lima

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

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