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Discover the highlights of Peru - Lima, Cuzco & Machu Picchu.
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30 Apr 2017
7 nights hotel accommodation, internal flight Lima-Cuzco, some meals, transportation as per itinerary and sightseeing with local english speaking guides.
Daily; 01 Apr - 20 Dec 2017
Culture & Heritage
On this 8 day itinerary, discover the highlights of Peru. Explore Colonial & Modern Lima, enjoy the ancient ruins and traditions of Cuzco, see the beautiful scenery of the Sacred Valley with the highlight of your trip, the magnificent Lost City of the Incas - Machu Picchu.
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Experience bustling vibrant Lima with its mix of traditional and modern culture.
Explore Machu Picchu, one of the most stunning archaeological sites in the world
Discover the enchanting city of Cuzco, sacred capital of the Inca Empire.
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Upon arrival in Lima, transfer to your hotel.
Visit colonial Lima’s downtown: go around the Main Square, where you can find the Presidential Palace, the Cathedral, the Archbishop’s Palace and the Metropolitan City Hall, historic and traditional buildings. Then, get to know Santo Domingo church and monastery, a XVII century jewel, recognized as cultural heritage by UNESCO. The tour goes on to the modern district of San Isidro. (B)
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Cuzco, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Remainder of the day at leisure to acclimatize to the altitude.
The tour will start at the Koricancha temple, an ancient Inca palace and main worship centre of the Sun God, where the order of the Dominicans built an incredible church that can still be seen there. Then, you will tour the Plaza de Armas, where the Cathedral and the beautiful Church of the Society of Jesus, among other colonial buildings, are located. You will then continue the journey to the colonial church of San Cristóbal to enjoy a spectacular view of the city. (B)
Discover the best of the Sacred Valley of the Incas through this route starting on the Inca's Balcony, a beautiful place with an impressive view of Chinchero ruins and city, where twelve families still preserve their traditional mores, showing you the ancestral way in which they process the wool, and obtain those vivid colours for their textiles. Arrive in Moray, an impressing pre-Inca greenhouse, and enjoy lunch in a local restaurant. Afterwards, explore Ollantaytambo, one of the most monumental architectural complexes of the ancient Inca Empire, one of the few places where the Spanish conquistadors lost a major battle. Very well known for its “andenes” (terraces dug into the slopes of mountains for agricultural purposes), Ollantaytambo was a highly effective fortress, that also served as a temple. Then, we will follow to the town of Ollantaytambo, with narrow cobblestone streets that have been continuously inhabited since the 13th century. (B) (L)
Awaiting you today is by far and away one of the high points in world tourism: Machu Picchu. Your adventure starts on a train ride to the city of Aguas Calientes, where you disembark and then board a bus that drives you to the actual Machu Picchu archaeological site, where you will definitely have an experience you will never forget. You will discover this New 7 Wonder of the World and UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site; afterwards, there is some free time for you to explore the site on your own, to relax, or to meditate. (B,L,D)
Your day is at leisure, with time to visit the Machu Picchu ruins once more if you wish (additional cost) before returning to Cuzco by train. (B)
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your onward flight. (B)
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