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TOUR: CUSCO, LAND OF THE INCAS

Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu Tour

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Duration: 5 days / 4 nights
Tour Type: Archaeological and cultural
Price: From US$ 758
Places to be visited:
Sightseeing tour in Lima; Combined Sightseeing tour, The Sacred Valley of the Incas and Machu Picchu in Cusco.

Tour Description

All our programmes can be tailor made according to your requirements, whether regarding the length of your tour, any special interests or specific activities, flight reservations, optional destinations or tours.

DAY 01: International Arrival in Lima
Assistance at your arrival to Lima International Airport and transfer to your hotel. There you will receive a briefing on your tour; vouchers covering all the services included in your tour and additional information on the organisation of your Peru trip.

Meals Included: None

DAY 02: Lima / Cusco: Sightseeing Tour and Visit to Nearby Ruins
Breakfast. Early in the morning transfer to Lima Airport to board your flight to Cusco. Upon arrival transfer to your hotel. Remainder of the morning free to rest and get used to the altitude.
Main Square Cusco, Cusco Land of the Incas, Tours in PeruIn the afternoon, guided sightseeing tour in Cusco visiting the Main Square, the Cathedral and the Temple of the Sun or Korikancha. Then, we drive out of the City to visit the Inca sites of Kenko, Tambomachay, Puca Pucara and the impressive Fortress of Sacsayhuaman, strategically built on a hill overlooking Cusco, famous for its enormous carved stones, some of them standing over 9 m / 30 ft high and weighing over 350 tons.
Return to your hotel and get ready to enjoy a dinner in a typical restaurant with a folklore show where the musicians play their melodies with Andean instruments of beautiful sounds while typically dressed dancers will show you different ancient Peruvian dances.

Meals Included: Breakfast and dinner

DAY 03: Cusco: The Sacred Valley of the Incas
Ollantaytambo, Cusco Land of the Incas, Tours in PeruBreakfast. Full-day excursion to the "Sacred Valley of the Incas", along the Vilcanota River. We will have the opportunity to share closely the peasants' customs and bargain with vendors at the typical indian market of Pisac, held on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Lunch in a local countryside restaurant.
In the afternoon, passing through the Towns of Calca and Urubamba, we visit the Inca Fortress and Citadel of Ollantaytambo, built to guard the entrance to this part of the Valley, and protect it from possible invasion from the tribes in the Lower jungle. You can walk through the quaint streets of the nearby Town, and get a good idea of what this strategic military, religious, and agricultural centre was like during the era of the Inca Empire.
Back to Cusco, transfer to your hotel for overnight.
Evening at leisure. We suggest going around the Main Square and enjoy the night atmosphere tasting a delicious Pisco Sour in some of the many pubs around the Main Square

Meals Included: Breakfast and lunch

DAY 04: Cusco / Machu Picchu / Cusco
Breakfast. The day starts with an early morning rise to transfer to Cusco Train Station for a 3 ˝ hour train journey to the famous Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu, also known as "The Lost City of the Incas", discovered for science in 1911 by the American explorer Hiram Bingham.
Arrival: Upon arrival at Aguas Calientes, you will make the 25-minute motor coach ascent to the "Lost City of the Incas".
Machu Picchu, Cusco Land of the Incas, Tours in PeruWe tour the ruins for around 3 hours, during which time our guide explains the astounding degree of technology achieved by the builders of this famous site. The tight construction, the water channels, the staircases carved from the living rock of the mountain, and the Intihuatana, (or "Hitching Post of the Sun"), which served as an astronomical calendar, all show technological advancement far beyond anything this area of the world was thought to have achieved. These, along with the Temple of the Sun, the Royal Tomb, the Priests' House, the Inca Baths and the Temple of the Three Windows, all allow us to glimpse back into the past and, with the help of our guide, revisit the lives of these truly remarkable people.
We enjoy lunch at a local restaurant in Aguas Calientes.
The mid-afternoon train takes you back to Cusco. Meet by our Representative and transfer to your hotel.
Note: Possibility of staying overnight at Machu Picchu (subject to hotel's availability).

Meals Included: Breakfast and lunch

DAY 05: Cusco / Lima - International Departure
Breakfast: Leisurely breakfast at your hotel in Cusco.
Transfer to the Airport for your flight to Lima. Meet on arrival by our Representative and transfer to your hotel.
Lunch on your own.
In the afternoon, guided sightseeing tour to the most attractive and important sites in Lima, the "City of Kings". The tour includes Lima's Historical Centre, passing by Plaza San Martin, Plaza Mayor, the Government Palace, the City Hall, the Cathedral and its Religious Art Museum, the Church of Santo Domingo, with the tombs of Santa Rosa and San Martin de Porras, and Lima's Colonial Balconies.
We will visit the Convent and Church of San Francisco, the greatest monumental complex of Colonial Art in America and Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The tour includes a visit to the Basilica of 21 altars, Convent of Cloisters, Capitulary and Clementine Rooms, Chorus and Library of the priests, a Museum showing 11 paintings of the Rubens School, the Sacristy with paintings of Surbaran and Ribera, its great patio decorated with Seville tiles of XVIth Century, Moorish arches and underground catacombs.
We then drive through the residential Districts of San Isidro and Miraflores, passing by the Huaca Pucllana, a ceremonial and administrative centre of the Lima Culture built in the II Century A.C. that the Incas considered as "Ñaupallaqta" or Sacred Town. We will also visit El Olivar Park with olive trees brought from Spain in the XVth Century, the Central Park of Miraflores and Larcomar, a symbol of modern Lima and a tourist and entertainment centre as well as a privileged site to enjoy an amazing view of the Pacific Ocean. Late afternoon transfer to your hotel.
Evening departure transfer to the Airport. Assistance at the International Airport with all departure formalities.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour Option: overnight in Sacred Valley



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Hotel Options for the Tour (or Equivalent)

  Tourist Superior Tourist Superior Deluxe
Lima Mariel 3* Casa Andina Miraflores 3* Sol de Oro 5* Country Club 5*
Cusco Hostel Los Portales San Agustin Internacional 3* Novotel 4* Libertador 5*



Tour Inclusions

INCLUDED:

In Lima: Sightseeing Tour.
In Cusco: Sightseeing Tour, and dinner with Folklore Show.
In the Sacred Valley of the Incas: Full-day excursion to Pisac Indian Market (held only tuesdays, thursdays and sundays) and the Inca Fortress of Ollantaytambo. Lunch included.
In Machu Picchu: Guided visit of the Inca Citadel including lunch.
  • 4 Nights accommodation
  • All breakfasts and meals as specified in the programme
  • All entrance tickets for the excursions mentioned above
  • All the transfers indicated in the itinerary.
  • Train ticket Cusco - Aguas Calientes - Cusco
  • Bus ticket from Aguas Calientes- Machu Picchu- Aguas Calientes
  • All applicable taxes
  • All bilingual guided tours (english/spanish) as described in the itinerary

NOT INCLUDED:
  • International and domestic flights

  • Airport taxes ($30.25 for international flights and $6.05 for domestic flights)

  • Baggage excess. (i.e.Puno/Cusco bus)

  • Alcoholic drinks, soda or bottled mineral water

  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • International or National personal telephone calls.
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Optional post-tour (cost given separately)


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Useful Information

WE RECOMMEND YOU TO
- Use comfortable shoes the whole time during walking tours.
- Take lots of liquids during long excursions.

WHAT TO BRING
- Hiking boots, sneakers and shoes.
- Long pants or slacks.
- Long-sleeved shirts.
- T-shirts.
- Sweaters and a jacket.
- Rain wear for rainy season.
- Camera.
- Insect Repellent.
- Personal toilet items and first-aid kit.
- Medicine to arrest or prevent the so called ”Soroche” or altitude sickness.
  Please consult your physician what medicine is best suited for your organism.

WEATHER
Peru's climate may be divided into two: The Western Andes and the Desert Coast. On the Coast, it does not rain and the temperature is warm through the year. On the other hand, in the Andes, there are two seasons: Rainy and dry.

Cusco is located in the Eastern Andes, so their rainy season is from October to May, the rest of the year it is dry.

Rainy time, starting in October/ November has its own maximum in January, continuing until March/ April. In years of pouring rain there are landslides, floods, etc.

On the highlands, it is cold in the evenings but sunny and warm in the mornings. It is even possible to wear t-shirts, but when the sun sets it gets really chilly so please bring a warm sweater (or buy an alpaca one in Cusco) and a good jacket.

Finally, the weather in general does not represent a limit to provide any tourist services, except during some particularily bad years.

ALTITUDE
Lima: Sea level, 54 m.a.s.l.
Nazca: 588 m.a.s.l.
Paracas: Sea level, 5 m.a.s.l.
Cusco: 3360 m.a.s.l.
Machu Picchu: 2400 m.a.s.l.
Urubamba Valley: 2850 m.a.s.l.

Restaurants during your trip
In Lima: International, vegetarian, local food restaurants and franchises of international fast food chains.
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In Paracas and Nazca: International and local sea food restaurants.
In Cusco: International, vegetarian and local food restaurants.
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Cusco Pictures, Tours in Peru
Cusco.
Archaelogical Park of
Sacsayhuaman.


Cusco Pictures, Tours in Peru
Cusco.San Blas suburb.


Pisac  Pictures, Tours in Peru
Pisac Cusco.


Machu Picchu Pictures, Tours in Peru
Cusco. Machu Picchu.
Train.