Explore Peru's Highlights in this amazing trip: Lima declared a World Heritage Site, filled with history and a diverse cuisine! Visit a typical market and enjoy a cooking class in one of Lima's top restaurant.In the Sacred Valley of the Incas-a visit to Awanacancha a textile project with native camelids including llamas and alpacas, and the town of Pisac, renowned for its indigenous market. And finally discover the Lost City of the Incas: Machu Picchu. Explore Cusco the amazing colonial city built on the foundations of the Inca palaces.
Upon arrival to Lima one of our representatives will meet you at the airport and will transfer you to the hotel. Resting on the Peruvian coastline, Lima is the country' s largest city with nearly ten million people. Declared a World Heritage Site, downtown Lima is filled with many historic, colonial buildings, such as the famous Cathedral of Lima and the Presidential Palace. Visitors will fall in love with the diverse cuisine served in the city's countless restaurants, including the ever popular exquisite local seafood! Lima.
Overnight at San Agustin Exclusive Miraflores 4
In the morning pick-up from the hotel and short drive to the Surquillo Market. The city's market is probably the best place to sample local produce and observe how different goods coming from the coast, highlands and jungle converge in one place. Then you are transferred to El Bolivariano tavern, where you can taste different types of Pisco and traditional snacks. Drink a Pisco Sour while the ceviche demonstration is carried out by the local chef. The tasting experience continues at another renowned restaurant.
Visit the residential and busy streets of Miraflores and San Isidro. Stroll around San Isidro ́s Financial Centre, Golf Club and Olive Park; the city's oldest natural site. Continue your tour in Miraflores, where ancient inhabitants of the valley built the adobe pyramid of Huaca Pucllana. Pass through the Parque del Amor (The Love Park) and enjoy the view of the Pacific Ocean. Then you are transferred to Lima ́s Historic Center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its long, wooden balconies were once used by flirty women called "tapadas" to see while not being seen. Colonial buildings surrounding the Main Square and the Cathedral stand out impressively. The Presidential Palace, City Hall and the Archbishop's Palace complete a nice sight. Later, visit the Santo Domingo Convent, a 16th century building that has an imposing bell tower and altar. Finally, you are transferred to Mangos restaurant to enjoy the buffet lunch. At the end of the tour, transfer to the hotel.
Overnight at San Agustin Exclusive Miraflores 4*
Transfer to the airport for your internal flight to Cusco (not included). Fly to Cusco, the exotic Incas capital, which has been listed as a world heritage site, from where you are transferred directly into the Sacred Valley, around 1,000m lower in altitude than Cusco (76km, approximately 1 hour), taking in Awanacancha, a textile project with native camelids including llamas and alpacas, and the town of Pisac, renowned for its indigenous market. In the afternoon you will visit the ruins at Ollantaytambo, a mighty fortress which enjoys the rare honor of being the setting for one of the only defeats inflicted on the Spanish conquistadors by the Incas, when Hernando Pizarro was forced to flee back to Cusco after failing to breach the citadel in 1536. Stay for two nights in Sacred Valley.
Overnight at Casa Andina Premium 4*
Your day will start with a tour that takes approximately one and a half hours, to visit the Moray terraces and the Maras salt mines. Moray's archaeological vestiges are composed of mysterious concentric circular terraces which, according to some scholars, would be an agricultural research center. The higher external terraces would be at a higher temperature than the inner terraces and could simulate the conditions of the different ecological strata of the empire. Maras is a surreal view. It is near Moray and it is an impressive salt exploitation complex. Its huge salt deposits were used to trade them for other products with other parts of the empire. At the end, return to your
Overnight at Casa Andina Premium 4*
After breakfast, transfer to Train Station to catch your spectacular train journey through the mountains to Machu Picchu. The sight of Machu Picchu nestled amongst rugged forested mountain is indeed an unforgettable sight. Upon arrival to the station of Aguas Calientes, continue by bus. Afterwards, enjoy a guided excursion to the Lost City of the Incas: Machu Picchu. This is the most famous and impressive Incan site. Divided into three districts; this site was intricately built using impressive, ancient techniques. Lunch in Aguas Calientes is included (shared/group services).
Overnight at Aguas Calientes. El Mapi 4*
You have the whole morning to explore Machu Picchu at your own leisure and to soak in the ambience. For the energetic one, there are several excursions depending on your fitness level and how long you want to be outside. (Second entrance and guide are not included) The following are the options we have selected for you:
Hike to the Inca Bridge. This is a very nice 40 minute round trip walk. Rating: Easy.
Hike to Inti Punku or Sun Gate, the original Gateway into Machu Picchu when approaching the site along the Inca Trail.
Hike up to Wayna Picchu, the mountain behind Machu Picchu. This hike is strenuous and is only recommended for people who are not scared of heights and who have a good fitness level as a fair amount of climbing is required.
Hike up to Machu Picchu Mountain. The hike starts at the site itself. It is strenuous and steep and takes you up to 3050metres/10,007ft. Rating: Rigorous.
Afternoon Transfer to train station for your spectacular train journey through the mountains. Upon arrival, transfer from Ollanta Train Station to Cusco and check in your hotel for 2 night stay.
Overnight in Cusco at Casa Andina Classic Plaza or Catedral 3.
Morning at leisure.
This afternoon, the tour will show you the amazing colonial city built on the foundations of the Inca palaces. You will visit the Koricancha or Temple of the Sun, where you can appreciate the incredible masonry of the Incas, the Plaza de Armas and the Cathedral with its carved woodworks, altars and paintings. Then you will be driven to the Inca fortress of Sacsayhuaman, to the underground cave and temple of Kenko and to Tambomachay, known as the Baths of the Inca.
Overnight in Cusco at Casa Andina Classic Plaza or Catedral 3*
You'll be transferred to the airport for your flight to Lima (not included).
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