This package can be customized according to your flight itinerary or your places of interest. Come and enjoy the best of the Inca empire with this excursion to Machu Picchu from Lima for 8 days. Discover the great city of Lima known as “The City of the Kings”. It is a mix of colonial and modern Peru. The culture is reflected in the architecture, the people, the food, and the lifestyle. Then amaze yourself in the magic of Cusco with a tour through its wonderful buildings and streets, followed by a visit to the incredible Sacred Valley, with its picturesque villages. End your adventure at the ancient Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, declared one of the new seven wonders of the world. We are confident that our magical Peru package will give you an unforgettable and wonderful experience.
Arrival in Lima, transfer to you hotel in Miraflores
City tour in Lima
Our tour begins at the residential districts of Miraflores and San Isidro. We make a stop at the panoramic view of the Huaca Pucllana, a pre-Inca pyramid shaped ceremonial temple that has survived the urban expansion of Lima.
Next is the historic center, declared a cultural heritage by UNESCO in 1991, where the heart of the Spanish colony was established in the 16th century. We will visit the Plaza San Martín with it’s beautiful old houses and balconies, the Plaza Mayor and its most important buildings such as the Government Palace, the Cathedral, the Municipal and Archbishop Palaces, Desamparados station, among others.
Lima Cathedral and its Museum of Religious Art
The Cathedral has several styles, from late Gothic and Renaissance to Baroque and Plateresque. At the time of the beginning of the construction, the place had a Renaissance architecture. It has a rectangular hall plan, emulating the Cathedral of Seville. The ceiling is supported by Gothic ribbed vaults that recreate a starry sky, which are made out of wood and stucco to ease the weight on the walls and prevent it from collapsing in the event of an earthquake.
After a good breakfast at your hotel, our staff will take you to the airport for your flight to Cusco (1hr10min flight approx.). Upon arrival in Cusco, the "Archaeological Capital of America", a member of our team will meet you at the airport and drop you at your hotel. You will have free time to acclimatize and get used to the altitude or to explore some of the city's attractions: San Pedro traditional market, the bohemian neighborhood of San Blas or one of the many museums, such as the Pre-Columbian Museum of Art, Casa Concha and etc... Because of the altitude, it’s recommendable to take it easy on your first day in Cusco. Drink coca tea and plenty of water.
Between 13:00 -13:15 the city tour (Optional visit of the cathedral) will begin at "Qoricancha" (Temple of the Sun); Next are the archaeological ruins of Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Puka Pukara and Tambomachay. We return to the city at night where you can enjoy dinner and visit the Plaza de Armas.
Overnight in Cusco.
07:15am Pick up at your hotel to begin the excursion to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. This beautiful place is made up of numerous rivers that descend through greenery and valleys. This tour includes a visit to two of the best Inca architectural remains.
First, the ruins of Pisaq, an impressive construction built in the early period of the Inca empire. Here we can admire the great structural work with the vast amount of agricultural terraces that decorate the mountains around them. In the center of the temple of Pisaq, there is an Intiwatana (solar clock) and buildings where the Inca nobility lived 500 years ago.
After this ancient citadel, we continue to the town of Pisaq, located on the right bank of the Urubamba River, populated almost entirely by Inca descendants. We explore the picturesque artisan market where people, still to this day, maintain the ancient tradition of bartering, exchanging things or food. For those who like to buy souvenirs, this is undoubtedly one of the best places to do so, as there is a wide variety of alpaca wool items, silver and gold jewelry, among others.
We continue on to Urubamba for a delicious buffet lunch, with a big variety of dishes. After our meal we go to Ollantaytambo and it’s beautiful fortress. Our guide will give a detailed explanation about the site and show us the most important spots. The walk to the top is a bit steep so it is recommended to take it easy and go slowly (bring a bottle of water).
Once the guided tour is finished, at 4:36p.m. we take the train to the town of Machu Picchu to spend the night. The guide will meet you at your accommodation to give you a small briefing about the tour the next day.
Overnight in Machu Picchu
At an agreed time with the guide, we take a 30 minute bus up, driving through the cloudy forest that surrounds this important Inca citadel and adds a magical atmosphere to it.
Once we arrive, it will be the moment we’ve been waiting for. We start a 2 hour guided tour around Machu Picchu, visiting the most important places, such as: the Temple of the Condor, the Temple of the Sun, the Mausoleum, the Royal Residence, the Solar Clock or "Intihuatana", the Sacred Temple of the Three Windows, the Cemeteries.
After the guided tour, there will be time to walk on your own around the site and discover all the magical and mystical hidden spots.
Optional: You can walk up Huayna Picchu mountain, (If you wish to enter, please inform us when you make your reservation, since there are only 400 places per day).
Finally, we board our train back to Ollantaytambo (7:00pm or 6:20). It is necessary to be at the station 30 minutes before to avoid any setbacks. At Ollantaytambo our vehicle will take us back to Cusco.
Early pick up, between 4:30a.m. to 5:00a.m. to travel in our private transport to the town of Mollepata (2.5 hours) located in the lush valley of the Apurimac river. After breakfast in Mollepata we continue to Soraypampa (3900mts) to begin our walk (2 hours approximately) to Humantay Lake located at 4200mts (13779 feet). It’s also possible to rent a horse to get to the top. At the summit, we can appreciate the wonderful Apu (a sacred mountain in Inca mythology) where you will have the chance to swim. Afterwards, we enjoy lunch at our campsite surrounded by beautiful panoramic views of the snowy peaks. Then we return to Cusco.
Known as "The Mountain of the 7 Colors", "El Cerro Colorado (Colored hill)" or “Rainbow mountain” because of the vibrant variety of colors. There is wildlife such as: camelids, birds and sheep. The plateaus, streams, valleys, highlands and snow-capped mountains complement this majestic place. The local people are renowned for their contagious happiness and welcoming nature. This landscape is one of the most beautiful geological sites that nature has to offer. For this and many other reasons, National Geographic described it as “one of the top 100 places to visit before you die”.
4:30am We leave Cusco and head to Cusipata, 2.5 hours (4500amsl) and have breakfast. Then we start the 1.5 hour (2 km ½) walk to Rainbow mountain (4900amsl) Once the visit is finished, we go back on the same road to Chilca for lunch and return to Cusco at 5:00pm approx.
After a good breakfast, our transportation will return you to Cusco airport to finish our magical tour in Peru.
Meals included: Breakfast.
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* Includes the Expeditions or Voyager train companies from Ollantaytambo station to Aguas Calientes round trip
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