8 Days / 7 Nights
Peru... home to one of the earliest and most advanced civilizations
in the Western Hemisphere... Under the rule of powerful kings, an incredible
people known as the Incas amassed an empire that built systems of winding
mountain roads, remarkable cities, and an unforgettable legacy. One is
still mystified today by their amazing accomplishments, as can be seen
at the hidden and fascinating Machu Picchu... Take a trip back in time
and explore the roots of an ancient civilization that left behind some
of the most interesting and awe-inspiring constructions
in the world.
Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu with overnight stay, Chincheros and Pisac Indian
Markets, Ollantaytambo Fortress, authentic Quechua Village and Salt Pools.
Arrival in Lima, the "City of Kings" famous for its Spanish
Colonial architecture and extraordinary museums.
Day 2 Saturday
City Tour and Gold Museum. This half-day tour visits both the colonial
and modern sections of this "City of Kings." Colonial sites
include the lovely Plaza Mayor with its cathedral and palace, and the
exquisite Torre Tagle Palace modern day seat of the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs. In modern Lima, drive along the exclusive residential areas of
Miraflores and San Isidro. Then visit Peru's famous Gold Museum, which
houses a priceless collection of pre-Colombian gold artifacts as well
as the private armory of Miguel Mujica Gallo. Some of the cultures represented
in this collection include the Chavin, Paracas, Nazca, Tiahuanaco and
Day 3 Sunday
Chincheros, Pisac and Ollantaytambo. Early morning flight to Cusco. Departure
from hotel for a drive to exciting and unspoiled Chincheros. You will
take a step back in time at the Chincheros Market where the Indians from
different villages meet on Sundays to trade their wares and produces among
themselves just as they did a century ago. Continue to the Spanish Colonial
village of Pisac and the Pisac Indian Market. Here you will find excellent
bargains on Alpaca sweaters and a variety of handicrafts. After lunch
the tour continues through the sacred valley of the Incas, Urubamba, to
visit the town of Ollantaytambo and the imposing Inca Fortress. Return
to Yucay in the Urubamba Valley for overnight. (AB,L)
Day 4 Monday
Salt Pools and Quechua Village. Morning excursion to the impressive salt
pools formed by water emerging from a lake inside a mountain in the Urubamba
Valley. Continue your excursion and visit an authentic Quechua Village
to feel the way of life of the Inca's ancestors. The Inca himself was
a noble Quechua. They live off the land and are always wearing their colorful
ponchos, see Quechua children scamper about while woman are weaving their
family's clothes. A meaningful experience! (AB,L)
Day 5 Tuesday
Excursion to Machu Picchu with overnight stay. Early wake up for a train
ride through the sacred valley of Urubamba to the "Lost City of the
Incas," Machu Picchu. Perched 8,200 feet above the valley, it was
hidden by mountains and semi-tropical jungles for 400 years until discovered
by Hiram Bingham of Yale University in 1911. Archaeologists believe that
the Inca "Virgins of the Sun" took refuge from the Spanish Conquistadors
Day 6 Wednesday
Machu Picchu / Cusco Free morning to enjoy one of the most incredible
sights on earth, the ruins of Machu Picchu. Take as much time as you need
to study the mysterious ruins, hike Huayna Picchu the pyramid-shape mountain
above Machu Picchu, walk to the Inca Bridge a secret entrance used by
the Inca's army, or toward the Inca Trail to find the historic Sun Gate.
Afternoon return to Cusco. (AB,L)
Day 7 Thursday
Cusco and nearby Ruins. Morning walked tour of the ancient capital of
the Inca Empire. Visitors are caught up in the excitement of this city.
The tour includes a visit to the Cathedral and Santo Domingo Church, passing
the main streets and Plaza de Armas. You will walk through the most astonishing
Cusco streets to reach the San Blas Church. Cusco is a delightful combination
of Inca and Colonial architecture. Afternoon tour includes a visit to
the ruins of Kenko, Puca-pucara, Tambomachay and to the Sacsayhuaman fortress.
Day 8 Friday
Cusco / Home Morning transfer to the airport for flight home. (AB)
*** End Of Our Services
Group Size: Up to eight passengers.
Country Club in Lima; Sol y Luna in the Urubamba Valley; Sanctuary
Lodge or Inkaterra Machu Picchu in Machu Picchu; Monasterio in Cusco.
These are deluxe hotels are the best available. We can substitute
any hotel at no extra cost.
Price per passenger
for single alone: $866
Tour includes: All transfers and tours indicated in the itinerary,
service of a private bilingual guide, meals as indicated, hotel accommodation,
all entrance fees and train tickets, baggage handling at airports,
hotels taxes and service charges. We also have bulk airfares available
on all airlines servicing South and Central America.
Not included: Airport departure taxes (Lima $7.40, Cusco $7.40,
Peru international departure tax $31.00), tips to bellboys, waiters
and tour guides.
Pre and Post Tours are available to the Amazon, Manu National Park,
Inca Trail, Nazca Lines, Arequipa, Puno, Lake Titikaka, Bolivia and
the Galapagos Islands.