Duration: 6 Days
Type: Peru Classic Tours
Destinations: Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu
Description: This 6-day tour is designed around seeing one of the new 7 Wonders of the World “Machu Picchu Tours”. Take the Lima City Tour and enjoy Miraflores for an evening. The next day you will be flying to the majestic city of Cusco, the jewel of the Inca culture. Here you will experience the Tour Sacred Valley of the Incas and see some of the finest stonework ever created in the world. Cusco, the surrounding Sacred Valley, and Machu Picchu, wrapped in mysticism, still generate an incredible energy that will make this one of your most memorable trips.
You will be greeted at the Lima Airport and transferred in one of our secure, modern, private vans to your hotel in Miraflores. Enjoy the nearby shopping and restaurants in Miraflores on the Pacific Ocean.
After breakfast, your guide will meet you in your hotel lobby and with your private driver take you to enjoy the Lima “City of the Kings” City Tour. Begin with a visit to the Plaza de Armas, a World Heritage UNESCO site, with its bronze fountain built-in 1560. Next visit the Cathedral Museum of Gold and the Catacombs of San Francisco where you will see a fine collection of pre-Columbian gold, silver and bronze, weavings, ceramic works, mummies, catacombs and a splendid collection of arms from the Spanish colonial era. You will visit the upscale neighborhoods of Miraflores and San Isidro as well as the old streets of Lima. We will finish the tour at Huaca Pucllana, an important ceremonial and administrative culture center in ancient Lima, built in the 4th century AD. You will be returned to your hotel in the early evening after the tour.
After breakfast, you will be greeted by your driver and taken to the Lima airport. After your one hour flight east over the Andes to Cusco, you will be greeted at the airport and taken to your hotel to checkin. Rest and acclimate to Cusco’s 3,300-meter elevation. In the afternoon your guide will meet you in your hotel to begin your unforgettable Cusco City Tour privately or with a group, depending on which option you chose with your itinerary. Visit the Plaza de Armas, the temple of the sun (Koricancha), and La Catedral in the center of Cusco. Afterward, you will go north to visit the ancient ceremonial sites of the Incas just outside of Cusco: the megalithic walls of Sacsayhuaman, Q’enqo and Puca Pucara. Also visit the baths, canals, aqueducts, and waterfalls of Tambomachay. After completion of the tour, you will be brought back to your hotel around sundown.
One of the most important tours recommended by ILE Tours is the full-day Sacred Valley Tour. Here you will learn of the Incas important and impressive legacy left to us by their knowledge of building with great respect for the sun and nature. After breakfast, you will be greeted in your hotel and driven NE out of Cusco to Pisac. Stop periodically at scenic overlooks for pictures of the dramatic landscape before continuing on to Pisac. Known for its indigenous craft market (on Sunday, Thursday, and Tuesday) Pisac was also the easternmost fortress of the Sacred Valley. The fortress you can still see high above the town square to the north.
Next, we will continue west through the Sacred Valley to the picturesque town of Urubamba where we will stop to enjoy an excellent Andean buffet lunch in one of the best restaurants. You will next visit the archaeological city of Ollantaytambo, the Inca’s northern fortress city that guarded the Sacred Valley in the north. Here you will appreciate the complexity of the magnificent Inca construction built in accordance with the landscape. Ollantaytambo still retains its original Inca style and layout with narrow streets and even narrower canals. If time permits visit Chinchero, a traditional town that still retains its typical form of dress and life. You will see some of Peru’s finest crafts made in Chinchero. After a full day of traveling, you will be brought back to your hotel in the early evening.
Very early in the morning our staff will greet you at your hotel and take you to the Poroy train station for the train to Aguas Calientes. You will be greeted in Aguas Calientes by your guide and taken by bus up to Machu Picchu, one of the most remarkable and enigmatic archaeological sites in the world. Few works made by man are as harmonious with nature as the citadel of Machu Picchu. The “Lost City” is located at the top of a flattened mountain. Enjoy the wonders of Machu Picchu with your guide: the Sacred District, the Popular District to the south, and the District of Royalty in the urban sector.
Visit the Temple of the Sun, the Room of the Three Windows and Temple of the Condor. Besides, the outstanding archaeological remains see the spectacular panoramic views of the Jungle Mountains and the Urubamba River 400 meters below. After the tour return to Aguas Caliente by bus and board your train back to Cusco. You will be greeted at the train station and taken back to your hotel.
In the morning after breakfast, you will be met at your hotel at the pre-arranged time for the ride back to the Cusco airport for your flight to Lima and an international connection home.
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