This wonderful 7 day tour package includes the mysterious experience of visit to Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and Pisac.
Arrival in Lima, the “City of Kings” famous for its Spanish Colonial architecture, extraordinary museums and cuisine. Lima is internationally recognized as the “Gastronomic Capital of the Americas”, and its cuisine is considered among the most diverse and exquisite in the world on par with French cuisine. Upon arrival a host will meet and assist you in transferring to the hotel and in registering.
Early morning transfer from the hotel to the airport for a short but spectacular flight over the snowcapped Andes to the oldest inhabited city in the hemisphere, Cusco, at an elevation of 11,440 feet.
Tour of Cusco and Nearby Ruins – Visitors are caught up in the excitement of touring the ancient capital of the Inca Empire, a delightful combination of Inca and colonial architecture. The tour visits important landmarks such us Cusco’s Cathedral, Santo Domingo Church, Plaza de Armas and Koricancha “The Temple of the Sun”. This tour of the oldest continuously inhabited city in the western hemisphere also includes the nearby ruins of Kenko, Puca-Pucara, Tambomachay as well as the Sacsayhuaman fortress, an imposing example of Inca military architecture.
Upon arrival a host will meet and assist you in transferring to the hotel and in registering.
Full Day Excursion to the Pisac Indian Market and the Ollantaytambo Archaeological Complex – Morning departure for a drive through the fertile countryside of the Urubamba Valley to the colonial village of Pisac where an Indian Market takes place Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Other days you will tour the religious nucleus and archaeological site of Pisac. During your visit to the bustling marketplace you will have the opportunity to bargain with the natives for many different types of Peruvian handicrafts and jewelry.
Continue to the Ollantaytambo archaeological complex, the Incas built it as a fort that included a temple, agricultural terraces, and an urban area. There are two distinct sectors: The religious and worship zone, and the residential area. Ollantaytambo was an important administrative center with probable military functions if one considers the walls and towers. There are also traces of ancient roads and aqueducts. The town of Ollantaytambo is called a “Living Inca Town” since the inhabitants maintain very old practices and customs. Lunch is at a beautiful country estate on the shores of the Urubamba River.
Morning 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 here. Guided tour of the ruins upon arrival. Lunch is at the Orient Express’ Sanctuary Lodge located just a few steps from the Inca citadel. By the afternoon train back to Ollanta – Sacred Valley. Transfer to your hotel at the Sacred Valley.
Moray, Maras Salt Pools and Authentic Quechua Village – Pass through unspoiled and picturesque Andean communities on your way to the Incan agricultural experimental center of Moray, famous for its sunken amphitheater, made up of four circular terraces, which appear to fade away into the earth like an artificial crater. The site was apparently an Inca agricultural research station filled with fertile earth and watered by complex irrigation systems, designed for experimenting with crops at various altitudes (some of which run down to depths of 100 meters).
Continue to the impressive Maras salt pools formed by water emerging from a lake inside a mountain in the Urubamba Valley. An amazing view of evaporating ponds for the extraction of salt. Learn about ancestral techniques, which are still used, in agricultural, irrigation and salt-recollection tasks, as well as in Andean festivals and rites.
After lunch, 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! Lunch is included.
Breakfast. Today you will have the chance to enjoy the Aranwa Hotel Spa. You have included Hydrotherapy: Basic Circuit (1hour), It is the therapy process that involves treatment of the whole body or parts of it with water at varying temperatures. It acts on the metabolism, nervous system and blood circulation. Afternoon is at Leisure. Accommodation.
Breakfast. Transfer from the Sacred Valley to Cusco airport for your flight to Lima where you will wait for your international flight.
Optional tour extensions are available.
- Domestic airfare within Peru
- All airport transfers listed in the itinerary.
- Baggage handling at airports and at hotels
- All tours and excursions indicated in the itinerary.
- All entrance fees and train tickets needed to operate the tours and excursions.
- All bus tickets, Vistadome train tickets and entrance fees to operate the tours and excursions.
- All meals indicated in the itinerary. B for breakfast, L for lunch. D for dinner.
- Hotel accommodation and hotel service charge.
- SLT $1 Million Liability Insurance Coverage
- SLT guaranteed tour performance warranty
- Services of Sunny Land local representatives
- Active Member ASTA TOP
- Expenses such us beverages on meals, tips, laundry, phone calls and other personal expenses are not included.
- Airport departure taxes are not included: Approximate cost is US $31.00 for international flight, and US$7.40 for each domestic flight.
HOTELS USED OR SIMILAR:
Lima: Country Club Lima, Grand class
Cusco: Belmond Hotel Monasterio, Deluxe
Sacred Valley: Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness, Deluxe