The City of Kings, the Archaeological Capital of America and
9 Days / 8 Nights
Day 1 - Lima
Arrival in Lima, reception at the airport and transfer to selected hotel. Overnight.
Day 2 Lima – Cuzco (breakfast)
Buffet breakfast. Transfer to the airport
Departure by plane to Cuzco; arrival in Cuzco after a one hour flight.
Reception at the airport and transfer to selected hotel. Rest of the morning at leisure.
Early afternoon visit to the nearby ruins including the Sacsayhuaman Fortress, overlooking the city of Cuzco, a pre-Inca architectural masterpiece; Qenqo, a rock sanctuary whose main attraction is a monolithic altar representing a puma; the red fortress of Puca-Pucara and Tambomachay, a beautiful fountain fed by a spring forming a series of basins. Continue the tour to the city of Cuzco: the Main Square, the Cathedral and the Santo Domingo Church or Temple of the Sun or Koricancha - 4 hour excursion. Late afternoon return to the hotel. Overnight.
Day 3 - Cuzco – Urubamba Valley – Cuzco (breakfast and lunch) Buffet breakfast at the hotel.
Full day excursion to Pisac, a typical Andean village where a market takes place (only on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays for shared services), where peasants from around the area bring down their products, as well as handicrafts . On Sundays, Mayors from all the neighboring villages dressed in their traditional costumes, attend the Catholic Mass said in their native language (quechua). Buffet lunch at a country restaurant in the valley. After lunch visit to Ollantaytambo, the only Inca town which is still inhabited and explore the ruins which tower above it. Return to Cuzco. Overnight.
Day 4 - Cuzco - Machu-Picchu (breakfast and lunch)
Buffet breakfast at the hotel.
Early transfer to the train station and departure for a tour to Machu-Picchu. Arrival in Aguas Calientes Station and bus ride up to the ruins (approx. 3 ½ hrs). Guided visit of Machu Picchu which is totally built of stone blocks, fitted with masterful precision. This fabulous city has houses, temples, warehouses, a large central square, all connected by narrow roads and steps, and is surrounded by terraces cut into the mountain side which were used for agriculture. Lunch included. Accommodation at selected hotel.
Day 5 - Machu Picchu – Cuzco (Breakfast)
Buffet breakfast at the hotel.
Morning at leisure. (Second bus and second entrance to the ruins not included).
In the afternoon return to Cuzco and transfer to selected hotel.
Day 6 - Cuzco – Puno (breakfast and lunch)
Trains only on Mon, Wed & Sat
Buffet breakfast. Transfer to the train station.
Depart from Cuzco to Puno by the new Andean Explorer Train under Orient Express Management, which features a deluxe train decorated in the 1920’s style. The train has a wagon with a bar and an observation deck from where one can enjoy the scenery as well as a restaurant. All wagons have Pullman style seats, wide aisles, catering service as well as oxygen available. The wagons are connected to each other by gangway bellows so passengers and crew can go from one another safely. The journey takes 10 hours. Upon arrival to Puno, transfer to selected hotel and accommodation. Overnight.
Departure by bus from Cuzco to Puno (7 to 8 hours), with a stop made at La Raya Pass, at 4,321 meters to visit the steaming pools of hot water nearby and visit to the ruins of Raqchi. The remains of the central high wall of the Viracocha Temple, probably the largest roofed building built by the Incas, are impressive. On either side of the high wall, great sloping roofs were supported by rows of unusual round pillars, also of masonry topped by adobe. Nearby are the remains of large living quarters and many round store-houses. The whole complex is surrounded by a large stone wall several miles long (entrances are not included). Lunch en route. Arrival in Puno in the early afternoon and transfer to selected hotel.
Day 7 - Puno (breakfast and lunch)
In the morning. departure from the hotel’s pier. A short distance by boat from Puno on Lake Titicaca, are the floating islands made of reeds, inhabited by the Uros. They live in huts built on platforms of reeds, not more than 30-40 cms/1foot thick. Short walk on the islands, then the boat trip continues as far as the island of Taquile. Members of their self supporting Aymara community receive visitors in their colorful national costume and show them around the island. Taquile is renowned for its fine, decorative weavings. Lunch included. In the afternoon return by boat to Puno and to selected hotel.
Day 8 - Puno – Juliaca – Lima (breakfast)
Transfer to the airport and on the way, guided visit to the Chullpas of Sillustani, these funerary towers date from the 13th century. The highest measures about 12 metres, superb landscapes and the view of the neighboring Umayo lake make this tour a very special experience.
Departure by plane for Lima,
Upon arrival after a 2h 30 min flight, with an intermediate stop in Arequipa, reception at the airport in Lima and transfer to selected hotel.
Day 9 - Lima – …… (breakfast)
Morning or afternoon guided visit to the Cathedral, Main Square, San Francisco Convent and its Catacombs and the residential areas of San Isidro, Miraflores, the new commercial area South of Lima, the ocean front to enjoy a beautiful view of the Pacific Ocean.
Transfer to the airport on time for your international departure flight.