Peru Highlights - 8 days, 7 nights

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itinerary

Day 01
Arrive at Lima, transfer to your hotel, evening free, overnight at Lima.

Day 02
Discover the architectural and tourist attractions of Lima through a guided tour in the City Tour & Cathedral of Lima. This circuit will show you the city and its history in a comfortable and safe way. The tour begins in Miraflores where we'll visit the Love Park, the Costa Verde ocean front and the amazing Pyramid Pucllana, a pre-Inca archaeological site. This route continues to the historic center of Lima, there we'll discover the early days of the city and the most important events through its different periods. Enjoy a walking tour of Plaza Mayor, the tourist center of Lima. A great religious artistic influence shows in its churches and convents. Our first stop is the Basilica Cathedral of Lima, admirable space for their late Baroque, renaissance and plateresco artistic styles. We will see the crypt of Francisco Pizarro, enter the lower levels of the temple and tour the halls of religious art. We'll finish our tour with a visit to Santo Domingo Convent, former claustruo that holds the remains of Santa Rosa de Lima and San Martin de Porres; rest of the day is free, overnight at Lima.

Day 03
In the morning, you will be transferred to Lima airport to catch your flight to Cusco, arriving before noon, later, you will have a city tour of Cusco, visiting the Main Square, the Cathedral and the Temple of the Sun or Korikancha. Then, we drive out of the City to visit the Inca sites of Kenko, Tambomachay, Puca Pucara and the impressive Fortress of Sacsayhuaman, strategically built on a hill overlooking Cusco, famous for its enormous carved stones, some of them standing over 9 m / 30 ft high and weighing over 350 tons, evening free, overnight at Cusco.

Day 04
Today, we will have an excursion to the Urubamba Valley, the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Visit to the picturesque Indian Pisac Market held on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, the shopping paradise of the Andes where barter is still practiced. In the afternoon, passing through the Towns of Calca and Urubamba, we visit the Inca Fortress and Citadel of Ollantaytambo, built to guard the entrance to this part of the Valley, and protect it from possible invasion from the tribes in the Lower jungle, late afternoon, we will head to your hotel, evening free, overnight at Sacred Valley.

Day 05
The day starts with an early morning rise to transfer to Ollantaytambo train station for a train journey to the famous Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu, also known as “The Lost City of the Incas”; arrive at Aguas Calientes station followed by a 30-minute drive, climbing 6km of winding road, to the incredible Machu Picchu. Upon arrival, we will participate in a guided tour of the Citadel, visiting the Main Plaza, the Circular Tower, the Sacred Sun Dial, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows and various burial grounds. After the tour you will have time to stroll around the archaeological site at your leisure. Overnight at Aguas Calientes.

Day 06
Visit the Citadel of Machu Picchu for the second time. For the most adventurous people, we suggest to go up the Huayna Picchu (if it is not raining) from where you can appreciate the immensity of Machu Picchu, even more amazing being high and distant; arriving at the top takes about two hours and a half and it must be before 13:00 hours. It is necessary to register in a office at the beginning of the trail. An exciting adventure for the travellers who want to see, from the top, the nature and the carved stone emerging from the ground as a geological miracle, we will then take a return train to Cusco for overnight.

Day 07
Mid morning transfer to the Cusco airport to take your flight back to Lima, upon arrival transfer to your hotel, afternoon and evening at leisure, overnight at Lima.

Day 08
At the appropriate time, transfer to the airport to catch your international departure flight.

servicesincluded

- Accommodations in double occupancy
- Breakfast daily
- Domestic flights Lima - Cusco - Lima
- Train transportation Cusco - Aguas Calientes - Cusco
- Ground transportation
- English speaking guide
- Airport transfers
- Sightseeing tours listed
- Admissions
- Local guides
- Hotel taxes.

Not included: any meals not mentioned as included, airport taxes, gratuities to guides, drivers, porters or waiters and expenses of personal nature.

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