During this trip you will discover the country of the Incas and their remarkable archeological locations. You will visit the most popular spot Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley, the Indian Market and the ruins of Ollantaytambo. Enjoy the visits of the magical cities Lima and Cusco and its cultural scenes.
Number of days: 5
Interests: Cities, History
Total CO2 emission, in lb (per day for cruises): 1512
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Day 1: Arrival in Lima
Welcome to the country of the Incas, Peru! Upon your arrival your guide will bring you to your hotel in Lima.
Lima, also known as the City of Kings, was founded by Francisco Pizarro on January 18, 1535 on the right bank of the Rímac River because of the excellent strategic and geographic conditions of this valley. Lima, whose name comes from the Quechua word Rímac, which translated into Spanish means talker, began its rapid growth amidst the testimonies of the millenary cultures that developed in the entire area. During the Viceroy ship, between the sixteenth and seventeenth century, Lima became the most important and powerful metropolis in Spanish America, and the cultural and commercial center of the region. Already in 1821, following a series of intense political movements, General San Martín proclaimed the independence of Peru. Today, Lima is a modern city that offers a wide array of attractions which, united to its rich past, provides visitors with a harmonious synthesis of all this historic richness in its many museums, traditional quarters, restaurants, handicrafts galleries and night life.
Day 2: Cuzco
Today you take your flight to Cusco.
Inca walls, colorful costumes, churches built on top of palaces, citadels lost in the Andean heights, legendary roads -all the beauty of a glorious past that enfolds the visitor who arrives in Cuzco. Ever since US archaeologist Hiram Bingham discovered the citadel of Machu Picchu for the world, Cuzco has fired the imagination of thousands of travelers from all over the world. With its bustling nightlife, Cuzco is also a magical city of dizzying excitement. Together with its rich archaeological legacy which is to be found on practically every street corner, its cultural scene makes the sacred city of the Incas the most spectacular destination in the Americas.
In the afternoon you will get to know the city and its nearby ruins. Visiting the Main Square, known in Inca times as Hucaypata, this was the scene for many key events in Cusco’s history. The Cathedral, built between 1560 and 1664 with large stones of red granite taken from the Inca Fortress of Sacsayhuaman. In the quarter of San Blas you will visit the Convent of Santo Domingo, built on top of the Temple of the Sun – Korikancha Temple. It is the most important temple dedicated to the worship of the sun and whose walls were plated with gold sheets. Afterwards we will continue to the ruins above Cusco: Kenko, Pucapucara, Tambomachay and the Sacsayhuaman Fortress, an imposing example of Inca military architecture.
Day 3: Sacred Valley
You will continue your journey to the Sacred Valley, the Indian Market and the ruins of Ollantaytambo. One of its best preserved areas, known as HANAN HUCAYPATA lies north of the main square. Moreover you will see Chincheros with its Colonial Church and little market.
Day 4: Machu Picchu
Today you explore the highlight of your tour – Machu Picchu. Located in an enclave on the saddle of a mountain, overlooking the deep canyon of the Urubamba River, in an area of lush tropical forest, it served as a place of worship. Your guide will give you interesting information about one of the remarkable archeological locations.
Opposite the citadel is the Huayna Picchu Mountain, which offers a great view over the former Inca city.
Day 5: Return flight
Early in the morning you transfer to the airport in order to take your flight to Lima. From Lima you continue your journey or fly back home.
Price per person: US$ on request
(based on 2 people traveling)
• 4 nights in double rooms in good mid-range hotels, with breakfast
• professional English-speaking guide
• transportation (shared and private)
• entrance fees in Cuzco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu
• train and bus ticket Machu Picchu
• international and national flights
• taxes for domestic and international flights
• meals not specified
• entrance fees not specified, e. g. museums, churches, Huayana Picchu
• personal expenses
• optional excursions and activities
personal travel insurance
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