8 days Peru

R28 990
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Valid From 3 Oct 2016 to 20 Dec 2016
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Ancient Temples, Spanish Cathedrals and thee sacred valley of the Inca

Day 1
ARRIVE LIMA – Upon arrival in Lima,assistance at the airport and transfer to your hotel. Overnight at SELECTED HOTEL.

Day 2 
LIMA B/-/-

Breakfast at the hotel.

Waking tour to visit Lima’s Historic Center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its long, wooden balconies were used during the Viceroyalty by flirty “tapadas” in order to see while not being seen.

Sightseeing of the Colonial buildings surrounds the Main Plaza and the Cathedral stands out impressively. The Presidential Palace, City Hall and the Archbishop’s Palace complete a nice vista. Stroll down to San Francisco Church, then continue on to Casa Aliaga, the best preserved colonial mansion in the Americas. After the colonial visit you will be impressed with the net visit to the Chinatown in Lima, locally known as Barrio chino, is centered on two blocks -the seventh and eighth- of Jirón Ucayali in downtown, a stretch almost universally referred to as Calle Capón, a name acquired during the Spanish Colonial period as it was the location of the market for castrated pigs.

Day 3 

Breakfast at the hotel.

Transfer to the airport for your domestic flights to Cusco.

Upon arrival to Arequipa, assistance at the airport and transfer to SELECTED HOTEL.

In the afternoon you will start your tour with a visit to the Coricancha, also known as the “Temple of the Sun” (or “Premises of the Gilded One”), the construction of which was ordered by Inca Pachacútec (1438-1471) and was used as base for the construction of the Santo Domingo Convent upon the arrival of the Spaniards. This is when the Sun (Inti, in Quechua) was worshipped during the Inca Empire and at the time of the Incas its walls were fully covered with gold sheets and its courtyards were planted with golden corn and life-size llamas. You will then go to the Cathedral, the most important building on the Main Square and one of the most splendid Spanish colonial churches in America, which is shaped as a Latin Cross and houses about 400 colonial paintings from the Cusco art school, and impressive goldsmith, silversmith and precious stonesworks. Its construction lasted almost a century, it started in 1560 and ended in 1654. The Ecclesiastical Chapter ordered to extract and transport hundreds of stones from the Sacsayhuamán fortress for this purpose. You will then visit said fortress, en emblematic work of the Incas, which protected the Holy City. Conceived and built by Inca Pachacútec in the 15th century, The Sacsayhuamán complex was built with megalithic blocks, the transportation and erection of which continue to be a mystery. The Inti Raymi Festival, which worships the Sun, is reenacted on June 24 of each year, during the winter solstice. You will then go to Qenqo, located four kilometers away from Cusco City, an archaeological complex mainly used for religious purposes, and it is believed that agricultural rituals took place there. You will finally visit the vestiges of Puka Pukara, located seven kilometers away from Cusco. Puka Pukara, which means “red fortress”, was an architectural complex presumably used for military purposes; it has many rooms, squares, bathrooms, aqueducts, walls and towers, and it is believed that the Inca’s entourage used it while he rested at Tambomachay.

At the end, you will return to your hotel.

Day 4 

Breaskfast at the hotel.

Your tour will start at Awanacancha, Llama Center to learn about the importance of llamas and alpacas to the Peruvian way of life. Proceed to Pisaq The citadel is a town built in the form of partridge known for two reasons: the craft market, established between colonial buildings, and for hosting one of the most impressive complexes of terraces in the valley. The market has dozens of stalls displaying and selling products crafted by the residents of the area.

Lunch included.

After lunch, continue to the village of Ollantaytambo, a typical example of urban planning of the Incas still inhabited like in the past. Pachacutec (1438 – 1572) conquered the town, destroyed it and built a new one absorbing it as part of his empire. The fortress of Ollantaytambo is a major archaeological site that although it was called a “fortress” it was a “tambo” town for rest and lodging of long distance travellers. It is without doubt one of the most monumental works of the empire.

Overnight at the SELECTED HOTEL in the Sacred Valley.

Day 5 

Breakfast at the hotel.

Today will be an unforgettable day you will visit one of the 7 wonders of the World: MACHU PICCHU. You will be transferred to the Ollanta train station to travel to Machu Picchu, a masterpiece of engineering and architecture that served as a sanctuary and retreat for the Inca Pachacutec (1438 – 1572). Machu Picchu, which means “Old Mountain”, is considered a World Heritage by the UNESCO and one of the new seven wonders of the world.

Your tour to Machu Picchu begins with a train ride to Aguas  Calientes in approximately one hour and 30 minutes. This town is also known as “Machu Picchu pueblo” and is the last stop before the entrance to the remains of the most important archaeological site in Peru. In Aguas Calientes are the railway station, a crafts market, restaurants and accommodation of different categories for those who prefer to spend the night at the foot of the mountain and climb it early. Finally, after a short transfer you will reach Machu Picchu, a masterpiece of engineering and architecture that is believed served as a sanctuary and retreat for the Inca Pachacutec (1438 – 1572).

Machu Picchu, which means “Old Mountain”, is considered a World Heritage by UNESCO and one of the new seven wonders of the world.

Lunch at Café Inkaterra.

Afternoon at leisure.

Overnight at SELECTED HOTEL.

Day 6 

Breakfast at the hotel.

Once in the citadel you may optionally also visit the Intipunku (Sun Gate), the Wayna Picchu (subject to space availability) and the Inca Bridge.

OPTIONAL: Second entrance to the citadel to explore on your own.

In the afternoon return by train to Cusco.

Arrive to Poroy train station and transfer to your SELECTED HOTEL in Cusco.

Day 7 

Breakfast at the hotel.

Transfer to the airport for domestic flight to Lima.

Arrive to Lima, assistance at the airport for international departure flight.

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Price Includes
  • Return airfare and taxes ex Johannesburg.
  • Domestic airfare and taxes: Lima/Cusco/Lima.
  • Transfers and services with English / Spanish speaking guide.
  • 6 Nights in 3* Hotels with meals mentioned in itnerary.
  • Entrances fees to sites.
  • Full-day Sacred Valley package on shared basis.
  • Full day Machu Picchu package on shared basis.
  • Train Expedition Ollanta / Machu Picchu / Cusco.
  • Roundtrip bus Aguas Calientes/Machu Picchu/Aguas Calientes.
  • Cusco tourist tax.

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Price Excludes
    • Personal expenses.
    • Second entrance to the Machu Picchu citadel & Huayna Pichu and roundtrip bus. (R1795 per person)
    • Second day guided tour in Machu Picchu.
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