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Lima- Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu- Cusco - Lima
8 days / 7 nights
Day 1: Lima
Arrival in Lima, meeting a guide at the airport, transfer in a high –class vehicle to luxury Belmond Miraflores Park hotel. Check-in and accommodation in the hotel.
Day 2: Lima
Breakfast at the hotel. Discover the original city of Lima on this private tour. You will be picked up from your hotel, then go to Miraflores which is the biggest tourist district where we can walk around the Love´s park and you can enjoy a beautiful view of the Pacific Ocean. Then, we will go to the HuacaPucllana, an archaeological precinct build in the IV century A.D, where we will have a panoramic view of this. After that, we will have a stop in San Isidro to visit the Olive Grove Park. Later, we will go to the historical center where we shall visit one of its most beautiful buildings and attractions like, San Martin Square, the Main Square, the Government Palace, the Archbishop's Palace, the Cathedral, the City Hall, the train station Desamparado and the first bar of Lima (Cordano Bar). In addition, Lima is considered the gastronomic capital of Latin America. Here are the best restaurants not only on the continent, but also in the world! Recommended restaurants: Central Restaurante (Peruvian cuisine) Reservation is required! Maido (Peruvian cuisine, seafood) Rafael (Peruvian cuisine, seafood) La Mar (Peruvian cuisine, seafood) Astrid y Gaston (Peruvian cuisine, seafood)
Day 3: Lima-Cuzco-Sacred Valley
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer from the hotel to the airport for your flight to Cusco. Private transfer with a guide from Cuzco Airport to unique Belmond Rio Sagrado hotel located directly in the Sacred Valley. Enjoy your free time and have a good rest.
Day 4: Sacred Valley
This day we will visit the most outstanding sites of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. A lot of ruins of ancient cities are located in the Sacred valley: Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Chinchero, Urubamba. At the art fair in the town of Pisak, you can buy ceramics, carpets, souvenirs, silver and leather products. We will continue to Moray, a beautiful and curious Inca archaeological complex composed of colossal concentric terraces simulating a large amphitheater. In Incas times, it served as an agricultural laboratory where diverse microclimates were recreated. Finally, we end our tour visiting the fabulous archaeological complex of Ollantaytambo important for the Incas as a military, religious and agricultural center. We will visit the Temple of the ten windows, the bathrooms of the ñusta, the Temple of the Sun among other places of interest. The postcards from the heights of Ollantaytambo will close this magical day in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Indeed there are many ruins to visit and mountainsides to trek, but one intriguing sight not to be missed are the ancient salt pans, known as the Maras Salt Mines, or Salineras de Maras. Strategically dug into the mountainside, thousands of shallow pools filled with salt water. Eventually, they evaporate and leave behind crystallized salt. These salt pans have been in operation for more than 500 years. To this day, they are mined by local families for their special, beloved Peruvian pink salt. Lunch at Mil Centro Restaurant is included. The menu consists of 8 courses. Optional activity: Via Ferrata and Zip -line A via ferrata is a path used to climb a mountain with a safety system permanently installed. It gives the chance to people without any experience in climbing, the opportunity to move through spectacular mountain scenery using a minimum of equipment. The climber is permanently tied to a steel cable that runs through the entire route. Usually does not require any climbing rope. Metal ladders, bridges and similar facilities are used. This helps maintain the physical difficulty of climbing and mix beginners skills while providing access to a very high, and extreme vertical sections of a mountain, that could only be accessible to experienced rock climbers. The Sacred Valley zip-line gives people of all ages the opportunity to fly over this magical and magnificent valley, in a safe and fun way. The zip-line (also known as a flying fox, zip wire, aerial runway) consists of a pulley suspended on a cable mounted on an incline. It is designed to enable a user propelled by gravity to traverse from the top to the bottom of the inclined cable, by holding on or attaching to the freely moving pulley. The Sacred Valley zip-line has 7 lines or cables, from 150mt to 700mt, for a total of 2800mt. The minimum age for the Sacred Valley Zip-Line is 7 years old. Maximum weight of 265 lbs (120 kg) to safely ride the zipline. We reserve the right to admission to determine whether people are suitable for the zip line or not. Starting with 30-40 minutes hike, easy and via ferrata equipped for more safety will take you to the first line. You will have a small via ferrata climbing (4 meters) so you can have a perfect idea on what is to climb a ferrata route.
Day 5: Sacred Valley- Machu Picchu-Cuzco
Breakfast at the hotel. At the mentioned time, meet at the hotel with your guide and transfer to the railway station. A train trip away to see one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. We arrive at the Aguas Calientes station where our staff will assist us on boarding the bus to go up the winding road to Machu Picchu, amid a spectacular view of the Urubamba River and its canyon. The Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu, will astonish us with its terraces, ceremonial shrines, steps and urban areas. Energy is all around us. Most archaeologists believe that Machu Picchu was constructed as an estate for the Inca emperor Pachacuti (1438–1472). The Incas built the estate around 1450 but abandoned it a century later at the time of the Spanish conquest. Although known locally, it was not known to the Spanish during the colonial period and remained unknown to the outside world until American historian Hiram Bingham brought it to international attention in 1911. In the afternoon we will return to Aguas Calientes. We will embark in one of the most spectacular rides on board the exclusive Hiram Bingham deluxe train where we will have dinner. The experience on board is purely first class. The train’s incredible classic style goes perfectly with the dining room arrangement, making it easy to taste the delightful dishes carefully prepared for us by experienced chefs. The landscapes are breathtaking and while we follow the Urubamba River course getting closer and closer to the canyon, we’ll arrive at Aguas Calientes. Transfer to Cuzco to Belmond Palacio Nazarenas hotel located in the medieval building.
Day 6. Cuzco
Breakfast at the hotel. Our exclusive city tour starts with a visit to the San Cristobal Plaza to enjoy its panoramic view of the city. Then, we will visit the San Pedro Market to soak in its local flavors and to learn about more of the products grown in the area which supply the whole city. After this, the Korikancha temple will welcome us in all his magnificence; this temple, whose Quechua name means “Gold Enclosure” still bedazzles us with the thought of its gold covered walls. Then it is the turn to visit the Santo Domingo Church. We will visit Sacsayhuaman, a huge and impressive fortress of colossal constructions and surrounded by beautiful views blending together perfectly. Our adventure continues at the Inca Shrine Qenqo, to see the sacrificial altar embedded inside a rock cave. Finally we will arrive to the Puca Pucara viewpoint and Tambomachay, monument of impressive architectonic knowledge considered as one of the pillars of Andean Cosmo vision. Return to the hotel.
Day 7. Cuzco - Lima
Breakfast at the hotel. At the appointed time, transfer to the airport for the flight to Lima. Arrival in Lima, transfer and accommodation at the hotel. Optionally: The Larco Museum has the largest collection of pre-Columbian pieces in the Americas and tells the history of Peru without being tiresome. That’s a feat in itself, because we’re talking about 10.000 years of history! The quality and beauty of the pieces are amazing, showing all the complexity of the local cultures. It’s a beautiful museum, very well curated, the exhibits are simple and to the point and everything is explained in displays and videos. The museum offers also a super interesting guided visit for families with children. Other famous part of this museum is two private rooms dedicated to erotic pieces, showing the connection between erotic and fertility.
Day 8. Lima
Breakfast. Free time in Lima. Transfer to the airport for your flight home.
The price of the program includes:
-Accommodation in 5* hotels according to the program -Guided tours according to the program -Transfers according to the program -Meals according to the program -Hiram Bingham class train ticket
The price of the program does not include:
-Domestic flights Lima-Cusco-Lima -Additional excursions -Alcoholic and soft drinks -Tips