Classic Machu Picchu

Tour Plan

  • 8 Days 7 Nights

  • Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu

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    Lima

    Arrive in Lima, meet by local representative and transfer to your hotel.

    Accommodation: Hotel Jose Antonio or similar

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    Lima (B)

    Explore Lima’s old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, packed with fascinating historic buildings. The route begins at the traditional Pueblo Libre district, where you visit the Larco Museum, located in a beautifully restored vice-regal mansion built on a pre-Columbian pyramid from the seventh century. The museum boasts a complete pre-Hispanic collection of gold and silver objects, as well as pieces of erotic art. Then visit the Casa de Aliaga, a colonial mansion granted by chief conquistador Francisco Pizarro to one of his captains, Jeronimo de Aliaga. This is the only house from that time, still belonging to the same family. Continue with a scenic tour through the colonial downtown. See the Main Square, where you can appreciate the grandiose architecture of the Spanish Empire. Admire Lima’s Cathedral, built during the 16th century.  After the tour return to your hotel.

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    Lima – Cusco (B)

    After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the flight to Cusco.  Upon arrival, meet and transfer to your hotel.  Due to the high altitude (10,912 feet above sea level), we recommend that you rest for a short period.  In the afternoon, enjoy a guided tour of this charming city, which was the capital of the Inca Empire. The tour starts with a visit to Santo Domingo Convent, a large Renaissance-baroque complex, which was built over the Inca Coricancha temple. It was one of the most important temples dedicated to worshipping of the sun, and its foundations are still prominent at the base of the convent. Ancient chronicles say the temple was covered in gold leaf and filled with golden representations of nature. Then, visit the Cathedral, the most imposing monument of the Main Square. Head to the hills above Cusco to visit the remains of the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, whose imposing ramparts offer a stunning panoramic view of Cusco, and the ruins of the temple and amphitheatre of Qenqo, where it is believed the Incas practised agricultural rituals. Admire Qenqo and then finally visit Puka Pukara (‘Red fortress’ in Quechua) an Inca military complex located on a prominent hill. Its dwellings square, bathrooms, aqueducts, walls, and towers can still be appreciated. Afterwards, return to your hotel.

    Accommodation: Novotel Cusco or similar

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    Cusco – Urubamba (B/L)

    In the morning, pick up from hotel to visit the town of Chinchero, a traditional Cusco urban center located at an elevated point with a beautiful view of the valley. The inhabitants of this area preserve the artisan traditions and the inherited knowledge of the Incas and display them in their clothes and customs. In Chinchero there are also archaeological remains and a beautiful seventeenth-century church, one of the first Catholic buildings in Peru. Then, you are transferred to the Living Museum of Yucay. The museum is a center Andean traditions interpretation, where demonstrations of the elaboration of textile work, adobe, pottery and silverware are carried out in the same way in which they used to in antiquity; an original recreation of Inca traditions. Also, residents of the museum include llamas, sheep and alpacas, and they can be fed! Transfer to Ollantaytambo where you have free time for lunch. After this, visit the town and local archaeological site, inhabited uninterruptedly since Inca times, and climb the iconic fortress, built next to a mountain. At the end of the tour, return to your hotel.

    Note: Please pack an overnight bag for journey to Machu Picchu tomorrow. Due to luggage restrictions aboard the trains to/from Machu Picchu, passengers may only take 1 small bag weighing no more than 5 kg (11 lbs.). The rest of your luggage will be stored at your hotel in Cusco.

    Accommodation: Casa Andina Premium Valle Sagrado or similar

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    Urubamba – Machu Picchu (B/L/D)

    Following a scenic journey through dramatic Andean landscapes, arrive at the station in Aguas Calientes. Here you board a coach for a 25-minute ride to Machu Picchu. The ‘Lost City of the Incas’ is believed to have been built in the 1450s by Inca emperor Pachacuti as a holiday retreat, yet within a century the city would be abandoned following the Spanish conquest. The Spaniards never found it, so it was spared the destruction they brought on other Inca sites. Instead, it was slowly swallowed up by the jungle and hidden from harm. A guided tour explains the origins behind this awe-inspiring citadel, presenting its most prominent landmarks such as the monumental Main Square, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows, the Circular Towers, the Sacred Sun Dial, and the Burial Grounds.

    Accommodation: Casa Del Sol Machupicchu Boutique Hotel or similar

  • 6
    Machu Picchu – Cusco (B)

    Today is a free day to explore Machu Picchu on your own. You may want to hike Huayna Picchu or enjoy another activity. Mid-afternoon, you will depart from Machu Picchu by train to Ollanta Station.  Upon arrival, meet by representative and transfer to hotel in Cusco.

    Accommodation: Novotel Cusco or similar

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    Cusco – Lima (B/D)

    After breakfast, transfer to airport for flight to Lima.  Upon arrival in Lima, meet and transfer to your hotel.  In the afternoon you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to the Magic Water Circuit of Lima, a modern fountain system (certified as the largest in the world by the Guinness World Records) built in La Exposicion Park. The fountain system attracts crowds during summer and winter, consolidating it as one of the new attractions of Lima. Afterwards, head to a restaurant to enjoy dinner and transfer back to your hotel.

    Accommodation: Hotel Jose Antonio or similar

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    Lima – Departure (B)

    Enjoy free time until your transfer to the airport for your homebound flight.

     

    B – Breakfast      L – Lunch       D – Dinner

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Tour Package Details

TOUR PRICES PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY – minimum 2 persons

Daily Departure Land Package From Single Supp
2021: April – December
2022: January – March
2270 740

LAND ONLY price includes Domestic airfare within Peru

HOTEL BLACKOUT DATES and SEASONAL SURCHARGE may apply.

 ~~ ALL PRICES ARE IN CANADIAN DOLLARS AND ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE ~~

 

Your Tour Package Includes:

  • Domestic Airfare within Peru.
  • Roundtrip Train tickets to Machu Picchu onboard the Vistadome
  • Return transfer between airport and hotel.
  • Superior hotel accommodation with daily breakfast.
  • Sightseeing Tours with admission and meals as per itinerary.
  • Professional English Speaking local guide service.

Your Tour Package Does Not Include:

  • International Airfare from Canada to Peru.
  • Any applicable weekend and other surcharges imposed by airlines.
  • Any taxes, airport fees and fuel surcharge.
  • Optional Tour
  • Travel/Medical/Cancellation insurance and all personal expenses.
  • Tipping and gratuities to local guides, drivers, and hotel staff.
  • Any items not specified as included.

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