Day 1: Lima to Cusco
Early breakfast and transfer to the airpor where you take the flight to the Capital of the Incas. Upon your Arrival in Cusco, the ancient capital of the Incas, we greet you at the airport and transfer you to the Luxury 5* Marriot Hotel, the hallowed colonial San Antonio Abad seminary, built more than 300 years ago. You will be welcomed with a comforting cup of hot coca tea and escorted to your deluxe room. Overnight in a deluxe room with oxygen enrichment system to help you acclimatize to the high altitude in Cusco (11,000 feet – 3,352.80 meters). A la carte lunch will be served at the main courtyard. In the afternoon a private City tour of Cusco, this tour include: The Cathedral, Qoricancha, temple of the Sun, the most important of Inca ceremonial sites. Later you will continue to the most important site of Sacsayhuaman, Tambomachay, Qenqo and Puca Pucara. We return to the hotel. Breakfast- Lunch.
Day 2: Sacred Valley
After breakfast we travel by private vehicle through the Sacred Valley of the Inca. where life has remained almost unchanged for 500 years. Upon decent into the Sacred Valley we will know that we ’ve arrived in the area the Inca revered for its lush fertile soils. Later on, We will have the opportunity of visiting the lively local Ancient Pisac market where many of the local Indians sell their hand made textiles. It is here that many fine Andean garments are for sale and you can test your haggling powers as you bargain for trinkets and souvenirs. For lunch we will have the chance to eat a buffet lunch at the local hacienda restaurant with traditional Andean foods and music. We continue to Ollantaytambo the major Inca fortress. Probably built by the great Inca ruler, Pachacuti in the 1460s, it was the site of Hernando Pizzaro’s defeat by Manco Inca in 1536. Constructed of finely cut polygonal stones and rhyolite blocks, the fortress and nearby town represent the best of Inca architecture and construction. Large worked blocks, some weighting as much as 100 tons were quarried from a site more than a thousand vertical feet above the valley floor using a technique of pecking with hammer stones, then skidded down and across the Urubamba river several kilometers to the temple site. Inclined ramps were built to raise the blocks several hundred feet up hill to the construction area. Return to Cusco and to the hotel, on the way we stop at the small Quechua village Chincheros and to the Hotel (Breakfast/Lunch)
Day 3: Machupicchu
After Breakfast transfer to Poroy, a short distance from Cusco for the luxurious Hiram Bingham train to Aguas Calientes. Train journey passes through picturesque Andean scenery, passing traditional villages, Inca ruins and rushing rivers. We’ll descend 1300 meters through the Sacred Valley of the Incas and follow the Urubamba river until the final stop at Aguas Calientes. Afterward we’ll take the 20 minute bus ride up to Machu Picchu, perched 600 meters above the river. Upon arrival check-in for a one-night stay at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge located in a privileged area right at the entrance to this magnificent site. After a private guided tour, our guide will explain you the history and the myths that surround this archeological wonder MACHU PICCHU! The famous lost city of the Inca is one of the most magical and mysterious places on Earth! Stand 2,430m above sea-level in the middle of a tropical mountain forest. In an extraordinarily beautiful setting, it was probably most amazing urban creation of the Inca Empire at its height, its giant walls, terraces and ramps seen as, if they have been cut naturally in the continuous rock escarpments. The natural setting on the eastern slopes of the Andes, encompasses the upper Amazon basin with its rich diversity of flora and fauna, the site is frequently shrouded in misty clouds pierced by the powerful equatorial Sun. Upon returning to the hotel enjoy an exquisite afternoon “English style tea” with an assortment of fresh and hot drinks, petits fours and mini snacks. Breakfast- Lunch- Dinner and accommodation at Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge.
Day 4: Cusco
Early in the morning opportunity to enjoy a wonderful sunrise over Machu Picchu again, when no one’s around Lunch at the Sanctuary lodge. In the evening aboard the luxury Hiram Bingham train to return to Cusco. Dinner aboard the train, reception and transfer to Marriot Hotel
Day 5: Cusco – Lima
After breakfast transfer from the Hotel to Cusco Airport for your departing flight to Lima. Connecting flight back home. Breakfast.
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Included / Not included
- Domestic flights
- airport taxes
- Accommodation in Cusco and Machu Picchu, Itinerary & meal basis as described
- Local Transfers in a private chauffeur-driven vehicle
- The support (if required) of an English speaking local representative
- Local guides and entrance fees where applicable