Andean Discovery (8d/7n)

Lima, Pisaq, Ollamtaytambo, Machupicchu, Sacred, Cusco


Overview

Take this 08 days tour and discover the best of the Inca Empire. Starting in Lima The City of Kings. Then travel to the Sacred valley where you will visit a local Market in Pisac were you can experience a vibrant atmosphere of andean communities.  Visit the ancient fortress of Ollantaytambo before boarding the train to Aguas Calientes. Experience Peruvian Ancient Culture and history by discovering the amazing complex of Machu Picchu and visiting Cusco main attractions . Also take part of a cooking lesson, prepare peruvian food and learn more about local products.

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1639.00

minimum 2 persons
8 days / 7 nights
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Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Lima

Once you arrive in Lima, an English-speaking representative will be waiting for you to welcome and  take you to your hotel.

 

Overnight in Lima at selected hotel (sea level).

Day 02: Lima The Kings City (B)

In the morning your private  guide will take you to enjoy a complete tour of the beautiful cultural town of Lima, also know as the City of Kings. You’ll see classic historical sights, colonial and Inca influenced architecture, residential neighborhoods, beautiful shrines and churches and incredible panoramic seascapes such.

 

We will start at the Plaza de Armas in Lima, a stunning square sourrouding for beautiful  colonial buildings towards the World Heritage Listed Monastery of San Francisco. After the visit to the colonial part of the city we will take you to the Larco Museum. The museum is housed in an 18th-century viceroyal building built over a 7th-century pre-Columbian pyramid. It showcases chronological galleries that provide a thorough overview of 4,000 years of Peruvian pre-Columbian history. After this tour we return to your hotel . You'll be free to make your own discoveries in Lima this afternoon.

Day 03: Lima - Cusco Explore Sacred Valley and Pisac (B)

After breakfast this morning, we continue our travel in Peru with a flight to the mountain-ringed city of Cuzco. Situated at an elevation of 10,909 feet, this city was the capital of the Incan world and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Upon arrival, we descend into the Sacred Valley of the Urubamba River, the lower elevation of which eases our transition to high altitudes of the Andes before our visit to Machu Picchu and our return to Cuzco. We will visit The town of Pisac that is an important archaeological site in the region of Cusco and there is also a colorful market on town where you can experience a vibrant atmosphere of communities, traditions and bartering. There are many handicrafts and textiles that you will be able to purchase.

 

Overnight at selected hotel in Sacred Valley (9500ft msnm)

Day 04: Explore Ollantaytambo Ruins & Train Journey (B)

This morning your tour guide will take you to the splendid Inca ruins of Ollantaytambo before boarding the train to Aguas Calientes. This place was the royal estate of Emperor Pachacuteq who conquered the region, built the town and a ceremonial center. We’ll walk amid the remains of this ancient fortress of gray and rose-colored granite, discover its ancient baths, and climb up the huge terraces guarding its hilltop temples. Then, we'll enjoy a chance to meet some of the local people who dwell in the traditional town nearby. You will be also able to access to one of these houses to observe a typical dwelling and how ancient Peruvians used to live. After your tour you will have an hour and a half hour of a scenic train ride through the Sacred Valley towards Aguas Calientes.

Day 05: Discover Machu Picchu (B)

Machu Picchu is one of those places that every single traveler should experience at least once in their lives…

 

This day after an early wake up your guide will meet you at the hotel to start your expedition through Machu Picchu, the legendary “Lost City of the Incas.”

 

You will begin your expedition around this beautiful and sacred Incan site. Your expert guide will explain you the history and visit the remarkable temples of the Sun and the Condor. You will also see aqueducts and houses, while learning some interesting facts about the Sacred Incan Terraces You'll have ample time to explore, reflect, and ponder the enigma of this man-made wonder, both with our Trip Leader and on our own.

 

The most adventurous trekkers should not miss the famous mountain climb of Huayna Picchu, which can be scheduled at 7am. However Huayna Picchu tickets can sell out up to a couple month in advance.

 

In the afternoon you will take the train back to Ollanta Train Station, and then we will transfer you to your hotel in Cusco.

 

Overnight at selected hotel in Cusco (11100ft msnm)

Day 06: Cooking Lesson and Visit to San Pedro Local Market (B)(L)

This morning your guide will take you to the most native market in Cusco “San Pedro Market”, venturing into its depths to comprehend the variety of product from the Andes and exotic fruits from the jungle.  While you are in the market you will unlock the secrets of Peruvian food as you will discover such ingredients as Chirimoya or Lucuma, both of which are native Peruvian fruits, and the wide variety of tubers, from the ordinary potato to the striking yellow of the ulluco, not to mention fabulous Andean grains, the likes of Quinoa, Kiwicha, and Cañihua. So many colors, so many textures, such an incredible variety. You won’t know where to begin.

 

Later on, you will enjoy of “The Peruvian Cuisine Lessons”, where you will learn from a professional Chef how to prepare an exquisite traditional dishes and Pisco Sour.

 

Finally, all that you have prepared with the help of our Professional Chef will be enjoyed as a proper lunch.

 

You will have the rest of the afternoon free for make your own discoveries in Cusco City, buy souvenirs, or relaxing at the hotel.

 

Overnight at selected hotel in Cusco (11100ft msnm)

Day 07: Discover Cusco City "Archaeological capital of the Americas" (B)(D)

Your private tour guide will pick you up at the hotel in the morning. You will first visit the colonial part of Cusco, You will have the chance to visit Cathedral (build in a Baroque style and having paintings of the Cusqueña school) and the temple of Qoricancha, more known as the gold covered temple (A place which we will appreciate in all its enchantment, the temple of the Thunderclap, Ray, Lightning, Rainbow, Stars and the temple of Santo Domingo). These places are important in a time of constant cultural development in architecture, religion and policy, started in the colonial time.

 

Next you will be driven to the archeological complex of Sacsayhuaman. It is situated on a mountain overlooking Cusco. Sacsayhuaman, a walled-complex is as many other Inca constructions made of large polished dry-stone walls, each boulder carefully cut to fit together tightly without mortar. Sacsayhuaman, is a huge, stunning site which holds the great house of the Sun, where the head  of the Puma of Cusco resides. Its megalithic, zigzag stone walls were pieced together with amazing skill, drawing the snake and other Andean symbols, like a lightning bolt across a great field.

 

Following we will go towards to Qenqo, Pucapucara and Tambomachay, places that were dedicated to Mother Earth “Pacha mama” , unique center of celebrations and astronomical studies. This complex contains several rooms, inner plazas, aqueducts, vantage points, and pathways.

 

At the end of this tour you will be driven to your hotel. Your afternoon is free. However this evening, gather with your traveling companion to celebrate your journey during a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant.

 

Overnight at selected hotel in Cusco (11100ft msnm)

Day 08: Fly to Lima (B)

The last day of the tour we will pick you up from your hotel to take you to the Cusco Airport for your domestic flight to Lima where you will arrive in time for your connecting international flight. 

Includes
7 Breakfasts  
1 Lunch
1 Dinner
   
Private vehicle
Vehicle shared from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
Vehicle shared  on city tour
Train
   
7 nights at 3 star hotels
  • Transportation
  • All Accommodation in 3 star hotels
  • A Professional English Speaking Tour Guide
  • A Professional Driver
  • All tours mentioned
  • Round Trip Train To Machu Picchu
  • Round Trip Bus Aguas Calientes €- Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes
  • All site and attraction entrance tickets
  • All Local Tax
Not Included
  • International & domestic airfares, unless specifically mentioned.
  • Travel insurance
  • Items of personal nature such as gratuities, internet charges, excess baggage charges, laundry, beverages and meals not described in the itinerary.
  • Tips
  • Optional Huayna Picchu Hike: $20 Usd Per Person
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