AM: HD CITY TOUR OF LIMA WITH LUNCH (Private)
Today in a half day tour, you will take a guided sightseeing tour to the most attractive and important sites in Lima, the "City of Kings". The tour includes Lima's Historical Centre, passing by Plaza San Martin, Plaza Mayor, the Government Palace, the City Hall, the Cathedral, and its Religious Art Museum. Its construction began on the city's foundation, on January 18, 1535. We will visit the Convent and Church of San Francisco, considered by some as the greatest architectural complex of Colonial Art in America and Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The underground galleries or Catacombs that during the Viceroyalty served as a cemetery for the city. Next enjoy a gourmet Lunch at one of the finest restaurants in Lima city. Here you will try local dishes which are famous all over the world! In the afternoon, there will be time to visit the most emblematic 5* hotels in Lima such as Belmond Miraflores Park hotel, Westin Lima hotel and Country Club hotel. After the inspection, return to your hotel (B, L)
LIMA – CUSCO – SACRED VALLEY
At the appropriate time, you will be met by your transfer-man who will assist you with your flight to Cusco. Arrival in Cusco, meet and greet your guide who will assist you with your luggage and will drive you to your hotel located in the Sacred Valley. The Sacred Valley is located at a lower altitude than Cusco city which aids the acclimatization of the city. FD AWANACANCHA, PISAC MARKET, PISAC RUINS WITH LUNCH (PRIVATE) When you arrive to Cusco, the Imperial City, you will be met by your private guide and private driver who will assist you with your luggage and will drive you to your hotel located in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. On the way, visit Awanacancha textile center to observe traditional Andean weaving and to see the four types of camel-related Andean animals – llamas, guanacos, alpacas, and vicuñas. Alpacas have thick wool and is the most used while the vicuñas are small and delicate with fur considered the finest. Awanacancha is a weaving center with the goal to keep alive the traditional textile arts. Here you can meet these four types of camelids, learn about the harvesting of the different wools, the natural dying techniques and have a chance to see native weavers from different areas showing their different weaving secrets and lifestyle.
Lunch will be served at Hacienda Sarapampa. Opened to visitors in 2015, Hacienda Sarapampa offers a unique live experience in a working farm where you can learn first-hand about the Cusco Giant White corn and its production, the hacienda life and delight yourself with a Farm lunch while you are enjoying the surrounding landscape of the farm and the Sacred Valley. Feel like a unique guest and experience the real taste of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Then continue with the visit of the town of Pisac, where the Incas built an observatory to study astronomy as well as an impressive network of cultivated terrace. After this, IF time allows, you will have the opportunity to bargain with vendors at the local handicraft market in Pisac.
SACRED VALLEY – MACHU PICCHU - CUSCO FD MACHU PICCHU CITADEL BY RT VISTADOME TRAIN (With private guide from Cusco)
This morning, you will be transferred to the respective train station in the Sacred Valley. Onboard the VISTADOME train you will move along the tracks following the river's course into the jungle lowlands to Aguas Calientes a.k.a. Machu Picchu Pueblo (a 2-hour ride). This is the last stop before getting to the famous archaeological complex. Find crafts, books, restaurants, and array of hotels in this buzzling town. The bus zigzags up the steep side of the mountain for nearly 20 minutes. The pre-Hispanic engineering marvel unveils itself gradually; this was the site Pachacutec Inca (1438-1572) chose as royal retreat and where his "malqui" or mummified remains were to be worshiped. Machu Picchu or "Old Mountain" is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New Seven Wonders, yet the traveler senses a beauty unmatched by these or any other title. Andean mountain aesthetics can truly be appreciated at Machu Picchu; explore the site at your own pace. Visit the Royal Mausoleum or take the path to the Inca Bridge, or the central flight of steps to reach Intihuatana. Or simply contemplate the sacred geography all around; the Urubamba nearly encircling the site and Mount Salkantay ("Wild"), overlooking the citadel from the southeast. After Machu Picchu, take the shuttle bus down to Aguas Calientes town.
Set menu lunch will take place at Cafe Inkaterra Restaurant. After Lunch, a site inspection to the beautiful Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo hotel will take place.
In the afternoon, return to Cusco, via Ollantaytambo by Vistadome train and bus. Upon arrival at the train station, private transport will be waiting for you to take you to Cusco city. Accommodation at ARANWA CUSCO BOUTIQUE hotel, for two nights in Classic rooms. (B, L)
HD CITY TOUR OF CUSCO & NEARBY RUINS (PRIVATE)
Today you will go on a guided visit of the Imperial City of Cusco. In this Cusco city tour, you will visit the Main Plaza, which has been the scene of great historical events in the Capital of the Incas, the main Cathedral church, built of great slabs of red granite in renaissance style and thus contrasting with the baroque style silverwork which decorates its interior. Then continue to the Santo Domingo church, built upon the foundations of the Inca temple Koricancha, which was dedicated to S un worship. Later, you will head to the City’s nearby ruins; the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, a magnificent example of Incan military power; Qenqo, a ritualistic site with subterranean galleries that form an underground maze; Puca Pucara, the red fortress and finally Tambomachay, also known as the Incan Baths.
Time to inspect one of the most emblematic 5* hotels and boutique properties in the city of Cusco such as Belmond Monasterio hotel, Belmond Palacio Nazarenas and La Casona de Inkaterra hotel. After this amazing educative Cusco city tour, you will be driven back to your hotel. (B)
CUSCO - LIMA - OUT
At due time, your guide will take you to the Cusco airport in time for your flight to Lima. Upon arrival in Lima, reception at the airport by a representative and assistance at airport with your international departure flight back home or onto your next destination. (B)
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