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Lima ~ Cusco ~ Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu
利馬 ~ 庫斯科 ~ 聖谷 ~ 馬丘比丘

Tour overview:

The Inca Empire only existed for a century, but in that short time it left a heritage that has turned Peru into one of countries with the largest cultural wealth in the Americas. You will get to know the main attractions of the country during eight days, from Lima on the Pacific coast to Machu Picchu, the ‘Lost City of the Incas’, on the top of the Andes mountains. Discover beautiful colonial cities, the sites of ancient civilizations and explore some of the most spectacular landscapes on the planet– an unforgettable experience.

Tour Highlights:

Lima 利馬:
The capital’s great architectural ensemble has earned the UNESCO World Heritage Site status, with attractions such as the Casa Aliaga, the Cathedral and the Main Square

Cusco 庫斯科:
Discover the former capital of the Inca Empire, where the ruins of the former civilization and the Spanish colonial legacy offer attractions such as the baroque Cathedral, and the Sacsayhuaman and Puka Pukara archaeological sites

Once an important town during the Inca Empire, today Chinchero is famed for the colorful market held thrice weekly in front of the walls of a former Inca palace

Visit this mysterious Inca archaeological site, which is composed of concentric circular terraces, each with a different microclimate

The salt deposits of this gorge offer a dazzling contrast with the rest of the landscape in the Sacred Valley

Pisac and Ollantaytambo:
Discover the ancient town of Pisac and the Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo among other sights

Machu Picchu 馬丘比丘:
The lost city of the Incas is hidden on top of an Andean peak, offering views not only of the mountains, but also of the Inca past

South Valley:
An unforgettable route through the South Valley of Cusco, visiting Tipon, Pikillacta and Andahuaylillas.

Not to be missed:

Huaca Pucllana
Visit this pre-Inca pyramid located in Lima’s Miraflores district and explore the exhibition room.

Find out about Andean phytotherapy at the Museum of Sacred, Magical and Medicinal Plants in Cusco.

Inca heart:
Anticucho is an Inca dish made with the hearts of cattle or llamas with touched of Spanish and African cuisine.


Day 01 Lima

On arrival in Lima, you receive assistance at the airport and are transferred to your selected hotel. Rest of the day is free at leisure to get to know the city.

Day 02 City Tour: Cathedral, CASA Aliaga and Larco Museum

Explore Lima old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site packed with fascinating historic buildings. Start with a scenic tour in the colonial downtown, which radiates from the Main Square, where you can appreciate the grandiose architecture of the Spanish Empire. Stroll over to the Cathedral, which was begun in the 16th century and took 80 years to build. Then visit the Casa Aliaga, a colonial mansion granted in 1535 by chief conquistador Francisco Pizarro to Jerónimo de Aliaga, one of his captains. This is the only house from that time that still belongs to the same family after all these centuries. Continue to the Larco Museum, located in the traditional Pueblo Libre district, which is housed in a beautifully restored viceregal mansion built on a seventh-century a pre-Columbian pyramid. The museum boasts the most complete pre-Hispanic collection of gold and silver artifacts, as well as pieces of erotic art. Finally, head to the ‘Love Park’ in the upscale coastal district of Miraflores, where you can admire the cliffs and a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean. The tour may end at the Larcomar Shopping Mall, at the Peru pa’ti food market or at the hotel.

Day 03 Lima / Cusco - City Tour and Archaeological sites (90 mins flight time)

Pick-up after breakfast and transfer from your hotel to Lima Airport to catch a flight to Cusco. A meet and greet service on arrival is followed by transfer to your selected hotel. 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 Qoricancha temple. It was one of the most important temples dedicated to the worship 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. Continue to the Plaza de Armas to visit the cathedral. It features an elaborate Renaissance façade and, like other important monuments in the city, was built over a demolished Inca temple. 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, the ruins of temple and amphitheater of Qenqo, where it is believed the Incas practiced agricultural rituals. Finally, visit Puka Pukara (‘Red fortress’ in Quechua) an Inca military complex located on a prominent hill. Its dwellings squares, bathrooms, aqueducts, walls and towers can still be appreciated. Return to and drop off at your hotel.

Day 04 Cusco - Chinchero - Maras - Moray - Sacred Valley (68 km)

Depart after breakfast at the hotel, heading upland to Chinchero, which was an important administrative center during the Inca Empire. Located on a ridge high in the Andes and in the shadow of the peaks of Mounts Chicon and Veronica, today’s Chinchero is as famed for its tranquil beauty as for the lively markets held three days per week in the esplanade in front of a former Inca palace. Descend to the Sacred Valley towards the salt ponds of Maras, where the salt ponds create a dazzling scene. The thousands of small ponds give work to and help feed many local families. During Inca times, the salt deposits were an important economic center and of great value to the imperial economy. Continue to the archaeological site of Moray. As with many Inca ruins, its exact function remains a mystery though the design of ever-wider concentric circular terraces meant each level had a different microclimate.

Day 05 Sacred Valley (Pisac -Ollantaytambo) – Machu Picchu

Savor breakfast at the hotel before departing for the Urubamba River valley, which is popularly known as the Sacred Valley of the Incas. The first stop is at the Taray lookout, which boasts dramatic views over the valley and the historic town of Pisac on the valley floor. Descend to Pisac itself to visit the church and wander through its market. Break for lunch is a local diner before continuing to late Inca period Ollantaytambo fortress, which controlled access to the Sacred Valley. The site is a huge archaeological complex which, although it is known as a ‘fortress’, was actually a tambo, a leisure city used to accommodate delegations that traveled long distances. Drop off at Ollantaytambo station to catch a train to Aguas Calientes for overnight.

Day 06 Macchu - Picchu - Cusco

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before boarding a coach for a 25-minute ride to Machu Picchu. The ‘Lost City of the Incas’ had lain abandoned in the heavens for four centuries until American explorer Hiram Bingham happened upon it in 1911. Machu Picchu is believed to have been built in the 1450s by Inca emperor Pachacutec 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 wrought 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 and the most prominent landmarks among the 200 or so buildings 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. Return to Aguas Calientes to catch a train to Ollantaytambo station and onward transfer to your selected hotel in Cusco.

Day 07 Cusco - South Valley - Tipon - Pikillacta - Andahuaylillas - Cusco

Tour the South Valley after breakfast at the hotel, heading to Tipon and Pikillaqta to discover their archaeological remains and to the picturesque town of Andahuaylillas. In Tipon, 12 Inca era agricultural terraces are still cultivated using an irrigation system that is considered a masterpiece of hydraulic engineering. Pikillaqta is one of the best-preserved pre-Inca cities, dating back to the Wari culture. You can still stroll through its streets and appreciate the 700 structures, which include stone and mud buildings of up to three levels and a condor head carved into a rock. Andahuaylillas is one of the most emblematic towns in the famous Andean Baroque Route and is home to the Church of St Peter the Apostle, which is known as the ‘Sistine Chapel of America’ thanks to the fantastic frescoes that decorate its ceiling and walls. Return to and drop off at your hotel.

Day 08 Cusco - Lima International departure

Transfer to Cusco Airport for flight to Lima after breakfast at the hotel. Assistance provided at airport.

Have a nice holidays!

Remarks :
Every effort will be made to adhere to the planned itinerary.  However, due to weather conditions and reasons beyond our control, changes to the itinerary might occur, for which the company accepts no responsibility.

Our private tailor-made itinerary offer complete freedom of choice. Prices vary according to your selected accommodation, total number of passengers travelling in your party and seasonality of travel; please feel free to contact us for individual tailor-made itinerary as per your travel plan.

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