Enjoy the best of Lima, the Sacred Valley, Machu Pichu and Cusco! All of Perus Inca highlights in this tour.
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Enjoy the best of Lima, the Sacred Valley, Machu Pichu and Cusco! All of Perus Inca highlights in this tour.
A transportation service with a guide will pick you up from the airport at the established time and will transfer you to your hotel. Lima is a modern metropolis full of history, whith approximately ten million inhabitants and is going through an exciting process of cultural and economic changes.
Breakfast at the hotel. Explore Lima´s 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. Be amazed by Lima´s Cathedral, built during the 16th century and took over 80 years to complete. 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 pre-Columbian pyramid from the VII century. The museum boasts the most complete pre-Hispanic collection of gold and silver objects, as well as pieces of erotic art. Finally, head to the scenic coastal district of Miraflores, where you can admire the cliffs and a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean. The service will end at the Larcomar Mall or at the hotel. Read more
Breakfast at the hotel. You will be transfered from your hotel to Lima airport. A transportation service will transfer you from Cusco airport to your selected hotel. A representative will assist you during the journey and check-in at the hotel. You will start your tour visiting the Coricancha, also known as "The Temple of the Sun" (QuriKancha 'Golden Temple'), which was built by the Inca Pachacutec and at the arrival of the Spaniards became the basis for the construction of the Santo Domingo Convent. Here, during the Inca Empire reverence was surrendered to the sun ("Inti"), and there was a time when it was covered with gold. Then visit the Cathedral, the most imposing monument in the Plaza de Armas. Its construction began in 1560 and ended only in 1654. For this purpose hundreds of stones were extracted and transported from Sacsayhuaman fortress under the command of the Ecclesiastical Council. You will continue your tour to the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, one of the most emblematic buildings of the Incas (located just minutes from town center) built by the Inca Pachacutec in the fifteenth century. This is a huge fortress built with large stones whose transportation remains still a mystery. Each June 24th, during the winter solstice, the feast of IntiRaymi is recreated here, where the sun is worshipped. Continue to Quenqo, located 4 kilometers from the city of Cusco. Quenqo is an archaeological complex of mainly religious use where it is believed agricultural rituals were performed. Finally get to know PukaPucara, located 7 kilometers from the city of Cusco. PukaPucara, which means "Red Fortress", was an architectural complex of alleged military use with multiple spaces, plazas, baths, aqueducts, walls and towers, and it is believed the entourage of the Inca used it while he rested in Tambomachay. Return to the hotel. Read more
Breakfast at the hotel. The tour will start at the Sacred Valley, where you will visit Awanakancha, a farm of South American camelids and textiles showroom, where local families show the traditional process of weaving and making garments. You will visit the Pisac market, which has stands that exhibit and sell products manufactured by the residents of the area. Beautiful alpaca textiles, musical instruments, paintings, carvings, necklaces and replicas of old Inca pieces stand out. Next, you will have lunch at the previously agreed restaurant and then you will visit Ollantaytambo, making a series of tops at points of interest. The Ollantaytambo town, a typical example of the urban planning of the Incas, whose residents still live in accordance with their old traditions. Pachacutec conquered the town, destroyed it and built a new one, absorbing it as part of his empire. It exhibits one of the most remarkable complexes of the Inca Empire. You will return to your hotel in Sacred Valley. Read more
Breakfast at the hotel. A transportation service will pick you up from your hotel in Urubamba and will transfer you to the Ollantaytambo train station. Your tour to Machu Picchu begins with a train ride to AguasCalientes. This town is also known as "Machu Picchu Pueblo" and is the last stop before the entrance to the most important archaeological site in Peru. In Aguas Calientes you can see the train station, a crafts market, restaurants and accommodation of different categories for those who prefer to spend the night at the foot of the mountain and climb it early. Finally, after a short transfer you will reach Machu Picchu, a masterpiece of engineering and architecture that is believed served as a sanctuary and retreat for the Inca Pachacutec. Machu Picchu, which means "Old Mountain", is considered a World Heritage by UNESCO and one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. Once in the citadel you may optionally also visit the Intipunku (Sun Gate), the Wayna Picchu (subject to space availability) and the Inca Bridge. After the tour, enjoy lunch at Café Inkaterra in AguasCalientes. Rest of the day free at leisure. Read more
Breakfast at the hotel. Today you can return optionally to Machu Picchu and visit any of the attractions of the citadel. Visit the Intipunku, which in Castilian means "Sun Gate" and is the last stop before entering Machu Picchu if you follow the Inca trail from Ollantaytambo. The sun rises every day through this door if viewed from the most important buildings of the citadel. You may climb the Wayna Picchu (subject to space availability), which means "Young Mountain" as opposed to Machu Picchu. This ascent takes about an hour and its main attraction is the "Temple of the Moon", a complex of underground constructions likely to have been used by the elite. Finally you will be able to know the Inca Bridge, an incredible stonebuilding that served as entrance or exit of the citadel. In the afternoon you will head to the train station of Aguas Calientes and take the train back to Cusco from there. Read more
Breakfast at the hotel. You will be transferred to the bus station. Your transfer to Puno will have three stops. You will first stop at Andahuaylillas, a village located 40 kilometers from Cusco, which most important attraction is the church of Andahuaylillas, also called "The Sistine Chapel of America" due to the high quality pieces of art found in it; its structure was built in the sixteenth century on the remains of constructions probably Wari. Today it has an original pipe organ recently restored. Continue your trip to Racchi, where you will find the Temple of Viracocha, an amazing and unique rectangular building, similar to a wall, 30 meters wide and 20 high. It has windows and doors and is thought to have the highest ceiling of the Inca Empire. You will stop for lunch in Sicuani, and then briefly at La Raya, the highest point of the route between Puno and Cusco, over 4,313 masl. From here, 61 kilometers from the city of Juliaca (very close to Puno) you will reach the town of Pucara, where the Pukara Lithic Museum is found. The museum exhibits a collection of stone sculptures as well as steles and zoomorphic monoliths of sophisticated detail. Pukara was the first settlement of the highland lake city and developed between 100 and 300BC. Finally you will drive along the final course to the city of Puno and transfer to the selected hotel. A representative will assist you during your check-in at the hotel. Read more
Breakfast at the hotel. Upon your arrival at Puno's lake port, a vessel will take you to the floating islands of the Uros. Uros are an ancestral society that inhabits a series of artificial islands built with totora, a reed that grows in the lake. The islands are built by weaving this reed in the places where they grow the thickest and form a natural layer. They build their totora houses over it and cook in the open air to prevent possible fires. After a one and a half-hour tour, you will continue your trip to the Taquile Island. Unlike other islands, inhabited by Aymara-speaking people in the lake, its residents speak Quechua. It was part of the Inca Empire and it is possible to note vestiges of said culture in their buildings. Upon your arrival, you will receive a brief explanation on the island and will attend a cultural activity. You will return to Puno after lunch. Read more
Breakfast at the hotel. A transportation service will transfer you from the selected hotel to the airport. A representative will assist you during the journey.
As on each trip, there are situations that stand out as very special. LimaTours found us a guide who made our time in Cusco and the Sacred Valley unbelievably special. He wanted us to have the very best experience we could have…and he put himself ‘out there’ so that would happen. Thanks again for creating a wonderful, amazing trip for us!! Read more
My wife and I recently visited Peru having arrangemed the itinerary, through our travel agent, with Travcoa. It was our good fortune that Travcoa uses your agency in Peru. Your staff was terrific - knowledgeable, friendly, courteous, efficient - the arrangements flawless, the chosen hotels were superb. And when LAN had a problem with a connection making us anxious about getting to Iquitos in time for our boat trip, a few of your staff at Lima airport willingly provided me with aid and reassurance. Thank you very much. Read more
Thank you Lima Tours for a truly memorable and professional Peru experience! We loved every part of our vacation including the guides, private arrangements, highly recommended properties, and transportation services. Everyone at Lima Tours is a true professional and ensure that their guest feel comfortable and at ease throughout their visit. Machu Picchu and Lima are spectacular sites, and having the services of Lima Tours behind them makes it that much better. Shout out to Patricial Roncal, Diego, Alejandro, Javier, and Magda for the phenomenal experience. Read more
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