Cuzco, and Machu Picchu
Days 1-2: Lima Cathedral, San Francisco
Monastery, Casa Aliaga
A daytime flight to Lima. On arrival check in to your hotel. On day two, your included city tour focuses on Lima’s rich colonial history as well as the modern city. Lima was the bastion of Spanish South America from its founding in 1535 until the independence of the South American republics in the early 19th century. Visits include the
CATHEDRAL, where the skeleton of Francisco Pizarro is sealed in a wooden coffin; the
SAN FRANCISCO MONASTERY with its eerie burial crypts; and Casa
Aliaga, a 16th-century mansion that has been continually inhabited by the same family for almost five centuries and boasts a priceless collection of Spanish colonial paintings. The balance of the day is free. (B)
Your Hotel is the Swissotel Lima: an elegant and modern building offering all the comforts a discerning guest expects in a home away from home.
Days 3-4: Cuzco, Pisac,
Ollantaytambo, Urubamba Valley
Excursion to Pisac and Ollantaytambo. An early morning flight to
Cuzco, nestled high in the Andes. This afternoon’s city tour visits the
SANTO DOMINGO MONASTERY, built on the foundations of the Inca Temple of the Sun, the
CATHEDRAL and the nearby FORTRESS OF SACSAYHUAMAN. On day four, a short drive into the Urubamba Valley leads to the market town of
Pisac. Handmade rugs, alpaca sweaters, and jewelry can be bought here at bargain prices. At the other end of the valley is
Ollantaytambo. Here some of the finest examples of Inca masonry can be seen. Return to Cuzco and maybe sample local cuisine at one of the numerous restaurants this evening. (B daily, L day 4)
Your Hotel is the Hotel Libertador
Cusco: originally built by Inca laborers for Peru’s conqueror, Francisco
Pizzaro, and opposite the Temple of the Sun.
Days 5-6 Machu Picchu, Huayna Picchu,
Board the autorail car bound for Machu Picchu and cut a path through the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Spend the rest of the day exploring this intact fortress with its temple remains, holy houses and mile-long aqueduct. For the hikers, a brisk one-hour walk leads to the Sun Gate, the ancient entrance used by the Incas. A highlight the next morning–be sure to wake early and watch the sun rise over Machu
Picchu. Spend the morning hiking Huayna Picchu or simply relax in the hotel. In the afternoon of day six return to
Cuzco. Still time to enjoy the culture and history of this city. Maybe visit the Inca Museum or wander through the artisan district of San
Blas. (B daily, L day 5)
Your Hotel is the Machu Picchu Peublo
Hotel: tile-roofed casitas amid tropical vegetation in the beautiful Historical Sanctuary of Machu
Day 7-8: Lima, Plaza De Armas, Gold
Fly back to Lima this morning. Hotel rooms are available upon arrival until departure for the airport this evening. Spend the day relaxing, shopping or taking in some last-minute sightseeing. Founded in 1535, the "City of Kings" was once the capital of the Spanish South American Empire so there is history on almost every corner. Explore the vast Plaza de Armas to view first hand Lima’s colonial heritage. Visit the opulent Gold Museum with its magnificent collection of gold and fascinating artifacts from around the world, including a child’s poncho made entirely of yellow feathers and a skull with a full set of pink quartz teeth. Or stroll along the fashionable boulevards of Miraflores and relax in one of its many sidewalk cafes. Arrive in the US early in the morning on day eight to connect with hometown flights. (B)
Your Hotel is Swissotel Lima: near the commercial center, with a private collection of gold pieces and jewels from pre-Hispanic Peruvian cultures.
2, 16, 23
May 4, 11, 25
October 5, 19
November 2, 16, 30
add-on fares are available from most major US
cities. Land Only Packages are available upon request.*
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- All international flights from/to Miami and all intra-tour flights and transfers are included if you travel on regular tour arrival and departure dates.
- Host service is provided; on arrival you receive a welcome wallet with a city map and other helpful information.
- Twin-bedded rooms with private bath or shower, hotel taxes, service charges, and tips for baggage handling.
- American breakfast (B) daily, 2 lunches (L)
- Inside visits as shown in
UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
- Travel bag and travel documents.
rooms are not available.
Because of limited space on this tour,
please reserve early!