Heir to ancient cultures and a rich colonial tradition, Perú is a magical spot which involves one of the richest biodiversities of Earth, and is a melting pot of different cultures who together are forging the promise of a better future.
While Perú inevitably evokes images of Machu Picchu and the Inca empire, the country is also riddled with archaeological sites which are a legacy of even more ancient times, when great civilizations bequeathed a legacy of their art, customs and rituals, their wisdom and skills.

Key Info

Duration  6 Nights

Price: 3, 4 & 5* options available on request

activity grading  Easy cultural exploration

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Introduction to Peru

DAY 01 – ARRIVE LIMA -/-/-

Upon arrival in Lima,assistance at the airport and transfer to your hotel. Overnight at SELECTED HOTEL.

DAY 02 – LIMA B/-/-


Breakfast at the hotel.

Visit Lima's Historic Center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its long, wooden balconies were used during the Viceroyalty by flirty "tapadas" in order to see while not being seen. Colonial buildings surround the Main Plaza and the Cathedral stands out impressively.

Stroll down to San Francisco Church, which stores an enviable collection of ancient books and is crossed by a network of catacombs now open to the public. This magnificent religious complex is made up of a principal portal, two churches and a convent. In the dark grounds below the church stand the Catacombs. This old cemetery is the place where more than twenty five thousand limeños where given Christian burial. Bones and entire skeletons present a shocking display. Continue on to Casa Aliaga, the best preserved colonial mansion in the Americas. Casa Aliaga has been home to 16 generations making it the oldest family household in continuous use in the entire continent and a jewel of Colonial Lima.

DAY 03 – LIMA / AREQUIPA B/-/-


Breakfast at the hotel.
Transfer to the airport for your domestic flights to Cusco.

Upon arrival to Arequipa, assistance at the airport and transfer to SELECTED HOTEL.

“Cusco is a city in southeastern Peru, near the Huatanay Valley (Sacred Valley) in the Andes mountain range. It is the capital of Cusco Region. The city has a population of about 300 000, triple the population it contained just 20 years ago. Alternate spellings include Qusqu (in old Quechua), Cusco, (after the Spanish arrived), and Qosqo current Quechua. Cusco is the preferred way to spell it in Spanish”.

In the afternoon you will start your tour with a visit to the Coricancha, also known as the "Temple of the Sun" (or "Premises of the Gilded One"), the construction of which was ordered by Inca Pachacútec (1438- 1471) and was used as base for the construction of the Santo Domingo Convent upon the arrival of the Spaniards. This is when the Sun (Inti, in Quechua) was worshipped during the Inca Empire and at the time of the Incas its walls were fully covered with

gold sheets and its courtyards were planted with golden corn and life-size llamas. You will then go to the Cathedral, the most important building on the Main Square and one of the most splendid Spanish colonial churches in America, which is shaped as a Latin Cross and houses about 400 colonial paintings from the Cusco art school, and impressive goldsmith, silversmith and precious stones works. Its construction lasted almost a century, it started in 1560 and ended in 1654. The Ecclesiastical Chapter ordered to extract and transport hundreds of stones from the Sacsayhuamán fortress for this purpose. You will then visit said fortress, en emblematic work of the Incas, which protected the Holy City. Conceived and built by Inca Pachacútec in the 15th century, The Sacsayhuamán complex was built with megalithic blocks, the transportation and erection of which continue to be a mystery.

The Inti Raymi Festival, which worships the Sun, is reenacted on June 24 of each year, during the winter solstice. You will then go to Qenqo, located four kilometers away from Cusco City, an archaeological complex mainly used for religious purposes, and it is believed that

agricultural rituals took place there. You will finally visit the vestiges of Puka Pukara, located seven kilometers away from Cusco. Puka Pukara, which means "red fortress", was an architectural complex presumably used for military purposes; it has many rooms, squares, bathrooms, aqueducts, walls and towers, and it is believed that the Inca?s entourage used it while he rested at Tambomachay.

At the end, you will return to your hotel.

DAY 04 – CUSCO / SACRED VALLEY B/L/-

Breakfast at the hotel.

Your tour will start at Awanacancha, Llama Center to learn about the importance of llamas and alpacas to the Peruvian way of life. Proceed to Pisaq The citadel is a town built in the form of partridge known for two reasons: the craft market, established between colonial buildings, and for hosting one of the most impressive complexes of terraces in the valley. The market has dozens of stalls displaying and selling products

crafted by the residents of the area.

Lunch at Muña restaurant

After lunch, continue to the village of Ollantaytambo, a typical example of urban planning of the Incas still inhabited like in the past. Pachacutec (1438 - 1572) conquered the town, destroyed it and built a new one absorbing it as part of his empire. The fortress of Ollantaytambo is a major archaeological site that although it was called a "fortress" it was a "tambo" town for rest and lodging of long distance travellers. It is without doubt one of the most monumental works of the empire.

Overnight at the SELECTED HOTEL in the Sacred Valley.

DAY 05 – SACRED VALLEY/MACHU PICCHU B/L/-

Breakfast at the hotel.
Today will be an unforgettable day you will visit one of the 7 wonders of the World:

MACHU PICCHU.

You will be transferred to the Ollanta train station to travel to Machu Picchu, a masterpiece of engineering and architecture that served as a sanctuary and retreat for the Inca Pachacutec (1438 - 1572). Machu Picchu, which means "Old Mountain", is considered a World Heritage by the UNESCO and one of the new seven wonders of the world.

Your tour to Machu Picchu begins with a train ride to Aguas Calientes in approximately one hour and 30 minutes. This town is also known as "Machu Picchu pueblo" and is the last stop before the entrance to the remains of the most important archaeological site in Peru. In Aguas Calientes are the railway 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 (1438 - 1572).

Machu Picchu, which means "Old Mountain", is considered a World Heritage by UNESCO and one of the new seven wonders of the world.

Lunch at Café Inkaterra. Afternoon at leisure.
Overnight at SELECTED HOTEL.

DAY 06 – MACHU PICCHU/CUSCO B/-/-


Breakfast at the hotel.

Once in the citadel you may optionally also visit the Intipunku (Sun Gate), the Wayna Picchu (subject to space availability) and the Inca Bridge.

DAY 07– CUSCO/LIMA B/-/-

Breakfast at the hotel.
Transfer to the airport for domestic flight to Lima.
Arrive to Lima, assistance at the airport for international departure flight.

***END OF OUR SERVICES ***

Price Includes:

-Transfers and services with English or English / Spanish speaking guide -Accommodation and hotels mentioned on the itinerary subject to availability -Meals mentioned on the itinerary

B= Breakfast L= Lunch BXL= Box lunch D= Dinner -Entrances
-2D/1N Sacred Valley package (guide and transportation) -2D/1N Machu Picchu package

-Train Expedition Ollanta / Machu Picchu / Cusco
-Roundtrip bus Aguas Calientes/Machu Picchu/Aguas Calientes -BTC Cusco tourist tax

Price not includes:

-Flights - Air tickets
Lima /Cusco/ Lima USD 390.00 per adult
** Air tickets fare subject to change without noticed**
-Tips & Personal expenses.
-Second
entrance to the Machu Picchu citadel & Huayna Pichu and roundtrip bus Aguas Calientes/Machu Picchu/Aguas Calientes
-Second day guided tour in Machu Picchu

Important notes: This quotation does not guarantee hotel availability and there's currently no option being held, not booking confirmation. Rates valid for 2013 (Not valid for Christmas Season, Inti Raymi or New Year, check.

**Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel and El Mapi Hotel they both include dinner on the rate**