GTFT-211- PERU – A PREMIUM COLLECTION TOUR

SACRED VALLEY, MACHU PICCHU, CUSCO & LIMA
Featuring Casa Andina Premium Collection Hotels
Eight Days – Seven Nights

Tuesday or Wednesday weekly departures from the USA.

ITINERARY

DAY 1: USA/Lima

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Arrival in Lima, the “City of Kings” famous for its Spanish Colonial architecture, extraordinary museums and cuisine. Lima is internationally recognized as the “Gastronomic Capital of the Americas”, and its cuisine is considered among the most diverse and exquisite in the world on par with French cuisine. Upon arrival a host will meet and assist you in transferring to the hotel and in registering.
Overnight accommodations Hotel Casa Andina Premium Collection
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DAY 2: City Tour and Larco Museum (B)

Tour of Modern and Colonial Lima including the world famous Larco Museum – This half-day tour visits both the colonial and
modern sections of Lima. Colonial sites include the lovely Plaza Mayor, the Government Palace, San Francisco Church and the exquisite Torre Tagle Palace modern day seat of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In modern Lima, drive along the exclusive residential areas of Miraflores and San Isidro.

Continue to the Larco Museum, founded in 1926, it displays remarkable chronological galleries providing an excellent overview on 3000 years of development of Peruvian pre-Columbian history. Located in a unique vice-royal mansion of the 18th century built over a 7th century pre-Columbian pyramid is surrounded by beautiful gardens. The Larco Museum also features the finest gold and silver collection from Ancient Peru and the famous erotic archaeological collection, one of the most visited Peruvian tourist attractions.
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DAY 3: Lima / Cusco (B/)

Early morning transfer from the hotel to the airport for a short but spectacular flight over the snowcapped Andes to the oldest inhabited city in the hemisphere, Cusco, at an elevation of 11,440 feet. Upon arrival a host will meet and assist you in transferring to the hotel and in registering.

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Tour of Cusco and Nearby Ruins
Visitors are caught up in the excitement of touring the ancient capital of the Inca Empire, a delightful combination of Inca and colonial architecture. The tour visits important landmarks such us Cusco’s Cathedral, Santo Domingo Church, Plaza de Armas and Koricancha “The Temple of the Sun”. This tour of the oldest continuously inhabited city in the western hemisphere also includes the nearby ruins of Kenko, Puca-Pucara, Tambomachay as well as the Sacsayhuaman fortress, an imposing example of Inca military architecture.
Casa Andina Premium Collection Cusco, Superior

DAY 4: – Cusco / Sacred Valley

Pisac Market and Ollantaytambo Archaeological Complex / Sacred Valley (B,L)
Full Day Excursion to the Pisac Indian Market and the Ollantaytambo Fortress – Morning departure for a drive through the fertile countryside of the Urubamba Valley to the colonial village of Pisac where a unique Indian Market takes place daily. The variety of products offered is overwhelming, from pottery with reproductions of archaeological pieces, to all kinds of textiles, jewelry and Peruvian handicrafts. During your visit to this bustling marketplace you will have the opportunity to bargain with the artisans and indigenous traders. Grab the items you like, you will hardly see the same one again.

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Continue to the Ollantaytambo archaeological complex, the Incas built it as a fort that included a temple, agricultural terraces, and an urban area. There are two distinct sectors: The religious and worship zone, and the residential area. Ollantaytambo was an important administrative center with probable military functions if one considers the walls and towers. There are also traces of ancient roads and aqueducts. The town of Ollantaytambo is called a “Living Inca Town” since the inhabitants maintain very old practices and customs. Lunch is included.
Overnight in Sacred Valley – Casa Andina Premium Collection Valle Sagrado, Superior

DAY 5: Moray Terraces and Maras Salt Pools (B/L)

Breakfast at hotel. Pass through unspoiled and picturesque Andean communities on your way to the Incan agricultural experimental center of Moray, famous for its sunken amphitheater, made up of four circular terraces, which appear to fade away into the earth like an artificial crater. The site was apparently an Inca agricultural research station filled with fertile earth and watered by complex irrigation systems, designed for experimenting with crops at various altitudes (some of which run down to depths of 100 meters).

Continue to the impressive Maras salt pools formed by water emerging from a lake inside a mountain in the Urubamba Valley. An amazing view of evaporating ponds for the extraction of salt. Learn about ancestral techniques, which are still used, in agricultural, irrigation and salt-recollection tasks, as well as in Andean festivals and rites.
Overnight in Sacred Valley – Casa Andina Premium Collection Valle Sagrado, Superior

DAY 6: Sacred Valley / Machu Picchu with overnight stay (B,L,D)

Breakfast at hotel. Morning train ride through the sacred valley of Urubamba to the “Lost City of the Incas,” Machu Picchu. Perched 8,200 feet above the valley, it was hidden by mountains and semi-tropical jungles for 400 years until discovered by Hiram Bingham of Yale University in 1911. Archaeologists believe that the Inca “Virgins of the Sun” took refuge from the Spanish Conquistadors here. Guided tour of the ruins upon arrival. Lunch is at the new Ayasqa Restaurant. Overnight stay in Aguas Calientes.
Casa Andina Classic Machu Picchu, Traditional

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DAY 7: Machu Picchu Free Day / Return to Cusco (B)

Breakfast at hotel. Free morning to enjoy one of the most incredible sights on earth, the sanctuary of Machu Picchu. Take as much time as you need to study these magnificent ruins or hike the steep stone-paved trail of Huayna Picchu, the pyramid-shape mountain above Machu Picchu for a breathtaking “condor view” of the citadel (reservation and extra fee are needed). Or stroll to the Inca Bridge a secret entrance used by the Inca’s army or walk toward the Inca Trail to find the historic Intipunku or “Sun Gate” or visit Manuel Chavez Museum or hike in Mandor Valley or just enjoy the thermal springs of the town. Return train ride to Cusco.
Casa Andina Premium Collection Cusco, Superior

DAY 8: Cusco / Lima / Home (B)

Transfer to the airport for your departure to Lima and your connecting international flight. Arrive home full of great memories of the rich tradition of Colonial Lima, the snowcapped roaring Andean mountains and lush valleys, and the zig-zag road to the overwhelming sight of Machu Picchu, the amazing legacy the Incas.

Arrive home full of great memories of the rich tradition of Colonial Lima and the mystical Land of the Incas.

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TOUR INCLUDES:

  • Round trip international air between Miami, New York or Los Angeles and Lima and Cusco including international departure taxes – $122.83, fuel surcharges and local taxes and subject to change.
  • Seven nights of hotel accommodation at selected Casa Andina Hotels in Lima, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and Cusco based on double occupancy.
  • All transfers between airports and hotels in Lima and Cusco as listed in the itinerary.
  • All tours and excursions indicated in the itinerary – fully escorted by English speaking guides.
  • All entrance fees and transfers needed to operate tours and excursions. All train tickets, bus tickets needed to operate tours and excursions.
  • Excursion to Machu Picchu includes round trip Vistadome train services. Lunch during the excursion to Machu Picchu at the Ayasqa Restaurant.
  • Service of English speaking licensed tour guide for all tours and excursions.
  • Baggage handling at airports and at hotels.
  • All meals indicated in the itinerary. B for breakfast, L for lunch. D for dinner.

NOT INCLUDED:

Expenses such us beverages on meals, tips, laundry, phone calls and other personal expenses are not included. Travel insurance is strongly recommended.

 

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