GTMT-203 – PERU – GUARANTEED FIXED DEPARTURE DATES FOR 2017

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CUSCO, SACRED VALLEY & MACHU PICCHU
Seven Days / Six Nights

Minimum 2 persons

ARRIVAL DATES IN LIMA 2017 
OCTOBER 26 & NOVEMBER 30

ITINERARY

DAY 1: Thursday – Arrival in LIma

Upon arrival into Lima International Airport, you will be met by our representative and private driver and will be transferred to the selected hotel. Our representative will assist you with check-in procedures and provide you with a detailed itinerary, vouchers covering all the services included in your tour and additional information on the organization of your Peru trip. You will also receive a contact information sheet with all the hotel details as well as our offices contact information for each city and a 24-hour emergency number. Overnight in Lima
Overnight in Lima Allpa Hotel or similar – Standard Room
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DAY 2: Friday – Lima (B)

Morning half day Colonial & Modern Lima (shared)
Breakfast. Enjoy a half day guided sightseeing tour to the most attractive and important sites in Lima, the “City of Kings”. The tour includes Lima’s Historical Center, passing by Plaza San Martin, Plaza Mayor, the Government Palace, the City Hall, the Cathedral and its Religious Art Museum. Finally visit the residential Districts of San Isidro and Miraflores, passing by the Huaca Pucllana, a Ceremonial and Administrative Centre of the Lima Culture built in the II Century A.C. that the Incas considered as “Ñaupallaqta” or Sacred Town.

Also pass by El Olivar Park with olive trees brought from Spain in the XVth Century, the Central Park of Miraflores and Larcomar, a symbol of modern Lima and a tourist and entertainment centre as well as a privileged site to enjoy an amazing view of the Pacific Ocean. After the tour, return to your hotel. Afternoon at leisure in Lima.
Overnight in Lima Allpa Hotel or similar – Standard Room

DAY 3: Saturday – Lima / Cusco (B)

Transfer Hotel / Airport (shared)
Breakfast. at the hotel. At the appropriate time, transfer to the Lima airport to board your flight to the city of Cusco.
Upon your arrival to Cusco’s airport you will be met by our representative who will assist you with your luggage and drive you to the hotel for proper check-in. The rest of the morning is at leisure to relax and avoid altitude sickness.

Afternoon: Half day City tour Cusco & surrounding ruins (shared)
Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of the city of Cusco, the Imperial City and Archaeological capital of South America, where you will be able to admire the finest examples of Inca history and architecture. Visit the city’s most important historical monuments that reveal the influence of different cultures: the Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral dating from Spanish viceroyalty times, built with great slabs of red granite renaissance style in contrast with the baroque style silverwork of its interior and, the Santo Domingo church built upon the foundations of the Inca temple Koricancha, dedicated to worship the Sun God.

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Continue to Cusco City’s main surrounding ruins: the Sacsayhuaman Fortress – a ceremonial compound and magnificent example of Inca military power that boasts a panoramic view of the city, the Qenqo Amphitheater – a ritualistic site with subterranean galleries that form an underground maze, Puca Pucara or red fortress and, the Inca Baths of Tambomachay. After the tour you will be transferred to your hotel. Overnight in Cusco.
Overnight in Cusco Hotel San Agustin International or similar – Standard Room

DAY 4: Sunday – Cusco / Sacred Valley (B)

Full day excursion to Pisac Market & Ollantaytambo Fortress
Today you will head to the town of Pisac, famous for its ruins but even more so for its market. Originally held only on Sundays, the Pisac Market was the place of reunion for all artisans of the region to get together and exchange or buy and sell their products.

During the XXth century, due to the increase of tourism in the area it became increasingly popular to the point that now it is held daily. It is a favorite destination for visitors from all over the world who don’t want to miss the opportunity of enjoying the colorful ambience in this marketplace. This is an excellent chance to share the peasants’ customs closely with plenty of time to explore and even barter all the goods and crafts typical of the areas around Cusco. Leisurely roam through the textiles and souvenir sections of the market. Lunch will be served at a local countryside restaurant (meal is not included).

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Continue through the Sacred Valley for a visit to the Inca fortress and citadel of Ollantaytambo. This site was built just as the Spaniards arrived and evidence of how it was constructed is still visible. This fortress was believed to be constructed in order to guard the entrance to this part of the valley and protect it from possible invasions of tribes from the jungle lowlands. Later it served as a temporary capital for Manco Inca, leader of the Inca resistance in 1537 during the Spanish conquest of Perú, who fortified the town to stop the advance, as Cusco had fallen under Spanish domination.

Ollantaytambo also features the vestiges of the town built by orders of Inca Pachacutec and thought to be not only a strategic military place to control the Sacred Valley of the Incas, but also for agricultural and religious purposes. Additionally, this place is a ceremonial center dedicated to the purification and worship of water with 150 steps built with perfectly carved stones, very similar to those of Tipon.

The archaeological site includes a series of superimposed terraces and stunning finely carved stone blocks located on the upper terrace or Temple of the Sun. The main settlement has an orthogonal layout with four streets crossed by other seven parallel streets and at the center the Incas built a large plaza about the size of four blocks.

The town of Ollantaytambo is referred to as a “Live Inca Town” because inhabitants still live according to customs and traditions inherited from their ancestors. Take a journey in time through its straight streets with perfectly laid stones that feature a canal for water to run through the town. After the tour you will be transferred to your hotel. Overnight in the Sacred Valley.
Overnight in the Sacred Valley Hotel La Casona de Yucay – Standard Room

DAY 5: Monday – Sacred Valley / Machu Picchu / Cusco (B)

Full day excursion to Machu Picchu via roundtrip Expedition train
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning transfer to the train station for an amazing train journey to the famous Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu, the great mountain-top city abandoned by the Inca Empire, reclaimed by the jungle and lost to humanity until its rediscovery in 1911. The legendary ‘Lost City’ is without a doubt one of the world’s most impressive archaeological sites. Built by the Incas on the summit of “Machu Picchu” (old peak), overlooking the deep canyon of the Urubamba river in a semi-tropical area of 120 KMS. (75 miles) from the city of Cusco at 11,155 F.A.S.L).

It sits on a mountain site of extraordinary beauty, in the middle of a tropical mountain forest; Machu Picchu was probably the most amazing urban creation of the Inca Empire at its height, with its giant walls, terraces and ramps, which appear as though they have been cut naturally in the continuous rock escarpments. Machu Picchu is also one of the Inca’s best kept secrets, as they did not leave written records and Spanish chronicles make no mention of the citadel, it remains a mystery. Along the way you will enjoy the changing landscape as you travel from Andean highlands to the beginnings of the jungle (“eyebrow of the jungle”), before finally arriving at the town of Aguas Calientes. From here, board the bus that will take you on a 20 minute ride up to the citadel of Machu Picchu.

A guided tour of the Citadel includes the Main Plaza, the Circular Tower, the Sacred Sun Dial, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows and various burial grounds. Lunch will be on your own.

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In the afternoon, return to Cusco by bus and train combination, and upon arrival at the train station you will be met by our representative for your transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Cusco.
Overnight in Cusco Hotel San Agustin International or similar – Standard Room

DAY 6: Tuesday – Cusco (B)

Breakfast. at the hotel. Day at leisure to continue discovering Cusco and enjoy the many excellent cafés, bars and creative restaurants in Cusco. Overnight in Cusco
Overnight in Cusco Hotel San Agustin International or similar – Standard Room

DAY 7: Wednesday – Cusco / Lima (B)

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer hotel / airport for flight to Lima to connect with your international flight or to your next destination.

RATES PER PERSON BASED ON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY
2 GUESTS FOUR GUESTS SIX GUESTS
$1,126 $1,056 $986

Single supplement: $280.00

RATES INCLUDE:

Six nights hotel accommodations in Lima (2), Cusco (3) and Sacred Valley (1). Roundtrip train ticket to Machu Picchu via Expedition coach or similar. One entrance ticket to Machu Picchu. One roundtrip bus ticket to Machu Picchu. Shared services with local English speaking guides as indicated in the itinerary unless specified otherwise. All entrance fees to the sites mentioned in the itinerary. Meals: As indicated in the itinerary. All tips (except hotel staff & guides); additional tips are optional and voluntary. Permanent assistance during the trip.

NOT INCLUDED:

International air between USA and Lima. Local air between Lima and Cusco. International taxes and fuel surcharges. and domestic airfares. Meals or any other item not described in the itinerary. Early check-in, late check-out, services. Personal expenses. Tips for hotel staff & guides. Health and travel insurances.

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