Irresistible Peru

8 Day Tour

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OVERVIEW

Discover Peru, country of natural wonders, where you can experience all the climates of the world; a country of pre-Columbian cultures, of the Incas, of the Cusco School of colonial art and of European architecture.

Enjoy the sights including the Main Square, neighbourhood of San Blas and its craftsmen; Jesuit church, La Merced, San Francisco and San Cristobal. Archaeological tour of the outskirts. Cusco is a highly cosmopolitan city and this is noticeable especially at night in its numerous bars, restaurants and discos.

DAY 1 - ARRIVAL TO LIMA

Arrive Lima, transfer to hotel. Remainder of the day at leisure.

DAY 2 - LIMA

This morning visit the Historical Centre including the Plaza Mayor, the Government Palace, the City Hall, the Cathedral and the archbishop's Palace. Drive through the vibrant districts of San Isidro and Miraflores overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Tour the Huaca Pucllana, a 2,000-year-old oracle pyramid. (B)

DAY 3 - CUSCO

Morning flight to Cusco, transfer to your hotel. Morning at leisure. In the afternoon explore this most magical city, capital of the Inca Empire (15th century) on tour including Plaza Regocijo, Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral, Santo Domingo Monastery –the legendary Korikancha Temple- and the old town. Drive out of the city to visit the Inca sites of Tambomachay, Kenko, Puca-Pucara and impressive Fortress of Sacsayhuaman. (B)

DAY 4 - CUSCO - SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCAS

Your tour starts in the village of Ollantaytambo, a typical example of Inca urban planning that is still lived in today. Pachacútec (1438 - 1572) conquered the village, destroyed it and built a new one, which became part of his empire. It was at that time that he fortress of Ollantaytambo was built, a great complex of buildings that was actually a "tambo", a place of rest and lodgings for officials who had travelled long distances. It is undoubtedly one of the master works of the Inca Empire. After lunching in a selected restaurant, you will visit the village of Pisac. Pisac was built in the shape of a partridge and is famous for two things: its handicrafts market and because it harbours one of the most important archaeological sites in the Sacred Valley. The market has dozens of stalls displaying products made by the inhabitants of the zone. There are textiles, carvings, and replicas of ancient Inca pieces. (B)

DAY 5 - CUSCO TO MACHU PICCHU

Transport to Ollanta for the train to Machu Picchu. You will be taken to the railway station at Ollantaytambo and from there to Aguas Calientes. From there you will climb up a hillside to Machu Picchu, a masterpiece of engineering and construction that is believed to have been used as a sanctuary and resting place for Inca Pachacutec (1438 - 1572). Machu Picchu, which means "Old Mountain", is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the seven new wonders of the world.

DAY 6 - MACHU PICCHU TO CUSCO

Enjoy optional activities - but make a reservation first. Today you may return to Machu Picchu and visit any of the tourist attractions there. You could visit Intipunku, which means "Doorway of the Sun" and is the last stop before entering Machu Picchu if you take the Inca Trail from Ollantaytambo. It was a sort of gatehouse and the sun emerges through this gate every day if it is viewed from the city´s most important buildings. You could climb Wayna Picchu, which means "Young Mountain", in contrast to Machu Picchu. The ascent takes approximately one hour and its principal attraction is the "Temple of the Moon", a complex of underground buildings, probably destined for use by the elite. Finally, you could go to Inca Bridge, an incredible stone structure that served as the entrance or exit to the city and that has a gap in the middle several metres long, over which two large wooden planks were placed. Thus the Incas could cut off the city for their own protection, by just removing the planks. In the afternoon you will be taken to Aguas Calientes station to take the train back to Ollantaytambo and your hotel in Cusco. (B)

DAY 7 - CUSCO

Day free to explore this magical city, former capital of the Inca Empire and legendary navel of the world. Churches and colonial mansions erected on the finely crafted walls of Inca buildings, and beautiful squares. Handicraft stores in the district of San Blas, where you can see local handicrafts made with precious metals, wool, wood and stone - or you can simply go shopping! (B)

DAY 8 - CUSCO TO LIMA FOR DEPARTURE

Transport to the airport. On arrival in Lima, assistance with your connecting flight or transport to a hotel if you prefer.

PRICES ON REQUEST

Rates vary frequently, depending on your hotels choice, number of people in your party and period of your trip.

We work with the highest quality hotels of different styles in each area – which, in some cases, may mean the 'authentic' rather than the obviously luxurious – and we do not always opt for the obvious. So it’s a matter of working out what’s right for you, based upon your tastes and the experience you want.

All the holidays have been carefully crafted by our experts. However, we understand that every travel experience should be as unique and individual as each traveller.

Our specialists are looking forward to hearing from you so that we can tailor a tour to your individual specifications.

IRRESISTIBLE PERU - 8 DAYS
EXPLORE PERU'S RICH CULTURAL HERITAGE. (CODE: LMT)