Experience the lifestyle in the Valles Calchaquies

5 Days / 4 Nights

OVERVIEW

Overview

Operation: April to December
Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu

ITINERARY

Itinerary

Peru And Its Colors 6 Days / 7 Nights

Welcome to Lima!

Upon arrival you will be assisted at Lima airport and then transferred to your hotel.

You will have free time to rest. 

 

Accommodation at selected hotel in Lima.

Meals included: None. 

Lima City Tour: Historical Center, Santo Domingo Convent, Pisco Sour Tasting and Larco Museum (Half-day tour)

Today’s excursion is a fascinating visit to the modern and colonial part of Lima, "The City of Kings". We’ll start off with the districts of Miraflores and San Isidro, where we’ll enjoy a panoramic visit of the impressive Huaca Huallamarca. We’ll then head towards the Historical Center, where we’ll visit the Convent of Santo Domingo, declared as a UNESCO Cultural Heritage of Humanity site, and where the remains of our patron saints San Martín de Porres and Santa Rosa de Lima lie. We’ll then visit the Plaza Mayor (Main Square), which is surrounded by the Government Palace, the Archbishop's Palace, the Municipality and the emblematic Cathedral of Lima. At the end of the tour around the center, we’ll make a stop for a small tasting of the typical Pisco Sour cocktail. 

Finally, we will visit the Larco Museum, which houses an amazing private collection of Treasures of Ancient Peru. This collection inspires its visitors, allowing them to discover, understand and enjoy the more than five thousand years of history of ancient Peru through more than 45,000 pieces.

You’ll have the rest of the day free to enjoy the city or get some rest.

 

Accommodation at selected hotel in Lima.

Meals included: Breakfast.  

In the morning you’ll be transferred to Lima airport to get your flight to Cusco city. Upon arrival you will be assisted at the airport and then transferred to your selected hotel.

You will have the morning free to get some rest.

 

Cusco City Tour: Korikancha Temple, Cathedral, Sacsayhuamán, Kenko and Puca-Pucará ruins (Half-day tour)

In the afternoon, we’ll set out on a tour of the imperial city, a living example of the mix of Andean and Spanish culture. Our tour begins at the Koricancha Temple, the ancient Inca palace and main place of worship of the Sun God. Then, we will visit the Plaza de Armas or main square, where we’ll visit the emblematic Cathedral of Cusco. We’ll then start making our way up, stopping at the San Cristóbal lookout, which offers a beautiful view of the city. We’ll continue ascending to the Sacsayhuaman Fortress, an imposing example of Inca military architecture that dominates the city. Our visit then takes us to the archaeological site at Kenko, where we can enjoy the panoramic view of the Puca-Pucara archaeological complex. We’ll end out tour with a visit to Inka's Expression art workshop, where artists work in silver, paint and wood – an ideal stop to understand Andean art.

 

Accommodation at selected hotel in Cusco.

Meals included: Breakfast.

Sacred Valley Treasures: Moray, Maras and Ollantaytambo (Full-day tour)

Today we’ll set out to discover the best of the Sacred Valley. Leaving Cusco, we’ll first make a stop at the Racchi lookout to enjoy its beautiful natural landscapes. Then we’ll visit Moray with its fascinating and huge circular and semicircular concentric agricultural terraces, used by the Incas as a botanical laboratory. We’ll also visit the Maras salt terraces, where of the world’s finest salts is extracted, and which is used by renowned international chefs. 

After enjoying a delicious lunch at a local restaurant, we’ll arrive at Ollantaytambo, one of the most important architectural complexes of the ancient Inca Empire and one of the few places where the Spanish conquerors lost an important battle. Well known for its terraces (excavated on the slopes of the mountains for agricultural use), Ollantaytambo was a very effective fortress that also served as a temple. After visiting the ruins, we’ll walk through the town of Ollantaytambo, the only "living Inca city" and the best example of the planning of the Inca city, with cobble stone streets that have been inhabited since the 13th century.

At the end of the tour, you’ll be transferred to your hotel in the Sacred Valley.

 

Accommodation at selected hotel in the Sacred Valley.

Meals included: Breakfast and lunch.  

Machu Picchu Tour with Voyager Train round-trip (Full-day tour)

 

Early in the morning you will be transferred from your hotel to the train station. Today, we’ll visit one of the world's most famous landmarks: the fascinating citadel of Machu Picchu. The excursion begins on board the "Voyager" train, which will take us through beautiful natural views until arriving at Aguas Calientes train station. From there, we’ll begin our ascent to Machu Picchu, where, surely, we’ll live one of the most unforgettable experiences. Once in the citadel, we’ll explore every corner of Machu Picchu, one of the Seven Wonders of the world, accompanied by an expert guide. You’ll also get to enjoy free time to explore the area on your own and take plenty of impressive pictures. Later, we’ll head back down to Aguas Calientes, where you’ll be directed to your selected hotel. 

 

Accommodation at selected hotel in Aguas Calientes.

Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch. 

Tour Machu Picchu (Optional second entrance)

You will have the morning free to visit Machu Picchu for the second time, this time on your own, at your own pace. In the afternoon, we’ll board the train that will take us back to Cusco and, upon your arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel.

 

Accommodation at selected hotel in Cusco.

Meals included: Breakfast.

Full day Excursion to Rainbow Mountain: Palccoyo ** Minimum 2 people **

On our last day in Cusco an impressive and colorful adventure awaits: an excursion to the “Rainbow Mountain”, Palccoyo, a surprising natural formation that holds amazing views of the imposing “Apu Ausangate, sacred mountain.

We’ll leave Cusco at dawn and head south, driving for three hours until reaching Combapata and then taking a dirt road to the town of Palccoyo. (4,202 m / 13, 789 ft). From there we’ll begin our ascent, surrounded by unbelievable mountain views and beautiful local flora and fauna, as well as views of majestic Ausangate.

After a relaxed walk of about one hour, we’ll arrive at the highlight of our adventure: The Rainbow Mountain (4,980 masl / 16,338ft). We’ll have a small Andean ceremony with coca leaves, giving thanks to the Apu, and we’ll have plenty of time to explore the area, relax, take photos and enjoy the magical mysticism of the place. Afterwards we’ll continue walking for another hour towards a beautiful stone forest, where we’ll find a lookout that will reward us with unparalleled views of snowcapped Ausangate in all its splendor. After renewing our energies, we’ll embark on our walk down along the same route until reaching the starting point. There we’ll board the transport that will take us back to Cusco city.

 

Minimum Altitude on the Route: 4,202 msnm / 13,789 ft  

Maximum Altitude on the Route: 4980 msnm / 16,338 ft

Approximate Hiking time: 3-4 hours included visit and rests (Determining factor – physical condition of each person)

Level: Easy

Operation Restrictions: Operates Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday from April to December. To reserve other days of the week, Vinicuna Rainbow Mountain will be operated. Does not operate from January to March. 

 

Accommodation at selected hotel in Cusco.

Meals included: Breakfast.

At the scheduled time, you will be transferred from your hotel to Cusco airport to board your outbound flight.

 

Meals included: Breakfast.

At the scheduled time, you will be transferred from your hotel to Cusco airport to board your outbound flight.

 

Meals included: Breakfast. 

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