Cusco and Machu Picchu tour (8 Days)

Introduction: 

This classic trip will give you the chance to explore the city of Cusco and Machu Picchu, the enigmatic citadel of the Incas.

1st day: Lima.

Arrival and reception at the airport, and transfer to the selected hotel.
Overnight at the selected hotel.

2nd day: Lima.

LIMA CITY TOUR (COLONIAL AND MODERN): Guided visit through Lima's historical Center: the Plaza Mayor (Main Square), the Government Palace, the Archbishop's Palace, the City Hall and old streets with mansions and Moorish balconies. You will also visit the San Francisco Convent, which has the most magnificent collection of colonial art in America. The tour will continue through the most traditional residential areas of Lima, including San Isidro, Miraflores and LarcoMar, a shopping center of international thematic attractions which offers a spectacular panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean.
Overnight at the selected hotel.
Meals included: Breakfast.

3rd day: Lima/Cusco

At the suitable time, private transportation to the airport.
Airline ticket to Cusco.
Upon arrival to Cusco, you will be met and taken to your hotel. There will be free time available to rest and get used to the altitude.
CITY TOUR AND NEIGHBOURING RUINS:
City tour for 3 hours through the beautiful Cusco city and its nearby ruins. The Tour will show you the amazing city of Cusco colonial built on the foundations of the Inca palaces. You will visit the Koricancha or Temple of the Sun, where you can appreciate the incredible masonry of the Incas, the Plaza de Armas and the Cathedral with its carved woodworks, altars and paintings. Then you will be driven to the Inca fortress of Sacsayhuaman, to the underground cave and temple of Qenqo and to Tambomachay, known as the Baths of the Inca. Finally you will visit the Misminay Exhibit, Misminay is a native community of Cusco, there you will be able to appreciate their beautiful handcrafts.
Overnight at selected hotel.
Meals included: Breakfast.

4th day: Cusco/Sacred Valley

PISAC MARKET & OLLANTAYTAMBO: Full day Sacred Valley excursion. 31 km (19 miles) far from Cusco is Pisac, at the entrance of the Sacred Valley. Visit the colorful market that on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays a craft fair takes place where you can buy beautiful handicrafts and souvenirs. The lunch will be served in a local restaurant. The tour continues towards Ollantaytambo,an archaeological site that the Incas built as a fort and includes a temple, agricultural terraces, and an urban area. There are two distinct sectors: Araqama Ayllu, the religious and worship zone, and Qosqo Ayllu, the residential area. Ollantaytambo was an important administrative center with probable military functions due to 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. Overnight at the selected hotel.
Meals included : Breakfast and buffet lunch.

5th day: Sacred Valley/Machu Picchu

Transfer to the train station.
MACHU PICCHU TOUR: Arrival by Vistadome class train to Machu Picchu ruins. From Aguas Calientes station you will be transported by bus to the top of the mountain and to the Citadel of Machu Picchu, one of the most renowned examples of Inca architecture. The city of Machu Picchu is the department of Cusco’s most important tourist attraction and one of the new 7 Wonders of the World. Discovered in 1911 by the American explorer, Hiram Bingham, this city is considered to be one of the most extraordinary examples of scenic architecture in the world, built at the top of a granite mountain. The Incas, using ingenious engineering techniques, were able to transport heavy stone blocks up the mountain side, and once there, they used their excellent masonry skills to produce amazingly polished stones that fit together perfectly. After a two hour guided visit in the ruins, you will have lunch at a restaurant in the area.
Overnight at the selected hotel.
Meals included: Breakfast and buffet lunch.

6th day: Machu Picchu/Cusco

SECOND DAY IN MACHU PICCHU:
Entrance fee to visit Machu Picchu ruins or to climb the Huayna Picchu peak, the great mountain behind the citadel. The guide is not included. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. At the appointed time, you will return to the station to take your train ride to Ollantaytambo station at the Sacred Valley.
Transfer from Ollanta Station in the Sacred Valley to Cusco Hotel.
Overnight at the selected hotel.
Meals included: Breakfast and buffet lunch.

7th day: Cusco/Lima

Transfer from the hotel to the airport. Airline ticket to Lima. Upon your arrival and reception at the airport and transfer to the selected hotel.
Overnight at the selected hotel.
Meals included: Breakfast.

8th day: Lima / home

Transportation to the airport for your international departure flight.
Meals included: Breakfast.