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Welcome to the land of the Inca, a short-lived mysterious ancient civilization whose origins are unknown. Although the Incas produced many ornaments and figurines of gold and silver, very little remains due to the Spanish Conquistadors’ greed for precious metals, melted down the jewelry and statues to ship to Spain. The only testament of the Incas that remains is the ruins of magnificent temples and large cities they constructed, such as the ruins of Machu Picchu. This tour will introduce you to the enchantments and heritage of Peru. Here we will sojourn amid a wide array of mysterious archeological riddles such as Machu Picchu, ruins of Ollataytambo, colonial Cuzco and Lake Titicaca, home to the floating islands of the Uros, an ancient Indian lake tribe, still maintaining traditions and way of life as they have for centuries, with opportunity to meet indigenous Indians who still speak the ancient tongue of Quechua and maintaining a traditional way of life.

 

DAY 01: Arrival in Lima

Upon arrival at the airport a host will meet and assist you in transferring to the hotel.

Overnight in Lima.

 

DAY 02:  Lima-Cusco

Breakfast at your hotel. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Cusco. Upon arrival at the airport a host will meet and assist you in transferring to the hotel.

Afternoon Visit to the city that includes: Plaza de Armas; the Cathedral, Koricancha, religious complex where temples dedicated to the different deities of Tahuantinsuyo are located and Incan streets that offer their thousand-year old charm.  Then a visit to the archeological remains close to the city: Kenko, an old ceremonial center dedicated to the earth; Puca Pucara, administrative and military building; Tambomachay, an important worship center dedicated to water and the Sacsayhuaman fortress, the Cyclops work that defended Cusco.

Overnight in Cusco.

 

DAY 03:  Cusco / Sacred Valley / Cusco

Breakfast at your hotel. After we leave in the morning to have a full-day excursion in the Urubamba Sacred Valley.  In this place you will have the opportunity to visit the Pisac Market, where you can acquire the best artisan goods in the areas.  In the afternoon, we visit the ruins of Ollantaytambo, which in the time of Tawantinsuyo was a gigantic agricultural, administrative, social, religious and military complex. Return to hotel.

Overnight in Cusco.

 

DAY 04:  Cusco

Breakfast at your hotel. Day at Leisure.Optonial Tour discovering a little Peruvian culture on a private, half-day tour from Cusco to the Awana Kancha textile center and the quaint, historic district of San Blas. Instead of a pressured shopping trip, this tour provides a window into the culture and craftsmanship of weaving at Awana Kancha, which translates directly to ‘Palace of Weaving’ -- an accurate name for this textile capital. After seeing how the furs from alpacas and llamas, and their relatives, vicuñas and guanacos, are made into textiles, head to San Blas to wander the streets of this historic neighborhood and tour Cusco’s oldest parish church

 

DAY 05:  Cusco / Machu Picchu / Cusco

 

Breakfast at your hotel. Full Day Excursion to Machu Picchu - Early wake up for a 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. All transfers and Lunch box are included. Afternoon return to Cusco.

 

DAY 06: Cusco /Puno

 

Breakfast at your hotel. After you are picked up from your hotel and transfer to the bus station, departure by Tourist Bus to Puno from Cusco. On route visit of Andahuaylillas situated 40 kilometers from Cusco, it is one of the prettiest colonial villages in the region. Large leafed trees and huge old mansions dominate its beautiful Plaza de Armas. However, its principal attraction is its church, San Pedro de Andahuaylillas, proudly called by its inhabitants, the Sistine Chapel of America for its meticulously interior decorated, its baroque wood sculptures, and numerous rich paintings, and murals done in the Cusco School style. We will visit Raqchi: Temple dedicated to Wiracocha, supreme god of the Incas Empire. The temple is built out of sun-dried mud-brick walls and stones. The sides show remains of terraces, bridges, warehouses and cottages and also Pucara: Archaeological complex formed by a pyramidal structure. Here we can observe the first sign of civilized culture in the Peruvian Altiplano. The ruins date from 4,000 B.C. Visit to the Site Museum. We will take lunch in the town of Sicuani. Route: Cusco, Andahuaylillas, Raqchi, Sicuani, La Raya, Pukará, Puno.

Overnight in Puno

 

DAY 07: Puno

 

Breakfast at your hotel. Visit in shared boat to the Island of Uros: Ancestral descendents of the Aymaras construct their houses on artificial floating islands that they themselves have elaborated on the waters of Lake Titikaka, in which they live in organizations and still keep their ancestral customs. Continuation to Taquile: the largest island on Lake Titikaka, they conserve their traditions, customs and laws intact from the Inca era.  Stand outs include the beauty of the landscape, its archeological remains, sacred and ceremonial sites, their festive and ritual activities in accordance to their cosmovision, and the daily life of the population dedicated to agriculture, textiles and fishing.” Lunch on Taquile Island.  Return to the city and transport to your hotel.

Overnight in Puno.

 

 

DAY 08: Puno/ Lima

 

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 and the mystical Land of the Incas.

 

 

 

 

 

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International round trip airfare

*Domestic air Lima /Cusco /Juliaca /Lima

*Airport transfers

*1 night in Lima at  San Agustin Colonial Hotel

*2 nights in Puno at Casa Andina Classic  Hotel

*4 nights in Cusco at Mabey  Hotel 

*1 Half Day in Cusco

*1 tour by boat to Uros and Taquile floating Islands

*1 Full day transfer tour from Puno to Cusco by bus

*1 Full day tour to Machu Picchu on Expedition Train with Guided tour included box lunch and enter fee

*1 Full Day guided tour to Sacred Valley, The Indian Market of Pisac and The Ollantaytambo Ruins w/ lunch

*Daily breakfast

*All transfers

*Bilingual licensed tour guide for all tours and excursions.

 

DEPARTURE DATES

2013

FEB= 14, 21

MAR= 05, 14

APR= 11, 18

MAY= 16, 23

JUNE= 12

 

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