Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Maras & Moray, Lake Titicaca
September 12 - 22
6 participants maximum
Day 1: September 12:
All the flights departing the US generally arrive late in Lima, the same day. You will be picked up at the airport and driven to the hotel. We will make sure that you will have something to eat when you arrive. Welcome to Peru! These next few days are going to be packed with exciting adventures.
Day 2: September 13:
CITY TOUR LIMA: COLONIAL AND MODERN
You will visit the modern part and the colonial part of the city of Lima, “The City of Kings”, starting with the districts of Miraflores and San Isidro, where we will pass by a pre-Inca construction that is 1200 years old, the Huaca Huallamarca. Then, we will go to the Historic Center, where you will visit the Main Square (Plaza Mayor), which comprises the Government Palace, the Archbishop's Palace, The Municipality and the Cathedral. We will make a stop at the chocolate museum where we will see the transformation of cocoa into delicious products. Later on, we will visit the Convent of Santo Domingo, declared cultural heritage of humanity and house of the remains of our patron saints, San Martin de Porres and Santa Rosa de Lima. Finally, we will return to Miraflores where we will pass by another pre-Inca pyramid-shaped building in downtown, an incredible contrast. Then, we will descend into one of the most representative parks of Miraflores, the Love Park, inspired by the Güell Park of Barcelona, where you will see the beautiful sculpture dedicated to love, “The Kiss”, made by the famous Peruvian artist, Victor Delfin.
Day 3: September 14: Transfer to Lima airport. Private Service.
Flying to Cusco and arriving in Sacred Valley
Transfer to Lima airport. Private Service.
Departure time of your flight to Cusco city.
Cusco Upon your arrival at the airport you will be transferred to your hotel,in Valley Sagrado. Private Service.
Valle Sagrado Free time to enjoy the Sacred Valley, famous for its incomparable landscape and breathtaking beauty that surrounds it. Relax yourself at the hotel enjoying of the gardens or the spa.
Day 4: September 15:
Maras and Moray Tour
CHINCHERO, MORAY & MARAS
Today’s first destination is Chinchero a quaint little town that houses an important Incan outpost, built at the end of the 1400’s, as well as a lovely and very traditional church. The townsfolk are famous for having preserved traditional Andean spinning and weaving techniques, and they set up a market in the town square to sell handmade crafts made around the region to visitors. Afterwards, you will travel to Moray, a fantastic place where circular and semi-circular terraces were built into the top of a limestone hill overlooking the Urubamba Valley and used by the Incas as a botanical laboratory. The day ends up at the nearby town of Maras to visit the salt pans where the finest salt in the world is extracted. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant.
Day 5: September 16:
PISAC RUINS & OLLANTAYTAMBO FORTRESS:
Route around the Urubamba Valley, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, to visit the ruins over the town of Pisac, with a view of the Vilcanota River. The well-preserved fortresses, urban complexes, temples and Andean terraces built by the Incas, create an imposing and unforgettable view. You will have lunch at a local restaurant, and then go on with the tour to Ollantaytambo, the most ancient and continuously occupied village of the American continent. Ollantaytambo’s narrow roads and canals haven’t changed since the Incan times. Visit Ollantaytambo Fortress, sample of the military architecture from ancient Andean settlers.
Luggage transfer to Cusco. Private Service.
Transfer to Ollantaytambo train station.
Arrival time in Ollantaytambo.
15:37 Departure time of train to Aguas Calientes.
Note: Carry-on luggage allowed per passenger is only 5 kg/11 lbs.
Machu Picchu 17:02 Arrival time in Machu Picchu.
Day 6: September 17:
VISIT TO MACHU PICCHU
You will arrive to the Aguas Calientes Station in Machu-Picchu by Vistadome train, then you will be transported by bus to the top of the mountain and citadel of Machu - Picchu, one of the most renowned examples of Inca architecture, surrounded by lush cloud forest. Lost in history, it was not discovered until 1911 by the American explorer Hiram Bingham. After a guided visit of the ruins, you will have lunch in a Local Restaurant.
Note: Carry-on luggage allowed per passenger is only 5 kg/11 lbs. Private Service.
15:50 At the appointed time, you will return to the station to take your train ride back to Ollantaytambo.
Valle Sagrado 17:30
Transfer from the train station of the Sacred Valley to the hotel in Cusco.
Cusco 19:30 Arrival time in Cusco and transfer to your hotel.
Day 7: September 18:
CITY TOUR & RUINS
Get to know the city of Cusco, an UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site and possessor of a style all its own. The tour begins at the Koricancha Temple, an old Incan palace and main center for the worship of the sun god, Inti. Once the Spanish conquered Peru, the Dominican order built a lovely church over top this temple’s foundations: the church of Santo Domingo, that is still there today. Your next destination is the Main Square, and then the adventure continues at the Sacsayhuaman Fortress built of enormous stone blocks expertly shaped by the Incas. It is strategically located at the top of a hill overlooking the city of Cuzco. What a view of the city! The tour continues with visits to three archeological sites three archeological sites: Qenko, Puca-Pucara, and Tambomachay, important religious and administrative centers for the Incas. Finaly you will visit the art workshop named Inkas expresion, that presents artists working on silver pieces and painting in wood. It is an ideal place for the ones that like andean art.
Day 8: September 19:
Cusco to Puno
Transfer from the hotel to the bus station. Private Service.
TOURISTIC BUS CUSCO – PUNO
Leave the station at the start of a bus journey to Puno; en route enjoy the magnificent scenery of the valley south of Cusco. First stop is Andahuaylillas, which has a beautiful 17th Century church containing an impressive organ decorated with angels and cherubs. After that, the ruins at Racchi -also known as the "Temple of Wiracocha"- the different zones of which were used for different purposes. the church of Andahuaylillas, often called the Sistine Chapel of the Americas.
After this visit, you will enjoy a typical and delicious buffet lunch at a local restaurant. Then you will visit the archaeological site of Puca-Pucara, basically a military camp that also functioned as an administrative centre. Finally, you arrive at the bus station in Puno.
Puno Upon your arrival, meeting on the bus station and transfer to your hotel. Private Service.
Day 9: September 20
Lake Titicaca Tour
UROS FLOATING ISLANDS - LLACHON PENINSULA:
You will take a 40 minutes trip to Uros floating islands. These islands are occupied by people known as the "Water Tribe" because they have built their own "Island" by adding periodically new layers of "Totora" a type of marram-grass very typical from this place. There you will have the opportunity to navigate a typical "totora" boat. Then, you will continue your trip to Capachica Peninsula to visit the rural community of Llachón.
Llachón has a diverse and unique characteristic of alive culture, biodiversity and archaeological resources with a strategic location within the peninsula. Here you will have a personal contact, and the opportunity to enjoy the physical and human environment, to participate in activities, traditions and life styles of the local population. For this reason, you will visit one of the families where you can share a lunch prepared by the villagers, an unforgettable life experience and also you will have the opportunity to wear the typical dress and learn their customs.
At appropriate time you will be transferred back to Puno.
Day 10: September 21:
At the appropriate time, transfer to the airport. Private Service.
Departure time of your flight to Lima city.
Lima Upon your arrival, reception at the airport and transfer to your hotel. Private Service
Day 11: September 22:
You will probably have time to re-visit Lima since most flights back to the US are in the afternoon or even late night.
Transfer to Lima airport. Private Service.
International flight back home.
Tour Price Includes:
Pick-up at airport in Lima and Drop-off at airport in Puno.
2 nights 4-Star hotel in Lima
3 nights 4-Star hotel in Cusco
2 nights in 4-Star hotel in the Sacred Valley
1 night in 4-Star hotel in Machu-Picchu
2 nights in 4-Star hotel in Puno.
11 Breakfasts - 10 Lunches - 5 Dinners.
Entrance fees - Transportation to sites and between cities
Private guides - Reference books.
Maps - Tips - Taxes.
Flight from Lima to Cusco with drop-off and pick-up at airports and from Puno to Lima.
Medical Insurance for illness or accident.
$ 3885 per person in double occupancy
$ 4285 per person in single occupancy
UP to 36 HSW CEU/ LU are offered on all the tours.
While traveling if you miss some of the courses
and enjoy your vacations,
upon your return, if you still need LU/CEU Hours, we will provide you, for free, with a list of available approved Seminars, Webinars or On-Line Courses
to compensate the ones you missed on the tour.