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Essential Peru: Cusco, Machu Picchu + Sacred Valley


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7 NIGHTS
FROM £995
International flights quoted separately
See the essential historic & cultural sights of Peru on this holiday. Start with a city tour of the capital city of Lima, then fly to the old Inca capital of Cusco. Walk along its cobbled streets, visit the Temple of the Sun and the impressive walled fortress of Saksaywaman. Visit the Sacred Valley of the Incas and climb the citadel at Machu Picchu. All transfers & local flights included.
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Lima
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City Tour
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Cusco
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Temple of the Sun
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Saksaywaman
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Sacred Valley
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Indian Markets
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Llamas
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Expedition Train
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Machu Picchu
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Lima
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City Tour
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Cusco
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Temple of the Sun
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Saksaywaman
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Sacred Valley
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Indian Markets
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Llamas
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Expedition Train
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Machu Picchu
Day 1
You will be met at Lima Airport and transferred to your hotel.
 
Check in and relax in this capital city - the largest in Peru and its gastronomical centre.
Day 2
Enjoy a half day tour of historic Lima, which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its well preserved architecture.
 
Founded in 1535, Lima was re-named the "City of Kings" when it was conquered by Spain and it became the most important city in the region. Today you can see many imposing buildings from the colonial era with their intricate balconies, including Government Palace on the Plaza Mayor, where you can still watch the changing of the guard.
 
The beautiful cathedral on the main square, the Plaza de Armas, and building such as the President's Palace, the Archbishop's Palace, City Hall and the baroque Torre Tagle Palace a couple of blocks east of the main square, add to the city's charm. See the 17th century Santo Domingo church and monastery, that is today a World Heritage Site, before driving through the financial district of San Isidro and the residential district of Miraflores. Afternoon is at leisure to explore the city independently.
Day 3
Transfer to Lima Airport for your onward flight.

You will be met at Cusco Airport and transferred 2-hours to the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
 
Check into your hotel in this region that is renowned for its many ancient Inca ruins, including the amazing citadel of Machu Picchu. Balance of the day is at leisure to rest and acclimatise to the altitude.
Day 4
This morning enjoy a small group tour of the Sacred Valley.
 
We visit the picturesque colonial village of Pisac in the Urubamba Valley. Here we visit the impressive Pisac archeological complex, a collection of remains of Incan dwellings, temples and terracing, before visiting the village's colouful Indian market.
 
At Awanacancha we visit an Andean textile centre that strives to keep traditional Incan textile art alive. Here we learn about the dyeing techniques and instruments used for hundreds of years in the weaving of these famous textiles - as well as close up views of lama, alpaca and vicuna.
 
After an included lunch, we end the day with a visit to the citadel of Ollantaytambo, built to protect the northern entrance to the Sacred Valley from invasion, and later the centre of Incan resistance against the Spanish. The fortress and walled terraces of this town provide some of the finest examples of Incan architecture, with the six rose-coloured monoliths of the Temple of the Sun being particularly outstanding.
Day 5
Up early this morning to transfer to Ollantaytambo Station for the air-conditioned Vistadome train to the famous Inca citadel of Machu Picchu - an amazing 1.5-hour journey to this magnificent mountain top city situated in a beautiful cloud forest, that was abandoned and reclaimed by the jungle until it was rediscovered in 1911.
 
This legendary "Lost City of the Incas" is without a doubt one of the world's most impressive archaeological sites. Built on the summit of Machu Picchu (meaning "Old Peak"), on a natural saddle between steep forested mountains, it overlooks the deep canyon of the Urubamba River some 3,400 m above sea level. With its giant walls, terraces and ramps that appear to have been cut naturally out of the rock escarpments, Machu Picchu's history remains shrouded in mystery as the Incas did not leave any written records.
 
At the gateway town of Aguas Calientes, leave the train and board the bus for the 40-minute zig-zag ride up to this 14th century citadel for a guided tour. Here we visit the Main Plaza, Circular Tower, the Sacred Sun Dial, Royal Quarters, Temple of the Three Windows and various burial grounds.
 
We suggest you take a packed lunch (to avoid queues at the restaurant) and in the late afternoon return by bus to Aguas Calientes. Then take the 1.5-hour Vistadome train back to Ollantaytambo, continuing 2-hours back to Cusco - where you will be met and transferred back to your hotel.
 
Note: You must take your passport today, as this will be needed to gain access to Machu Picchu and only one bag or rucksack not exceeding 5 kg (11 lb) is allowed as hand luggage on the train. From January to June, parts of the railtrack may be impassable due to mud slides when a bus transfer is substituted.
Day 6
At leisure to explore more of the sights of Cusco independently.
Day 7
Transfer to Cusco Airport for your onward flight.

Arrive at Lima Airport and make your own way on foot or by airport shuttle to your hotel situated near the airport.
 
Check in and relax in this capital city.
Day 8
Make your own way on foot or by airport shuttle to Lima Airport for your flight home.

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