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Group Tour: Wonders of Peru


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7 NIGHTS
FROM £1,095
International flights quoted separately
This group tour offers a cost-effective introduction to Peru - visiting the highlights of Machu Picchu, Cusco and the Sacred Valley of the Incas. From the gateway town of Aguas Calientes, take the expedition train to this incredible Inca citadel, with free time to explore Cusco. Ideal for solo travellers. All transfers & internal flights included. Departs once a month, with min 2 - max 30 people.
Photo Tour to Peru Machu Picchu Cusco Sacred Valley Lima
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Lima
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City Tour
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Sacred Valley
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Indian Markets
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Ollantaytambo
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Expedition Train
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Machu Picchu
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Cusco
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Temple of the Sun
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Saksaywaman
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Lima
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City Tour
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Sacred Valley
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Indian Markets
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Ollantaytambo
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Expedition Train
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Machu Picchu
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Cusco
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Temple of the Sun
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Saksaywaman
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
Today is at leisure to relax in the capital city of Lima.
 
Enjoy strolling around the central plaza and independently exploring its marvellous museums. Also taste the delicious fusion cuisine for which this city is famous.
Day 3
Enjoy a half day city 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 4
Transfer to Lima Airport for your flight to Cusco.
 
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 5
This morning enjoy a tour of the Sacred Valley starting at the Inca's Balcony, a beautiful terrace with impressive view of the Indian village of Chinchero, where 12 families still preserve their customs and process wool to obtain vivid colors for their textiles.
 
After an included lunch, we visit 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 6
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.
 
At the agreed time, return by bus to Aguas Calientes for an included lunch. Then take the 1.5-hour Vistadome train back to Ollantaytambo, where you will be met and transferred 2-hours back to Cusco.
 
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 7
Today enjoy a half day tour of the magnificent colonial city of Cusco, built on Inca foundations and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
 
We start with a visit to the Temple of the Sun (Koricancha), an ancient Inca palace dedicated to the Sun God over which the Dominican monks built an incredible church which still stands. We walk along the cobbled streets to the Plaza de Armas, the central plaza around which you will see many magnificent colonial buildings - including the Cathedral and the Church of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits).
 
Our tour continues as we drive to the colonial church of San Cristóbal, with its spectacular view of the city, and the fortress of Sacsayhuaman. This enormous Inca structure has massive walls of hewn stone and is strategically located on a hill overlooking the city. Our tour ends with visits to the important archaeological ruins at Qenko and Puca Pucara, after which you will be dropped off at your hotel.
 
In the evening savour the local cuisine including a Pisco sour, the national drink. If you are feeling adventurous you can even try guinea pig - the local speciality.
Day 8
Transfer to Cusco Airport for your flight home.

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