Day-1. (Sunday) Lima
Arrival in Lima, reception and transfer to your hotel.
Day-2. (Monday) Lima
- Nazca (B)
After breakfast, a guided visit of colonial
and modern Lima, including the cathedral, dating from 1654, the main square,
which still houses the original bronze fountain built in 1650, and the San
Francisco Convent and its catacombs. Known as the city of the kings, Lima was
founded in 1535 by Pizarro and rebuilt in 1991, the same year that UNESCO
declared it a world heritage site. One of the very few South American cities
that preserve the colonial past, Lima was home to the Spanish viceroy during the
time of the Spanish colonialists.
After lunch at Rosa Nautica, the foremost seafood restaurant in Lima, private
transfer to Nazca. Arrival and overnight accommodation in Nazca.
- Lima (B)
Today a tour
flight over the enigmatic Nazca Lines; gigantic drawings and geometrical figures
engraved in the driest desert of Peru and dating back to 250 AD. Drawn
throughout over 1000 Km2 of desert on the Pampas of San Jose in Ica, and due to
their enormous size and largely unknown origin, leaves an indelible impression
on all who visit this most mysterious archaeological site. With representations
of animals, such as a spider, a monkey and several birds, they are believed to
be an enormous astronomical calendar or possibly an offering to the gods. First
discovered in 1550 it was not until the advent of flight, in the 1920s that the
lines were first realised for their significance. The drawings are not in actual
desert sand but on small rock debris, varying in length from 150m to 300m and
with a depth of 20cm.
A tour of Chauchilla cemetery before
transferring to Lima and your hotel in the late afternoon.
Day-4: (Wednesday) Lima Puno (B)
Flight to Juliaca, before transferring
to Puno visiting en route the Sillustani funereal towers. Arrival to Puno for
Day-5: (Thursday) Lake Titicaca (B)
After breakfast, transfer to the port
for the boat trip on Lake Titicaca to the reed islands of Uros. A visit to the
Aymara island of Taquile before returning in the afternoon to Puno. Overnight
Day-6: (Friday) Puno
Departure by private vehicle to Cuzco
visiting en route several Inca ruins and the remains of the great Viracocha
temple, Raqchi. We shall also stop at the highest point along the way, La Raya
Arrival to Cuzco and transfer to your hotel for overnight accommodation.
visit of the four ruins nearby; the Sacsayhuaman Fortress overlooking the of
Cuzco, a pre Inca architectural masterpiece; Kenko, a rock sanctuary whose main
attraction is the monolithic altar representing a puma, the red Fortress of
Puca-Pucara and Tambomachay, a beautiful fountain fed by a spring forming a
series of basins continue to the city of Cuzco; the Main Square, the Cathedral
and the Koricancha or Temple of the Sun. Return to your hotel.
Day-8. (Sunday) Sacred Valley - Pisac - Ollantaytambo
(Breakfast & buffet lunch)
excursion to the beautiful Urubamba, the Sacred Valley of the Inca situated
between Pisac and Ollantaytambo. It is an exceptionally fertile valley that was
and still remains the larder of Cuzco. Visit the village of Pisac, founded
during colonial times, and set at the foot of a hill crowned by the remains of
an ancient Inca city. On Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, Indians barter their
products in the main square and artisans from around the area sell their woven
alpaca wool blankets and ponchos, engraved gourds, antique reproductions,
jewellery, etc. On Sundays it is also the meeting place for Mayors from all the
villages in the region, dressed in their traditional costumes to attend morning
mass. After a buffet lunch, a visit to Ollantaytambo, the only Inca town which
was not defeated by the Spanish with an opportunity to explore the ruins which
Overnight accommodation in Ollantaytambo.
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
(Breakfast, lunch & dinner included only breakfast on the final day)
After an early morning breakfast,
you will be transferred to Chilca by bus, where you will meet the Quechua
porters and have breakfast. Crossing over the turbulent Vilcanota River, with
magnificent views of Nevado Veronica (5,900m/19,000ft) we will continue the
expedition admiring the Llactapata archaeological site, and stopping at the
Huayllabamba river for lunch. We will visit the archeological sites of
Patallacta, Qente, and the valley of Cusichaca and the magical Polylepsis
forest. Today the hike will last approximately 7 hours, arraign in camp around
17h00. Camp and dinner at 3,800 meters. Overnight on the trail.
Day-10. (Tuesday) Wayllabamba -
Today is one of the most demanding days of the trip as we gain a lot of
altitude. We will see outstanding views east to the Huayanay peaks and west into
the rugged Vilcabamba Range. After breakfast, we will continuously climb up
through the first pass at 4,200 m/13,750 feet at Warmiwanusqa. Passing 3
ecological areas such as the Yunga, Quechua and Puna. we will climb 1000 metres
in 5 hours. On the descent to the lunch spot, we will encounter a large number
of stairs. After lunch, we will again climb about 500m in altitude before
dropping again, about a further 400.Today camp and dinner near Pacaymayu.
Overnight on the trail.
Today is a much easier and shorter
day. After breakfast, we will trek down through the valley of Pacaymayu to the
famous archaeological sites of Runquraqay. We will continue to the second pass
and the restored town site of Sayaqmarka ("Town in a Steep Place") and explore
the Sayaqmarka Ruins. The Inca Trail in this section is a white granite roadway,
traversing a thickly forested mountainside. We will then descend to the
magnificent archeological Phuyupatamarka ("Cloud Level Town") and have lunch. We
will then begin the decent to Winaywayna where a visit of the ruins and have
dinner will conclude the day.
(Thursday) Winayhuayna Machu Picchu - Cuzco
Early morning wake up at 4:30 a.m. for breakfast and to begin the trek to be the
first at the archaeological site of Macchu Picchu for the sunrise. We will
descend rapidly from cloud forest into high jungle habitat. Orchids and
hummingbirds are commonly seen along this spectacular section of the trail high
above the river. We will arrive at Intipunko "Gate of the Sun" to observe the
sunrise over Macchu Picchu from an elevated vantage point. We continue down to
the royal road and at last the "Lost City of the Incas". A guided tour of the
marvelous citadel, visiting the Main Plaza, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of
Three Windows, the Circular Tower and the Sacred Sun Dial and Burial Grounds.
After the guided tour, transfer to Aguas Calientes onto
the train station for your return train to Cuzco. Arrival and transfer to your
Return flight to Lima and transfer to
your hotel. Last nights accommodation in Peru.
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