CROSSING THE INCA TRAIL AND MACHU PICCHU
9 Days /8 Nights
Lima City – City of Cusco – Sacred Valley Vip – Inca Trail 2d/1n – Machu Picchu Ruins of Cusco.
The southern route offers luxury and personalized tours from the arrival to the capital of the Republic of Peru, one of the largest cities in Latin America. The Plaza de Armas and the Cathedral are the core of the old center of Lima. You will take a flight to the historic capital of Peru, located in the Andean highlands, with countless archaeological riches and history. You will have the opportunity to visit the Sacred Valley and, with prior reservation, the famous short Inca Trail. You will pass through beautiful Inca enclosures, reaching the objective of your trip, the «Sanctuary of Machu Picchu,» always with the personalized assistance of the expert guide.
DAY 01: ARRIVAL IN THE CITY OF LIMA.<br /> TRANSFER FROM LIMA AIRPORT TO LIMA HOTEL.
After going through the immigration controls, head to the exit gate where our ATIKA staff will be waiting for you with a sign bearing your name. They will take you in a private transport directly to your hotel since after a long trip, you will need a well-deserved rest to relax and recharge your energy before your flight to the city of Cusco the next morning.
DAY 02: LIMA, THE CITY OF KINGS.<br /> PANORAMIC CITY TOUR OF LIMA.
The visit to the capital city of Lima will start in the morning. Your personalized guide and transportation will pick you up to take a panoramic tour of the main streets of colonial and modern Lima, located in the center of Lima. Among them, you will visit the Cathedral, the Archbishop’s Palace, and the Government Palace. Finally, you will visit the Convent of San Francisco and the Catacombs.
DAY 03: JOURNEY TO THE NAVEL OF THE WORLD.<br /> FLIGHT TO CUSCO - CITY WALKING TOUR.
This morning, we will pick you up from your Lima hotel for your flight to the city of Cusco. The flight takes 45 minutes to one hour. Your guide will be waiting for you at Cusco airport to take you to your luxury hotel located in the city center. In the afternoon, you will have a walking tour of the city. You will visit the Cathedral or Basilica of Cusco, then the Temple of the Sun «Qoricancha», and finally, the last visit will be to the oldest local market in the city, «San Pedro». After this acclimatization, you will be taken to your hotel for your respective rest.
DAY 04: EXPLORING THE SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCAS. CHINCHERO - MORAY - SALT MINES - OLLANTAYTAMBO.
After enjoying a delicious breakfast at your hotel, your personalized guide and transportation will pick you up to start the tour. You will head towards the Sacred Valley of the Incas, where you can appreciate the beautiful snow-capped mountains and the villages along the way. The first visit will be the archaeological site of Chinchero and a typical artisan center, where you can appreciate the demonstration and natural weaving process. Then, you will visit the agricultural circular terraces of Moray, which have a temperate and dry climate, surrounded by mountains and beautiful cultivation landscapes. You will also visit the salt mines, where you can see the natural salt emerging from an underground mountain. The locals create wells to retain the liquid salt until it solidifies, and the natural color of each well makes the place admirable. You will be taken to a restaurant located in the Sacred Valley for a delicious lunch with local products. Our last visit of the day will be the archaeological site of Ollantaytambo, one of the most important places of the tour, where you can appreciate its temples, impressive architecture, and each important site in a strategic location. At the end of the tour, your guide will escort you to your hotel in the Sacred Valley for a well-deserved rest.
DAY 05: EXPLORING THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE OF PISAC. HIKING THROUGH THE TERRACES OF PISAC.
The guide will pick you up from your hotel in the morning to continue exploring the Sacred Valley. You will visit an important archaeological site, Pisac, which offers a beautiful view of the Sacred Valley. Inside the site, you will observe Inca temples, cemeteries, and residences. It will be a phenomenal experience, and the hike will serve as preparation for the upcoming adventures. You will also visit the town and its artisan market. In the afternoon, the guide will take you to a restaurant with a beautiful view located in the Sacred Valley, where you can enjoy a delicious lunch. At the end of the tour, the guide will escort you back to your hotel for a well-deserved rest.
DAY 06: START OF THE SHORT INCA TRAIL.<br /> TRAIN JOURNEY WITH PANORAMIC VIEWS - KM. 104 - WIÑAYHUAYNA - MACHU PICCHU.
Early in the morning, the guide and transportation will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the Ollanta station to board the Vistadome train. During the journey, you will enjoy the landscape and enter the cloud forest, accompanied by the Vilcanota River, which will follow you throughout the route until you reach KM. 104, the starting point for the Inca Trail. You will travel through part of the Inca trails, discover archaeological sites along the majestic route, and, above all, enjoy the exceptional view of Machu Picchu Sanctuary from the Sun Gate, with an expert guide to assist you throughout the journey. In the afternoon, you will descend by bus to the town of Machu Picchu, where you will settle into your luxury hotel. You will have free time to visit the small town.
DAY 07: INCA CITADEL OF MACHU PICCHU.<br /> TOUR OF THE MACHU PICCHU SANCTUARY.
Early in the morning, your personalized guide will pick you up from your hotel and drive you to the bus station, where you will board the bus. During the journey, you will experience a zigzagging road surrounded by beautiful vegetation and an exceptional view of all the mountains until you reach the control gate. After passing through the necessary controls, you will enter the lost city of the Incas. Your personalized guide will accompany you throughout the visit to the sanctuary, where you will have a beautiful view of the surrounding mountains. After the tour, you will take the bus back down to the town, where you will have a delicious lunch at the best restaurants in the area. In the afternoon, you will take the return train, traveling the same route again, observing the beautiful landscape and onboard services of the Vistadome train. Your arrival will be at the Poroy station, where transportation will be waiting to take you back to your hotel in the city of Cusco for a well-deserved rest.
DAY 08: ENJOYING THE VISIT TO THE FOUR RUINS.<br /> SACSAYHUAMAN - QENQO - PUKAPUKARA - TAMBOMACHAY.
Continuing with the itinerary, in the morning our personalized guide and transportation will pick you up from your hotel to take you outside the city to visit one of the most impressive fortresses of the Inca culture, «Sacsayhuaman», famous for its zigzagging construction with gigantic rocks. Continuing the tour, you will visit the archaeological site of Qenqo, a place that served as a ceremonial worship site, especially important for Andean culture. Next, you will visit the archaeological site of Pukapukara and finally Tambomachay, which was a water worship temple. In the afternoon, you will have lunch in the city and at the end of the tour, you will be taken back to your hotel.
DAY 09: RETURN TO LIMA AND BACK HOME.
HOTELS AND RESTAURANTS
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