This popular program covers your time and interest to the capital of the Inca Empire of Cuzco, the Sacred Valley and then to the Mystical Machu Picchu.
Continue to the Paracas National Park and the Ballestas Islands where sea lions, seals and a variety of species exist. The trip would not be complete until a fly
over the 2000 year old Nazca Lines.
This is a great Archaeological, Ecological & Mystical trip, sure to satisfy the savey traveler.
Day 1 - Depart to Peru arrive Lima
Depart from the home city to Lima where you will be met and transferred to the hotel located in Lima. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2 - Lima - Cuzco - City Tour & Sacsayhauman Park - Cuzco
You will be met and transferred to the Lima airport for the local airline flight to Cuzco.
On your arrival our staff will meet and transfer you to the hotel where you can use the remainder
of the morning to acclimate to the 11,300 ft. altitude in the Inca capital of Cuzco. In the afternoon
(1:45 p.m.), our staff will meet and transfer you by group tour bus and guide for a City tour of Cuzco and the Colonial
and Inca sites of La Cathedral and Santo Domingo Convent, or Q’oricancha, Tambo Machay, Kenko,
Pucapucara, and Sacsayhauman. Early evening return to Cuzco and the hotel. (5:45 -6:15 p.m.)
Over night at the hotel. (CB or BB)
Day 3 - Cuzco - Pisac Market - Ollantaytambo
Our staff will meet and transfer you in the morning ( 8:45 -9:00 a.m.) into the Sacred Valley of the Inca.
This fertile region includes many Inca terraces and farm land. Travel to the town of Pisac and the Ancient
Pisac Market for the annual show where many of the local Indians sell and barter their hand made textiles,
fresh fruits, and vegetables. After an hour or so of mingling with the locals, you will proceed to eat lunch
at a local hacienda restaurant in the Sacred Valley. Afterwards, continue to Ollantaytambo which is
the oldest continuously habituated town of the Inca that contains several important Inca structures.
At the top of the sixteen massive terraces are the ever impressive ruins of Ollantaytambo Fortress.
This is where the Inca fought some of their fiercest and strongest battles. It is unknown how the huge
precisely carved stones were transported down one mountain range to the Ollantaytambo location,
or how they were fitted perfectly to support a strategic fortress that has bared the test of time.
Also found here are “silos” or grain mills that are directly adjacent to the fortress that could
have maintained thousands of pounds of grain for the Inca and its people. Some of the grain was
most likely produced in the surrounding agricultural terracing by the variety of crops that were
grown. Afterwards, remain in the Sacred Valley. (3:45 p.m) Overnight at the hotel. (CB or BB / L)
Day 4 - Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes / Machu Picchu
Morning on your own in Ollantaytambo to explore the area. Afterwards you will be assisted to the Ollanta train station for the First Class train departing mid - afternoon
to Machu Picchu. Here you will continue into the Andean Mountains winding and passing through several small villages where the local Indian farmers manage their farms
and reside just as they have for hundreds of years. After a short but scenic ride (1½ hours) you arrive into the final stop at Aguas Calientes. Here the temperatures will have
changed to that of tropical and a abundance of plants typical for this region of the Amazon basin can be appreciated. Here you will be met by the hotel staff and transferred
to the preferred hotel. Remainder of the evening on your own. Evening your guide will meet with you for the orientation regarding the following morning trip into Machu Picchu.
Overnight at the preferred hotel. (CB or BB/L)
(NOTE: Sanctuary Lodge includes: BB/L/D, Pueblo Hotel includes: BB/D)
(*NOTE: Entry of Machu Picchu is limited to 4 hours. Entries start at 6:00 A.M. / last entry is 2:00 P.M. All 4 hour time
slots are limited to available spaces at time of purchase.
Based on train times and availabilities service maybe by tour bus from Cuzco to Ollantaytambo and train to Machu Picchu.
The return from Machu Picchu could be train to Ollantaytambo then by tour bus to Cuzco. )
Day 5 - Aguas Calientes - PRIVATE TOUR Machu Picchu - Cuzco
Early morning you will meet your private guide and board the tourist bus and proceed up an incredible winding road that leads to the fabled site
for early morning tour of Machu Picchu. On your arrival your guide will explain the history and the myths that surround this archaeological wonder.
Several ideas or possibilities have been noted of this massive archaeological complex of acropolis proportion. Whether this site was pre Incan, a
previous leaders sanctuary for his retirement, or maybe a location for the virgins to be separated from the kingdom and used as wives for the Inca
rulers or even sacrificial for the gods. It seems that the world will never know. After your tour (2 hours) time will permit to hike to the Inti
Punku Pass (Gate of the Sun) or explore and take more photographs of the area. Remainder of the day on your own. Late afternoon bid farewell to the
lost city of Machu Picchu and proceed to the Aguas Calientes where you will re-claim your baggage at the hotel before departing on the train to Cuzco.
Afterwards transfer to the train station where you will board the First Class train for your return to Ollantaytambo and then to Cuzco and the hotel.
Overnight at the preferred hotel.(CB or BB)
Day 6 - Cuzco - Lima - Nazca
After breakfast you will be met and transferred to the Cuzco airport for the departing flight to
Lima. On your arrival you will be met and transferred to the Cruz del Sur station and the Cruz del Sur
First Class Service departing on the Pan American Highway to Paracas. ( 3 hours ) Here you will be met
and assisted upon your arrival at the hotel. Over night at the hotel. (BB)
Day 7 - Paracas - Ballestas Islands - Nazca
Morning you will be met & transferred to the departure dock where you board the boat to the
Ballestas Islands. A spectacular view of the marine and animal life exists in its natural habitat
similar to that of the Galapagos. You may see: Seals, Sea Otter, Sea Lion, Leatherback and Green
turtles, Lizards or a variety of over 18 regional bird species. Afterwards return to the dock where
and to the hotel for a departure by tour bus to Nazca or Ica and the hotel. Over night at the hotel.
Over night at the hotel. (BB)
Day 8 - Nazca - Lima
After breakfast you will be met & transferred by private car to the Nazca local airstrip for
your morning overflight of the Nazca Lines. These desert drawings date back somewhere between 200 B.C.
& 600 A.D. Here scientists & historians have been unable to explain the reason for the huge trapezoids,
triangles, rectangles & quadrangles that stretch across miles of desert plain. The theories for these
mysterious geo-glyphics left behind by the Nazca Indians range from, the reading of the constellations
to weather forecasting and even ancient landing strips for space ships from some other planet. Though
we may never find the true reason for these incredible pieces of art that are just as mysterious as
the civilization that made them, your abilities to get a birds eye view, such as the ancient visitors
may have, lets you form your own idea on their purpose to the Indians of the Nazca plain. Mid day, 1:30 p.m.
depart by Cruz del Sur First Class Service for your return to Lima at 9:30 p.m. where you will be met and transferred to
the departing international flight. ( BB ) ( optional overnight & tours available in Lima )
Day 9 - Lima - arrive into your home city
. . . ALERT . . . ALERT . . . ALERT . . .
ALL ENTRIES FOR MACHU PICCHU NATIONAL PARK ALLOW ONLY 4 HOURS FROM SCHEDULED ENTRY TIME.
Entries start at 6:00 A.M. / last entry is 2:00 P.M.
All 4 hour time slots are limited to available spaces at time of purchase.
NOTE : All hotels include Continental or Buffet breakfast.
Room type : ST=Standard;CR=Colonial;SP=Superior;DR=Deluxe;
SPD=Superior Deluxe; JS=Jr.Suite;STP=Standard Patio;SPT=Standard Patio Terrace.
NOT INCLUDED :
International air to Peru, local air inside Peru. Local air inside Peru available directly from airline or via the Peru office representatives.
Also not included local visas, departure taxes and any add on incidentals not included in program.