Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley

We offer a slower paced in more depth tour of the Sacred Valley to allow you a relaxed and intimate visit to this truly remarkable area. Hotels are generally boutique style locally owned, moderate level.

Day 1: Lima   You will arrive at the airport and be met by our local representative and transferred to a comfortable hotel in Lima.

Day 2: Cuzco   A morning flight will take you to Cuzco. A leisurely day in town where you will be escorted by your guide on a walking orientation tour of the areas near your hotel. You can relax today in the ancient Inca capital and adjust to the high elevation. (B)

Day 3: Cuzco    Today will be the day for exploring ruins with a visit to the Koricancha, Tambomachay with their water fountains; Kenko, the religious center; Puca-Pucara, the red fortress, and finally the fortress of Sacsaywaman. All thes sites are important and fascinating developments that the pre-columbian Inca people designed and built. (BL)

Day 4: Sacred Valley   Full day tour to the Sacred Valley of the Inas  us visit the Indian Market and ruins of Pisac in the morning and Ollantaytambo fortress in the afternoon. This site, including the village at it’s base, exemplifies the best of Incan engineering showing in stark contrast the advantage of the Incan building technology over the later Spanish. Overnight at Ollantaytambo.(B,L)

Day 5: Sacred Valley   Full day tour to visit Chinchero, Maras and Moray. Famous for its salts and exploited from Inca times until today Maras is a fascinating visit due to the wonderful show of hundreds of salt ponds.  Moray is located 9 Km away from Maras and has elliptical irrigation terraces that were used as an ingenious Inca agricultural center.  This is a lovely day of mild walking around sites.(BL)

Day 6: Machu Picchu    Today you will embark on one of the most exciting journeys in the world – the train to Machu Picchu. Not known to exist by the Spaniards, Hiram Bingham brought Maccu Picchu to world attention in 1911 when he was searching for the last Incan stronghold of Vilacamba. Your guide will accompany you on the train and provide a guided tour at Machu Picchu. Late in the afternoon, the guide will return to Cuzco as tomorrow is a free day.(B)

Day 7: Machu Picchu – Cuzco    Today will be a chance revisit Machu Picchu on your own before the morning trains come in with the tourists (second day entrance fee is not included) There are local hikes you may take and about mid-day you will be able to return all the way to Cuzco by train where we will be meeting you again for a transfer to your Cuzco hotel. This evening you will have a special farewell dinner at a local restaurant.(B)

Day 8: Transfer and flight back to Lima and onward flight home.

Daily Year Round Includes: 7 nights accommodation, Guided walks and tours as described. all transfers, meals as noted (BLD = breakfast, lunch, dinner), all local taxes. Can be modified to suit your time and interests. Airfares not included.

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