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 - arrive Lima
Upon your arrival into Lima you will be met and transferred to your hotel for your overnight.
Day 2 - Lima - Cuzco - Colonial / Archaeological Park of Sacsayhauman tour
You will be met and transferred to the Lima airport for the short (1 hour) flight to Cuzco.
On your arrival our staff will meet and transfer you to your hotel. Relax the remainder of the
morning with a cup of the local tea to help acclimate to the 11,400 ft. altitude of Cuzco.
In the afternoon our guide will meet you at your hotel and take you to the historical and
archaeological sites inside the City of Cuzco and to the most important archaeological ruins of
Kenko, Tambo Machay, Pucapucara and Sacsayhauman. Return to your hotel in the early evening.( 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. (BB/L)
Day 4 - Ollantaytambo - Machu Picchu
You will be assisted to the Ollantaytambo train station for the 8:00 a.m. Vista dome First Class
train. As it winds through the Andean Mountains, you will pass through several small villages where
the local Indian farmers manage their farms and reside just as they have for hundreds of years.
After the scenic ride you arrive at the final stop Aguas Calientes about ( 9:45 a.m. )Here, you
will notice that the weather has changed to a tropical climate. You can now appreciate the
abundance of plants typical for this region and the Amazon basin. Here you will board the tourist
bus and proceed up a incredible winding road that leads to the fabled site of Machu Picchu.
Thousands of people from around the world frequent this magnificent ancient site to pay homage and
grasp the spectacular views of Machu Picchu’s 7,800 ft. plateau. Upon your arrival ( 10:15 a.m. )
your guide will explain the history and the myths that surround this archaeological wonder. After
your tour, you will be transferred by bus to the base of Machu Picchu and the town of Aguas
Calientes. Lunch will be served at the local hotel.( 1:30 - 2:00 p.m.) Remainder of the day on
your own. Overnight at the hotel.( BB/L )( Note: Overnight at Sanctuary Lodge incl. BB/L/D,
the Pueblo Hotel incl. BB & D )
Day 5 - Free day Machu Picchu - Cuzco
Today you will have the full day to explore Machu Picchu and its surroundings on your own.
(We suggest to take a picnic basket on a short hike to Wayna Picchu or to the Inti Puku Pass
(Gate of the Sun) where you can get a birds eye view of this massive site. In the late afternoon
you will depart Machu Picchu with many memories that a picture will never tell. After your return
to Cuzco you will be transferred to your hotel. ( BB )
Note: 2nd day re-entry into Machu Picchu not incl.
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. Afternoon
tour of the pre-Inca cemetery of Chauchilla dating back over 2000 years. Mid afternoon 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
NOTE : All hotels include Continental or Buffet breakfast.
Room type : ST=Standard;CR=Colonial;SP=Superior;DR=Deluxe;
SPD=Superior Deluxe; JS=Jr.Suite;MV=Mountain View;MVT=Mountain View 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.