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Special Itinerary Commemorating 100 Years Of The Discovery Of Machu Picchu

 

Day 1  Lima

Reception at Lima's International Airport and transfer to selected hotel in Lima.
Overnight

 

Day 2  Lima

Buffet breakfast at the hotel.
Departure for a private visit to the Larco Herrera Museum, founded in 1926. The Larco-Herrera Museum showcases remarkable chronological galleries providing an excellent overview on 3,000 years of development of Peruvian Pre-Columbian history. It is located in a unique vice-royal mansion of the 18th century built over a 7th Century pre-Columbian pyramid, and is surrounded by well kept gardens. It features the finest gold and silver collection from ancient Peru and the famous erotic archaeological collection, one of the most visited Peruvian tourist attractions.
Lunch at Café del Museo at Museo Larco, a small restaurant inside the premises of the Museo Larco that was born under the renowned chef and Peruvian Gastronomy Ambassador Gastón Acurio.

Continuation with a guided private city tour of Lima. Lima is a vibrant metropolis, full of contrasts and imagination, with a diversity of cultures and a spectacular gastronomy resulting from fresh and varied ingredients and the fusion of native cuisines with those of European, Chinese, Japanese and African immigrants.
We will visit the Main Square and the Cathedral, San Francisco Convent and its Catacombs. Continue through the residential areas of San Isidro, and Miraflores, the new commercial area south of Lima and the ocean front to enjoy a magnificent view of the Pacific Ocean.
After the visit return to the hotel.

 

Day 3  Lima

Buffet breakfast at the hotel.
Second day for a visit of Lima. Morning departure to visit the remains of the sacred shrine dedicated to Pachacamac, "God Creator of the Earth", one of the most important religious centers of the pre-Inca period.

Lunch at La Rosa Náutica, restaurant built on pylons in the Pacific Ocean features seafood and fish among other specialties.
Afternoon visit to the Pedro de Osma Museum. The Pedro de Osma Museum stands out as a testimony to the progress of culture in Peru, from the time of the Spanish arrival to the present day.  The Pedro de Osma Museum has just been re-launched and it holds the most comprehensive collection of Peruvian Colonial Art from the 16th to 19th centuries.
Return to the hotel at the end of the visits

 

Day 4  Lima - Sacred Valley

Buffet breakfast at hotel.
Morning transfer to the airport and departure to Cusco by LanPeru flight.
Arrival in Cusco, reception at the airport and transfer to one of Cusco's prime restaurants for lunch.
After lunch, transfer to the Urubamba Valley (1 hour drive), also known as The Sacred Valley, which lies at lower altitude and makes acclimatization easier. The Urubamba river valley is dotted with villages, markets and archaeological sites.
On the way from Cusco to the Sacred Valley of Urubamba we visit Awanacancha, a privately-owned small farm-display where the four members of the American camelid family can be seen (llamas, alpacas, guanacos and vicuñas) and weavers demonstrate their traditional weaving, spinning and dyeing techniques. We continue with a visit to the village of Pisac and its Indian Market.

Lunch at a local restaurant.
Registration and accommodation at hotel and rest of the day at leisure to enjoy the Sacred Valley.
Overnight

 

Day 5  Sacred Valley

Buffet breakfast at hotel.
Visit to Chinchero and the Salt Mines of Maras. The town of Chinchero is a very typical Quechua village, whose Colonial church has interesting frescoes on the portico and overlooks Inca terraces. The locals still wear traditional dress. Continue the excursion to the Salt Mines of Maras, where the ancient Inca ways of obtaining salt and ritual working traditions are.
Lunch at a local restaurant.
Afternoon visit to Ollantaytambo, the only Inca town which is still inhabited and explore the ruins which tower above it.

 

Day 6  Sacred Valley – Machu Picchu

Buffet breakfast at the hotel.
Transfer from your hotel to the train station in Ollantaytambo to take the train-ride to Aguas Calientes at the foot of the Machu Picchu Ruins (1:30 hour approximately). Upon arrival of the train your private guide will wait for you at the train station, and your luggage taken to your hotel.

You will go by shuttle bus to the ruins and follow a guided tour of The Lost Citadel of the Incas: Machu Picchu which is totally built of stone blocks, fitted with masterful precision. This fabulous city has houses, temples, warehouses, a large central square, all connected by narrow roads and steps, and is surrounded by terraces cut into the mountain side that were used for agriculture. The guided tour takes around 2 hours.

Lunch will be served at Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge.
In the afternoon option for another visit to Machu Picchu.
Registration and accommodation at hotel.
Overnight

 

Day 7  Machu Picchu - Cusco

Buffet breakfast at the hotel.
Morning at leisure.
Afternoon departure to Cusco by train, and upon arrival, private transportation with local English speaking escort to your hotel in Cusco.   
Registration at hotel, accommodation and overnight

 

Day 8  Cusco

Buffet breakfast at the hotel.
Morning visit of the Colonial city of Cusco built on the foundations of Inca palaces. You will visit the "Koricancha" or temple of the Sun, the Plaza de Armas and the Cathedral. Continue with a visit to Sacsayhuaman Fortress, overlooking the city of Cusco.

Lunch at one of the renowned Cusco restaurants
After the visit, return to hotel.

 

Day 9  Cusco - Next destination

Buffet breakfast at hotel.
At the appropriate time, transfer to Cusco's Airport for checking at your airline for departure to the next destination.