Journey to the Inca Empire

DAY 1: Arrival, reception and transfer to your hotel.
In the afternoon, we’ll tour the city, strolling down the main streets, squares and avenues. We’ll head to the Main Square for a view of the Presidential and Municipal Palaces. We’ll visit the Cathedral where the tomb of the Spanish Conqueror Francisco Pizarro lies and the museum of Religious Art. Then we’ll visit the residential districts of San Isidro and Miraflores, finally arriving at a panoramic viewpoint where you’ll enjoy the incredible Pacific Ocean seascape. Lodging.
DAY 2: Breakfast. In the morning, we’ll visit the Sacred Temple of Pachacamac, the old oracle of the Ishtma culture located 30 km south of Lima. You can still see the ancient pyramids that were once powerful symbols of this magic-religious group. Even today, this is still a place of pilgrimage for many Peruvian cultures.

During the afternoon, we’ll visit the private museum of “Larco Herrera,” where you’ll see a famous collection of pottery pieces, textiles and other valuables. Lodging.

DAY 3: Breakfast. Transfer to the airport. Depart to Cusco city. You’ll be met upon arrival and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy a welcome gathering with “coca tea” and spend the rest of the morning at your leisure.

In the afternoon, we’ll visit the imperial city. We’ll tour the Cathedral with its beautiful woodwork and colonial paintings. Next, we’ll visit the Korikancha – the Temple of the Sun. Then we’ll head to the Artisans’ Quarters of San Blas to visit its church and its particularly impressive carved woodwork. Finally, we’ll go shopping at the most famous artisans’ market in the city before returning to the hotel. Lodging.

DAY 4: Breakfast. In the morning, we’ll ascend high up the mountain to the Archaeological Park of Sacsayhuaman where we’ll visit Q’enqo and the old temple of the Puma with its sacrificial altar. The rest of the afternoon will be at your leisure. Lodging.

DAY 5: Breakfast. In the morning we’ll head to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. We’ll visit the artisans’ market of Pisac, where colorful local clothing is displayed and you’ll have plenty of time to shop before enjoying a buffet lunch. In the afternoon, we’ll visit the rest of Ollantaytambo and learn the technique by which the Incas sculpted stone. We’ll spend the night in the Sacred Valley. Lodging.

DAY 6: Breakfast and transfer to the station to board the train to the citadel of “Machu Picchu,” the Sacred City of the Incas. We’ll go through the corridors, visiting the ceremonial centers and terraces. After working up an appetite from all that hiking, a buffet lunch will be waiting for you. We’ll spend the night at the hotel Orient Express Sanctuary Lodge, located at the top of the mountain or at a hotel in the town of Aguas Calientes in accordance with the selected category. Lodging.

DAY 7: Breakfast. Day at leisure. We’ll visit the city, climb Mount Intipunku and see Machu Picchu from the Incas Trail. In the afternoon, we’ll return to Cuzco by train. Lodging.

DAY 8: Enjoy breakfast followed by being transferred back to the airport for your return flight.

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