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DAY 1: LIMA ARRIVAL & CITY TOUR

Arrival and Transfer A representative will greet you at the airport and escort you to you respected Lima hotel, where you will have a short rest period prior to your afternoon guided tour of this UNESCO World Heritage city.

Lima City

Tour Tour Highlights:

  • Explore the three distance architectural styles utilized in the city
  • Historical center of Lima, with its 50 monuments and buildings, including the Government Palace and City Hall, Plaza San Martin, Plaza de Armas, and Basilica Cathedral in the Plaza Mayor
  • San Francisco Convent, with admission to the magnificent catacombs onsite
  • Beautiful views of the Pacific from modern residential areas such as Miraflores

Dinner and evening at Leisure Following the tour, you will have the evening at leisure to explore this bustling city of 9 million people.

DAY 2: CUSCO ARRIVAL

Transfer An authorized representative will greet you at the airport and transport you to your selected Cusco hotel.

Afternoon at Leisure The rest of the day is yours to enjoy this city and discover why it is such a vital part of tourism in Peru. Be sure to explore the many restaurants and nightlife offered in the city’s main square, the Plaza de Armas.

DAY 3: CUSCO CITY TOUR

Breakfast and Morning at Leisure After breakfast at your hotel, the morning is yours to discover why Cusco is such a vital part of tourism in Peru. Recommended places to visit include the San Pedro Market, Museum of Pre-Colombian Art, and the Choco Museum, where you can handcraft your own tasty treat.

Early Afternoon: Guided Tour of Cusco and Surroundings

Highlights:

  • Historical capital of Peru
  • Incan and Spanish Colonial architecture
  • Cathedral of Santo Domingo, a Baroque church built on the ruins of the opulent Incan Koricancha Palace
  • Incan holy place of Q’enko, an amphitheater once used for ceremonial sacrifices
  • Incan monument of Tambomachay, ceremonial site of water worship
  • Sacsayhuaman, an Incan fortress and site of the Inti Raymi
  • Incan tambo of Puka Pukara

Late Afternoon/Evening at Leisure: Suggested Activities

  • Browse the markets for an alpaca wool sweater
  • Meet the local people and savor the local dishes in one of Cusco’s many restaurants and cafes.

DAY 4: SACRED VALLEY TOUR

Breakfast and Transfer Following an early breakfast at your Cusco hotel, a GOTOPERU representative will pick you up for a short bus ride to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Be sure to have your camera ready to capture the lush Andean landscapes and the traditional villages that dot the hillside!

Pisac Visit This small town with its exquisite architecture is the perfect place to purchase authentic Andean souvenirs. As you browse through the selection of traditional clothing and crafts, you will easily understand why Pisac’s market has a reputation all its own.

Tour of Ollantaytambo This Incan site began as a palace, but was eventually used in the last Incan stand against the invading Spanish conquistadors. Whether palace or fortress, these ruins offer an unforgettable view of the surrounding area.

Transfer and Evening at Leisure After an exciting day of archaeological exploration, you will be escorted back to your hotel in Cusco.

Trip Notes: Clay fire ovens. Traditional costumes. Agricultural traditions. Handmade crafts. Your day in the Sacred Valley will take you back in time over 500 years. When you are surrounded by the rich soil and small villages, you will quickly see why this beautiful place was so important to the Incan civilization, and why many still embrace this lifestyle still today.

DAY 5: MACHU PICCHU TOUR

Breakfast and Transfer A representative will pick you up from your hotel in the pre- dawn hours, in order to catch the train from Cusco to AguasCalientes. Upon arrival in AguasCalientes, you will then be greeted and escorted to the bus station for a short 20minute bus ride to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Machu Picchu.

Tour Highlights:

  • train ride from Cusco to AguasCalientes, highlighting the ecodiversity of Peru’s landscape from Andean cloud forest to Amazon rainforest
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu, one of the Seven Wonders of the World
  • Insight into the construction history of Machu Picchu
  • Information on Hiram Bingham’s discovery of this sacred site in 1911
  • Explanation of the most significant architectural features, including the Sun Stone, Sun Temple, and Room of the Three Windows
  • Leisure time after the guided portion to allow for photography and contemplation

Transfer and Evening at Leisure In the late afternoon, you will have the option of taking the train back to Cusco, where you can spend another leisurely evening shopping for last-minute souvenirs or dining in style, or staying in AguasCalientes and enjoying the town’s famous hot springs, reputed for their healing powers. Please advise your travel agent before booking this tour.

DAY 6: CUSCO TO PUNO TOUR

  • Depart Cusco
  • Andahuaylillas, a town that is home to the Sistene Chapel of America, a colonial church noted for its sixteenth and seventeenth century murals
  • Raqchi, an Incan archaeological site showcasing typical terraces, public baths, and aqueduct systems
  • Buffet lunch at small town of Sicuani, where you will enjoy Novo Andina cuisine, a pairing of meats with traditional grains and produce
  • La Raya, situated on a highland plateau ), the border town between Cusco and Puno
  • Pukara, noted for its great pyramid built by the first developed civilization in the region
  • Arrive in Puno
  • Transfer to your hotel

DAY 7: LAKE TITICACA & ISLANDS TOUR

Breakfast And Transfer After an early breakfast at your Puno hotel, your professional tour guide will pick you up from your hotel to begin the full-day tour of Lake Titicaca and nearby islands.

Tour Itinerary and Highlights:

  • Arrive on the shores of Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world
  • Boat excursion to the Uros Floating Islands, a collection of man-made islands constructed from floating bundles of reeds
  • Leisure time to shop for souvenirs in the market, and explore these floating wonders created by the Uros tribe to defend against rival tribes
  • Two-hour boat ride across Lake Titicaca to Taquile Island, home of a Quechua community which continues the tradition of having the male residents produce fine handicrafts
  • Leisure time to explore the UNESCO World Heritage site and take in the beauty of the surrounding areas from the citadel at the island’s peak
  • Group lunch on Taquile Island
  • Return boat ride to Puno

Evening At Leisure After our return to Puno at approximately 1700h the evening will be yours to discover Puno.

DAY 8: TRANSFER OUT

Transfer After breakfast, you will then be escorted to the airport for your return flight to Lima and then back home. Or if you seek to continue your Peruvian Adventure, you can go into the Amazon on one of our other amazing tours.

What's Included

  • 7 nights in Peru high quality Hotels
  • All tours stated in the itinerary with English-speaking guides
  • All transfers and entrance fees
  • All breakfasts
  • Private Airport Shuttle in & out
  • 24/7 Assistance
  • Trains and buses
  • A prepaid cellphone for extended Programs

What's Not Included

  • Internal Flights
  • Lunch or Dinner

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