Lima, Cusco and Machu Picchu Citadel

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Lima, Cusco and Machu Picchu Citadel

06 Days / 05 Nights

¡Your best choice if you have less than a week to visit Peru!

This tour includes the city tour in Lima and the historical city of Cusco which is a mixture of culture, magic and mysticism. Also, it includes a visit to Cusco surroundings and a twoday visit to Machu Picchu, where you’ll explore its sacred temples, plazas and dwellings; see the agricultural terraces used for watering crops; and climb Inti Punku “Gate of the Sun,” or Huayna Picchu “Young Mountain,” where you will gain a sweeping panoramic view of the citadel of Machu Picchu. 

 

Cusco - Machu Picchu

Cusco – Machu Picchu

Itinerary:

Day 1 – Arrival in Lima:  

Reception and assistance at the International Jorge Chavez Lima airport by a representative from Peru Travels. The airport is located 30 minutes away from Miraflores area, where most of the hotels, restaurants and bars are located.

*Please be aware hotel check-in time starts from midday, if you arrive earlier you will have to wait until the room is ready.

Overnight at your selected hotel. 

Day 2: Lima – Cusco:  

After breakfast transfer to the airport to take your flight to Cusco. Upon your arrival transfer to your selected hotel. Free morning to acclimatize and rest.  

In the afternoon, we will pick you up for the city tour. It starts at the impressive Colonial Cathedral in Cusco that contains over 400 paintings from the Cusquenian School and several spectacular altars. After that, we will visit the Temple of the Sun, main religious center of the Incas dedicated to the Sun Cult. According to the chroniclers, the walls of this temple were entirely covered with gold.

From here we go by bus to visit the four surrounding ruins located at less than 8 km. We start with the Sacsayhuaman Fortress, Q’enqo, Puca-Pucara which means “Red Fortress”, this site was an administrative and military center and Tambomachay considered as a place of the cult to the water.  

Overnight at your selected hotel. 

Day 3: Cusco – Machu Picchu:  

Early breakfast at the hotel to start our visit to Machu Picchu archeological complex, located in a subtropical Cusco area at 2,350 m.a.s.l.  

Early in the morning transfer from your hotel to the train station. The trip in train takes nearly 3.5 hours to get to Aguas Calientes town, following the course of the Vilcanota River. Here your guide will be waiting for you to take the bus to Machu Picchu which takes about 20 minutes to get to the entrance point.  

In Machu Picchu we have a 2-hour guided tour and another 2 hours to explore the ruins individually. You will know the amazing Machu Picchu Citadel and the Intiwatana (Solar Clock). Finally, you will take the bus back to Aguas Calientes where you will spend de night.  

Overnight at your selected hotel. 

Day 4: Machu Picchu – Cusco:  

Breakfast at your hotel.  

Day at leisure.  

We suggest you visit the Machu Picchu Citadel once again or hike the Huayna Picchu to receive the cosmic and telluric energy that the Sacred “Apu“ Mountain has. (Entrance tickets not included for the second visit).  

The hike to Huayna Picchu starts at the Sacred Rock and passes through a gate that is open from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. There are two schedules one from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. and the second one from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. There’s a limited number of people that can enter each day (200 per shift).  

Please, if you are interested on hiking the Huayna Picchu, let us know in advance so we can do the booking and buy the entrance ticket in advance. This – one to two – hour walk is steep, but the path is in excellent shape, though the last 20 meters include a steep rock slab. The Incas built terraces here, and the airy summit offers a perfect view of the entire complex, which spreads out before the summit like a map. You will get excellent photos and the view is unique.  

Another alternative is to stay in Aguas Calientes town and go to the hot springs to relax the body. In the afternoon you will take the train back to Cusco. Upon your arrival to Cusco transfer to your hotel.  

Overnight at your selected hotel. 

Day 5: Cusco – Lima:  

Breakfast at your hotel.  

Transfer from your hotel to the airport to board your flight back to Lima.  

Reception at Jorge Chavez airport and transfer to your hotel.  

In the afternoon, you will visit the Colonial and Modern city of Lima. The historical center is packed with 16th- and 17th-century marvels, including immaculately restored homes such as the Casa de Aliaga and the Palacio Torre Tagle.

The city tour starts on the Plaza Mayor, which is graced with a bronze fountain from 1650 and flanked on one side by the Cathedral, which was built in the late 16th century. It contains the carved wooden sepulcher of Francisco Pizarro, who was murdered in 1541 by mob of Almagristas, a rival political faction.

As you enter, the first chapel on the right is dedicated to St. John the Baptist and contains a carving of Jesus that is considered to be among the most beautiful in the Americas. But the highlight of the cathedral are the choir stalls carved in the early 17th century by Pedro Noguera.  

Also, you will observe the Government Palace, which forms the other side of the Plaza Mayor and was built by the Spanish on top of the home of Taulichusco.

Finally, you will visit the 16th-century San Francisco Monastery, with its beautiful cloister and entrance, as well as the catacombs or public cemetery, where slaves, servants and others without money were buried until 1821 (rich citizens were usually buried in their home chapels).

Then you will travel back to the XX century visiting modern districts with beautiful squares, small squares and avenues, as well as Miraflores with its beautiful beaches, intensive commercial trading and active nightlife. You will visit the Park of Love, where stands a big sculpture representing a “Couple of Andean Lovers” facing the Pacific Ocean.  

Return to your hotel.  

Overnight at your selected hotel. 

Day 6: Lima – Out:  

Breakfast.  

At fixed time, transfer from your hotel to the airport to board your domestic or international flight.  

*Please be aware hotels check-out time starts at 10:00am, if you have a late flight, you can leave your luggage at the Hotel’s luggage room and pick it up before your transfer. 

What’s included:

  • All transfers.  
  • 02 nights at selected hotel in Lima with breakfast included.  
  • 02 nights at selected hotel in Cusco with breakfast included.  
  • 01 night at selected hotel in Aguas Calientes with breakfast included.  
  • All meals mentioned in the program.  
  • All tours as described with English speaking guide in international groups.  
  • All entrance fees.  
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu (Only on day 4).  
  • Round trip train tickets to Machu Picchu in Expedition service train.

Not included:  

  • Tips.  
  • Flight Ticket Lima – Cusco – Lima.  
  • Early Check in – Late Check out.  
  • Meals not mentioned in the program.

Important information: 

The community in Machu Picchu is very important. Here we give you some recommendations of what you should bring:  

If the trip is during the rainy season (November – March), you should wear warm clothes, a waterproof poncho and non-slip shoes.  

On the other hand, if the visit is made in the dry season (April – October) it is important to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, hat or hat with a wide brim, as well as mosquito repellent.  

It is necessary to keep those stunning views of the Inca City of Machu Picchu with a good camera and / or video camera. There are so many views that you will want to take that it is necessary to carry extra batteries.  

It is important to hydrate during the walk, bring water in bottle for easy transport. 

If you travel to Cusco do not forget to bring the following:  
  • Rain poncho.  
  • Hat.  
  • Sunscreen.  
  • Mosquito repellent.  
  • Windbreaker jacket  
  • Comfortable slippers  
  • Photographic camera.  
  • Backpack.  
  • Warm clothes for the night.  
  • Water.  
  • Identity documents.  

Price:

From USD 995.00

Per person based on double occupancy.

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