7 Nights Lights of the Inca Empire
8 Day Peruvian adventure discovering the most emblematic sites of the empire such as the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and Cusco, the ancient capital of the Incas.
1 June to 20 December from R15, 230 pps
*Peak supplement not included and applies to June 22 to 28 and July 27-31.
Day 1 | Arrive Lima
You will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel in Lima. The Peruvian capital is a modern metropolis full of history and is home to approximately 10 million inhabitants.
Under your own arrangements and overnight in Lima.
Day 2 | Lima – City Tour
Breakfast at leisure. Today we explore Lima´s old town, a UNESCO World Heritage site packed with fascinating historic buildings. Start with a scenic tour in the colonial downtown, which originates and spreads out from the Main Square, where you can appreciate the grandiose architecture of the Spanish Empire. Be amazed by Lima´s Cathedral, built during the 16th century and which took over 80 years to complete. Then visit the Casa Aliaga, a colonial mansion granted in 1535 by chief conquistador Francisco Pizarro to Jerónimo de Aliaga, one of his captains. This is the only house from that time that is still owned by the same family through the centuries. Continue to the Larco Museum, located in the traditional Pueblo Libre district, which is housed in a beautifully restored vice regal mansion built on a pre-Columbian pyramid from the VII century. The museum boasts the most complete pre-Hispanic collection of gold and silver objects, as well as pieces of erotic art. Return to your hotel after the tour where you will be under your own arrangements.
Optional activity: Visit to the Magic Water Circuit + dinner show from R650 pp
Day 3 | Lima – Cusco – Sacred Valley (90 Min Flight)
Today after breakfast, check out of your hotel and transfer to the airport for your onward flight to Lima. On arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel in the Sacred Valley.
Afternoon at your leisure and overnight in the Sacred Valley.
Day 4 | Sacred Valley – Chinchero, Ollantaytambo & Living Museum Of Yucay
Today after breakfast, you will be collected from your hotel for a visit to the town of Chinchero*, a traditional Cusco urban centre located at an elevated point with a beautiful view of the valley. The inhabitants of this area preserve the artisan traditions and the inherited knowledge of the Incas and display them in their clothes and customs. In Chinchero there are also archaeological remains and a beautiful seventeenth-century church, one of the first Catholic buildings in Peru. *On Sundays, also visit the local market
Thereafter, we transfer to the Living Museum of Yucay, a centre of Andean handicraft traditions where demonstrations of the elaboration of textile work, adobe, pottery and silverware are carried out in the same way in which they used to in ancient times; an original recreation of Inca traditions. In addition, you may be able to feed the ´residents´ llamas, sheep and alpacas at the museum.
This afternoon we have lunch in Ollantaytambo and enjoy a superior Andean gastronomy experience in Chuncho restaurant, where the true spirit of the Sacred Valley radiates in a cosy atmosphere. Upon arriving in Ollantaytambo, visit its town, inhabited uninterruptedly since Incan times, and climb the iconic fortress, built next to a mountain. Afterwards, transfer to your hotel for check-in.
Overnight Sacred Valley.
Day 5 | Sacred Valley – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes
Today after breakfast, check out of your hotel and transfer to Ollanta Station. Your journey to Machu Picchu begins with a train ride to the town of Aguas Calientes. Aguas Calientes has a handicrafts market and restaurants, as well as accommodation of different categories for those who prefer to spend the night next to the mountain and then visit it early next morning. After a short trip, arrive at Machu Picchu, a masterpiece of engineering and architecture that served as a sanctuary and resting place for Inca Pachacuti. Machu Picchu means ‘Old Mountain’ and was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It is also one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. At the end of the tour, return by bus to Aguas Calientes and enjoy a delicious lunch at the Café Inkaterra.
Afternoon at your leisure and overnight in Aguas Calientes.
Day 6 | Aguas Calientes – Cusco
Breakfast at your hotel and morning at your leisure.
If you’d like, return to Machu Picchu and visit any of the attractions that the citadel keeps: the Intipunku (‘Puertadel Sol’) was a control gate, from where the sun rises every day. Climb the Huayna Picchu (subject to space availability), which means ‘Young Mountain’. Its ascent takes about an hour and the ‘Temple of the Moon’, an underground complex of constructions probably intended for the use of the elite, can be visited on the way. Finally, you can visit the Inca Bridge, an amazing stone structure that served as an entrance or exit to the citadel. Please enquire for these additional costs.
This afternoon, you are transferred to the Aguas Calientes train station for your ride to Ollanta station, from where you are transferred to your hotel in Cusco.
Overnight in Cusco.
Day 7 | Cusco / City Tour & Nearby Archaeological Site
Breakfast at the hotel. Today we begin touring in Coricancha, also known as ‘The Temple of the Sun’, which was built by order of Inca Pachacuti and at the arrival of the Spaniards became the foundation for the construction of the Santo Domingo Convent. Then, visit the Cathedral, the most imposing monument of the Main Square, whose construction was completed in 1654. Later, head to Sacsayhuaman, one of the most emblematic buildings of the Incas, erected by Inca Pachacuti in the 15th century. It is an immense fortress built with large stones and their transport and assembly still remains a mystery. Continue to Qenqo, an archaeological complex for mainly religious purposes, where agricultural rituals were held. We end the tour with a visit to Puca Pucara “red fort”, just 7km from the city, an architectural complex of alleged military use with plazas, baths, aqueducts, and towers. It is believed that it was used by the Inca entourage while the leader rested in Tambomachay.
Return to your hotel and overnight in Cusco.
Optional activity: Pottery workshop by Art trail from R1, 500 pp
Day 8 | Departure Cusco
Today after breakfast, check out of your hotel and transfer to Cusco Airport for your onward flight.
Luggage requirement for train to Machu Picchu:
A backpack is required for the 1 night overstay in Aguas Calientes. Your main luggage will be stored and transferred to your hotel in Cusco for when you arrive.
JHB – Lima – Cusco – Lima – JHB
20% non-refundable deposit required to secure booking.
Passport required for your visit to Machu Picchu.
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