What you get
Machu Picchu and other treasures of Peru
These seven days in Peru will leave incredible lifelong memories! You will unlock all the main treasures of the empire of the "Children of the Sun". And definitely promise yourself to come back for more!
- Walk in the footsteps of the Inca supreme ruler Pachacuteca in the incredible Machu Picchu
- Uncover the secret of Moray agricultural terraces and watch the salt mining in the fields of Maras
- Walk the streets of Cusco, where Spanish churches and houses are built on the walls of Inca buildings
- Learn to dance exciting salsa with the locals
- Feel like a trailblazer in the wild jungle and relax in the hot springs of Agua Caliente
- Explore the charming architecture of Lima and relax on the beaches of Barranco.
The price of the trip includes:
- Accommodation in hotels and guesthouses during the entire trip;
- Domestic flight from Lima to Cusco and back;
- All transportation, including buses, trains, leased and public transportation;
- Entry tickets to all places of interest mentioned in the itinerary;
- Breakfasts in hotels;
- Professional guiding services during the entire trip.
What is NOT included:
- Flight to Lima and back home. (Let us know if you need help finding the best deals);
- Insurance (mandatory);
- Food ($15-25 per day);
- Visas (if you need one).
Day 1 - 2
We arrive in Lima, the capital of Peru, and check into a hotel. After some rest we begin our walk in the historical center of the city, founded by Spanish colonists in 1535. The architecture is impressive! We walk along the central square, admiring the Cathedral, the Archbishop's Palace and the City Hall. Here, for the first time, we will pay attention to the famous old balconies of Lima.
We move to the modern area of Miraflores. Expensive boutiques, luxury hotels, clubs ... And suddenly we stumble upon a huge pyramid of mud bricks. This is Huaca Puclana - a pyramid built by the people of the Lima civilization more than a thousand years ago, even before the Incas.
The next day we head to the Barranco area. Let`s explore romantic streets, watch the work of local artists and the life of the Peruvian bohemia. Next, we enjoy the beach, where surfers from all over the world come. Lovely! Also here we will have a master class of the famous local dance - salsa.
In the morning we head to the airport and fly to Cusco. There we check into a hotel in the center. The city is the capital of the Incas, which is located 3300 meters above sea level. But we will explore it a little later. Today we head to no less impressive masterpieces of the Incas - the agricultural terraces of Mora and the salt mines of Maras. We will get there by rented transport in about an hour.
The first stop is the terraces where the Incas grew vegetables and beans. In many other cultures such terraces encircle the mountain slopes, but the Incas came up with the idea of digging them up. Scientists estimate that the lowest terrace is 15 degrees colder than the highest. Therefore, here they could grow plants that need very different conditions.
We walk to the equally impressive Maras salt mines. Here the Incas used their imagination to learn how to evaporate salt from an underground source. And this process continues - each local family owns a part of the salt field, mining salt for their own needs and for sale. Even decorations and jewelry are made from salt here!
After breakfast we take a bus to Agua Calientes (6 hours). On the way, we admire the mountain views of the Sacred valley of the incas, watch the locals dressed in bright traditional clothes and alpacas, which the owners lovingly dress in bright decorations and capes. We stop in a picturesque place to walk in the jungle, enjoying the silence and singing of birds. Wonderful views of the Andes open up from here. This walk will take approximately two hours.
We reach Agua Calientes. This village originated near the hot springs in 1931, when the railway was built here, and the first tourists began to visit the nearby Machu Picchu. We check into a guesthouse, walk around the village, relax in thermal springs.
Today is a very special day. We will see Machu Picchu, the world famous sacred city of the Incas! Fog covers the mountain slopes around us, and in front, below, the ruins of palaces and temples of the sun come to life... We walk in the footsteps of the supreme ruler of the Incas Pachacuteca. He was admiring this views just a few centuries ago. Almost nothing is known about his city. Judging by the ruins, a little more than a thousand people lived here. They left us absolutely no information about themselves. Who knows if their secrets will one day be unraveled?..
We take a comfortable train to the final station - the town of Ollantaytambo (2 hours on the way). We check into a hotel and fall asleep in anticipation of tomorrow.
When the Incas lost almost all of their lands to Spanish conquerors, and the capital of Cusco fell, the town of Ollantaytambo became their last outpost. We will walk along the seventeen terraces of the city fortress. Explore the temple of the sun, built of huge, perfectly matching boulders. Imagine how they were delivered those huge rocks to such a height...
To see the modern life of the town, we head to the local market. After lunch we leave for Cusco (1 hour on the way), check into a hotel and go out to wander through the narrow streets of the old city. Here we will find out why the rulers of the Incas built new houses after the wedding, even if there was no one left in the old ones. And will see with our own eyes that the Spaniards built their churches on the walls of the temples of the sun.
If you have time before your flight home, you can wander around the historic center, visit the picturesque Humantay lagoon on top of the "rainbow mountain" Montana de Colores.
For souvenirs, head to the Mercado Central de San Pedro. Look out for alpaca wool clothes and bags, coca sweets, traditional colorful capes, or pisco, the famous local grape alcohol.
Our small group tour to Peru has come to an end. Thank you for exploring with us!
Is this trip for you?
Citizens of most countries do not need a visa to Peru.
We provide free visa consulting to our clients.
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