why you should visit Lima and Cusco
Lima was the cradle of the oldest civilizations in America (Caral) as well as a strategic place for the Spaniards when they began to explore Peru. On January 18, 1535, the Spanish foundation ¨City of the Kings¨ was created. Since then, the union of two different worlds began; the natives of Peru on the one hand and the Spaniards on the other hand.Due to all these events, very old but preserved archaeological sites as well as colonial and modern buildings can be visited in Lima.
Lima has become a picturesque city with bohemian neighborhoods and places where one can enjoy Peruvian culture, tradition and food (one of the best in the world).
In a drastic land with capricious nature, the city of Cusco is located, a place where Inca cities are mixed with colonial builidings, together forming a peaceful union between man and nature.In the Cusco region, the archaeological site of Machu Picchu is located. Machu Picchu is not only one of the gems of Peru, but also of the world, as it is considered a cultural heritage of humanity due to the incredible skills and knowledge used to built in this inaccessible place.
If you want to dive into a world of culture, traditions, hikes and extreme activities, Cusco is definitely the place to be!
Welcome to Lima ‘City of the Kings’! A representative from Machu Picchu Tours will be waiting at the airport to then transfer you to the hotel in Miraflores. During the trip, our friendly staff will provide further recommendation of each region you will be visiting! Upon arrival to the hotel, our staff will assist on your check-in. Have the rest of the day to rest early and be prepared for the next few day filled with fun and exciting activities.Accommodation
Start the day with a tour to the city of Lima at 9 am; the minibus will take us to the historic center of Plaza de Armas. Our experienced Tour Leader will guide and provide information about the rich history of this city. During the tour, ensure to have your camera ready to capture every moment! We continue exploring until we reach the church of San Francisco (Catacombs), visit the Parque del Amor (Park of Love) and make our way to Barranco know for it’s picturesque streets.
Following on, we head towards Kennedy Square (the cat park) where our tour ends for the day. Our guide will recommend good quality restaurants, places to explore and other attractions you might be interested.Accommodation
Peruvian food is highly recommended, to savour and enjoy the most typical dishes Peru has to offer.Day 3: Flight to Cusco – Cusco City tour
Right after breakfast, we make our way to the airport at 6:30am to board the regular 9:10am flight to Cusco. Once you have arrived to Cusco, our friendly staff will be at the airport to welcome you and then transport you to the hotel. The rest of the day can be a time to relax and acclimatise to the altitude as it may have an affect on the day.
After a light lunch, we visit the capital of the Inca Empire from the streets of Cusco, the monumental sites to leading attractions of Cusco.Accommodation
We would recommend to bring your own medication for altitude as it may have an effect during the first day. Also, drink plenty of water and best to eat light food.Day 4: Sacred Valley (full day tour)
Today we will visit one of the most iconic places in Cusco, The Sacred Valley of the Incas. We pick you up at 7:30 am and make our way to the first stop point, Awanacancha. During the trip, we will have first sighting of South America’s treasured animals, llamas, alpacas, vicuñas and guanacos. We will also have the opportunity to learn about the alpaca wool and have time to shop for some beautiful quality baby alpaca fabrics. As we continue on with the tour, we visit the archaeological center of Pisac (9,750 ft / 2,972 m), one of the prominent ruins along the Sacred Valley. Pisa market is one of the most recommended markets where you will find a variety of gifts and souvenirs for all types.
Afterwards, we will have lunch (included) offering a variety of options. Then we stop at a Peruvian bar (Chichería) and try the traditional Peruvian drinks.
Finally we will explore the gems of the archeological site of Ollantaytambo and conclude with the last stop of the tour, Chincero. Be transferred back to your hotel in Cusco (an hour trip).Accommodation
In the morning, you will have free time to explore the city of Cusco, relax or perhaps shop for the perfect souvenir gift for your loved ones.
At 2pm, after lunch, we will be heading to Ollantaytambo station in a minibus, take the train to Aguas Calientes (4:36pm) for about 2 hours and then arrive at the hotel. Enjoy a warm bath, relax and then we meet for dinner.Accommodation
Prior to entering the town of Aguas Calientes, we recommend that you leave your suitcases at your hotel in Cusco. Unfortunately, large suitcases are not permitted in the train, only carry-on which is why it might be best to take a backpack.Day 6: Machu Picchu tour & back to Cusco
Today is a special and grand day, we will visit one of the 7 wonders of the World, Machu Picchu. After breakfast we will board the bus (30 minute ride) to the citadel of Machu Picchu Citadel (7874 ft / 2400 m).
Our guide will have the pleasure to share the history of our ancestor and show you the most important places of Machu Picchu. This will be a guided tour of 2 hours. From there, you will have free time to explore and take plenty of photos. We finish the tour by boarding the bus back to Aguas Calientes, have lunch (included) and take the train that leaves at about 2:30pm. Please note, the train ride will be 2 hours and another 2 hours via bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.Accommodation
Time to say goodbye and we hope you had an enjoyable trip! Today we will transfer you to the airport at the requested time.