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Machu Picchu, Cusco & the Sacred Valley

Day 1: En route / Arrive in Lima, Peru
Day 2: Lima / Cusco / Sacred Valley
Day 3: Sacred Valley / Machu Picchu
Day 4: Machu Picchu / Sacred Valley / Cusco
Day 5: Cusco / Saqsayhuaman / San Blas / Villa Tipón
Day 6: Cusco / Lima / Depart for U.S.

Day 1: En route / Arrive in Lima, Peru
Welcome to Peru! After an evening arrival in Lima, transfer to your hotel and refresh for tomorrow's exciting expedition to the heights of Peru—and into its past, when the largest empire in pre-Columbian America ruled the Andes and beyond.
Overnight: Wyndham Costa del Sol – Lima

Day 2: Lima / Flight to Cusco / Sacred Valley
This morning, fly east over the Central Andes' peaks and plateaus to the ancient capital of Cusco, and then transfer to the Sacred Valley, with stops along the way to capture scenic photographs. Relax and sample traditional flavors during lunch at a lovely local restaurant before exploring this region of Inca sites and indigenous villages. In the village of Pisac, discover a vibrant market with the colorful handicrafts this region is known for: weavings, musical instruments, alpaca sweaters, jewelry, ceramics, and much more. At the main square, find a fruit and vegetable market where villagers from miles around visit, barter, and shop. Join this lively scene surrounded by the beauty of both the merchants' wares and the traditional clothing worn by locals. Later this afternoon, enjoy time to relax after checking in, and perhaps take a short stroll through the property's lush gardens, before dinner at the hotel.
Overnight: Sonesta Posadas del Inca Yucay (B,L,D)

Day 3: Sacred Valley / Machu Picchu
After breakfast, make your way through the intimate cobblestone streets of Ollantaytambo, a "living" Inca town. Here, Inca descendants inhabit the largely unchanged homes of their ancestors and continue to maintain ancient customs and traditions. The massive fortress, perched among steep stone terraces carved into the hillside, is where the Inca won their greatest victory against the conquistadores. Next, board a Vistadome train to Machu Picchu, the most important site of the vast Incan empire. Enjoy views of the mountains, villages, and Inca vestiges as you descend into the Sacred Valley. From there, a short bus ride takes you to the archaeological site of “The Lost City of the Incas." Begin a guided exploration of the enigmatic citadel. As it lies before you, learn about the archaeology and history of Intihuatana (the Sun Dial), the Sacred Plaza, and the Temple of the Sun, with plenty of time to wander, hike, and capture pictures of the photogenic site. This evening, share impressions of your day while dining with your travel companions at your Machu Picchu hotel.
Overnight: Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel (B,L,D)

Day 4: Machu Picchu / Sacred Valley / Cusco
After an early breakfast, you have an excellent opportunity to experience the wonder of a quiet morning at Machu Picchu, and to imagine the sanctuary as it was centuries ago. Today, have a more in-depth look at this amazing place and its surroundings. Adventurers are welcome to hike the surrounding trails to other discoveries. Ascend to the Sun Gate, or walk to the Inca Bridge, a challenging path carved into a rock face with a sheer vertical drop of 1,900 feet. After lunch, return to Ollantaytambo via the Vistadome train, then to your relaxing Cusco accommodations. This evening we'll dine at a local restaurant offering Peruvian-fusion cuisine and a great atmosphere.
Overnight: Aranwa Boutique Hotel – Cusco (B,L,D)

Day 5: Cusco / Saqsayhuaman / San Blas / Villa Tipón
This morning, explore Cusco's streets still flanked in places by Inca walls built with gigantic carved granite blocks. View the unique masonry up close to thoroughly appreciate the astonishing perfection and mass of this true marvel. Walk the plaza of Saqsayhuaman, an Inca complex overlooking Cusco with stones so enormous the largest is estimated to weigh up to 200 tons. Visit the San Pedro local market, offering a sense of everyday life in Cusco, and the San Blas artists' colony for a picturesque stop. Continue on to the Qorikancha, or Sun Temple—now referred to as Santo Domingo Church—and admire its smooth basalt foundation and learn about its period of transformation during Spanish rule. Mid-day, retreat to Villa Tipón, which is just outside the city of Cusco and set in the midst of awe-inspiring mountains and incredible gardens full of vividly-colored flowers. A local family hosts a delicious Peruvian lunch followed by a traditional Shaman performing an Andean ceremony. This evening, celebrate the rich rewards of your journey during a special farewell dinner.
Overnight: Aranwa Boutique Hotel – Cusco (B,L,D)

Day 6: Cusco / Flight to Lima / Depart for U.S.
After breakfast, head to Cusco for your flight to Lima. In Lima, share a final lunch with your fellow travelers in a lively, local restaurant. Check in to your dayroom at the Casa Andina Select Miraflores hotel, your own private and convenient home base while awaiting your flight this evening.
Day Room: Casa Andina Select Miraflores – Lima (B,L)

*Itinerary subject to change

Activity Level:

Moderate

Guests should be sure-footed on stairs of varying heights, able to walk at least two miles on rocky, uneven ground without assistance. Also keep in mind that you will experience varying altitudes, to which you may not be accustomed.

Maximum elevation: 11,200 feet in Cusco, Peru