Charms of Lima + Machu Picchu Essential 8 Days / 7 Nights

Lima

The Capital of Peru is located on the central coast of the Peruvian coast. Before the arrival of the Spaniards, Lima already had important religious centers like Pachacamac, that is in the environs of the city.

Lima was founded in 1535 by Francisco Pizarro, calling it “Ciudad de Los Reyes” which roughly means “City of Kings”, and became one of the most important in Latin America.

The buildings built in colonial times are in the center of the city and are one of the main tourist attractions. The richness and beauty of the colonial period stays alive in the squares, streets, mansions, churches and monuments that show its colonial past.

It is noteworthy that Lima has an unparalleled gastronomy, for the creativity of its dishes made with quality products originating notably from Peru. This is why Lima is considered a Gastronomic Heritage of Latin America.

Itinerary


Day 1 – Arrival in Lima – Transfer to Hotel

Arriving in Lima, our staff will be waiting for you at the airport to take you to the hotel where you will be staying. Once at the hotel you will receive information about Lima, places to see, restaurants and the tours that will take place.

Depending on your arrival time you can take advantage of the free time to visit the Larco Museum, which has a large collection of artifacts that depict Peruvian history from the pre-Columbian period.

  • Overnight: LIMA


Day 2 – Modern and Colonial City Tour in Lima

Day 2 will start with a nice breakfast. After breakfast we will take our City Tour through the city of Lima, which begins around 9am.

We will visit the Olivar Park, Huaca Pucllana (a pyramidal pre-Inca ceremonial temple that survived Lima’s urban sprawl), the Love Park, Plaza de Armas, the Government Palace, Lima Cathedral, the Palace Arzobispal and to finish visit the Catacombs of the Convent of St. Francis, which was a very important Religious Temple in the seventeenth century.

The afternoon will be free to enjoy the cuisine and culture in the city of Lima.

  • Overnight: LIMA


Day 3 – Pachacamac Tour and Magic Water Circuit

Shortly after breakfast, around 09:00 a.m, we will pick you up at your hotel. We will start our tour to the archaeological site of Pachacamac, which is located about 45 km from the capital of Peru, Lima.

Before arriving at Pachacamac, we will stop in the traditional district of Barranco, where you can enjoy the Central Park, “La Bajda de Los Baños”, the Old Library, “Los Ranchos” or colonial mansions and the traditional Bridge of Sighs.

Pachacamac was one of the most important archaeological sites of the Peruvian coast. It was a sanctuary where thousands of pilgrims made their visits to worship the god Pachacamac and the sun god, for Pachacamac was an oracle capable of predicting the future and controlling the movements of the earth.

After our tour, we will return to the hotel around 1:30 p.m.

At the end of the afternoon, around 6:00 p.m., we will continue our tour. Our staff will stop by the hotel to pick you up, and we will start our night tour through Lima. We will see the great spectacle of the Magical Water Circuit, where water, light and music blend together creating an incredible show for our eyes.

We will end our night tour with a dinner and dance show in a typical Peruvian restaurant.

  • Overnight: LIMA


Day 4 – Departure from Lima and arrival in Cusco – Transfer to Hotel

At the appointed time our staff will pick you up at your hotel to take you to Lima airport.

When arriving in Cusco our staff will be waiting at the airport to take you to your hotel where you will be staying. On the way to the hotel you will receive some relevant information about Cusco, such as altitude, climate, etc. In the hotel will be served a tea made with coca leaves. This tea will help to alleviate the effects of altitude greatly.

During the next few minutes our team will give you important information about Cusco, such as: tourist attractions to visit in your free time, and especially about the tours that will take place.

Tips for restaurants, money exchange offices and great places for shopping will also be talked about at this time.

As Cusco is at an altitude of 3,400 meters (over 11,000 feet) above sea level, it is extremely advisable to rest for at least two hours, once you arrive at your hotel.

  • Overnight: CUSCO


Day 5 - Cusco Archaeological Tour

On the second day you will Wake up early with a good breakfast.  After breakfast you can go out to enjoy your free time, getting to know the city of Cusco and its beauties. As the ancient capital of the Inca Empire, Cusco is a city that breathes history, art and a spectacular culture.

The tour will begin in the afternoon, starting at 1:15 p.m., so please enjoy a nice lunch or bring snacks as you will be returning to the hotel around 6:30 p.m.

We will visit the beautiful Cathedral of Cusco which is also a museum that shows religious works done by natives in the time of the Spanish rule. This museum shows similarities between the Inca and European culture, from the 16th to the 18th centuries, influenced by the Catholic Church, creating a style of painting called “Cusquenha School”.

After the Cathedral, we will visit the Qoricancha, or Temple of the Sun. Qoricancha means “Golden Surroundings”. The temple of Qoricancha is in the current temple and precinct of Santo Domingo. The Qoricancha was the most important religious and architectural center during the Inca empire. People migrated here to give maximum worship to the sun god. The Qoricancha at that time was considered the center of the Andean universe within the Andean worldview.

After our visit to the Temple of the Sun we will continue to four archaeological sites: Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Pukapukara and Tambomachay.

Sacsayhuaman

Sacsayhuaman means “Head of the Puma”. It is also known as the second house of the Sun, the first being Qoricancha. When the Spaniards arrived in 1533, they were astonished in front of such an immense megalithic monument of stone walls of enormous weight. Sacsayhuaman was built on top of a hill, and even today, those who visit it have a magnificent view of the city of Cusco.

Qenqo

Qenqo means “labyrinth”, the name was given by Spanish settlers. Perhaps they named it ‘’labyrinth’’ because of its channels “zigzagging” or by other smaller corridors that are in its interior. During the Inca period this ruin was a temple for public ceremonies in contemplation to the sun god, the Moon and the Stars.

Pukapukara

Pukapukara means “Red Fortress”, the name is given by the color of the earth where the archaeological group is located. The scholars think that because of its position overlooking the Cusco valley, it was at least used as a military base.

Tambomachay

Tambomachay means place of rest. Tambomachay boasts complex architecture adapted to the natural landscape; consisting of a series of aqueducts, channels and several waterfalls that flow between the stones. Tambomachay was first built for the ‘’God’’ of water and then as the rest home of the Inca Yupanqui.

Finishing second day we will return to Cusco around 18:20. During our return to the hotel, those who prefer, can go to Plaza de Armas, and enjoy shopping, drinks, people watching and dinner.

  • Overnight: CUSCO


Day 6 – Sacred Valley of The Incas

Today we will leave for another adventure to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Remember that you will have to check out at the hotel in Cusco, because you will have an overnight stay in the village of Aguas Calientes.

It is recommended that you pack your bags in advance, as we will be leaving the hotel around 07:40 a.m.

For this tour we advise you take only a backpack or a small handbag with the necessary items (change of clothes, toiletries, camera, documents) for your night in Aguas Calientes. The big suitcases will have to stay in the “Guarda-Volumes” of the hotel in Cusco.

We will leave for the city of Pisac, located approximately 33 km from Cusco. Pisac means “Partridge”, the name was given because the base where it is built has the shape of this bird.

The archaeological site is located on top of the mountain, with admirable sets of terraces that surround the mountains.  These terraces were formerly used to cultivate tubers and vegetables.

Pisac has a handicraft market located in the main square of the city, where you can find ceramics, paintings, textiles and silverware all perfect for gifts or souvenirs. After the tour of the ruins of Pisac, you will have free time to get to know the town and also to shop.

Our adventure is just beginning!

After Pisac, we will leave for Urubamba, where we will stop for our lunch (lunch is included in the tour). During the trip to the restaurant we will go through different types of landscapes, each one more spectacular than the last.

After our lunch we will leave for Ollantaytambo. Located at an altitude of 2792 meters above sea level, the name comes from the word “Ollanta”, which was an Inca captain and “Tambo”, which means city that offers lodging and food to travelers. During the Inca empire, Ollantaytambo was a strategic military, agricultural and religious center dedicated to the worship of water.

On the third day, our tour ends at around 4:00 p.m. at 6:30 p.m. you will NEED to be at the train station of Ollantaytambo to travel to Aguas Calientes (also called Machu Picchu Pueblo).

Until your trains boarding time, you will have the time to learn a little more about the city of Ollantaytambo, our team will guide you in the best way with multiple options available.

Arriving at Aguas Calientes, a representative of our team will be waiting to take you to the hotel. When you are in the hotel at last, all the information regarding the long awaited day, “Machu Picchu”, will be passed to you!!!

Enjoy your evening and go out to learn a little about the town of Aguas Calientes. The city is full of hotels, restaurants and also small markets of handicrafts, jewelry etc.

  • Overnight: Aguas Calientes


Day 7 – Machu Picchu

Let’s wake up early today again, for good reason! At the scheduled time our representative will lead you towards the buses that take the short route to the citadel of Machu Picchu.

Do not forget to bring your camera, sunscreen and bottle of water. Also, please be courteous with the trash.

Machu Picchu in Quechua means “Old Mountain” and is at an altitude of 2430 meters above sea level. Considered a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Machu Picchu is one of the 7 Wonders of the Modern World.

Upon arriving at the citadel of Machu Picchu you will have a guided tour from 02:00 to 02:30, where you can learn a little more about Inca culture and customs. In Machu Picchu, it is possible to see pyramids on steps, temples, solar calendars and several other constructions in stone and adobe.

After the tour of Machu Picchu you will need to take the bus back to Aguas Calientes, and depending on the time you can have lunch before taking the train back to Ollantaytambo station or Poroy station, depending on what is on your ticket.

Regardless of the return station (Ollantaytambo or Poroy), our representative will be waiting for you to bring you to Cusco.

  • Overnight: Cusco


Day 8 – Cusco – Transfer to Airport

At the scheduled time, we will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the airport.


What is included

Lima

  • Transfer from the airport to the hotel (Private)
  • 03 hotel nights in Lima with breakfast
  • Modern and Colonial City Tour (Regular Service)
  • Tour Pachacamac (Regular Service)
  • Tour Circuito Magico with dinner and dance show (Regular Service)
  • Transfer from the hotel to the airport (Private)

Cusco

  • Airport transfer to the hotel (Private Service)
  • 03 hotel nights in Cusco with breakfast
  • Tickets to all archaeological sites including also Cathedral and Temple of the Sun Qoricancha.
  • Archaeological Tour of Cusco (Regular Service)
  • Tour Sacred Valley of the Incas with Lunch (Regular Service)
  • Train from Ollantaytambo Station to Aguas Calientes (Tourist Service – Expedition)
  • Transfer from Ollantaytambo or Poroy Station to the hotel in Cusco (Regular Service)
  • Transfer from the hotel to the airport (Private Service)

Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu)

  • Transfer from Aguas Calientes Station to the hotel
  • 01 night hotel in Aguas Calientes with breakfast
  • Aguas Calientes Tourist Bus to Machu Picchu (Round Trip)
  • Entrance to the Citadel of Machu Picchu
  • Guided tour in Machu Picchu (Regular Service)
  • Return train to Ollantaytambo or Poroy Station (Tourist Service – Expedition)

Benefits of Machu Picchu Premium Travel:

  • 24 hours assistance in English
  • Personalized support throughout the trip

Options

Buffet Lunch at Sanctuary Lodge (Tinkuy) Restaurant:

  • Restaurant located inside Hotel Sanctuary Lodge (Belmond), unique hotel that is next to the portal of access to Citadel of Machu Picchu.
  • Starting at $ 48.00 per person

Return Train Vistadome Service:

  • First Class Service. Train with panoramic view, on-board service and dance show.
  • Starting at US $ 30 per person

Entrance to the Wayna Picchu Mountain:

  • Short trail (01h30 of trail) that leaves of the citadel of Machu Picchu and goes until the Lookout of Wayna Picchu. It is the only place where you have a spectacular view of the entire Citadel of Machu Picchu.
  • Starting at $ 20.00 per person

General Information

  • Total days: 8
  • Total nights: 7

What does not include:

  • National and International Air Tickets
  • Food not mentioned in the Roadmap
  • Travel insurance
  • Extra expenses such as tips, laundry, phone calls and others not informed in the itinerary

Tours:

  • Regular Service:  These are group tours with other passengers.
  • Private Service: Ideal for those who want to have more convenience at the time of the tours. Departure times are more flexible. Consult our team for values.

Train Luggage Policy (PERURAIL):

  • The TICKET is only valid for the transport of the CLIENTS and their carry-on luggage (one bag or backpack) with a weight not to exceed 5kg/11 lb, and maximum measurements of 62 linear in/ 157 linear cm (height + length + width).

Wayna Picchu or Mountain Ticket:

  • Passengers who choose to take a short trail to get to know these two places should be aware that there are only two opening times are available per day, at 07h00 and 10h00, and for each time there are only 200 vacancies. For this reason, the request for purchase should be as soon as possible.

Documentation informed at closing of Package / Roadmap::

  • Please be advised that upon closing your Package / Tour purchase, passengers will be required to submit Passport information. This information is essential in order to purchase train and entrance tickets to Machu Picchu
  • Therefore, we emphasize that the document informed to purchase the train and entrance tickets for Machu Picchu must be the same document that passengers should bring to Peru

Changes:

  • Changes must be requested in writing and will be subject to 10% (service charge) on the amount of the change, subject to availability and payment of any price difference

Cancellations:

  • Written cancellation requests by the CONTRACTING PARTY
  1. Full refund of the Package amount provided that the request is made up to 50 days before the date of travel, being deducted commission and / or fee for bank shipping.
  2. Return of 80% of the value of the Package provided the request is made up to 30 days before the date of travel. The CONTRACTING PARTY will be charged a penalty of 20% of the value of the Package.
  3. 50% refund of the Package amount provided the request is made up to 20 days prior to the travel date. The CONTRACTING PARTY will be charged a penalty of 50% of the value of the Package, plus expenses proven to have been incurred by Machu Picchu Premium Travel.
  4. The full amount of the Package will be retained for Machu Picchu Premium Travel if the cancellation request occurs up to 7 days prior to the travel date.
  5. Machu Picchu Premium Travel will have up to 60 days to return to the CONTRACTING PARTY, contacted by e-mail reply to the cancellation request.

Payment Methods

Payment for WESTERN UNION

Western Union international transfers can be made at money exchange office or at Western Union’s own branches. At this link you will find the nearest agency: https://www.westernunion.com/ag/agent-locator.html

You will need the following information to send the money:

  • Name: Stefano Moreira Perini
  • City: Cusco
  • Country: Peru
  • Postal Code: 08000

Before making the transfer, it is important to review the information so that there is no abbreviation in the name (Stefano Moreira Perini).

After the transfer, you will receive a voucher with the Money Transfer Control Number (MTCN); it is 10-digit code. This code will need to be emailed to us.

Any questions you may have please contact our team for further clarification.

Payment for MONEYGRAM

Moneygram’s international transfer can be made at money exchange office or at MONEYGRAM’s own branches. At this link you will find the nearest agency: https://www.moneygram.com/mgo/us/en/

You will need the following information to send the money:

  • Name: Stefano Moreira Perini
  • City: Cusco
  • Country: Peru
  • Postal Code: 08000

Before making the transfer, it is important to review the information so that there is no abbreviation in the name (Stefano Moreira Perini).

After the transfer, you will receive a voucher with 08-digit code. This code will need to be emailed to us.

If you have any questions, please contact our team for further information.

Prices and Accommodation

CLASSIFICATION

HOTELS

VALIDITY / VALUES PER PERSON

ECONOMIC LIMA Desde 01/01/2022 – Hasta 31/12/2022
  • Hotel: Allpa, Britania, El Carmel or Similar.
  • Apto: Standar – 3 Nights with breakfast
SINGLE DOUBLE/MARRIAGE TRIPLE
US$ 1.230,00 US$ 920,00 US$ 860,00
CUSCO
  • Hotel: San Agustin Internacional, Royal Inka, Siete Ventanas, or Similar.
  • Apto: Standar – 3 Nights with breakfast
AGUAS CALIENTES
  • Hotel: Waman, Inti Punku or Similar.
  • Apto: Standar – 1 Night with breakfast

CLASSIFICATION

HOTELS

VALIDITY / VALUES PER PERSON

TOURIST LIMA Desde 01/01/2022 – Hasta 31/12/2022
  • Hotel: Jose Antonio, San Agustin Exclusive, La Hacienda or Similar.
  • Apto: Standar – 3 Nights with breakfast
SINGLE DOUBLE/MARRIAGE TRIPLE
US$ 1.420,00 US$ 990,00 US$ 940,00
CUSCO
  • Hotel: Xima, San Agustin Plaza, San Agustin Dorado, Waman Qorikancha or Similar.
  • Apto: Standar – 3 Nights with breakfast
AGUAS CALIENTES
  • Hotel: Hotel: Hatun Inti, Tierra Viva, La Cabaña or Similar.
  • Apto: Standar – 1 Night with breakfast

CLASSIFICATION

HOTELS

VALIDITY / VALUES PER PERSON

PREMIUM LIMA Desde 01/01/2022 – Hasta 31/12/2022
  • Hotel: Jose Antonio Deluxe, Arawi, Sonesta, Dazzler .
  • Apto: Standar – 3 Nights with breakfast
SINGLE DOUBLE/MARRIAGE TRIPLE
US$ 1.770,00 US$ 1.180,00 US$ 1.110,00
CUSCO
  • Hotel: Costa del Sol, Sonesta, Esplendor or Similar.
  • Apto: Standar – 3 Nights with breakfast
AGUAS CALIENTES
  • Hotel: Hatun Inti Boutique, El Mapi (By Inkaterra) or Similar.
  • Apto: Standar – 1 Night with breakfast
From

920 US$

per person

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