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If you are making plans to visit Peru, chances are that a visit to the ancient, mystical Machu Picchu ruins is on your to-do list. While Machu Picchu is certainly a sight to behold, and very often the focal point of Peru Trekking Tours, there are many fantastic things to see while you are in Peru. As one of our most famous Peru Travel Packages, the 5 day package offers you a chance to cover all of those bases!
► DAY 01: Arrival Lima Details
On your arrival you will be met and transferred to your beautiful hotel.
► DAY 02:Lima- Cusco Details
According to the flight´s schedule you will be transferred to the airport in order to take your flight to Cusco, where your transport will be waiting and will take you to your hotel. In the afternoon you will enjoy a half-day tour of the city including Tambomachay, an ancient Inca religious site built on a hill around a spring, and the remains of Qenqo, a labyrinth of staircases and channels carved into a rocky hilltop, with a sacrificial altar. Continue on to the formidable Inca fortress of Sacsayhuaman, with its wonderful panoramic view of Cusco. Marvel at the impressive Inca masonry, not least the monumental zig-zag stone walls slotted together like a giant jigsaw puzzle. Finally visit the Cathedral on the Plaza the Armas and the Koricancha complex, a Dominican church and convent built on the foundations of the Inca´s principal religious building, dedicated to the worship of the sun.
► DAY 03: Sacred Valley-Aguas Calientes Details
Today you will enjoy a full day tour of the Sacred Valley. The Sacred Valley of the Incas is a magical place as it names suggests: a winding trail of lush, green slopes lining the Urubamba River. Discover everything from colorful markets to fascinating cultural remains. You will visit Chincheros where the colorful people with typical costumes look awesome. Its settlers live in almost intact Inca constructions, in the same place where their ancestors lived and formed the largest and most prosperous civilization in America. This afternoon we continue to the town of Ollantaytambo, one of the oldest continuously occupied settlements in the Americas. Climb the steep stone steps up to the imposing fortress at the top of the mountain for breathtaking views down the valley, and admire the huge monoliths that form the Temple of the Sun. Finally you will be taken to to the train station. On your arrival in Aguas Calientes your guide will meet you and will give you some details for your tour of the next day.
► DAY 04: Machu Picchu-Aguas Calientes-Cusco Details
After breakfast your guide will meet you at your hotel and will go with you to the Machu Picchu. Our guide will give you a guided tour of approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes, visiting the Inca Terraces, The Agricultural Sector and Urban Sector. Then you will be able to have plenty of time to explore this mysterious city by yourself.
Things to do:
- Walk up to the Sungate (45 minutes to 1 hour)
- Walk to the Inca bridge (40 minutes)
- Walk up to the Huayna Picchu Mountain (2 hours and early booking requiered)
In the afternoon, you will take the bus down to Aguas Calientes in order to catch the train back to Cusco. When you arrive in Ollantaytambo´s or Cusco´s train station we will pick you up and take you to your hotel.
► DAY 05: Cusco-OutDetails
According to the flight´s schedule your private transportation will pick you up from your hotel and will take you to the airport.
-Walk up to Huayna Picchu Mountain for exhilarating views.
-Explore the amazing Capital of Peru at your own pace.
-Visit one of the oldest settlements in the World, Ollantaytambo.
-A full-day hike in the marvelous Machu Picchu Compound.
All tours and excursions specified with licensed bilingual guide & transportation.
Transfers to/from Airport and others where detailed.
Accommodation on selected hotel (category) with Breakfast.
Entrance fees to visited sites.
24/ assistance when on tour.
TOUR DOES NOT INCLUDES
International and domestic flights in Peru.
Lunch and Dinner where not specified.
Additional entrance fee, tours & sightseeing besides mentioned.
Personal expenses, extras, tips and drinks.
Other services not specified in the program.
Travel, medical and cancelation insurance.
Trip Style: Cultural – Archeological
- Cusco 3.326m
- Sacred Valley 2.800m
- Aguas Calientes 2.410m
- Machu Picchu 2.430m
Peru does not have one climate. Because Peru is close to the equator, the seasons are hardly affected by changes in the state of the sun. However there can be observed some differences between the months November to April and April to November. Due to the diverse landscape that Peru has, there are several distinct climate zones. The climate depends on the geographical location, altitude and sea currents, so we can divided Peru in three climatic zones:
- Coast: Through the influence of the warm gulf stream El Niño off the coast of Peru are the summer months between December and April. The short summer is associated with small showers. The temperature is pleasant and between 25°C and 35°C. From April to November dominates the cold Humboldt Current along the coast and the temperature is between 15°C and 25°C.
- Highlands: In the Andes a mountain climate prevails. The climate is fairly constant during the year. The temperature differences are mainly to do with day and night and the height at which you are located. In general; the higher, the colder! The climate in the Andes has also a dry and a wet season. The dry season runs from May to October and the air is often brightly. The temperature range between 15°C and 25°C, depending on the height. At night the temperature drops quickly to 0-5°C. The rainy season runs from November to April. It can rain for days during this period. The temperature differences between day and night are less extreme. In the afternoon it is around 20°C, and in the night about 5°C.
- Rainforest: East of the Andes you will find the rainforest which covers most of Peru. In the rainforest is a subtropical climate. It is here all year round humid and the temperature will be around 25°C. The rainy season runs from November to April. The rains are generally short and after the rain usually appears the sun. In the dry season from April to November, there is much less rain in the rainforest.
Access to Cusco – via air transport
From Lima: 1h20 min
From Arequipa: 0h45 min
From Puno Juliaca: 0h45 min
Access to Cusco – via land transport
From Lima: 21h30
From Arequipa: 10h00
From Puno: 08h00
Cusco is a city in southeastern Peru near the Urubamba Valley of the Andes mountain range. In 1983 the historical capital of the Inca Empire was declared World Heritage Site. Today the city is a jumping-off point for the Inca Trail and famous Inca city Machu Picchu. Cusco got his name in a special way; Legends tells that in the 12th century, the sun god Inti looked down on earth and decided that the people needed organizing, so he created the first Inca, Manco Cápac, and his sister-wife, Mama Ocllo. They came to life on Isla del Sol (Sun Island), way over in Lake Titicaca, with a long walk ahead of them. Inti gave Manco Cápac a golden rod and told him to settle in the spot where he could plunge it into the ground until it disappeared: this would be the navel of the earth, Qosq´o in the Quecha language, Cusco.
The Sacred Valley of the Incas or the Urubamba Valley is a valley in the Andes of Peru, close to the Inca capital of Cusco and the ancient city of Machu Picchu. The valley was formed by the Urubamba River. The star attractions are the lofty Inca citadels Pisac and Ollantaytambo. Pisac is known for its craft market, by far the biggest in the region.You can visit the market daily but the official market days are Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. Ollantaytambo is an Inca archeological site and dominated by two massive Inca ruins.
Machu Picchu is a 15th century Inca site located 2.430 meters above sealevel. It is also called ¨Lost city of the Incas¨ and declared by the UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. Machu Picchu was built in the classical Inca style, with polished dry-stone walls. In 2007 Machu Picchu was voted one of the ¨New Seven Wonders of the World¨.
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