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Day 1: Arrive in Lima (-/-/-)
Welcome to Lima, the "City of Kings". Upon arrival to the airport, you will be transferred to your hotel. Your local guide (or Tour Leader) will meet you for a welcome briefing & some tips during your stay in Lima.

In the afternoon, you’ll discover the downtown Lima, including the city's historical center. Founded in 1535 by the Spanish conquistador, Francisco Pizarro, it was from Lima that all Spanish territories in South America were governed. Few cities at that time could rival Lima’s power, wealth and opulence. However, its glory days ended in 1746 when the city was virtually destroyed by an earthquake. Many of the colonial buildings were rebuilt and you will get a first-hand look at several of them on the tour. The striking Plaza Mayor (Plaza de Armas), flanked by some of the most important buildings in town such as the cathedral, the huge Government Palace and the Archbishop’s Palace, constitutes the heart of the city.

Included Activities
• Group arrival airport transfer in Lima, in private service.
• Half day orientation walk the center of Lima, in private service.
Day 2: Lima to Cusco (B/-/-)
After breakfast, you’ll be transferred to the airport to take the flight towards the imperial city of Cusco (Flight is included).

Arrive in Cusco, historic heartland and former capital of the Incan Empire. You’ll be met and transferred to your hotel.

Cusco is a favorite destination of many visitors to Peru. As you wander the streets and side alleys of the city you will witness the perfect tapering Inca stonework that provided the foundations for many of Cusco’s colonial and modern buildings. The city itself is the continent's oldest continuously inhabited city and was the home of the Inca Empire for two centuries before the Spanish built their first capital here. Today Cusco is a fascinating combination of both cultures. Take the time to acclimatize to the city's 3450-metre high (11,150 ft) altitude.

In the afternoon, you will have a guided walking tour of the most characteristic places in the center of Cusco. On the way you will see the Stone of Twelve Angles at the Inca Roca Palace, on Hatun Rumilloc Street. You’ll visit the Qoricancha temple, considered the most sacred Inca building. According to archaeologists it housed over 1000 priests and attendants. It was built over an Inca palace dedicated to the worship of the Sun. Then, you’ll visit the heart of the city, “the Plaza de Armas”, surrounded by colonial arcades and four churches. Here, you’ll find the beautiful “Cathedral” of Cusco, built in the XVI. Finally, explore the San Pedro Market where you will find vegetables, meats, local cheeses (which you should certainly try), local chocolates, herbal medicines and many local handicrafts. It’s a great place to purchase some souvenirs. The market is also a place where many locals go to eat ‘mystery soups’. Some may be just chicken; however, the most popular amongst the locals are usually the more unusual ones like frog soups or soups that contains nose to tail of various animals.

Included Activities
• Group departure airport in Lima, in private service.
• Domestic flight from Lima to Cusco.
• Group arrival airport transfer in Cusco, in private service
• Half day walking tour around the center of Cusco including the Qoricancha temple, in private service.
Day 3: Inca Ruins In Cusco (B/-/-)
Today, you’ll visit the 4 nearby Inca ruins located just outside the center of Cusco. Start the tour exploring the huge “Inca Ceremonial Center of Sacsayhuaman”, which overlooks the city of Cusco. Its constructions are amazing, with huge rocks perfectly fitted. It is said that it took over 10,000 workers 50 years to build it. The origin of the temple of Sacsayhuaman is still today unknown. The archaeologist attributed its construction to the Period of the Inca Pachacutec. Later, you continue visiting another important Inca site known as “Qenqo”. This is a place with subterranean passages and carved stone channels in a zigzag pattern. In its inner part there is a carved stone table where it is said the Incas mummified their dead. Afterwards you will do a short visit to the archaeological Inca sites of “Tambomachay” a temple dedicated to the God of Water and “PucaPucará”. After these visits, you will return to Cusco.

The afternoon will be free to continue discovering the city on your own. We recommend visiting the traditional and picturesque neighborhood of San Blas. To arrive to this place, you must take a short but increasingly steep walk from the Plaza de Armas. Here, you can find art studios, artisan workshops, many of the best bars and restaurants. It's a great area to wander around.

Included Activities
• Half day visit to the 4 nearby Inca ruins, in private service.
Day 4: Cusco, Sacred Valley of the Incas and Ollantaytambo (B/L/-)
Today, travel by private car through the Sacred Valley, on the outskirts of Cusco. Known as Wilcamayo to the Incas, the lush, fertile valley has long been the main source of food for the high Andes. Maize crops can be seen surrounding the river and covering the terraces carved high into the valley walls.

You will head to a community in the Valley to learn about local lifestyle and activities and if our visit coincides with market day you can spend time browsing the stalls in search of hand-painted beads or warm ponchos and maybe practicing some of the local language, Quechua. Typical lunch will be included in this community.

Then, take a tour and tasting at one of the Sacred Valley’s first craft breweries. Whet your whistle with a pint of the fruity local IPA, the citrus tinged American pale ale, the caramel malts of the Ayrampo Roja red ale or the hearty chocolate notes of the imperial porter.

Finally, you will continue the tour visiting the town of Ollantaytambo which has been built over an ancient Inca town. This is a magnificent example of Inca urban planning and one of the few places where the Incas defeated the Spanish. Tonight, you’ll spend the night in this beautiful town.

Included Activities
• Visit to the Sacred Valley of the including a local community and a local brewery, in private service.
Day 5: Ollantaytambo / Aguas Calientes (B/-/-)
After breakfast, visit the ruins of Ollantaytambo, an important Inca construction built during the Inca's heydays. This is an extraordinary Inca place where besides the ruins you may also see an amazing rock formation representing the Inca god Wiracocha.

Then, you’ll head to the local train station to board the tourist train towards Aguas Calientes, a modern little town close to the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu. The train ride to Machu Picchu is one of the most beautiful journeys that visitors can experience in our country. After passing the Sacred Valley of the Incas the train starts to descend gradually along the edge of the Urubamba River, till finally reach the cloud forest. After approximately 1 hour 45 minutes you will have arrived in Aguas Calientes town, where you’ll be met and taken to your hotel.

The remaining of the afternoon will be free. We recommend discovering this beautiful town, visit the open-air market, filled with displays of local Andean curios and clothing.

Note: INCA RAIL carriages / vans do not have luggage racks on board. Each travel ticket entitles its bearer to board the train / vans with only one piece of hand luggage (backpack, handbag, or briefcase) weighing no more than 08 kg/17 lb and with dimensions of no more 46 linear inches / 118 linear cm (height + length + width).

Included Activities
• Half day visit of Ollantaytambo Inca fortress, in private service.
• Tourist train tickets from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes on INCA RAIL The 360° train (https://incarail.com/the-360-machu-picchu-train)
Day 6: Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu and Cusco (B/-/-)
In the morning (6:00am), you’ll head towards the Machu Picchu ruins starting with a short bus ride up the steep, zigzagging road to the impressive Lost City of the Incas.

This is one of those genuinely magical places, and your first glimpse of these ruins in the mist is something to remember. The site is perched high in the Andes, surrounded by verdant cloud forest, with the river Urubamba running through the gorge far below. Hidden away on a ridge, Machu Picchu is invisible from below, so it's no surprise it remained a secret for so many years (until 1911).

Your ticket grants access to the site for 4 hours. Explore the upper terrace with your guide first, making sure to get that great portrait! You will then take a guided tour of the ruins, learning more about these 200 or so houses and temples. It's fascinating to be able to gaze down on the city from above and imagine how it would have looked during the height of the Inca empire. Catch the bus back into town and enjoy some spare time to have lunch and a look around.

In the afternoon, take the tourist train back to Ollantaytambo and make the rest of the journey to Cusco by private vehicle (2 hours).

Note: According to Machu Picchu visiting regulations, all visitors must follow a pre-determined route within the site. This route must be followed in one direction only and once the guided visit commences, exiting and re-entering the site is not permitted. Once the guided visit concludes, visitors must exit the site and personal exploration of Machu Picchu is not permitted.

Included Activities
• Shuttle bus tickets from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (round trip).
• Visit of Machu Picchu ruins, in private service.
• Tourist train tickets from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo on INCA RAIL The 360° train (https://incarail.com/the-360-machu-picchu-train)
• Transfer from Ollantaytambo train station to Cusco, in private service.
Day 7: Cusco Tour (B/-/-)
Day at leisure!! Today you should use your ticket called "Boleto Turistico" that was included on your city tour program. This boleto Turistico (Tourist Ticket) gives you entry to different places in Cusco. Some of these places are visited during your city tour. However, on your free time in Cusco you will be able to use this Boleto Turistico to visit the rest of the museums, churches and sites. On the backside of the ticket you will find information about opening and closing times and some telephone numbers, etc. You will also find a map of the central parts of Cusco, and a little map that gives you a hint on where some places outside Cusco are located (Machu Picchu, Chinchero, Pisaq, Urubamba, Ollantaytambo etc).

Included Activities
• Full Tourist Ticket pass (with access to 16 archaeological museums/sites – Transport and guide are NOT included).
Day 8: Cusco and Puno (B/-/-)
Travel by local bus across the spectacular Altiplano to Puno, located on the shores of Lake Titicaca (approximately 7 hours). Mingle with the locals in this melting pot of Aymara and Quechuan cultures and see how traditional Andean customs are still strongly represented here. If you're lucky your visit might coincide with one of the colorful evening parades, which see the streets fill with costumed dancers and musicians.

Included Activities
• Departure transfer in Cusco, in private service.
• Regular local bus tickets from Cusco to Puno.
• Arrival transfer in Puno, in private service.
Day 9: Puno, Titicaca Lake and Homestay (B/L/D)
Take a tour of the lake by slow motorboat, stopping off to visit the Uros floating islands. Using the versatile totora reeds found in the shallows of the lake, the Uros originally built their islands to isolate themselves from rival tribes. To get a closer look at daily life in the Lake Titicaca region, you'll be welcomed into the home of a local community and stay the night. Make the most of your visit by helping your host family with their daily activities, communicating with them in Quechua, or perhaps trying your luck with them at soccer.

Note: Your homestay tonight is a mud brick house. Rooms have beds and many blankets, and there are shared drop-toilets but no showers.

Included Activities
• Excursion to the Titicaca Lake including the visit of Uros islands, in private service.
• Homestay in a community on the Titicaca Lake.
Day 10: Homestay, Titicaca Lake, Puno and Lima (B/-/-)
After breakfast, you will have to say goodbye to your local family and go to the harbor to board the boat back to Puno city. Pick up your luggage at the hotel and then transfer to Juliaca airport to take the flight back to Lima.

Once in Lima, you’ll be transferred to your hotel located in the tourist neighborhood of Miraflores. Rest of the afternoon will be free. We recommend spending the evening walking around the beachside district of Barranco where streets are lined with traditional casonas (colonial-style houses). – Why not take the opportunity to visit local bars and try various pisco cocktails along the way?

Included Activities
• Return to Puno by boat, in private service.
• Departure airport transfer in Puno, in private service.
• Domestic flight from Juliaca to Lima.
• Arrival airport transfer in Lima, in private service.
Day 11: Departure Day (B/-/-)
Your tour comes to an end today and there are no activities planned. As there was little time spent in Lima at the start of the trip, you may like to stay on for a few extra days to make the most of your visit here. We’ll be happy to assist in booking accommodation (subject to availability) and extra activities. If you decide to stay on, visit some of the museums and tourist places you didn’t cover during your tour at the beginning of the trip.

At the appropriate time, you’ll be transferred to the airport to the international flight back to home.

Included Activities
• Departure airport transfer in Lima, in private service.