Peru, the Kingdom of the Sun, captures a mix of native and European cultures. It is a country of antique cultures, where the traditional way of life is still evident, and of great scenic contrasts. It’s easy to accept that Peru is one of the greatest treasures of the Americas. Of 103 possible ecological zones on earth, 83 are represented in Peru. The Spanish conquistadors came here in search of gold, but they never found the most elusive prize—the Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu.Day 1 (L/D)Leaving the ship in Callao, you will transfer to the airport for your flight to Cusco. Your guide will meet you upon your arrival, and will accompany you during the transfer to your hotel. After check-in, enjoy lunch at the Hotel Libertador. Your afternoon begins with a visit to the Coricancha—also known as the Temple of the Sun—whose construction was ordered by Inca Pachacútec (1438-1471). It was later used as base for the construction of the Santo Domingo Convent by the Spaniards. You will then visit the cathedral—easily the most important building on the main square and one of the most splendid Spanish colonial churches in the Americas. It houses around 400 colonial paintings from the Cusco Art School as well as some impressive works in gold, silver and precious stone. Its construction began in 1560 and ended almost a century later. For this purpose hundreds of stones were extracted and transported from Sacsayhuaman fortress under the command of the Ecclesiastical Council. As you return to your hotel, watch for interesting side streets such as Loreto and Regocijo. Dinner is served at the Tunupa Restaurant, offering you a chance to admire the panoramic view of Cusco’s marvelous main square. Enjoy ancestral music and folk dances, together with a novo-Andine buffet and international cuisine. Overnight at the Hotel Libertador.Day 2 (B/L/D)Enjoy breakfast at the hotel; then, transfer 1½ hours by bus to Ollanta Station. From there it is a 1½-hour Vistadome train ride along the Urubamba River to the Aguas Calientes Station. Urubamba River is located in the Sacred Valley approximately 9,350 feet above sea level. From the train station, it is just a short walk to the bus loading area, and a 25-minute coach ride to Machu Picchu—the Lost City of the Incas—at an elevation of a mere 7,874 feet. The bus ride is on unpaved roads but the end reward is to immerse yourself in the timeless history and intangible magic of this strange and wondrous ancient citadel. Your guided tour is an awe-inspiring, a-once-in-a-lifetime experience and you will climb the switchback road up to the ruins of Machu Picchu. "Discovered" in 1911, Machu Picchu, called the Lost City of the Incas, represents the cultural heritage of mankind. It is a stone city constructed by incredibly sophisticated techniques, even in present-day terms. Stone upon stone are fitted together perfectly without cement, with exquisite detail worthy of the world’s greatest palaces. After a guided visit to the ruins, you will lunch a la carte at a local hotel, transferring back to Aguas Calientes for the train ride back to Ollanta Station. Then transfer 1½ hours by bus back to Cuzco. Dinner will be served at the hotel. Overnight at the Hotel Libertador.Day 3 (B)Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before transferring to the airport with the assistance of your guide, in time for your flight to Lima. Upon arrival in Lima, you’ll set out on a sightseeing tour of the historic center of Lima—also known as the City of the Kings and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Admire the Plaza Mayor before proceeding to San Francisco Church. Built in 1674, this attractive yellow church is considered the best example of the Lima Baroque style. Returning to Plaza Mayor, you will have time to take photos before concluding your excursion at the pier in Callao.
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Much travel in small time window. Crammed with history, culture and adventure. Felt as if we were part of a National Geographic documentary. Hotel accomodations were superlative. Tour was well choreographed, organized and had expert guides. The first view of Machu Picchu is breath taking. The only improvement to be made is less time eating and more time exploring.