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 JW Marriott Cusco. 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 LIMO Restaurant. Overnight at the JW Marriott Cusco.Day 2 (B/L/D)Enjoy breakfast at the hotel this morning before transferring to the Poroy Train Station, where you will board a memorable train ride on the Hiram Bingham railway to Machu Picchu. The timing of this very special adventure enables you to explore Machu Picchu during a less crowded time, for a more intimate and up-close look at this remarkable historic landmark. Your trip to Machu Picchu today begins with a bus ride from Cuzco followed by a train ride along the Urubamba River. Urubamba River is located in the Sacred Valley approximately 9,350 feet above sea level. The railway is an adventure in itself. You will enjoy brunch upon boarding the train, and relax for three hours. Warm hues, elegant upholstery, two dining cars and a bar make the Hiram Bingham train, named for the explorer who "discovered" Machu Picchu almost a century ago—a pleasant experience indeed. 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. Upon arrival at the station near Machu Picchu, travel with your guide by coach up to the ruins. You’ll arrive just as many of the visitors are leaving for lunch, and you will have plenty of time to explore Machu Picchu in relative peace and quiet. This stone city was constructed by incredibly sophisticated techniques with huge blocks of stone fitted together perfectly—an example of precision that is elusive even with laser technology used in building today. After a guided visit to the ruins, you will enjoy a private afternoon tea buffet at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge, transferring back to Puente Ruinas to board the Hiram Bingham train. On the train ride back to Cuzco, relax over a cocktail; then, dinner will be served in the dining car. You will arrive back in Cuzco in the late evening after a day of dazzling sightseeing and wonderful memories. Overnight at the JW Marriott Cusco.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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Cuzco & Machu Picchu Overland Adventure - Superior
o An outstanding experience. o The town of Cusco is so picturesque. I’d do another excursion here just to explore more of the city and its shops. o There was no time to do any shopping in Cusco – although that is not my primary objective (I do not like to shop) but I had researched that there were a number of good shops here for handicrafts, alpaca and llama items. o We had a stop in Chinchero – supposedly not normally done – this was an excellent experience, a highlight of the excursion. There was an artisan’s center of Peruvian weavers, spinners and knitters. It was wonderful to experience and see how they do all their work. This is a stop that should be incorporated into the Machu Picchu excursion. o The dinner at MAX in Cusco seemed a bit light, but it was good. o The accommodations were excellent, suberb – and the breakfast buffet provided was superb. o We returned back at the hotel at 10:30pm with a bus departure of 6:15am. That was a bit rough getting up for a breakfast buffet at 5:00am. We found out that there is a flight at 10:15am that might be considered in the future.
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Review 2 for Cuzco & Machu Picchu Overland Adventure - Superior Double
A Totally Awesome Adventure
Date:November 25, 2010
Location:Maple Ridge, BC Canada
Cruise Date Month:November
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
This was on our "bucket list" and was the experience of a lifetime. The excursion was seamless and perfect in every way from the time our very special guide met us at the airport until he put us safely back on the plane at the end of our tour. The accommodation and meals at the hotel far exceeded our expectations. The Hiram Bingham train was wonderful and the tour of Machu Picchu cannot be put into words. A memorable moment was when a perfect double rainbow arched over this unique site. The additional city tours and history was a very high caliber. It was indeed the pinnacle experience of our South American cruise.