Lights of Inca Empire
Luxury Holidays to Peru 2017 / 2018
This luxury holidays to Peru is tailor made for real adventures. Lights of Inca Empire is a 24 night tour comprised for a wonderful 15 night cruise on the MS Maasdam that will sail you to Panama, Ecuador, Mexico and of course Peru. The fun is not over once you disembarked, as you'll begin your exploration of Peru on land, visiting the "Sun Temple", Lima and Cusco.
Peru Holidays are ones to remember!
Today you will visit the built-up area of the city of Lima, a World Heritage Site listed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). You will start the day with a scenic tour by the historic downtown, reaching the Main Square, where you will stop to appreciate its attractions. You will then walk to the Cathedral of Lima, located on the Main Square, Peru’s most important church built between 1542 and 1622. Then you will go to the Aliaga House, an ancient vice regal resident granted by Francisco Pizarro to one of his captains in 1535 (Jerónimo de Aliaga), after the foundation of the city. This is the only house of that time that belongs to the same family to date. You will then visit the Larco Museum, located in the traditional Pueblo Libre district. Founded by Rafael Larco Hoyle in 1926 inside a viceregal mansion built on a pre-Columbian pyramid of the 7th century, the museum houses the most complete pre-Hispanic collection of gold and silver artifacts, as well as pieces of erotic art. Finally, you will be driven to the Love Park in the Miraflores district, where you can watch the cliffs with a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean. The tour may end at the Larcomar Shopping Mall, at the “Peru pa’ti” Food Market or at the hotel.
You will be transferred from the hotel to Lima airport. Fly Lima to Cusco, upon arrival you will be transferred to hotel in Sacred Valley
You tour will start at the Pisac market, which has scores of stands that exhibit and sell products manufactured by local residents. You will enjoy lunch at the selected restaurant and then you will continue the trip to Ollantaytambo, which is a typical example of the urban planning of the Incas, whose residents still live in accordance with their old traditions. Pachacútec (1438-1471) conquered the town, destroyed it and built a new one, absorbing it as part of his empire. The Ollantaytambo fortress is a huge archaeological complex which, although it bears the name of “fortress”, it was actually a tambo, a leisure city used to accommodate the delegations that traveled long distances.
Your trip to Machu Picchu will start with a trip by train from the Ollantaytambo train station to the town of Aguas Calientes, which takes approximately 1 and a half hours. In Aguas Calientes you will find the train station, a handicraft market, restaurants and various categories of accommodation for those who prefer to spend the night at the foot of the mountain and climb to the top in the early morning. After a short trip, you will arrive in Machu Picchu, a masterpiece of engineering and architecture which is believed to have served as a sanctuary and leisure residence for Inca Pachacútec (1410 - 1471). Machu Picchu means “Old Mountain” and UNESCO has listed it as a World Heritage Site and it is one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. At the end of the tour, you will return to Aguas Calientes by bus. You will have lunch at “Café Inkaterra” in Machu Picchu Pueblo. You can enjoy a free afternoon. You will overnight at the hotel of your choice in Aguas Calientes
Today you can return to Machu Picchu to optionally visit any attraction that the citadel has to offer. You can visit the Intipunku (“Gateway of the Sun”), which was a sort of guardhouse and the Sun rises through that door every day. You can also climb the Huayna Picchu (subject to availability of space), which means “Young Mountain”. It takes around an hour to reach the top and its main attraction is the “Temple of the Moon", an underground building complex probably conceived for the use of the élite. Finally, you may visit the Inca Bridge, an incredible stone construction which served to enter and exit the citadel. In the afternoon, you will be transferred to the Aguas Calientes train station where you will board your return train for the Ollantaytambo train station, from where you will be transferred to your hotel in Cusco.
You will start the tour in the afternoon by visiting the Qoricancha, also known as the “Sun Temple", built under the orders of Inca Pachacútec (1410 - 1471), which became the foundation for the construction of the Monastery of Santo Domingo. This was the place of worship of the Sun ("Inti") during the time of the Incas and it used to be filled with pieces of gold. You will then visit the Cathedral, the most impressive monument on the Main Square, built between 1560 and 1654. This is followed by the visit to the Sacsayhuamán Fortress, one of the emblematic constructions of the Incas, built by Inca Pachacútec in the 15th century. This is a huge fortress erected with large stones, and the manner in which they were transferred and cut remains a mystery. The Inti Raymi Festival, which worships the Sun, is re-enacted on June 24 of each year during the winter solstice. You will head for Q’enqo, an archaeological complex located 4 kilometers away from the city of Cusco, mainly used for religious purposes where it is believed the Incas practiced agricultural rituals. Finally, you will go to Puca Pucara (red fortress, in Quechua), an architectural complex located 7 kilometers away from the city, supposedly used for military purposes; it has many rooms, squares, bathrooms, aqueducts, walls and towers. It is believed it was used by the Inca’s retinue while he rested at Tambomachay. You will return to the hotel at the end of this visit.
After having breakfast at the hotel, a transportation service will transfer you to the airport, fly Cuzco to Lima, where you will receive assistance with your return flight to the UK