This trip is perfect for those who want to see the most they can of Peru but only have a short time to spend.
1st Day: We fly from the Lima airport to Cusco, the oldest continuously inhabited city on the continent. It was the capital of the Incas and its colonial buildings are built upon the walls of ancient Inca structures. After lunch, we tour Cusco—the Cathedral, Inca streets, and the Santo Domingo Convent. The Convent was built in the 17th century on the walls of the Inca Temple of the Sun. Outside of Cusco, we visit the fortress of Sacsayhuamán, the amphitheater of Qenqo, the ruins of Puka Pukara, and the Inca Baths of Tambo Machay.
2nd Day: Full day tour of the Sacred Valley, where we follow the Urubamba River through beautiful countryside to visit Pisac's colorful market. We climb the steps to the fortress of Ollantaytambo, and visit many other Indian towns and historic ruins. In the town of Urubamba, we stay at a delightful hotel, built around a garden courtyard. (See Urubamba Rafting Option.)
3rd Day: A morning train ride through spectacular Andean scenery takes us to the most important archaeological site in the Americas—the “Lost City” of Machu Picchu. We tour the ancient city and have plenty of time to wander on our own. In the late afternoon we ride the train back to Cusco. (See Inca Trail Option.)
4th Day: We fly to Lima and transfer to our hotel, located in the upscale community of Miraflores. In the afternoon we tour the capital city and former center of the Spanish territories in South America, visiting its government buildings, massive cathedrals, and fabulous Gold Museum.
5th Day: Today we depart Lima, to continue our journey (see Amazon Jungle , Chan Chan or Galapagos Islands options) or or to return home, bringing with us the memories, souvenirs and photographs of this fabulous vacation.
What's included: Air travel within Peru, transfers, transportation, accommodations, guided tours, six meals.
Optional: Overnight and extra day at Machu Picchu (Aguas Calientes), or additional night in Lima (including transfers):
Best Time: May thru September
Minimum Number of Persons: Two
*Note: Prices subject to change without notice.