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11 Days / 10 Nights Trip to Peru

Mysteries of the Inca Empire

Experience a lifetime’s worth of adventure in Peru, the land of the fabled Incan empire, on a journey that inspires wonder and fires the imagination. Visit the Sacred Valley, Cusco, explore iconic Machu Picchu itself and come aboard the boat trip on Lake Titicaca.
Colour, culture and Incas - get ready for feisty, fiery and variety-filled adventures in Peru. Get ready to explore the legacy of the Incas in Machu Picchu, and take in the cultural highlights of its intriguing modern cities such as Lima and Cusco. Enjoy a boat trip on Lake Titicaca. Adventurers can further venture into the Amazon rainforest or go on to trek the Incan Trail, which is a must for any hiker.
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  • Duration
    11 Days
  • Starting From
    $1,904
    /person
    Twin sharing
  • Travel Operator
    Cosmos Vacations
  • Flights
    Not Included
    Flight booking assistance will be provided.

Trip highlights

Cusco: Peru’s historical capital
Highlight #1
Cusco: Peru’s historical capital
Take in the highlights of the captivating capital of the Incan empire, and explore the historic Sacsayhuaman fortress - its construction remains a mystery to this date!
Lima: City of Kings
Highlight #2
Lima: City of Kings
This Peruvian gem has world-class food, nightlife, colonial-style architecture, surfing and vibrant markets. There’s something for everyone.
Machu Picchu: the 5th wonder of the world!
Highlight #3
Machu Picchu: the 5th wonder of the world!
Bookended by two immense forested peaks, it is the ultimate symbol of the Incan empire at the peak of power.
Sacred Valley of the Incas
Highlight #4
Sacred Valley of the Incas
Explore famous and beautiful Inca ruins, including the Pisac ruins, the Ollantaytambo temple, and local markets.
Lake Titicaca: The sacred lake of the Incas
Highlight #5
Lake Titicaca: The sacred lake of the Incas
Take a boat trip on this lake which has floating reed islands which preserve its ancient heritage, giving you an opportunity to explore its sacred culture.
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Color, culture and Incas!

From Lima to the Amazon, sites from  Ollantaytmbo to iconic Machu Picchu, Peru is a South American extravaganza like no other. Watch this video for a glimpse of your journey to come.

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LIMA, PERU

Welcome to Lima, Peru. Heralded as the “City of Kings” by Spanish conquistadors, Lima retains vestiges of its opulent past with its colonial buildings and world-class museums.

LIMA

Sightseeing today focuses on Lima’s colonial heritage. Founded in 1535, Lima was once capital of Spain’s South American Empire. Visit the baroque 11th-century SAN FRANCISCO MONASTERY, with Spanish and Moorish architecture throughout. Continue to Plaza Mayor, where you will see the Government Palace that houses the presidential palace and was once the home of Francisco Pizarro, founder of Lima and conqueror of Peru. Nearby, see the cathedral where Pizarro’s remains are buried. The remainder of your day is free to explore. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant this evening.

LIMA–CUSCO–SACRED VALLEY

Fly to Cusco high in the Andes and upon arrival, descend into the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Stop at AWANAKANCHA and learn about the importance of camelids (llama, vicuña, alpaca, and guanaco) for Inca cultures. See them up close and learn how their coats are transformed into precious weaving fibers used in ancient weaving techniques still in use today. Continue to PISAC, a charming village with a famous INDIAN MARKET, where you have plenty of time to browse the many colorful stalls selling handicrafts ranging from alpaca sweaters and blankets to painted vases and sterling silver. Later, arrive at your hotel in the peaceful Sacred Valley.

SACRED VALLEY

Start the day with a visit to the village of OLLANTAYTAMBO and the Inca ruins of the same name. Explore the archaeological site that was the scene of the Inca resistance during the Spanish conquest—the only place ever to resist Spanish attacks. See how the temple area at the top of the terraces was the perfect defensive stronghold, then visit a LOCAL HOME in this Incan town to experience life in a traditional village, which has been remarkably well preserved. Next, visit the SEMINARIO CERAMICS WORKSHOP to learn about Peruvian ancient and modern art. End your day at a local chicheria for a taste of a chicha, a typical Inca drink in Peru.

SACRED VALLEY–MACHU PICCHU

Board the VISTADOME train that cuts a path through the picturesque Urubamba Valley bound for Aguas Calientes, the quaint town closest to the “Lost City of the Incas.” Ascend the mountainside through tropical forest to the sacred refuge of MACHU PICCHU. Listen as your guide recounts the many accomplishments of the Incas as you tour the terraced ruins dating back to the 15th century. Abandonded when the Inca Empire fell to the Spanish, these remarkable ruins remained undiscovered for nearly 400 years. Many mysteries surrounding Machu Picchu remain to this day.

MACHU PICCHU–CUSCO

Enjoy some free time this morning to explore the mountain town of Aguas Calientes; perhaps visit the local market, quaint boutiques, or take a walk along nearby trails. Later this afternoon, return to Cusco, former capital of the Inca Empire.

CUSCO

Embark on a guided sightseeing tour of Cusco that focuses on the city that was once the political, military, and cultural epicenter of the Incas until the Spanish toppled it. In fact, Inca foundations can still be found in Cusco, with the Spanish baroque structures built on top. Visit the SANTO DOMINGO MONASTERY, where these two forms of architecture are melded together with the temple of both cultures atop one another. Also, see the CATHEDRAL in the Plaza de Armas, housing a magnificent collection of artwork, including a depiction of The Last Supper that portrays the apostles dining on cuy (guinea pig). Continue to the hillside overlooking Cusco for a visit to the TEMPLE OF SACSAYHUAMAN. Some of the best examples of Inca masonry can be found at this fortress, where stones weighing up to 350 tons are pieced together to form a complex that could house up to 10,000 men. Learn about the ceremonies and battles that took place here, then see the ruins of Kenko and Puca Pucara before returning to Cusco.

CUSCO–JULIACA–PUNO

Fly to Juliaca, then transfer to Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Legend says the first Inca, Manco Capac, arose from the waters of the lake by the power of the sun god to found the Inca Empire.

PUNO. EXCURSION TO LAKE TITICACA

Experience fascinating LAKE TITICACA today as you embark on a motorboat tour of the highest navigable lake in the world and its manmade islands. On TAQUILE ISLAND, see how the local people integrate their Inca and Spanish past. This is evident by the Spanish peasant dresses made of Andean textiles—the islanders make some of the finest in all of Peru. Continue to the UROS FLOATING ISLANDS, a group of approximately 40 artificially made islands. Learn how the Uros Indians construct their islands, homes, boats, and many other resources completely of tortora reed, a centuries-old practice. Enjoy a farewell dinner hosted by your Tour Director this evening.

PUNO–JULIACA–LIMA

Return to Juliaca, stopping at the pre-Incan burial grounds of SILLUSTANI en route. See the above-ground tombs, chullpas, in which the Aymara Indians buried their high priests. You will be welcomed into one of the locals’ HOMES for an inside look at life here. Later, a short flight returns you to Lima, where you will transfer to your hotel.

LIMA

Your vacation ends after breakfast this morning.

Inclusions

 Meals - 10 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 5 dinners

 Transportation - Private, deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring

Not Included

 Additional 5% GST

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