Inca Treasures, Peru

7 nights in Peru
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Solos Board

What you can expect

Lima

A UNESCO World Heritage Site status with attractions such as the Casa Aliaga, the Cathedral, and the Main Square.

Sacred Valley

Discover the Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo

Cusco

Visit the former Inca capital

Machu Picchu

The lost city of the Incas

About the trip

With fascinating archaeological sites that promise to inspire all history lovers and mesmerising landscapes, Peru is a dream destination for all kinds of travellers. Let this beautiful country amaze your eyes during this eight-day tour while getting in touch with its natural beauty, interesting history, and inspiring culture. Spend eight unforgettable days discovering the most emblematic locations of Peru such as the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and Cusco, the ancient capital city of the Incas.

What's Included

  • Return flights & Transfers
  • Internal Flights
  • Airport taxes & Charges
  • Twin room for sole use
  • Solos Board; Breakfast daily, 2 lunches
  • Welcome drink & Information meeting
  • Included excursions: Casa Aliaga, Cathedral and Larco Museum in Lima; Coricancha Temple, Cathedral, Sacsayhuamán, Qenqo, Puka Pukara and Tambomachay in Cusco; Living Museum of Yucay, Chinchero and Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu.
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader
  • Fully financially protected

Itinerary

  • Depart UK - Arrive Lima
  • Lima
  • Lima - Cusco - Sacred Valley
  • Sacred Valley - Chinchero - Ollantaytambo - Sacred Valley
  • Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes
  • Aguas Calientes - Cusco
  • Cusco
  • Depart Cusco

What’s Extra

  • Insurance see here

What you'll be doing

DAY 1

Depart UK - Arrive Lima

We depart the UK for our flight to Lima, Peru. We arrive at Lima Airport where our representative will be waiting to transfer us to our hotel in Lima. The Peruvian capital is a modern metropolis full of history, currently undergoing an exciting process of cultural and economic changes.

DAY 2

Lima

We begin our day with a delicious breakfast at the hotel.

We then get to explore Lima’s old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, packed with fascinating historic buildings. Start with a scenic tour in the colonial downtown. See the Main Square, where you can appreciate the grandiose architecture of the Spanish Empire. Admire Lima’s Cathedral, built during the 16th century and then visit the Casa Aliaga, a colonial mansion granted by chief conquistador Francisco Pizarro to one of his captains, Jeronimo de Aliaga. This is the only house from that time, still belonging to the same family. Continue to the traditional Pueblo Libre district and visit the Larco Museum, located in a beautifully restored viceregal mansion built on a pre-Columbian pyramid from the seventh century. The museum boasts a complete pre-Hispanic collection of gold and silver objects, as well as pieces of erotic art.

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DAY 3

Lima - Cusco - Sacred Valley

After breakfast, we transfer from our hotel to Lima Airport to catch a flight to Cusco. On arrival in Cusco we will transfer to our hotel in the Sacred Valley.

Enjoy the afternoon at leisure, exploring our surroundings.

  • Breakfast Included
DAY 4

Sacred Valley - Chinchero - Ollantaytambo - Sacred Valley

After Breakfast we are picked up from the hotel to visit the town of Chincheroa traditional Cusco urban centre located at an elevated point with a beautiful view of the valley. The inhabitants of this area preserve the artisan traditions and the inherited knowledge of the Incas and display them in their clothes and customs. In Chinchero there are also archaeological remains and a beautiful seventeenth-century church, one of the first Catholic buildings in Peru.

Then, we transfer to Ollantaytambo, to the Living Museum of Yucay, a centre of traditional Andean interpretations, where demonstrations of the elaborate textile work, adobe, pottery and silverware are carried out in the same way in which they used to in antiquity; an original recreation of Inca traditions. Also, residents of the museum include llamas, sheep and alpacas, and they can be fed!

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DAY 5

Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes

After breakfast at the hotel we will be picked up and transferred to the Ollanta Station to board the train to Aguas Calientes, the nearest town to Machu Picchu. Following a scenic journey through dramatic Andean landscapes, arrive at the station in Aguas Calientes. Here we board a coach for a 25-minute ride to Machu Picchu.

The ‘Lost City of the Incas’ is believed to have been built in the 1450’s by Inca emperor Pachacuti as a holiday retreat, yet within a century the city would be abandoned following the Spanish conquest. The Spaniards never found it, so it was spared the destruction they brought on other Inca sites. Instead, it was slowly swallowed up by the jungle and hidden from harm. A guided tour explains the origins behind this awe-inspiring citadel, presenting its most prominent landmarks such as the monumental Main Square, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows, the Circular Towers, the Sacred Sun Dial, and the Burial Grounds.

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DAY 6

Aguas Calientes - Cusco

Breakfast at the hotel is followed by a day at leisure to explore the local surroundings of Aguas Calientes.

Aguas Calientes is a town in the Urubamba River Valley and is known as the gateway to the nearby Inca ruins of Machu Picchu. It is also full of hustle and bustle and town center is full of cafes, restaurants and shops. Central to the town is the local craft market.

After some free time we are then take the journey onwards to Cusco.

  • Breakfast Included
DAY 7

Cusco

We start the day with breakfast at the hotel.

Cusco, is a city in the Peruvian Andes and was once capital of the Inca Empire.  It is now known for its archaeological remains and Spanish colonial architecture.

Our tour starts with a visit to Santo Domingo Convent, a large Renaissance-baroque complex, which was built over the Inca Coricancha temple. It was one of the most important temples dedicated to the worship of the sun and its foundations are still prominent at the base of the convent. Ancient chronicles say the temple was covered in gold leaf and filled with golden representations of nature. Then, we visit the Cathedral, the most imposing monument of the Main Square.

Afterwards, we head to the hills above Cusco to visit the remains of the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, whose imposing ramparts offer a stunning panoramic view of Cusco, and the ruins of the temple and amphitheatre of Qenqo, where it is believed the Incas practised agricultural rituals.

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DAY 8

Depart Cusco

Our departure day allows us some free time in the morning to do some final sightseeing, shopping or both, before our transfer to Cusco Airport to start our journey home via Lima.

  • Breakfast Included

Accommodation

Inca Treasures

We stay in comfortable hotels throughout as detailed below (or similar);

  • 4* Jose Antonio Deluxe – Lima
  • 4* Casa Andina Premium Valle – Sacred Valley
  • 4* El Mapi Inkaterra – Aguas Calientes
  • 4* Hilton Garden Inn – Cusco

Frequently Asked Questions

Average Temperatures

Month(s) Highest temperature Lowest temperature
August 22 °C 18 °C

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