6 Day Essential Machu Picchu (Miami Special) (Thursday Departure)
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DAY 1, Thursday - Depart for Peru
Depart for Peru. Please note that your flight will depart just after midnight, and therefore, you must check in at the airport the evening prior to your departure date. Spend the day discovering on your own the "Imperial City" of Cuzco, once the capital of the Inca Empire and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This lively city, rich in history, reveals remains of both the Inca and the Spanish presence. Take time to explore some of the city's stunning sights, or shop for some of the finest handicrafts and textiles in all of Peru. In the afternoon, join the optional Highlights of Cuzco excursion that takes you to the impressive Colonial Cathedral with its collection of over 400 paintings, the Temple of the Sun and the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, which took over seven decades to complete. (Breakfast)
Optional: Half Day Highlights of Cuzco (PM)
DAY 2, Friday - Visit Pisac Market en route to Sacred Valley
This morning, depart Cuzco and take a scenic drive to Sacred Valley. En route, stop for a visit to Pisac Village. Explore the town and bargain with vendors on the cobblestone streets of the Pisac handicraft market. Enjoy a cultural blast as the entire town has been converted into a street market. Arrive at your hotel in Urubamba with free time to explore. Choose to participate in the optional tour to Maras and Moray. The excursion begins in Moray, a remarkable agricultural center that demonstrates the ancient Incan's mastery of high-altitude crop growing. You’ll be astounded by the large complex of perfectly circular depressions in the earth that historians believe were used to study climatic conditions. Next, travel to the colonial town of Maras, known for its nearby salt evaporation ponds in use since the time of the Incas. (Breakfast)
Optional: Maras and Moray Tour.
DAY 3, Saturday - Discover Machu Picchu
Early this morning, transfer to the Sacred Valley's Ollanta Station and board the Expedition Train for the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu*, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Also known as "The Lost City of the Incas", Machu Picchu was built circa 1450 and abandoned only 100 years later. The purpose of this splendid city is still a mystery to modern historians. Enjoy exploring the ancient citadel and marvel at the imposing Temple of the Sun, the House of the Priest, the Sacred Plaza and the intricately carved rock likely used as a sundial by the ancient Incas. The images of this significant archaeological site will be a long-lasting memory. Return to the hotel in the early evening. (Breakfast)
*Approximate time spent at the ruins of Machu Picchu is 3 hours.
DAY 4, Sunday - Return to Cuzco, Chinchero Weaving Demonstration, Walking Tour of San Blas
Begin the day with a drive through the rugged mountainous region with its magnificent panoramas, along roads with farms and small villages to Cuzco. En route, stop in Chinchero. Here, attend a demonstration of the ancient Andean tradition of making textiles from naturally dyed handwoven alpaca wool. Remarkably, the source for the vibrant colors are dyes that come from plants, minerals, and insects. Arrive in Cuzco and take an afternoon walking tour of the artisan neighborhood of San Blas. A very lively and charming area with many workshops and artsy stores. Walk through its narrow, steep streets with old houses to a viewpoint, for panoramic views of Cuzco. Tonight, join the optional traditional dinner with a Peruvian Family in their countryside home. Sample delectable home-cooked Peruvian specialties along with a warm and friendly cultural exchange. (Breakfast)
Optional: Dinner with a Local Peruvian Family
DAY 5, Monday - Half Day in Cuzco, Depart Peru
Today is at leisure. Perhaps, participate in the optional Cuzco "Behind the Scenes" tour, offering a glimpse into the other side of life in Cuzco. On this tour, visit a local market and taste fresh-baked chuta bread. Stop at the Cuzco cemetery to learn more about Andean life and death and meet with a local "shaman" (holy man). After the cooking demonstration, enjoy a delicious meal. This afternoon, return to the hotel to pick up your luggage and transfer to the airport for your departure flight. (Breakfast)
Optional: Half Day Cuzco Behind the Scenes (AM)
DAY 6, Tuesday - Return Home
Due to the high elevation, travel in the Peruvian highlands may cause some passengers to experience the temporary effects of altitude sickness. If you have any concerns about traveling to higher than your accustomed elevation, please consult your healthcare provider.
All This Included
4 nights accommodations
Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
Sightseeing per itinerary in modern motor coach
Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
Services of English-speaking local guides
Entrance fees per itinerary
Bargain with vendors on the cobblestone streets of the Pisac handicraft market
Discover the astonishing ancient citadel of Machu Picchu via the PeruRail Expedition Train
In Cuzco, a walking tour to the Bohemian district of the city alive with galleries and studios
Cuzco: Hotel Mabey Cusco
Urubamba: Hotel Mabey Urubamba
The Thursday departure package is based on pre-confirmed flights via Avianca and may only be purchased with these flights. The Friday departure package is based on pre-confirmed flights via LATAM and may only be purchased with these flights. Passport numbers for all passengers must be submitted before documents can be issued.
This moderately active trip covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking every touring day. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. The elevation of 11,000 feet in Cuzco, may be a consideration for those who have heart conditions, or are otherwise affected by altitude. We suggest you check with your healthcare provider before signing up for this tour. Some hotels in Cuzco and Urubamba are built in the traditional local style and have no air-conditioning. During heat waves, these hotels can become uncomfortable, even at higher elevations. This is a Value program.
Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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