Peru: Machu Picchu

Peru: Machu Picchu
Marvel at the ruins of this 15th century estate built for Incan Emperor Pachacuti and glimpse into Inca life of the past. You’ll also have a chance to explore surrounding areas, from the Sacred Valley of the Incas close to Cusco, the Inca capital, and the heights of the ancient mile-long, stone-paved trail called Intipunko that offers a stunning vista of Machu Picchu.
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Day 1 Hola Lima
Meet your tour director and check into hotel
Day 2 Lima landmarks
Lima guided sightseeing tour
Government PalaceCity HallCathedral of LimaMirafloresSan IsidroSan Francisco Convent visit
Details: Lima guided sightseeing tour
Experience the vibrant culture and breathtaking architecture of this capital city overlooking the Pacific Ocean. See the vast neo-colonial Governmental Palace, the towering Cathedral of Lima with its 14 side doors and main “door of forgiveness”, go past the upscale San Isidro district and visit the San Francisco Convent.
Details: Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology visit
Get a thorough grounding in Peru's history and culture in this fascinating museum. Exhibits trace the country from prehistoric times through the present with collections of weapons, carvings, textiles, Inca jewelry, and ancient mummies and funeral objects. Check out the interactive model of Macchu Picchu, which explains the various sectors of the mysterious city.
Day 3 Lima--Cuzco
Fly to Cuzco
Cuzco guided sightseeing tour
Tambo Mach'ay, Qenko, Puca PucaraSacsayhuaman Fortress visit
Details: Cuzco guided sightseeing tour
Colorful Cuzco was an important Inca center, and sites surrounding the town testify to the power of the empire. Begin your tour at Tambo Machay, the ritual baths probably used by nobility. Underground water bubbles up over the intricately carved stone platforms, creating a shower as it tumbles over the edge. The impressive stone at Qenko had a slightly less cleansing purpose -- each year, priests would pour llama blood over the top and watch its progress through the complicated zigzag pattern to determine the luck for the coming planting season. Puca Pucara was likely a hunting lodge or vacation home for the emperor; from its high position, you can gaze out at the glaciers in the south.
Day 4 Cuzco--Machu Picchu
Sacred Valley excursion
Ollantaytambo Fortress visitPisac Indian MarketWildlife Sanctuary visit
Train ride to Machu Picchu
Details: Sacred Valley excursion
Built to resemble an ear of maize, Ollantaytambo is one of the few remaining examples of Inca urban grid architecture. Get an overhead view from the fortress, still impressive all these centuries later. Continue on through the lush Urubamba Valley before reaching Pisac, which hosts a renowned crafts market three days a week.
Details: Ollantaytambo Fortress visit
Travel to this old town surrounded by the stunning snowcapped Andes Mountains to see the best surviving example of Incan town planning. The fortress itself is encased in impressive terrace walls that served the Incas well against the Spanish Conquistadors.
Day 5 Machu Picchu--Cuzco
Sunrise at Machu Picchu
Transfer back to Cuzco
Details: Hike to Intipunku
Climb the steep stairs up to Intipunku, or “The Gate of the Sun”, for a gorgeous aerial view of Machu Picchu below.
Day 6 End tour
Fly to Lima
Details: Fly home
Your flight home is overnight. You will return home on Day 7.
Day 7 Return home

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  • Day 6 Start Make a Difference extension
    Fly to Lima
    Details: Volunteer at a local school
    The Pueblos Jovenes, or “Young Towns,” is a nickname given to the vast amount of impoverished areas surrounding Lima and other cities of Peru. These towns are composed of poorly-constructed shacks which generally lack running water, electricity, and other basic services that we have grown accustomed to in our daily lives. Water delivery and other such necessities cost six to ten times more than in more affluent parts of Lima, making it a luxury that most of the locals can not afford. Work to improve the quality of life in these areas is primarily carried out by volunteer organizations. On tour, your project will involve providing schools with basic classroom equipment, bathrooms, playgrounds, and water facilities that they are otherwise lacking. All necessary materials to fix, build, and repair the schools are included. This experience will leave you with a new appreciation for how one person can make a difference to so many people in need.
    Day 7 Lima
    Details: Volunteer at a local school
    The Pueblos Jovenes, or “Young Towns,” is a nickname given to the vast amount of impoverished areas surrounding Lima and other cities of Peru. These towns are composed of poorly-constructed shacks which generally lack running water, electricity, and other basic services that we have grown accustomed to in our daily lives. Water delivery and other such necessities cost six to ten times more than in more affluent parts of Lima, making it a luxury that most of the locals can not afford. Work to improve the quality of life in these areas is primarily carried out by volunteer organizations. On tour, your project will involve providing schools with basic classroom equipment, bathrooms, playgrounds, and water facilities that they are otherwise lacking. All necessary materials to fix, build, and repair the schools are included. This experience will leave you with a new appreciation for how one person can make a difference to so many people in need.
    Day 8 End tour
    Details: Fly home
    In most cases, your flight home is overnight. You will return home on Day 9.
    Day 9 Return home
    Peru: Machu Picchu | Explorica
    Tour Includes:
    • Round-trip airfare
    • 6 overnight stays (7 with extension) in hotels with private bathrooms
    • Breakfast daily
    • Dinner daily
    • Lunch included on extension only
    • Full-time services of a professional Tour Director
    • Visits to select attractions as per itinerary
    • Tour Diary™
    • Note: On arrival day only dinner is provided; on departure day, only breakfast is provided
    • Note: Tour cost does not include airline-imposed baggage fees, or fees for any required passport or visa. Please visit our Fees FAQ page for a full list of items that may not be included in the cost of your tour.
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