Machupicchu - Chan-Chan - Lord of Sipan

13 D / 12 N

Day 01: International arrival in Lima

Assistance on your arrival in Lima and transfer to your selected hotel. Free time to rest and prepare for starting your trip around this unusual city and magical country.
Meals Included: None

Day 02: Lima  City Tours                                                                                                                  

guided sightseeing tour to the most attractive and important sites in Lima, the " City of Kings ". The tour includes Lima's Historical Centre, passing by Plaza San Martin, The Main Plaza, the Government Palace, the City Hall, the Cathedral and its Religious Art Museum, the Church of Santo Domingo, with the tombs of Santa Rosa and San Martin de Porras, and Lima's Colonial Balconies.  We will visit the Convent and Church of San Francisco, the greatest monumental complex of Colonial Art in America and Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The tour includes a visit to the Basilica of 21 altars, Convent of Cloisters, Capitulary and Clementine Rooms, Chorus and Library of the Monks, a Museum showing 11 paintings of the Rubens School, the Sacristy with paintings of Zurbaran and Ribera, its great patio decorated with Seville tiles of XVIth Century, Moorish arches and underground Catacombs. We will also visit El Olivar Park with olive trees brought from Spain in the XVth Century, the Central Park of Miraflores and Larcomar, a symbol of modern Lima and a tourist and entertainment centre as well as a privileged site to enjoy an amazing view of the Pacific Ocean.  
Meals Includes: Breakfast

Day 03: Cusco: Sightseeing tour and Nearby Ruins                                                                             

Breakfast. Morning at leisure. Lunch on your own.
In the afternoon, we will have a guided sightseeing tour of Cusco visiting the Main Square, the Cathedral and the Temple of the Sun or Korikancha Then, we drive out of the City to visit the Inca sites of Kenko, Tambomachay, Puca Pucara and the impressive Fortress of Sacsayhuaman, strategically built on a hill overlooking Cusco and famous for its enormous carved stones, some of them standing over 9m / 30ft high and weighing over 350 tons

at 20.00 p.m  evening  get ready to enjoy a dinner with a folklore show in a typical restaurant where the musicians play their melodies with Andean instruments of beautiful sounds, while typically dressed dancers will show you different ancient Peruvian dances.  

 Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner Show

Day 04: Cusco: Sacred Valley of the Incas                                                                                        

Early morning excursion to the Urubamba Valley, the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
Visit to the picturesque indian Pisac Market held on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, the shopping paradise of the Andes where barter is still practiced. Enjoy the unique atmosphere during a typical lunch. In the afternoon, passing through the Towns of Calca and Urubamba, we visit the Inca Fortress and Citadel of Ollantaytambo, built to guard the entrance to this part of the Valley, and protect it from possible invasion from the tribes in the Lower jungle. You can walk through the quaint streets of the nearby Town, and get a good idea of what this strategic Mlitary, Religious, and Agricultural Centre was like during the era of the Inca Empire. Late.     
                                          

 Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch

Day 05: Ollantaytambo / Abra de Malaga / Santa Teresa                                                                           

We will departure at 07.00 a.m. by private car to Santa Teresa going through Abra de Malaga, which lies at nearly 14500 about sea level  and at the foot of the massive glacier of Veronica ( 17500 feet ) We will have some opportunities to take some pictures along the way as well.

We wll arrive in Santa Teresa hotel just 3* there after that we will walk for 30’  to the hot springs of of  Cocalmayo It was build on the slope of the mountain and on the edges of Urubamba River. The thermal water complex has three pools of different sizes and depths, its medicinal water supply varies between 40 º C and 44 º C. It differs mainly from the other hot springs of Peru for its clear waters. These waters have medicinal properties to treat skin ulcers, bone pain and rheumatism. In the thermal baths also the traveler can be placed under cold jets from the Uripata gaps, it provide a comforting feeling. At the bottom of the pools there is soft sand and around there are rocks, vegetation, mountains and the sound of the river. Santa Teresa hot springs are fully equipped with restrooms, showers, locker rooms, soccer fields, camping space, coffee, kiosk and a gazebo. It also has a whirlpool system. 

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 06: Santa Teresa / Aguas Calientes ( Machupicchu Town )

At 08.00 a.m. after breakfast we will walk to Aguas Calientes Town  Today will be an even more tropical climate still as we draw nearer and nearer to the ancient city. We will walk for 3 hours by the truck road to Hydro-Electric Power Plant, where there is a sacred ceremonial site, IntiHuatana waiting for us, from here we will get Aguas Calientes trekking by the rail way , where we will immediately transfer to our hotel for the night. That night we will share a dinner with our guide as he briefs us on the next day’s plans before going to sleep.                                                                                                  

Meals Included: Breakfast Photo Gallery

Day 07: Aguas Calientes / Huaynapícchu / Machu Picchu / Sun Gate / Aguas Calientes / Cuzco  
The day starts with an early morning rise to  Bus Station for a 20’ journey to the famous Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu, also known as " The Lost City of the Incas ". bus drive, climbing 6km of winding road, to the incredible site of Huayna Picchu also known as Wayna Picchu ( Quechua " Young Peak " ) The number of daily visitors allowed to enter Huayna Picchu is restricted to 200 is a mountain in Peru around which the  Urubamba River bends. It rises over  Machupicchu, the so - called lost city of the Incas, and divides it into sections. The Incas built a trail up the side of the Huayna Picchu and built temples and terraces on its top. The peak of Huayna Picchu is about 2,720 metres ( 8,920 ft ) above sea level, or about 360 metres ( 1,180 ft ) higher than Machu Picchu. According to local guides, the top of the mountain was the residence for the high priest and the local virgins

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Machupicchu Every morning before sunrise, the high priest with a small group would walk to Machu Picchu to signal the coming of the new day. The Temple of the Moon , one of the three major temples in the Machu Picchu area, is nestled on the side of the mountain and is situated at an elevation lower than Machu Picchu. Adjacent to the Temple of the Moon is the Great Cavern, another sacred temple with fine masonry. The other major local temples in Machu Picchu are the Temple of the Condor, Temple of Three Windows, Principal Temple, " Unfinished Temple ", and the Temple of the Sun, also called the Torreon.

Then  we'll participate in a guided tour of the Citadel, visiting the Main Plaza, the Circular Tower, The Sacred Sun Dial the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows and various burial grounds. 

The Sun Gates of Machu Picchu boast a picture-perfect vantage point overlooking Peru's most famous ruins. Tourists flock to this outcrop high in the Andes Mountains to enjoy the same view featured on virtually every postcard depicting the Machu Picchu citadel. Also known as Intipunku, the Sun Gates consist of two stones perched at a narrow passage in the crevice of the mountain just above Machu Picchu. The sun shines brilliantly through this portal each day when it rises -- hence the name.

Day 08: Cuzco / Lima / Trujillo

After breakfast transfer to the bus tation for our 9 hrs trip to the City of Trujillo is a city in northwestern Peru, is the capital of La Libertad Region. It is located on the banks of the Moche River, near its mouth at the Pacific Ocean, in the Valley of Moche of great Cultural hegemony with Moche and Chimu cultures at its respective time. It is the central core of the Second most populous Metropolitana rea of Peru  and most populated city of the  North Macroregin of the country.  Upon arrivel transfer to the selected hostal                                                                                                 

Meals: Breakfast

 Day 09: Temple of the Sun, Moon, Chan Chan & Huanchaco 
After breakfast. Excursion 15 minutes South of Trujillo to visit the enormous adobe constructions built by the Mochica Culture in the 5th century, called Temple of the Sun, considered the largest adobe pyramid in Peru and the Temple of the Moon, housing an extensive burial ground and some fine polychrome murals in which their deity is often printed. Is believed that both were complementary, one administrative and the other religious. Proceed to Huanchaco Beach, well frequented by beach-goers and surfers, you will have the opportunity to appreciate the local fishermen surfing the waves in their traditional "Caballitos de Totora", little reed boats used for fishing since pre Inca times, visit the largest mud archaeological complex of the pre-Hispanic America, Chan Chan, ancient Capital of the Chimu Empire ( 13th Century ), visiting the Temple del Arco Iris, the site museum and the Tshudi Palace.                                                               

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

Day 10: Trujillo / El Brujo Complex / Chiclayo ( 03 Hrs )
After breakfast, drive 30 minutes by private Car North from Trujillo to the archaeological complex of El Brujo ( the Shaman ) containing three large buildings constructed in different eras: Huaca Prieta, the oldest construction on the Peruvian Coast; Huaca El Brujo, a pyramid from the Mochica Culture and Huaca Cao Viejo, with an old Christian church. Actually, scientific works are being done on its magnificent and recently discovered remains. We go on to Chiclayo Overnight Hotel.
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

Day 11 : Tucume Archeological complex of Huaca Rajada & Musuem Royal Tombs of the Lord of Sipan

After breakfast, drive 40 minutes from Chiclayo to visit the archaeological complex of Tucume or Valley of the Pyramids, an important archaeological complex of the Lambayeque Culture (BC 1,000 / 1,350 AD), consisting of pyramids from which the extensive pre-Columbian urban site can be surveyed. excursion to the impressive Necropolis of Huaca Rajada, a Mochica funeral centre where a great number of tombs have been discovered and where the tombs of the Old Lord of Sipan (3rd Century) and the Lord of Sipan (5th Century), famous for its objects in gold and semi-precious stones, were unearthed in the decade of the 1980's by Peruvian archaeologists led by Dr. Walter Alva. visit to the Royal Tombs of Sipan Museum, where we can appreciate a Lord of Sipan Tomb replica, additionally we will see several ceramic pieces. Nowadays, this museum is one of the best and modern in South America
Meals: Breakfast
& Lunch

Day 12. Chiclayo / Lima

a.m. visit the city of Chiclayo is the capital city of the Lambayeque Region  in northern Peru It is located 13 kilometers inland from the Pacific coast and 770 kilometers from the nation's capital, Lima As of 2011, Chiclayo is the Fourth most populous  city in  Peru with a population of 629,990 (comprising 6 contiguous urban districts: Chiclayo, José Leonardo Ortiz, La Victoria, Pomalca, Reque and Pimentel ) and The third largest metropolitan area of Perú. Founded by Spanish explorers as "Santa María de los Valles de Chiclayo" in the 16th century, it was declared a city on 15 April 1835 by president  Felipe Santiago Salaverry. He named Chiclayo " The Heroic City " to recognize the courage of its citizens in the fight for independence, a title it still holds. Other nicknames for Chiclayo include "The Capital of Friendship" and the "Pearl of the North". Currently, Chiclayo is one of the most important urban areas of Peru It is now the country's fourth-largest city, after  Lima, Arequipa and Trujillo. The city has a population of 738,000,[while the metropolitan area has a population of 972,713 (2009 - World-Gazetteer.com). The city was founded near an important Pre historic Archeological site, the Northen Wari Ruins which constitute the remains of a city from the 7th-12th century  Wari Empire. p.m. Transfer to Chiclayo Airport fly back to Lima  

 Meals: Breakfast

Day 13. Lima / Home

On time required transfer to Lima Airport for your fly back home

 Meals: Breakfast

 

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