LUXURY ROUTE OF THE INCAS
Luxury Route of the Incas
8 Days/7 Nights
Flights arrive in the evening to Lima, We will not be there to meet you. Please just walk across to the Airport Hotel and check-in. The hotel is connected to the Airport building by a footbridge on the 2nd floor of the Airport. 4 stars Ramada Airport Hotel Lima,Superior Room. Hotel Ramada Costa del Sol Lima Airport provides comfortably furnished rooms and suites that include 26 inch LCD TV with cable, free Wi-Fi, and marble bathrooms. Suites feature a 32 inch LCD TV, separate living room and Jacuzzi. Guests can keep fit at the gym or relax at the spa. Hotel Ramada Costa also provides a business center. There is a restaurant and bar where breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as a variety of drinks are served. Hotel Ramada Costa del Sol Lima provides ideal accommodation for guests in transit to different domestic destinations.
We will not be there to meet you. Please just walk across to the Airport and check-in. The hotel is connected to the Airport building by a footbridge on the 2nd floor of the Airport. Flights depart at 10:00 and arrive to Cusco at 11:20. Please check-in at 08:00. We will be waiting for you outside of Cusco Airport Arrival Hall with a sign with our and your names on it. An approx. 15 minute Private Transfer to your Hotel Luxury 5stars JW Marriott El Convento Cusco. Inca Wall Rooms. Pick up in your Hotel Foyer at approx. 13:45. Returns at approx. 18:00. LUXURY PRIVATE CUSCO CITY TOUR TAMBOMACHAY– This was an Inca sanctuary dedicated to the cult of water, a place reserved for Inca Royalty. PUKAPUKARA – This is an Inca archaeological site located again on the peak of a hill and is thought to be a military position and an administrative centre. QENQO – A sanctuary dedicated to the adoration of animals, and consists of ruins formed by a rocky site with stairs in a zigzag, and a main building similar to a circular amphitheatre where 19 window sills are located as a way of seats. SAQSAYHUAMAN – Its construction took over seven decades and required the work of 20,000 men approximately, both for the foundations and hewn stone works, the transportation of materials, carving and stones setting. CUSCO CATHEDRAL – One of the finest Colonial Cathedrals in the Americas. QORICANCHA – Originally named Inti Qancha (' Temple of the Sun') was the most important temple in the Inca Empire, dedicated primarily to Inti, the Sun God.
A famed hill town, Pisac is a great place to purchase top quality Andean knitwear at lower prices than visitors will find in major cities during their travels in Peru. PISAC The site are separated along the ridge into four groups: Pisac, Intihuatana, Q'allaqasa, and Kinchiracay. The Intihuatana group includes the Temple of the Sun, baths, altars, water fountains, a ceremonial platform, and an Intihuatana, a volcanic outcrop carved into a "hitching post for the Sun" (or Inti). With military, religious, and agricultural structures, the site served at least a triple purpose. Researchers believe that Pisac defended the southern entrance to the Sacred Valley, while Choquequirao defended the western entrance, and the fortress at Ollantaytambo the northern. Inca Pisac controlled a route which connected the Inca Empire with the border of the rain forest. OLLANTAYTAMBO After lunch, we proceed onto Ollantaytambo an attractive little town located at the western end of the Sacred Valley. The town has been built on top of original Inca foundations and is the best surviving example of Inca town planning.
The ‘Holy Grail’ for lovers of Inca monuments, the enigmatic lost city of Machu Picchu is the most famous archaeological site in all of South America and possibly the world. The spectacular collection of temples, terraced hills and plazas was the mountain-top citadel of the Inca under Pachacutec and Tupac Yupanqui, until the coming of the Europeans with Pizarro. It may have the most familiar name, but Machu Picchu has refused to reveal many of its mysteries, including the secrets of its construction, function, and demise. The overgrown ruins were discovered by US historian Hiram Bingham in 1911, and the quality of the stonework hints that it was an extremely important ceremonial site. The remains are thought to date from around 1450, built at the height of the Inca Empire, and as they escaped being plundered by the Spanish they include semi-intact icons and shrines that were defaced or removed at other sites. Entering the site, a set of steps leads to the ruined Temple of the Sun and a series of altars and niches. Highlights include the remains of ceremonial baths, the Sacred Plaza with its tremendous view across the Urubamba River valley, a rare shrine to the sun, and a labyrinth of passageways and cells.
VISTADOME TRAIN TO MACHUPICCHU
Today you will enjoy further Private Guided Tours of Machu Picchu. You may start at Dawn or as you wish. All tours are included and you are only limited by your time and energy. Inti Punku the Sun Gate marks the entrance to Machu Picchu. It is a one hour uphill hike to the southeast of the Sanctuary, climbing more than 300 meters. The hike is on the original Inca trail and is paved with Inca stones. There is a spectacular view from the gate (pictured).
MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO
The Andean Explorer is exquisitely decorated in the fine manner of the great Pullman trains of the 1920’s and boasts a full fleet of refurbished coaches including dining cars and an open-air observation bar car, which is unique in South America. On the journey passengers are served a three course lunch in the dining car followed by coffee served in the observation-bar car. The Andean Explorer runs between Lake Titicaca and Cuzco. This service, full of romance and style, unites two of Peru’s top tourist destinations.
LUXURY ANDEAN EXPLORER TRAIN TO LAKE TITICACA
Lake Titicaca, at 3,820m above sea level, is the highest navigable lake in the world. At this altitude, the pure air creates wonderful light, and the views of the snow-capped Cordillera Real rising over the lake are superb. This immense body of water is home to the Uros people, who live on reed islands they have woven, and to the people of Taquile Island, who create some of the finest crafts in the Andes.
Sillustani is a pre-Incan burial ground on the shores of Lake Umayo near Puno in Peru. The tombs, which are built above ground in tower-like structures called Chullpas, are the vestiges of the Colla people, Aymara who were conquered by the Inca in the 15th century. The structures housed the remains of complete family groups, although they were probably limited to nobility.