Peru Express: "A quick overview of Cusco and Lima"

A 8 day trip to Peru 
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The city of Cusco, called “The Navel of the World” and Machu Picchu “The Lost City of the Incas”, attracts world interest. You will be able to visit its streets, monuments and Inca ruins. At the end of the journey, you will end your program with a visit to Lima "The City of the Kings", increasing your knowledge of both the modern and the tradition sides of Peru. You will be dazzled to discover how the past is still living in the modern times.

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Places Visited 

LIMA - CUSCO - MACHU PICCHU - CUSCO - LIMA

Departure Dates 

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Detailed Itinerary 

PERU EXPRESS
8 days / 7 nights

Day 01: Lima

Arrival and transfer from the airport to the hotel. Overnight in Lima.

Day 02-03: Lima – Cusco

Transfer to Lima Airport to take the flight to Cusco. Arrival to Cusco, reception and transfer to the hotel
In the afternoon, visit Cusco’s Historical Inca and Spanish Colonial Monuments, such as the Main Square, known in Inca times as Huacaypata or the Warrior’s Square, it was the scene for many key events in Cusco’s history. The Cathedral, originally built on the site of the old temple of Suntur Wasi (House of God), now the church of El Triunfo, a particular interest are the choir cloisters, the pulpit, the engravings on the altar and furniture.
You will continue onto the Church and Convent of Santo Domingo, a Spanish construction belonging to the Dominican Order built upon the foundations of the Inca temple of Koricancha or Temple of the Sun. Koricancha (in quechua, site of gold) was the main religious building of the Incas dedicated to the worship of the Sun and whose walls, according to the chroniclers, were plated with sheets of gold. Magnificent blocks of finely carved stone were used in its construction.
After, you will visit the surrounding ruins of the city of Cusco: Sacsayhuamán, this huge Inca fortress is built on three overlapping platforms, each of them over 360 m long. Then, onto Tambomachay, known as the Inca baths. It was apparently a site dedicated to the worship of water and a resting place for the Inca monarch.
Kenko, it is said to have been a worship site. There is a huge 5,9 m high stone block that looks like a puma. There are also passages, canals and stairways with stone engravings representing animals. Finally, Puca Pucará, which was an administrative and military centre formed by terraces, stairways, passages, turrets and vaulted niches. (B)

Day 04-05: Cusco – Machu Picchu – Cusco

Early in the morning, departure to the Lost City of the Incas: Machu Picchu, by train in Tourist Class (Backpacker), Pls note Optional (First Class train). Spectacular train journey crossing valleys, mountains and typical communities
The altitude will descend from 3,500 to 1,500 m.a.s.l. Crossing two different regions from the sierra to the rainforests. Snow peaks, eucalyptus, deep canyons and orchids are also part of the sceneries.
This stone citadel, located 112 km from Cusco, was discovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911. The citadel was built on a very special spot covered in vegetation between two mountains: the Machu Picchu (old mountain) and Huayna Picchu (young mountain), at the foot of which meanders the Urubamba or Vilcanota River (lower Jungle featuring abundant flora and fauna). On arrival Tour of the Sanctuary
In the afternoon, train Tourist Class back to Cusco. (Optional: Train First Class).
Transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Cusco. (B).

Day 06-07: Cusco – Lima

Transfer to the airport to take the flight back to Lima. Transfer to the hotel.
In the afternoon, city tour of Colonial Lima visiting the Cathedral, located in the Main Square which was rebuilt on the same site from 1555, under the direction of Jesuit priest Juan Rehr after the 1746 earthquake. Both its façade and interior are austere with its remarkable wooden choir stalls, altars and the tomb of Francisco Pizarro, who died in 1541, are to be noted. Visit the Church of San Francisco, with its convent, museum of colonial art, cloisters and catacombs. Afterwards, panoramic view of the Main Square with the Government Palace, the Municipal Hall, the “Desamparados” Train Station, and finally drive through the old streets with their vice traditional mansions and Moorish style balconies. Continue through the most traditional, residential and commercial areas of contemporary Lima, passing by sites of pre-Columbian Civilisations dating back to the beginning of the Christian era. Finally, you will enjoy a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean.
Note: In Regular Service, the city tour is panoramic, except the Convent of San Francisco (Art Museum, Cloisters and Catacombs).
Overnight in Lima (B)

Day 08: Lima

Transfer out (B)

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