RUINS OF MACCHU PICCHU

Trail to the ruins of Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu Ruins

Peru is home to a vast number of ancient Incan ruins and temples, the most significant being Machu Picchu. There are many theories as to the origins behind Machu Picchu but three of the most popular ideas include a temple to the sun, a fortress against the jungle inhabitants or a sanctuary for the Incas. This fabulous city has houses, temples, warehouses, a large central square, all connected by narrow roads and steps, and is surrounded by terraces cut into the mountain side which were used for agriculture. After the tour, free time to enjoy this magical and spiritual wonder.


RUINS OF MACHU PICCHU OVERVIEW

Day-1: Lima

Day-2: Lima - Cuzco (B)

Day-3. Sightseeing (B)

Day-4: Sacred Valley - Ollyantaytambo (BL)

Day-5: Cuzco - Machu Picchu (B)

Day-6. Machu Picchu - Cuzco (B)

Day-7.Cuzco - Lima (B)

INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU ITINERARY

Day-1. Arrival in Lima, Peru


Day-2. Lima - Cuzco (Breakfast)

After breakfast, a guided visit of colonial and modern Lima , including the cathedral, dating from 1654, the main square, which still houses the original bronze fountain built in 1650, and the San Francisco Convent and its catacombs. Known as the city of the kings, Lima was founded in 1535 by Pizarro and rebuilt in 1991, the same year that UNESCO declared it a world heritage site. One of the very few South American cities that preserve the colonial past, Lima was home to the Spanish viceroy during the time of the Spanish colonialists. The tour also includes a visit to the residential areas of San Isidro and Miraflores, stopping at Larco Mar to enjoy a view of the beautiful Pacific Ocean. In the afternoon transfer to the airport for your flight to Cuzco . Reception and transfer to your hotel.


Day-3. Sightseeing (Breakfast)

Afternoon guided visit of the four ruins nearby; the Sacsayhuaman Fortress overlooking the of Cuzco, a pre Inca architectural masterpiece; Kenko, a rock sanctuary whose main attraction is the monolithic altar representing a puma, the red Fortress of Puca-Pucara and Tambomachay, a beautiful fountain fed by a spring forming a series of basins continue to the city of Cuzco; the Main Square, the Cathedral and the Koricancha or Temple of the Sun. Return to your hotel.


Day-4. Sacred Valley Tour Ollantaytambo (Breakfast & buffet lunch)

Full-day excursion to the beautiful Urubamba, the Sacred Valley of the Inca situated between Pisac and Ollantaytambo. It is an exceptionally fertile valley that was and still remains the larder of Cuzco . Visit the village of Pisac, founded during colonial times, and set at the foot of a hill crowned by the remains of an ancient Inca city. On Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, Indians barter their products in the main square and artisans from around the area sell their woven alpaca wool blankets and ponchos, engraved gourds, antique reproductions, jewellery, etc. On Sundays it is also the meeting place for Mayors from all the villages in the region, dressed in their traditional costumes to attend morning mass. After a buffet lunch, a visit to Ollantaytambo, the only Inca town which was not defeated by the Spanish with an opportunity to explore the ruins which tower above. Late afternoon return to Cuzco whilst visiting en-route the traditional market of Chinchero. Return to your hotel.


Day-5. Cuzco - Machu Picchu (Breakfast)

Early transfer to the railway station for the 06.00 departure to Aguas Calientes in Vistadome class train and then a bus ride up to the spectacular Machu Picchu ruins (25 minutes). Guided visit of Machu Picchu. Built by the Inca Pachacutec, comprising stone blocks fitted with masterful precision that harmoniously blends into the mountain landscape. There are many theories as to the origins behind Machu Picchu but three of the most popular ideas include a temple to the sun, a fortress against the jungle inhabitants or a sanctuary for the Incas. This fabulous city has houses, temples, warehouses, a large central square, all connected by narrow roads and steps, and is surrounded by terraces cut into the mountain side which were used for agriculture. After the tour, free time to enjoy this magical and spiritual wonder . Reception to your hotel in Aguas Calientes.


Day-6. Machu Picchu - Cuzco (Breakfast)

Option to do a return visit to Machu Picchu (+$40.00) and for a trek (approx 1 hour) up to the sungate (Intipunku), which is a part of the Inca Trail, for a magical view of the sanctuary. Return to Cuzco with the afternoon train. Arrival and transfer to your hotel.


Day-7. Cuzco - Lima

(Breakfast) Transfer to the airport for your return flight to Lima and onward for your flight home.


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Day-1. Arrival in Lima

Day-2. Lima (B)

Day-3. Cuzco and surrounds

Day-4. Sacred Valley - Ollantaytambo (BL)

Day-5. Cuzco - Machu Picchu (B)

Day-6. Machu Picchu - Cuzco (B)

Day-7. Cuzco - Lima (B)

Day-8: Huaraz (B)

Day-9: Llanganuco (B)

Day-10: Chavin (B)

Day-11: Trujillo - Chan Chan (B)

Day-12: Trujillo (B)

Day-13: Lord of Sipan and Brunning Museum (B)

Day-14: Lima (B)

Day-15: Lima (B)

 

Day-1. Lima.

Day-2. Lima - Nazca (B)

Day-3: Nazca - Paracas - Ballestas Islands - (B)

Day-4: Paracas - Lima (B)

Day-5: Lima - Cuzco (B)

Day-6: Sacred Valley - Ollantaytambo (BL)

Day-7: Cuzco to Machu Picchu (B)

Day-8: Aguas Calientes - Cuzco (B)

Day-9: Cuzco - Tambopata Jungle (BLD)

Day-10: Tambopata Jungle

Day-11: Tambopata Research Centre

Day-12: Tambopata Research Centre

Day-13: Lima

Day-14: Lima (B)  

Your Questions Answered

In Peru, you can find three completely distinctive geographical zones so when it comes to weather and climate, each of the three areas are different, namely the coast (la costa), the andes (la sierra) and the jungle (la selva). Overall, however, best time to visit Peru is during the dry season, between May and October, which sees sunny days, bright blue skies in the Andes, and chilly nights. It is also the best time for the Inca Trail. It is of course peak season, so early booking is essential.
Yes very much so. There are lots of family-friendly activities to enjoy, from visiting llama farms to sandboarding and kayaking, not to mention the sights and activities in the Amazon.
Definitely. Sometimes we book part of a family on the Inca Trail why the rest follow by train and bus. The most common method of getting to Macchu Picchu from Cusco is to take a train. Most people depart from the train station in Ollantaytambo, in Peru's Sacred Valley, a couple hours northwest of Cusco. You can also take the train from the town of Poroy, located about 25 minutes outside of Cusco.
Yes. Cuzco is at around 11 feet or 3000masl so it is highly recommended to spend the first day taking it easy. It is quite hilly so if you do walk about do it slowly. Drink plenty of water and rely on the local remedy of drinking coca tea
No. Tap water throughout Peru is not treated to the same standards as you are probably used to which can result in upset stomach and traveler’s diarrhea. Bottled water is essential.
During summer (December to February) which is also the wet season, they range from 10C/50F to 27C/80F In Winter (June to August) they range from -8C/45F to 12C/54F
All of the Amazon lodges are constructed of traditional materials designed to minimize the impact on the local environment and maintain the ambiance of the rainforest. They vary from your more comfortable to your rustic lodges. All of the lodges offer running water, showers and flush toilets. Some of the more remote lodges such Tambopata have shared bathrooms and do not have electricity. Others include private baths, hot water, electricity, and fans in the room.
During the wet season, the rivers are very high and usually flood the low areas. Water levels can increase by up to 7metres. For this reason it is easier to enter deep zones in the jungle by boat or canoe. At the beginning of the rainy season (from November to January) you can also expect more mosquitoes. During the drier periods when water levels are low it is possible to take long walks. Due to the unpredictability of the seasons and climate, the programs and activities could be adapted to the conditions imposed by nature. Either way - the Amazon still offers a great variety regardless of when you visit.
Iquitos is in the North and Puerto Maldonado is in the South. Iquitos is a perfect addition to a Lima trip, while Puerto Maldonado is convenient if you will be exploring the area around Cusco. Within the vicinity of Iquitos are several protected natural areas with lodges where you can experience the jungle. The most well-known of these, by far, is the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve located upriver of the city. There are others such as the The Allpahuayo-Mishana National Reserve. Pink river dolphins can be spotted here, unlike further upriver. Of the jungle regions, Puerto Maldonado has some of the most pristine and unspoiled primary rainforest in the world. Tambopata National Reserve is the closest and includes attractions like Lake Sandoval, a majestic oxbow lake known for its giant river otters, and Collpa Colorado, the largest known parrot clay lick in the world. For a detailed blog click here