9 de November de 2015

Marvelous Peru

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MARVELOUS PERU 9D/8N

Day 1: BRASIL/LIMA: Arrival to Lima

  • Arrival to Lima international airport. Reception and transfer to your hotel.
  • Day off
  • Overnight at the hotel.

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Day 2: LIMA: City tour and nearby ruins + Lunch included

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Pick up from the hotel and Lima City Tour.
  • Lunch at local restaurant.
  • Overnight at the hotel.

COLONIAL LIMA:The Peruvian Viceroyalty was the most important one in the Spanish Empire and Lima was its capital. The highlights of its historical centre are its architecture and the urban design of the city, found in the old streets filled with colonial houses adorned with Moorish-style balconies. Our trip includes the Paseo de la Republica (Promenade of the Republic), Plaza San Martin (San Martin Square) and the Plaza Mayor (Main Square), with their different buildings: Palacio de Gobierno (Government Palace), Palacio Arzobispal the (Archbishop’s Palace), the Basilica Catedral (Cathedral Basilica) and the Palacio Municipal (Municipal Palace). We will enter the monumental Convento de San Francisco (Convent of Saint Francis), which displays the biggest collection of religious art in America. We can admire the Choir Room and the Monks’ Library, the Sacristy, with its collection of Zurbaran and Rivera paintings. The Big Patio of the Main Cloister, decorated with sevillan styles from the XVI century, its beautiful Moorish arches and its subterranean crypts known as The Catacombs, where you will feel the presence of Lima's colonial past.

CONTEMPORARY LIMA : Visit to the most traditional residential areas in the capital: The Olive Grove of San Isidro, Miraflores and Larco Mar, distinctive tourist centre of contemporary Lima, and visit of a magnificent exhibition of jewelry and handicrafts from the different regions of millenary Peru. Live and enjoy the feeling of cosmopolitan Lima.

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DAY 3: LIMA/CUSCO: Arrival to Cusco

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Arrival to Cusco airport
  • Reception and transfer to your hotel.
  • Day off
  • Overnight at the hotel.

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DAY 4 : CUSCO: City tour & nearby ruins

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Later, visit to Cusco downtown and the nearby ruins: La Plaza Mayor, The Cathedral and El Qorikancha (Sun Temple), Sacsayhuaman, Q´enqo, Puca-Pucara and Tambomachay.
  • Buffet Lunch in a local Restaurant in Cusco
  • Overnight at the hotel Cusco

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THE CATHEDRAL: (1566 – 1669) – Built on an important temple Inca, dedicated to the God Wiracocha. Its altars are splendid; its pulpit of carved wood is magnificent, as are the choir stalls. It also holds a good collection of paintings from the Cusco School. Its gold and silverwork are some of the richest treasures known in Colonial art, including an immense monstrance of gold and precious stones and a solid silver shrine for the Corpus Christy procession.

KORICANCHA: It was one of the most worshiped and respected temples of the city. "The gold precinct", as it was known, was a sacred place where people venerated the maximum Incan god: the INTI. For that reason, people could only get there fasting, barefooted and with some load on their backs as a sign of humility, in compliance with the indications of the main priest "Wilaq Umuo". According to the history, when the Spaniards broke into the temple, they did not respect any of the aforementioned rules.

You can still appreciate the walls and rooms showing the high level of the Inca techniques. They said that it was a garden with gold sculptures of trees, animals and flowers and this explains its Quechua name. Thick gold plates covered the walls of the Sun Temple, which also sheltered an enormous massive gold shield. Nothing of these treasures has been recovered. They said that all these relics were sent to the king of Spain.

 TAMBOMACHAY: Located 7 K.M. from Cusco at a height of 3,700 m, is known as Inca Bath. It is considered as a place of cult to the water and displays the high degree Inca of masters in hydraulic engineering.

 PUKAPUKARA: “Red tower” in Quechua, located 6 K.M. from Cusco because of its strategic location it was a military and administrative center from where the Inca Trail was controlled.

 Q'ENGO : “Labyrinth” or “zigzag” in Quechua, located 3 K.M. from Cusco. It is a ceremonial center and worshipping place to the Mother Earth (“Pachamama”). It was built by enormous stone blocks of up to 5, 90m. in a puma shape. There is a tunnel labyrinth under the ground.

 SACSAYHUAMÁN: “The place where the puma rests” in Quechua. It is fortress located 2 K.M. from Cusco. It is a monumental complex which, together with Cusco, is considered to be one of the seven new wonders of the world. The cyclopean work was planned and constructed by Andean men. It is formed by 3 overlapping platforms of an average 360 m. in length. There are big number of stairs and stone doors (up to 9m. high and up to 5m. length). It is the perfect example of an Inca construction, the enormous stone blocks without any cement or mortar in between which weigh 125 to ns. The construction started with the Inca Pachacutec Inca. It took over 70 years and the work of approx. 20,000 people. The main place is the scene, where every June 24, the Incas celebrate the “Inti Raymi” (“Fiesta del Sol” in Spanish).

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DAY 5 : CUSCO/MACHUPICCHU/CUSCO: Full day to Machu Picchu in Vistadome train to Aguas Calientes

  • Breakfast in the hotel
  • Early transfer to train station. Vistadome train to Aguas Calientes.
  • Arrival to Aguas calientes town
  • Short walk to the Bus stop. Transfer by bus to Machu Picchu entrance
  • Guided visita round this  unique place.
  • Transfer back by bus to Aguas Calientes.
  • Menu Lunch in a local Restaurant in Aguas calientes.
  • In the afternoon, short walk to the train station and return to Cusco by Expedition train.  Transfer to your hotel in Cusco.
  • Overnight at the hotel Cusco

MACHU PICCHU SANCTUARY: Located in the high tropical forest (2800 meters), 112 K.M. from Cusco, the Fortress of Machu Picchu is one of the world’s archeological jewels and a principal travel destination in Peru and South America. Machu Picchu was discovered in 1911 by the American archaeologist Hiram Bingham. Machu Picchu is, indeed, one of the most imposing and impressive monumental sets of the planet, which was recognized by UNESCO as a Human Cultural Heritage.

Constructed on the summit of the Machu Picchu Mountain (in Quechua Machu Picchu means Old Mountain), dominating and controlling the Valley of the Urubamba, the Fortress had functions as administrative, religious and military center, expressing the perfection of the Inca architecture.

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DAY 6: CUSCO/PUNO: Transfer to Puno in private service

  • Breakfast in the hotel
  • Ttransfer in private bus to Puno with excursion on the way
  • Lunch included
  • Reception in the hotel.
  • Dinner included in the Hotel Puno
  • Overnight at the hotel Puno

EXCURSION TO PUNO: During the trip we will make 4 stops for guided tours of the temple Andahuayllias, Raqchi and La Raya. In the community of Sicuani the bus makes a stop on the exclusive restaurant to enjoy a delicious Buffet Lunch

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DAY 7 : PUNO: Visit to Uros floating islands and Ruins of Sillustani

  • Breakfast in the hotel
  • In the morning visit to the Uros Islands
  • Lunch included
  • Afternoon visit to the ruins of Sillustani
  • Dinner included in the Hotel Puno
  • Overnight at the hotel Puno

UROS ISLANDS : The Uros, an ancient lake civilization who were harassed by the Spanish to near extinction, probably fled to these islands to escape forced labor in Spanish silver mines, though they may have come here earlier to isolate themselves from the Collas or Inca.

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DAY 8 : PUNO/LIMA: Transfer to Juliaca Airport / LIMA (flight):

  • Breakfast in the hotel
  • Transfer to the airport for your flight back to Lima.
  • Day off
  • Overnight at the hotel.

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DAY 9: LIMA/…: Transfer to Lima Airport

  • Breakfast in the hotel
  • Transfer to the airport for your flight back to Lima
  • Arrival to Lima Airport and immediate connection flight back home.
  • END OF OUR SERVICES

 

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OUR SERVICES:

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Our services include:

  • 8 nights at the chosen hotels with breakfasts included.
  • All transfers mentioned in private services.
  • All the excursions in private services
  • Entrance fees for all the excursions mentioned above.
  • Train tickets CLASS VISTADOME for the Aguas Calientes route
  • Bus up/down tickets Aguas calientes - Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes.
  • 1 Menu Lunch in Aguas calientes
  • International and domestic flights reconfirmation.
  • Permanent assistance by our local guide.

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Our services don’t include:

  • Beverages
  • Following route local flight - Lima / Cusco and Cusco / Lima)
  • Flights.
  • Tips.
  • Other personal expenses.