This 5-day tour highlights Peru’s culture and history while you visit the must-see attractions of Peru. This Peru Cultural tour takes you visit the capital: Lima, the atmospheric city of Cusco and from there by a panoramic train to the ancient Inca city of Machu Picchu. Guided tours in which you learn about the Inca Empire and vacillation are alternated by leisure time, allowing you to explore the fascinating cities for yourself.
Welcome to Peru!
When you arrive at the airport, our driver is already waiting for you to bring you to your hotel. After an exhausted flight you probably need some time to relax in the hotel.
The rest of the day you can explore the beautiful city of Cusco by yourself.
With its amazing nature, breathtaking views, ancient ruins and various adventure activities, the Sacred Valley has a lot to offer.
The valley was chosen by the Incas because of its geographical and climatic conditions. It was the best place in Peru to plant all different kinds of vegetables and plants. However, the Sacred Valley was not part of the Inca Empire but more like a personal property of the Emperor. Here you have the chance to visit the beautiful « Pisac Market ». You will find a wide variety of locally produced handicrafts.
Later we will visit the small town is « Ollantaytambo ». Enjoy a great coffee or delicious meal in one of the local cafes and restaurants. Furthermore you will find there one of the finest stonework of Peru.
For many, the highlight of their journey through Peru: Machu Picchu.
Surrounded by dramatic landscape between the Peruvian Andes and the Amazon Basil, Machu Picchu is maybe the greatest wonder of ancient architecture in the world. It symbolizes the Inca culture with all its historical, cultural and natural values. The nearly 200 structures may have been a royal estate or a religious site.
Machu Picchu is divided into a lower and upper part to separate farming from residential areas. It consists of subsidiary centers, an extensive road and trail system, irrigation canals and agricultural terraces. Be aware of the 3000 steps you have to climb during the day. It will be an active but unforgettable day.
After visiting Machu Picchu we will drive back to Cusco.
Today you will explore the impressive city of Cusco. The history of the Inca Empire started here. The Imperial city of the Incas was a complex urban center with different religious and administrative functions. Many years later the Spanish conquerors destroyed the ancient culture and sent its treasures to Spain.
In Cusco´s historic center we will see Spanish buildings, native ruins, temples and finely finished buildings of the Incas. Main attractions are: the « Temple of the Sun », the main square « Plaza de Armas », the market « San Pedro » and the « Papa Museo ».
Let your mind drift and feel the energy of the past in this magical city.
Then, we will continue to the nearby ruins: Kenko, where you will see its underground galleries and its semicircular amphitheater. Tambomachay complex of walls connected by stairways, having water springs which fed a well via channels in which apparently the Inca bathed, for it is believed that he also worshipped water. Puca Pucara; the red fortress that is located on a hill, possibly to defend Tambomachay and Sacsayhuaman Fortress, an imposing example of Inca military architecture, this fortress was built using large slabs of granite to safeguard the city from Antis attacks or invading forces from the east.
At a coordinate time, you will have to catch the shuttle transfer to airport for your flight to Lima.
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Gulliver Expeditions is a tour operator that offers unique Ecuador and Peru tours. Specialized in adventure travel such as climbing, mountain biking and horseback riding. We offer both pre-planned packages as well as tailor-made tours that can include the Amazon rainforest, once-in-a-lifetime Galapagos cruises and expeditions to the ancient city of Machu Picchu.