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    Surprise yourself with the hidden gems of the Sacred Valley on the Incas

    Marvel at the sight of Machu Picchu

    Travel on the Orient-Express Hiram Bingham train

    Enjoy and have fun in the enchanting cityof Cusco

    Delight yourself with the delicious food of the Peruvian gastronomy

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    6 days / 5 nights

    Day 1

    Day 2

    Day 3

    Day 4

    Day 5

    Day 6

    Arrival in Lima and transfer to the hotel in Miraflores. Welcome dinner.

    Morning visit of Lima, finger buffet in Casa Aliaga. Flight to Cusco and transfer to the Sa-cred Valley with stop at the market of Pisac.

    Excursion to Ollantaytambo and lunch at the surprising Hacienda Huayoccari. Transfer to de Salines of Maras and to Moray. At night, entertaining circus show.

    Train trip alongside the impressive Urubamba Valley till Machu Picchu. Visit of the majestic archaeological site and return journey to Cus-co with Hiram Bingham Orient-Express train.

    Morning visit of the elegant city of Cusco and to its nearby Inca ruins. Afternoon at leisure with sunset cocktail and exclusive dinner at MAP Caf restaurant.

    Morning at leisure. Flight to Lima and inter-national flight connection back home.

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    IN BrIEF: AN OVErLOOk AT THE PrOGrAM

    Day 1ArrIVAL IN LIMAEvening arrival at Lima, meet with our assistants and transfer to the hotel. Welcome drink. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

    Day 2LIMA - CUSCO - SACrED VALLEYMorning visit of Lima, finger buffet in Casa Aliaga. Flight to Cusco and transfer to the Sacred Valley with stop at the market of Pisac. Arrival in Urubamba and accommodation. Finger buffet, dinner and overnight at the hotel.

    Day 3SACrED VALLEY: OLLANTAYTAMBO, MArAS, MOrAYMorning visit of the Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo and lunch at Haci-enda Huayoccari, an unexpected gem in the Valley. Afternoon transfer to the salines of Maras and to the enigmatic circular terraces of Mo-ray. Lunch and dinner in restaurant.

    Day 4SACrED VALLEY - MACHU PICCHU - CUSCOTransfer to Ollantaytambo train station and departure to Machu Picchu. Visit of this outstanding archaeological site. Lunch in restaurant and Hiram Bingham luxury Orient-Express train to Cusco with a 4-course dinner. Overnight at the hotel in Cusco.

    Day 5CUSCO: NEArBY rUINS AND CITY TOUrVisit of the Capital of the Inca Empire and of the nearby ruins over-looking Cusco. Free time in the afternoon to wonder around this enchanting city and cocktail at sunset overlooking Plaza de Armas. Lunch in restaurant and dinner in the exclusive MAP Caf.

    Day 6CUSCO - LIMA - DEPArTUrEDepending on the international flight departure time, transfer to the airport to fly to Lima and connection back home.

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    DAY 2LIMA - CUSCO - SACrED VALLEYBreakfast in the hotel. In the morning, visit of the archaeological complex Huaca Pucllana, whose highlight is an adobe pyramid built with small hand-made, sun-dried brick 1500 years ago. Panoramic city tour with El Olivar Park and its ancient olive trees, the residential districts of San Isidro, Mira-flores with the elegant malecon, the boardwalk in Lima, to end with Plaza San Martin and Plaza de Armas with casa Aliaga, the oldest Mansion of Latin America, nowadays owned by the descendent of its founder. Finger buffet in Casa Aliaga and transfer to the airport to catch the flight to Cusco (1.10). Arrival, meet with your guide and continuation by bus to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Stop at the colorfoul market of Pisac and hotel accommodation in Urubamba.

    Finger buffet in Casa Aliaga, dinner and overnight at the hotel.

    DAY 3SACrED VALLEY: OLLANTA, MArAS, MOrAYBreakfast at the hotel. In the morning transfer to Ol-lantaytambo (20 minutes) and visit to its extraordinary fortress, a good example of the military architecture during the Inca times. The massive, highly-finished granite blocks at the top are worth the climb to see. Very interesting is also the old town itself, where time seems to have stopped. For lunch you will be head-ing to a special place off the main road, off a second-ary road, onto a dirt and rock strewn path wending between tall trees and a gurgling stream Hacienda Huayoccari: a mansion dating back to the seventeenth century that today houses a vast collection of folk art, colonial paintings, ceremonial goblets known as keros, pottery, porcelain and Huamanga stone relics. In the afternoon transfer to the amazing salinas on the pla-teau of Maras. These salt mines have been used since the Inca. People channel the salt water that bubbles to the surface from a spring called Qoripujio towards men made wells. From the exposure to the sun, the wa-ter evaporates and the salt remains on the surface to be transported later to the market to be sold. The view of this complex of nearly 3000 wells is spectacular. A short ride will take us to Moray, a site that contains unusual Inca ruins consisting of several enormous terraced circular depressions, the largest of which is about 30 meters deep. The purpose of these de-pressions is uncertain, but they were probably used to study the effects of different climatic conditions on crops. Transfer back to the hotel and time to refresh and relax before dinner that will be followed by a very entertaining circus show with acrobats.

    Lunch at the Hacienda Huayoccari. Dinner in restau-rant with circus show and overnight at the hotel.

    Day 1ArrIVAL IN LIMAArrival in the evening at Lima international airport of Jorge Chavez. Meeting with our assistants and trans-fer to the hotel. Welcome drink.

    Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

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    DAY 4SACrED VALLEY - MACHU PICCHU - CUSCOBrief morning transfer to the station of Ollantaytambo to catch the train to Aguas Calientes. We travel along-side the impressive valley of the Urubamba river with its deep gorges and tropical vegetation (1.45). Arrival and short ride by bus (20 minutes) to the majestic ruins of Machu Picchu, known as the Lost City of the Incas since it remained hidden from the West until discovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911. It was built in the fifteenth century, and is attributed to the Inca Pachacutec. The archeological complex is divided into two zones that are contained within approximately twenty hectares. On the sides of the mountain, you can see up to four meters high agricultural terraces. Several plazas and buildings, the most important being the Temple of the Sun, the Intihuatana or solar clock and calendar, the Temple of the Three Windows, the Main Temple and the Condor Sector, make up the urban sector. There is also an impressive monolith of carved stone, three meters high and seven meters wide at the base, named the Sacred Stone. Machu Picchu is not only a price-less archeological site; it is also associated with rich animal and plant life. In 1983, UNESCO placed it on the World Cultural and Natural Heritage Lists. Lunch at the restaurant of Sanctuary Lodge. In the late afternoon return by bus to Aguas Calientes to board the Luxury Hiram Bingham Orient-Express Train to Cusco (3.30 hours). A 4-course dinner will be served on board. Ar-rival at the train station of Poroy and transfer to Cusco (15 minutes). Accommodation at the hotel in Cusco.

    Lunch in a restaurant, dinner on Hiram Bingham train and overnight at the hotel in Cusco.

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    DAY 5CUSCO: NEArBY rUINS AND CITY TOUrBreakfast at the hotel. In the morning we will begin the visit with the nearby fortress of Sacsayhuaman, a huge building on three levels from which you will have a spectacular view over the city of Cusco. Con-tinuation to the ceremonial centers of Quenco, Tambo Machay and Puca Pucara. returning to Cusco, visit the city on foot: the ancient capital of the Inca Empire has been declared World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO in 1983 and is without a doubt one of the most important destinations in Peru. There are Inca buildings among its cobble-stoned streets, like the koricancha and the palace of Inca roca as well as Andean baroque structures from the Colonial Period like the Cathedral and the Church of the Company of Christ. In the pic-turesque neighborhood of San Blas the best artisans have set up their workshops. Free afternoon dedicated to walking around this enchanting city and cocktail at sunset overlooking Plaza de Armas. At night, dinner in the courtyard of the museum of Pre-Columbian Art, the MAP Caf. Upon entering the central courtyard of the museum, any stereotypes about dreary museum cafs are forgotten, as the restaurant appears before your eyes as a beautifully-constructed glass cube, slightly elevated from the rock and cobblestone courtyard. In the evening, the interior of the cube is lit by an abun-dance of candles further adding to both the elegance and welcoming nature of the site. The warm candle lighting, the intimate number of tables, and live Andean harp music set the stage for a unique evening of fine dining. A fantastic way to say goodbye to Cusco.

    Lunch in restaurant. Dinner at exclusive MAP Caf restau-rant and overnight at the hotel.

    DAY 6CUSCO - LIMA - DEPArTUrEBreakfast at the hotel. Depending on the international flight departure time, transfer to the airport to fly to Lima and connection back home.

    Lunch in restaurant.