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Lights of the Inca Empire – 8 Days

Amazing Cultural insight in Peru

Explore the spectacular Inca Sites

Experience the legendary Machu Picchu Ruins

FROM 1290 USD 8 Days / 7 Nights
Highlights

Lima
Cuzco
Sacred Valley
Machu Picchu

Lights of the Inca Empire – 8 Days

Tour Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley & Lima

Explore the Sacred Valley and discover the treasures of Inca civilization: Machu Picchu, the famous shrine of Inca Pachacutec, and the archeological site of Ollantaytambo. Take a guided tour around Lima and Cuzco to soak up the traditions and history of these Peruvian cultural hubs, and visit the traditional markets of Aguas Calientes. This is an 8-day discovery journey designed for travelers who want to get to know the must-see natural monuments of the country and fully immerse themselves in Peru’s ancient culture.

Day 1- The Adventure begins in Lima, Peru

 

Upon your arrival in Lima, a transportation service will transfer you from the airport to your hotel.

 

Lima is the capital of Peru; the jumping-off point for nearly all trips to the country. In the Colonial Era, it housed the viceroyalty, making it the most powerful city-hub of South America.

 

Today, its native and foreign heritage coexist; its well-preserved, amazing colonial churches and archeological sites (heading south to Caral Sacred City) exist in harmony with Peru’s beautiful beaches overlooking the Pacific Ocean and its delicious seafood.

 

Enjoy your leisurely evening by taking an exploratory walk over to the Plaza Mayor, and make sure to try the typical cebiche (fish cooked with lemon) or the special anticuchos (we’ll let you figure it out on your own…!).

 

 

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Day 2- City Tour in Lima

 

Today we’ll pick you up at your hotel to explore Lima’s old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site packed with fascinating historic buildings.

 

We’ll start with a scenic tour in the colonial downtown, which expands from the Main Square, where you can appreciate the grandiose architecture of the Spanish Empire, like that of the Cathedral, which was built up in the 16th century and finished after 80 years of hard work!

 

Our next stop will be to Casa Aliaga, a colonial mansion that was granted in 1535 by chief conquistador Francisco Pizarro to Jerónimo de Aliaga, one of his captains.

 

The last part of this historical day trip will be dedicated to the Larco Museum. Located in the traditional Pueblo Libre district, this meticulously maintained museum is housed in a beautifully restored viceroyal mansion. Its exhibits boast the most complete pre-Hispanic collection of gold and silver artifacts, as well as pieces of ancient erotic art.

 

Since we’re on the topic of love encounters, we’ll finish the day at the “Love Park” built in 1993 to celebrate love in all its forms. Nestled in the upscale coastal district of Miraflores, you can admire the cliffs from its colorful mosaic benches and take in the most beautiful view of the Pacific Ocean.

 

After enjoying this romantic place and meeting the famous sculpture which immortalized the tender kiss of two passionate lovers, we’ll drive you back to your hotel.

 

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Day 3- Lima / Cusco / Valle Sagrado

 

Today we’ll pick you up at your hotel and take you to Lima airport. Take an hour flight to Cuzco, maybe the most international destination of Peru, since (but not only because…) Machu Picchu, the world renowned Inca fortress, is located only 4 hours away! But… before we explore Machu Picchu, we have one lesser-known hidden gem to check out first; it’s time to discover The Sacred Valley.

 

What can be more sacred than food? For us, nothing, and the Incas thought so too! That’s why they called this green valley a sacred place; most of the food that they needed grew here, amongst supersized mountains.

 

The first development in this area was the food. Then came the construction of villages, where the Inca culture is still very present in each handcrafted poncho and the ancient terrazas de cultivo, giant, circular constructions where Incas used to develop top-tier agricultural techniques and skills.

 

Upon your arrival in Cuzco, we’ll drive you to your hotel in the Sacred Valley, 20 miles away from the city, for you to enjoy the evening at your leisure.

 

 

 

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Day 4- Sacred Valley - Chinchero/ Vivo Museum/Ollantaytambo

 

The Sacred Valley: we’ve already told you a bit about it…. its many rivers and gorges, and the fertility of its valleys make it the most agriculturally-productive spot—the very best corn in Peru is grown here. Today, you’ll start exploring this enthralling Andean spot.

 

In the morning we’ll pick you up at your hotel in Urubamba and head to Chinchero town, the jumping-off point for your Sacred Valley visit to start. Enjoy your time here, admiring the traditional art that locals display in their handcraft clothes (in which the Inca’s knowledge and tradition survives until today), and a great view of the valley.

 

In Chinchero you can also find some archeological remains, including a beautiful church constructed in the seventeenth-century which was one of the first Catholic buildings in Peru.

 

This trip continues to the Raqchi viewpoint from where you can see the archaeological site of Ollantaytambo, which will be our next stop. People have been living here steadily since the Incan period; this is definitely a place with history. Take a walk through town, climb its iconic fortress, and have lunch (included) in Chuncho restaurant, the perfect place to have a special gastronomic experience.

 

After lunch, you’ll visit the Living Museum of Yucay where you’ll learn about Andean traditions and browse through exhibitions containing textile work, adobe, pottery and silverware, just as they used to be in the old times.

 

You’ll also have a closer encounter with the inhabitants of the museum: the llamas, sheep and alpacas, which can be hand-fed. At the end of the day, we’ll drive you back to your hotel.

 

 

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Day 5- Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu Ruins / Aguas Calientes

 

Your tour to Machu Picchu begins with a 4-hour train ride to Aguas Calientes (literally, hot water). This town is also known as “Machu Picchu Pueblo” and is the last stop before entering the remains of the most important archaeological site in Peru. Machu Picchu means “Old Mountain” and is considered a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

 

You’ll finally reach Machu Picchu (the ancient sanctuary and retreat for the Inca Pachacutec) after a short transfer by bus through the mountains.

 

Here, when we arrive at the exact destination that is the highlight of your trip, we will have special moments which will most certainly be cherished forever. Enjoy your first impressions of thisjaw-dropping place, and breathe the magic in the air.

 

Some of the places you can visit here include the Intipunku, or “Sun Gate”, where the sun rises every day through a stone passageway, or the Inca Bridge, an incredible stone building that served as the entrance and exit of the citadel.

 

At the end of the tour you will take a bus back to Aguas Calientes and have lunch at ¨Café Inkaterra¨ in Machu Picchu. Enjoy a leisurely time during the rest of the afternoon and a restful sleep in the town of Aguas Calientes.

 

 

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Day 6- Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu Ruins / Cusco

 

In the morning we suggest that you return to Machu Picchu and continue exploring some of the many attractions of the citadel.

 

In this second visit you can climb the Wayna Picchu (subject to space availability), which means “Young Mountain” as opposed to Machu Picchu, the “Old Mountain”. This ascent takes about an hour and its main attraction is the “Temple of the Moon”, a complex of underground structures likely to have been used by the elite.

 

Or, if you would prefer a different option, take the day to visit the interesting town of Aguas Calientes, its historic Plaza de Armas, and the many local markets nearby.

 

In these markets you can find various types of local handcrafts, typical food, and even different potions for finding love or keeping good luck on your side.

 

In the afternoon you will head to the train station of Aguas Calientes and take the train back to Cuzco.

 

 

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Day 7- Cusco - City Tour

 

Today we’ll pick you up at your hotel to start your Cuzco tour with a visit to the Coricancha, also known as the “Temple of the Sun” the construction of which was ordered by Inca Pachacútec (1438-1471).

 

This is where the Sun (Inti, in Quechua) was worshipped during the reign of the Inca Empire, and during that time its walls were fully covered with gold sheets and its courtyards were adorned with golden corn and life-sized sculptures of llamas.

 

We’ll continue on to visit the Cathedral, the most important building in the Main Square (whose construction lasted almost a century) and one of the most splendid Spanish colonial churches in America.

 

Our next stop will be the Sacsayhuamán fortress, an emblematic Incan piece of work, which protected the Holy City. The Sacsayhuamán complex was constructed with giant megalithic blocks, the transportation and construction of which continue to be a mystery.

 

This day will end with a visit to some archeological main attractions. You’ll visit Qenqo, located just over 2 miles away from Cuzco City, an archaeological complex mainly used for religious purposes, and where it is believed that agricultural rituals took place.

 

You will finally visit the vestiges of Puka Pukara, located 4.5 miles away from Cuzco. Puka Pukara, which means “red fortress”, was an architectural complex presumably used for military purposes.

 

At the end of this full historical and natural immersion in Cuzco’s heritage, we’ll drive you back to your hotel.

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Day 8- Goodbye Peru

 

This is the end of this travel adventure… at least for now. At the appropriate time, we’ll pick you up from your hotel and head to the Cuzco airport to take your flight.

 

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Included

Transfers and tours mentioned in the itinerary

 Daily breakfast

2 night accommodation in a hotel (Lima), 2 night accommodation in a hotel (Sacred Valley), 1 night accommodation in a hotel (Aguas Calientes) and 2 night accommodation in a hotel (Cuzco)  Meals according to itinerary: lunch (day 4, 5, 9, 10)

Entrance fee to Casa Aliaga, Cathedral and Larco Museum in Lima, Pisac and Ollantaytambo Fortress, Machu Picchu, Coricancha Temple, Cathedral, Sacsayhuaman, Qenco, Pucka Pukara & Tambomachay in Cusco

Not Included

 International or domestic flights

 National Park Entrance Fees

 Travel / Medical Insurance – To get a free quotation please follow this link: World Nomads

Second day entrance fee to Machu Picchu

 Entrance fee to Wayna Pichu

Accommodation & Prices

Lights of the Inca Empire – 8 Days


INN / B&B

USD 1290

CONFORT

USD 1468

SUPERIOR

USD 1805

Prices in US Dollars.
*Valid until March 2020 (ask for prices in Christmas and New Year).

*Prices are per person, based on 2 people in double occupancy. Single rates are available on request. Flights are not included in the price, but can be arranged on request.



Flights needed for this itinerary

Lima- Cusco- Lima

Flights in South America cost approximately $100 to $300 USD per segment (destination).
We offer special rates on flights for this tailor-made itinerary.

Included

Transfers and tours mentioned in the itinerary

 Daily breakfast

2 night accommodation in a hotel (Lima), 2 night accommodation in a hotel (Sacred Valley), 1 night accommodation in a hotel (Aguas Calientes) and 2 night accommodation in a hotel (Cuzco)  Meals according to itinerary: lunch (day 4, 5, 9, 10)

Entrance fee to Casa Aliaga, Cathedral and Larco Museum in Lima, Pisac and Ollantaytambo Fortress, Machu Picchu, Coricancha Temple, Cathedral, Sacsayhuaman, Qenco, Pucka Pukara & Tambomachay in Cusco

Not Included

 International or domestic flights

 National Park Entrance Fees

 Travel / Medical Insurance – To get a free quotation please follow this link: World Nomads

Second day entrance fee to Machu Picchu

 Entrance fee to Wayna Pichu

Trip Reviews

Lights of the Inca Empire – 8 Days

Laurie K

Laurie K

(5 / 5)

Easter Island - Definitely different !

We went from Lima to Santiago to Easter Island before returning to Santiago where we will fly to Punta Arenas to catch the ship. Here are some shots from Easter Island. Some of them show the moai (statues) face down because that is how they were found by the later day explorers. They had been pushed over by raiding groups who had attacked. Several countries (Japan and USA included) have helped finance the restoring of many of them to the way they would have stood. There are about 3000 natives on the small island, and seem to be more Polynisian than anything else. Definitely different than the Chileans.


24.11.17

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Douglas W. Hodgson

Douglas W. Hodgson

(5 / 5)

Thank you so much for such wonderful trips!

Hola Sol,

I have found “Say Hueque” via Google search and I chose the Agency because of the great reviews. I travelled two times with “Say Hueque” and my highlights were Torres del Paine in 2013 and in 2017 the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu. All hotels were great. I do not really have favorite.

Due to the excursions my favorite one was the one to Torres del Paine for the world class scenery. My absolutely favorite guide was Fernando on Inca Trail. Extremely knowledgeable, great attitude, very helpful and showed personal interest in each traveler.

The only thing is that perhaps we could have been given a choice of less expensive hotels. All the hotels were fantastic, but we do not really require that level of luxury. After hiking 26 miles over difficult terrain and camping out and using pit toilets, even a 3 or 4-star hotel would have felt like 5 stars!

Thank you so much for such a wonderful trip!


09.11.17

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Easter Island - Definitely different !

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Thank you so much for such wonderful trips!

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