Dawn of the Inca Empire 8 Days

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The Inca Empire existed for only a century but in that short time, it left a legacy that has turned Peru into one of the countries with most cultural wealth in the Americas. For eight days, you will discover the main attractions of the country, from Lima on the Pacific coast to Machu Picchu, the 'lost city of the Incas', on the top of the Andes. Discover beautiful colonial cities, the archaeological sites of ancient civilizations and explore some of the most spectacular landscapes of the planet in an unforgettable experience.


Tourist 3*.
Superior Tourist 4*.
Luxury 5*.


Daily departures until December 2020.



*Subject to change.

Day 1 | International arrival - Lima.

Upon your arrival in Lima, a transportation service with the assistance of an English speaking representative will transfer you from the airport to your hotel. 

Day 2 | Lima.

Explore Lima´s old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site packed with fascinating historic buildings. Start with a scenic tour in the colonial downtown, which radiates from the Main Square visiting the Cathedral and Casa Aliaga. Continue to the Larco Museum, which is housed in a beautifully restored viceregal mansion. Finally, head to the "Love Park" in the scenic coastal district of Miraflores, where you can admire the cliffs and a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean. Overnight at selected hotel in Lima. Breakfast included.

Day 3 | Lima - Cusco.

Breakfast at the hotel. You will be transferred from the hotel to Lima airport. Once you arrive at the airport of Cusco, a transportation service will be there transfer you to your hotel. A representative will inform you about the attractions and services that the city has to offer. The city tour starts at Coricancha, built by Inca Pachacutec and at the arrival of the Spaniards became the basis for the construction of the Santo Domingo Convent. You will continue your tour to the city´s Main Square where you will see its architecture and the imposing Cathedral. You will continue to the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, the archaeological site of Quenqo and PukaPucara which means "Red Fortress".

Day 4 | Cusco - Maras - Moray - Cusco.

You will start a tour to the archaeological sites of Maras and Moray. Maras presents a fantastic landscape; it is an impressive complex of extraction composed by large salt deposits. The archaeological complex of Moray consists of mysterious circular platforms used as an agricultural research centre as they could simulate the conditions of the different ecological floors of the empire. After the tour, you will be transferred to the hotel in Cusco.

Day 5 | Cusco - Sacred Valley.

You will head to Awanakancha (¨The Palace of Textiles¨), exhibition center of textiles and South American camelids. You will continue your tour at the Pisac market. Continue to the Pisac archaeological site, a masterpiece of the agriculture of the Inca Empire. You will have lunch and then visit Ollantaytambo, making a series of stops at points of interest. Finally, you will head to your hotel in Sacred Valley.

Day 6 | Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu.

Your tour to Machu Picchu begins with a train ride to Aguas Calientes, the last stop before entering the remains of the most important archaeological site in Peru. After a short transfer by bus, you will reach the lost city of the Incas: Machu Picchu. At the end of the tour, you will take a bus back to Aguas Calientes and have lunch at ¨Cafe Inkaterra¨ Machu Picchu. The rest of the afternoon will be free. Overnight in Aguas Calientes.

Day 7 | Machu Picchu – Ollanta Station - Cusco.

You can return to Machu Picchu and visit any of the attractions of the citadel: Intipunku ('Puerta del Sol'), climb to the Huayna Picchu (subject to space availability), where you can find the 'Temple of the Moon' or you can visit the Inca Bridge, a stone building that served as an entrance or exit from the citadel. In the afternoon you will be transferred to the Aguas Calientes train station to begin your return to Cusco.

Day 8 | Cusco – Departure to Lima.

A transportation service will transfer you from the selected hotel to the airport. A representative will assist you during the journey.



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When and where does the tour end?
Your tour will conclude in San Francisco on Day 8 of the trip. There are no activities planned for this day so you're free to depart at any time. We highly recommend booking post-accommodation to give yourself time to fully experience the wonders of this iconic city!
When and where does the tour start?
Day 1 of this tour is an arrivals day, which gives you a chance to settle into your hotel and explore Los Angeles. The only planned activity for this day is an evening welcome meeting at 7pm, where you can get to know your guides and fellow travellers. Please be aware that the meeting point is subject to change until your final documents are released.
Do you arrange airport transfers?
Airport transfers are not included in the price of this tour, however you can book for an arrival transfer in advance. In this case a tour operator representative will be at the airport to greet you. To arrange this please contact our customer service team once you have a confirmed booking.
What is the age range
This tour has an age range of 12-70 years old, this means children under the age of 12 will not be eligible to participate in this tour. However, if you are over 70 years please contact us as you may be eligible to join the tour if you fill out G Adventures self-assessment form.