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Sample Itinerary - REF SOUTH AMERICA 132

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Day 1: Cuzco

Welcome to Peru! Our journey begins in Cuzco, the ancient Inca capital of Peru. Today you will be met by our local representatives and transferred to your hotel. Early arrives can spend the day at leisure exploring the city’s sights including the cathedral and ceremonial fortress. Overnight - Cuzco

Day 2: Cuzco

Our adventure begins with a full day of touring around the Sacred Valley of the Incas. First on the itinerary are the Pisac ruins. Marvel at the incredible views of the snow-capped mountains with its hilltop location. Next we visit the famous traditional Indian market of the same name. Enjoy the colourful atmosphere and stock up on souvenirs. We stop for lunch before continuing along the valley to the temple fortress of Ollantaytambo. Here, enormous Inca terracing sweeps down the side of a steep mountain and makes for a challenging climb. We end the day with a briefing to prepare for the next few days. Overnight - Cuzco

Days 3-5: Cuzco - Inca Trail

We depart Cuzco early in the morning to begin the infamous Inca Trail Trek. During your hike you will cross spectacular passes and visit more Inca ruins en-route to Machu Picchu. A local guide will lead this expedition and there will be cooks and porters to carry the main equipment, leaving you with just a small daypack. Nights will be spent in two person tents in designated campsites along the route. A relatively easy 13km walk today will get you limbered up for the highest pass at Warmiwanusca which we reach before lunch time tomorrow. After the pass it is all downhill as the trail winds its way along ancient Inca stairs. On the third day of the trek we pass the ruins of Runkurakay, Sayacmarca and Phuyupatamarca, walking approximately 15km in 7 hours. Overnight - Inca Trail Camp

Day 6: Inca Trail - Cuzco

Early this morning we walk the final leg to the Lost City of Machu Picchu and greet daybreak over the famous ‘Sun Gate’. Enjoy free time to explore Machu Picchu on your own or opt to climb up Huayna Picchu and reward yourself with spectacular views over the entire site. Once a completely self-contained city, Machu Picchu was surrounded by agricultural terraces with enough crops to feed the entire population and natural springs provided the city’s water. Today you can explore the remarkably preserved palaces, baths, temples, storage rooms and some 150 houses, surviving intact due to the city’s isolation. Later you return to Cuzco by train. Overnight - Cuzco

Day 7: Cuzco

Sadly your time with us has come to an end as you are transferred from your hotel back to the airport in time for your departure flight to your onward destination.