Day 012nd Aug 19
- Arrival at Lima
Upon your arrival, you will be greeted by a Rahhalah representative who will take you to the hotel (located in Miraflores, the most beautiful and safest area of Lima, facing the Pacific Ocean). You will relax for the rest of the day, exploring the city at your own pace. Overnight in Lima at Casa Andina Select Miraflores – Superior Room or similar. *Lima city is located at an altitude of 80 meters (262 feet) above sea level (I think this is unnecessary information).
Day 023rd Aug 19
- Exploring Lima (B, D)
After breakfast, you will embark on an exploration of the capital city of Peru. You will start with a short visit to a local farmers’ market where you will learn about various Peruvian fruits, the famous potatoes, local vegetables, fish and other ingredients used in the local cuisine. Afterwards, you will be driven to the City of the Kings to explore its beautiful monuments, including numerous colonial houses adorned with Moorish-style balconies, central Plazas like San Martin and Plaza de Armas, the baroque cathedral, the Governors’ Palace, the Archbishop's Palace with its bigwood-carved balconies, and the convent of San Francisco: home to the largest collection of religious art in the Americas. Underneath the convent,there isa vast network of catacombs that served as a cemetery during the colonial period. The tour will end with a visit to the beautiful olive tree park and the “Park of Love” where you will enjoy stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. Free afternoon to explore Miraflores parks and markets. This evening you will be picked up from your hotel and driven to a Peruvian Restaurant to enjoy dinner. After dinner you will be driven back to your hotel. Overnight in Lima at Casa Andina Select Miraflores – Superior Room or similar.
Day 034th Aug 19
- Flight from Lima to Cusco(B)
Early morning, you will be picked up from your hotel and driven to Lima airport to board your flight to Cusco. You will be assisted with your flight check-in, baggage drop-off, and then escorted to the entrance to the security check area. Upon arrival at Cusco airport, follow the signs for the baggage claim area, after collecting your luggage you will be in the arrivals area, where our staff will welcome you, he will be holding a sign with Rahhalah logo. Private transfer from Cusco airport to your hotel. Estimated driving time from Airport to hotel: twenty-five minutes. Our staff will drive you to your hotel located in the center of Cusco. Upon arrival at your hotel, our staff will assist you with your hotel check-in and all you may need. You and our staff will schedule your pre-Inca trail trek meeting. Free afternoon to rest and relax. Overnight in Cusco at Casa Andina Standard Cusco Plaza – Traditional Room
Day 045th Aug 19
- Exploring Cusco (B)
After a relaxing morning, you will enjoy a guided tour around Cusco (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), visiting its most remarkable landmarks. Yourjourneywill start with a stroll around the main attractions of the ancient Inca capital: its main square known as Plaza de Armas, and the 16th-century Cathedral that boasts an impressive collection of more than 400 paintings from the Cusco art school dating to the 16th and 17th century. The tour includes a visit to the most impressive of the Inca temples:Koricancha, known as the Temple of the Sun. During the Inca times, the walls of this temple were lined with sheets of solid gold, and its courtyard was decorated with golden statues and ornaments.You will finish with a visit to the Santo Domingo Church built by the Spanish colonists, before moving outside the city for an exploration of a series of other important Inca monuments. First, you will head to Sacsayhuaman: an amazing Inca fortress whose main walls are perfectly fitted, built with massive stones. You will learn more about the Incas’ secrets, before continuing to Qenko ,Puca Pucara (an Inca lodging site), and Tambo Machay (known as the Baths of the Inca). Note: for your trip to the sacred valley and Machu Picchu starting the next day, you should only pack what you will need during the next few days, while the rest of your luggage will remain stored in the hotel. Overnight in Cusco at Casa Andina Standard Cusco Plaza – Traditional Room or similar.
Day 056th Aug 19
- Whitewater rafting on the Urubamba River/Horseback riding Adventure in the sacred valley (B, L)
After breakfast, you will be driven to Pachar village: the starting point of your whitewater rafting adventure on the Urubamba River. Upon arrival, all participants will be given a safety briefing by the guide, including paddling commands, capsize drills, and actions when overboard. Participants will be provided with helmets, wetsuits, splash jackets and a personal flotation device. The rafting adventure will start on tranquil waters surrounded by beautiful mountains and archaeological remains, before heading to Ollantaytambo and its amazing Inca terraces. On the way, you will enjoy class II-III rapids, and you will finish by “El Resbaladero” (“the slide”), a great class III rapid that includes waves and small whirlpools. You will end by the Cachiccata community located a few minutes away from the Ollantaytambo village. In the afternoon (at around 14:00), you will go on a horseback riding adventure, enjoyingmagnificent views of the sacred valley surrounded by mountains, eucalyptus trees and small Quechua villages. The level of this activity is easy and safe. After your horseback riding tour, you will be driven to your hotel in Ollantaytambo. Estimated rafting time: two hours. Estimated horseback riding time: two hours. Overnight in Ollantaytamboat the SamanapaqHotel – Standard Room or similar. *The Sacred Valley is located at an altitude of 2,870 meters (9,416 feet) above sea level.
Day 067th Aug 19
- Zip-lining in the Sacred Valley/Biking in the sacred valley (B)
After breakfast, you will drive to Pachar village, the starting point of your zip-lining adventure. The Sacred Valley zip-line gives people of all ages the opportunity to fly over this magical and magnificent area in a safe and fun way. The zip line has 7 lines or cables, from 150mt to 700mt, for a total of 2800mt. You will start with a 30-40-minute hike, then you will go on a small via ferrata climb (four meters) so that you can get acquainted with climbing a ferrata route. Each line is different from the other so you will start with an easy and short one, and the circuit will allow you to upgrade on the way. You will enjoy a three-hour zip-lining adventure, before driving back to your hotel in Ollantaytamboto relax. In the afternoon you will embark on a biking adventure in the Sacred Valley (difficulty level: moderately easy.) The ride will start fromthe Cachiccata communityon a flat path with some short climbs and descents and easy obstacles. On the way, you will enjoy magnificent views of the Sacred Valley, surrounded by mountains and trees, while passing through small Quechua villages. After about one hour, you will reach the Sillkinpunta bridge, and from there, you will make your way back to the Cachiccata community. In the end, you will be driven back to your hotel in Ollantaytambo. Overnight in Ollantaytambo at Samanapaq Hotel – Standard Room or similar.
Day 078th Aug 19
- Vista dome train journey from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu (B)
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the train station to board the vista dome train to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Pueblo). Upon arrival at Machu Picchu train station, you will be welcomed by your hotel staff and escorted to your hotel. Free afternoon to explore Machu Picchu Pueblo at your own pace. Overnight in Aguas Calientes at Hatun Inti Classic – Standard Room or similar.
Day 089th Aug 19
- Machu Picchu (B, L)
After a very early breakfast, you will take the bus (a 25-minute ride) to Machu Picchu. Upon arrival, you will hike to Inti Punku (the Sun Gate) from where you will enjoy a fantastic view of the “lost city” of Machu Picchu. Estimated hiking distance: 2 miles/3 kilometers. Estimated hiking time: one hour (each way). After lunch, you will enjoy a guided tour around the most amazing and mysterious of all Inca Sites, learning about its history, who lived there, how it was discovered in modern times, and why the Spaniards never found it. You will get insights into the various features of the city, and then, you will have some free time to enjoy the ambience of the sacred site by yourself. Return toAguas Calientes with the bus. Overnight in Aguas Calientes at Hatun Inti Classic – Standard Room or similar.
Day 0910th Aug 19
- Train journey from Machu Picchu Pueblo to Ollantaytambo
In the morning, you will board the train towards Ollantaytambo again and, upon your arrival there, you will be met by the Rahhalah representatives and driven to your hotel in Cusco. You will enjoy the rest of the afternoon exploring Cusco at your own pace before meeting again all together for a farewell dinner. Overnight in Cusco at Casa Andina Standard Cusco Plaza – Traditional Room.
Day 1011th Aug 19
- Flight from Cusco to Lima/ Departure or Extension to Amazon (B)
After an early breakfast, you will be taken to Cusco airport to board your flight to Lima city and, from there, you will take your flight back home. Note: it is recommended that your international departure flights should be after 6 pm.