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LimaCuzcoPunaOllantaytambo
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Your Adventure, Day by Day

Day 1 Fly to Peru
  • Arrive in Lima Fly across the Equator en route to Peru's bustling capital of Lima. Upon arrival, meet your Tour Director and begin exploring.
Day 2 Lima
  • Guided Tour This morning, join a local guide on a sightseeing tour of Lima. Note the colonial influence apparent throughout the city, as you visit the Lima Cathedral, Plaza de Armas, the church of San Francisco, and the Presidential Palace.
  • Larco Museum In the afternoon, explore the Larco Museum with its private collection of over 45,000 pieces of craftsmanship, showcasing 4,000 years of Peruvian history.
Day 3 Cuzco
  • Explore Cuzco This morning, fly to Cuzco, the historic capital and heart of the Inca Empire. With a local guide, take in the sights of the city, including the Cathedral, Korikancha Temple, the ruins of Sacsayhuamán, and the Inca baths of Tampu Machay.
  • LEAP Pago a la Tierra
Day 4 Sacred Valley
  • Visit Pisac and Ollantaytambo Journey along the Inca Trail with excursions to the towns of Pisac and Ollantaytambo in the valley of the Urubamba. Explore the fortress of Ollantay, the only site in the Americas to successfully withstand the Spanish invasion. Later, stroll through the market town of Pisac in the Sacred Valley, where you'll find a variety of handmade crafts and ceramics.
  • LEAP Peruvian School Visit
Day 5 Machu Picchu
  • Explore Machu Picchu Board a train and travel through the Sacred Valley for a full-day excursion to Peru's most renowned destination, the lost Inca city of Machu Picchu. Set on a mountaintop deep in the jungle, Machu Picchu remained unknown to the outside world until 1911.
  • Tour the 'Sacred City' Take a walking tour of the "Sacred City" with a local guide.
Day 6 Puno-Racchi
  • Visit the Chapel of Andahuaylillas En route to Puno, visit the chapel of Andahuaylillas, known as the "Sistine Chapel of the Andes" for its breathtaking frescoes.
  • Visit Racchi See the ruins of the temple of Wiracocha, the great Inca god.
Day 7 Lake Titicaca
  • Discover Lake Titicaca Explore one of the most famous sites in Peru. The Uros Floating Islands on Lake Titicaca were made by hand from the totora reeds found in the lake. This afternoon try your hand at some Traditional Peruvian Folk dancing.
Day 8 Lima
  • Fly to Lima Travel to Juliaca. This evening fly to Lima then board an overnight flight to the United States.
Day 9 Arrive Home in the United States
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