Join Peru Unbound on a Peru vacation tour to witness the annual festival of Inti Raymi or Festival of the Sun. Each year, special stands are built for the thousands of visitors on June 24th. The Sun was considered by the Incas a divinity of the highest rank, to whom temples were built in his honor in the most important places of the Empire. Not only presentations were made in honor of the Sun, but also in honor of God Kuntor (Condor), and Qoa, Choquechinchay or Titi (Feline God). On this vacation to Peru we combine this incredible festival with the historical wonders of Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu.
Your Peru Vacation Tour starts when we pick you up from the Cusco airport and take you to the hotel, where you will rest to acclimatize to the altitude. After having lunch in a restaurant of your choice, we will meet for a guided city tour. This tour includes a visit to the Cathedral, which is over 450 years old, and the magnificent ruins of Saqsaywaman, Kenko and Tambomachay and an introductory briefing on the Andes and the Inca culture. At night we will have dinner together in one of Cusco’s finest restaurants.
Following a delicious breakfast in your hotel, you will be met by your Peruvian guide who will take you on a tour of The Sacred Valley of the Incas. This vacation tour includes the fantastic Inca complex of Pisac, a look around the local market, buffet lunch, and a tour of the village and fortress of Ollantaytambo, returning to Cusco in the evening. The night is free for you to eat in a restaurant of your choice, although we always have plenty of suggestions for you, should you require them.
Today you have a free day on your Peru vacation tour to walk around the streets and markets of Cusco, an excellent opportunity to take some photographs or maybe visit some of the other museums in town. If you feel adventurous, you can take a trek along ancient Inca Trails to hidden Inca sites, a river rafting adventure in the Sacred River of the Incas, a mountain bike excursion or horseback ride in Cusco’s countryside, or maybe visit other Inca sites such as Tipon (Temple of the water), Pikillacta ruins, or to the experimental terraces of Moray. Please ask for information on our extensions. Lunch & dinner on your own.
Leaving our hotel in the mid-morning, your Peru vacation tour will take you to ringside seats for the spectacular show that Inti Raymi is. We will appreciate the costumes of the dancers, hear their music and enjoy the magical feeling of being here at such a special time. The show finishes early in the afternoon. We go back to the hotel and at night you will be able to have dinner on your own.
Having breakfast on board of the Vistadome train, surveying the Sacred Valley of the Incas, we make our way to the Machu Picchu Sanctuary, one of the greatest archaeological wonders on the planet. Here we will have a guided tour explaining some of the background behind this citadel. After a long day we will relax in our hotel.
For those who want to, we will have the chance to visit Machu Picchu for a second day on our Peru vacation tour. This day we won’t have a guide so we may enjoy Machu Picchu at our own pace. If you want to visit Huayna Picchu or the Temple of the Moon, this is your opportunity. In the afternoon we will return to Cusco. At night we will have a farewell dinner with a typical dancing show.
Breakfast and transfer to Cusco airport. End of the Peru vacation tour.
Dates & Rates
Peru Vacation Tour - Inti Raymi Classic - Standard 3* Hotels
Departures: Group Departure June 21
Adult Price: $2,995
Peru Vacation Tour - Inti Raymi Classic - Comfort 4* Hotels
Departures: Group departure June 21
Adult Price: $3,350
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*Hotels as stated in Itinerary, based on the chosen level. If hotels are fully booked, a similar hotel will be booked *Meals mentioned as Included *All activities, tours and excursions mentioned in Itinerary *Entrance fee to all attractions mentioned in Itinerary *All Transfers in private vehicle. Vehicles include First Aid Kit and Oxygen tank *Vistadome train to and from Machu Picchu *Tourist Shuttle from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu and back on day 5 *Professional English speaking guide
*Flights Lima / Cusco / Lima *Optional activities on day 3 *Optional 2nd Guided Tour of Machu Picchu *Laundry Service *Alcoholic Beverages in Included Meals *Tips