OVERLAND EXCURSION FROM CALLAO TO MACHU PICCHU (DOUBLE ROOM)

  • Port

    Lima Callao

  • Level of difficulties

    Difficult

  • Type

    Sightseeing, Nature excursion, Cultural, Meal included

  • Price

    Adults

    EUR2695.0

  • Duration in hours

    56.5

  • Shore excursion code

    02X9

Description A three-day excursion and journey through time. A unique opportunity to first explore Cuzco, the ancient capital of the Inca Empire, which is today famous for its archaeological ruins and Spanish Colonial architecture, and then the ancient city of Machu Picchu, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the seven wonders of the modern world, where time seems to have stood still.

What we will see Day 1
  • Flight to Cuzco 
  • Guided tour of Cuzco 
  • Sacsayhuamán fortress 
  • Lunch in a local restaurant with typical dishes 
  • Coricancha dedicated to the God of the Sun
  • Santo Domingo convent 
  • Cathedral of Cuzco 
  • Return to hotel: dinner and overnight stay
Day 2
  • Breakfast at the hotel 
  • Train to Aguas Calientes and lunch included on board 
  • Machu Picchu: ancient Inca temples and dwellings 
  • Aguas Calientes: free time for shopping at the Indian market 
  • Train to Cuzco with dinner on board and return to the hotel
Day 3
  • Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to Cuzco airport
  • Flight to Lima


What we will do Day 1
  • We will start our three-day tour leaving the port of Callao by coach and travelling directly to Lima International Airport, where we will catch a flight to Cuzco
  • When we arrive in Cuzco after approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes, we will enjoy a guided tour of the city, the ancient capital of the Inca Empire, then important Spanish Colonial outpost and now a vibrant and cosmopolitan city declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. 
  • The first stop will be Sacsayhuamán fortress, which literally means 'satisfied falcon'. Built by the Inca between 1438 and 1500, under Pachacútec rule, it is a fine example of ancient architecture based on the use of large stones. 
  • After leaving the fortress, we will head to a local restaurant for lunch, which includes three courses of typical local dishes
  • After lunch, we will continue our excursion with a visit to the site of Coricancha, which in the Quechan language means 'golden garden'. It was probably the most important sacred site of the Inca Empire, dedicated to the God of the Sun, where religious sacrifices and sacred dances were held. In the complex, we will also admire Santo Domingo convent, which was built on the foundations of the Temple of the Sun, destroyed by the Spanish in the 17th century. The curved wall in the western part of the convent is considered one of the greatest examples of Inca masonry in existence. 
  • The last part of the excursion is the Baroque-style Cathedral of Cuzco, one of the finest examples of a Spanish Colonial church in the Americas. Construction of it began in 1559 and took approximately a century to complete. Today, it is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • After visiting the cathedral, we will head to the hotel where we will have dinner and stay overnight.
Day 2
  • After breakfast at the hotel, we will take a transfer to Ollanta railway station and board a train on which we will be served lunch, and in around 1 hour and 30 minutes we will arrive in Aguas Calientes. A small coach will be waiting for us here to wind along the roads and take us to the entrance to Machu Picchu, one of the most enigmatic and surprising places on Earth, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the seven wonders of the modern world. 
  • Discovered in 1911 by Professor Hiram Bingham during a mountain expedition, Machu Picchu occupies a strategic position on a plateau 2,400 metres above sea level. The name is derived from the Quechan terms machu – meaning 'old' – and picchu, which can be translated as 'peak' or 'mountain'. Surrounded by lush semi-tropical greenery and hidden by majestic mountain peaks, the ancient Inca city of Machu Picchu is considered the most important archaeological site in South America and one of the most striking examples of sacred architecture in the world, with a series of temples, pyramids, dwellings and shrines from the Inca Empire. 
  • After our visit to Machu Picchu, we will get back on the coach and return to Aguas Calientes where we will have some free time to shop at the Indian market before taking the train back to Cuzco. We will be served a tasty dinner on the train. 
  • Then we will return to the hotel for our overnight stay.
Day 3
  • After enjoying breakfast at the hotel and checking out, we will head to Cuzco airport to catch a return flight to Lima.

What you need to know
  • This excursion is demanding and requires considerable effort, therefore a good level of physical fitness is required.
  • Due to the high altitude of the places we visit, you may experience breathlessness or lethargy.
  • The deadline for booking this overland excursion is 60 days before your arrival in Callao. Any booking after this deadline will only be processed on request.
  • The excursion is not recommended for guests with heart problems or altitude-related issues. Before booking this excursion, guests with any such health problems should consult their doctor.