Lima & Inti Raymi Festival

Travel Type

Custom Travel

Duration

10DAYS

Starts In

Lima

Starting From

USD $3860

Lima & Inti Raymi

Peru - Lima, Cuzco, Machu Picchu, Inca Festival

A once in a lifetime opportunity to immerse yourself in the culture of Peru by exploring Lima, Cuzco and Machu Picchu as well as the authentic and traditional Inca festival of the sun - Inti Raymi.

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1. Uncover the details of your itinerary by clicking on the + sign.
2. For highlighted days, select your excursion using the Experience Builder (blue box on the right.)
3. After creating your custom experience, select your preferred travel accommodation style

DAY 1 Arrive Lima

A representative will be waiting to greet you on arrival into Lima airport and promptly take you to settle in to your chosen hotel, ready for the following day’s exploring.

DAY 2 Explore Lima

Your first exploration of Lima will be led by your exclusive guide who will drive and walk you through the distinctly colonial and modern areas of the Peruvian Capital. The city is a great introduction to Peruvian culture and you will explore central downtown by Plaza de Armas and the iconic cathedral as well as pass through the trendy districts and suburbs. As an extra you will also wander through Huacca Puclanna, the sacred Inca pyramid.

DAY 3 Lima on your terms

This is your time to explore Lima as you wish. Choose. Choose to absorb yourself in the past by exploring the mysterious ruins of Pachamachac – the great Inca warrior and the archaeology museum, OR taste and master the secrets of the gastronomic capital of South America in a culinary
tour, OR peruse through the extensive collection at the Larco museum and also enjoy lunch or dinner at its renowned restaurant OR take in the spectacle and tradition of Peruvian Paso horse dancing. Choose an excursion in the Package Builder

DAY 4 Journey to Cuzco

Early today you will head to the airport for your flight to Cuzco. On arrival, your representative will take you to your hotel.

DAY 5 Cuzco on your terms

The Inca capital of Cuzco is a highlight in its own right. With buildings everywhere made of specially cut stone, cobblestone streets and alleyways infused with grand plazas and colonial architecture, the
city is truly unique.

Choose how best to discover this cultural jewel: you can take a half day tour of the city including the sun palace of Q’oricancha and outer ruins of Q’enko OR explore the city on your own and enjoy lunch or dinner at famous fusion tapas restaurant Cicciolina or sample the flavours at MAP Cafe in the courtyard of the Precolumbian Art Museum (entrance not included.) Choose an excursion in the Package Builder

DAY 6 Sacred Valley on your terms

The scenic region referred to as the Sacred Valley of the Incas is not only picturesque but was incredibly important for the civilisation. Today is yours to choose how to explore it: Discover the ruins of Ollantaytambo, the neighbouring town of Pisac and its local market OR head out to the impressive salt pans of Moray, the ruins of Maras and the authentic town of Chincheros( market visits possible on Sundays,) OR if your heart yearns for some adventure, go river rafting OR horseriding to Ollantaytambo.*(experience and physical requirements apply.) Choose an excursion in the Package Builder

DAY 7 Inti Raymi Festival

This morning you will be transferred to the ruins of Sacssayhuaman where you will join a group to observe the Inca Festival, Inti Raymi. The Inti Raymi is a traditional Inca and Andean ceremony held in honor to the Inti or Sun god, every June 24, in the winter solstice in the southern hemisphere. The Incas considered the Sun as bearer of life, its presence was essential, that is why at winter time when the sun was disappearing from the sky, the cold became intense and the water became frost; it was necessary to ask it to return by means of the celebration of the Inti Raymi.
The Incas considered time as part of a cycle and the winter solstice marked the beginning of a new time. At Inca times the celebration lasted approximately 15 days, with dances, ceremonies and sacrifices to the Sun god, then, the Spaniards prohibited this festivity for considering it to be a pagan holiday. Lunch is included as part of your tour.

DAY 8 Journey to Machu Picchu

Early this morning you will head to the station to board your train, where for the next hour and a half, the train will meander its way through the mountains and switchbacks before reaching Aguas Calientes, the town below Machu Picchu. After a short bus trip up the iconic mountain, you will enter the gates of this incredible relic of the mysterious Inca civilisation.
Your guide will take you through some of the features and explain why the Incas where considered so advanced by looking at the concepts and theories behind their advanced building, irrigation and farming system. You can choose to continue exploring the site from the many platforms and vantage points at your leisure. Afterwards, board the bus back to town to settle into your hotel.

DAY 9 Journey to Cuzco

Today is free to relax at Aguas Calientes before your afternoon train return to Cuzco. Please tell us if you would like to visit the ruins today or if you would like to attempt the Huayna Picchu Climb so we can add this to your request. (Please note that these must be booked in advance as there are limited spaces, particularly the climb which is capped at 400 people daily.) Read more.

After a combined 3 hour train and bus trip, you will arrive into the Inca capital of Cuzco, where remnants of this great civilisation are everywhere. Overnight at your selected hotel.

DAY 10 Finish your journey in Lima

Today you will finish your voyage into this ancient civilisation and be transferred back to the airport for your flight to Lima. You experience finishes at Lima airport.

Departs:

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Activities:

6 guided excursions, 3 opportunities to decide in different locations and 11 possibilities to choose from.

Highlights

Celebrating Inti Raymi with thousands of Peruvians, the colonial capital of Lima, discovering the Sacred Valley of the Incas, incredible ruins of Machu Picchu, beautiful Inca capital of Cuzco.

Includes

9 nights accommodation, flights Lima – Cuzco– Lima, choice of excursions to Lima, Sacred Valley and Cuzco, transport between airports, guided excursion of Inti Raymi festival.

Visas

Australians do not require.

Currency

Peruvian Soles/US Dollar

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