FESTIVAL OF THE SUN IN PERU TOUR PACKAGE 11 Days
Inti Raymi, the Festival of the Sun is the annual recreation of an important Inca ceremony and brings multitudes of visitors to Cuzco, Peru. For a week of festivities culminating in a long day, of an elaborated costume parade and celebrations of the Feast of the Sun at the nearby fortress of Sacsayhuamán on June 24th.
Festival of the Sun in Peru tour package involves 11 days tours in Lima, Nazca, Puno, Cusco, Sacred Valley of the Incas, Festival of the Sun and Machu Picchu. This tour package is a complete way to appreciate the beautiful traditional and culture of the Incas.
DAY 01 (Jun 17): LIMA
Pick up upon arrival at Lima’s airport and transportation to the Hotel located in Miraflores. Overnight.
Day 02 (Jun 18): LIMA CITY TOUR
Breakfast, In the morning, Lima city tour. You will be picked up from your hotel at 09:00 a.m. The city tour begins with a visit to the Plaza the Armas, which has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Running along two sides are arcades with shops: Portal de Escribanos and Portal de Botoneros. In the center of the Plaza is a bronze fountain dating back to 1560. Located in the Plaza is the Cathedral, note the splendidly carved stalls, the silver covered altars surrounded by fine woodwork, mosaic covered walls bearing the coat of arms of Lima and Pizarro. Next to the Cathedral is the Archbishop's Palace. Then you will visit the Monastery of San Francisco. This is famous for the Sivillian tilework and paneled ceiling in the cloisters, the catacombs under the church and part of the monastery are well worth seeing. You will visit the old colonial streets in the center of the city, and the modern Lima with the district of San Isidro and Miraflores. Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 03 (Jun 19): BALLESTAS ISLANDS AND PARACAS
Transfer to the bus station at 4:00 Hr. for your trip to Paracas, upon arrival transfer to the mole of "El Chaco" where you'll take a motorboat excursion to the Ballestas island. Experience the amazing Ballestas Islands on a boat ride, which are the home of a spectacular wildlife, beautiful nature and some very special phenomenons.
When you arrive at the Ballestas Islands, you can observe amazing animals like seals, sea lions, sea birds, penguins, pelicans, tendrils, Inca tern, the Peruvian booby, the red legged cormorant and the guanay. You will travel closely around the islands to have spectacular views of the animals on the shore, animals flying overhead, and those swimming underwater.
After touring the islands, we will take you to the beautiful Paracas Reserve. Your time in the reserve will allow you to see several species of birds, oceanic fossils now trapped in the desert, the only red sanded beach in Peru, flamingos, the famous Cathedral Rock formation and learn all about its flora and fauna.. In the afternoon transfer to to the Bus station, then trip to Nazca, transfer to your hotel.
Day 04 (Jun 20): NAZCA LINES - LIMA
Breakfast, the tour to the famous Nazca lines. Cut into the stony desert are large number of lines, not only parallels and geometrical figures, but also designs such as a dog, an enormous monkey, a bird with a wing span of over 100 meters, a spider and a tree. The lines, that represent some sort of vast astronomical pre-Inca calendar, are best seen from the air, we will take a half hour flight above the Lines then you'll visit to the Chauchilla cementery, where skulls, mummies and pottery shards littering the desert. Lunch in Nazca. At 15:30Hr. you'll take the motor coach Royal class to Lima. Pick up upon arrival at Lima’s airport and transportation to the Hotel located in Miraflores. Overnight.
DAY 05 (Jun 21): CUSCO CITY TOUR
Breakfast, transfer to the Lima airport for the flight to Cuzco. (AIRFARE INCLUDED).
Upon arrival to Cusco Airport. Reception and transportation to the Hotel where you will receive an aromatic coca tea to stimulating for the height, will have the free morning to rest and also we suggest you have a light lunch in your hotel or in one of the surrounded.
13:30 Hr. City tour (entrance to the archaeological centers and museums including) we will visit the Main square, the Koricancha (temple of the sun) and in addition we will make a route bordering archaeological centers like Sacsayhuaman Fortress, Q'enko, Puka Pukara and Tambomachay, tour finishes 18:30 Hr. approximately at the main square in order you can take dinner in one of the exquisite restaurants in the area, then overnight.
DAY 06 (Jun 22): FULL DAY SACRED VALLEY TOUR
Breakfast. 8:15 am. Full day excursion to the Urubamba Valley visiting: the colorful market in Pisac. Pisac is located to the entrance of the Sacred Valley and followed by Ollantaytambo, the older town continuously occupied of the American continent. The narrow streets of Ollantaytambo, along with their channels that have not varied from the time Inca, evoke their ancestral inheritance, lunch in a typical restaurant. Chinchero is believed to be the mythical birthplace of the rainbow. Finally, we gonna return to Cusco main square at 18:30 Hr. approx.
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.
DAY 07 (Jun 23): FULL DAY MACHU PICCHU TOUR
Breakfast. 04:15 AM pick up to go Ollantaytambo Train's station. The expedition, Vistadome, The Voyager and The 360º departs from Ollantaytambo Station (1 hour and 50 minutes outside Cusco). Service on board the train whilst passengers watch the spectacular scenery unfolding before them. From the agricultural plains on the way, to the crashing waters of the Urubamba River, and as you get closer to Machu Picchu the soaring mountains, the scenery is constantly changing.
The train arrives into Aguas Calientes, from this town we will take the buses that will take us to the Citadel, thirty minute journey up to the citadel.
Upon arrival at the Machu Picchu entrance, passengers can go straight into the citadel as tickets will have been pre-purchased for all guests.
A guide will escort you around the citadel, pointing out the best of the ruins and recounting the history of this Inca settlement. After the guided tour, guests are given the choice to wander alone through this fascinating World Heritage site. In the afternoon we will take the train back to Ollantaytambo, where our staff will be waiting for you, to transfer you by bus to Cusco.
DAY 08 (JUN 24): INTI RAYMI (festival of the Sun)
Breakfast. This day you will be picked up from your Hotel at 6:30 AM. you will be transfer to the Sun's Temple Koricancha. The ceremony of INTI RAYMI has three different scenes in three different places, it starts in the Sun's temple Koricancha, then, we headed to the main square (Plaza de Armas), where is the second scene and ultimately ends with the extraordinary and largest scene held in Sacsayhuamán, where we will go in a tourist bus.
Now that you've visited the great Inca’s architectural achievements it will be apparent to you that the Sun was the main deity worshiped in the Inca culture. Cusco celebrates the Inti Raymi with occasion of the winter solistice -the solar new year - for a town which main cult object was the god Inti (the sun). In time of the Incas was a religious ceremony, now it is a theater representation. However this expression generates a feeling of identity in the town that evokes values and memories that are still excellent in our days, it also brings to the memory a time that lives in the heart of the town of Cusco (Qosqo).
The Inca gives a traditional oration in the Sun's Temple, Koricancha, calling for blessings from the sun, fabled to be the origin of the Inca rulers. From here, the Inca, carried on a golden throne, leads the procession through the ancient city of Cusco up to Sacsayhuaman in the hills above city. Transfer to the ruins where you have reservations to watch the reenactment of the ancient ceremony of sacrificing a llama to the Pachamama, Mother Earth (don't worry, the llama sacrifices is simulated!), to ensure the fertility of the earth and warmth from the sun.
This special day also includes The New Fire Celebration. No fires were allowed in the city this day until the fire created by hollow mirror was used to concentrate the sunlight onto animal fur and kindling. Only then were all other fires started from this source.
You will also see the Inca representative carried on a litter and toasted with chicha (a fermented drink). With an the appropriate finale the Inca gives a speech expressed in the original, Quechua language. Afternoon transfer to the Hotel.
DAY 09 (Jun 25): CUSCO - PUNO
Early breakfast, We'll pick all guests up from their hotel before departing by tourist bus (shared service) along the Sun Route. Depart Cusco on guided bus to Puno. Visiting on the route picturesque towns, important archaeological and cultural sites such as Raqchi, Sicuani, La Raya (highest point of the route at a height of over 4.335 meters above the sea level) and Pukara, San Pedro Church in Andahuaylillas. We will have a buffet lunch in Sicuani about half way. Then we'll arrive in Puno and transfer by private vehicle to our hotel.
DAY 10 (Jun 26): UROS FLOATING ISLANDS & TAQUILE ISLAND.
Breakfast. 06:45 am. You will be picked up from your hotel and then transferred to the pier and take the motor boat towards the Uros Floating Islands. Arriving we walk on the reed islands and interact with the natives. Fishermen and hunters inhabit the floating islands of the Uros. The residents of the Uros use the cattail, a type of rush, which grows in the lake, to create the conditions that ensure the islands stay afloat. The dense roots that the plants develop support the island. The roofs are waterproof and the houses are extremely humid because of the surrounding water. Later, we can ride a reed boat (extra charge US $ 7.00).
Afterwards we continue our trip to “Taquile Island” (2:30 hours). Upon arrival, we walk slowly along a narrow path towards the village inhabited by Quechua natives, and you will have a chance to explore around the main Plaza and take pictures of the Lake Titicaca. Later we walk to a local restaurant for lunch. We will return in Puno in the afternoon, overnight at your Hotel.
DAY 11 (Jun 27): TRANSFER OUT
Breakfast. Coordinated time transfer to the Airport to return to Lima. (AIRFARE INCLUDED). END OF SERVICES.
- 10-Nights Hotel Accommodation
- Domestic Flights
- Public bus, train, plane.
- Traveland Representatives in Lima, Paracas, Nazca, Lake Titicaca and Cusco, specialist for Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu.
- Group experience.
- Tickets to the green stand in the Inti Raymi tour (Festival of the Sun).
- Cusco City tour, Sacred Valley, Ollantaytambo and Machu Picchu ruins guided tour
- All transfers, tours and excursions as per itinerary in group service with English speaking guides
- International air tickets and associated taxes
- Meals not specified on the itinerary
- Personal expenses such as telephone bills, laundry expenses, beverages, etc
- Insurance against theft, loss, illness
- Price per person US$ 1490.00 based on double room and tourist train to Machu picchu.
- Price per person US$ 1630.00 based on single room and tourist train to Machu picchu.
- Included Following hostels: (Basic Class)
- Lima: " Hitckhiher or similar Hotel"
- Nazca : "Mirador de Nazca or Camilu Hotel"
- Puno: "Tumi Inn or Vargas Inn Hotel"
- Cusco: " Hitckhiher or similar Hotel"
- Price per person US$ 1640.00 based on double room and tourist train to Machu picchu.
- Price per person US$ 1850.00 based on single room and tourist train to Machu picchu.
- Included Following 3 starts hotels: (Tourist Class)
- Lima: "Santa Cruz, Soul Mate Inn or Similar Hotel"
- Nazca: "Oro Viejo or Don Gaucho Hotel"
- Puno: "Conde de Lemos Inn or Similar Hotel"
- Cusco: "Prisma or Villandre Hotel"
- Price per person US$ 1898.00 based on double room and tourist train to Machu picchu.
- Price per person US$ 2398.00 based on single room and tourist train to Machu picchu.
- Included Following 4 starts hotels: (First Class)
- Lima: "Jose Antonio, San Agustin Exclusive or Similar Hotel"
- Nazca : "Nazca Lines Hotel"
- Puno: "Jose Antonio, Eco Inn Puno or similar Hotel"
- Cusco: "Jose Antonio, Eco Inn Cusco or San Agustin Dorado Hotel"
- Additional for first class Train US $ 88.00