11 days / 10 nights.
Arrival in Lima. Reception and transfer to your hotel.Day 2: LIMA (Breakfast)
After breakfast, a tour briefing before your city tour of Lima; including a guided visit to the Cathedral, the Main Square and the San Francisco Catacombs. Return to your hotel.Day 3: LIMA - CUZCO (Breakfast)
After breakfast, early flight to Cuzco, the ancient capital of the Incas. Transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon, a guided tour of Cuzco will include visits to the Main Cathedral, the Main Square, Inca fortress of Sacsayhuaman, Tambomachay and the Qoricancha temple. Overnight accommodation.Day 4: CUZCO - OLLANTAYTAMBO - SACRED VALLEY (Breakfast)
Today, an excursion to Urubamba, the sacred valley of the Incas with a visit to the ancient Inca market town of Pisac. Time for shopping before lunch. Continue the tour to Ollantaytambo, site of the last undefeated bastion of the Inca Empire before returning to Cuzco and your hotel.Day 5: CUZCO - MACHU PICCHU (Breakfast)
Today, an early start by train journey to Aguas Calientes. After the 3 1/2 journey, transfer by bus up to the fantastic ruins of Machu Picchu. A guided tour of Machu Picchu, the most spectacular ancient city in the world. Free time at the site before overnight accommodation in Aguas Calientes.Day 6: MACHU PICCHU - CUZCO (Breakfast)
Today you will have an opportunity to revisit Machu Picchu (entrance tickets are not included today). Free day before returning to Cuzco aboard the afternoon train. Accommodation in the Inca capital of Cuzco.Day 7: CUZCO - LIMA - SANTIAGO (Breakfast)
After breakfast, return flight to Lima and your connecting flight to Santiago. Arrival and transfer to your hotel.Day 8: SANTIAGO - RAPA NUI (EASTER ISLANDS) (Breakfast & inflight-lunch)
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the flight to Rapa Nui, otherwise known as the Easter Islands. The flight will take approximately 5 hours. Arrival, traditional welcome and transfer to your hotel. Rapa Nui is the most isolated, inhabited island in the world. Located 2000 miles (3200 km) west of Chile and over 4000 km from Tahiti, it was discovered by the Dutch in 1772, Admiral Jacob Roggeween landed there on Easter Sunday and gave the island its present name. He was the first European to describe the unusual statues carved from the volcanic rock from Rano Raraku. Standing as tall as 18 ft (5.5 m) and weighing up to 100 tons, the statues are known as moai, and each are supposed representations of clan chieftains. These moais, were placed on top of platforms called ahu, which in turn served as a family burial vault.Day 9: RAPA NUI (EASTER ISLANDS) (Breakfast)
After breakfast, a full day's tour visiting Vaihu, where eight toppled Moai lie, Akahanga, Rano Raraku volcano, where the statues are half buried, Ahu Tongariki, where the largest Ahu (or platform) is located, Te Pito Kura (a large rock believed to have been brought from Tahiti) and Ahu Nau Nau (where the Moai are in particularly good condition).Day 10: RAPA NUI (EASTER ISLANDS) (Breakfast)
Today, a half day's excursion to Rano Kau volcano, site of ancient petroglyphs and the ceremonial temple of Iorongo, Vinapu (site of meticulous stonework found nowhere else on the islands) along with the Anakai Tangata caves. Free afternoon.Day 11: RAPA NUI (EASTER ISLANDS) - SANTIAGO (Breakfast & inflight lunch)
After breakfast, a half day excursion to Ahu Akivi, the famous seven Moais, believed to be one of the last built around 1460 and measuring 14 feet in height and weighing 12 metric tons. The caves of Ana Tepahu and Puna Pau, a quarry, from where the red hats that are worn by some of the Moai were made is also visited today. Transfer to the airport for the return flight back to Santiago and your connecting flight home.
"Highly recommended, professional and well-organized, 'perfect tour', knowledgeable guides" Footprint Handbook 2013
"Transportation services and accommodations are top-notch, and the guides are flexible and extremely helpful" Fodor's Guides 2013
Amazing Destinations is a reputable firm with an impressive variety of unique excursions…" - At Home and Away with Alan Whicker CBE, Magazine At Home and Away with Alan Whicker CBE
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