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Mysteries of the Inca Empire 2020

Mysteries of the Inca Empire 2020


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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Peru

Tour Itinerary

On this Peru tour, delve into the past as you spend time in Lima, the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cusco, and Lake Titicaca. Along the way, visit ancient ruins, see beautiful scenery, and enjoy guided sightseeing with Local Guides and a Tour Director dedicated to bringing you these destinations and to helping you learn about the local cultures.History comes alive on this tour through Peru. Imagine what life was like in the 15th century as you tour the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu, where you'll see this famous Inca complex of palaces, plazas, temples, and homes set in a majestic setting. More history awaits at Ollantaytambo, the archaeological site of the Incas’ resistance during the Spanish conquest, and the Temple of Sacsayhuaman, a fortress with some of the best examples of Inca masonry. Guided sightseeing in Cusco features the Santo Domingo Monastery, where the Inca foundations remain under the Spanish baroque structures, and the Cathedral, housing a magnificent collection of artwork.On this Peru tour, you'll also learn about the local culture. On your motorboat tour of Lake Titicaca, you'll visit Taquile Island, where you'll see how the local people integrate their Inca and Spanish past, and the Uros Floating Islands, where you'll learn how the Uros Indians construct their islands, homes, and boats from totora reed, a centuries-old practice. In the Incan town of Ollantaytambo and in Sillustani, visits with locals in their homes give you insight into their way of life. Spend time at the Indian market in Pisac and in Awanakancha, learn about the importance of camelids (llama, vicuña, alpaca, and guanaco) to Inca culture.These are just some of the many highlights of this Peru tour. Designed for savvy, value-minded travelers, it's a vacation of a lifetime!

Day 1: LIMA, PERU.
Welcome to Lima, Peru. Heralded as the “City of Kings” by Spanish conquistadors, Lima retains vestiges of its opulent past with its colonial buildings and world-class museums.

Day 2: LIMA.
Sightseeing today focuses on Lima’s colonial heritage. Founded in 1535, Lima was once capital of Spain’s South American Empire. Visit the baroque 11th-century SAN FRANCISCO MONASTERY, with Spanish and Moorish architecture throughout. Continue to Plaza Mayor, where you will see the Government Palace that houses the presidential palace and was once the home of Francisco Pizarro, founder of Lima and conqueror of Peru. Nearby, see the cathedral where Pizarro’s remains are buried. The remainder of your day is free to explore. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant this evening. (B,D)

Day 3: LIMA–CUSCO–SACRED VALLEY.
Fly to Cusco high in the Andes and upon arrival, descend into the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Stop at AWANAKANCHA and learn about the importance of camelids (llama, vicuña, alpaca, and guanaco) for Inca cultures. See them up close and learn how their coats are transformed into precious fibers for ancient weaving techniques still in use today. Continue to PISAC, a charming village with a famous INDIAN MARKET, where you have plenty of time to browse the many colorful stalls selling handicrafts ranging from alpaca sweaters and blankets to painted vases and sterling silver. Later, arrive at your hotel in the peaceful Sacred Valley. (B,D)

Day 4: SACRED VALLEY.
Start the day with a visit to the village of OLLANTAYTAMBO and the Inca ruins of the same name. Explore the archaeological site that was the scene of the Inca resistance during the Spanish conquest—the only place ever to resist Spanish attacks. See how the temple area at the top of the terraces was the perfect defensive stronghold, then visit a LOCAL HOME in this Incan town to experience life in a traditional village, which has been remarkably well preserved. Next, visit the SEMINARIO CERAMICS WORKSHOP to learn about Peruvian ancient and modern art. End your day at a local chicheria for a taste of a chicha, a typical Inca drink in Peru. (B)

Day 5: SACRED VALLEY–MACHU PICCHU.
Board the VISTADOME TRAIN that cuts a path through the picturesque Urubamba Valley bound for Aguas Calientes, the quaint town closest to the “Lost City of the Incas.” Ascend the mountainside through tropical forest to the sacred refuge of MACHU PICCHU. Listen as your guide recounts the many accomplishments of the Incas as you tour the terraced ruins dating back to the 15th century. Abandoned when the Inca Empire fell to the Spanish, these remarkable ruins remained undiscovered for nearly 400 years. Many mysteries surrounding Machu Picchu remain to this day. (B,D)

Day 6: MACHU PICCHU–CUSCO.
Enjoy some free time this morning to explore the mountain town of Aguas Calientes; perhaps visit the local market, quaint boutiques, or take a walk along nearby trails. Later this afternoon, return to Cusco, former capital of the Inca Empire. (B)

Day 7: CUSCO.
Embark on a guided sightseeing tour of Cusco that focuses on the city that was once the political, military, and cultural epicenter of the Incas until the Spanish toppled it. In fact, Inca foundations can still be found in Cusco, with the Spanish baroque structures built on top. Visit the SANTO DOMINGO MONASTERY, where these two forms of architecture are melded together with the temple of both cultures atop one another. Also, see the CATHEDRAL in the Plaza de Armas, housing a magnificent collection of artwork, including a depiction of The Last Supper that portrays the apostles dining on cuy (guinea pig). Continue to the hillside overlooking Cusco for a visit to the TEMPLE OF SACSAYHUAMAN. Some of the best examples of Inca masonry can be found at this fortress, where stones weighing up to 350 tons are pieced together to form a complex that could house up to 10,000 men. Learn about the ceremonies and battles that took place here, then see the ruins of Kenko and Puca Pucara before returning to Cusco. (B,D)

Day 8: CUSCO–JULIACA–PUNO.
Fly to Juliaca, then transfer to Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Legend says the first Inca, Manco Capac, arose from the waters of the lake by the power of the sun god to found the Inca Empire. (B)

Day 9: PUNO. EXCURSION TO LAKE TITICACA.
Experience fascinating LAKE TITICACA today as you embark on a motorboat tour of the highest navigable lake in the world and its manmade islands. On TAQUILE ISLAND, see how the local people integrate their Inca and Spanish past. This is evident by the Spanish peasant dresses made of Andean textiles—the islanders make some of the finest in all of Peru. Continue to the UROS FLOATING ISLANDS, a group of approximately 40 artificially made islands. Learn how the Uros Indians construct their islands, homes, boats, and many other resources completely of tortora reed, a centuries-old practice. Enjoy a farewell dinner hosted by your Tour Director this evening. (B,L,D)

Day 10: PUNO–JULIACA–LIMA.
Return to Juliaca, stopping at the pre-Incan burial grounds of SILLUSTANI en route. See the above-ground tombs, chullpas, in which the Aymara Indians buried their high priests. You will be welcomed into a LOCAL HOME for an inside look at life here. Later, a short flight returns you to Lima, where you will transfer to your hotel. (B)

Day 11: LIMA.
Your vacation ends after breakfast this morning. (B)

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Inclusions

Sightseeing & Activities:

LIMA
Guided sightseeing, visit San Francisco Monastery

SACRED VALLEY
Guided sightseeing of Awanakancha and Pisac Indian Market; Visit Ollantaytambo, a local home, Seminario Ceramics Workshop, and a chicheria

MACHU PICCHU
Vistadome train to Machu Picchu; Guided sightseeing of the Machu Picchu ruins; stay overnight in Machu Picchu region

CUSCO
Guided sightseeing, visit Santo Domingo Monastery, the Cathedral, and Sacsayhuaman, see Kenko and Puca Pucara

LAKE TITICACA
Guided sightseeing of Taquile Island and the Uros Floating Islands; farewell dinner

SILLUSTANI
Guided sightseeing, visit a local homePrivate, deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring

Meals:
10 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 5 dinners


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Accommodations

Dates & Prices do not include air travel.
Participation in this vacation requires purchase of the following flights from Cosmos, not included in pricing: (1) roundtrip air from your U.S. gateway and intra-vacation air segments, starting at $1,465 (based on Miami, departure in January 2020; or (2) intra-vacation air segments only. Required intra-vacation air segments: Lima/Cusco; Cusco/Juliaca; Juliaca/Lima. Air prices were effective on July 10, 2019 and their availability is limited. At the time you purchase your tour, air prices may be higher.

Gratuities for Tour Director, driver, and Local guides are available for pre-purchase on the base vacation. For vacations that include an extension to the base, pre-paid gratuities only include the base portion. Any additional gratuities would need to be paid on trip.

Prices based on double room occupancy.

Single Room Supplement:
$490

Triple Rooms are available at no reduction.

Extra Nights per person in Lima:
in single room $113; in twin room $62; in triple room $57

2021 prices and itineraries are subject to change. Details will be available in July 2020.

Lima: Jose Antonio Lima Hotel
Sacred Valley: La Casona Yucay
Machu Picchu: El Mapi by Inkaterra
Cusco: Jose Antonio Cusco
Puno: Xima Puno Hotel

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Questions & Answers

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.1
Accommodations
4.1
Itinerary
4.1
Professional Staff
4.1
Repeat with Operator
4.1
Value for Money
3.9

Ratings based off 7 reviews - currently showing 6 reviews with comments only

Wonderful trip to Lima, Puno, Juliaca, Cuzco, Machu Picchu!!!!! And more. Pace was good! My friends did not acclimate well at all to the altitude, but I had no problem.

it was like two tours. The primary tour guide was very, very professional. She attended to everything, including taking a person who fell and injured her knee to a clinic, later the hospital, and following up with her. The second primary guide was just the opposite. She left us before we got fully checked in. Our rooms were not as described. Our bags where left in the lobby. When we arrived at the airport she did not have the boarding passes and luggage tags, and required help in obtain them. The first part of the trip the driver was sick with the flu and was not replaced. Locked up on a small van I was lucky enough to catch his cold. Unprofessional by the driver and guide. There was no heat it one of my hotel room. Not much in the restaurant or lobby, The staff were dressed in ski clothes in the restaurant. We only had half a day of guided tours, ending at lunch time. I felt like I had not received my moneys worth.

Our tour guide, Maritza, was very good. She was well organized and managed problems with professionalism. I would recommend this trip with this tour guide.

Excellent trip and local tour guides were excellent!!!!!!

I was not met at the Lima airport by arrival. I waited for 40 min, called to the hotel they connected me to the Cosmos rep who said that I am not on the list and recommended to take a taxi and submit receipt for reimbursement to the tour director. But I was not reimbursed... By the way the arrival instructions in the Cosmos booklet is outdated.

We had a remarkable experience on this Peruvian tour. The pace was comfortable, hotels and transportation facilities excelkent and the tour guide Aly went way beyond his duties to enrich our experience. I must congratulate Cosnos for making availabke a guide with such extensivr knowkedge of history and hetitage, efficient and caring attention to travelkers, and a super sense of humour.


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