Arrive in the capital city, Lima, before taking a flight to Cusco, to join a train ride through the Sacred Valley of Incas to the "Lost City of the Incas", Machu Picchu. Explore the ancient city of Cusco and marvel with the nearby ruins of Sacsayhuaman fortress, an imposing example of Inca military architecture. Return to Lima, where the tour ends after spending a day to discovering this cosmopolitan coastal city. Next, see the best of Colombia, a diverse country– whether green hills of the Andean foothills, the Caribbean coastal lowlands with their bordering mountains, the Pacific with its lava beaches or the regions of the Amazon and Orinoco. Start in Colombia’s capital, Bogota and then, visit the coffee triangle and learn about this rich cultural and natural heritage before going to Cartagena, a beautiful coastal city that is loved by locals and tourists.
Make your own way to your gateway airport for your international flight to Lima. Enjoy inflight meals and services. Arrive in Lima, the "City of Kings" famous for its Spanish Colonial architecture, extraordinary museums and cuisine. Lima is internationally recognized as the "Gastronomic Capital of the Americas", and its cuisine is considered among the most diverse and exquisite in the world on par with French cuisine. On arrival at Lima International Airport you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel in Lima. The balance of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Lima.
After breakfast, you will be transferred back to the airport for your domestic flight to Cusco; a short but spectacular flight over the snow-capped Andes to the oldest inhabited city in the hemisphere, Cusco, at an elevation of 11,440 feet. Upon arrival you’ll be met and transferred to Urubamba in the Sacred Valley. Drive through the fertile countryside of the Urubamba Valley to the colonial village of Pisac where an Indian Market takes place every day. During your visit to the bustling marketplace you will have the opportunity to bargain with the natives for many different types of Peruvian handicrafts and jewellery. Continue to the Ollantaytambo archaeological complex, the Incas built it as a fort that included a temple, agricultural terraces, and an urban area. There are two distinct sectors: The religious and worship zone, and the residential area. Ollantaytambo was an important administrative center with probable military functions if one considers the walls and towers. There are also traces of ancient roads and aqueducts. The town of Ollantaytambo is called a "Living Inca Town" since the inhabitants maintain very old practices and customs. You will enjoy lunch at “Tunupa Valle” restaurant, beautiful country estate on the shores of the Urubamba River. Overnight in Urubamba.
This morning travel on the Premium Economy train of “Inca Rail” company through the sacred Urubamba Valley to the "Lost City of the Incas" Machu Picchu. Perched 8,200 feet above the valley, it was hidden by mountains and semi-tropical jungles for 400 years until discovered by Hiram Bingham of Yale University in 1911. Archaeologists believe that the Inca "Virgins of the Sun" took refuge from the Spanish Conquistadors here. On arrival at Aguas Calientes you will transfer to a shuttle service for a drive up the switch back road to the ruins. A knowledgeable tour guide will share the history of this mystical place of the Inca. You will enjoy a buffet lunch in local restaurant in Aguas Calientes. This afternoon take the train back to Ollantaytambo rail station, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel in the Sacred Valley. Overnight in the Urubamba
After breakfast you will be transferred back to Cusco. You will enjoy a tour of the oldest continuously inhabited city in the western hemisphere, Cusco and the nearby ruins. This gives you a chance to see how the Andean and Spanish cultures co-existed and influenced the city. The tour starts at Santo Domingo Convent, built on the site of Qoricancha, which was an important ancient Inca palace and center of worship of the Sun God. The tour continues to the Main Square and the Cathedral from the early 17th century, it is a fine example of colonial baroque art. Enjoy the balance of the day at leisure. Overnight in Cusco
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and a full day at leisure or consider the below optional tour. Overnight in Cusco.
Today you will be transferred to the Cuzco airport for a flight back to Lima. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Then, start your half-day tour of Lima. The tour visits both the colonial and modern sections of Lima. Colonial sites include the lovely Plaza Mayor, the Government Palace, San Francisco Convent and convent of Santo Domingo. Santo Domingo Convent, a religious and architectural gem that houses holy paintings, images, and relics of Peruvian saints, as well as written accounts of the endeavors of the Dominican Order across the country. Visit modern Lima and drive along the exclusive residential areas of Miraflores and San Isidro. Overnight in Lima.
Today, at the arranged time, you will be transferred to the airport to board your flight to Bogota. Upon arrival you will be met by one of our representatives and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy the balance of the day at leisure to explore the city at your own pace. The Colombian capital is located in the very center of the country at approx. 2650 meters above sea level in an area known as the Savanna of Bogotá (Sabana de Bogotá). The east side of the city is flanked by the Cordillera Oriental, which are foothills of the Andes Mountains. In terms of area, Bogotá is Colombia’s largest city: It extends more than 40 km from north to south, and 20km from east to west. It is not only the main economic and industrial center, but also the political heart of the country: The National Legislature, the Supreme Court of Justice and the residence of the President of the Republic (Casa de Nariño) reside here. With its 8 million inhabitants, the city is Colombia’s most populous and the huge cultural offer is among the best and largest in the country - Bogotá is home to numerous museums such as the famous Gold museum or the Botero museum, theatres and libraries. Overnight in Bogota!!!
Today you will be picked up from your hotel and taken to a tour of the city. This tour will take you to a guided visit to the City with Botero Museum. This guided visit to the Colombian capital starts in the Plaza de Bolívar (the city’s main square), which is surrounded by federal government buildings, and continues into the old colonial part of the city better known as “La Candelaria”, the San Francisco Church and the Botero Museum. The tour finishes with a trip in a cable car to the top of the Monserrate Hill, which offers a spectacular view of the city. Later today you will have a half-day visit to Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá. Leaving Bogotá to the north, cross the savanna landscape to the town of Zipaquirá, about 50 km away. Upon arrival you will be able to visit the fully functioning Salt Cathedral. This unique building was constructed approximately 120 meters underground in a former salt mine. The trip ends with a visit to Zipaquirá’s charming central square. Overnight in Bogota
This morning, at the arranged time, you will be transferred to the airport to take your flight to Armenia. Upon arrival in Armenia you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure. Armenia is the capital of the Departamento Quindío located in the Coffee Triangle 290 kilometers west of Bogotá. Surrounded by beautiful landscapes, nature and ancient cultures, the region is a key player in Colombia's rich coffee culture. For anyone interested in nature and culture, Armenia and the Quindío department will be a highlight of their trip. Overnight in Armenia
Today you will enjoy a full-day tour around the Cocora Valley and Salento With its breathtaking landscapes, the Cocora Valley is one of the most beautiful valleys in Colombia. Here you will find the impressive Quindian wax palm which reaches an amazing height of 60 meters. It is also the official Colombian national tree and one of the tallest species of palm trees in the world. You will have time to visit Salento, a picturesque village with artisanal shops. Afterwards visit ‘El Ocaso’, a coffee growing farm. The visit includes a technical and practical introduction to the whole coffee cultivation and production process, from harvest to the cup. Overnight in Armenia
At the arranged time you will be transferred to the Armenia airport for your flight to Cartagena via Bogotá. Upon arrival to Cartagena you will be transferred to your hotel for check-in. You will enjoy a city tour. This fascinating half-day tour starts with the visit of the most important monuments of Cartagena. Start at the Convent of La Popa* (the highest point of the city) and continue to the Castillo de San Felipe, an immense fort filled with history and mysteries hidden in its stonewalled tunnels. Leaving the castle, visit the monument of Zapatos Viejos, the “Old Shoes”. Certainly the most impressive monument is the gigantic defensive wall that surrounds the old city, and overlooks the sea and its well-preserved colonial architecture. During the rest of the visit you will see the city’s churches, museums, plazas, restaurants, shops and jewelry stores. This combination of treasures makes Cartagena deserving of the title of UNESCO World Heritage Site: You will never forget this wonderful destination.*Note: If La Popa is closed, this visit will be replaced by San Pedro Claver Convent. Overnight in Cartagena
Today you will have a full day at leisure to explore the city at your own pace or to enjoy at the beach. Cartagena de Indias was founded in 1533 and is probably the most attractive city in South America today. The old part of the city is also called “the walled city”, where Cartagena conserves the beauty of its' colonial past. Narrow streets flanked by heavy oak doors, gorgeous flowered balconies and the welcoming and friendly people make Cartagena the perfect combination of colonial history and cultural experience. Beautiful beaches close by, such as the Rosario Islands, invite visitors with their crystal clear waters and there is a large variety of excursions and tours to choose from. Overnight in Cartagena
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and, at the arranged time, you will be transferred to Cartagena Airport for your departure flight.
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