Peru and Easter Island Tours 12 Days

Discover Peru and Easter Island tours in just 12 Days. Sun God Peru Tour offers an opportunity to explore two of the most interesting archaeological sites in South America. Machu Picchu served as a center of worship, an astronomic observatory, and a private hacienda for the Inca Pachacutec.

Travel to the world’s most isolated bit of land – Easter Island. A tiny pinprick in the great Pacific, is home to over 800 Moai statues that stand up to 33 feet tall, and whose origin is still a mystery, spend 5 days discovering the ancient history and traditions of Easter Island.

ITINERARY

Day 1: LIMA
After your arrival at Lima airport, you will be welcomed by an English-speaking guide and transfer to the hotel.

lima_plaza-de-armasDay 2: LIMA CITY TOUR (Breakfast)
Brealfast and later on, guided sightseeing tour to the most attractive and important sites in Lima, the “City of Kings”. This tour includes Lima’s Historical Centre, passing by Plaza San Martin, Plaza Mayor, the Government Palace, the City Hall.

After we will visit the Convent and Church of San Francisco, the greatest monumental complex of Colonial Art in America and Cultural Heritage of Humanity. This tour includes a visit to the Basilica of 21 altars, Convent of Cloisters, Capitulary and Clementine Rooms, Chorus and Library of the monks, a Museum showing 11 paintings of the Rubens School, the Sacristy with paintings of Surbaran and Ribera, its great patio decorated with Seville tiles of the XVIth Century, Moorish arches and underground Catacombs.

Afterward we continue to Larco Herrera Museum. This is one of the few museums in the world where visitors can also choose to enter the storage area with its 45,000 classified archaeological objects. Its masterpieces are considered worldwide icons of pre-Columbian art, after being exhibited in the world’s leading museums.

We continue to the famous Archaeological museum where many cultures of Peru are on display, including the Chavin, Paracas, Nazca, Chimu and Ica.Return to the hotel

Day 3: LIMA – CUSCO (Breakfast)
After breakfast transfer to the airport for your departing flight to Cusco, the ancient Inca capital. Upon your Arrival in Cusco, we greet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel following brief orientation and a cup of traditional coca tea to assist in the acclimation to the 11300 ft. in the Inca Capital of Cusco.

This afternoon City tour of Cusco, Colonial sites such as the Cathedral, Qoricancha, temple of the Sun, the most important of Inca ceremonial sites. Later you will continue to the most important site of Sacsayhuaman, Tambomachay, Qenqo and Puca Pucara. We return to the hotel.

peru and easter island toursDay 4: FULL DAY SACRED VALLEY TOUR (Breakfast/Lunch)
After breakfast we travel in a private van over a low pass then down into the famous Sacred Valley of the Incas. The scenery is unsurpassable, close and distant snow peaks glistening in the sun.

Visit the Ancient Pisaq market, where many of the local Indians sell their hand made textiles. Lunch at the local hacienda restaurant and continue to Ollantaytambo the major Inca temple / fortress. Probably built by the great Inca ruler, Pachacuti in the 1460s, it was the site of Hernando Pizzaro’s defeat by Manco Inca in 1536.

We have ample time to examine the complex and ponder its many mysteries before returning to Cusco and visit the traditional market town of Chinchero. Return to your hotel.

Day 5: CUSCO – MACHU PICCHU (Breakfast)
Early in the morning after breakfast we pick you up at your hotel and take you to the railway station for the tourist class train to Machu Pichu. The 3 hour train journey passes through picturesque Andean scenery, passing traditional villages, Inca ruins and rushing rivers.

We’ll descend 1300 meters through the Sacred Valley of the Incas and follow the Urubamba river until the final stop at Aguas Calientes. Night at Aguas Calientes Town.

peru and easter island toursDay 6: MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO (Breakfast/Lunch)
Early morning after breakfast we’ll take the 20 minute bus ride up to Machu Picchu, perched 600 meters above the river. Our guide will explain you the history and the myths that surround this archeological wonder MACHU PICCHU!

The famous lost city of the Inca is one of the most magical and mysterious places on Earth! Stand 2,430m above sea-level in the middle of a tropical mountain forest. In an extraordinarily beautiful setting, it was probably most amazing urban creation of the Inca Empire at its height, its giant walls, terraces and ramps seen as, if they have been cut naturally in the continuous rock escarpments.

The natural setting on the eastern slopes of the Andes, encompasses the upper Amazon basin with its rich diversity of flora and fauna, the site is frequently shrouded in misty clouds pierced by the powerful equatorial Sun. Afterwards we take the bus for your return to the Aguas Calientes for lunch and take back the train to Cusco. Reception and transfer to the Hotel.

Day 7: CUSCO – LIMA – SANTIAGO (CHILE) (Breakfast)
After breakfast, transfer from hotel to Cusco irport for return flight to Lima and your connecting flight to Santiago. Arrival and transfer to the hotel.

easternisland2Day 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. Easter Island (Rapa Nui: Rapa Nui, Spanish: Isla de Pascua) is a Polynesian island in the southeastern Pacific Ocean, at the southeasternmost point of the Polynesian Triangle. Easter Island is famous for its 887 extant monumental statues, called moai, created by the early Rapanui people.

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. Arrival and transfer to the hotel.

Day 9: RAPA NUI (EASTER ISLANDS) (Breakfast)
Early morning you start your tour of the island by driving along the southern coast. Your first stops are at Ahus Vaihu and Akahanga. Ahu, which means “sacred place,” refers to the rectangular stone platform on which the famous Moai (enormous, 100-ton basalt statues) were often erected.

Visit the volcanic crater of Rano Raraku. This might be the most impressive site on the island. Seventy standing sentinels, embedded up to their shoulders in grass on the south slope of the volcanic crater Rano Raraku, lead the way to the quarry or “nursery” inside of the impressive crater rim.

This is where the Moai were cut from volcanic tuff, and some 150 figures remain here in all stages of completion. They are mute witnesses to the mystery that suddenly stopped all work. Visit the Ahu of some of the nearby Moai, and check out the holes in the crater rim that were used to maneuver the statues.

You drive to Ahu Te Pito Kura on the northern coast and visit the Anakena beach, the legendary landing place of the island’s founder Hota Matua. After swimming and relaxing in this piece of South Pacific paradise. Return to the hotel.

Day 10: RAPA NUI (EASTER ISLANDS) (Breakfast)
Today, a half day’s excursion to Rano Kau volcano, the biggest on the island, whose enormous crater is now a fresh water lake with floating green fields of totora reeds. This site offers an exceptional view of three tiny and craggy off-shore islands: Nui, Motu and Kao-Kao. Perched 400 meters above the lake on the crater wall is the ceremonial village of Orongo, where the bizarre “bird man” ritual took place.

The partially restored village has 48 oval buildings built out of overlapping stone slabs. Over the cliffs you can see an amazing string of “bird man” petroglyphs. Free afternoon and return to the hotel.

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. Back to the hotel.

Day 12: FLY TO SANTIAGO AND BACK HOME (Breakfast)
Enjoy a relaxing morning in Hanga Roa before taking the flight back to either Santiago, Chile and connecting flight home.

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– All tours and entry fees
– Accommodation in 4* hotels
– Train Vistadome to and from Machu Picchu
– 5 days Eastern island Tour
– All Flights during the trip
– All entry fees
– Tour Guide during the trip.[/box]

 

 

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