Day 1: US - Easter Island
Upon Arrival reception with a necklace of flowers and transfer to the Hotel of your choice. Day at Leisure.
Day 2: Easter Island - Full Day Anakena Beach
Breakfast ,This tour lasts approximately 6 hours and 30 minutes and is designed to follow the steps of the first king of the island, the Ariki Hotu Matuá, during the colonization period. A total of five archaeological sites are visited: Akahanga, Tongariki, Rano Raraku, Te Pito Kura and Anakena. After the 2nd point you can include lunch, which is provided in Rano Raraku. After lunch, the tour will continue along the north coast visiting Te Pito Kura, the archaeological site known as the navel of the world. The last site will be Anakena where they will know two restored platforms with moai and several archaeological artifacts (petroglyphs, ancestral houses, etc.). At the end a time will be devoted to rest and enjoy the white sand and crystal clear waters of Anakena.
Ahu Akahanga, the first site on the tour, is a splendid residential and ceremonial area that contains a variety of ancient structures including fallen statues or vertically placed on its platform. Ceremonial altars, an earth oven (umu pae), ancestral houses (hare paenga), caverns and circular agricultural structures (manavai). In total, the site contains thirteen statues (moai) and eight headdresses (pukao).
Ahu Tongariki Second site to visit, is one of the ceremonial platforms most recognized internationally given its immense ceremonial altar which is decorated with 15 majestic statues. Tongariki is a testament to the incredible megalithic culture of the island, being the largest ceremonial altar in all of Polynesia and the largest archaeological site on the island. This site was restored during the 1980s after a large tsunami from the east in 1960, demolished and uprooted statues of up to 80 tons by 500 meters (1500 feet) into the interior of the island.
The third stop on the excursion is an extinct volcano located in the southeast of the island and containing a surprising crater with fresh water inside. Rano Raraku is undoubtedly one of the most important archaeological sites in the world given that it is the point where the legendary moai statues were carved. A path that borders the base of the volcano (a walk of minimum to regular demand) allows a direct view of the statues that are still embedded in the rock of the quarry, while others are standing, waiting for their transfer to their corresponding ceremonial platform. We will also see the largest moai ever carved called Ko te tokanga (the giant) that measures the astonishing length of 22 meters / 66 feet and has an estimated weight of 220 tons. Here, those who included their Box Lunch, can take place in totora quinchos for lunch or make use of restaurant to enjoy typical dishes of Rapa Nui
Ahu Te Pito Kura is an archaeological site that contains the largest statue wich has been carved and placed on to a ceremonial plaform, measuring 10 meters (30 feet) high and weighing approximately 90 tons. This moai statue also has its topknot or hairdress, which has been stimated to weight 11,5 tons. This site is located along the northeast coast and also contains a sacred stone believed to have been brought by the island´s first King: Ariki Hotu Matu’a, from his native land of Hiva.
As the final and last stop on the full day tour, 45 a 60 minutes is given in order to visit two ceremonial altars adorned with moai statues (Ahu Nau Nau and Ahu Ature Huki) and to enjoy the palm trees and cristal clear waters of Anakena beach. Also at Anakena beach, one will be able to eat locally prepared dishes, and visit many local handicraft kioskos that contain authentic Rapa Nui souvenirs
Box Lunch Included.
Day 3: Easter Island Orongo & Ahu Akivi
In this tour, you will visit the sites: Rano Kau, Orongo and Vinapu. For security reasons, Ana Kai Tangata can no longer be visited, as the danger of collapse is imminent. In it we could visualize rock art, giving maximum connotation to the Manutara or Polinésic Gaviotín, whose egg was the center of the annual “Bird Man”competition . We start with Rano Kau volcano, there is a lagoon with small totora islands and abundant vegetation and microfauna. This was one of the largest wetlands in Rapa Nui. We continue with the Ceremonial Village of Orongo, where the “Bird Man” Ritual was performed, together with the king designated who would be the spiritual and political leader during the period of one year. This sacred figure with the body of a shrunken man and a great bird's beak is sculpted in a large number of engraved stones. Arriving to Vinapu, archaeological site characterized by its large basalt slabs fitted perfectly one from the other, we can appreciate the great architectural similarity with Inca constructions in Cuzco.
Time For Lunch Not Included.
in the Afternoon ,we will visit Ahu Huri a Urenga, one of the 25 statues that is not located on the coast, but rather to the interior of the Island. This particular moai has two pairs of hands and is located in the direction of the winter solstice.
Continuing with the journey, we will make our second stop at the Puna Pau red scoria quarry. Factory of the famous red headdresses that some moai have on their heads. Finally we head towards Ahu Akivi, one of the few platforms where the moai look towards the sea. Currently with 7 sculptures, it is said that they represent the 7 explorers sent by King Hotu Matu'a before his colonizing trip
Day 4: Easter Island -Lima
Breakfast. At indicated time transfers to the airport to fly to Lima. Upon arrival our representatives will meet and escort you to your hotel.
Day 5: Lima
After breakfast, guided tour of both the colonial and the modern sections of Lima, "City of Kings”. Colonial Lima includes a visit to the Main Square, located in the heart of downtown to view the Government Palace, the Town Hall, The “Desamparados” Train Station ,the old streets with their vice royal mansions and Moorish style balconies, the Bishop Palace with its beautiful balconies and the Cathedral of Lima. (Its outstanding features are the choir stalls, the Churrigueresque Chapel of the Immaculate, the main altar and a Christ made of carved ivory). The tour continues with a visit to San Francisco with its convent (considered to be the most important religious monument of Lima, built in 1542 in Baroque style and consecrated in 1673) and the museum of colonial art, cloisters and catabumbs. Your drive through Lima will pass by several Colonial squares, churches and mansions, and then you will continue to the Modern Districts of San Isidro and Miraflores, for a glimpse of life in this huge city, as well as its beautiful parks, modern buildings and great ocean views. Duration: 3 ½ hours approx.
Day 6: Lima - Cusco
afterBreakfast, very early this morning you will board a flight to the imperialPeruvian city of Cusco. Upon arrival our representatives will meet and escortyou to your hotel. Take the remainder of the morning to nap or relax as youadjust to Cusco high altitude. In the afternoon take the City of Cusco nearby byruin; you will visit the Inca Fortress Sacsayhuaman, made up of three giganticterraces, superimposed in a zigzag form. Qenqo, was a religious centre formed bya singular flowering of calcareous rock. It has underground galleries and asemicircular amphitheatre with a series of stone seats. Nearby is Tambomachay,well known as Baths of the Incas, a place dedicated to the cult of the water,formed by aqueducts, channels and small cascades worked in the rock. Tour Startsat 2:30PM. Duration: 2 Hours
Day 7: Cusco- Machu Pichu
After breakfast, you are picked up from you hotel very early in the morning and transported to the train station. Departure to Aguas Calientes, located 120 km from the City of Cusco and after 3 hour train trip you arrive to of Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Machu Picchu complex which is an extraordinary combination of remarkable architecture and unforgettable scenery. After arrival in Aguas Calientes bus station you are transported by bus to the Citadelle, which is located on the top of a steep mountain that dominates the deep Canyon formed by the passing the Urubamba river and whose sides are so sheer that the ancient buildings of Machu Picchu City Complex cannot be seen from the bottom of the mountain. Then you will have your guided visit for 3 hrs aprox. Machu Picchu is also called "The Lost City of the Incas." It was planned and constructed in two distinct areas, the agricultural one formed by the cultivation terraces or platforms and located in the precipitous hillside of the mountain, and the urban area, where Machu Picchu inhabitants lived. In the high part, a line separates the agricultural and urban areas. In the urban sector, you can observe two very well defined: civil engineering works. One is the residential neighborhoods, and the other water canal systems. Both constructions did not reach the same perfection in their finishing as the buildings of the Sacred Valley (temples, mausoleums, squares, real houses). Here it is very common to see the use of the trapezoidal window and of niches where they deposited their idols as well as the prevalence of the rectangular constructions of a single floor. After lunch ( Not Included ) you have time at leisure before to return to your hotel in Aguas Calientes.
Day 8 : Machu Pichu - Cusco
Breakfast. Morning at Leisure. In the afternoon transfer to the station for the train ride back to Cusco.
Day 9: Cusco - Sacred Valley Tour
After breakfast, morning departure for a drive through the fertile countryside to the colonial village of Pisac, located at the beginning of the Sacred Valley of the Incas it is 31 km from the City of Cusco and famous for its Sunday market fairs, where the tourists can mix with the people dressed in their colorful traditional cloths, each being unique to the remote village from where they come to sell their goods, and exchange local gossip. 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 jewelry. It is also a well-known archaeological spot known as "the Old Village" and is located on the sides of a hill dominates the river Vilcanota with splendid old forts, esplanades and temples. After lunch the tour continues to the village of Ollantaytambo, located 97 km from the City of Cusco for a visit to its impressive Inca fortress. This village has preserved the Inca style in the layout of its streets, squares, walls and the construction of houses. The town is flanked by an impressive fortress that was an integral part defense system of the Sacred Valley. At the entrance to the Fortress there is a steep stairway of sheer stone, and once you reach the summit two esplanades can be seen. In the afternoon , return to the hotel in Cusco (Fixed departures Tue, Thu and Sunday). Duration: 9 Hours
Day 10: Cusco to US
After Breakfast. At Indicated time transfer to airport back home.