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Welcome to Lima, Peru!
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Dinner and overnight at the most famous hotel in the city with its rooftop pool from which can you watch a magnificent sunset; Miraflores Park Hotel www.belmond.com/es/miraflores-park-lima/
Lima is one of the most beautiful cities in South America, and there's plenty to do and see here. First, we’ll visit colonial Lima to see all the main sights. Then we head to the modern section of Lima to visit the district of Miraflores with its iconic shopping mall, built on a spectacular cliff overlooking the Pacific, and the traditional “Parque del Amor”.
Lunch and dinner will be at the hotel.
We transfer to Lima airport for our early morning flight to Cusco. This is the region's oldest continuously inhabited city, built on Inca foundations and dominated by beautiful colonial architecture.
Over Shabbat there will be time to acclimatize to the high altitude (3,450 m) but for now we’ll just enjoy a pre-Shabbat treat: fun for all at a chocolate making workshop in the town’s chocolate museum highlighting the Peruvian cocoa bean and its products.
Then back to prepare for Shabbat in our spectacular hotel, Palacio Nazarenas.
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Lunch, Tefilla and Erev Shabbat dinner will be at the hotel. Candles 17.13!!
Bearing in mind the altitude, we’ll take it easy today. Our hotel is right in the center of the city, so we’ll go on a guided tour, through the main square and local market. All meals and Tefillot are at the hotel. After Havdala and dinner we’ll be off to party!
This morning you we’ll see the Sacsayhuaman fortress which overlooks Cusco. Its constructions are amazing, with huge rocks perfectly fitted. Legend has it that it took over 10,000 workers 50 years to build. Sacsayhuaman was long thought to be a fortress, but the layout and the architecture suggest a great sanctuary and temple to the sun, which rises exactly opposite the place previously believed to be the Inca’s throne.
After this visit, lunch will be in the hotel. In the afternoon we’ll see more of Cusco and even be able to do some shopping, or you could enjoy the hotel’s pool or spa facilities until it is time for dinner.
We head out after Shacharit and breakfast in the hotel.
On the way to the Sacred Valley we’ll enjoy amazing views and receive a good insight of Inca history from our guide. The Sacred Valley was undoubtedly a key area of settlement to the Incas; its combination of agreeable climate and fertile plains bestow an unusual abundance for the high Andes. Here the Incas sculpted the mountain flanks with vast contour terracing and irrigation channels.
We’ll also learn about the local handcrafted production of textiles known for their great quality around the world.
We’ll visit Ollantaytambo, a town built over an ancient Inca town. This is a magnificent example of Inca urban planning and one of the few places where the Incas defeated the Spanish.
From here we catch the 13.30 Vistadome train to Aguas Calientes. This train ride is one of the most beautiful journeys that visitors can experience anywhere in the world.
It first passes the Sacred Valley of the Incas and then starts to descend gradually along the edge of the Urubamba River, until it finally reaches the cloud forest.
On arrival, we’ll hop onto one of the buses that will take us to the entrance of Machu Picchu where THE world-famous Sanctuary Lodge hotel is located.
Lunch, brought from our Cusco hotel, will be eaten during the train ride.
Dinner is at Sanctuary Lodge.
Machu Picchu was long thought to be mythical. Then in 1911, the explorer Hiram Bingham stumbled upon its remains. Machu Picchu stands 2,430 m above sea-level, in the middle of a tropical mountain forest, in an extraordinarily beautiful setting. It was probably the most amazing urban creation of the Inca Empire at its height; its giant walls, terraces and ramps seem as if they have been cut naturally in the continuous rock escarpments. It’s worth getting up to see the sunrise!!
Early in the morning, we start with the Lost City of the Incas. Our guide will show us the most important sectors of this great Inca City, such as the great Intiwatana (solar clock), the Sun Temple, the urban sector and the agricultural sector among others. If someone wants to do extreme sports –there’s white water rafting here too!!
There is time to explore before taking the luxurious Hiram Bingham train to Poroy train station where our private transportation will pick us up and take us back to our hotel in Cusco.
Our last day before heading to Cusco airport for flights to Lima and homeward bound!!