The Belmond Insiders’ Peru Tour offers a 7-day luxury experience of Peru’s most famous attractions and some fascinating lesser-known sites around Cusco.

Over 7-days, you will explore Cusco and the Sacred Valley of the Incas. The Belmond Insiders’ Peru Tour includes your first night in Lima’s most fashionable district and then a focus on the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, and Cusco itself, the historic capital of the Incan Empire.

While in Cusco, first enjoy a relaxing stroll through the streets to familiarize yourself with this fascinating city. After this, enjoy a guided tour of the Santo Domingo Temple & Koricancha, which was the Inca’s principal religious building. Visit Tambomachay, Qenqo, and the formidable Incan fortress of Sacsayhuaman. Visit different museums then head to the Sacred Valley of the Incas and the Urubamba River to see traditional Andean villages, local markets, and Ollantaytambo with the Incan fortress. You will then enjoy the luxurious Hiram Bingham train to the famous Machu Picchu citadel to have a guided tour of this incredible Incan monument.

On your tour, enjoy a stay at the Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel in Lima, the Belmond Palacio Nazarenas in Cusco, and the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge next to Machu Picchu itself.

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Cusco is located in the southern Peruvian Andes and is the main tourist destination in Peru with around two million visitors each year. Cusco sits on the location of the capital for the Inka Empire, which spanned from 13th century to 1532. Because of this, the city is a mix of colonial and Inka architecture and the city itself is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As well as the wealth of archeology, Cusco is the base to experience a contrast to lowland Amazon Rainforest, the misty cloud forest of Manu National Park.

Manu National Park Cloud Forest

The largest National Park in Peru, Manu contains an astonishing diversity of life. Manu National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site and contains many endangered, threatened and endemic plants and animals, and also lots of species that are still unknown to science. Because of the position of Manu, which includes land on the eastern slope of the Andes, you can visit the Manu Cloud Forest and see the contrasts to lowland rainforest. Enjoy incredible Cloud Forest bird life and see different Orchids and other flowers. You may not think of bears living in the Amazon Rainforest, but the Cloud Forest offers many exceptions as you will stand a chance of seeing the only bear on the continent, the Spectacled Bears that live in these dense Andean rainforests.

Manu National park Lowland Rainforest

As well as the Manu National Park Cloud Forest, you can combine tours from Cusco to experience the lowland Manu rainforest to see beautiful Oxbow Lakes home to Giant Otters, Turtles, Caiman and many birds. The park offers a change to see Clay Licks to see Macaw Parrots and Tapir (South America’s largest land mammal), and of course the forest itself with its abundant Monkeys, Birds, Reptiles and Amphibians.


Being the ancient capital of the Inkas, Cusco is full of archeological sites. Here you can visit the famous Machu Picchu, however, given the restrictions and the worries about degradation along the Inka Trail, there are alternatives. For example, behind Machu Picchu is the Cradle of Gold, built to rival its famous neighbor. You can take the Weaver’s Way to Machu Picchu as well to see Lares and the andean communities of Patacancha and Willoq.

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The hotspot in Peru is the city of Cusco located in the southern portion of the country. From Cusco, you can organise tours to see the archaeological sites of the Inkas, the main attraction being Machu Picchu. This 15th-century Inka site draws hundreds of thousands of tourists each year to see the ancient ruins and hike the Inka Trail. However, there is much more to Peru than this site and there are even more archaeological interests, such as the Inka Cradle of Gold and Northern Kingdoms.

In addition to archaeology, Peru boasts the second largest amount of Amazon Rainforest and more species of animals and plants have been found in this region than in others. As Earth’s largest container of life, this is clearly a must see if you’re even a little bit interested in nature.

If you like Monkeys, Sloths, Macaws, Parrots and other Birds, the Amazon Rainforest should be on your list. If you would like to unwind free from the stresses of city life, a tour of the Amazon Rainforest is also recommended. You can choose budget friendly visits, such as from Puerto Maldonado, as well as luxury cruises from Iquitos. If you’re after adventure for deeper experiences of the Amazon Rainforest, you can find these tours from both Puerto Maldonado and Iquitos. We have selected some of the best tour operators to make sure you make the most of your visit. Continue To Amazon Tours >>

Protected Areas

The protected areas in Peru include the following UNESCO World Heritage listed areas:

UNESCO World Heritage listed Cultural Protected Areas:

  • Chan Chan Archaeological Zone (1986)
  • Chavin (Archaeological Site) (1985)
  • City of Cuzco (1983)
  • Historic Centre of Lima (1988)
  • Historical Centre of the City of Arequipa (2000)
  • Lines and Geoglyphs of Nasca and Pampas de Jumana (1994)
  • Sacred City of Caral-Supe (2009)
  • Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu (1983)

UNESCO World Heritage listed Natural Protected Areas:

  • Huascarán National Park (1985)
  • Manú National Park (1987)
  • Río Abiseo National Park (1990)

Complementing these areas, there are many more national parks and reserves that protect an incredible number and diversity of birds, mammals, amphibians, plants, insects and reptiles as well as offering protection for the Amazon’s remaining indigenous populations.

Other protected areas of Amazon Rainforest:

  • Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, Loreto
  • Tamshiyacu Tahuayo Reserve, Loreto
  • Allpahuayo-Mishana National Reserve, Loreto
  • Matsés National Reserve, Loreto
  • Bahuaja-Sonene National Park, Madre de Dios
  • Tambopata National Reserve, Madre de Dios
  • Otishi National Park, Junín

Other Peruvian protected areas:

  • Paracas National Reserve, Ica
  • Lachay Hills Reserve, Lima
  • Titicaca, Puno
  • National Reserve of Pampa Galeras Barbara D’Achille, Ayacucho
  • Salinas and Aguada Blanca National Reserve, Arequipa
  • Tumbes National Reserve, Tumbes


These reserves, especially those in the Amazon Rainforest, contain an incredible diversity of wildlife. Some reserves, such as the Pampa Galeras National Reserve, protect Peru’s wild camelids, the ancestors of llamas and alpacas.

Peru is a bird enthusiast’s paradise. From the Andes to the Amazon, you can find incredible bird life. The National Bird of Peru is the Cock of the Rock (Rupicola peruvianus), easily seen near the Cock of the Rock Lodge on a 3D/2N tour from Cusco.

As Peru contains a large portion of the Amazon Rainforest, the country includes a large amount of Amazon wildlife, such as sloths, monkeys, macaws, giant otters, anacondas and much more, which you can see from Peru’s top Amazon Rainforest Lodges.


Peru is a hit with food lovers worldwide for its traditional and unique cuisine. If you’re even a little bit interested in sampling different foods, you will have already heard about ceviche, a dish originating in Peru consisting of raw fish drizzled with lemon, lime and spices.

Lock up your pets for the next dish, as you may not have realised that Guinea Pigs were originally bred for food and as Europeans farmed Sheep, Goats and Cows, Peruvians living in the Andes farmed Guinea Pigs known locally as cuy.

There are many other main meals to try like various beef, chicken and even alpaca dishes as well as meals centered around the potato. Potatoes originated in Peru and only a few varieties from the thousands available were exported to the rest of the world.

For dessert, again there are many varieties available like the Suspiro a la Limeña, which had its origins in the 19th Century and includes peanut and meringue flavors. Another traditional dessert from the colonial era is Frejol Colado, which is made using black or red beans, honey molasses, clove and toasted sesame seeds. The preparation varies, but usually includes cinnamon, nutmeg, anise, red wine, molasses, and brown sugar.

Of an evening, the cocktail of choice is the Pisco Sour, which has a heavy citrus, sour flavor and had its origins in Lima, Peru.


The main cities in Peru to base yourself for a Peruvian adventure are:

  • Lima: Gastronomy, culture, base for tours to other areas
  • Cusco: Machu Picchu, Cradle of Gold, Manu cloud forest
  • Puerto Maldonado: Most developed Amazon tourism industry
  • Iquito: Amazon lodges & cruises on the Amazon River
  • Cajamarca: Explore Inca history
  • Chiclayo: Explore Chachapoyas history
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South America

South America

A continent of contrasts, South America split from the African landmass and joined with North America to merge a distinct set of flora, fauna and geographical features. The South American continent is bound by the Atlantic Ocean to the east, the Pacific Ocean to the west and is the jumping off point for Antarctica to the south. After the merger with North America, the Isthmus of Panama in the north would be the land bridge by which many different animals, including humans, migrated south into this diverse continent. Welcome to South America.

South American Rainforest

The largest tract of continuous rainforest on Earth is found in South America. The Amazon is larger than the other largest rainforests, the Congo Rainforest in West Africa and the New Guinean Rainforest in Australasia, combined. This incredible forest has filled the hearts and minds of naturalists and explorers for hundreds of years and can be accessed from any one of the nine nations it crosses. For the majority of Amazon tourists, the two countries to base themselves for an Amazon Adventure are Peru and Brazil, which contain the largest portions of the rainforest, but there are lesser known adventurous alternatives…

The Brazilian Cerrado

The Brazilian Cerrado is the country’s 2nd largest habitat after the Amazon Rainforest. The Cerrado is a tropical savanna habitat that experiences a humid climate. The habitat is home to many endemic species found nowhere else on Earth. Here you will see incredible wildlife, such as Endangered Maned Wolves, Hyacinth Macaws, and tool-using Capuchin Monkeys.

The Pantanal

The Pantanal Wetlands allows a higher chance of seeing some of the Amazon Rainforest’s most sort-after wildlife, such as Jaguar, Giant Otters and Capybara. The open and often treeless habitat means Capybara can roam the grasslands in huge numbers and animals cannot easily hide from view. Although lesser known than the Amazon, the Pantanal houses an equal concentration of wildlife to the densest areas in Africa.

Brazilian Atlantic Forest

When the Portuguese first set foot on South America over 500 years ago, they were met with the Atlantic Forest. One of the most threatened tropical forests, the Atlantic forest in southern Brazil is home to many highly threatened animals and plants. Over 85% of the original forest cover has been deforested, but because of its significance as a home for many endemic species, hundreds of businesses, NGOs and charities are working to restore this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

South American Countries

The main countries that make up South America are, in order of highest population, Brazil, Colombia, Argentina, Peru, Venezuela, Chile, Ecuador, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uraguay, Trinidad & Tobago, Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana (France).

Eco Regions in South America

Tourists can explore the different eco-regions in South America, which offer a chance to view breathtaking scenery, amazing wildlife and contrasting environments. You can explore the Amazon Rainforest or Atlantic Forest previously mentioned, the wetlands, which are home to abundant animals and plants, Andean Cloud Forest to see incredible bird life, the Atacama desert, Earth’s driest area, the Andean mountain range, the world’s longest mountain range, and the famous Galapagos Islands off the coast of Ecuador to see uniquely famous animals and plants.

Wildlife and Protected Areas

Within these Bio Regions are the main National Parks that protect South America’s famous and world renowned wildlife for future generations. View the famous macaws of Tambopata National Reserve and Manu National Park and see Jaguar in the Pantanal.

Tourist Attractions – Culture, History and Nature

In addition to South America’s cities and bio regions, tourists flock to South America to see its rich cultural heritage for a glimpse into a land before the modern world as well as natural wonders, such as Angel Falls in Venezuela, the world’s highest waterfall.

South America History

Like the pyramids of Egypt, South America is home to its own archeological sites of now vanished societies. Machu Picchu in Peru alone draws hundreds of thousands of tourists each year to visit this mystical Incan ruin. As well as Machu Picchu, Peru is home to other archaeological sites like the Cradle of Gold and the latest tourist destination, the Northern Kingdoms.

There have been many different civilizations in South America, such as the Chavin, which spanned 900 BC to 300 AD, the Moche, from 100 BC to 700 AD, the Chachopayas, from 1000–1450, but none that have caught the public attention as much as the Inkas, which dominated the Andean region from 1438 to 1533 and were invaded by the Spanish in one of the most significant periods in South American history. To explore South America’s rich and interesting Archeological sites, travel to one of our popular Ancient Destinations.

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The Belmond Insiders' Peru Tour includes accommodation at the Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel in Lima, the Belmond Palacio Nazarenas in Cusco, and the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge next to Machu Picchu itself.

The Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel

The Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel is located in Lima’s tourist district and is centrally located to explore the city’s highlights.

At the Belmond Miraflores Park, enjoy delicious cuisine, personalised service, and a range of excellent facilities to make the most of your time in Peru’s capital city. The hotel features a heated rooftop pool, executive lounge, and modern fitness centre.

On your Belmond Unmissable Peru Tour on the standard program, you will be accommodated in the Ocean View Junior Suite. The suite features fine cotton linens and a separate sitting space and work area where you can enjoy fantastic ocean views.

Room Features

  • King-sized bed
  • Living area with desk
  • Spacious marble bathroom
  • Size: from 45 m2 / 484 ft2


  • Two phone lines
  • Wireless internet
  • Widescreen LCD TV and DVD
  • Fully stocked minibar

The Belmond Palacio Nazarenas

The Belmond Palacio Nazarenas is positioned behind Cusco’s main square making it centrally placed to explore this fascinating city. The Belmond Palacio Nazarenas was once a palace and convent. After restoration, this is now one of the city's most celebrated and exclusive hotels.

Walk past the walls of Inca stones and into the beatuiful courtyard with a central fountain. You will then see the heated outdoor pool and stylish restaurant, which serves a modern take on local cuisine.

At the Belmond Palacio Nazarenas, the facilities and features you can enjoy include the outdoor heated swimming pool, terraces and patios with indigenous flowers and kitchen herbs, a large chapel, which now offers a guest lounge, and library. In addition, there is a lounge with one iMac computer, a snooker table and a 50" screen. The hotel also offers a small boutique offering quality handicrafts made by the top local artisans. There is also a butler service.

On the Belmond Insiders' Peru Tour standard program, you will be accommodated in the Junior Suite. These are located in the historic part of the hotel with fantastic courtyard views. The suites offer a small sitting area with a dining table and chairs. Each of the suites offers underfloor heating and a unique Peruvian travertine marble décor.

Room Features

  • King-sized or twin poster beds
  • Peruvian marble bathrooms


  • 24 hour butler service
  • Bar with espresso and tea making facilities, nibbles and pisco station
  • Satellite TV and sound system
  • Wireless internet and iPad with Nazarenas' App
  • In-suite boutique (upon request

The Belmond Sanctuary Lodge

The Belmond Sanctuary Lodge is the only hotel located next to the incredible ancient Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.

Because of its incredible position, the hotel is the best base for ease of access to the most famous monument of the Incan Empire. This means you can explore the structure in early morning or late afternoon, which is the best time to explore when the majority of other visitors have left.

Enjoy sitting out on the terrace and enjoying delicious Peruvian cuisine. The hotel then features beautiful gardens to see many different flowers with stunning views across Machu Picchu. Many different Andean birds also come to visit the garden each day. There is also a wellness center for some rest and relaxation after spending the day exploring the ancient citadel. Even the massages are influenced by Incan techniques

On your Belmond Unmissable Peru Tour on the standard program, you will be accommodated in the Superior Rooms. The rooms offer an unrivalled position near the entrance to Machu Picchu.

Room Features

  • Twin beds
  • En-suite bathroom (shower only)

Room Amenities

  • LCD Satellite TV
  • Radio alarm clock with docking station
  • Minibar
  • Wireless internet


Day 1 - Arrival Lima

Arrive at Lima International Airport by scheduled flight.

After you arrive in Lima’s international airport, your Belmond Insiders' Peru Tour representative will be waiting in the arrivals hall. You will then be taken to your hotel in Lima, which will take around 45 minutes dependent on the traffic conditions.

After you arrive, enjoy the hotel facilities or exploring the tourist district of Lima. You will then have a relaxing night sleep at the Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel.

In : Day 01-17 Out : Day 02-17
1 Ocean View Junior Suite (1 Double)

Check-in from 15:00hs / Check-out at 12:00hs

Overnight at Belmond Miraflores Park.

Meals included: -- / -- / --

Day 2 - Lima / Cusco

At 07:15 in the morning, you will meet your Belmond Insiders' Peru Tour representative in the hotel lobby for your private transfer to Lima Airport for your scheduled flight to Cusco.

Flight LA 2021 from Lima to Cusco. Departure at 10:15hs. / Arrival at 11:45hs. (Suggested flight)

Upon arrival in Cusco, you will be met after luggage collection by the Belmond Insiders' Peru Tour representative and transferred to the Belmond Palacio Nazarenas Hotel.

In : Day 02-17 Out : Day 05-17
1 Junior Suite (1 Double)

Check-in from 14:30hs / Check-out at 12:00noon

You will now have some time to relax and getting accustomed to the high altitude and exploring the fascinating streets by the hotel.

In the afternoon, you will enjoy a sightseeing guided tour of Cusco. From Palacio Nazarenas, visit the Cathedral backing the beautiful plaza and see the fascinating religious artwork. After this, visit the Santo Domingo Temple & Koricancha, which was the most important religious building for the Incas. The temple was devoted to the Sun god before being transformed into a Dominican Church by the Spanish colonists.

Overnight at Belmond Palacio Nazarenas

Meals included: Breakfast / -- / --

Day 3 - Cusco

Starting at 09:30, you will enjoy a morning guided tour of the nearby archeological sites.

You will first visit Tambomachay, which is an ancient complex about 9km from Cusco city. The site was built on a hill around a spring said to have been worshipped by the Incas. It’s thought that the area was “The Bath of the Inca” and may have been a spa resort for elite Inca leaders. The water still flows today through the terraced rocks and aqueducts. There is also a festival held here every August.

After this, you will visit Qenqo. This is an ancient labyrinth of staircases and channels that were carved into a rocky hilltop. There is then a fascinating sacrificial altar at its centre. Qenqo is believed to have been the site of many Inca rituals, as well as a place of storage for the chicha (fermented maize beer) used in the ceremonies.

You will now continue to the impressive pre-Incan fortress of Sacsayhuaman. Enjoy exploring the structure but also the panoramic view of Cusco city. Sacsayhuaman itself boasts impressive Incan masonry that was mysterious to the Spanish conquistadors. The walls are over 9m (30ft) tall and weigh up to 125 tons.

You will now return to your hotel or you can walk from Sacsayhuaman to Cuzco city.

After this, we will visit the Museum of Pre-Columbian Art. See some fantastic examples of ancient art, including unique pottery and gold artifacts.

Enjoy exploring the streets of Cuzco, which offer some of the most historically fascinating walks found in any city. The streets are often lined with incredible Incan walls built of giant granite blocks. The Spanish often used these blocks to build the foundations of their new city.

You will walk to the San Blas district, which is one of the most traditional neighborhoods of Cuzco. This is also one of the most relaxed and attractive sections of the city. The district is only two blocks away from the Plaza de Armas (the main square) and Palacio Nazarenas. See the district’s narrow, winding streets and colonial-style houses. Historically, the area was known for the artisans and craftsmen skilled in metalwork, pottery, painting and carving. The district today is known for its fantastic art displays, exhibitions, vibrant bars and restaurants.

Overnight at Belmond Palacio Nazarenas

Meals included: Breakfast / -- / --

Day 4 - Cusco / Sacred Valley / Cusco

Starting at 09:30 in the morning, you will be enjoying a full day tour of the Sacred Valley. (Approx 7hrs).

While in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, explore the lush green slopes lining the Urubamba River. Not just a beautiful area, the valley is extremely fertile with terraces lining the area. There are many Incan and pre-Incan archaeological sites dotting the area.

You visit a small small Andean Indian village high on the plains called Chinchero. See some fantastic views of the Sacred Valley and the distant snow-capped peaks. You will visit the Nilda Callañaupa textile workshop and have a relaxed master class on traditional Andean weaving techniques.

Your host in Chinchero: Nilda Callañaupa

Nilda grew up in Chinchero and organized weaving exhibitions and workshops in several universities in the USA. Nilda is also the founder and director of the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco.

After this, you will continue to the Hotel Rio Sagrado within the Sacred Valley. Enjoy the flower-filled gardens that stretch down to the Urubamba River and beautiful views. Here, we will enjoy a lunch with dishes based on fresh produce from the surrounding farms.

Before Lunch: Experience a “Payment to the Earth” Ceremony

This is a custom performed by indigenous Andean cultures today. Led by a shaman, it consists of laying out small amounts of native Andean cereals, grains and fruits, along with coca leaves, as offerings. The ceremony ends with the ritual burning of the offerings so that they can return whence they came, rising into the sky while any remaining ashes are buried in the earth to complete the cycle.

You will now visit the impressive Ollantaytambo, which is both a great Incan fortress and a town. This is one of the oldest continuously occupied settlements in the Americas. You will also visit th fortress itself with giant boulders and stone doorways.

You will climb the stone steps to see the incredible citadel perched on the mountainside. From here, the view down the valley is spectacular and you can also marvel at the huge, pink-granite monoliths that form the Temple of the Sun.

Return to your hotel in Cuzco.

Overnight at Belmond Palacio Nazarenas

Meals included: Breakfast / Lunch / --

Day 5 - Cusco / Machu Picchu

Today is often the much anticipated journey to Machu Picchu to explore this incredible Incan monument. Discovered for the outside world in 1911, Machu Picchu continues to amazon visitors and experts alike. The incredible structure is now classed as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

To reach Machu Pucchu, you will be escorted to Poroy station where you travel aboard the luxurious Hiram Bingham train. Enjoy a light, early lunch on board.

Train departs at: 09:05hs. / Arrival: 12:24hs.

When you arrive in Aguas Calientes station at the foot of the monument, there is a 25-minute bus ride that takes you to the Incan citadel. Here, your private guide is waiting for you for a full afternoon of exploration.

Enjoy exploring the ruins with your private guide as you imagine the priests, craftsmen and servants who resided in this seemingly uninhabitable citadel.

Belmond Sanctuary Lodge
In : Day 05-17 Out : Day 06-17
1 Deluxe Mountain View room (1 Double)

Check in: 13:00hs / Check out: 11:00hs

Dinner is served at the hotel.

Overnight at Belmond Sanctuary Lodge.

Meals included: Breakfast / Lunch on board / Dinner

Day 6 - Machu Picchu / Cusco

After an early breakfast, enjoy an extended visit to Machu Picchu and its surrounding complexes on your own. Only entrances to the citadel (first shift) and Huayna Picchu are included.

You also have the option of an early hike to Huayna Picchu, which is the mountain behind Machu Picchu. Entrances for this hike are limited per day and have to be purchased in advance. Huayna Picchu opens in two shifts, 07:00hs and 10:00hs (subject to availability). This hike is strenuous and recommended only for travelers comfortable with heights and who have a good fitness level. A fair amount of climbing is required. However, you will enjoy fantastic views of Machu Picchu from the top.

We inform you that your program includes entrances to Machu Picchu Citadel for the morning shift, which is from 06:00hs to 12:00 noon. If you want to re-enter the citadel in the afternoon shift - 12:30hs to 17:00hs – kindly let us know so we can include a second entrance.

At 16:50hs, you will board the bus to Aguas Calientes where you will take the Hiram Bingham train to Cusco.

Train departs at 17:50hs. An elegant dinner will be served on board (including soft drinks, Peruvian wine and Pisco), which adds to you experience. You will also be entertained by our staff.

Arrival in Cusco at 21:16hs, transfer from Poroy train station to the Hotel.

Belmond Palacio Nazarenas
In : Day 06-17 Out : Day 07-17
1 Junior Suite (1 Double)

Check-in from 14:30hs / Check-out at 12:00noon

Overnight at Belmond - Palacio Nazarenas.

Meals included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner on board

Day 7 - Cusco / Lima / Leave

At 08:35hs, please meet your Belmond Insiders' Peru Tour representative at the lobby for your private transfer to Cusco Airport for your scheduled flight.

Flight LA 2004 from Cusco to Lima. Departure at 10:35hs. / Arrival at 12:05hs. (Suggested flight)

Meals included: Breakfast / -- / --


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