Peru is a country in South America that’s home to a section of the Amazon rainforest and Machu Picchu, an ancient Incan city high in the Andes mountains. The region around Machu Picchu, including the Sacred Valley, Inca Trail and colonial city of Cusco, is rich in archaeological sites. On Peru’s arid Pacific coast is Lima, the capital, with a preserved colonial center and important collections of pre-Columbian art.
Peru inspires wonder, from the majestic ruins of Machu Picchu and the mysterious Nazca Lines to the Cordillera Blanca’s soaring peaks and Lake Titicaca’s floating islands. Stroll Cusco’s cobblestone streets and take in stunning Inca and colonial architecture or visit an Andean community where daily life remains rooted in tradition. Savor intriguing flavors: the country of pisco sours and ceviche is now a hotbed for fusion food. Surfing, trekking, and bird-watching satisfy a thirst for outdoor adventure, and world-class hotels offer creature comforts.
Duration: 8 days
Arrival: April 19, 2019
Departure: April 26, 2019
Destinations: Lima, Machu Picchu, Cusco & Sacred Valley
Day 1: April 19
Arrive in Lima & Transfer to hotel
Day 2: April 20
Lima City Tour & Larco Museum Tour
Day 3: April 21
Fly to Cusco
Day 4: April 22
Cusco City Tour
Day 5: April 23
Sacred Valley Tour
Day 6: April 24
Machu Picchu Tour
Day 7: April 25
Cusco Free Day
Day 8: April 26
Depart from Cusco
Day 1 Arrive in Lima and transfer to the hotel.
Welcome to Lima, the international gateway to Peru. These next few days are packed with adventure, but tonight, we’ll meet you upon arrival at the Lima airport ad take you to your hotel for a good night’s rest after your flight.
Hotel: Best Western Urban Larco
Day 2 Lima City Tour + Larco Museum Tour
Meet your guide and begin with a driving tour through Lima’s modern districts including Miraflores and San Isidro. You’ll also stop at the Parque del Amor overlooking the Pacific Ocean and the 4th century Huaca Pucllana. Next, continue to the UNESCO-recognized Historic Center. Stops include Plaza San Martin with its old mansions and balconies, the Plaza de Armas to see the Presidential Palace and the Lima Cathedral, and San Francisco Church to explore its subterranean catacombs.
Lastly, visit one of the best museums in Latin America, the world renowned Larco Museum, which houses a collection of ancient Peruvian treasures going back 5,000 years.
Pick-up and drop-off at your hotel. Entrance fees included.
Tour duration: 4.5 hours.
Day 3 – Fly to Cusco
Fly to Cusco this morning and settle in for an afternoon of rest and easy exploration as you begin to adjust to the altitude.
Hotel: Casa San Blas Boutique
Situated at 3,400 M (11,150 ft.), Cusco is a beautiful city of whitewashed walls, red-tiled roofs, and soaring churches nestled in a fertile mountain basin. Walk around the historic center to see gorgeous colonial architecture and the remnants of Inca walls. Be sure to head to the Plaza de Armas to experience the social heart of the bustling city.
Day 4 – Cusco City Tour
Your tour today will introduce you to the remarkable history of Cusco as visible in its monumental architecture, richly ornamented churches, and present-day Andean cultural practices.
Begin the UNESCO-recognized historic center. Visit the majestic Cusco Cathedral and the Qoricancha or Temple of the Sun. Then drive into the countryside to see the ruins of Sacsayhuaman. Qenko, Tambomachay, and Pukapukara.
Day 5- Sacred Valley Tour
The Sacred Valley was the spiritual center of the Inca Empire, where all-powerful emperors built private estates, temples, fortifications and thousands of agricultural terraces.
Join your guide for a jaunt through the Sacred Valley’s remarkable places. Explore the Pisac ruins and shop at the famous artisan market the village plaza. Scale the heights of Ollantaytambo fortress and be sure to explore the stone-lined streets of the village where water still flows through Inca-built channels.
Overnight in the Sacred Valley.
Hotel: El Albergue
Day 6 Machu Picchu Tour
For 400 years, the “lost city of the Incas” remained hidden atop a mountain ridge until it was revealed to the world on the pages of National Geographic in 1911.
Your day begins with an early morning train, followed by a bus transfer up to the ruins. Your tour guide will lead you on an unforgettable walk through Machu Picchu’s stone-lined paths, along the terrace edge, to the base of structures that testify to the extraordinary skill of its builders.
After snapping some final photos, board the shuttle bus back to town and transfer to the train station for your return to Cusco.
Day 7 Free Day in Cusco
Meet your guide at your hotel and begin your Peruvian cooking class with a tour of San Pedro Market where many local products are sold. Then head to the Rooftop Kitchen building where you will learn to prepare a classic pisco sour, an appetizer, and the main dish. Once the cooking is done, dig into your delicious meal.
Class available for lunch (11 am) and dinner (4 pm). Includes hotel pick-up and drop-off.
The best days in Cusco are those when you have time to get wonderfully lost exploring the narrow cobble-stoned roads of the old Inca imperial capital. Browse the artisan workshops and boutique shops of San Blas. Go to San Pedro Market to shop with the locals. A favorite is people watching on the Plaza de Armas while sipping a coffee or cocktail.
Day 8 Departure from Cusco
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Payments: 50% deposit to Confirm. Final Payment 60 days prior to departure.
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