Legacy of the Incas
On this vacation, you’ll discover Peru's archaeological treasures, visit its ancient ruins, and learn about its ancient culture.
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Discover Peru's archaeological treasures, visit its ancient ruins, and learn about its ancient culture. A highlight of your vacation is a tour to Machu Picchu, where you’ll visit this amazing Inca city. Stand in awe as you witness the ancient ruins surrounded by soaring peaks—one of the most majestic images in South America! Also, see the Temple of Sacsayhuaman, which was built in the early 12th century. Some of the stones used to build the fortress weigh more than 350 tons, and the stones were fit so tightly together that a piece of paper will not fit between the stones. Try to figure out how it was built without the help of modern technology and machinery! While at the ruins, experience a Mother Earth ceremony by a local shaman to thank Mother Earth and to ask for good health and safe travels.
Of course, no trip to Peru is complete without seeing the Nazca Lines. When seen from the air, the lines form precise geometric shapes that number in the hundreds, as well as 70 figures, which include a monkey, whale, hummingbird, shark, spiders, and plants. Archaeologists remain puzzled about why the ancient Nazca people, who thrived here from 200 BC to 500 AD, created illustrations that could only be seen from far above the earth.
These are just some of the many highlights you’ll see on this wonderful Peru vacation. For travelers ready for a new adventure, this tour is not to be missed!
Highlights and Inclusions
- Ride the Vistadome train through the Urubamba Valley
- 11 nights' hotel accommodation
- Breakfast daily, 4 lunches, 8 three-course dinners including a welcome dinner at a historic home and a farewell dinner in Lima
- Entrance to the Machu Picchu ruins
- Pisco sour mixology lessons at Machu Picchu
- Sightseeing with a local guide in Lima, Machu Picchu, and Cusco
- Guided sightseeing to Taquile and the Uros Islands at Lake Titicaca
- Visit a local home in the Sacred Valley for a glimpse into Peruvian life
- Attend a Mother Earth ceremony performed by a local shaman
- Fly over the Nazca lines
- Cruise to the Ballestas Islands
- Visit the ruins at Sillustani
- Services of an expert Tour Director
Day 1 - Arrive in Lima, Peru
Arrive in Lima, where you will be met by your Tour Director.
Day 2 - Lima
This afternoon, your Local Guide focuses on the city's colonial heritage during a walking tour. Start at the Plaza de Armas to see the Government Palace and the cathedral. From here, stroll to the venerable San Francisco Monastery with its splendid 17th-century cloister murals. For a special treat, stop at a local Peruvian Food Market to get a real taste of the lives of the local people. This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner with your fellow traveling companions at one of Lima's finest historic homes, Casa Garcia Alvarado. (B, D)
Day 3 - Cusco & The Sacred Valley
Fly to Cusco, the impressive Andean city that was once the capital of the Inca Empire. Head into the Sacred Valley of the Incas, where you will enjoy a special lunch at a private location. Here, enjoy a live Andean band and experience a mystical Local Favorite El Pago a la Tierra, or mother earth ceremony, performed by a local shaman. These ceremonies thanking Mother Earth and asking for good health and safe travels have been practiced in Peru since before the arrival of the Incas. Next, continue to PISAC, an old mountain village where you will have free time to shop for local wares such as alpaca sweaters and blankets, jewelry, or hand-painted ornamental dishes and vases. Stay in the Sacred Valley tonight, and enjoy a special dinner at the hotel. (B, L, D)
Day 4 - Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu
This morning, visit the Inca Fortress of Ollantaytambo, followed by the opportunity to visit a Local Home, meet some of the locals, and experience their way of life. Next, board the Vistadome Train for a short journey through the lush Urubamba Valley. Then, transfer to a motorcoach for the ascent to legendary Machu Picchu, the “Lost City of the Incas,” high above the steep valley overlaid with dense tropical jungle. Your Local Guide will bring you closer to the lives and mysteries still hidden in these amazing structures built by the pre-Columbian masters of this sacred land. Tonight, learn how to mix the perfect Pisco Sour, Peru's national drink, before dinner at the hotel. (B, L, D)
Day 5 - Machu Picchu & Cusco
Your entrance to Machu Picchu is included for a second day. Enjoy the tranquility of the morning, with free time to wander the ruins at your own pace and experience the magic that is Machu Picchu. After lunch, return to the Sacred Valley by Train and continue on to Cusco. (B, L)
Day 6 - Cusco
This morning, learn more about the Incas and their struggle against invading Spaniards on your Cusco city tour, with visits to the imposing cahedral and the Santo Domingo Monastery. During your city tour, you will be greeted by an Inca King, so have your cameras ready! Also visit the semi-circular Kenko Temple with its stone altars and labyrinth of passages, and see the ancient site of Puca Pucara before the Temple of Sacsayhuaman, perched on a hillside overlooking Cusco. It remains unfathomable how and when this fortress of gigantic stones—with some blocks weighing more than 350 tons—was built. The remainder of your day is free to explore at your leisure. Tonight, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.. (B, D)
Day 7 - Juliaca & Puno (Lake Titicaca)
Board a flight to Juliaca, where you will continue to Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca. (B, D)
Day 8 - Excursion to Lake Titicaca
Today, take a motorboat trip to some of the more unique islands of Lake Titicaca. Start with Taquile Island, which was once part of the Inca Empire and was one of the last areas of Peru to be conquered by Spain in the 16th century. The Spanish banned traditional dress on the island, which is why the Spanish peasant dress can still be found today. Next, travel to the fascinating Uros Islands, home to the Uros Indians, who were forced to live on the lake as the Inca Indians pushed farther into their territory. These islands are completely made by reeds and are continually added to as they disintegrate to the bottom of the lake. (B, L, D)
Day 9 - Juliaca & Lima
Depart for Juliaca this morning, visiting the ruins of Sillustani en route. At this pre-Incan burial ground, see where the ancient Aymaras buried their high priests in chullpas—above-ground, cylinder-shaped tombs dating back to the 1400s. While here, spend some time with the locals, see their homes, learn how they work, what they eat, and gain a better understanding of their lives. Fly from Juliaca to Lima this afternoon. (B)
Day 10 - Paracas, Ballestas Islands Cruise & Nazca Lines
Enjoy a scenic drive south along the Pan-American Highway to the Bay of Paracas. Cruise out to the Ballestas Islands, which are inhabited by a wide variety of sea mammals and exotic birds, including boobies, sea lions, and Humboldt penguins. The huge Candelabro, a candelabra-shaped etching on the Paracas cliffside, can also be seen as you cruise back to shore. Continue to the town of Pisco, the wine capital of Peru. Have your camera handy today as you board your aircraft for a flight over the Nazca plains, which can only be appreciated by air. Your pilot will point out the mysterious markings known as the Nazca Lines, a series of drawings of animals and geometric figures etched into the parched soil—some up to 1,000 feet long! Theories vary, but the most accepted belongs to German mathematician Maria Reiche, who dubbed the land the “astronomical calendar” of the ancient Peruvians. Enjoy dinner this evening at your hotel. (B, D)
Day 11 - Paracas & Lima
After some free time in Paracas, return to Lima today. Tonight, your Tour Director hosts a memorable farewell dinner at a local restaurant. (B, D)
Day 12 - Lima
Your tour ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
Train and Hotel Accommodations
Casa Andina Premium Miraflores, Lima
With its stylish contemporary design, cutting-edge technology and ideal location, the flagship Casa Andina Private Collection - Miraflores hotel is the top of its class in every aspect. Amenities include a restaurant, bar, coffee shop, beauty salon, spa, pool, gym, business center, gift shops, and laundry service.
Casa Andina Premium Sacred Valley, Sacred Valley
The Casa Andina Private Collection hotel in the Sacred Valley is a luxurious and satisfying retreat. Combining fine food, comfortable rooms, and personalized attention, it is the Valley's most complete hotel. In additon to a spa, a fitness center, and romantic dining, this hotel is best known for providing panoramic views of the Andes in every room. This charming mountain chalet-style hotel adds style and comfort to the already stunning atmosphere of Peru's Sacred Valley.
Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel, Machu Picchu
The Sumaq Hotel is located at the foot of the Machu Picchu ruins and boasts an Andean health spa, bar, restaurant, gift shop, and business center.
Casa Andina Premium Cusco, Cusco
A beautifully renovated 18th-century manor house is located 3 blocks from Cusco's Plaza de Armas. The hotel is distinguished by its 3 interior patios with wooden balconies. The principal patio, featuring a gurgling stone fountain, is one of Cusco's emblematic colonial courtyards. Amenities include a gourmet restaurant, bar, reading room, room service, gift shop, and laundry service.
Libertador Puno Hotel, Puno
The Libertador Lake Titicaca is located on Esteves Island on the shores of Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world. Featuring unforgettable views of the lake, the hotel is located in the bay of Puno on a rocky hill surrounded by the extensive reed forest.
Doubletree Hotel Paracas, Paracas
The Doubletree Resort is located ideally along beautiful Paracas beach, and offers guests a modern facility with a wide range of onsite amenities. This includes two restaurants, snack bar, private beach, fitness center, spa, pool, jacuzzi, sauna, and business center. The resorts also offers a wide array of leisure activities such as aerobics, dance lessons, volleyball, tennis, kayaking or simply lounging and relaxing to the sound of waves on the beach.
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