Few places on Earth compare to Peru. The blend of living history, breathtaking scenery, and vibrant culture found here sets it apart from any other destination.
About the Tour
Few places on Earth compare to Peru. The blend of living history, breathtaking scenery, and vibrant culture found here sets it apart from any other destination. The Andean peaks and valleys are filled with Incan ruins, from famous Machu Picchu to the majestic Sacsayhuaman. Lima and Cusco are whirlwinds of mestizo and Amerindian culture, modern influence, and beautiful, eclectic architecture. On this tour, you can stand among ancient ruins, hike in the Andes, meet llamas, shop at traditional Peruvian markets, and explore two of South America's preeminent cities. With the services of friendly Local Hosts, you'll be sure to get the most out of your Peruvian adventure.
- Train to Machu Picchu
- 7 nights hotel accommodation
- Daily buffet breakfast, 2 lunches, and 1 three-course dinner
- Visit to the ruins of Ollantaytambo
- Excursion to Pisac and the Awana Kancha llama farm
- City tours of Cusco and Lima
- Services of Local Hosts in each city
Day 1 - Arrive Lima, PeruArrive in Lima, where you will be met by your Local Host.
Day 2 - LimaYour included city tour focuses on Lima's rich colonial history as well as the modern city. Lima was the bastion of Spanish South America from its founding in 1535 until the independence of the South American republics in the early 19th century. See the Cathedral, where the remains of Francisco Pizarro are sealed in a wooden coffin and the Santo Domingo Convent to see the relics of three famous Peruvian saints -Santa Rosa de Lima, San Martin de Porres, and San Juan Macias. (B)
Day 3 - Lima-CuscoFly to Cusco high in the Andes. Your guided tour visits the Santo Domingo Monastery, previously the Koricancha Temple, one of the most important temples devoted to worship of the sun. It is said it was covered in gold leaf and filled with golden representations of nature. In the Plaza de Armas, see the Cathedral before taking a short drive outside the city to the ruins of Sacayhuaman with its intricate stone walls, amphitheatre of Kenko, and the Red Fortress of Puca Pucara. (B)
Day 4 - Cusco-Sacred ValleyToday, a short drive into the Urubamba Valley, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, brings you to Awanakancha, where you will learn about the importance of the alpaca (llama) for Inca cultures as well as the ancient weaving techniques. Continue, to the market town of Pisac. Handmade rugs, alpaca sweaters, and jewelry can be bought here at bargain prices. At the other end of the valley is Ollantaytambo. Here, some of the finest examples of Inca masonry can be seen. (B, L)
Day 5 - Sacred Valley-Machu PicchuBoard a train bound for Machu Picchu and cut a path through the Sacred Valley to this “Lost City of the Incas,” discovered by American explorer Hiram Bingham in 1911. On a guided tour, explore this intact fortress with its temple remains, holy houses, and mile-long aqueduct. For hikers, a brisk one-hour walk leads to the Sun Gate, the ancient entrance used by the Incas. (B, L, D)
Day 6 - Machu Picchu-Sacred Valley-CuscoA morning at leisure allows you to wake up early to see the sunrise over Machu Picchu with your second included entrance to the ruins. Return to Cusco this evening, where your Local Host can recommend dining options for your free night. (B)
Day 7 - Cusco-LimaFly to Lima, where the remainder of the day is at your leisure. (B)
Day 8 - LimaYour vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
Casa Andina Select Miraflores, Lima
This hotel welcomes you to Lima in comfort and style. It is located in the center of Lima's bustling district of Miraflores, within walking distance of shops, restaurants, bars, and other Lima attractions. The excellent Casa Andina Select Miraflores exudes sophistication and comfort, focusing on personalized service and great amenities.
Sonesta Posadas del Inca, Sacred Valley
Bursting with character, the Sonesta Posadas del Inca hotel is the leader in boutique hotels in the Sacred Valley. Featuring a rustic ambiance with modern comforts, dynamite local cuisine, and friendly service, it makes for a memorable stay in one of the most remarkable places in the world. The colonial-style former monastery is surrounded by views of the Andes and beautiful gardens - a leisurely and soothing escape.
El Mapi by Inkaterra, Machu Picchu
Smart and contemporary are the defining elements of this hotel, amidst the commercial village of Machu Picchu Pueblo. The hotel welcomes a wide range of guests expecting an uncomplicated visit. Hotel amenities include a restaurant, bar, hot-water pond, gift shop, Internet, and laundry service.
Additional departures are available upon request. Speak with a rail specialist for details.
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