Lima – Cusco – Machupicchu – Lima
This itinerary includes all of the most important highlights in the country, the “must-sees” in any visit to Peru. Lima, Cusco and Machupicchu are covered in this 8-day program, as we explore the country’s history, its stunning geography and scenery, and the impressive Inca and colonial legacy.
You are met upon arrival and transferred to your hotel.
Today we embark upon a full day guided tour of Lima, visiting the historical center, the Plaza de Armas and the San Francisco Monastery. Lunch at one of the most renowned restaurants in Lima to taste the gourmet seafood specialties offered by the rich Peruvian cuisine. In the afternoon, we visit the fascinating Larco Herrera Museum, which houses the most extensive collection of Pre-Columbian art in the country, including fine examples of textiles, pottery and gold and silver pieces set with semiprecious stones.
Morning flight to Cusco, where we enjoy lunch at a local restaurant upon arrival. We are then driven to the Sacred Valley, visiting the archaeological site of Sacsayhuamán on the way. We also stop to learn the ancient weaving techniques used to create Andean clothing at Awanacancha, a breeding center for South American camelids. The Sacred Valley, at a lower elevation than Cusco, enjoys a mild climate and offers the visitor a chance to acclimatize to the region in a less physically demanding environment.. Surrounded by varied and dramatic landscapes, it has become a prime tourist destination in Peru.
Today we explore the Sacred Valley of the Incas, with visits to Pisaq archaeological site and its colorful market. Lunch at Casa Hacienda Orihuela, a private residence with an impressive collection of Inca and colonial art and artifacts, where the Lambarri-Orihuela family will be our hosts. In the afternoon, we visit Ollantaytambo, a still-thriving Inca village set below an ancient Inca fortress and temple with stunning views over the valley that makes us feel as if we have stepped back into the 15th century.
This morning we board the Vistadome train to Machu Picchu, the “Lost City of the Incas”. We spend the rest of the morning visiting the Sacred Inca citadel, exploring its main temples and hidden corners. We enjoy a delicious buffet lunch at the famous Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge Hotel, in its unequaled location at the entrance of the Inca Citadel ruins. In the afternoon, bus downhill to Aguas Calientes for overnight.
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Morning at leisure. You have a second opportunity to visit Machu Picchu and climb Huayna Picchu (or Machu Picchu Mountain) on your own where one can experience spectacular views of all of Machu Picchu, the valleys and mountains that surround it. (Entrance fee and guide not included this day) (Note that the entrance fees are subject to availability, limited spaces). Alternatively, we also suggest to stay in Aguas Calientes and visit the local handicraft market before we return to Cusco in the evening on the Vistadome train.
In the morning, we visit the legendary Koricancha, the most important temple devoted to worshiping the Sun deity and whose walls were once plated with sheets of gold. We continue to the Plaza de Armas or main square to visit the Cathedral, and end our tour in San Blas, the bohemian quarter of the city, home to the workshops and stores of the most renowned artisans in Cuzco, including Mendivil and Merida, before we return to the hotel.
Afternoon at leisure to wander around the charming colonial streets of Cusco and maybe shop for souvenirs or the beautiful alpaca textiles found in several shops around the city.
Transfer to the airport for a morning flight to Lima. Continuation of your journey home or connection with another extension.
END OF OUER TOUR WE WISH YOU A WONDERFUL TRIP BACK HOME
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