Peru is rich in culture with many citizens who still live, speak and work the way their ancestors did thousands of years ago. Witness this amazing culture for yourself while visiting the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu and Cusco.
Day 1. Arrival in Lima
Upon arrival in the capital city of Lima, Peru, you will be met by a representative of our staff and transferred to your hotel.
Lima’s original name was “La Ciudad de Los Reyes”, or The City of Kings. The city was built on both sides of the Rimac River at the base of San Cristóbal Hill. It has restored many of the old colonial centers, as well as architecture and important works of art.
Lima has a population of just over 8 million people, so you can take advantage of the thriving food scene and some of Peru’s best-kept museums.
Day 2: Lima / Cusco
Once known as the capital city of the Incan Empire, Cusco is another Peruvian city nestled high in the Andes Mountain Range. It is full of exotic Incan history. Many refer to Cusco as the gateway to the even more historic and irreplaceable Incan remnants such as the ancient Incan trails, worshipping sites, and other wonders of the Inca empire.
After breakfast, we will fly to the city of Cusco, where you will be able to visit the Koricancha Temple (Temple of the Sun). Discover the beauty of the Cusquenian school of artistic masterpieces inside the Cathedral along with the magnificent chapels.
During your visit you will be able to enjoy the beauty and impressive engineering of the ruins of Sacsayhuaman, the Inca bath of Tambomachay, Puca Pucara, and others. After your visit, you will travel to the enchanting city of Urubamba, the sacred valley, to spend the night.
Day 3: Cusco / Urubamba in the Sacred Valley
After breakfast, we will start our tour in the Sacred Valley. You will visit the Maras, where salt has been produced since Inca times, and the immaculately built salt terraces first constructed by the Incas can still be seen.
Afterward we will continue to the west in the archeological sites of Moray, where circular terraces were built by the Inca to create different micro-climates to form and experiment for agricultural purposes.
You will then have lunch at a local restaurant and delight yourselves with the local cuisine.
The next stop is the Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo. The day ends with a visit to the village of Pisac, a colonial village whose markets are also very popular for selling artisan crafts.
Day 4: Urubamba / Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu is an ancient mountain fortress built by the Inca as a complete and functional city. The view when first coming upon this World Heritage Site and one of the Seven World Wonders is breathtaking and seemingly out of this world. At the site you can choose to climb even higher, up the Huayna Picchu, which also has ruins, to catch an outstanding view overlooking the entire site of Machu Picchu. This site is unique, as it is the best-kept Incan ruin known to date. The exact use of these ruins are still unknown, but archaeologists have discovered areas used for astronomical alignments, baths, fields, and aqueducts.
After the visit to the ruins you will have some time in the afternoon to enjoy the city.
Day 5: Machu Picchu / Cusco
After breakfast, you will have some leisure time. Many people like to use this time to buy some local handicrafts that will help you remember your marvelous visit to the heart of the Inca Empire. Your tour includes 2 admissions and one round trip ticket to the ruins for you to explore without your guide.
In the afternoon you can take the Vistadome train back to Cusco, where you will be transferred to your hotel to spend the night.
Days 6: Lima, transfer out
When your tour of Peru has come to an end, you will be transported to the airport for your returning flight to Lima where, you will make your next connection.
Prices 2017 per Person
|Number of Passengers||Super deluxe w/ Palacio Nazarenas||Deluxe w/ Monasterio|
Accommodation at quoted hotels or similar
Meals as detailed in the program
Transfers and sightseeing with local English speaking guides
Airport departure taxes
Meals and services not specified in program