ABOUT PERU

Mountain peaks soaring heavenwards and the Pacific surf, tropical rain forests and deserts drier than the Sahara have created in Peru a series of unique landscapes full of contrasts. In 1558, the historian Pedro Cieza de Leon sent an enthusiastic report to King Philip II of Spain: “It is time to take up my pen and let the whole world know what I have to report about Peru.”

With an area of 1’285,215 square km (496,225 sq mi), Peru is bigger than France, Germany, Italy, Netherland and Switzerland combined. It is the third largest country in South America and bordered to the north by Ecuador and Colombia, to the east by Brazil and Bolivia, to the south by Chile and to the west by the waters of the Pacific Ocean. Peru is characterized by three geographical regions distinctly separate from one another: the coastal plain, the highlands and the plains is the east, which are mainly covered in rain forest.

PROGRAMS

7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS

Day 1

Arrival in Lima / Afternoon City Tour / Visit to the Larco Museum Arrival, reception and transfer to your hotel.
Visit colonial Lima’s downtown: go around the Main Square, where you can find the Presidential Palace, the Cathedral, the Archbishop’s Palace and the Metropolitan City Hall, historic and traditional buildings. Then, get to know Santo Domingo church and monastery, a XVII century jewel, recognized as cultural heritage by UNESCO. The tour goes on to the modern district of San Isidro. Finally you will visit Larco Museum, a private collection that has a collection of treasures from Old Peru, and makes visitors discover, understand and enjoy more than five thousands years of ancient Peru’s history through more than 45,000 pieces. Return to your hotel.

Lodging in Lima.

Day 2

Family Bike & Dinner with Folkloric Show
On this tour we give to our ride a different spin. We bike around the two main cultural areas of Lima: Miraflores and Barranco. The idea is trying to make the perfect combination between art, history, architecture and nice vibe. We ride among beautiful houses that once were occupied by renowned writers, painters and musicians. We pass by cultural centers, parks, shops, art galleries, workshops, cozy local cafes and classic bars. We pay special attention to street art work, graffiti, street food, and to the cultural manifestations of two of the most important areas of Lima where locals usually express themselves and have fun more frequently. We also share anecdotes, love stories and classic urban legends of the local folklore of this cool part of the city. The tour includes a snack in a traditional old bar or cafe of the area. We also see at a glance, many old houses & colonial mansions of great architecture, as well as some of the best restaurants of the culinary capital of Latin America. Round trip private transfer included.
Dinner at La Dama Juana restaurant

Lodging in Lima.

Day 3

Full Day Horseback Riding in the Sacred Valley (Cruzpata/Maras/ Moray) with Picnic Lunch
Transfer to the airport to board your flight to Cusco
Arrival, reception at Cusco airport. Transfer to the sacred valley to start the tour.

Get ready for a special day of horseback riding. Cruzpata, a small town in the Urubamba Valley, is the starting point, where you will be matched with a Peruvian paso horse and an experienced rider, who will accompany you during the trip. The horse track leads to Lake Huaypo, where you will ride along the lakeshore, enjoying the view of the valley, and then ascend to the town of Mahuaypampa and visit the Checkoq collpas (Incan stone storehouses where kernels of corn, dry potatoes, and aromatic herbs have been found). You will ride on to Maras, site of the region’s largest salt pans and where you will enjoy a picnic lunch with the incredible sight of the Vilcanota Mountains in front of you. After this break, you remount your horse and take off towards the Moray archeological site, a Pre-Incan botanical laboratory where at least 3000 plant varieties, including potatoes and corn, could have been grown. This is the final destination of the horseback ride. You will be picked up by our private vehicle and driven back to your hotel in the Sacred valley.

Lodging in the Sacred Valley

 

Day 4

Full Day Visit to the Community of Misminay with Lunch

The excursion begins in the community of Misminay, elevation 3700 meters, in the Urubamba Valley, where the townsfolk will greet you. You will be able to join with the families as they perform their daily tasks, like plowing or harvesting, depending on the time of year. You can also participate in an offering to the earth (a rite that honors the earth mother) and enjoy a traditional lunch made by the community women from ingredients organically grown in their fields. In addition, you will see them spin and dye wool thread using natural dyes as well as weave fabric following their ancient techniques.
Pizza night is included at Sol y Luna restaurant (round trip transfers included and guide)
Lodging in the Sacred Valley

Day 5

Full Day Machu Picchu and Lunch
Transfer to Ollantaytambo train station to board the Vistadome Train
Awaiting you today is by far and away one of the high points in world tourism: Machu Picchu. Your adventure starts on a train ride to the city of Aguas Calientes, where you disembark and then board a bus that drives you to the actual Machu Picchu archeological site, where you will definitely have an experience you will never forget. The tour includes every nook and cranny of this New 7 Wonder of the World and UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site; afterwards, there is some free time for you to explore the site on your own, to relax, or to meditate. At the agreed upon hour, you will descend to Aguas Calientes for lunch at a local restaurant and, later on, board the train for the return trip to Cusco; you will stop at the Ollantaytambo Station and be picked up and driven to your hotel.

Lodging in Cusco

Day 6

Cuzco city tour half day on foot / Chocomuseo [Chocolate Museum]
Spend half a day walking about the city of Cusco, ancient capital of the Incan Empire and where we can see the interesting blend of the Incan and Spanish cultures. The outing begins at the Koricancha Temple, an old Incan palace and main center for the worship of the sun god, Inti. Once the Spanish conquered Peru, the Dominican order built a lovely church over top this temple’s foundations: the church of Santo Domingo, that is still there today. You will continue on foot to the neighborhood of San Blas, where the finest artisans in Cusco live and work.
Afterwards, you will go to the Chocolate museum. It lasts between 1h 30 and 2h and you learn all the steps from harvest of the cacao in a plantation to the production of a chocolate bar. You will roast the cacao beans, peel them and grind them to produce a paste. This cacao paste was used to prepare the first known cacao drink the traditional chocolate (invented by the Mayas). You will be able to take your own chocolate home.

Lodging in Cusco

Day 7

Return to Lima

Transfer to the airport to board your flight back to Lima and connect to your international flight to the US.

9 DAYS / 8 NIGHTS

Day 1

Lima / Half Day Artistic and Bohemian Barranco
Arrival in Lima. Meet and transfer to your hotel.
Barranco is a district with a vast tradition and history, boasting lovely streets, old mansions, and plazas. It is famous for being the most bohemian and culturally oriented of Lima’s districts, with museums, designer boutiques, handicraft fairs, and live music.Start off with a stroll on famous “Puente de los Suspiros” (Bridge of Sighs) and breathe in some of the air of Lima past. Next is the Pedro de Osma Museum, where you will see the finest collection of Colonial paintings, furniture, and textiles.The tour continues with a stop at the museum of renowned photographer Mario Testino, where on display is the most extensive collection of his photographs; it is the only cultural institution in the world with permanent exhibits of this famous Peruvian artist.
Overnight at Hotel B
www.hotelb.pe
Meals: Buffet Breakfast

Day 2

Half Day Lima City Tour and Visit to Aliaga's House
Our guided visit to Lima allows you to see the Historical Center: Plaza Mayor ("Main Square"), the Government Palace, the Archbishop's Palace, the City Hall and old streets with colonial mansions and Moorish balconies. You will also visit Santo Domingo Convent, an icon of colonial architecture, which was completed in the late stages of the sixteenth century and has been restored recently. It has an ancient crypt where the relics of Peruvian saints as Santa Rosa of Lima and San Martin de Porres lie. The tour continues to the modern suburb of San Isidro where a visit to the pre-inca pyramid of Huaca Huallamarca is included before continuing to downtown Miraflores, to enjoy a splendid view of the Pacific Ocean from the Park of Love. After the city tour, visit Aliaga’s House, a colonial mansion that has stood already five centuries. Its historic value comes especially from three aspects: it is one of the first houses built in Lima, it belonged to one of the co-founders of the city and conqueror of Peru and until today it is still inhabited by the descendents of this conqueror, a unique case in America. Walking through the beautiful salons of this house one can sense and be part of the History of Colonial and Republican Lima.

Today is devoted to one of Latin America’s most complete museums, the Larco Museum, with its unequaled private collection called the Treasures of Ancient Peru; it inspires its visitors to discover, learn about, and enjoy the more than five thousand years of the history of ancient Peru. There are more than 45,000 ceramic artifacts on display, mostly from the Mochicas, which were compiled by Rafael Larco Hoyle, an important Peruvian archeologist and major collector. One of its most remarkable sections is the collection of so-called “erotic” pottery.
Dinner at Huaca Pucllana restaurant.
Overnight at Hotel B
Meals: Buffet Breakfast and Dinner

Day 3

Cusco / Half Day City Tour and Ruins Transfer to the airport to take your flight to Cusco. Arrival in Cusco.
Meet and transfer to your hotel. The tour will show you the amazing colonial city built on the foundations of the Inca palaces. You will visit the Koricancha or Temple of the Sun, where you can appreciate the incredible masonry of the Incas, the Plaza de Armas and the Cathedral with its carved woodworks, altars and paintings. Then you will be driven to the Inca fortress of Sacsahuamán, to the underground cave and temple of Kenko, have a panoramic view of Puca Pucará and then you will enter to Tambomachay, known as the Baths of the Inca. Finally, we stop at the living art the workshop “ Inka´s Expression”. The visit will allow passengers to admire how the local artisans create wonderful silver pieces, paintings and wood carvings.
Dinner at Restaurant MAP Café
Overnight - Belmond Palacio Nazarenas.
www.palacionazarenas.com
Meals: Buffet Breakfast and Dinner

Day 4

Cusco / Full Day / Weaving demonstration Chinchero / Ollantaytambo / Pisac Market
The day starts of in the small town Pisac, in the Urubamba Valley, to visit its traditional market where artisans sell their wares wrought in alpaca wool, silver, and ceramic, as well as other products from around the region. The experience is one of a mixture of color and tradition. Afterwards, you set off for Chinchero, a charming valley town, and there you will attend a seminar to witness how the townsfolk spin and weave using traditional Andean techniques that they have preserved. You can also try your hand at what you have seen, making your very own cloth to take home with you. Last destination of the day is Ollantaytambo, a distinctive town on account of its architectural design, typically Incan, with narrow streets and canals that bring fresh water. There is an incredible archeological site, as well, with terraced slopes and finely worked stone walls that show the Incas’ advanced workmanship.
Overnight - Tambo del Inka, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa.
www.libertador.com.pe
Meals: Buffet Breakfast and Lunch

Day 5

Sacred Valley of the Incas / Full Day / Hiking Maras, Moray, Pichingoto and Picnic Lunch
You will head out on the road that crosses the Sacred Valley of the Incas to reach the important Moray archeological site, elevation 3176 meters, where enormous circular and Pre-Incan semi-circular agricultural terraces were constructed to be used as a botanical laboratory for experimenting on plant domestication and foreign crop acclimatization. The area is so large that at least 3000 plant varieties, including potatoes and corn, could have been grown. From there, you move onwards to the town of Maras (3028 meters) to visit the biggest salt pans in the region that have been mined continuously since the Incan Empire. After this stop, you pass through the village of Pichingoto, which was the top salt producer during

 

the Spanish colonial era, and drive through the Sacred Valley, admiring its corn fields and green prairies, until you arrive at your hotel.
Overnight - Tambo del Inka, a Luxury Collection Resort& Spa.
www.libertador.com.pe
Meals: Buffet Breakfast and Lunch

Day 6

Machu Picchu Full Day Excursion on Vistadome Train
Transfer to Ollanta train station.
Awaiting you today is by far and away one of the high points in world tourism: Machu Picchu. Your adventure starts on a train ride to the city of Aguas Calientes, where you disembark and then board a bus that drives you to gthe actual Machu Picchu archeological site, where you will definitely have an experience you will never forget. The tour includes every nook and cranny of this New 7 Wonder of the World and UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site; afterwards, there is some free time for you to explore the site on your own, to relax, or to meditate. At the agreed upon hour, you will descend to Aguas Calientes for lunch at a local restaurant.
Overnight - Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel - Aguas Calientes.
Dinner at hotel.
www.sumaqhotelperu.com
Meals: Buffet Beakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 7

Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu
Entrance to Huayna Picchu Mountain on your own (only entrances and bus tickets included)
Later on board the train for the return trip to Cusco.
Dinner at Restaurant Cicciolina.
Overnight - Belmond Palacio Nazarenas.
www.palacionazarenas.com
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 8

Cusco / Day at Leisure

Day at leisure
Overnight - Belmond Palacio Nazarenas.
www.palacionazarenas.com
Meals: Buffet Breakfast

Day 9

Cusco
Transfer to the airport to take your next flight.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast

7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS

Day 1

Lima City Tour and Larco Museum
At arrival to Lima airport transfer to your hotel.
The afternoon colonial Lima tour starts at the “Paseo de la República” Avenue where we can observe the magnificent Courthouse, the French Palace, continuing with San Martin Square and the Main Square where we have the Cathedral, the Archbishopric, the Government Palace and the Lima City Hall. Finally, a visit to the Larco Museum, which features the finest gold and silver collection from Ancient Peru and the famous erotic archaeological collection.
Lodging in Lima

Day 2

Lima Culinary Day Tour
This Lima culinary tour starts at 9;45am at a local roastery, where they hand-pick the coffee beans daily, for an organic Peruvian coffee. You will also tour the colonial streets of the bohemian district, Barranco, home to artists, musicians and the city’s top art galleries. From here you’ll visit a traditional market in the San Isidro district to try exotic fruits and local products and learn the ancient myths and legends associated with them. The third stop is one of the city’s top seafood restaurants (cebichería), Embarcadero 41 Fusión, on Avenida La Mar in the Miraflores district – a stop other tours in Lima won’t take you. You’ll discover the secrets to the perfect Cebiche and Pisco Sour as you prepare the dish and cocktail yourself with the head chef and bartender. The last stop is for lunch at la Huaca Pucllana, a restaurant within a pre-Incan archeological complex – undoubtedly a highlight of tourism in Lima Peru. This prestigious restaurant is so impressive that the King of Spain, Mick Jagger, Bill and Hillary Clinton, just to name a few, have made sure not to miss it during their trips to Lima. You’ll enjoy a variety of gourmet Peruvian dishes as wel

as four different desserts and another pisco-based cocktail.
Lodging in Lima

Day 3

Tour of the Sacred Valley of the Incas
Transfer to Lima airport and flight to Cusco.
Upon arrival to Cusco, you will visit the famous and picturesque town of Pisac, located northeast of Cusco at an elevation of 2950 meters. It was founded by the Spanish in 1570, and is filled with quaint adobe houses of white walls and blue balconies. You will walk about the town, hang out in its famous market, enjoying some free time to interact with the locals and artisans and shopping for incredible handicrafts and souvenirs. Your next stop is a visit to Pablo Seminario's house and view his beautiful collection of ceramics, know as "Seminario Style". The day ends in the town of Ollantaytambo, a lovely town constructed by the Incas, whose streets are cobble stoned and where a man-made canal brings fresh water right into the city limits. At the top part of the town, there is an impressive ceremonial center that was used for water worship and a mighty fortress that protected the access point to the lower part of the valley. Return to your hotel in Urubamba.
Lodging in the Sacred Valley

Day 4

Urubamba – Machu Picchu – Urubamba / May 13
Early in the morning transfer to Ollantaytambo train station to Aguas Calientes.
You are going to visit one of the most important energy centers of the world: Machu Picchu. You will travel by train to the town of Aguas Calientes, an experience in which you will see the striking scenery of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Machu Picchu one of the new seven wonders of the world, stands 2,430 m above sea-level, in the middle of a tropical mountain forest, in an extraordinarily beautiful setting. It was probably the most amazing urban creation of the Inca Empire at its height; its giant walls, terraces and ramps seem as if they have been cut naturally in the continuous rock escarpments. The natural setting, on the eastern slopes of the Andes,

encompasses the upper Amazon basin with its rich diversity of flora and fauna. Most archaeologists believe that Machu Picchu was built as an estate for the Inca emperor Pachacuti (1438–1472). Often referred to as the "Lost City of the Incas", it is perhaps the most familiar icon of Inca civilization.Once the guided tour is over, you will have some free time to explore the site on your own, to relax, or to meditate. At the agreed upon hour, you will descend to Aguas Calientes for lunch and, in the evening, board the train for the return trip to Ollantaytambo from where you will be driven to your hotel.

Lodging in the Sacred Valley
Day 5 / Urubamba – Cusco / May 14
Morning transfer to your hotel in Cusco.
Today, you are going to take a city tour of Cusco, discovering why it was declared a World Heritage Site. It starts in the colonial district, with a stop at the Koricancha, the Incan Temple of the Sun, to admire the incredible stone workmanship of the Incas as well as the mark left behind by the blending of the Spanish and the Andean. You will also walk around the Main Square, upon which sit the Cathedral, with its outstanding façade, as well as two other impressive churches: la Compañia de Jesus and la Merced. The city tour also includes visit to Qenco, Sacsayhuaman, Puca Pucara and Tambomachay Complexes.

Lodging in Cusco

Day 6

Free Day in Cusco
Day at leisure to explore Cusco and to shop.

Lodging in Cusco

Day 7

Return to Lima
Transfer to the airport to board your flight back to Lima and connect to your international flight to the US.