Irresistible Peru - 8 Days/7 Nights
Day 1 - Lima
On arrival in Lima, you receive assistance at the airport and are transferred to your selected hotel. Rest of the day is free at leisure to get to know the city.
Day 2 - City Tour: Cathedral, Casa Aliaga and Larco Museum
Explore Lima old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site packed with fascinating historic buildings. Start with a scenic tour in the colonial downtown, which radiates from the Main Square, where you can appreciate the grandiose architecture of the Spanish Empire. Stroll over to the Cathedral, which was begun in the 16th century and took 80 years to build. Then visit the Casa Aliaga, a colonial mansion granted in 1535 by chief conquistador Francisco Pizarro to Jerónimo de Aliaga, one of his captains. This is the only house from that time that still belongs to the same family after all these centuries. Continue to the Larco Museum, located in the traditional Pueblo Libre district, which is housed in a beautifully restored viceregal mansion built on a seventh-century a pre-Columbian pyramid. The museum boasts the most complete pre-Hispanic collection of gold and silver artefacts, as well as pieces of erotic art. Finally, head to the 'Love Park' in the upscale coastal district of Miraflores, where you can admire the cliffs and a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean. The tour may end at the Larcomar Shopping Mall, at the Peru pa'ti food market or at the hotel.
Day 3 - Lima/Cusco - City Tour and Archeological Sites
Pick-up after breakfast and transfer from your hotel to Lima Airport to catch a flight to Cusco. A meet and greet service on arrival is followed by transfer to your selected hotel. In the afternoon, enjoy a guided tour of this charming city, which was the capital of the Inca Empire. The tour starts with a visit to Santo Domingo Convent, a large Renaissance-baroque complex, which was built over the Inca Qoricancha temple. It was one of the most important temples dedicated to the worship of the sun and its foundations are still prominent at the base of the convent. Ancient chronicles say the temple was covered in gold leaf and filled with golden representations of nature. Continue to the Plaza de Armas to visit the cathedral. It features an elaborate Renaissance façade and, like other important monuments in the city, was built over a demolished Inca temple. Head to the hills above Cusco to visit the remains of the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, whose imposing ramparts offer a stunning panoramic view of Cusco, the ruins of temple and amphitheater of Qenqo, where it is believed the Incas practiced agricultural rituals. Finally, visit Puka Pukara ('Red fortress' in Quechua) an Inca military complex located on a prominent hill. Its dwellings squares, bathrooms, aqueducts, walls and towers can still be appreciated. Return to and drop off at your hotel.
Day 4 - Cusco - Chinchero - Maras - Moray - Sacred Valley (68km)
Depart after breakfast at the hotel, heading upland to Chinchero, which was an important administrative center during the Inca Empire. Located on a ridge high in the Andes and in the shadow of the peaks of Mounts Chicon and Veronica, today's Chinchero is as famed for its tranquil beauty as for the lively markets held three days per week in the esplanade in front of a former Inca palace. Descend to the Sacred Valley towards the salt ponds of Maras, where the salt ponds create a dazzling scene. The thousands of small ponds give work to and help feed many local families.During Inca times, the salt deposits were an important economic center and of great value to the imperial economy. Continue to the archaeological site of Moray. As with many Inca ruins, its exact function remains a mystery though the design of ever-wider concentric circular terraces meant each level had a different microclimate.
Day 5 - Sacred Valley ( Pisac - Ollantaytambo) - Machu Picchu
Savor breakfast at the hotel before departing for the Urubamba River valley, which is popularly known as the Sacred Valley of the Incas. The first stop is at the Taray lookout, which boasts dramatic views over the valley and the historic town of Pisac on the valley floor. Descend to Pisac itself to visit the church and wander through its market. Break for lunch is a local diner before continuing to late Inca period Ollantaytambo fortress, which controlled access to the Sacred Valley. The site is a huge archaeological complex which, although it is known as a'fortress', was actually a tambo, a leisure city used to accommodate delegations that traveled long distances. Drop off at Ollantaytambo station to catch a train to Aguas Calientes for overnight.
Day 6 - Machu Picchu - Cusco
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before boarding a coach for a 25-minute ride to Machu Picchu. The 'Lost City of the Incas' had lain abandoned in the heavens for four centuries until American explorer Hiram Bingham happened upon it in 1911. Machu Picchu is believed to have been built in the 1450s by Inca emperor Pachacuti as a holiday retreat yet within a century the city would be abandoned following the Spanish conquest. The Spaniards neverfound it so it was spared the destruction they wrought on other Inca sites. Instead, it was slowly swallowed up by the jungle and hidden from harm. A guided tour explains the origins behind this awe-inspiring citadel and the most prominent landmarks among the 200 or so buildings such as the monumental Main Square, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows, the Circular Towers, the Sacred Sun Dial and the Burial Grounds. Return to Aguas Calientes to catch a train to Ollantaytambo station and onward transfer to your selected hotel in Cusco.
Day 7 - Cusco - South Valley - Tipon - Pikillacta - Andahuaylillas - Cusco
Tour the South Valley after breakfast at the hotel, heading to Tipon and Pikillaqta to discover their archaeological remains and to the picturesque town of Andahuaylillas. In Tipon, 12 Inca era agricultural terraces are still cultivated using an irrigation system that is considered a masterpiece of hydraulic engineering. Pikillaqta is one of the best-preserved pre-Inca cities, dating back to the Wari culture. You can still stroll through its streets and appreciate the 700 structures, which include stone and mud buildings of up to three levels and a condor head carved into a rock. Andahuaylillas is one of the most emblematic towns in the famous Andean Baroque Route and is home to the Church of St Peter the Apostle, which is known as the 'Sistine Chapel of America' thanks to the fantastic frescoes that decorate its ceiling and walls. Return to and drop off at your hotel.
Day 8 - Cusco/Lima - International Departure
Transfer to Cusco Airport for flight to Lima after breakfast at the hotel. Assistance provided at airport.
Minimum 2 pax required for tour to depart.
Tour guide - Operated with Bilingual English and Spanish speaking guide.
2 nights accommodation and breakfast in Lima
3 Nights accommodation and breakfast in Cusco
1 Nights accommodation and breakfast in Sacred Valley
1 Nights acccommodation and breakfast in Aguas Calientes
Transport to and from the hotel, between cities, during the tours and on train to Machu Picchu.
Entrancer fees and Activities
Domestic Air tickets
International tickets to Peru
International and domestic airport departure taxes
Expenses of a personal nature.
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