A visit to South America isn’t complete without a pilgrimage to the glorious Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, but, the truth is, this feted site is just a flash in a 5000-year history of peoples.
Lima’s great museums, with priceless ceramics, gold and some of the finest textiles in the world, reveal in full detail the sophistication, skill and passion of these lost civilizations. Visit remote communities and see how old ways live on. Immerse yourself, and you will leave Peru a little closer to the past.
Lima • Cusco • Machu Picchu • Sacred Valley
- Lima – the gastronomic capital of Latin America;
- Discover the magic and beauty of Cusco, the capital of the Incan Empire;
- Machu Picchu – the lost city of the Incas;
- Sacred Valley – a relaxed and incomparably beautiful stretch of small villages and ancient ruins spread across broad plain and rugged mountain slopes northwest of Cusco.
Tour available as:
• Private car – Includes English-speaking local tour guide and pre-booked accommodation.
Day 1: International arrival – Lima
Arrival in Jorge Chávez International airport of Lima. Meeting with your personal assistant and transfer with private transportation to your hotel.
Lima is a bustling metropolis considered the gastronomic capital of Latin America with some of the best existing restaurants. Overnight in Lima.
Day 2: Lima – City Tour
Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning sightseeing of Lima city visiting the historical centre with important colonial monuments like the Plaza de Armas, the Plaza San Martin and guided tour of the Cathedral and the San Francisco Monastery famous for its catacombs and colonial library.
Panoramic tour of modern Lima in the way back to the hotel. Enjoy this free afternoon walking along the “Malecones Parks” facing to the Pacific Ocean or shopping in the Indio Market, both located in the central Miraflores district. Overnight in Lima.
Day 3: Lima – Cusco – Sacred Valley of the Incas
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning transfer to the airport to board our flight to Cusco City, the former Inca Capital. Meeting at the airport with your assistant. In order to avoid altitude sickness we immediately continue towards to the Sacred Valley of the Incas set at a much lower altitude then Cusco City. The valley is full of archaeological sites and traditional villages. Visit the traditional textile Centre of Awanacancha where you can appreciate the 4 different types of Andean “Cameloids” and beautiful textiles made with ancestral techniques. We continue to the famous Village of Pisac where every day takes place a picturesque market. On the slope of the mountain a huge archaeological site dominates the area. In the afternoon we drive along the Urubamba Valley till the town of Urubamba. Accommodation in your hotel. Spending a night here is an excellent way to get a faster adaptation to the altitude. Enjoy a coca tea during check-in. Overnight in Sacred Valley of The Incas.
Day 4: Sacred Valley of the Incas – Chinchero – Maras – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu)
Breakfast at the hotel. This morning we visit the famous Chinchero Community known for its ancestral tradition of textiles. Chinchero was born as an Inca village and was then dominated by the Spaniards in the XVII century. We continue to the Salt Mines of Maras exploited since the Incas time. Short transfer till the Inca village of Ollantaytambo, where we climb up to the top of this Inca fortress, one of the best Inca architecture in Peru, with fine examples of beautifully carved polygonal stones and monumental rocks. Transfer to the local station of Ollantaytambo to board our train to Aguas Calientes travelling across the amazing Urubamba Valley. Upon arrival walking transfer to your hotel located in Aguas Calientes town. Overnight in Machu Picchu.
Note – Due to luggage weight restrictions on the train only 1 piece of hand luggage is allowed on board. Please leave the rest of your luggage in Sacred Valley hotel.
Day 5: Machu Picchu – Sacred Valley – Cusco
Breakfast at the hotel. Today is the big day. You will make the 20-minute coach ascent to the ‘Lost City of the Incas’: Machu Picchu. Our guide will explain you the fascinating history of this impressive archaeological site walking through his main sectors and feeling the magical atmosphere of this fabulous place. In the afternoon you will descend by bus to Aguas Calientes to board the train to Ollantaytambo where a private transportation will be ready for a faster transfer to your hotel located in the monumental area of Cusco.
Day 6: Cusco
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning dedicated to visit the city and the surrounding archaeological sites. In the morning sightseeing of Cusco city and the amazing fortress of Sacsayhuaman identified as a great sacred place, from where we enjoy an amazing view over Cusco. We continue with the visit of the historic city center, strolling through the elegant Plaza de Armas, surrounded by colonial buildings and dominated by the majestic Cathedral. Visit of the Temple of Koricancha, also known as Temple of the Sun, the most important site of worship of the Inca Empire. Finally we walk through the picturesque central market of Cusco, the San Pedro Market, a true touch of the local life where products from the Andean Mountain and the High Jungle are sold throughout the day. Afternoon at leisure for shopping, walking or just drinking a good Cusco coffee in one of its cosy Cafés facing the main square. Overnight in Cusco.
Peru is as complex as its most intricate weavings. Festivals mix ancient pageantry with stomping brass bands. The urban vanguard beams with artistry and innovation. Trails mark the way from dense jungle to glacial peaks.
On its surface, Lima is no thing of beauty. What Lima lacks in attractiveness, it makes up with a huge array of downright literary experiences. Stately museums display sublime pottery; edgy art spaces host multimedia installations. There are solemn religious processions dating back to the 18th century and crowded nightclubs swaying to tropical beats.
As the heart of the once mighty Inca empire, the magnetic city of Cuzco heads the list of many a traveler’s itinerary. Each year it draws hundreds of thousands of tourists to its cobbled streets, lured by the city’s unique combination of colonial and religious splendors built on the hefty stone foundations of the Incas. And lying within easy hopping distance of the city is the country’s biggest drawcard of all, the ‘lost’ city of the Incas,Machu Picchu, a lofty Inca citadel perched high on an isolated mountaintop.
Tucked under the tawny skirts of formidable foothills, the beautiful Río Urubamba Valley, known as El Valle Sagrado (The Sacred Valley), is about 15km north of Cuzco as the condor flies, via a narrow road of hairpin turns. Long the home of attractive colonial towns and isolated weaving villages, in recent years it has become a destination in its own right. Star attractions are the markets and the lofty Inca citadels of Pisac and Ollantaytambo, but the valley is also packed with other Inca sites.