Your incoming flight will land on Lima where your journey truly begins. From there, you will begin a series of adventures across the country. You’ll explore the local food markets, visit the nearby monasteries plus temples, and , of course, the ancient Incan ruins. Not only will you be seeing the sights, you’ll also be taking part of the local ceremonies and dining on some of the tastiest treats the locals have to offer. There’s so much culture to share and ancient secrets to uncover, so put on your favorite explorer hat and feel the thrill of the experience.
The land of Peru, a country steeped in a rich culture. From the ancient ruins to the distinct architecture and artistry found within the country, this destination is a great place to really immerse yourself in something exciting and new. Join local ceremonies practiced from days of old. Visit the cities of ancient Incan civilizations. Taste the local dishes with home-grown ingredients. There are so many ways you can enjoy your refreshing visit to this simple, yet enchanting land.
Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu
Day 1: Arrive in Lima, Peru
Arrive in Lima, where you will be met by your Tour Director.
Day 2: Lima
This afternoon, your Local Guide focuses on the city’s colonial heritage during a walking tour. Start at the Plaza de Armas to see the Government Palace and the cathedral. From here, stroll to the venerable San Francisco Monastery with its splendid 17th-century cloister murals. For a special treat, stop at a local Peruvian Food Market to get a real taste of life for the local people. This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner at one of Lima’s Peruvian restaurants with your fellow traveling companions. (B/D)
Day 3: Lima–Cusco–Sacred Valley
Fly to Cusco, the impressive Andean city that was once the capital of the Inca Empire. Head into the Sacred Valley of the Incas, where you will have lunch and experience an El Pago a la Tierra, or Mother Earth Ceremony, performed by a local shaman. These ceremonies thanking Mother Earth and asking for good health and safe travels have been practiced in Peru since before the arrival of the Incas. Next, stop at Awankancha to meet local families who preserve the ancient technique of Pre-Columbian weaving using South American camelid fibers. Here is your chance to get up close to the various camelids, including alpaca, llama, guanaco, and vicuña, indigenous to the region. Continue to Pisac, an old mountain village, where you will have free time to shop its famous market for local wares such as alpaca sweaters and blankets, jewelry, or hand-painted ornamental dishes and vases. Stay in the Sacred Valley tonight, and enjoy a special dinner at the hotel. (B/L/D)
Day 4: Sacred Valley–Machu Picchu
This morning, visit the Inca Fortress of Ollantaytambo, followed by the opportunity to visit a home, meet some of the locals, and experience their way of life. Next, board the Vistadome Train for a short journey through the lush Urubamba Valley. Then, transfer to a motorcoach for the ascent to legendary Machu Picchu, the “Lost City of the Incas,” high above the steep valley overlaid with dense tropical jungle. Your Local Guide will bring you closer to the lives and mysteries still hidden in these amazing structures built by the Pre-Columbian masters of this sacred land. Tonight, stay at a nearby hotel. (B/D)
Day 5: Machu Picchu–Cusco
Your entrance to Machu Picchu is included for the second day. Enjoy the tranquility of the morning, with free time to wander the ruins at your own pace and experience the magic that is Machu Picchu. After lunch, return to the Sacred Valley by train and continue on to Cusco. (B/L)
Day 6: Cusco
This morning, learn more about the Incas and their struggle against invading Spaniards on your Cusco City Tour, with visits to the imposing Cathedral and the Santo Domingo Monastery. A special treat is in store for you when you are greeted by a group of Andean musicians dressed in colorful Inca textiles. They will escort you on a Pascalle through Cusco while playing traditional music and performing ancient dances—an experience you won’t soon forget! Also visit the semi-circular Kenko Amphitheater with its stone altars and labyrinth of passages, and the Temple of Sacsayhuaman, perched on a hillside overlooking Cusco. It remains unfathomable how and when this fortress of gigantic stones—with some blocks weighing more than 350 tons—was built. The remainder of your day is free to explore at your leisure. Tonight, enjoy a special farewell dinner at a local restaurant. (B/D)
Day 7: Cusco–Lima
Board a flight to Lima, where the remainder of your afternoon is at leisure to explore the city. (B)
Day 8: Lima
Your tour ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
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Legend: B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner
What To Try
Sightseeing hike to the ancient city of Machu Picchu
Witness the mysterious Nazca Lines
Discover the Inca's Sacred Valley
Attend the El Pago a la Tierra (Mother Earth Ceremony)
Try tasty Peruvian dishes
What To See
Machu Picchu - An Inca citadel that can be found on a breathtaking mountain range. It was believed to be the estate of the Incan emperor Pachacuti and is the iconic attraction of Peru.
Sacred Valley - Also known as Urubamba Valley. It is an area in the Andes that is close to the Incan capital of Cusco and home to many archaeological sites and towns.
Awanakancha - A small farm dedicated to raising alpaca, llama and vicuña, all while harvesting their wool for the creation of textiles.
Ceviche - This dish is fashioned out of raw fish cured with citrus juices (lime/lemon), then sprinkled with chili peppers for a spicy aftertaste. Other seasonings like salt, cilantro or chopped onions can also be included. It must be prepared fresh to avoid food poisoning as it is not cooked at all.
Lomo Saltado - Despite the seemingly fancy foreign name, this dish is just a delicious plate of Peruvian stir fried beef. Soy-marinated beef (or alpaca), onions, tomatoes, chillies, and other spices are stir-fried meat is cooked and the veggies start to form a robust sauce. Rice and fries are then added.
Aji de Gallina - This dish is a tasty shredded chicken covered in a delicious sauce made of cream, ground walnuts, cheese, and aji amarillo mixed together.
Papas a la Huancaina- This dish is composed of yellow potatoes with a sauce made out of cheese, chili, lime juice, evaporated milk, and saltine crackers. It is commonly served as an appetizer.
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