Lima / Sacred Valley / Machu Picchu / Cusco

Highlights:

  • Visit the Larco Museum, the world’s largest private collection of pre-Colombian Peruvian art
  • Travel on the Belmond Hiram Bingham Train to Machu Picchu
  • Discover Machu Picchu, one of the New 7 Wonders of the World
  • Shop at the colorful Pisac Indian Market
  • City tour of Cusco, a UNESCO World Heritage site

Note: Airfares are not included. Ask our Destination Experts about great pricing on international and domestic Peruvian airfares.

ACCOMODATIONS

CITYNIGHTSHOTELS
Lima2Miraflores Park (Junior Suite Ocean View Room)
Sacred VAlley2Rio Sagrado (Deluxe Room)
Machu Picchu1Belmond Sanctuary Lodge (Deluxe Mountain View Room)
Cusco2Monasterio Hotel (Deluxe Room with Oxygen)
DAY 1
Arrival in Lima

Upon your arrival, meeting and transfer to your hotel.

DAY 2
Lima

Visit the Larco Museum that holds the world’s largest private collection of Pre-Columbian art in Peru. In the afternoon, gets to know the historical center of Lima, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Start your tour of this and a UNESCO World Heritage site at the Main Square, where you can find the Presidential Palace, the Archbishop’s Palace and other historic and traditional buildings. Continue to the Basilica and Convent of Santo Domingo, a 16th-century jewel that took 50 years to construct. Later, visit a local family that will show you their traditions and their marvelous art collection and pre-Incan ceramics. Have dinner at one of Lima’s finest restaurants with an amazing array of Amazon cuisine. (B, D)

DAY 3
Lima | Cusco | Sacred Valley

Morning flight to Cusco; meeting upon arrival. Then, drive through the fertile countryside of the Sacred Valley of the Incas (Urubamba Valley), to the colonial village of Pisac to visit the bustling Indian Market where you can bargain for handicrafts and jewelry. After lunch and exciting Peruvian Paso Horses Show, continue to Ollantaytambo, an ancient fortress of temples and terraces that towers high over the valley. (B, L, D)

DAY 4
Sacred Valley

Morning visit to the town of Chincheros, an important center for the highlands’ weaving tradition, which are kept alive by the town’s residents. Visit ruins of the ancient temples, as well as a perfect example of an early colonial church, built by the Spanish conquistadors on top of the Inca sacred sites. Enjoy a lunch at a nice private house located in the valley with an amazing view. Continue to Moray, a 700-year old agricultural laboratory, stunning proof of the Inca’s ingenious science. End the day with a leisurely hike along the ancient Maras Salt Mines, where the afternoon sun dyes the thousands of pools with endless shades of gold bronze and copper. (B, L, D)

DAY 5
Sacred Valley | Machu Picchu

Board the enchanting Orient Express Hiram Bingham Train to Machu Picchu, a delicious brunch is served on board. Upon arrival, your guide will take you to every nook and cranny of this UNESCO World Cultural site and one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. Undoubtedly, an experience you will never forget. You will have free time to explore the site on your own, relax or meditate. (B, Brunch, D)

DAY 6
Machu Picchu | Cusco

Morning at leisure in Aguas Calientes to enjoy the city and your hotels facilities. After lunch at the hotel, transfer to the Hiram Bingham for your evening departure. Cocktails, live entertainment, and a gourmet 4-course, à la carte dinner is served before arriving in Cusco for overnight. (B, L, D)

Optional (not included in your tour fare): Return to Machu Picchu for a second visit. Some suggested routes: hike the steep stone-paved trail of Huayna Picchu (2,490 meters), the pyramid-shape mountain above Machu Picchu for a breathtaking view of the site (reservation and extra fee are needed); stroll to the Inca Bridge (a secret entrance used by the Inca’s army); walk toward the Inca Trail to find the historic Intipunku and Sun Gate.

DAY 7
Cusco

Explore the city of Cusco, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The tour begins at the Main Square and the Koricancha Temple, an old Incan palace and main center for the worship of the sun god, with a lovely church built over top of its foundations by Spanish colonists in the 16th century. Your next destination is the Main Square where you can see many buildings from the Colonial period. Your adventure continues at the Sacsayhuaman Fortress built of enormous stone blocks, strategically located at the top of a hill overlooking the city. Enjoy a dinner at Cicciolina restaurant located near your hotel where the most amazing novoandean cuisine is found. (B, D)

DAY 8
Cusco | Departure from Lima

Morning flight to Lima. Visit to Aliaga House, America’s best preserved colonial mansion, occupied by the same family since 1535 and stroll around some of Lima’s residential districts. After your farewell dinner, transfer to the airport for your flight to Lima, to connect with your return flight home. Entrance into the “VIP Room” at the airport in Lima is included! (B, D)

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