Lima / Cusco / Sacred Valley / Machu Picchu / Paracas / Ballestas Islands
- Tour 4 of Peru’s UNESCO World Heritage sites
- Discover Machu Picchu, one of the New 7 Wonders of the World
- Visit the Historic Center of Lima and the city of Cusco
- Fly over the Nazca Lines – remarkable ancient geoglyphs
- Yacht ride to the Ballestas Islands
Note: Airfares are not included. Ask our Destination Experts about great pricing on international and domestic Peruvian airfares.
|Lima||3||Westin Lima Hotel & Convention Center (Deluxe Room)|
|Sacred Valley||1||Tambo del Inka (Superior Room)|
|Machu Picchu||1||Sumaq Machu Picchu (Deluxe Room)|
|Cusco||2||Palacio del Inka (Superior Room)|
|Paracas||1||Hotel Paracas (Supeior Garden View)|
Welcome to Peru! Upon arrival a host will meet and assist you in transferring to the hotel.
Begin your adventure in Peru with a city tour of Lima. Start in Lima’s historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage site, visiting the lovely Plaza Mayor, the Government Palace, San Francisco Church and other historic Then drive along the exclusive residential areas in modern Lima. Continue to the Larco Museum, the world’s largest private collection of pre-Colombian Peruvian art, with more than 45,000 pieces. The museum is also know for its collection of erotic pottery. (B)
Early morning transfer from the hotel to the airport for a short but spectacular flight over the snow-capped Andes to the oldest inhabited city in the hemisphere, Cusco, at an elevation of 11,440 feet. Upon arrival in Cusco, you set off for a small unspoiled Andean village for a relaxed and fascinating workshop on traditional back strap weaving techniques and its role in a contemporary Andean culture. Continue to the Ollantaytambo archaeological complex, which the Incas built as a fort that included a temple, agricultural terraces, and an urban area. Then visit the town of Ollantaytambo, called a “Living Inca Town” since the inhabitants maintain very old practices and customs. (B,L)
Morning train ride to the “Lost City of the Incas,” Machu Picchu, one of the New 7 Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Perched 8,200 feet above the valley, it was hidden by mountains and semi-tropical jungles for 400 years until discovered by Hiram Bingham of Yale University in 1911. Archaeologists believe that the Inca “Virgins of the Sun” took refuge from the Spanish Conquistadors here. Guided tour of the ruins upon arrival. Lunch is at the Belmond’s Sanctuary Lodge located just a few steps from the Inca citadel. (B,L,D)
Morning at leisure in Aguas Calientes to enjoy the city and your hotels facilities. In the afternoon return by train to Cusco. (B)
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.
Tour Cusco, the ancient capital of the Inca Empire, the oldest continuously inhabited city in the western hemisphere and a UNESCO World Heritage site. See a delightful combination of Inca and colonial architecture as you visit important landmarks such us Cusco’s Cathedral, Santo Domingo Church, Plaza de Armas and Koricancha – “The Temple of the Sun.” Later, visit some of the nearby archeological sites. (B)
Transfer to the airport for your departure to Lima. Upon arrival a host will meet and assist you in transferring to the hotel. (B)
Travel through the coast of Peru and arrive to Paracas. Transfer to the local airport for a spectacular flight over the Nazca Lines, a series of complex designs, some up to 984 feet long, which can only be seen in their true dimension from an altitude of at least 1,500 feet. The geoglyphs in this UNESCO World Heritage site are the most extraordinary legacy left by a culture that flourished over 2,000 years ago. (B)
Early morning yacht ride to the Ballestas Islands, passing the Candelabro. These islands, also known as the Guano Islands, constitute the habitat to large concentrations of sea bird and sea lion colonies in their natural environment. El Candelabro (The Candelabra) is a geoglyph of more than 394 feet, better appreciated from the ocean. Later, transfer to the airport for your return flight. (B)