Peru: Classic Luxury Peru
Our Itineraries are provided as a preview of what to expect on our tours. Please, note, that itineraries are subject to change.
Arrival in Lima, the ``City of Kings`` famous for its Spanish Colonial architecture, extraordinary museums, and cuisine. Lima is internationally recognized as the ``Gastronomic Capital of the Americas`` and its cuisine is considered among the most diverse and exquisite in the world on par with French cuisine. Upon arrival, a host will meet and assist you in transferring to the hotel and in registering.
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. Today, you will head to a half-day Lima tour visits both the colonial and modern sections of Lima. Colonial sites include the lovely Plaza Mayor, the Government Palace, San Francisco Church and the exquisite Torre Tagle Palace modern day seat of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In modern Lima, drive along the exclusive residential areas of Miraflores and San Isidro.
Early morning transfer from the hotel to the airport for a short but spectacular flight (flight not included, to be booked by agent) over the snowcapped Andes to the oldest inhabited city in the hemisphere, Cusco, at an elevation of 11,440 feet. Upon arrival, a host will meet and assist you in transfer to the Sacred Valley at 8,200 feet of altitude. Visit Awanacancha on route. Visit Awana Kancha, the living museum of the Andes. This Living Museum of the Andes showcase the South American Camelids such as llamas, vicuñas, guanacos and alpacas in their native environment. You will also enjoy a spinning and weaving demonstration of ancient techniques on how to make clothing from the wool fibers of these animals. You can also see native flowers and some agricultural terraces from the Inca times.
Morning departure for a drive through the fertile countryside of the Urubamba Valley to the colonial village of Pisac where a unique Indian Market takes place daily. The variety of products offered is overwhelming, from pottery with reproductions of archaeological pieces, to all kinds of textiles, jewelry, and Peruvian handicrafts. During your visit to this bustling marketplace, you will have the opportunity to bargain with the artisans and indigenous traders. Grab the items you like, you will hardly see the same one again. After, you will head to enjoy lunch at Wayra with a traditional Paso Horse Show. “Caballo de Paso” known worldwide for their smooth gaited movements and unusual spirit. No other horse combines strength, intelligence, and beauty so perfectly as the Peruvian Paso Horse. The particular characteristic of the Paso Horse is precisely the reason for its name: the sublime charm of its typical step. As it walks, its front legs step very high and forward while the hooves sway to the sides in a graceful and synchronized movement. Enjoy a delightful demonstration of the skills of this unique member of the horse kingdom. Lunch at the celebrated Wayra at “Sol y Luna” in the Sacred Valley. Continue to the Ollantaytambo archaeological complex, the Incas built it as a fort that included a temple, agricultural terraces, and an urban area. There are two distinct sectors: The religious and worship zone, and the residential area. Ollantaytambo was an important administrative center with probable military functions if one considers the walls and towers. There are also traces of ancient roads and aqueducts. The town of Ollantaytambo is called a ``Living Inca Town`` since the inhabitants maintain very old practices and customs.
Pass through unspoiled and picturesque Andean communities on your way to the Incan agricultural experimental center of Moray, famous for its sunken amphitheater, made up of four circular terraces, which appear to fade away into the earth like an artificial crater. The site was apparently an Inca agricultural research station filled with fertile earth and watered by complex irrigation systems, designed for experimenting with crops at various altitudes (some of which run down to depths of 100 meters). Continue to the impressive Maras salt pools formed by water emerging from a lake inside a mountain in the Urubamba Valley. An amazing view of evaporating ponds for the extraction of salt. Learn about ancestral techniques, which are still used, in agricultural, irrigation and salt-recollection tasks, as well as in Andean festivals and rites. Finally, you will arrive at the community of Misminay, elevation 3700 meters, in the Urubamba Valley, where the townsfolk will greet you. You will be able to join with the families as they perform their daily tasks, like plowing or harvesting, depending on the time of year. You will enjoy a traditional lunch made by the community women from ingredients organically grown in their fields. Afternoon train ride to Machu Picchu. Dinner at hotel
The ``Lost City of the Incas`` is 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. Dinner at the hotel.
Free morning to enjoy one of the most incredible sights on earth, the sanctuary of Machu Picchu. Take as much time as you need to study these magnificent ruins or hike the steep stone-paved trail of Huayna Picchu, the pyramid-shaped mountain above Machu Picchu for a breathtaking “condor view” of the citadel (reservation and extra fee are needed). You may choose to stroll to the Inca Bridge a secret entrance used by the Inca's army, walk toward the Inca Trail to find the historic Intipunku or “Sun Gate,`` visit Manuel Chavez Museum, or hike in Mandor Valley or just enjoy the thermal springs of the town. Afternoon return train ride.
Visitors are caught up in the excitement of touring the ancient capital of the Inca Empire, a delightful combination of Inca and colonial architecture. The tour visits important landmarks such us Cusco's Cathedral, Plaza de Armas and Koricancha “The Temple of the Sun”. This tour of the oldest continuously inhabited city in the western hemisphere also includes the nearby ruins of Kenko, Puca-Pucara, Tambomachay as well as the Sacsayhuaman fortress, an imposing example of Inca military architecture. Dinner at MAP Café in the middle of the manorial and ample patio of the Museum of Pre-Columbian Art of the city of Cusco, MAP Café is a singular restaurant that surprises through its contemporary proposal that has character and boldness, and which deliciously incorporates the most extraordinary ingredients of the region. The menu includes tasty classics of the Peruvian cuisine, prepared with a very personal touch, as well as original dishes and desserts.
Breakfast at the hotel. At the indicated time, you will be transferred to the airport for your departure to Lima and your connecting international flight (flights not included, to be booked by agent). Arrive home full of great memories of the rich tradition of Colonial Lima, the snowcapped roaring Andean mountains and lush valleys, and the zig-zag road to the overwhelming sight of Machu Picchu, the amazing legacy the Incas
• Arrival and departure transfers
• 2 nights in Lima at Belmond Miraflores Park, Ocean View Junior Suite, or similar
• 2 nights in Sacred Valley at Belmond Rio Sagrado, Deluxe Terrace, or similar
• 2 nights in Aguas Calientes at Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel, Sumaq Deluxe, or similar
• 2 nights in Cusco at Belmond Monasterio, Superior Room, or similar
• 14 meals: 8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 3 dinners
• Lima City Tour
• Visit Awana Kancha, the living museum of the Andes
• Visit the Pisac Market
• Visit Ollantaytambo Fortress
• Lunch at Wayra with Peruvian Paso Horse Show
• Visit Moray, Incan agricultural center
• Visit Maras Salt Mines
• Visit the community of Misminay
• Visit Machu Picchu with lunch at Sanctuary Lodge
• Cusco City Tour and Nearby Ruins
• Farewell dinner at MAP Cafe
• Baggage handling at airports and at hotels
• All entrance fees and transfers needed to operate tours and excursions
• Train tickets to Machu Picchu on the Vistadome train
• Lunch in the excursion to Machu Picchu at Sanctuary Lodge
• Service of a bilingual licensed tour guide for all tours and excursions
• Optional tours
• Domestic flights
• Second entrance fee to Machu Picchu (Note: This can be added to the itinerary upon request) • Extra expenses in case of modifying the itinerary
• Expenses such as beverages on meals, tips, laundry, phone calls, and other personal expenses
Luggage Restrictions for Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley
• Your backpack or carry-on on the train to Machu Picchu should not exceed 11 lbs. and size should not be larger than 62 inches or 1.57 meters. Passengers taking the "Inca Trail" will be excluded from this restriction.
• Passengers with an overnight in Machu Picchu or in the Sacred Valley, it is advisable to leave the bulk of your belongings in your luggage in Cusco and take only what you need. You can also request the “transfer service” of your luggage from the Sacred Valley to Cusco or vice versa for $30 for 1 to 3 pieces of luggage.
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