Essence of Peru

  • Machu Picchu at sunset

Highlights

Includes:

  • 8 nights in a choice of luxurious accommodations
  • Comprehensive sightseeing with local English speaking guides
  • Enjoy a tour of modern and colonial Lima
  • Indulge in a scenic ride aboard the Vistadome train
  • Explore Piscac Market
  • Step back in time at the Ollantaytambo Archaeological Complex
  • Marvel at a traditional Peruvian Horse Show
  • Experience Machu Picchu the "Lost City of the Incas"
  • Tour Cusco and the nearby ruins
  • Entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Daily breakfast, 3 lunches and 3 dinners
  • Hotel taxes and service charges

Itinerary

 

DAY 1 | LIMA
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 registering. Overnight at your hotel in Lima.

DAY 2 | LIMA
Visit 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. Overnight at your hotel in Lima. (B)

DAY 3 | LIMA | CUSCO | SACRED VALLEY
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. Immediate transfer to the Sacred Valley at 8,200 feet of altitude. Upon arrival a host will meet and assist you in transferring to the hotel and in registering. The rest of the day is at leisure to relax. Overnight at your hotel in Sacred Valley. (B)

DAY 4 | SACRED VALLEY
Pisac Market and Ollantaytambo Archaeological Complex
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 amazing, 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.

Lunch at Wyra with Peruvian Paso Horse Show
"Caball de Paso” is 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 sublime charm of the typical step of the Paso Horse is precisely the reason for its name. 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, considering 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. Lunch is at a beautiful country estate on the shores of the Urubamba River. Overnight at your hotel in Sacred Valley. (B,L)

DAY 5 | MACHU PICCHU
Moray, Maras and Train to Machu Picchu
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. They 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 328 feet).

Lunch at Paradoy de Maray 
Inside the marvelous contrasts of this destination, and boasting that magical character it has, a restored hacienda of the Sacred Valley is now El Parador de Moray. It features the new culinary proposal of Coque Ossio. Enjoy traditional Peruvian cuisine in an environment finely decorated with exquisite Peruvian crafts.

Continue to the impressive Maras salt pools, formed by water emerging from a lake inside a mountain in the Urubamba Valley. There is 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. Visit an authentic Quechua Village to feel the way of life of the Inca's ancestors. The Inca himself was a noble Quechua. They live off the land and are always wearing their colorful ponchos. See Quechua children scamper about while woman are weaving their family's clothes.  You will take a train ride to Machu Picchu. Dinner at hotel. Overnight at your hotel in Machu Picchu. (B,L,D)

DAY 6 | MACHU PICCHU
Excursion to the "Lost City of the Incas," Machu Picchu. 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 Belmond´s Sanctuary Lodge, located just a few steps from the Inca citadel. Dinner at the hotel. Overnight at your hotel in Machu Picchu. (B,L,D)

DAY 7 | CUSCO
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-shape mountain above Machu Picchu for a breathtaking view of the site (reservation and extra fee are needed). Or 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 or just enjoy the thermal springs of the town.  Afternoon return train ride back. Overnight at your hotel in Cusco. (B)

DAY 8 | CUSCO
Wandering through this lovely city and exploring the astonishing narrow streets of this tile roof colonial town will be an unforgettable experience. You will find something astounding at every turn. See traditional Peruvian handicrafts, alpaca-wool sweaters and rugs, ponchos, pottery, gold and silver jewelry, leather goods, etc.

Cusco has a multitude of entertainment. Tonight, experience a Novo Andean and international buffet, which utilized regional ingredients to rescue the gastronomic roots of the Andes. Dinneris followed by a folkloric show with whirling Peruvian dancers performing a variety of regional entertaining dances. Overnight at your hotel in Cusco.

Tour of Cusco and Nearby Ruins 
Get caught up in the excitement of touring the ancient capital of the Inca Empire, a delightful combination of Inca and colonial architecture. Visit important landmarks such us Cusco's Cathedral, Santo Domingo Church, 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 and Tambomachay as well as the Sacsayhuaman fortress, an imposing example of Inca military architecture.

Dinner & Show
Cusco has a multitude of entertainment. Tonight, experience a Novo Andean and international buffet, which utilized regional ingredients to rescue the gastronomic roots of the Andes. Dinneris followed by a folkloric show with whirling Peruvian dancers performing a variety of regional entertaining dances. Overnight at your hotel in Cusco.

DAY 9| CUSCO
Transfer to the airport for your departure to Lima and your connecting international flight. 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 of the Incas. (B)

(B)Breakfast (L) Lunch (D) Dinner

Hotels

PROGRAMS

SILVER PROGRAM 
CITYNIGHTSHOTELROOM TYPE
Lima2Casa Andina Private Collection MirafloresSuperior
Sacred Valley2Casa Andina Private Collection Valle SagradoSuperior
Machu Picchu2Casa del Sol Machu Picchu HotelSuperior
Cusco2NovotelContemporary


GOLD PROGRAM

CITYNIGHTSHOTELSROOM TYPE
Lima2JW Mariott HotelDeluxe
Sacred Valley2Tambo del Inka A Luxury Collection Resort & SpaSuperior
Machu Picchu2Sumaq Machu Picchu HotelDeluxe
Cusco2Palacio del Inka A Luxury Collection HotelSuperior

PLATINUM PROGRAM

CITYNIGHTSHOTELROOM TYPE
Lima2Belmond Miraflores ParkOcean View Junior Suite
Sacred Valley2Belmond Hotel Rio SagradoDeluxe Terrace
Machu Picchu2Belmond Sanctuary LodgeSuperior
Cusco2Belmond Palacio Nazarenas Junior Suite

Land Package Prices Per Person**

PROGRAMSILVER GOLD  PLATINUM 
TwinSingleTwinSingleTwinSingle
Starting From:$2,942$3,755$3,657$5,157$4,530$6,810

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