This exciting package includes some of Peru’s most important attractions. It starts in Lima on the shores of the Pacific, followed by a couple days in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Next, you will visit Machu Picchu, the crown jewel of Peruvian tourism, and then spend a day in the city of Cusco. You return to Lima for one more day of sightseeing in the capital before heading home. Get ready for a fun-filled week of the best of Peru.
The day begins with one of the many tours in Lima: the historic city center of the famous “City of the Kings” and UNESCO World Heritage site. It is the perfect start of this Peru vacation package. You will walk about the Main Square and be awed by the incredible landmarks that have been built around it. Next, you will go to the Santo Domingo Convent, a 16 th century architectural masterpiece where the earthly remains of two of the city’s patron saints, Rose of Lima and Martin de Porres, lie. Later, you will continue on to the city’s modern sectors: the exclusive district of San Isidro, Lima’s new financial center, and Miraflores, with a stop at the “Parque del Amor” and its incredible view of the Pacific Ocean. The last site on the tour is the Larco Museum, whose specially selected private collection shows more than 3000 years of Pre-Columbian history. You will end the day with a romantic dinner.
You will leave Lima today by air to Cusco, and once you have landed, you will venture into the warm Urubamba Valley, also known as the Sacred Valley of the Incas because it was incredibly valuable to the development of the Incan culture. Through the valley runs the Vilcanota or Urubamba River, and the richness of the valley soil gave life to the towns that still thrive on its banks. You are going to have a fun-filled water adventure kayaking on Lake Huaypo, a lovely body of crystalline water, located at an elevation of 3657 meters. Afterwards, you will enjoy a picnic on the lakeshore, a very special setting with an amazing view in the background.
You are one step closer to the highlight of this trip: a Machu Picchu tour, but to reach the Lost City, you have to venture into the Sacred Valley of the Incas, which is full of surprises. First off, there is the Balcón del Inca, near the town of Chinchero, an absolutely beautiful spot with jaw dropping panoramas. You can also visit the cultural center run by the local population, the members of which maintain their ancient customs. They will show you how they dye wool with natural colors used in their brightly colored clothing.
The next stop of your trip to Peru is at the Ollantaytambo archeological complex, a masterpiece of Incan monumental architecture. Ollantaytambo was an impregnable fort and ceremonial site, yet maybe its most eye-catching aspect is the terraced hillsides. A battle was fought here between Spanish and Incan armies, one of the few that the Conquistadors actually lost. Afterwards, the tour moves to the town of Ollantaytambo, known as a “living Inca city” and the finest surviving example of Incan city planning. It was founded by the Incas in the 13th century and features their famed stamp of excellent stonework. The day ends with time at a luxury spa with treatments based on Andean ingredients that have been cultivated for thousands of years. The height of relaxation.
Today is the day of your Machu Picchu tour. This amazing Inca citadel is one of the world’s most important energy centers. First, you will take the train through some of the most outstanding countryside in the department of Cusco to the town of Aguas Calientes, the staging ground for the ascent to the ruins. Then, you will board the buses that take the twisting mountain road to the gate of the archeological site. Our professional tour guide will show you all the highlights of Machu Picchu, explaining the history that envelopes this mysterious and enchanting place: an unforgettable experience. Once the guided tour is over, you will have some free time to explore, to relax, or to meditate. Later, lunch will be served in Aguas Calientes, also called Machu Picchu town. In the afternoon, you will return to the train station indicated in your Machu Picchu tickets: Ollantaytambo or Poroy. From there, you will be driven to your hotel.
You will take a city tour of Cusco, discovering why it was declared a World Heritage Site. It starts in the colonial district, with a stop at the Coricancha, the Incan Temple of the Sun, to admire the incredible stone workmanship of the Incas as well as the mark left behind by the blending of the Spanish and the Andean. You will also walk around the Main Square, upon which sit the Cathedral, with its outstanding façade, as well as two other impressive churches: la Compañia de Jesus and la Merced. Your day ends with some pottery classes, where an expert artisan will guide you as you create your very own Andean ceramic pieces that you will take home with you.
You will be taken to the airport at the scheduled time for your return flight to Lima. After your arrival, you will go to the district of Barranco. It is famous for being the most bohemian and culturally oriented of Lima’s districts, with museums, designer boutiques, handicraft fairs, and live music. Start off with a stroll on famous “Puente de los Suspiros” (Bridge of Sighs) and breathe in some of the air of Lima past. Next is the Pedro de Osma Museum, where you will see the finest collection of Colonial paintings, furniture, and textiles.The tour continues with a stop at the museum of renowned photographer Mario Testino, where on display is the most extensive collection of his photographs; it is the only cultural institution in the world with permanent exhibits of this famous Peruvian artist.
You will be driven to the airport to board your flight to your final destination.
*Optional: Celebrate a mystical wedding or renewal of vows ceremony in the City of the Incas. This special ceremony, presided over by a Shaman or Andean priest, will take place in the beautiful Llaullipata Reserve, just 15 minutes from the city of Cusco. The shaman will celebrate an Andean ceremony in the midst of breathtaking countryside and make an offering to mountain spirits called Apus. We will take care of the flowers decoration, and, of course, the toast with sparkling wine.