Monday, 9 November 2015: Lima, Peru
Welcome to Peru! Upon your arrival in Lima today (from Ecuador if you are coming from our Galapagos liveaboard), we will provide assistance at the airport and transfer you to Casa Andina Private Collection hotel in upscale Miraflores.
This afternoon, you'll visit the Larco Herrera Museum. Housed in an 18th century colonial mansion, it is home to one of the the most extensive collections of pre-Columbian art in Peru. It contains fine examples of textile work, as well as the tools ancient Peruvians used to produce textiles, metals, huaco ceramics and gold and silver pieces with semiprecious stones.
Enjoy dinner at a local seafood restaurant and overnight at the Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores.
Tuesday, 10 November: Cuzco / Sacred Valley of the Incas
This afternoon you'll fly to Cuzco, where you'll be met at the airport and driven to the Urubamba valley, the Sacred Valley of the Incas. En route, you'll visit Awanakancha, where South American camelidae are bred. Learn about the superb llama, alpaca and vicuna fibers as well as the ancient weaving techiques that are still in use.
Overnight at Sol y Luna Hotel.
Wednesday, 11 November: Sacred Valley of the Incas
After breakfast at the hotel, enjoy a scenic drive through the "Sacred Valley of the Incas" to visit Ollantaytambo, the Inca fortress, and walk through the quaint streets of the nearby town.
Continue to the Inca village of Pisac for an opportunity to bargain with vendors at its handicraft market.
Enjoy lunch at Wayra Restaurant. Witness a spectacular equestrian exhibition, where the horses will amaze you with their graceful gait and impress you with their elegant look. The presentation will be led by the rhythm of live marinera music, played and danced by a group of artists.
Overnight at Sol y Luna Hotel.
Thursday, 12 November: Machu Picchu by train
This morning you will board a Vistadome train to Aguas Calientes, at the foot of Machu Picchu. The journey will take approximately three and a half hours, during which you will enjoy the spectacular scenery of the Andes.
Take part in a private guided tour of the citadel and stroll through the archeological site before a late lunch and check in at the Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel. Rest this afternoon, or enjoy birdwatching and the orchid walk in the lush grounds of the hotel. Tonight you'll dine and overnight at Machu Picchu Pueblo hotel.
Friday, 13 November: Machu Picchu / Cuzco
After breakfast at the Machu Picchu Pueblo hotel, enjoy free time in the early morning at the archeological site. Watching the clouds break and the skies open up to let the sun stream onto this amazing sacred site is the highlight of many travelers' visit to South America.
For lunch, enjoy a buffet at the on-site Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge, followed by a couple of hours back in the Machu Picchu site for photography and exploring after the day-trippers have left.
After a special tea service this afternoon at the Sanctuary Lodge, you'll board the Orient Express luxury train, Hiram Bingham, named after the explorer who re-discovered Machu Picchu in 1911. On board, enjoy a a cocktail accompanied by live entertainment in the bar car. After cocktail hour, you will be escorted to the dining car for a four-course gourmet dinner and conversation with your fellow travelers about your unforgettable experiences at Machu Picchu.
Upon your return to
Cuzco you will be transferred from the train station to your hotel, the Aranwa Boutique Cuzco Hotel.
Saturday, 14 November, 2015: Cuzco
Breakfast at the hotel is followed by a tour of the city, beginning at the Santo Domingo convent monastery. Before the arrival of the Spaniards, this colonial monastery was the Koricancha temple, one of the most important temples devoted to worship of the sun. According to the chronicles, it was covered in gold leaf and filled with golden representations of nature. Included in the tour are stops at the Plaza de Armas and the Cathedral. After visiting the most interesting sights of the city, you will be driven to the countryside outside Cuzco to visit some of the remarkable Inca ruins in the area. Included are the cult center of Sacsayhuaman, the temple and amphitheater of Kenko, and the Red Fortress of Puca Pucara.
You'll be our guest at a farewell dinner this evening in Cuzco.
Sunday, 15 November, 2015: Cuzco / Lima
After breakfast at the hotel, our guide will meet you
at your hotel to transfer you to the airport for your flight to Lima and connection home.
Our Package Includes: .
- Transfers and meals described above
- Sightseeing with English-speaking local guide
- Hiram Bingham train to and from Machu Picchu and two days entrance fees
- Cuzco tourist tax
International airfare to and from Lima (contact us for suggestions), domestic airfare between Lima and Cuzco, meals/beverages or optional activities not described in program above, tips, and personal expenses such as internet service, phone calls, laundry.
$750 deposit to hold space. Balance due 90 days prior to departure.