Saturday, 29 June, 2019: Lima, Peru
Welcome to Peru!
Most flights from North America arrive in the late evening, so we will provide assistance at the airport and transfer you to the brand-new Hotel Jose Antonio in the upscale seaside Miraflores neighborhood. Rest well tonight and begin your day fresh in the morning!
Sunday, 30 June, 2019: Lima, Peru
Guests flying on LATAM will arrive in Lima this morning and be transferred to Hotel Jose Antonio where they can join those who arrived the night for breakfast.
This morning we'll begin with a walking tour of Colonial Lima, capital of the Vice Royalty of Peru. Visit the historic downtown and appreciate more than fifty monuments and
colonial edifices, such as the Paseo de la República, the San Martín Square, the Main Square, the Government
Palace, the Archbishop’s Palace, and the Cathedral Basilica.
Admire the “Treasures of Perú” collection, a fine selection of objects made of gold, ceramics and textiles from different pre-columbian cultures at the museum of the Banco Central de la Reserva.
Explore the catacombs of the monumental Convento de San Francisco, home to the largest collection of religious art in
After lunch on the grounds, 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. The Erotic Gallery is always a hit!
Enjoy dinner at the incredible pre-Columbian Huaca Puccllana pyramid right in Miraflores, and overnight at Hotel Jose Antonio in Miraflores.
Monday, 1 July 2019: Cuzco / Sacred Valley of the Incas
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. Leave your scuba gear and any other big bags at the hotel in Lima.
Today you'll fly to Cuzco. From the airport you'll descend into the Sacred Valley of the Incas, where Quechua ways and language live on today. Guests arriving from the Andean Explorer luxury train from Lake Titicaca will meet up with us here.
En route, 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 the beautiful Aranwa Sacred Valley & Wellness property.
Tuesday, 2 July, 2019: 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 town. Along the way you'll experience the customs of real cusquenean people at the indigenous market which takes place on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays.
Enjoy lunch at Wayra Restaurant, where you will be treated to a spectacular equestrian exhibition. The Peruvian Paso horses will delight you with their graceful gait and impress you with their elegant look. The presentation is paced to the rhythm of live marinera music, performed and danced by a group of artists. After the show, admire the horses or even take a short ride to experience their smooth Paso Llano gait.
Continue to the Inca village of Pisac and bargain with vendors at the handicraft market or just admire their craftmanship.
Overnight at Aranwa Sacred Valley & Wellness.
Wednesday, 3 July, 2019: 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 before a enjoy a buffet at the on-site Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge. After lunch you can re-enter the archeological site or enjoy birdwatching and the orchid walk in the lush grounds of the Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel.
Tonight you'll dine and overnight at Machu Picchu Pueblo hotel.
Thursday, 4 July, 2019: 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.
Alternatively, enjoy the lush hotel grounds in the Amazonian cloud forest this morning, maybe doing a bit of birdwatching in hopes of spotting the "Cock of the Rock".
After lunch, enjoy 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 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.
Friday, 5 July, 2019: 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 dinner this evening in Cuzco at the MAP Cafe.
Saturday, 6 July, 2019: Cuzco / Lima
After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport for your flight to Lima. Enjoy additional touring in Lima or a free afternoon. Group farewell dinner tonight!
Sunday, 7 July, 2019: Lima - Guayaquil
Breakfast at the hotel, then retrieve your left luggage and fly on to Guayaquil, Ecuador this morning if you are diving on our Galapagos liveaboard.
Our Package Includes:
- Transfers and meals described above
- Sightseeing with English-speaking local guide
- Vistadome train to Machu Picchu and two days entrance fees
- Hiram Bingham train from Machu Picchu to Cuzco
- Cuzco tourist tax
International airfare to and from Lima (contact us for suggestions) and on to Guayaquil, 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.