From the mysterious Inca ruins of Machu Picchu to the colonial city of Arequipa and the ongoing excavations of more historical sites along the Northern coast and the highlands, Peru is indeed one of the most exciting destinations in archaeology and history. Beyond this, Peru is filled with spiritual history and powers, becoming a world center for healing and personal growth.
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Day 01: Arrive Lima
Bienvenidos a Peru! We receive a Lima style welcome at the airport and are subsequently transferred to our hotel.
Overnight: Casa Andina Private Collection Hotel, Lima (2 nights)
Day 02: Lima/Nasca
Our afternoon tour of the city begins with the centrally located Plaza Mayor (main square) designed and built by the famed Francisco Pizarro. The Cathedral, Palacio de los Virreyes, Palacio Arzobispal and Palacio Municipal. We also visit the San Francisco Convent, arguably the most beautiful architectural complex in the city. (B)
Day 03: Lima/Arequipa (Flight)
A short flight gets us to Arequipa, where this afternoon we tour the Santa Catalina Convent, Plaza de Armas, La Compañía cloisters and the districts of Yanahuara and Chilina where we enjoy a breathtaking view of the Misti Volcano.
Overnight: El Cabildo Hotel, Arequipa (1 night) (B)
Day 04: Arequipa/Cuzco (Flight)
A scenic flight conveys us to Cuzco. Afternoon tour includes the beautiful church of Santo Domingo, the Cathedral, the Hatunrumiyoc, as well as the Fortress of Sacsayhuaman - a most remarkable Inca building. Our tour continues to Quenqo, believed to have been an important sanctuary during the Inca period, Puca Pucara, a strategically located “red fortress” that dominates the entire area and Tambomachay with its two distinctive aqueducts that continue to provide clean water year round.
Overnight: El Dorado San Augustin, Cuzco (1 night) (B)
Day 05: Cuzco/Sacred Valley (Drive)
This morning we head out to the valley of Urubamba’s River (also called River Wilcamayu or Vilcanota) or “Sacred Valley” because grain and maize were cultivated for the Inka, his family and the upper class. Visit includes the Indian Market of Pisac. Pisac is famous for its peasant farms, native handicrafts and interesting Indian market that takes place three times a week (Tue, Thu & Sun). Our next stop is the fortress of Ollantaytambo, one of the most important examples of Inca military architecture. The complex has temples, palaces and a lot more to discover.
Overnight: Casa Andina Private Collection Hotel, Sacred Valley (1 night) (B)
Day 06: Sacred Valley/Machu Picchu/Cuzco (Drive/Train/Drive)
Our day starts with the incredible 3-hour scenic train ride to Aguas Calientes from where we take a coach transfer to South America’s most famous World Heritage Site, Machu Picchu. Our tour of the majestic Machu Picchu begins with the citadel, by far the most important attraction in the area. Discovered in 1911 by the American explorer Hiram Bingham, the citadel is one of the most extraordinary examples of landscape architecture in the world. We walk through the many stairways and canals carved out of stone that are recurrent throughout this remarkable archaeological site.
Overnight: El Dorado San Augustin, Cuzco (1 night) (B, L)
Day 07: Cuzco/Puno (Drive)
A pleasant 8-hour bus (seat-in-coach) trip takes us through picturesque rural landscapes dotted by small villages and herds of llamas and vicuñas. Our destination is Puno, however we make stops along our way to include visit to the Andahuylillas town and the Raqchi ruins. Arrival at Puno’s bus station, meet & transfer to hotel.
Overnight: Casa Andina Private Collection Hotel, Puno (1 night) (B, L)
Day 08: Puno/Lima (Flight)
Another exciting day as we embark on a two-hour motorboat excursion on Lake Titicaca to visit the floating islands of the Uros. Formed from layers of totora, these floating islands are inhabited by the descendants of the ancient people known as the Urus who, having been rejected by the Aymaras, had no choice but to live in isolation from other communities. Living in extreme poverty, these people earn a living by fishing and selling small handmade crafts to the tourists visiting the islands. Afternoon transfer to the airport for a flight to Lima, we stop en route to visit Sillustani, an ancient pre-Inca burial ground. The ancient people of Peru believed in a mother earth that created and regulated life; at Sillustani we see where the mummified bodies were kept, evidence of their great respect for “Mother Earth”. Arrive Lima and transfer to the hotel.
Overnight: Casa Andina Private Collection Hotel, Lima (1 night) (B)
Day 09: Lima/Depart
Lima is one of the few capitals to have been designated a World Heritage Site. This morning we bid farewell to Peru as we are transferred to the airport for our departure flight. (B)
Possible pre tour with public transportation without guide (Nasca and Paracas)
Day 01: Arrive Lima
Bienvenidos a Peru! We receive a Lima style welcome at the airport and are subsequently
transferred to our hotel.
Overnight: Casa Andina Private Collection Hotel, Lima (1 night)
Day 02: Lima/Nasca
Morning transfer to the bus station for a seat-in-coach bus ride to Nasca.
Overnight: Cantayo Hotel, Nasca (1 night) (B)
Day 03: Nasca/Lima
Morning transfer to the local airport for the flight of approximately 30 mins over the Nasca lines and figures. Flights may be delayed or cancelled due to weather conditions. After the flight return to Lima to join the Legendary Peru program. (B)
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
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