Taste of Peru

Visit Machu Picchu, Cusco and the Sacred Valley on this whistle stop tour of Peru.

This 8 day tour allows you to visit many of Peru must see sights in a short space of time. Start your holiday with a couple of nights in Peru's capital city Lima. Modern Lima is nowadays famous for some of the best food in all of South America with several world class restaurants. After Lima it is up into the Andes and a stay in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, a region packed with bustling market towns and Inca ruins. From the Sacred Valley you continue to Machu Picchu where you enjoy a guided tour of these magnificent ruins. You finish your trip in the beautiful and historic town of Cuzco which was once the Inca capital and nowadays is an excellently preserved colonial town. 

Tour highlights

    • Lima: The capital’s great architectural ensemble has earned the UNESCO World Heritage Site status, with attractions such as the Casa Aliaga, the Cathedral and the Main Square Pisac and Ollantaytambo:
    • Explore the ancient town of Pisac and the Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo among other sights Cusco:
    • Discover the former capital of the Inca Empire, where the ruins of the former civilization and the Spanish colonial legacy provide attractions such as the baroque Cathedral, and the Sacsayhuaman and Puka Pukara archaeological sites
    • Machu Picchu: The lost city of the Incas is hidden on top of an Andean peak, offering views not only of the mountains but also of the Inca past
    • Direct flights available with British Airways from London Gatwick (regional departures available too) 
    • Itinerary can be tailor made to your requirements.

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival into Lima

On arrival in Lima, you receive assistance at the airport and are transferred to your selected hotel. Rest of the day is free at leisure to get to know the city.

Day 2

Lima - Lima city tour

Explore Lima old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site packed with fascinating historic buildings. Start with a scenic tour in the colonial downtown, which radiates from the Main Square, where you can appreciate the grandiose architecture of the Spanish Empire. Stroll over to the Cathedral, which was begun in the 16th century and took 80 years to build. Then visit the Casa Aliaga, a colonial mansion granted in 1535 by chief conquistador Francisco Pizarro to Jerónimo de Aliaga, one of his captains. This is the only house from that time that still belongs to the same family after all these centuries. Continue to the Larco Museum, located in the traditional Pueblo Libre district, which is housed in a beautifully restored viceregal mansion built on a seventh-century a pre-Columbian pyramid. The museum boasts the most complete pre-Hispanic collection of gold and silver artefacts, as well as pieces of erotic art. Finally, head to the ‘Love Park’ in the upscale coastal district of Miraflores, where you can admire the cliffs and a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean. The tour may end at the Larcomar Shopping Mall, at the Peru pa’ti food market or at the hotel.

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 3

Lima - Sacred Valley via Cusco

Pick-up after breakfast and transfer from your hotel to Lima Airport to catch a flight to Cusco. A meet and greet service on arrival is followed by transfer to your selected hotel in the Sacred Valley.

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 4

Sacred Valley - Sacred Valley excursion

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before departing for the Urubamba River valley, which is popularly known as the Sacred Valley of the Incas. The first stop is Pisac, a historic town on the valley floor, to wander through its market. Break for lunch is a local diner before continuing to late Inca period Ollantaytambo fortress, which controlled access to the Sacred Valley. The site is a huge archaeological complex which, although it is known as a ‘fortress’, was actually a tambo, a leisure city used to accommodate delegations that traveled long distances. Return to and drop off at your hotel.

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5

Machu Picchu excursion

Enjoy breakfast before heading to Ollantaytambo Station to board the train to Aguas Calientes, the nearest town to Machu Picchu. Following a scenic three-and-a-half-hour journey through dramatic Andean landscapes, arrive at the station in Aguas Calientes. Here you board a coach for a 25-minute ride to Machu Picchu itself. The ‘Lost City of the Incas’ had lain abandoned in the heavens for four centuries until American explorer Hiram Bingham happened upon it in 1911. Machu Picchu is believed to have been built in the 1450s by Inca emperor Pachacuti as a holiday retreat yet within a century the city would be abandoned following the Spanish conquest. The Spaniards never found it so it was spared the destruction they wrought on other Inca sites.  A guided tour explains the origins behind this awe-inspiring citadel and the most prominent landmarks among the 200 or so buildings such as the monumental Main Square, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows, the Circular Towers, the Sacred Sun Dial and the Burial Grounds. Night at a hotel near Machu Picchu. 

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6

Machu Picchu - Cusco

Breakfast at the hotel is followed by a free morning. We strongly recommend that you wake early today and make your way up to Machu Picchu as the ruins are its quietest in the morning. If you are feeling adventurous you can climb Huayna Picchu (permits need to be booked in advance), which is about 360 meters above Machu Picchu.  Another option is the Inca Bridge, a secret military trail, which controlled access to the citadel. In the afternoon return by train to Cusco.

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 7

Cusco - Cusco city tour and archaeological sights

Morning free at leisure after breakfast at the hotel. In the afternoon, enjoy a guided tour of this charming city, which was the capital of the Inca Empire. The tour starts with a visit to Santo Domingo Convent, a large Renaissance-baroque complex, which was built over the Inca Qoricancha temple. It was one of the most important temples dedicated to the worship of the sun and its foundations are still prominent at the base of the convent. Continue to the Plaza de Armas to visit the cathedral. It features an elaborate Renaissance façade and, like other important monuments in the city, was built over a demolished Inca temple. Head to the hills above Cusco to visit the remains of the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, whose imposing ramparts offer a stunning panoramic view of Cusco, the ruins of temple and amphitheater of Qenqo, where it is believed the Incas practiced agricultural rituals. Finally, visit Puka Pukara (‘Red fortress’ in Quechua) an Inca military complex located on a prominent hill. Return to and drop off at your hotel.

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8

Departure for the UK

Transfer to Cusco Airport for flight to Lima after breakfast at the hotel. Assistance provided at airport.

Why not combine this tour with Ecuador and Galapagos? Or add on a few more nights in Peru and visit Lake Titicaca. 

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Pricing

4 Star Hotels 22nd September 2016 - 30th November 2017

5 Star Deluxe Hotels 22nd September 2016 - 30th November 2017

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