Taste of Peru

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. Accommodation at Villa Barranco Boutique Hotel in Deluxe Room

Day 2 ( Lima )

Colonial City Tour Lima, Casa Aliaga & Larco Museum (Private Tour – 6 hours)

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. Accommodation at Villa Barranco in Deluxe Room

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 3 ( Lima – Cusco )

Private Transfer Sacred Valley & Awanakancha weaving center

Pick-up after breakfast and transfer from your hotel to Lima Airport to catch a flight to Cusco. Welcome meeting on arrival, followed by transfer to your selected hotel in the Sacred Valley. On the way to the Hotel, will stop at Awanakancha, a farm of South American camelids and showroom of textiles, where local families show the entire traditional process of weaving. Transfer to your Sacred Valley.

Accommodation at Sonesta Posada Yucay

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 4

Pisac Ruins, Market & Ollantaytambo (Private Tour – 6 hours)

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before departing for the Urubamba River valley. The first stop is Pisac archaeological site and to wander through its market. Lunch in a local restaurant, before continuing to Ollantaytambo fortress. 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 travelled long distances. Return to the hotel.

Accommodation at Sonesta Posada Yucay

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5 ( Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes )

Visito to the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu (Private Tour – 2 ½ hours)

Enjoy breakfast before heading to Ollantaytambo Station to board the train to Aguas Calientes. Following a scenic two 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 Pachacute as a retreat. 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.

Accommodation at Casa Andina Machu Picchu

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6 ( Aguas Calientes – Poroy )

Second entrance Machu Picchu to Sun Gate or Huayna Picchu Mountain

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.

Accommodation at Antigua San Blas in Traditional Room

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 7 ( Cuzco )

City Tour and archaeological sites (Private Tour – 4 hours)

Morning free. In the afternoon, enjoy a guided tour of this charming city, of Cusco. 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.

Accommodation at Antigua San Blas in Traditional Room

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 21st November 2017 - 30th December 2018

5 Star Hotels 21st November 2017 - 30th December 2018

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