7 Days / 6 Nights
Brimming with both natural and man-made attractions, Peru is a place of great mystique, beauty and culture. Join this in-depth exploration of the Inca Empire culminating in your visit to awe-inspiring Machu Picchu where you’ll witness this archeological wonder.
Day 1 - Arrive Lima
Depart North America today and arrive in Lima, Peru. You are welcomed and transferred to the hotel.
CASA ANDINA SELECT MIRAFLORES HOTEL.
Day 2 - Lima - City Tour
Explore Lima´s 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. Be amazed by Lima´s Cathedral, built during the 16th century and took over 80 years to complete. 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 pre-Columbian pyramid from the VII century. The museum boasts the most complete pre-Hispanic collection of gold and silver objects, as well as pieces of erotic art. Finally, head to the 'Love Park' in the scenic coastal district of Miraflores, where you can admire the cliffs and a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean. Overnight at the hotel. (B)
Day 3 - Lima / Cuzco / Sacred Valley
Fly to Cuzco, the oldest inhabited city in the Western Hemisphere. Met upon arrival and transfer to
Sacred Valley.En route visit Pisac where you will visit the Inkary Museum, which exhibits the history and culture of different civilizations of ancient Peru.Overnight at CASA ANDINA PREMIUM VALLE SAGRADO HOTEL. (B)
Day 4 - Sacred Valley
You will be transferred to Pisac church where you will meet your guide and group to start with the tour. Spend some time in the market before you enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Then head to Ollantaytambo. The town of Ollantaytambo is a typical example of urban planning of the Incas still inhabited like in the past. Pachacutec conquered the town, destroyed it and built a new one absorbing it as part of his empire. The fortress of Ollantaytambo is a great archaeological complex that even when called a fortress, it was a tambo; a town for resting and lodging for long distance travelers. Return to your hotel. Overnight at the hotel. (BL)
Day 5 - Sacred Valley / Machu Picchu / Cuzco by Expedition train
Travel aboard the Expedtiaion train from Ollantaytambo to the archeological wonder of Machu Picchu, built in the late 14th century. Machu Picchu was obviously a well-planned and carefully built city, made up of two clearly different sectors—one agricultural and the other urban. With mountains to one side and a river roaring far below, this solemn fortress is a fascinating remnant of a once-bustling city that was mysteriously abandoned after the middle of the 16th century. Secreted amidst dense jungle vegetation and steep hills, Machu Picchu remained undiscovered by the modern world until 1911. Learn about the many legends and strange truths of these ancient ruins from your local guide. Later return to Cuzco aboard the “Inca Train.” Sip a cup of tea and enjoy panoramic views as the beautiful greenery of the Urubamba Valley rolls by. Met upon arrival and transfer to SONESTA HOTEL CUZCO. Overnight at the hotel. (B)
Day 6 - Cuzco – City tour
You will start your tour visiting the Coricancha, also known as The Temple of the Sun (QuriKancha Golden Temple), which was built by the Inca Pachacutec and at the arrival of the Spaniards became the basis for the construction of the Santo Domingo Convent. Here, during the Inca Empire reverence was surrendered to the sun (Inti), and there was a time when it was covered with gold. Then visit the Cathedral, the most imposing monument in the Plaza de Armas. Its construction began in 1560 and ended only in 1654. For this purpose hundreds of stones were extracted and transported from Sacsayhuaman fortress under the command of the Ecclesiastical Council. You will continue your tour to the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, one of the most emblematic buildings of the Incas (located just minutes from town center) built by the Inca Pachacutec in the fifteenth century. This is a huge fortress built with large stones whose transportation remains still a mystery. Each June 24th, during the winter solstice, the feast of IntiRaymi is recreated here, where the sun is worshipped. Continue to Quenqo, located 4 kilometers from the city of Cusco. Quenqo is an archaeological complex of mainly religious use where it is believed agricultural rituals were performed. Finally get to know PukaPucara, located 7 kilometers from the city of Cusco. PukaPucara, which means Red Fortress, was an architectural complex of alleged military use with multiple spaces, plazas, baths, aqueducts, walls and towers, and it is believed the entourage of the Inca used it while he rested in Tambomachay. Return to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel. (B)
Day 7 - Cuzco / Lima / Depart Lima
Fly back to Lima this afternoon and connect with your flight to onward destination. (B)
Extension to Lake Titicaca: Puno
3 Days/ 2 nights – Puno, Lake Titicaca
Visit beautiful villages, museums, churches and temples on a journey with breathtaking sceneries between Cusco and Puno for 3 incredible days. Discover how the past is still alive in the wonderful islands of Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world.
Day 1 - Arrive Julliaca
Julliaca – Puno drive
You will be welcomed upon arrival at Julliaca airport and transferred to your hotel. Visit Sillustani Burial Towers en route to your hotel. Overnight at CASA ANDINA PREMIUM PUNO HOTEL. (L)
Day 2 – Puno (Lake Titicaca) – Uros 7 Taquile Islands
Enjoy excursion by boat to Uros and Taquile Islands on Lake Titikaka. This full day excursion will take you to the highest navigable lake in the world to the floating islands of the Uros Indians. These are man-made islands by tying totora reeds. Continuing to Taquile where a native community of about 400 families still lives traditionally as the Incas lived centuries ago. Taquile is a very important site on Lake Titikaka for its archeological remains, the sacred and ceremonial sites, the festive activities and their rituals. (BL)
Day 3 – Puno/ Julliaca/ Depart
Transfer to Julliaca airport for your departing flight. (B)
Extension to Amazon: Cruise Tour
4 Days/3 nights – Amazon Cruise
Discovering the Amazon, its wildlife and vegetation seems like an impossible task. However, there’s a way to get close to the essential elements of the rainforest: the Amazon Star. This fascinating cruise takes its passengers through the Amazon River on a journey to connect with nature along the way.
Wednesday, Day 1 Arrive Iquitos
Arrive at the city of Iquitos and transfer to the port of Nauta, making a stop at the Amazon Rescue Center (CREA), a foundation dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and release of manatees. Once in Nauta, participate in an orientation and security talk and tackle the AMAZON STAR RIVER CRUISE. During the afternoon, explore the Pawachiro stream by boat and enjoy the flora variety of the place. Upon return, the crew will present a musical activity. While eating dinner, the activities for the following day will be presented. Overnight on board the cruise. (LD)
Thursday, Day 2 Cruise through Amazon Rainforest
During the morning, enjoy a complete experience taking breakfast in a picnic on the boat by the Pucate River. The excursion begins with a boat exploration, observing the monkeys, birds, and the immense variety of fauna that inhabits the area. Then, you can enter the river to swim with pink dolphins, a unique species that live in the Amazon. As an optional activity, you'll be able to fish piranhas.
Return to the boat for lunch and listen to the guide's conference about the source of the Amazon River, where you will find out the root of the most significant river in the world. During the afternoon, explore the NautaCaño, with the option of travelling the stream in a kayak. Then, you will have dinner and participate in the informative talk preparing you for the next day. When the sun falls, you will leave on a night excursion. Overnight on board the cruise. (BLD)
Friday, Day 3 Puerto Prado Village/ Farewell dinner
Breakfast on board. During the morning, go on a walking tour to have direct contact with nature. See the Victoria Regias, a unique plant from the Amazon and visit the local shaman of Puerto Prado, who will perform a ritual to charge you with good energy. Return to the boat for lunch outdoors and have a cooking class to learn more about the local gastronomy: its ingredients and preparation of its dishes. As an optional activity, you can have an origami class with towels. The last boat ride will depart during the afternoon to enjoy the colorful sunset while toasting with champagne. Back in the cruise, the crew will be presented; they'll perform a musical presentation and then you will have a farewell dinner where the itinerary for the next day will be explained. Overnight on board the cruise. (BLD)
Saturday, Day 4 Disembarkation at Iquitos
Wakeup at 5am. 6am: After breakfast transfer to Iquitos airport. (B)