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Enchanting Peru

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Overview

Day 1 : ARRIVAL LIMA
Arrive at the airport, and enjoy an interesting chat with your guide while being transferred to your hotel in Lima. The Peruvian capital is a modern metropolis full of history, and it is undergoing an exciting process of cultural and economic change. In the afternoon, you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to the Magic Water Circuit of Lima, a modern fountain system (certified as the largest in the world by the Guinness World Records) built in La Exposicion Park. The fountain system attracts crowds during summer and winter, consolidating it as one of the new attractions of Lima. Afterwards, head to a restaurant to enjoy a typical dance show during dinner. Then, transfer back to your hotel.

Overnight at the selected hotel in Lima on a bed-and-breakfast basis. Dinner included.

Day 2 : LIMA
Have breakfast at the hotel and start with a scenic tour of the boardwalk, crossing the bohemian district of Barranco and the modern district of Miraflores, passing by Love Park where you can admire an imposing view of the Pacific Ocean. After the tour, arrive at a thematic restaurant and participate in a cocktail class, learning how to prepare the famous pisco sour. Then, enjoy a cooking class, learning how to make a delicious, typical Peruvian dish. After both classes, enjoy a tasty lunch overlooking the sea. At the end of your tour, transfer back to your hotel.

Overnight at the selected hotel in Lima on a bed-and-breakfast basis. Lunch included.

Day 3 : LIMA: CITY TOUR
After breakfast at the hotel, head out to explore Lima´s old town, a UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site packed with fascinating historical buildings. Start at the Larco Museum, located in the traditional Pueblo Libre district. This museum is in a beautifully restored vice regal mansion built upon a pre-Columbian pyramid, and it boasts the most complete pre-Hispanic collection of gold and silver objects, as well as pieces of erotic art. Then visit 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 is still owned by the same family to this day. Continue then with a scenic tour of the colonial downtown, which originates and spreads out from the Main Square, where you can appreciate the grandiose architecture of the Spanish Empire. Be amazed by Lima´s Cathedral, which was built during the 16th century and took over 80 years to complete. The day ends with a transfer back to the hotel

Overnight at the selected hotel in Lima on a bed-and-breakfast basis

Day 4 : LIMA – CUSCO (90 min flight)
Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to airport to take your flight to Cusco. Domestic flight from Lima to Cusco must arrive not later than 10:30hrs. Noon arrivals are too late. In the afternoon, let your imagination soar in two magnificent workshops offered by Art Trail, an artistic and cultural development project where Cusco traditions are rescued and given new life in artistic sessions. In the first activity, Cusco Colonial Glazed Ceramics, learn how to make a horse or bull of Pucara, a traditional Cusco figure, and apply fine finishes with a layer of enamel, giving it a glazed effect. In the second, the Colonial Gold Leaf application, enjoy painting with the characteristic colours of the mountain range and then finish decorating your work with gold leaf, a traditional technique that Art Trail has recovered and applied to contemporary crafts. Both workshops are taught by renowned Cusco artists. By the end of the sessions, you’ll have two personalised works that will be delivered to your hotel the following day. After the workshops, return to your hotel.

Overnight at the selected hotel in Cusco on a bed-and-breakfast basis.

Day 5 : CUSCO – SACRED VALLEY – AGUAS CALIENTES (170km – 4 hrs)
Breakfast at the hotel. During the morning, you are picked up from your hotel in Cusco to visit the town of Chinchero, a traditional Cusco urban centre located at an elevated point with a beautiful view of the valley. The inhabitants of this area preserve the artisan traditions and the inherited knowledge of the Incas and display them in their clothes and customs. In Chinchero there are also archaeological remains and a beautiful seventeenth-century church, one of the first Catholic buildings in Peru. After this, you are transferred to Ollantaytambo. Upon arriving in Ollantaytambo visit its town, inhabited uninterruptedly since Inca times, and climb the iconic fortress, built next to a mountain. Later, have lunch in Ollantaytambo and live a superior Andean gastronomy experience in restaurant, where the true spirit of the Sacred Valley is transmitted in a cosy atmosphere. Then, be transferred to the Ollanta Station to board the train to Aguas Calientes. Aguas Calientes has a handicrafts market, restaurants, and accommodation of different categories for those who prefer to spend the night next to the mountain and then visit it early next morning.

Overnight at the selected hotel in Aguas Calientes on a bed-and-breakfast basis. Lunch Included

Day 6 : AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO (170km – 4 hrs)
Have a delicious breakfast at the hotel and then board a coach for a 25-minute ride to Machu Picchu. The ‘Lost City of the Incas' 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 brought on other Inca sites. Instead, it was slowly swallowed up by the jungle and hidden from harm. A guided tour explains the origins behind this awe-inspiring citadel and its most prominent landmarks such as the monumental Main Square, the Royal Quarters, and the Temple of the Three Windows, the Circular Towers, the Sacred Sun Dial and the Burial Grounds. Return to Aguas Calientes for a tasty lunch at the famous Café Inkaterra, a beautiful thatched-roof restaurant hemmed in between the railway and a mountain. In the afternoon, transfer to the Aguas Calientes station to take the train back to the Ollanta station, from where you will be taken to your hotel in Cusco.
Overnight at the selected hotel in Cusco on a bed-and-breakfast basis.Lunch included

Day 7 : CUSCO: WALKING TOUR BY SAN BLAS
Wake up to breakfast at the hotel before heading out on a morning tour to stretch your legs. The San Blas quarter was originally used as dwellings for the Inca nobles, who built impressive stone constructions a short distance from what used to be Huacaypata, currently the Main Square. One can still discern the unmistakable rigor of the Inca walls at the base of many constructions. Today the quarter is a conglomerate of charming cobblestoned streets highly popular among craftspeople, who sell their works on the street. See some of its top attractions, including San Blas Church, a temple that houses a priceless pulpit with carvings performed by a masterly indigenous woodcarver. Finish the tour by visiting the San Pedro market, a pantry of thousands of products from different parts of the region. After that, return to your hotel
Overnight at the selected hotel in Cusco on a bed-and-breakfast basis.

Day 8 : DEPART CUSCO
After breakfast, enjoy a pleasant transfer from the selected hotel to the airport. A representative will assist you along the way.
Breakfast included
 

ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS
 

Day 1-3 Lima:
  • Standard Hotel Category = Ibis Reducto or similar 3*
  • Superior Hotel Category = Jose Antonio Deluxe or similar 4*
 
Day 4,6-7 Cusco:
  • Standard Hotel Category = San Agustín Internacional or similar 3*
  • Superior Hotel Category = Hilton Garden Inn or similar 4*
 
Day 5 Aguas Calientes:
  • Standard Hotel Category = Hatun Inti Classic or similar 3*
  • Superior Hotel Category = El Mapi Inkaterra or similar 4*

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What's Included
  • 7 Nights stay in mentioned hotels as per the itinerary
  • Daily breakfast at the hotel
  • Lunch in Lima on day 2, day 5 in the Sacred Valley, day 6 in Aguas Calientes
  • Dinner on day 1 in Lima
  • Transfers from/to the airport
  • Shared transfers from and to the train stations
  • Train Ollanta/Aguas Calientes/Ollanta
  • Bus Aguas Calientes/Machu Picchu/Aguas Calientes
  • ​All the visits mentioned in the above itinerary: Magical Water Circuit of Lima, culinary experience at Qincha and gastronomic bike tour in Lima; San Blas, San Pedro Market, Coricancha Temple, Cathedral, Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Puka Pukara and Tambomachay in Cusco; Chinchero, Ollantaytambo and Living Museum of Yucay in the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu on day 6
  • Spanish and English-speaking local guides
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Things To Do
  • Lima: The Peruvian capital is considered a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, and it it is filled with history, culture, and fascinating buildings like the Cathedral, Casa Aliaga and more
  • Cusco: The ancient Inca capital is a mixture of pre-Columbian sites and Spanish colonial architecture. Visit the Coricancha temple, the Cathedral, and the archaeological sites of Sacsayhuaman and Qenqo, Puka Pukara and Tambomachay
  • Pisac and Ollantaytambo: Discover the town of Pisac and the Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo among other places in this historic area on the banks of the Urubamba River
  • Machu Picchu: The ‘lost city of the Incas’ is hidden at the top of an Andean peak and offers views of the mountain range and a glimpse into the mysterious Inca past
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