Sublime scenery, mysterious Inca ruins and intriguing cities: Peru offers a rare mix of experiences perfect for intrepid travelers. On this 8-day escorted tour, discover the colors and charms of Lima before flying to Cusco and exploring the dramatic peaks and ruins of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. The highlight is a trip to Machu Picchu, where a 15th-century Inca citadel sits high among the Andes peaks.
Itinerary at a glance
Board your international flight to Lima and begin your journey to explore Peru. Arrive in Lima in the late evening today or early morning next day. Transfer to your hotel upon arrival for a good rest.
Your tour starts with a visit to downtown around the noon time. Arrive at the Main Square, where Lima was first founded as "The City of Kings," in 1535, and then as the capital of the Republic of Peru, in 1821, when the country became independent from the Spanish Crown. There you see the Presidential Palace and the Lima Cathedral, apart from the Aliaga House, an ancient viceregal house delivered by Francisco Pizarro to his captain Jerónimo de Aliaga, after the foundation of the city, and its construction started in 1535. You then go to the San Francisco Convent Church, which has an enviable collection of old books and it is possible to visit an authentic network of catacombs. When you finish the visit to the built-up area, a World Heritage listed by UNESCO, you will visit the modern Miraflores and San Isidro Districts, ending the tour at the Love Park, located in front of the ocean, which shows a spectacular sight of Lima's Bay.
Included: Breakfast, Dinner at hotel
A transportation service with a representative will pick you up from your hotel and transfer you to the airport for a short flight to Cusco. Upon arrival, meet the local guide and immediately transfer to Urubamba, the Sacred Valley of the Incas. You will start your tour in Awanakancha, an exhibition center of textiles and South American camelids, considered a living museum and here you can see Andean camelids, learn about the techniques to take their wool and finally acquire finely spun garments. You will then visit the Pisac market, consisting of dozens of stalls displaying and selling goods crafted by residents of the area. You can find textiles, carvings, and replicas of ancient Inca pieces. Continue to your hotel for check-in. Dinner will be served at hotel's restaurant.
Included: Breakfast, Dinner at hotel
Begin your trip today with visits to the archaeological vestiges of Maras and Moray. Maras is an impressive salt mine complex. These are huge salt deposits that were exchanged for other products from other parts of the empire. Moray's archaeological vestiges are composed of mysterious concentric circular terraces which, according to some scholars, would be an agricultural research center. The higher external terraces would be at a higher temperature than the inner terraces and could simulate the different ecological strata of the empire. After lunch at a local restaurant, continue the trip to the Ollantaytambo Park, stopping at various points of interest along the route. Ollantaytambo is a typical example of the urban planning of the Incas, whose residents still live in accordance with their old traditions. Pachacútec (1438-1471) conquered the town, destroyed it and built a new one, absorbing it as part of his empire, and it is currently considered one of the most remarkable archaeological complexes of the Inca Empire. Enjoy dinner at hotel in Sacred Valley.
Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner at hotel
Your tour to Machu Picchu begins with a 2-hour Vistadome train ride to Aguas Calientes. This town is also known as "Machu Picchu Pueblo" and is the last stop before the entrance to the remains of the most important archaeological site in Peru. Walk to the bus station and finally, after a short shuttle bus transfer you will reach Machu Picchu, a masterpiece of engineering and architecture that is believed served as a sanctuary and retreat for the Inca Pachacutec (1438 - 1572). Machu Picchu, which means "Old Mountain", is considered a World Heritage by UNESCO and one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. Enjoy an unforgettable guided tour throughout the citadel. After lunch, board the Vistadome train back to Ollantaytambo station. Transfer to your hotel in Cusco.
Included: Breakfast, Lunch
This morning enjoy a walking tour of Cusco city. Start at the Koricancha Temple, one of the most important buildings in the city. It was one of the most important centers of worship to the Sun God of the Incas that was converted into a convent after the arrival of the Spanish. Then continue to the wonderful Cusco Cathedral, built between 1560 and 1664. After lunch at a local restaurant, transfer to the Sacsayhuamán fortress, one of the emblematic Inca constructions, built by Inca Pachacútec in the 15th century. It is a huge fortress made of very large stones, and the manner in which they were transported and cut is still a mystery. Then go to Qenqo, a mainly religious archaeological complex where it is believed that propitiatory agricultural rituals were carried out. Continue to Puka Pukara, which means "red fortress", was an architectural complex presumably used for military purposes. Next, explore the fountains of Tambomachay, a construction that has fine stone finishings and high command of hydraulic engineering, with aqueducts that continue supplying clear water to this place. This archaeological complex is also known as the "Inca Bath", a leisure place for the Inca and his entourage. Dinner is served this evening at a famous local restaurant, where you will enjoy the best panoramic view of the marvelous Main Square of Cusco, traditional music and folk dances, together with novo-Andine buffet and international cuisine.
Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and show
Fly to Lima and transfer to hotel upon arrival. The rest of the day is free for you at leisure. Lima is a modern metropolis full of history, which has approximately ten million inhabitants and is going through an exciting process of cultural and economic changes. This evening dinner is served at a local restaurant.
Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Transfer to the airport and board your international flight back to the United States.
Excellent English and Mandarin Chinese speaking tour manager throughout the tour in Peru
Train tickets Ollanta – Aguas Calientes – Ollanta in Vistadome Class
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Hoteles José Antonio, one of the leading hotel chains in Peru with hotels specifically designed for business travelers, couples and groups of friends. Hotels with swimming pools, spacious and comfortable rooms, restaurants with delicious offerings, spa areas, free Wi-Fi...
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Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness is built along the Vilcanota riverbank, on the lands of an old 17th-century colonial hacienda, just one and a half hours from the city of Cusco and forty minutes from the Ollantaytambo train station, on the way to Machu Picchu. The hotel has rooms decorated in colonial style and others with modern and minimalist style.
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Considered a historic landmark, Palacio del Inka is a five-centuries-old mansion located in the heart of downtown Cusco. Our unique hotel's captivating design embraces historical aspects of our Peruvian culture while maintaining world-class luxury and modern conveniences. Each of our unique guest rooms and suites is fashioned with traditional colonial decor and a rich color palate evocative of the local Peruvian heritage.
The Peru trip is our 2nd tour with Peony/Ritz. The first was the 17 days European tour in 2014 (with Freddy). Both times, my family and I enjoyed our trips very much. We are very happy to have found Peony/Ritz. The food and hotels have always surpassed our expectations. Your tour guides are always nice and very knowledgeable. Juliette Lu is a very good tour manager and would love to have her again on another tour. We look forward to taking other tours in the future with Peony/Ritz.More Less