Peru Discovery

Machu Picchu, Peru

DAY 1: Arrival in Lima ~ Greeting upon arrival and transfer to hotel.

Accommodations: Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores or similar

Meals: None

DAY 2: Lima ~ Your first full day in Peru begins with breakfast at the hotel and a relaxing morning after your late evening arrival the night before. This afternoon, you’ll set out for a guided city tour of Lima with stops at the Lima Cathedral, San Francisco Convent and catacombs, and Larco Herrera Museum. 

Accommodations: Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores or similar

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 3: Lima/Cusco/Sacred Valley ~ Start the day with breakfast and then you’ll be met at the hotel and transferred to the airport for your flight to Cusco and off to the Sacred Valley. Along the way, you will visit Nilda Callañaupa´s Native Weaving School (hosted by Nilda herself). Textile production has profound historic and cultural significance in the Andes, and Nilda Callañaupa´s project is part of a highly successful National Geographic Society-supported initiative to rescue and revive this way of life. Women are the owners and drivers of this activity, fundamental to the family and social structure of these highland communities. You’ll spend time with Nilda while having lunch at her house and learning traditional weaving methods. Continue your afternoon with a guided tour of Ollantaytambo Fortress.

Accommodations: Hotel Pakaritampu or similar

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch 

DAY 4: Sacred Valley/Machu Picchu ~ After breakfast, head to nearby Ollanta train station to board the first-class Vistadome train for a scenic ride through the valley’s dramatic scenery. Upon arrival at Aguas Calientes, you’ll head up to the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu for your guided tour. It is easily worth investing your entire day into discovering this ancient city, so lunch is provided. Relax this evening at your hotel.  

Accommodations: Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 5: Machu Picchu/Cusco ~ This morning you have the opportunity to learn more about Inkaterra’s conservation efforts in Peru, including a tour of their Spectacled Bear Project. This afternoon, board the Vistadome train for your transfer back to Cusco.

Accommodations: Casa Andina Private Collection or similar

Meals: Breakfast 

DAY 6: Cusco ~ Spend the day exploring the city of Cuzco, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Afternoon guided city tour with stops at Cusco Cathedral, Korikancha, and San Pedro Market. The San Pedro Market provides a unique opportunity for a deep cultural experience. Learn about native Andean customs and habits in this vibrant spot. 

Accommodations: Casa Andina Private Collection or similar

Meals: Breakfast 

DAY 7: Cusco/ Lima/ Departure ~ Transfer to the Cusco airport for your flight to Lima and your overnight flight home.

Meals: Breakfast

DETAILS

Pricing from $2415/ person based on double occupancy.

Package includes private transfers and tours, entrance fees as listed, Vistadome train tickets, noted meals, tips for luggage porters at airports, English-speaking guides, and domestic flights (round-trip Lima to Cusco). A donation to support local conservation efforts in Peru will be made on behalf of all trip participants.

Exclusions: international airfare, passport/visa fees, second day entrance fee and bus ticket to Machu Picchu, taxis, optional activities, alcohol, personal expenses, travel insurance, and gratuities for your guides and drivers.

This sample itinerary is a suggested outline.  It can be customized to best suit your travel plans.

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