Saturday, September, 26th:

 Arrival in Lima

Upon your arrival in Lima you are met by our representative and transferred to your selected hotel located in the touristic district of Miraflores.

Welcome Dinner

Meals: D
Overnight: Belmond Miraflores Park, Lima

Sunday, September, 27th:

 Lunch at Cala and PM Colonial city tour and Larco Herrera Museum

Morning CE Lecture (3 Hours)

In the afternoon, embark upon a half day guided tour of Lima, visiting the historical center, the Plaza de Armas and the San Francisco Monastery, hosting the intriguing catacombs that give an impressive insight on how religious life was during Spanish colonial times. You visit the Monastery and descend into the convent catacombs that served until 1808 as a burial ground; an extraordinary fact is that monks arranged the remains according to bone types, resulting in an absolutely amazing display of the burial sites. Continue to the Casa Aliaga, an ancient house delivered by Francisco Pizarro to his captain Jerónimo de Aliaga, after the foundation of the city and its construction started in 1535.

Proceed to the Larco Herrera Museum, housed in an 18th century colonial mansion.  The museum holds the most extensive collection of pre-Columbian art in Peru, featuring many fine examples of textile work, one of which has a world record 398 threads per inch. Also found in the museum are the materials and tools used by ancient Peruvians to produce their work in ceramics and metal, huaco pottery, gold and silver pieces with semiprecious stones and erotic art pieces.

Duration: 4 hours approximately.

At the end of the visit, return to the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast
Overnight: Belmond Miraflores Park, Lima

Monday, September, 28th:

 Lima - Cusco - Sacred Valley of the Incas: Excursion toSacsayhuaman, Awanacancha and lunch at Hacien

Transfer you to the airport to take your flight to Cusco.

Upon arrival in Cusco, you will be transferred to the Sacred Valley and along the way, visit the archaeological site of Sacsayhuaman. This impressive Inca architectural masterpiece is located on the top of a hill and was the largest structure built by the Incas. The Incas were master stonemasons. Huge blocks were quarried and shaped using nothing more than harder stones and bronze tools.

Afterwards, you will stop to learn about the ancient weaving techniques used to create Andean clothing at Awanacancha, a breeding center for South American camelids. You will also have the chance to feed llamas and alpacas, perhaps for the first time!

Lunch is served at the private hacienda Huayoccari which is the residence of the Lambarri-Orihuela family, who are the descendants of one of the most prestigious families in Cusco. Built in the fifties, it is set amidst beautiful surroundings, breath-taking garden views over the Sacred Valley, and an impressive collection of Inca and colonial art and artifacts. The Casa-Hacienda has the magical ability to make us forget the reality of life. Today's lunch will be a remarkable event. (lunch includes 1 glass of wine)

The Sacred Valley, at a lower elevation than Cusco, enjoys a mild climate and offers you a chance to acclimatize to the region in a less physically demanding environment. Surrounded by varied and dramatic landscapes, it has become a prime destination in Peru.

In the afternoon, you will arrive to your hotel in the Sacred Valley

Meals: Breakfast , Lunch
Overnight: Tambo del Inka, Sacred Valley

Tuesday, September, 29th:

 Visit of Pisac & Amaru Community (Full Day)

Morning CE Lecture (2 Hours)

This morning, you will head off and visit the Pisac market which over the years has evolved to be one of South America’s most famous souvenir markets. Try your bargaining skills here, keeping in mind handmade artwork is worth it! Make sure to also sample some ‘empanadas’ baked in traditional clay ovens.

Afterwards, immerse yourself into the heart of Andean culture with a visit to the charming Amaru community and discover its engaging and amazing people. Learn about the intricacies of their weaving processes straight from the hands of master craftsmen. The vivid colors of the Amaru villagers’ clothing are derived from organic plant dyes with which they decorate wool. Today you will learn about “cochineal” red and the secret properties of other medicinal plants in the area, as well as discover some of the other activities the community runs. Enjoy a typical Andean lunch in the community. In the afternoon, you will arrive to your hotel in the Sacred Valley.

Meals: Breakfast , Lunch
Overnight: Tambo del Inka, Sacred Valley

Wednesday, September, 30th:

 Maras & Moray and Picnic Andean Ceremony to the Mother Earth – Aguas Calientes

This morning we head to the town of Maras and the archaeological site of Moray. You will begin your tour by visiting the “agricultural laboratory” of Moray, which consists of circular concentric geological depressions, reinforced by agricultural terracing that follows the shape of these geological lines. There are considerable temperature differences between each level, which facilitated the adaptation of plant species in different ecological levels, notably the important Sacred Leaf of Mama Kuka (erythroxylum coca).
Then, leave this interesting archaeological site to follow the path to Maras Pampas, where people farm the land to rear cattle and sheep. The Urubamba mountain range and its snow-capped peaks provide a spectacular background for your hike.

In the town of Maras you see the fronts of the ancient houses, made from finely worked stone, indicative of the economic heights achieved by the town’s population at that time. Continue your walk through spectacular Quechua scenery, to arrive at the salineras of Maras (Maras Saltpans), where the bright white glow can be seen from a distance. These salt mines have been exploited for centuries and continue to be worked on (recently, elegant bath products and table salt made from Maras Salt have come on the market).

Afterwards, enjoy a picnic lunch and be part of a very special ceremony of sound and traditional offerings to Pachamama, or Mother Earth. This ceremony evokes the spirit of healing and will include many sacred medicines like Palo Santo, Tayta Sayri, Mama Coca, Agua Florida, Condor’s Feathers, Grandfather Puma, Essences and Incenses.

Transfer to Ollantaytambo station to board the Vistadome train to Aguas Calientes.

Meals: Breakfast , Picnic Lunch, Dinner
Overnight: Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo, Aguas Calientes

Thursday, October, 01st:

 Aguas Calientes

Morning CE Lecture (3 Hours)

Rest of the day at leisure

Meals: Breakfast , Dinner
Overnight: Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo, Aguas Calientes

Friday, October, 02nd:

 Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes – Cusco

We wake up early and board a bus to Machu Picchu for a guided tour of the Inca citadel. After the tour, enjoy some time on your own.

Lunch at Belmond Sanctuary Lodge Restaurant

After the visit, bus downhill to Aguas Calientes and train bac to Cusco.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight: Belmond Monasterio, Cusco

Saturday, October, 03rd:

 Cusco Walking Tour & Vibrant "Mercado San Pedro"

Our guide will meet us for a tour of Cusco. Walk to vibrant San Pedro market, which is situated in a very busy area in town that can keep you entertained for hours. Here you will get a first-hand look at how locals live day-to-day, outside of Cusco’s tourist zones. As you stand at the market, you will observe the locals speaking their native tongue and their gestures or habits that are all typical to the Andean culture. Smell the scents of local produce and flora, absorb the styles and textures of the local fashion or discover the traditional fruits, vegetables and ingredients that make up the main staples of traditional meals. After the market, visit the legendary Koricancha, which is the most important temple with walls once plated with sheets of gold and devoted to worshiping the Sun deity. Continue to the Plaza de Armas or main square to visit the Cathedral, and end your tour in the bohemian quarter of San Blas. The area is home to the workshops and stores of the most renowned artisans in Cusco, including Mendivil and Merida.

Afternoon at leisure

Farewell Dinner

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight: Belmond Monasterio, Cusco

Sunday, October, 04th:

 Cusco – Lima – International Departure

In the morning we will fly together to Lima to connect with international flights home.

Meals: Breakfast

Cost of this Unique and Experiental Trip - $4,100 per person



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