Peru

Itinerary

Friday, September, 25th:

 Arrival in Lima

Transfer to hotel and rest of day at leisure.

* Please Note—Many flights arrive late evening so you may want to consider arriving the day before. There will be optional tours available for those that do.

Overnight at Belmond Miraflores Park

Saturday, September, 26th:

 CE Lecture and Colonial City Tour and Larco Herrera Museum

Breakfast at the hotel followed by CE Lecture (3 Hours)

In the afternoon we embark on a half day guided tour of Lima, visiting the historical center, the Plaza de Armas, and San Francisco Monastery, hosting the intriguing catacombs that give an impressive insight on how religious life was during Spanish colonial times. Our final stop will be the Larco Herrera Museum, housed in an 18th century colonial mansion. The museum holds the most extensive collection of pre-Columbian art in Peru.

Dinner

Overnight at Belmond Miraflores Park

Meals—B, D

Sunday, September, 27th:

 Lima - Cusco - Sacred Valley of the Incas: Excursion to Sacsayhuaman, Awanacancha and lunch at Hacie

Early morning flight to Cusco.

Upon arrival in Cusco, we drive to the “Sacred Valley of the Incas”, a succession of picturesque Andean towns, agricultural terraces, and many archaeological sites, as well as the world’s most famous white corn cultivated for export. The mild climate, the varied and dramatic scenery of snow-capped mountains, flowering meadows, lush green hills and spectacular flora and fauna, make the Valley a prime adventure destination in South America.

On our way to the Sacred Valley we visit Sacsayhuaman, the largest and most impressive of four archaeological ruins on the outskirts of Cusco. Built by the Incas, it served an important military function and was the site of a major battle with the Spanish in 1536. The complex was constructed out of massive stones, some weighing as much as 300 tons, cut to fit together without the use of mortar.

We will also stop en route to learn the ancient weaving techniques used to create Andean clothing at Awanacancha, a breeding center for South American camelids.

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. Set amidst beautiful surroundings, breath-taking garden viewsn over the Sacred Valley, and an impressive collection of Inca and colonial art and artifacts.

Overnight at Tambo del Ika

Meals—B, L

Monday, September, 28th:

 CE Lecture, Visit of Pisac and Amaru Community

Breakfast at the hotel followed by CE Lecture (2 Hours)

Late morning we head off to visit the Pisac Market which over the years has evolved to be one of South America’s most famous souvenir markets. Afterwards, we immerse ourselves 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.

Lunch will be a typical Andean meal in the community.

Late afternoon and evening at leisure

Overnight at Tambo del Inka

Meals—B, L

Tuesday, September, 29th:

 Maras and Moray – Aguas Calientes

Breakfast at the hotel

Today we visit the town of Maras and the archaeological site of Moray. The tour begins 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).

Next we 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 our walk.

On to the town of Maras where we will 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. Continuing our 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.

Afterward, enjoy a picnic lunch and participate in a very special ceremony of sound and traditional offerings to Pachamama, or Mother Earth.

After lunch we transfer to Ollantaytambo train station to board the Vistadome train to Aguas Calientes.

Hotel check in and dinner

Overnight at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo

Meals—B, L, D

Wednesday, September, 30th:

 CE Lecture and Aguas Calientes

Breakfast at the hotel

Morning and early afternoon at leisure to enjoy the spectacular property and optional activities.

Late afternoon CE Lecture (3 hours)

Dinner

Overnight at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo

Meals—B, D

Thursday, October, 01st:

 Machu Picchu – Cusco

Today is the day we have been waiting for!

We wake up early and board a bus to Machu Picchu where we begin a guided tour of the Inca Citadel followed by some free tome to explore Machu Picchu on your own.

Lunch will be at the fabulous Belmond Sanctuary Lodge Restaurant

We then head back to Aguas Calientes to board the train back to Cusco.

Overnight at Belmond Monasterio

Meals—B, L

Friday, October, 02nd:

 Cusco Walking Tour and Vibrant Mercado San Pedro Market—CE Lecture

Breakfast at the hotel

Meet our guide walking tour of of Cusco. Walk to vibrant San Pedro Market and discover first-hand how locals live day-to-day, outside of Cusco’s tourist zones. 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 CE Lecture (2 hours)

Dinner

Overnight at Belmond Monasterio

Meals—B, D

Saturday, October, 03rd:

 Cusco – Lima – International Departure

Cost for this Bucket List Experience

$4,350 Per Person

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Space is Limited to 20 Rooms

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