Peru: Land of the Inca

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 Depending on availability, this tour can be reserved for any dates.

When Pizarro and the Spaniards arrived in Peru in 1528, they found the Inca, with their considerable wealth and sophisticated culture. The Spaniards also found a country with superb physical beauty.  Likewise today, you find a stunning countryside, perfect for all who enjoy the outdoors, from the Andes, to the Amazon, to the Pacific Ocean.  Peru is quickly becoming one of South America’s top destinations for walking, mountain climbing, river rafting, and bird-watching.

Perfect for all travelers, families, couples and individuals, this tour focuses on Peru’s history and beauty.  Guides share Peru’s fascinating culture, from the Incas, to the Spaniards, to the cosmopolitan people of today.  Here you also enjoy one of the richest handicraft traditions in the Americas.

 

Lima

Lima

 

The tour begins in Lima with its beautiful colonial center and superb museums.  Then you fly to Cuzco, once capital of the Inca Empire, and today a fascinating mix of Inca ruins and colonial architecture.  After several days in Cuzco, you board an Orient Express train to go to the lost city of the Incas, Machu Picchu.  At Machu Picchu you have the thrill of staying overnight at this fantastic Inca complex.  Reflecting their extraordinary history. Lima, Cuzco and Machu Picchu are all UNESCO World Heritage sites. Throughout the tour, you stay in five star, centrally located hotels.

 

Day 1: Lima

You are met at Lima’s International Airport and brought to the elegant Miraflores Park Hotel overlooking the Pacific.  The accommodations are beautiful suites.  Relax in this lovely hotel, swim, and explore the nearby shops and restaurants.

Lima’s mix of native and Spanish styles is reflected in the fine cuisine, the architecture of Lima’s historic city center, and its skillful and talented people.

Lima is fast becoming one of the most innovative stars of the South American restaurant scene. Favorite restaurants include both traditional, local-style places and elegant dining rooms such as at the Miraflores Park Hotel. 

You see Lima’s superb markets and discover unusual produce reflecting Peru’s rich farming and fishing culture.

Miraflores Park Hotel, three nights

 

Treasures, Peru

Treasures, Peru

 

 

Day 2:  Lima  

Our morning tour of Lima includes seeing the Plaza San Martin, the Plaza Mayor, the Cathedral of Lima, the Government  Palace, the Municipal Palace, the Desamparados Train Station, as well as the Moorish-style houses and exquisite balconies of Lima’s historic city center. You continue your tour with a visit to the San Francisco Convent, featuring one of the best exhibitions of Colonial art in Latin America.

 

Day 3:  Lima

Today you visit the outstanding Larco Herrera Museum, in an 18th century vice-royal mansion built over a pre-Columbian pyramid.  The museum showcases over 4,000 years of Peru’s pre-Columbian history.  Here you see some of Peru’s most important cultural treasures: textiles, ceramics, and the finest collections of gold and silver.

 

Day 4:  Lima / Cuzco             

You have a private transfer to Lima Airport for your scheduled flight to Cuzco, the former capital of the Inca Empire and one of the Andes’ jewels.

 

Cuzco

Cuzco

 

Arriving in Cuzco, you are transferred to the beautiful Hotel Monasterio.  Built as a Monastery in 1592, the Hotel Monasterio is an oasis of elegance and service, yet retains the original character and style of the Monastery.  Here you can feel the presence of the past as you have every comfort.

Located in the heart of the City of Cuzco, Hotel Monasterio is just two blocks from the Plaza de Armas, Cuzco’s central square, where the Cathedral and most important museums are located.  Your room is oxygen enriched to aid in acclimatization.  This hotel, a museum in itself, with original artwork has every modern convenience.  With 126 rooms and suites, the accommodations are furnished in Colonial style.

Monasterio Hotel, two nights

                                                                

Day 5:  Cuzco         

This morning enjoy a private half day tour of Cuzco.  Your tour includes a visit to the Cathedral on the Plaza de Armas and the Dominican Church and Convent built on the foundations of the Koricancha, the principal Inca religious building dedicated to the worship of the sun. 

 

Incas, Peru

Incas

 

See Cuzco’s central market, a wonderful way to discover Andean culture and daily life. Continue to the fortress of Sacsayhuaman; Kenko, the Inca amphitheater and religious center; Tambomachay, the Inca Baths and center of worship to the water god; and finally Puca-Pucara the red fortress, built to protect the Inca Empire and now a military ruin.

 

Day 6:  Cuzco / Machu Picchu

An unforgettable day begins with traveling on the Orient Express Hiram Bingham train, a magical journey.  The carriages are painted a distinctive blue and gold while interiors are warm and inviting with elegant decoration in the style of the 1920’s Pullman trains.  As passengers step on board they join a world of polished wood, gleaming cutlery and glittering glass.  The train consists of two Dining Cars, an Observation Bar Car and a Kitchen Car, and can carry up to 84 passengers.

Upon arrival in Machu Picchu, marvel at one of the world’s most outstanding archaeological wonders, that was hidden from the world until 1911.  Machu Picchu stands 2,430 m above sea-level, in the middle of a tropical mountain forest.

Machu Picchu was the most impressive urban creation of the Inca Empire at its height.  The natural setting, on the eastern slopes of the Andes, is part of the upper Amazon basin with its rich diversity of flora and fauna.

One of the world’s major heritage sites, Machu Picchu is a sacred place of spectacular sunrises and mystical moonlit nights.   The Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge is the only hotel in close proximity to the ruins of Machu Picchu.  The Lodge is set amongst gardens with mountain views.  Here you find a great variety of native plants and flowers, including many orchids.

 

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

 

Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge is the perfect place to relax and unwind in the shadow of the Lost City.  Some rooms have amazing views of the mountains, and jungle across the Urubamba River.  Other rooms offer views of the surrounding tropical mountains and forests.     

Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge, one night   

                                                                                             

Day 7:  Machu Picchu / Cuzco

After your morning breakfast, continue visiting this unique Inca citadel and its surrounding complexes with your private guide.

You may want to do the optional hike to Huayna Picchu, a peak overlooking Machu Picchu.  For this hike visitors have to sign in at a registration booth at 5 AM as only a limited number of people are permitted to climb each day.

You travel on an afternoon train from Machu Picchu to Cuzco.  Upon arrival in Cuzco, you will be met and transferred to the Hotel Monasterio.

Orient Express Hotel Monasterio, one night

 

Day 8:  Cuzco / Lima International Airport

You have a private transfer to Cuzco’s Airport for your scheduled flight to Lima.

When you arrive you will be met at Lima’s Airport and given assistance to connect with your international flight home.  Bon Voyage!

 

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Moth and Child in Traditional Peruvian Dress

 

 

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