Itinerary in brief:
- 2 nights Lima
- 1 night Cusco
- 1 night Sacred Valley
- 1 night Agues Calientes
- 1 night Cusco
Day 1: Lima
On arrival you’ll be taken to your hotel in Lima to settle in, ready for the beginning of your Peruvian adventure tomorrow.
Day 2: Lima
After breakfast at the hotel you’ll begin exploring Lima, starting with a city tour that visits the Historic centre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Colonial buildings surround the main plaza where the cathedral stands out in its architectural glory. Stroll along to San Francisco Church which hides a network of catacombs that can be explored before visiting Casa Aliaga, the best preserved colonial mansion in the Americas, home to 16 generations of one family. Explore this vibrant city all afternoon before testing some of the local delicacies for dinner.
Day 3: Lima to Cusco
This morning you’ll transfer to the airport to fly to Cusco, where you’ll spend the morning settling into your hotel, before embarking on a tour of the city beginning with a visit to the Coricancha, the Temple of the Sun. When it was built the sun was worshipped in the Incan Empire and the walls were covered in sheets of gold, while the gardens were planted with golden corn. You’lll also explore the Sacsayhuaman Fortress and the Cusco Cathedral, two incredible works of architecture built from Peru’s both indigenous and colonial heritage. Outside the city you’ll visit the Qenqo, an archaeological complex where agricultural rituals once took pace as well as the vestiges of Puka Pukara, the red fortress, a structure that is presumed to have been used for military purposes. At the end of the day return to Cusco ready for your trip to Machu Picchu.
Day 4: Sacred Valley
After breakfast, your tour will start at Awanacancha Llama Center, where you will learn about the importance of llamas and alpacas in Peruvian life. Next you’ll visit the Pisaq, the Citadel town well known for 2 reasons: the craft market and the most impressive complex of terraces in the valley.
After lunch you’ll continue on to Ollantayambo, a typical Incan village. The fortress here is a major archaeological site and although it is called the fortress, it was actually a “tambo town” for the rest and lodging of long distance travellers and one of the most monumental works of the Incan Empire.
Day 5: Machu Picchu
Today is sure to be an unforgettable day as you discover one of the 7 wonders of the world, Machu Picchu. You’ll be transferred to the Ollanta train station to travel up to Aguas Calientes, taking around an hour and a half. Known as “Machu Picchu Pueblo”, it is the last stop before the entrance to Machu Picchu. Here there are restaurants and accommodation for those who choose to stay at the foot of the mountain and climb it early. After a short transfer you’ll arrive at Machu Picchu and catch your first glimpse of the most magnificent site in Peru and one of the most famous views in the world.
You have all afternoon to explore the ruins and buildings of the site, taking in the important history and culture of the ancient Incan Empire.
Day 6: Machu Picchu
After breakfast you’ll have more time to explore and enjoy the citadel, (second entrance is optional and is an extra charge) with the option to visit the Sun Gate, the Wayna Picchu and the Inca Bridge. Afterward you’ll return by train to Cusco for your final night in Cusco.
Day 7: Cusco – Lima
Sadly it’s time to leave Peru – you’ll be transferred to Cusco Airport for a flight back to Lima, where you can catch you onwards international flight.