All our programmes can be tailor made according to your requirements, whether regarding the length of your tour, any special interests or specific activities, flight reservations, optional destinations or tours.
DAY 01: International Arrival: Lima, Peru
Meet & assist at Lima International Airport by our professional
English speaking representative who will assist you..
Transfer & check-in: Transfer in modern air-conditioned vehicle to your selected hotel for check-in.
Welcome banner and typical dancers to greet the group on arrival at the hotel (depending on flight arrival).
Dinner: Today's private dinner will be at the elegant Rosa Nautica Restaurant. This restaurant juts out into the Pacific Ocean for a breathtaking view. Above, on the cliffs of Lima you can see the condos and the Larcomar shopping centre of the Miraflores District. The Rosa Nautica Restaurant is famous for its scenery, service and excellent food.
Live show from the Coast of Peru.
If you happen to like fish and seafood, while you're here, you're in for a treat. The coast of Peru has some of the best species of fish anywhere. Try "Escabeche", a fish appetizer with onions, vinegar and peppers. Scallops "Conchitas", and mussels "Choros" which are prepared in an infinite variety of ways all of which are delicious. Any dish served "a lo macho"
comes with a shellfish sauce.
Overnight: At your hotel in Lima.
DAY 02: Lima / Cusco / The Sacred Valley
Breakfast: Early buffet breakfast at your hotel in Lima.
Transfer & Flight: Early transfer to the Airport to board your plane for the 55-minute flight to Cusco, centre of the old Inca Empire. Meet & assist at Cusco Airport by our professional English speaking representative. Immediate transfer to your hotel in Urubamba for check-in. A "Mate de coca" or coca tea will be served upon arrival. The rest of the morning is free to relax, and slowly acclimatise.
Lunch: Your countryside buffet lunch venue today is the charming Hacienda Huayocari, where the Lambarri-Orihuelas, a family of great collectors will be your hosts.You will be able to appreciate a valuable collection of Colonial and folk art. Located on the summit of a hill sheltered amidst Andean peaks, guests will find here one of the finest views of the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
Afternoon Tour to Ollantaytambo: Remarkable for providing a glimpse into the past of what a living Inca town must have looked like more than five centuries ago. Admire the magnificence of this important Inca Fortress and stroll along its quaint streets.
Dinner: After your private dinner at Hotel Posada del Inca, you will enjoy a spectacular show performed by a theatrical group. It is a spectacular show with much of the action performed by actors on stilts, and in elaborate costumes. Characters within the show, which lasts around 30 minutes include: male and female warriors, a narrator, the Sun God, Mother Earth, the Moon Godess, and other musicians and dancers. It is a colourful and fast paced flag-waving, torch burning spectacular, which although it is performed in Spanish offers an entertaining and emotional, not to mention, unique experience. In addition, we can arrange for the show to end in a fireworks display, part of which will include the letters of your company lighting up the night sky in fire. Overnight: In Urubamba.
DAY 03: The Sacred Valley
Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at your hotel.
The Sacred Valley leads the way from Cusco to Machu Picchu, and it was the heart of the Inca Empire. Today we see the highlights of this beautiful valley beginning with the market Town of Pisac, or enjoy any of the proposed soft adventure tours.
A picturesque town and important archaeological site, Pisac is the gateway
to the Sacred Valley. It comprises both an old town and a new town (from the Colonial
era). To reach the archaeological site requires an uphill walk past some of the most spectacular terracing in the region that dates from Inca times. At the top you will find splendid walls, several towers, a sundial, various enclosures and storage areas built in fine stonework.
Lunch: At your hotel.
We can offer a programme of soft adventure activities for our guests. Experience the culture, nature and history of Peru while participating in Walking tours, White-water rafting, Horseback riding, Rock climbing or Mountain biking.
You can also experience local culture by participating in a magical and mystical Ceremony of an "Offering to the Pachamama- Mother Earth".
Our activities are designed for people of all ages, physical conditions and levels of experience. In all our activities you will experience the living culture of the region, meet the local Quechua people, the Inca descendants and experience an unforgettable adventure as part of your Peruvian journey.
Experience the Peruvian Paso way of Riding:
The tour starts with a coffee or tea and a briefing about the tour, horses, safety, and riding methods. We have horses for all abilities. Please indicate your riding level before booking so we can prepare the right horse for you.
This 2 - 3 hour ride will give you the unique experience of riding the smoothest pace horse in the world in one of the most fascinating regions of the Andes, the Sacred Valley of the Incas. There are many places to visit: the Salt Pans of Salinas, the old Village of Pichingote, the lively market Town of Urubamba, or the wonderful farmland and the Quechua communities of the Valley, while becoming familiar with our beautiful Peruvian Pace Horse- Caballo de Paso Peruano.
The countryside surrounding Cuzco does not only offer archaeological sites, you will be amazed by the great opportunities to practise Rock climbing and Mountain biking on all levels, beginners, intermediate and advanced half day sessions.
The Urubamba River runs the length of the Sacred Valley, and offers easy Class II or III level rafting depending on the season. After a bus-ride down into the Valley, we will join rubber raft teams of 8 people for the rafting experience. It is a great opportunity to bond as a group and test teamwork and leadership skills, but importantly; also to have fun!
We offer a unique a variety of outdoor activities: walk and treks in the most fascinating region of the Andes; the Sacred Valley of the Incas. At a lower elevation than Cusco, the Valley is a warmer and less physically taxing environment for visiting the many attractions of the region, including Machu Picchu. 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 first class adventure destination in South America.
Dinner and overnight: In Urubamba.
DAY 04: Ollanta / Machu Picchu
Breakfast: Early buffet breakfast at your hotel.
Transfer: Ollanta / Machu Picchu:
Transfer to the Train station.
Board the Orient-Express Panoramic Railcar for the 1 ½ -hour ride to Machu Picchu, discovered for science in 1911 by the American explorer Hiram Bingham.
Arrival: Upon arrival at Aguas Calientes, you will make the 25-minute motorcoach ascent to the "Lost City of the Incas".
We tour the ruins for around 3 hours, during which time our guide
explains the astounding degree of technology achieved by the builders of this famous site. The tight construction, the water channels, the staircases carved from the living rock of the mountain, and the Intihuatana, ("Hitching post of the sun") which served as an astronomical calendar, all show technological advancement far beyond anything this area of the world was thought to have achieved. These, along with the Temple of the Sun, the Royal Tomb, the Priests' House, the Inca
Baths, and the Temple of the Three Windows, all allow us to glimpse back into the past and with the help of our guide, revisit the lives of a truly remarkable people.
Lunch: We enjoy lunch on the "Old Mountain" at the entrance to the ruins, with the famous view of the ruins and Huayna Picchu, or "Young Mountain" beyond it.
Or for the most adventurous: Optional - Inca Trail Express
A 6-hour soft hike through ancient paths with magnificent views will takes you to Machu Picchu using the Royal Highway of the Incas. We take the train to Machu Picchu. An ever-narrowing gorge brings us to the 104th Km. where we begin our guided hike on the famed Inca Trail. Past the Chachabamba Ruins, a three-hour ascent through highland grasses and small valleys brings us to Wiñay Wayna. From here, a winding trail through the Cloud Forest, which cuts across a ridge, brings us finally to the Door of the Sun, Intipunku with a spectacular view of the Citadel of Machu Picchu below. Box lunch.
Afternoon at leisure.
Dinner: Fixed-menu dinner will be served at your hotel in Machu Picchu.
DAY 05: Machu Picchu / Cusco
Enjoy a sunrise buffet breakfast with fresh tea and coffee overlooking the incredible mountains. The whole morning can be dedicated to explore these extraordinary Inca remains, including a visit to Huayna Picchu, the mountain overlooking the site.
Private lunch at your hotel.
Machu Picchu / Cusco
: The mid-afternoon train takes you back to Cusco. Meet and greet by our representative and transfer to your selected hotel.
Enjoy a delicious dinner of Andean fare at a local Restaurant in Cusco, while enjoying a folklore music and dance display. Overnight: At your hotel in Cusco.
DAY 06: Cusco
Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at your hotel in Cusco.
Your morning tour includes the Santo Domingo Monastery
- the legendary Koricancha (Golden Square), the most important temple devoted to worship of the Sun and which walls were plated with sheets of gold; the Main Square, the Cathedral, Plaza del Regocijo, the Old Town with its very narrow streets and the nearby ruins of Cusco.
Sacsayhuaman: An impressive example of Inca military architecture, only 10 minutes from the centre of the City. Strategically placed on a hill overlooking Cusco, this spectacular Fortress guarded the Capital of the Empire, and in the Puma of Cusco, (the City of Cusco was supposedly built in the shape of a Puma), represented the head, and its jagged wall formation the teeth. Qenqo / Puca Pucara:
Archaeological sites 15 minutes Northeast of Cusco. Qenqo is a limestone formation,
which has been intricately carved with depictions of mythical beings, as well as winding underground passageways and a semicircular Amphitheatre. Puca Pucara, which name means "Red Fortress" in Quechua, is a military construction comprising layered terraces, high walls and stairways. Tambomachay: This complex is called the Inca Baths and consists of fine stonework, aqueducts, and waterfalls fed by neighbouring cold and hot springs. This is where the Inca himself bathed, and legend has it that anyone who drinks the water that still flows here will
retain eternal youth.
Lunch: Enjoy a private lunch at the Inka Museum, a 17th Century building known as Palacio del Almirante, which was inhabited by a Spanish noble family, descendant to the Royal Admiral of Spain. It features impressive wood carved ceilings, a main stone patio and a very impressive collection of artifacts from the subsequent periods of human dwelling of Cusco, dating from several thousand years back. Live show entertainment. Time to relax or stroll around the City.
This evening enjoy a delicious dinner and spectacular live show.
The Inka Dinner
served in the splendid Tupay Restaurant, reenacts the arrival of the Inka amongst his people. The show, performed during dinner, consists of several acts including the Paying of Tribute to Sacred Earth, the Reading of the Fall of Coca Leaves and various typical dances from the Andes. The show is peformed by a group of approximately twelve artists, wearing traditional dresses. In keeping with this theme, the waiters are also dressed in typical costumes. Overnight: At your hotel in Cusco.
DAY 07: Cusco / Lima / International departure
Leisurely buffet breakfast at your hotel in Cusco. Transfer and Flight: Cusco / Lima: Transfer to the Airport for your flight to Lima. Meet on arrival by our representative and transfer to your selected hotel.
Enjoy a typical buffet lunch at Restaurant Brujas de Cachiche: a wonderful decorated restaurant where you can enjoy Peruvian Criollo cuisine. They offer a variety of dishes in a nice informal setting.
In the afternoon, guided sightseeing tour to the most attractive and important sites in Lima, the "City of Kings". The tour includes Lima's Historical Centre, passing
by Plaza San Martin, The Main Square, the Government Palace, the City Hall, the Cathedral and its Religious Art Museum, the Church of Santo Domingo, with the tombs of Santa Rosa and San Martin de Porras, and Lima's Colonial Balconies.
We will visit the Convent and Church of San Francisco, the greatest monumental complex of Colonial Art in America and Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The tour includes a visit to the Basilica of 21 altars, Convent of Cloisters, Capitulary and Clementine Rooms, Chorus and Library of the priests, a Museum showing 11 paintings of the Rubens School, the Sacristy with paintings of Surbaran and Ribera, its great patio decorated with Seville tiles from the XVIth Century, Moorish arches and underground Catacombs.
We then drive through the residential Districts of San Isidro and Miraflores, passing by the Huaca Pucllana, a ceremonial and administrative centre of the Lima Culture built in the II Century A.C. that the Incas considered as "Ñaupallaqta" or Sacred Town. We will also visit El Olivar Park with olive trees brought from Spain in the XVth Century, the Central Park of Miraflores and Larcomar, a symbol of modern Lima and a tourist and entertainment centre as well as a privileged site to enjoy an amazing view of the Pacific Ocean. Late afternoon transfer to your hotel.
Evening cocktail party followed by Gala dinner
at the premises of the Larco Herrera Museum including an educational session by Mr. Andres Alvarez Calderon, Chief Executive Director and grandson of the Museum's founder, Mr. Rafael Larco Hoyle. Larco Herrera Museum: This fascinating museum holds the world's largest private collection of Peruvian Pre-Columbian art (45000 objects). A quick circuit offers a glimpse of 3000 years of antique history. The exhibits are excellent, explanations in the display cases are remarkable and in three languages. The Museum is located in a majestic mansion from the 18th Century, built up over a Pre-Columbian pyramid from the 7th Century surrounded by gardens.
Entertainment: We can arrange for a private evening opening of the museum and a guided tour by a descendent of the museum's founder, part of an old and illustrious Peruvian family. After the tour we will arrange a Caballo de Paso - Peruvian Pace Horse Horse show. Following the show, an energetic music and dance exhibition from the three regions of Peru, the Coast, the Andean Region and the Amazon area will take place while enjoying dinner.
Departure transfer: Evening departure transfer to the Airport. Assistance with all departure formalities.
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