Essential Peru

- snapshot of the land of the people of the sun

  • 7 days/8 nights
  • Lima - Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu - Cusco
  • from £2800 per person

Day 1 - Lima

Arrive Lima from the UK and be met by your guide at the airport. A quick stop to drop bags at hotel and then off to visit the Larco museum - a perfect introduction to the Inka civilization, followed by a leisurely lunch at their lovely restaurant and browse their gift shop. Afternoon to rest or explore the city some more. Enjoy a delicious dinner at the gorgeous hotel overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Arrive Lima from the UK and be met by your guide at the airport. A quick stop to drop bags at hotel and then off to visit the Larco museum - a perfect introduction to the Inka civilization, followed by a leisurely lunch at their lovely restaurant and browse their gift shop. Afternoon to rest or explore the city some more. Enjoy a delicious dinner at the gorgeous hotel overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Day 2 - 3 Cuzco to the Sacred Valley

Fly to Cusco. You’ll be met by your guide and take the 1.5 hour drive to your hotel in the Sacred Valley below. Enjoy a walk around the grounds and explore the Chapel. Visit the agricultural sites of Pisac and the market has many traditional objects and curios on offer. Have lunch at Muna restaurant and then explore the UNESCO heritage site of Ollantaytambo – one of the most remarkable Inca complexes still in use today. Visit one of the local textile sites to see how the alpaca and lama wool is harvested, dyed and worked into material. Or maybe you’d like to go for some horseback riding, there are beautiful trails to enjoy on a Peruvian Paso horse. Dinner and drinks at the hotel.

Day 4 - 5 Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu

Today you will be met and transferred to the town of Ollantaytambo to board the Vistadome train to Machu Picchu Pueblo. This is a scenic 2.5 hour journey and when you arrive you will be briefed by our partner and there’s time for a late lunch at the lovely Inkaterra Café. You’ll check in at the stunning Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel and have the afternoon at leisure perhaps wonder through the lovely gardens, looking out for hummingbirds or go explore the town - it’s quite interesting! Have dinner in this bustling little town if you wish.

The next day get up early if you wish to catch one of the first busses up to Machu Picchu to enter through the Sun Gate or to avoid the crowds go late-morning to spend most of the day on this mystical site. You will be met by your private guide who will explain and help you discover the ancient culture of the people who built, lived and ultimately deserted this place. This evening enjoy your dinner at the hotel.

Day 6 - 7 Machu Picchu to Cusco

This morning after breakfast (try the quinoa pancakes!) you have the option to visit Machu Picchu again or if you prefer join one of the many interesting excursions offered by the Inkaterra – an orchid walk, bird-watching, tea plantation, forest walks visit or go and see the conservation efforts to save the endangered Spectacle Bear. Or take it easy and have a treatment in the spa. This afternoon depart on the Vistadome to Ollantaytambo and from there it is a 2 hour transfer to Cusco city by car. Arrive at hotel and enjoy dinner.

The next say you have time to explore this medieval and ancient city with your guide. Visit the glorious colonial Jesuis de Suit and Santa Domingo Churches on the Plaza de Armas, go walk the steps of Corichancha the ‘Temple of the Sun’ and the Red Fortress on the outskirts of town. Enjoy lunch at one of the many excellent restaurants and eateries in the city and walk the cobble streets up to San Blas to see contemporary Peruvian arts and crafts.

Day 8 - Cuzco to Lima and home

You have some time this morning to have a last breakfast in Peru and do some shopping. Say your farewell to this lovely place, then off to the airport and your flight back to Lima and home.

Highlights

  • Visit to the acclaimed Larco museum in Lima
  • Experience a traditional way of life
  • Have your picture taken with an alpaca!
  • See the newest wonder of the world – Machu Picchu
  • Walk the magical, cobbled streets of Cuzco – a beautifully preserved ancient and colonial city
  • Discover the national dish Ceviche and toast the night to a Pisco sour cocktail

Where would I stay?

  • Lima city - Belmond Miraflores Park – 1 night B&B
  • The Sacred Valley – Ponesta Del Inca Yukai– 2 nights D,B&B
  • Machu Picchu – Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo – 2 nights D,&B
  • Cusco city – Aranwa Hotel Cusco – 2 nights B&B

Destination Map

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