Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu

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NEW FOR 2020

Peru Lite: Essence of the Andes

Experience the highlights of this magnificent country on this compact seven-day exploration. Taking in archaeological sites, cultural encounters and even a meeting with local people, this trip offers a memorable introduction to Peru’s history and heritage.

Discover the legacies left behind by the ancient Incas, uncover the heart of Peru’s modern-day people and let the landscapes enchant you. From the legendary site of Machu Picchu to small artistic towns, join us on this whirlwind adventure into Peru’s unforgettable stories.

What's included?

  •  Local guide
  •  Accommodation
  •  A/C coach
  •  Flights (excluding airfare from the US)
  •  Entries & tips
  •  Meals - as per the itinerary

Today's Price
$2,895

Deposit: $750 Single supplement: $600

Tour highlights:

  • Pay a memorable visit to the bucket-list site of Machu Picchu, named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World back in 2007
  • Learn about ancestral methods and techniques used to produce traditional textile art from the locals
  • Discover the archaeological complex of Ollantaytambo
  • Get a taste of local life during a walk through the lively San Pedro market
  • Gaze upon the dramatic Golden Temple, dedicated to the Sun God

Tour details

Dates November 15 2020 - November 21 2020
Duration 7 days
Cost
Today's Price
$2,895
Deposit: $750 Single supplement: $600 Balance due by August 23 2020
Activity Level
Tour code A20PEX

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November 15 2020: Itinerary

We are greeted at the airport in Lima upon our arrival and, from here, we transfer to our hotel.

Hotel: Innside Lima Miraflores

Today, we take a tour of the city’s main avenues, boulevards, and squares. This orientation walk starts with an exploration of Colonial Lima. First, we stop off at the Main Square to get a chance to explore it on foot and we will admire the exteriors of the Government Palace, the Cathedral of Lima, and the City Hall – all examples of Lima’s still-present colonial architectural opulence. We will then pay a more in-depth visit to the Cathedral of Lima, where a wander through its numerous chapels will help us travel back to the past and show us various architectural styles (from Renaissance to Neo-Classical), while learning about the religious history of Peru. After, we make our way to Casa Aliaga, a colonial mansion that currently holds the distinction of being the oldest continuously inhabited private residence in the Southern Hemisphere. The Santo Domingo Convent awaits us next – a religious and architectural gem that houses holy paintings, images, and relics of Peruvian saints, as well as written accounts of the endeavors of the Dominican Order across the country.

Meals include: Breakfast

Hotel: Innside Lima Miraflores

This morning, we continue the trip towards Awanacancha. Here, we learn about the various types of camelids (Llamas, Alpacas, Vicuñas, and Guanacos) that live in the Andes region. Additionally, the local villagers will teach us about the ancestral methods and techniques used to produce their traditional textile art. A few miles along, we will reach Pisac – a beautiful place where Inca and Colonial influences have reached a perfect balance and create a unique way of life for local inhabitants. We will get a chance to explore this quaint town, famous for its artisan markets that sell extraordinarily fine jewelry along with ceramic and textile craftwork.

All meals included

Hotel: Casa Andina Premium Valle Sagrado Hotel & Villa, Yucay

This morning, we will continue our trip towards the archaeological site of Moray. Used as an agricultural testing ground, the site’s system of circular terraces descends 490 feet (150m) from where we will stand, serving as a perfect testament to the advanced levels achieved by the Incas, who excelled at building masterful constructions in harmony with nature. The journey continues on until we reach the Salt Pans of Maras. The sight of this still-operating salt mine, in use since Inca times, is amazing – the stark white of the steeply descending salt pans juxtaposed against the green of the surrounding mountain slopes. Finally, we visit one of the last remaining Inca towns, Ollantaytambo, which was once strongly guarded by a massive fortress. We discover the large archaeological complex of what used to serve as a wayside inn for royal delegations on long journeys. Surviving structures here include multiple walls and towers, which were used to protect the citadel from potential invasions.

All meals included

Hotel: Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

A visit to the Santuario Histórico de Machu Picchu (Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu) awaits us this morning. Aboard a comfortable train, we depart from Aguas Calientes, and then later we take a bus to the entrance gate of the Machu Picchu citadel. Rediscovered by Hiram Bingham more than a century ago, Machu Picchu is considered one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Its architectural beauty, spectacular natural landscapes and the energy held in its enigmatic structures make it a breathtaking bucket-list destination. Here, we follow in the footsteps of the ancient Incas as we explore this magical citadel. We return to Cusco via train from the Aguas Calientes station. Upon arrival, our private transfer service will be waiting to take us back to our hotel.

All meals included

Hotel: Casa Andina Premium, Cusco

We explore the artistic and bohemian neighborhood of San Blas today, which is home to many renowned artists. Through narrow streets, we arrive at the main plaza of San Blas, which is surrounded by many well-known artisan workshops, such as Mendívil, Olave, and Mérida. We will take our time to visit some workshops and contemplate the artists’ work. Next, we continue to the San Blas Church, built in 1563 on top of an Inca sanctuary. The church is a simple structure, famed for its beautiful pulpit carved from one single cedar tree – representing one of the most exquisite works of wood carving in the Spanish churrigueresque style and done by indigenous hands. Stroll along its cobblestone alleys as we make our own way toward Hatum Rumiyuq Street (which in Quechua means “Of the Old Rock”), which is home to the famous Twelve-Sided Stone. We continue our exploration of the Imperial City with a visit to the San Pedro Market, which being the city’s main street market, will give us an opportunity to get to know the products of Cusco, overwhelming us with the sights, aromas, tastes, and colors of the region. Just a few blocks away, we discover one of the most impressive buildings of Inca Cusco – the Qoricancha (the Golden Temple), a temple dedicated to the worship of the Sun God, whose interior walls were said to have been covered in gold. We complete the day with a walk through the Main Square, where we visit the cathedral to admire its exquisite vestibules and priceless paintings from the Cusco School of the 17th and 18th centuries.

Meals include: Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel: Casa Andina Premium, Cusco

We fly to Lima airport from Cusco for our individual flights home.

Meals include: Breakfast

November 15 2020: Additional Info

November 15 2020: Accommodation

Located in Lima, 0.7 miles from Larcomar, Innside Lima Miraflores features an outdoor swimming pool. 3.1 miles from Museum of the Nation, the hotel offers a fitness center and a bar. The property provides a 24-hour front desk.

All guest rooms comes with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with cable channels, a coffee machine, a shower, free toiletries and a desk. Each room has a private bathroom with a hair dryer. The rooms include a wardrobe.

A breakfast is available daily at the hotel.

This is a luxurious, chalet-style retreat with panoramic Andes views. It features a full-service spa and a planetarium, from where you observe the Southern Hemisphere sky. Free WiFi access is available throughout the property.

During your stay at Casa Andina Premium Valle Sagrado Hotel & Villas, you can relax in the large, landscaped gardens or with a wellness treatment. You can choose from a range of unique Andean therapies as well as sauna, spa bath and steam bath.

The rooms and suites of this Casa Andina Premium Valle Sagrado Hotel & Villas offer wonderful views of the Sacred Valley and the Andes mountains. They all come with air conditioning, tea and coffee making facilities and either private balcony or a sunny seating area.

Located in Aguas Calientes, Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel is a colonial-style property that offers massage sessions and Andean sauna. The spacious rooms feature tiled floors and seating areas. Buffet breakfast and a la carte dinner are included in the rates.

Decorated with Andean tapestries, rooms at Inkaterra boast beds with cotton sheets, alpaca blankets and canopies. Some rooms have Wi-Fi, fireplaces, marble basins and private pools.

There is a restaurant that offers Andean cuisine overlooking the Vilcanota River.

Casa Andina Premium Cusco offers accommodation In central Cusco overlooking Limacpampa Square, with traditional, courtyard-facing rooms. It is located only a short walk from Plaza de Armas and Koricancha. Free WiFi access is available throughout the property.

Casa Andina Premium Cusco’s rooms are built around colonial-style courtyards with wooden balconies. All rooms and suites provide cable TV.

Casa Andina’s gourmet restaurant, Alma Restaurante & Bar, features fresh, Sacred Valley produce and Andean specialties. The colonial-style bar serves drinks in the evenings, which you can enjoy on the terrace.

November 15 2020: Enquiries

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