Peru has one of the most diverse landscapes in the world and is extremely beautiful. The Andean mountains, the Rainforest, and a long coastline. But Peru also offers you rich and diverse cultural attractions: Inca ruins, beautifully colored textiles, and handcraft are just some highlights. On top of that, Peruvians are generally very kind and helpful people. They love their country and will make sure that you have a great experience.
Journey with us to Peru – a country of diverse, striking landscapes and rich ancient culture and history. On an 8 day/7night expedition you will enjoy the highlights of this country and more. Visit classic destinations, with a deeper understanding of the places thanks to expert local guides and insider experiences.
8 Days Exploring Peru
This classic route takes you to all the top attractions for a truly immersive experience in Peru. See the contrast between old and new Lima, visit archaeological wonders and textile communities in the Sacred Valley, and of course, see the incredible Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. You’ll also visit the beautiful colonial city of Cusco filled with treasures from its Inca and Spanish legacy.
Welcome to Perú!
Upon arrival in Lima Airport, you will be received by a service person. Transfer to your hotel in Lima.
CHECK IN 15:00
Lima was founded in 1535 and in a short period of time became the most important city in the Americas. Today, there are more than eight million inhabitants, and the city shelters immigrants from all corners of the globe, which has transformed it into a mixed city par excellence. In the historic center, placed by UNESCO on the World Cultural Heritage List, you can visit splendid samples of Colonial architecture like the Cathedral, the Convent of Santo Domingo, and the Convent of San Francisco as well as fantastically wood carven balconies. Lima is also an inexhaustible source of culture, demonstrated by the existence of numerous and varied museums like the Rafael Larco Herrera Archeological Museum, which guards priceless Incan and pre-Incan treasures.
During this trip, you must also remember to sample one of the best cuisines in the world. The city offers a wide variety of restaurants and inviting locales where you will be able to taste delicious dishes, the result of the mixing of European, African, Asian, and Andean cuisine.
The visit to the city is a tour of the historical, commercial and residential areas. Visit of the historic center where you can see important assets such as La Moneda, the Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral, the Central Post Office, the Municipality, etc. Then you will pass through the main avenue of the city “La Alameda”, view of the Forest Park and San Cristóbal hill and the bohemian Bellavista neighborhood.
Later on, you will continue through the modern residential and commercial areas, sectors that reach the foothills of The Andes Mountains. – New neighborhoods such as Santa María de Manquehue, Las Condes and Vitacura are mixed with advanced architecture sectors such as Barrio El Golf.- Return to the hotel. Passengers can opt for their excursion to end in a Shopping Center (Costanera Center or Parque Arauco) and the return to the Hotel is account of the passengers.
Transfer to the airport to take the regular flight to Cusco.
Arrival, reception and transfer to select Hotel. The rest of the day will be free at your leisure to acclimatize to the altitude.
The former capital of the Inca Empire- carries the title of the Archeological Capital of America with pride. Cusco literally means “navel” in the local Quechua language, and it certainly still fits this description today, as it is at the center of Andean culture.
Enjoy the entire day at your leisure.
Take the optional Tour to the Sacred Valley: US$ 65.00 per person
Full-day excursion to the “Sacred Valley of the Incas”, by the Vilcanota River.
We will have the opportunity to share closely the peasants’ customs and bargain with vendors at the typical Indian market of Pisac.
Lunch in a local countryside restaurant. After lunch, passing through the Towns of Calca and Urubamba, we visit the Inca Fortress and Citadel of Ollantaytambo, built to guard the entrance to this part of the Valley and protect it from possible invasion from the tribes in the Lower jungle.
The Fortress consists of a series of stepped carved stone terraces accessed by long staircases. Later you can walk through the quaint streets of the nearby Town, and get a good idea of what this Strategic Military, Religious, and Agricultural Centre was like during the era of the Inca Empire. Transfer to the hotel.
The day starts with an early morning rise to transfer to Ollanta Train Station (02 Hours from Cusco) for a train journey to the famous Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu, also known as “The Lost City of the Incas”, one of the best-known examples of surviving Inca architecture.
Arrive at Aguas Calientes Station followed by a 30-minute bus drive, climbing 6km of winding road, to the marvelous Citadel. Upon arrival, you will participate in a guided tour of the Citadel, visiting the Main Plaza, the Circular Tower, the sacred sundial (the most important preserved Intihuatana), the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows and various burial grounds.
In the afternoon, return to Ollanta, arrival and transfer to Cusco.
6:50 am — Departure (Cusco).
7:40 AM — ANDAHUAYLILLAS “SISTINE CHAPEL OF AMERICA” — 3122 METERS OF ALTITUDE.
There, you will find the church of San Pedro Apóstol de Andahuaylillas, built by the Jesuits in the 16th century. Like other Spanish and religious constructions of the time, it was built on top of a huaca or sacred place for the Incas. Made of adobe and brick, the church is a small structure consisting of a single nave, apse and bell tower. However, there is a reason why it is known as the “Sistine Chapel of America”.
10:00 AM — RAQCHI “TEMPLE OF WIRACOCHA” — 3450 METERS OF ALTITUDE.
The most important building within the complex is the “Wiracocha temple” that according to the ancient chroniclers was built by the Inca Wiracocha in honor of the invisible Superior God of the Andean people: “Apu Kon Titi Wiracocha”. The “Wiracocha Temple” is a great construction for that age. Architecturally it is classified as “Kallanka”, that is, a tall building completely covered with straw (wood and “ichu”). Externally it is 92 meters long (302 feet) and 25.25 meters wide (83 feet).
11:35 AM — MARANGANI BUFFET LUNCH — 3552 METERS ALTITUDE.
Sicuani is a relatively large city of the highlands. The city is an important intersection, with the road to Puno / Arequipa passing through here. This city is surrounded by beautiful snowy hills. Afterward, you have a buffet lunch in our exclusive restaurant with a family atmosphere.
12:50 PM — LA RAYA — 4335 METERS OF ALTITUDE.
Abra La Raya (La Raya) is the watershed between the valley that flows into Lake Titicaca and the valley that leads to Cusco and the Sacred Valley. The altitude is 4,338 meters (14,232 feet).
2:30 PM — PUCARÁ MUSEUM — 3900 METERS OF ALTITUDE.
Pucará was the first regional population nucleus in the Titicaca basin north of the lake during the Late Formative Period (500 BC-200 AD), which provides valuable information about the origins of the Andean civilization in the highlands. During its heyday, it covered more than a square kilometer and housed thousands of bureaucrats, priests, artisans, farmers, shepherds, and possibly warriors.
The Pucará style is identified by impressive monolithic sculptures with a variety of geometric, zoomorphic, and more intricate anthropomorphic images, multi-colored ceramics in a variety of ritual and domestic forms.
5:00 pm – Arrival (Puno) – 3800 meters of altitude.
Terminal Terrestre of Puno.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch
Early in the morning, we take a motorboat excursion on the waters of Lake Titicaca to the unique Floating “Islands” of the Uros. These ancient inhabitants of the lake, known as the Water Tribe, have built their own “islands” by periodically adding new layers of a type of reed unique to the area called “Totora”. Their homes and boats are also made from this material. Return to Puno.
10:30hrs Check out.
Transfer to the airport to take the national flight to Lima, arrival and connection with the international flight.
We reserve the right to alter or omit any part of an itinerary and reverse the order of places to be visited or change any space reservation without prior notice due to readjustment of National park policies, seasonal changes, safety reasons weather conditions or force majored which may dictate these changes.
These decisions are oriented in terms of passenger safety and in the interest of the island’s conservation.