Experience the breathtaking landscapes and rich cultural heritage of Peru as we travel to the country’s renowned archaeological sites as well as lesser known wonders. Discover the timeless local traditions of Lake Titicaca, wander the halls of a colonial-era convent in Arequipa, and delight in views of the Sacred Valley from the train to Machu Picchu. Ponder the mystery of the Nasca Lines, and soak up the charms of vibrant Cusco, the former capital of the Inca Empire.
Encounter unique wildlife in Paracas National Park and the Ballestas Islands, learn about Arequipa's renowned regional cuisine with a cooking class by a local chef, explore the Cusco Planetarium, walk through ancient ruins and local villages in the Sacred Valley, take in stunning views on the train to Machu Picchu, visit the Luquina community and have lunch on Lake Titicaca
Hotels (14 nts).
Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
Group Size Notes
Max 16, Avg 10.
14 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 1 dinner
Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Arequipa Cooking Class, Arequipa Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Traditional Andean Experience, Urubamba Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Cusco Planetarium, Cusco Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Lake Titicaca Community Home Lunch, Lake Titicaca Your G for Good Moment: Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley, Lamay Your G for Good Moment: Parque de la Papa (Potato Park), Pisac Your Foodie Moment: Pisco winery visit and tasting, Paracas Your Hands-On Moment: Pachamanca, Nazca Your Discover Moment: Cusco. Arrival transfer. Ballestas Islands boat trip. Visit the Chauchilla cemetery and potter's workshop in Nazca. Arequipa city tour including the Santa Catalina Convent. Guided boat tour of Taquile and Uros Islands on Lake Titicaca. Sacred Valley and Ollantaytambo ruins guided tour. Scenic train and guided tour of Machu Picchu. Internal flights. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
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Lima, "the City of the Kings," became the effective capital of the Viceroyalty of Peru, established 1560. Today, a visit to Lima may serve as a unique Peruvian experience that offers a glimpse into the Andean world, Spanish tradition and the country's modern aspect. Visit handsome old buildings and baroque churches that testify to the city's religious background and the Plaza de Armas, shared by the realms of the Catholic church, municipality and national government. The pre-Inca ruins of Pachacamac lie a short distance south of the city. Once a ceremonial site, Pachacamac has been the most important religious center of the Andean world since before the age of Christ. Stop and admire The Temple of the Sun and the Moon, Lima's outstanding museums, and Machu Picchu - a "Jewel in the Mist."
The Cuzco (Cusco) region of Peru combines Inca legacy with Spanish colonial architecture in an atmosphere at once provincial and sublime. The chaotic marketplaces where campesinos barter grain or potatoes for multi-colored fabric belie the mute spirituality of the Lost Cities, where Inca stonework conveys order and balance. Such diversity enhances this inspiring nine-day adventure. The blue sky radiates with an intensity achieved only at high altitudes (the city of Cuzco lies 11,150 feet above sea level), while the landscape offers its unique pattern of exacting agricultural grids and tangled jungle masses.
Urubamba is a well endowed town situated in the shadow of beautiful Chicon and Pumahuanca glaciers. The attractive Plaza de Armas is laid back and attractive, with palm trees and a couple of pines sourounded by interesting topiary. Weekends there's a large market on Jirón Palacio, which serves local villages; and at the large ceramic workshops set around a lovely garden at Avenida Berriozabal 111, new and ancient techniques are used to produce colourful, Amerindian inspired pots, household items and artistic pieces for sale on site. Urubamba makes an ideal base from which to explore mountains and lower hills around Sacred Valley, which are filled with sites. Also within walking distance, the salt pans of Salinas, still in use after more than four hundred years, are situated only a short distance from the village of Tarabamba, 6km along the road from Urubamba to Ollantaytambo.
Puno lies on the shores of Lake Titicaca. This area is the cradle of the Aymara civilization and the birthplace of the Inca Empire.
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Aguas Calientes (Peru)
Aguas Calientes, also known as Machu Picchu pueblo, and is located four miles away from Machu Picchu. The city was founded in 1901 as the railroad between Cuzco and Santa Ana was being built, in result, Aguas Calientes became a hub for the railroad’s machinery and home for those who worked it. Today, many people visit the city for its hot springs, or as a great starting point for those headed up to Machu Picchu.
Nazca (Nasca) is located on the coast of southern Peru, and is the largest town in the Nazca Province. It is most famous for the Nazca Lines, the desert line drawings only visible from high elevations. Nazca is also famous for its complicated system of aqueducts, used to irrigate farmland as well as for home use, that are still functioning today.
Paracas National Reserve
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