Peru Highlights


Few places on Earth compare to Peru. The blend of living history, breathtaking scenery, and vibrant culture found here sets it apart from any other destination. The Andean peaks and valleys are filled with Incan ruins, from famous Machu Picchu to the majestic Sacsayhuaman. Lima and Cusco are whirlwinds of mestizo and Amerindian culture, modern influence, and beautiful, eclectic architecture. On this tour, you can stand among ancient ruins, hike in the Andes, meet llamas, shop at traditional Peruvian markets, and explore two of South America's preeminent cities. With the services of friendly Local Hosts, you'll be sure to get the most out of your Peruvian adventure.

* Train to Machu Picchu
* 7 nights hotel accommodation
* Daily buffet breakfast, 2 lunches, and 1 three-course dinner
* Visit to the ruins of Ollantaytambo
* Excursion to Pisac and the Awana Kancha llama farm
* City tours of Cusco and Lima
* Services of Local Hosts in each city

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Destination & Sightseeing


Day 1 - Arrive Lima, Peru
Arrive in Lima, where you will be met by your Local Host.

Day 2 - Lima
Your included city tour focuses on Lima's rich colonial history as well as the modern city. Lima was the bastion of Spanish South America from its founding in 1535 until the independence of the South American republics in the early 19th century. See the Cathedral, where the remains of Francisco Pizarro are sealed in a wooden coffin and the Santo Domingo Convent to see the relics of three famous Peruvian saints -Santa Rosa de Lima, San Martin de Porres, and San Juan Macias. (B)

Day 3 - Lima-Cusco
Fly to Cusco high in the Andes. Your guided tour visits the Santo Domingo Monastery, previously the Koricancha Temple, one of the most important temples devoted to worship of the sun. It is said it was covered in gold leaf and filled with golden representations of nature. In the Plaza de Armas, see the Cathedral before taking a short drive outside the city to the ruins of Sacsayhuaman with its intricate stone walls, amphitheatre of Kenko, and the Red Fortress of Puca Pucara. (B)

Day 4 - Cusco-Sacred Valley
Today, a short drive into the Urubamba Valley, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, brings you to Awanakancha, where you will learn about the importance of the alpaca (llama) for Inca cultures as well as the ancient weaving techniques. Continue, to the market town of Pisac. Handmade rugs, alpaca sweaters, and jewelry can be bought here at bargain prices. At the other end of the valley is Ollantaytambo. Here, some of the finest examples of Inca masonry can be seen. (B, L)

Day 5 - Sacred Valley-Machu Picchu
Board a train bound for Machu Picchu and cut a path through the Sacred Valley to this “Lost City of the Incas,” discovered by American explorer Hiram Bingham in 1911. On a guided tour, explore this intact fortress with its temple remains, holy houses, and mile-long aqueduct. For hikers, a brisk one-hour walk leads to the Sun Gate, the ancient entrance used by the Incas. (B, L, D)

Day 6 - Machu Picchu-Sacred Valley-Cusco
A morning at leisure allows you to wake up early to see the sunrise over Machu Picchu with your second included entrance to the ruins. Return to Cusco this evening, where your Local Host can recommend dining options for your free night. (B)

Day 7 - Cusco-Lima
Fly to Lima, where the remainder of the day is at your leisure. (B)

Day 8 - Lima
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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