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A timeless introduction to Peru exploring Lima, the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and Cusco

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At a glance

Discover the iconic highlights of Peru on this luxury private adventure. Starting off in the capital city of Lima, enjoy this cosmopolitan city and the fantastic selection of gourmet restaurants, museums and colourful markets to explore.

A stay in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, one of the most beautiful and historically important areas of Peru offers a great place to discover some smaller Inca ruins and enjoy the spectacular scenery of the rolling valleys, as well as getting a personal experience of the warm highland culture that thrives here.

Of course no trip would be complete without a visit to the Incan citadel of Machu Picchu, one of the grandest and most enthralling sites to see in the whole of Latin America, and you’ll enjoy a privately guided tour of the stunning citadel before returning the next day to explore at your own pace.

With a spectacular train journey through the Urubamba Valley, arrive back in the archaeological city of Cusco, to spend your final nights in the glorious former capital of the Incan empire.

Example Trip Itinerary

Days 1-2

Lima

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Airport meet and greet and private transfer to your hotel in Lima

Accommodation in Lima

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One night in Lima One night in Lima

Enjoy the Capital of Peru, known particularly for its excellent cuisine and good museums, as well as the historic down-town areas. your Travel Designer can arrange a tour for you should you wish and you'll have all of our recommendations at hand for the best things to see and do in the city to make the very most of your stay.

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Lima city tour Lima city tour

Drive to the historical center of Lima and the Plaza Mayor, where the Government Palace, City Hall, the Cathedral and the Archbishop's Palace are located. Move along to the San Francisco Monastery and step inside Casa Aliaga, one of America’s best-preserved colonial mansions. Located across from the Presidential Palace in colonial Lima, Casa Aliaga was built in 1535 by Don Jeronimo de Aliaga, a member of Pizarro's conquering forces. Seventeen generations later, Casa Aliaga is still inhabited by the Aliaga family, whose heirlooms include beautiful original furniture.

Continue to the district of Pueblo Libre, to visit the Larco Herrera Museum, housed in an 18th-century colonial mansion. The museum holds the most extensive collection of pre-Columbian art in Peru, featuring many fine examples of textile work. Also found in the museum are the materials and tools used by ancient Peruvians to produce their work in ceramics and metal, huaco pottery, gold and silver pieces with semiprecious stones and erotic art pieces.

Larco Museum tour Larco Museum tour

Enjoy a guided tour around one the most impressive collections of Pre-Colombian art and artifacts in the world. Privately owned and housed in a pretty 18th century building, this museum showcases chronological galleries that provide a thorough overview of 4,000 years of Peruvian history with a fascinating array of pieces.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to Lima airport

Flight

Flight from Lima to Cusco

Days 3-5

The Sacred Valley

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer from Cusco airport to your hotel in the Sacred Valley

Accommodation in The Sacred Valley

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Two nights in the Sacred Valley Two nights in the Sacred Valley

North west of Cusco, the Sacred Valley is one of the most beautiful and historically important parts of Peru. The Valley was one of the bases of Inca civilisation, the river that winds its way through believed to be aligned with the cosmos. Several of the Inca’s finest works were built in this region making it a fantastic place to take in the ancient culture of Peru. Explore the fortress town of Ollantaytambo, the ancient Inca terraces at Moray and the salt terraces at Maras. The valley is also home to many indigenous people living the same way they have been for centuries and it’s possible to visit local markets and communities.

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Half day tour to Maras and Moray Half day tour to Maras and Moray

Today, you'll enjoy an excursion to the Maras Salt terraces and the Moray Inca terraces for some soft hiking in these spectacular landscapes.

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Private tour to the Ollantaytambo Fortress and Willoq community Private tour to the Ollantaytambo Fortress and Willoq community

Guiding you through to the fertile Sacred Valley, once the spiritual and commercial heartland of the Inca Empire, this private half-day expedition will include the magnificently well-preserved Ollantaytambo fortress and regionally characteristic Andean village of the Willoq people.

You will be collected from your hotel by your expert, local guide and private vehicle to be driven firstly to the Willoq village, located in heart of the valley and 19km from Ollantaytambo.

Your next stop will be the Incan fortress of Ollantaytambo. Your guide will elaborate on the history and theories behind the Incan civilisation, answering any questions you may have. There will be some free time to stroll around these magnificent ruins before being driven back to your hotel.

Trains to Machu Picchu

Days 5-6

Machu Picchu

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Private Tour of Machu Picchu with overnight Private Tour of Machu Picchu with overnight

Your private guide will take you on a comprehensive tour of the Machu Picchu citadel, really bringing it to life by detailing the history, significance and myths surrounding it as well as taking you to the hidden corners and best viewpoints. Then after your guided tour, you'll enjoy a delicious lunch before an afternoon at your leisure. You can explore the areas around Machu Picchu or carry on exploring the ruins.

Return in the evening to overnight at your chosen hotel in the Machu Picchu area.

Accommodation in Machu Picchu

A llama walks around the ruins of Machu Picchu
Morning free to explore Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain Morning free to explore Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain

Discover the Machu Picchu citadel by climbing up either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain. Both scenic sites offer incredible, sweeping views, but vary in route. Huanya Picchu is a steeper route for the confident hiker as you pass sheer drops and takes around 2 hours. Machu Picchu Mountain is a rewarding 3 hour ascending hike taking you away from the larger crowds to enjoy the vistas.

Train from Machu Picchu Train from Machu Picchu

Board the train for the journey back from Machu Picchu with refreshments served on board.

Days 6-8

Cusco

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer from Ollanta Station to your hotel in Cusco

Accommodation in Cusco

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Two nights in Cusco Two nights in Cusco

Enjoy this beautiful city and UNESCO World Heritage site. You'll have our list of recommendations as well as private guides on hand to enjoy the best of this beautiful city. We can arrange a number of private, interest-led tours to booking fine restaurants for you. Your personal travel designer will be able to recommend activities that are most suitable to your interests.

Cusco walking tour Cusco walking tour

Cusco is a beautiful and vibrant city and you’ll explore its many gems including the cathedral with its magnificently carved woodwork, ornate altar and canvases from the 17th-century Cusco Painting School. The cathedral sits on the Plaza de Armas square, the nerve centre of the city - keep your eyes peeled for the two flags that usually fly here, the red and white Peruvian flag and the rainbow coloured flag that represents the four quarters of the Inca empire. You’ll also visit San Blas with its beautiful colonial church, housing an impressive pulpit and a filigree woodcarving celebrating the fruits of the region.

Plaza de Armas, Cuzco
Day at leisure in Cusco Day at leisure in Cusco

Explore the beautiful city of Cusco at your own pace with a day at leisure.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Transfer to Cusco airport

Flight

Flight from Cusco to Lima

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