Welcome to Peru!! A private transfer will take you into Lima to a modern, comfortable hotel in the Miraflores district, with shops, cafes, restaurants all nearby.
Enjoy an introduction to Peruvian and Incan history with a city tour of Lima. Visit the Plaza de Armas, the nucleus of the City, and see how the Spanish influenced the cityscape, a scene replicated through much of Latin America. Visit the opulent Cathedral of Lima and the historic San Francisco Convent and its eerie catacombs. In the evening, after trying some delicious Pisco Sours, witness the largest fountain light show in South America.
Explore Lima independently or add a tour to visit the Incan ruins of Pachacamac, a temple constructed during the height of the Incan empire. Lima has quite a few impressive museums; be sure to check out the Larco Museum with its excellent collection of gold and silver artifacts as well as its ribald collection of ceramic figurines.
Just over an hour flight away is Cusco, gateway to the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. Upon arrival in Cusco, a private transfer takes you to your hotel in the city. Be sure to take it easy and get acclimatized to the altitude by sipping on mugs of coca tea. Enjoy a guided city tour to see the City’s highlights, like Korikancha, the former gold-clad Sun Temple. For those interested in Incan history, take a tour of the impressive Incan sites near Cusco, such as Quenqo, Tambomachay, and Sacsayhuaman, with its amazing Incan stonework so precise that no mortar was used.
Just outside of Cusco is the Sacred Valley, a bucolic area of farms, ranches and a number of interesting attractions. Not to be missed is the Pisac market, a colorful, local market and a great place to people watch or buy quality textiles, clothes, and other items. Nearby, visit the fortress at Ollantaytambo, which is one of the only sites where the Incas defeated the Spanish Conquistadors. Return to Cusco or choose to stay at a tranquil lodge in the Sacred Valley.
For many, a visit to Machu Picchu is a spiritual and humbling experience. Whether you are coming from Cusco or the Sacred Valley, you will arrive by train at Aguas Calientes, the gateway to Machu Picchu. Take a guided tour of the site and learn about Incan life, the significance of Machu Picchu and its excavation by historian Hiram Bingham. Overnight in Aguas Calientes. Hikers and trekkers may want to consider hiking the Inka Trail to Machu Picchu, either as a day-long hike from Km 104; or a 4-day trek, culminating with arrival through the Sun Gate.
Take the shuttle back to Machu Picchu to explore independently or, hike up Huayna Picchu (permit required) for stupendous views of Machu Picchu. Return to Cusco by train.
At over 12,000 feet, Lake Titicaca is the world’s highest navigable lake. The thin atmosphere and lack of pollution bring out the deep blue color of the lake. From Cusco travel by bus or rail to Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca, which will be your base for exploring the area. Be sure to bundle up, nights can get cold. Bus bound travelers will stop along the way to see Andahuaylillas, known as “the Sistine Chapel of America”, Raqchi and Pukara. Upon arrival in Puno, a private transfer will take you to your hotel.
The best way to see Lake Titicaca is by cruise. Highly recommended is a cruise to the floating island of Uros, constructed entirely of Totora reeds. Meet the Uros people who have perfected a livelihood from the use of the Totora reed in their architecture, tools and in the construction of the islands themselves. Continue your voyage to tiny and rocky Taquile Island and get a glimpse of Quechua traditions.
A private transfer will take you to the airport at Juliaca for your flight to Lima, but not before stopping at the fascinating pre-Incan funerary complex at Sillustani, where large stone towers (Chullpas) stand like sentinels overlooking Lake Umayo.
South American Specialist for Travel4Real & Italy4Real
Our staff includes Blake Lieberman who is a specialist in travel to and within South America.
Blake began his travel career while living in Argentina and has worked and lived in Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Brazil, Uruguay and Chile.
Blake first visited South America in 1990 and has traveled extensively throughout the continent. Blake currently is an expert in travel to Europe and South America.