Lima, Pachacamac, Caral, Cusco, Maras and Moray, Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu
Prices per person in USD: US$ 2995.00
based on double occupancy
Single supplement: $400.00
Lima: Hotel Carmel - http://hotelcarmel.com.pe/ingles/index.php
Cusco: Hotel Los Portales - http://www.losportaleshoteles.com.pe/en/hotel/cusco/
Machu Picchu: Hotel Inka Town - http://www.inkatownhotel.com/portada/
Day 1: Arrive Lima.
N.B.: Most international flights arrive in Lima late evening (22:00-23:00). As a result, activities begin the following morning.
The Hotel Carmel is two blocks from the Parque Kennedy in Miraflores. It is a convenient and safe location that allows you to walk to restaurants, the Indian Market, and even Larcomar, a large mall built into the cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean, 13 blocks away.
Day 2: 9:00 a.m.-- Meet and greet at hotel. PowerPoint Lecture on Pre-Inca Peru. Depart 11:00 for city tour. (Breakfast and lunch included)
ANCESTRAL LIMA: We start our tour with a visit to the Larco Museum to see the largest and most impressive pre-Columbian art collection in the world. Located in an 18th century vice-royal mansion, its new galleries display the best and most complete collection of gold and silver of Peru together with its famous collection of Moche ceramic art. The best way to enjoy Lima and its history. Lunch in the museum café.
Next, we will step back 17 centuries and visit the “HuacaPucllana” a magnificent ceremonial and archeological center built in the 4th century C.E. and considered a “sacred village” by the Lima Culture and later the Incas. 1-hour guided tour in English. Free about 4 p.m.
Dinner at hotel or near-by restaurant.
Evening visit to Dancing Waters: Guided excursion to the “Magical Water Circuit” the largest water fountain compound in the world, certified by Guinness World Records. Here you will enjoy a wonderful display of water, light, music and images presented at Reserve Park, one of Lima’s most beautiful urban áreas.
Day 3: Lima: City tour (Breakfast and lunch included)
COLONIAL LIMA: The Viceroyalty of Perú was the most important of the Spanish Empire and Lima was its capital. We visit the Historical Center of Lima, where you will see more than fifty monuments and colonial buildings, such as the Paseo de la República, Plaza San Martín, the Plaza de Armas, the Government Palace (and see the changing of the guard at 12:00), the Archbishop’s Palace, the Cathedral Basilica, and the City Council Palace among others. We will visit the monumental San Francisco Convent, which displays the largest collection of religious art in America. The highlight will be a visit to the underground vaults, known as “Catacumbas” or Catacombs.
We will visit the MUSEUM OF THE BANCO CENTRAL DE RESERVA*, where we will admire the “Treasures of Perú” Collection, a fine selection of objects made of gold, ceramics and textiles from different pre-Columbian cultures.
CONTEMPORARY LIMA: We will visit traditional residential areas of Lima, such as El Olivar of San Isidro, Miraflores, and Larcomar.
Evening and dinner on your own. There are several restaurants within eight blocks of our hotel.
Day 4: Caral. Depart 08:00. (Breakfast and lunch included; evening free)
We will discover the oldest city and one of the oldest civilizations In the Americas. The 5,000 years of antiquity of Caral, one of the fives cradles of civilization on a par with the cultures of Mesopotamia, Egypt, India, and China. Our tour includes a mid-afternoon traditional lunch in the seaside city of Huacho. Return to Lima about 6:00 p.m. Evening free.
Day 5: Pachacamac; Barranco and Miraflores walking tour (Breakfast and lunch included)
We will begin our day with a guided tour of the splendid Citadel of Pachacamac, the Sanctuary of the God Pachacamac, Temple of the Sun, the Temple of Pachacamac and the Acllahuasi or Palace of the Virgins of the Sun. A unique archaeological and mystical experience.
The next stop is the traditional and bohemian district of Barranco where we will have lunch.
After lunch, you will have a choice in Miraflores: the Parque Kennedy, the sea-front Larcomar mall, which is built into the cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean, strolling along the boardwalk, and/or a visit to the Indian Market, another small archaeological site, the Huaca Huallamarca, or the National Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology.
Late afternoon or early evening TBA: PowerPoint Lecture on the Incas
Day 6: Fly to Cusco. Rest. Tour Sacsayhuaman, Tambomachay. (Breakfast included)
You will be picked up at your hotel and transfered to the airport for your flight to Cusco. Upon arrival, you will transfer to the hotel and have the morning at leisure to acclimatize to the altitude. The hotel is across the street from Koricancha, the Great Temple of the Inca, and just three blocks from the Plaza de Armas and Cathedral. Lunch on your own.
At 2:00 pm you will be taken on a city tour and visit local archaeological sites, the Cathedral, Koricancha (the main Inca temple), Sacsayhuaman and surroundings, returning late afternoon (5:30 pm) to your hotel. Evening free, dinner on your own.
Day 7: Sacred Valley + Moray, Maras (Breakfast and lunch included)
After breakfast, you will depart at 8:45am for the Sacred Valley of the Incas where life has remained almost unchanged for 500 years. You will visit the village and Inca site of Pisac and the Indian market, enjoy the beautiful handicrafts on sale, and wonder at the many ethnic tribal costumes worn by the local people, not just for tourists, but as part of their heritage.
Moray. This was the Incas’ agricultural experiment station. Built into a natural valley, your guide will take you down into these ruins and explain their function. It is said that the ancient agricultural terraces of circular and concentric shape, each one a unique micro-climate were used as a seed-testing area for the principal crops of the empire: maize and potatoes.
From Moray, you will proceed to Maras, also called Salinas de Maras. These salt-mines have been used since Tahuantinsuyo, the Inca Empire. During the Vice-Regency it was the largest salt producer in the southern highlands.
Our last stop will be Chinchero where we will visit a women’s weaving cooperative, watch them demonstrate how they prepare the dyes, dye the alpaca wool, and weave tapestries, shawls, scarves, toques, gloves, and purses.
Return to the hotel in Cusco around 6:30pm. Evening free.
Please note: If you are traveling with a large suitcase and a trolley or backpack, you will be able to leave your suitcase in a secure storeroom at the hotel in Cusco while we go to Machu Picchu. This is important because all luggage is hand-carried from the train station in Aguas Calientes to your hotel. The hotel will send a porter with a cart so you don’t have to carry your luggage but you should travel as light as possible to Machu Picchu.
Day 8: MACHU PICCHU 2 days, 1 night by train (Breakfast and lunch included)
Early morning, 5:30 am and after breakfast, we drive to the train station for our journey to Machu Picchu on Vistadome Train (4 hours) at 9:40 am you will arrive in Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Village) from where you will go by bus to the archaeological site (20 minutes); Once there where you will have a guided tour with an English-speaking professional guide followed by time to wander around on your own. You can stay in the area or relax in the hot springs near Aguas Calientes (entrance to hot springs not included). Overnight in your hotel.
Day 9: MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO (Breakfast included)
Morning at leisure to explore Aguas Calientes your own, or you can return to Machu Picchu for sunrise, when the full magnificence of the site reveals itself in all its majesty. You will have the option to hike up to Huayna Picchu, the pyramid-shaped peak that overlooks Machu Picchu. (Entrance fee, bus fee, and fee for climbing Huayna Picchu are $120. additional). Return to Cusco where you will arrive around 7:30pm.
Day 10: CUSCO morning free — (Breakfast included)
After breakfast visit San Pedro market. Fly to Lima in the afternoon. Rest of day free. May depart for home this night or spend the night in Lima. If you depart this night, an adjustment will be made for one less hotel night and one breakfast.
Day 11: LIMA - fly home. (Breakfast included) Day free.
Pick up from your hotel and transfer to the airport.
Includes: 3-star hotel room based on double occupancy; return airfare, Lima-Cusco; all airport transfers in Lima and Cusco; all breakfasts, most lunches; all entrance fees (except for 2nd day at Machu Picchu); return train to Aguas Calientes; return bus to Machu Picchu (except 2nd day at Machu Picchu); English-speaking guides; modern, air-conditioned buses.
Not included: International airfares, airport departure taxes or visa fees, excess baggage charges, extra expenses for flight cancellations, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages or bottled water, snacks, insurance of any kind, laundry, phone calls, reconfirmation of international flights and items of personal nature.
Tour conductor: Tommie Sue Montgomery
Tommie Sue has visited Lima numerous times, Cusco three times, and Machu Picchu twice. She will accompany you on all excursions, share general information with you, and be available for questions.
Local, licenced, bilingual tour guides on every excursion.
"Peruvian Tours" has arranged tours for Tommie Sue and her husband David Abrahams to Cusco and Machu Picchu; Cusco, the Sacred Valley, Puno and Lake Titicaca; flight over the Nazca Lines and a tour of the Paracas Peninsula; tours of Trujillo and its archaeological sites; and, several tours of Lima and various archaeological sites.