Peru, Cultural & Culinary Soft Journey 9 Days / 8 Nights
DAY 1: LIMA IN
Our representative will be waiting at Lima´s airport, reception and transfer to the hotel. The transfer time from Lima´s airport to Lima town lasts almost 1 hour. Accommodation at the hotel.
Overnight in Lima
DAY 2: LIMA – CITY TOUR
At noon, the guide will meet you to start a full day guided tour of the Peru´s capital – Lima (known as the city of the kings).
The guide will take you into the Historic Center of Lima to visit the Main Square or “Plaza de Armas” where the Government Palace, the Archbishop’s Palace, the Cathedral and Town Hall are located. You will then proceed to visit San Francisco Church, a masterpiece of Colonial architecture preserving the best examples of Colonial religious art in America.
Return to the hotel.
Overnight in Lima
DAY 3: LIMA – CUSCO – WALKING TOUR:
You will be transferred to Lima´s airport for your flight to Cusco (1 ½ hours of flight).
Upon arrival to Cusco`s airport, reception and transfer to the hotel.
In the afternoon, you will be picked you up from the hotel, this tour is perfect to acclimatize to the altitude; walking along ancient streets, visiting the most important places such as the Main Square, the traditional San Blas neighborhood, the street where is located the 12 angles stone. Return to the hotel.
Overnight in Cusco
DAY 4: SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCAS PISAC – OLLANTAYTAMBO
Today, you will set off for the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Along the way you will stop to visit Awanacancha a llama project where you will see South American camelids such as llamas, alpacas, and vicuñas, also you have the chance to appreciate the traditional Inca weaving and dying techniques which have been kept by the local people for centuries.
Your journey continues to the small village of Pisac, and there you will walk through its lively typical market and have some free time to interact with the townsfolk and artisans and to shop for handicrafts and souvenirs. Continuing the tour you will visit Pisac´s archaeological site located at the top of the mountain which gives us a clear idea of the hard work and amazing ingenuity required to create the Inca’s agricultural terraces, its constructions are just compared with Machu Picchu buildings.
You will enjoy a buffet lunch at the town of Urubamba, and then visit Ollantaytambo which is one of the most beautiful, and significant sites in the entire Cusco region. It is a very interesting, and typical pueblo with extensive, well preserved Inca ruins; crowned by the sacred archaeological site with its impressive temple of the sun.
Transfer to the hotel.
Overnight in the Sacred Valley
DAY 5: SACRED VALLEY – AGUAS CALIENTES
Free morning to rest or explore Ollantaytambo on your own, this is amazing town known as the last inca city living, because the inca buildings are still used as basement of the modern constructions, and by its old streets continue running the clean water of the Incas.
At midday you will board the Vistadome train which will take you to Aguas calientes town; this scenic train ride is considered one of the most beautiful in the world. Upon your arrival, reception and accommodation at the hotel.
Aguas calientes is a small village almost 90% dedicated to the tourism activities, there are many activities to do; you can visit the Mandor waterfalls, visit the site Museum, go to the hot springs, visit the market or walk around this village.
Overnight in Aguas Calientes
DAY 6: MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO
Today, you have a full-day to explore Machu Picchu citadel – the new seven wonder of the world; the shuttle bus service will take you for 20 minutes from Aguas Calienets to Machu Picchu where you will have a 2- 3 hours fully guided tour of the mysterious ruins, visiting the most important sector of the city such as the temple of the Sun, the Intihuatana, the temple of the three windows, the mausoleum, the temple of the condor, etc.
If you are in a good physical shape you can hike to the Inca Bridge, Huayna Picchu, Inti Punku sun gate, or just wander through the ruins taking pictures.
You then return to Aguas Calientes to catch the train back to Cusco (Poroy train station), arrival to Poroy and transfer to the hotel.
Overnight in Cusco
NOTE: hike to the summit of Huayna Picchu, (Huayna Picchu now requires an extra, limited-availability permit; allowed just 400 per day. It is a 1.5-hour hike)
DAY 7: PARTICIPATIVE CULINARY CLASSES
At midmorning, the guide will pick you up from your hotel, transfer to a local food market, where you will receive a briefing by our Chef about local ingredients, and will also have the opportunity to buy them, interacting with local producers and suppliers, a whole experiential sojourn in a traditional Andean market. Then the chef will invite you to his house for a private culinary lesson, starting with the preparation of the famous Pisco Sour moving on to some entrées and main courses. Visitors will have the opportunity to interact with the chef where between stories and pictures you will really get the most out of this culinary lesson. After enjoying the cooking classes; you will be returned to the hotel.
DAY 8: CHINCHERO – MARAS – MORAY
After breakfast, you will drive toward the Andean village of Chinchero, whose main income comes from textiles. You will visit its textile and handicraft market, where you will have the chance to see the traditional weaving and dying techniques which have been kept by these local villagers for centuries.
After, you will be transferred to Moray, which are circled terraces that Incas took four enormous natural depressions in the landscape and sculpted them into several levels of agricultural terraces that served, hundreds of years ago, as an experimental agricultural station for the development of different strains of crops.
Between the bottom and top levels of Moray’s main depression, the scientist John Earls has recorded a full 15 degrees Celsius difference in temperature. So Incas adapted plants of the jungle or low climates to high altitude. At this place the picnic lunch will be served.
Continuing with the tour, you will visit Maras which is a “salt mines”, there are about 3000 small pools with an average area of 5 m² (53.8 ft²), constructed in a slope of the mountain. People fill up or “irrigate” the pools during the dry season every 3 days, with salty water emanating from a natural spring located on the top of the complex, so that when water evaporates the salt contained in it will slowly solidify. That process will be carried out approximately during one month. Return to the hotel.
DAY 9: CUSCO – LIMA – HOME
Depending of your flight time, transfer to Cusco`s airport. End of our services. (Breakfast)
INCLUDED / NOT INCLUDED
- Professional bilingual guide
- Tourist transportation
- Tours/activities described in the itinerary
- Entrance fees for the tours described in the itinerary
- Meals mentioned
- Train service: Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes – Cusco (Vistadome, first class train)
- Entrance fee to Machu Picchu citadel
- Round trip bus ticket: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes
- Half day city tour in Lima (entrance fees are included)
- Oxygen and first aid kit
- Assistance 24 hours
- Lima (2 nights)
- Cusco (4 nights)
- Sacred Valley (1 night)
- Aguas Calientes (1 night)
- Aircraft tickets (domestic flight: Lima – Cusco – Lima)
- Extra services not mentioned in the itinerary
- Meals not mentioned in the program
- Tips and extra expenses
- Entrance to Huayna Picchu ($ 20.00 per person)
- Entrance fee to the hot spring
- Travel insurance