Our “Taste of Peru” suggested itinerary starts in the capital city of Lima. From Lima we make our way to Cusco, the capital city of the Inca Empire. Cusco will be the gateway to the breathtaking sight of the lost city of Machu Picchu. Recently named as one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu is the most well-known archaeological site in the world. While the buildings of Machu Picchu date back as far as AD 1400, the location was abandoned and forgotten at the time of the Spanish Conquest. This suggested Taste of Peru travel itinerary will give you a feel for the country, with the visit to Machu Picchu as the highlight.
The below tour is fully flexible with departure dates and can be modified to your own personal travel preferences, please contact us for an obligation free enquiry.
|Day 1||Arrive Lima|
|Day 2||Lima City Tour with a visit to the Larco Museum and Gold Museum|
|Day 3||Transfer to Cusco|
|Day 4||Cusco City Tour and visit to nearby ruins|
|Day 5||Sacred Valley Tour|
|Day 6-7||Machu Picchu|
Day 1: Arrive in Lima
Airport Transfer to hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure.
Day 2: Sightseeing Lima
After breakfast there is a full day tour to explore Lima’s ancient history through its historical sites and museums. Morning highlights include visiting the Plaza de Armas (also known as Plaza Mayor), the Palacio de Gobierno (Government Palace), City Hall, the Basilica Cathedral of Lima, and the House of El Oidor.
After lunch, visit the grandeur of the Torre Tagle Palace and Osambela House. Followed by two of the most visited tourist Museums in Lima, the Larco Museum and / or the Gold museum of Peru Museum both containing staggering displays of gold, silver, ceramics and artefacts from ancient Peru.
Day 3: From Lima to Cusco
This morning you will be taken to the airport to catch your flight from Lima to Cusco. (Flight Lima to Cuzco is not included in this package price). Cusco was the capital of the Inca Empire and has an elevation of 3400m above sea level. We recommend you spend the rest of first day in Cusco at leisure to allow your body to adjust to the altitude.
Cusco is also the archaeological capital of South America and for good reason. It is one of the most important destinations in Peru and the gateway to one of the world’s most sacred ruins of an amazing ancient culture. With a mix of Spanish and Ancient Incan cultures, there are cobble-stoned streets, interwoven stone walls, Incan buildings, Andean Baroque structures from the Colonial Period like the Cathedral. You can stroll through the picturesque neighbourhood of San Blas or dine in one of the many modern cafes, bars and restaurants. Overnight Cusco.
Day 4: Sightseeing Cusco
It’s an early start to the day with a half day sightseeing tour of Cusco. The tour today takes you to visit the Korikancha (Temple of the Sun), the Cathedral, and then continuing onto the nearby archaeological sites of the Tambomachay (Inca Fountains), Puca-Pukara (the red fortress), Qenko (Scared site) and finally the famous gigantic Inca fortress of Sacsayhuaman. The many restaurants in your Hotel vicinity will let you sample the delicious Peruvian Cuisine.
Day 5: Journey from Cusco to Sacred Valley
Today you will have a full day sightseeing to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. The Scared Valley is home to some breathtaking towns and sites including Maras, Moray, the fortress of Ollantaytambo and Pisac. Seeing these ruins and visiting the towns will enlighten your knowledge of just how sophisticated the Incas were and an insight into their ancient way of life. Enjoy the sights at your leisure and perhaps visit the colourful market of Pisa.
Day 6: Journey from Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu is one of the main attractions when visiting Peru. Today is the day you will not only see Machu Picchu but you will breathe the magic and the beauty of Machu Picchu!
Your full day Machu Picchu tour starts off with a transfer and train to Aguas Calientes for your bus ride up to Machu Picchu, this is an excellent option for those who do not have time to hike the Inca Trail or wish not to. Soak up the significance of your visit, enjoy the beautiful location and marvel in the intellect and architectural ability of the ancient Incan culture. It is amazing and spectacular just how appropriately located Machu Picchu is in its complimenting surroundings. The Inca Trail Walk can also be arranged for those wishing to experience the beautiful hike to Machu Picchu.
Due to Machu Picchu’s popularity with all travellers, we suggest that you go back for a second visit early the following morning before the trains arrive with the day tours. Spending time in the lost city of the Incas, soaking up the atmosphere without the crowds is a real spiritual experience. Hotels are located in Aguas Calientes and there is the also an option to stay at the Orient Express Hotel at the entrance gate into Machu Picchu. Please advise if you would like us to quote for this.
Also to consider is the climb up Huayna Picchu Mountain, tickets are limited and pre-booking is required. Please let us know if you wish to add it to your itinerary.
Day 7: Journey from Machu Picchu to Cusco
After a relaxing morning in Machu Picchu or Aguas Calientes, we will take you back by train back to your Cusco hotel. On arrival into Cusco you have the remainder of the day to relax, dine, wander through the colourful markets or get last minute souvenirs to remember your time here.
Day 8: Depart Cusco
Today your Taste of Peru suggested travel itinerary concludes with a departure transfer to Cusco airport or train station.
- Arrival & departure transfers in Lima
- 2 nights accommodation Lima
- Half day tour in Lima
- Half day Lima Museum tour
- Arrival & departure transfers in Cusco
- 3 nights accommodation Cusco
- Half day Cusco tour
- 1 night accommodation Sacred Valley
- Full day tour of Sacred Valley
- 1 night accommodation Machu Picchu
- Full day tour of Machu Picchu
- Breakfast daily
- International and internal flights
- Items of personal nature
- Drink alcoholic and non-alcoholic
- Tips to Drivers, guides and Porters
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