LIMA TO CUZCO
Lima to Cuzco
Lima | Cuzco | Urubamba Sacred Valley | Machu Pichu
• Round-trip airfare
• Round-trip airport transfers
• Seven nights 3-star hotel accommodation
• Most meals as per the itinerary
• All transportation and sightseeing as per the itinerary
• English-speaking tour guide
• Any activities not mentioned in the itinerary
• Travel insurance (available upon request)
• Personal expenses, e.g. passport fees, meals not mentioned in the itinerary
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DAY 1 | ARRIVE IN LIMA
Fly to Lima and transfer to your hotel.
Overnight in Lima (2 nights)
DAY 2 | LIMA (B, L, D)
Morning – Buffet breakfast. Today we take a tour of the city of Lima. Peru’s capital is a rich kaleidoscope of colonial architectural jewels, revered pre- Columbian sites, charming residential areas, and vibrant shopping districts perched above the blue Pacific Ocean.
Explore these many facets, including the 16th century Plaza Mayor (Main Square), which is home to the Government Palace and City Hall. We’ll visit the Cathedral and the San Francisco Convent, built in the 17th century, and the catacombs, the ancient underground cemetery.
Afterwards, we’ll visit Casa Aliaga, one of the most important houses in Lima and the only one of its kind to host continuously since the founding of the city in 1535. The Aliaga family are direct descendants of the co-founder of Lima, Don Jeronimo de Aliaga. This beautiful building preserves colonial relics and stores various familial objects that have been preserved through generations.
Afternoon – After lunch at Café del Museo, we visit Larco Herrera Museum. Founded in 1926, the Larco Herrera Museum showcases remarkable chronological galleries providing an excellent overview of 3,000 years of Peruvian pre-Columbian history.
We’ll be guided by the museum’s Chief Curator, Ulla Holmquist, who holds a Masters of Arts in Museum Studies from New York University. As an Archaeologist from the Catholic University of Peru, Ulla has participated in renowned archaeological discoveries in the Northern Coast of Peru, including the Moche Priestess of San José de Moro. She is a specialist in the design of didactic exhibits and interpretative programs of pre-Columbian art and archaeology and conducts the museum’s research projects and related educational programs. An enthusiastic and highly experienced communicator, she is also a university professor in the Archaeology program of the Catholic University in Lima, and of the Cultural Resource Management program at the Universidad San Martín de Porres. Previously, she has been Vice-director of the National Museum, and Curator of Collections at the Art Museum of Lima.
After the Larco Herrera Musem, we will have dinner at a local restaurant to finish off the day.
DAY 3 | LIMA - CUZCO - URUBAMBA SACRED VALLEY (B, L, D)
After breakfast we transfer to the airport for the flight to Cuzco. Throughout the rest of the day, we will visit Chincheros, Maras and Moray. Chincheros village is located 30 km from Cusco at an altitude of over 3,600 m. It is surrounded by perpetually snow-capped peaks. Whilst in town we will visit a very colourful fair in the main square where indigenous people still trade by barter.
Another worthwhile stop will include Nilda Callanaupa’s Native Weaving School. Nilda Callanaupa is the founder and head of The Centre for Traditional Textiles in Cuzco, an NGO dedicated to preserving the textile heritage of the Andean people. Nilda is a native of the village of Chincheros, who by the age of 14, was already presenting at the Smithsonian Institute and the American Museum of Natural History. Nilda will host the group though her Weaving School.
Overnight in Urubamba Sacred Valley (2 nights)
DAY 4 | URUBAMBA SACRED VALLEY (B, L, D)
Morning – We start the morning with a buffet breakfast at our hotel, before heading towards Ollantaytambo, approximately 100 km from Cuzco. This archaeological complex was a gigantic agricultural, administrative, social, religious and military centre in the era of the Tahuantinsuyo, which the Spaniards later called, the Fortress of Ollantaytambo. One can see the architectural style of its streets and squares which are distinctly pre-Hispanic, with enormous polyhedrons forming the walls and trapezoidal doors of temples and palaces. The urban distribution was set along rectilinear and narrow streets which have been inhabited constantly by natives since the Incas' time.
In the upper and western part of the city rises a mountain which houses innumerable pre-Hispanic constructions such as magnificent crafted temples and terraces.
Before our afternoon activities commence, we stop for lunch at Wayra Ranch where we will also watch a Peruvian Paso Horse Show.
Afternoon – After lunch we have a lecture at Chicheria, hosted by Holly Wissler, an ethnomusicologist and flutist.
Holly holds two Master’s degrees in performance and music history from the University of Idaho and a PhD in ethnomusicology from Florida State University.
Since 2003, she has conducted research and participated in the indigenous musical rituals of the Quechua community of Q’eros, and has published numerous articles on Q’eros’ music and culture in Peruvian, U.S. and European journals. Holly dedicates herself to applied ethnomusicology in Peru with the Q’eros and Wachiperi communities, involved in various music, and other, projects in these communities. Holly’s initiatives in this community include introducing Q’eros’ songs into their bilingual education system and petitioning that the Q’eros songs be placed on the international “Intangible Cultural Heritage” list.
She has also been working with the Queros- Wachiperi community in the Madre de Dios river basin for the research, rescue and documentation of Wachiperi and Q’eros songs, music and culture.
DAY 5 | URUBAMBA SACRED VALLEY - MACHU PICCHU (B, L, D)
After breakfast, we will take the Vistadome train to Machu Picchu. We then have a full-day guided tour of Machu Picchu.
The ruins of Machu Picchu, rediscovered in 1911 by Hiram Bingham, are one of the most beautiful and enigmatic ancient sites in the world. While the Inca people certainly used the Andean mountain top, erecting many hundreds of stone structures from the early 1400's, legends and myths indicate that Machu Picchu (meaning 'Old Peak' in the Quechua language) was revered as a sacred place from a far earlier time.
Through the day we stop for lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge, continue exploring and then return to our hotel for dinner.
Overnight in Aguas Calientes (1 night)
DAY 6 | MACHU PICCHU - CUZCO (B, D)
After breakfast, we start day two of our guided visit to Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu mountain, before boarding the Vistadome train in the afternoon to return to Cuzco for two nights.
Overnight in Cuzco (2 nights)
DAY 7 | CUZCO (B, L, D)
Once back in Cuzco, we will continue our city tour with a trip to San Pedro Market. We’ll also visit the Koricancha or Temple of the Sun and the Cathedral built in the early 17th century, a fine example of colonial baroque art. The Mercado Central is a market space largely dedicated to sales of fruits, vegetables, meats and bread, there are a few vendors hawking artisanal goods to tourists who wander through the aisles.
The Mercado has plenty of cheap and typical local eats for the traveler with a sense of adventure and an iron stomach.
DAY 8 | CUZCO - LIMA - HOME (B)
After breakfast we transfer to the airport for our flight home.
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