A UNESCO World Heritage Site status with attractions such as the Casa Aliaga, the Cathedral, and the Main Square.
Discover the Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo
Visit the former Inca capital
The lost city of the Incas
With fascinating archaeological sites that promise to inspire all history lovers and mesmerising landscapes, Peru is a dream destination for all kinds of travellers. Let this beautiful country amaze your eyes during this eight-day tour while getting in touch with its natural beauty, interesting history, and inspiring culture. Spend eight unforgettable days discovering the most emblematic locations of Peru such as the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and Cusco, the ancient capital city of the Incas.
We depart the UK for our flight to Lima, Peru. We arrive at Lima Airport where our representative will be waiting to transfer us to our hotel in Lima. The Peruvian capital is a modern metropolis full of history, currently undergoing an exciting process of cultural and economic changes.
We begin our day with a delicious breakfast at the hotel.
We then get to explore Lima’s old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, packed with fascinating historic buildings. Start with a scenic tour in the colonial downtown. See the Main Square, where you can appreciate the grandiose architecture of the Spanish Empire. Admire Lima’s Cathedral, built during the 16th century and then visit the Casa Aliaga, a colonial mansion granted by chief conquistador Francisco Pizarro to one of his captains, Jeronimo de Aliaga. This is the only house from that time, still belonging to the same family. Continue to the traditional Pueblo Libre district and visit the Larco Museum, located in a beautifully restored viceregal mansion built on a pre-Columbian pyramid from the seventh century. The museum boasts a complete pre-Hispanic collection of gold and silver objects, as well as pieces of erotic art.
After breakfast, we transfer from our hotel to Lima Airport to catch a flight to Cusco. On arrival in Cusco we will transfer to our hotel in the Sacred Valley.
Enjoy the afternoon at leisure, exploring our surroundings.
After Breakfast we are picked up from the hotel to visit the town of Chinchero, a traditional Cusco urban centre located at an elevated point with a beautiful view of the valley. The inhabitants of this area preserve the artisan traditions and the inherited knowledge of the Incas and display them in their clothes and customs. In Chinchero there are also archaeological remains and a beautiful seventeenth-century church, one of the first Catholic buildings in Peru.
Then, we transfer to Ollantaytambo, to the Living Museum of Yucay, a centre of traditional Andean interpretations, where demonstrations of the elaborate textile work, adobe, pottery and silverware are carried out in the same way in which they used to in antiquity; an original recreation of Inca traditions. Also, residents of the museum include llamas, sheep and alpacas, and they can be fed!
After breakfast at the hotel we will be picked up and transferred to the Ollanta Station to board the train to Aguas Calientes, the nearest town to Machu Picchu. Following a scenic journey through dramatic Andean landscapes, arrive at the station in Aguas Calientes. Here we board a coach for a 25-minute ride to Machu Picchu.
The ‘Lost City of the Incas’ is believed to have been built in the 1450’s by Inca emperor Pachacuti as a holiday retreat, yet within a century the city would be abandoned following the Spanish conquest. The Spaniards never found it, so it was spared the destruction they brought on other Inca sites. Instead, it was slowly swallowed up by the jungle and hidden from harm. A guided tour explains the origins behind this awe-inspiring citadel, presenting its most prominent landmarks such as the monumental Main Square, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows, the Circular Towers, the Sacred Sun Dial, and the Burial Grounds.
Breakfast at the hotel is followed by a day at leisure to explore the local surroundings of Aguas Calientes.
Aguas Calientes is a town in the Urubamba River Valley and is known as the gateway to the nearby Inca ruins of Machu Picchu. It is also full of hustle and bustle and town center is full of cafes, restaurants and shops. Central to the town is the local craft market.
After some free time we are then take the journey onwards to Cusco.
We start the day with breakfast at the hotel.
Cusco, is a city in the Peruvian Andes and was once capital of the Inca Empire. It is now known for its archaeological remains and Spanish colonial architecture.
Our tour starts with a visit to Santo Domingo Convent, a large Renaissance-baroque complex, which was built over the Inca Coricancha temple. It was one of the most important temples dedicated to the worship of the sun and its foundations are still prominent at the base of the convent. Ancient chronicles say the temple was covered in gold leaf and filled with golden representations of nature. Then, we visit the Cathedral, the most imposing monument of the Main Square.
Afterwards, we head to the hills above Cusco to visit the remains of the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, whose imposing ramparts offer a stunning panoramic view of Cusco, and the ruins of the temple and amphitheatre of Qenqo, where it is believed the Incas practised agricultural rituals.
Our departure day allows us some free time in the morning to do some final sightseeing, shopping or both, before our transfer to Cusco Airport to start our journey home via Lima.
The transfer time for the main tour between Lima Airport and the hotel is approximately 1 hour, depending on traffic.
British Citizens do not need a visa to travel to Peru if the purpose of the visit is tourism. More info
Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Peru.
A reasonable level of fitness/mobility is required as we include plenty of sightseeing/travelling, some with early starts.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE NEW ENTRANCE REGULATIONS TO MACHU PICCHU
NEW PLASTIC REGULATION:
Comfortable and light clothing is recommended for visiting the coastal areas of Peru, while for the high Andean area the use of warm clothing is recommended. It is not recommended that visitors wear sleeveless shirts, shorts, short skirts or short clothes when visiting religious temples or official buildings. Sunscreen, sunglasses, hat and mosquito repellent can be very useful during your stay.
There is often confusion on the question of gratuities, since it frequently depends on the type of holiday, location and, of course, your attitude towards tipping, as to what is normally expected. In order to give you a rough idea, we have given appropriate guidance below.
We suggest a group collection at the beginning of your holiday to cover drivers, guides, porters and hotel staff (including restaurant, kitchen and reception staff) of approximately £60 (or the equivalent amount in local currency). Your Tour Leader will collect this on your behalf and distribute it accordingly, thus relieving you of the burden of who, when and how much to tip. The tipping of bar staff and housekeeping will be left to your individual discretion (a small amount left in your room on departure should cover this and would be much appreciated). As is customary, ‘the hat’ will be passed around for the driver and guide on all optional excursions. For any meals that are not included in your itinerary, or taxi fares, your Tour Leader can advise of an appropriate add on.
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