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Essence of The Andes - 7 Days

Essence of The Andes

Peru · Private Tour · 7 Days
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Soak in the rich history of Lima, from its colonial churches to its modern neighborhoods, then travel to the Andes to the city of Cusco, explore the indigenous communities and superb landscapes of the Sacred Valley, and finish up in the awe-inspiring Machu Picchu. 

Itinerary

Day 1 - Lima
Day 2 - Lima City Tour
Day 3 - Lima → Cusco → Sacred Valley
Day 4 - Sacred Valley → Machu Picchu
Day 5 - Machu Picchu
Day 6 - Cusco City Tour
Day 7 - Cusco departure

What is included

  • 6 nights accommodation at comfort hotels
  • English speaking local guides
  • Peru Rail train service
  • Mentioned meals
  • Tips for luggage porters at airports and hotels

What is NOT included

  • International airfare
  • Domestic airfare Lima - Cusco
  • Meals not mentioned in this itinerary
  • Tips for guides, bus drivers and waiters
  • Expenses of personal nature
Did you know you can make this trip even better? Customize this tour

day
1
Lima

Upon arriving in the city of Lima, you will be welcomed by one of our representatives, who will give you a brief introduction to the city while en route to the hotel.

You will have the afternoon free. Overnight at the hotel.


  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Dazzler Hotel

Classic Room Lima

day
2
Lima City Tour

After breakfast, then at the scheduled time, you will be picked up at the hotel to begin a great tour of the city's main avenues, boulevards, and squares.

The tour will begin with an exploration of Colonial Lima. First, you will stop off at the Plaza de Armas (Main Square). There, you will explore the square by foot and admire the exteriors of the Palacio de Gobierno (Government Palace), the Cathedral of Lima, and the Municipalidad (City Hall), all examples of Lima's still-present colonial architectural opulence.

Afterwards, you will visit La Casa Aliaga, a colonial mansion that currently holds the distinction of being the oldest continuously inhabited private residence in the Southern Hemisphere. Next, you will make your way to the Convento de Santo Domingo (Santo Domingo Convent), a religious and architectural gem that houses holy paintings, images, and relics of Peruvian saints, as well as written accounts of the endeavors of the Dominican Order across the country.

Lunch at Cafe Del Museo restaurant. The highlight of the tour must be the Larco Herrera Museum. Housed in an elegant, whitewashed mansion with a lovely garden, this museum contains the largest private collection of pre-Columbian pottery in Peru, with several tens of thousands of the finest ceramics from diverse pre-Hispanic cultures.

You will complete your tour of Lima with a visit to the Bohemian neighborhood of Barranco, a neighborhood called home by countless artists, photographers, and authors. Walk along peculiar streets lined with Republican houses, admire the splendid views, and visit the Puente de los Suspiros (Bridge of Sighs), witness to untold numbers of past and present romances, and source of inspiration for one of Peru's great composers, Chabuca Granda.

Remaining of the day at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Dazzler Hotel

Classic Room Lima

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3
Lima → Cusco → Sacred Valley

After breakfast, then at the scheduled departure time, you will be met by the transport service and escorted to the airport to board the flight to Cusco. Upon arriving in the city of Cusco, you will be welcomed by one of our representatives, who will assist you in and will provide a few guidelines for your stay.

We will continue our trip toward Sacred Valley, you will soon reach the must-see stop of Awanakancha. Here, you will learn about the various types of camelids (llamas, alpacas, vicuñas, and guanacos) that live in the Andes region. Additionally, the local villagers will teach you about the ancestral methods and techniques used to produce their textile art.

Then visit Pisac, a beautiful place where Incan and Colonial influences have reached a perfect balance and created the unique way of life of the local inhabitants. You will get a chance to explore this quaint town, famous for its artisan markets where you can find extraordinarily fine jewellery and ceramic and textile craftwork. You will have the rest of the afternoon free.

Overnight at the hotel.


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Lima → Cusco 1h 20min
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Sol y Luna Lodge & Spa

Casita Superior Room Valle Sagrado

day
4
Sacred Valley → Machu Picchu

After breakfast, you will cross the Urubamba River and head towards Salinas de Maras (Salt Pans of Maras). The sight of this still-operating salt mine, in use since Incan times, will amaze you the stark white of the steeply descending salt pans juxtaposed against the greenery of the surrounding mountain slopes.

Your journey will continue on until you reach the archeological site of Moray. You will have lunch at local restaurant. In the afternoon, you will board the afternoon train and depart for the Aguas Calientes train station, enjoying a spectacular view along the way. Upon your arrival, one of our representatives will be waiting to escort you the hotel.

Overnight at the hotel.


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Ollantaytambo → Aguas Calientes 1h 50min
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel

Superior Deluxe Machu Picchu

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5
Machu Picchu

After breakfast, you will get on a bus that will take you to the historic sanctuary of Machu Picchu. Rediscovered by Hiram Bingham more than a century ago, Machu Picchu is considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Its architectural beauty, spectacular natural landscapes and the energy held in its enigmatic structures will take your breath away.

You will follow in the footsteps of the ancient Incas as you explore this magical citadel along with your guide. After the tour, you will stop at a local restaurant for lunch. Time permitting you will be able to head back to the site for a second visit. At the scheduled time, you will be picked up and taken to the Aguas Calientes train station, where you will board your return train.

Upon your arrival at the station just outside of Cusco, a private transfer service will be waiting to take you back to your hotel in the city.

Overnight at the hotel.

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Aguas Calientes → Ollantaytambo 1h 50min
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Ollantaytambo → Cusco 50min
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Novotel Hotel

Contemporary Room Cusco

day
6
Cusco City Tour

After breakfast, visit nearby Fortaleza de Sacsayhuaman, a colossal structure of enormous stones, carved and fitted together with incredible precision.

As you return to the lower part of the city, just a few blocks away, you will discover one of the most impressive buildings of Incan Cusco: the Korikancha (the Golden Temple) - a temple dedicated to the worship of the Sun God, whose interior walls were said to have been covered in gold.

You will complete the day with a stroll through the Plaza de Armas (Main Square), where you will visit the Cathedral and admire its exquisite vestibules and priceless paintings from the Cusco School of the 17th and 18th centuries. You will have the rest of the afternoon free.

Overnight at the hotel.



  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Novotel Hotel

Contemporary Room Cusco

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7
Cusco departure

After breakfast, then at the scheduled departure time, you will be met by the transport service and escorted to the airport or station, as needed.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodations

Lima
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Dazzler Hotel

Classic Room
Valle Sagrado
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Sol y Luna Lodge & Spa

Casita Superior Room
Machu Picchu
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Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel

Superior Deluxe
Cusco
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Novotel Hotel

Contemporary Room

Price for comfort experience

Customizable private tour
Prices per person2 pax
Double Sharing
4 pax
Double Sharing
1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018$2104$1681

Photos

Cusco streets
Plaza de Armas, Cusco
Machu Picchu
Pisac, Sacred Valley
Plaza de Armas, Lima
Cusco locals
Maras & Moray, Cusco
Miraflores, Lima

Map

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