Lima, the capital of Peru, lies on the country's Pacific coast. Though its Spanish colonial centre is beautifully preserved with culturally aesthetic buildings and monuments, it's a busy metropolitan area and one of South America’s largest cities. On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.
Begin your day by soaking in Colonial majesty at one of the oldest mansions in the Americas – Casa de Aliaga. Home to eighteen generations of the Aliaga family, the Aliaga House is as old as the Peruvian capital itself! Every room tells a story of the eras gone by, lovingly preserved over the years – from historic artefacts to vintage furniture and little pieces of Peruvian history. At night, enjoy a sumptuous Peruvian meal with breath-taking views of the ocean at the trendy hub of Larcomar.
Day 3: Traditional Peru (Lima – Cusco – Sacred Valley)
Start your day with a flight to the city of Cusco, from where we travel to the rustic city of Chinchero. With beautiful views overlooking the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Chinchero is the ideal place to begin our excursion into this ancient land.
But first, witness some local craft-making at work. Fondly referred to as the ‘Weaving Centre of Peru’, Chinchero is home to the Interpretation Centre of Ancient Andean Textiles. Here, we will view handmade traditional weaving patterns by artists. Enjoy an exotic Peruvian lunch followed by a traditional Paso Horse demonstration at a corn plantation, called Hacienda Sarapampa.
Day 4: Incan Trail (Sacred Valley)
Today we begin our Sacred Valley adventure, one of the most riveting places to experience in Peru. Visit the famous Maras Salt Pans – a unique landscape full of thousands of interlocking pools, where water is evaporated to collect and harvest salt. Next, we head to the historically rich terraces of Moray. A famous site to explore the ruins of the ancient Incan civilization, the deep bowl-shaped hollows of Moray resemble a Roman amphitheatre of sorts.
After enjoying a sumptuous lunch overlooking a beautiful lagoon in the Sacred Valley, we will visit the ancient city of Ollantaytambo – a living example of the meticulousness of ancient Incan city planning.
Day 5: The Sacred Citadel (Sacred Valley – Machu Pichu)
Start the day by boarding the incredibly luxurious and breathtakingly beautiful Belmond Hiram Bingham train to the city of Aguas Calientes, located at the foothills of the historic site of Machu Pichu. Soak in the scenery and lush landscapes of the Andean villages, while you enjoy a gourmet brunch on the Hiram Bingham.
It’s time to tick off that bucket list as we make our way to the much-anticipated Incan city of Machu Pichu. One of the best known archaeological sites in the world, the ruins of Machu Pichu were not discovered till early 20th century. After exploring the ruins of Machu Pichu, we return to the city of Aguas Calientes for dinner.
Day 6: A View to Remember (Machu Pichu – Cusco)
Start your day with either revisiting the historic ruins of Machu Pichu or relaxing in the comfort of your hotel. In the afternoon, we bid adieu to one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world and board the Belmond Hiram Bingham from Aguas Calientes to reach Cusco. Enjoy unparalleled views of the Sacred Valley as the sun sets. A decadent cocktail dinner awaits you on the train, while you enjoy the countryside, cocooned in luxury.
Begin the day with a visit to San Blas, locally referred to as barrio de los artisanos (artisan’s quarters) – to witness local artisans at work. Walk down the Hatum Rumiyoc Street, widely acknowledged as one of the best preserved original Inca roads in Cusco, to the Twelve-Angled Stone.
Visit the famed San Pedro Market – a great place to sample local food and pick up traditional souvenirs. A few block away, we visit the majestic Incan temple, Korikancha, dedicated to the worship of the Sun God. And our last stop for the day is the Sacsayhuaman fortress, a 15th century fort that is a testament to the strength and valour of the Incans, as well as the glory of Incan architecture.
Day 8: Musical Tryst (Cusco)
Spend the day with Gustavo Leon, hearing and exploring the traditional music of the Peruvian Andes. Dive into the magical world of Peruvian music and heritage through the lens of Gustavo, as he takes you on a memorable journey by presenting melodious fusions that are a testament to Peru’s multicultural past and present. End the day dining in style at one of Cusco’s most famous restaurants, the MAP Café.
Day 9: Farewell Peru! (Cusco – Lima)
It’s time to say goodbye to this epic Peruvian adventure as we drive you down to the airport for your flight back home.