Costsaver 7D Peru Explorer
- LIMA Explore the "City of the Kings" and see the Cathedral, Government Palace, Archbishop's Palace, City Hall and visit San Francisco Monastery, famous for its catacombs
- SACRED VALLEY Visit the famous Pisac Market and stop at the Awanakancha Living Museum where you may see llamas, alpacas and vicuñas
- MACHU PICCHU Journey to the marvelous citadel of Machu Picchu, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World
- CUSCO Discover Sacsayhuaman, Coricancha and the famous San Pedro market before enjoying a magical evening featuring an entertaining folklore show
Day 1: ARRIVE LIMA (2 NIGHTS)
Welcome to the ‘City of the Kings', Lima. Rising above a long coastline of crumbling cliffs this city has a real sense of faded yet romantic grandeur, with historical sights a plenty and a culinary scene that is revered the world over. Settle in to your hotel and meet up with your Travel Director this afternoon, then the rest of the day is free to explore. Head to Parque del Amor to admire the Gaudi style architecture with beautiful views over Lima Bay, or take a wander around popular and bustling Miraflores. Tonight, in celebration of your first night in Peru, dinner should absolutely involve fresh ceviche followed by a tangy pisco sour.
Day 2: LIMA SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME
Heading out on a sightseeing tour of Lima this morning, unearth architectural masterpieces including Plaza Mayor, the House of Pizarro, Archbishop's Palace and the fascinating San Francisco Monastery. With your afternoon free perhaps head over to bohemian Barranco, a historically popular spot for Lima's creatively minded, where you can admire the old colonial casas, Republican era mansions and colourful houses. Admire the old colonial casas, Republican era mansions and colourful houses that add character to the wide, tree lined streets, then tonight join your fellow travellers for tasty Peruvian food and lively Incan dancing at La Dama Juana Restaurant. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 3: LIMA – CUSCO – SACRED VALLEY (2 NIGHTS)
Flying into Cusco, welcome to the Incan capital of the world! Boasting the richest heritage of any South American city, Cusco is a wealth of archaeological greatness and the oldest continuously inhabited city on the continent. It's also the gateway to Machu Picchu, so throbs day and night with visitors exploring its ancient streets. Take in the ornate temples and Incan ruins as you arrive here, before heading to Awana Kancha to visit the region's furry residents - llamas and alpacas. Learn about the local weaving process, a craft that has been kept alive for thousands of years, then stop by Pisac Market, the most famous market in the Cusco region where local indigenous communities from all over come to sell their wares and produce. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 4: MACHU PICCHU EXCURSION
Today's the day! Boarding the train from Ollantaytambo to Agues Calientas, you'll slowly chug your way through the rugged lands of the Sacred Valley, watching the landscape change the higher you get. Making the last leg of the journey via shuttle, you'll finally arrive at the most famous archaeological site in South America and one of the New 7 Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu. Catching a first glimpse of this awe inspiring ancient city above the clouds is a moment you'll never forget, so be sure to take a few minutes just to soak it all in. Take your time exploring the vast complex of fascinating ruins and let the mind boggle at how it was all built, before descending the mountain and making your way back to the Sacred Valley. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 5: SACRED VALLEY – CUSCO (2 NIGHTS)
Art fans are in for a treat this morning as you pay a visit to the workshop of Pablo Seminario, a respected artist who creates beautiful pottery using techniques, styles and influences reminiscent of ancient cultures from all across Peru. Keeping things local you'll then pay a visit to a family home in Ollantaytambo to sample a drink favoured by the Incas, Chicha de Jora. Continuing on the road to Cusco you'll also stop by the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, a 13th-century UNESCO World Heritage site, before arriving back into the Incan capital where the rest of the day will then be free. (Breakfast)
Day 6: CUSCO SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME
Kick off your final day with a sightseeing tour of ancient Cusco. Visit the ‘Temple of the Sun' before viewing the bounty of colonial art on display in the Cathedral. Walk down Loreto street and admire the handiwork of Incan stonemasons, then finish up shopping for local handicrafts in San Pedro market. With the rest of the day free, why not join us in an Optional Experience visiting to Moray and Moras to see Incan farming techniques at play, head to 17th-century Piquillacta to see the pre Incan citadel built by the Wari people, or treat your sweet tooth with a visit to the Choco Museum to learn more about the Peruvian chocolate making process. Tonight, you'll see out an incredible trip in style with dinner, folklore tales and dancing. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 7: DEPART CUSCO
1 New Wonder of the World and an incredible 7 days later, your trip will finally come to an end this morning. Leaving with priceless memories and a wonderful group of new friends, you'll make your way to the airport today. Not done with Peru just yet? Why not extend your holiday with a few extra days in Puno and Lake Titicaca, or better yet fly on to Ecuador to join a ME to WE volunteering experience located deep in the heart of the Amazon rainforest. (Breakfast)
OPTIONAL EXTENSION: PUNO AND LAKE TITICACA
Day 7: CUSCO – JULIACA – PUNO AND LAKE TITICACA (2 NIGHTS)
Having made the excellent choice to extend your stay in Peru, you'll board a flight this morning bound for busy Juliaca. Driving through the rolling hills of the Largo Umayo peninsula you'll pay a visit to the Sillustani Burial Towers before arriving into Puno, which is nestled on the ‘Ocean of the Andes'. Take a first good look at Lake Titicaca, the largest lake in South America and the highest navigable body of water in the world. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 8: LAKE TITICACA SIGHTSEEING
Venture out onto the vast, rolling waters of Lake Titicaca this morning, believed by the Andeans to be the ‘birthplace of the sun'. Make your way to the Uros Islands, a unique set of floating islands that are home to the Uros people, who live just as their ancestors have done for hundreds of years and rely on the buoyant Totora reeds to provide them with housing, boats and even food. Visit the Island of Taquile, where the red coloured sands contrast spectacularly with the glistening blue of the lake, to learn more about the stone work and weaving cultures of the island. Enjoy a fresh fish lunch at a local restaurant, before heading back to Puno for the evening. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 9: PUNO AND LAKE TITICACA – JULIACA – DEPART LIMA
Taking one final look at that gorgeous expanse of blue, you'll leave Puno this morning as you travel back to Juliaca, to catch your included flight to Lima where your trip will come to an end. (Breakfast)
Airport arrival on Day 9 will be at approximately 5 p.m., please be aware when booking your flights.
Here are some options that you can purchase on tour to make your trip as unique as you are:
LA DAMA JUANA RESTAURANT AND FOLKLORE SHOW
Join your fellow travellers for tasty Peruvian food served buffet style in clay pots, followed by lively Incan dancing at La Dama Juana Restaurant.
MORAY AND MARAS
Visit Moray to discover the farming techniques used by the Incas, then head to the village of Maras to view the village's ancient salt mines and wells.
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