Trafalgar 8D Highlights of Peru
- CITY tour in Lima, Cusco
- VISIT the outdoor market at Pisac, the ruins at Ollantaytambo, two visits to the 15th century fortress of Machu Picchu, historic Sacsayhuaman, the Larco Museum in Lima
- SCENIC DRIVE through the Sacred Valley, in Peru's Andean highlands
- ICONIC TRAIN journey aboard the Vistadome train
Day 1: ARRIVE LIMA (2 NIGHTS)
Welcome to the Capital of the New World – the launch pad to our effortlessly delivered encounter with the iconic and unexpected highlights of Peru. On arrival in Lima, you'll be transferred to your hotel in the exclusive barrio of San Isidro where you'll enjoy a Welcome Reception this evening to meet your Travel Director and travel companions.
Day 2: LIMA SIGHTSEEING
Connect with the colonial heritage of Francisco Pizzaro's “City of Kings”, admiring the colonial splendour of Lima's UNESCO-listed Historic Centre. Stand in the birthplace of this ancient, yet modern city, surrounded by the Baroque façades of Cathedral of Lima and Palace of the Union. See the Church of the San Francisco and discover its hidden catacombs. Celebrate Lima's status as the culinary capital of South America and 'Connect with Locals' when you meet Ignacio Barrios, who has worked alongside many of Peru's most award-winning chefs. We visit a local market where Ignacio will explain how Peruvian fruits, vegetables, seafood and meats are the basis of Peruvian cooking. Then, continue to Chef Ignacio's cooking school where we'll enjoy a demonstration on how to prepare some of Peru's most popular dishes and have an opportunity to sample some at a 'Be My Guest' lunch before spending the rest of the day at leisure. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 3: LIMA – CUSCO – SACRED VALLEY
Board a morning flight to Cusco and the Sacred Valley. 'Visit the Pisac market displaying Quechua arts and crafts, then continue to a former 18th century colonial-style monastery in the Sacred Valley, our hotel for the night. 'Dive into Culture' and meet Nilda Callañaupa< Alvarez, a master Quechua weaver, and the first person from her village to attend university. She been an ambassador for Andean traditions since she began learning ancient pre- Columbian weaving techniques as a young girl in the 1960s. 'Make a Difference' as your visit helps to preserve and promote traditional pre-Columbian weaving techniques in the 21st century. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 4: SACRED VALLEY – MACHU PICCHU
We visit the Inca stronghold of Ollantaytambo, before boarding the Vistadome train (light snack included) bound for Machu Picchu. Join a 'Local Specialist' for an exploration of the iconic great Temple of the Sun, the House of the Priest, the Sacred Plaza and the Intihuatana. (Breakfast)
Day 5: MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO (2 NIGHTS)
The ancient ruins of Machu Picchu beckon again and we have an opportunity to re-connect with this ancient wonder. Board a train to the Sacred Valley later, then head to the colonial city of Cusco, stopping en route at a local chicheria where we'll 'Dive into Culture' and enjoy the sweet flavours of chica as you learn how this Peruvian corn beer is brewed by the local women. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 6: CUSCO SIGHTSEEING
Embark on a sightseeing tour of the sacred city of Cusco. Visit the ruins of the Sacsayhuaman fortress and see nearby warehouses where the Incas once stored their grain. This evening, gather for a Regional Dinner, enjoying Cusquenian dishes and ancestral dance performances.
Day 7: CUSCO – LIMA
A leisurely start to our day sees us return to Lima this afternoon. Meet a 'Local Specialist' and curator at the Larco Museum, which houses the largest private collection of pre-Columbian art in the world. This evening we join our travel companions for a Farewell Dinner in the museum's garden restaurant. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 8: DEPART LIMA
Transfer to the airport for your onward flight or perhaps extend your stay at the Novotel Lima. (Breakfast)
Please note: In some locations you will be required to walk on uneven terrain and climb stairs without handrails. You should be in good health and be able to walk without assistance. This trip also experiences high elevations so we recommend guests with preexisting medical conditions talk with a doctor prior to travel.
CONNECT WITH LOCALS
Visit a local market with a young chef and enjoy a special lunch at his cooking school. (Day 2)
DIVE INTO CULTURE
Meet a master Quechua weaver and ambassador for Andean traditions. Visit a local chicheria for some traditional chichi tasting. (Days 3, 5)
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