BEST OF PERU

Day1 - LIMA
Welcome to Lima and your Best of Peru adventure! Upon arrival at the airport in Lima you will be transferred to your hotel. Museums, archaeological sites, lush greenery and beautiful beaches, a bustling boardwalk and lively nightlife -- come discover the modern metropolis of Lima! A current day Latin American culinary hub, take time to tantalize your taste-buds at one of the many “cevicherías” or popular street food stands.
Day2 - LIMA I CUSCO I SACRED VALLEY
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Cusco. Upon arrival, visit the Chinchero community, featuring remains of the royal hacienda of Tupac Inca Yupanqui as well as colonial temples. On Sundays a colorful and lively market fascinates people with its variety of handicrafts and textiles made in true pre-Columbian style. Transfer to “El Mirador de Racchi” for a splendid view of the Sacred Valley. Then, enjoy lunch before returning to your hotel. (B,L)
Day3 - SACRED VALLEY
This morning opt for an optional tour after breakfast. In the afternoon, tour the typical Inca community of Ollantaytambo. Stone terraces rise from the edge of town leading up to its fortress’ ruins at the top of the hill. A stone stairway leads up through the terrace walls, allowing you to step out onto them. One of the area’s best-preserved spots sits north of the Hanan Huacaypata square featuring an area of 15 blocks of houses built on top of carved stone walls. (B)
Day 4 - SACRED VALLEY I MACHU PICCHU I CUSCO
Early morning transfer to Ollantaytambo train station. Our adventure starts on a train ride to the city of Aguas Calientes, then it’s on to the aweinspiring Machu Picchu archaeological site. You will never forget this mind-blowing journey through the history of the Inca civilization. Explore Peru’s most important archaeological site and one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. Return by bus and train to Ollantaytambo station. Transfer to your hotel in Cusco. (B)
Day5 - CUSCO
This morning, begin with a half day city tour of Cusco. Explore the center of the Inca Empire, the Plaza de Armas and see the cathedral built on the ruins of the ancient Inca Palace. Next, stop at the old town with its magnificent renovated colonial buildings. Proceed to Sacsayhuaman, a ruins site located approximately 3 km above Cusco that boasts fabulous views over the city. Afterwards visit the surrounding ruins. The afternoon is yours to enjoy at leisure. (B)
Day 6 - CUSCO I PUNO
Your full day included bus tour from Cusco to Puno leads through the Peruvian highland along the snow-covered peaks of the Andes, passing small villages, and reaching its highest point in La Raya. On route you will visit the town of Andahuaylillas, the ruins of Racchi, and the small town of Pucara. Lunch in a typical restaurant is included. Transfer to your hotel upon arrival in Puno, known as the “Folklore Capital of Peru.” (B,L)
Day7 - PUNO I LIMA
In the morning transfer to Puno’s dock and depart to the Uros Islands on Titicaca Lake. The Uros are 40 small floating islands made of packed totora (reed), located within the Titicaca National Reserve. The Uros live just as their ancestors did, maintaining their customs. Continue by boat to Taquile Island where you can shop for high-quality, hand-woven items and enjoy lunch. Transfer from the hotel to the airport for your flight to Lima and to your hotel upon arrival. (B,L,D)
Day 8 - LIMA
In the afternoon enjoy a tour of Lima. See the Plaza de Armas with its colonial government buildings including the Palace, the town hall, and the cathedral. After that you will visit the beautiful San Francisco monastery with its collection of religious art and catacombs. Visit the districts of San Isidro and Miraflores, then head to Rafael Larco Herrera Archaeological Museum to see the world’s largest private collection of Peruvian pre-Columbian Art. (B)
Day9 - LIMA TO USA (OR EXTEND YOUR STAY)
After breakfast at your hotel, transfer to the airport for your flight home, brimming with amazing memories of your Peruvian adventure to share. (B)