Explore remainders of the Andean and Incan cultures of Peru when you visit ancient ruins in the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu, and learn about local weaving techniques from pre-Columbian times.
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Luxury Private Travel 2013
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Gain a deeper understanding of Peru's ancient history by visiting the most significant pre-Columbian sites in the Sacred Valley, including Sacsayhuaman and Ollantaytambo
Meet an expert Andean weaver who demonstrates techniques that date back to pre-Columbian times
Feed llama, alpaca and vicuña and learn about shearing and weaving techniques during a visit to Awana Kancha, a breeding center for South American camelids
Take in the stunning Peruvian countryside as you travel on the glass-topped Vistadome train to Machu Picchu
Arrive in Lima this evening and transfer to your hotel. Founded in 1533, the “City of Kings” is a mélange of colonial structures, pre-Columbian sites and modern conveniences.Miraflores Park Hotel or The Westin Lima Hotel & Convention Center
This afternoon, explore Peru’s capital, visiting the Plaza Mayor and Cathedral. Spend time exploring the Larco Herrera Museum, one of the city’s best museums for pre-Columbian artifacts.Miraflores Park Hotel or The Westin Lima Hotel & Convention Center | Meals: B
After breakfast, fly to Cusco, an Andean city located at over 11,000 feet above sea level. Upon arrival, transfer to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, the vast green valley that sprawls out far below Machu Picchu, and where an ancient way of life lives on. En route, visit Awana Kancha, a center where South American camelids are bred. Learn about the renowned fibers created from their coats, as well as the ancient weaving techniques still used today. Spend the balance of the day acclimatizing to the altitude.Sol y Luna Lodge & Spa or Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness | Meals: B L
Start your exploration of the Sacred Valley of the Incas with a visit to the imposing fortress of Ollantaytambo, a formidable stone structure of massive terraces that hug the mountain slopes. A traditional lifestyle continues in the charming nearby town of Chinchero. Afterward, delve deeper into the rich local culture when you visit expert Andean weaver Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez, who leads a women’s weaving collective where you learn firsthand about ancient techniques and about their role in contemporary Andean culture. Return to your hotel.Sol y Luna Lodge & Spa or Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness | Meals: B L
Journey deep into the Andes toward Machu Picchu on board the glass-topped Vistadome train, passing through the spectacular Peruvian countryside along the way. Arrive with plenty of time to begin exploring the breathtaking Incan city. Overlooking the Urubamba River and discovered in a hidden tangle of trees atop the mountain, Machu Picchu forever holds the secret of its passing — its Incan inhabitants left no written records of its purpose or its flawless construction. After a tour of the ruins with your expert guide, there is time to explore on your own.Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge or Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel | Meals: B L D
Rise with the sun to walk through Machu Picchu in the early morning mist before the crowds arrive. You may opt for a hike to Inti Punku (Sun Gate), the entry point to the ruins from the Inca Trail, or trek up to Huayna Picchu, the high mountain that forms the backbone of the ruins. After your explorations, journey back to Cusco aboard the Vistadome train, savoring incomparable views of the mountain scenery that surrounds you.Hotel Monasterio or Palacio del Inka, A Luxury Collection Hotel | Meals: B L
Discover Cusco on a city tour that includes the Cathedral on the Plaza de Armas and the Santo Domingo Temple, a Dominican church built on the foundations of the Koricancha, the Incas’ principal religious building. Later, explore the well-preserved ruins of Sacsayhuaman, a testament to Incan architectural skill. Compiled of massive stones, the walls were cut and placed together with incredible precision and without a single drop of mortar to hold them in place.Hotel Monasterio or Palacio del Inka, A Luxury Collection Hotel | Meals: B
Return to Lima for an evening at leisure. Perhaps get in some last minute shopping in a local crafts market or sample some of Peru’s culinary offerings.Miraflores Park Hotel or The Westin Lima Hotel & Convention Center | Meals: B
Board your homebound flight.Meals: B
Prices are in USD, per person, based on double occupancy.
|Dec. 13, 2013 - Dec. 21, 2013||$4,395||Silver||Call for Availability|
|Dec. 13, 2013 - Dec. 21, 2013||$5,395||Gold||Call for Availability|
Solo Traveller pricing is available on request.
This program contains some active elements; please ask A&K for details.