Signature Peru & Machu Picchu

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Lima, Peru

Arrive in Lima, where you are met and transferred to your hotel. Founded in 1533, this “City of Kings” is a mélange of colonial structures, pre-Columbian sites and modern influences.

Miraflores Park Hotel (Gold) or Westin Lima Hotel (Silver)
Day 2: Lima | Museums and Artifacts

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 (Gold) or Westin Lima Hotel (Silver)   |   Meals: B
Day 3: Cusco/Sacred Valley | Local Customs and Camelids

Fly to Cusco, over 11,000 feet above sea level. Upon arrival, journey to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, where an ancient way of life lives on in the vast green valley far below Machu Picchu. En route, visit Awana Kancha, a center where South American camelids (llamas, alpacas and vicuñas) are bred. Learn about the valuable fibers created from their coats as well as the ancient weaving techniques still used today. Relax and acclimatize to the altitude.

Sol Y Luna Lodge & Spa (Gold) or Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness (Silver)   |   Meals: B L
Day 4: Sacred Valley | Ancient Weaving Techniques

Start your exploration of the Sacred Valley 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 their role in contemporary Andean culture. Return to your hotel, and later enjoy a barbecue lunch in the gardens.

Visit the Kuychi Center, a charity supported by A&K Philanthropy that benefits underprivileged children at Niños del Arco Iris (Children of the Rainbow).

Sol Y Luna Lodge & Spa (Gold) or Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness (Silver)   |   Meals: B L
Day 5: Machu Picchu | Exploring The Lost City

Journey deep into the Andes toward Machu Picchu via the glass-topped Vistadome train, passing through 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 (Gold) or Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel (Silver)   |   Meals: B L D
Day 6: Machu Picchu/Cusco | Marvelous Mountain Vistas

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.

Hotel Monasterio (Gold) or Palacio del Inka, A Luxury Collection Hotel (Silver)   |   Meals: B L
Day 7: Cusco | Sacsayhuaman’s Massive Walls

Discover Cusco, touring 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 awe-inspiring ruins of Sacsayhuaman, a testament to Incan architectural skill. Comprised of gigantic stone blocks, the walls were cut and placed together with incredible precision and without a single drop of mortar to hold them in place.

Hotel Monasterio (Gold) or Palacio del Inka, A Luxury Collection Hotel (Silver)   |   Meals: B
Day 8: Cusco/Lima | Evening at Leisure

Return to Lima for an evening at leisure. Perhaps get in some last minute shopping at a local crafts market or sample some of Peru’s culinary delights.

Miraflores Park Hotel (Gold) or Westin Lima Hotel (Silver)   |   Meals: B
Day 9: Depart Lima

After breakfast, transfer to the airport and depart.

Meals: B