Arrive Lima, Peru
Arrive in Lima, where you are met and transferred to your hotel.
Sacred Valley | Andean Weaving
Fly to Cusco. Meet your A&K representative and after lunch continue to the Sacred Valley. En route, visit Awana Kancha, a center where South American camelids, such as llamas and alpacas, are bred. Learn about the valuable fibers created from their coats, and feed these iconic animals.
Machu Picchu | Lost City
This morning, proceed to Ollantaytambo, where you see the massive fortress — site of the Incas’ greatest victory against the Spanish. Afterward, board the Vistadome train to Machu Picchu to begin your guided exploration of this breathtaking Incan city. Overlooking the Urubamba River and discovered in a hidden tangle of trees atop a mountain by American historian Hiram Bingham in 1911, Machu Picchu forever holds the secret of its passing — its Incan inhabitants left no written records of its purpose. Built in the 15th century at the height of the Incan empire, it was most likely the estate of an emperor. Curiously, excavations here have revealed skeletons, artifacts and woolen clothing, but no gold. As you wander, sense the majesty of the age-old stone walls and picture life as it might have been for the leaders, warriors, priests and craftsmen who once inhabited this Incan citadel some 8,500 feet above sea level.
Cusco | Exploring at Leisure
This morning is yours to spend at leisure. In the afternoon, return to Cusco aboard the Vistadome train followed by private transportation to your hotel.
Cusco | Jewel of the Andes
This morning, 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. Visit San Pedro market, followed by the opportunity to explore the well-preserved ruins of Sacsayhuaman, a testament to Incan architectural skill.
Lima | Coastal Capital
Fly to Lima, where you are met and transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon, tour the city, visiting the Plaza Mayor, official center of the city and the original site upon which Lima was founded. Also, see the historic Cathedral, an architectural masterpiece. Walk past the Presidential Palace, where soldiers stand guard. Continue to the Church of San Francisco, observing its library and collection of fine paintings and frescoes. Then, drive through Lima’s modern Miraflores and San Isidro districts.
Transfer to the airport and board your homebound flight.
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