This 10 day tour is a unique and exciting experience for those who want to learn about ancient Peruvian history, culture, Peruvian cuisine and the nature Peru has to offer. After a complete tour in Lima, fly off to Cusco and discover all the magic and spiritual energy it has in store for you; especially at the enigmatic Sacred Valley and at Machu Picchu. An exciting cruise down the Amazon River will lead you to Iquitos and Pacaya Samiria, where the natural surroundings will truly captivate you. Peru Travel Now offers well experienced guides to accompany you during this journey.
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Day 1: Lima Arrival to Lima and welcoming reception. Overnight stay in Lima. Day 2: Lima - (Breakfast and Lunch Included) We will have a tour through Lima’s streets and plazas. Starting at the Love Park in Miraflores, with a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean, and then heading to the Huaca Pucllana, ceremonial center of the Lima culture. Later we will go to San Isidro, financial center of the city to appreciate the Huaca Huallamarca, ancient pre-Incan shrine. After this, we go on to the Main Square where the Government Palace and the Town Hall are located. We will visit the Cathedral and explore the San Francisco convent, built in the seventeenth century, to discover the mystery of its catacombs. At lunch time, we will be delighted with a splendid gourmet lunch at a fine restaurant, where we will taste and enjoy different flavors, textures and colors. After our epicurean experience, we will head to the Larco Museum, an 18th century mansion built on top of a pre-Columbian pyramid of the 7th century. This impressive private collection includes lots of treasures often exhibited at the world’s most prestigious museums. Don’t miss the warehouse and the exclusive collection of pre-Columbian erotic ceramics. Before returning to the hotel, why not taking some time to visit some of the finest art stores in town? We will go to Barranco, the bohemian district, to take a walk and visit a couple of nice galleries. Night at leisure, our guide can suggest some of the finest restaurants in Lima or if you wish, dining at a private home can be arranged. Overnight stay in Lima. Day 3: Lima/Cusco - (Breakfast Included) Transfer to the airport and flight to Cusco. On arrival, welcoming reception and transfer to hotel. In the afternoon our exclusive city tour starts with a visit to the San Cristobal Plaza to enjoy its panoramic view of the city. Then, we will visit the San Pedro Market to soak in its local flavors and to learn about more of the products grown in the area which supply the whole city. After this, the Korikancha temple will welcome us in all his magnificence; this temple, whose Quechua name means “Gold Enclosure” still bedazzles us with the thought of its gold covered walls. Then it is the turn to visit the Santo Domingo Church. We will walk from San Blas, the artisans’ neighborhood, to the Hatun Rumiyoc street, stopping at the Inca Roca Palace, nowadays home to the Archbishop’s Palace and also at the famous Twelve Angle Stone. We will continue our walk to the Main Square to visit the Cathedral and its valuable and beautiful colonial masterpieces. Let´s enjoy this free night and immerse ourselves in Cusco nightlife. For fine dining, Cicciolina is a must. Overnight stay in Cusco. Day 4: Cusco/Sacred Valley - (Breakfast and Lunch Included) We will be driven to the Sacred Valley, visiting on the way Sacsayhuaman, a huge and impressive fortress of colossal constructions and surrounded by beautiful views blending together perfectly. We will be driven to the majestic Inca site of Pisac, an archeological complex located on the hillside high above the town. This place has beautiful agricultural terracing cut into the mountainside. Ascending, well-preserved temples, including a Solar Clock or Intiwatana, will offer us an awe-inspiring scenario. Continuing our tour in Pisac, we will stop briefly at the traditional market. with enough free time to go around and buy handcrafts and if you feel like tasting something traditional, stop by the wood ovens for a delicious empanada or a piece of bread. It´s time for lunch, we´ll stop at the fantastic Wayra Restaurant. We will be taken to the hotel where we will enjoy the rest of the afternoon to rest. We recommend the optional activities at the hotel such us spa, meditation or shaman sessions. Dinner and overnight stay at the Sacred Valley. Day 5: Sacred Valley - (Breakfast and Lunch Included) We will travel to remote places of the Sacred Valley. First stop: Chinchero, where we will take a walk around its beautiful town and archaeological complex. We will also have the opportunity to see a short exhibit of traditional textiles, a distinctive feature of this town dedicated to following ancestral dyeing techniques to create high quality works of art. Our trip continues in Moray, a place with a breathtaking view thanks to its colossal concentric terraces resembling a coliseum. What did they use it for? The terraces recreated 20 different types of microclimates, and they were studied to ensure the agricultural production of the empire. After a picnic-style lunch we will continue our journey to Maras, the millenary colonial salt mines. The contrast of the white pools against the green valley is postcard-perfect. Our last stop: Ollantaytambo, a small town full of local color and inhabited since Inca times in which we will visit the main temple that was used as a fortress during the Inca resistance. Breathtaking views for amazing pictures. Overnight stay in the Sacred Valley. Day 6: Sacred Valley/Machu Picchu/Cusco - (Breakfast, Brunch and Dinner Included) Departure to the Ollanta Station, where we will embark into one of the most spectacular rides on board the exclusive Hiram Bingham deluxe train. The experience on board is purely first class. The train’s incredible classic style goes perfectly with the dining room arrangement, making it easy to taste the delightful dishes carefully prepared for us by experienced chefs. The landscapes are breathtaking and while we follow the Urubamba River course getting closer and closer to the canyon, we’ll arrive at Aguas Calientes. From there, we will take a small bus up the winding road to Machu Picchu. The Lost City of the Incas will astonish us with its terraces, ceremonial shrines, steps and the solar clock or Intihuatana, all this amid a special atmosphere and on a guided tour. After tea time at Sanctuary Lodge, we will go down the mountain to return to Cusco. Entertainment and fine gourmet dinner on board. On arrival we will be transferred to the hotel. Overnight stay in Cusco. Day 7 To Day 10: Iquitos And Amazon River - (Meals included from dinner on first day until lunch on last day) At the fixed time, transfer to the airport to board our flight to Lima, where we will connect to Iquitos, our gate to the Amazon River. Upon arrival, we will be assisted and transferred to the dock where we will board our luxury cruise to the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve.
M/V Aqua (by Aqua Expeditions)
The M/V Aqua is Aqua Expedition’s 130-foot flagship. Its 12 luxury guest suites feature large, outward facing panoramic windows and en suite sitting areas. All suites are air conditioned, and four are interconnected, to cater to families. Guests can socialize in the dining room, bar, on the observation deck and in the outdoor lounge. Guests may choose three-, four-, or seven-night itineraries. Daily excursions on launch boats take guests to see such wonders as pink dolphins and six-foot-wide water lilies, and meet the local people. The guests aboard enjoy fine wine and haute cuisine, in all-inclusive comfort equivalent to a five-star boutique hotel.
M/V Aria (by Aqua Expeditions)
The 32 guests aboard the 147-foot-long M/V Aria enjoy fine wine and haute cuisine, in all-inclusive comfort equivalent to a five-star boutique hotel. The 16 over-sized staterooms all feature en-suite seating areas, generous beds, and wall-to-wall panoramic windows. In addition to these amenities, the M/V Aria also boasts an exercise room, redesigned excursion skiffs with larger seats and a rooftop Jacuzzi with Sun Deck. Executive Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, one of Peru’s star chefs, created the M/V Aria’s gourmet menu. Travelers can book three-, four-, or seven-night journeys, every Monday and Friday. Day 10: Iquitos/Lima - (Dinner Included) On this day, we will return to Iquitos to board our departure flight to Lima. Upon arrival, assistance at airport for our international connection.