Day 1: Lima
Welcome to Peru
The person meeting you will be holding a board with your name on it. They will then help you with your baggage to the awaiting minibus for your transfer to your hotel. This interesting journey lasts for about forty-five minutes.
Day 2: Lima
Barranco & Pedro de Osma & MATE
Visit the bohemian district of Barranco with a specialist guide who will take you to the corners where artists have been inspired. Barranco is the cradle of several writers, composers, sculptors, and artists in general. Visit the Pedro de Osma Museum and MATE, Mario Testinos collection.
Day 3: Lima
Half Day Must See Lima
From modern and cosmopolitan Lima, Peru's Capital City, you will go back in time through the Colonial and Pre-Hispanic stages of Peruvian History. Drive through Lima's first freeway, built during 1960s and 1970s to arrive to the Downtown Lima, historic site per UNESCO, where you will appreciate its impressive monuments and imposing architecture from the colonial times.
You will visit Convento de Santo Domingo (circa 16th century), one of the best preserved monasteries in whole of Lima where you will be able to see the old Lima from its tower.
We will visit Casa Aliaga, a stunning mansion owned by the same family since viceroyalty.
Your visit continues to the Larco Museum, featuring the finest gold and silver collection from Ancient Peru and the famous "erotic" archaeological collection. Finally, you will be able to try a dessert based with an endemic Peruvian fruit "lucuma" at the Cafe del Museo.
Day 4: The Sacred Valley of the Incas
Lima to Airport transfer with guide
You will be transferred to Lima airport for your onward flight. The drive takes approximately one hour (dependent on traffic). For national flights you must check-in two hours and for international three hours before your flight departure time. Once at the airport, please head straight to the domestic check-in desks in the center of the building.
Transfer Airport to Sacred Valley hotel
On arrival in Cusco airport please proceed to the baggage hall. At the exit to the building your transfer guide, will be waiting for you with a sign at the barrier outside the arrivals gate. Your guide will then escort you on the seventy minute journey to the Sacred Valley and your hotel for the night.
Day 5: The Sacred Valley of the Incas
Hike Moray Maras
We head towards Chinchero plain before taking a dirt road to the incredible ruins of Moray. These rarely visited circular ruins are thought to have been agricultural experimental stations in the times of the Incas.
After visiting the ruins we follow an ancient mule trail with spectacular views of the snow capped Cordillera Vilcanota. We will also see examples of the finest Andean farming on our way. We head back across the plains to the interesting town of Maras for lunch.
In the afternoon we descend from Maras to the amazing Salinas, a series of salt pans that have been worked since Inca times. We explore this amazing site then descend to the Urubamba river and our awaiting vehicle, which returns us to your hotel for the night.
Hike details: 11km, approx. 6 hours including time to exploreAscent 50m, Descent 732m, maximum altitude 3532m
Day 6: The Sacred Valley of the Incas
Pachamanca and Paddleboards
A day of variety awaits you on the shores of Lake Huaypo. Set amongst fields of corn with fantastic views across to the snow capped Urubamba mountains, this really is a special place.
You will help prepare a Pachamanca, a very traditional Peruvian meal where meat and vegetables are cooked on hot stones in a hole in the ground. Once the food is cooking, you can enjoy some fun on the water with the world’s highest fleet of stand up paddleboards.
This fantastic new sport is spreading fast across the world and you will struggle to find a better backdrop to take your first steps. Under the careful instruction of your expert guides, you will soon pick up the skills needed to head out across the lake.
Once off the water, it is time to uncover your earthen oven and enjoy the succulent food you prepared.
We will then make our way back to your hotel in either the Sacred Valley or Cusco to rest for the night and reflect on the unique experience.
Be sure to coordinate with your guide for a possible visit to the artisinal community of Chinchero, time permitting of course.
Day 7: Machu Picchu Pueblo
Royal Inca Trail (km104) to Machu Picchu
You start the day with an early transfer to catch the train towards Machu Picchu. Jumping off at km104 you pass through the control point and begin your Inca Trail trek.
First you visit the recently restored ruins of Chachabamba before gradually ascending through tropical cloud forest up towards the base of Wiñay Wayna. Here you climb more steeply on old Inca stairways through these beautiful terraces, stopping to explore the various buildings and water features.
Here we can enjoy our packed lunch, with a great view. You then continue on perhaps the loveliest part of the whole Inca Trail.
Lush vegetation flanks you on either side, the scent of wild orchids fills the air, and all around you brightly coloured tropical songbirds fill your ears with song.
Soon you will reach a final set of stairs to arrive at Inti Punku, the gateway of the Sun. As you step through the old stone gate-way, Machu Picchu appears laid out before your eyes. After plenty of photos you carry on past this wonder of the world to catch the bus down to the lively town of Machu Picchu Pueblo and a well-deserved hotel and shower.
Total hiking distance: 11 km
Whilst walking all you need is your daypack as your over-night luggage will be transferred to your hotel in Machu Picchu town to await your arrival.
Day 8: Cusco
Machu Picchu tour and return to Cusco
This morning you explore the pinnacle of Inca engineering - Machu Picchu.
For years it was lost to the jungle. Rediscovered in 1911 by the Yale professor Hiram Bingham, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007, Machu Picchu exceeds all expectations.
This astounding site lies in an even more astonishing location. Perched high on an inaccessible hilltop it is protected by huge cliffs and the raging Urubamba river. Things are slightly easier now than in the time of the Incas and so you start your day with a twenty minute bus ride up to the site.
Huayna Picchu 2G 1000-1100
Eventually the time comes to catch the bus down to Machu Picchu Pueblo and board your train back along the Urubamba River. The scenery is beautiful and the train jolts softly along, allowing you to sit, stare out the window and reflect on a wonderful week.
Day 9: Cusco
Cusco City tour - half day
We tailor this trip to you and your interests. You will have an expert guide at your disposal to show you some of the highlights of this beautiful city. Tell him what you like and he can advise as to the best route for your tour.
You may choose to start with the Plaza de Armas and a visit to its impressive cathedral. Qoricancha temple, once home to life sized statues in solid gold is another very popular option.
If time permits, you could visit one of the bustling markets, full of tropical fruits fresh from the Amazon or even head up through the San Blas artisan district to San Cristobal church for a spectacular view over the red tiled rooftops of Cusco.
Cathedral and Qorikancha entrance
Cooking class : The cooking lessons starts at either 11:00 am or 4:00 pm and includes pick up and drop off the customer’s hotel.
The class starts with a 30 minute tour of the traditional open air San Pedro market. Afterwards we will head to the 11th floor Rooftop Kitchen facility, with breathtaking views of the city, to start the cooking lesson.
The class consists of the preparation of an appetizer, main course, and pisco sour. We also offer vegetarian options (please specify when you reserve). The lesson lasts approximately 2 hours.
Day 10: End of Itinerary
Legend in Process Colonial Ceramic Glass workshop- private :
You can see many Bulls of Pucará in pairs on the roofs of houses here. They symbolise duality, good marital relations, protection, prosperity and successful realisation of goals.
- In this experience you will not only learn the origins and history of the bulls, but make one with your own hands with the help of local Cusqueñean artists.
- You will participate in all the processes of Colonial Cusquenian Glass Ceramics (lathing, enameling, and painting) crafting a traditional torito and caballito (little bull and horse) of Pucará and then decorate them using styles used by contemporary artists, with pieces of using brass, aluminum, and acrylic.
The first workshop is led by a local ceramic artist, the second by artists of Totemiq, a Cusqueñean collective of female artists promoting preservation of the traditional art forms, by combining them with a modern touch.