The Sacred Valley of the Incas
2 Jun 2018 - 5 Jun 2018
Also known as Urubamba Valley, the Sacred Valley of the Incas is located in the Peruvian Andes, beneath the world-famous site of Machu Picchu and not far from Cuzco, the unofficial Inca capital. This fertile valley is fed by a network of waterways and encompasses a wealth of archaeological sites, including Ollantaytambo, renowned for its extensive Inca ruins; Tipon, which features ancient agricultural terracing and a working irrigation system; and Pisac, with its ancient vestiges and colourful weekly market.
5 Jun 2018 - 8 Jun 2018
Once called the ‘Navel of the World’ by the Incas, Cuzco remains a city that blends colonial Spanish charm with older, more austere remains of pre-Columbian glory – one can still see the foundations of Inca structures on many of its city streets today. Cuzco’s most important landmarks include sites from both Inca and colonial times, such as the Korikancha (the ancient Temple of the Sun), the Inca street of Loreto with its 12-cornered stones, the cathedral, the Museum of Colonial Art, the archaeological park of Saqsaywaman (the fortress-temple), the nearby funerary shrines of Kenqo, and the water-worship site of Tambomachay.
Tambopata National Reserve
8 Jun 2018 - 11 Jun 2018
Spanning vast areas of savanna and rainforest, the Tambopata National Reserve rests in the Amazon Basin of southeast Peru, and is known for its spectacular displays of wildlife and variety of fun outdoor activities. Perhaps the most famous drawcard of the area is the mass of rainbow-coloured macaws which feed on the salted walls of the reserve’s lakes in their thousands. Home to more species of birds and butterflies than any place of similar size on earth as well as monkeys, otters, jaguars and tapirs, the rainforest provides the ultimate adventure for hikers hoping to see animals. A selection of guided tours are on offer, giving visitors the chance to meander along canopy walkways or explore the jungle by night. Don’t miss the opportunity to cruise along the exquisite rivers and lakes in small motorised boats or canoes.
11 Jun 2018 - 13 Jun 2018
Peru’s capital is a fantastic city to tour, dotted with a multitude of cultural sites and beautifully preserved architecture. Founded by the conquistador Francisco Pizarro in 1535, Lima was first named ‘City of Kings’ – a biblical reference to the ‘Three Wise Men of the East’ – before its name was changed by the Spanish colonialists. The most significant historical buildings are located around the Plaza Mayor, the most notable being the Government Palace, where one can still observe the changing of the guard performed by the Húsares de Junín. The beautiful Cathedral and the various small palaces and colonial balconies also play also their part in the beauty of the city. Another highlight is the famed Larco Herrera Museum, documenting the millennial cultures that preceded the Inca civilization and containing a priceless collection of pre-Columbian artifacts, including some of South America's finest pre-Inca erotic pottery.