DAY 1 LIMA
(Meal Plan:None)
Welcome to lima, the ‘city of the Kings’. Upon arrival, you will be picked up from the airport and privately escorted to your hotel to settle in.

 

DAY 2 LIMA
(Meal Plan: Breakfast)
Explore Lima from a different perspective – on foot! Your guide will pick you up from your hotel in Miraflores to take the ‘metropolitano’. The modern bus system links different districts in Lima. We get off at the Colmena Station to head to Plaza San Martin featuring the legendary Hotel Bolivar, the Club Nacional and the Colon Theater. We then wander along Jr. de la Union featuring ‘Casa Courret’ Lima’s oldest photography studio in an eclectic Art Nouveau style, but also Casa Welch once considered as the Limenan Harrods of the 20th century. The street ends at ‘Puente de Piedra’ Lima’s oldest bridge crossing over Rimac River and built in 1608. We will also see one of the country’s finest Baroque buildings San Pedro Church, built by the Jesuits in 1638. Feel like you are back in time at the bar of Hotel Maury, once one of the most exclusive properties in the last century, yet a 3* hotel, but still a must-see in the historic center. It is supposed that the Pisco Sour was invented here. We then take the metropolitano to get back to Mirafores. 

*This tour is offered for a max. of 8 participants staying at hotels closed to one of the
metropolitan stations.

Once your helmet has been clipped in, you’re ready to start exploring the southern districts of the city as you make your way towards the Miraflores and Barranco waterfront. Ride through these ‘bohemian zones’ where you will be able to see the oldest colonial monument in the district, La Ermita as well as the traditional ‘Bridge of
Sighs’ in Barranco, plus Huaca Pucllana and the Love Park in Miraflores.

  

DAY 3 LIMA – CUSCO  – SACRED VALLEY
(Meal Plan: Breakfast)
At proper time, you will be transferred to Lima airport for your upcoming flight with destination Cusco. After a short 1.5 hour flight you arrive into the city of the Incas. Upon arrival, you will be picked up and privately escorted all the way to your hotel in the Sacred Valley located at a lower altitude to rest and slowly acclimatize. On the way you stop at Chinchero to join a local weaving family in their courtyard for an overview of the Andean weaving process. Chinchero is renowned for the production of textiles done on backstrap looms. You watch as wool is carded, spun, and dyed and learn about the different techniques used to create belts, ponchos and shawls.

DAY4 SACRED VALLEY
(Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch)
This morning you will be picked up from your hotel for your tour to the Pisaq market in the Sacred Valley. Originally a place where people from remote communities used to barter their products, Pisaq has evolved to one of South America’s most famous
souvenir markets. Make sure to sample some ’empanadas’ baked in traditional clay
ovens.

Peru has currently more than 2,000 varieties of potato. But it is only in the Andes region, where it was domesticated, that a wide variety of species are still cultivated. The Potato Park is located a 30-min drive from Pisaq, where you will see the work
and initiatives of five communities and scientists to protect the potato diversity, the traditional Andean landscapes and indigenous knowledge. After a potato tasting and presentation about local varieties, you will head off on a short hike (approx. 30 min) to Kinsa Cocha. This sparkling dark blue lake is nestled in between Andean peaks, ochre earth and potato fields, small adobe houses and herds of sheep and alpacas. A beautiful setting and a great day out.

Have lunch in the restaurant “Casa Colonial”, located in the heart of Urubamba. Today you will enjoy a meal in an over 200-years-old restored colonial-style mansion
with an elegant furnishings and a beautiful view of the main square of Urubamba. Chef René Rodríguez’s menu features traditional Peruvian dishes prepared using local organically grown ingredients. Afternoon visit to the fortress of Ollantaytambo where the Temple of the Sun (formed of six gigantic monoliths, whose total weight exceeds 50 tons) and the Terrace of the Ten Niches stand out.

DAY 5 SACRED VALLEY – MACHU PICCHU – SACRED VALLEY – CUSCO
(Meal Plan: Breakfast)
At a proper hour you will be transferred to Ollanta Train station. (only with Spanish speaking driver). The train ride takes you through the Sacred Valley of the Incas up to Machu Picchu (unescorted train trip). Once in Aguas Calientes you will be greeted by your guide who will assist you onto the shuttle bus to the entrance of the citadel. During your guided tour you will experience the uniqueness of the location and the genius that went into its construction. The duration of your magical trip to one of the seven new wonders of the world will be 2.5 hours, after which you will make your way back out of the citadel with your guide. You will have free time to discover Aguas Calientes town at your pace and have lunch in a local restaurant (by your own)

At the proper time, return by train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and then continue the trip to your hotel in Cusco city. In case you had any luggage at your hotel in the Sacred Valley, it will be picked up on route as you may only bring along a 5-kilogram carry on aboard train wagons.

DAY 6 CUSCO
(Meal Plan: Breakfast)
Exploring on foot is the best way to experience the magical flair and cultural richness of what was once the capital of the Inca Empire. Your walk begins with the San Pedro market, where you will immerse yourself among the locals and witness their everyday life. You will see beautiful colonial houses on Plazoleta Regocijo and in Café Carbel you will learn the story of a pioneer who collected the finest coffee beans and was one of the first to install a roaster in Cusco, a tradition full of passion that has lasted for over 50 years. Enjoy a cup of aromatic coffee from the region! Time to visit one of the gems at the main square of Cusco, the Jesuit church La Compañia de Jesús, one of the best examples of Baroque architecture in the Americas. The choir balcony on the second floor offers a great view over the Plaza de Armas. Then you walk along Hatunrumiyoc Street named after the 12-angled stone clearly visible in the remaining walls of what used to be Inca Roca’s Palace. You make a last stop in San Blas artisan quarter with its steeped cobblestone alleys and spectacular views of the city.

DAY 7 CUSCO
(Meal Plan: Breakfast)
At proper time, you will be picked up from your hotel in Cusco and transferred to the airport for your upcoming  flight back home and/or connections.

SUSTAINABLE PERU

This 7-day journey takes you through our very own Peruvian highlights with quite little impact on your destinations. Discover downtown Lima on public transportation and its main ocean-view highlights with a fun bike ride. Up next, continue to the amazing Cusco where you will meet local weavers, artisans, the self-sustainable Potato Park project and the always mesmerizing Machu Picchu.  

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