Lima, Cusco and Machu Picchu
A fantasy trip for a special occasion. Live a unique experience staying at very exclusive hotels in each city and traveling in the luxury train Hiram Bingham to visit Machu Picchu. Five days to enjoy all the splendor of the center of the Inca world!
Day 1:LimaWelcome to Lima, City of Kings and the Larco Museum of Cultures Arrival to the city of Lima, assistance, and transfer to the hotel. An exclusive and intense tour of the Historical Center of Lima will take us to know and admire the architectonic relics that are part of the old Lima, which has been recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The Convent of Santo Domingo is the beginning of this magnificent experience. It was built during the foundation of Lima. The Universidad Mayor de San Marcos (University of San Marcos) was founded on this site, the oldest in America. Inside, the choir with the oldest stalls in the country; and the library, with 25,000 books, some printed in the XV century, has an invaluable historical value. The mortal remains of San Martín de Porres, San Juan Masías and Santa Rosa de Lima lie inside. Crossing the Plaza Mayor, the Government Palace and the Municipality, going into the Cathedral, a jewel in the history of Lima, with artworks that will make us feel closer to colonial Lima. Leaving downtown Lima and heading to the Larco Museum, where we will get a clear vision of the cultures that inhabited ancient Peru. We shall admire the gold pieces, textiles and erotic ceramics that are part of the collection which will introduce us to the cosmovision of the ancient Peru. The warehouse of this museum will be open during our visit to appreciate the expressions of art that were reflected in their ceramics. Romantic dinner in the restaurant of the famous chef Gastón Acurio, The Moreyra House. Old house of a San Isidro estate that today houses this iconic Lima restaurant. Gastón is one of the forgers of the worldwide fame of our cuisine.
Day 2: Cusco, Capital of the EmpireArrival to the city of Cusco, assistance, and transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon, exclusive stroll in the city that starts with a visit to the Plaza de San Cristóbal (San Cristobal Square) to enjoy a panoramic overview of the city. Afterwards, we will visit the San Pedro Market, where we will absorb the local flavors and learn more about the products of the area in this market that has it all and supplies the entire city. Later, the Qorikancha Temple will welcome us with all its splendor and magnificence, with walls that used to be covered in gold. From San Blas, the artisans’ neighborhood, we will walk down the street Hatun Rumiyoc finding in our way the palace Inca Roca, today´s Archbishops Palace, and we will have time to admire the world famous Twelve Angled Stone. We will continue to the Plaza de Armas to visit The Cathedral that houses colonial works of incredible value.
Day 3: Inca Village of Chinchero, Terraces of Moray and the Inca Village of OllantaytamboThis day we shall visit the most outstanding places in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. We will depart towards the Village of Chinchero, the most typical and colorful of the Sacred Valley. This village is famous for its weaving women. Short stop in a textiles center to appreciate the old Inca techniques for the dyeing and spinning using alpaca wool. After visiting the Inca plaza with its beautiful colonial church, we will continue towards Moray, a beautiful Inca archaeological site made up of concentric agricultural terraces that served as a lab to recreate microclimates. Lunch. Later visit to the last living village of the Incas, Ollantaytambo. Also, a visit to the Temple of the ten windows, the bath of the princess, and the Sun Temple. The postcard pictures that we will take from the heights of Ollantaytambo will close this magical day in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Lodging in the area.
Day 4: To Machu PicchuTo Machu Picchu in the luxury train Hiram Bingham From the station at Urubamba, we embark on a special train for one of the most spectacular trips in the world on board the luxury train Hiram Bingham. The experience inside the train is totally first-class. Its incredible classical style is in very good company with its particular configuration of a dining-room type train, for the enjoyment of the exquisite delights that the chefs will prepare for us on board. The road is imposing. Following the course of the Urubamba River going deep into the canyon until we finally get to the village. From there we will travel in minibuses that will ascend towards the sacred citadel of the Incas: Machu Picchu. In this incredible archaeological monument, we will be touched by its indescribable magic and energy. Walking over terraces, passageways, temples, we will find the solar clock or Intihuatana, besides other sacred places, all of this in the midst of a special atmosphere and with the assistance, of an experienced guide. After a “tea-time” in the Sanctuary Lodge, we descend to return to Cusco cheered up by the entertainment on board and a sophisticated gourmet dinner. Arrival and transfer to the hotel.
Day 5: Archaeological Park of SacsayhuamanIn the morning, we will leave behind the crowds in order to visit Sacsayhuaman, an impressive citadel full of colossal constructions surrounded by beautiful landscape in total communion with the environment. Afterwards, we continue to the Inca adoratory of Q’enqo, with its surprising altar for sacrifices embedded in the internal part of its rocky formation. Finally, we arrive at the Puca Pucará lookout and Tambomachay, a monument of notable architectonic excellence which is considered one of the pillars of the Andean cosmovision. Free afternoon to enjoy the city. Free afternoon for additional activities, or to cruise around the streets of Cusco. The passport of admissions that is included in this trip gives you access to other points of interest that are not visited. Farewell dinner at the restaurant of the Pre-Columbian Art Museum.
Day 6: Farewell DayTransfer to the airport. Departure to Lima to connect with your return flight home.