Tap into your inner Indiana Jones for an epic encounter with an ancient civilization and the baroque splendor of a conquistador’s capital city. Inca treasures, wild landscapes and ancient legends are brought to life in the Sacred Valley, centuries-old ruins of Cusco and Machu Picchu, and the charismatic streets of Lima.
Bienvenidos a Lima, founded by conquistador Francisco Pizarro who dubbed it the “City of Kings.” Upon arrival in Lima, you will be greeted and taken to your hotel in San Isidro, one of Lima’s exclusive neighborhoods. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Reception at 6 p.m.
Meal(s): Welcome Reception
April 5, 2020: Lima Sightseeing
Visit a local market and Ignacio Barrios’ cooking school where you’ll see a demonstration on how to prepare some of Peru’s most popular foods before dining on a Be My Guest lunch of typical Peruvian dishes created just for you by Ignacio and his sous chef. Spend the afternoon exploring Peru’s capital with your Local Specialist. Immerse yourself in Lima’s Historic Center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, including the expansive Plaza de Armas with its impressive cathedral and the stately government palace. See the Church of San Francisco and discover its hidden catacombs. The evening is yours to enjoy.
Meal(s): Breakfast, Be My Guest
April 6, 2020: Lima ► Cusco ► Sacred Valley
Take a morning flight to Cusco and head for the Sacred Valley. Stop at Awanakancha, a Cultural Insight and living museum of the Peruvian Andes, where you can interact with llamas, alpacas and vicuñas. Enjoy a picnic box lunch before visiting the vibrant market of Pisac. Later this afternoon, arrive at your hotel, a former 18th century colonial-style monastery in the heart of the Sacred Valley. Learn about Peruvian weaving as you observe the centuries-old methods used for weaving Andean traditional textiles. Discover this Cultural Insight with Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez, a Quechua scholar and recipient of a TreadRight Foundation grant. This evening, enjoy a convivial dinner at the hotel.
Meal(s): Cultural Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
April 7, 2020: Sacred Valley ► Machu Picchu
Head to Ollantaytambo to visit this famous Inca stronghold. Learn about Incan history as you tour the ruins of the hilltop fortress. Next, board the Vistadome train for the journey to the great citadel of the Incas (light snack included). Upon arrival, begin your exploration of one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu. Visit the ruins of this once-great fortress built in the 15th century and abandoned with the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors. See the highlights of this UNESCO World Heritage Site with a Local Specialist — the great Temple of the Sun, the House of the Priest, the Sacred Plaza and the Intihuatana. Dinner is served at the hotel tonight.
Meal(s): Breakfast, Dinner
April 8, 2020: Machu Picchu ► Cusco
Return to Machu Picchu to continue exploring on your own. In the early afternoon, board the train to the Sacred Valley. Head toward the great colonial city of Cusco by coach. On the way, stop at a local chicheria for a taste of chicha, a Cultural Insight, and learn how this Peruvian corn beer is made by local women.
April 9, 2020: Cusco Sightseeing
This morning, embark on a tour of Cusco, the “Imperial City”. Enjoy an introduction to the city’s highlights, including the incredible baroque Cathedral on the main Plaza de Armas. Delve deeper into the history of this ancient locale at the 17th century Church of Santo Domingo, which was built atop the foundation of the Inca Temple of the Sun, referred to as Korikancha. Just outside of town, visit the ruins of the Sacsayhuaman fortress and see nearby warehouses where the Incas stored their grain. Spend the rest of the afternoon on your own. This evening, gather for a Regional Meal at a local restaurant, enjoying Cusquenian dishes and ancestral dance performances.
Meal(s): Breakfast, Regional Meal
April 10, 2020: Cusco ► Lima
Fly back to Lima late this morning and enjoy an afternoon on your own to do some more exploring or just relax. Later, meet a Local Specialist and curator at the Larco Museum, which houses the largest private collection of pre-Columbian art in the world. Later, gather with your traveling companions for a Farewell Dinner in the museum’s garden restaurant.
Meal(s): Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
April 11, 2020: Depart Lima
Transfer to the airport for your onward flight or perhaps extend your stay at the Novotel Lima to start off your Easter Island extension.
Optional Easter Island Extension
April 12, 2020: Arrive Easter Island (2 Nights)
Connect with the legend and lore of one of the world’s most remote and remarkable islands, delving into the ancient culture of the Rapa Nui who once prospered on this land. Our first stop on this mystical adventure is Ahu Akivi, where we’ll enjoy a private guided excursion to view its seven Moai statues, facing the ocean. Learn about their astronomically precise location and how they were placed there to use their mana to protect the inhabitants of the nearby village. Continue to ancient Ahu Hanga Poukura to see the tumbled Moai statues that stand as a testament to ancient battles. Then, visit the Puna Pau quarry with its red scoria stone. (B)
April 13, 2020: Easter Island Sightseeing
Embark on a privately guided excursion to the southern coast and witness the perfectly preserved ceremonial Ahu Vaihu in the bay of Hanga Te’e. Proceed to Rano Raraku, a quarry of almost 900 stone statues—397 of them still located at the slopes of the Rano Kau volcano. Visit Ahu Tongariki, the largest ahu on the island, then continue to the eastern coast and visit Ahu Te Pito Kura with its Paro Maoi, the largest maoi statue ever erected. Afterward, visit scenic Anakena beach, where the king first set foot on the island. (B, L)
April 14, 2020: Easter Island Sightseeing - Depart Easter Island
Journey to the UNESCO-listed Rapa Nui National Park, joining a private excursion up the extinct Rano Kau volcano. Admire magnificent views of the island from its slopes, then drive to the ceremonial village of Orongo, where you’ll see spectacular petroglyphs revealing the local culture. Later, we’ll catch a glimpse of the three islets of Motu Nui, Motu Iti, and Motu Kao Kao on the opposite coast. Then it’s on to Ahu Vinapu for further evidence of the pre-Incan architectural influence in present-day Easter Island. Our final stop is at the Ana Kai Tangata to view the ornate cave paintings from its mouth. Return to your hotel before being transferred to the airport this afternoon to fly home with wonderful memories of the trip. (B)
**In some locations you will be required to walk on uneven terrain and climb stairs without handrails. You should be in good health and be able to walk without assistance. This trip also experiences high elevations so we recommend guests with preexisting medical conditions talk with a doctor prior to travel.
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$2761 per person until June 14, 2019
Single Supplement: $972~
*Optional 3 Day Easter Island Extension: April 11 - 14, 2020 - $972 per person, land only and subject to availability
Single Supplement: $368~
*All pricing is subject to change and based on availability.