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Exploring Peru: Land of the Inca

Peru Land Tour

  • Small Group
  • Land Based Adventures
  • 16-28 Capacity
  • 8 Days
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Summary : Join an expedition of Peru for an unparalleled experience of Inca wonders, colonial cities, and a rich cultural heritage. A knowledgeable, enthusiastic staff caters to your daily interests and provides insight. Your expedition will enable you to see daybreak over the ruins at Machu Picchu from the fabled Sun Gate, with only a handful of visitors, discover Cusco’s array of cultural influences and explore the Sacred Valley of the Inca with a National Geographic expert, and explore the massive Inca stone fortress of Ollantaytambo. Experience Peru in small-group expedition-style: immersive and in-depth.

Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking, Photography

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Itinerary
Day 1
U.S. / Lima, Peru

Depart the U.S. and arrive in Lima, Peru by late evening. Overnight at the conveniently located Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport Hotel.

Day 2
Lima / Cusco / Sacred Valley of the Inca

This morning, fly to Cusco then drive to Moray, a visually stunning Inca site believed to have been an agricultural laboratory where Incan priests would test soils and crops. Dine on Peruvian cuisine for lunch at Parador Moray, overlooking the ruins. En route to the hotel, walk through a colorful, typical local market before an optional visit to the pottery studio Pablo Seminario, featuring ceramics made with ancient Peruvian techniques and designs. Check into Sol y Luna Hotel. (B,L,D)
Sol y Luna

Day 3
Sacred Valley of the Inca

After breakfast, learn about Peru’s history from National Geographic expert Peter Frost. Visit the massive Inca stone fortress of Ollantaytambo. Visit Casa Orihuela for lunch—a working, family-owned hacienda, then see the family’s private museum filled with colonial artwork and enjoy a demonstration of Peruvian Paso horses accompanied by Marinera dancers and live music. Watch a traditional weaving demonstration by National Geographic grantee Nilda Callañaupa. After dinner at the hotel, watch a folkloric dance performance. (B,L,D)
Sol y Luna

Day 4
Sacred Valley / Machu Picchu

Enjoy the views from the valley to Machu Picchu via train with large picture windows. Spend the day exploring Machu Picchu’s different structures with your guide—ceremonial religious, astronomical, and agricultural. Overnight at the historic 31-room Belmond Sanctuary Lodge with views of the ruins. The lodge’s grounds are home to a great variety of colorful flowers and birds. (B,L,D)
Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge

Day 5
Machu Picchu / Cusco

Hike to the Sun Gate this morning, the ancient final checkpoint to Machu Picchu, and watch daybreak over the sacred ruins. The morning is free to explore Machu Picchu on your own or with your guide. After a train and bus ride, visit Awanacancha, where llamas, alpacas, and vicuñas are bred. En route to Cusco, stop at Plaza San Cristobal for photos, offering sweeping views of the colonial part of Cusco. Check into the Belmond Monasterio Hotel for two nights. (B,L,D)
Hotel Monasterio

Day 6
Cusco

Explore the Inca Empire’s capital city of Cusco and visit the magnificent 17th-century cathedral and convent of Koricancha, and the vast Sacsayhuaman fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Explore Cusco at your leisure this afternoon. Relax, shop, or visit one of the many churches and museums. Dinner is on your own tonight. (B,L)
Hotel Monasterio

Day 7
Cusco / Lima

Return to Lima and visit the Larco Herrera Museum and stroll the Plaza Mayor. Lunch is in traditional Latin American style. Experience the music of the Andes at a presentation of indigenous instruments. Dinner is on your own. Overnight at the Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel. (B,L)
Miraflores Park Hotel

Day 8
Lima / U.S.

This morning fly home or on to other adventures. (B)

Notes

This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes. Please talk to your Expedition Specialist before booking airfare.

Included:
Accommodations as indicated; meals as indicated; excursions; sightseeing; services of Expeditions Leader and naturalist staff; all service taxes.

Not Included:
Air transportation; meals not indicated; extensions; passport and visa expenses; baggage/accident/cancellation insurance; immigration fees; items of a personal nature such as alcoholic beverages, email and laundry; gratuities at your discretion.


PHOTOS: © Ralph Lee Hopkins; © Lori Gifford; © Amelia Tockston; © Marcy Roshelli; © Ashton Palmer