PERU GROUP VACATIONS:
SMALL GROUPS AND GUARANTEED DEPARTURES THROUGHOUT 2017
- 8-Night hotel accommodations at four star properties.
- 18 meals (8 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 5 dinners) including one welcome dinner and one farewell dinner.
- Guided-Hosted Visits of Spanish Colonial and Modern Lima, the Larco Museum and the Magic Water Show.
- Guided-Hosted Visit of the Sacred Valley with stops at Chinchero Andean Town and the Ollantaytambo Fortress.
- Mystical Pachamama (Mother Earth) Ceremony performed by a Shaman.
- Guided-Hosted Visit of the Hidden Treasures of the Incas in the Sacred Valley with stops at Moray, the agricultural laboratory of the Incas, Maras, the millenary Salt Ponds, and the legendary Hacienda Huayoccari, a beautiful 17th Century estate where a delicious lunch will be served.
- Guided-Hosted Visit of the Wayra Ranch with Paso Fino Horse Show and a scrumptious BBQ Lunch.
- Scenic Ride on the Vistadome Class Train from the Sacred Valley of the Incas to Machu Picchu with spectacular views of the Urubamba River.
- Guided-Hosted Visit of the Machu Picchu Citadel.
- Panoramic Ride on the Vistadome Class Train from Machu Picchu to Cusco with views of the glaciers in the Andean Mountain Range.
- Guided-Hosted Visits of Ancient & Colonial Cusco with stops at Korikancha & the Sacsayhuaman Archaeological Park.
- Private Transfers in Lima: Airport-Hotel / Hotel-Airport.
- All other private group transfers as per the itinerary.
- All Guided-Hosted Visits on Private Basis with English speaking local hosts-guides.
- Personalized service of our Peru-based operational office.
Day 1 | SATURDAY | Welcome to Lima, Peru!
Our Peru Group Vacations include personalized meet and greet service at the airport and private transfer to the fashionable district of Miraflores. Check-in at the Jose Antonio Bellavista Hotel for a two-night stay. Breakfast and service charges are included.
Important Note: Check-in time at the hotel starts at 3:00 PM; if you plan to arrive in Lima on a morning flight, you will have the opportunity to explore the trendy district of Miraflores on your own.
Day 2 | SUNDAY | A Private Visit of Colonial and Modern Lima / Afternoon Visit of the Larco Herrera Museum and the Magic Water Show. Welcome Dinner | B.L.D.
After an early breakfast at the hotel, meet your private host-guide to begin today’s exploration through Lima’s streets and plazas. Your Lima exploration includes the Love Park, with spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean; the Huaca Pucllana, a ceremonial center of the Lima culture; San Isidro, the financial center of the city; and the Huaca Huallamarca, an ancient pre-Inca shrine. This Lima exploration will take you also to the Main Square, site of the Government Palace and the City Hall. Enjoy a sightseeing view of the Cathedral, and explore the Santo Domingo Convent. At the end of your Lima exploration, enjoy a great sample of the Peruvian cuisine at Senorio de Sulco Restaurant and return to the hotel after lunch.
In the afternoon, you will visit the famous Larco Museum and a traditional tavern in Pueblo Libre to savor a typical Pisco and get ready to continue to the next stop: the Magic Water Circuit, which includes thirteen water fountains that provide a mixture of color, illusion, and fantasy. To make this cultural and fun-filled afternoon complete, enjoy a Welcome Dinner at the Huaca Pucllana, which is located alongside ancient ruins that are lit up at night to give your dining experience a beautiful backdrop. Great food and good times wait for you at this iconic restaurant!
Day 3 | MONDAY | Lima / Cusco / Sacred Valley of the Incas with Touring en-route | B.L.D.
After an early breakfast at the hotel, meet your private host-guide for a transfer to the airport and check-in for your domestic flight to Cusco. Our Peru Group Vacations team will be waiting for you at the airport in Cusco for a transfer to the Sacred Valley of the Incas with touring en-route.
The first stop is at the town of Chinchero, where you will visit the main plaza and the archaeological site. You will also have the opportunity to participate in a brief exhibition of traditional textiles, the distinctive feature of this town. Chinchero is famous for the beauty and high quality of its textiles and ancestral dyeing and weaving techniques. Continue your journey to the Sacred Valley of the Incas and enjoy a delicious buffet lunch at Tunupa restaurant.
After lunch, you will explore the archaeological site of Ollantaytambo, where you will learn about the technique with which the Incas worked the stones. At the end of this visit, check-in at the Sonesta Posadas del Inca Yucay Hotel for a two-night stay with breakfast and service charge included.
In the evening, meet a local Shaman for a traditional ceremony of blessing, spirituality, and gratitude dedicated to the Mother Earth. Enjoy dinner at the hotel.
Day 4 | TUESDAY | Exploring the Hidden Treasures of the Sacred Valley of the Incas | B.L.
After breakfast at the hotel, you will continue exploring the off-the-beaten-path treasures of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. The first site to visit is Moray, a series of colossal concentric terraces built by the Incas to recreate 20 different types of micro-climates and guarantee the agricultural production for the Inca Empire.
Your journey will take you now to Maras, the famous and millenary salt ponds. The contrast of the white wells and the green valley is so breath-taking, that is a must for a spectacular snapshot of the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
From Maras, you will visit the legendary Hacienda Huayoccari, a beautiful 17th Century Estate, where lunch will be served. Return to your hotel after lunch and spend the balance of the day at leisure.
Day 5 | WEDNESDAY | Wayra Ranch & Peruvian Paso Fino Horse Show / Afternoon Vistadome Class Train to Machu Picchu | B.L.D.
After early breakfast at the hotel, please check-out of the hotel and meet your private host-guide to begin today’s activity program:
First, a visit to the beautiful Wayra Ranch, where you will enjoy a typical barbecue lunch. While seated on the garden-view terrace, you will enjoy a colorful Peruvian Paso Fino Horse Show performed by Chalanes, wearing their finest linen outfits. This is truly a great performance of coordination, discipline, and passion that goes back several centuries and reflects the strong Spanish influence in the Peruvian Highlands.
At the appropriate time, join your host-guide for a transfer to the local train station and board the Vistadome Train to Machu Picchu. Don’t miss all the landmarks along the route, including the hanging bridge that signals the start of the Inca Trail. The railway follows the course of the Urubamba River, offering extraordinary views of the Andean landscape.
When disembarking in the town of Aguas Calientes, the local staff will be waiting for you to assist you with your luggage and after a short walk, check-in at El Mapi Hotel for an overnight stay with breakfast included. At the designated time, join your guide for dinner at the hotel.
Important Note: The train to Machu Picchu limits the amount of luggage allowed aboard, so for this leg of the trip, you will be able to take only one overnight back-pack or small carry-on; the rest of your luggage will be transferred to your hotel in Cusco.
Day 6 | THURSDAY | Morning Exploration of the Machu Picchu Citadel / Afternoon Train to Cusco | B.L.
Breakfast at the hotel and check-out. Meet your private host-guide for a short walk to the shuttle bus depot. Begin today’s activity program with a shuttle bus ride up the winding road to Machu Picchu with spectacular views of the Urubamba River and its canyon. The enigmatic complex of Machu Picchu, the most important and beautiful legacy of the ancient Inca Civilization, which is part of the Historic Sanctuary of the same name and it is also one of the few places in the Americas placed on both, the World Cultural and Natural Heritage Lists by UNESCO. It is located high on top of a mountain and complements the exuberant nature that surrounds it, creating a one of a kind place in the world.
Machu Picchu stands 2,430 meters above sea level (7,972 feet) in the middle of a sub-tropical mountain forest and in an extraordinary beautiful setting. It was probably the most amazing urban creation of the Inca Empire at its height. Its giant walls, terraces and ramps seem as if they have been cut naturally in the continuous rock escarpments. The natural setting, on the eastern slopes of the Andes, encompasses the upper Amazon basin with its rich diversity of flora and fauna. Machu Picchu is an outstanding example of man’s interaction with his natural environment. After a guided visit, we will have lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge by Belmond, located right at the entrance of the Citadel, then enjoy some time on your own to continue exploring at your own pace.
At the arranged time, we will take the shuttle bus back to the train station for our Vistadome Train ride back to Cusco. On arrival, we will be transferred to the Novotel by Accord for a two-night stay with breakfast included. Balance of the day is at leisure. For dinner, we suggest you to try one of Cusco’s quaint bistros; your guide-host will offer some wonderful recommendations.
Day 7 | FRIDAY | A Private Visit of the Sacsayhuaman Archaeological Park / Afternoon Visit of Colonial Cusco | B.D.
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, and then meet your private host-guide to begin today’s exploration. Our journey begins with a drive up the mountain to the Sacsayhuaman Archaeological Park some of the sites we will visit are: the Tambomachay, a source of spring water that is believed to be worshiped by the Incas; many believe it could have served as a spa for the elite of the Inca leaders. Next, we will visit the remains of Qenqo, a stone made labyrinth with a sacrificial altar in its center. Consisting of staircases and channels, the site of Qenqo is believed to have held many Incan rituals. Continue on to the famous Sacsayhuaman Fortress with its impressive Inca design and artwork with massive stones over nine meters (30 feet) tall and weighing up to 125 tons. Many of the stones have peculiar placement and designs, such as the condor, puma and snake which represented the three Inca worlds. Before returning to your hotel in Cusco, our last stop will be at the Tower of Puca Pucara. Balance of the morning at leisure to enjoy Cusco at your own pace. There are many fine restaurants nearby your hotel, where a great noon meal may be enjoyed.
In the Afternoon, we will visit the San Cristobal Plaza to enjoy a panoramic view of the city; then, we will go to the Saint Peter’s market to appreciate the local flavors and learn about some of the local ingredients that contribute to the world-famous Peruvian gastronomy. Continue to the splendid Korikancha Temple (the Golden Precinct in Quechua) where its walls were once lined in gold sheets. From Saint Blas, the craftsmen’s quarters we will walk down along the Hatun Rumiyoc street, finding midway the Inca Roca Palace, today the Archbishop’s Palace; and we will have time to appreciate the worldwide famous Stone of the Twelve Angles. We will go on to the Main Square to visit the Cathedral that houses invaluable colonial works of art. In the evening, enjoy dinner at El Café del Museo Restaurant. After dinner, your host-guide will escort you back to the hotel.
Day 8 | SATURDAY | Cusco to Lima / Farewell Dinner | B.D.
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel. At the appropriate time, say Adios to your Cusco-based host-guide as he drives you to the Cusco Airport to check-in for your Lima bound flight (airfare is not included; we will provide you with the best flight option and applicable airfare at booking time). On arrival in Lima, say Hello to your Lima-based private host-guide who will assist you with your luggage and provide you with a transfer to the Jose Antonio Bellavista Hotel for an overnight stay with individual breakfast and service charges included.
Spend the balance of the day enjoying Miraflores at your own pace; we suggest lunch at one of the local bistros, and visits to art galleries, boutiques, and great shops with local textiles, jewelry, and other interesting crafts. In the early evening, your host-guide will call for you at the hotel for a short transfer to the world-famous La Rosa Nautica restaurant. This over-the-water restaurant is one of Lima’s finest dining establishments, and the site for tonight’s farewell dinner. We are certain that during your Premier Peruvian Expedition you made new friends, gather lots of wonderful mementos, and are taking home great memories of this one-of-a-kind experiential journey. Your hosts, the local guides, and our Peru-based staff bid you farewell and wish you Buen Viaje!
Day 9 | SUNDAY | Lima, Peru / Home | B.
At the appropriate time, one of our private drivers will call for you at the hotel for your transfer to the Lima Airport to check-in for your onward flight.
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FOUR STARS HOTELS
In Lima: Jose Antonio Bellavista Hotel. Located in the exclusive district of Miraflores (a residential & commercial area) three minutes away from the pacific ocean and a few minutes away from commercial areas, culture, cinemas, restaurants, and entertainment places. Our hotels are located thirty minutes away from the international airport and twenty minutes away from the historical downtown of lima.
All our comfortable and spacious rooms are fitted out with high standard facilities and amenities, air conditioning, heating, electrical plugs 110 voltage and 220 voltage, 40” flat screen satellite tv, free charge wifi network, mini bar, digital safe box, soundproof windows, anti-allergic bed linen, hair dryer, coffee maker, iron and ironing board, 24 hours room service.
In the Sacred Valley: Sonesta Posada del Inca-Yucay Hotel. This 87-room hotel is located in the heart of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, a one-hour drive from the ancient Inca capital of Cusco and close to Machu Picchu. The Sonesta Posada del Inca-Yucay hotel is a former 18th century colonial-style monastery and is surrounded by beautiful gardens. This upscale hotel is 4 km from the grand Plaza de Armas and 15 km from Eye of the Jaguar, the world’s longest zip line.
Our guests will enjoy the refined rooms which come with wood or tile floors, countryside or courtyard views, TVs, safes and free Wi-Fi, individual climate control, direct-dial telephone for domestic and international calls, hair dryer upon request, bath with bathtub, safe, fittings for disabled guests upon request. Rooms with extra beds are available, and room service is offered.
A restaurant with a fireplace serves Peruvian cuisine and a free breakfast buffet. There’s also a bar, a cafe and a private dining area. Additional amenities include a gym, a chapel and an Andean market, as well as several shops.
In Machu Picchu / Aguas Calientes: El Mapi is a smart and contemporary hotel situated in the commercial village of Aguas Calientes, where you can admire and interact with the local residents and get a different perspective. The hotel is efficient, playful and people friendly; it welcomes a wide range of guests who expect an uncomplicated visit. You will be enlightened when you visit Peru’s most distinguished destination, the Machu Picchu Archaeological site. The hotel rooms are equipped with blackout curtains, 100% cotton sheets, down duvets, hypoallergenic pillows, cotton bath robes, natural herbal amenities, 32″ flat screen TVs and tight-focus reading lights.
In Cusco: Novotel Hotel is located in the historic city center of Cusco. Set on a cobbled street, this upscale, non-smoking hotel in a colonial-style house is a 5-minute walk from Museo de Arte Precolombino’s ancient objects and 5 km from Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport. It is in the perfect spot for discovering the Inca civilization. The hotel is in a 16th century building, and is an ideal starting point for visiting the cathedral and other hotspots of Cusco. The colonial and modern architecture continues in the spacious sleek rooms with wood floors, free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, plus safes and minibars. Upgraded rooms add elegant dark-wood furnishings. Airport shuttles are free. Breakfast (fee) is served in-room or in a relaxed international restaurant with a chic, glass-domed courtyard patio featuring a colonnade. There’s a contemporary bar, a kids’ play area and 24-hour security, and the lobby hosts regular live music events. Relax with the family under the shade of the canopy on the patio of this old colonial house. Sip a complimentary coca tea or try the international cuisine on offer at the Novotel restaurant.
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Since I was a kid, I was interested about Peruvian history, archaeology and art. I decided to study tourism to share with people my culture. My work as a tour director allows me to keep learning and discover Peru´s wonders. I am also a teacher, which offers me the opportunity to keep learning and do research about Peruvian history and most importantly, to share my experience with my students to contribute to the development of this amazing career. Welcome to my country! Our Team of Guides, myself included, will be more than happy to guide you an amazing and unforgettable journey!
I grew-up in Cusco surrounded by so many historic ancient sights and such beautiful scenery that I became fully aware of the timelessness and importance of my Country and this is why I’ve been involved in the tourism industry in Peru for the last 10 years. Most of this time has been spent guiding travelers, helping them to experience a once in a lifetime Peruvian expedition. My ability to communicate with people from different backgrounds and cultures paired with being flexible, having fun and making sure that our guests get the most from their vacation has enabled me to lead both lecture and tour groups with great success.
Born and raised in Cusco, I have always been passionate about Peru and its rich culture and this is why I decided to study tourism. I started working in adventure and rural tourism which allowed me to learn more about my culture and after some years of experience in the field, I also pursued a degree in anthropology. Ever since, I have been researching about the Andean traditions and culture which has allowed me to write and publish several papers. Working as a Peru Group Vacations Tour Guide is the best way for me to share with our visitors what I’ve learned about my country and the Andean culture!
I was born in Lima – Peru, but when I was a kid my parent’s work made us live in different countries. We visited many wonderful and interesting places around the world, but my mind and feelings were always telling me that my place was in Peru. I have always loved Peruvian history as I feel very proud of my country and I love sharing the passion I feel about Peru with people. Being a Peru Group Vacations Tour Guide gives me the possibility to show the wonders of Peru and South America to visitors from all over the world and at the same time I enjoy meeting interesting people. I feel very fortunate for being part of a team that creates unforgettable experiences.
My passion for history and tourism started when I was a child, reading my dad’s books about Peruvian history and imagining how the Incas and other cultures lived. Working in Tourism has allowed me to learn more about the history, customs and traditions of the Incas culture and as a result, I am really focused in preserving and maintaining our heritage and its environment. In all my 10 years of experience as a Guide, I have done whatever it takes, and will continue doing it so, for my guests to take a little bit of Peru in their hearts when returning home.
I was born in Lima city. Since I was a child, I knew I was going to study tourism due to my passion on Peruvian history and archeology. Being a Tour Guide gives me the possibility to show the wonders of Peru and South America to visitors from all over the world and at the same time, I enjoy meeting interesting people and learning about their culture. My recognized ability to communicate with people from many different backgrounds, cultures and countries has enabled me to lead both lecture and tour groups with great success and acclaim. Now I have 5 years of experience in this profession. I invited you to know my country the rich history of Peru and discover all its treasures. Culture, gastronomy, folklore and more.
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