I’m passionate about travel but I really can’t stand crowds and tourist traps. I also love to travel with my young son so incorporating educational opportunities and adventure is important. Marisol’s Favorite itinerary will take you to visit Lima as an insider, getting a good feel for the best of what Peru has to offer while selecting properties with personality and charm. It also immerses you in the landscape by trekking part of the Inca trail. — Marisol Mosquera
- One Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
- Learn the secrets of Peruvian cooking with a food tour in Lima with a top chef and a cooking class in Cusco
- Enjoy a special tour of Monasterio with our colonial art expert - and a pisco sour in hand!
Day 1 Lima Arrival in Lima. Overnight at Hotel B.
Day 2 Lima Into the Past: Lima's city highlights in a half day tour with a specialist guide followed by Creative Footsteps half day tour of the galleries and boutiques of bohemian Barranco.
Day 3 Lima – Cusco – Urubamba Fly Lima to Cusco. Visit Pisac archaeological site and market. Overnight at Sol y Luna (Deluxe).
Day 4 Urubamba Visit an Andean community and take a short hike to learn about the many uses of the native Achupalla plant. Overnight at Sol y Luna (Deluxe).
Day 5 Urubamba Ollantaytambo fortress. Enjoy a traditional Pachamanca lunch at an organic farm. Overnight at Sol y Luna (deluxe).
Day 6 Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 1 day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and guided visit to the UNESCO World Heritage site. Overnight at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo.
Day 7 Machu Picchu - Cusco Second day Machu Picchu. Vistadome train back to Cusco. Overnight at Palacio Manco Capac.
Day 8 Cusco Learn the secrets of Peruvian cuisine with a Cooking Class. Visit the city's key historic sites and meet our colonial art expert for a special tour of Monaserio with cocktails and canapes. Overnight at Palacio Manco Capac.
Day 9 Cusco Visit Sacsayhuaman ruins. Fly to Lima. Enjoy dinner at Central Restaurant - one of the World´s Top restaurants. Overnight at Hotel B.
Day 10 Lima Sample local flavours with a sampling food tour accompanied by a top chef. International departure.
International Arrival Assistance
An English-speaking Aracari representative will be expecting you from your international arrival, will greet you and give you your customized welcome pack with a booklet of your trip itinerary and other useful information before whisking you off to Hotel B, assisting you with all check-in procedures.
Into The Past Lima City Tour with Specialist Guide and Creative Footsteps tour of Barranco
Begin to unravel the capital city's multifaceted and fascinating history accompanied our specialist guide. Visit the colonial area of Lima, featuring the Cathedral, the Convent of Santo Domingo, and the Main Square with its beautiful baroque style buildings. You will also have a chance to visit Casa Aliaga, reportedly the oldest home on the Continent and still family-owned after 17 generations. It is also possible to organize cocktails at Casa Aliaga (supplement price applies).
In the afternoon meet with your Friend in the City to head to the bohemian district of Barranco. Originally a trendy seaside resort for wealthy Lima residents at the beginning of the 20th century, Barranco features holidaymakers’ elegant mansions and stately homes that display neo-colonial style and charming decorative features. Take in innovative art galleries, traditional craft shops and trendy ateliers such as the Lucia de la Puente Art Gallery and the Las Pallas and Dédalo craft shops.
Lima – Cusco – Urubamba
Flight to Cusco, Awanacancha, Pisac Market & Ruins
Our Aracari representative will pick you up from your hotel for your private transfer to Lima airport, where he will assist you with check-in procedures for your domestic flight to Cusco. Upon arrival in Cusco, your personal guide and private driver will greet you at the airport to head straight to the Urubamba Valley - also known as the 'Sacred Valley'. Your guide will accompany you throughout the Urubamba Valley, Cusco and Machu Picchu.
En route, stop for a short visit of Awanacancha where you will have the opportunity to see the different camelids that live in the Andes such as llamas, alpacas, vicuñas and guanacos. In Pisac experience the sights and sounds of the town’s famous market, with its variety of handcrafts and fresh produce. Continue on to the Pisac ruins. With Inca masonry of superlative quality, the stunning terracing following the contours of the mountain and superior view of the valley will leave you in awe. After lunch (own cost), check-in to your chosen hotel.
The Legendary Leaves of Achupalla: Visit to an Andean Village
Transfer from your hotel to the Janac Chuquibamba community in the Sacred Valley for a first-hand insight into genuine local customs, beliefs and traditions. To reach this rural hamlet you will pass through countryside brimming with wild flowers, looming mountains and a colorful yellow, pink and red tapestry of quinoa and kiwicha fields. The last 30 minutes of the journey are on an unpaved road from the village of Lamay. On arrival at the community you will be greeted by the local leaders playing traditional instruments, dressed in bright, local attire – you will have the opportunity to try this clothing on. After a snack, follow the village representatives playing their potutos as you walk approximately half an hour amidst fields of lupin, cantutas and other wildflowers up the slopes of the mountain where the achupalla plant is found in abundance. Expect stunning views as you receive an explanation about the indigenous legends surrounding the achupalla plant—both its scientific background and its many uses, which include cooking utensils, baskets, firewood, animal food and medicine. Return to the village for a plentiful lunch using local ingredients. Typical dances and music follow the meal.
Ollantaytambo Fortress and traditional Pachamanca lunch
Begin your day by visiting the fabulous town of Ollantaytambo and its archaeological sites. The town is unique in that it still preserves its original Inca plan with people living in traditional cancha enclosures once occupied by the Inca elite. The archaeological compound is a sensational sight to behold and is of great historical significance for the Incas during the Spanish Conquest: It was here that one of the greatest battles of the Conquest was fought and one of the few where the Incas defeated the Spaniards.
Afterwards enjoy a traditional Pachamanca lunch at an organic farm. Having been the “bread basket” at the heart of the Inca Empire, the lush Sacred Valley has abundant potential to produce a variety of fresh ingredients – today many that you will try are sourced from the farm. Located in the midst of Inca terracing, the farm also offers breathtaking views towards the snow-capped peaks of mount Veronica and the Ollantaytambo ruins. Choose from a variety of dishes such as chicken and vegetable kebabs, pan-fried trout served with a variety of native potatoes and alpaca steak served with elderberry sauce.
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
One Day Inca Trail
For those wanting to approach Machu Picchu by foot, avoiding the crowds on the train and bus, this is the perfect option. Begin your day when your guide collects you from your hotel and drives you to Ollantaytambo to take the Vistadome train towards Aguas Calientes, the station that serves Machu Picchu. As the name implies, the Vistadome features spectacular panoramic windows with incredible scenic views. Traveling through the cloud forest, you will get off approximately 1.5 hours before arrival at Aguas Calientes and, with your guide, start your one-day Inca trail adventure. Along the way you’ll make stops at several interesting Inca archaeological complexes only accessible by foot before arriving at the lost citadel itself. Following your tour of the citadel, your guide will accompany you back to your hotel in Aguas Calientes.
Machu Picchu - Cusco
Second Day at Machu Picchu, Vistadome train to Cusco
This morning you’ll return to the ruins with your guide. Optionally hike to IntiPunku, the “Sun Gate”, take a more strenuous climb to Huayna Picchu or climb to the top of Machu Picchu Mountain, located south of the Citadel and offering spectacular panoramic views. Following your visit, take the bus back to the town of Aguas Calientes to catch the Vistadome train (approx. 1.5hrs) back to Ollantaytambo, where a private vehicle will be waiting to transfer you by road to Cusco (approx. 2hrs).
Cusco Cooking Class, City highlights and private tour of Monasterio
This morning try your hand at preparing traditional Peruvian dishes to dine on your creations for lunch. The focus of the class is on the fusion of culinary traditions from the diverse cultures that coexist in Peru and the Andes, with a generous dash of modern creativity and imagination.
In the afternoon explore Cusco on foot. Begin at the Plaza de Armas, the Main Square, which is marked by the exquisite Spanish Colonial architecture and ornamentation imposed by Spanish colonists to exert religious and political influence. Underneath it all, however, you can clearly see remnants of Inca Cusco in the solid stonework. Visit Koricancha, the most sumptuous “Sun Temple” in the Inca Empire, and the breathtaking Cathedral, a repository for Cusco’s colonial art, as well as many other important archaeological relics and artifacts. You will also stop by the colourful San Pedro market and pass through the charming neighborhood of San Blas. Optionally visit the Chocolate Museu, the Pre-Colombian Art Museum or the Casa Concha manor, home to a fine selection of repatriated Inca artifacts excavated by Hiram Bingham during his exploration of Machu Picchu.
In the evening take an exclusive tour Monasterio Hotel with an art historian, our specialist who has been deeply involved with the study of colonial art and architecture in Cusco for some forty years. Discuss the work of different artists, movements, styles and practices that have defined Cusco’s art and architecture throughout the ages, symbolic of the vibrant history to which the city has borne witness.
Sacsayhuaman ruins, flight to Cusco & dinner at Central
This morning visit Sacsayhuaman, an Inca citadel atop a hill, on the outskirts of the city. Not only are the imposing terraces of masterful stonework a sight to behold, but the vistas overlooking the sienna rooftops of Cusco provide a whole new perspective to the city you traversed. Afterwards, take a domestic flight to Lima.
In the evening dine at Central restaurant, listed #4 on the World's Best Resuarants List, with a sumptuous 17-course taster menu. Lima is the culinary capital of South America and this is not to be missed.
Urban Eats Culinary Tour, International Departure
This morning your culinary adventure continues. Having exploded onto the global food scene, Peru is now widely regarded as one of the world’s principal food travel destinations. Home to colourful dishes inspired by the country’s dramatically diverse geography, rich ethnic make-up and long culinary history, on today’s sampling tour you will savour some of the flavours that have helped put Peru on the world food map. Visiting a local market, traditional bodegas and artisan eateries that collectively showcase some of the best of Peru’s produce, discover new ingredients and learn more about Lima’s trailblazing gastronomic status by tasting a sample of the extraordinary variety of foods Peru offers. After your culinary experience, you will be transferred to the airport for your international departure.
Itinerary pricing as of 2017
Pricing Info - US$5,963
This is an example itinerary and can be entirely customized to suit you. Just get in touch and we’ll design your own tailor-made itinerary according to your interests, travel style and budget.
- Based on two people travelling together in double or twin occupancy
- Price is per person for this 10-day itinerary
- Based on Hotel Selection 1: Hotel B, Sol y Luna (Deluxe), Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo, Palacio Manco Capac
- Contact us for alternative hotel options
This itinerary is based on two people travelling together in double or twin occupancy, excluding flights (international and domestic).
- Includes all specified services in the itinerary description
- All transfers and entrance fees
- A welcome pack on arrival including: a pre-loaded cell phone to contact your travel consultant at any time, a printed booklet packed with insider tips alongside your detailed itinerary and up-to-date recommendations on dining and shopping
- Hand-selected English-speaking guides
- Specialist guides (where noted)
- 24-hour support from our locally based team
- 10 nights in a hand-picked and personally tested selection of Peru’s finest hotels