Highlights

  • Hike the One Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
  • Learn the secrets of Peruvian cooking with a professional chef
  • Enjoy an exclusive special access Monastery tour in cusco with a colonial art expert

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 Peru’s top destinations as an insider, staying at the best properties with personality and charm. It also immerses you in the Andean landscapes by trekking part of the Inca trail.

Enjoy!

Marisol Mosquera

Daily Summary 10 Days / 9 Nights

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. Overnight at Hotel B.
Day 3 Lima – Sacred Valley Fly Lima to Cusco. Visit Pisac archaeological site and market. Overnight at Sol y Luna (Deluxe).
Day 4 Sacred Valley 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 Sacred Valley Ollantaytambo fortress. Enjoy a traditional Pachamanca lunch at an organic farm. Overnight at Sol y Luna (deluxe).
Day 6 Inca Trail to Machu Picchu One 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 Cusco'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 flavors with a sampling food tour accompanied by a top chef. International departure.
  • Day 1
    LimaView on map
    Arrival to Peru

    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.

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  • Day 2
    LimaView on map
    Into The Past Lima City Tour & Visit Barranco with a 'friend'

    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 one of our 'friends in the city' to head to the bohemian district of Barranco for a local's take on this creative district. 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. Alternatively you can visit Callao Monumental instead of Barranco. Callao Monumental is an avante gardé artistic space for contemporary and urban art in Lima. Here you can gain insight and perspective on what’s currently happening in the city's art scene by exploring the Ronald Building, six floors of independent restaurants, artisanal fabric boutiques, galleries and studio space for resident artists, and tour through Callao’s vibrant street art scene with a leading graffiti artist.

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  • Day 3
    Lima - Sacred ValleyView on map
    Visit Pisac Market and 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 Sacred Valley'. Your guide will accompany you throughout the Urubamba Valley, Cusco and Machu Picchu.

    En route, stop for a short visit of Awanacancha camelid ranch here you will have the opportunity to meet 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.

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  • Day 4
    Sacred ValleyView on map
    Choose from adventure and cultural activities

    Today between different activities in the Sacred Valley.

    A popular option is to visit Maras and Moray, must-see higlights of the Sacred Valley. Maras is the site of unusual salt pans, consisting of a huge number of photogenic watered terraces that collect salt which have been in use since pre-Colombian times. Near Maras lie the most enigmatic Inca terraces at the site of Moray. This unique site, probably used for agricultural experimentation, consists of several enormous terraced circular depressions. Enjoy a gourmet private pop-up picnic lunch.

    Another option is to get a look into local life by spending the day with the Janac Chuquibamba community in the Sacred Valley. 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. Walk with the locals 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. Here learn the indigenous legends surrounding the achupalla plant—both its scientific background and its many uses, which include firewood, animal food and medicine. Return to the village for a plentiful lunch using local ingredients.

    The adventurous can opt for a sky-high adventure. This uniquevia ferrata and ziplining experience will allow you to venture up 400 meters above the Sacred Valley of the Incas and dine with incredible views. After a safety briefing and equipment demonstration, you begin your journey, either climbing 400 meters up a via ferrata or hiking an intrepid trail with a series of ziplines. At the top a group lunch is served in a transparent luxury capsule that hangs from the top of a mountain in the Sacred Valley, where you can enjoy stunning 300 degree views of the Sacred Valley while you dine.

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  • Day 5
    Sacred ValleyView on map
    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. Pachamanca is a traditional Inca cooking technique where meats, potatoes and vegetables are cooked with wood-fired stones under ground. As your meal cooks in the earth oven, enjoy a visit around the farm, and then watch the Pachamanca being unearthed before sitting down to a delicious alfresco lunch. You can also visit the micro-distillery where cañazo, a local spirit made with sugar cane, is produced, and taste freshly roasted Peruvian coffee in the onsite coffee roasting facilities.

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  • Day 6
    Inca Trail - Machu PicchuView on map
    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.

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  • Day 7
    Machu Picchu - CuscoView on map
    Visit Machu Picchu

    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).

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  • Day 8
    CuscoView on map
    Cusco Cooking Class & Cusco's highlights on Foot

    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.

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  • Day 9
    CuscoView on map
    Sacsayhuaman ruins, & fly to Lima

    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 in the top 10 on the World's Best Restaurants List, with a sumptuous 17-course taster menu. Lima is the culinary capital of South America and this is not to be missed.

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  • Day 10
    LimaView on map
    Urban Eats Food Tour & 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. Visiting a local market, traditional bodegas and artisan eateries, discover new ingredients and learn more about Lima’s trailblazing gastronomic status by tasting the extraordinary variety of foods Peru offers. After your culinary experience, you will be transferred to the airport for your international departure.

Aracari specializes in tailormade travel. Here are just some of our further trip suggestions. Contact us for more bespoke ideas to inspire your travels.

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Itinerary pricing as of 2018

Basic Pricing - US$5,374

This is a sample itinerary and can be tailored to your interests and travel style.

  • 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

What's Included?

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
  • 9 nights in a hand-picked and personally tested selection of Peru’s finest hotels
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