Hidden secrets of centuries past are tucked into the ornate architecture of downtown Lima. Peru is a mystic destination of beauty and allure. Just beyond the hustle and bustle of city life, families gather along the shimmering shoreline of the Pacific. Meanwhile, in central Peru, open-air markets are in full swing as charismatic vendors entice shoppers with fresh produce and delicious fruit juices. Nearby, a luxurious train car chugs along the mystical Sacred Valley en route for the famed ruins...
Lima – Airport Arrival and Sunset Dinner in Miraflores
Waves crash furiously against the sandy shores and rocky cliffsides of Lima's Miraflores coastline, seagulls circle overhead as the sun casts its shimmering rays of light onto the sparkling seawaters, and grassy overhangs line the ocean's perimeter and offer the ideal lookout point for passersby and tourists. You will arrive around midday at the Jorge Chavez International Airport in Lima. Once you have made your way through customs, you will meet your private airport transfer who will escort you to your hotel. In no time, you will be traveling down Lima's highway along buzzing boulevards and around picturesque plazas. As you roll down a window, you can listen for the vivacious guitar and keyboard tunes of street musicians and the friendly solicitations from vendors as they call out their daily specials. Soon, you will arrive at your luxurious accommodation in the heart of Miraflores, which is the most exotic neighborhood in all of Lima. Your driver will help you with your bags and escort you to your hotel, where you will be greeted by your hotel staff.
Later in the evening, you will venture to the city's downtown to admire the ornate architecture of the Spanish colonialists and the elaborate, stonework designs that date back to the Inca and pre-Inca era. Then, you will veer to the coastlines to indulge in an exquisite dinner at the water's edge, which will be complete with a frothy glass of pisco sour.
Lima – Tour of City Highlights and Barranco District
Cusco – Shopping in Traditional Markets and Tour of the Qorikancha Sun Temple
Aguas Calientes – Scenic Train Ride to UNESCO Ruins of Machu Picchu
Aguas Calientes – Exploration of the Machu Picchu Ruins and Natural Hot Springs
Puerto Maldonado – Thrilling Tour of Peru's Amazonian Jungle
Puerto Maldonado – Culture Class and Visit to National Conservation Center
Lima – International Departure
- Dine along the iridescent coastlines of the Pacific Ocean and stroll through Lima's prestigious neighborhood of Miraflores
- Venture down the vivacious cobbled streets of Lima's iconic downtown and marvel at the vibrant hues of city buildings in the Barranco District
- Peruse the diverse open-air markets of Cusco and amble down the gold-leafed halls of the ancient Qorikancha Temple
- Board a luxurious train ride through the majestic Sacred Valley and explore the famed ruins of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Machu Picchu
- Embark on an invigorating journey through Peru's Amazonian Jungle and visit a local conservation center to learn about national preservation efforts
Peru is an exceptional country of beauty and intrigue. Around every corner, there are hints of centuries past and cultural influences from the time of Spanish colonization. The metropolitan architecture of Lima exudes opulence and prestige, and the locals carry on with a frenzied pace while cars weave in and out of traffic. In the mountains, life moves at a slower pace, and cultural traditions persist. World travelers make the pilgrimage to the esteemed ruins of Machu Picchu and stop along the way for breathtaking views in the Sacred Valley. Just beyond, the Amazon Rainforest is buzzing with effervescent plant and animal life.
You will begin your journey in the bustling city of Lima and delight in a sunset dinner in the prestigious neighborhood of Miraflores. On your first full day in the city, you will join your expert guide for a customized tour of the highlights of the city. You will visit key features of Lima's iconic downtown and later amble along the resplendent coastline. Next, you will venture to the flamboyant Barranco District where whimsical street art pops against muted, stone streets.
Cusco is the next stop on your journey as you set out for the birthplace of the Inca Empire. You will converse with locals, learn about local traditions, and make pilgrimages to temples, fortresses, and spa resorts that are emblematic of Incan design. In the days to come, you will travel through the illustrious Sacred Valley until arriving in Aguas Calientes at the base of the famed ruins of Machu Picchu, where you will enjoy two exciting days of exploration. Your final destination is sure to leave a lasting impression as you trek through the bursting foliage of the mystical Amazon Rainforest and even zipline along the jungle's luscious canopy layer.
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