For a journey back in time, for a beautiful treasure hunt, to witness rites and traditions, to check out some of the best mysteries known to mankind, Peru is the place to be. A sunset or a sunrise in Machu Pichu brings up all kinds of existential questions. Peru is all about the history. They thrive in it, and they have absorbed in like no other country in the world. Every single thing you witness today – from their Gods to icons, everything is believed to be a reincarnation of some Incan hero or Mayan Gods! It is an Epic Once in a Lifetime trip. What are you waiting for?
On arrival at Lima International airport, meet and greet with our representatives, who will give you your arrival kit, your travel details, reconfirmations, coordinate any last minute changes and assist you to your hotel. Our recommendation is the Country Club Lima Hotel.
Lima, the Spanish Vice-Royal capital of South America, is home to some of the most remarkable colonial mansions, churches, and squares on the continent. The cosmopolitan districts of San Isidro, Barranco, and Miraflores offer a great variety of museums, restaurants, and shopping opportunities.
After breakfast at the hotel set out at leisure to acclimatize with the Peruvian city.
After lunch, start a half-day sightseeing tour of Lima. First stop is the Plaza San Martín and Plaza Mayor, where you will observe the Government Palace, the Archbishop Palace, the Cathedral and The City Hall, as well as the San Francisco Church which constitutes the best example of colonial religious art in America. Then, visit the most traditional and historic residential areas in the capital city.
Continue to the Larco Museum. Browse the Museum display of 45,000 archaeological objects considered to be pre-Columbian art icons around the world; chronologically exhibited in impressive galleries showing the continuous development of 3,000 years of Peru’s pre-Columbian history. Delight in its beautiful gardens, located inside a unique viceroyalty mansion dating back to the XVIII century and be awed by the Museo Larco’s finest old Peruvian gold and silver collection as well one of the most famous erotic art collections.
Today is yet another day at the historic Lima. Start with a guided visit to the Real Felipe, the most imposing of all the fortresses built by the Spanish in their American colonies, is located in Callao, Peru's principal port. It was constructed from 1747 as a defense against pirate attacks from corsairs who knew very well that Spanish galleons, loaded with Inca gold, departed from here. The fortress is currently the seat of the Peruvian Army Museum.
The Real Felipe has a true aura of history, and the military authorities therefore decided that the location was an ideal place to exhibit the army's different aspects during the past, and from Inca times onward.
Facing the archaeological Huaca Pucllana, it offers an excellent fusion of traditional and contemporary food. Respecting the native materials and ingredients, the Huaca Pucllana restaurant enhances the flavors of traditional Peruvian cuisine and turns them into delicious, modern dishes.
Stroll around the quaint and traditional Barranco district, known for its bohemian character, culture and as the home of famous Peruvian writers of the 20th Century responsible for much of the country’s literary output. An obligatory stop is the Bridge of Sighs, built in 1876, more than thirty meters long and approximately three meters wide, it has always been a place for lovers. According to tradition anyone who makes a wish and crosses the bridge for the first time without taking a breath will have his wish granted. Then visit Pedro de Osma Museum of Colonial Art, with its valuable collection of paintings and sculpture. It is a private museum hold in the Palacio de Osma, a historic mansion in Barranco. The home belonged to Don Pedro de Osma Gildemeister, who dedicated his life to collecting art.
Today is last day at Lima, so is free for independent activities.
Some of our recommendations includes visits to a few of the many museums in Lima.
Visit Enrico Poli Museum, a private stunning display of the most outstanding examples of pottery from the different ancient cultures of Peru. Also in the Museum are displays of gold jewelry from Sipan, colonial artifacts, silver, oil paintings from Cusco Art School and sculptures.
Visit the Gold Museum, one of the world's largest private collections of pre- Columbian gold, silver and copper works of art. The museum also houses a collection of antique fire arms from around the world.
Visit the Amano Museum, which houses a unique private collection of pre-Columbian ceramics and textiles, primarily from the Chancay culture.
Lunch Recommendation: BRUJAS DE CACHICHE, an old mansion converted into a restaurant, specializes in traditional Peruvian food. It offers a great variety of Peruvian dishes including the famous Lomo Saltado, Tacu Tacu and Tamales.
Today it's time to start the epic part of your journey, time to unravel the Mayan and Incan mysteries. Fly to Cusco. Upon arrival at Cusco airport, meet and greet with our representatives who will transfer you to Ollantaytambo train station to board your Vistadome train service to Machu Picchu.
On the way, visit Chinchero, a traditional Andean village 40 minutes from Urubamba Villas. This community is surrounded by a breathtaking views of the Sacred Valley of the Incas and the mountain ranges of Urubamba and Salkantay snow peaks. Chinchero means the birthplace of the rainbow in Quechua. This excursion combines Inca archaeological sites, a typical Andean community, remarkable colonial church, mountain landscapes and a colorful traditional market which to date, on its market day practice the tradition of barter of goods.
You will have a box lunch enroute and then continue to the train station.
Please note: VISTADOME SERVICE: It is important that you bring only necessary clothing and equipment to Machu Picchu. Due to Train company’s weight rules they limit passengers´luggage to only 5 kg. (11 lbs.) per person. Storage is available at your hotel.
Upon arrival in Machu Picchu pueblo (Aguas Calientes), you will be greeted by one of our hotel representatives who will assist you with your luggage and escort you to Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, our recommendation for this stay.
Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, a rustic boutique hotel in the heart of the Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary. Cozy whitewashed cottages constructed from local materials line the stone pathways, giving this intimate 85-room, suite, and villa hotel the look of a lovely Andean village.
The rest of the afternoon will be free to soak in the environs of the hotel.
Early in the morning, you will be contacted by your assigned private guide to proceed on a full day guided visit through the ruins and surroundings of the ancient Machu Picchu Citadel; experience the energy and atmosphere of one of the most significant and spectacular archaeological sites on the planet. This excursion includes a privately escorted visit to the ruins with our certified guide; the enigmatic city is explored for 5 hours, including an explanation of its history and mystery.
Machu Picchu, one of the new 7 wonders of the world for its amazing archaeological heritage, is proved to have been the favored country retreat for the royal family and Inca Nobility. The imposing surrounding mountains, the natural beauty of its cloud forest and its significant lower altitude than Cusco inspired the Incas to build Machu Picchu Citadel. Today, travelers enjoy the spirituality and mystery of the region through many activities offered in the Park.
You can also relax with a de-stress massage in our Unu Spa. This massage helps de-tress the body and restores physical, mental and emotional balance. The massage therapist uses techniques designed to help guests recover flexibility and achieve maximum relaxation.
Walk early in the morning to take advantage of the optimum time for a cloud-forest bird watching tour. You will be able to observe some of the 192 registered species, of which 18 are hummingbirds, such as the torrent duck, the white-capped dipper, the cock-of-the-rock or the golden-headed quetzal.
In time you will be transferred to the Machu Picchu pueblo (Aguas Calientes) train station to board your train back to Ollantaytambo.
Upon arrival at the train station, you will be welcomed by your private representative and transferred to your hotel in Cusco.
Cusco is the ancient capital and spiritual heart of the Inca Empire and a Colonial center. During the visit, you will discover marvelous Inca buildings as well as Andean Baroque structures from the Colonial Period among its unique cobbled stoned streets. Cusco is nowadays recognized for its extraordinary handicrafts and home to some of Peru’s most talented textile and ceramics’ artists, good restaurants and fun nightlife.
Discover an elegant fusion of colonial and Inca culture. Our recommendation is the Inkaterra La Casona, a striking 16th century manor house that has been meticulously restored as an 11-suite luxury hotel, celebrating Cusco’s hybrid history and tradition. Inca legacies and colonial furnishings blend with contemporary comforts and impeccable services.
Today, take a half-day private guided journey throughout the city of Cusco, where you will visit the recently restored cathedral, located next to the main plaza, and see the city’s greatest collections of colonial art. Then, stop by the famous QoriKancha, or Temple of the Sun, originally the Inca Empire’s richest temple, where, then the Spanish built a Catholic church.
Visit Cusco’s main ruins in the outskirts of the city. Sacsayhuamán, which in Quechua means “satisfied falcon,” is thought to be of religious and military significance; it is the most impressive ruin close to the city of Cusco. Thought to be a hunting lodge, Puca Pucará, which means “red fort” in Quechua, is a rock structure that looks pink in some lights. Later visit Qenko, which means “zigzag” in Quechua and consists of a large limestone riddled with niches, steps and carvings, including zigzagging channels that gave the site its name. Finally, visit Tambomachay (Cavern Lodge), commonly referred to as the Baños del Inca or Inca Baths. Tambomachay was a site used for ritual bathing, with an excellent quality of the stonework suggesting that its use was restricted to the higher nobility for ceremonial occasions. The last stop is back at the city’s artistic district of San Blas and browse its galleries and artisan shops.
Today, fly back to Lima. Upon your arrival to Lima airport, you will be met by one of our representative who will assist you to board your International flight. A 3-hour advance check-in is required. It's time for Ecuador!
On arrival in Quito, get settled in your hotel. Our recommendation is Casona de la Ronda Hotel. The rest of the day will be free for independent activities.
It's time for ancient Incan magic at Quito!
Start with a tour through the streets and main squares of Quito Historic Centre, first city in the world to be declared by the UNESCO as “World Cultural Heritage” in recognition for its architectonic and artistic value.
Narrow and sometimes steep streets surrounded of a great exhibition of classic architecture, colonial style houses, gracious flowered balconies, charming squares and more than 50 monumental churches, convents, monasteries, cloisters and historic monuments get together at the best preserve Historical center of Latin America to delight our passengers.
A visit to the Church and Convent of Santo Domingo is part of this spectacular visit; this convent has the best exhibition of architectural and religious art in the colonial city. In approximately two hours you will have the opportunity to be delighted by the delicate and unusual beauty of this colonial Convent.
Treasures as the Chapels of El Rosario and Pompeya whose walls and columns are decorated in gold with an original blend of vegetable and anthropomorphic figures are a vivid example of the world famous Quito School of Art. The Convent of Santo Domingo displays colossal doors and ceilings covered with oil paintings and gold leaf; it takes us back in time and dazzled us with its supreme beauty.
Ecuador owes its name to the Equatorial Line which crosses it 15 minutes to the north of Quito. There you find a monument marking the latitude 0º 00’ 00” this is a very fun and unique place where you can literally jump from the northern to southern hemisphere of the planet. This tour includes a visit to the Ethnographic Museum on site. Certificates are awarded to visitors who take part in this adventure.
The rest of the afternoon will be free for independent activities.
Today it's time for some exploration of all the key places around Quito. Located just two and a half hours west of Quito is Mindo, a small village known for its cloud forest that stretches to the slopes of Pichincha. With a ranging altitude between 1400 and 4780m this beautiful forest is home to over 450 different species of birds, one of the best places in the country to see the golden-headed quetzal.
You will visit Tulipe, an ancient site of pilgrimage for the Yumbo people, a very interesting pre-Inca community dedicated to exchange products, culture and knowledge between the Andes and the Coastal lower lands region. Experience this spiritual and mystical encounter with nature, to enable a greater understanding of the importance of the elements of nature to the ancient civilizations of the Center of the World.
Today will be marked as the day you had a wild induction to Ecuador - all thanks to Galapagos!
Take a domestic flight and arrive at San Cristobal Island. After passing through immigration and baggage claim you will be met by Cormorant staff and transferred to the yacht.
First sighting will be the Kicker Rock.
This striking rock formation is located a couple hours off the western shore of San Cristobal. Jutting out of the water, the rocks stand vertically at hundreds of feet above the ocean divided by a small channel. Although there are no landing areas, kayaking and scuba diving allow visitors to spot a variety of marine life.
Second Sighting; Española Island: Gardner Bay / Gardner Islet / Osborn Islet & Suarez Point
Gardner Bay, on the eastern side of the island, is the breeding site of nearly all of the world´s 12,000 pairs of Waved Albatrosses. It has an ample white sandy beach with a myriad of sea lions, perfect for relaxing. Its rocky shores make this site a great place for diving and snorkeling.
Third Sighting: Suarez Point
This area is great for spotting Blue-footed Boobies, albatrosses and Nazca Boobies. A beautiful site on the ocean front, the large Waved Albatrosses use the cliff as a launching pad. The famous attraction is the magnificent blowhole, spurting water high into the air. This site presents wonderful photograph opportunities.
Fourth Sighting: Floreana Island: Baroness View / Post Office Bay / Cormorant Point / Champion
Baroness Viewpoint is a fantastic place to absorb the environment of the Galapagos. Once inhabited by an indulgent Baroness and her three lovers, the history of this island is intriguing. The legends about this baroness are associated with a fascinating murder mystery. There are easy trails in this area for exploring the flora and fauna of Floreana.
Fifth Sighting: Cormorant Point
This site hosts a large flamingo lagoon where other birds such as common stilts, White-cheeked Pintails can also be seen. The beaches on this island are distinct: The “Green Beach” named so due to its green color, which comes from a high percentage of olivine crystals in the sand, and the “Four Sand Beach” composed of white coral.
Sixth Sighting: Santa Cruz Island: Charles Darwin Station
The Charles Darwin Research Station is home to turtles ranging from 3-inches (new hatchlings) to 4-feet long. Sub-species of turtles interact with one another and many of the older turtles are accustomed to humans, stretching out their heads for a pet. The babies are kept until they are about four years old and strong enough to survive on their own.
After this final visit, you will be transferred to Baltra’s airport in time for flight back to the mainland, Quito.
Upon arrival at Quito, you will have free time to explore some more of Quito before being transferred back to the airport in time for the International flight to Lima.
Today it's time to say adios to Peru, a private guided excursion awaits. The tour is of the Pachacamac Reserve, a holy place since the beginnings of the Christian era, where millions of pilgrims gave their offerings and asked the Oracle for advice. It has many pyramidal temples and sites built by different pre-Columbian cultures and by the Incas. Pachacamac was thought to be the universe creator and divinity, venerated by the Andean Americans. In addition to the historical museum, the following temples can be found: Pachacamac, Dios del Sol (Sun God), el Palacio de las mujeres escogidas (Chosen Women Palace) and Las virgenes del Sol (Sun Virgins). This reserve is considered holy and is part of the world's mystic axis.
Lunch at Astrid & Gaston restaurant. Excellent place and service, great International cuisine. Gaston offers a wide range of new dishes, and Astrid’s desserts are exquisite.
Lima has the greatest variety of shopping in Peru, from nice boutiques to artisan and antiques shops. You will find traditional handicrafts from across Peru at the Indian Market in Miraflores.
Dinner at La Rosa Nautica restaurant, located in a majestic setting -a fabulous and romantic Art Nouveau construction that stands at the end of a pier. La Rosa Nautica is a unique dining experience. The almost 360º view of the ocean through the numerous big windows and the relaxing sound of waves breaking against the piles make you feel as if you were in the midst of the Pacific Ocean.
All transfers in private basis
Entrance fees to all sites visited
English speaking guide—All our guides are officially licensed and trained in first aid
All guided excursions described in the itinerary in private services
All specified meals—Vegetarian option is available with no extra charge
BTC Cusco (Touristic Ticket of Cusco)
Private trip from Cusco airport to Sacred Valley with visits on route to Awanacancha, Pisac market and Andean community
Full day Sacred Valley excursion: Maras, Moray and horse backriding activity
2d/1n Machu Picchu excursion with guided visit on day 1
Vistadome train Ollantaytambo – Machu Picchu - Ollantaytambo
Entrance fee to Machu Picchu with shuttle bus for guided visit on day 1
Half day Cusco walking visit with Cathedral, Koricancha and local market
Full day River Rafting
Half day Lima visit with San Francisco Convent
International or domestic air tickets or visa fees
Excess baggage charges
Additional nights during the trip due to flight cancellations
Alcoholic beverages or bottled water
Insurance of any kind
Phone calls, radio calls or messages
Other items of personal nature
Extra expenses originated in itinerary changes or others due to force majeure or other circumstances beyond Panache’s control