What do you know about hordes of Incan Gold stashed somewhere to escape from Spaniards? We know it’s there, and we all know about the number of people who have been “treasure hunting” for centuries now (including the Spaniards). But we all have seen Indiana Jones, you know how some random stroke of luck can lead you to either all the knowledge in the world or pots and pots of ancient treasures! Whether you strike gold or not, we can promise a treasure of a different kind. Wonderful memories, great stories and some of the most epic landscapes riddled with ancient magic!
The glory of Machu Picchu, with its 5000 yr old history is waiting for you, patiently. The messages to Gods of Alients etched into the arid earth at Nazca are waiting for you. Lima’s great museums take you on an informative journey into the past to glimpse into the lives of the lost civilizations.
They are waiting, you don’t have to. Hop on that flight now!
Which ever country you are flying in from, land at Lima, and take the flight to Cuzco. On this first day at Cuzco, there are visits on route to Awanacancha, Pisac market and Andean community on the agenda.
Flight to Cusco. Upon arrival to Cusco you will be transferred to the Sacred Valley, at a lower elevation than Cusco, enjoys a mild climate and offers the visitor a chance to acclimatize to the region in a less physically demanding environment. Surrounded by varied and dramatic landscapes, it has become a prime tourist destination in Peru.
Today visit the ancient weaving techniques used to create Andean clothing at Awanacancha, a breeding center for South American camelids where you will be able to see llamas, alpacas, vicuñas and huanacos. Continue to Pisaq colorful market, where you will have free time to interact with the local craftsmen, or purchase their hand-made souvenirs. For an immersion into the heart of the Andean culture, visit the charming Amaru community and its wonderful and amazing people. Straight from the hands of local craftspeople, you learn about textiles and the weaving process. The vivid colors of the Amaru villagers’ clothing are derived from natural dyes made from plants and other organic elements with which they decorate wool. Today you learn about “cochineal” red and the secret properties of some other medicinal plants in the area, as well as from other activities the community runs. Time to share with the people of Amaru and learn a little more about their customs and traditions. Their native language is Quechua, although most of them also speak Spanish - but with a somewhat special accent, maybe a bit hard to understand! Lunch at the Andean community.
Once you are settled in Cuzco, today its time for a full day excursion with Maras, Moray and horse backriding at Orihuela’s ranch.
Start with a visit to the circular terraces of Moray, an agricultural “research laboratory” for the Incas, who studied temperature variation from one terrace to another in order to develop different crop varieties. Later the hardier varieties of seeds were distributed throughout the Inca Empire. On the other side of the Urubamba Valley you’ll see dramatic snow-capped peaks of the Vilcabamba and Urubamba cordilleras (mountain ranges). You leave this interesting archaeological site to follow to the town of Maras, which grew in importance in the 17th century because of the exploitation and commercialization of the “salineras” or saltpans. You will cross the extensive Maras Pampas, where people farm the land and rear cattle and sheep. The Urubamba mountain range and its snow-capped peaks provide a spectacular background for your visit, which you may choose to do by van or through a gentle hike. In the town of Maras you will learn about the facades of the ancient houses, made from finely worked stone, indicative of the economic heights achieved by the town’s population at that time.
Lunch at Casa Hacienda Orihuela, a private residence with an impressive collection of Inca and colonial art and artifacts, where the Lambarri-Orihuela family will be your hosts. Continue then with a horse back riding activity at Orihuela Ranch. You will start the route towards the town of Huayllabamba where you will be able to see the local farmers working on the fields. Pass the town of Urquillos where you will see the famous Inca terraces used for corn crops and also some colonial houses as the Pumacahua. You will return back to Orihuela Ranch taking the path of Huycho for your transfer back to the hotel.
Today is the you witness the magic of Machu Picchu!
Early this morning you will be transferred to Ollantaytambo station to take the Vistadome train towards Machu Picchu. Upon arrival leave your bag at the hotel and take the shuttle bus towards the ruins and the rest of the morning visiting the Sacred Inca citadel, exploring its main temples and hidden corners. In the afternoon relax at your hotel. Dinner at the hotel.
Today you have the opportunity to see the sunrise at Machu Picchu ruins with a second entrance to the Inca citadel. For more adventure we suggest you to climb the Machu Picchu mountain, which offers an amazing and unique view of the Inca citadel and its surroundings. In the afternoon take the train back to Cusco arriving at late evening. Transfer to your hotel.
The trip doesn't end with Machu Pichu! There is so much more of Peru to be seen. Today head out on a half day walking city visit with Cathedral, Koricancha and local market of San Pedro with cooking demo.
In the afternoon visit the legendary Koricancha, the most important temple devoted to worshiping the Sun deity and whose walls were once plated with sheets of gold. Continue to the Plaza de Armas or Main Square to visit the Cathedral. End the morning with a visit to San Pedro market, a vibrant spot in a very busy area in town that can keep you entertained for hours. Here you can have a first-hand look at how locals live day-to-day, outside the confines of Cusco’s tourist zones.
By observing the scene you can hear the language as it is spoken and properly pronounced, view the gestures and habits that are common to the Andean culture, smell the scents of local produce and flora, absorb the styles and textures of the local fashion, see the fruits, vegetables and meats that make up the main staples of traditional meals. Cooking lesson demo and lunch at one of Cusco’s top restaurants: Limo.
Eat a hearty breakfast. You're going river rafting! A mid-morning drive takes you to a put-in point on the upper Urubamba River. This dramatic river flows from the high Andes down through the Sacred Valley of the Incas, past MachuPicchu and into the jungle. You’ll be on the finest, clearest and most scenic section of the river. It's exciting and unforgettable. Each raft carries 5 to 8 people and the rapids have a degree of difficulty ranging from 2-4. As always, you're in the hands of expert guides so you can focus on just having fun. At the end, you'll relive your new memories over a riverside picnic lunch. Coming down off the adrenaline high, return toy our hotel nestled among the mountains in the Sacred Valley
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to Lima. Arrival and transfer to your hotel to rest.
In the morning you embark upon a half day guided tour of Lima, visiting the historical center, the Plaza de Armas and the San Francisco Monastery, hosting the intriguing catacombs that give an impressive insight on how religious life was during Spanish colonial times. You stop to visit the Monastery and descend into the convent catacombs that served until 1808 as a burial ground; an extraordinary fact is that monks arranged the remains according to bone types, resulting in an absolutely amazing display of the burial sites. End the tour at the modern districts of Miraflores and San Isidro. At a suitable time you will be transferred to the airport for your international flight
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