Peru Explorer

Peru Explorer

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Peru Explorer

7 Days Starting in Lima and ending in Cuzco

Visiting: Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu

Tour operator:

Costsaver

Tour code:

VPRUN19

Activities:

Sightseeing, Walking

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Tour Overview

Starting in the gastronomic capital of Lima, sip Pisco Sours and admire colonial casas before heading to the rugged beauty of the Sacred Valley. Walk in the footsteps of the Incas as you admire one of the New Wonders of the World rising above the clouds, then finish your trip in ancient Cusco. Keen to stay longer? Extend your trip with a visit to Lake Titicaca.

Highlights

  • 5 Breakfast (B)

  • 2 Lunch (L)

  • : Explore the "City of the Kings" and see the Cathedral, Government Palace, Archbishop's Palace, City Hall and visit San Francisco Monastery, famous for its catacombs

  • 2 Dinner (D)

  • : Journey to the marvelous citadel of Machu Picchu, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World

  • : Discover Sacsayhuaman, Coricancha and the famous San Pedro market before enjoying a magical evening featuring an entertaining folklore show

  • : Visit the famous Pisac Market where local indigenous communities sell their wares and produce. Learn how to prepare the local empanada. Take a train expedition to Machu Picchu. Visit the workshop of local pottery artist Pablo Seminario

  • : Visit the famous Pisac Market where local indigenous communities sell their wares and produce. Visit the workshop at Mrs. Ernestina’s Empanada Shop, a family business since 4 generations and learn how to make empanadas before getting a taste.

  • : Visit Coricancha, or the 'Temple of the Sun', the most important temple in the Incan Empire

  • : Machu Picchu: Visit Coricancha, or the 'Temple of the Sun', the most important temple in the Incan Empire.

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Day 1: Arrive Lima (2 Nights)

Location: Lima

Accommodation: Hilton Garden Inn Lima

Welcome to the Peruvian capital and ‘City of the Kings’, Lima. Rising above a long coastline of crumbling cliffs this city has a real sense of faded yet romantic grandeur, with historical sights a plenty and a culinary scene that is revered the world over. Settle in to your hotel and meet up with your Travel Director this afternoon, then the rest of the day is free to explore. Head to Parque del Amor to admire the Gaudí style architecture with beautiful views over Lima Bay, or take a wander around popular and bustling Miraflores.

Day 2: Lima Sightseeing And Free Time

Location: Lima

Accommodation: Hilton Garden Inn Lima

Meals Included: Breakfast

Visit the famous Plaza Mayor and Cathedral as well as the Government Palace, Archbishop’s Palace and City Hall. Delve into the dark history of the San Francisco Monastery, a museum featuring mysterious catacombs. Your afternoon and evening are free to join one of our exciting optional experiences. Take a walking tour with a local expert of the lively Miraflores district highlighting the Boardwalk of Miraflores, a cliff rising above the ocean at around 130 feet and the Larcomar shopping area. Or, indulge your taste buds on a food tour through Barranco or a street food tour – from coffee to churros - through Lima’s city centre. In the evening, opt to visit the colourful, musical Magic Water Fountains of Lima.

Day 3: Lima – Cusco – Sacred Valley (2 Nights)

Location: Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley

Accommodation: Ava Valle Sagrado Spot

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Flying into Cusco, welcome to the Incan capital of the world! Boasting the richest heritage of any South American city, Cusco is a wealth of archaeological greatness and the oldest continuously inhabited city on the continent. It’s also the gateway to Machu Picchu, so throbs day and night with visitors exploring its ancient streets. Take in the ornate temples and Incan ruins as you arrive here.
On the way to Sacred Valley, join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience during your visit to Chinchero Sunday market, still a very original market where you can find fruit and vegetable vendors as well as the occasional souvenir stall. Your guide will introduce you to some local produce such as potatoes, and if you wish, you can also taste some of the fruit.
Make your way to a local Chichería to enjoy a typical lunch from the region. Learn about chicha, a local drink made of corn, and admire llamas and alpacas before making your way to the hotel.

Day 4: Machu Picchu Excursion

Location: Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley

Accommodation: Ava Valle Sagrado Spot

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Today’s the day! Up bright and early this morning, you’ll travel to the ancient little town of Ollantaytambo to board the train to Aguas Calientes, the Incan village at the base of Machu Picchu. Slowly chugging your way through the rugged lands of the Sacred Valley, feel the excitement levels build as you pass by village settlements and towering mountains, the landscape changing as you descend. Making the last leg of the journey via shuttle, you’ll finally arrive at the most famous archaeological site of South America and one of the New 7 Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu. Catching a first glimpse of this awe inspiring ancient city above the clouds is a moment you’ll never forget, so be sure to take a few minutes just to soak it all in. Take your time exploring the vast complex of fascinating ruins and let the mind boggle at how it was all built, before descending the mountain and making your way back to the Sacred Valley. Visit the local home of Mrs. Rosa. Her house goes at least 7 generations back and is a fine example of Incan architecture. Learn more about how guinea pigs are raised, as well as ancient traditions kept alive until this day.

Day 5: Sacred Valley – Cusco (2 Nights)

Location: Sacred Valley, Cusco

Accommodation: San Agustin Plaza

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Begin your day in Pisaq, famous for its local market and empanadas. Feast on the specialty tasting the local food at a women-owned and operated empanada workshop. Learn from Mrs. Ernestina how to make empanadas out of seven different kinds of flour before enjoying the empanadas for lunch. Continuing on to Cusco you’ll also stop by the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, a UNESCO World Heritage site that dates back to the 13th century, before arriving at the Incan capital of Cusco.
Embark on a sightseeing tour of ancient Cusco visiting Coricancha, the Temple of the Sun and most important temple in the Incan Empire, before admiring the bounty of colonial art on display in the Cathedral.

Day 6: Cusco Sightseeing And Free Time

Location: Cusco

Accommodation: San Agustin Plaza

Meals Included: Breakfast

Kick off the final day of your tour joining for an optional experience. Head to Moray and Maras to see Incan farming and salt mining techniques at play or visit 17th century Piquillacta to view the pre-Incan citadel built by the Wari people. Another option is to indulge your sweet tooth with a visit to the Choco Museum to learn more about the Peruvian chocolate making process. In town, tour Cusco after dark learning the secrets of this ancient city or experience Cusco off the beaten track visiting tiny stores and cemeteries with plenty of personal stories along the way. If you’re looking for an all-day adventure, join a trip to Rainbow Mountain where you’ll take a rigorous hike through breathtaking scenery of mountains and lakes.

Day 7: Depart Cusco

Location: Cusco

Meals Included: Breakfast

One New Wonder of the World and an incredible seven days later, your trip will finally come to an end this morning. Leaving with priceless memories, a wealth of new knowledge and a wonderful group of new friends, you’ll make your way to the airport today. Departure is at leisure from Cusco Airport. When booking your international flight from Lima,-allow 3-4 hours of connecting time between the arrival of the national and the departure of the international flight.

What's Included

  • All internal air included in trip cost

  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver

  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

  • Many meals included

  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries

  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences

  • City orientation tours

  • Extensive variety of Choice Optional Experiences

  • On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilised.

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Travel Director Alberto and Driver Victor were providing excellent services and amazing travel experiences. Since I came back I strongly recommended to all my contacts how impressed I am with your Professional Team.

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Trip was planned well and the experience was great. Would definitely recommend and do another

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Best trip ever!

20-Jan-2023

Our trip was absolutely outstanding, organized and just plain fun. Agnes is a wonderful tour-guide, knowledgeable and we never had to worry about anything. And Frank, our bus driver, always had a smile and gave us the smoothest bus ride ever! And I've been on buses around the world... If we ever go again (hopefully), Costsaver would be my first and only choice and hopefully we will get "team" Agnes and Frank again.

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We have traveled to Europe many times but this time Spain was different. It was fantastic trip, our tour director was professional and informative.

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17-Jan-2023

I had the time of my life. It was an incredible experience.

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15-Jan-2023

1. The visited places were interesting. 2. A real value for money. 3. Super knowledgeable and friendly tour director 4. Secure and safe. 5. Comfortable bus. 6. Efficient hotel check-in experience. 7. Highly experienced driver. 8. Excellent coordination with hotels.

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