Luxury Peru (12n/13d)

The Aqua is one of the finest vessels cruising out of Iquitos

The Aqua is one of the finest vessels cruising out of Iquitos

Day 1: Arrival in Lima
Upon arriving in the city of Lima, you will be welcomed by one of our representatives, who will give you a brief introduction to the city and to our services while en route to the hotel. You will have the afternoon free.

Day 2: Flight Lima / Iquitos – Luxury Amazon cruise
At appropriate time, private transfer to Lima airport to board a flight to Iquitos where the staff of your luxury cruise will be waiting to assist you. Enjoy the best way of getting to know the Amazon jungle aboard a five-star luxury cruise, a delight for the senses in an unforgettable journey down the Amazon River

Day 3: Luxury Amazon cruise
Luxury Amazon cruise

Day 4: Luxury Amazon cruise
Luxury Amazon cruise

Day 5: Luxury Amazon cruise – Flight Iquitos / Lima
At the appropriate time you will be picked up and taken to the Iquitos airport, from where you will board your return flight to Lima. Upon arrival, you will be assisted and transferred to the selected hotel. Remaining day at leisure

Day 6: Lima city tour
This morning you will head to the Pueblo Libre Disctrict and visit the Larco Herrera Museum, an eighteenth-century Viceregal mansion that houses more than 3,000 years of Peru’s pre-Columbian history. The museum boasts a supremely fine collection of gold and silver jewelry and worship paraphernalia that demonstrates the superb skill of ancient Peruvian gold and silversmiths. The Larco Herrera also contains a famous collection of erotic ceramic tomb art that gives insights into various aspects of pre-Columbian sexuality. The Museum´s curator will share with you her knoweledge about the collection during this private exposition. The tour will continue with an exploration of Colonial Lima. First, you will stop off at the Plaza de Armas (Main Square). You will get a chance to explore the square by foot and admire the exteriors of the Palacio de Gobierno (Government Palace), the Cathedral of Lima, and the Municipalidad (City Hall), all examples of Lima’s still-present colonial architectural opulence. Afterwards, you will visit La Casa Aliaga, a colonial mansion that currently holds the distinction of being the oldest continuously inhabited private residence in the Southern Hemisphere. Next, you will make your way to the Convento de Santo Domingo (Santo Domingo Convent), a religious and architectural gem that houses holy paintings, images, and relics of Peruvian saints, as well as written accounts of the endeavors of the Dominican Order across the country. Finally, you will leave behind Lima’s Historical Center and begin your journey through the streets of modern Lima as you head toward the most traditional of the residential zones of the capital: San Isidro and Miraflores.  In San Isidro, you will pass through the heart of the city’s financial district and then enjoy a panoramic view of the Huaca Hullamarca Pyramid, an important pre-Inca and Incan ceremonial center and cemetery built out of adobe mud bricks. Soon afterwards, you will travel to the district of Miraflores, a perfect spot to enjoy wonderful views of the Pacific Ocean. Our recommendation for lunch: CENTRAL RESTAURANT Remaining day at leisure

Day 7: Flight Lima / Cusco and private transfer to the Sacred Valley
Early in the morning, private transfer to Lima airport to board a flight to Cusco. Upon arriving in the city of Cusco, you will be welcomed by one of our representatives, who will assist you in and will provide a few guidelines for your stay. As you begin the journey toward Valle Sagrado (Sacred Valley), you will enjoy the beauty of the Andean landscape along the way. Brief stop to visit Awanakancha, a charming place where you can learn about the various types of camelids (Llamas, Alpaca, Vicuña, and Guanacos) that live in the Andes region. Additionally, the local villagers will teach you about the ancestral methods and techniques used to produce their textile art. A few more miles will bring you to Pisac, a beautiful place where Incan and Colonial influences have reached a perfect balance and created a unique way of life among the local inhabitants. You will get a chance to explore this quaint town, famous for its artisan markets where you can find extraordinarily fine jewelry and ceramic and textile craftwork. You will have the rest of the afternoon free. Lunch at Huayoccari Hacienda restaurant Stay the night in Valle Sagrado.

Day 8: Sacred Valley excursion
Early in the morning, you will set out for the district of Chincheros, a place which is famous for the extraordinary beauty and quality of its textiles, and for its Sunday fair, where local people dress in traditional colorful outfits and travel down from their villages to trade their goods. After walking along its traditional alleyways, you will visit the weaver’s workshop of Nilda Callañaupa, who 28 years ago decided to bring together like-minded women who shared her passion for weaving, and in time was able to motivate younger women who had lost interest in weaving to learn from their elders and connect once more with this ancestral art. This initiative became the Centro de Textiles Tradicionales de Cusco (Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco), a strong organization dedicated not only to the preservation, but also the commercialization of beautiful, high quality textiles. You will resume your journey by visiting Salinas de Maras (Salt Pans of Maras). The sight of this still-operating salt mine, in use since Incan times, will amaze you–the stark white of its steeply descending salt pans juxtaposed against the green of the surrounding mountain slopes. Your journey will continue on until you reach the archeological site of Moray. Used as an agricultural testing ground, the site’s system of circular terraces descends 490 feet (150m) from where you will be standing, serving as a perfect testament to the level of advancement achieved by the Incas, who excelled at building masterful constructions in harmony with nature. You will have lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, you will visit one of the last remaining Incan towns, Ollantaytambo, which was once fiercely guarded by a massive fortress. Discover the large archeological complex of what used to serve as a wayside inn for royal delegations on long journeys. Surviving structures here include multiple walls and towers that were used to protect the citadel from possible invasions. Time permitting you will get a chance to mingle with the locals at a typical Peruvian Andes establishment, either at a “chichería” (establishment for the brewing and sale of chicha, the famous traditional Andean drink made of germinated corn) or a bakery with still-functioning traditional ovens. Stay the night in Valle Sagrado.

Day 9: Machu Picchu citadel excursion
On this day we will visit the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu. We will depart from the Ollanta Station aboard the luxury Hiram Bingham train, which will take us to the town of Aguas Calientes. During the trip you will enjoy a spectacular view. Upon arrival, we will board a bus that will take us to the entrance of the Machu Picchu citadel. Machu Picchu was discovered in our era by Hiram Bingham over a century ago, and is now considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The architectural beauty of Machu Picchu, its spectacular natural views and the energy contained within its enigmatic structures will take your breath away. We will follow in the footsteps of the ancient Incas in our journey through the magical citadel along with our guide. At the scheduled time, we will then be assisted in our return to Aguas Calientes, from where we will board a return train to Cusco. Enjoy a delicious dinner on board this exclusive train. Overnight in Cusco.

Day 10: Cusco city tour
You will begin your day by enjoying the best view of the city of Cusco from atop Cerro Pukamoqo (Red Peak), a natural scenic overlook from which the outstretched arms of Cristo Blanco, a massive white statue of Christ, embrace the city in a benevolent gesture. You will then visit the nearby Fortaleza de Sacsayhuamán (Fortress of Sacsayhuamán), a colossal structure of enormous stones, carved and fitted together with incredible precision. As you return to the lower part of the city, you will stop off at the Mercado de San Pedro (Market of St. Peter), which being the city’s main street market, will give you an opportunity to get to know the products of Cusco, overwhelming you with the sights, aromas, tastes, and colors of the region. Just a few blocks away, you will discover one of the most impressive buildings of Incan Cusco: the Korikancha (the Golden Temple): a temple dedicated to the worship of the Sun God, whose interior walls were said to have been covered in gold. You will complete the day with a stroll through the Cusco Plaza de Armas (Main Square), where you will visit the Cathedral and admire its exquisite vestibules and priceless paintings from the Cusco School of the 17th and 18th centuries. You will have the rest of the afternoon free.

Day 11: First class Andean Explorer train from Cusco to Puno
Early in the morning, a private vehicle will drive you to the station, where you will board the Andean Explorer train to Puno. You will enjoy this unique experience on board a luxury train. During this 10-hour trip, we will be able to take in beautiful and mystical Andean landscapes, full of mountains and valleys. Transfer to hotel in private vehicle. Overnight in Puno.

Day 12: Uros & Taquile Island excursion
On this day you will be able to enjoy the activities and excursions offered by your exclusive hotel. You can chose between visiting Uros and Taquile islands, touring the city of Lampa, or taking a slow-paced walk by the shores of Lake Titicaca, etc.

Day 13: Juliaca / Lima – Connecting international flight
We will pick you up at your hotel early in the morning and drive you to the Juliaca airport, from where you will board your return flight to Lima. Upon arrival in Lima will be assisted to board the connecting flight back home.

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