Essential Peru8 days & 7 nights, Private Journey
Handcrafted itineraries for one or more travelers with on-the-ground support, a private guide, and a private vehicle. Private Journeys represent the best of the custom programs we've designed over the years. Our insider knowledge and destination expertise make these innovative journeys truly unique experiences.Private Journey
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Day 1Arrive Lima
Welcome to Peru! Upon arrival, you will be met and assisted to your hotel. The balance of the day will be at your leisure.Belmond Miraflores Park - 2 Nights
In the morning, you will be picked up at the hotel to begin a tour of the city's main avenues, boulevards, and squares. The tour will begin with a panoramic view of Huaca Pucllana, a pre-Columbian site from the 4th century, found today in the chic Miraflores district. Stop off at Colonial Lima's Main Square to explore on foot and admire the exteriors of the Government Palace, the Cathedral of Lima, and the City Hall. Visit the Cathedral of Lima; as you walk through the Cathedral's numerous chapels, you'll travel to the past and discover various architectural styles (from Renaissance to Neo-Classical), and learn about the religious history of Peru. Your tour will continue with a visit to San Francisco Convent built in the 17th century, and its catacombs.Belmond Miraflores Park (B)
Day 3Lima to Cusco to Sacred Valley
You will be assisted to the airport for your flight to Cusco. Upon arrival, head to the Sacred Valley. En route, you will visit Awanacancha, where you will learn about the various types of camelids (Llamas, Alpacas, Vicunas, and Guanacos) that live in the Andes region. The local villagers will teach you about the ancestral methods and techniques used to produce their textile art. The journey will continue on to Pisac, a quaint town famous for its artisan markets where you can find extraordinarily fine jewelry and ceramic and textile craftwork. You will enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before heading to your hotel.Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba - 2 Nights (B, L)
Day 4Sacred Valley
Continue to Chinchero Village, with an altitude of 12,375 feet (3,772 m) above sea level, famous for its Sunday fair, where local people dress in traditional colorful outfits and travel down from their villages to trade their goods. Then head towards the Salt Pans of Maras, a still-operating salt mine, in use since Incan times. The journey will continue on until you reach the archaeological site of Moray. Used as an agricultural testing ground, the site's system of circular terraces descends 490 feet (150 m) from where you stand, serving as a perfect testament to the level of advancement achieved by the Incas, who excelled at building masterful constructions in harmony with nature. Lunch will take place at Wayra Ranch.Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba (B, L)
Day 5Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu
Aboard a Vistadome train, travel to the Aguas Calientes train Station, enjoying spectacular views along the way. Upon arrival, board a bus that will take you to the entrance gate of the Machu Picchu citadel. Rediscovered by Hiram Bingham more than a century ago, Machu Picchu is considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Its architectural beauty, spectacular natural landscapes, and the energy held in its enigmatic structures will take your breath away. After your tour, you will enjoy lunch at Tinkuy restaurant before checking into your hotel.Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pubelo (B, L, D)
Day 6Machu Picchu to Cusco
In the morning, you will have the chance to head back up to Machu Picchu on your own to keep exploring the ruins. At a pre-arranged time, you will be assisted back to the train station for your trip to Cusco onboard the Vistadome Train. Upon arrival, you will be escorted to your hotel and assisted with check-in.Palacio Nazarenas - 2 Nights (B)
You will join your guide for an exploration of Cusco, starting with the nearby ruins. These include the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Puca-Pucara, and Tambomachay. Next, you will visit the Mercado de San Pedro (St. Peter's Market). This will give you an opportunity to get to know the sights, aromas, tastes, and colors of the region. Afterwards, you will stroll through the Main Square, where you will discover the Cathedral and admire its exquisite vestibules and priceless paintings. The tour will continue with a visit to one of the most impressive buildings of Incan Cusco: the Qoricancha (the Golden Temple).Palacio Nazarenas (B)
Day 8Depart Peru
After enjoying breakfast at the hotel, you will be assisted to the airport for your flight to Lima. Upon arrival, you will connect with your onward flight.(B)
Generally, road travel in Latin America is reasonably good, however conditions vary greatly between the modern capital cities and the more remote areas. When traveling off the beaten track, roads are frequently narrow, bumpy, pot-holed and have stretches which are not paved, or which are under reconstruction. In Costa Rica, northern Chile and Bolivia particularly, conditions are very dusty and / or bumpy, and the road journeys tend to be quite strenuous. Road conditions change throughout the year and heavy rain and extreme weather patterns can affect journey times. Types of vehicles vary according to the country visited and the numbers on a tour: on escorted groups, transport will usually be in the form of a European-style coach or, for smaller groups, may be by mini-bus. On individual journeys, transport will generally be by sedan car. In destinations where conditions require it, off road driving will be in 4 x 4 vehicles.
Internal Flights / Delays / Insurance: Many countries within Latin America have their own air pass and, wherever possible, our tours will be constructed with the appropriate air pass, which will minimize the costs of the internal flight. Please note that the majority of air passes have restrictions; therefore if you require an itinerary with full flexibility, please contact your tour consultant who will advise the additional cost to provide you with a more flexible ticket. Please also note that in certain cases we may not be able to book internal flights under an airpass. In this event a supplement may be payable.
Because of increased air traffic, government restrictions and/or changing weather conditions, flight delays have become more commonplace. These delays can cause problems with your holiday arrangements, and additional costs may well be involved. This may be in the form of added accommodation costs, transfers and/or onward tickets. If this should occur, everything possible will be done to minimize the inconvenience. Cox & Kings will endeavor to ensure that arrangements go as smoothly as possible. As services are paid for in advance any services missed due to delays and/or schedule changes are non-refundable. Please also bear in mind that many international flight tickets are non-changeable and non-refundable. The insurance policy offered by Cox & Kings is designed to mitigate the costs and effects of such delays in certain circumstances and we strongly advise that you are insured against such eventualities.
Flight Amendments: Flights on these tours are in general quoted separately and use special airfare. These have certain conditions, which normally restrict changes of date, route and airline. Any such change made after a ticket has been issued will normally necessitate the purchase of a new ticket at the passenger’s expense.
Airport Departure Taxes: Most cities in Latin America levy a departure tax for passengers departing on international flights, which have to be paid in local currency or the equivalent in US dollars. Other cities within a country may also levy a small charge for departures on domestic flights. Occasionally, taxes may be included on your ticket and we will advise you accordingly. Since there is no standard charge between countries, and taxes are subject to change, it is not possible to list the taxes in this brochure. We will advise you of the current charge with your final documents, and our local agents will confirm the amount payable on arrival. Please ensure you keep enough local currency or US dollars to cover these taxes.
During some itineraries, it may be necessary to depart for excursions or transfers to the airport very early in the morning, sometimes before dawn. This is normally either due to the flight schedules within Latin America, or in order for us to maximize the opportunities for sightseeing during your tour. A number of flights to Latin America arrive / depart early in the morning and, while we will endeavor to schedule your tour with a flight which arrives / departs at a reasonable time, sometimes there is little or no alternative and early check-in / check-out times may be required.
Accommodation standards vary dramatically throughout Latin America. In the larger cities, the hotels we use are fully modernized and have excellent facilities, unless you choose to opt for the more colonial style property, where facilities may be limited. In some smaller cities and more remote areas, we try to offer the best hotels available. However, these may be quite simple - sometimes small colonial-style properties, in which rooms may vary in size - and often have relatively basic facilities. Please note, all rooms reserved on your tour are standard; however, if you wish to upgrade your room (e.g. to a lake or falls view, deluxe or suite etc.), please speak to your tour consultant, who will be able to advise you about the options and the applicable supplements.
Check-in & Check-out Times: For all group and individual tours, hotel check-in / out time is normally 3:00 pm, but this does vary between hotels.
Jungle Lodges & Remote Areas: Accommodation in some wildlife lodges in the Amazon rainforest, are not comparable to the better properties found in parts of Africa and Asia. Accommodation is often reached via narrow and unpaved roads, or by boat, and can be a long way from other civilization. Even when you travel off the beaten track with Cox & Kings, you can be sure that your accommodation is the best available; however sometimes the best hotel may be the only hotel, which may be very modest. In these cases, we feel that the inconvenience of such accommodation is outweighed by the experience of staying in these more remote areas.
Currency: Peruvian Sol
Official Language(s): Spanish
Peru offers a superb combination of stunning scenery, fascinating history and colorful local culture. It is a place where the Inca culture feels very much alive, in the wonderfully preserved remains and in the Quechan language and colorful weavings of the Andean people. It also has more than its fair share of unforgettable sights, from the mysterious Nazca lines to colonial cities and pre-Colombian sites.
What To See
First on the list for any visitor to Peru must be the magical Machu Picchu, high up in the Andes and a scenic train journey from Cusco. The industry of the Incas amazes elsewhere as well, with the precise masonry at Sacsayhuaman near Cusco, and the agricultural terraces in the Sacred Valley. Cusco retains a magical atmosphere with its clash of Incan and Spanish colonial architecture. The whole of this region is set against a backdrop of lush green mountains, and is what sets Peru apart from any other Latin America country.
When To Go
In the Andes region, the green season lasts from November to March, though January and February are the wettest months. The rain is not constant or regular but there can be heavy downpours. In the dry season, between April and September, days can be sunny and warm while spring and autumn can be quite mixed, with plenty of sunny days but chance of rain. Nights are cold year round, due to the altitudes. The coast has a dry climate all year round. Cool winds from the coast produce an almost ever present mist, called 'Garua'. Temperatures remain warm throughout the year, although the low cloud can often give the feeling of light drizzle.
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