DAY 1: Arrive U.S./Lima, Peru
Fly to Lima, Peru. Overnight at the Ramada Costa del Sol Lima Airport Hotel.
DAY 2: Lima/Cusco/Sacred Valley of the Inca
This morning fly from Lima to Cusco and drive to Awanacancha, a farm where South American camelidae are bred. Enjoy the scenery as we make our way to Pisac – Gateway to the Sacred Valley. Pisac has an old town, and a new town, from the Colonial era. We,™ll visit the local food market before visiting its ruins. Later we check into our hotel, Sol y Luna. (B,L,D)
DAY 3: Sacred Valley of the Inca
Peter Frost will join us as we visit the massive Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo. Then attend a traditional weaving demonstration by National Geographic grantee Nilda Callanaupa. Enjoy an outdoor lunch with a Paso horse demonstration. Visit to a local pottery studio, featuring ceramics made with ancient Peruvian techniques and designs. After dinner, enjoy a folkloric dance performance. (B,L,D)
DAY 4: Sacred Valley/Machu Picchu
At Machu Picchu, we’ll have a guided visit to the site and then overnight at the 31-room Orient Express Sanctuary Lodge. (B,L,D)
DAY 5: Machu Picchu/Cusco
Early morning, hike to the Sun Gate, the ancient final checkpoint to Machu Picchu, and watch daybreak over the quiet ruins. The morning is free to explore. After a train and bus ride we arrive in Cusco in the later afternoon for two nights at the Orient Express Monasterio Hotel. (B,L,D)
DAY 6: Cusco
Explore the Inca Empire’s capital city of Cusco and visit the vast Sacsayhuaman fortress. The afternoon is open to stroll around the city. Relax, shop or visit one of the museums or convents including the magnificent 17th century cathedral and convent of Koricancha. Dinner is on your own. This evening, experience the music of the Andes at a presentation of indigenous instruments. (B,L)
DAY 7: Cusco/Lima
This morning return to Lima and visit the Larco Herrera Museum and stroll the Plaza Mayor. Lunch is traditional Latin American style. Dinner is on your own. (B,L)
DAY 8: Lima/U.S.
This morning fly home ,“ or anywhere else you might have decided to go. (B)
Please note: All day-by-day breakdowns are a sampling of the places we intend to visit, conditions permitting.