9D/8N LAND OF ARTISANS
Lima, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, and Puno
Take an unforgettable journey through Peru’s colorful popular culture, traditional handicrafts, and exciting world of contemporary art. From modern galleries to a private artisanal weaving seminar, this tour will present you with an incredible assortment of fascinating people who form part of the country’s local art and culture scene.
- Special interests: art and culture, interaction with local communities
- Type of tour: private
- Departure days: daily
- Flights required: Lima/Cusco + Juliaca/Lima
- Level of difficulty: low
- Level of adventure: low
- Level of personal enrichment: high
- City tour of colonial and contemporary Lima, visiting art and handicraft galleries
- Workshops at - Art Trail Community:
The Embroidery Route, and Dreams of a Metal smith: The Silver Route
Seminar on artisanal weaving techniques, and a visit to artist Pablo Seminario’s workshop
- Train to Machu Picchu
- Private departure Cusco-Puno, stopping through the picturesque villages on route
- Visit to the Taquile and Uros islands in Lake Titicaca.
- Stop at the Sillustani Mausoleum
DAY 1: LIMA | INC: -
Upon arriving in Lima, you will be met by a member of the Viajes Pacifico staff who will assist you with luggage and will provide a brief city orientation. Transfer to hotel. After settling into your hotel, we recommend that you enjoy a delicious dinner at the classical La Rosa Nautica restaurant, a classic Lima icon decorated in a Victorian style, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Overnight stay in Lima.
DAY 2: LIMA | INC: B/L
Spend the day touring the streets and plazas of Lima. Begin at the Love Park in Miraflores, which boasts a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean, and then head to the Huaca Pucllana, an ancient ceremonial center belonging to the Lima culture. Continue on to the city’s main plaza, where the Government and Municipal Palaces are located. You will have the chance to visit the main cathedral and explore the Santo Domingo Convent, where 17th century national figures San Martin de Porras and San Rosa de Lima spent their time, and where their remains are kept. Next up, lunch at Lima27, a cozy, five-room restaurant within a classic San Isidro house. Located in one of the best areas of San Isidro, Lima27 is an exquisite spot that brings together the traditional tastes of the past and the exciting, modern flavors of contemporary Lima. Its popular outdoor bar provides a great ambiance in which to enjoy the original culinary creations. From here, the day takes you to one of the country’s best museums: The Larco Museum. This 18th century mansion was built upon a pre-Columbian pyramid that dates back to around the 7th century. The treasures on display are often borrowed for exhibits in many of the world’s most prestigious museums. The warehouse contains fascinating, well-preserved mummies from the Chavin, Chimu, Nazca, and Inca cultures, as well as an exciting collection of pre-Columbian erotic ceramics. In the afternoon, assistance and transport are available for those interested in touring local art galleries and handicraft shops.
Enjoy a free evening in the city and indulge in some of Lima’s notoriously delicious gastronomy. Overnight in Lima.
DAY 3: LIMA/CUSCO | INC: B
Early morning transfer from your hotel to the airport, and subsequent flight to the city if Cusco. Upon arrival in Cusco, a Viajes Pacifico representative will assist you in transferring to your hotel. Spend the rest of the morning enjoying the facilities and easing into the altitude. In the afternoon, head to the Art Trail Community Workshops, located in the artistic district of San Blas. Here, you will be invited to take part in the “Dreams of a Metal smith: The Silver Route” experience.
Dreams of a Metal smith: The Silver Route
Spend the day as a metal smith and learn the modern techniques used to create incredible pieces of jewelry. During this experience, you will have the chance to participate in the entire creative process and delve into the history and traditions surrounding this age-old art. After designing your very own mold based on pre-Inca designs, take part in the exciting casting process, from which you will obtain your own innovative and personally styled creation.
DAY 4: CUSCO| INC: B
Begin your day with an exciting and visually stunning climb up to the Sacsayhuaman Archaeological Park. Upon arriving, you will be taken on a guided excursion through the peaceful fortress, where you will have the chance to admire the impressive architecture with its huge rocks that measure up to four meters high. From here, head to Q'enqo, followed by the ancient temple of the Puma, which features an Inca sacrificial altar located within a huge rock. The tour continues on to Tambomachay, which houses the sacred Inca fountains of life and health. On the way, stop at Puca Pucara, a watchtower that was used by the Incas to control the entrance to the city, which now features a viewpoint from which you can overlook the impressive city of Cusco. Upon returning to the Historic Center of the city, visit the Korikancha – or Temple of the Sun – on top of which the Sato Domingo Convent was built. As legend has it, the original Inca Temple of the Sun boasted walls entirely covered with sheets of gold – a sight that marveled the Spanish conquistadors upon their arrival. After touring the grand temple-turned-convent, make your way to the main plaza and visit the famed Cathedral, where you will encounter an impressive assortment of colonial paintings and other works of art, like the cross that was brought by the original Spanish conquerors.
In the afternoon, you will be led back to the Art Trail Community to partake in the “Cusco’s Embroidery Route” workshop.
Cusco’s Embroidery Route:
Focusing on sustainable and ethically made fashion that preserves the traditional Maquinask’a techniques, this program works to reinstate value into artisan-made items and Peruvian embroidery traditions. You will have the chance to observe the master artisans as they work and demonstrate their skills, and will receive a chosen embroidered piece as a gift.
DAY 5: CUSCO/ SACRED VALLEY| INC: B/L/D
Start your morning with a scenic trip into the gorgeous green Sacred Valley of the Incas. Upon arriving at your destination, you will have the unique opportunity to partake in a seminar and demonstration about local ancient textile traditions. Learn about and possibly participate in the collecting of local plants and seeds used to dye yarn, before being taught how to sheer and spin alpaca and/or sheep’s wool. Community members will then guide you in discovering the cultural wealth of their traditions as you exercise your new skills in artisanal weaving using local iconography. After indulging in this ancestral practice, take a break to enjoy a delicious lunch prepared by your hospitable hosts, before bidding them farewell. From here, your journey continues on to the historic town of Pisac, famous for its colorful and lively market with seemingly endless stalls of traditional local handicrafts brought from communities near and far. After an afternoon of perusing and shopping, relax into an unforgettable dining experience in the fantastic Wayra Restaurant in Urubamba. Leave any and all formalities at the door and sink into the amazing ambiance. Impressive mountains, colorful popular art, grand murals, and an inspiring garden come together to create a one of a kind setting for a delicious and memorable dinner. Overnight in the Sacred Valley.
DAY 6: SACRED VALLEY /MACHU PICCHU/CUSCO | INC: B/L
Board your train and revel in the incredible beauty as you traverse the lush, green valleys that lead to Aguas Calientes. Upon arriving, a staff member will guide your to the bus that will take you up the winding path, to the gate of one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Take in the undeniable energy as you spend the day touring The Lost City of the Incas, with its endless display of terraces, ceremonial shrines, steps, and urban areas. After a guided visit, you will have time to wander the site before making your way to the restaurant at Tinkuy Sanctuary Lodge for lunch. After a long, but thrilling day, board the train back to Cusco. Overnight stay in Cusco.
DAY 7: CUSCO/PUNO | INC: B/L
Your guide will meet you for an early morning departure to Puno in a private vehicle. As you make your way, there will be various stops at the most important and exciting sites on route. The first stop: the gorgeous Andahuaylillas chapel, known as the ‘Sistine Chapel of the Americas.’ Then: the Racchi, a temple dedicated to the Wiracocha God, with notably huge walls and narrow streets. Take a break for lunch at La Raya, a naturally formed border between Cusco and Puno, which offers a stunning view. Your last stop before reaching your final destination is the on-site Pucara Museum. This spot explores the history and importance of these classic bull-shaped ceramic figures, and features a small souvenir shop where you can purchase a bull of your own. After an exciting day, you will arrive at your hotel in Puno at the end of the afternoon, where you can spend the rest of the evening relaxing and enjoying the facilities. Overnight stay in Puno.
DAY 8: PUNO/TAQUILE & UROS | INC: B/L
Embark on a voyage through the mythical Lake Titicaca – the cradle of Andean civilization – arriving at the floating islands of the Uros, home to an ancient, pre-Incan community that took refuge from the Spanish colonists on these very islands. Tour the premises and learn about how the natives use the local totora reeds to make their rafts. From here, move on to the neighboring Island of Taquile. Explore the island guided by its friendly inhabitants, and learn about the incredible, well-preserved ancient traditions that still – to this day – form an important part of local life. Enjoy the folklore and impressive craftwork, as well as the breath-taking panoramic views of the lake. You will have the chance to experience a tasty typical lunch on the island before returning to the city in the afternoon.
DAY 9: PUNO/LIMA | INC: B
Before saying goodbye to Puno and all it has to offer, you will have the chance to stop by the Sillustani Mausoleum on route to the airport. This pre-Inca cemetery was established by the Hatun Colla chiefs in Sillustani, on the shores of Lake Umayo, and boasts chullpas, or funerary towers, that measure up to six meters high. Upon arrival to the airport, a Viajes Pacifico representative will be available to assist you with your international connection.
B: breakfast / L: lunch / D: dinner / OL: outdoors lunch / BR: brunch.
- Transfer airport / hotel / airport
- HD City tour - HD Shopping tour - Lunch at Lima 27
- 2 nights of accommodation, breakfast included.
- Transfer airport / hotel / train station / hotel / airport
- New! “Dreams of a Metal smith: The Silver Route”
- HD City tour and Sacsayhuaman Archeological Park
- ¡New! “Cusco’s Embroidery Route”
- FD Sacred Valley: Seminar on artisanal weaving traditions, and visit to Pablo Seminario's workshop (includes lunch) - Dinner at Wayra Restaurant
- FD excursion to Machu Picchu by Vistadome Train - Lunch at Belmond Sanctuary Lodge.
- Private departure Cusco-Puno and visit to the picturesque villages on route
- Three nights of accommodation in Cusco - 1 night of accommodation in Sacred Valley
- Transfer hotel / airport
- FD Excursion to the floating Islands of Uros and Taquile - Visit to the Pre-Incan tombs of Sillustani on the way to the airport
- Three nights of accommodation in Puno
- Subject to availability.
- Private services available in English.
- Special dates available upon request: Inti Raymi Festival (Jun 22-26), Peruvian national holidays (Jul 24-29), Christmas (Dec 23-27), and New Years (Dec 28-31).