PERU IN STYLE

10D/9N PERU IN STYLE

Lima, Cusco, Iquitos, and Pacaya Samiria National Reserve

This exclusive experience is ideal for those looking to explore Peru in style. The journey begins with a trip to Machu Picchu on the elegant Hiram Bingham Express Train, and continues with a trip across the Amazon River on a luxurious cruise ship. Enjoy exquisite regional cuisine, watch and learn from native artisans, and mingle with locals as you immerse yourself in the cultural, historic, and natural wealth of Peru.

Departure date: Saturdays

Tour highlights:

  • Tour of colonial and contemporary Lima
  • Visit to the Larco Museum, and free time to visit Barranco art galleries
  • Walk around downtown Cusco
  • Visit to the Pisac Archaeological Complex and the town’s colorful market
  • Lunch and Peruvian paso horse show at Wayra Ranch
  • Textile demonstration in Chinchero, and visit to Maras, Moray, and Ollantaytambo with picnic lunch
  • Train ride to Machu Picchu aboard the spectacular Hiram Bingham Train
  • Luxury cruise down the Amazon River to the Pacaya Samiria reserve

Important Notes::

Hiram Bingham does not operate on the last Sunday of each month.

 

DAY 1: LIMA | INC: -

Upon your arrival in Lima, you will be met by a member of the Viajes Pacifico staff, who will assist you with your luggage and provide a brief city orientation and helpful information. Transfer to hotel.

At night, you have the chance to enjoy a delicious dinner at La Rosa Nautica, a classic Lima spot, decorated in 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 take advantage of its incredible culinary wealth. We suggest dinning at one of the fantastic private houses in the city’s capital. Overnight stay in Lima.

DAY 3: LIMA/CUSCO | INC: B

Transfer to the airport in a private vehicle and flight to Cusco. Meet and greet upon arrival and transfer to hotel. Enjoy a free morning in the city and get used to the altitude before embarking on an exciting walking tour of the city center in the afternoon. The tour begins in the magnificent Korikancha temple. The name means “Gold Enclosure” in Quechua, as its walls were formerly covered in gold plaques. From here, head to the Santo Domingo Church and revel in its grand architecture and astonishing display of art from the Cusqueña School. Then, stroll to the San Blas neighborhood, known for housing artists and artisans over the decades. As you make your way, you will pass through Hatun Rumiyoc Street, stop at the Inca Roca Palace – currently the home of the Archbishop – and see at the famous Twelve Angle Stone. The tour continues to the Main Plaza to visit the Cathedral and see its valuable and beautiful colonial masterpieces. Overnight stay in Cusco.

DAY 4: CUSCO/SACRED VALLEY | INC: B/L 

Today, escape the crowds and make your way to Sacsayhuaman, an impressive, huge stone fortress surrounded by beautiful views. After wandering through the colossal constructions, continue on to the Sacred Valley of the Incas stopping at the Pisac Archeological Complex, located on the hillside high above the town of Pisac. This place boasts beautiful agricultural terraces cut into the mountainside. As you ascend, make your way through well-preserved temples, check out the Intiwatana solar clock, and take in the breathtaking scenery. Upon descending from the site, you will have the chance to make a brief stop at the famed, traditional Pisac Market. Peruse the seemingly endless stalls brimming with handicrafts and take in some of the local culture. If you get hungry, do not hesitate to pop by the wood-burning ovens and indulge in a delicious empanada or local bread. Now, time for lunch! You will be taken to the relaxed, Terraza salon within the Wayra Restaurant. 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 peaceful lunch. As you dine, enjoy a glamorous Peruvian paso horse show and watch as skilled professionals perform the traditional marinera dance (dances may vary). Spend the rest of the afternoon leisurely enjoying the hotel’s facilities. An optional spa session is highly recommended. Meditation and shaman sessions are also available. Overnight stay at Urubamba.

DAY 5: SACRED VALLEY | INC: B/PL 

Discover the most important sites in the Sacred Valley. First stop: the historic town of Chinchero. Wander through the streets of this beautiful town and its archaeological complex before enjoying a short exhibit of local weavings. Known for its ancestral textile traditions and natural dying techniques, Chinchero offers some of the highest quality weavings in the country. From here, the tour continues to Moray, a fascinating site that houses a series of circular terraces that lower into the earth. Although it resembles an amphitheater, this site was actually used as an agricultural laboratory by the Inca’s, who recreated different microclimates on the various terraces of different altitudes. After touring the site, enjoy a picnic-style lunch before continuing on to Maras, the millenary colonial salt mines. The contrast of the white salt pools against the green valley is postcard-worthy. Your last stop is the town of Ollantaytambo. This small town has been inhabited since Inca times and continues to shine with local traditions and flare. Here, you will visit the main fortress used during the Inca resistance. This key site offers breathtaking views of the surrounding valley and the town below, perfect for pictures. Overnight stay in the Sacred Valley.

DAY 6: SACRED VALLEY/MACHU PICCHU/CUSCO | INC: B/BR/D

After a transfer to the Ollantaytambo Train Station, board the exclusive and luxurious Hiram Bingham Train, and get ready for one of the most spectacular journeys through the lush valleys and towards the incredible Machu Picchu Archeological site. The experience onboard is first class all around. Train cars are decorated in an inviting, classic style that combines perfectly with the delicious onboard cuisine, carefully prepared by experienced chefs. Take in the breathtaking surrounding landscapes as the train borders the Urubamba River, eventually approaching the town of Aguas Calientes. From there, you will disembark and be led to the small bus that will take you up the winding road to gate of the Machu Picchu Citadel. The Lost City of the Incas is effortlessly impressive, with its terraces, ceremonial shrines, steps, and solar clock or Intihuatana. Here, you can enjoy a guided tour of the site. At the arranged time you will be led back to the train station, and catch the train back to Cusco. Entertainment and gourmet dinner provided aboard. Upon your arrival to Cusco, you will be transferred to your hotel. Overnight stay in Cusco.

DAY 7 to DAY 10: IQUITOS AND AMAZON RIVER | INC: B/L/D

Transfer to the airport to board your flight to Lima where you will connect to Iquitos, your gate to the Amazon River. Upon arrival, you will be assisted and transferred to the dock where you will board the luxury cruise ship that will take you into the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve.

M/V Aria (by Aqua Expeditions)

Aria can admit up to 32 passengers, here you can enjoy an exclusive selection of wines and gourmet dishes together with a personalized luxurious service, this ship can be compared with a 5 star boutique hotel. There are 16 rooms with comfortable and wide beds and wall to wall windows that give you the opportunity to observe the best of the landscapes. The ship as well has an open air refreshing jacuzzi in the superior part of the vessel, a perfect touch of luxe and comfort.

DAY 10: IQUITOS/LIMA | INC: B

Today you return to Iquitos to board your flight back to Lima. Upon arrival in Lima, you will receive airport assistance for your international connection.

Included meals:

B: breakfast / L: lunch / D: dinner / PL: picnic lunch / BL: box lunch / BR: brunch.


Includes:

Lima

  • Transfer airport / hotel / airport
  • HD City Tour and Larco Museum - Lunch at Lima 27 Restaurant
  • Two nights of accommodation with breakfast

Cusco

  • Transfer airport / hotel / train station / hotel / airport
  • HD City tour
  • FD Visit to Sacsayhuaman Archaeological Park, Pisac Archeological Site, and Pisac Market - Lunch at Wayra Restaurant
  • FD Chinchero, Moray, and Maras Salt Mines, with picnic lunch
  • FD Machu Picchu by Hiram Bingham Train: Brunch and dinner onboard, and teatime at Belmond Sanctuary Lodge.
  • Two nights of accommodation in Cusco - two nights of accommodation in the Sacred Valley.

IQUITOS

  • 4D/3N Cruise on the Amazon

General Conditions:

  • Rates per person in USD, non commissionable.
  • Subject to availability.
  • Private services in English or Spanish.
  • Does not apply for special dates: Inti Raymi festivity (Jun 22-26), Our National holidays (Jul 24-29), Christmas (Dec 23-27) and New Year (Dec 28-31).
  • Amazon Cruise excursions are a shared service.
  • Amazon Cruise excursions are guided in Spanish or English. Please consult for services in other languages.