Post-Trip Extension to Peru’s Land of the Inca
8 Days/7 Nights
As magnificent as the Galápagos Islands are for wildlife, so is Peru from an historical and archaeological perspective. Take advantage of Peru’s proximity to Galápagos and journey from the islands to Lima, where expert guides join you for an exploration of the Sacred Valley of the Inca, the majesty of Machu Picchu and the winding colonial streets of Cusco.
DAY 9: Galápagos/Guayaquil/Lima, Peru
Depart Galápagos this morning and fly to Lima, Peru. Stay overnight at the Ramada Costa del Sol Lima Airport Hotel. (B,D)
DAY 10: 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 11: Sacred Valley of the Inca
This morning visit the massive Inca stone fortress of Ollantaytambo, and is thought to be the only remaining example of pre-Columbian urban planning. After lunch at our hotel, the afternoon is at your leisure to explore on your own. Tonight is a very special night. Dinner is an outdoor event at our hotel complete with a campfire, BBQ and vibrant dances based on Peruvian folklore performed on stilts. There’ll also be a cooking demonstration that will take visitors through the steps of preparing specialties like Ceviche. (B,L,D)
DAY 12: Sacred Valley/Machu Picchu
After breakfast we take a short ride to the train station for the 1½-hour ride to Machu Picchu ("Old Mountain"). At the citadel, "The Lost City of the Inca," we’ll first have a guided walk but the real magic is that between 4:30 p.m. and 10:00 a.m. most visitors are gone. By staying over, you share Machu Picchu with only a handful of visitors. Stay overnight at Orient Express Sanctuary Lodge (with only 31 rooms). (B,L,D)
DAY 13: Machu Picchu
Breakfast at leisure. Enjoy a sunrise walk and hike to the Sun-Gate, the ancient final check point to Machu Picchu, an almost mystical experience for many. The morning is free to explore Machu Picchu and ponder the many mysteries of the Incas. After a train and bus ride, we arrive in Cusco in the late afternoon for two nights at the Orient Express Monasterio Hotel. (B,L,D)
DAY 14: Cusco
This morning explore Cusco, the Inca Empire’s capital. We’ll also visit the vast Sacsayhuaman Fortress. After lunch at the MAP café in the Pre-Columbian Art Museum, the rest of the day is open to stroll around the Plaza de Armas. Relax shopping or visit the magnificent 17th-century cathedral built on Inca foundations, the Santo Domingo Convent — Koricancha. This evening choose amongst several options for an independent dinner. (B,L)
DAY 15: Cusco/Lima
This morning return to Lima and explore Colonial Lima. Visit the Larco Herrera Museum and its private collection of pre-Columbian art. Stroll the Plaza Mayor. Lunch will follow the traditional Latin American style and be rather late and then you can have a light dinner on your own. (B,L)
DAY 16: Lima/Miami
This morning fly home – or anywhere else you might have decided to go. (B)
Double: $4,890 per person
Cost Includes: Seven hotel nights; meals indicated; transfers if traveling on group flights; sightseeing; porterage; services of local guide and tour escort; tips to local guides, drivers and tour escort; taxes and service charges.
Not Included: Airfare; meals not indicated as included; alcoholic beverages; personal items.