Peru Sightseeing

Cuzco Sightseeing
 
No Image Cultural Cuzco with lunch
Journey outside the city to the incredible hillside fortress of Sacsayhuaman. The site is protected by a trio of colossal walls that zig-zag alongside each other for more than 1,000 feet. From the air, the complex resembles the head of a puma. Later, stop at Kenko, a huaca or holy place where sacrifices were held. While here, get insight into the workings of a shaman and tap your foot to the rhythms of Peruvian panpipe music during a private performance. Next, learn about local cuisine during a cooking class, and enjoy the results for lunch. End the day at the Almudena cemetery, where we learn about local burial customs
 
 
No Image Full Day Machu Picchu (Backpacker Train)
Includes transfer from hotel to Ollanta Train Station, Train Ride, transfer from Aguas Calientes Train Station to Machu Picchu, entrance fee and local guide at the site, and return transportation. The Backpacker train is economical, comfortable and secure, with few frills. Snack service is available. Enjoy a full day tour to Machu Picchu, lost city of the Incas. Early this morning, transfer to the Urubamba Sacred Valleys Ollanta train station for the Orient Express Backpacker train service to Machu Picchu, where you will begin your guided tour of the marvelous citadel. Visit the main plaza, the royal quarters, the Temple of Three Windows, the circular tower, the sacred Sun Dial and burial grounds. Return to the Sacred Valley and on to Cuzco in the late evening.
 
 
No Image Full Day Machu Picchu (Expedition Train)
Includes transfer from hotel to Ollanta Train Station, Train Ride, bus transfer from Aguas Calientes Train Station to Machu Picchu, entrance fee and local guide at the site, and return transportation. The Expedition train is economical, comfortable and secure, with few frills. Snack service is available. Enjoy a tour to Machu Picchu, Lost City of the Incas. Early this morning, transfer to the Urubamba Sacred Valleys Ollanta train station for the Orient Express Expedition train service to Machu Picchu, where you will begin your afternoon guided tour of the marvelous citadel. Visit the main plaza, the royal quarters, the Temple of Three Windows, the circular tower, the sacred Sun Dial and burial grounds. Return to the Sacred Valley and on to Cuzco in the late evening. SAMPLE ITINERARY - Actual train schedule will be advised locally Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu: Departs 9:15 a.m., Arrives 10:51 a.m. Machu Picchu - Sacred Valley: Departs 4:43 p.m., Arrives 6:31 p.m.
 
 
No Image Full Day Machu Picchu (Hiram BinghamTrain)
Includes transfer from hotel to Ollanta Train Station, Train Ride, transfer from Aguas Calientes Train Station to Machu Picchu, entrance fee and local guide at the site, and return transportation. Named after the explorer Hiram Bingham, who discovered the fascinating remains of the Inca citadel Machu Picchu, carriages are elegant and distinctive, in the style of the 1920s Pullman trains. Morning route includes a full brunch. At the days end gourmet dinner is served on the return to the Sacred Valley. Enjoy a full day tour to Machu Picchu, lost city of the Incas. Early this morning, transfer to the Urubamba Sacred Valleys Ollanta train station for the Orient Express Hiram Bingham train service to Machu Picchu, where you will begin your guided tour of the marvelous citadel. Visit the main plaza, the royal quarters, the Temple of Three Windows, the circular tower, the sacred Sun Dial and burial grounds. Return to the Sacred Valley and on to Cuzco in the late evening.
 
 
No Image Full Day Machu Picchu (Vistadome Train)
Includes transfer from hotel to Ollanta Train Station, Train Ride, transfer from Aguas Calientes Train Station to Machu Picchu, entrance fee and local guide at the site, and return transportation. Vistadome trains feature large panoramic windows to view Perus remarkable landscape. Entertainment and hot and cold refreshments are included. Enjoy a full day tour to Machu Picchu, lost city of the Incas. Early this morning, transfer to the Urubamba Sacred Valleys Ollanta train station for the Orient Express Vistadome train service to Machu Picchu, where you will begin your guided tour of the marvelous citadel. Visit the main plaza, the royal quarters, the Temple of Three Windows, the circular tower, the sacred Sun Dial and burial grounds. Return to the Sacred Valley and on to Cuzco in the late evening.
 
 
No Image Half Day Ancient Cuzco Ruins
This morning, explore numerous Inca ruins that all served unique purposes. First head to Saqsaywaman, an enormous Inca site that overlooks Cuzco and the Sacred Valley. Here observe precision masonry of the massive stones that fit perfectly within one another without requiring any mortar to remain standing walls. Continue on to Kenko and navigate through the engraved passages and canals of this once active worship site. From Kenko proceed to Puca Pacara, &#147The Red Fortress&#148, used by the Incas not only as a control station and look-out, but also used to house weapons and provide military support. Continue on to Tambomachay and discover the many aqueducts, canals and also waterfalls used by the Incas as an indulgent spa. Finally, round out the morning on one of the most picturesque quarters in Cuzco, San Blas. Known as the Craftsmen&#146s District, it houses the citys most important and popular artists. Its Colonial constructions built along its narrow, steep streets contribute to the charm of the area.
 
 
No Image Half Day Cuzco Behind the Scenes
Today, join an optional tour that will give you a glimpse into the other side of Cuzco, the oldest continuously inhabited city of the western hemisphere. Start the day with a visit to a local fruit and vegetable market and observe the locals shopping for their daily goods. Try the local chuta bread and enjoy this colorful market where you will experience many new things. Later, head to the local Cusco cemetery, where you will learn about the Andean understanding of life and see how the locals decorate the graves with gifts and food for their dead. It is traditional belief that the dead eat and drink as they would during life. Following the cemetary, you will have the opportunity to meet with an Andean shaman or healer and witness a real offering to mother earth & the sacred mountain protectors to thank them for this trip. Conclude this incredible morning with a cooking lesson using the items purchased at the local market.
 
 
No Image Half Day Highlights of Cuzco
Join a tour to visit the highlights of Cuzco. The tour starts at the impressive Colonial Cathedral in Cuzco which contains over 400 paintings from the Cusquena School in addition to an impressive collection of colonial art. Continue on to visit the Temple of the Sun, whose walls and floors were allegedly once covered by sheets of solid gold. This temple was once the most important religious site of the Incas. From here you will travel to Sacsayhuaman, located on the northern slope of Cuzco. This impressive fortress, which consists of individual stones weighing well over 100 tons, took over seven decades to complete and is a prime example of Incan military architecture. Conclude the day at the Kenko amphitheater, a mysterious limestone formation decorated by intricately carved depictions of mythical entities. Explore the winding underground passageways and a semicircular amphitheater.
 
Iquitos Sightseeing
 
No Image Full Day Canopy Walkway
Early morning departure to ExplorNapo Lodge. Breakfast at the lodge is included. Begin your tour with a 40 minute walk to the Canopy Walkway through primary Amazon Rainforest. Canopy Walkway is an experience unequaled in the rainforest At a height of over 115 feet and extending for one-third of a mile, the Canopy Walkway provides a view of the rainforest from the treetops, the best vantage point for observing Amazon wildlife and vegetation. The Canopy Walkway is accessible to all and requires no special skills or equipment. The suspended walkway is spread between 14 of the areas largest rainforest trees and is one of the longest canopy walkways in the world. Buffet lunch at lodge included. After lunch, visit the ReNuPeRu Ethnobotanical Garden adjacent to the lodge. This teaching garden cultivates over 240 species of medicinal and other useful rainforest plants and is tended by local shaman. Learn about Amazonian natural healing and the uses of some of the plants grown here, as well as some organic remedies used in modern medicine today. Departs approximately 6:00 am returns approximately 4:00 pm
 
Lima Sightseeing
 
No Image Dinner at La Dama Juana
This evening, enjoy an optional dinner and a show at the unique and comfortable La Dama Juana. The restaurants specialty Creole cooking, paired with dance and music creates a one-of-a-kind ambience. Observe in awe as dances of Perus many regions, such as the Marinera of Northern Peru and the Huaylas of Central Peru are performed to live music.
 
 
No Image Half Day Larco Herrera Museum & Pueblo Libre
Join an optional tour to what by many is considered the best museum in Lima, the Larco Herrera Museum. Founded in 1926 by the Peruvian archaeologist, Rafael Larco Herrera, the museum is located in an 18th century mansion, built over a 7th century pyramid, and holds one of the worlds largest collections of pre-Columbian art. Wander around the museums amazing collection portraying 5000 years of Andean civilization and be astounded by the museums prestigious gold and jewelry collection. After, viewing the museum, enjoy a brief tour to Pueblo Libre, a small residential district not far from the historical center of Lima. With its traditional houses and plazas, this neighborhood is one of the most representive areas of Lima.
 
 
No Image Larco Herrera Museum in the Evening with dinner
This evening drive through Lima and arrive at the Larco Herrera Museum. Experience one of Lima’s most magnificent museums by night on this tour that also includes dinner. Sit down to a gourmet supper, inspired by the regional specialties of Peru, in the elegant dining room. The museum is located in an 18th century restored mansion, built over a 7th century pyramid and surrounded by gardens. Following dinner, immerse yourself in the cultural intrigue of the museum with your local guide. Admire the world\s largest collection of pre-Columbian masterpieces and a stunning exhibition of gold and priceless jewels
 
 
No Image Lima by Night
Tonight, enjoy an enchanting tour of Lima that will take you to the Magical Water Fountains at the Parque de la Reserva. Due to the color, lighting, music, and beauty of the fountains, they are a place of reflection and inspiration for all visitors. The 13 ornamental fountains provide a great spectacle for both young and old and create an atmosphere of tranquility and harmony. Later, view Lima and the Miraflores district by night before ending the evening with dinner at one of the most well-known restaurants in Lima.
 
Puno Sightseeing
 
No Image Half Day Sillustani Tombs
Join this optional excursion to pre-Incan burial ground of Sillustani to view the "Chullpas" of Sillustani on Lake Umayo, where the ancient Aymaras used to bury their high priests in cylinder-shaped tombs. These mysterious tombs display architecture that is more complex than that of the Incas, and can stand up to 36 feet tall.
 
Urubamba Sacred Valley Sightseeing
 
No Image Dinner at Local Urubamba Restaurant
Enjoy dinner and a folk show at a local restaurant in Urubamba Sacred Valley.
 
 
No Image Dinner at San Agustin Monasterio de la Recoleta
Tonight enjoy an optional dinner at your hotel. Select your choice of an appetizer, entree, and dessert including a hot drink. All other beverages are not included and may be purchased at the restaurant.
 
 
No Image Dinner at San Agustin Urubamba Hotel
Tonight enjoy an optional dinner at your hotel. Select your choice of an appetizer, entree, and dessert including a hot drink. All other beverages are not included and may be purchased at the restaurant.
 
 
No Image Dinner with Local Peruvian Family
Tonight, experience life with a traditional Peruvian Family when you are invited to their home for dinner. Enjoy local cuisine and the opportunity to learn what life in Peru is really like.
 
 
No Image Full Day Maras & Moray Tour
Enjoy an optional day tour to Maras and Moray. Visit Maras and the terraced salt-pans of Las Salinas and get a lesson on salt extraction from the locals. Later, continue on to discover the unusual Inca ruins of Moray, a large complex of terraced circular depressions in the earth which historians believe were used to study the climatic conditions on crops. As you descend each layer or pit, the surrounding temperature descends as well, degree by degree, making for a unique and highly sophisticated thermographic tool.
 
 
No Image Upgrade to Hiram Bingham Train
The Hiram Bingham is a luxury train service that runs between the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. The train has 4 cars - 2 dining cars, an observation car with a well serviced bar, and a kitchen car. The price of the journey includes brunch and dinner on the return trip with wine, entertainment, guides, and bus transfers. Also included is the entrance fee to the ruins as well as an afternoon tea at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge. The Hiram Bingham gives a more leisurely start to the day than traditional departures. Guides are present on the train to explain points of interest en route, as well as in the Ruins at Machu Picchu. Afternoon Tea is served at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge, located just steps from the ancient citadel. Once back on board, pre-dinner cocktails are served, accompanied by live entertainment and a 4-course, a la carte dinner. The Hiram Bingham departs from the Urubamba Sacred Valleys Ollanta station (90 minutes from Cuzco and half way to Machu Picchu). Total trip including transfer from Cuzco typically takes approximately 3.5 hours
 
 
No Image Upgrade to Vistadome Train
The Vistadome train cars have beautiful panoramic windows and additional windows in the ceiling, offering unsurpassed scenic views. With glass surrounding them on all sides, passengers have the change to view Perus remarkable landscape from a unique perspective. The Vistadome has snacks with hot and cold refreshments included on the journey. The Vistadome departs from the Urubamba Sacred Valleys Ollanta station (90 minutes from Cuzco and half way to Machu Picchu). Total trip including transfer from Cuzco typically takes approximately 3.5 hours
 
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