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DAY 1: LIMA ARRIVAL

A GOTOPERU representative will be waiting to greet you as soon as you arrive in Lima. We’re ready to offer world-class treatment for what is bound to be a vacation of a lifetime. Get introduced to the city and then enjoy accommodations on our private shuttle, en route to your hotel.

DAY 2: LIMA CITY TOUR

You will get to view the Pre-Colombian era, Colonial Lima, and modern-day Lima. Get ready, because this two-pronged tour starts rather early.

  • Leg one of the tour starts out a paronamic view over Huaca Pucllana, which is a famous and historic archeological site.
  • Now it’s on to Lima’s Historic Center. This is the location where the city’s historic religious and political buildings can be found. Not only is this a legitimate World Heritage site, certified by UNESCO, but it’s also one of the most well preserved examples on earth of different cultures having significant influence in architecture. The unique architecture of buildings like the Art Museum, The Palace of Justice and The French Palace truly stand as awe inspiring. And the best part about the Historic Center is that there’s always more to see, including the Plaza of San Martin – a historic monument constructed to celebrate the anniversary of Peru’s independence. 
  • The previous locations are mostly shown to you via transport (like a city bus tour, only better). The next locations are actual hands-on visits. So, get off your transport and walk a little, straight to the Plaza Mayor. This is where you’re going to find those awesome historic political and religious buildings, like The Cathedral, City Hall, the Archbishop’s Palace, and the Palace of Government. You will also get to visit the San Francisco Convent Museum and see the catacombs underneath. It’s a total vacation by itself. 
  • Now that the walking is over, hop back on your transport; it’s time to head back to your hotel. Though, on the way, take note of the beautiful panoramic views of Modern Lima. Snap photos and take in the entire skyline of the Financial District in San Isidro, as well as the gorgeous landscape of Miraflores. Feel free to explore further and take advantage of stops along the way, such as the Larcomar cliffs on Lima’s coastline. And don’t forget to get your fill of the delicious Peruvian dishes.

DAY 3: PACHACAMAC TOUR

This might be one of the shorter tours, but it is certainly one of the biggest experiences that GOTOPERU can offer you in Lima. Not only do you get a taste of the historic and impressive archeological aspects of Lima; you also get to experience the mystical. This package kicks off with a guided tour of the storied Citadel of Pachacamac – aka the Temple of the God Pachacamac. You will also get to tour The Sun Temple, the Acllahuasiou Palace (Virgins of the Sun), and much more. 

In addition to guided tours of these historic and awe inspiring sites, you will also get a firsthand look at the bohemian district of Barranco and experience real Lima cultural life.

DAY 7: CUSCO ARRIVAL

As soon as you touch down in beautiful, sunny Cusco, you will be immediately greeted by a professional, polite representative and whisked away in style to any of the local hotel’s you have chosen to host your stay. 

Not that you’re going to spend a lot of time unpacking, of course. Day one of your Cusco package is yours to spend howsoever you choose. Wander around the city, soak up the history and ambiance, and treat yourself to one-of-a-kind fine cuisine, the unbeatable skyline and views, or anything else you can manage to get into. 

Just don’t have all your excitement at once; your journey is just getting started. Save something for next day.

DAY 8: CUSCO CITY TOUR

When you awake, your vacation starts anew. Now it’s our turn to show you exactly what Cusco, Peru is all about. 

Start your day off with a yummy breakfast of local favorites in your hotel, and take a while to get yourself tour-ready. The evening guided tour will include many great stop-offs, but don’t forget to branch out on your own to see the sights and sounds, explore locations like San Pedro Market, and soak up as much culture as your heart desires. 

Once the evening rolls around, your guided tour will begin. A GOTOPERU rep will pick you up at your hotel and thus your guided adventure starts.

Here are a few of the guided tour spots for day two of your journey:

  • A guided tour of Cusco – Peru’s historic capital 
  • A close-up look at ancient Incan architecture and the region’s Spanish Colonial influences 
  • Visit the world-famous Q’enko – a large, historic amphitheater were ceremonial sacrifices once took place
  • See the church build on top the Temple of the Sun, the Cathedral of Santo Domingo 
  • Witness great Incan monuments such as Tambomachay, the site where water worshipers once gathered; and Sacsayhuaman, a large Incan fortress with hand-carved stones (as seen on popular television series like Ancient Aliens) 
  • Finally, enjoy visiting Incan tambo, which is the travelers’ rest stop of Puka Pukara 

After this guided tour is over, you will be taken back to your hotel, where you’re free to enjoy the rest of your night. We recommend taking in more of the local culture by visiting some nearby shops, or mingling with the locals. However, you may want to rest up well. 

DAY 9: MARAS AND MORAY TOUR

Grab a good, filling breakfast at your hotel in Cusco; you have a full day ahead of you. After you eat, you will be taken to the historic, quaint towns of Maras and Moray. 

Moray is one of the purest traditional Incan locations in the region. You will get to see the ancient Incan community in a brand new light, while also seeing and learning about the ancient Incan agriculture which defies belief and introduces you to perhaps the highlight of the entire trip: the world’s prototypical greenhouse, the Sunken Concentric Rings. 

The town of Maras is equally impressive, giving you full access to some of the oldest salt mines in the world. Salt played such an important part of the world in ancient times, acting as currency and even starting large and enduring conflicts. It was also a trading staple of the Incan people. These salt mines are made up of over 2,000 shallow pools of water today, still in use despite providing tons and tons of salt for many thousands of years. 

After a full day’s worth of adventure, you will return to back Cusco. GOTOPERU has shown you a lot of Incan culture thus far. Now, it’s your turn to create your own itinerary. You have the rest of the night and the entire next day to experience the region on your own.

DAY 10: SACRED VALLEY EXPERIENCE

Get ready to witness the majestic Sacred Valley!  After breakfast in your hotel, a GOTOPERU representative will greet you and pick you up for a scenic bus ride through the Andean landscape to the Sacred Valley (El Valle Sagrado).
Trip highlights include:
•    Tour through Pisac, a small town rich with Incan architecture and culture.  Be sure to stop by the artisan market to view and purchase unique souvenirs.
•    Visit to Ollantaytambo, a town and Incan archaeological site that once was the estate of Emperor Pachacutec.  During the Spanish Conquest, it served as a fortress for Manco Inca Yupanqui.
OPTIONS
A: Train and Overnight to Machu Picchu ( Included in the Price )  After your tour to Ollantaytambo fortress you will have a couple of hours extra to enjoy this small inca town before taking a 1.5hrs train to MachuPicchu Town where a representative will welcome you and transfer you to your confirmed hotel.

B: Overnight at Sacred Valley :  you will be transfer to your comfortable hotel surrounded by spectacular landscapes in the Sacred Valley.

C: Return to Cusco : After Ollantaytambo you will enjoy a tour through Chinchero, an Andean village with Incan ruins and a colonial church that produces extraordinary textiles, woven with ancestral tools. After a visit to the Textile Market you will be transfer to your hotel in Cusco later in the afternoon.

DAY 15: HUAYNA PICCHU TOUR

Once GOTOPERU stops by and picks you up from your hotel, it’s right back in the direction of Machu Picchu. Only today, we’re going to be focusing on the beautiful mountain behind the monument – Huayna Picchu. This location will be tough to see on your own, as they only allow a limited number of visitors per day. However, as part of our travel party, you will have full access to the entire mountain.

From a distance, Huayna Picchu appears to reach straight up, impossible to climb, much less to actually build on. Though once you’re directly on the mountain, you will witness something that is truly majestic. The plush green covering of the mountain’s peak is actually quite easy to climb; it’s not even very steep when staying on the trail. The brilliant, bright green creates an optical illusion from afar. Once you begin walking up the mountain, you will see that some areas tower above you like vertical skyscrapers and are really impossible to climb. Yet, you will see manmade fixtures all over the most rugged parts of the mountain. 

The higher you climb, the more of these structures you will be able to see. It is really an experience that will take your breath away. The sheer scope of the site is awe inspiring. 

Once your mountain journey is complete, you will return to town in the late afternoon, where you will catch a train back to Cusco. Enjoy the shopping and dining, and get ready for the next leg of your journey.

DAY 16: FREE DAY IN CUSCO

You will welcome a day of rest and relaxation.  Sleep in, go shopping or visit some of the local museums.  If you wish to embark on an adventure, please notify a GOTOPERU agent and we will help you arrange horseback riding, hiking, biking, ATV trips, river rafting and more.

DAY 17: CHECKOUT TIME

When your vacation is all said and done, regardless of the package you have chosen, you will still be seen off like royalty. After you eat a hearty regional breakfast, we will deliver you in style to the airport, where your flight awaits.

We’ll offer assistance with whatever you need: Check-ins, tickets, luggage, etc. 

Just remember to come back and vacation with us again. You can never see too much of Perú.

DAY 11: INCA TRAIL (DAY 1)

In the morning, a GOTOPERU rep will pick you up from Cusco and take you through a beautiful, unique two-hour drive through the Sacred Valley’s landscape en route to Ollantaytambo. Don’t fill up on snacks, however; a delicious breakfast will be waiting for you when you arrive.

After eating, you will receive food and equipment for the beginning of your journey. You will then meet up with your trek team, which includes experts on the terrain and the culture, and then it’s off via bus to the start of your journey, Piscacucho.

The first leg of your journey will take you over the Urubamba River, where after you will begin to hike up the scenic landscape until reaching the small Miskay village. Take a break, soak up the scenery, and then it’s off to a plateau, where you will be able to look down and see the majestic Inca ruins of Patallacta – the Village in the Heights.

Located on the left back of the Cusicancha mountain basin, this village is perhaps the most picturesque destination in all of Peru, with deep, rich greens and a perfect sunlit backdrop that provides professional-quality photo opportunities for everyone. Enjoy your lunch as you look out upon and learn about the many tambos (the traveler’s rest stops). 

After lunch, it’s a two-hour push to the Wayllabama campsite. From this high location, you get a bird’s eye view of the Vilcanota ridge, and you can even see the snowy-peaked Mount Veronica as clear as day. Rest up; day two takes you even further along this historic trail.

DAY 12: INCA TRAIL (DAY 2)

This leg of the excursion is where your mettle will be tested. It is only for those who appreciate hiking, and those who are healthy enough to participate in such activities. It isn’t overly strenuous, but the path is steep – its name is very apt: Dead Woman’s Pass (Abra de Warmiwanusca). It is 16,000 feet above sea level, and you will experience the atmospheric change as you climb higher. The temperatures go from sticky and humid to dry and cool. 

Although this might sound refreshing, it can actually sap your energy. So remember to pace yourself along this journey, stopping frequently to soak up the surroundings. But, before you know it, you will arrive at your second campsite: Llulluchapampa. 

This campsite is bordered by two clear, pristine mountain streams that are unadulterated by outside influence. Though this is only a rest stop for the weary traveler; you can use the bathroom, drink some pure water, and catch your breath. Check out the many indigenous varieties of birds, and you might even be lucky enough to see the golden-eyed Andean bears before you start marching toward your overnight campsite: Pacaymayo Valley. 

Once arriving at your overnight campsite, you will get to choose from a wide variety of food to reenergize yourself after a full day’s excursion. You won’t have to be reminded to rest. The sounds of the environment and the hard day’s work will lull you right to sleep.

DAY 13: INCA TRAIL (DAY 3)

Continuing on the Inca Trail after a hearty breakfast, you will pass many smaller archeologically-significant areas en route to Runkurakay Pass. Your guide will fill you in on your surroundings; your job is to enjoy the scenery and savor the journey. Because, in the seeming blink of an eye, you will be atop the pass and looking down at the Pacaymayo Valley and the “Hidden River.” 

Take some time to appreciate your surroundings and get ready to experience the hike up the steep and ancient Incan steps – painstakingly carved pathways that are thousands of years old.

Along your climb, you will see breathtaking mountain ranges like Pumasillo and Vilcabama, and also huge mountain lakes like Yanacocha and Sayacmarca. The latter of which is a lake named after a town that many believe to be inaccessible. Sayacmarca is an eclectic mix of ancient ruins that are as diverse as the Incan culture itself. And it’s not only the ground that will keep you captivated. All around the valley, you can vividly see the snow-covered hills. 

Pumasillo and the valley of Aobamba are beautiful sites, but visiting Sayacmarca’s ruins is the highlight of the day. The ruins present a fun and complex labyrinth of various tunnels and corridors. You’ll have to climb the steep stone steps to reach them, but it is well worth the effort. Once exiting the ruins, it feels like you’re entering a different world. From stone grey to a wide and wild assortment of flowers like orchids and lichens, these ruins present destinations inside of destinations. 

Continuing along the pass after the excitement is over, you get the privilege of being amongst the first people to step foot in the newly discovered Conchamarca ruins, before continuing up a narrow, stone-stepped path that leads you to the final mountain pass of the journey. Once at the pass of Abra de Phuyupatamarca, you will start to go downhill toward the Towns in the Cloud, which itself is a famous archeological site of the area. 

From here, it’s on to the Wiñaywayna ruins, where it’s time to soak up the sights and sounds of this famous area before having dinner and making camp. You will notice that various agricultural trenches used to produce crops for the entire region. This location was economical and very spiritual, bringing in travelers, traders, and even those who worshipped water. 

Wiñaywayna offers you a superb restaurant to dine in, and also a hot bath house, which goes perfectly with the ice-cold beer you can opt for. One-of-a-kind sites, world-class local cuisine, a steaming hot bath, and a cold brew. This is the perfect way to say goodbye to the Incan Trail. And also the perfect way to prepare for your next day, because the journey is far from over. 

Note: The team at Wiñaywayna works hard to provide a unique experience for tired and hungry travelers, and they exist on tips. Tips will be divided amongst the tour guide, the porters, and the cook, and a tip from $10/$40 per person is greatly appreciated, although not mandatory.

DAY 14: INCA TRAIL (DAY 4)

The fourth day of your trip starts with a pre-dawn breakfast at 4:30 a.m.; after which, you will head straight to the famous and historic Sun Gate entrance at Machu Picchu. After arriving and walking a slim trail to reach the gate, you will witness what was considered literally godly by the ancient Incans: A sunrise over the Sun Gate. Watch in awe as the fog suddenly lifts like a CGI effect and the sunlight drenches over the entire area, until completely covering Machu Picchu in an orange blanket. 

The vision of such a sunrise will instantly make you aware of why so many ancient peoples worshipped the sun. And just as your cold chills are subsiding, the journey will continue with a two-hour tour through the downhill areas of Machu Picchu, which includes the amazing and sophisticated “mortarless stones” – megaton stones that were carved and dragged manually and stacked with extreme precision using nothing to bind them. 

You will cover three separate zones of this ancient stone city: The agricultural, adjacent, and urban zones. Along the way, you will see:

  • The Principle Baths
  • The Intihuatana
  • The Temple of the Sun
  • Many roadways 
  • A center square
  • Narrow tunnels
  • Ancient residential dwellings
  • And much, much more

After the tour has concluded, you are allowed to go back through many of the city’s areas on your own, truly experiencing the wonder of Machu Picchu in the silence that enables you to grasp the wonder of the ruins. After your city experience is over, you have two options:

You can choose to take a hike to Huayna Picchu, which is very steep and rugged, but more than rewarding. Once you reach the overlook atop the pass, you will get to witness an overhead view of the city that only a handful of people in history have ever seen – past or present. 

You can choose to spend the rest of your morning exploring the town and village in and around Machu Picchu. You guide can tell you about different hotspots you can check out, just make sure you catch the afternoon train back to your Cusco Hotel.

DAY 6: LORD OF SIPAN AND TUCUME TOUR

This travel option is an exclusive private tour that will guide you through some of the most significant archaeological sites in Peru. The first destination of the tour is the site of Tucume. This isn’t simply one pyramid, or even a few; it’s actually an entire small city of pyramids – 26 separate pyramids, all of which are truncated (without tops) yet still stand around 35 meters high on average. These pyramids are from the Lambayeque culture, which was prevalent in the region from 800-1470 AC. 

After visiting these impressive pyramids and learning about the history of the people who created them, it’s off to the Tumbas Reales museum. Rather than dinosaur bones or some other ancient artifacts that can found all over the world, this is a very unique museum. It houses the remains of the Lord of Sipan, his tomb on display to the public. For Latin America in particular, the discovery of this tomb (1987) is considered the most important in many decades. 

After visiting the museum that houses the tomb of Lord Sipan, you’re going to take another journey to the Huaca Rajada site, where the tomb was discovered. You can see many ancient remnants left behind in this location, and you will learn about the people of the time, Lord Sipan himself, and the inner workings of the Mochica hierarchy. 

Pyramids, ancient tombs, and plenty of culture – the trip will conclude with a transfer to the bus station or to a local airport, and you can connect with the next city in Peru.

DAY 4: TRUJILLO ARRIVAL, CHAN CHAN AND HUANCHACO TOUR

Immediately after arriving, you will be picked up by a GOTOPERU representative and transferred in style to your selected in hotel in Trujillo – or in Huanchaco, depending on the specific vacation plans, time of year, and number of reservations.

Your private Trujillo tour will show you Peru like you’ve never seen it before, and like you cannot see anywhere else. Some of the highlights of your tour will include:

  • A private, guided tour of Huaca de la Luna, which is an ancient mud pyramid crafted by the Moche people (between 100 and 750 AC). This pyramid is decorated from heel to tip with various paintings representing Ai-Paec, their god, who is ominously known as the Decapitator. 
  • A visit to the accompanying museum, wherein you will learn all about Ai-Paec, the sacrificial rituals, the customs of the era, the Moche people, and much, much more.
  • A trip to a beautiful, secluded beach town, Huanchaco, where you see how the local fishermen thrive using their ancient craft with boats made out of reed
  • A visit to the capital of the Chimu Dynasty, Chan Chan, and a tour of the largest adobe city (red clay) in the Americas. Plus, a visit to the on-site museum to learn more about the area and culture 
  • A bed-and-breakfast stay at a local hotel 

DAY 5: CHICLAYO ARRIVAL AND HUACA EL BRUJO TOUR

As the capital city of the historic Lambayeque region in northern Peru, Chiclayo has plenty to offer for vacationers of all ages. With this private tour package, you can see the area like you’ve never imagined. A GOTOPERU rep will pick you up and arrange private transport for you from your hotel to Chiclayo. This is about an hour and a half drive, with plenty of breathtaking scenery along the way to keep you busy. 

After reaching Huaca el Brujo, you will instantly realize the trip was more than worth it. This huge adobe (red clay) pyramid was constructed during the reign of the Moche people, which was roughly from 100-750 AC – so, over 1,500 years, give or take. You will see just how well the clay has held up over the years; actually better than some of the famous Incan stones throughout other Peru locations. This pyramid isn’t only beautiful and a feat of architectural genius for the time; it’s also very significant historically speaking. It is where the Lady of Cao lived: The first female emperor of Peru. It is filled with various paintings, in good condition, which depict the Lady of Cao in various stages of rule. 

Huaca el Brujo also has an on-site museum which houses the remains of the empress, something that is exceedingly rare on a world scale. Most emperors, kings and other rulers’ remains are lost to dust over time. 

After seeing the pyramid and visiting the museum, the trip continues to other Chiclayo locations. Some of the places you can expect to see on this tour include:

  • The Chiclayo Center’s herbal market, where even modern-day Shaman still shop to purchase their medicinal herbs
  • The Monsefu shop, where you can pick up a wide range of local items and gifts, most of which are handcrafted by the artisans of the area 
  • Santa Rosa, which is a picturesque, historic location where you can see modern-day fisherman using the same techniques to catch fish that were used thousands of years ago
  • Pimentel, which is a similar fishing village where the fisherman craft their rafts out of reed (totora), as has been done for millennia
  • To cap this tour off perfectly, you will get to stay overnight in a great hotel, and wake up to a delicious breakfast packed with tasty regional items. 

What's Included

  • 16 nights in Peru high quality Hotels
  • All tours stated in the itinerary with English-speaking guides
  • All transfers and entrance fees
  • All breakfasts
  • Private Airport Shuttle in & out
  • 24/7 Assistance
  • Trains and buses
  • A prepaid cellphone for extended Programs

What's Not Included

  • Internal Flights
  • Lunch or Dinner

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