|Arrival in Lima
|City cultural & historical tour
|Choose your adventure
|Culture tours & overnight
|Private tour of Machu Picchu
|Free day in Cusco
Day 1: Arrival in Lima
¡Bienvenidos! Welcome to Lima, Peru's largest city and central metropolitan hub, and home to one-third of the country's population. Located at the site of a pre-Columbian indigenous Ychsma settlement, which was conquered by the Inca empire in the 15th century and later by the Spanish conquistadores, Lima has a fascinating history and a diverse mix of cultures. Amerindian, European, Afro-Peruvian, and Asian—especially Chinese and Japanese—influences make Lima a dynamic and exciting city to explore.
Lima's breezy location on the Pacific Ocean and mild desert climate make it the perfect city for exploring on foot. Head downtown to mingle with locals, stretch your legs, and grab a bite to eat in one of the many award-winning restaurants.
Suggested activities include:
Explore the historic center of Lima, a UNESCO World Heritage Site packed with fascinating Spanish architecture. Start with a scenic tour of the colonial downtown, which emanates from the main square. Stroll over to the 16th-century Cathedral, which took 80 years to construct and was built in the grandiose style of the Spanish Empire.
Visit the Casa Aliaga, a colonial mansion granted by chief conquistador Francisco Pizarro to Jerónimo de Aliaga, one of his captains, in 1535. This is the only house from that era that still belongs to the same family.
Stroll around the Pueblo Libre district to the privately owned Larco Museum of pre-Columbian art, housed in a beautifully restored viceregal mansion built over a 7th-century pre-Columbian pyramid. The museum boasts a vast pre-Colonial collection of gold and silver artifacts.
- In the evening, head to the eclectic "Love Park" in the upscale coastal district of Miraflores, where you can admire a huge kissing statue and beautiful mosaic walls. The park is built on the cliffs of Chorrillos and is a perfect place to enjoy a spectacular sunset over the Pacific.
- Enjoy a nightcap at an open-air cafe or restaurant in the diverse Miraflores neighborhood.
Day 2: Arrival in Cusco & City Tour
This morning, transfer to the Lima airport for your flight to Cusco. Upon arrival, you'll be picked up from the airport and taken to your hotel. After getting a chance to settle in, depart your hotel for a half-day private city tour with an English-speaking guide. It starts in the ruins of Tambomachay and you will have a nice hike down into Cusco visiting other sites along the way. You’ll also stop for lunch at one of our favorite restaurants in Cusco.
Day 3: Day of Adventure
Today you have a choice of three unique activities options, depending on what you’re most interested in:
1) Inca Legends Bike Ride (Full Day)
Perfect for beginner/intermediate riders that want to see the less traveled countryside of Peru. You’ll take off on a private shuttle from Cusco through breathtaking mountain views to your starting point of 4,218 meters. From there, we’ll soar downhill on a combination of wide, paved and dirt roads that eventually reach the powerful Apurimac river.
Chat with a local specialist who can help organize your trip.
We’ll have an authentic Peruvian lunch with some local friends and ride through small Peruvian towns and villages. This is an amazing route to ride a bike on, with plenty of opportunities to take photos, see the local life, and last but not least bask in an array of waterfalls.
2) Horseback riding in the Andes (Full Day)
We offer a horse riding tour that is not a walk in the corral. You climb high into the mountains surrounding Cusco and visit some hidden away Inca ruins.
3) ATV and zip line in the Sacred Valley (Full Day)
Enjoy a 3-4 hour zip-line tour with unbelievable panoramic views, then ride a quad bike through the old town of Maras, and visit the salt mines of the Incas and Moray. Entrance to Moray is included, the salt mines cost 10 soles and you pay at the gate.
If you chose to do either the bike ride or horseback you would sleep in Cusco; if you went on the four wheel/zip line tour you would sleep in Ollantaytambo.
Day 4: Day in the Sacred Valley
If you sleep in Cusco, you will take a private car to Ollantaytambo stopping at the salt mines and Moray. If you slept in Ollantaytambo, then you get to sleep in and enjoy the village. You can go on some hikes to the ruins in town. Ollantaytambo is a beautiful authentic village, with cobblestone pathways and older family homes. On top of that, we have a beautiful local home for you to stay out in the heart of the village.
Day 5: Private Tour of Machu Picchu
Rise and shine early today as you take the first train in the morning to Aguas Calientes, the small village at the base of Machu Picchu. An English-speaking guide will be waiting for you and you can either hike up (45 minutes) or take the bus (20 minutes) to MP. You will have a private guided tour and the opportunity to hike La Montana (Machu Picchu mountain). Here is where you can get in some good hiking. It’s a strenuous hike, but you'll be well rewarded. In the evening, you will return to Cusco by Vistadome train.
Day 6: Free day in Cusco
Today, you'll have another free day to explore Cusco and do some last-minute shopping. It's also another chance to enjoy some of the fantastic restaurants Cusco has to offer. If you would like to arrange another half-day or full-day activity in or around Cusco, we'd be happy to arrange this. There are also cooking classes in Cusco, for those who would like to learn how to make some local Peruvian dishes.
Day 7: Departure
Depending on when your flight out of Cusco, we can suggest some places to sightsee in the morning before providing private transport to the airport.