You'll visit 3 cities: Lima, Arequipa and Cuzco and see the sites via special charter buses and an amazing train ride for your full-day at Machu Picchu!
Days 2-3 A special Architect will guide your visit to Lima’s historic central plaza featuring multiple architectural styles. A trip to Barranco due to its variety of architectonic buildings and its new culinary destinations will provide a definite sampling of contrasts. The Larco Museum is a rare “must see”.
Days 4-5 You’ll fly to Arequipa and delight in its colonial sillar construction which gives it the nickname, La Ciudad Blanca, or The White City. A local architect will guide you through the Santa Catalina Monastery, a unique blend of Colonial & Mestizo archi-tecture. This sets it apart as unique when compared to any other colonial architecture of this area or period.
Just outside town is the colonial Sabandía Mill where you can enjoy the marvelous views of all three volcanoes that surround Arequipa on your 2nd day. It was built in 1795 and then restored 200 years later. You’ll sample some of Peru’s indigenous food while being entertained with folkloric dances of the region. You just may want to take a lil’ siesta so that you’ll have extra energy to dance at the local peña after dinner.
Day 6 You’ll take the quick 60-minute morning hop to Cuzco. After you acclimatize, a local architect will explain Cuzco’s unique combination of architectural styles.
You’ll then view many examples on your walking City Tour of the ancient Incan capital city. The intricately built Incan roads radiated from the central Plaza, which was thought to be the center of the world. The Temple of the Sun, the Convent of Santo Domingo and the famous Cathedral with its numerous historical paintings will all be included.
Day 7 After breakfast, you’ll enjoy the Chincheros traditional Sunday market, where vendors come from neighboring villages to barter and sell their food, arts and crafts. You’ll continue in the afternoon to venture into the Urubamba Valley. Next, you’ll spend the afternoon admiring the incredible Inca ingenuity and stone work as a special guide leads you through the Fortress of Ollantaytambo.
Day 8 Guaranteed to be a major highlight of your trip, you’ll take the early morning train to visit Machu Picchu all day long! Believed to have been built around 1450, it is perhaps the most familiar icon of Inca civilization. You may just break your own record for… “Most Photos Taken in one day!”
Day 9 For your next-to-last morning, you'll enjoy the tour of some of the splendid churches in and around Cuzco. Andahuaylillas, one of the most special that was built in 1580, is considered the Sistine Chapel of the Americas.
Day 10 A tour of the areas surrounding Cuzco including the immense fortress that protected entry to the city, Sacsayhuaman, the miracle water source Tambo Machay, and Q’enqo, which means “zigzag or labyrinth,” and contains the most impressive carved rocks in the Cuzco area.
After lunch, you’ll want to absorb as much as you can and make your last purchases before your late evening flight back to Lima to catch your return flight home to the U.S.
Days 1 & 11 are travel days between Albuquerque, New Mexico and Lima, Peru.
Just look at what's included in this amazing trip:
<<<< FYI: To give you an idea of the size of these rocks,
Darby is 6'2" tall!
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