Day 1 Depart USA for Lima
- A private tour of the Larco Herrera Museum guided by the curator
- Dinner inside the Pre-Columbian Museum of Art in Cuzco
- The luxury of the Hiram Bingham train to and from Machu Picchu
- Exploring the rain forest around Machu Picchu
- A private dinner in a colonial mansion in Lima inhabited by the same family since 1535
We board our flight for Peru. We arrive in Lima late in the evening of the same day. After formalities, we are met by our driver and taken to our luxury hotel, a national monument and located in San Isidro, Lima's most prestigious area.
Day 2 A Private tour of Lima and the Larco Herrera Museum
Since we arrived late the night before, we have allowed time for a late and leisurely breakfast; we have delayed any activities until mid-morning. At that time, our driver will be ready to take us to the Larco Herrera Museum where we are privileged to have a guided tour of the museum by the curator. Founded in 1926, the museum provides an excellent overview of 3,000 years of Peruvian history. Located in a unique 18th century mansion built over a 7th century pre-Columbian pyramid, it is one of the few museums in the world where selected visitors can enter the storage area with its 45,000 classified archaeological objects. Following the tour we will have lunch within the museum accompanied by some fine Peruvian wine. After lunch, our driver will take us on a tour of the city including the Lima Cathedral and the Convento de San Francisco. Given the long day and the late lunch we have left dinner open although we suspect that a light dinner may be all that is required
Day 3 Flying to Cuzco
After breakfast our driver will be waiting to take us to the airport for the flight to Cuzco. When we land we will have gone from sea level in Lima to over 11,000 feet in Cuzco making it one of the highest cities in the world. The altitude can make you sick and we recommend that you spend at least a couple of hours resting in your hotel room. To try to do too much too soon could spoil the exciting things to come. Once you have rested, we will embark on a private tour of this colonial gem but also offering some intriguing Incan sites nearby. This evening we have dinner in the Pre-Columbian Museum of Art
Day 4 The Urubamba Sacred Valley
This morning we will go to the Urubamba Sacred Valley to learn more about the Incan culture. We will visit Chincero, twelve indigenous communities maintaining the old ways. We then visit Nilda Callanaupa's native Indian weaving school where young girls learn to make the complex styles and techniques of their Incan ancestors. We will have a "special" picnic lunch including wine before heading to Ollantaytambo a typical Incan town. We return to Cuzco to freshen up and then go to dinner at La Cicciolina, considered one of Cuzco's best restaurants and a lot of fun as well.
Day 5 Finding the Lost City
After breakfast at the hotel and a chance to relax, our driver will take us to Poroy station where we will board the Hiram Bingham train, operated by Orient-Express. As we taste our welcome flute of champagne we know that this will be a special trip and a special day. We have the chance to enjoy cocktails in the club car before entering the dining car where we enjoy a superb brunch, the kind of meal that only Orient-Express can provide. To many people's surprise we are actually traveling down to Machu Picchu since, while it is high in the Andes, it is about 3,000 feet lower in altitude than Cuzco. Upon our arrival we are met by our guide and taken on a tour of the citadel. The ruins of Machu Picchu, rediscovered in 1911 by Yale archaeologist Hiram Bingham, are one of the most beautiful and enigmatic ancient sites in the world. While the Inca people certainly used the Andean mountain top, erecting many hundreds of stone structures from the early 1400's, legends and myths indicate that Machu Picchu (meaning 'Old Peak' in the Quechua language) was revered as a sacred place from a far earlier time. Whatever its origins, the Inca turned the site into a small, (five square miles) but extraordinary city. Invisible from below and completely self-contained, surrounded by agricultural terraces sufficient to feed the population, and watered by natural springs, Machu Picchu seems to have been utilized by the Inca as a ceremonial city. Two thousand feet above the rumbling Urubamba River, the cloud-shrouded ruins have palaces, baths, temples, storage rooms and some 150 houses. After our exploration we return to our eco-hotel located near the site.
Day 6 Exploring the eco-system around Machu Picchu
Today we have the opportunity to discover the fascinating yet fragile ecosystem of the Machu Picchu cloud forest and learn about its many endemic plants and animals. Early risers will be afforded the opportunity for some spectacular bird-watching including sixteen different varieties of hummingbirds. This area is also one of the Orchid Capitals of the world with over 372 different orchids in bloom. From the largest orchid flower in the world, the lady slipper ( Phragmipedium caudatum), to species new to science actually discovered in the grounds of our hotel and tiny flowering specimens that can be properly appreciated only through a magnifying glass; there are orchids to amaze both the novice and the expert. After a full day of exploring we are transferred to the station where the Hiram Bingham awaits. As we enjoy a superb dinner, we make our way to Cuzco where our driver awaits us to deliver us to our hotel
Day 7 Return to Lima and a special farewell dinner
After breakfast in Cuzco our driver will take us to the airport for the return flight to Cuzco. We return to our hotel where we have the afternoon to rest or do some last minute shopping. Tonight, our last in Peru, we have a special treat. Our driver will pick us up in the late afternoon for the trip to the heart of Lima and the Casa Aliaga. The President’s Mansion is located next door. The Casa Aliaga was built in 1535, on a piece of land given by Francisco Pizzaro to Geronimo de Aliaga as recognition for his military service during the conquest of Peru. Since then, it has been continuously inhabited by members of the Aliaga family who are our hosts. Upon arrival we will have a tour of the mansion by a knowledgeable guide followed by cocktails and a private dinner. After dinner we return to the hotel for a little rest before heading to the airport where our flight to the US leaves early in the morning.
Day 8 Arrive in the USA
Our flight arrives back in the USA at breakfast time
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Tour Location / Places Visiteds
Lima, Cuzco, Machu Picchu, Cuzco, Lima
Additional Pricing Information
- Transfers and sightseeing by private helicopter or aircraft as indicated on the itinerary
- Superior Rooms at the properties indicated in the accommodations area (We reserve the right to substitute a property of equal quality in advance of departure should the designated hotel be unavailable)
- Private Transfers to and from the airport at destination
- All meals as indicated on the itinerary by B=Breakfast, L=Lunch and D=Dinner
- Entrance fees to all museums, attractions and other venues as indicated on the daily itinerary
- Private guides for city explorations and private driver/guide while traveling.
- Baggage handling at all hotels and camps
- All applicable taxes and service fees
What's Not Included
- International airfare (round-trip from hometown departure gateway to destination)
- Beverages with included meals (unless otherwise indicated on itinerary page)
- Any meals not indicated on the Itinerary page
- Items of a personal nature e.g. minibar, film, postcards etc.
- Gratuities to Guides and Driver/Guides (we provide suggested guidelines for your selected destination in your pre-departure material)
- Any passport or visa fees or government departure taxes (It is the traveler’s responsibility to secure the latest information regarding passports and visa requirements)
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