Taste of Peru 4D - 3N
4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS VISITING MACHU PICCHU AND THE HIGHLIGHTS OF PERU
DAY 1: CUSCO - SACRED VALLEY
Upon your arrival in Lima you will be met by your transfer-man who will assist you with your connecting flight to Cusco. When you arrive to Cusco, the Imperial City, you will be met by our transfer-man and private driver who will assist you with your luggage and will drive you to your hotel located in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
On the way, visit the Awanacancha textile center to observe traditional Andean weaving and to see the four types of camel-related Andean animals – llamas, guanacos, alpacas and vicunas. Alpacas have thick wool and is the most commonly used while the vicunas are small and delicate with fur considered the finest. Awanacancha is a weaving center with the goal to keep alive the traditional textile arts.
Here you can meet these four types of camelids, learn about the harvesting of the different wools, the natural dying techniques and have a chance to see native weavers from different areas showing their different weaving styles.
Overnight in the Sacred Valley. Two nights, one room (double occupancy), including breakfast, hotel tax and service charge.
DAY 2: SACRED VALLEY
Our first visit is the town of Pisac, where the Incas built an observatory to study astronomy as well as an impressive network of cultivated terrace. After this, you will have the opportunity to bargain with vendors at the local handicraft market in Pisac.
Lunch will take place at a great restaurant accompanied by a Paso Horse Demonstration. Peruvian Paso Horses, with their elegance and noble spirit, symbolize a centuries-old tradition of cultural fusion and folklore that defines and enriches Peru. In this presentation, Paso horses from our stables demonstrate their flowing gait and graceful motion to the rhythm of 'la marinera,' the national dance of Peru. Lunch is enjoyed in the Wayra Gardens among the native plants, served in a modern environment. We are enveloped by the aroma of freshly baked bread coming out of the wood-burning ovens, tasty empanadas with different fillings, and an amazing assortment of native potatoes from remote communities that have preserved them along with their stories.
After lunch, we will continue to the Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo. The site was built just as the Spaniards arrived and evidence of how it was constructed is still visible. After seeing the magnificent past of the spot stroll through the quaint streets of the present town before returning to your hotel.
DAY 3: MACHU PICCHU - CUSCO
Your private guide will meet you at your hotel early this morning. You will be driven to the train station to board the Vistadome train, for a dramatic train ride to Machu Picchu (6180 feet), the great mountain-top city abandoned by the Inca Empire, reclaimed by the jungle and lost to humanity until its rediscovery in 1911.
It sits on a mountain site of extraordinary beauty, in the middle of a tropical mountain forest. Machu Picchu was probably the most amazing urban creation of the Inca Empire at its height, with its giant walls, terraces and ramps, which appear as though they have been cut naturally in the continuous rock escarpments.
Upon arrival to the ruins, you will have a guided tour of the lost citadel.
Lunch will be provided at the Sanctuary Lodge, after which you will go to Cusco on the Vistadome Train.
DAY 4: FLIGHT BACK
Transfer to the Cusco airport in time for your flight to Lima. Upon arrival in Lima, you will have assistance at the airport to catch your next flight.
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