history & archaeology revealed
Experience the best of Peru in a way the whole family can enjoy! Enjoy Lima City Tour in Peru, take the best tour of Lima before arriving in Cusco, travel with QOSQO EXPEDITIONS, we are a recommended agency in Trip Advisors. We will go through the Palomino Islands in Puerto del Callao. and one day after knowing the city of Cusco on a Tour of the Sacred Valley of the Peruvian Incas, additionally half-day excursions through Cusco and its most important limitations, before buying tickets to travel to Machu Picchu, the most important place in the Ancient Peru, and with a still mysterious meaning, we enjoy an exclusive train service to reach Machu Picchu, to enjoy its landscapes without problems with the height in the town of Aguas Calientes.
Explore the very best of Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu from a historical perspective.
DAY 1 WELCOME TO PERU
Welcome to our capital city of Lima! Our driver will meet you at the airport to take you to your hotel for the night.
DAY 2 FLIGHT TO CUSCO
Today, you’ll head right back to the Lima airport for your hour-long flight to Cusco. Upon arriving to the “Imperial City of the Incas”, you’ll be greeted by your guide and taken by private car to your hotel. After checking in and a quick orientation of Cusco, you’ll be free to enjoy the city at your leisure, and we always offer our personal recommendations!
DAY 3 CUSCO EXPLORATION AND SACSAYHUAMAN
This morning, you’ll meet your guide at the hotel and head up to the highest reaches of the city, where you’ll explore the most impressive archeological and historically significant places in Cusco such as Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo and Tambomachay. Afterwards, you’ll enjoy a box lunch picnic at the “Temple of the Moon”.
DAY 4 MORE CUSCO EXPLORATION
This morning, you and your guide will head to the bustling local market of San Pedro. With a limited amount of local currency (soles), you’ll try your hand at bargaining for fruits and other supplies for our picnic lunch later that day. After our shopping adventure, we’ll head to the Qorikancha “sun temple” before leaving downtown and heading to southern Cusco to visit Tipon, where ancient engineers and masons worked on hydraulic water systems. We’ll enjoy a picnic lunch with our goodies from the market and continue to Pikillaqta, where the pre-Inca Wari civilization built impressive structures. After some time for exploration, we’ll head back to Cusco for dinner at Limo, located in the Plaza de Armas in the heart of Cusco.
DAY 5 CUSCO TO SACRED VALLEY AND PISAC
Today, we leave the city and head to the breathtakingly beautiful Sacred Valley of the Incas. After a 45-minute scenic drive, we’ll arrive to the Pisac archeological site for more exploration. From there, we’ll hike down to the mystical town of Pisac to explore its colorful market and silversmith shops. We’ll take some time to enjoy a picnic before we head to Inkary Museum. You’ll have the afternoon free to enjoy at your leisure.
DAY 6 CHINCHERO, MARAS AND CIRCULAR TERRACES OF MORAY
We’ll begin today’s explorations by heading to the community of Chinchero and a nearby archeological site to explore and search for clues to the lost history of the Incas. At midday, we’ll drive to Moray, an agricultural experimental site, and learn how the Incas kept stability in the kingdom, after which we’ll have a delicious lunch consisting of traditional food tasting and samples of unique dishes sourced from crops grown by local famers. We’ll continue to Maras town where we’ll have the opportunity to visit a local hat maker, then head to a colonial house where a family will welcome us into their home. Afterwards, we’ll head to the Maras salt mines and enjoy a scenic hike back down to the valley.
DAY 7 OLLANTAYTAMBO TO MACHU PICCHU
Today, we travel from the highlands of the Andes to the lush and green cloud forest. In Ollantaytambo, we’ll experience a local “casita” and get a feel for everyday life here in the valley. We’ll take a walk through the labyrinth of narrow streets before we continue upwards to the impressive Ollantaytambo archeological site and learn more about Inca architecture. We’ll continue up to explore the “sun temple” before heading to the train station to board the Vistadome train to Aguas Calientes. A nearly two-hour train ride through the magical landscapes of the mountains and jungle will offer spectacular views of the glaciers and mountain peaks. We’ll arrive to Aguas Calientes to have lunch, then catch the bus to Machu Picchu, where we’ll venture into the narrow passageways of the famed archeological site and out guide will tells us about its history. We’ll head back to town for a relaxing evening in Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Town).
DAY 8 MACHU PICCHU AND HUAYNA PICCHU
This morning, we’ll rise with the sun and head back to Machu Picchu to begin our hike to the peak of famous Huayna Picchu Mountain. From here, we’ll head to the “moon temple” for some relaxation and a picnic lunch before we head back to town to catch our afternoon train to Cusco for the night.
DAY 9 CUSCO
This morning we’ll say our goodbyes as we pick you up from your hotel and take you to the Cusco airport for a late morning flight back to Lima.
INCLUSIONS & EXCLUSIONS
- All transportation while on tour, including train to and from Machu Picchu and regional flights between Lima, Cusco and Puerto Maldonado
- Admission to all archeological sites
- Qosqo Expeditions Guide
- Camping equipment
- Inca Trail permits
- Gratuities for transportation, restaurant and hotel services
- Some meals during your free time as mentioned in the itinerary
- Sleeping bags (We have them for rent)
- Gratuities for your guide
Additional Information and Recommendations:
- We recommend this adventure from March to October.
- All our adventures can easily be customized as you wish.
- Most of our adventures include a farewell meal which allows us to give back to the community through a local, charitable organization.
- Machu Picchu is a fantastic spot to do some bird watching, so don´t forget your binoculars!
- Peru uses Soles as currency, but dollars are widely accepted all over the region and both currencies are available in most ATMs. We encourage you to have local cash on hand.
- Read more of our travel tips here: www.qosqoexpeditions.com/recommendations
The most memorable experiences in Peru come together to instill awe and wonder for all the members of your family. Come to Peru and discover a whole new world of nature, history, gastronomy and most importantly, adventure!
Peru Travel information
When to travel to Peru? Considering that Peru is categorized as one of the 17 megadiverse countries on earth, you have a variety of climates and seasons to consider. That being said, you can visit Peru year-round depending on where you would like to visit. However, if you are looking to explore the Amazonian rainforest or traverse through the Andes Mountains, many travelers choose to avoid the rainy season which runs from November to March with its peak between January and February. Visiting from April through October lands you in the generally dry winter season, which is an excellent time to visit Machu Picchu, experience a world-class trek, traverse the exotic Amazon Rain forest not to mention the other amazing destinations Peru has to offer. Speak with a Qosqo Expeditions Designer today to discover the best time for you to experience a luxury tour of Peru.
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Lima, Peru`s Capital City
Peru`s Population: Approx. 31 million
Official Languages: Spanish, Quechua, Aymara
Official Currency: Peruvian Sol
12 designated UNESCO sites