See, feel and explore the way Peruvian ancestors lived. Take a tour of the city of Lima and its attractions, until you reach the City of Cusco, its most important archaeological centers and the citadel of Machupicchu.
With Living the Inca Way, our guests will experience a complete immersion into Incan history and culture, stepping into their day-to-day lives and activities for an authentically Andean experience. Of course, no Peruvian adventure is complete without a visit to the iconic Machu Picchu!
Today, touch ground in the capital city of Lima. Tonight, you’ll stay in the cool, classy Miraflores district on the beachfront, where you’ll have a chance to rest up for your day of adventure tomorrow.
Kick off your exploration of this dynamic capital city with a visit to the Larco Museum, the largest and most exquisite private collection of pre-Columbian artifacts. From there, head to downtown Lima to witness how this vibrant city is preserving some of the oldest colonial mansions in South America, and appreciate one of the largest catacombs where history seems to come to life.
This morning, you’ll catch a one-hour flight across the Andes to Cusco. Upon landing, we’ll set out on a scenic route to Qarachaki, a locally owned alpaca farm and weaving center, before heading to the mountain town of Pisac, in the heart of the Sacred Valley. The famous street market in the center of this cozy, colonial town is a great place to wander and practice your bargaining skills. Afterwards, we’ll head to the hotel in time for some evening relaxation.
Today, we’ll continue to uncover the secrets of the Incas, starting with a visit to the home of renowned stone mason, a local artist whose pieces you’ll find displayed throughout Cusco. After learning about the importance of stones in ancestral architecture, we’ll head to the small town of Chinchero, where local women will share their expertise in traditional textile designs and weaving methods that have been used for thousands of years. Afterwards, we’ll head to the enigmatic, circular terraces of Moray, which the Incas most likely used as a test area for adapting crops to different temperatures. Lunch will be served in a beautiful home on the archeological site before we head back to the hotel for the evening.
Today is the day we’ve been waiting for – We’re going to Machu Picchu! In Ollantaytambo, we’ll board the Vistadome train for a scenic, two-hour journey to Aguas Calientes, complete with views of glaciers atop the Andes. After a short bus ride up the mountain to Machu Picchu, we’ll have our first opportunity to stroll down the ancient paths and learn more about this magical place. We want you to get the most from your experience, so we’ll head to the site in the afternoon when most visitors are heading back to town. In the evening, we’ll head down the mountain to the cozy town of Aguas Calientes where we’ll enjoy dinner and get a good night’s rest for the next day.
Today, we’ll return to Machu Picchu for further exploration of the site, including the quarries. By this point you’ll be quite the experts on Inca stone masonry! Afterwards, feel free to explore on your own. Hike up to the “Sun Gate” and surrounding areas, or simply relax and soak up the famed energy of Machu Picchu. In the evening, you’ll have some much-needed relaxation time, as well as dinner, back at the hotel.
We’ll say goodbye to Machu Picchu, but the adventure is only just getting started! After we get to the train station back in Ollantaytambo, we’ll discover one of the Incas’ truest architectural wonders. The site was never finished, so we get to see the work in progress with a “behind-the-scenes’ perspective of the building process of this striking temple. The site not only contains massive boulders as part of its construction, but the precision of the joints holding the stones together is remarkable. On the road back to Cusco, we’ll stop for lunch at a nice spot overlooking the Andes before we reach Cusco just in time to enjoy Saccsaywaman, the largest Inca construction, before finally arriving at our hotel in the historic center of Cusco for the evening.
Cusco was the capital and most important city of the expansive and powerful Inca empire, with an infinitely rich history and culture to discover. This morning, we’ll visit the home of local artist well-known throughout Peru for his family’s legacy of construction of the intricate, wooden altars we see inside Cusco’s churches – a beautiful tradition that still carries on today. We’ll walk along the cobblestone streets of this striking city to visit the “Sun Temple”, better known today as the Qoricancha. Afterwards, we’ll make our way to the Plaza de Armas in the heart of the city’s historic center to visit the Cathedral of Cusco, the most impressive in all of South America. The collection of Cusquenian religious art will give you a new perspective on the complex religious beliefs of Peruvians. You’ll have some time to relax or lose yourself in the bustling city streets on your own this afternoon. This evening, you’ll meet our expert on Inca architecture who will answer any questions you might have about what you’ve seen during your adventure. Later, we’ll head to our farewell dinner to round out the night in style.
Today, we’ll take you to the Cusco airport and say our goodbyes before your return flight to Lima to catch your connecting flights back home.