A Journey to Peru 13 days/12 nights Lima – Cusco- Sacred Valley – Machu Picchu – Cusco – La Paz

A Journey to Peru

Lima – Cusco- Sacred Valley – Machu Picchu – Cusco – La Paz

13 days / 12 nights

PROGRAM DETAILS

Services: Private services

Hotel category: Choice of Superior Class or luxury hotels.

A country of astounding contrasts and treasures, Peru offers an incredibly rich combination of cultural heritage, history, stunning nature, geography and scenery, living cultures, spirituality, traditions and beliefs. In this unique visit to Peru, experience our careful selection of the highlights in The Sacred Valley and Cusco.

Itinerary 2017

Day 1 – Wednesday, December 20st Arrival in Lima

Upon your arrival in Lima you are met by our representative who assists you and transfer to your hotel.

Check in and accommodation at your selected hotel

Meals: -------- Overnight: Lima

Day 2 – Thursday, December 21st Arrival in Lima

This morning meet our expert and member of the Lima Jewish community in your hotel’s lobby and depart in private transport to visit several important Jewish sites in the city.

Start your tour with a visit to the Museum of Inquisition, which has a dark history as many Jews were put on trial, tortured and held prisoner within this building during the Spanish Inquisition. Continue on to the House of Pilate (Casa de Pilatos), which was built in 1590 and is one of the oldest houses in Lima. It is a magnificent example of a Colonial house retaining many features characteristic of the early Colonial era, most notably its monumental staircase which is rarely found in architecture of Lima. The house was also used by Jews as a secretive hiding place from the Inquisition in Colonial times, with the downstairs cellar supposedly being used for Friday Worship.

Continue for a very special and personal lunch at your guide’s home, and an opportunity to discuss more about the places you have visited this morning or will visit this afternoon. Marvel over an impressive collection of books, photographs and other materials that our expert has compiled over the years about Jewish heritage in Lima and Peru.

After lunch, continue your tour to one of the three most important synagogues in the city to see how Judaism is practiced day‐to‐day in Lima.

You will also visit the Jewish Senior Citizens residence of Bikur Jolim, which possesses a beautiful complex of gardens and facilities for elder members of the community. Here you will have the privilege of meeting a relative of your Jewish expert’s family, with whom you can talk about their past and life nowadays for the Jewish people in Peru.

In the late afternoon, visit the Jewish School of Lima, Leon Pinelo, which is the only Jewish school in the city attended by over 400 students ranging from kindergarten to high school age. Guided by a representative of the school, you will visit different areas of the school, including the synagogue and the Hebrew reading room.

This afternoon you will enjoy a tea time at the expert house.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and tea time Overnight: Lima

Day 3 – Friday, December 22nd Lima: Culinary Tour

This morning you start with a visit of one of Lima’s most emblematic and picturesque markets, where you can see, taste and purchase the most popular ingredients used in Peruvian cuisine. In the hands of our culinary expert, you may have the chance to try fruits from the coast, mountains and jungle, such as chirimoya, pacae, mango, passion fruit, aguaymanto, aguaje, and more. The market’s variety of vegetables includes bell peppers, Porcon mushrooms, native varieties of potatoes, tubers, roots, organic vegetables, miniature vegetables, aromatic herbs, grains, and more. You also have the opportunity to try and buy dried fruits, as well as straw and woodcrafts.

After that, your tour will continue towards Pachacamac for a country restaurant where you will be able to enjoy a vegan lunch.

Return to the hotel at 15:00hrs

Meals: Breakfast and lunch Overnight: Lima

Day 4 – Saturday, December 23rd Lima

Free day

Meals: Breakfast and lunch Overnight: Lima

Day 5, Sunday, December 24rd Lima – Cusco – Sacred Valley

At proper time transfer to the airport to take your flight towards Cusco city.

Upon arrival in Cusco, you are driven to the “Sacred Valley of the Incas”, a succession of picturesque Andean towns, agricultural terraces, and many archaeological sites, as well as the world’s most famous white corn cultivated for export. The mild climate, the varied and dramatic scenery of snow-capped mountains, flowering meadows, lush green hills and spectacular flora and fauna, make the Valley a prime adventure destination in South America. At a lower elevation than Cusco, the Valley is a warmer and less physically taxing environment for visiting the many attractions of the region, including Machu Picchu.

On your way to the Sacred Valley you will visit Sacsayhuaman which is the largest and most impressive of four archaeological ruins on the outskirts of Cusco. Built by the Incas, it served an important military function and was the site of a major battle with the Spanish in 1536. The complex was constructed out of massive stones, some weighing as much as 300 tons, cut to fit together without the use of mortar.

Accommodation at your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast. Overnight: Sacred Valley

Day 6 – Monday, December 25rd Sacred Valley: Maras and Moray with Picnic lunch

Today you will visit the circular terraces of Moray, an agricultural “research laboratory” for the Incas, who studied temperature variation from one terrace to another in order to develop different crop varieties. Later the hardier varieties of seeds were distributed throughout the Inca Empire. On the other side of the Urubamba Valley you’ll see dramatic snow-capped peaks of the Vilcabamba and Urubamba cordilleras (mountain ranges).

You leave this interesting archaeological site to follow to the town of Maras, which grew in importance in the 17th century because of the exploitation and commercialization of the “salineras” or saltpans. You will cross the extensive Maras Pampas, where people farm the land and rear cattle and sheep. The Urubamba mountain range and its snow-capped peaks provide a spectacular background for your visit, which you may choose to do by van or through a gentle hike. In the town of Maras you will learn about the facades of the ancient houses, made from finely worked stone, indicative of the economic heights achieved by the town’s population at that time.

Enjoy a picnic lunch (Special vegan option) and be part of a very special ceremony of sound and traditional offerings to Mother Earth. This ceremony evokes the spirit of healing; taking part of this ritual are many sacred medicines like Palo Santo, Tayta Sayri, Mama Coca, Agua Florida, Condor’s Feathers, Grandfather Puma, Essences and Incenses. We use many pre-hispanic instruments that have no musical register written, that’s why we let their own essence shine to heal with joy, love, color and life. To feel how the power of sound becomes a collective prayer that creates healing frequencies we must come with an open heart. One of the main purposes of sharing this experience is to revaluate and to radiate the culture of our original people. It can be recognize it as an amazing cross-cultural experience.

Meals: Breakfast and picnic lunch Overnight: Sacred Valley

Day 7 – Tuesday, December 26th Sacred Valley – Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu

This morning you are driven to Ollanta station from where you board the Vistadome train. Enjoy a unique train ride towards the marvellous Inca ruins of Machu Picchu the "Lost City of the Incas”. Get the most outstanding views of the Urubamba River, which cuts its way through green fields beneath the high peaks of the Andean glaciers. You spend the rest of the morning visiting the Sacred Inca citadel, exploring its main temples and hidden corners.

Today we will visit the citadel in the afternoon (Afternoon shift: 12:00 – 17:30)

After the visit take the shuttle bus to Aguas Calientes, from where you board the Vistadome train back to Cusco.

Upon arrival to the train station, transfer to your selected hotel in Cusco.

Meals: Breakfast Overnight: Cusco

Day 8 - Wednesday December 27th Cusco

This morning our guide meets you at your hotel lobby to start your visit of Cusco, walk to San Pedro market, it is a vibrant spot in a very busy area in town that can keep you entertained for hours. Here you can have a first-hand look at how locals live day-to-day, outside the confines of Cusco’s tourist zones. By observing the scene you can hear the language as it is spoken and properly pronounced, view the gestures and habits that are common to the Andean culture, smell the scents of local produce and flora, absorb the styles and textures of the local fashion, see the fruits, vegetables and meats that make up the main staples of traditional meals.

Continue, this morning to visit Cusco’s main attractions. You start with the visit to Santo Domingo Monastery, the legendary Korikancha (Temple of Gold), the most important Inca temple devoted to worshipping the Sun, whose walls used to be plated with sheets of gold. You follow to the San Blas quarter with a walk by this quaint district and one of the finest views of the city. This quarter is home to the workshops and stores of the most renowned craftsmen in Cusco, including Mendivil, Merida, Rojas and Palomino.

Afternoon at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast Overnight: Cusco

Day 9 – Thursday, December 28th Cusco – La Paz

Our representative will pick you up at proper time to transfer you to the airport to board your international flight to La Paz, Bolivia.

Suggested flight Cusco - La Paz: PJ 331 07:50 – 09:50 (Not included)

Upon your arrival in La Paz, our representative will meet you at the airport to transfer you to your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast Overnight: La Paz

Day 10– Friday, December 29th La Paz

Pick up from the hotel to begin the excursion of Tiwanaku Archeological Complex, antique pre-Inca archeological city that it is located 72 km from La Paz city. UNESCO lists it as a World Heritage Site in 2000. We will visit Ceramic Museum and Lithic Museum, important temples such as: Akapana Pyramid, Semi-subterranean Temple, Kalasasaya Temple next to the famous “The Gate of the Sun” and Ponce Monolith. Puma Punku archeological site and Return to the hotel. Then visit of the Tiwanaku Countryside with some traditional crops (quinua, faba beans, potatoes, etc) and have a look of the Bolivian Andes Range. Return to your hotel at 15:00hrs.

Meals: Breakfast Overnight: La Paz

Day 11– Saturday, December 30th La Paz

Free day in La Paz city

Meals: Breakfast Overnight: La Paz

Day 12– Sunday, December 31st La Paz

Early in the morning, pick up from the hotel to start your half day excursion to the Traditional Markets of our City, visit the famous Prison of San Pedro, famous by its infrastructure and difference that other jails in the World. Ride using the largest Cableway System of the World from where we can enjoy a wonderful panoramic view of La Paz. Visit of Moon Valley, located 10 km. from downtown of La Paz´s city, impressive formations, composed mainly of clay and were created by the persistent erosion of mountains by the area’s strong winds and rains. Then, we will visit the Killi Killi Viewpoint (from where we will have a panoramic view of 360° of the city) then the Historic Center of La Paz where we will visit Murillo Square, Executive Palace, Legislative Palace, Metropolitan Cathedral and Witches´ Market (here, we will understand the Andean way of thinking and their mystery), we will return to the hotel.

Afternoon at leisure

Meals: Breakfast Overnight: La Paz

Day 13– Monday, 1st La Paz

At proper time assistance and transfer to the airport to take your international flight.

Meals: Breakfast

Note: All itineraries are subject to change, due to weather and other conditions. All times indicated are approximate, and are also subject to change.

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Rate total for 2 people, In Double Room:

Prices from :

Luxury 5* hotels $14,500 for 2 people

4* superior hotels $9,700 for 2 people

MEALS

Meals Restaurant PlaceD1 ------ ------- Lim

D2 Lunch Expert´s house Lima

D2 Tea Time Expert´s house Lima

D3 ------ ------- Lima

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D4 ------ ------- Lima

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D5 ------ ------- Cusco

D5 ------ ------- Sacred Valley

D6 Lunch Picnic lunch Sacred Valley

D6 ------ ------- Sacred Valley

D7 ------ ------- Machu Picchu

D7 ------ ------- Cusco

D8 ------ ------- Cusco

D8 ------ ------- Cusco

D9 ------ ------- La Paz

D9 ------ ------- La Paz

D10 ------ ------- La Paz

D10 ------ ------- La Paz

D11 ------ ------- La Paz

D11 ------ ------- La Paz

D12 ------ ------- La Paz

D12 ------ ------- La Paz

D13 ------ ------- La Paz


WHAT IS INCLUDED

  • Accommodation based on double with private bath at the selected hotel category
  • Full day experience with our Jewish Expert & kosher lunch at the experts house
  • Half day culinary tour in Lima
  • Private drive from Cusco airport to the Sacred Valley hotel visiting Sacsayhuaman on route.
  • Full day excursion to Maras & Moray with picnic lunch (vegan option) and Ceremony of Tribute to Mother Earth
  • Half day walking visit of the city of Cusco
  • Half day Tiawanaku excursion in La Paz
  • Half day La Paz city tour with visit to the Moon valley.
  • All guided excursions described in the itinerary
  • All entrances fees for the activities proposed.
  • All specified meals - Vegetarian option is available with no extra charge

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED

  • International and domestic air tickets or visa fees
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Additional nights during the trip due to flight cancellations
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Laundry
  • Phone calls, radio calls or messages
  • Other items of personal nature
  • Any additional transportation services
  • Any additional bar consumptions
  • Tips
  • Extra expenses originated in itinerary changes or others due to force majeure or other circumstances beyond our control