Cradle of the Incas tour captures the essence of the Inca culture that permeated Peru. Marvel at the magnificent and mystical ruins of Machu Picchu. Experience fascinating cultures as you visit a local village with traditions linked to the Spanish Conquistadores and the Inca Empire. View spectacular scenery and the incomparable Andean mountain range.
On arrival in Lima, capital of Peru with its mixture of old and new architecture, spend time visiting with a local family and experience how they live. Then fly to Cusco, the ancient capital of the Incan Empire. A walk around this charming city will entrance you. Travel next to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. You will be able to visit small market towns that offer the opportunity to purchase typical Peruvian merchandise including jewellery and clothes. Machu Picchu, the “Lost City of the Incas” is situated in the clouds and will be a highlight of the tour. Return back to Cusco for a visit to the Urubamba Valley to mix with the local community and have lunch with the inhabitants.
Return to Lima and enjoy a tour of the highlights of this vibrant city including a visit to the wonderful Larco Museum.
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The visit also includes Santo Domingo Convent, a recently restored icon of colonial architecture. Completed in the late stages of the sixteenth century, its ancient crypt contains the relics of Peruvian saints such as Saint Rose of Lima and San Martin de Porres. Later on, you will tour the Archbishop’s Palace, a beautiful building with thirty rooms, in which 16th-19th century art works are on display. In the meantime, watch the changing of the guard at the Government Palace from one of the building’s wood-carved, Neo-classical balconies.
Finally, you will visit the home of a real Limean family in the exclusive district of San Isidro. They will share their collection of amazing art pieces, ranging from Pre Inca ceramics and textiles to the most complete collection of Nativity scenes in the Americas. This is a unique way to learn about traditional Limean lifestyles while spending some time with locals.
Dinner this evening will be at the Huaca Pucllana Restaurant.
Spend half a day walking about the city of Cusco, ancient capital of the Inca Empire and where we will see the interesting blend of the Inca and Spanish cultures. The outing begins at the Koricancha Temple, an old Inca palace and main center for the worship of the sun god, Inti. Once the Spanish conquered Peru, the Dominican order built a lovely church over top this temple’s foundations: the church of Santo Domingo, which is still there today. You will continue on foot to the neighborhood of San Blas, where the finest artisans in Cusco live and work. Next up, visit the Inka Museum, located in an old Colonial period house built by Spanish Admiral Francisco Alderete Maldonado. Around these parts, it’s popularly called the Admiral’s House. The exhibits show the side of Cuzco’s history intertwined with the Inca past.
The MAP’S (Pre-Colombian Art Museum) Restaurant, located in the patio of a colonial style home, will give an in-kitchen cooking demonstration, showcasing some of the best traditional Andes dishes. You will then enjoy a delicious lunch in a cozy and sophisticated setting.
Your day ends with a unique experience – a sundowner overlooking what was once the heart and capital of the might Inca Empire. With the mighty stones of Sacsayhuaman at your back and the sun setting over this UNESCO world heritage city, enjoy sparkling wine and some small snacks to reflect on your day and as you savor the view.
One of the world’s greatest wonders, Machu Picchu, your adventure starts in the city of Aguas Calientes, where you leave the train, walk through a maze of markets in the hear of town and then board a bus that drives you to the Machu Picchu site. This is an experience you will never forget. Your tour includes every nook and cranny of this UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. Afterwards, there is some free time for you to explore the site on your own, to relax, or to meditate.
At the agreed upon hour, you will have lunch at Sanctuary Lodge.
Later on, you will return to Aguas Calientes and be assisted to your hotel. A complimentary massage is included with your hotel stay.
Mid-afternoon you return to Aguas Calientes for your train journey back to Cusco.
The Larco Museum is a treat at any time, where chronological galleries providing an excellent overview on 3000 years of Peruvian pre-Columbian history. At night however, it’s a peerless attraction, where the finest collection of Ancient Peru’s gold and silver comes to vivid life. You’ll also see the famous erotic archaeological collection, one of Peru’s most visited attractions. After the visit, enjoy the best of Peruvian gastronomy in the museum’s cozy, atmospheric restaurant.
Return to your hotel.