Your Dream Journey Highlights of Peru

Andrew Harper Travel Journey Overview


Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu

Duration: 8 days

Starting at: $5,816 per person

Discover the wonders of Peru on an eight-day journey to witness the most breathtaking architecture, centuries-old ruins, staggering mountains, well-preserved Incan artifacts, and spoil your senses with enticing Peruvian gastronomy. Through our partner, Abercrombie & Kent, an Andrew Harper Travel advisor will start customizing your adventure to the mystifying land of Peru.

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Day 1 Lima

Arrive at Lima’s international airport, and rendezvous with a representative to transfer you to your hotel. Spend the day at your own leisure and take in the amenities of the Belmond Miraflores Park. Consider a sunset swim at the Belmond’s pool, which overlooks the Pacific coast.

Stay Overnight Belmond Miraflores Park

Belmond Miraflores Park

This well-located 89-suite glass high-rise hotel overlooks the Pacific Ocean in the upscale Miraflores neighborhood.

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Day 2 Lima

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and then embark on a city tour. Visit the Plaza Mayor, the historical masterpiece that is the 16th century Cathedral of Lima; the opulent mango-colored Municipal Building, and the Presidential Palace, where you can behold the changing of the guard ceremony at noon. Afterward, your guide will take you to the dynastic Casa Aliaga, Lima’s oldest colonial mansion. Next, you’ll be led to the fascinating Larco Museum, where the curator will discuss artifacts from the indigenous peoples of Peru. At end the day, visit a local market to select ingredients for a culinary class where a master chef will teach you flavorful Peruvian dishes.

Stay Overnight Belmond Miraflores Park

Belmond Miraflores Park

This well-located 89-suite glass high-rise hotel overlooks the Pacific Ocean in the upscale Miraflores neighborhood.

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Day 3 Lima – Cusco – Sacred Valley

Partake in breakfast at the hotel and transfer to the Lima airport. Arrive in Cusco, for a destination to Limo restaurant, known for its Peruvian fusion, where local ingredients meet Asian inspiration from Lima’s large Japanese community. The restaurant is situated in a colonial mansion where you have the most magnificent view of Cusco’s main square. Then continue to the Sacred Valley, where along the way visit Awana Kancha, the “Living Museum of the Andes,” to observe South American camelids, such as: llamas, alpacas, guanacos, and vicuñas. Learn how their renowned wool fibers influence ancient textiles and weaving techniques.

Stay Overnight Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado

Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado

This intimate hideaway is set on a pretty hillside above a bend in the Urubamba River.

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Day 4 Sacred Valley

In the morning visit an Andean highland community and have a personal introduction to the Quechua highlanders and their culture. Participate in their daily activities, observe their kitchens and the preparation of local food cooked on mud-brick stoves, fueled by firewood. The hospitable villagers reveal the symbolic meanings encoded into their vibrant-colored apparel and walk you around their cherished Andean village. Enjoy a mountain-viewed lunch at Rancho Wayra and visit the town of Maras. Here experience attractions such as the elevated salt pans of Salineras de Maras and the Inca ruins of Moray.

Stay Overnight Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado

Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado

This intimate hideaway is set on a pretty hillside above a bend in the Urubamba River.

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Day 5 Sacred Valley – Machu Picchu

Head towards the massive fortress of Ollantaytambo in the morning. Constructed of rose-colored granite, with an altitude of 2,792 meters, this huge installation was once a thriving complex of baths, temples, and military barracks. After the tour, transfer to the Ollantaytambo train station. Board the Hiram Bingham Deluxe Class, where you’ll pass the majestic Peruvian countryside, in comfort. On arrival, be transported to the legendary Machu Picchu, accompanied by your guide. Explore these ruins and get a glimpse into the lives of the priests, craftsman, and servants who once inhabited this mountainous citadel.

Stay Overnight Belmond Sanctuary Lodge

Belmond Sanctuary Lodge

Ideally situated, this unobtrusive 31-room lodge is the only hotel adjacent to the ruins, a location that grants privileged access to visit the site before the arrival of tourists in the morning and after their departure in the evening.

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Day 6 Machu Picchu – Cusco

Partake in breakfast at the hotel and have the rare opportunity to explore Machu Picchu without your guide. Afterwards, have an incredible lunch at Café Inkaterra, housed between two-railways, in the river-valley town of Aguas Calientes. In the evening, take the bus to Aguas Calientes and board your Hiram Bingham Deluxe Class to Ollantaytambo or Poroy train stations. Later, transfer to your hotel in Cusco.

Stay Overnight Belmond Palacio Nazarenas

Belmond Palacio Nazarenas

This atmospheric hotel comprises a historic palace built in the mid-1500s on Inca foundations, and a more modern annex.

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Day 7 Cusco

In the morning, traverse the awe-inspiring city of Cusco on a walking tour to admire its cobbled streets, ancient plazas, and terracotta-tiled roofs. Explore the main square, flanked by colonial archways; visit the cathedral on the Plaza de Armas, the church of Santo Domingo, and stroll through the San Pedro Market – a pure sensorial experience. Next, ponder the mysterious ruins of Sacsayhuaman, compiled of enormous stones, this ancient Incan structure overlooks the surrounding city. Just before sunset, arrive at Llaullipata to observe the ritual of Pago a la Tierra. This ceremony consists of offerings including beer, coca leaves, flowers, and fruits, as well as chanting and singing.

Stay Overnight Belmond Palacio Nazarenas

Belmond Palacio Nazarenas

This atmospheric hotel comprises a historic palace built in the mid-1500s on Inca foundations, and a more modern annex.

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Day 8 Cusco - Lima - Departure

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and then take your private transfer to the Cusco airport. When you arrive at Lima’s international airport, you will be assisted by a representative to help you board your flight home.

Prices are per person, based on two people sharing, except where noted. Room categories, dates of travel and change to services will affect the price. Dollar conversions shown will fluctuate throughout the year. Contact the Andrew Harper Travel Office to customize this itinerary to fit your needs.