Perú Express 5 Days

Tour Type

Perú

Location

Perú

Overview

Peru is a unique destination which you can discover during five fascinating days touring its main attractions. Start in the capital, Lima, and learn about its history, colonial buildings and delicious cuisine. Continue to the Imperial City, and visit its impressive archaeological sites and some of the most spectacular landscapes on the planet. Finally, explore the world wonder, Machu Picchu.

HOTELS

Tourist 3*.
Top Tourist 4*.
Deluxe 5*.

ITINERARY

*Subject to change.

DAY 1 | ARRIVAL IN LIMA – CITY TOUR

Upon arrival at the Lima airport, a transportation service and a representative will pick you up to transfer you to your hotel for your check-in.Later, explore Lima’s old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, packed with fascinating historic buildings. The route begins at the traditional Pueblo Libre district, where you visit the Larco Museum, located in a beautifully restored vice regal mansion built on a pre-Columbian pyramid from the seventh century. The museum boasts a complete pre-Hispanic collection of gold and silver objects, as well as pieces of erotic art.

Then visit the Casa Aliaga, a colonial mansion granted by chief conquistador Francisco Pizarro to one of his captains, Jerónimo de Aliaga. This is the only house from that time, still belonging to the same family. Continue with a scenic tour through the colonial downtown. See the Main Square, where you can appreciate the grandiose architecture of the Spanish Empire. Admire Lima’s Cathedral, built during the 16 th century. At the end of the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel.

 Overnight at the selected hotel in Lima.

DAY 2 | LIMA – CUSCO – CITY TOUR NEARBY ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES.

During the morning, you will be transferred to the Lima airport to take the flight to the city of Cusco. At arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel for check-in. During the afternoon, stroll through the plazas and beautiful cobblestone streets of the city. In the afternoon, enjoy a guided tour of this charming city, which was the capital of the Inca Empire. The tour starts with a visit to Santo Domingo Convent, a large Renaissance-baroque complex, which was built over the Inca Coricancha temple.

It was one of the most important temples dedicated to worshipping of the sun, and its foundations are still prominent at the base of the convent. Ancient chronicles say the temple was covered in gold leaf and filled with golden representations of nature. Then, visit the Cathedral, the most imposing monument of the Main Square. Head to the hills above Cusco to visit the remains of the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, whose imposing ramparts offer a stunning panoramic view of Cusco, and the ruins of the temple and amphitheatre of Qenqo, where it is believed the Incas practiced agricultural rituals.

Admire Qenqo and then finally visit PukaPukara (‘Red fortress’ in Quechua) an Inca military complex located on a prominent hill. Its dwellings squares, bathrooms, aqueducts, walls, and towers can still be appreciated. Afterwards, return to your hotel.

 Overnight at the selected hotel in Cusco on bed and breakfast basis.

DAY 3 | CUSCO – SACRED VALLEY / CHINCHERO – OLLANTAYTAMBO.

During the morning, you will be picked up from your hotel in Cusco to visit the town of Chinchero*, a traditional Cusco urban center located at an elevated point with a beautiful view of the valley. The inhabitants of this area preserve the artisan traditions and the inherited knowledge of the Incas and display them in their clothes and customs. In Chinchero there are also archaeological remains and a beautiful seventeenth-century church, one of the first Catholic buildings in Peru.

Then, you are transferred from Ollantaytambo to the Living Museum of Yucay, a center Andean traditions interpretations, where demonstrations of the elaboration of textile work, adobe, pottery and silverware are carried out in the same way in which they used to in antiquity; an original recreation of Inca traditions. In addition, residents of the museum include llamas, sheep and alpacas, and they can be fed! Upon arriving in Ollantaytambo, inhabited uninterruptedly since Inca times, have a superior Andean gastronomy experience in a restaurant and feel the true spirit of the Sacred Valley, transmitted in a cosy atmosphere!

Later, climb the iconic fortress, built next to a mountain. At the end of this activity, you are transferred back to your hotel. 

*On Sundays, also visit the local market in Chinchero.

 Overnight at the selected hotel in the Sacred Valley on bed and breakfast basis. Lunch included.

DAY 4 | SACRED VALLEY – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO.

After breakfast at the hotel, your journey to Machu Picchu begins with a train ride AguasCalientes, also known as "Machu Picchu Pueblo", the last stop before entering the most important archaeological site in Peru. In Aguas Calientes you will find a craft market, restaurants and, for those who prefer to spend the night at the foot of the mountain and climb early in the morning, hotels for all budgets. Take a short bus ride up to Machu Picchu, the architectural and engineering masterpiece that once served as a sanctuary and refuge for the Inca ruler Pachacútec.

Machu Picchu, which means "Old Mountain", is a UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. During the guided tour, learn about the origins of this impressive citadel, and visit its most prominent monuments such as the main square, the royal quarters, the three-window temple, the circular towers, the sacred clock and the cemeteries. At the end of the tour, take a bus back to Aguas Calientes for lunch and then board the train back to the Ollantaytambo Station, from where you will be transferred to your hotel in Cusco.

 Overnight at the selected hotel in Cusco on bed and breakfast basis. Lunch included.

DAY 5 | CUSCO DEPARTURE

A vehicle will take you to the airport in Cusco to board your departure flight. A representative will assist you during thejourney.

 Breakfast included.

Included/Excluded

GUIDE: Operated with guide in English and Spanish.
ACCOMMODATION: One night of accommodation in Lima, two nights of accommodation in Cusco and one night of accommodation in the Sacred Valley.
MEALS: Daily breakfast in the hotel since day 2. Lunch on days 3 and 4.
TRANSPORT: Private transfers from/to the airport. Shared transfers from/to the train station. Roundtrip train to Machu Picchu on Expedition (PeruRail) or Voyager(IncaRail) service.
TICKETS AND ACTIVITIES: All the activites mentioned in the programme.
Personal expenses, drinks and meals not explicitly mentioned in the programme.
Tips for driver and guide.
Additional optional visits.
Cusco Tourist Ticket (BTC ticket) for children from 10 to 17 years old.
Supplements for special dates such as Holy Week, Inti Raymi, National Holidays, Christmas and New Year obligatory mentioned separately.
International flights to Peru.
Domestic flights (it is advised to book the first flights in the morning).
Domestic and foreign airport taxes.

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FAQs

When and where does the tour end?
Your tour will conclude in San Francisco on Day 8 of the trip. There are no activities planned for this day so you're free to depart at any time. We highly recommend booking post-accommodation to give yourself time to fully experience the wonders of this iconic city!
When and where does the tour start?
Day 1 of this tour is an arrivals day, which gives you a chance to settle into your hotel and explore Los Angeles. The only planned activity for this day is an evening welcome meeting at 7pm, where you can get to know your guides and fellow travellers. Please be aware that the meeting point is subject to change until your final documents are released.
Do you arrange airport transfers?
Airport transfers are not included in the price of this tour, however you can book for an arrival transfer in advance. In this case a tour operator representative will be at the airport to greet you. To arrange this please contact our customer service team once you have a confirmed booking.
What is the age range
This tour has an age range of 12-70 years old, this means children under the age of 12 will not be eligible to participate in this tour. However, if you are over 70 years please contact us as you may be eligible to join the tour if you fill out G Adventures self-assessment form.