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Ancient Kingdoms of Peru

14 Days

Summary of Holiday

  • Visit Royal Tombs of Sipan, one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of the last century
  • Discover Chan Chan, the world’s largest adobe city
  • See the sun rise at Machu Picchu one of the most legendary sites in the world
  • Explore Cusco and the Sacred Valley the cradle of the Inca civilization
  • Experience the fascinating cultures from the Lake Titicaca region

A 14-day journey that showcases the range and depth of Peruvian culture and history. Your journey takes you from Lima to the deserts of northern Peru with their fascinating pre-Incan cultures of Chimu, Sipan and Moche. From here you travelto the Andes where you will discover the extraordinary legacy of the Inca Empire, from Cusco, to the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. Your journey ends with Lake Titicaca, the mystical lake of Inca legend where you meet some of the fascinating cultures from the region.

Costs from £2,021 per person

Price includes: All accommodation, all land transport, private bilingual guide for your visits in the Northern Deserts, as well as Machu Picchu, other times you will join guided small group trips, with all entrance fees, transport and some additional meals as detailed also included.
Does not include: any flights, meals not detailed, tips, personal expenses, services not detailed.

Outline Itinerary
Day 1 – Arrive Lima
Day 2 – Lima - Chiclayo
Day 3 – Chiclayo           
Day 4 – Chiclayo – Trujillo            
Day 5 – Trujillo – Chan Chan
Day 6 – Trujillo – Cusco
Day 7 – Cusco
Day 8 – Sacred Valley of the Incas
Day 9 – Machu-Picchu
Day 10 – Machu Picchu – Cusco
Day 11 – Cusco
Day 12 – Cusco – Puno
Day 13 – Lake Titicaca
Day 14 – Puno – Lima – Home

 

If you would like any more information or to chat over the details of the trip we would be delighted to help. Telephone Telephone01964 552292 for more information or email email us today.

Full Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive Lima You will be met at the airport by our team and taken to your hotel to relax for the night.

Day 2 - Lima- Chiclayo This morning you will visit Lima’s renowned Larco Herrera Museum, with its vast collection of exquisite Moche pottery depicting aspects of the pre-Inca Moche culture (1st to 8th century AD, which grew along the arid coast in a narrow strip between the Pacific and the Andes. In the afternoon you fly to Chiclayo, the heartland of the Moche civilization where you will be met at the airport and taken to your hotel your home for the next two nights. The rest of the afternoon and evening free to relax. (B)

Day 3 - Royal Tombs of Sipan Along with your private bilingual expert local guide you have a full day exploration of the area which is the heartland of the pre-Inca Moche civilization in northern Peru, exploring the Royal Tombs of Sipan—the largest unlooted tombs ever found in the New World. The Royal Tombs of Sipan were discovered in 1987 in a stunning archaeological event that revealed the largest collection of gold artefacts ever found in the Western Hemisphere. Today you will visit the tomb site as well as the spectacular Royal Tombs of Sipan Museum in Lambayeque town. Overnight Chiclayo. (B,L)

Day 4 - Pyramids of the Sun and Moon – Trujillo Another full day with your private bilingual guide as you set off towards Trujillo travelling southwards with a shifting panorama of scenes from coastal Peru, from irrigated river valleys to stretches of arid and rocky desert. Stopping for lunch on the way, you arrive at Trujillo early afternoon. Chance to check into the hotel and then you will continue on from the town to visit the Huaca de la Luna and the Huaca del Sol (the sun and moon pyramids) huge flat topped pyramids built by the Moche Culture between 0 and 600 AD. Fascinating sites with colourful friezes intentionally buried by the Moche featuring bloodthirsty fanged deities and exotic gods. Returning to Trujillo in the afternoon. Overnight Trujillo (your home for the next two nights). (B,L)

Day 5 - Chan Chan – Trujillo With your private guide, you will set off this morning towards the coast and the great Chimú centre of Chan Chan, the largest adobe city ever built. A series of nine enormous palaces belonging to successive rulers of the Chimú realm. At its height the population here may have reached 50,000 people. Many of them were artists and craftspeople, who made the sumptuous goldwork, textiles and pottery for which the Chimú were famous. The afternoon is free to relax and explore the elegant colonial centre of Trujillo, which was founded in 1534 and still retains its colonial charm and elegance. (B)

Day 6 - Trujillo – Lima – Cusco After breakfast you will be taken to the airport for your flight to Cusco via Lima. Upon arrival in Cusco you will be picked up from the airport and taken to your hotel in Cusco. Afternoon free to relax and acclimatise to the altitude (B)

Day 7 - Cusco This morning you will be taken on a tour of the city of Cusco the ceremonial heart of the Inca Empire. Cusco was inhabited by ‘proto-Incas’ as early as the 12th Century AD and was completely rebuilt in the early 15th Century by Pachacuteq, the Inca warrior-King and stood as the heart of the Incan kingdom. Inca walls remain the foundations of many of the city’s colonial buildings. You will also visit Saqsayhuaman, the monolithic Inca fortress overlooking Cusco, and the temple and amphitheatre at Kenko. Saqsayhuaman has some of the most impressive Inca walls in existence, built of hundreds of perfectly fitted stone blocks that weigh up to 130 tonnes each. The site is often called a fortress but more likely it was a sanctuary and temple to the sun. In the afternoon some time to relax and explore Cusco on foot. (B)

Day 8 - Sacred Valley of the Incas   Today you will begin your journey along the Sacred Valley of the Incas, stopping first to visit the ruins at Pisac and the market in the nearby town. Lunch and then in the afternoon you will visit the magnificent Inca ruins at Ollantaytambo, a major fortress and the last stronghold of the Incas as they fought off the Spanish invaders. Below the fortress is an exquisite traditional community and a living Inca village that retains the stonework, narrow streets and family courtyards of its original Inca plan. Overnight Sacred Valley. (B,L)

Day 9 - Machu Picchu This morning you will take the train to Aguas Calientes and then onto Machu Picchu where you will be met by your expert private guide who will accompany you for this visit. So well hidden in the jungle of the Cordillera Villcabamba that the Spaniards never knew of it, Machu Picchu affords a glimpse into the Inca world and is one of the most stunning archaeological sites on earth. You will have lunch together at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge, then in the afternoon some time to explore and soak up the ruins once the day crowds have dispersed, before going to your hotel for the night in the nearby village of Aguas Calientes (B,L)

Day 10 - Machu Picchu – Cusco  This morning if you wish we can organise for you to have an entrance to climb up to Huayna Picchu in time for the sunrise and chance to explore more the ruins at our own pace and soak up the amazing setting. In the afternoon you return to Aguas Calientes to take your train back to Cusco where you will be met and taken to your hotel. (B)

Day 11 - Cusco A free day to explore Cusco on your own, it is a great city for exploring on foot! (B)

Day 12 - Puno – Cusco Today you will join a small guided group excursion driving across the high Andes from with its spectacular scenery – a journey between mountains and clouds. Along your journey you will visit several fascinating sites visiting along the way Andahuaylillas the “Sistine Chapel of America”, a church built by the Jesuits in the 16th century with amazing artwork, Raqchi, Temple of Wiracocha, an Inca Temple and the Raya Pass at 4335 meters with its dramatic scenery. The first stop of the day will be the archaeological remains at Pukara, a site that provides valuable insights in to the origins of Andean civilization in the highlands. Arriving to Puno around 5pm, you will be met and taken to your hotel for the night. (B,L) Overnight Puno

Day 13 - Lake Titicaca The mighty Lake Titicaca straddles the border of Bolivia and Peru. The Andean people refer to the lake as "The Sacred Lake" and legend has it that the first Inca rose from its depths before he founded the Inca Empire. Lake Titicaca is dotted with dozens of islands waiting to be explored. The best known include the man-made floating reed islands of the Uro Indians which lie close to the shore, and further in the lake the island of Taquile, where traditional beliefs and ways of life still predominate – today you will visit both islands before heading back to your hotel for the night. (If you have time – it is great to add an extra night here)

Day 14 - Puno – Juliaca – Lima – Home Today you will be driven to the airport at Juliaca for your flight back to Lima and connecting flight back home.

If you would like any more information or to chat over the details of the trip we would be delighted to help. Telephone Telephone01964 552292 for more information or email email us today.

Your Hotels

The price quoted is based on 3 * hotels. Here is a selection of what we think are the best hotels in the places you will visit ranging from 5* boutique hotels, to characterful 3* hotels and everything in between.

Lima Hotels

Miraflores Park HotelMiraflores Park Hotel

Set in one of Lima’s most fashionable areas, the Miraflores Park Hotel takes you straight to the heart of all that's best about Lima...

Casa Andina Private Collection LimaCasa Andina Private Collection Lima

With its stylish contemporary design, cutting-edge technology and ideal location just two blocks from Miraflores Central Park, in the heart of the Miraflores district...

Casa Andina Classic Lima Casa Andina Classic Lima

A modern & ideally located hotel in the heart of Miraflores, with 58 contemporary, well-equipped rooms on 6 floors. Perfect for value-seeking travellers...

Trujillo and Chiclayo

Hotel Libertador TrujilloHotel Libertador Trujillo

Part of the very good Libertador group of hotels, and with a view of the Cathedral and surrounded by buildings from the colonial and republican eras...

Casa Andina Select – Chiclayo Casa Andina Select – Chiclayo

Fully refurbished in 2012 by Casa Andina, this is the best hotel option in the area and is an iconic modern structure in Chiclayo, capital of the Lambayeque department...

Sacred Valley Hotels

Tambo del Inca Tambo del Inca

Nestled in the Sacred Valley, just 50 minutes from Cusco, Tambo del Inka is the best hotel in the Sacred Valley and arguably one of the best in Peru...

Casa Andina Private Collection Valle SagradoCasa Andina Private Collection Valle Sagrado

Set over more than 8 landscaped acres (3 hectares), it breathes an air of tranquility and relaxation. Part of the Casa Andina group...

Pakaritampu, OllantaytamboPakaritampu, Ollantaytambo

A charming little hotel, with 20 rooms, set in beautifully landscaped gardens with wonderful views to the mountains beyond...

Machu Picchu Hotels

Sanctury LodgeSanctury Lodge

Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge is arguably one of the best situated hotels in the world. The only hotel located inside Machu Picchu it offers amazing views...

Inkaterra Pueblo HotelInkaterra Pueblo Hotel

Pueblo roofs of terra cotta tile, crafted by local artisans, peek from lush gardens, artfully landscaped for serenity and solitude in this charming hotel set in the heart...

Sumaq HotelSumaq Hotel

Set at the foot of the mountains surrounding Machu Picchu on the banks of the Urubamba (known in this stretch as the Vilcanota River) river....

El Mapi HotelEl Mapi Hotel

A contemporary hotel, with very good service also run by the excellent Peruvian hotel Chain Inkaterra. Set in the village of Aguas Calientes....

Lake Titicaca Hotels

Titilaka HotelTitilaka Hotel

A beautiful hotel located on a private peninsula on the shores of Lake Titicaca. The styling fuses modern ambiance with the colourful heritage of the region...

Isla SuasiIsla Suasi

The only private island in Lake Titicaca, the world’s highest navigable body of water. Featuring panoramic lake views from every room, surrounded by terraced gardens...

LibertadorLibertador

The Libertador Lake Titicaca, offers fantastic views across the lake from throughout the hotel. A larger hotel than we would usually use, with 123 rooms...

Tierra Viva Puno PlazaTierra Viva Puno Plaza

Tierra Viva Puno Plaza is located in Grau Street, at the heart of the city of Puno, just a block away from Puno´s Cathedral and Main Square...

If you would like any more information or to chat over the details of the trip we would be delighted to help. Telephone Telephone01964 552292 for more information or email email us today.

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