Best of Peru

where the diversity and authenticity of the culture, nature and food hold the essence of life itself

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Duration: 9 Nights

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Price

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Duration: 9 Nights

  • Accommodation
  • Transfers
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Peru… home to one of the earliest and most advanced civilizations in the Western Hemisphere…Under the rule of powerful kings, an incredible people known as the Incas amassed an empire that built systems of winding mountain roads, remarkable cities, and an unforgettable legacy.

One is still mystified today by their amazing accomplishments as can be seen at the hidden and fascinating Machu Picchu…Take a trip back in time and explore the roots of an ancient civilization that left behind some of the most interesting and awe-inspiring constructions in the world.

  • Private transfers and tours in modern, A/C vehicles with English speaking local guides.
  • Hotel accommodation as per itinerary
  • Vistadome train ticket to Machu Picchu & Hiram Bingham train tickets to Cusco
  • Belmond Andean Explorer / Peruvian Highlands tickets Cusco/Lake Titicaca/Arequipa
  • Train excursions non-private
  • Porterage at airports and hotels (2 bags per person)
  • Entrance Fees and local Taxes
  • Bottled water included during transfers and tours; snacks available during tours.
  • Meals as indicated in program.

Excludes

  • Visa
  • Personal Expenses
  • International & Internal air tickets Lima/Cusco & Arequipa/Lima
  • Travel Insurance
  • Gratuities for local guides and drivers
  • Tips at restaurants

Day 01, 2019 – Arrival Lima

Arrive at Lima International Airport by scheduled flight.

A representative of Belmond Journeys in Peru will greet you in the arrivals hall after collecting your luggage, and escort you to your hotel. The journey will take approximately 45 minutes, depending on local traffic conditions.

Lima was founded by Spanish Conquistador Francisco Pizarro in 1535 and has been the dynamic capital of the Spanish Viceroyalty and the Republic of Peru ever since. A great cultural city, it is known for its many museums, galleries and archaeological sites, as well as festivals, cutting-edge cuisine and shopping for beautiful local crafts.

Belmond Miraflores Park

  • 1 Ocean View Junior Suite (1 Double / 1 King Bed)
  • Check-in from 15:00hs / Check-out at 12:00hs

Overnight at Belmond Miraflores Park.
Meals included: — / — / —

Day 02, 2019 – Lima

09:30hs Please meet your guide in the lobby of the hotel.

Depart on a tour of Colonial Lima. The most influential person in the overseas Spanish empire during colonial times was the Viceroy of Peru. Lima was this empire’s capital. Its historic center boasts a great number of squares, churches and buildings which date back to the colonial period. This tour will take you to, among other things, to La Plaza Mayor with its cathedral and the Government Palace. Finally, you’ll visit La Iglesia de San Francisco.

Continue to the Larco Museum. Founded in 1926, the Larco Museum showcases remarkable chronological galleries providing an excellent overview on 3000 years of development of Peruvian pre-Columbian history. Features the finest gold and silver collection from Ancient Peru and the famous erotic archaeological collection, one of the most visited Peruvian tourist attractions.

Afternoon will be at your leisure.

Overnight at Belmond – Miraflores Park.
Meals included: Breakfast / — / —

Day 03, 2019 – Lima / Cusco / Sacred Valley

At 06:00hs please meet your Belmond Journeys in Peru representative at the lobby for your private transfer to Lima Airport for your scheduled flight.

Flight LATAM # 2123 from Lima to Cusco. Departure at 08:55hs / Arrival 10:25hs. (Subject to change and availability)

Upon arrival in Cusco you will be met after luggage collection by the Journeys in Peru representative and transferred to the hotel in the Sacred Valley.

En route you will enjoy a scenic drive through a stunning landscape to the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

Visit Awanakancha Center, where weavers of more than 12 communities of Southern Peru exhibit the spinning, dyeing and weaving of Andean traditional textiles helping to preserve the traditional costumes. Your visit includes the opportunity to observe an exhibition and explanation of the four types of South American camels. Here you will find the finest of the traditional and industrial Andean textiles in South America.

Continue to the town of Pisac, renowned for its colorful market where the local Indians meet to sell their merchandise as they have done for centuries. The handicraft market is open every day and is famous for its ceramic beads made into necklaces, earrings and other Peruvian artifacts.

Arrive at your hotel.

Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado

  • 1 Deluxe Terrace (1 Double /1 Queen Bed)
  • Check-in from 13:00hs / Check-out at 11:00hs
  • Rest of the afternoon at leisure.

Overnight at Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado.
Meals included: Breakfast / — / —

Day 04, 2019 – Sacred Valley

At 09:30hs this morning we will visit the town of Chinchero. This traditional Andean town is known as ‘the birthplace of the rainbow’, and it has the full complement of photogenic attractions: Inca ruins, Andean village houses, an elaborate colonial church built on Inca foundations, and of course the lively weekly market. Visit the market to buy vegetables from the local traders, and Andean handicrafts from the Quechua stallholders.

We will continue to Moray, where you find “the Inca laboratory”. The circles were used for the development of different strains of crops. Between the highest and lowest terraces there is a difference of up to 15 degrees. Although the difference between neighboring terraces is very small, it is great enough to create distinct microclimates that change growing conditions and allow the propagation of a huge variety of plants each with slightly different growth requirements.

Optional hike to the ancient town of Maras (approx. 2 hours) with its out-standing Spanish door arches and vast church. We then drop down into the Sacred Valley of the Incas to the salt pans of Salineras. Here more than 5000 terraces are still in production and many families of Maras bring their salt to the market of Urubamba on mules.

Picnic lunch included.

Overnight at Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado.
Meals included: Breakfast / Picnic Lunch / —

Day 05, 2019 – Sacred Valley / Machu Picchu

Please meet your Belmond Journeys in Peru representative at the lobby of the hotel for your private transfer to Ollantaytambo train station, from where you will travel to Machu Picchu on board the Vistadome train accompanied by your guide. 10:32hs Depart on the Vistadome train to Machu Picchu.

The Vistadome train has beautiful panoramic windows offering unsurpassed scenic views and photographic opportunities as you enter the Inca’s territory in search for Machu Picchu Citadel.
With glass surrounding them on all sides, passengers feel as if they are part of Peru’s remarkable landscape. Snacks and hot & cold beverages will be served during the journey.

Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes train station at 12:11hs take the bus up to Machu Picchu for your check in at the hotel where you will enjoy a buffet lunch, followed by a private guided tour of the citadel.
Visit this unique Inca citadel and its surrounding complexes on a private visit. Machu Picchu stands 2,430 m above sea-level, in the middle of a tropical mountain forest, in an extraordinarily beautiful setting. It was probably the most amazing urban creation of the Inca Empire at its height; its giant walls, terraces and ramps seem as if they have been cut naturally in the continuous rock escarpments. The natural setting, on the eastern slopes of the Andes, encompasses the upper Amazon basin with its rich diversity of flora and fauna. Entrances to the citadel are included.

Belmond Sanctuary Lodge

  • 1 Standard room (1 Double /1 King bed)
  • Check in: 13:00hs / Check out: 11:00hs

Overnight at Belmond Sanctuary Lodge.
Meals included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 06 2019 – Machu Picchu / Cusco

This morning you may rise early, and enjoy the prospects of a walk-through Machu Picchu at sunrise, something which people of strong spirituality believe to be the highlight of a visit to Machu Picchu.

This morning you will have the option to do one of the following hikes on your own.
Hike up to Huayna Picchu, one of the most in-demand additional hikes available; the Huayna Picchu trek leads to a view point overlooking the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. The trail loops around the very top of the mountain, where architectural vestiges such as altars, narrow staircases tunnels and terraces can be found.
Hike the Machu Picchu Mountain, the most spectacular yet one of the most overlooked optional treks available at Machu Picchu. Located to the south-west of Machu Picchu citadel and towering 3,050 meters (10,007 feet) above sea level, the mountain trek offers unparalleled views of the famous Inca sanctuary and panoramic vistas of the surrounding mountain scenery.

Rest of the day explore Machu Picchu and surroundings.

16.50hs Bus transfer to Aguas Calientes train station.
17.50hs Depart on Belmond Hiram Bingham train to Cusco. Dinner and entertainment on board.
21.16hs Arrive in Poroy station, transfer to your hotel.

Belmond Hotel Monasterio

  • 1 Deluxe Room (1 Double /1 King bed)
  • Check-in from 14:00hs / Check-out at 11:00hs

Overnight at Belmond Monasterio Hotel
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner on board

Day 07, 2019 – Cusco

09.30hs This morning begins your day with a visit to Cusco’s city, visit to Qoricancha Temple and Santo Domingo Church, together form perhaps the most vivid illustration in Cusco of Andean culture’s collision with Western Europe and the Cathedral of Cusco, found on one of the streets of the main square of Cusco.

Your tour also includes a visit to the impressive fortress of Sacsayhuaman, which overlooks the city of Cusco. You will be impressed by the beauty and monumental scale of this important Inca construction. Continue to Qenqo, one of the finest examples of artfully carved rock showing complex patterns of steps, seats, geometric reliefs and a puma design.

Afternoon will be at your leisure.

Overnight at Belmond Monasterio Hotel
Meals: Breakfast / — / —

Day 08, 2019 – Cusco to Lake Titicaca

10.00hs Private transfer to Wanchaq train station where you will board the Belmond Andean Explorer train to Puno and Arequipa

11.00hs Depart on the Belmond Andean Explorer train to Puno.

From Cusco, the ancient capital of the Inca Empire—traverse the highest plains of the Andes—to the reflective beauty of Lake Titicaca.

12:30hs Lunch on board.

13:55hs Stop in Raqchi, also known as the Temple of Wiracocha. We will visit the Inka site at Raqchi, which was a primary control point on a road system that originated in Cusco and expanded as the Inka empire grew.

15:30hs Enjoy a teatime on board.

17:45hs Our next stop will be at La Raya. La Raya marks the border between the regions of Cusco and Puno and it is a typical natural area of the zone known as “Puna” whose surrounding flora is mainly formed by “ichu” and its fauna by “alpacas”, “llamas” and vicunas.

Pre-dinner cocktail will be at 19:00hs and dinner will be served from 19:30hs until 21:00hs

22:30hs Arrival in Puno – Lake Titicaca train station for overnight

Belmond Andean Explorer
1 Suite Cabin (1 Double Bedded)

Overnight on Belmond Andean Explorer in 1 Suite Cabin.
Meals included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 9, 2019 – Puno (Lake Titicaca)

Sunrise at Lake Titicaca

06:00hs Breakfast on board.

Early morning arrival in Puno train station, breakfast on board.

08:30hs Depart by boat to the Uros floating Islands. “URU” was the name of a very particular ethnic group that co-existed in Lake Titicaca with the Inkas, Aymaras and possibly with older civilizations.

Continue to Taquile Island, and its beautiful beach. Taquileños are known for their handwoven textiles and clothing, which are regarded as among the highest-quality handicrafts in Peru. Knitting is exclusively performed by males, starting at age eight.

Enjoy lunch (Set Menu) at Collata Beach, with demonstration of typical dance and artisan work.

15:45hs Arrive back at Lake Titicaca station

16:00hs Afternoon tea time at the station.

Our departure to Arequipa will start at 16:50hs.

Pre-dinner cocktail will be at 19:00hs and dinner will be served at 19:30hs

Arrival at Saracocha for overnight.

Overnight on Belmond Andean Explorer in 1 Suite Cabin.
Meals included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 10,2019 – Arequipa / Lima

06:00hs Breakfast on board and time to enjoy this magnificent lake, a perfect site for seeing and learning about the region’s fauna, especially birds.

06:45hs Depart for Arequipa.

At 09:40hs we will make a stop at Sumbay Caves, these feature more than 500 paintings and engravings of local wildlife, including herds of guanaco, a relative of the llama that still lives in Peru’s high sierra.

11:30hs Stop at Km. 93 station where passengers going to Colca (not included in train ticket) will disembark

12:30hs Light lunch on board.

15:30hs Arrival in Arequipa train station.

Upon arrival in Arequipa train station, transfer to Arequipa airport for your flight back to Lima. On arrival in Lima a Belmond representative will meet and assist you with your international connecting flight.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / —

OPTONAL – EXTENSION TO COLCA VALLEY

Day 10, 2019 – Puno / Colca

06:00hs Breakfast on board and time to enjoy this magnificent lake, a perfect site for seeing and learning about the region’s fauna, especially birds.

06:45hs Depart for Arequipa.

At 09:40hs we will make a stop at Sumbay Caves, these feature more than 500 paintings and engravings of local wildlife, including herds of guanaco, a relative of the llama that still lives in Peru’s high sierra.

11:30hs Stop at Km. 93. Disembark and meet your guide and vehicle waiting for your transfer to Belmond Las Casitas. (3hs. Approx.)

The Colca Valley boasts some of the most breath-taking landscapes in Peru: towering snow-capped peaks, deep canyons, superb terracing, and villages dating back to the sixteenth century. Along this spectacular canyon lie 14 beautifully preserved colonial towns which the Spaniards used to settle the ancient Collagua and Cabana tribes, previously been scattered around the region. The Colca valley also offers fabulous opportunities to spot the Andean Condor, worshiped by the Incas as the messenger of the Gods.

Overnight at Belmond Las Casitas.
Meals included: Breakfast / — / —

Day 11, 2019 – Colca / Arequipa / Lima / Depart

Early morning we will depart to the Condor Cross, where you will you will appreciate the depth of the canyon which is considered much deeper than the Grand Canyon. And you will appreciate the majestic flight of the Condor.

Continue until Cabanaconde town, a big producer of corn and the second largest in the Valley. Visit the villages of Macca and Yanque with churches colonial times. Also visit the Mirador de Antahuilque.

Return to the hotel, check out and pick up your luggage.

Depart to Arequipa and continue to Arequipa Airport for your flight to Lima.

On arrival in Lima you will be met and assisted by a Belmond representative to connect with your international flight.

Meals included: Breakfast / — / —

When is the best season to visit Peru?
Some people prefer to avoid the rainy season (Dec-Feb); but we believe that is the best time of the year because everything is green, the sky is bright and blue. The rain in the Andes is like a tropical rain. It rains hard for one hour or so and then stops. To avoid a rainy day in Machu Picchu, we suggest that you plan to stay one or two nights in Aguas Calientes, the town below the citadel. The reasons are many. One of them is that if it rains while touring Machu Picchu, you have time to return later on the day or the second day in Machu Picchu.
Whatever season you select you will have an unforgettable trip. Come to Peru and live your impossible dream™.

Where should my journey start?
Your journey through the Peruvian Andes should start in the Sacred Valley
The Sacred Valley is the perfect beginning to your journey through the Peruvian Andes, it is considered the best location to acclimatize gradually to the elevation of the Andes and prevent the discomfort of altitude sickness.
And also… you follow the sequence of history. On the sacred valley you visit important archaeological sites, continue to Machu Picchu which is the pinnacle of the Incas’ legacy, to finish in Cusco, the capital of the empire, home of the finest examples of Inca architecture, along with colonial buildings where many walls of Inca masonry have been incorporated into Spanish Colonial structures. Cuzco is a UNESCO World Heritage Centre. This route is the proper way to discover the hidden secrets of the Incas.

Going to Lake Titicaca… great!… it is an enrichment experience.
Prepare yourself; it is at 12,500 ft. of altitude. Leave Puno and Lake Titicaca after your visit to Cusco. Some travelers prefer to start in Lake Titicaca and leave Cusco and Machu Picchu for the grand finale. Play it safe and continue ascending through the Andes’ altitude gradually.
Lima (sea level)… Sacred Valley (9,150 ft.)… Machu Picchu (7,900 ft.)… Cusco… (11,150 ft.)… Puno-Lake Titicaca (12,500 ft.)
Ask you doctor if you can take Diamox (acetazolamide), it minimizes the risk of getting altitude sickness.

Clothing and weather
Dress informal for destinations outside Lima. You will want to dress in layers for climatic changes from the high 60’s F at noon to low 50’s at nights. Polos and a warm jacket will do it. Please visit www.weather-and-climate.com The cosmopolitan city of Lima calls for a bit dressier clothing: Sport outfits for day wear, dresses and jackets for dinner in fine restaurants.

Welcome
We welcome you to this country of many dimensions and exciting adventures. Travel back in the past as you visit the cultural centers of the pre-Columbian civilizations, enjoy modern Lima, and ponder the mystery of futuristic Nazca. And, of course, it is always fun to bargain or trade with the natives for an alpaca wool sweater or an exotic blowgun. To make your trip most enjoyable, we offer the following information.

Holidays In Peru

  • January 1st New Year
  • Easter Good Friday
  • May 1st Labor day
  • June 29th San Pedro and San Pablo
  • July 28 and 29 Independence day
  • August 30th Santa Rosa de Lima
  • October 8th Combate de Angamos
  • November 1st All Saints
  • December 8th Inmaculada Concepcion
  • December 25th Christmas day

Cusco
Cusco Cathedral: Sundays

Documents
A valid passport is required to enter Peru. U.S. citizens do not need a Visa. Others should contact the Peruvian consulate for entry requirements.

Valuables
We suggest that while touring or shopping you leave your passport and the bulk of your money in the hotel; only take with you the money you intend to spend or exchange at that particular time. It is also helpful to take a copy of the picture page of your passport to carry in your wallet because it is sometimes needed to exchange traveler’s checks. This copy can also be useful in the event your passport is lost or stolen.

Altitude Sickness, Health and Vaccinations
To minimize the chances of altitude sickness in Cuzco we strongly recommend to rest for two hours to allow you lungs to adjust to the altitude, upon arrival you may feel energized and anxious to walk around Cuzco, Please Don’t!, stay in your room and rest for a couple of hours. To visit the jungle areas of Peru, a yellow fever vaccination is not required anymore. If you plan to continue to Brazil, the Brazilian Government requires the yellow fever vaccination for visitors coming from Peru. Some travelers do have gamma globulin before departing and carry their own medications for stomach upset.

Currency And Exchange Rates
Currency And Exchange Rates: The currency of Peru is the NUEVO SOL. Bills are for 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 Nuevos Soles. Coins are for 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents of a Nuevo Sol. And also coins for 1, 2 and 5 Nuevos Soles.

Dollars and traveler’s checks are widely accepted at shops and restaurants. Dollars may also be exchanged at banks and at most hotels Traveler’s checks command a slightly lower rate than actual currency. The exchange rate fluctuates, so check with local tour guide upon arrival in Peru for current rate issued.

Major credit cards are also accepted at hotels, restaurants and shops.

Tips And Taxes
As in most countries, taxes are unavoidable and tips are given on the basis of the quality of service rendered. The amounts suggested for tips in this section are a guideline for appropriate tips for average to good service. Note: It is helpful to carry a small quantity of US $1 bills for tips and easy change.

Hotels
A percentage service charge will be added to all room service bills. This percentage varies from location to location but will be stated on the actual bill. Bellboys and maids are generally tipped for their services on the average of $1.00 per bag portage and $ 1.00 per room per night of accommodation as a room tip for the maid.

Restaurants
As a general rule there is a percentage sales tax and a percentage gratuity added to all restaurant bills. These taxes and gratuities vary from location to location, but the percentages being charged are always printed on the bill. It is customary to leave an additional tip so that the total percentage of gratuity comes to 15 – 20% for good to excellent service.

Tour guides and drivers
On group tours, the average tip for a tour guide traveling with the group is $7.00 to $12.00 per day of travel. When the guide is not traveling with you the suggested tip is $3.00 to $5.00 per person for full day tours and $1.00 to $2.00 per person for half day tours. The driver’s tip is usually half of what is given to the guide. For private car tours, guides generally receive $5.00 to $7.00 per full day and $3.00 per half day.

Taxis
All taxis should have a red and white “Taxi” sign in the windshield. There are no meters so settle on a price prior to entering the car. Taxis at many hotels and at the airport have higher, set rates than those you may hail on the streets, they are better and much more reliable. Taxi cab drivers do not expect a tip.

Imported Items
Items not made in Peru are much more expensive than elsewhere and often not available for purchase . Some of these commonly needed items include film and camera equipment, insect repellent, sun screen, contact lens solutions and binoculars. A word to the wise, if you use these items, bring them from home.

Souvenirs And Such
The best buys in Peru are silver and gold jewelry as well as a wide variety of handicrafts such as hand-woven shawls, llama and alpaca furs, sweaters, rugs and blankets, wall hangings, ceramics, woodwork, straw and leather items. Hint: That extra expandable suitcase really comes in handy when it is time to return to the U.S. with all your bargain purchases.

Photographs
It is customary in many Indian populated areas to give a small tip to the subject of your photographs. These tips can be monetary or souvenir type items such as a ball point pen. In addition, items such as cosmetics, pens, T shirts and pocket calculators often can be traded in the Indian markets for native handicrafts.

Arid Coastal Areas
(Most important tourists centers – Lima, Trujillo, Ica, Nazca, Paracas) In general the climate is temperate to warm throughout the year with very little rainfall. The highest temperatures in this area are around 85 F and lowest around 50 F. June through October are the coolest months in Lima with the weather being somewhat humid and foggy.

Sierra or high elevation valleys
(Tourist centers – Cusco, Puno, Machu Picchu, Arequipa, Huancayo, Huaraz). Most days are mild and sunny (79 F highest temperature) with cool to cold nights (32 F coldest temperature). There is a dry season from May through November and rainy season from December through April. Machu Picchu is the warmest of the tourist centers mentioned above with the highs averaging 75 F and the lows averaging 55 F while Puno is the coldest (66 F/32 F). Puno often receives light snow during the rainy season.

Jungle
(Tourist centers – Puerto Maldonado, Iquitos) The climate is hot and humid (100 F/70 F) with frequent rains year round.

Clothing
Dress informal for destinations outside Lima. For most destinations you will want to dress in layers for climatic changes. The cosmopolitan city of Lima calls for a bit dressier clothing: Sport outfits for day wear, dresses and jackets for dinner in fine restaurants.

Useful items to include in packing list

  • Medium weight jacket for cool evenings (all year, higher elevations)
  • Lightweight plastic raincoat / umbrella
  • Small flashlight (jungle excursions)
  • Mosquito repellent (jungle excursions/Machu Picchu)
  • Sneakers or hiking boots (jungle walks/Machu Picchu)
  • Extra pair of sneakers (jungle excursions – these may get wet)
  • Suntan lotion, sunscreen, wide brimmed hat and sunglasses (Machu Picchu, jungle excursions)
  • Warm jacket and heavy socks (Excursions to Puno)
  • Binoculars, camera, batteries and plenty of film
  • Windbreaker or sweatshirt style jacket (Machu Picchu)
  • Small backpack (Machu Picchu, jungle excursions)

Luggage
You will want a small bag for excursions to Machu Picchu and the Amazon. Bring a duffle bag to pack for the Amazon, your main suitcase will stay in the city office of the jungle lodge. There is no room for all the luggages on the jungle boats. We suggest one of the fold-up, expandable types — can be carried in a larger suitcase, it is perfect for overnight and handy to carry souvenirs when you pack to return home.

Time Differences
The hour in Peru is the same as Eastern Standard Time in the United States. Daylight savings time is not observed.

Electric Voltage
The electric voltage in Peru is 220 volts, 60 cycles and the electrical outlets require a connector with 2 small round prongs. Although some major hotels also have outlets with 110 volts and others have adapters for use, we find it much more convenient to bring our own.

Language
Peru has two official languages, Spanish and Quechua. English is spoken in most hotels, tourist shops and major visitor centers.

Business Hours
Banks: 9:00am/6:00pm Monday – Friday. 9:00am/12:00pm on Saturdays. Shops: 10:00am/1:00pm and 4:00pm/8:00pm Monday – Saturday

Dining
You will be visiting a country that will by far exceed your dining expectations. Thanks to its diversity of regions, Peru brings together a variety of unique spices, which allows and inspires the creativity of renowned chefs. Lima is internationally recognized as the “Gastronomic Capital of the Americas”, and its cuisine is considered among the most diverse and exquisite in the world on par with French cuisine. Our clients will receive, upon their arrival in Peru, an up to date a list of the restaurants we recommend.

Must try

Pisco Sour – The iconic Peruvian cocktail is the most widely consumed spirit in Peru, made with Pisco, a brandy made in the wine-producing region near the Peruvian town called Pisco.

Ceviche – Freshly caught fish marinated in drops of lemon juice and mixed with purple onions, salt, and a touch of chili pepper. Sweet potato and corn accompany the dish. You can request the dish with the touch of chili pepper or “sin aji”

Conchitas a la Parmesana – Lightly seasoned scallops with ground pepper and sprinkle grated Parmesan over the top. Plus some butter on top of each scallop and a couple of drops of olive oil. A true Peruvian delicatessen.

The Lomo Saltado – Small pieces of tender beef fried with onions and tomatoes will make a rich sauce, mixed with Peruvian yellow potatoes French fries and served with rice on the side.

Shopping: For quality alpaca products we suggest two stores in Lima. Alpaca Av. Larco 859 in Miraflores, Phones 447-7163, 446-1687 and La Casa de la Alpaca Av. La Paz 665 in Miraflores, Phone 447-6271. In Cusco Alpaca Collection Santo Domingo 299, by the Hotel Libertador, Phone 23-6581.

While In Cusco Meet your transfer representative in the baggage claim area or outside this area, not all the times they are allowed in the baggage claim area. You will be provided with your “boleto turistico” which allows you to enter all the sites visited on all the tours and some sites you may want to visit on your own. You must always carry this “boleto turistico”.

Your train ticket to and from Machu Picchu indicates the departure times from Cusco and from Puente Ruinas (Machu Picchu train station) or from Aguas Calientes (the town just before Puente Ruinas). If you transfer representative is delay, grab a cab and go to the train station to Machu Picchu on your own, it is five minutes from all hotels. Do not go to the station for the train to Puno.

What To Bring For The Inca Trail

  • Personal sleeping bag and mattress.
  • Back pack, trekking shoes.
  • Water bottle, flash light, hat, sun block, insect repellent.
  • Personal clothing for trekking.