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Machu Picchu
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8 Days from $2,026 per person

Our most popular Peru vacation, the ancient allure of Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley meet the buzz and bustle of Lima and Cusco in time spent with Insiders who share personal tales of their beloved country.

You'll enjoy Insider moments like… learning to weave in the Sacred Valley, watching centuries-old dyeing techniques, passed from mother to daughter, as the weavers keep their Andean traditions alive. Meeting the curator of the world's largest private collection of pre-Columbian art at the Larco Museum in Lima. And hearing tales of Dr. Diez Canseco's illustrious ancestors, as you tour his mansion, a traditional country house, and settle down to a home-cooked Peruvian meal with him.

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  1. Bienvenidos a Lima, founded in 1535 by conquistador Francisco Pizarro who dubbed it the “City of Kings.” A local host will greet you and take you to your hotel in San Isidro, one of Lima's exclusive neighborhoods, bustling with shops and restaurants.
    hotel:Novotel Lima
  2. Kick back, relax and enjoy your morning at the hotel, or perhaps venture out to do some exploring of your own. At lunch time, meet your Travel Director and head to Casa Diez Canseco, the private home of an illustrious Lima family, and meet the friendly owner for a Welcome Reception and Be My Guest lunch. Learn about the history of your host's ancestors and tour his historic home before celebrating your arrival in Peru with a home cooked meal of traditional Peruvian delicacies. After lunch, bid farewell and spend the afternoon exploring Peru's capital with your Local Specialist. Immerse yourself in the colonial splendor of Lima's Historic Center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, including the expansive Plaza de Armas with its impressive cathedral and the stately government palace. See the Church of San Francisco and discover its hidden catacombs and splendid architecture. The evening is yours to enjoy.
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  3. Take a morning flight to Cusco and head for the Sacred Valley. Stop at Awanakancha, a Cultural Insight and living museum of the Peruvian Andes, where you can see and interact with llamas, alpacas and vicuñas. Enjoy a picnic box lunch before visiting the vibrant market of Pisac where local Quechua people come to sell their produce and handicrafts. Spend some time browsing the stalls, sip a cup of coca tea to help you acclimate to the altitude and keep your ears open for roving bands playing the traditional music of the Andes. Later this afternoon, arrive at your lovely hotel, a former 18th century colonial-style monastery, surrounded by beautiful gardens in the heart of the Sacred Valley. Learn about Peruvian weaving as you observe the centuries-old methods used for spinning, dyeing and weaving Andean traditional textiles. Discover this Cultural Insight with Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez, a Quechua scholar and recipient of a TreadRight Foundation grant. This evening, enjoy a convivial dinner at the hotel.
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    hotel:Sonesta Posadas del Inca Yucay
  4. After breakfast, head to Ollantaytambo to visit this famous Inca stronghold built from immense blocks of stone. Learn about Inca history as you tour the ruins of the hilltop fortress. Next, board the Vistadome train for the journey to the great citadel of the Incas (light snack included). Upon arrival begin your exploration of one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu. Visit the ruins of this once-great fortress built in the 15th century and abandoned nearly 100 years later with the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors. See the highlights of this UNESCO World Heritage Site with a Local Specialist—the great Temple of the Sun, the House of the Priest, the Sacred Plaza and the Intihuatana, an intricately carved rock most likely used as a sundial by the ancient Incas. Dinner is served at the hotel.

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    hotel:El Mapi by Inkaterra
  5. Return to Machu Picchu to continue exploring on your own. If you're feeling adventurous, hike up to the Gate of the Sun for stunning views over the fortress and the valley below. Or view the incredible stonework and amazing feats of engineering required to transport the huge blocks of stone to the top of this isolated mountain. In the early afternoon, board the train to the Sacred Valley. Head toward the great colonial city of Cusco by coach. On the way, stop at a local chicheria for a taste of chicha, a Cultural Insight, and learn how this Peruvian corn beer is made by local women.
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    hotel:Novotel Cusco
  6. This morning, embark on a tour of Cusco, the "Imperial City", and the capital of the Incas during their reign. This lively city, rich in history, bears marks of both the Incas and Spanish who came after them. Enjoy an introduction to the highlights of the city, including the incredible baroque Cathedral on the main Plaza de Armas in the heart of the city. Delve deeper into the history of this ancient place at the 17th century Church of Santo Domingo, which was built atop the foundation of the Inca Temple of the Sun, often referred to as Korikancha. Just outside of town, visit the ruins of the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, perched on a hill overlooking Cusco, and see nearby warehouses where the Incas stored their grain. Spend the rest of the afternoon on your own. This evening, gather for a Regional Meal at a local restaurant, enjoying Cusquenian dishes and ancestral dance performances.
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  7. Fly back to Lima late this morning and enjoy an afternoon on your own to do some more exploring, pick up souvenirs or just relax. Later, meet a Local Specialist and curator at the Larco Museum, which houses the largest private collection of pre-Columbian art in the world, and learn about the evolution and cultures of ancient Peruvian societies. Later, gather with your traveling companions for a Farewell Dinner in the museum's garden restaurant.
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    hotel:Novotel Lima
  8. Transfer to the airport for your onward flight or perhaps extend your stay at the Novotel Lima.
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Meal Summary

7 nights' accommodations, 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners.

Included Highlights

Hidden Treasure

  • Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

Cultural Insight

  • Visit Awakancha, meet Andean weavers and taste chica at a local chiceria.

Be My Guest

  • Join Dr. Francisco Diez Canseco for a Peruvian lunch at his beautiful estate.

Local Specialist

  • For included sightseeing in Lima, Machu Picchu and at the Larco Museum.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Lima and Cusco
  • Visit the outdoor market at Pisac, the ruins at Ollantaytambo, 15th century fortress of Machu Picchu, historic Sacsayhuaman and the Larco Museum in Lima
  • Scenic drive through the Sacred Valley
  • Iconic train journey aboard the Vistadome train
  • Definite Departure
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Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $525.

Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $80 per person.

Land and Intra Air prices include economy air and air-related charges for flights between Lima-Cusco and Cusco-Lima and require purchase of round-trip air travel on LATAM airline between your gateway city and the itinerary's start and end gateway cities (ticket number required). If flying with another airline between your gateway city and the itinerary's start and end gateway cities, the above prices will be higher.

Note: On the train to Machu Picchu, only hand luggage (overnight bag) can be taken. Your suitcase will be securely stored and returned to you in Cusco.

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  • U.S. citizens traveling to Peru must have a current passport that is valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens entering Peru.

  • The currency in Peru is the Peruvian Sol. You can use your debit or credit card to pay in most places and will usually find a better exchange rate in Peru.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • One of the most enjoyable parts of traveling is sampling the local cuisine.  Peruvian food is a colorful mix of cultural influences and flavorful ingredients. Sample popular specialties including seafood ceviche – the country’s national dish –stir fried beef, potatoes with spicy cheese sauce, and stuffed peppers. And there’s nothing quite like a South American pisco sour cocktail prepared with lemon juice, egg white, and pisco liqueur.

    The hot and spicy nature of Peruvian food, created by ají and ajo (hot pepper and garlic), has become celebrated at home and abroad. Peruvians enjoy a wide variety of vegetables, with over 2000 kinds of indigenous and cultivated potatoes alone. Tropical fruits are abundant. And the seafood is incredible. Try ceviche and the local seabass, prepared in a variety of ways. Typical dishes made with scallops (conchitas), mussels (choros), octopus (pulpo) and shrimp (camarones) are plentiful and delicious. Try the popular specialties sopa criolla (spicy soup with beef and noodles) and ají de gallina (shredded chicken in a piquant cream sauce).  Rice and potatoes accompany virtually every dish here. Alfajores (wafer-thin spirals of shortbread dusted with icing sugar) are Peru’s most popular dessert. 

    You’ll also encounter a variety of interesting beverages.  Peru’s most famous drink is the pisco sour cocktail, made from a potent grape brandy. Chicha de jora (fermented red or yellow corn juice) and chicha morada (non-alcoholic purple corn juice) are popular drinks dating from Inca times. Peruvian beers and national wines are also good.

  • We suggest bringing a variety of comfortable, lightweight clothing that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress in Peru’s various regions. Sturdy walking shoes are important. Insect repellant and sunscreen may come in handy, as well as a light jacket and reusable water bottle. A more formal outfit will serve you if you plan on dining out in nicer restaurants.  Keep in mind that your shoulders and knees should be covered while visiting religious sites. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • There is no hard and fast rule about tipping when dining out in Peru. Some restaurants will add a service charge to the bill in which case there is no need to leave an additional tip. In upscale restaurants it is appropriate to leave 10 percent gratuity.

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity.  We recommend the equivalent of $4-5 per person/per day for your driver and $6-7 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 dollars per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

Reviews

Saturday, July 22, 2017
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Service rating : a very interesting tour rich with history.Our tour guide Danny was so very enthusiastic and knowledgeable and he made every possible attempt to make everyone feel safe and comfortable.The accommodation were excellent and local food was extremely enjoyable.Despite an unfortunate situation with protest in Peru we made the best of it and enjoyed the trip.
Vacation : a single supplement adds a bit more to the expense
Sunday, July 2, 2017
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Service rating : I'm a repeat customer and will use their service again in the future. They are that good! Professionals efficient and very courteous agents who also come through when trouble arises, such as missed flight or loss luggage. I'l recomm md them wholeheartedly to any family members or friends who plan to travel.
Vacation : Great value great experience!
Saturday, June 24, 2017
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Service rating : Everything was well organized from info. before the trip, movement during the trip and corrections if there was a cancelled flight.
Vacation : Well organized all the way
Saturday, April 22, 2017
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Service rating : t was Trafalgar, and was great. The tour guide was ecellent, one of the best we have recently
Vacation : Meant to say five star, sorry
Saturday, November 19, 2016
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Service rating : None
Vacation : We got food poisoning at a restaurant in Cusco on the tour. No one contacted us to see if we were OK. We were on our own.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We're so sorry to hear about this. Certainly the Travel Director should have checked on you to see how you were feeling. We apologize for this oversight and hope it did not spoil the rest of your trip.

Grand European Travel
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Friday, October 21, 2016
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Service rating : too much flying
Vacation : guide was fantastic

PERUVIAN AMAZON

Explore a lush wilderness and the magnificent river that sustains its extraordinary biodiversity. Delve into the depths of Peru's Amazon in search of mythical tribes and a myriad of enchanting creatures. Scarlet macaws, howler monkeys, and stealthy jaguars will offer a glimpse of their million-year-old rainforest home. 

This locally hosted pre-itinerary extension is only available in conjunction with Highlights of Peru, In the Footsteps of the Incas, Land of the Incas, and Contrasts of South America.  

Day 1: Arrive Lima
Fly to Lima, Peru (airfare not included). Upon arrival, you'll be met and escorted to your airport hotel. The rest of the day is free. 
Hotel: Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport

Day 2: Lima - Puerto Maldonado - Corto Maltes Amazonia (3 nights)
This morning fly to remote Puerto Maldonado, then enjoy a journey along the Madre de Rios River to your jungle lodge. Get your first taste of the rainforest as your expert guide introduces you to the trees, medicinal plants, insects, and animals that call the jungle home. Before dinner, take a short caiman-spotting expedition aboard a small boat.
Hotel: Corto Maltes Amazonia
Full Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Amazon Exploration
Enjoy breakfast, then watch monkeys cavorting among the trees of Monkey Island. A short boat ride takes you into the Tambopata Candamo National Reserve. Disembark and hike through the jungle, marveling at towering green walls of vegetation, the cacophony of birdcalls and the sunlight filtering though the canopy above. Arrive at lovely Sandoval Lake, where you may spot a variety of birds, monkeys, giant river otters, black caimans, and the elusive anaconda. Savor a sunset over the lake before heading back to your lodge for dinner. 
Full Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Amazon Exploration
Enjoy the morning at leisure to stroll the grounds or take a dip in the pool. Then immerse yourself in local culture with members of the Ese'eja tribe and visit a local farm to learn about traditional Amazonian agriculture. Later, relish your last dinner in the rainforest and watch the stars twinkle in the great night sky. 
Full Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Corto Maltes Amazonia - Puerto Maldonado - Lima
This morning enjoy a dawn excursion to a popular feeding area for multi-colored parrots. After breakfast, bid farewell to the Amazon and head back to Puerto Maldonado for your flight to Lima, where you join your guided vacation on Day 1.

2018 Pricing 

$925 Per Person twin-share
$50 Triple Room Discount
$250 Single Supplement 

Land and Intra Air: These prices include economy air and air-related charges for flights between Manaus and Rio de Janeiro for the pre-itinerary extension, and between Rio de Janeiro and Manaus for the post-itinerary option and require the purchase of an eligible guided vacation.

Please not that Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this extension.  

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS CRUISE

Tread lightly through another world - a moonscape unencumbered by humans and home to giant tortoises, Sally Lightfoots, and marching blue-footed boobies. Hop between the volcanic islands of the extraordinary Galapagos, into a land of magic and myths, and to the Middle of the World to touch an imaginary divide. 

This locally hosted post-itinerary extension is only available in conjunction with Highlights of Peru, Land of the Incas, or South America Revealed

 

Day 1: Lima - Quito (2 Nights)
Fly to Quito where you will be greeted at the airport and taken to your hotel.
Hotel: Hilton Colon Quito

Day 2: Quito Sightseeing
Visit the historical center of the city, the first place in the world to be designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then travel to the "Middle of the World: and stand on the Equator. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. 
Full Breakfast

Day 3: Quito - Galapagos Cruise (4 Nights)
Arrive at Baltra airport and the Itabaca Channel to take a ferry across to Santa Cruz Island. A short ride takes you through the highlands of Santa Cruz Islands to enjoy a refreshing lunch, and then continue to Puerto Ayora. Afterwards, visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and the giant tortoise pens within an impressive giant prickly-pear cactus forest home to many land birds. Then enjoy the Captain's welcome cocktails and dinner.
Yacht Isabella II
Full Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Cruise to South Plaza Island
Visit Santa Fe Island where the small, tranquil Bahia Barrington is home to green sea turtles and spotted eagle rays. This afternoon, see South Plaza Island, home to the famed Galapagos sea lions, yellow-gray land iguanas, and the unusual prickly-pear cactus tree. 
Full Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: North Seymour and Santa Cruz Island
Land near a long sandy beach on North Seymour Island, where sea lions and marine iguanas hang out on the rocks. Later cruise to Santa Cruz Island where you will swim and snorkel at Las Bachas, a saltwater lagoon and important feeding ground for flamingos. 
Full Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Bartolome and Santiago Islands
Visit the breathtaking landscape of Bartolome Island. Hike to the island's summit for impressive views. The island is home to the Galapagos penguin, the only species of penguin to live near the equator. Later arrive at Sullivan Bay and enjoy dinner with a farewell cocktail this evening. 
Full Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 7: Baltra Island - Depart Guayaquil
Transfer to Baltra Airport for your flight to Guayaquil where you will be assisted with your connection to your international flight (airfare not included) or transferred to the Guayaquil hotel should you wish to extend your stay. 
Full Breakfast.

2018 Pricing

$4,625 Per Person twin-share
$3,495 Children under 12 years old
$3,495 Single Supplement

Price Includes: Galapagos National Park Fee, Galapagos Transit Control Card, and all taxes and tips to shipboard personnel and cruise guides while on the cruise. 
Land and Intra Air: These prices include economy air and air-related charges for flights between Lima-Quito, Quito-Galapagos, and Galapagos-Guayaquil and require the purchase of an eligible guided vacation plus round-trip air travel on LATAM between your gateway city and the itinerary's start and end gateway cities (ticket number required). If you are traveling internationally on another airline, the above prices will be higher.
Airport arrival is at 3:30 p.m., please keep this in mind when booking your flights. 

EASTER ISLAND CRUISE

Surrender to the magnetic allure of the imposing Moai statues that stand watch over Easter Island and are a testament to the mysterious Rapa Nui people, who called this remote, tempestuous Pacific island home. Witness their sacred traditions and explore their enigmatic culture. 

This locally hosted post-itinerary extension is available in conjunction with Highlights of Peru, In the Footsteps of the Incas, Land of the Incas,South America Revealed, Cultures and Contrasts of South America, Wonders of Patagonia.

 

Day 1: Arrive Easter Island (2 Nights)
Arrive on Easter Island, the cradle of an enigmatic culture that persists to this day. Be greeted by your local host and transferred to your hotel. After checking in, enjoy a private guided excursion to Ahu Akivi. Ahus signify the site of a sacred ceremony that has taken place on the island. 
Hotel: Taha Tai or Rapa Nui

Day 2: Easter Island Sightseeing 
Enjoy a privately guided excursion as you drive to the southern coast and witness the perfectly preserved Ahu Vaihu in the Bay of Hang Te'e. Proceed to Rano Raraku, a quarry of almost 900 stone statues - 397 of which are still located at the slopes of the Rano Kau volcano. Visit Ahu Tongariki, the largest ahu on the island. Continue to the eastern coast and visit Ahu Te Pito Kura and the "Navel of the World." Afterward visit scenic Anakena beach where you have the opportunity to enjoy the splendor of the Pacific Ocean. 
Continental Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: Easter Island Sightseeing and Departure
This morning another private excursion takes you up to the extinct Rano Kau volcano, as you take in the majestic views of the whole island along the way. After, drive to the ceremonial village of Orongo where you can see spectacular petroglyphs related to the local culture. Enjoy breathtaking views of the three islets of Motu Nui, Motu Iti and Motu Kao Kao on the opposite coast. Drive down to Ahu Vinapu for further evidence of the pre-Incan architectural influence in present-day Easter Island. Stop at the Ana Kai Tangata to view its ornate paintings from the outside. Return to your hotel before being transferred to the airport for your flight later this afternoon.
Note:Sightseeing ends at 12p.m., please keep this in mind when booking your return flights. 
Continental Breakfast

2018 Pricing 

Highlights of Peru, In the Footsteps of the Incas, Land of the Incas, South America Revealed, Cultures and Contrasts of South America, Wonders of Patagonia:
$975 Per Person twin-share 
$350 Single Supplement

Please note that airfare to Easter Island is not included in the prices listed. Due to the flight schedule, an additional night in Santiago for either pre or post extensions is required and is included in the cost of the extension package. The hotel in Santiago will be the Vacation Inn Santiago Airport, except for guests on South America Landscapes, who will stay at the InterContinental Santiago. For guests on Best of South America no additional overnight is required. 

Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this extension. 

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Lima

La Dama Juana Restaurant And Folklore Show

Adult Price: $64.00 | Child Price: $52.00

La Dama Juana Restaurant combines typical Peruvian food with traditional folkloric dancing. The food is served buffet-style in clay pots. As you dine, watch the energetic dancers perform colonial and Inca ceremonial dances. The costumes are colorful and the music is lively. This optional experience can only be offered to guests that arrive to the hotel by 3pm on Day 1 of your guided vacation or have purchased extra nights. Total duration approximtely about 3 hours. (No Minimum)

Lima

Magic Circuit Of The Water

Adult Price: $22.00 | Child Price: $22.00

The Magic Circuit of the Water is the world's largest fountain complex of beautiful interactive fountains featuring swaying water, colored lights and lasers dancing with the music. The Magic Fountain forces water to a height of more than 250 feet (80 meters). This optional experience is available Wednesday to Sunday. Total duration approximately 2 ½ hours. This optional experience can only be offered to guests that arrive to the hotel by 3pm on Day 1 of your guided vacation or have purchased extra nights. (No Minimum)

Cusco

Moray And Moras

Adult Price: $80.00 | Child Price: $75.00

Visit Moray, the Inca agricultural greenhouse or laboratory that consists of four platforms that seem to disappear into a crater. At a depth of 500 feet (150 meters), the overlapping concentric circular stone rings widen as they rise. It was an experimental location the Incas used to study the adaptation of plants with agriculture. Next is the village of Maras, renowned for its ancient salt mines and wells. The salt has been used for economic purposes since the time of the Inca. You will meet the villagers who explain ancient salt mining techniques and have a chance to participate. Total duration approximately 4 hours. (Minimum 5 Guests)

Lima

Pachacamac

Adult Price: $35.00 | Child Price: $31.00

Pachacamac is located around 30 km (19 mi) south of Lima and was constructed around 700 A.D. It was the most important ceremonial center on the Peruvian Coast during the pre-Inca and Inca period. The early inhabitants came here to worship and give offerings to their God “Pachacamac”, who was believed to be the creator of the world and all its creatures. The site includes several clay buildings including palaces, plazas and temples. This optional experience can only be offered if you arrive the morning of Day 1 of your guided vacation or if you have purchased extra nights. Total duration approximately 3 hours. Not available on Mondays. (No Minimum)

Cusco

Piquillacta Ruins & Andahuaylillas Church

Adult Price: $65.00 | Child Price: $55.00

Visit 17th century Piquillacta, a pre-Inca citadel built by the Wari people, featuring an elusive history and bizarre architecture. Afterward, head to Andahuaylillas to see San Pedro Church, a perfect example of Peru’s colonial architecture and often referred to as the Andean Sistine Chapel. Total duration approximately 4 hours. (Minimum 4 Guests)

Cusco

Visit And Workshop At Choco Museum

Adult Price: $52.00 | Child Price: $52.00

Visit the Choco Museum where you will learn the Peruvian chocolate making process from the cacao bean to the chocolate bar. You will participate in making the chocolate and experience the true feeling of a chocolate maker. Space is limited and total duration approximately 2 ½ to 3 hours. (Minimum 4 Guests)

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