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Land of the Incas

Operated by: Trafalgar

12 Days from $4,216 per person
Baroque Cathedral, Cusco

Countries Visited


Locations Visited

Lima, Machu Picchu, Cusco, Puno
  1. Day 1 Arrive Lima (2 Nights)

    The Capital of the New World extends a warm welcome. Meet your local host on arrival and transfer to your hotel in Miraflores, where you'll join your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception at 6 p.m. this evening.

    meals Welcome Reception
    hotel Hilton Miraflores
  2. Day 2 Lima Sightseeing

    Ease into Lima life with a leisurely morning to enjoy the city. Next, you'll connect with the colonial heritage of Francisco Pizzaro's “City of Kings,” joining your Local Specialist for a city tour that reveals Lima's colonial splendor. Admire the UNESCO-listed Historic Center and see the Church of San Francisco, delving into its hidden catacombs, religious art museum and extensive library. Later, you'll embark on a scenic walk through Miraflores and soak up the local sights and sounds.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
  3. Day 3 Lima – Cusco – Sacred Valley

    We'll fly to Cusco this morning, the gateway to Peru's treasured Sacred Valley, where we'll dive into culture, meeting a Shaman who will perform a special ceremony to welcome us to Peru. We connect with locals next over a Be My Guest lunch, learning about the culture surrounding the production of Giant White Corn. Our hosts will demonstrate the differences between traditional farming techniques and the newer technologies used today. Later, we'll revel in the romance of the local Marinera dance and admire the showmanship of the Peruvian Paso horses before a visit to the Pisac handicraft market. The sweet flavors of chica are ours to enjoy next, as we dive into culture yet again, savoring the favorite drink of the Andes.

    meals Continental Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    hotel Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel and Wellness
  4. Day 4 Sacred Valley – Machu Picchu

    Visit the mystical Inca stronghold of Ollantaytambo en route to Machu Picchu, ascending to the Lost City in the Clouds aboard the Vistadome train (light snack included). Here you will delve into the mysteries of this once-great civilization, joining your Local Specialist for an exploration of the temples, palaces and terraces whose construction defy imagination. Visit the iconic great Temple of the Sun, the House of the Priest, the Sacred Plaza and the intricately carved Intihuatana, most likely used as a sundial centuries ago. We return to our hotel where we'll dine tonight.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Sumaq Machu Picchu
  5. Day 5 Machu Picchu – Cusco (2 Nights)

    The ruins of Machu Picchu beckon yet again and we enjoy one final opportunity to reconnect with its story, spending some time on our own to explore the hill-top fortress. Next, we'll journey back to the Sacred Valley by train, stopping en route to Cusco to dive into culture and learn about the natural dyeing techniques used by native weavers. Our hotel tonight is a centuries-old mansion located in the historic center of Cusco.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
    hotel Palacio del Inka, a Starwood Luxury Collection Hotel
  6. Day 6 Cusco Sightseeing

    Begin your day at the ruins of the UNESCO-listed Sacsayhuaman fortress overlooking Cusco. Your Local Specialist will guide you through Cusco's colonial center, built on the foundations of former Inca temples and palaces. Visit the baroque Cathedral on the Plaza de Armas and the bohemian barrio of San Blas. Later, you'll join another Local Specialist who will reveal insights into the nearby 13th-century Incan settlement of Qoriwayrachina. The afternoon is free before a 'your choice dining' experience, giving you the choice of several local restaurants at which to dine.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Your Choice
  7. Day 7 Cusco Sightseeing – Juliaca – Puno (2 Nights)

    Fly to Juliaca where you will meet a Local Specialist to learn about daily life on the Peruvian altiplano. Visit Sillustani, a pre-Incan burial ground and explore its towering chullpas (above ground tombs) before traveling to Lake Titicaca, the birthplace of the sun.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Lunch
    hotel Libertador Lake Titicaca
  8. Day 8 Lake Titicaca Excursion

    Cruise the deep blue waters of Lake Titicaca with a Local Specialist, passing floating islands constructed from reeds by the Uros Indians. In the midst of South America's largest lake lies Taquile Island, where we'll embark on a private tour to gain insights into the tradition of weaving and knitting for which the local villagers—men and women—are renowned. Learn more about the islanders' unique way of life and enjoy a Regional Meal lunch. Tonight, we indulge in a special highlight—dinner at our favorite local restaurant in Puno.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Regional Meal, Dinner
  9. Day 9 Puno – Lima – Juliaca – Paracas (2 Nights)

    Return to Lima this morning, then continue your journey to the coastal playground of Paracas. Discover what life is like in Peru's rural countryside before arriving in Paracas for dinner at your seaside hotel and an evening at leisure. Perhaps there's even time for a stroll along the Malecon.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    hotel Aranwa Paracas Resort and Spa
  10. Day 10 Paracas – Nazca Lines Flight

    Take to the skies, soaring above the coastal desert to see the enigmatic Nazca Lines, gigantic geometric designs viewable only from the air. Next, stop this morning at the Regional Museum of Ica where we'll explore the centuries-old cultures of the Paracas and Nazca. Dive into culture during a visit to Bodega El Catador to learn about and taste the finest pisco in the country. The rest of the day is free.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
  11. Day 11 Paracas – Ballestas Islands – Lima

    This morning, connect with nature, cruising around the uninhabited Ballestas Islands, a "mini-Galapagos" teeming with wildlife. See the mysterious Candelabra in Pisco Bay, then return to Lima for an evening visit to the Larco Museum with a Local Specialist. Enjoy a festive Farewell Dinner in the museum's garden restaurant.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
    hotel Hilton Miraflores
  12. Day 12 Depart Lima

    Say hasta luego to Peru and its ancient treasures, and take a transfer to the airport for your flight home or consider extending your vacation in Lima at the Hilton Miraflores.

    meals Buffet Breakfast

Meal Summary

11 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 8 dinners.

Included Highlights

Connect with Locals

  • Visit Hacienda "Sarapampa", a Quechua word meaning corn field, and savor Peruvian farm-to-table cuisine. Your lively hosts will acquaint you with the production process for what's known as Giant White Corn and you'll have a chance to watch a Marinera performance that showcases traditional dance alongside Peruvian Paso horse showmanship.

Stays with Stories

  • Stay at the centuries-old Palacio del Inka in the historic heart of Cusco.

Dive into Culture

  • Meet a Shaman who will perform a Pago a la Tierra ceremony, an ancient ritual of the Andean culture.
  • Visit a local chicheria for a traditional chicha tasting.
  • Learn about the natural dyeing techniques used by native weavers and visit Bodega El Catador to learn about and taste the finest pisco in the country.

Local Specialist

  • For included sightseeing in Lima, Machu Picchu, Cusco, at Qoriwayrachina, the Peruvian altiplano, Lake Titicaca and at the Larco Museum

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Lima, Cusco
  • Visit the outdoor market at Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Machu Picchu, the Uros Islands, Lake Titicaca
  • See the other-worldly Nazca Lines from the air
  • Cruise around Lake Titicaca, the Ballestas Islands
  • Scenic drive through the Sacred Valley
  • Iconic train journey aboard the Vistadome train
Dates & Prices
Airfare is not included, but can be added to quote upon request
  • Definite Departure
  • Galapagos Cruise North Central
  • Galapagos Cruise East
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Galapagos Cruise East
24 Sep 19 5 Oct 19 checkmark $4,316pp AARP members save an additional $100 Request Quote Book Now
Galapagos Cruise North Central
1 Oct 19 12 Oct 19 checkmark $4,371pp AARP members save an additional $100 Request Quote Book Now
Galapagos Cruise North Central
15 Oct 19 26 Oct 19 checkmark $4,371pp AARP members save an additional $100 Request Quote Book Now
Galapagos Cruise North Central
12 Nov 19 23 Nov 19 checkmark $4,371pp AARP members save an additional $100 Request Quote Book Now
Galapagos Cruise East
3 Dec 19 14 Dec 19 checkmark $4,216pp AARP members save an additional $100 Request Quote Book Now
  • Galapagos Cruise North Central: Galapagos Legend North Central Cruise available on this departure.
  • Galapagos Cruise East: Galapagos Legend East Cruise available on this departure.
Optional Add-Ons

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.


La Dama Juana Restaurant And Folklore Show

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. Gratuity included. Total duration is approximately 3 hours. (Minimum 4 Guests)
Adult Price: $65

Magic Circuit Of The Water

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. This optional experience is available Wednesday to Sunday. Total duration is approximately 2.5 hours. 
Adult Price: $27


Visit and Workshop at Choco Museum

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. Total duration is approximately 2.5 to 3 hours. Gratuity included. (Minimum 4 Guests)
Adult Price: $45

Moray And Moras

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, 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 is approximately 4 hours. Gratuity included. (Minimum 5 Guests)
Adult Price: $86

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