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Exploring Peru: Andean Treasures

Updated: Jun 12

Unparalleled mystical, cultural, archaeological and gastronomic wealth! The conquistadors in search of El Dorado gold (anyone has seen the film of Werner Herzog, Aguirre?) and the treasure of the Incas gave way to adventurers in search of the sacred valleys and ancient civilizations. Join us on this amazing 15 days journey!

Lima Colonial and Modern - 3 days

Lima Colonial: Historic center of Lima since 1988 and UNESCO Heritage Site. In the Plaza Mayor you can find the Palace of La Unión, the Lima Prefeitura, the Government House, the Archbishop's Palace, Lima Cathedral, the Santo Domingo Convent of San Francisco. Be sure to visit the catacombs.

Larco Museum: essential visit - beautiful garden at the entrance, 45 thousand pieces collection in Mochica ceramics, gold and silver and erotic art. Excellent restaurant: Cafe del Museo.

Gold Museum and Weapons: gold pieces that belonged to the great empire of the Incas also displays armor and other war objects such as swords, daggers, uniforms, spears, revolvers and pistols.

Modern Lima: San Isidro and Miraflores - most cosmopolitan district of Lima, modern buildings, parks, squares, larger quantity of hotels, apart hotels, hostels, restaurants, shopping centers, cafes, pubs and casinos.

Arequipa - 2 days

2325 meters high and called the White City because it was built almost entirely of a type of volcanic stone white. Go to the Main Square, considered the most beautiful of the country and visit the La Compañia Church, resistant to earthquakes. Its "Cathedral" and shopping centers have a colonial style. Must Do: Convent of Santa Catalina, built in 1580, probably the biggest in the world, a city within a city.

Campina and Mill Sabandia: Visit Yanahuara, known as "the balcony of Arequipa" where we can observe the Misti volcano, Caima with its colonial church; y Sabandia with its typical eighteenth century water mill

Museum of Andean Sanctuaries: inside the House of Culture is home to Juanita and Sarita mummies

Chivay / Canion del Colca - 2 days

Considered the deepest valley in the world: a mountain 3200 meters from the summit to the river. From CruZ of the Condor, vantage point, one can admire the condor, the largest bird in the world, and its imposing flight.

On the way enjoy the llamas, vicunas, sheep, alpacas, flamingos and wild animals loose ace highway margins.

Hotels in this region offer hot springs, horseback riding and hiking trails.

Cusco- 4 days

Sacred city of the Incas and archaeological capital of America

1 day: Cathedral to the Plaza de Armas, passing the Santo Domingo Convent, built on the famous Temple of the Sun or Koricancha, the San Blas artisans' quarter

1 day: ruins of Sacsayhuaman, Kenko, Puca Pucara and Tambomachay

1 day: Chinchero with your market that still makes exchange of goods; Maras with its famous salt mines or salineras; Moray (down until the center) approximately 3500 meters of altitude, with a gallery of concentric circular platforms, which may have been used for crop experiments

1 day: free in the city of Cusco to browse the shops of local crafts, walk through the narrow streets of colonial style and taste Peruvian gastronomy in the numerous s restaurants and cafes in town

Urubamba Sacred Valley of the Incas - 2 days

Stay in Yucay one of the biggest tourist attractions in the Andean region, with a beautiful landscape, eternal snows, pleasant climate, fertile land and abundant water. Several adventure tourism options.

1 day: Complete the Indian market of Pisac and Ollantaytambo Fortress

Orient Express choice between trains Expedition, Vistadome and Hiram Bingham (just out of Cusco) to Machu Picchu you can leave Cusco Urubamba or Ollantaytambo (which has the highest frequency)

Try the tasty choclo, a boiled corn special flavor, and chicha, a non-alcoholic typical drink, fermentation base of corn grain and marketed inhouses with red flags

Aguas Calientes - 2 days

small town and the main access point to Machu Picchu

1 day: Machu Picchu - The sacred city of the Incas, one of the new 7 wonders of the world, and probably one of the most magical places. If you are in good shape fitness, do the legendary Inca Trail in two a days walk or four days from the Sacred Valley.

Alternative Treks: Salkantay, Huchuy and Homes

1 day: Museum Manuel Chavez Ballon and Botanical Garden

Tip: To avoid discomfort caused by altitude, take tea and buy coca candies.


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