The nation of Peru has a diverse topography. It includes sun-baked coastal deserts to the high Andes and again to the headwaters of the mighty Amazon. Visitors can trek the Incan Trail from the Sacred Valley into Machu Picchu, explore the City of Kings, Lima, experience the architectural wonders of Cusco, and delight in the hustle and bustle of the Pisac Market. They can also traverse through the Andean ruins and villages of Pisac and Ollantaytambo, discover the sensational culture of the Andes, and venture into the catacombs of the Church of San Francisco. Enjoy the most amazing trip of a lifetime with this best Peru 9-day luxury tour.
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Meet your private guide at Lima airport, who will transfer you to your hotel. Set off with your guide on an introductory tour of the city. The metropolis is filled with various cultures etched into each neighborhood, the array of scents, foods, and life decorating the facades of a Spanish colonial past. Explore the depths of the Church of San Francisco. The exterior is a bright canary yellow and sings against the blue sky. The adjacent spires are tall, and the bells toll at noon. Once inside the church, you can see the opulent trim and large arches that decorate the building. Geometric designs of red and white tiles climb up the walls and into the domed ceilings.
Venture into the depths of the Andes, leaving behind the expansive city of Lima and its diverse neighborhoods. Cusco is 10,750 feet above sea level and is nestled within the hills of the longest mountain range in the Americas. Get a stunning bird's eye view of the surrounding valleys as the city climbs up the hillsides. Stroll in the cobblestone streets that line the city, leading locals and visitors alike through the variety of Spanish buildings, Incan remnants, and Andean life. Soak in the scent of damp stone and tangy Pisco that drifts through the Plaza de Armas. The square bustles with the sound of children running, spraying water guns at one another while circling the fountain. Journey to the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, which has watched over the city since Cusco was the capital of the Inca Empire.
Find the sensational beauty of the Sacred Valley outside the wonders of Cusco. Overlooking the village of Pisac are the remains of four separate Incan ruins, divided by space but connected by history. Examine the ruins that spread through the distant point of the vale, one sitting along the citadel as a lookout to the surrounding valley. The view and the design of the varied ruins continue to awe, despite the stones having been worn by time. Then, walk amidst the popular and famous Pisac Market that retains its local charm with its unique handcrafted garments, locally farmed produce, and the vibrancy of the people who call the Andes home.
Take your first steps along the Inca trail, beginning in the Sacred Valley. The verdant greenery radiates in the sunlight as the mountains rise into the sky. The scent of fresh grass surrounds you. Marvel at the snow-capped peak of Mount Veronica that towers over the valley below. The white peak settles into the sky like a cloud between the mountains. Peek at the terraces that stretch along the hillsides before you come to the ruins of Llactapata. Situated within the lavish fields of the Urubamba Valley, Llactapata translates to "The Town on the Hillside." The city's remains sit atop the terraces and on the small plateau beneath the foothills of the surrounding mountains.
After a tasty and refreshing breakfast, venture out of the depths of the Sacred Valley and along the upper ridges, ascending into the mountains. The tropical vegetation is a wonderland for the senses, dense around you but opening up to the rush of whitewater that pours over rocks. Orchids blossom beneath dangling vines while moss silently coats the jungle floor. Feel the deep silence within the trees, interrupted only by the crashing of waterfalls and the brief flutter of hummingbirds. The mountains crease in the middle. Watch the peaks dip into one another as the scent of hot coffee rises into the sky.
Hike to the highest peak of the trail along Warmiwanusqa Pass, over 13,000 feet above sea level. The jungle recedes into the lower echelons of the valley. Arrive at the top of the pass to soak in the stunning views of the surrounding vicinity. Continue your exploration of the Inca Trail as you descend the other side. Be stunned by emerald lakes that almost blend into the grass beside them. Eventually, you will arrive at the ruins of Sayacmarca. Examine the remains of the canal used to bring water to that part of the ruins.
Venture into the Cloud Forest, where the mist settles into the mountains. From the highest mountaintops, view other peaks poking through the settled cloud, like cones peeking out of a blanket. Climb the slippery stairs to arrive at the wondrous ruins of Phuyupatamarca. The expansive city is filled with remnants of a rich past, including the trickling sound of sacred baths where water would flow from the aqueducts into the stone pools. Continue your hike past Wiay Wayna, where the ruins sit upon a tiered plateau overlooking the flourish of trees below. Begin to climb the staircase until you see three pillars in front of you. Beyond the stones, framed by the pillars, see the open city of Machu Picchu. Retire for the night in a relaxing campsite.
Today, climb the easy staircase into the city and arrive, once again, at the base of the magnificent Machu Picchu. The Lost City towers over the tiered plateau. It is open to the sky and above the canopy of the jungle. Make your way towards Huayna Picchu, the towering peak above the city. Reach the peak and look down on Machu Picchu, which looks quite tiny from this vantage point. Then, make your way to the less visited and equally majestic Temple of the Moon. Immerse yourself in history along the altar in the center of the temple.
Today, your private guide will transfer you to the airport for your international departure.