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tour of the Inca heartland
( 10 days and 09 nights )
In this Tour visits: Lima,
Cusco, Sacred Valley of the Incas, Machu Picchu. This is
just a sample itinerary, the luxury tour can be completely
customized with individual attention to your ideas and
Intineray Day by Day:(B)= breakfast / (L)=
lunch / (D)= dinner
Cost by person in Double Occupancy US$ 2,789 Each
One. Minimum 2 people
Day 1 - Welcome to Lima
Today you will be traveling from your home across the
equator to the Southern Hemisphere and land in Lima, Peru.
Based on a late evening arrival in Lima, you will be met by
your English-speaking representative and assisted with the
hotel check-in process. The hotel is located on the airport
grounds and a good night’s rest is suggested as we are off
to Cusco and the Sacred Valley tomorrow morning. Your body
needs to be well rested in order to acclimate to the thinner
air of the majestic Andes Mountains
Day 2 - Lima - Cusco
After breakfast, your Ancient Summit host will escort you
back to the airport and assist with your check-in for your
flight over the Andes to the Ancient City of Cusco..
Upon arrival in Cusco, you are welcomed by our team and
begin your journey through the Andes, heading directly to
the mythical Sacred Valley of the Incas. Today is an easy
day as you need to acclimate to the altitude in the Andes.
On this stunning drive to the Valley, you can stop for
photos of the breathtaking views along the way. We will
point out the different crops and talk about Andean
agricultural history as well. Arriving at your hotel, we
strongly suggest that you take it easy for the remainder of
the day as you are 10,000 feet above sea level. That also
means lighter food, easy on your digestion. We will
introduce you to Coca Tea* and light lunch as you relax
today to prepare for your continued adventure. Today is your
special time to acclimate in the Andes. We would suggest you
choose something light for dinner.
Day 3 - Cooking class in the Sacred Valley of the Incas
This mornning you will meet a very special Chef at his
restaurant in Urubamba and begin your culinary adventure
with a first visit to the local market, where we will shop
for and learn about native and local ingredients. You will
see the variety of fresh ingredients used in NOVO-Andean
Cuisine. Back at Chef Ricardo's restaurant, you will prepare
lunch as Chef opens up the world of Peruvian cuisine and
Novo Andino flavors. All together you will enjoy the fruits
of your labor over lunch.
After lunch we will walk around the corner for a visit to
the Ceramic Studio of Pablo and Marilu Seminario for a
demonstration of ancient Andean ceramic techniques. This
evening, we are happy to offer you a mouth watering sampling
of “Peruvian Street Food" served safely and hygienically at
the lovely hotel grounds. You will also be delighted by a
demonstration of the famous Peruvian Caballo de Paso, the
National Horse of Peru, and a breed of light pleasure saddle
horse known for its smooth ride. Spa services are also
available by appointment at your hotel.
Day 4 - Ollantaytambo - Machu Picchu by train
This morning we drive to the ancient fortress village of
Ollantaytambo and board the train for a scenic hour and a
half journey to Machu Picchu Town (formerly Aguas Calientes),
This town is perfectly positioned for the exploration of
breathtaking Machu Picchu, Lost City of the Incas, now voted
one of the Seven Wonders of the World!
Upon arrival, we will check into our hotel, followed by
lunch with a menu at a local restaurant in this “quirky”
town. You can also visit the Hot Spring (Aguas Calientes).
At a designated time, you will meet in the hotel for a
kitchen tour and cooking demonstration in their famed Qunuq
Restaurant after which, dinner is served in the dining room.
You must get a good night’s rest so that we can catch a very
early bus up to try and see the sunrise over Machu Picchu!
Day 5 - Explore Machu Picchu
Early this morning and weather permitting you will take the
famous zigzag bus route up to the entrance to Machu Picchu
with the hopes of viewing the sunrise! At this time your
guide will talk about the amazing architecture and
mysterious temples; the sophisticated ideas of this highly
Lunch will be served at Sanctuary Lodge, an Orient Express
property just outside the entrance gate to Machu Picchu. The
Lodge offers a buffet featuring a wide variety of foods from
several regions, giving us an opportunity to discuss the
vast array of dishes from around Peru.
After lunch you’ll have free time to continue exploring the
Lost City of the Incas. Late this afternoon, along with your
guide, you will board the return train to Ollantaytambo
station where your car is waiting to return you to the Sol y
Dinner tonight is served at one of the best local
restaurants in the Cuzco area, offering beautiful creations
such purple corn soup and a fusion menu as well as fresh
Day 6 - Sacred Valley of the Incas and Special Home
This morning, a scenic drive will take you to the market and
the archeological site at Pisaq. After the tour, lunch will
be served at the home of one of private tour designer Nina
Fogelman's dear friends. While you are taking your tour,
Aida will be preparing your lunch using seasonal produce
from her very own organic garden. Be prepared for a
wonderful and satisfying meal.
Aida will welcome you to her lovely country home for an
authentic Peruvian lunch. Her husband is a well known
Peruvian artist and after lunch, we will have a special
opportunity to visit his private studio. We will also visit
their Andean organic garden where she will describe how she
prepares her indescribably delicious jams and jellies. In
the afternoon, we will drive through the Andes towards Cusco.
This evening you are free to make your own gastronomic
Day 7 - Exploring Cusco, the Navel of the World
Today we will start early with a walking tour through the
streets of Cusco, the oldest continuously inhabited city in
South America and capital of the Inca Empire, with a stop at
the central market. Here you will learn more about typical
Andean food products, hearing about all the different
variety of local vegetables, grains and meats, as well as
intriguing mysticism still active within this culture.
We will visit the Cathedral of Cusco, with its massive stone
pillars and elaborate religious works of art, including
frescoes and sculptures of the saints, and later Koricancha
(Temple of the Sun), which was the main religious center of
the Incas dedicated to the Sun cult with some of the most
impressive Inca stonework in the city. Atop the temple is
the Santo Domingo Convent, built by the Spanish
Conquistadors, with its elaborate carvings, paintings and
other Spanish colonial works of art. We will also continue
to visit more ancient wonders such as Sacsayhuaman, one of
the most formidable Inca constructions.
Lunch will be served at the MAP Cafe located on the patio of
the impressive Pre-Colombian Art Museum, MAP Café’s
Executive Chef has designed a great menu to delight your
taste buds. After lunch there will be a guided tour inside
the Museum. Now you have free time to explore before meeting
to enjoy dinner at a local favorite in the Plaza de Armas.
Day 8 - Pachamanca and Rural Community visit
The Pachamanca has been part of the Peruvian culture dating
back to pre-Hispanic times. The name comes from the ancient
language – Quechua. “PACHA” means EARTH and “MANCA” means
cooking port, which could be translated as “Earth Oven”
Widely used in during Inca times, the Pachamanca is
considered part of a ritual. More than just a method of
cooking, it is a celebration of fertility and life.
Pachamanca is buried under the ground and cooked over hot
stones for several hours. Cooking Pachamanca is a way of
rendering homage to Pachamama (Mother Earth).Products return
to the earth to be cooked and participants will receive it
from the earth and feast from it.
Today, we continue to the Chinchero district for a
historically ritualistic lunch known as Pachamanca at the
family owned country inn, La Casa de Barro. Chef Marita will
be delighted to show you this typical way of cooking in
direct connection with Mother Earth, and will be the top
helper of owners Antonio Zevallos and Luisa Diaz, whom will
welcome you to enjoy the sacred Pachamanca ritual feast. (Chinchero
is high up on a plateau, around 14,000 feet above sea level,
halfway between the Sacred Valley and Cusco)
Now the compassion component of our adventure begins. Full,
happy and blessed by the Pachamanca, we have planned a very
special experience in an authentic rural community where the
villagers still practice their ancient traditions, from the
art of weaving, farming, rituals and customs of old.
Surrounded by striking natural landscapes and the Apus
(mountain spirits) of a beautiful glacial lake, the village
is not a tourist stop but an authentic local community and
part of a non-profit sustainable projects that our tour
designer Nina Fogelman of Ancient Summit, Inc. is dedicated
Ancient Summit works side by side with the villagers so that
the community may go forth and prosper while maintaining the
integrity of their indigenous culture. You will not see tour
buses here; instead you will have an opportunity to observe
weaving techniques that are some of the oldest in the
Americas. (Please ask us about donations)
This afternoon we return to Cusco. This evening, we are
invited to a special cocktail event with light hors
d’oeuvres and great cocktails at a Hacienda Restaurant above
the city center with a spectacular view.
Day 9 - Flight from Cusco - Lima and Private Colonial
This morning we transfer to the Cusco Airport for your
flight to Lima. Upon arrival, we will proceed to lunch at
the charming Restaurant Senorio de Sulco, known for its
traditional Criollo Style meals, typical of Lima. In the
afternoon, during your private tour of Lima, you will visit
the Lima Cathedral, which is decorated with impressive
canvases from the Cusqueñian School and examples of colonial
We will continue to the main Plaza and the Convent of San
Francisco, a seventeenth century architectural complex which
includes a church, convent and square. The church facade,
painted with an image of the Immaculate Conception was
carved in stone and is characterized by Corinthian columns.
Its catacombs, a system of underground chambers, house the
skeletal remains of part of the population of colonial Lima.
After this we will visit some Residential Districts of Lima
to have an idea of how the locals - “Limenos” - live. Lonche
is a Peruvian tradition we will explain more in detail and
we will stop at the Rosa Nautica on the Pacific Ocean to
experience this Peruvian version of High Tea.
The end of the day finds us in Barranco which is considered
the Bohemian section of Lima. Get ready for singing and
dancing at a lively Peña experience as we prepare to say
“hasta luego” tomorrow.
Day 10 - Cooking Class in Lima & Return Flight
This morning we visit a special “Cevicheria” where you have
the opportunity to prepare and enjoy this famous Peruvian
dish. You are now free to embark on your last minute
shopping and enjoyment in the wonderful Miraflores area of
Lima. We will be ready to make suggestions if you have time
to dine at one of Lima’s world class restaurants before your
evening flight. We will transfer you to Lima Airport for
your international flight.
End Our Services.
All hotel and lodge accommodations based on double
All scheduled transportation.
All scheduled excursions with English-speaking guide
All entrance fees.
Meals as specified in the itinerary.
International Domestic airfares, airport departure
taxes or visa fees, excess baggage charges,
additional nights during the trip due to flight
cancellations, alcoholic beverages or bottled water,
snacks, insurance of any kind, laundry, phone calls,
radio calls or messages, reconfirmation of flights
and items of personal nature, domestic flight
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