Peru – The Glorious Land of Machu Picchu
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Peru, officially the Republic of Peru is a country in western South America. It is bordered in the north by Ecuador and Colombia, in the east by Brazil, in the southeast by Bolivia, in the south by Chile, and in the south and west by the Pacific Ocean. Peru is a megadiverse country with habitats ranging from the arid plains of the Pacific coastal region in the west to the peaks of the Andes mountains extending from the north to the southeast of the country to the tropical Amazon basin rainforest in the east with the Amazon River. Peru has a population of over 32 million, and its capital and largest city is Lima. At 1,285,216 square kilometers (496,225 square miles), Peru is the 19th largest country in the world, and the third largest in South America.
Because of its varied geography and climate, Peru has a high biodiversity with 21,462 species of plants and animals reported as of 2003, 5,855 of them endemic, and is one of the megadiverse countries.
Peruvian culture is primarily rooted in Iberian and Andean traditions, though it has also been influenced by various European, Asian, and African ethnic groups. Peruvian artistic traditions date back to the elaborate pottery, textiles, jewelry, and sculpture of Pre-Inca cultures. The Incas maintained these crafts and made architectural achievements including the construction of Machu Picchu. Baroque dominated colonial art, though modified by Native traditions.
During this period, most art focused on religious subjects; the numerous churches of the era and the paintings of the Cusco School are representative. Arts stagnated after independence until the emergence of Indigenous in the early 20th century. Since the 1950s, Peruvian art has been eclectic and shaped by both foreign and local art currents.
Peruvian art has its origin in the Andean civilizations. These civilizations arose in the territory of modern Peru before the arrival of the Spanish. Peruvian art incorporated European elements after the Spanish conquest and continued to evolve throughout the centuries up to the modern day.
Peruvian cuisine reflects local practices and ingredients – including influences from the Indigenous population including the Inca and cuisines brought in with colonizers and immigrants. Without the familiar ingredients from their home countries, immigrants modified their traditional cuisines by using ingredients available in Peru. The four traditional staples of Peruvian cuisine are corn, potatoes and other tubers, Amaranthaceaes (quinoa, kañiwa and kiwicha) and legumes (beans and lupins). Staples brought by the Spanish include rice, wheat, and meats (beef, pork, and chicken). Many traditional foods – such as quinoa, kiwicha, chili peppers, and several roots and tubers have increased in popularity in recent decades, reflecting a revival of interest in Native Peruvian foods and culinary techniques. It is also common to see traditional cuisines being served with a modern flair in towns like Cusco, where tourists come to visit. Chef Gaston Acurio has become well known for raising awareness of local ingredients.
Peruvian literature is rooted in the oral traditions of pre-Columbian civilizations. Spaniards introduced writing in the 16th century; colonial literary expression included chronicles and religious literature. After independence, Costumbrism and Romanticism became the most common literary genres, as exemplified in the works of Ricardo Palma. The early 20th century’s Indigenismo movement was led by such writers as Ciro Alegría and José María Arguedas. César Vallejo wrote modernist and often politically engaged verse. Modern Peruvian literature is recognized thanks to authors such as Nobel laureate Mario Vargas Llosa, a leading member of the Latin American Boom.
This “TVS Exclusive” tour is carefully crafted to suit the needs of explorers who wish to enjoy as much as possible. Itinerary covers Lima, Sacred Valley, Aguas Calientes and Cusco offering seemingly the best combination of the most scenic areas of Peru.
Tour Duration8 Nights / 9 Days
Best SeasonMay to October
Cities CoveredLima, Sacred Valley, Aguas Calientes, Cusco
Tour CategoryTVS Exclusive
DAY 01: ARRIVAL IN LIMA & VISIT MAGIC WATER CIRCUIT - ENJOY FOLKLORIC SHOW
DAY 02: LIMA - BOAT RIDE TO SCENIC PALOMINO ISLANDS – VISIT CALLAO MONUMENT
DAY 03: LIMA - CUSCO - SACRED VALLEY
DAY 04: VISIT TO MARAS – MORAY - TOWN OF OLLANTAYTAMBO
DAY 05: VISIT SACRED VALLEY
DAY 06: EXPERIENCE SCENIC TRAIN RIDE - VISIT MACHU PICCHU – CENTURIES OLD LOST CITY OF THE INCAS
DAY 07: AGUAS CALIENTES – CUSCO & VISIT TO CUSCO PLANETARIUM
DAY 08: EXPLORE CUSCO – CITY TOUR – EXPERIENCE CHOCOLATE PREPARATION WORKSHOP
DAY 09: DEPARTURE FROM CUSCO
- 2 Nights' Accommodation at Lima
- 3 Nights' Accommodation at Sacred Valley
- 1 Night Accommodation at Agua Calientes
- 2 Nights' Accommodation at Cusco
- Visit Magic Water Circuit of the Lima city
- Enjoy a Lively Dinner with Folkloric Show at Lima
- Boat Ride to scenic Palomino Islands
- Visit town of Ollanta Tambo – sights of Andes Mountains, Inca urban planning.
- Take Scenic Train Ride from Ollanta Station to Aguas Calientes Station (2 Hours)
- Visit Machu Picchu – Guided tour of the centuries old Lost City of the Incas
- Cusco Planetarium Visit - to understand the connection of the Incas with the stars.
- Cusco City Tour - capital of the Inca Empire
- Cusco hills – for panoramic view of the entire city. Visit Sacsayhuaman Fortress
- Chocolate preparation workshop – tour of the origin and production.
- Visit Callao Monumental – an art project with art galleries & bohemian restaurants.
- Visit Awanakancha ('The palace of the cloth') an exhibition of textiles at Cusco city!
- Watch closely & interact with South American (animal) Camelids
- Visit Sacred Valley – Moray archaeological site, puzzling concentric circular terraces.
- Visit the Maras, where the salt lagoons create a stunning – 1000’s of small ponds.
- International & Domestic Airfare
- VISA Fee
- Medical Insurance
- 5% GST
- 5% TCS / 20% TCS based on Government Regulatory
- Transportation wherever not mentioned.
- Meals that are not included in the itinerary.
- Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks
- Any expenses of personal nature - Laundry & Telephone calls, Beverages, etc.
- Tipping to Guides and Drivers
- Porter Service at the airport and hotel
- Anything not mentioned in above in Inclusions & itinerary.