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Peru Itinerary

NOTE:   This Itinerary is subject to change should hotel availability, road access, flight cancellation, or other situations beyond our control arise.  Our promise to provide our guests with the best possible experience, and looking after your interests and safety is always the determining factor for any changes which may occur. We work very closely with our ground agents to ensure the best possible experience for you.

Day 1, March 8, 2016

Arriving in Lima, you will be met by our private driver and guide and transferred to our hotel for an overnight (most international flights from USA/Canada arrive in the evening, but if your flight arrives early a representative will meet you for the transfer to the hotel).   Let us know when you prefer to arrive and we will make all arrangements for you through our ground agents in Peru.

Day 2, March 9, 2016

A morning city tour of Lima, including the Convent of Saint Francis, one of the most important architectural constructions of the 17th century. This complex has a small square, the convent, and church. Its cloisters have beautiful tiles and one can visit the catacombs which are more than 300 years old.  Later we visit the three of the most important colonial sites: the Plaza Mayor, Plaza San Martin, and Palacio de Gobierno.

Day 3, March 10, 2016

Following breakfast at our hotel we transfer to the airport for our flight from Lima to Cusco.  On arrival we will  transferred directly to our hotel in Ollantaytambo, where we will drop off our large bags and continue with just our overnight bags for our Machupicchu adventure.  Our train from Ollantaytambo winds its way through the picturesque Sacred Valley to Aguas Calientes (Machupicchu Pueblo).  On our arrival we take a quick walk to our hotel for check-in, followed by some free time to explore the little town of Aguas Calientes and an early happy hour and dinner at one of the many nearby restaurants. ( B/L )

Day 4, March 11, 2016

The benefit of arriving in Agua Calientes the day before is that we all get to wake up nice and early for the Sunrise tour of Machu Picchu, one of the most intriguing destinations on the planet.  Soaring 8,000 feet above sea level and nestled on a small hilltop in the Andean Mountain Range, the majestic ancient Inca City of Machu Picchu and is the crowning jewel of Peruvian Archaeology and the “Dwelling Place of the Gods” in the Inca Quechua language  (If you are interested, there is a hike available up Huayna Picchu mountain — permits are limited, and so must be booked ahead. This portion is  a steep walk up of around 1 hour, and from the top you get a bird’s-eye view of the ruins).  We then return to Ollantaytambo on the train.  Lunch at the 5-star Sanctuary Lodge Hotel  is included today. ( B/L) 

Day 5, March 12, 2016

A lazy morning in Ollantaytambo, followed by our first encaustic art class with plenty of time to work on projects.  A casual walking tour is planned with a visit to a local artist’s studio.  Following dinner students may wish to spend more time working on their projects or relaxing at our hotel. (B)

Day 6, March  13, 2016

Following breakfast we will retreat to the creativity of our art studio for another art class with Shary .  The afternoon is a free time to explore, continue in our studio, or go for an optional afternoon tour to see some of the local nearby ruins.

Day 7, March  14, 2016

 Following breakfast we make our way to the little town of Maras, which is the gateway to the circular terraces of Moray, commonly referred to as the “Inca Greenhouse” due to the fact that it is believed these terraces were used to experiment with growing crops at various levels of altitude.  From here we visit the ancient saltworks of Salineras, where salt is still being farmed using the age-old techniques.  We stop in Urubamba for lunch and then continue to Ollantaytambo and back to our Hotel.  Lunch is included today.

Day 8, March  15, 2016

Following breakfast we will retreat to the creativity of our art studio for another art class with Shary.  The afternoon is a free time to explore, work on your projects, or continue for a sketching tour of Ollantaytambo.

Day 9, March 16, 2016

Following breakfast we will retreat to the creativity of our art studio for another art class with Shary.  The afternoon is a free time to explore, work on your projects, or continue for a sketching tour of Ollantaytambo.  

Day 10, March 17, 2016

We will be collected from our hotel for a private transfer and tour back to Cusco. Along the way we stop at the market town of Chincheros to visit the colonial church and the old market. We will also visit a weaving centre before continuing on our way back to Cusco.

Day 11, March 18, 2016

Following breakfast we’ll take a morning walking tour of Cusco, visiting the San Blas district, the main Plaza de Armas, Plaza San Francisco, Plaza Rejocito, and the traditional food market of San Pedro! After our tour we will have some free time to explore and wander the streets of Cusco, meeting back at our Hotel Casa Andina for happy hour.  

Day 12, March 19, 2016

Free Day!  Wander, shop, paint, eat, explore. . .  and enjoy your last day of our amazing Peruvian tour!

Day 13, March 20, 2016

We catch our early morning flight home, unless perhaps you want to extend your stay in Lima — talk to us about arranging an extension tour to Lake Titicaca, Araquipa, or into the Amazon for a jungle tour.

 

 

sacred valley

 

 

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