A splendid adventure that includes 2 of South America’s most luxurious train rides. Explore fascinating Inca ruins throughout the Cusco region including Machu Picchu, the Imperial city of Cusco and the Sacred Valley before traveling south to Lake Titicaca where time has stood still for hundreds of years. Featuring the finest in luxury hotels and services.
A highlight of this trip is the fully personalized tour of the Imperial City of Cuzco – the region’s capital. We will stroll through the famous local San Pedro market where a huge diversity of products are bartered and pass the 12 square stones at Inca Roca Palace along the ancient streets. We will also visit the juxtaposed Cathedral and Sun Temple and be privilaged to visit the Sacsayhuaman Temple, Tambomachay and Qenqo – truly significant and impresive sites. Perhaps, within Saqsayhuaman, our guide may even have a special surprise prepared….
Following, we will have a chance to visit the very unique ruin site of Ollantaytambo which is composed of many temples, precious pink granite stone and the famous Princess’ Bath. Exploring the fortress of Ollantaytambo- the last Living Incan Village- you will genuinely be walking in the past!
At Machu Picchu, our amazing tour guides will lead you exclusivly through the sacred ancient city, a real wonder,! You will learn about ceremonies, how people lived, and how they connected with the Pacha Mama (Mother Earth). Our local You will be privy to information passed down to our local guides that ensure a depiction of only the true events and use of thisd magical site. There will be plenty of time to explore and enjoy Machu Picchu discovering the wonders of the ancient city for yourself!
The Amazon jungle hides one of the most exciting legends about another ‘Lost City of the Incas’. After the Spanish invasion of Peru, the last Incan rulers escaped to a jungle city where they lived from 1536 to 1573. We will be making the unforgetable journey to this marvelous lost city named Vilcabamba. Spanish friar and chronicler, Fray Martin de Murúa, describes this place in his Historia General del Pirú (General History of Peru) as follows: “The climate is such that bees make honeycomb like those of Spain in the boards of the houses, and the maize is harvested three times a year. It is good agricultural land, and the water used to irrigate the land increases the harvest yield. Cocoa, sugar cane, manioc, batata (sweet potato) and cotton are abundant here. The town has a location half a league wide (the same as Cuzco) but covering a long distance in length. Here they raised parrots, hens, ducks, local rabbits, turkeys, pheasants, curassow, macaw and thousands of other birds with various bright feathers. guava, pecan, peanuts, papaya, pineapples, avocado and other fruit trees.”
The Colca Canyon is located in the Colca river valley in southern Peru and is famous for being the second deepest in the world. We will be visiting this extrodinary habitat of the giant Andean condor, which is observed from viewpoints such as the Cruz del Cóndor. The landscape of the canyon encompasses a green valley and traditional remote villages with terraced agriculture that preceded the Incas.
Pre-Inca Pukara, Tiawanaku and Collas all left a distingused mark on the southern landscape. Today, the region is a mixture of crumbling cathedrals, desolate altiplano, checkerboard fields all backed by rolling hills and towering Andean peaks. In this world, crops are still planted and harvested by hand. Campesinos (peasants) wear sandals from recycled truck tires, women work in petticoats and bowler hats, and their llamas are as tame as pets.
In Andean beliefs, Lake Titicaca is the birthplace of their god, the sun. In addition to this notability, it’s the largest lake in South America and the highest navigable body of water in the world. Days filled with banner blue skies contrast the bitterly cold nights. Captivatingly unique, the shimmering deep blue Lake Titicaca has been the longtime home of it’s highland cultures steeped in the ways of old.