Peru: A country of two halves
Day 1-4 Lima
The Peruvian capital has experienced something of a renaissance in recent years with a burgeoning foodie scene. The Spanish conqueror Francisco Pizarro founded the city in 1535, and today it contains a fascinating mix of historical and modern sights. Head to upscale Miraflores, San Isidro and arty Barranco for the best the city has to offer.
Transfers to Trujillo 10h48m
Day 5-7 Trujillo
Founded in 1534, Trujillo is an elegant city found in the north of Peru, the home of the marinera folk dance. Ruins around Trujillo include pre-Columbian Chan Chan, the oldest adobe city on earth, and Huaca de la Luna y Sol, ancient Mochica archaeological sites. Located in the basement of a local gas station, the Museo Cassinelli is also worth visiting for its collection of ceramics.
Transfers to Chiclayo 3h41m
Day 8-10 Chiclayo
Discover one of Peru’s liveliest cities with a visit to Chiclayo. Nearby you’ll be able to explore the capital of the Sicane culture, Tucume, and also the carob trees of the Pomac Forest Historic Sanctuary which can be visited on horseback.
Transfers to Cuzco 30h00m3h25m
Day 11-14 Cuzco
Enticing Cusco delights the visitor with its charming old city. Cobbled streets lined with Inca stonework lead to hillside neighbourhoods like arty San Blas, while at the heart of the action in the bustling Plaza de Armas the city’s cathedral squares up against the beautiful Jesuit church of La Compañía. Watching the action from its lofty position high above the city lies the well-preserved fortress of Sacsayhuaman.
Transfers to Sacred Valley 1h15m
Day 15-17 Sacred Valley
Once overlooked by travellers in a hurry to reach Machu Picchu, the towns of the Sacred Valley are now firmly established as tourist centres in their own right. The Incan storehouse that rises above the town of Ollantaytambo is without doubt one of the most impressive sights in the area, but you should also make time for the salt terraces of Maras, the characterful markets of Chinchero and Pisac and the amphitheatre of Moray, thought to be where the Incas experimented with new crops.
Transfers to Machu Picchu 3h43m