Treasures of the Incas with Quito and Galapagos Islands Cruise (Summer 2018)
Additional Included Highlights
- Cusco: Sunday market in Chinchero, truly authentic and local
- Visit the Salt Pans of Maras and learn about the ancient economy of the Inca empire revolving around caring for terraced salt pools. Lake Titicaca: Stand on the floating islands of Uros and hear about the day to day struggle just to stay afloat on top of Lake Titicaca from family members who know no other way of life.
- Cusco: Dine at MAP, one of the city’s most prominent dining venues. This contemporary Peruvian haute cuisine restaurant offers an artistic dining experience, candlelit for a dazzling evening ambiance.
- Lima: Over a hot chocolate or authentic café pasado, learn the secrets and discover the unique flavour of Peruvian coffee with an expert barista.
- Macchu Picchu: Learn how to blend the perfect pisco sour.
- Quito: The innovative Restaurant Theatrum, located in the lively Theater Square, re-imagines Ecuadorian cuisine, blending ingredients and specialties from the country’s coastal, mountain and Amazon regions.
- Sacred Valley: Delight in a Pachamanca Feast prepared in an underground oven and served in an exquisite garden.
- Dining Summary: 17 Breakfasts (BB), 13 Lunches (L) and 14 Dinners (DW).
- Aguas Calientes: With a Local Expert, explore the cloud forest, visit a working tea plantation and an orchid farm.
- Cusco: With a Local Expert, practice your bartering skills at a local market. Enjoy a fun challenge of purchasing items from the market (with money and a list supplied by your Travelling Concierge) for the best prices possible. All purchases are later donated to local needy families.
- Lake Titicaca: Cruise the lake and learn about the lifestyle and customs of the local people, who bundle reeds from the lake to build floating platforms, houses and canoes.
- Lima: Experience the beautiful 'City of Kings' through the eyes of a Local Expert.
- Puno: Explore Sillustani to view the stone burial towers 'chullpas' that have dotted the shores since pre-Inca times.
- Quito: Explore the 500-year history of Quito with your private Luxury Gold Local Expert.
- Sacred Valley: Learn of the importance of ancient rituals to the people of the Sacred Valley as a local shaman performs a a centuries-old ritual just for you that expresses reverence to the Earth.
- The Galapagos Islands: Intimately explore this incredible UNESCO World Heritage Site of approximately 1,000 km and 20 islands of the world’s most unique ecosystems and biodiversity.
- Cusco: The JW Marriott El Convento is a meticulously restored 16th century convent, which uniquely blends historic grandeur and modern luxury in the heart of Cusco.
- Lake Titicaca: Enjoy the sunsets on the lake from the only five-star hotel region, the Libertador.
- Lima: Explore the very best of Peru's capital city at the JW Marriott Hotel Lima.
- Machu Picchu: With your Local Expert, spend a full day exploring the ancient Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, rediscovered by American historian Hiram Bingham in 1911 after being forgotten for centuries.
- Quito: In the heart of Independence Square, the luxurious Hotel Plaza Grande boasts impressive views of the Government Palace and Cathedral Church, with Panecillo Hill in the distance.
- Sacred Valley: Located in the heart of the Sacred Valley and built atop ancient Incan ruins, the Tambo Del Inka, A Luxury Collection Resort & Spa hotel providing tranquillity and comfort in a green and lush setting.
- Lima: Meet painter, sculptor and local legend, Víctor Delfín, best known for his monumental El Beso sculpture in Parque del Amore, Miraflores. Explore his oceanview workshop in the arts district and chat with Victor as he shares stories about his life.
- Cusco: Meet Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez, an expert in traditional weaving, to learn how the TreadRight Foundation is helping protect this ancient skill.
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