In commemoration of Yampu Tours’ benchmark year of operation, our travel experts are very excited to offer Yampu’s 20th Anniversary Special: A Quick Peru Getaway!
Our Quick Peru Getaway has been carefully designed to help you acclimate to the high altitude of Cusco to thoroughly enjoy your Peru experience without the risk of altitude sickness. Immediately upon arrival in Cusco you will be escorted to your accommodations to rest and adjust to the high altitude, followed by a fully private tour of Cusco.
Yampu knows that no Peruvian exploration is complete without a visit to the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu and will make sure it will be a visit to remember with an enjoyable train ride, lunch overlooking the citadel at the famous Sanctuary Lodge and an overnight near the ruins.
After returning to Cusco, venture to the capital of Peru for a privately guided tour of Lima and the newly renovated Larco Herrera Museum. Known for its invaluable collection of Peruvian history and exquisite grounds, the Larco Museum is the perfect place to end your Peruvian experience with complimentary cocktails overlooking the gardens.
Home - Peru
Overnight flight to Lima.
Lima - Cusco
Upon arrival, be met by staff to assist with a connecting flight to Cusco. Upon arrival in Cusco, be greeted and transferred to the hotel. Afternoon at leisure to acclimate. Cusco’s elevation is approximately 3,400 meters (11,200 feet), so it is highly recommended to rest upon arrival for a few hours and taking in some coca tea.
This morning, enjoy a private walking tour of Cusco and visit the Korikancha Temple, or Temple of the Sun, and the Cathedral and its Art Museum. During this private tour today there will be the option to visit the Casa Concha museum or the San Pedro Market.
The Casa Concha museum was recently renovated and houses over 360 archaeological pieces from Machu Picchu, recently returned by Yale University.
San Pedro Market is a lively, local market where one will receive a briefing about the local Andean ingredients and have an opportunity to purchase them. This market visit is a great opportunity to interact with the locals either selling or purchasing items from the market.
This afternoon there will be time for lunch before continuing to the nearby water shrine of Tambomachay (the Inca Fountains), Puca Pucara (the Red Fortress), the amphitheater of Kenko and finally the Sacsayhuaman Fortress. This afternoon, return to the hotel for an evening at leisure.
Early morning transfer to the train station. The train will head through the Sacred Valley of the Incas up to the town of Aguas Calientes. From here, board a bus to Machu Picchu and then have a guided tour of the ruins. Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas, was a flourishing ceremonial and agricultural site, probably the gateway to the jungle marshes of the Inca Empire.
The central buildings were erected with the polished stone works of the Cusco Imperial style, though the site was probably occupied well before the Incas started their expansion. It was associated with the earth cult revolving around the coca leaf, which was a privilege of the Inca royal family and priests. Enjoy lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge, at the entrance of the ruins, before returning to the hotel at leisure.
In the evening, enjoy a wonderful dinner at the hotel or in the town of Aguas Calientes.
Day of Leisure
Day at leisure. One may choose to return to Machu Picchu, hike Huayna Picchu or relax in the village of Aguas Calientes and its hot springs. In the afternoon, board the train to return to Cusco. Upon arrival, train station reception and transfer to the hotel.
Cusco - Lima
This morning be met at the hotel in Cusco and transferred to the airport for a flight to Lima. Upon arrival in Lima, be greeted and transferred to the hotel.
In the afternoon enjoy a private city tour of Lima—one of the most important cities in South America since its founding in 1535. Journey through the historic center of the city, admire the beauty of San Martin and Major squares, the Cathedral, the Government Palace, and visit San Francisco Convent, a religious building from the late 16th century, and its catacombs. This tour also includes a drive through the residential districts of San Isidro and Miraflores. Please note the Cathedral is open daily except on Sundays.
During the tour, visit the Museo Larco. Founded in 1926 the Museo Larco chronologically showcases the past 3,000 years of Peruvian history and culture including its pre-Colombian history. The museum is located in a beautiful 18th century vice-royal mansion built atop a 7th century pre-Colombian tomb. After exploring the Museo Larco enjoy a complimentary cocktail and appetizer at the onsite Larco Cafe overlooking the beautiful, surrounding gardens.
Flight Back Home
Transfer to the airport to take the flight back home, or overlap with the add-on of choice.