Peru experiences two very distinct seasons, wet and dry - terms that are more relevant than "summer" and "winter." Peru's high season for travel coincides with the driest months: May through September, with the most visitors in July and August. May and September are particularly fine months to visit much of Peru.
Peru is in the same zone as U.S. EST (GMT -5 hours).
Nuevo Sol (S/), divided in 100 cents. Coins come in 5,10,20 and 50 cents. Banknotes are in denominations of 10 20 50 100 and 200. US dollars are welcome at most shops, restaurant and services stations at the current exchange rate.
Day 1: Lima, Peru
Welcome to Peru! Upon arrival in Lima, proceed through Immigration and Customs. After claiming your luggage, exit the Customs Hall where a representative from Big Five will be waiting to meet you and assist you in getting to your car for the transfer to your hotel, about a 30-minute drive. The cosmopolitan and unique Country Club Lima Hotel is part of the city’s historic past. This icon preserves its unique stories and legends while continuing to transform itself through celebrities’ visits and countless social meetings. Country Club Lima Hotel – Gran Clase Room
For the fun of it! Today your kids will learn something new – to dance La Marinera. This northern Peru dance shows blends the different cultures in the country and has gained a lot of recognition as one of the most popular traditional Peruvian dances. Kids have tons of fun as they learn from other kids as well as professional, national champions of La Marinera – how to perform this national folk dance. At the end of the class each receives a diploma. The remainder of the day is free to use as you wish such as sure to relax by the pool, unwind with a massage in the spa or workout at the gym. The hotel also offers free bicycles for you can take a spin round the grounds. Country Club Lima Hotel – Gran Clase Room (B)
Day 3: Lima / Cusco / Sacred (Urubamba) Valley
Today you board your flight to Cusco. You are greeted at the airport and driven into Sacred Valley, called Urubamba by the Incans. Visit the charming Museo Vivo Yucay and learn a bit about shepherding llamas and feed them. They learn how wool is spun and colored. The little museum also has striking dioramas that help you understand something of the community. Check in to your hotel where you will enjoy a delicious lunch as you watch the famous Peruvian horses perform at Wayra Restaurant. Please, use the afternoon at leisure to acclimate to the altitude. Sol y Luna Hotel Boutique – Casita Superior (B,L)
Day4: Sacred Valley / Machu Picchu / Cusco
The day is at leisure to rest and acclimate to the altitude. Sol y Luna Hotel Boutique – Casita Superior (B)
Day 5: Sacred Valley
This morning you will be picked up at your hotel to set out on an excellent adventure. You will climb a 300-meter/984-foot rock face on a via ferrata along a path used to add safety to the climb. This gives a person one with little or no climbing experience the opportunity to move through spectacular mountain scenery using minimal equipment. The climber is securely tied to a steel cable that runs through the entire route. Metal ladders, bridges, and similar facilities are used to maintain the physical difficulty of climbing with a beginner’s skill. It provides access to very high and extreme vertical sections of a mountain, that would normally only be accessible to experienced rock climbers. Without exception, via ferrata climbers are always be accompanied by a guide.
Certified CE Equipment provided: a standard climbing harness, helmet, gloves, and a via ferrata lanyard, (double system with strength dissipater especially designed for via ferrata climbers).
The equipment used allows you to remain tied to a “life line”, in this instance a steel cable. Through the via ferrata lanyard, you climb up securing yourself with carabineers. All guides are certified mountain guides trained in vertical rescue and ropes.
Once you reach the top, you savor a thrilling zipline down into the Sacred Valley. The zipline has six lines or cables, from 100 to 500 meters, for a total of 2,000 meters. You will walk 35-minutes to the first line. All lines are equipped with a via ferrata system that provides maximum security and confidence to all adventurous people. No experience required. Minimum age: six years old. Return to your hotel. Sol y Luna Hotel Boutique – Casita Superior (B,L) Box Lunch included.
Day 6: Sacred Valley / Machu Picchu / Cusco
Transfer to Ollantaytambo Station to board your Vistadome train for the journey to Aguas Calientes, traveling through some stunning Andean mountain scenery and dramatic valleys.
On arrival in Machu Picchu, you transfer by small buses to the entrance of the ruins. Machu Picchu rises to an altitude of 2,408 meters/7,900 ft. above sea level between the Huayna Picchu (young peak) and Machu Picchu (old peak). It lies within the spectacular framework provided by the exuberant vegetation of nearby jungle and the rugged landscape. The ruins are situated on the eastern slope of Machu Picchu in two different areas: the agricultural and the urban. The latter includes the civil sector (dwellings, canalizations), and the sacred sector (temples, mausoleums, squares, royal houses). Although constructions show different levels of architecture, religious buildings exhibit a high degree of perfection. The construction was with general use of stone, and the roofs were built of tree trunks and thatched with ichu straw. The walls were made with an inward inclination for protection against earthquakes.
Enjoy a delicious lunch at Belmond Sanctuary Lodge Restaurant before heading back to Aguas Calientes Town where you will have the chance to teach and learn the language. We will have a simple booth with a sign saying We Teach English Words In Exchange Of Learning Spanish Words. We will also have a person that will encourage people to approach the booth and break the ice. Each participant will get a pin for them at the end. Later in the afternoon, you shall take the train to back to Cusco where you are met on arrival and transferred to your hotel. Belmond Hotel Monasterio del Cusco – Superior Room (B,L)
Day 7: Cusco
This morning, you will have an amazing experience, you will have the opportunity of helping someone painting his/her front house. We will provide painter’s apron to each of you and you will have fun helping people. After the work is done, go for ice cream at Qucharitas artisanal ice cream store and then, you will enjoy a nutritive box lunch. Belmond Hotel Monasterio del Cusco – Superior Room (B,L) Box Lunch included.
Day 8: Cusco / Depart
This morning, you visit Cusco’s colorful and busy San Pedro Market with one of the hotel’s chefs, who shows you some of the many unique Peruvian foods and ingredients, many of which you have never seen before. Touch, smell and taste these exotic fruits and vegetables. San Pedro Market has foods from the Peruvian coast, jungle and Andes mountains. It offers a glimpse into the culture. Meat, fruit and vegetables, chocolate, grains, cheese, bread, spices, nuts and dried fruits and several varieties of Peruvian potato are spread out before you. You may also see some stalls selling typical Peruvian handcrafts, alpaca ponchos, jumpers and hats as well as medicinal San Pedro cactus. Later, you head to the airport to board your flight to Lima and connect to your flight home. (B)
Land only, double occupancy: From $600 per person per day. Minimum four people.