Peru & Chile's Ancient Civilizations: Your Way
You will start by experiencing Lima, with its charming mix of Spanish Colonial and 19th century European architecture, and Cusco, with its extravagant churches and palaces. You will have the opportunity to stay right in Machu Picchu, and experience this wonder before the other tourists arrive. In the Sacred Valley of the Incas, you will be amazed by the ingenious stonework, cobbled streets, and extensive communal water system that has survived to this day. Onward to Chile, your first stop will be in its capital of Santiago, where you will explore its beaches, take in the views of the Andes, and visit its historic city centre. You will finish your adventure in the Chilean Lake District, where you can stare into the deep-blue waters and gaze the snow-capped volcanoes in this magical area.
Sample Itinerary at a Glance
Day 2: Tour Lima, including a visit to one of the city's excellent Gold Museums
Day 3: Fly to Cusco and spend the afternoon acclimatizing to the altitude
Day 4: Take a walking tour of Cusco and be surprised by the Inca walls and extravagant colonial churches and palaces
Day 5: Train to Machu Picchu
Day 6: Awake early to explore the ruins before other visitors and hike up Hauyna Picchu
Day 7: Train to the "Sacred Valley of the Incas", and marvel at the canchas, enclosures of multi-family living quarters
Day 8: Fly to Cusco - Lima - Santiago, one of the most beautifully-set cities in South America
Day 9: Excursion to the coast at Vina del Mar and relax on the beaches
Day 10: Visit Santiago's historic and civil centre and visit the museum of pre-Colombian art Day 11: Fly to Puerto Montt and continue to Puerto Varas, a beautiful spot in the lake district
Day 12: Visit the spectacular site of Petrohue on Lago Todos
Day 13: Explore Los Santos located at the base of the Orsono Volcano
Day 14: Depart Puerto Montt
"My first glimpse of Machu Picchu left me spellbound."