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A Sensory Immersion in the
Land of the Ancient Incas

A Sensory Immersion in the Land of the Ancient Incas

2 - 13 May 2023 (12D11N)

Destinations: Lima, Pisac, Sacred Valley, Ollantaytambo, Wiñaywayna, Machu Picchu, Sacsayhuaman, Cusco
Topics: Art, History, Culture, Railway Journey, Trekking and Cuisine

On this 12D11N journey of art, history & cuisine in Peru, discover, grow and invigorate yourself with immersive experiences, nourishing meals, and the beauty that art brings. Learn about the lives of the ancient Incas, their food, and the stunning architecture.

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Come As A Pair: US$11,580 per person

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from now until Jan 31, '23.

50% Deposit required to confirm your spot

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Solo: US$14,100 per person

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Key Experiences

Make the acquaintance of the personality with distinct passions

Being born into a family of farmers, potatoes have been a part of his life since he was young. No doubt, Manuel is a talented agricultural engineer. Learn from him about the vast variety of potatoes and other local ingredients that grow at high altitudes before enjoying  a curated gastronomic experience together.

Relish in the variety of influences and flavours in Peruvian cooking

Discover the early mornings markets selling their fresh produce. Enjoy first-rate pisco tastings, five-course gastronomic meals, farm-to-table lunch served by the 3rd generation owners and get lessons in making traditional Peruvian dishes.

Bear witness to a traditional ceremony to celebrate Mother Earth

A Pachamanca traditional ceremony that celebrates the Mother Earth, consisting of a culinary ritual with ancestral roots, ceremony of sounds and traditional offerings to Mother Earth. Sharing this experience is to revaluate the culture of one's own people.

Stand in awe of the historical site of Machu Picchu

Take in your first view of the iconic Machu Picchu after hiking through The Sun Gate. Let time pass by as you imagine what life would have been like at this Sacred Inca citadel. As you walk through the walls exploring its entirety from the main temples to the hidden corners and viewpoints.

Overview

Your 12D11N Peruvian voyage will launch from Lima, the vibrant capital city, where you’ll embark on foodie adventures and a private, curator-led walk through the most regarded art museum in Lima. Following a flight to Cusco, you’ll set out for the Sacred Valley, wandering the colourful Quechua market, lunching with locals and exploring the nearby ruins.

More Incan wonders await – along with a special, time-honoured Andean ceremony – at picturesque Ollantaytambo, from where you’ll board the scenic Vistadome train to a trailhead along the Inca Trail. As reward for a short but spectacular hike, you’ll arrive at one of the world’s most celebrated mountaintop wonders, the fabled and truly breath-taking ruins of Machu Picchu. Spending the night at the only hotel on-site, the tastefully appointed Sanctuary Lodge, you’ll explore the great citadel at leisure before embarking on the luxury Hiram Bingham train, a once-in-a-lifetime experience from which you’ll alight in historic and cosmopolitan Cusco.

South America’s cultural capital and its oldest surviving city, Cusco packs plenty of gems to admire, among them the mysterious stonework marvels of Sacsayhuamán. Enjoy classic Peruvian fare at the city’s finest venues and learn to appreciate pisco, Peru’s beloved brandy, before boarding a flight to return to Lima.

Who This Is For

This journey is great for individuals who are curious and drawn to Peru’s history, culture and incomparable cuisine.
Made for the once-in-a-lifetime journey seeker, who is in search for adventure and transformation to an unparalleled destination.

Detailed Itinerary

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Day 1, May 2
Arrival in Lima (400m)

Upon your arrival in Lima, you are met by our representative and transferred to your hotel located facing the ocean in Miraflores.

Meals not included
Accommodation: AC Hotel Lima Miraflores or similar

Day 2 , May 3
Lima (400m)

Visit the most iconic and picturesque markets in Lima.  Join our culinary expert, and try fruits from the coast, mountains and jungle. Enjoy a behind-the-scenes experience at a local restaurant where you will be able to learn to prepare classic Peruvian dishes such as Ceviche.

This evening enjoy a special welcome drink and dinner at a unique location where a restaurant/art gallery creates a coexistence between art and food.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: AC Hotel Lima Miraflores or similar

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Day 3, May 4
Lima / Sacred Valley (3,400m)

Our representative will meet the group at the hotel and transfer you to the airport for your flight to Cusco. Upon arrival in Cusco, be driven to the “Sacred Valley of the Incas”.  The varied and dramatic scenery of snow-capped mountains, flowering meadows, lush green hills and spectacular flora and fauna, make the Valley a prime adventure destination.

Stop to learn the ancient weaving techniques used to create Andean clothing and observe the local species of camelids. For lunch you will be welcomed by a third generation family of farmers for a delicious 7-course meal highlighting the freshest and locally sourced ingredients.  

Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch
Accommodation: Rio Sagrado, A Belmond Hotel or similar

Day 4, May 5
Sacred Valley (3,400m)

This morning, visit the town of Pisac and its market, originally a place where people from remote communities used to barter their products.

Immerse yourself into the heart of Andean culture, and discover its engaging and amazing people, while you share time with them and learn a little more about their customs and traditions. For lunch you will bear witness to a Pachamanca traditional Andean ceremony to celebrate the Mother Earth. A culinary ritual with ancestral roots that is still very much alive today in everyday Andean life.

Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch
Accommodation: Rio Sagrado, A Belmond Hotel or similar

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Day 5, May 6
Sacred Valley (3,400m)

A very special experience awaits you today. It is an invitation to pause and enjoy a change of pace; to see the world from another perspective. You will have a chance to meet our local personality Manuel Choqque a natural-born culinary wizard, placed in the Top 50 game changing producers in 2021.

Go foraging for local ingredients that grow above 3,000m rarely seen anywhere else in the world before sitting down for a curated 8 tasting plate gastronomic experience put together by our own personality.

Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch
Accommodation: Rio Sagrado, A Belmond Hotel or similar

Day 6, May 7
Sacred Valley (3,400m)

Visit Ollantaytambo, a still-thriving Inca village set below an ancient Inca fortress and temple with stunning views over the valley. Today you will be part of a very special ceremony of sound and traditional offerings to Mother Earth. One of the main purposes of sharing this experience is to revaluate and to radiate the culture of the Peruvian people and our own people.

Head back to your hotel for a special open air à-la-carte lunch at the terrace of El Huerto.

Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch
Accommodation: Rio Sagrado, A Belmond Hotel or similar

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Day 7, May 8
Sacred Valley / Machu Picchu (3,000m)

This morning be transferred to board the Vistadome train that will take you to km.104 on the Cusco – Machu Picchu railroad, the starting point of the hike. On the way up enjoy magnificent views and sites such as the archaeological complex of Wiñaywayna. Climb to Intipunku, or The Sun Gate, stop for lunch before taking in your first views of the iconic and sacred citadel of Machu Picchu.
 
Check into the Sanctuary Lodge, the only hotel located adjacent to the mystifying ancient Inca citadel. This Belmond property is the most luxurious and convenient way to experience Machu Picchu.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Sanctuary Lodge, A Belmond Hotel or similar

Day 8, May 9
Machu Picchu / Cusco (3,500m)

With exclusive early access to Machu Picchu this morning, enjoy your time visiting the Sacred Inca citadel, exploring its main temples and hidden corners. In the afternoon, you will have a second opportunity to visit Machu Picchu accompanied by your guide for further exploration of the Inca site.

Finally, proceed to Tinkuy restaurant for a special afternoon tea. Board the Hiram Bingham train to the Sacred Valley. Riding this gleaming blue and gold luxury train is reliving a 19th century novel journey. Enjoy welcoming aperitifs, dinner and an excellent selection of wine.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Palacio Del Inka, A Luxury Collection Hotel or similar

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Day 9, May 10
Cusco (3,500m)

Visit the Imperial City of Cusco, which as a living piece of history demonstrates a subtle blend of Spanish and Andean culture.

Visit Sacsayhuaman, which is the largest and most impressive of four archaeological ruins on the outskirts of Cusco. Built by the Incas, it served an important military function and was the site of a major battle with the Spanish in 1536.

Finally, enjoy a delicious picnic lunch specially prepared for you surrounded by the amazing views of the Andean mountains.

Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch
Accommodation: Palacio Del Inka, A Luxury Collection Hotel or similar

Day 10, May 11
Cusco (3,500m)

This morning head out to try the world famous Pisco. You’ll get an up close and personalized introduction to its history, diffusion, the process and how to best appreciate Peru’s national drink.

Lunch will be set against an unbeatable view over Cusco’s thriving central Plaza de Armas. The perfect place to enjoy a stunning cocktail based on exotic fruits of the Andes and the Amazon, or to taste a delicious combination of traditional and contemporary Peruvian and Japanese food. 

This evening enjoy a farewell 7-course dinner, where fine dining and culture are combined at an elegant location within the Pre-Columbian Art Museum.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Palacio Del Inka, A Luxury Collection Hotel or similar

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Day 11, May 12
Cusco / Lima (400m)

At a proper time, our representative will meet you at the hotel and provide transfer to the airport to board your flight to Lima. On arrival, we will provide a transfer to your hotel in Miraflores. In the afternoon, enjoy a tour of the “City of Kings”; drive to the Historical Center of Lima and the Plaza Mayor, where the Government Palace, City Hall, the Cathedral and the Archbishop's Palace are located.  

Finally as a special farewell you will be given access to Lima’s most regarded art museum. Glide through history through a curator’s eyes, and walk away truly knowing this unique destination that is Peru. You will round out your journey with a special toast in an exclusive salon.

Meals included: Breakfast
Accommodation: AC Hotel Lima Miraflores or similar

Day 12, May 13
Depart Lima (400m)

Transfer back to the Lima airport to board your international departure flight.

If you would like to consider extending your journey please do reach out to our travel designers.

Meals included: Breakfast
Accommodation: AC Hotel Lima Miraflores or similar
 

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Highlights

Be blown away by the best of Peruvian cuisine

Embark on memorable cooking and dining excursions in the company of local experts, and become convinced of the country’s remarkable array of culinary delights. Explore the dazzlingly colourful spreads of the morning fresh produce markets. Enjoy first-rate pisco tastings, a five-course, farm-to-table lunch served by the 3 generation owners and a gorgeous farewell dinner located in the elegant Pre-Columbian Art Museum.

Have Lima’s top art museum all to yourself

Get to know a distinguished local artist and his unique work. Receive after-hours access to the most exclusive art museum in Lima, not only that but seize this chance to see the art through the eyes of a museum curator on a private viewing through the ornate, 19th-century Exhibition Palace. You’ll be able to absorb the full sweep of Peruvian history – from pre-Columbian textiles and pottery to a wealth of 20th-century art.

Taste the Peruvian potato in all of its glory and in all of its forms

Meet with the indigenous communities of the Andes and learn the age-old tradition from a colourful personality known fondly as the “Mad potato scientist” and hailed as a 50 Next as a Game Changing Producer. This fourth-generation farmer and chef who has spent many years collecting hundreds of varieties of Andean tubers, will  lead you through an incredible fine dining experience 3,500m.a.s.l. in none other than the archaeological center of Moray.

Experience Peru’s abundance of ancient sites and alluring culture

Be moved by the ingenuity of Peru’s ancient builders, from the masterful masonry to the mountain-perched ruins of Sacsayhuamán, and from the terraced Incan greenhouse of Moray to the spectacular salt mines of Maras. Take part in a special Andean ceremony observed since well before the Spanish arrival, designed to evoke the spirit of healing.

Hike for matchless vistas of Machu Picchu, a world-class wonder

Tackle a moderate stretch of the mighty Inca Trail at its most arresting juncture, arriving to panoramic views over the lush vertical landscape that cradles Machu Picchu (“Old Mountain”) itself. Whether via the classic approach or the lesser-trafficked trails such as the Lares or the Sacred Valley, it’s most certainly an ascent to remember.

Go back in time on a sumptuous railway journey to the Sacred Valley

Board the famous blue-and-gold Hiram Bingham luxury train to reach Cusco in style. Visit the opulent dining car, sip pisco sours and enjoy a wide selection of wines, with local music and jaw-dropping panoramic views. Step out onto the open-air observation car to watch the sun dip behind the peaks, breathing in the fresh mountain air of this ancient, sacred landscape.

Sanctuary Lodge, A Belmond Hotel
Sanctuary Lodge, A Belmond Hotel
Sanctuary Lodge, A Belmond Hotel
Accommodation

Among the list of exclusive hotels featured along your route is the singular Sanctuary Lodge, perched right beside the continent’s most captivating location: Machu Picchu. The sole hotel to be blessed with such proximity, it successfully blends with its surrounds, affording its guests the privilege of exploring the mystifying site in silence– before the morning crowds. Savour the delights of Peru's most luxurious lodgings.

Lima: AC Hotel Lima Miraflores or similar
Sacred Valley: Rio Sagrado, A Belmond Hotel or similar
Machu Picchu: Sanctuary Lodge, A Belmond Hotel or similar
Cusco: Palacio del Inka, A Luxury Collection Hotel or similar

Personalities

Manuel Choqque

Manuel is an extremely talented and innovative agricultural engineer. He is originally from Huatata, a community located at 3,740min Chinchero, one of the districts in the Sacred Valley. He was born into a family of farmers and potatoes were his first toys as a kid, and part of his first memories as well, where he still remembers seeing his father work in the field.

Yasmin

Yasmin being 1 of 3 siblings is a third generation farming family, known for their giant white corn. Yasmin, a chef has curated a singular 7 course meal that showcases the best local and home grown produce all based on her late grandmother's treasured recipes.

Journey Price


Save US$200 when you secure your spot before 31 Jan 2023
50% Deposit required to confirm your spot

Come As A Pair: US$11,580 per person

Solo: US$14,100 per person

Inclusive of:
- Accommodation based on Single or Twin occupancy with private bath in the selected hotel or similar
- A dedicated BSE host to travel with the group and assist with any matter throughout the journey
- Private services including assistance in airports and transfers
- One way ticket on the Belmond Hiram Bingham Journey  
- Inca Trail pass  
- All guided excursions described in the itinerary with English-speaking guides
- All entrance fees for the included activities
- All specified meals (vegetarian option is available with no extra charge)  
- Luggage porterage at all airports  
- 24-hours journey support  
- Welcome amenities     

Kindly note that travel insurance, flights and additional costs resulting from flight routes are to be purchased and arranged separately. Get in touch with our consultants for advice and assistance on the arrangements. 

Recommended International Flight Details:
This is our recommended flight option if you’re travelling from Singapore. 
KLM
2 May 2023 (28hr flight time)
KL836 SIN - AMS
Layover in AMS for 1h55min
KL743 AMS - LIM

13 May 2023
(33hr flight time)
KL744 LIM - AMS
Layover in AMS for 8h
KL835 AMS - SIN

Recommended Domestic Flight Details:
LATAM Airlines
4 May 2023  
LA2023 LIM - CUZ
(09.50 – 11.13hs)

12 May 2023
LA2008 CUZ - LIM 
(10.20 – 11.40hs)

Frequently Asked Questions

How strenuous is the hiking in this journey?

You will have trekking support and the assistance of an expert English speaking professional and official trekking guide.

Total distance: 13 km (8,08 miles)
Estimated hiking time: 6-7 hours
Maximum altitude point: 2,650m (8,692 ft)
Difficulty: Moderate

Do I need a visa to travel to Peru?

Passport holders of 97 jurisdictions can visit Peru for tourism purposes without a visa for up to 183 days (per year). Currently Visas are not required by Singaporean, Australian, British, Canadian and US nationals as well as all other EU citizens travelling as tourists.  

Citizens of Paraguay, Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Bolivia, Colombia, and Chile are able to enter Peru with only their valid national identification document.  

Nationals not referred to above are advised to contact their embassy to check visa requirements.

Can you arrange an extension to other parts of Peru and the region?

Absolutely. We can extend your trip to cover other parts of Peru and the region before and/or after this group journey, subject to availability upon payment of deposit.  

Please refer to our example extensions below.

What does this insider journey not include?

Not inclusive of:
-
International air tickets
- Domestic Flights (Lima – Cusco – Lima)
- Excess baggage charges
- Additional nights during the trip due to flight cancellations
- Alcoholic beverages
- Travel Insurance  
- Laundry
- Phone calls, radio calls or messages
- Other items of personal nature
- Tips
- Extra expenses originated in itinerary changes or others due to force majeure or other circumstances beyond Blue Sky Escapes’ control

What are the terms and conditions for this insider journey?

a) A deposit of 50% payment is required to secure your spot on our Journey to Peru.
  i. Booking made within 45 days of arrival: 100% payment at the time of booking (non-refundable).
  ii. Booking made more than 45 days of arrival: 50% payment at the time of booking and balance 50% 90 - 100 days prior to arrival.

b) Cancellations are to be advised in writing, and will be assessed on a case by case basis.
  i. Cancellation 60 days or more prior to arrival: No cancellation/retention charge, subject to supplier policy and except for cancellation fee on air tickets/ train tickets or deposits made for Lodge.

  ii. Cancellation within 60 days of arrival: Retention of full payment levied as cancellation charge.  

c) We cannot give any allowance or refund for meals, activities, or other pre-paid services not taken during the journey. In the event of a no show in Lima, we reserve the right to retain the full amount paid.

d) We reserve the right to postpone the journey in the event a pre-requisite number of guests is not met or any other occurrences render the retreat impossible to run (e.g.,COVID-related restrictions imposed by the Singapore government or foreign government). If postponed, guests will have one week’s notice to cancel after which claims for a refund will no longer apply.

e) If a refund amount is to be processed, it will be refunded less any applicable credit card or bank transfer fees charged by third party payment processors.

f) We reserve the right to make the necessary amendments to the journey, including but not limited to the journey, accommodation, schedule and other details, where we deem fit to comply with the prevailing Singapore and relevant foreign government regulations.

g) All guests must take out comprehensive travel insurance covering them for personal effects, personal accident, medical and emergency travel expenses, cancellation and curtailment.

h) Blue Sky Escapes can reserve seats on flights with a deposit or full payment. Please note that airfares may increase between time of booking, time of payment and the ticket being issued. Any costs incurred due to amendments will be borne by the traveller.

i) Blue Sky Escapes cannot be held responsible should airlines discontinue flights on certain routings or change scheduled timetables, resulting in missed connections etc. Should an amendment in a routing or itinerary be necessary we will re-quote you accordingly

j) Dietary Requirements: All dietary requirements can be catered for. When making your reservation, please advise us of any specific dietary requirements that you may have and these will be communicated through to the respective establishment.  

k) Gratuities: Tipping is at your discretion. However management of the establishment will be able to assist with.

l) Prices are subject to change as per change in Government / Hotel / Airline policy without prior notice.

m) We are proud to be a conscious company in which sustainable travel is central to our philosophy and values; from taking care of our travellers, staff, guides, families and suppliers, to being respectful to the local people we meet, and preserving the pristine environments we travel through. Each journey we craft takes into account all of these components. To mitigate any impact of the carbon footprint we leave behind, we work with One Tree Planted to plant a tree for every traveller we send on a journey.

Extension Options

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Journey to the Amazon
May 13 - 16

Day 1 - Transfer to the airport to take a flight to Iquitos.  Upon arrival, transfer to Nauta to board Aqua Nera.
Day 2 and 3 - Enjoy the immersive activities included in your cruise. 
Day 4 - Disembark and transfer back to Iquitos airport to take a flight to Lima.  Upon arrival, assistance to connect with their international departure flight.

Solo*: US$6,000 per person
Come as a Pair: US$4,825 per person  

*Minimum 2 required to sign up

Unwind by Lake Titicaca
May 12 - 15

 Day 1 - Transfer to Wanchaq station to take the Titicaca Train first class service to Puno with lunch on board.  Upon arrival, transfer to Titilaka. 
Day 2 and 3 - Activities included in the hotel.  Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 4 - Transfer to Juliaca airport to take a flight to Lima. Upon arrival, assistance to connect with their international departure flight. Breakfast included.

Solo*: US$3,720 per person
Come as a Pair: US$2,980 per person  

*Minimum 2 required to sign up

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Flight of the Condor at Colca
May 12 -15

Day 1 - Transfer to the airport to take a flight to Arequipa.  Upon arrival, transfer to Cirqa.  Afternoon Arequipa city tour and Santa Catalina convent. 
Day 2 - Departure to Colca with stops en route.  Upon arrival, lunch at a local restaurant.  Overnight at Colca Lodge.
Day 3 - Morning Condor’s Cross visit and towns of the valley.  After lunch at the hotel, departure back to Arequipa.  Overnight at Cirqa. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 4 - Transfer to the airport to take a flight to Lima.  Upon arrival, assistance to connect with their international departure flight. Breakfast included.

Solo*: US$2,225 per person
Come as a Pair: US$1,385 per person  

*Minimum 2 required to sign up


For more information on extension possibilities, please contact our travel designers at

ask@blueskyescapes.co.