Journey through the Andes (ISN)

12 Day Package from Lima to Lima

Did you know Peru has a national quidditch team—at least according to Harry Potter fans? Monograms has not included a fantasy quidditch game on this vacation, but we have included the must-see attractions you’d expect to see in Peru...and we’ve made it easy for you by handling all the details! On this 12-day vacation, we’ve arranged your hotel reservations, sightseeing, daily breakfast (plus three lunches and one dinner), and transportation. You’ll also have the services of a one-of-a-kind feature, the Monograms Local Host®, who is there for you in each city to give you insider knowledge, answer questions, translate for you if needed, and help make sure your vacation runs smoothly.

Your vacation begins the moment you arrive, as we can whisk from the airport to your selected hotel. Your Local Host will greet you with a warm welcome and materials to help you get settled and personalize your vacation. The next morning, after your included breakfast, we’ll pick you up from your hotel for guided sightseeing with a local expert. Hear insider stories and see the must-see attractions, such as San Francisco Monastery and Plaza de Armas. Peru has become renowned as a gastronomic destination so be sure to ask your Local Host for the best place to grab some local specialties.

The next day, we’ve arranged your transportation to Ica, where you’ll enjoy a flight over the Nazca Lines. Here, you’ll wonder why the ancient Nazca people, who thrived here from 200 BC to 500 AD, created illustrations that could only be seen from the air. It’s a puzzle that has kept archaeologists speculating ever since they were discovered. Next, you’ll cruise to the Ballestas Islands, inhabited by a wide variety of sea mammals and exotic birds, including Humbolt penguins.

We’ve also arranged your sightseeing of ancient Inca ruins. In the Sacred Valley, visit the Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo, where you’ll see some of the finest examples of Inca masonry and town planning. In Cusco, visit the semi-circular Kenko Amphitheater and the Temple of Sacsayhuaman, built in the early 12th century with some stones weighing more than 350 tons. Of course, no trip to Peru is complete without a visit to Machu Picchu, the most famous Inca fortress set in a majestic setting. You’ll take the train to Machu Picchu, have a guided tour with a local expert, and stay overnight. In the morning, you’ll have the chance to wake up early and see the sunrise over Machu Picchu—a spectacular sight indeed!

Next, you are on your way to the town of Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca, South America’s largest lake. You’ll enjoy a cruise to Taquile Island, known for its handcrafted textiles, and Uros Islands, made completely of reeds, which are continually added to by the Uros Indians who live there.

On this vacation, you’ll be taking buses, trains, planes, and automobiles. You’ll be visiting many ancient sights, small towns, and markets. But don’t worry...we’ve arranged it all for you and handled all the details. Add the time savings and organization hassles, and you’ve got yourself a vacation of a lifetime!


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Always Included:

Your Choice of Hotels

We've carefully screened and selected the right hotels in the heart of the destination and you can choose your accommodations to match your style and budget.

Local Host

In Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu & Puno

Meals Included

Buffet breakfast daily; 3 lunches; 1 three-course dinner

Sightseeing & Activities

Sightseeing with a Local Guide, inside visits, and special features are shown in UPPERCASE

Baggage Handling

Monograms has taken care of porterage at your hotel, so feel free to let the bellman help get your luggage to your room with no tipping required.

Day-By-Day 2018 / 2019

FEATURED HIGHLIGHT

This vacation package to Peru includes the must-see Inca and Peruvian attractions. To personalize your Peru experience even more, choose from the nine trip extensions, including an Amazon adventure or a Galápagos Islands cruise.

DAY
1
ARRIVE IN LIMA, PERU

Arrive in Lima, where you will be met by your Local Host.

DAY
2
LIMA

Your included city TOUR focuses on Lima’s rich colonial history as well as the modern city. Lima was the bastion of Spanish South America from its founding in 1535 until the independence of the South American republics in the early 19th century. See the Cathedral, where the remains of Francisco Pizarro are sealed in a wooden coffin and San Francisco MONASTERY with its eerie burial crypts.

Breakfast Breakfast

DAY
3
LIMA–PARACAS–NAZCA LINES

Enjoy a scenic drive south along the Pan-American Highway to the town of Ica. Have your camera handy today as you board your aircraft for a FLIGHT over the Nazca plains, which can only be appreciated by air. Your pilot will point out the mysterious markings known as the Nazca Lines, a series of drawings of animals and geometric figures etched into the parched soil—some up to 1,000 feet long! Theories vary, but the most accepted belongs to German mathematician Maria Reiche, who dubbed the land the “astronomical calendar” of the ancient Peruvians.

Breakfast Breakfast

DAY
4
PARACAS–BALLESTAS ISLANDS–LIMA

Head north to the Bay of Paracas. CRUISE out to the Ballestas Islands, which are inhabited by a wide variety of sea mammals and exotic birds, including boobies, sea lions, and Humboldt penguins. The huge Candelabro, an unexplained candelabra-shaped etching on the Paracas cliffside, can also be seen as you cruise back to shore. Later, return to Lima.

Breakfast Breakfast

DAY
5
LIMA–CUSCO

Fly to Cusco, high in the Andes. Your guided TOUR of Cusco visits the Plaza de Armas and its CATHEDRAL and the Santo Domingo MONASTERY, previously the Koricancha Temple, one of the most important temples devoted to worship of the sun. It is said it was covered in gold leaf and filled with golden representations of nature.

Breakfast Breakfast

DAY
6
CUSCO–SACRED VALLEY

Take a short drive into the Urubamba Valley, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, to AWANAKANCHA, where you will learn about the importance of the alpaca (llama) for Inca cultures as well as the ancient weaving techniques still in use today. Continue to the market town of PISAC. Handmade rugs, alpaca sweaters, and jewelry can be bought here at bargain prices. At the other end of the valley visit OLLANTAYTAMBO. Here, some of the finest examples of Inca masonry can be seen.

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DAY
7
SACRED VALLEY–MACHU PICCHU

Board a TRAIN bound for MACHU PICCHU and cut a path through the Sacred Valley to this “Lost City of the Incas,” discovered by American explorer Hiram Bingham in 1911. On a guided TOUR, explore this intact fortress with its temple remains, holy houses, and mile-long aqueduct. For hikers, a brisk one-hour walk leads to the Sun Gate, the ancient entrance used by the Incas.

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DAY
8
MACHU PICCHU–SACRED VALLEY–CUSCO

A morning at leisure allows you to wake up early to see the sunrise over MACHU PICCHU with your included second entrance to the ruins. Return to Cusco, where your Local Host will recommend options for your free time. Perhaps visit the Inca Museum or wander through the artisan district of San Blas.

Breakfast Breakfast

DAY
9
CUSCO–JULIACA–LAKE TITICACA (PUNO)

Later, fly to Juliaca, where you will be transferred to Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca.

Breakfast Breakfast

DAY
10
PUNO. EXCURSION TO LAKE TITICACA

Today, enjoy a full-day sailing on LAKE TITICACA and take a motorboat to some of the lake’s more unique islands. Start with TAQUILE ISLAND, once part of the Inca Empire and one of the last areas of Peru to be conquered by Spain in the 16th century. The Spanish banned traditional dress on the island, which is why the Spanish peasant dress can still be found today. Next, travel to the fascinating UROS ISLANDS, home to the Uros Indians who were forced to live on the lake as the Incas pushed farther into their territory. These islands are completely made from reeds, which are continually added to as they disintegrate to the bottom of the lake.

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DAY
11
PUNO–SILLUSTANI–JULIACA–LIMA

Depart for Juliaca this morning, visiting the ruins of SILLUSTANI en route. At this pre-Incan burial ground, see where the ancient Aymaras buried their high priests in chullpas, above-ground cylinder-shaped tombs dating back to the 1400s. Transfer to the airport for your return flight to Lima, where the remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Breakfast Breakfast

DAY
12
LIMA

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast Breakfast

Transportation

As outlined in the day-by-day itinerary and private airport transfers to/from intra-vacation flights; intra-vacation flights not included

Included Hotels

Lima
Nazca Lines (Paracas)
Sacred Valley
Machu Picchu
Lake Titicaca (Puno)

Casa Andina Select Miraflores

Calle Schell 452
Lima, Peru

Check-in - 14:00
Check-out - 12:00

This hotel welcomes you to Lima in comfort and style. It is located in the center of Lima's bustling district of Miraflores, within walking distance of shops, restaurants, bars, and other Lima attractions. The excellent Casa Andina Select Miraflores exudes sophistication and comfort, focusing on personalized service and great amenities.

Location & Highlights

This modern and comfortable hotel is perfectly positioned near Waikiki Beach, Kennedy Park, and the Cultural Center. After enjoying the sights of Lima, the Casa Andina Select Miraflores offers comfortable beds, great food, friendly staff, and stylish atmosphere.

Room Amenities

  • Mini-bar
  • Desk
  • In-Room Safe
  • Alarm Clock
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Television
  • Phone
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Air Conditioning
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Hair Dryer
  • Coffee Maker
  • Internet Access
  • Climate Control
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Voicemail

Hotel Amenities

  • Parking/Valet
  • Luggage Storage
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Beauty Salon
  • ATM
  • Currency Exchange
  • Free WiFi
  • Fitness Room
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Concierge desk
  • Elevator
  • Business Center

Other Hotel

Monograms offers an impressive choice of hotels pre-selected for their location, amenities and service. When booking your package check to see what other hotels are available for your dates. Some hotels may not be available for this package.

Lima
Nazca Lines (Paracas)
Cusco
Sacred Valley
Machu Picchu
Lake Titicaca (Puno)

Casa Andina Premium Miraflores

Ave la Paz 463
Lima, LIM Peru

Check-in - 15:00
Check-out - 12:00

With its stylish contemporary design, cutting-edge technology and ideal location, the flagship Casa Andina Premium Collection Miraflores hotel is the top of its class in every aspect. Amenities include a restaurant, bar, coffee shop, beauty salon, spa, pool, gym, business center, gift shops, and laundry service.

Location & Highlights

In the heart of the Miraflores district, the hotel is just two blocks from Parque Kennedy, minutes from the Pacific coast, and is surrounded by Lima's finest dining and shops.

Room Amenities

  • In-Room Safe
  • Climate Control
  • Coffee Maker
  • Internet Access
  • Alarm Clock
  • Desk
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Room Service
  • Phone
  • Mini-bar
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Hair Dryer
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Air Conditioning
  • Television

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Gift Shop
  • Elevator
  • Spa Services
  • Beauty Salon
  • Currency Exchange
  • Fitness Room
  • Parking/Valet
  • Business Center
  • Concierge desk
  • Pool
  • Luggage Storage
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Dry Cleaning
  • ATM
In addition to cable TV, air-conditioning, telephone, in-room safe, and soundproof windows, guest rooms feature top-quality bedding and linens, luxurious marble bathrooms, breakfast tables, and Peruvian artwork selected by curators of the renowned Larco Museum.

JW Marriott Lima

Malecon de la Reserva 615, Miraflores
Lima, Peru

Check-in - 15:00
Check-out - 13:00

The JW Marriott Hotel Lima awaits with a stunning central location, awe-inspiring architecture and magnificent views. Towering above grand, oceanside cliffs in Lima, Peru's Miraflores district, the JW Marriott Hotel Lima offers sweeping panoramas of the Pacific Ocean from every guest room. The hotel's 25-story, ultra-modern glass tower makes a grand statement as the most cosmopolitan and contemporary of Lima luxury hotels. Spacious rooms feature new bedding from Marriott with designer duvets and plush pillows. The hotel is home to a 5-star gourmet restaurant, a health club, spa, and fitness center, and a pristine pool. Enjoy the first-class service and facilities that create a haven for relaxation and rejuvenation.

Location & Highlights

One of the most luxurious properties in Lima, The JW Marriott Hotel Lima is located in the Miraflores district, near the LarcoMar Shopping & Entertainment Center, conveniently close to dozens of activities and sites.

Room Amenities

  • Climate Control
  • Television
  • Desk
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Voicemail
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Hair Dryer
  • Alarm Clock
  • Air Conditioning
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Phone
  • Mini-bar
  • In-Room Safe
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Pay Movies
  • Room Service
  • Coffee Maker

Hotel Amenities

  • Gift Shop
  • Currency Exchange
  • Parking/Valet
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Business Center
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Beauty Salon
  • Shoe Shine
  • Pool
  • Elevator
  • Concierge desk
  • ATM
  • Fitness Room
  • Spa Services
  • Luggage Storage

Swissotel Lima

Vía Central 150 - Centro Empresarial Real, San Isidro 27
Lima, Peru

Check-in - 15:00
Check-out - 12:00

An elegant and modern, luxury hotel with finely appointed rooms, Swissôtel Lima is located in the heart of San Isidro, the most attractive business, residential and cultural district of the city. Offering a luxurious Swiss touch with fresh, stylish accommodation complemented by cutting-edge amenities, it boasts special features like the Oro Fit gym and spa, with top-of-the-line gym equipment and pampering body treatments. Whether you're in the mood for a light lunch made with seasonal ingredients or a leisurely classic meal spread out over several courses, Swissôtel Lima's restaurants, bars and lounges provide a choice of ambience and delicacies from Peru and around the world. A sumptuous breakfast buffet also offers a wide range of choices to energize your day.

Location & Highlights

Swissôtel Lima is located in the most exclusive residential and commercial district of San Isidro, with easy access to shopping, restaurants, and nightlife.

Room Amenities

  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Internet Access
  • Phone
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Hair Dryer
  • Pay Movies
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Voicemail
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Mini-bar
  • Air Conditioning
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Desk
  • Room Service
  • In-Room Safe
  • Alarm Clock
  • Climate Control
  • Coffee Maker
  • Television

Hotel Amenities

  • Concierge desk
  • Business Center
  • ATM
  • Parking/Valet
  • Currency Exchange
  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Elevator
  • Spa Services
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Fitness Room
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Luggage Storage
Each of Swissôtel Lima's elegantly furnished, exquisite guest rooms are meticulously designed to meet the needs of contemporary travelers. Large standard rooms feature a spacious working area and generous marble bathrooms. Guest services include access to the gym and tennis court and 24-hour room service.

Country Club Hotel Lima

Los Eucaliptos 590
Lima, LIM Peru

Check-in - -
Check-out - -

The Country Club Lima Hotel is now considered a national monument. It is a truly exceptional expression of authentic Peruvian luxury hospitality. Finely decorated with more than 300 pieces of original artwork and colonial furniture on loan from the famed Pedro de Osma Museum, the Country Club Lima Hotel presents the perfect marriage of architectural charm, history and modern comfort.

Location & Highlights

The Country Club Lima Hotel is located in the lovely district of San Isidro, the most exclusive residential and commercial district in Lima surrounded by embassies and facing a prestigious Golf Club. The city center is 15 minutes away.

Room Amenities

  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Alarm Clock
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Internet Access
  • Mini-bar
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Desk
  • Air Conditioning
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Voicemail
  • Coffee Maker
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Room Service
  • Climate Control
  • Hair Dryer
  • In-Room Safe
  • Pay Movies
  • Television
  • Complimentary Newspaper

Hotel Amenities

  • Currency Exchange
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Concierge desk
  • Ice Machine
  • Business Center
  • Pool
  • Spa Services
  • Luggage Storage
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Gift Shop
  • Beauty Salon
  • Elevator
  • ATM
  • Parking/Valet
  • Fitness Room
Rooms are large and very luxurious, with tons of antiques and old-world appeal although equipped with all the modern technologies and amenities.

Activities & Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)

Lima
Cusco

Lima

Fountains of Lima

Be amazed by the largest electronic water fountain complex in the world. You will enjoy a wonderful show of water, lights, music and images presented in the famous "Parque de la Reserva".

Price Range: $

Pachacamac Pilgrimage Center

Visit the Pachacamac Pilgrimage Center, built around 700 A.D. as a temple for the worship of the sun god, Pachacamac. It once housed an oracle that is believed to be one of the main pilgrimage centers in pre-Columbian Peru.

Price Range: $

Gold Museum

Visit the renowned Mujica Gallo's Gold Museum and enjoy an in-depth tour of its priceless collection of gold artifacts.

Price Range: $

Cusco

Dinner at Incanto Restaurant

Head to this landmark location in the heart of Cusco for an extraordinary dinner.

Price Range: $$

Insider

Lima
Cusco
Sacred Valley
Machu Picchu

Lima

Meet Lucho Geldres, one of your Local Hosts in LimaMonograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Lima. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host® about Lima and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host® will share local Lima insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Meet a Local Host® in Lima, Peru

Hello my name is Julio Castro and for many years I worked in the Sales Department of a very large International Corporation. There it was always emphasized that we were not supposed to create satisfied customers because that was not enough. What we were required to do was to produce ONLY delighted customers and that has been my personal philosophy ever since. I am eager to show the many wondrous and beautiful features of Lima, Peru with our guests.

Magic Water Circuit

Magic Water Circuit is located at Lima’s Reserve Park, where monumental fountains, laser lights and music are melded in spectacular displays. You will see more than 10 fascinating fountains. It’s the biggest water circuit in the world (a Guinness World Record). (Available from Wednesday to Sunday.)

Huaca Pucllana

Magic Water Circuit is located at Lima’s Reserve Park, where monumental fountains, laser lights and music are melded in spectacular displays. You will see more than 10 fascinating fountains. It’s the biggest water circuit in the world (a Guinness World Record). (Available from Wednesday to Sunday.)

Pedro de Osma Museum

This museum, located in Barranco, has one of the best painting collections in Peru with pieces dating back to the 16th century. The paintings from well-known artists are on linen cloth, metal, wood, glass and leather. Antique pieces of furniture, silver, sculptures and textiles are also part of the collection. The base for the Museum Pedro de Osma came from the personal collection formed by Don Pedro de Osma Gildemeister between 1936 and 1967. He had remarkable knowledge of the Peruvian art and gradually gathered various exquisite objects dating from the 16th to the 19th century. All the pieces were kept in the large family house in Barranco, arranged in a tight exhibition (style of the European palace museums in the 19th century).

Real Felipe fortress

The fortress was built in 1747 to protect the port from pirates and was the last Spanish bastion during the independence of Peru. Today, it houses an interesting military museum.

Bodega and Quadra Museum

This museum is located in downtown Lima and exhibits pieces of the culture of Lima, Inca and Chancay that took place during the colonial and republican period.

Rafael Larco Herrera Museum

The world’s largest collection of pre-Columbian art is housed in this museum. Marvel at the 45,000 pieces of ceramics, textiles, and jewelry from the Moche Dynasty.

T’anta

For a bite on the run, this gourmet market is the place to go. Grab a salad or sandwich to go, or if you have the time, linger over the passion fruit tart in the café.

Canta Rana

Peru is famous for its ceviche—a dish of seafood marinated in citrus juices and served with roasted corn and onions. Canta Rana serves some of the best in Lima.

Killari

For handicrafts made in Peru, this shop in Miraflores offers a unique collection of weavings, ceramics, and silver.

La Posada del Mirador

Peru’s most famous cocktail is the Pisco Sour, made from Pisco, a regional grape brandy. You can enjoy one on the garden patio of this watering hole in the Barranco neighborhood. Occupying an old house overlooking the ocean, the setting is as great as the drink.

Barrio Chino

This neighborhood in Lima holds South America’s largest Chinese community. Visit any number of the neighborhood’s chifas for Chinese cuisine with a Peruvian twist.

Caballero de Fina Estampa

You can’t visit Lima without seeing at least one peña—a show at a criollo music club with inspiring vocal and dance performances. This criollo club, named after a famous Peruvian song, offers a terrific show.

Miraflores Jogging Path

It’s difficult to maintain your exercise routine on vacation. It’s even more difficult in a traffic-heavy city like Lima. The biking and jogging paths along the malecón in Miraflores offer a great way to get some exercise and see the city at the same time.

Country Club Lima Hotel

Experience the grandeur of this 1927 hacienda-style hotel. Enjoy afternoon tea under the light of elegant chandeliers as a pianist offers enjoyable background music.

Museo De La Nacion

Enjoy the National Museum, where impressive halls exhibit the most important aspects in the development of ancient Peru. Exhibits include replicas of archaeological sites, engravings and dioramas, and an extensive collection of ancient material.

Pachacamac Pilgrimage Center

Built around 700 AD as a temple for the worship of the sun god Pachacamac, it housed an oracle that is believed to be one of the main pilgrimage centers in pre-Columbian Peru and on a par with Cuzco. Pilgrims flocked here from far away to worship Pachacamac, who was believed to be the creator of the world and its creatures. The site includes palaces, plazas, and temples that have been painstakingly restored. The on-site museum has a collection of local relics.

Barranco

Every major city has its bohemian district—where all the artists and musicians hang out—and for Lima, this district is Barranco. The advantage of Barranco is that it combines all this with being a fashionable beach resort too. Originally a playground and place to spend the summer for the old aristocracy of Lima, the district is a cluster of houses, shops, and restaurants in and around a ravine near a cliff overlooking the beach. In Barranco, it is relatively easy to find a place to sip a coffee or a beer while enjoying a fine view over the ocean.

Islas Palomino

Sail to the islands of Callao. First see the yachts, warships, and merchant ships at anchor in Callao Bay. Then sail over "El Camotal" into the open sea, and observe sunken and stranded ships. Pass the Isle of San Lorenzo—with its long history going back to pre-Columbian times. There are fishing boats at work and many colonies of sea birds and Humboldt penguins. The farthest point on the trip is Palomino Island, home to a large number of seals and sea lions. In a wetsuit, you can swim among them, as they have no predators—it is an unforgettable and emotional moment. Then start your voyage back through impressively shaped islets and rocks.

Hacienda Mamacona

No more than 25 km to the south of Lima is a little-known hacienda where you can experience nature on the coast, ancestral customs, links with the Inca past, and the incomparable Peruvian paso horse. (Only on Tuesdays.)

Astrid Y Gaston

This warm and chic modern, colonial dining room is hidden discreetly on a busy side street leading to Parque Central in the Miraflores district. The restaurant has high, white-peaked ceilings and orange walls decorated with colorful modern art—the products of local art students. At the back is an open kitchen, where one of the owners, Gastón, can be seen cooking with his staff. The place is sophisticated but low-key—a description that could fit most of its clients, who all seem to be regulars. The menu might be called "criollo-Mediterranean" with a light Peruvian touch.

Cusco

Meet Juan Carlos Nina, one of your Local Hosts in CuzcoMonograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Cusco. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host about Cusco and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host will share local Cusco insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Meet a Local Host® in Cusco, Peru

Hello my name is Jorge Malaga. What I like about Cusco is the peace it makes you feel. A tour to the Sacred Valley of the Incas on a sunny day is enough to make you relax and enjoy this peace and harmony, in which its people live every day. I really admire this city and its cultural identity that amazes everyone who visits our archaeological sites.

Quinta Eulalia

Cuzco’s version of the sidewalk café is the quinta—an open-air restaurant with affordably priced Peruvian fare. Quinta Eulalia is Cuzco’s oldest quinta, and it offers a little history with a lot of food.

Restaurante Illary

Restaurante Illary offers a fine-dining experience in the Hotel Monasterio. Savor the alpaca tenderloin in the sacred setting of this former monastery.

Alpaca’s Best

Many will try to sell you what you believe to be 100% alpaca, but you can rest assured that the sweaters, scarves, and blankets at this shop are the real deal.

Carlos Chaquiras

Handmade silver jewelry is an excellent purchase in Cuzco. If you want to know the name behind your special find, purchase a piece from this local craftsman.

Café Ayllu

This bustling coffee shop is famous for its ponche de leche, a beverage made with milk and a shot of pisco, and its lenguas, a flaky pastry with a crème filling.

Barrio de San Blas

If you can make the steep walk from the Plaza de Armas to this charming neighborhood, you won’t regret it. Panoramic views of the city can be seen outside the artists’ workshops that line the streets of this picturesque area.

Artesanías Mendivil

There are many handicraft shops in Cuzco. This one is known internationally for its saint figures with elongated necks.

Museum of Popular Art

Founded in 1937, this museum houses an interesting collection of masks and other carved items. Its most interesting display is its large collection of dolls.

Tambomachay

Cuzco may be the gateway to Machu Picchu, but there are smaller ruins you shouldn’t miss. Water still flows over a system of complicated canals at this amazing site—also known as the Inca Baths.

Inka Museum

Raised on Inca foundations by Admiral Aldrete Maldonado in the early-17th century, this home has a magnificent baroque doorway emblazoned with the admiral’s coat of arms, a large arched patio, and salons with coffered ceilings. It exhibits keros (carved ceremonial goblets), weavings, mummies, and silver and gold figurines, as well as Inca weapons, tools, and ceramics.

Awanacancha

Enjoy this area where South American camelidae are bred. Learn about the superb fibers that come from llamas, alpacas, and vicunas. Also learn about the ancient weaving techniques, which are still in use.

Seminario Ceramic Studio - Urubamba

Pablo Seminario has been dedicated to the discovery of the techniques and design from ancient Peruvian cultures. Mr. Seminario presents a new art expression providing continuity to these cultural inheritances.

Andahuaylillas

Enjoy this pretty town 35 km (1 hour) from Cuzco along the paved highway to Puno. Its unique church, San Pedro de Andahuaylillas, is the biggest attraction for visitors.

Incanto Restaurant

Located a few meters off the Main Square of the fascinating city of Cuzco in an old Inca palace, the new Incanto is definitely worth a visit. Welcoming and contemporary, its varied menu contains more than 80 dishes. The restaurant offers Italian food, pasta, and various specialties from the grill cooked with an original touch and Peruvian ingredients.

Cicciolina

On the second floor of a colonial-era townhouse, this restaurant has a unique personality. La Panaderia serves gourmet breakfasts with breads straight out of the oven. The tapas bar is a perfect relaxing place to enjoy a glass of wine and some tapas. The main dining room offers an unforgettable fusion of Mediterranean dishes made with Andean ingredients.

ChocoMuseum Workshop

Learn about the history of the Cacao and the chocolate, the Cacao’s tree and its small chocolate factory where the products are made. Enjoy a workshop in the Museum: Roasting of the cacao beans, cacao husk removal, grinding of the cacao nibs on a metate with a mano (the way the aztecs did) or with a batang (like Incas here in Peru), refining and conching of the cacao paste in a melangeur.

Tipon and Piquillacta

Tipon is important for its excellent hydraulic engineering work and it is composed by an agricultural group of platforms with long steps and ducts elaborated in limestone. This impressive system of irrigation is still used in agriculture. Some of the fountains in Tipon must have ceremonial purposes. Tipon is considered an Inca temple dedicated to the water cult.

Piquillacta is a national archaeological park with landscapes of great interest. This archaeological Pre-Inca citadel was one of the most spectacular regional centers of the Wari culture. The constructions of Piquillacta are composed by more than 700 structures displayed in a harmonious and symmetric way, with different buildings that should have sheltered a population of about ten thousand people.

Mandor waterfall

It’s located one hour by walking from Aguas Calientes; find lots of butterflies and birds, and maybe even orchids at the right time of year.

Casa Concha Museum

Located in Cusco city, the exhibition of over 360 archaeological pieces from Machu Picchu that were recently returned by the U.S. Yale University will be held at the newly-renovated Casa Concha. You will be able to appreciate ceramics, stone and metal objects, fragments of bones as well as a nearly complete skeleton of a male between 23 and 25 years.

Train Tranvia

A tranvia is a vehicle designed to look like the old mule-pulled streetcars that once traversed Cusco. It offers sightseeing through the main streets in Cusco and visits 40 different places in Cusco city.

Sacred Valley

Meet one of your Local Hosts in Sacred ValleyMonograms provides traveler’s access to a Local Host, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Sacred Valley, Peru. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host about Sacred Valley and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host will share local Sacred Valley insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Meet a Local Host

I'm passionate about working as a tour guide in Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu because it gives me the opportunity to appreciate this wonderful country, its culture, nature and traditions. I love my job because every day I get to show the world how great and unique my home country, Peru is, and my favorite places - Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley.

Hike to Mandor Waterfall (Aguas Calientes)

On this perfect nature walk, you might encounter butterflies and birds, even orchids at the right time of year. A private nature reserve located 4km from Machu Picchu Pueblo (Aguas Calientes), where you can walk into bio diverse gardens to learn and enjoy. You’ll understand and appreciate the restoration, conservation and preservation of the habitat of hundreds of species of flora and fauna in a vulnerable state, due to many factors such as climate change and human impact.

Paso Horse Show

The Peruvian Paso horse has been bred in this region for centuries and they are known for their smooth gait even while traversing the terraced landscape of the Sacred Valley. At Wayra Ranch in the Sacred Valley, see a demonstration on these beautiful horses and traditional folkloric dances performed with the horses. You can even take a quick ride on one of the horses if you are adventurous!

Alpaca Shopping

Peru is known for its Alpaca wool so you really can’t go home without any. Many vendors in Peru will try to sell you what you believe to be 100% alpaca, but you can rest assured that the sweaters, scarves, and blankets at “Alpaca’s Best” are the real deal.

Tipon Ruins

Tipon is an important set of Inca ruins known for its excellent hydraulic engineering work and it is composed by an agricultural group of platforms with long steps and ducts elaborated in limestone. This impressive system of irrigation is still used in agriculture. Some of the fountains in Tipon have ceremonial purposes. Tipon is considered an Inca temple dedicated to the water cult. This is also a great spot to try Cuy, a traditional Incan meal of guinea pig.

Maras Salt Mines

Definitely a must see in the Sacred Valley are the salt mines. A stroll through and you’ll be amazed at how the Incas built this maze of hand-made channels that divert saltwater springs into the exposure of the sun. Once the water evaporates, the salt is collected to be sold – an ancient old tradition still in use today. Beyond the engineering, the views from the mines are breathtaking!

Machu Picchu

Meet Betty Leyva, one of your Local Hosts in Machu PicchuMonograms provides traveler’s access to a Local Host, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Machu Picchu. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host about Machu Picchu and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host will share local Machu Picchu insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Meet a Local Host

I'm passionate about working as a tour guide in Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley because it gives me the opportunity to appreciate this wonderful country, its culture, nature and traditions. I love my job because every day I get to show the world how great and unique my home country, Peru is, and my favorite place - Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley.

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