Peru

Gay Group Trip: Peru, Magic And Machu Picchu

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8 days£4745

Gay Group Peru Adventure: For thousands of years, Peru’s extraordinary beauty has been both the backdrop of incredible cultural and spiritual expression and a pallet for architectural artists. Your journey will take you through the cultural heart of Lima, charming Cusco, and the Valley of the Incas (all world heritage sites).

But perhaps what will impress and inspire you most is your visit to one of the world’s most important archaeological sites: the ancient mystical city of Machu Picchu. Many visitors to Machu Picchu report a strange energy they feel, walking among the ruins.

Perhaps it’s simply the beauty of the Inca’s mass stone structures set atop high mountains over the winding Urubamba River below. Or, perhaps it is the leftover blessings of an ancient Inca Priest. Whatever it may be, nothing can truly prepare oneself for the “magic” of Machu Picchu.

Group Trip Breakdown

Lima Cathedral

Day 1: Lima

Arrival and transfer to the Belmond (Orient Express) Miraflores Park Plaza Hotel. Day at Leisure.

Evening: Tonight, a very special welcome dinner will be held at Lima’s oldest manor that has been inhabited since 1535. Seventeen generations from the original owner still live in the house. The original owner was among the first Spanish conquerors to arrive in Peru. Evening free to enjoy Lima’s nightlife.

Lima

Day 2: Lima

Buffet Breakfast at leisure in hotel

Morning: We depart promptly for a tour of the Historic Center of Lima, the City of Kings, including a visit to the main city square, the Cathedral, Plaza de Armas, the ancient catacombs and Santo Domingo Convent.  Lima’s magnificent colonial architecture led UNESCO to declare the Historic Center of Lima a World Heritage Site. Baroque and Neoclassical churches and convents, balconies dating from the 16th, 17th and 18th Centuries, colonial town houses and beautiful public spaces speak of a past in which Lima was Spain’s richest vice regal capital in the Americas.

Lima once ranked as the richest and most important city in the Americas and was considered to be the most beautiful colonial settlement in the region. Founded in 1535 by the conquistador Francisco Pizarro, the Spanish Crown’s “City of Kings” quickly became the center of power and trade for the entire American viceregency that stretched from Quito to Santiago. Lima was home to some of the Americas’ finest Baroque and Renaissance churches, palaces, and mansions, as well as the continent’s first university, founded in 1551. For two centuries, the capital also served as the headquarters of the Spanish Inquisition.

Lunch: Gourmet lunch will be served at a sensational restaurant in Lima, that offers many choices of the most famous Peruvian dishes.

Cusco Cathedral

Day 3: Cusco

Buffet Breakfast at leisure in hotel

Morning: Morning flight to Cusco. Upon arrival, transfer to The Sacred Valley of the Incas.

En route: we will visit a beautiful alpaca farm, where we will have the chance to feed many different species of alpaca, grazing at the farm.

Afternoon: We proceed to the famous outdoor market of Pisac and its ruins, a huge fortress on the Inca Trail.

Afternoon: Registration at Aranwa Hotel and Spa with time to enjoy the hotel’s incredible spa.

Sacred Valley Cusco Peru

Day 4: The Sacred Valley Of The Incas

Buffet Breakfast at leisure in hotel

Morning: After breakfast, we will visit Maras, which is the name of a place and of an indigenous community. The soil of Maras is rich in salt, and its people have always made a living by extracting this resource using terraced salt pools. The salt pans are a magical sight, gleaming white in the sun. Today we will see the salt being extracted in the traditional way. Then we will go to Moray, another Inca site, where different crops were planted on circular terraces built to create microclimates and for researching different species.

Lunch: Today’s lunch will be unforgettable. At noon we will arrive at a hacienda, located on high ground in the valley which provides a unique view of this green and fertile land. The house was built as a place to keep and exhibit their valuable collection of art from the pre-Columbian and vice-regal periods. The family of the estate waits with a buffet lunch based on the valley’s culinary traditions.

Late Afternoon: Optional horseback riding

Machu Picchu Peru

Day 5: The Sacred Valley Of The Incas and Machu Picchu

Buffet Breakfast at leisure in hotel

Morning: Enjoy a morning excursion to Ollantaytambo, and visit the archaelogical remains and its typical market. Ollantaytambo contains a fortress built to defend it against the invading Chankas. Ollantaytambo is also an Inca village whose stone houses are still inhabited by the descendants of those ancient Peruvians. The people of this area are characterized by their woolen costumes dyed in red and black.

We’ll transfer you to the station to board the Hiram Bingham Orient-Express train that will take us to the Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu.

Afternoon: You will arrive early enough to be able to enjoy the stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site before the masses arrive.    Our expert guide will explain all the pertinent aspects of this magical citadel, an awe-inspiring experience.  Following the visit, we retire for afternoon tea at the Orient-Express Sanctuary Lodge overlooking Machu Picchu.  Thereafter, we descend to Aguas Calientes to register at the beautiful boutique Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, rated the 8th best hotel in South America by the Readers of Conde Nast (2nd in Peru, after the Hotel Monasterio)!  The Readers of Travel and Leisure rated it the 4th best resort in Central and South America, and the best in Peru.

Evening: Relax in one of the world’s most appealing boutique hotels; a fusion of calmness, comfort, Andean style and architecture, and natural beauty which spreads over 12 acres of low-rise cottages, streams, waterfalls, plantations and wild forest interspersed by stone pathways. The hotel boasts rooms beautifully furnished with regional timber and styled with local handcrafted Andean architecture nestled in one or two-storey whitewash cottages.

Day 6: Machu Picchu To Cusco

Buffet Breakfast at leisure in hotel

Morning: Today, wake up late and enjoy a big breakfast. There will be time to enjoy the spa, do a little shopping, visit Machu Picchu again, and more in our charming hotel.

Afternoon: We take an orchid tour on the private grounds of the Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

Late Afternoon: Departure for Cusco on the Hiram Bingham Orient-Express train where cocktails and a gourmet dinner will be served. On board you will receive the royal treatment.  Relax and enjoy a cocktail accompanied by the sounds of a guitar trio, before retreating to the dining car for a specially prepared gourmet Thanksgiving dinner as you glide along the Andes Mountains and Urubamba Valley.  Upon arrival just outside Cusco, in Poroy, private transfer to the stunning Orient-Express Hotel Monasterio, a 16th-century monastery named by Conde Nast Traveler Gold List as the best hotel in South America.  Furthermore, the Readers of Travel and Leisure rated it the 4th best city hotel in Central and South America, and the best in Peru.

Day 7: Cusco

Buffet Breakfast at leisure in hotel

Morning: Roam the older quarters of the city, which date back to the 16th and 17th centuries.  We will Pass by the Hatunrumiyoc Street with its famous twelve angle stone and visit the impressive Cathedral at the Plaza de Armas. We also visit Koricancha, the most important Inca temple, dedicated to the worship of the sun.  The Spanish built a church and Dominican monastery on top of this temple, which reveals the two cultures existing together.

Late Afternoon: you are free to walk around this marvellous city or join our optional tour. The most enjoyable way to spend the day can simply be to walk around the city and enjoy its immense vitality. Cusco is a very cosmopolitan city for its size and this is evident by day, but especially at night, in its infinite number of bars, discos and restaurants.

Day 8: Lima

Buffet Breakfast at leisure in hotel.

Morning: Late morning flight to Lima.

Optional dinner and spa treatments are available at the Ramada Hotel, just steps from the airport.

What next?

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