A Note About Activity Levels
This active program is designed for people who are in good health and can comfortably participate in a demanding daily schedule of physical activities. The itinerary may feature full days of ongoing activities. Excursions on this program require:
walking distances of up to 3-5 miles
walking on cobblestones, unpaved paths and/or uneven and slippery surfaces
getting on/off motor coaches, boats and/or trains
climbing in/out of excursion boats
walking up (sometimes steep) hills in ports where docks are not available and at sites in the Sacred Valley
tolerating varying climactic conditions, including high altitude and humidity
Each morning during your journey, start your day with a hearty buffet breakfast.
Discovery: Highlights of Lima. Visit the Larco Museum, housed in an 18th-century viceroy mansion and enclosed by beautiful gardens. It offers a fascinating account of more than 5,000 years of pre-Columbian Peruvian history. The museum’s pottery storeroom is one of a select few in the world open to the public, where you can walk among the 30,000 exquisite ceramic artifacts carefully cataloged and displayed there.
Continue to the historic center of Lima, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Known as the City of Kings, Lima was the heart of Spain’s South American empire for 300 years, and its oldest section abounds with elegant, colonial-era architecture. Visit Plaza Mayor, a spacious public square surrounded by palm trees and the majestic facades of the Government Palace, Municipal Palace, Archbishop’s Palace and the Cathedral of Lima. The Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro personally designated the plaza’s location when he founded Lima in 1535. Almost three centuries later, it was the stage for Peru’s declaration of independence from Spain in 1821.
Enjoy a relaxing lunch break in a restaurant near the Plaza.
Afterward, step inside the Cathedral to see its beautiful interior. Then visit the lemon-colored, 17th-century Monastery of San Francisco. This fascinating complex contains a church, decorated in the mudéjar style, a mix of Spanish and Moorish designs; a library, housing an impressive collection of 25,000 antique volumes; and bone-filled catacombs beneath the church’s chapels.
Enrichment: Meet the People. This evening, gather for a private Welcome Reception and Dinner at Casa Garcia Alvarado in the Miraflores district. This stately residence was declared a National Historical Building in January 2005. After enjoying pisco sours and hors d’oeuvres served in the drawing room, take a tour of the historic house. Then sit down to a typical Peruvian home-cooked meal in the company of one of the present owners of the home.
Accommodations – Casa Andina Premium Miraflores
Meals – Breakfast, lunch and dinner