Destination Peru: An Exclusive Departure with Organic Spa Magazine

Destination Peru Tour, Exclusive Departure with Organic Spa MagazineDestination Peru Tour, Exclusive Departure with Organic Spa Magazine

Destination Peru

An Exclusive Departure with Organic Spa Magazine

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Indulge, relax, and immerse yourself in Peru’s ancient culture and vibrant traditions. From sunrise yoga to luxurious spa treatments in the cloud-forests below Machu Picchu, this exclusive adventure will surely rejuvenate your soul and spirit. Explore remote Andean villages, Incan ruins, colorful markets, and orchid gardens accompanied by local guides with an infectious passion for their country and its people. Soak in natural mineral pools surrounded by the magical sounds of the rainforest. Indulge in soothing spa treatments using natural products derived from local botanical extracts. This exclusive departure features:

  • An exclusive 8-day itinerary with spa and guided walking opportunities, run in partnership with the acclaimed Organic Spa Magazine
  • An experience expertly curated and hosted by an editor from Organic Spa Magazine, along with CW’s own veteran local guides
  • Unforgettable meals at some of Peru’s most renowned restaurants, highlighting traditional and innovative cuisine (all meals included except for one dinner)
  • 2 full and one mini-spa experience, featuring natural Andean treatments
  • Stay in premier boutique accommodations in Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley, and Cusco
Activity Level
Easy; see full itinerary
Meet
Lima, Peru
Depart
Lima, Peru
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Guided Walking 
8 days, 7 nights Trip Includes 

Trip Includes:

  • An Organic Spa Magazine host and expert local guides are with you 24/7
  • All meals except for one dinner
  • Bottled water, daily snacks, and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Welcome and farewell drinks
  • 2 full spa treatments and 1 mini-spa treatment
  • All accommodations (with private bathrooms) while on tour
  • Transportation from the meeting to the departure point
  • Entrance fees and special events as noted in the itinerary
per person double occupancy
Single supplement + $1,400
 

Solo surcharge + $0
 

Internal airfare +$375

*Note: this special departure will only run with 8+ guests

Call 855.228.0016 to book this trip.

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Itinerary and Accommodations

Days
Destination
1
Lima
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2
Urubamba
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3
Urubamba
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4
Aguas Calientes
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5
Aguas Calientes
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6
Cusco
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7
Cusco
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Cusco
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Day 1

Lima

Arrival in Lima. Walking tour of colonial and contemporary Lima. Leisure time with welcome spa treatment.

Upon your arrival in Lima, you are met at the airport and transferred to your hotel where you are warmly greeted by your Peru guide and Organic Spa Magazine host. Gather with your fellow travel companions and learn about the week ahead over coffee before embarking on a tour of this historic city. Exploring Lima by private vehicle and on foot, you discover the city’s three main historical periods—pre-Hispanic, colonial, and contemporary. Pre-Hispanic or pre-Columbian Lima was part of the Incan empire before the arrival of the Spanish explorer Pizarro in 1535. As the capital of the Spanish Empire’s largest Viceroyalty, Lima’s colonial past is evident in its historic center—both in the urban design and architecture. The oldest narrow streets are lined with colonial-era homes with Moorish balconies, along which you make your way to the Plaza Mayor (main square) and Plaza San Martin, the Paseo de la Republica (Promenade of the Republic), the Archbishop’s Palace, and the Basilica. You also visit the stunning Convent of Saint Francis, which holds the largest collection of religious art in the Americas. The main cloister, with its Moorish arches, is decorated with 16th-century tiles from Seville. Your tour continues on into the present of contemporary Lima with a visit to the neighborhoods of the Olive Grove of San Isidro, Miraflores, and Larco Mar. For lunch, you enjoy a magnificent seaside location at La Rosa Nautica restaurant, with fresh seafood specialties, such as classic ceviche, for which Lima is so well known.

Returning to your hotel later in the afternoon, there is time to relax and enjoy its spa: an inviting sauna, Jacuzzi, and a mini-spa service help you rejuvenate following your travels. Cap the evening with a traditional Peruvian pisco sour cocktail—the perfect way to toast the beginning of the trip. Dinner is at another of Lima’s fine eateries, the sophisticated Restaurant Huaca Pucllana, which overlooks the impressive ruins of a pre-Columbian pyramid. This restaurant is well-known for its refined take on traditional Peruvian and Italian fusion cuisine.

The Westin Hotel

Lima, Peru

A luxurious and contemporary hotel in the heart of Lima’s San Isidro district offers spacious rooms with views of the city and its surroundings. An on-site spa offers a full selection of treatments; a large fitness center and indoor pool are also available.

Day 2

Urubamba

Transfer to the Sacred Valley. Pisac ruins with walking tour and Sunday Market.

You rise for a morning flight from Lima to the city of Cusco—the site of the Inca Empire’s capital, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and one of the world’s highest cities at over 11,000 feet. A private transfer of 1 1/2 hours brings you to the Sacred Valley at the mountaintop site of Pisac, where a walking tour (two miles, easy-to-moderate terrain) introduces you to this imposing complex of Inca ruins on the steep, terraced fields above the valley—one of the finest examples of their architecture in the Cusco region. Winding your way on foot through ancient temples and intricate walls towards the Urubamba Valley floor, you marvel at this Inca burial site ingeniously built into the steep cliff. Then, lunch: a gourmet picnic complete with local wines pairs perfectly with spectacular views of the centuries-old terraces on which farmers still grow maize, potatoes, and quinoa. Following lunch, you have time to stroll through Pisac’s Andean market. Sunday is a particularly exciting time to partake of the market experience as villagers from the surrounding communities gather to barter and sell their handcrafted wares.

Following the market visit, there is a 40-minute drive to your beautiful hotel at the base of the surrounding Andes; there will likely be time for a walk around the grounds, a dip in the swimming pool, or a spa treatment before being welcomed in the home of a local family for a traditional Peruvian feast.

Tambo del Inka Resort & Spa

Urubamba, Peru

Set among riverside gardens in a privileged location in the Urubamba Valley with its own private railway station, this five-star resort and spa combines comfort with traditional Peruvian décor throughout and carries these elements into its spa treatments and refined cuisine. The on-site spa incorporates traditional Incan ingredients and therapeutic techniques, and includes an indoor-outdoor swimming pool and fitness center.

Day 3

Urubamba

Visit to Pumamarca and Ollantaytambo. Peruvian Paso horse show. Free afternoon for spa treatments.

This morning you visit the village of Ollantaytambo—known for being one of the few places where the Inca defeated the Spanish in battle. Just above the village you encounter the awe-inspiring site, where the Inca maneuvered colossal blocks of stone up from the riverbanks to build a terraced temple on steep cliffs above. Continuing, a 30-minute drive takes you to the archaeological complex at Pumamarca, a small Inca settlement overlooking the Patacancha Valley, which, at the time, managed the irrigation system of the Inca terracing below. After learning about the site, you can stretch your legs with an hour’s walk through the picturesque countryside on easy-to-moderate terrain. Lunch today is quite special, with choice cuts of meats and fish, grilled al fresco and local dishes such as empanadas, unique local potatoes, tamales, and enticing desserts. Following lunch, you are treated to a unique Peruvian tradition—a horse show featuring the Peruvian Paso horse. A breed protected by decree of the Peruvian government, its gentle lateral gait called the “paso llano” reflects a style of smooth-gaited horses known since the Middle Ages in Europe and is the result of centuries of breeding and training from the arrival of the Spaniards in South America.

Returning to your hotel in the later afternoon, you may choose from a selection of spa treatments: the Spa showcases a beautiful, natural setting and is highly regarded for its imaginative, yet traditional treatments. With experienced professionals, all services incorporate the region’s bounty: coca leaves, Inca gold, Andean chocolate, quinoa, and passion fruit. Energizing therapies range from modern chromo, oxygen, and hydro treatments to timeless hand and face remedies. An indoor/outdoor infinity pool also beckons. Prior to dinner in town, you also have the opportunity to visit the well-known pottery studio of artist Pablo Seminario, whose work is inspired by the pre-Columbian cultures of Peru.

Tambo del Inka Resort & Spa

Urubamba, Peru

Set among riverside gardens in a privileged location in the Urubamba Valley with its own private railway station, this five-star resort and spa combines comfort with traditional Peruvian décor throughout and carries these elements into its spa treatments and refined cuisine. The on-site spa incorporates traditional Incan ingredients and therapeutic techniques, and includes an indoor-outdoor swimming pool and fitness center.

Day 4

Aguas Calientes

Optional morning yoga. Train to Machu Picchu. Free afternoon for spa treatments.

Beginning your day with an optional yoga class, you’re able to make the most of your accommodations’ remarkable LEED-certified facilities and manicured grounds. Mid-morning you leave your hotel and return to the village of Ollantaytambo and its railway station, where you board a train bound for Machu Picchu. Following a rail line that hugs the river, you enjoy magnificent views of the surrounding peaks and can watch the landscape transform from broad highlands into lush cloudforest. The two-hour train ride brings you to the riverside town of Aguas Calientes—named “hot waters” in Spanish for its natural hot springs. Upon arrival, you proceed to your hotel, a lovely eco-property at the edge of a river overlooking the cloudforest and rushing river.

After an exquisite lunch at the hotel, you may choose from one of many afternoon options including Andean spa treatments such as foot therapy, reflexology, de-stress massage, Andean hot stones, or exfoliation. Both spiritual and soothing, the spa uses only 100 percent natural products. Or, you may wish to take part in one of the many optional activities such as a birding walk or a visit to the on-site tea plantation. You can also take the bus up to Machu Picchu to visit this rich, iconic site on your own (a full tour of Machu Picchu will take place the following day). Dinner at the hotel features organic produce harvested directly from the hotel’s own garden and other Peruvian specialties.

Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

Aguas Calientes, Peru

A Travel + Leisure “World's Best Hotel.” A unique ecoboutique hotel with extensive grounds including cloudforest gardens, medicinal plants, orchids, and a panoramic riverfront restaurant.

Day 5

Aguas Calientes

Machu Picchu. Afternoon optional walk to Intipunku or Sun Gate.

You enjoy a copious breakfast of fresh fruits, baked goods, cheeses, and eggs at your hotel overlooking a lush garden full of birds before boarding the minibus for the breathtaking climb up a series of switchbacks to the entrance of Machu Picchu. Your guide provides a private and comprehensive tour of the site including an introduction to the Temple of the Sun, Temple of the Condor, and the astronomical observatory. There is plenty of time to explore the mystical temples, altars, terraces, and chambers in solitude, or to embark on one of the short walks leading from the site. After lunch, you may choose to further explore Machu Picchu on your own for the afternoon, hike the Sun Gate (two miles on easy to moderate terrain) for that sought-after picture of magnificent Machu Picchu, stroll through the town’s market, or follow the fragrant orchid trail at your hotel. Tonight you dine while listening to Peruvian music in the property’s lovely dining room above the rushing river.

Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

Aguas Calientes, Peru

A Travel + Leisure “World's Best Hotel.” A unique ecoboutique hotel with extensive grounds including cloudforest gardens, medicinal plants, orchids, and a panoramic riverfront restaurant.

Day 6

Cusco

Maras to Moray.

The day begins with an early train from Aguas Calientes back to the Sacred Valley, to the charming village of Maras, where you begin a walk (a total of two to three miles on easy-to-moderate terrain, throughout the day) along ancient farming paths. A short transfer takes you to the enthralling Incan site of Moray, once used for agricultural experimentation (also a UNESCO preserved location). After a walking exploration of Moray, you arrive at the salt mines by minibus—the snowcapped Andes and golden wheat fields offering a stunning backdrop to this unique place where salt is still gathered as it has been done for centuries. Here, you can learn about the process of harvesting salt from terraces of pools fed by an underground saltwater spring. The Parador de Moray, with its stunning views of the giant circular terraces, is an ideal location for lunch. An exclusive experience, you are pampered by the chef and staff at this lovely inn for a relaxed meal in its gracious dining room, lounge, and inner courtyard.

Your travels continue on to Cusco for a late afternoon arrival. After checking into your lovely boutique hotel, there is time to relax and, later, venture out on your own to discover one of the many upscale restaurants the city has to offer.

Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel

Cusco, Peru

A former 16th-century colonial mansion, this elegant boutique hotel is ideally located just two blocks from the Main Square. The property features lovely rooms equipped with an intelligent oxygen system.

Day 7

Cusco

Cusco and surrounding ruins. Free afternoon or optional visits.

After an early breakfast, your Peruvian guides take you on a walking tour (three to four miles on easy terrain, for the day) to acquaint you with the history and culture of the ancient city of Cusco. The route takes you over cobbled streets to the main cultural and religious sites within the city, both Incan and colonial. You break for lunch in Cusco’s main square at the Inkagrill, its menu inspired by traditional and colonial cuisine. Later, a short drive brings you just outside Cusco to explore famous Incan sites located in its surrounding areas; these include Koricancha (Temple of the Sun) and the Cusco Cathedral. You begin at Sacsayhuaman, a large Incan temple (the principal one in the region that sits at 12,200 feet) where the Inca held religious celebrations. Because of its hilltop location, it is often referred to as a fortress and offers incomparable views of Cusco. You then proceed to Quenko, a ceremonial site for important Incan families. Although Quenko was virtually destroyed by the Spanish, remains of ceremonial altars and gods worshiped by the Inca are still visible. Time permitting, you may continue on to Tambomachay, the impressive site of ritual baths and the Temple of the Water.

Returning to your hotel in the afternoon, there is time to relax before a final celebratory dinner. In a dramatic, candlelit setting—the inner courtyard of the Museum of pre-Columbian Art—you toast your fellow adventurers and this diverse, fascinating country while savoring local specialties such as rocoto relleno (stuffed peppers), crepes with truffle, and succulent beef, fish, and chicken dishes flavored with Peruvian spices.

Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel

Cusco, Peru

A former 16th-century colonial mansion, this elegant boutique hotel is ideally located just two blocks from the Main Square. The property features lovely rooms equipped with an intelligent oxygen system.

Day 8

Cusco

Departure from Cusco.

Following a leisurely breakfast, you say goodbye to your guides before transferring to Cusco Airport for a group flight back to Lima. After arriving in Lima (by mid-afternoon at the latest), you say your final farewells before departing for home.

Itinerary Disclaimer

Bear in mind that this is a typical itinerary, and the actual activities, sites, and accommodations may vary due to season, special events, weather, or transportation schedules. We reserve the right to alter the itinerary since tour arrangements are made up to a year in advance, and unforeseen circumstances that mandate change may arise. Itinerary changes are made to improve the tour and your experience. If you are currently booked on a CW adventure, an itinerary has been sent to you for your exact departure date. Please call CW at 800.464.9255 if you have any questions about the exact itinerary or hotels selected for any of our tours.

Guides

Juan Carlos Yanez

Guiding runs in the family for Juan Carlos, who is a certified professional tour guide of Cusco and has been leading tours in the Andes for many years. Trained in his mother city of Cusco, Juan Carlos enjoys sharing his vast knowledge and love for his ancestral culture; evident from his enthusiastic smile and warm sense of humor. When not guiding, Juan Carlos spends time researching the Peruvian Andes with his father, also a well-known tour guide.

Guest Comments

The following comments describe our Peru: Machu Picchu & the Sacred Valley departure, which contains similar experiences to this one.

M. Hogg-Allen, Wisconsin, November 2013

Peru is a fabulous, fascinating country well worth visiting. I think the small group size and guide ratio really allows for a more authentic experience. I would highly recommend the trip.

G. Coolidge, Massachusetts, November 2011

Seeing Machu Picchu from the Sun Gate was a wonderful experience.

T. Dennis, California, November 2010

My sister choose the tour and I was not so keen on it. I went to please her. We had a fantastic time. The food, lodging and traveling were wonderful. Most of all, our guides were excellent. They were interesting and very knowlegable on top of being kind and accommodating. My sister got quite ill for a day and they worked hard to make sure that she was comfortable. I would go again in a heartbeat. If we had any complaints it is that we would have liked a little bit more physical challenge.

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