Ancient Cultures of Peru
This group tour is an immersive accessible journey to discover the mysteries of Peru.
- *Price valid for a group size of 10 people
- This tour runs throughout the year.
- Flights are not included, please contact our team to get a flight quote departing from any UK airport.
Cusco, a city in the Peruvian Andes, was once capital of the Inca Empire, and is now known for its archaeological remains and Spanish colonial architecture. Plaza de Armas is the central square in the old city, with arcades, carved wooden balconies and Incan wall ruins. The baroque Santo Domingo Convent was built on top of the Incan Temple of the Sun (Qoricancha), and has archaeological remains of Inca stonework.
Lima, the capital of Peru, lies on the country’s arid Pacific coast. Though its colonial center is preserved, it’s a bustling metropolis and one of South America’s largest cities. It’s home to the Museo Larco collection of pre-Columbian art and the Museo de la Nación, tracing the history of Peru’s ancient civilizations. The Plaza de Armas and the 16th-century cathedral are the heart of old Lima Centro.
Rafael Lareo Herrera Museum or The Museo Larco, is a privately owned museum of pre-Columbian art, located in the Pueblo Libre District of Lima, Peru. The museum is housed in an 18th-century vice-royal building. It showcases chronological galleries that provide a thorough overview of 5,000 years of Peruvian pre-Columbian history.
The Sacred Valley is a region in Peru’s Andean highlands. Along with the nearby town of Cusco and the ancient city of Machu Picchu, it formed the heart of the Inca Empire. Stretching roughly 60 kilometers, it’s an area of fertile farmland and Spanish colonial villages like Pisac and Ollantaytambo. Pisac is known for its Sunday handicraft market and hilltop Incan citadel.
Machu Picchu is an Incan citadel set high in the Andes Mountains in Peru, above the Urubamba River valley. Built in the 15th century and later abandoned, it’s renowned for its sophisticated dry-stone walls that fuse huge blocks without the use of mortar, intriguing buildings that play on astronomical alignments and panoramic views. Its exact former use remains a mystery.
- Fully Accessible Tour!
- Sacred Valley of the Incas
- Machu Picchu, The Lost City of the Incas
- Visit the Amaru Community
- Rafael Larco Herrera Museum
KEY: B | Breakfast; L | Lunch; D | Dinner
Day 1: Lima – Colonial Centre | D
Depart from the UK on your flight to Lima. Upon arrival, wheelchair accessible transfer to your hotel. Enjoy your afternoon at leisure. Before dinner, you will have an introduction and briefing about your accessible wheelchair tour.
Day 2: Lima – Colonial Centre | B, L
Discover modern and colonial Lima on a guided accessible wheelchair tour! Peru’s capital is a rich kaleidoscope of colonial architectural jewels, revered pre-Columbian sites, charming residential areas, and vibrant shopping districts perched over the blue Pacific. Visit the Rafael Larco Herrera Museum and see the largest private collection of pre-Colombian Peruvian art in the world. The tour continues to the city’s neighbourhoods along the Pacific coast.
Day 3: Lima – Cusco – Sacred Valley | B
Depart Lima on your flight (approx. 1½ hours, flight not included) to Cusco. Upon arrival, wheelchair accessible transfer to your hotel in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Enjoy your afternoon at leisure. In the evening there will be an introduction to the Sacred Valley attractions.
Day 4: Sacred Valley | B, L
Visit three sites in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. First from an accessible viewpoint you will see hundreds of stunning salt ponds at the Maras Salt Mines. The mines are built on the slope of a mountain in pre-Incan times. An underground spring feeds salt-crusted ponds in terraces that cascade down the valley. Second, you will visit the huge agricultural terraces of Moray, built in natural holes in a circular form and resembling a Roman amphitheatre – it is believed they were used as an Incan agricultural experimental centre. Finally, you will visit the fortress of Ollantaytambo, built by the Incas and where six huge rectangular monoliths (estimated weight: 50 tons) form the Temple of the Sun.
Day 5: Sacred Valley – Amaru Community | B, L
Decode the mysteries of Andean Iconography during an accessible wheelchair tour to the Amaru community before you depart for the colourful Pisac Market (mostly accessible). Ending this day with a breathtaking panoramic view of the Pisac Ruins.
Day 6: Accessible Machu Picchu Experience | B, L
Visit iconic Machu Picchu – Lost City of the Incas, a New 7th Wonder of the World and UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will ride the train from the Sacred Valley to the fabulous mountaintop of Manchu Picchu enjoying panoramic window views over the winding mountains and valleys and ruins. For centuries, this lost city was buried in the jungle until Hiram Bingham discovered it in 1911. A private accessible bus will transfer you to the top of the ruins where a guided tour will illuminate the mysteries of Machu Picchu.
Day 7: Sacred Valley | B
After yesterday’s visit to the legendary Inca citadel of Machu Picchu enjoy a day at leisure and relaxation.
Day 8: Sacred Valley | B
On day eight you will visit the labyrinthine ruins of Qenqo, meaning zigzag, and discover the ruins of Puka Pukara, or ‘Red Fortress’ in Quechu. You will then enjoy a guided visit and picnic lunch nearby Sacsayhuaman, or ‘speckled falcon’, the fortress above Cusco.
Day 9: Wheelchair Accessible Tour in Cusco | L
Today you will explore Cusco on a private city tour. The tour includes a visit to the Cathedral, considered the best repository of colonial art from the Cusco school. We’ll continue the circuit to Qoricancha known as ‘Temple of the Sun’ the religious and political centre of Cusco during the Inca era.
Day 10: Cusco | B
Enjoy Cusco built on the foundations of Inca palaces at your own pace with a day of leisure and relaxation.
Day 11: Cusco – Lima | B
Depart Cusco on your flight (approx. 1½ hours, flight not included) to Lima. We can provide accessible assistance to connect with your international flight.
- Wheelchair accessible accommodation as specified.
- Meals specified in itinerary
- Wheelchair assistance at Cusco and Machu Picchu plus off-road wheelchair for specific activities
- Wheelchair transportation in Peru to all locations where needed
- Private adapted transfers with portable ramps (airport – hotel – airport)
- Ground transportation from and to all tours
- All accessible wheelchair tours with entrance fees where needed
- Certified bilingual guide at all activities (Spanish – English)
What's Not Included
- National and international flights
- Any visas if needed
- Travel insurance (mandatory by Peruvian law)
- Expenditure of personal nature
- Drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic)
- Tips if considered appropriate
- Laundry and similar services at hotels
We can help organise all of your fight elements for this tour, please contact our team to obtain a quote.
The approximate airfare cost for Lima – Cuzco – Lima is 400 USD depending on travel dates.
Our travel consultants can also arrange free airport assistance for you should you require it. We will advise airports and airlines in advance of any special requirements you may have, as well as any equipment you may wish to take abroad.
Airport lounges are also available to book so as to avoid the queues and relax in comfort before your flight. For more information and costs please contact a member of our team.
To join this tour, a valid passport is required (valid for the number of months needed for the country you are traveling to).
Please check with your GP or Nurse Practitioner about any necessary vaccinations or medications you will need to travel to this country.
Some countries will require a visa to enter and you can check this at https://www.gov.uk>foreign-travel
This is a group tour. We reserve the right to cancel this holiday if the minimum number of persons required is not reached until 12 weeks prior to departure. In this event we will re- pay to you the monies paid in full.
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