Lima to Cusco: Journey Through Peru

As you begin your Journey Through Peru, be sure to take some time out to enjoy the highlights of its exciting capital, Lima. Resting on the edge of the South Pacific Ocean, Lima is as much shrouded in history as it is cloaked in a fleeting mist. As its desert air mingles with ocean breezes a silky light fog roams in and out of the city’s streets, softening its contrast of colonial and modern architecture.

Plaza de Armas

Winding along cliffs over the Pacific, a stroll through Miraflores’ El Malecón is a great way to enjoy an afternoon among Lima’s gardens and seaside setting. After your walk, venture into the city to take in Museo Larco, a stunning sight dedicated to pre-Colombian art and ceramics. Then, perhaps amble over to the state-run museum, Museo Nacional de Arqueología Antropología e Historia del Perú to enjoy over 100,000 historical Peruvian artifacts. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, indulge in some local Peruvian cuisine. Featuring nods to its Cuyuni population as well as its Inca heritage, the city’s gastronomical community has enjoyed a celebrated emergence in recent years. Finally, before setting off for the nation’s interior take in the architectural jewels of Lima’s main square, Plaza de Armas.

Santo Domingo Cathedral

On to greater heights; Peru’s awe-inspiring Sacred Valley is truly the journey’s reward. Contrasting the colonial architecture of Cusco, the Pisac ruins serve as a great introduction to the region’s myriad traces of a lost empire. Trekking along ancient trails, and through the welcoming villages of the Andes, most travelers will ultimately make their way to the iconic Inca Trail.

Sun Gate

Our link to Machu Picchu and one of the most important parts of the Inca Road system, the Inca Trail is an 8 mile trek toward one of the Seven Wonders of the World. A steady, gradual incline frames your approach upon Machu Picchu and the surrounding mountains, cloud forests and verdant valleys below make this trip a true bucket list experience. Arriving at Intipunku, the Sun Gate, get your first glimpse of the “Lost City.” Linger as long as you like to gaze down into the stone structures of Machu Picchu and after catching your breath press downward, to eventually stand face-to-face with over five centuries of history.

BeerAt day’s end, toast your discovery with a chicha or two, an Andean beer made from fermented corn, chat with the locals and savor your journey before resting up for another day of travel in Peru.

Discover the wonders of the Incas for yourself this year on VBT’s Peru: Machu Picchu & The Sacred Valley walking vacation.