Peruvian adventures with Saga's ‘Land of the Incas‘ tour

Aimee Spicer / 14 August 2015

Contact centre agent Matt tells us which Peruvian adventures from our ‘Land of the Incas‘ tour he enjoyed the most.

“Peru will always be imprinted in my memories; it’s just one of those places you must visit to take in the true essence and beauty of this unforgettable South American country.” Contact centre agent Matt tells us which Peruvian adventures from our ‘Land of the Incas‘ tour he enjoyed the most.

“Follow in the footsteps of the Inca people and discover how they created some of the most amazing architecture in history – and smile as you see the locals continuing the Peruvian traditions. Head to Machu Picchu to feast your eyes on one of the ‘new’ Wonders of the World and get lost in the history – and whatever you do, don’t forget to take your camera….

Lima

Lima, the capital of Peru, has so much to offer. Enjoy the South American vibe and historic architecture. Forget your raincoat; it hasn’t rained in Lima for over 20 years. Visit the famous San Francisco Church in the heart of Lima main city centre and take in the atmosphere surrounding you. Explore the catacombs, only recently discovered in 1943, underneath the church where 25,000 bodies have been laid to rest. The carnival type music and dancing keeps your eyes peeled as you uncover this beautiful and colourful city.

Cusco

Arriving into Cusco I was made aware of the altitude difference and advised to drink plenty of water, bearing in mind it sits 13,000 ft above sea level. This city in the Peruvian Andes was once capital of the Inca Empire, a fact that is obvious when you look around at the fantastically built architecture. Known for its archaeological remains and Spanish colonial buildings, Cusco’s image is filtered through the local villages in which Incas lived. A must is heading into the Sacred Valley to visit these smaller villages, such as Ollantaytambo and Pisac, where local traditions are still very much in evidence today; amazing to see but made even better by the smiles on all the children’s faces.

Sacred Valley

The enchantingly picturesque scenery of Peru is at its most stunning in the Sacred Valley, the home of the greatest Inca treasure of all: Machu Picchu. Travelling on board the Andean Explorer through the Sacred Valley towards Machu Picchu is an incredible experience. The enthralling scenery, snow-covered mountains, local villages and brilliant Peruvian entertainment is something I will always remember. Of course, the Sacred Valley has many Inca ruins, of which you must see as much as you can, but don’t even think about missing out on Machu Picchu; the aura around the ruins is unique. Standing at nearly 8,000 ft above sea level and surrounded by mountains these ruins are breathtaking, sensational on the eye, not forgetting their remarkable historic meaning.”

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