The Natural Wonders of Peru

9 days / 8 nights

$3,295

Land Only, Based on Double Occupancy | October 12-20, 2017

Tour Highlights: Journey with us to Peru to glimpse rich, ancient  Incan history, explore Peru’s metropolitan capital city Lima,  and remark at the wonders of mysterious Machu Picchu!

Peru is a country where the traditions have transcended through the ages and they are the foundation for present Peruvian lifestyle. The dichotomy shapes the diverse landscape and people, being the very reason why Peru is such a fascinating country to visit.

Spend nine exhilarating days immersing yourself in its rich history. Known for the esteemed architecture of Machu Picchu and cultural fusion of native Indian, African American and European elements, you will spend your trip captivated by the bountiful natural sites and enchanted by the bustle of vibrant cities.

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What is included

  • Domestic flights in Peru
  • All ground transportation and transfers as per itinerary or similar
  • All accommodations as specified in this itinerary or similar
  • All meals as specified within the itinerary as B, L and D
  • Entrance fees for all tours and excursions specified in the itinerary
  • Professional English-speaking local guides

 

What is NOT  included

  • International flights
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Meals not specified in this itinerary
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Personal items such as laundry, email, fax, telephone, souvenirs, etc.
  • Gratuities for tour and site guides and drivers
  • Trip cancellation, travel delay, and baggage insurance (Note: This optional coverage is highly recommended and can be purchased through your local insurance company)

Note: No credit/refund for any unused services.

 

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Day 1 - Thursday, October 12
Arrival in Lima

Upon arrival in Lima, our team will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel.

Colonial Center

Colonial Center

Lima, with its fresh seafood in sophisticated coastal restaurants also boasts some of the best dining in the country. Peru’s capital has an impressively restored colonial center.

Overnight in Lima

Day 2 - Friday, October 13
Lima

After breakfast, the morning will be at leisure.

During your city tour today, visit the main attractions of Lima. Drive to the main square where you will see the Government Palace, Archbishop`s Palace and the City Hall. Visit the Cathedral, which was built in 1625 in a Baroque Renaissance Style, known for its unique assortment of oil paintings and sculptures from the 17th and 18th centuries. Highlights inside are the chapel housing the remains of Francisco Pizarro and the choir stalls.

Cathedral

Cathedral

Next, visit the San Francisco Monastery, which besides an interesting museum features catacombs which you will also visit.

Drive to the district of Pueblo Libre to visit the Rafael Larco Herrera Museum, housed in a colonial residence, built on top of a VIII century pyramid. The museum exhibits the most widespread collection of Pre-columbian Peruvian art in the world. An extensive collection of Peruvian Gold and Silver from ancient times and textiles complement the presentation. You can also visit the Pre-Hispanic Erotic Art Salon. The museum has recently been completely renovated and features descriptions in six languages.

Dinner will be at the museum’s restaurant.

Overnight in Lima (B,D)

Day 3 - Saturday, October 14
Lima, Cusco

After breakfast, you will be picked up at the hotel and taken to the airport.

Cusco.- The “Navel of the Earth“ is another name for Cusco since during the florescence of the Incas almost every path and way led to the capital of the empire. Also nowadays, almost every visitor of Peru eventually arrives at the city located at 3.400m.o.s.l, which unites proof from different epochs. You will not only find Incan walls and temples but also colonial castles and catholic churches. In combination with the flair of contemporary Cusco, it is one of the most intriguing cities in the country. 

Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted at the airport and taken to your hotel.

Qoricancha

Qoricancha

In the afternoon, you will take a city tour of Cusco, consisting of a visit to its most important landmarks of both the Inca and the Colonial times. During your tour you will visit Qoricancha, also known as the temple of the sun. A catholic monastery, Santo Domingo, was built on the site, partly including the Incan Walls of the Sun Temple. Continue to the Cathedral, which is considered to be the best repository of colonial art from the Cusco school. It was built over the palace of the Inca Wiracocha and regarded as the religious and political centre of Cusco during the Inca era. You will also walk through the Inca Street of Loreto, a fine sample of the old town and its remarkable Inca walls.

Afterwards, you will leave the city to visit the outer parts of Cusco were you can find important ruins of the Inca Empire. Between them the most important is the archaeological park of the fortress-temple Saqsaywaman which shows precise zigzags of massive stone to which centuries could not do any harm.

Overnight in Cusco (B)

Day 4 - Sunday, October 15
Cusco - Sacred Valley
Pisac Market

Pisac Market

Enjoy breakfast. Then, the tour will start with a visit to Pisac market and later head northwards to visit the Ollantaytambo Ruins. Early In the morning you will be transported to the beautiful town of Pisac, located in the Sacred Valley. Despite the great popularity of its market and the crowds of tourists that arrive daily, the town still retains its local charm. You will be able to buy a wide variety of Peruvian handicrafts such as: carved gourds (mates burilados), ceramics, felt hats, alpaca sweaters and mittens, musical instruments, paintings, antiques, a huge variety of trinkets, and, most of all, weaving and jewelry.

Buffet lunch will be served at local restaurant.

From Pisac we will progress towards the north of the Sacred Valley. On our route, we will cross the plateau, then descend to Urubamba. Finally, we will arrive at Ollantaytambo, a typical Inca community. Towering above the town of Ollantaytambo there is the huge Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo. Steep stone promenades rising from the edge of the town lead up to the fortress ruins at the top of the hill. A stone stairway leads up through the terrace walls, allowing travellers to step out on them. One of the most well-preserved areas lies north of the Hanan Huacaypata square: an area of 15 blocks of houses are built on top of carved stone walls.

In the evening we will return to Cusco.

Overnight in Cusco (B,L)

Day 5 - Monday, October 16
Cusco - Machu Picchu

After breakfast, we will take the train toward Aguas Calientes. Upon arrival, we will take the shuttle bus  to Machu Picchu.

Temple of Three Windows

Temple of Three Windows

The “lost city of the Incas“ is not only one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, but also the biggest treasure of Peru’s past and the territory of the Incas. Undiscovered by the Spaniards and forgotten over centuries, it was 1911 that the US-American scientist Hiram Bingham stumbled upon it accidentally. To this day, the ruins leave scientists with numerous questions and riddles on how it was built and what purpose it serves. Theories differ but one thing is for sure: Machu Picchu is one of the most remarkable and exciting places in the world, regal and majestic on top of the mountain and bounded by dense rainforest.

Enjoy a guided tour of the spectacular citadel, visiting the main plaza, the royal quarters, Temple of Three Windows, the circular tower and the sacred Sun Dial and burial grounds.

Overnight in Machu Picchu (B,D)

Day 6 - Tuesday, October 17
Machu Picchu - Cusco

Early in the morning, you will have breakfast and then enjoy a second visit to Machu Picchu, where seeing the sun rising is a “must”.

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

In the afternoon, you will take the train back to Ollantaytambo and continue by road to Cusco, where you will be taken to your hotel.

Overnight in Cusco

Day 7 - Wednesday, October 18
Cusco

After breakfast, you will enjoy a day at leisure in Cusco.

Plaza de Armas - Cusco

Plaza de Armas – Cusco

Overnight in Cusco (B)

Day 8 - Thursday, October 19
Cusco - Lima

After breakfast, you will be picked up  at the hotel and brought to the airport.

Once in Lima, you’ll be welcomed at the airport and taken to your hotel.

Lima at night

Lima at night

In the evening, we will go to Amoramar, a typical Peruvian restaurant for an amazing farewell dinner.

Overnight in Lima (B,D)

Day 9 - Friday, October 20

After breakfast, you will be taken to the airport for your flight back home.

(B) Breakfast  (L) Lunch  (D) Dinner

Note: All itineraries are subject to change
* A minimum of 4 passengers is required for tour service.
This tour is limited to 12 participants.
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Dates: October 12-20, 2017

Please contact a travel agent about airfare for this tour: 1.800.223.3855

Land Only Rates

$3,295 per person based on Double Occupancy

Single Supplement $700

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Hotels

CityHotelDescription 
LimaArawi Lima MirafloresThis boutique hotel is located in the heart of Miraflores, just three blocks from the pacific coast and walking distance from Parque Kennedy.
Hotel 1
CuscoEl Mercado Tunqui HotelThis hotel is located just a few blocks away from Cusco’s main square
(Plaza de Armas). It occupies the premises of a former market (mercado), that is the reason why it is called “El Mercado”.
Hotel 2
Machu PicchuCasa del Sol Boutique HotelThis boutique hotel is located in the in the middle of the sacred lands of Machu
Picchu (Aguas Calientes), near the train station.
Hotel 3

 

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