Summary of The Day: There are no scheduled activities on the first day of the tour. On arrival please ask reception when the pre-departure meeting will be held.
Lima was founded by the Spanish Conquistador Francisco Pizarro in 1535. Lima has many fine colonial buildings and some of the best museums in South America including the Gold Museum, Museum of the Inquisition, and the Catacombs below the San Francisco Church. Peru's capital has much to offer and many of the sights, including the city's two main squares - Plaza de Armas and Plaza San Martin - are within easy walking distance. Plaza de Armas comprises the Cathedral, Municipal Palace, and Presidential Palace, where the changing of the guard can be seen every day at noon.
- Meeting point: Kamana Hotel, Jiron Kamana 547, Lima. Please double-check your voucher for necessary details regarding accommodations of the days following. All hotels provided are of a 3 star standard.
- Kamana Hotel or similar
Summary of The Day: You will be transferred to Jorge Chavez International Airport, where you will take a 60-minute flight up into the high Andes over spectacular scenery to the former Inca capital of Cusco, which means navel of the earth in the Inca language of Quechua. This enchanting city has a mostly indigenous population of around 300,000 people. We will take you on an orientation walk through the city.
Summary of The Day: Today's itinerary is devoted to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. First we'll visit the Pisac ruins, perched on a hilltop with incredible views of the surrounding mountains, then go down to the traditional market of the same name, full of color and atmosphere, and a great place to buy a souvenir or two. After lunch, we'll continue along the valley to the temple-fortress of Ollantaytambo with its enormous Inca terracing constructed on the side of a steep mountain.
- Accommodations for the evening are in a home-stay.
Summary of The Day: The Lost City of Machu Picchu was completely self-contained, surrounded by agricultural terraces whose crops sustained the entire population. Located high above the fast flowing Urubamba River, the ruins consist of palaces, baths, temples, storage rooms and some 150 houses, all in a remarkable state of preservation that will simply take your breath away.
The ruins were only discovered by the outside world in 1911, when American explorer Hiram Bingham found them while looking for another lost city called Vilcabamba. Due to their isolation many of the buildings are still quite intact and you can't help but admire Huayna Picchu (Young Mountain), which towers above the ruins.
Summary of The Day: Our exploration of Machu Picchu continues.
- Accommodations for the evening are in Cusco.
Cusco - Puno
Summary of The Day: Leaving Cusco, we'll drive along roads flanked by herds of llamas, alpacas and vicunas before reaching the Altiplano (high plain), where our journey will take us past hot mineral pools, snowcapped mountains and villages where locals sell fur hats and alpaca sweaters. At the highest point, the La Raya Pass at 14,176 feet above sea level, we'll visit the research station for high-altitude animals.
The beautiful scenery continues all the way to Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca, which at 12,647 feet above sea level, is the highest navigable lake in the world. We'll arrive in time so you can visit the colorful local market.
Puno - Lake Titicaca
Summary of The Day: In the morning we'll set out on our overnight excursion to Lake Titicaca. We'll first visit the floating reed islands in the Bay of Puno to see the Uros islanders way of life. There you may opt to ride in a traditional reed boat before continuing over the water to the island of Amantani. Here we'll stay overnight in the home of a local Aymara/Quechua family. We recommend that you purchase gifts for the families at the Port of Puno - they will greatly appreciate this gesture of kindness.
- Accommodations for the evening are in a home-stay.
Lake Titicaca - Puno
Summary of The Day: In the morning we visit Taquile Island, where the men knit distinctive woolen hats while the women work in the fields. You can buy these unique handicrafts in the local cooperative shops. After lunch we'll board the boat returning to Puno.
Puno - Arequipa
Summary of The Day: Upon our arrival in Arequipa, you'll have much of the day to explore this beautiful colonial city in-depth. Arequipa has a lovely central plaza dominated by a large cathedral. There are some fantastic restaurants in Arequipa and it is possible to enjoy many Peruvian delicacies here. Besides the stimulating architecture, one of the the main attractions is the Santa Catalina Convent, which is almost a city in itself with its maze of cobbled streets, cloisters and decorative buildings. Don't miss the nuns' cafe for freshly baked treats! Another popular attraction is the Museo Santury (Museo Universidad Catolica de Santa Maria), which houses many well-preserved mummies, the most famous of which is Juanita, a young Inca maiden who was sacrificed around the year AD 1450 atop the Nevado Ampato volcano to appease the gods and ask for a good harvest. Juanita was sacrificed then frozen by snowfall at the top of the mountain, hence her nickname ice princess. She was rediscovered in the 1990s when ash from the volcano melted the snow around her.
Arequipa - Colca Canyon
Summary of The Day: On Day 10 we'll visit the nearby Colca Canyon, said to be one of the deepest in the world. En route we'll travel into the high, barren Andean landscape, passing through ghost towns destroyed by earthquakes while learning about the local flora and fauna of the region. After checking in to our hotel in Chivay, we'll go for a walk to the entrance of the canyon. Later in the day we may visit the nearby hot springs for a relaxing soak.
Summary of The Day: Early in the morning we'll travel to Cruz del Condor (Condor's Cross) lookout point in search of the giant condors soaring out of the canyon on thermal currents. Afterwards we walk along the canyon's edge, stopping for lunch on the way back to Arequipa.
Summary of The Day: The entire day is your to explore Arequipa before boarding the overnight bus to Nazca.
Summary of The Day: Nazca, an oasis town, is famous for the strange parallel lines and geometrical figures etched into the desert floor. Although there is a viewing tower, these strange designs can only be fully appreciated from the air. You can take an optional flight (own expense) over the lines and shapes, which include a monkey, hummingbird, condor, spider and even a spaceman. The designs are thought to have been made by three different groups of people: the Paracas (900 -200 BC), the Nazca (200 BC -600 AD) and then new migrants from Ayacucho around 630 AD. Optional tours of the underground aqueducts, gold mines and ceramic shops are also available (own expense). We'll also visit the extraordinary Chauchilla Cemetery where you can see the ancient mummies with skin and hair intact.
Nazca - Huacachina - Pisco - Ballestas Islands
Summary of The Day: Next we'll head deep into the desert to the Huacachina oasis, where you can have a go at sandboarding down the enormous sand dunes - a lot of fun, but be careful, they are very steep! The brave can go for a dip in the murky lagoon, which is said to contain therapeutic properties.
We'll then travel to the Atlantic coast to the town of Pisco, from which the name of the Peruvian national drink, the pisco sour, is derived. The following morning we'll move along the coast to neighboring Paracas, where we'll take a motorboat out to explore the Ballestas Islands. Sometimes known as the poor man's Galapagos, the islands are teeming with over 150 species of bird life including penguins, cormorants, boobies and pelicans. The islands are also home to thousands of sea lions and boast some amazing rock formations. Although it is not possible to set foot on the islands, you will experience the magnificent sights and sounds of the vast array of wildlife and maybe even spot seals and dolphins playing around the boat. Our boat trip also takes us past the mysterious Candelabra figure etched on the side of a mountain. Best viewed from the sea, many believe the Candelabra is linked to the Nazca Lines.
Summary of The Day: We'll come full circle to Lima, where you'll have one more night to explore before our epic journey comes to an end.
Summary of The Day: Our incredible journey comes to an end today. If you have a late flight or have lengthened your stay by adding post-tour accommodations you will have more time to explore the sights.
Standard Price/Person By Occupancy
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* You must be at least 18 years old to join the tour.|
* Single Occupancy price applies when one people stays in one standard hotel room.
* Double Occupancy price applies when two people stay in one standard hotel room.
- Guided tour of Sacred Valley of the Incas
- Guided tour of Machu Picchu
- Overnight excursion to Lake Titicaca
- Entrance and guided tour of Colca Canyon
- Tour of Huacachina Oasis
- Boat to the Ballestas Islands
- 12-night accommodations (hotels, homestays and overnight bus)
- 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
- Flight from Lima to Cusco
- English-speaking local guide(s) on included excursions
- Airfare and the cost of other transportation between your home and departure city
- Visa fees
- Travel insurance
- Airport transfers and pre and post-tour accommodations
- Personal expenses
- Optional excursions (prices and availability subject to change): - Monastery and Catacombs guided tour: USD$3.00/person
- Paragliding: USD$60.00/person
- Arequipa City tour: USD$12.00/person
- Monastery of Santa Catalina: USD$15.00/person
- Museo Santuarios Andinas: USD$8.00/person
- Scenic flight over Nazca Lines: USD$110.00 + S/25.00 tax
- Planetarium show & lecture: USD$20.00/person
- Chauchilla Cemetery: USD$15.00/person
- Cancellation Policy:
- 27 Days Prior to Departure Date - 100% of Reservation Cost
- 28-59 Days Prior to Departure Date - 50% of Reservation Cost
- 60 or More Days Prior to Departure Date - 10% of Reservation Cost
- This is an adventure tour. We see a destination from the locals' perspective using a variety of transport, staying in small, locally-owned guesthouses and campsites along the Inca Trail.
- Maximum group size is 16 people.
- On arrival in Lima, we recommend that you exchange some of your own currency for the Peruvian Nuevo Sol (PEN) to cover personal expenses for the first four or five days of the trip. There are several international ATMs and exchange booths inside the airport. You may need to push a button to request your card to be returned.
- If you have booked the courtesy airport shuttle service, please look out for someone with a sign with your name. If you are likely to be delayed by more than two hours, please contact the emergency number at least six hours before arrival. If we are advised in time, we will make every effort to reschedule your transfer and your driver will be asked to wait for two hours after your new expected arrival time. However, if we are not made aware of any change, the driver will only wait for two hours after the original scheduled arrival time and after this point it will be up to you to arrange transport to your hotel at your own expense.
- Detailed itineraries are provided in good faith and it is our intention to adhere to the published route. Changes may be made before or during your tour for operational or safety reasons. Impromptu changes may also occur whilst you are travelling as a result of one-off circumstances such as an excursion being closed on a particular day, weather conditions or transport. Delays are rare but occur occasionally and for this reason and the reasons above this itinerary should be considered as a guide only. Published transport times are approximate and may vary depending on local conditions.
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