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Essential Peru

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13 Days
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Find panoramic mountain ranges, vast deserts, beautiful beaches and tropical jungles, not to mention a rich history, archaeology, wildlife and culture. Spend time uncovering amazing Peru.


Few trips fire the imagination like a Peru vacation. Incredible scenery, bustling colonial cities and the majestic ruins of ancient empires all combine to create South America’s most iconic destination. Spend 13 days visiting the highlights including Lake Titicaca, the Sacred Valley, beautiful Arequipa and of course, Machu Picchu!

The UNESCO listed ‘white city’ of Arequipa is your first stop, so named after its distinctive white sillar stone architecture. From Plaza de Armas, the main square, visit Museum Santuarios Andinos, home to the ‘Juanita’ mummy. The city’s highlight however is Convento de Santa Catalina, Peru’s most important religious building. This ‘city within a city’ is its own unique bubble of history, preserved in enchanting streets and beautiful colours.

Get a feel for the majesty of the Andes at Colca Canyon. More than twice as deep as the Grand Canyon, this is an area where locals retain their ancestral traditions – unique within Peru – watched over by Andean Condors. Visit Puno, on the edge of the world’s highest navigable lake, Lake Titicaca. A morning excursion takes you to meet the Uro people of the Reed Islands, followed by Taquile Island, where residents are renowned for their fine handwoven textiles and handicrafts – and for their clear division between men (who knit) and women (who make yarn and weave).

A World Heritage Site and gateway to the Sacred Valley, Cuzco was once capital of the Inca Empire. The surrounding area is filled with amazing ruins, including Ollantaytambo, a major religious centre for the Incas, and Pisac, noted for its varied markets. Stay overnight before heading up to explore Machu Picchu!

Perched 8,000 feet above sea level, Peru’s star attraction is a spectacular 15th century ruin, known to outsiders for just over a century. In fact, much of its purpose within Inca civilization remains a mystery. There are many sites to explore, each with its own story – told with varying degrees of accuracy and imagination! If you’re feeling energetic and time allows, hike to the peak of Wayna Picchu for a truly stunning view.


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Duration
13 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,426

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Day 1

Arrive Lima

For flights arriving early morning the afternoon will be spent on a city tour of Lima (not included in the trip price). For flights arriving into Lima late at night, on your arrival you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel of choice.

Lima was one of the fist cities established in South America by the conquistadors and holds many amazing colonial jewels to be discovered. This half-day tour visits both the colonial and modern sections of Lima. Colonial sites include the lovely Plaza Mayor, the Government Palace, San Francisco Church and the exquisite Torre Tagle Palace modern day seat of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In modern Lima, drive along the exclusive residential areas of Miraflores and San Isidro.

Duration1 Night
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Allpa Hotel and Suites

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    Allpa Hotel and Suites



    Whether for business or tourism, Allpa Hotel & Suites, offers an unforgettable experience. Allpa Hotel & Suites provides spacious and modern rooms with the latest technology and comfort for today's guest. The location makes this an excellent choice. Nearby you can enjoy the best of ...

    Whether for business or tourism, Allpa Hotel & Suites, offers an unforgettable experience. Allpa Hotel & Suites provides spacious and modern rooms with the latest technology and comfort for today's guest. The location makes this an excellent choice. Nearby you can enjoy the best of Lima, and you can find excellent restaurants, upscale boutiques, the most important banks, shopping malls, handicrafts markets, cultural attractions. Also, at a walking distance from the hotel you will have a breathtaking view of the Pacific Ocean.

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Day 2

Lima to Arequipa

An early morning spectacular flight along the Peruvian coast brings you to the "White City" of Arequipa, the ideal place to start acclimatizing to the rarefied air of the Andes and a beautiful city to explore.

Arequipa boasts a magnificent marble Plaza de Armas, quaint old town streets, the picturesque Santa Catalina Monastery and Juanita the Ice maiden museum. Alpaca wool is Arequipa's finest export and there are plenty of opportunities for treating yourself to some stunning textiles here.

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Duration1 Night
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Casa Andina Classic Hotel Arequipa

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    Casa Andina Classic Hotel Arequipa



    Arequipa's largest hotel - The Casa Andina Classic Arequipa is an excellent value and it is just 2 blocks from top sights. The hotel features large sunny terraces with views of El Misti volcano. The hotel offers 104 comfortable rooms.

    Arequipa's largest hotel - The Casa Andina Classic Arequipa is an excellent value and it is just 2 blocks from top sights. The hotel features large sunny terraces with views of El Misti volcano. The hotel offers 104 comfortable rooms.

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    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Internet Access
    • Parking
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)

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Day 3

Arequipa to Colca Canyon

Driving out of Arequipa you enjoy spectacular views of the mountains surrounding the city before climbing high into the Andes and descending into the amazing Colca Canyon.

The Colca Canyon is one of the World's deepest canyons and is home to Condors and a fascinating local culture, totally different from any other place you will visit on this trip. You over night in the charming Colca Lodge. Soaking in the World class hot-springs is the prime activity here, closely followed by exploring the lodge's restaurant, bar or games room.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
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Casa Andina Classic Colca Canyon

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    Casa Andina Classic Colca Canyon



    This hotel is rustic, relaxed and intimate with individual stone casitas (with thatched or clay roofs), plant-lined walkways, an open-air patio with centre fountain, and the hotel's own vegetable garden. The hotel features an onsite planetarium and a spacious, pitched-ceiling restaurant, showcasing local musicians and ...

    This hotel is rustic, relaxed and intimate with individual stone casitas (with thatched or clay roofs), plant-lined walkways, an open-air patio with centre fountain, and the hotel's own vegetable garden. The hotel features an onsite planetarium and a spacious, pitched-ceiling restaurant, showcasing local musicians and dancers performing Andean and Colca musical traditions. The hotel is ideally located to experience Colca Canyon and explore the breathtaking Valley - a place of ancient cultures and astounding natural beauty.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Currency Exchange
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Lounge(s)
    • Parking
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)

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Day 4

Colca

The private guide and minibus are at your disposal for the day. An early morning drive to Cruz del Condor is recommended in search of one of the world's largest birds, the condor, who nests in the cliffs of one of the world's deepest canyons (approx. 3, 400 m deep). Hiking to near-by ruins and a tour of the unique native culture and weavings in the area are also available activities. On return to the lodge plenty of time is left for just relaxing in the hot springs.

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Day 5

Colca Canyon to Puno

A spectacular drive through the high Andes, passing beautiful lakes and huge vistas as you travel on a newly asphalted road to Juliaca and on to your destination of Puno.

En route you can take a visit to Silustani ruins, whose fascinating circular burial chambers pre-date the Incas. The amazing stone work of this early civilization was obviously a strong influence on the famous Inca stone masons. In Puno you check into your hotel and can explore this interesting town and barter for locally hand-knitted woolen goods.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration2 Nights
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Casa Andina Classic Puno Tikarani

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    Casa Andina Classic Puno Tikarani



    The Casa Andina Classic Puno Tikarani is a medium-sized hotel with several relaxing public areas, including a fireplace lounge and courtyard. The hotel is located close to Puno's restaurant and bar scene along the pedestrian-only Lima boulevard - just a 5-minute walk - but is ...

    The Casa Andina Classic Puno Tikarani is a medium-sized hotel with several relaxing public areas, including a fireplace lounge and courtyard. The hotel is located close to Puno's restaurant and bar scene along the pedestrian-only Lima boulevard - just a 5-minute walk - but is just far enough removed to make sure visitors get a good night's sleep in one of the large rooms.

    Facilities

    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Fireplace
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Parking
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)

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Day 6

Lake Titicaca

Lake Titicaca is a photographer's dream, its clear sapphire water and the astounding blue skies are mesmerizing. A full day's boat trip with your own private guide and boat ensure you see all the sights in safety and style.

The famous floating reed islands of Uros and the ancient traditions and weavings of Taquile Island are explained and viewed at your leisure. You return to your Puno hotel for the night.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 7

Puno to Cusco

Today you board the all day train from Puno to Cusco. This classic Andean Explorer, train journey, recently voted "one of the top ten railway journeys of the world" cuts across the formidable Peruvian Altiplano, whose high plains are rich with llama herds, green Ibises and mountain villages where life is harsh but the resilient locals keep their communities with pride and good humour.
On arrival at Cusco train station, you transfer to your hotel. This evening you stretch your legs around the spectacular Plaza de Armas and dine in one of the many excellent restaurants as you begin to explore the fascinating city of Cusco. Please note: the train only operates five times a week, there is a bus alternative on the other days.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration2 Nights
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Casa Andina Classic Cusco Plaza

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    Casa Andina Classic Cusco Plaza



    Conveniently located under the colonial arcades of the stately Plaza Regocijo and around the corner from Cusco's beautiful Plaza de Armas, this hotel is also close to many restaurants, bars, and shops. The hotel features a fireplace lounge and a top-floor breakfast room with unparalleled ...

    Conveniently located under the colonial arcades of the stately Plaza Regocijo and around the corner from Cusco's beautiful Plaza de Armas, this hotel is also close to many restaurants, bars, and shops. The hotel features a fireplace lounge and a top-floor breakfast room with unparalleled views of the Cathedral and the Plaza de Armas. Its elevator and central location are ideal for independent travellers, especially those struggling with Cusco's elevation and hilly streets.

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    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service

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Day 8

Cusco

A free day to explore Cusco. From the Plaza de Armas, a visit to the sun temple is suggested, Qoricancha, a walk up to the San Blas district and for the energetic a visit to Sacsayhuaman fort overlooking the city. For those looking to relax there are countless excellent bars and cafes overlooking the Plaza de Armas and plenty of bargain hunting to do in the artisan markets. You meet in the evening for a briefing on the Inca Trail.

Day 9

Cusco to Sacred Valley

Begin early in the morning, driving out of Cusco, passing en route, the fascinating archaeological ruins of Sacsayhuaman where a decisive battle between Inca rebels and Spanish rebels was fought.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration2 Nights
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Sonesta Posada Del Inca Yucay

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    Sonesta Posada Del Inca Yucay



    Located in the heart of the Sacred Valley of the Incas and surrounded by beautiful gardens, the Sonesta Posada del Inca Yucay is a former 18th century colonial-style monastery. This charming 84-room posada is a one-hour drive from the ancient Inca capital of Cusco and ...

    Located in the heart of the Sacred Valley of the Incas and surrounded by beautiful gardens, the Sonesta Posada del Inca Yucay is a former 18th century colonial-style monastery. This charming 84-room posada is a one-hour drive from the ancient Inca capital of Cusco and close to Machu Picchu. The area's year-round warm weather is ideal for hiking, rafting, horseback riding and other outdoor activities.

    Facilities

    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Parking
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service

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Day 10

Chincheros with Weaving Demonstration Pisac Ruins and Ollantaytambo Fortress

A full day excursion to the Pisac Indian Market and the Ollantaytambo Fortress in the heart of the Sacred Valley. With an early start you drive through the fertile countryside of the Urubamba Valley to the colonial village of Pisac where an Indian Market takes place on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Then visit Pisac Ruins which lie atop a hill at the entrance to the valley. It features an irrigation system, an astronomical observatory, and a solar clock and calendar (Intiwatana). Then continue down the valley to visit the impressive archaeological complex of Ollantaytambo. You will then be transferred to your hotel. (Please note that on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, this tour does not include a visit to the Pisac Indian Market).

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Day 11

Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu

You continue your journey down the Urubamba valley by early morning train to the fabled "Lost City of the Incas- Machu Picchu". A short bus ride takes you direct to the ruins. Once there your guide gives you an extensive walking tour of the ruin and explains the fascinating history of the Incas. If time permits you may wish to explore further to the Inca Bridge, walk back up the Inca Trail to the sun gate or try the strenuous climb to the top of Huayna Picchu for an awe-inspiring Condor's eye view of Machu Picchu. Some may prefer to just relax and take in the awesome location.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Casa Andina Classic Machu Picchu

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    Casa Andina Classic Machu Picchu



    Casa Andina Classic Machu Picchu is the ideal choice for those travelers who want to experience Machu Picchu in its entirety. Its strategic location in Aguas Calienes, closest access point to Machu Picchu, at the side of the train tracks from Aguas Calientes.

    Casa Andina Classic Machu Picchu is the ideal choice for those travelers who want to experience Machu Picchu in its entirety. Its strategic location in Aguas Calienes, closest access point to Machu Picchu, at the side of the train tracks from Aguas Calientes.

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Day 12

Machu Picchu to Cusco

First thing in the morning you return to Machu Picchu where you will meet up with those who chose to trek the Inca Trail and have the ruins virtually to yourself for a full guided tour, with time afterwards to climb Huayna Picchu, walk out to the Inca Bridge or else just wander through the ruins soaking up the amazing atmosphere. You have a late lunch in Aguas Calientes before boarding the afternoon train back to Poroy. Here your waiting bus speeds you back to your Cusco Hotel. If you have the energy you can then explore Cusco's excellent nightlife.

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Duration1 Night
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Casa Andina Classic Cusco Plaza

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    Casa Andina Classic Cusco Plaza



    Conveniently located under the colonial arcades of the stately Plaza Regocijo and around the corner from Cusco's beautiful Plaza de Armas, this hotel is also close to many restaurants, bars, and shops. The hotel features a fireplace lounge and a top-floor breakfast room with unparalleled ...

    Conveniently located under the colonial arcades of the stately Plaza Regocijo and around the corner from Cusco's beautiful Plaza de Armas, this hotel is also close to many restaurants, bars, and shops. The hotel features a fireplace lounge and a top-floor breakfast room with unparalleled views of the Cathedral and the Plaza de Armas. Its elevator and central location are ideal for independent travellers, especially those struggling with Cusco's elevation and hilly streets.

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    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service

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Day 13

Cusco to Lima to Onward Travels

Today you are transferred to Cusco Airport for your onward travels.

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PRICE INCLUDES:

  • All airport transfers
  • All transport in private vehicle
  • English speaking tour conductor trained in first-aid and C.P.R.
  • Private local guides
  • All Accommodation
  • Guided tour in Machu Picchu
  • Entrance to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu, Ollantaytambo ruins
  • Bus transfers to and from the ruins
  • Colca entrance, Tambopata entrance
  • All meals as listed
  • Return flight Cusco to Lima and Lima to Arequipa

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Sleeping bag (available for rent at $10 a night) if Inca Trail option taken
  • Visa fees (if required)
  • Passport and Visa Costs
  • Vaccination Costs
  • Personal Spending Money
  • Meals where not listed
  • Drinks
  • International Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Airport departure taxes
  • Border taxes or fees

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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