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Essential Peru

Duration
13 Days
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US$ 3,553

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$ 3,553

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Day 1

Arrive Lima

Upon arrival at Lima, you will be picked up from the airport and transferred to the hotel.

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

At scheduled time, you will be picked up from the hotel and transferred to the airport to take the departure flight.

Upon arrival at Arequipa, you will be picked up from the airport and transferred to the hotel.

This tour starts in the Main Square, which is surrounded by the city's most representative buildings. This is followed by a visit to the Jesuit church, the oldest and most important example of religious architecture employing sillar. Then on to Santa Catalina Convent, founded in 1580, with its cloisters, picturesque streets and plazas that remain the same as they were centuries ago. You will also learn about the lives of the select group of nuns who lived there. Afterwards, a visit to the Santuarios Andinos Museum at Santa María Catholic University, where the mummy Juanita or the "Lady of Ampato" is kept, an Inca adolescent sacrificed to the mountain deities -Apus- who was found on Mount Ampato after being buried in the ice for around 500 years.

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Duration1 Night
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Casa Andina Standard Arequipa

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    Casa Andina Standard 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

You will leave your hotel and start with an unforgettable trip. Go through the town of Yura, through the Aguada Blanca and Pampa Cañahuas National Reserve. Make a stop at Patahuasi to freshen up before heading to Chivay, where you will enjoy a delicious lunch. You will have the rest of the afternoon at leisure to enjoy the hotel's facilities.

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

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    Casa Andina Standard Colca



    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.

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    • 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

You will head towards the Cross of the Condor, the best location to admire the Colca Canyon and -if weather allows it- you will get the chance to observe the majestic flight of the condors. On your way back, you will visit the colorful towns of Pinchollo and Maca, before arriving at Chivay, where you will have lunch. Then, you will have the afternoon at leisure to enjoy the hotel's optional activities or to take a walk through the Uyo Uyo ruins. Finally, you will return to your hotel in Colca to enjoy dinner and rest.

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Day 5

Colca Canyon to Puno

You will visit the town of Coporaque, where you will walk towards the San Antonio ruins. Then, you will go through the Chivay Indian Market, before returning to the city. Afterwards, you will enjoy a delicious lunch in Chivay before leaving to Arequipa, stopping in Patapampa along the way, where you will observe 8 volcanoes at 360 degrees. Finally, you will depart to your hotel in Puno. Visit Sillustani on way.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration2 Nights
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Casa Andina Standard Puno

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    Casa Andina Standard Puno



    The hotel is located only 7 minutes away from the Plaza de Armas [Main Square] of Puno. This cozy, safe, and spacious hotel has common areas such as a living room and a yard. It also has 50 comfortable and 100% non-smoking rooms, an internet ...

    The hotel is located only 7 minutes away from the Plaza de Armas [Main Square] of Puno. This cozy, safe, and spacious hotel has common areas such as a living room and a yard. It also has 50 comfortable and 100% non-smoking rooms, an internet center, and free Wi-Fi. The Puno Sama Restaurant & Café offers a breakfast buffet with free extras and a variety of dishes. It's ideal for travelers looking for a warm atmosphere and service emphasizing detail.

    Facilities

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

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Day 6

Lake Titicaca

Today, you will have your excursion to Amantani Island, located at an elevation of 4150 meters and famous for its terraced hillsides where its people used to farm. Pre-Incan peoples claimed that this island was a sacred place, and that is why, if you allow it, you can feel its mystical energies flow around you. Upon arrival, the locals will welcome you, leading you to your homestay accommodations, where they will show you their day to day activities, like weaving, farming, mystical ceremonies, and others. Next on the itinerary is a stopover at the handicraft center and the main square. Then, it's time for a delicious lunch. In the afternoon, before returning to Puno, you will visit the famous floating Uros Islands made out of reeds, whose inhabitants still live according to the customs of their ancestors.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 7

Puno to Cusco

Early in the morning transfer to the bus station.

Leave the station at the start of a bus journey to Cusco; on route enjoy the magnificent scenery of the valley south of Cusco. First stop is Andahuaylillas, which has a beautiful 17th Century church containing an impressive organ decorated with angels and cherubs. After that, the ruins at Racchi -also known as the "Temple of Wiracocha"- the different zones of which were used for different purposes. After this visit, you will enjoy a typical and delicious buffet lunch at a local restaurant. Then you will visit the archaeological site of Puca-Pucara, basically a military camp that also functioned as an administrative center.

Upon arrival at Cusco, assistance and transfer to the hotel.

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

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    Casa Andina Standard 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

Day at leisure.

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Day 9

Cusco to Sacred Valley

The excursion starts at Sacsayhuamán fortress, an impressive example of Inca military architecture. Then heading towards the town of Pisac to tour its impressive archaeological site on the mountain top, one of the most important in the Valley, featuring incredible terraced hillsides and a high degree of urban planning. After the tour, you will descend to the town and spend some time in the local market, interacting with the people, observing the local identity, and doing a little shopping.

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 and Ollantaytambo Fortress

A visit to the village of Chinchero to the north west of Cusco. This picturesque village was an important Inca centre and is known for the traditional Andean weaving techniques still used by its people. Wearing traditional clothes, the people of Chinchero meet in the Main Square to sell local handicrafts to visitors -a colourful and beautiful spectacle. Then on to Ollantaytambo, an Inca military, religious and agricultural centre built on a mountain summit. There you can see the narrow streets of the eponymous village, together with canals unchanged since the Inca Empire. Lunch is included.

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Day 11

Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu

At schedule time transfer to the train station.

A visit to one of the most important tourist destinations in the world: Machu Picchu. The excursion starts with a train trip to the town of Aguas Calientes, also known as Machu Picchu Pueblo. The natural beauty of the surroundings makes the train the best way to start your visit. When you arrive, you will start the ascent to the ruins, which will without a doubt be one of your most unforgettable experiences. At Machu Picchu you can see every part of one of the Seven Modern Wonders of the World, with free time to explore on your own, relax and take some impressive photos.

Lunch in Belmond Sanctuary Lodge.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Casa Andina Standard Machu Picchu

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    Casa Andina Standard 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

Visit the Machu Picchu archaeological site for a second time with your guide.

Lunch at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo

At schedule time, board the train to Ollantaytambo.
At arrival, transfer from the Train Station to the Hotel.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Casa Andina Standard Cusco Plaza

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    Casa Andina Standard 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

At scheduled time, you will be picked up from the hotel and transferred to the airport to take the departure flight.

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DEPARTURES:

Daily

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • All airport transfers
  • All transport in private vehicle
  • 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
  • Bus or train from Puno to Cusco
  • All meals as listed

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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