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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$ 5,083

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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
Accommodation

Sonesta El Olivar

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    Sonesta El Olivar



    The Sonesta El Olivar is your own natural oasis in the heart of the city. For here you can stroll to ancient pyramids and glorious cathedrals or shop till you drop and dance the night away. Located in the attractive San Isidro district of Lima, ...

    The Sonesta El Olivar is your own natural oasis in the heart of the city. For here you can stroll to ancient pyramids and glorious cathedrals or shop till you drop and dance the night away. Located in the attractive San Isidro district of Lima, the Sonesta El Olivar Lima offers easy access to all the charms of the city. The exclusive 134-room Sonesta El Olivar has the tranquillity of San Isidro's majestic 10-acre Olive Grove Wood, together with the comfort and services that only a five-star hotel can offer.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Buggies
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Gift Shop
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Massage Treatments
    • Medical Services
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Secretarial Service
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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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.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night
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Casa Andina Premium Collection Arequipa

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    Casa Andina Premium Collection Arequipa



    On a quiet street in the heart of Arequipa's historic district, the hotel is just steps from the entrance of the famed Santa Catalina Convent and only 3 blocks from the Plaza de Armas. In the midst of Arequipa's top restaurants, sights and shopping, the ...

    On a quiet street in the heart of Arequipa's historic district, the hotel is just steps from the entrance of the famed Santa Catalina Convent and only 3 blocks from the Plaza de Armas. In the midst of Arequipa's top restaurants, sights and shopping, the hotel is only 15 minutes by taxi from Arequipa's Rodriguez Ballon airport and 10 minutes from the bus station.

    Restored to its original grandeur, this storied sillar (white volcanic stone) colonial mansion is one of the finest hotels in Arequipa's historic center - and is as much a living museum as it is hotel. The hotel features high vaulted ceilings, two ample colonial courtyards, and an elegant gourmet restaurant.

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    • Conference Facilities
    • Gift Shop
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Medical Services
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service

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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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Colca Lodge

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    Colca Lodge



    Built completely of stone, mud bricks and thatch roofs, Colca Lodge is located in the heart of the Valley, next to the Colca River in the midst of ancestral farming terraces. With a particular architectural style inspired by ancient Inca buildings, Colca Lodge has been ...

    Built completely of stone, mud bricks and thatch roofs, Colca Lodge is located in the heart of the Valley, next to the Colca River in the midst of ancestral farming terraces. With a particular architectural style inspired by ancient Inca buildings, Colca Lodge has been able to combine its attractive rustic style with total comfort without damaging the surrounding environment.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Fireplace
    • Games Room
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Spa

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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 Premium Collection Puno

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    Casa Andina Premium Collection Puno



    Perched at the water's edge and taking full advantage of its privileged location on the Puno area of Lake Titicaca, most of the hotel's 46 rooms boast unparalleled lake views 3,800m (12,500 ft) above sea level. Its gourmet restaurant is enclosed by a glass wall ...

    Perched at the water's edge and taking full advantage of its privileged location on the Puno area of Lake Titicaca, most of the hotel's 46 rooms boast unparalleled lake views 3,800m (12,500 ft) above sea level. Its gourmet restaurant is enclosed by a glass wall framing the lake and gardens, and a large, sunny terrace invites guests to contemplate Lake Titicaca's seemingly endless expanse. Unique among Puno hotels, oxygen is available in all rooms (a bonus for guests having difficulty adapting to the high altitude).

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    • Bar(s)
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lounge(s)
    • Parking
    • 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.

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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 Premium Collection Cusco

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    Casa Andina Premium Collection Cusco is a beautifully renovated 18th-century manor house, just 3 blocks from Cusco's Plaza de Armas, replete with authentic colonial character. It offers the intimacy of a boutique hotel but the comforts and services of a much larger property. Several rooms ...

    Casa Andina Premium Collection Cusco is a beautifully renovated 18th-century manor house, just 3 blocks from Cusco's Plaza de Armas, replete with authentic colonial character. It offers the intimacy of a boutique hotel but the comforts and services of a much larger property. Several rooms in the original structure of the hotel feature surviving colonial frescoes unearthed during renovation.

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    • Massage Treatments
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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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Casa Andina Premium Collection Sacred Valley

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    Casa Andina Premium Collection Sacred Valley



    Casa Andina Private Collection Sacred Valley is a mountain chalet-styled retreat with panoramic Andes views from every room and every angle; it breathes an air of tranquillity and relaxation. Unique among Sacred Valley hotels, it contains a full-service spa, a domed planetarium and observatory, and ...

    Casa Andina Private Collection Sacred Valley is a mountain chalet-styled retreat with panoramic Andes views from every room and every angle; it breathes an air of tranquillity and relaxation. Unique among Sacred Valley hotels, it contains a full-service spa, a domed planetarium and observatory, and gourmet restaurant and bar. The 85 inviting, spacious rooms overlook the property and extensive gardens, and feature either private balconies or sunny sitting areas. Located between Urubamba and Ollantaytambo, the hotel is perfectly positioned for easy access to the valley's abundant attractions and Machu Picchu.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Gift Shop
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lounge(s)
    • Medical Services
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • 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.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
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.

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Duration1 Night
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Casa del Sol Boutique Hotel

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    Casa del Sol Boutique Hotel



    Casa del Sol Boutique Hotel is located in the village of Aguas Calientes, very close to the imposing buildings of Machu Picchu, where the fascinating Inca citadel was erected. The hotel is just a 5 minute walk from the train station and across the street ...

    Casa del Sol Boutique Hotel is located in the village of Aguas Calientes, very close to the imposing buildings of Machu Picchu, where the fascinating Inca citadel was erected. The hotel is just a 5 minute walk from the train station and across the street from the bus station that takes passengers to the ruins of Machu Picchu. The 30 unique guestrooms each combine materials and art crafted by artisans from different Peruvian communities.

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    • Bar
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Restaurant
    • Spa

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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
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Casa Andina Premium Collection Cusco

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    Casa Andina Premium Collection Cusco



    Casa Andina Premium Collection Cusco is a beautifully renovated 18th-century manor house, just 3 blocks from Cusco's Plaza de Armas, replete with authentic colonial character. It offers the intimacy of a boutique hotel but the comforts and services of a much larger property. Several rooms ...

    Casa Andina Premium Collection Cusco is a beautifully renovated 18th-century manor house, just 3 blocks from Cusco's Plaza de Armas, replete with authentic colonial character. It offers the intimacy of a boutique hotel but the comforts and services of a much larger property. Several rooms in the original structure of the hotel feature surviving colonial frescoes unearthed during renovation.

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    • Massage Treatments
    • Restaurant

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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:

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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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