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|Style||Escorted or Guided
Dedicated tour escorts & guides throughout
|Departures||September – December 2015|
|Departs||Miami (MIA) (flight schedule)|
|Highlights||Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu, Puno & Lake Titicaca|
|Themes||Active, Family Friendly, History & Culture, Premium|
|What to Expect||This fast-paced, escorted tour involves a significant amount of walking or hiking, often on uneven terrain, and reaches high altitudes requiring a high level of physical fitness to fully enjoy the trip. This tour also includes long scenic drives between destinations and may have limited rest stops.|
Join us on a fascinating voyage of discovery as we visit some of the most splendid and awesome sites in the world. Peru, like the Parthenon in Greece or the Pyramids of Egypt, provides an unforgettable glimpse of the genius of a lost world. Highlights of this vacation package to Peru include visits to Lima, the City of Kings and the country's capital; Cusco, the 11,000 ft high Inca capital; Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas and one of the most impressive archeological discoveries of all time; and Lake Titicaca, among the highest and most beautiful lakes in the world.
Departures & Prices
per person, double occupancy*
|Tue||Jul 7||2015||Thu||Jul 16||2015||$3299||Closed|
|Tue||Aug 4||2015||Thu||Aug 13||2015||$3599||$3299||Closed|
|Tue||Sep 1||2015||Thu||Sep 10||2015||$3299||$2999||Available|
|Tue||Nov 10||2015||Thu||Nov 19||2015||$3299||$2999||Available|
|Tue||Dec 8||2015||Thu||Dec 17||2015||$3599||$3299||Available|
Want to stay longer? We may be able to arrange for you to stay later than the scheduled dates, including extra hotel nights and separate airport transfers. Contact us about prices and availability.
Family-Friendly: Departures with this icon are open to children of any age, and special discounts apply to children up to age 11. Call us at 800-555-5765 to reserve these family-friendly departures.
|Single Room Supplement||+$999|
|Paracas Optional Pre-Tour Extension|
|Single Room Supplement||+$149|
This package includes round-trip flights from the cities listed above. Please review the flight schedule, especially if you're booking connecting flights.
Coming from somewhere else? Unfortunately, we don't offer departures from cities that are not listed, but you can book your own connecting flights separately.
Transfers: Transfers for this package are provided on a group basis only. For passengers deviating in any way from the group program, transfers are not provided. Individual, private transfers can be arranged at a supplement in price. Taxis and other forms of transportation are also available and may cost less than private transfers. If you wish to arrange private transfers, please request this service at the time of reservation.
To make a reservation, simply select an available departure date and reserve online using our secure booking system. Or call us one of our travel specialists at 800-555-5765, Mon–Fri 9:30–6:00 Eastern time. But first, check out our Things to Know section.
We only require a per-person deposit payment, which you can pay with your credit card or PayPal account. This deposit will be applied towards the cost of your package, and is generally non-refundable (details). The balance is due 75 days prior to departure (or within 72 hours, if you're booking less than 75 days prior to departure), and can be paid by credit card, PayPal, check or money order.
Day 1: Depart USA/Arrive Lima. Your exciting journey to Peru begins today as you depart on your flight bound for Lima, "City of the Kings", Peru's diverse capital city. Upon arrival, after customs formalities, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Accommodations: Hilton Lima Miraflores.
Day 2: Lima. Today embark on a city tour of both modern and colonial Lima. See the Monastery of San Francisco, famous for its library and catacombs, and the historical city center, based around the beautiful and sprawling Plaza Mayor (Plaza de Armas). The grand Cathedral of Lima, the ornate Archbishop's Palace, and the Government Palace, also known as the Casa de Pizarro, line the plaza. Both the Government Palace and the cathedral were first built by Francisco Pizarro when he founded the city in 1535 to govern the conquered Incan empire (though both have been rebuilt since). Visit the fashionable districts of San Isidro and Miraflores with their beautiful parks and elegant residences facing the ocean. Tonight join your fellow travelers for dinner at a local restaurant. Breakfast & dinner provided.
Day 3: Cusco, Pisac Market & Sacred Valley. After breakfast, transfer to the airport to board a short flight to Cusco, capital of the Inca Empire and located 11,000 feet above sea level. Upon arrival, travel to nearby Pisac, a picturesque Andean village with a wonderful market. Here you'll have a chance to buy locally made ponchos, sweaters and other handcrafted clothing, ceramics and hand-painted beads. Enjoy browsing the "locals" section of the market, where villagers come from miles around, dressed in their traditional clothing, to barter and sell their produce.
Continue to Ollantaytambo (3,000 feet above sea level), located at the foot of spectacular Inca ruins which protected the strategic entrance to the lower Urubamba Valley, also known as the Sacred Valley. The temple area is at the top of a series of steep terraces which helped provide excellent defenses. Stone used for these buildings was brought from a quarry high up on the opposite side of the Urubamba River, an incredible feat involving the efforts of thousands of workers. Afterwards, check in to your hotel for overnight. Accommodations: Aranwa Sacred Valley. Breakfast provided.
Day 4: Sacred Valley. This morning visit the ancient village of Chinchero and its beautiful colonial church built upon the original foundations of Tupac Yupanqui Palace. Legend has it that Chinchero is the birthplace of the rainbow and perhaps that has something to do with the vibrant textiles that are produce here. You will have time to explore Chinchero’s artisan weaver’s complex, and discover the traditional techniques of weaving, dyeing and spinning. Return to your hotel mid-day and spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure enjoying the hotel’s amenities or alternatively, join an optional afternoon excursion to Maras or Moray. Breakfast provided.
Optional Excursion: Maras or Moray, $20. Visit Maras or Moray this afternoon on an optional excursion. During the dry season (May through late-November) visit the salt works of Maras, consisting of about 3000 small pools, constructed on a mountain side. The ancient Inca would irrigated these pools with brackish spring water and allow them to evaporate to produce salt for the empire. During the rainy season (late-November through April), visit the archeological site of Moray consisting of enormous terraces in concentric rings which allowed ancient farmers to create diverse microclimates and harvest a variety of crops.
Day 5: Machu Picchu. It's a short drive from your hotel to the Ollanta railroad station where you'll board the Vistadome train that will take you through the lush Urubamba Valley, passing through stunning scenery en route to Machu Picchu, one of the most spectacular and enigmatic archaeological sites in the world (8,000 feet above sea level).
Unknown to the outside world until archeologist Hiram Bingham rediscovered it in 1911, Machu Picchu is now the most recognizable symbol of the Inca Empire. Believed to have served as a country retreat town for Inca nobility, the complex consists of giant walls, terraces, and ramps constructed from precisely cut rock formations. This impressive architectural feat, in combination with its breathtaking natural setting amid mist-covered green mountains above the rushing Urubamba River, makes for a visually stunning, and even mystical, experience. Return to Cusco for overnight. Accommodations: Palacio del Inka Cusco Luxury Collection. Breakfast provided.
Day 6: Cusco. After breakfast, the remainder of the morning is at leisure. This afternoon, enjoy a panoramic city tour of Cusco. You'll see the Plaza de Armas, center of the Inca Empire, where Francisco Pizarro proclaimed the conquest of Cusco. Here, you'll visit Cusco's beautiful 16th century cathedral. Then, just a few blocks away, you will discover the ruins of the Koricancha, an important temple built to honor Inti, the Incan sun god. When the conquistadors first arrived in Cusco, the temple was covered in sheets of solid-gold and adorned with golden statues, but within months of their arrival, the temple was stripped and the gold plundered as treasure for Spain.
Next, continue to the Sacsayhuaman fortress, an emblematic Inca construction built in the 15th century. The size of the fortress and its massive stones are remarkable, and the manner in which they were transported, cut, and laid is still a mystery. Next, travel to Puka Pukara, also known as the "red fortress", which is thought to have been a military stronghold. It has many rooms, courtyards, bathrooms, aqueducts, and towers to explore. Breakfast provided.
Day 7: Cusco & Puno. After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your short flight to Juliaca. Upon arrival, board your motor coach and drive to Puno located on the shores of Lake Titicaca (12,500 feet above sea level). Upon arrival in Puno, enjoy some free time to explore the city and grab a bite to eat. Later on, transfer to your deluxe seaside resort for check-in. Accommodations: Libertador Lake Titicaca Puno. Breakfast provided.
Day 8: Puno, Lake Titicaca, Uros & Taquile. This morning you'll visit beautiful Lake Titicaca, the largest lake in South America and, according to Andean legend, the birthplace of civilization. Legend holds that Mama Ocllo and Manco Capac, the founders of the Inca Empire, appeared from the deep waters of this lake. A highlight of your tour is a visit to the floating island of Uros, where many of the inhabitants still practice the old traditions of fishing, trapping birds, weaving, sailing and living in houses made of totora reeds which grow abundantly in the lake.
Continue to Taquile, the largest island on the Peruvian side of the lake. Taquileños, the Island locals, are famous for their beautiful woven goods, widely regarded as some of the highest quality handicrafts in Peru. Here, you'll also be able to take in magnificent views of the lake, which looks like an ocean surrounded by mountains. Return to Puno this afternoon. Breakfast & lunch provided.
Day 9: Puno/Depart Peru. After breakfast, spend the morning at leisure enjoying the hotel’s amenities and amazing views of Lake Titicaca. After check-out, embark on a city tour of Puno starting at the city’s colorful markets. Next, see its beautiful 18th century cathedral located on the main square and other important landmarks along Lima Street, Puno’s main pedestrian thoroughfare. The tour concludes at the Puma Uta viewpoint with a breathtaking panoramic view of Puno and Lake Titicaca. Finally, bid adiós to Peru as you transfer to the airport in the nearby city of Juliaca for your overnight return flight via Lima. Breakfast provided.
Day 10: Arrive USA. Your overnight flight departs Lima shortly after midnight and your amazing Peruvian adventure comes to an end as you touch down in the USA later this morning.
Take advantage of your already-included international airfare by joining our pre-tour extension to Paracas, Peru. Passengers taking the Paracas Extension will depart the U.S. 2 days before the departure dates shown and join the main tour on Day 1 of the itinerary above.
Day 1: Depart USA/Arrive Lima & Paracas. Your exciting journey to Peru begins as you depart Miami just after midnight on your flight bound for Lima, "City of the Kings”, Peru's diverse capital city. (You must check-in no later than 9pm of the night before your scheduled departure.) Arrive to Lima early this morning. After customs formalities, you will be met and escorted to Costa del Sol Hotel, located within the airport, for breakfast. Afterwards, depart for Paracas, taking the Pan-American Highway south along the Pacific coast. Upon arrival, check in to your hotel. Accommodations: Hacienda Bahia Paracas. Breakfast provided.
Day 2: Paracas. Enjoy the day at leisure to explore the town of Paracas or enjoy the amenities of your seaside resort. Alternatively, take advantage of an optional excursion and see the famous Nazca Lines. Breakfast provided.
Optional Excursion: Nazca Lines Overflight, $240. Enjoy a breathtaking flight over the famous Nazca Lines, one of the greatest mysteries of the ancient world. Debate surrounds the origin, function, and creators of these large-scale geoglyphs. However, consensus exists on at least two characteristics of these designs—they're pre-Inca, and they're truly fascinating. Because of their large size, the designs are best viewed from above. You'll have the opportunity to experience this superb vantage point on a small plane that flies over the Nazca Lines. After this unforgettable experience, return to Paracas for overnight. (The Nazca Lines flight excursion is subject to weather conditions and availability. This excursion can only be purchased locally.)
Day 3: Ballestas Islands, Paracas & Lima. This morning transfer to Paracas Bay port to board your boat to the Ballestas Islands. As you sail, be on the lookout for the strange cactus-like engravings on the sand cliffs, believed to be created by the designers of the Nazca Lines. Sail along the coast of the Paracas National Reserve, the best shorebird sanctuary in South America. Numerous species of birds populate these islands, including cormorants, gannets, gulls, terns, pelicans, Humboldt penguins and other species, as well as a large colony of sea lions, (The Ballestas Islands boat excursion is subject to weather conditions.) This afternoon, return to Lima, in preparation for the next exciting leg of your journey. Accommodations: Hilton Lima Miraflores. Breakfast provided.
See Day 1 of the tour itinerary above for the continuation of your touring program.
Peru was beautiful and our tour guide, Luis, was THE BEST!!! He truly brought this region to life with his vast knowledge of the Andean/Incan culture. I don't think anyone else could have guided me through Machu Picchu and explain the Incan world the way he did. He took us to the best places to find quality products as well as showed us great spots to eat. On top of that, he really cared that we had a great time. He truly helped to make our trip amazing! Peru is an amazing destination that everyone should go to. Friendly Planet is the way to travel and I look forward to future trips with them.
Gayle Gonsalves, Toronto, Ontario