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Amazing Peru

Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Nazca Lines, Machu Picchu, Puno & Lake Titicaca

Overview

Style Fully Escorted & Guided
Dedicated tour escorts & guides throughout
Departures November 2014 – April 2015
Departs Miami (MIA); other gateways on request (flight schedule)
Highlights Nazca Lines, Ballestas Islands, Lima, Cusco, Puno, Machu Picchu, Puno & Lake Titicaca
Included in the Price
  • Round trip flights from Miami via LAN Airlines, including fuel surcharges and airline taxes & fees, with other gateways available on request
  • All flights within Peru
  • All ground transportation & transfers
  • Accommodations in Superior and Deluxe hotels with private bath
  • Vistadome train to/from Machu Picchu
  • 2014 departures - 14 Meals: 10 buffet breakfasts, 2 lunches & 2 dinners; 2015 departures - 14 Meals: 11 buffet breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner
  • Comprehensive guided sightseeing tours including entrance fees
  • Professional English-speaking tour directors & guides
Optional
  • Afternoon excursion from the Maras salt mines or Moray concentric terraces
What to Expect This fast-paced, partially 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.

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One of best trips we have taken. Everything was first rate! If you are new to Friendly Planet, you will be telling all your friends about them. Peru is a wonderful destination.

Byron Collins, Long Valley, NJ

Dates, Prices & Options

All prices, fees and deposits are per person. Prices below are subject to availability and confirmation. After we receive your booking, we will confirm all prices and availability within 1–2 business days. Prices are subject to change at any time and not guaranteed until we receive your final payment. More about our prices.

Departures & Prices*
Depart Return Price Book by
Sep 23
Mon Aug 18 2014 Fri Aug 29 2014 $3399   Departed
Mon Sep 1 2014 Fri Sep 12 2014 $3399   Departed
Mon Sep 29 2014 Fri Oct 10 2014 $3799 $3399 Closed
Mon Nov 10 2014 Fri Nov 21 2014 $3799 $3399 Available
Mon Nov 24 2014 Fri Dec 5 2014 $3799 $3399 Closed
Mon Dec 8 2014 Fri Dec 19 2014 $3999 $3599 Available
Sun Dec 21 2014 Thu Jan 1 2015 $4199 $3799 Available
Sun Feb 1 2015 Thu Feb 12 2015 $4099 $3699 Available
Tue Mar 10 2015 Sat Mar 21 2015 $4099 $3699 Available
Sun Mar 29 2015 Thu Apr 9 2015 $4099 $3699 Available

* Prices are per person, based on double occupancy, and include airfare and Airline Taxes, Fees & Sept. 11th Security Fee. Prices do not include excess baggage fees, advance seat reservations, extensions or optional items, unless otherwise noted. Prices in orange reflect an early booking discount for bookings made by 9/23/14.

Want to stay longer? We may be able to arrange for you to extend your stay later than the scheduled dates, subject to availability. Contact us about dates, prices and restrictions.

Amazing Peru
Rooming Selection
Double Occupancy included
Single Room Supplement
Aug 18, Sep 1, Sep 29, Nov 10, Nov 24, Dec 8 +$899
Dec 21, Feb 1, Mar 10, Mar 29 +$1099
Departure Airports
Miami (MIA) included

Coming from somewhere else? Before you book, ask us about availability and prices for flights from other cities. Additional charges for flights from other cities are due within 24 hours of your booking.

Booking Deposit
Standard Deposit
Nov 10, Nov 24, Dec 8 $900
All other departures $300

To make a reservation, we only require a per-person deposit payment, which you can pay with your credit card. This non-refundable deposit will be applied towards the cost of your package. You can pay the balance due later by credit card, check or money order. Your final payment is due 75 days prior to departure, or within 72 hours of booking, whichever is later.

Ticketing: Airline tickets for this tour are usually issued within 24 hours of your booking, and once issued, cannot be changed, refunded or transferred.

Itinerary

Amazing Peru tour itinerary map 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. You'll also have the special opportunity to fly over the mysterious and breathtaking Nazca Lines, a fascinating wonder of the ancient world.


Detailed Itinerary for 2014 departures

Plaza de Armas, Lima Day 1: USA/Lima. Your exciting journey to Peru begins today as you depart on your flight bound for Lima, Peru's diverse capital city, Lima, "City of the Kings." Upon arrival, after customs formalities, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Accommodations: Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores.

Day 2: Lima & Paracas. After a leisurely breakfast, depart mid-morning for Paracas, taking the Pan-American Highway south along the Pacific coast. Upon arrival, check into your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to explore the town of Paracas or enjoy the amenities of your seaside resort. Accommodations: Hacienda Bahia Paracas. Breakfast provided.

Image of a dog, Nazca Lines Day 3: Nazca Lines & Paracas. This morning transfer to the Pisco airport for 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. Ranging in size from about 300' to several miles in length, these designs depict not only abstract geometrical figures, but also different plants and animals, such as fish, hummingbirds, and condors. 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.) Breakfast provided.

Sea lions, Ballestas Islands Day 4: 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 engraving 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 (cormorants, gannets, gulls, terns, pelicans, Humboldt penguins and other species), as well as a large colony of sea lions, populate these islands. (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: Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores. Breakfast provided.

Lima Cathedral Day 5: 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, or 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.

Men of Cusco  © Mylene D. Auriol, PromPeru Day 6: Cusco, Pisac Market & Sacred Valley. After breakfast, transfer to the airport to board a short morning 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.

Ollantaytambo, Peru Continue to Ollantaytambo, 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. The complex, still under construction at the time of the conquest by Spain, was never completed. Accommodations: Aranwa Sacred Valley. Breakfast provided.

Ruins of Machu Picchu  © Promperu Day 7: Machu Picchu. It's a short drive from your hotel to the Ollanta railroad station where you'll board the 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 archeological sites in the world. Even those who aren't normally excited by archaeology will be impressed by this Lost City of the Incas.

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 amidst mist-covered green mountains above the rushing Urubamba River, makes for a visually stunning, and even mystical, experience. Return to Cusco for overnight. Accommodations: Aranwa Cusco. Breakfast provided.

Cuzco at night Day 8: Cusco. This afternoon, explore the main sites of this impressive city. You'll see the Plaza de Armas, center of the Inca Empire, where Francisco Pizarro proclaimed the conquest of Cusco. Here, you'll find Cusco's beautiful 16th century cathedral. Then, just a few blocks away, you will see the ruins of the Koricancha, an important Inca temple to the Sun God. During Inca times this temple was literally covered with gold, but within months of the arrival of the first conquistadors, this incredible wealth was all taken as treasure for Spain. The exploration continues to the outskirts of Cusco and the nearby ruins of Sacsayhuaman and the Red Fortress of Puca Pucara. Breakfast provided.

Puno Day 9: Cusco & Puno. Take a drive of unbelievable beauty through the Andes and toward the Altiplano and Lake Titicaca. Driving from Cusco to Puno through the Andes, you reach an elevation of more than 14,000 feet at La Raya (the apex between the Andes and Altiplano) as you pass through tiny villages of craftsmen, potters and weavers, farms, waterfalls, clear blue sky, deep blue water and dry, reddish-brown landscape. Have cameras charged and ready for the incredible panoramic shots you'll want to take along the way. En route, enjoy a buffet lunch at a local restaurant.

Later today, arrive in Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca, 12,500 feet above sea level. Accommodations: Casa Andina Private Collection Puno or Sonesta Posadas del Inca Puno. Breakfast & lunch provided.

Uros floating island, Lake Titicaca Day 10: 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 and sailing in boats 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 breathtaking views of the lake, which looks like an ocean surrounded by mountains. Return to Puno this afternoon. Breakfast & lunch provided.

Miraflores District, LimaDay 11: Puno & Lima. This morning, transfer to the airport for your flight back to Lima. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel and check into your day-use room to relax and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure. This evening, enjoy a spectacular farewell dinner at the renowned Rosa Nautica Restaurant. Afterward bid adiós as you transfer to the airport for your overnight flight back to Miami. Accommodations (day-use room): Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores, San Augustin Exclusive or similar. Breakfast & dinner provided.

Day 12: Lima/USA. Your flight departs shortly after midnight. Your amazing Peruvian adventure ends as you touch down in Miami later this morning.

 

Detailed Itinerary for 2015 departures

Plaza de Armas, LimaDay 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. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the town of Paracas or enjoy the amenities of your seaside resort. Accommodations: Hacienda Bahia Paracas. Breakfast provided.

Image of a dog, Nazca LinesDay 2: Nazca Lines & Paracas. This morning, transfer to the Pisco airport for 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.) Breakfast provided.

Sea lions, Ballestas IslandsDay 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.

Lima CathedralDay 4: 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.

Men of Cusco  © Mylene D. Auriol, PromPeruDay 5: 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.

Ollantaytambo, PeruContinue 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.

Peruvian boyDay 6: 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. Depending on your departure date from the USA, 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.

Ruins of Machu Picchu  © PromperuDay 7: 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.

Cuzco at nightDay 8: 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.

PunoDay 9: Cusco & Puno. Take a drive of unbelievable beauty through the Andes and toward the Altiplano and Lake Titicaca. Driving from Cusco to Puno through the Andes, you reach an elevation of more than 14,000 feet at La Raya (the apex between the Andes and Altiplano). You will pass through tiny villages of craftsmen, potters and weavers, farms, waterfalls, clear blue sky, deep blue water and dry, reddish-brown landscape. Have cameras charged and ready for the incredible panoramic shots you'll want to take along the way. En route, enjoy a buffet lunch at a local restaurant. Later today, arrive in Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca (12,500 feet above sea level). Accommodations: Libertador Lake Titicaca Puno. Breakfast & lunch provided.

Uros floating island, Lake TiticacaDay 10: 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.

Lake TiticacaDay 11: Puno. 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 12: Depart Lima/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.

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Important Notes

  • The high altitudes reached on this trip (Cusco is at 11,000 feet above sea level) and the amount of walking involved, often on uneven terrain, requires that you be in good physical condition to fully enjoy the trip. We strongly suggest that you consult your physician if you have any concerns regarding your ability to handle these conditions.
  • In order to visit so many of Peru’s must-see sights, this tour requires several long bus rides as well as early morning departure times in order to comply with flight and train schedules. Your patience and understanding are appreciated.
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