|Itinerary at a Glance
|2||Lima & Paracas|
|3||Nazca Lines & Paracas|
|4||Ballestas Islands, Paracas & Lima|
|6||Cusco, Pisac Market & Sacred Valley|
|7||Machu Picchu & Cusco|
|9||Cusco & Puno|
|10||Puno, Lake Titicaca, Uros & Taquile|
|11||Puno & Lima|
|Departures||September – December 2013|
|Highlights||Nazca Lines, Ballestas Islands, Lima, Cusco, Puno, Machu Picchu & Lake Titicaca|
|Travel Style||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.|
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 tour 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.
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All prices, fees and deposits are per person, subject to change at any time, and not guaranteed until we receive your final payment.
|Departures & Prices*|
|Mon||Jun 10||2013||Fri||Jun 21||2013||$3499||$3099||Closed|
|Mon||Jun 24||2013||Fri||Jul 5||2013||$3999||$3599||Closed|
|Mon||Jul 22||2013||Fri||Aug 2||2013||$3999||$3599||Closed|
|Mon||Aug 5||2013||Fri||Aug 16||2013||$3999||$3599||Closed|
|Mon||Sep 16||2013||Fri||Sep 27||2013||$3799||$3399||Available|
|Mon||Oct 14||2013||Fri||Oct 25||2013||$3799||$3399||Available|
|Mon||Nov 11||2013||Fri||Nov 22||2013||$3799||$3399||Available|
|Mon||Nov 25||2013||Fri||Dec 6||2013||$3799||$3399||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, extensions or optional items. Prices in orange reflect an early booking discount for bookings made by 5/28/2013.
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.
|Single Room Supplement||+$799|
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.
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. To issue tickets, we must receive photocopies of the signature and picture pages of your passport(s) within 24 hours of your booking, or your reservation may be subject to a higher airfare or cancellation.
We must receive photocopies of your passport(s) in our offices within 24 hours of your reservation being completed. If we have not received this information, your reservation will be subject to a higher airfare and/or cancellation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: Novotel Cusco on Apr 15, 2013 departures, Casa Andina Private Collection Cusco on Jun 24 & Jul 22, 2013 departures, Aranwa Cusco on all others. Breakfast provided.
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.
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: Sonesta Posadas del Inca Puno on Apr 15, Jun 10, Jun 24, & Aug 5, 2013 departures, Casa Andina Private Collection Puno on all others. Breakfast & lunch provided.
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.
Day 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 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.
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