Exotic Peru

Lima, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu & Cusco

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8 days from $2199 $1899
per person, double occupancy, including airfare*
Book by Jun. 9, 2015 to save up to $300!

Overview

Style Partially Escorted & Guided
Tour escorts & guides for some segments
Price Includes
  • Round trip flights from Miami via LAN Airlines, including fuel surcharges and airline taxes & fees
  • All ground transportation & transfers
  • Accommodations in first class hotels
  • Vistadome Train to/from Machu Picchu
  • 7 Meals: breakfast daily plus 1 dinner
  • Comprehensive guided sightseeing tours including entrance fees
  • Professional English-speaking tour guides
Optional
  • Optional second visit to Machu Picchu or opportunity to climb to Huayna Picchu
  • Exciting excursions from Cusco to Tipon & Andahuaylillas and/or Chinchero & Maras (or Moray)
Departures September – November 2015
Departs Los Angeles (LAX), New York Kennedy (JFK), Miami (MIA) (flight schedule)
Highlights Larco Herrera Museum (Lima), Ollantaytambo, Machu Picchu, Koricancha (Cusco)
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.

Exotic Peru 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 tour package to Peru include visits to Lima, the City of Kings and the country's capital; Cusco, the 11,000ft high Inca capital; Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas and one of the most impressive archeological discoveries of all time.

LAN Airlines

Dates, Prices & Options

Departure Dates & Prices

Early Booking Discount: Book by 11:59 p.m. ET on Jun. 9 to save up to $300 per person!
Departures & Prices
per person, double occupancy*
Depart Return Price Book by
Jun 9
Sat May 16 2015 Sat May 23 2015 $1899   Departed
Sat May 30 2015 Sat Jun 6 2015 $1899   Closed
Sat Jul 11 2015 Sat Jul 18 2015 $2549 $2249 Closed
Sat Aug 15 2015 Sat Aug 22 2015 $2199 $1899 Closed
Sat Sep 12 2015 Sat Sep 19 2015 $2199 $1899 Closed
Sat Sep 26 2015 Sat Oct 3 2015 $2199 $1899 Available
Sat Oct 17 2015 Sat Oct 24 2015 $2199 $1899 Closed
Sat Oct 31 2015 Sat Nov 7 2015 $2199 $1899 Available

Please see price details below.*

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.

Options & Excursions

Exotic Peru
Rooming Selection
Double Occupancy included
Single Room Supplement +$499
Optional Excursions
Machu Picchu 2nd Visit +$80
Machu Picchu 2nd Visit Plus Huayna Picchu Entrance
May 16, May 30 unavailable
All other departures +$95
Tipon & Andahuaylillas Excursion +$66
Chinchero & Maras (or Moray) Excursion +$89

Flights & Departure Cities

Departure Airports
Miami (MIA)
Sep 26 unavailable
All other departures included
Los Angeles (LAX)
Jul 11, Aug 15, Sep 12 +$350
May 16, May 30, Sep 26, Oct 17, Oct 31 unavailable
New York Kennedy (JFK)
May 30 unavailable
All other departures +$250

This package includes round-trip flights from the cities listed above, subject to availability. 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.

Passengers departing New York (JFK) or Los Angeles (LAX) must check-in the night before the listed departure dates for their overnight flights arriving in the morning of Day 1. An additional hotel night is included to guarantee rooms will be ready for early check-in. Please refer to the flight schedule for details.

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.

How to Make a 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.

Deposit
Standard Deposit $300

Itinerary

Day 1: Depart USA/Arrive Lima. Your exciting journey to Peru begins today as you depart on your flight bound for Lima, Peru's diverse capital city, "City of the Kings." Upon arrival, after customs formalities, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Accommodations: Atton San Isidro.

Passengers departing New York (JFK) or Los Angeles (LAX) must check-in the night before the listed departure dates for their overnight flights arriving in the morning of Day 1. An additional hotel night is included to guarantee rooms will be ready for early check-in. Please refer to the flight schedule for details.

Plaza de Armas, LimaDay 2: Lima. After breakfast, your exploration begins with a visit to the Larco Herrera Museum, boasting one of the greatest private collections of pre-Columbian artifacts. Its permanent exhibition includes a variety of colorful textiles, ceramics and jewelry, but perhaps its most interesting collection consists of ancient erotic artifacts. Next, enjoy some free time for lunch before embarking on a panoramic tour of Lima, driving by the Monastery of San Francisco, the Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral of Lima, the ornate Archbishop’s Palace and other buildings. You will also visit the fashionable districts of San Isidro and Miraflores with their beautiful parks and elegant residences overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Breakfast provided.

Day 3: Sacred Valley. After breakfast, transfer to the airport to board a short flight to Cusco, capital of the Inca Empire (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.

OllantaytamboContinue 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 dinner and overnight. Accommodations: Casa Andina Private Collection Sacred Valley. Breakfast & dinner provided.

Machu Picchu Day 4: 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 the Lost City of the Incas, 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 archaeologist Hiram Bingham rediscovered it in 1911, Machu Picchu is now the most recognizable symbol of the Incan 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. Enjoy the remainder of the day and evening in Aguas Calientes, at the foot of Machu Picchu. Accommodations: El MaPi Hotel. Breakfast provided.

Machu Picchu panoramaDay 5: Machu Picchu & Cusco. Early this morning, there will be an opportunity to independently visit Machu Picchu for a second time, and for the more adventurous, to test their limits with a climb to Huayna Picchu, the sharp peak which towers above the citadel. (Entrance to Machu Picchu: $80 per person. Entrance to Machu Picchu & Huayna Picchu: $95 per person. Price includes reserved ticket and roundtrip bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu. Please contact us to reserve this option in advance as availability is limited.) This afternoon, journey back to Ollanta station by Vistadome train, then continue to Cusco by motor coach. Upon arrival, check in to your hotel for overnight. Accommodations: Sonsesta Cusco on April 25, 2015 departure, Casa Andina Private Collection Cusco on all others. Breakfast provided.

Plaza de Armas, CuzcoDay 6: Cusco. After breakfast, 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.

Ruins, Sacsayhuaman FortressNext, 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. Enjoy the balance of the day at leisure or take advantage of an optional excursion to Tipon & Oropesa. Breakfast provided.

Optional Excursion: Tipon & Andahuaylillas, $66. This afternoon’s optional excursion begins with a scenic drive to Tipon, an impressive complex located 15 miles outside of Cusco. Tipon is an ancient marvel of engineering consisting of twelve agricultural terraces and an advanced irrigation system that is still used by the local population to this day. Next, continue to Andahuaylillas and visit the Church of San Pedro Apostol, considered the “Sistine Chapel of the Americas” because of its ornate gold-leaf altar and beautiful artwork adorning its ceiling and walls.

Day 7: Cusco. Enjoy the day at leisure in this beautiful town in the high Andes Mountains. You may stroll through the main square, or wander through the many charming side streets. Alternatively, take advantage of an optional excursion to Chinchero and Maras or Moray. This evening, bid adiós to Peru as you transfer to the airport for your overnight return flight via Lima. Breakfast provided.

Market in ChincheroOptional Excursion: Chinchero & Maras or Moray, $89. This morning’s optional excursion begins with a visit to the ancient village of Chinchero and its beautiful colonial church built upon the original foundations of Tupac Yupanqui Palace. Explore Chinchero’s artisan weaver’s complex, and discover the traditional techniques of weaving, dyeing and spinning. Next, depending on your departure date, you will visit Maras or Moray. 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 archaeological 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 8: Depart Lima/Arrive USA. Your overnight flight departs Lima shortly after midnight and your amazing Peruvian adventure ends as you touch down in the USA later this morning.

The high altitudes reached on this trip (up to 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.

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We dad never used Friendly Planet before. The tour we took had several repeat customers who spoke highly of the service. We were very impressed. Excellent guides, great accomodations and attention to detail. Possibly the best we've been on. Tour guides in Macchu Picchu and Cusco were first class. Definately recommend.

Terrance Hoffman, Hudson, Fl

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