Description

Discover Peru's dazzling highlights -- Lima, Machu Picchu, the Incan wonders of Cusco and much more. With a culture and history as assorted as its countryside, Peru offers travelers unmatched adventure and moments of heightened emotion. See the dramatic peaks and valleys of the Andes and the pre-Columbian cities that have been carved into its landscape. Stroll the historic city of Cusco that seamlessly blends Spanish and Incan cultures. Travel by train along the Urubamba River to Sacred Valley and the foothills of the Andes, and arrive at fabled Machu Picchu, “lost city of the Incas”.

Highlights

  • Experience Lima, the City of the Kings
  • Admire the Treasures of Ancient Peru and the Inca Nation
  • Tour Cusco, Archaeological Capital of the Americas & UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site
  • Travel by vista dome train to the famous Lost City of the Incas, breathtaking Machu Picchu
  • Visit and interact with Andean community in the Sacred Valley
  • See the spectacular Incan city of Machu Picchu – one of the new 7 Wonders of the World & UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site
  • Free time to shop in Cusco
  • Discover Taquile Island, with its Pre-Incan culture & world renowned textile art
  • Enjoy Puno & the views of Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world
  • Cruise Lake Titicaca to the floating Uros Islands
  • Interact with the indigenous Uros tribe to learn about their lives

Day By Day Itinerary

PUNO EXTENSION

Early morning you will be picked-up at your hotel for the daylong bus journey to Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world. First you will visit Andahuaylillas, a town where a precious church from the 17th century boasts an amazing organ decorated with angels and cherubs. After this you will visit Racchi ruins, known as "The Temple of God Wiracocha". The last stop before arriving to Puno will be La Raya, highest point on the road between Cusco and Puno from where we will get excellent photo opportunities. After this, you will arrive to Puno. Upon arrival you will check into your hotel and relax. (B,L)
The day begins early as you head out of the city of Puno towards Taquile Island, about 35 kilometers away and 3950 meters above sea level. The culture on the island is old, dating back to Pre-Incan times. The islanders still live according to the traditions and beliefs of their ancestors and are world renowned for their lovely outfits and incredible textiles. In fact, UNESCO has declared the textile art of Taquile Island as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. Next, while still on the island, you will visit the community of Huayllano, whose members will show you their everyday artistic, handicraft, and farming activities. After this time of sharing, you will enjoy a box lunch and then sail over to the famous Uros Islands, a set of man-made floating islands in the middle of the Lake Titicaca National Reserve. Here, you will meet the islanders, hunters and gatherers and descendants of the first Altiplano inhabitants, who still live on totora reed platforms. At the end of the day, you will be taken back to your hotel. (B,L)
After breakfast you will be transferred to Puno airport to board your flight back to Lima and onwards back to the USA. Due to flight schedules your return flight may arrive back to the USA on day 12. (B)

Hotel and itinerary are subject to change.

Includes

  • ROUND TRIP AIR TRANSPORTATION - Air transportation from Miami and all intra-Peru flights
  • ROUND TRIP TRAIN RIDE - Scenic train ride from Cusco to Aguas Calientes on the Machu Picchu Express
  • FIRST-CLASS ACCOMMODATIONS - Hotel accommodations for 8 nights (3 nights Lima*, 4 nights Cusco, 1 night Aguas Calientes)
  • SUPERB CUISINE - 11 included meals consisting of 8 buffet breakfasts and 3 dinners
  • SIGHTSEEING TOUR PROGRAM - Sightseeing, including local guide and all entrance fees as follows: Full day city tour of Lima, Half day city tour of Cusco including a visit to Sacsayhuaman Fortress, a tour of Machu Picchu and Aguas Calientes. Optional tours available
  • CULTURAL DISCOVERY SERIES - Our program encompasses cultural connections, in-depth learning on the local economy and social systems, and interaction with locals such as a visit to a chocolate museum and a dinner/folklore show
  • PROFESSIONAL TOUR DIRECTOR - Assistance of a professional Tour Director for the entire length of the tour upon arrival in Lima
  • DELUXE MOTORCOACHES - Touring by private deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach
  • BAGGAGE HANDLING AND TRANSFERS - Baggage handling for one piece of checked luggage outside of the airport

Optional Extension Includes

  • FIRST-CLASS ACCOMMODATIONS - Hotel accommodations for 2 nights in Puno
  • SUPERB CUISINE - 4 included meals consisting of 2 buffet breakfasts and 2 lunches
  • SIGHTSEEING TOUR PROGRAM - Sightseeing, including local guide in as follows: Full day transfer/tour from Cusco to Puno and a full day tour of Puno, Taquile Island, and Uros Islands
  • PROFESSIONAL TOUR DIRECTOR - Assistance of a professional Tour Director for the entire length of the tour
  • BAGGAGE HANDLING AND TRANSFERS - Baggage handling for one piece of checked luggage outside of the airport

Excludes

Video

Notes

Map

OTHER PROGRAMS

Colombia

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Argentina

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