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The Best of Peru - 12 days
|| From $ 2,080 AUD|
||Domestic flights included |
|| Lima, Nazca, Arequipa, Colca Canyon, Puno, Lake Titicaca, Uros, Taquile, Cusco,Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu|
Peru, land of historical beauty, provides tourists with unlimited possibilities for exploring ancient traditions, marvelous landscapes and diverse customs at anytime of the year. The amazing landscape of Peru, with breathtaking views, rich habitats and incredible wildlife, is also home to impressive cultural, historic and archaeological heritage. Peru is a magical spot with one of the richest biodiversities on Earth. 84 of the 104 life zones that exist on our planet make Peru a privileged destination for nature and adventure lovers.
Day 1 – Lima
Welcome in Lima. Meet and be greeted by our English speaking guide – Transfer to the hotel and enjoy some time to yourself before your adventure begins! Depending on your arrival time in Lima, you can relax in the hotel or head into the streets and explore the city.
Day 2 – Nazca Lines (B)
Following breakfast, you will be transported by bus to Nasca. The Nazca Lines are a series of ancient geoglyphs located in the Nazca Desert of Peru. They have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can look forward to a flight over the Nazca Lines. Hundreds of simple lines or geometric shapes; more than seventy are designs of animal, bird, fish or human figures. It is an amazing experience! You will spend the night in Nasca at a hotel overnight.
Day 3 – Journey to Arequipa (B)
You will board a comfortable bus to Arequipa. Here a guide will pick you up and take you to a hotel. Arequipa is a beautiful city, full of history and made of white stone.
Day 4 – Colca Canyon (B)
After breakfast, you will be picked up at the hotel to set out for a full-day trip to one of the deepest places on the planet. Colca Canyon reaches a depth of 3400 meters/11.155 feet at the lowest point. The winding road passes by several volcanoes - Misti, Chachani and Ampato. Their peaks are covered by snow. At the edge of the canyon you will be able to observe majestic condors and huge eagles. You will also pass typical small villages Torja, Chucura and Patapampa and stop in one of these villages, called Chivay. Or you can also enjoy a relaxing afternoon in the La Calera thermal spa. Lodging is provided at a hotel close to the Colca Canyon.
Day 5 – Colca Canyon – Puno (B)
Your hotel is located close to the canyon allowing you to set out early in the morning to the “Cruz del Condor“ outlook – the best spot for observing flying condors in this area. Then you will continue through the villages of Pincholo, Yanque, Cabanaconde, Coporaque, with remains of the Inca Empire. A further stop is planned in Ocolle, Chinchinea and Colcas. In the afternoon, you will be driven to Puno, a gateway to the Titicaca Lake, for an overnight stay.
Day 6 – Floating islands of Uros and Taquile Island (B, L)
In the morning you will board a boat which will take you for a Titicaca cruise during which you will visit the floating islands of Uros. These islands are man-made from the totora reeds and they are the home of the Uros tribe, one which pre-dates the Incan civilization. You will have a chance to hear their language, Aymara. Afterwards, you will proceed to the Taquile Island which has preserved its old charm by limiting the amount of tourism exposure. It is a peaceful island with no roads or electricity, but there are plenty of hills and archaeological ruins. The native Quechua-speaking people are known for their fine hand-woven textiles and clothing, colourful belts chumpis, caps chullos and sandals ojotas. Return by boat to Puno for the night.
Day 7 - Puno – Cusco by bus (B)
At around 6.30am you will be taken to a bus station. A bus will take you straight to Cusco. On the way, you will pass typical Peruvian villages, Pucara, Racchi and Andahuaylillas. Lunch will be served in a local restaurant in Sicuani. At 5pm you will reach the town of Cusco and a guide will take you to a hotel for the night.
Day 8 –Cusco (B)
Cusco is located 3200 meters above sea level. A guided city tour is on the program for the afternoon. Cusco has a marvelous historic square with colonial cathedrals; you will visit the Templo del Sol, which was the heart of the Inca Empire. The tour includes a visit to a huge fortress called Sacsayhuaman and other Inca ruins, Korincancha or Quenqo. In the evening you can taste local Peruvian cuisine in one of the restaurants. Spend the night in a hotel close to the city centre.
Day 9 - Sacred Valley (B, L)
We will set off for a day-trip to the Sacred Valley of the Incas straight after breakfast. Ancient ruins, gentle mountain slopes and scattered farming towns define the valley. We will take you in the afternoon to Pisac village, renowned for its markets, colourful handmade crafts and souvenirs. All the Cusco surroundings are scattered with Inca ruins. Finally, you will visit the town and the Inca archaeological site of Ollantaytambo close to the Urubamba river. You will spend the night in Cusco.
Day 10 - Machu Picchu (B)
You will board a train to Machu Picchu early in the morning and start the slow 4-hour-long zig-zag ride up the peak. The train takes you through the wild and beautiful nature of the “Lost City”. The magical ruins of Machu Picchu were rightfully included in the New Seven Wonders of the World. You will be guided through the site. Active tourists may climb the Huayna Picchu with a superb view. At the close of the day you will move to Aquas Calientes, where a train will take you back to Cusco or you can choose to stay overnight in Machu Picchu.
Day 11 - Cusco (B)
You can return in the morning to Machu Picchu and enjoy the beauty and magic of this place for the last time, at dawn for example. You will start your journey by train back to Cusco in the afternoon. Or you can simply spend a day at your leisure in Cusco. Spend the night in a hotel in Cusco.
Day 12 – Flight to Lima (B) and out
We will transfer you to the airport after breakfast, for your flight to Lima. From here you can continue your travels.
11 nights in a 3-star hotel; all services, transfers and excursions detailed in the program; Local English speaking guide; All meals specified in the program (B: Breakfast L: lunch D: dinner); Excursions and activities as per the program; domestic flights; train ticket Cusco – Machu Picchu; bus ticket Puno – Cusco; Permanent English assistance by our Operations Department.
Price per person (2 people in double/twin room)
International airfare; airport tax; meals and services not detailed in the program; tips; personal expenses; optional excursions.
Single supplement – 310 AUD
4* hotel upgrade - add only $200 pp (single supplement $550)
Extended stay in Lima or Cusco
Extra night in Machu Picchu (Aquas Calientes)
The program can be customized on your request.
The price is subject to availability and actual airfare costs.
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