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Classic Peru – 13 Days fr £1,599
Explore Peru’s enchanting heritage and step back in time to a place with vast Inca ruins, archaeological gems and postcard landscapes. Tour around Lima, Peru’s colourful capital that’s brimming with World Heritage Sites, before visiting Arequipa, famous for its volcanoes and Spanish cuisine.
You’ll rub shoulders with indigenous communities, visit the majestic Lake Titicaca and travel to the Cusco - a World Heritage Site and haven for striking architecture. Here you’ll take a trek into history with a visit to Machu Picchu, an awe-inspiring, almost-forgotten city that dates back to the 15th century.
Sightseeing tours of Lima, Cusco and a spellbinding visit to the iconic Machu Picchu!
Revel in the sights and delights of picture-perfect Peru!
Upon arrival in Lima, one of our representatives will pick you up in private transportation and take you to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day relaxing at the hotel.
OVERNIGHT IN LIMA
After breakfast, enjoy a city tour of Lima’s main cultural attractions, including Huaca Pucllana and other colonial buildings such as the Plaza Mayor, the Government Palace, the Archbishop's Palace, the Cathedral and St Frances’ Convent.
OVERNIGHT IN LIMA
Following breakfast and a morning at leisure to enjoy Lima you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Arequipa. On arrival transfer to your hotel, your guide will provide you with some information on the local area and activities in the town.
OVERNIGHT IN AREQUIPA
Choose to spend the day relaxing or book an optional city tour tour.
We start the tour with a transfer to the Carmen Alto viewpoint, from here you can enjoy panoramic views of Arequipa. We then visit Yanahuarato see the archaeological remains of the church. We then return to the city and visit the main square, considered to be one of the most beautiful in Peru, Compania de Jesus Church (1590), the Cathedral and the Santa Catalina Monastery (1579) £49.00pp (min 2)
OVERNIGHT IN AREQUIPA
You’ll be picked up at 8am for a bus journey of around 4 hours including stops and one-of-a-kind scenery. First stop Yura, characterised by it’s rugged scenery, hills and cliffs. We then enter the Pampa Cañahuas Reserve, an extensive grass plain where vicuñas (an Andean camelid) can be spotted.
Head along Vizcachani and Pampas de Toccra up to the crater of the Chucura volcano. From there we continue on our last leg to the Mirador de los Andes at Patapampa, a stunning viewpoint 4,800 metres above sea level.
Arrive in Chivay, check into your hotel where you have the afternoon at leisure or opt to take a self-guided tour to the thermal baths, 3 km away, at a cost of 10 sols per person (approx. £2.50) payable locally.
OVERNIGHT IN COLCA
Enjoy an early breakfast at around 5.30 am and then head to Condors Cross, enjoy the majestic views of the Colca Valley (one of the world's deepest canyons) and hopefully see the large, majestic condor soaring over the valley.
We will visit the towns of Pinchollo, Maca, Achoma and Yanque, and have time to capture the moment with photo stops at Antahuilque and Choquetico viewpoints.
We then head Puno via Patahuasi. Along the way, observe the amazing stone forests and sky-blue lagoons populated by cranes that fill this area (4,000 metres above sea level).
Arrive at Puno and check into your hotel for a well deserved rest.
OVERNIGHT IN PUNO
After breakfast, you’ll be taken to the port of Puno and board a motorboat which will take you to the Uros Islands, around 25 minutes from the port. The Uros are an ancestral society that populates a series of artificial islands built with totora plant, a type of reed which grows in the Titikaka lake. Speak to the locals and visit their homes during this hour-long visit.
Next, you’ll visit Taquile Island, a 2-hour journey away. The island houses a close-knit Quechua-speaking community, bursting with ancient agricultural terraces and ruins dating back to pre-Inca times. Enjoy a local lunch in Puno.
Later, you’ll have some free time to explore the island at your own pace before returning to Puno.
OVERNIGHT IN PUNO
Today you’ll be picked up at 7.00 and be transported to the bus station to catch the bus to Cusco, stopping off at interesting sites along the way.
We first stop in the town of Pucara and the Pucara Lithic Museum. This was the first urban settlement on Lake Titicaca, established between 100 and 300 A.D. After a brief stop at La Raya, the highest point of the trip between Puno and Cusco, at the dizzying altitude of 4,313 metres above sea level, the bus stops at Sicuani, where lunch is served. We then head on to Racchi, home to the Wiracocha Temple, an Inca site built in honour of a powerful Andean god. Later, visit Andahuaylillas, a town located around 40 kilometres away from Cusco. The main attraction here is the local Church, known as the "Sistine Chapel of America". We then continue to Cusco where a representative will be there to transfer you to your hotel.
You will arrive in Cusco at approximately 5pm, if you have the energy you could head out to enjoy an optional evening excursion (this can also be taken on day 8)
Optional Folklore show and dinner, a short walk from your hotel is the Tanupa restaurant, here you can enjoy a delicious buffet of traditional Peruvian dishes whilst enjoying the sights and sounds of Peruvian music and dance. £22 per person including return transfers or £15 per person without (min 2)
OVERNIGHT IN CUSCO
Enjoy breakfast before spending the day at leisure. The capital city of the Inca Empire is now the undisputed archaeological capital of the Americas, as well as the continent’s oldest continuously inhabited city.
Optional Cusco city tour
You will start your tour with a visit to the Coricancha, also known as the "Temple of the Sun", the construction of which was ordered by Inca Pachacutec (1438-1471) and was used as base for the construction of the Santo Domingo Convent upon the arrival of the Spaniards. This is when the Sun (Inti, in Quechua) was worshipped during the Inca Empire and at the time of the Incas, its walls were fully covered with gold sheets and its courtyards were planted with golden corn and life-size llamas. You will then go to the Cathedral, the most important building on the Main Square and one of the most splendid Spanish colonial churches in America and houses about 400 colonial paintings from the Cusco art school, and impressive goldsmith, silversmith and precious stones works. Its construction lasted almost a century. £45pp (min 2)
Coricancha is closed on Sundays and public holidays. BTC card is not required for this tour.
Optional classic cooking class (2-6 pm)
The culinary experience offers a truly participative, entertaining and personalised immersion in Peruvian cuisine in a professional environment designed exclusively for cooking classes. The afternoon starts with a tasting of different varieties of Pisco and continues with an introduction to the local culinary culture where the chef shares knowledge of history, biodiversity and geography. Continue with the participatory preparation of ´alpaca Lomo Saltado´ or ´Ceviche´. The chefs will also prepare Neo-Andean, Creole and contemporary dishes to taste during the afternoon. At the end of the class, each participant enjoys the delicious lunch prepared by themselves. All in all, a delightful culinary experience and an opportunity to learn more about Peru through gastronomy. £89 pp
OVERNIGHT IN CUSCO
After breakfast we commence our sightseeing with a visit to the market in Pisac, here you will find dozens of stalls set up in the towns main square. Here you will find local handcrafted products including beautiful alpaca textiles, paintings, and replicas of ancient Inca pieces.
Continue to the archaeological site of Pisac, which is the largest platform complex in the area and a masterpiece of agriculture of the inca empire. We then visit Inkariy museum, which presents a new vision of the pre-Hispanic cultures of ancient Peru through dioramas that recreate iconic scenes composed of hyper realistic characters. There is time for a lunch stop (not included) before visiting Ollantaytambo Park,
After your visit we will check into your hotel in Urubamba.
OVERNIGHT IN URUBAMBA
In the morning, we will begin our journey to Aguas Calientes (Hot Springs Town), located in the valley below Machu Picchu. The remains of the day can be spent exploring this charming small town at your own leisure.
You may decide to relax with a hot bath in the natural springs (20 sols per person – approx. £5, payable locally at the site) or a trip to the Manuel Chavez Ballon museum and orchid exhibition, 9am to 16.30, around 30 minutes’ walk), these are suggested activities and are self-guided.
OVERNIGHT IN MACHU PICCHU
After an early breakfast, take the bus to the glorious Machu Picchu, a masterpiece of engineering and architecture that is believed to have served as a sanctuary and retreat for the Inca Pachacutec (1438 - 1572). Machu Picchu, which means "Old Mountain", is considered a World Heritage by UNESCO and one of the new seven wonders of the world.
You’ll embark on a walking tour (2 hours approx.) before exploring the mysterious city by yourself before returning to Aguas Calientes. Stop for lunch (not included) before taking the train to Ollantaytambo where a transfer will await you for your transfer back to the hotel in Cusco.
OVERNIGHT IN CUSCO
After breakfast, you can enjoy your last day at leisure before heading to the airport to catch your flight back home.
Why not add some extra nights in Cusco and if you’re up for an adventure head to Vinicuna. Around 100 km southeast of Cusco, rests one of the most beautiful wonders of nature, the Rainbow Mountain. At 5,200 metres above sea level, this is a hard trek and only recommended for experienced hikers. It will also require an extra night in Cusco. Please ask for more details.
Alternatively, you can extend your adventure by 2 nights, complete with tours and stays in Puerto Maldonado – a fascinating city nestled in the Amazon rainforest! We feature the Corto Maltes Lodge but we can also offer the Inkaterra Field Station, Hacienda Concepcion or Reserva Amazonica at a supplement (itineraries vary according the lodge).
Day 13 For Amazon extension pax (BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER)
Upon arrival in Puerto Maldonado We will travel on by boat along the Madre de Dios River. Arrive at Corto Maltes Lodge where you will be greeted with a refreshing fruit cocktail. Relax and enjoy lunch until it’s time for your first excursion.
Trek to a Brazil nut harvesting camp, accompanied by your guide, learn about the tropical trees and medicinal plants. Visit an active Brazil nut camp (or castaña, as it is known locally). This is one of the most important economic activities in the Madre de Dios region. (approx. 2 hours).
Return to the lodge, relax by the pool or in the hammocks or head to the riverside to view the breathtaking sunset. Around 7 pm we head out for a Caiman safari, to observe caimans and, with a bit of luck, other animals which populate the riverbank. Return to the hotel to enjoy dinner in the riverside dining room.
OVERNIGHT IN PUERTO MALDONADO
Today we take an early morning excursion to Lake Sandoval, we will travel by boat along the Madre de Dios followed by a short trek (approx. 3 km) through the wild vegetation of the Tambopata National Reserve, where you will have the chance to admire giant trees, different snakes, monkeys (Squirrel monkeys, Howler monkeys and Capuchin monkeys) and various birds.
Once at Lake Sandoval, we will embark in small rowboats in search of giant river otters and a good number of other reptiles, mammals and birds in their natural habitat. In the afternoon we visit to the lookout tower and Shiringuero Camp. The lookout towers with a height of 20 and 42 meters are designed for bird watching and other wildlife high up in the jungle canopy as well as a chance to view an incredible sunset Return to the lodge for some time to relax by the pool or get refreshed at the bar!
OVERNIGHT IN PUERTO MALDONADO
Transfer by boat and vehicle to Puerto Maldonado airport where you will board your flight home (via Lima).
END OF TOUR
Casa Andina Standard Miraflores Centro (Lima, Perú) is a practical, safe place, comfortable and centrally located hotel, in the main tourist area of Lima: the district of Miraflores.
Casa Andina Standard Miraflores Centro's rooms are tastefully decorated with pine furnishings and a work desk.
The front desk at Casa Andina Standard Miraflores Centro is open 24 hours a day. Guests can also make use of the hotel's laundry services.
Guests can enjoy an extensive buffet breakfast at Casa Andina Standard Miraflores Centro's restaurant. There is also a large selection of upmarket restaurants and bars surrounding the hotel.
Casa Andina Standard Arequipa is nice, classic and well located hotel just a few blocks from the Plaza de Armas by car and a minute walk from the Monasterio of Santa Catalina.
It has 105 comfortable and practical rooms with impeccable finishes. Colourful and spacious, each rooms is fitted with modern comforts such as cable TV, fast speed pre-paid wireless internet service and down comforters.
Guests can also find samples of local handicraft in Casa Andina Standard Arequipa’s gift shop.
Casa Andina Standard Arequipa is a short walk away from the historic attractions in Yanahuara. It is also within walking distance of the up-market restaurants and shopping stores of Arequipa.
Casa Andina Standard Colca lies in Chivay at the edge of the Colca Valley. The hotel may be situated in town, but the property feels quaint with an old-world charm as the cottages are built in the style of a little village with gardens and patios all around.
The 52 rooms at Casa Andina Standard Colca are built in the style of little stone cottages.They are cozy with rustic décor, thatched roofs and tiled floors and offer heating lamps and blankets for chilly mountain nights. The rustic accommodation is simply furnished and comes equipped with a work desk and a heater for the Andean climate.
The hotel has its own planetarium with nightly shows and a telescope. It also has a bar and restaurant with nightly entertainment of local musicians and dancers performing Andean and Colca musical traditions.
The hotel restaurant serves a variety of Peruvian cuisine and is supplied by its own vegetable garden.
Casa Andina Standard Puno is a comfortable property that offers spacious common areas, including a living area with a fireplace, and spacious guestrooms that ooze charm and comfort.
When you stay at this property you'll enjoy a peaceful stay just five minutes away from the Jiron Lima pedestrian avenue, where you'll find an exclusive area for shopping, along with popular bars and restaurants in Puno.
Spacious and sunny, each room also has with down comforters. Facilities include satellite TV, fast speed pre-paid wireless internet service and a large seating area.
The restaurant at Casa Andina Standard Puno serves a variety of local and international dishes in its full buffet breakfast.
Royal Inka I Hotel is located in Plaza Regocijo, 150 meters from the main square, with surrounding areas with Museums and Churches of great importance, such as the Regional Historical Museum “Casa del Inka Garcilaso” and the Cathedral of Cusco.
With 58 comfortable rooms, non-smokers and all the amenities that our guests require, such as: Wifi, Buffet Breakfast, Bar, Restaurant, Event Room, among other services.
Guests can relish a range of local and international dishes at the Capac restaurant, followed by cocktails at the Miski Bar.
This charming hotel is set in landscaped gardens, 10 minutes away from Urubamba city and 15 minutes away from Ollantaytambo (train station to Machu Picchu) by car.
The hotel has 64 rooms inspired by a traditional Peruvian style novoandino overlooking the Andes and in the middle of nature, allowing you to enjoy an atmosphere of peace and recharge energies to start a magnificent trip to Machu Picchu or tour the Sacred Valley.
The rooms at Hotel Hacienda Del Valle are decorated in warm colours and have wooden flooring. They include satellite TV and a private bathroom.
Guests can purchase souvenirs at the onsite gift shop, or arrange excursions and events at the hotel’s tour desk.
Hotel Hacienda serves a rich buffet breakfast prepared with seasonal ingredients. The restaurant also serves authentic local cuisine throughout the day.
The hotel is conveniently located in the village of Machu Picchu (formerly Aguas Calientes) some steps from the town center and Museum.
The stylish El MaPi offers organic gastronomy and contemporary rooms. The well-lit rooms at El MaPi by Inkaterra have thick beige blankets and large windows with blackout curtains.
El Bar serves tasty tapas, piscos and fine organic wines. The café offers a breakfast buffet with smoothies and Belgian waffles, and serves salads and soups made with fresh natural ingredients.
Located in Puerto Maldonado in the Madre de Dios Region, Corto Maltes Amazonía provides bungalow accommodations deep in the amazon jungle.
The Corto Maltés Amazonía lodge has 27 comfortable bungalows built of wood, and are beautifully finished. Each bungalow is divided into rooms with single, double or triple occupancy. Each bungalow and each room has a private bathroom with 24-hour hot water, and a large terrace with hammocks where you can enjoy the excellent view of the Madre de Díos River and the jungle surrounding us.
If you wish to buy souvenirs for your friends and family back home, the Corto Maltés Amazonía has a boutique decorated with typical Amazonian and Peruvian handicrafts.
The lodge kitchen offers continental breakfasts, and lunches and dinners. The menu is a fusion of international cuisine and typical products of the region. The bar has been built to create a welcoming place for you to enjoy a cold drink, or try typical alcoholic drinks from the region. The bar plays music, and is equipped with games and a pool table.
The lodge offers a spa staffed by trained masseuses offering a variety of massages ideal after an excursion or for simply relaxing during your stay.
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