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A wide-ranging journey into the cultural heart of South America. Discover the ancient and natural wonders that Peru has to offer.
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12 nights accommodation, meals as per itinerary, sightseeing with an English speaking local guide and flights as per itinerary
This is a comprehensive journey through the highlights of Peru, the cultural heart of South America. Visit the White City of colonial Arequipa, the vast Colca Canyon to witness the unforgettable sight of the flight of the condor, colonial Lima, the markets and ruins of Cuzco, Puno and the Lost City of the Incas, mystical Machu Picchu.
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Head to Colca Canyon, twice as deep as the Grand Canyon, and well known as the home of the rare Andean condor.
Enjoy cooking demonstrations, make local dishes, taste local produce and enjoy an evening of Peruvian gastronomy.
Visit the White City of colonial Arequipa and walk through the cobble stone streets and fine Spanish buildings.
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Arrive in Lima and transfer to your hotel.
Explore the charming colonial centre of Lima and see Plaza Mayor, City Hall and the cathedral. Discover one of the oldest and most traditional bars in Lima, Cordano. Immerse yourself in the history of this country with a visit to the Larco Herrera Museum. Lima has become the gastronomic capital of South America, where you can taste some of the most exquisite Peruvian cuisine. Finish your day enjoying some of the best Peruvian gastronomy at the museum’s enchanting restaurant. (B)(D)
Journey to Pisco for a remarkable experience; a flight over the mysterious Nazca Lines. Observe several figures of stylised plants and animals drawn in an enormous labyrinth of straight lines, trapezoids, triangles, and spirals. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before you are transferred to Ica for your overnight coach journey to Arequipa. (B)(L)
This morning you will arrive in Arequipa. Your afternoon sightseeing excursion will take you through the many cobble stone streets of Arequipa and its fine Spanish buildings, including the Santa Catalina Monastery. The monastery is one of the most beautiful buildings in Arequipa and features cloisters, charming streets and small plazas that haven’t changed in over 500 years. During your visit, learn what life is like for the select group of nuns that live there. (B)
Depart early through the Aguada Blanca National Reserve. Arrive in Chivay where you will taste some of the local cuisine. (B)(L)(D)
Journey by road passing magnificent volcanoes, Indian villages and ancient Inca terraces until reaching the Cruz del Condor viewpoint. Without doubt this site offers the most impressive views of the Colca Canyon and the majestic condor in full flight. (B)(L)
Today fly to Cuzco. Your afternoon begins with a unique and
exclusive visit to San Pedro local market, where you will find diverse local products. Embark
on a journey through history visiting the Koricancha or Temple of the Sun. Continue to
the Inca fortress of Sacsayhuaman, the underground cave and temple of Qenko and
Tambomachay, known as the Baths of the Inca. Your final stop will be a traditional cafe
known and visited by the locals, where you will taste some local pastries. (B)
Today embark on a scenic journey to the Urubamba Valley, the “Sacred
Valley of the Incas”. Visit the colourful Pisac market, where the local Indians meet to sell their
wares as they have done for centuries. Continue to the town of Ollantaytambo and climb
up the imposing Inca fortress for some spectacular views of the valley. This evening at your
hotel, take part in a cooking demonstration to learn how to make local dishes. (B)(L)
Embark on a train journey through spectacular mountain scenery to
the magnificent Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu, and enjoy a guided visit of the citadel
exploring every corner of this New Wonder of the World. Mystical energies pulsate under
your feet as you climb to the top and admire the Intihuatana or visit the Temple of the Sun,
the Palace of the Inca, and its agricultural and urban sectors. (B)(L)(D)
This morning is at leisure to explore this extraordinary place
on your own or if you are truly intrepid, dare to climb to the top of Mount Huayna Picchu,
a symbol of Machu Picchu and the tallest mountain behind the archaeological site. The
pathway leading to its summit offers the fabulous reward of a spectacular view of the stone
city. This afternoon board the train for your journey back to Cuzco. (B)
Travel by road across the Altiplano to Puno. On the way you will visit
Andahuaylillas before continuing to Racchi ruins, known as “The Temple of God Wiracocha”.
Your last stop will be La Raya, the highest point on the road between Cuzco and Puno, from
where there will be excellent photo opportunities. (B)(L)
Enjoy a catamaran cruise on Lake Titicaca visiting the man-made floating reed
islands of the Uros Indians. Meet these resilient islanders, descendants of the first Altiplano
inhabitants who still live on totora reed platforms. Explore Taquile Island where the islanders
still live according to the traditions and beliefs of their ancestors and are world renowned
for their lovely outfits and extraordinary textiles. (B)(L)
Your journey ends with a transfer to the airport. (B)
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