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Best of Peru
9 days 8 nights  

Lima – Yucay – Cusco – Puno – Lima

 ü          Guaranteed departures
ü          Minimum: 02 Participants
ü          Guaranteed small groups: maximum 16 participants
ü          With local English speaking guides

Peru – Also known as The Kingdom of the Sun, Peru is one of the most representative countries of Latin America due to the mix of native Indian, afro American and European cultures. Peru is a country where the traditional customs have transcended through the years and they are the base for the current way of life. The contrast produced because of the different landscapes and people is the reason why Peru is a country so interesting for you to visit. The City of Kings was once the scenario of the war against the Spanish conquerors, who came in a ruthless search for the gold that was hidden somewhere in Peru. However, their most wanted treasure was the Lost City of the Incas: Machu Picchu, which they never found.

 Day 01 - Saturday                                                                                                                 Lima

 ü        Meals: None

ü        Transfer airport - hotel

 Arrival at the airport in Lima where you will be welcomed and transferred to the hotel.

 Lima was founded in 1535 by the Spanish conqueror Francisco Pizarro as “The city of the kings” and became the capital and most important city of the Spanish Viceroyalty. Today it is still Peru’s most important city as it gives home to about 9 million people, almost 30% of the national population. The historical city centre comes with splendid colonial style architecture, ample squares as the Plaza de Armas (or Plaza Mayor) and grand churches which yielded it the declaration as UNESCO World Cultural Heritage. In its modern quarters such as Miraflores and San Isidro you can find present day architecture, rich entertainment possibilities and a great number of first class hotels and restaurants. Peruvian cuisine is excellent and gets more and more famous in the world and Peruvians are extremely proud of their typical dishes.

 Middle Class:

Overnight at Hotel La Hacienda Miraflores 3*+ or similar (standard room)

 Comfort Class:

Overnight at Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores 4* or similar (superior room)

 Day 02 - Sunday                                                                                         Lima – Cusco – Yucay

ü        Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

ü        Transfer hotel - airport

ü        Flight Lima - Cusco (not included)

ü        Transfer airport - hotel in the Urubamba Valley including visit of the Sanctuary Cochahuasi and the “Mercado de Urubamba”

 Transfer to the airport for the flight to Cusco. Upon Arrival Transfer to the Hotel in the Urubamba Valley, known as Sacred Valley, where the Urubamba River, a headstream of the Amazon passes through.

 Cusco – South America's archaeological capital and oldest continuously inhabited city is now one of Peru’ s most important and most frequented tourist attractions. Nevertheless, it is still remaining its vivid legacy as the hub of the Inca Empire: Quechua-speaking Inca descendants can still be found multitudinously in the centuries-old stone-walled city streets.

Cusco also boasts magnificent repositories of colonial art – fine examples can be found in the Cathedral and Museum of Archaeology.

 On your way to the Urubamba Valley you will undertake a short visit to the sanctuary Cochahuasi Wasi. You will have the opportunity to see Pumas, Condors and Aras. The small conservation project is not comparable with a Zoo. It’s also possible to get an insight in the Andean web techniques. You will continue to the “Mercado de Urubamba” and on the way you will have lunch in a typical local restaurant. The “Mercado de Urubamba” is an authentic market where real bartering takes place. The rural people of the surroundings sell and barter agricultural products as well as animals. It is also the place where locals exchange gossips and news.

 Middle Class:

Overnight at Hotel Sonesta Posada del Inca Yucay 3* or similar (standard room)

 Comfort Class:

Overnight at Hotel Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness 5* or similar (colonial room)

 Day 03 - Monday                                                                                                               Yucay

 ü        Meals: Breakfast

ü        Half day excursion to the Ollantaytambo Ruins (4h)

 For the morning program the following optional tours can be booked on site:

 Optional: Pisac Market (4h)

Visit of the typical Pisac market in the small village of Pisac. Here a very special and traditional market takes place every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. A large handicraft market is organized by the Pisac and Cusco craftsmen who exhibit and sell a wide variety of fine crafts such as woven goods, Alpaca rugs, tapestry, sculpture, jewellery.

 

Optional: Moray and Maras (4)

The excursion starts with the visit to Moray, a little Andean community which is famous for its embedded amphitheater, formed by four circular terraces which seem to disappear into the interior of the puna, like an artificial crater. Evidences seem to suggest that Moray was an important Inca agricultural research center. Finally, you will be transferred to visit the Salt Mines of Maras. With the salt which is tapped by exposing salt water that bubbles to the surface from a spring called Qoripujio in men-made wells to the sun, people earn their living. The view of this complex of nearly 3,000 wells is spectacular. The local people demonstrate the ancient techniques to visitors, even allowing you to participate.

**Remarks: Visits are not recommended during the rainy season (November to April)

 Optional: Urubamba River Rafting (3h, 1h30min in the river)  

At the given time passengers will be picked up from their hotels to be transferred to Pachar in the Sacred Valley of the Incas where their guide will be waiting for them ready with all the equipment. Here passengers will receive rafting equipment and a safety briefing (toilet facilities and changing rooms available). After a brief practice on the flat parts of the river, we will start our journey on easy waters while admiring the spectacular views of the mountains and archaeological remains. Afterwards we will continue towards Ollantaytambo and its amazing Inca terraces. At that time we will experience class 2-3 rapids, to finish with “El Resbaladero” (The Slide), a strong class 3 rapid that includes waves and small whirlpools. We will then reach our river take out located in the community of Cachiccata (Toilets available) just 10 minutes by car from Ollantaytambo.

Includes:

-          Professional bilingual mountain bike guide

-          Equipment: First-aid Kit, repairing kit, front-suspension mountain bike, helmet, gloves

Not Included:

-          Entrance fee and visit to Ollantaytambo Archeological site.

**Remarks: Level: Class 2-3 rapids, Season: All year round

Optional: Biking at the Sacred Valley: Yanahuara  (4h, 2h30min of biking)  

We will pick you up from your hotel and take you on a one hour drive  to Paucarbamba bridge. Here we will receive a safety briefing and will adjust our bikes for the ride. We will go through a trail following the Urubamba River, the sacred river of the Incas, until we reach the town of Pachar. From here we will take an easy descend through an ancient Inca trail that passes through farming fields and Inca terraces until we will get to the Inca bridge.

Includes:   Orientation briefing
Private transportation from hotel to start point of ride and from end of ride to hotel 
 Professional bilingual mountain bike guide 
First-aid Kit 
 Repairing kit 
Front-suspension mountain bike 
Helmet 
Gloves

Not Included:   Entrance fee and visit to Ollantaytambo Archeological site.

**Remarks: Level: Easy Ride. No prior experience required, Season: All year round

 Optional: Hiking, Ollantaytambo – Cachicata (3h)  

Early in the morning, we will you pick you up from your hotel, on the way we will admire the imposing Urubamba range, along with potato fields to Ollantaytambo where Our hike will begin at the Inca Bridge over the Vilcanota River.

 Our hike starts going up an Inca trail through terraces and tombs, until reaching the base of one of the most important mountains of the area, the Apu Buena Negra, a granite geological formation.  From this area we will have an impressive view of the Verónica Mountain, one of the most important in the Urubamba range, as well as a great view of the Pakaritampu pyramid, based on the agricultural terraces, and the town of Ollantaytambo and its fortress. Here we will enjoy our box lunch, followed by our descent while we admire breathtaking views in the Sacred Valley of the Incas and its beautiful typical little houses, its green corn fields, which are irrigated by the sacred river of the Incas.

 The hike ends at “El Rancho” in the nice community of Cachiccata’s. The houses in this community were built on stone foundations, using adobes (mud bricks) to build houses of only one or two stories high, all with roofs made of straw. Transportation will wait for us in the community of Cachiccata, to take us to our hotel in the Sacred Valley.

Includes:

-          First-aid kit with oxygen

**Remarks: Level: Demanding. Good physical condition required, Season: All year round

 In the afternoon, a visit to Ollantaytambo, a typical Inca community, is included. Towering above the town of Ollantaytambo we will find the Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo. Steep stone terraces rising from the edge of town lead up to the fortress ruins at the top of the hill. A stone stairway leads up through the terrace walls, allowing visitors to step out on them. One of the best-preserved areas lies north of the Hanan Huacaypata square: an area of 15 blocks of houses built on top of carved stone walls.

 Middle Class:

Overnight at Hotel Sonesta Posada del Inca Yucay 3* or similar (standard room)

 Comfort Class:

Overnight at Hotel Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness 5* or similar (Colonial room)

Day 04 - Tuesday                                                                           Yucay – Machu Pichu - Cusco

ü        Meals: Breakfast

ü        Full day tour to Machu Picchu

 Transfer by bus to the train station of Ollantaytambo where the tour starts by train that goes through the fertile plain of the Urubamba valley and on to Aguas Calientes. From there, small busses drive up the steep mountain to the ruin town.

 Machu Picchu called the Lost City of the Incas, this cultural heritage of mankind is a beautifully located impressive stone city constructed with a technique incredible for its era and even for present times. Stone upon stone, fitted together perfectly without any cement, with impressive delicacy, exquisite detail and discrimination worthy of the world’s greatest palaces. There are many theories about Machu Picchu, but one thing is for sure - it is one of the most impressive sites in the world.

 Enjoy a guided visit of around 2 hours of the ruins and return by bus and train to Ollantaytambo station. Transfer to your hotel in Cusco. 

 Middle Class:

Overnight at Hotel Eco Inn 3* or similar (standard room)

 Comfort class:

Overnight at Hotel Aranwa Cusco Boutique 5* or similar (classic room)

 Day 05 - Wednesday                                                                                                                 Cusco

 ü        Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

ü        Half day city tour and visit of the ruins

ü        Afternoon at free leisure

 Cusco – South America's archaeological capital and oldest continuously inhabited city is now one of Peru’ s most important and most frequented tourist attractions. Nevertheless, it is still remaining its vivid legacy as the hub of the Inca Empire: Quechua-speaking Inca descendants can still be found multitudinously in the centuries-old stone-walled city streets. Cusco also boasts magnificent repositories of colonial art – fine examples can be found in the Cathedral and Museum of Archaeology.

 Today you will start for a half day city tour. It will be shown the exact centre of the Incan Empire, the Plaza de Armas. There one can find the cathedral built on the ruins of the ancient Inca Palace. The cathedral borders on other churches on both sides. Next stop will be the old town with its magnificent renovated colonial buildings; some of them are being used as hotels.

Proceed to Sacsayhuaman, a ruin site located approx. 3 km above Cusco. Sacsayhuaman also offers a fabulous view over the city. Afterwards visit the surrounding ruins.

 **Remark: -   To protect the historic center of Cusco, vehicles are no longer allowed in the main square.

 The afternoon is free at leisure.

 Middle Class:

Overnight at Hotel Eco Inn 3* or similar (standard room)

 Comfort class:

Overnight at Hotel Aranwa Cusco Boutique 5* or similar (classic room)

Day 06 - Thursday                                                                                                    Cusco – Puno

 ü        Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

ü        Overland transfer Cusco/Puno (regular seat-in basis with german or english speaking guide)

 A full day bus tour from Cusco to Puno leads through the Peruvian highland along snow-covered peaks of the Andes, small villages and reaches its highest point in La Raya at 4.300 m above sea level. On route you will visit the town of Andahuaylillas, the ruins of Racchi and the small town of Pucara. Lunch in a typical restaurant en route is included.

Upon arrival in Puno transfer to your hotel.

 Puno - The beauty and charm of Puno town is made up by its habitant’s kind personality and by its mixture of typical Andean architecture that is to be found all way down from the sides of the hills until the bank of the Titicaca Lake. Its archaeological, cultural and architectural variety and richness owes Puno to the fact that it once has been inhabited by three different civilizations on the banks of the Titicaca Lake: Aymara, Quechua and Spanish. This multicultural origin has created a mestizo race that is also found in their artistic and cultural expression and especially in an incomparable folklore which is second to none and has made Puno the “Folklore Capital of Peru”. But the main attraction of Puno is the Titicaca Lake, a must for any visitor. The Sacred Lake of the Incas is one of the most enigmatic places in the world. It is the highest navigable lake and combines beautiful sights, culture and history.

 Middle Class:

Overnight at Hotel Jose Antonio Puno 3*+ or similar (standard room)

 Comfort class:

Overnight at Hotel Libertador Lago Titicaca 4* or similar (classic room)

 Day 07 - Friday                                                                                                 Puno - Lima

 ü        Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

ü        Full day excursion Uros & Taquile including lunch (regular seat-in basis)

ü        Transfer hotel - airport Juliaca

ü        Flight Juliaca - Lima (not included)

ü        Transfer airport Lima - hotel

In the morning you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to Puno’s dock where you will depart towards the Uros Islands on Titicaca Lake. The Uros are 40 small floating islands made of packed totora (reed), located within the Titicaca National Reserve. Here the inhabitants of the lake, the Uros, live just as their ancestors did, maintaining their customs and idiosyncrasies. 

After visiting the Uros Islands we will continue by boat to Taquile Island. There are no roads or electricity in Taquile and the locals have maintained their traditions and culture and many still wear traditional dresses. The Taquileños are known for their high-quality handicrafts, especially for the knitting, which is exclusively performed by males. In the main square there is a cooperative shop, selling woollen goods and hand-woven items, as well as a small church.

 A typical lunch at Taquile Island is included.   Transfer from the hotel to the airport of Juliaca.

 Flight to Lima (not included) and transfer to the hotel.

 Middle Class:

Overnight at Hotel La Hacienda Miraflores  3*+ or similar (standard room)

 Comfort Class:

Overnight at Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores 4* or similar (superior room)

Day 08 - Saturday                                                                                                                 Lima

 ü        Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

ü        City tour including San Francisco monastery and Larco Herrera Museum (4h)

 In the afternoon you will explore the city on a sightseeing tour through Lima. The Plaza de Armas with the beautiful buildings of the government Palace, the town hall, the Palace of the archbishop and the cathedral are still the most important places in town. After that you will visit the beautiful San Francisco monastery which displays the largest collection of religious art in America. The highlight of this convent is the visit of the underground vaults known as “catacumbas” or catacombs.

 Proceed through the modern districts of San Isidro and Miraflores and to the Coastline enjoying the view over the beaches of Lima and the Pacific Ocean.

 Afterwards enjoy a guided visit of one of the Lima’s most noted museums, the Rafael Larco Herrera Archaeological Museum which houses the world’s largest private collection of Peruvian pre-Columbian Art. Mr. Rafael Larco Hoyle founded the museum on July 28, 1926, in the Chiclin sugar estate in Trujillo, naming it as his father as an expression of filial homage. In 1958 he moved the collection to Lima, installing the Museum in a Colonial house in the district of Pueblo Libre, where it currently functions. This locale was adapted to the characteristics style of the 18th century Colonial houses from Trujillo. The approximate 45,000 objects of the collection have been exhibited to the public in the Permanent Hall, Jewelry Vault and the Classified Storage Area ever since.

The Halls of the Larco Museum are organized by subjects. The Metals, Ceramics, the Stones, the Culture, the Great Jewelry Vault and Textile Halls emphasize the technological aspects by Pre-Columbian cultures. Finally the World’s unique Erotic Hall gives us a glimpse of the fascinating sexual life of ancient Peruvians.

 Middle Class:

Overnight at Hotel La Hacienda Miraflores  3*+ or similar (standard room)

 Comfort Class:

Overnight at Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores 4* or similar (superior room)

 Day 09 - Sunday                                                                                                                     Lima

 ü        Meals: Breakfast

ü        Transfer hotel - airport

 Transfer from the hotel to the airport. 

2017 will be Saturday - Sunday tours

Dates:
 Jan 7, 21, Feb 4, Mar 4, 18, Apr 1, May 13, 27, Jun 17, July 15, Aug 19, Sept 16, Oct 7, 21 and Nov 25

2017 Price Information

 

with accommodation in (room)                     Double                    Single

 Seat-in-coach rates from 2 pax on:

 Valid from January until December 2017:

 Middle Class hotels                                     $1759 pp                 $2179

Comfort Class hotel                                      $2179 pp                 $2929

The following entrance fee s are included in our package rate and are subject to change without prior notice:

 San Francisco Monastery Lima                                                  USD   4,00 per person
Larco Herrera Museum Lima                                                     USD   9,00 per person
Cusco tourist tax                                                                      USD 46,50 per person
Cathedral & Koricancha                                                            USD 15,50 per person
Machu Picchu Entrance Fee                                                      USD 54,00 per person
Aguas Calientes-Machu Picchu and vv shuttle bus                   USD 24,00 per person
Andahuaylillas, Racchi, Pucara                                                  USD 15,00 per person
Uros floating islands                                                                 USD   2,00 per person
Taquile island                                                                           USD   2,00 per person

For this tour the following requirements are needed: passport details (issue date, expiration date, where issued and number), date of birth, arrival and departure flight details.  The tour company will advise which flights you need to book on LAN in order to coordinate with the tour.  

Pre- & post-night and transfer in Lima :

 Valid from January until December 2017:

 

Middle class

Hotel La Hacienda Miraflores  3*+

1 overnight/breakfast, standard room

per person in double room   $61                                                      

per person in single room     $117

Comfort class

Hotel Casa Andina PC Miraflores 4*

1 overnight/breakfast, standard room

per person in double       $101       

per person in single        $200

 When the additional night(s) are booked via SAT, the transfers on arrival and departure days are included in the roundtrip rate from 2 persons on. In case further transfers are needed, the following costs will apply:

 Transfer airport LIM/Hotel or Hotel/airport LIM (one way):

Basis 1                 USD  $125

Basis 2                 USD    $65

Basis 3/4              USD    $46

 
**Rate Disclaimer**
All rates shown are based on the current exchange rate.
 It is important to note that foreign exchange rates fluctuate frequently 
and that the prices provided above, can change at any time without notice.
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