Highlights of Peru

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Price From US$ 1,359.00
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Starting point LIMA
Ending point LIMA
Duration 11 Days / 10 Nights
Trip style Archeological, Cultural and Ecological
Place to visit Lima, Cusco, Puno y Nazca
Airfares Lima / Cusco & Juliaca / Lima
Highlights Visit Lima, Nazca Lines, Visist Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machupicchu and the Titicaca Lake.









After your arrival in Peru we will start the tour with the Fly over the Nazca Lines and try to unveil the mystery of their creation. After that we will discover the Andean World in a specially prepared circuit visiting the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Machupicchu and finally visit the Titicaca Lake with the Uros and Taquile Island.

Day 1: International arrival to Lima

Assistance on your arrival to Lima "Jorge Chavez" Airport and transfer to the selected hotel.



Day 2: Lima: Lima/Nazca:(6 hours)(B)

Transfer to Lima bus station for a six and a half-hour drive through the Panamericana highway to Nazca. Arrival in Nazca and transfer to the selected Hotel.



Day 3: Nazca: Overflight Nazca Lines(B)

Arrival to the Hotel and immediate transfer to the local airport to board a propeller plane to fly over the enigmatic Nazca lines. Transfer to the bus station and departure to Lima. Arrival in Lima and transfer to the selected Hotel.



Day 4: LIMA/CUSCO: City tour and visit to nearby ruins: (B)

Early in the morning, transfer to Lima's airport to take a flight to Cusco. Upon arrival transfer to selected hotel. After arrival we suggest some rest in the hotel in order to avoid altitude sickness and have lunch there. In the afternoon , we will have a guided city tour of Cusco visiting the Main Square, the Cathedral and the Temple of the Sun or Korikancha Then, we drive out of the city to visit the Inca sites of Kenko, Tambomachay, Puca Pucara and the impressive fortress of Sacsayhuaman, them Return to the hotel. Free night.

Day 5: CUSCO: Sacred Valley of the Incas (B) (L)

Excursion to the "Sacred Valley of the Incas", a succession of picturesque towns, agricultural terraces and archaeological sites. We´ll have the opportunity to bargain with vendors or stroll at the Pisac's typical Indian market, with a catholic mass service on Sunday (celebrated in Quechua, the native language). Lunch at a local restaurant in the Sacred Valley.
In the afternoon pass through Calca and Urubamba towns to arrive to the Inca Fortress and Citadel of Ollantaytambo, Back to Cusco in the afternoon.

Day 6: CUSCO: Machupicchu - Aguas Calientes (B) (L)

The day starts with an early morning rise to transfer to Cusco train station for a three hour train journey to the famous Inca Citadel of Machupicchu, also known as "The Lost City of the Incas". Arrive at Aguas Calientes station followed by a 30-minute bus drive, climbing 6km of winding road, to the incredible Machupicchu. Upon arrival, we´ll participate in a guided tour of the Citadel, visiting the Main Plaza, the Circular Tower, the Sacred Sun Dial, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows and various burial grounds. After the tour you will have time to stroll around the archaeological site at your leisure. Lunch in a restaurant at Aguas Calientes town. Overnight in a hotel in Aguas Calientes.
Free night, we recommend to have dinner at the hotel selected in Aguas Calientes.

Day 7: Aguas Calientes - Cusco (B)

Excellent opportunity to wake up early and enjoy with a beautiful sunrise as well as stroll by the town of Aguas Calientes and visit its thermal waters.
In the afternoon, back to Cusco by train, and transfer to the selected hotel for overnight. Free night.

Day 8: CUSCO / PUNO (L)

Early (7.30 am) departure by bus to the City of Puno, (3,860 m.a.s.l.).
During the trip, we pass by the lovely Wacarpay Lake, offering spectacular views of the mountains reflected in its calm waters.
We proceed to the beautiful Town of Andahuaylillas, and visit the Church of San Pedro de Andahuaylillas, better known as the Sistine Chapel of the Americas, due to its decorated polychrome ceiling. On the way, we stop in Raqchi, where we can see a spectacular Inca Sanctuary built by the Inca Pachacutec, and dedicated to the great Inca God of Wiracocha.
It has a great central wall with a stone base of fine Inca architecture. Other walls are made of giant adobe bricks. The structure also has two circular lateral columns. Around the Temple are several buildings once used for housing and storage.
About 70 km further on, we pass through La Raya Ranch where we can see herds of vicuñas and llamas. Then we travel along the High Plateau of Collao, stopping at the Town of Ayaviri, an important livestock and textile Centre, to visit the impressive Temple of Kalasaya, ruins from the ancient Pucara Culture.
Lunch in a countryside restaurant, where we can enjoy the delightful culinary art of the region.
Afternoon arrival in Puno and transfer to your selected hotel. Evening free.

Day 9: PUNO: Titicaca Lake, Floating Island of the Uros and Island of Taquile(B) (L)

Early in the morning, we will have an unforgettable motorboat excursion on the waters of Lake Titicaca to the unique "Floating Islands" of the Uros. These ancient inhabitants of the lake, known as the Water Tribe, have built their own "islands" by periodically adding new layers of a type of reed unique to the area called "totora" (Scirpus Totora), vegetable fibre from the Papiro family. Their homes and boats are also made from this material. We continue our motorboat trip to Taquile island, inhabited by Quechua-speaking natives who have developed efficient and unique social systems, as well as fine hand weaving techniques, down through generations. After lunch in a local Taquile inn, we have a walk through the various hills and archaeological sites of this 6 km long island. In the afternoon, return to Puno for overnight at the hotel. Free night.

Day 10:PUNO / LIMA: City Tour (B)

Transfer to the airport and departure to Lima, arrival in Lima and transfer to the selected Hotel.
In the afternoon: City Tour: CONTEMPORARY LIMA: Visit the historical center and the most traditional residential areas in the capital: The Olive Grove of San Isidro, Miraflores and Larco Mar, distinctive tourist centre of contemporary Lima.

Day 11: LIMA / INTERNATIONAL DEPARTURE (B)

After breakfast (or depending on your time of departure) transfer to the airport to take your flight.

End of our services

INCLUDES:

In Lima: Sightseeing Tour
In Nazca: Overflight of the Nazca lines.
In Cusco: Sightseeing Tour and nearby ruins, and Tourist bus Cusco/Puno.
In the Sacred Valley of the Incas: Excursion to Pisac and Ollantaytambo. Lunch included.
In Machupicchu: Guided visit of the Citadel including lunch and overnight.
In Puno: Boating excursion on Titicaca Lake, lunch in Taquile.

  • 10 Nights’ accommodation ,uy
  • Domestic Flight Lima / Cusco and Juliaca /Lima
  • All breakfasts and meals as specified in the program
  • All entrance tickets applicable
  • All the transfers indicated in the itinerary.
  • Bus Tkt to Nazca
  • Train ticket from Cusco- Aguas Calientes-Cusco
  • Bus ticket from Aguas Calientes- Machupicchu- Aguas Calientes
  • All applicable taxes
  • All bilingual guided tours (english/spanish) above mentioned


NOT INCLUDED:

  • International flights
  • Baggage excess. (f.i Cusco/Puno bus)
  • Alcoholic drinks, soda or bottled mineral water
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • International or National personal telephone calls
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Second entrance to Machupicchu


B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

ORIENTATION

Peru is located on the central west coast of South America. Its neighboring countries are: Ecuador and Colombia to the N; Chile to the S; Brazil and Bolivia to the E; and the Pacific Ocean to the W. It is the third largest country in South America, with a surface area of 1 285 215,6 km2 (larger than France, Spain, and Germany combined) distributed approximately in the following manner: 12% coastal territory, 28% Andean highlands and 60% Amazon jungle. Its capital, Lima, is located in the coastal area, where the country's greatest economic activities take place.

TIME ZONE

Peruvian time is five hours past Greenwich Mean Time and is similar to Eastern Standard Time in the United States (except when the U.S. goes on daylight savings time from April to October). In reference to other cities, when it is noon in Peru, it is:

Santiago de Chile and Caracas13:00
Rio de Janeiro14:00
New York12:00
Madrid18:00
Londres17:00
Tokyo03:00

TEMPERATURE

Being such a geographically diverse country within the tropical belt, the weather in Peru is determined both by altitude and season. However, it also means that there is almost invariably sunshine somewhere in Peru ! Below is a summary of the weather conditions you can expect to find in each different region of the country at different times of the year.

Coast (Ica, Chiclayo, Lima, Piura, Trujillo, Tumbes)
Northern region: warm year-round with highs of up to 35°C in the summer.
Central and southern regions: two well-defined seasons, winter between April and October, and summer between November and March.
Highlands (Ancash, Arequipa, Ayacucho, Cajamarca, Cusco, Puno)
This region has two seasons, dry season between April and rainy season between November and March.
Rainforest (Iquitos, Madre de Dios, Manu)
High rainforest (over 2,300 feet asl): has a temperate, subtropical climate with abundant rainfall.

WE RECOMMEND YOU TO

  • Use comfortable shoes the whole time during walking tours.
  • Take lots of liquids during long excursions.

WHAT TO BRING

  • Hiking boots, sneakers and shoes.
  • Long pants or slacks.
  • Long-sleeved shirts.
  • T-shirts.
  • Sweaters and a jacket.
  • Rain wear for rainy season.
  • Camera.
  • Insect Repellent.
  • Personal toilet items and first-aid kit.
  • Medicine to arrest or prevent the so called” Soroche” or altitude sickness.


Please consult your physician what medicine is best suited for your organism.

WEATHER

Peru's climate may be divided into two: The Western Andes and the Desert Coast. On the Coast, it does not rain and the temperature is warm through the year. On the other hand, in the Andes, there are two seasons: Rainy and dry.
Cusco is located in the Eastern Andes, so their rainy season is from October to May, the rest of the year it is dry.
Rainy time, starting in October/ November has its own maximum in January, continuing until March/ April. In years of pouring rain there are landslides, floods, etc.
On the highlands, it is cold in the evenings but sunny and warm in the mornings. It is even possible to wear t-shirts, but when the sun sets it gets really chilly so please bring a warm sweater (or buy an alpaca one in Cusco) and a good jacket.
Finally, the weather in general does not represent a limit to provide any tourist services, except during some particularly bad years.

ALTITUDE

Lima: Sea level, 54 m.a.s.l.
Nazca: 588 m.a.s.l.
Paracas: Sea level, 5 m.a.s.l.
Cusco: 3360 m.a.s.l.
Machupicchu: 2400 m.a.s.l.
Urubamba Valley: 2850 m.a.s.l.

WATER

Tap water in most of Peru is potable, but the chemical content varies from place to place. To avoid problems, we recommend you to always drink bottled water.

VISAS

All travelers should contact the nearest Peruvian consulate in order to ascertain what visa rules apply, since these may change without previous notice.
For more information click here: Type of visa to enter

AIRPORT SECURITY TIPS

  • Maintain control and do not leave personal items (purses, briefcases, electronic equipment, carry-on bags, etc.) unattended at any time in the airport or at curbside.
  • Passengers are not allowed to enter areas posted as Restricted Area or Authorized Personnel Only. Please request assistance from nearest airport personnel
  • Report unattended items or suspicious activity immediately to airline personnel

LANGUAGE

The official languages of Peru are Spanish, spoken by 73% of the population, and Quechua spoken by 24% of Peruvians. English is widely spoken in hotels and shops.

CURRENCY

Peru's official currency is the Nuevo sol ; its symbol is S/. The denominations in circulation are bills of 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 nuevos soles; coins of 1, 2, and 5 nuevos soles; and coins of 5, 10, 20 and 50 céntimos of a nuevo sol. US$ are widely accepted.
At the moment, US$ 1.00 is worth around 2.80 Nuevos Soles.

TIPPING

Whilst tipping is a personal matter, we are happy to give some guidelines:
Most restaurants add a 10% tip. The total tip should be about 15%.
Doorkeepers should be tipped 1 US$ per bag. Taxi drivers do not expect a tip.

Full-day excursion: US$6.00 per person
Half-day excursion : US$3.00 per person

PHOTOGRAPHY

If you are taking photographs of local people, always ask their permission beforehand. Your guide can assist you in this. Do not take photographs of military installations or airports. Film is readily available in all tourist areas. It is advisable to carry your camera in a dust-proof bag. Photography or camera fees are applicable at most sights and museums; your guide can give you details of the latest charges.

ELECTRICITY

Power voltage in Peru is 220 Volts AC, 60 Hz. Most modern electrical appliances do not need adapters since they will accept both 110 as well as 220 AC voltages. Please make sure to check the voltage options of those artefacts you intend to take with you during your trip, such as hair dryers, battery chargers, notebooks and lap tops, video cameras, etc. Most of these do not usually need a special adapter, but it is important that you make sure of that before leaving your country of origin in order not to have to buy special 110 V / 220 V AC adapters, which, however, can be found in the local market here in Peru.

HEALTH

Vaccinations
Full details of the latest health requirements should be obtained from an authorized medical source, such as your doctor. There are no mandatory health requirements for Peru.
Because you are visiting Andean areas, don't forget to take precautions to avoid altitude sickness. Be sure to try hot tea or infusion of coca leaves on your arrival in the altitude; during your first day move slowly and eat lightly.

PERUVIAN GASTRONOMY

Peruvian cuisine is highly varied and spicy. Some of our typical dishes are: "cebiche" (raw fish marinated in lemon juice), "aji de gallina" (de-boned chicken cooked in a milk and aji sauce), and "anticuchos" (shish kebabs of beef heart and meat), apart from the typical dishes from each region.
Be sure to try "Pisco Sour", Peru's typical mixed drink prepared with pisco, lemon, egg white and sugar.

Restaurants during your trip
In Lima: International, vegetarian, local food restaurants and franchises of international fast food chains.
In Paracas and Nazca: International and local sea food restaurants.
In Cusco: International, vegetarian and local food restaurants.

DRESS CODE

Dress in general is very casual unless you want to eat in one of the more expensive restaurants in Lima for example, in which case a tie and/or jacket will be required and smarter ladies' wear. Due to the altitude, it is important to remember whatever the season, to take some warmer woollens for the nighttimes drop in temperature.

IMPORTANT: We reserve the right to make changes to the order of the trip, without prior notice, due to changes in climate conditions, river water levels, flight or bus arrival and departure times or any other reason relevant to the best development of the trip.

Prices

ACCOMODATION 2017 Price per person
Category Lima Nazca Cusco Puno Price tour
Double /Triple
Price tour
Single
Economic Hotel Sipan Hotel Oro Viejo Inka Andina Hostal Plaza Mayor US$ 1,359.00 US$ 1,619.00
Tourist Hotel Faraona Hotel Majoro Sueños del Inka Hotel Qalasaya US$ 1,436.00 US$ 1,865.00
Superior Hotel Casa Andina Select Hotel Cantalloc Costa del Sol Ramada Hotel Eco Inn US$ 1,789.00 US$ 2,567.00
Luxury Hotel Pardo Cantalloc Libertador Titicaca US$ 2,291.00 US$ 3,559.00


Note: Economic and Tourist Programs the train service is Expedition. Superior and Luxury Programs the Train service is Vista dome coach.
Also you can request the tours by private service,
Price: Upgrade Vistadome Train: USD 60.00



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