This 15 day / 12 night tour of Peru is the perfect way to see the most amazing and magnificent sights this country has to offer.
Machu Picchu, Peru has perhaps the most breathtaking archaeological site in the world. Yet it also offers a wealth of other magnificent sights: ancient, colonial and scenic. Staying in good hotels of great character with some free time to relax, this tour reveals Perus many wonders, including Cuzco and Arequipa, the Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca and, of course, Machu Picchu.
Prices & Departure Dates for 2012
- International and domestic flights
- Breakfast daily, 8 lunches & 1 dinner
- All local transfers in air-conditioned vehicles
- Fully escorted by an English-speaking guide throughout
May- December 2012 £3399
**The above prices are based on 2 sharing
Day 1 To Lima: Overnight flight from London to Lima, via Madrid, with LAN. (N)
Day 2 Lima: Early morning arrival. Transfer to the Casa Andina Private Collection for 1 night, including immediate occupancy. Day at leisure / optional excursions. (B)
Day 3 To Arequipa: Morning tour of colonial and modern Lima, including San Isidro local market and the architectural masterpiece of San Francisco monastery. Fly over the Andes to Arequipa, an attractive city of beautiful white buildings and colonnaded plazas, surrounded by a dramatic landscape. Stay at the Libertador for 2 nights. (B)
Day 4 Arequipa: Full-day city tour, including the beautiful Santa Catalina convent, which dates from 1500, and the Juanita Mummy Museum. (B, L)
Day 5 To the Colca Canyon: Drive into the Andes towards the Colca Canyon (taking approximately five hours, partly on unpaved roads, with stops en route). The scenery is breathtaking, with snowy volcanic peaks, the terraces of the Colca valley and herds of llamas scattered around. Stay 2 nights at Casa Andina. (B, L)
Day 6 Colca Canyon: Early morning excursion to Condors Cross, where magnificent condors may be seen flying over the canyon. Visit the town of Maca, famed for its pre-Columbian textiles. Afternoon at leisure to take a walk in the canyon or relax in the natural hot springs. (B, L)
Day 7 To Lake Titicaca: Travel by road to Puno and Lake Titicaca (approximately seven hours). Transfer to the Libertador, set on the shores of the lake, for 2 nights. (B,L)
Day 8 Lake Titicaca: Full-day tour of the floating islands of Lake Titicaca, inhabited by the Uros Indians, and Taquile island. (B,L)
Day 9 To Cuzco: Take the Andean Explorer train to Cuzco (approximately 10 hours). Relaxover lunch with a pisco sour and music in the observation car as you pass high Andean peaks, mountain streams and rivers, cultivated terraces and small valley towns. Transfer to the Casa Andina Private Collection for 2 nights. (B, L)
Day 10 Cuzco: Morning at leisure in the Inca capital. Afternoon tour of Cuzco, including the San Blas district, Koricancha and the cathedral. (B)
Day 11 To the sacred Valley: Full-day visit to the Indian market at Pisac and the Inca fortress at Ollantaytambo, an astounding feat of construction and ingenuity. Stay overnight in the Sacred Valley at Casa Andina Private Collection. (B, L)
Day 12 To Macchu Picchu: Drive to Ollanta and take the train to Machu Picchu. Tour the ruins and stay overnight at the Sumaq Hotel. (B, L, D)
Day 13 To Cuzco: Morning at leisure or further explore Machu Picchu (purchase ticket at time of booking). Return to Cuzco by rail and road. Transfer to the Casa Andina Private Collection for 1 night. (B)
Day 14 To London: Fly to Lima and on to London, via Madrid, with LAN. (B)
Day 15 London: Afternoon arrival. (N).
Meal Basis: (B) = Breakfast, (L) = Lunch, (D) = Dinner, (N) = No Meals
Lima - Lima offers some of Peru's finest museums and monuments, as well as its best cuisine and nightlife. Highlights include the Plaza de Armas, a UNESCO World Heritage Site around which stand the Government Palace, Cathedral and Town Hall, the city's many colonial mansions and the San Francisco Church.
Arequipa - Perhaps the most strikingly beautiful city in Peru, Arequipa has leafy squares, fine colonial architecture and many old and interesting churches built of sillar, a pearly white volcanic stone almost exclusively used in the construction of this city.
Colca Canyon - The Colca Canyon is an area of outstanding scenic beauty with huge patchworks of pre-Inca terracing and narrow precipitous gorges set against the backdrop of distant snow-capped volcanoes.
Lake Titicaca - Puno lies on the western shore of Lake Titicaca and is used as a base to visit the the floating Uros reed islands, Taquile Island, the Sillustani Tombs and the Bolivian side of Lake Titicaca.
Cuzco - Located at an altitude of 3,310 metres, Cuzco is one of the most beautiful and enchanting cities in South America, with outstanding natural scenery, ancient ruins and colonial architecture.
Machu Picchu - One of the new Seven Wonders of the World, the spectacular Inca citadel of Machu Picchu is situated at an altitude of 2,380 metres on a saddle between two mountain peaks, and set against a dramatic backdrop of cloud forest covered mountains.
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