Ancient Peru

ancient1

Ancient Peru

22 days from $


AT A GLANCE:

Immerse into the ancient civilizations of Peru and visit 7 world heritage sites in style. Explore pyramids and fascinating archaeological sites in the desert and traverse the beautiful snowcapped mountains of the Andes, home to stunning natural and cultural environment.

 

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Gourmet dinner at one of the world’s best restaurants
  • Caral pyramids
  • The royal tombs of the Lord of Sipan
  • Chan Chan – the largest pre-Columbian city
  • Sechin Archeological Complex
  • Flight of the condors in the Colca Canyon
  • Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world
  • Sacred Valley of the Incas
  • Luxury Peru Sacred Valley train
  • Two-day visit to Machu Picchu
  • Nazca Lines overflight

 

QUICK FACTS:

  • Duration: 22 days
  • Price per person, based on double occupancy
  • Season: year round
  • Single supplement: 00.00USD

Day 1 – Lima | Welcome to the City of the Kings

Meet our representative at Jorge Chavez Airport, who takes you to your hotel and conducts a short briefing about the upcoming journey.

Day 2 – Lima | Colonial and Modern Splendor

In the afternoon, enjoy your tour of the capital of Peru, known also as the City of the Kings. Walk through the colonial Lima to appreciate its beautiful monuments: houses adorned with Moorish-style balconies, the main city squares like Plaza San Martin and Plaza de Armas, the baroque Cathedral, the Governors Palace, and the Archbishop's Palace. After that, visit the convent of San Francisco and explore its extensive underground catacombs which served as a cemetery during the colonial period. Next, visit the Larco Museum. This unique, privately owned museum showcases remarkable chronological galleries providing an excellent overview on 5000 years of Peruvian pre-Columbian history. Continue to the modern part of the city, reaching Miraflores to enjoy its breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. In the evening, savor Peruvian cuisine during the complimentary dinner at one of the world’s best restaurants.

*Meals included: buffet breakfast and gourmet dinner

Day 3 - Lima | Caral Pyramids

Depart Lima in the early morning for the sacred city of Caral - an archeological site of pyramids that were built over 5,000 years ago. While there, enjoy a walking tour of Caral with your guide. See the sacred fire altar, a small temple where pieces of charcoal, bones, seeds and quartz were found. Visit the Temple of the Amphitheater, a sunken circular space, where the men of Caral performed religious ceremonies. Continue to the Great Pyramid, an imposing structure in a dominant position within the site and the Pyramid of the Huanca, before travelling back to Lima.

*Meals included: buffet breakfast and box lunch

Day 4 – Chiclayo| The Artifacts of the North

Early in the morning, head to the airport to board a short flight to Chiclayo. In the afternoon, depart on a tour taking you to the Batan Grande archeological complex. Explore high adobe pyramids used as temples, homes, cemeteries and craft workshops. Continue your tour to the Museum of the Lord of Sican; a fabulous exhibition of the artifacts discovered in the sites of Batan Grande. Appreciate a splendid ancient mortuary mask made of feathers, gold, and silver, as well as a recreation of the tombs of Sican noblemen with many other valuable goods displayed in the museum. Upon completion of the visit, return to the hotel for a relaxing evening.

*Meals included: buffet breakfast

Day 5 – Chiclayo | Royal Tombs

Start your day with a one-hour drive to Tucume. After exploring this archeological site and its 26 pyramids, follow your guide to the Royal Tombs Museum. Prior to entering, take a few minutes to admire the museum’s striking exterior — a replica of a Moche tomb. Then, have a look at some of the rarest artifacts from the Moche civilization, including the treasures found buried with the Lord of Sipan housed in the museum. Later, head southeast to Huaca Rajada, the archeological site where the remains of the Moche mummy known as the Lord of Sipan were found in 1987. Explore the site and learn about its important archeological findings and excavations. Return to your hotel later in the afternoon.

*Meals included: buffet breakfast

Day 6 - Chiclayo | The Witchcraft Market and Mysterious Huacas

After breakfast, say good-bye to the friendly city of Chiclayo by visiting the famous Witchcraft Market. This is one of Peru’s most interesting markets. Sprawling over several blocks it is a one-stop shop for brujos (witch doctors).  After this esoteric stop, hit Pan-Americana highway to Trujillo, visiting on the way El Brujo archaeological complex, which is represented by three major huacas that date back over 4,000 years. Check out the site where a female Moche mummy, the Lady of Cao, was discovered. Then, continue to the museum to appreciate its beautiful polychrome murals among other exhibits. Arrive at the hotel and enjoy the rest of the afternoon. 

*Meals included: buffet breakfast

Day 7 – Trujillo | The City of Eternal Spring

In the morning, start your day with a city tour of Trujillo. Visit the city’s main square, stop at the Liberty monument, visit the Cathedral with its beautiful altarpieces, and walk the pedestrian Pizarro street on the way to La Merced Church. You will also visit the Emancipation Mansion with its beautiful neo-classic windows, followed by a visit to the Archaeological Museum. Next is a 15-minute drive south to the Temple of the Sun (Huaca del Sol) and Temple of the Moon (Huaca de la Luna), collectively known as the Temples of Moche (Huacas de Moche). After this, head to Chan Chan, South America’s largest pre-Columbian city. Make a brief stop at Huanchaco: a small fishing town known for its “caballitos de totora” (small boats made of reed). Head back to the hotel later in the afternoon.

*Meals included: buffet breakfast

Day 8 - Trujillo | The Ancient Temple

After breakfast, follow your guide to the archaeological zone of Sechin. Approximately a 2.5-hour drive from Trujillo, this site consists of several structures and monoliths representing one of the oldest cultures in Peru. Continue your tour by visiting the Max Uhle Site Museum that exhibits the most important pieces obtained from archaeological excavations in the area. Later in the afternoon, return to your hotel.

*Meals included: buffet breakfast

Day 9 - Arequipa | The White City

Early in the morning, transfer to the airport where you board your flight to Arequipa. Spend your afternoon exploring Arequipa with your guide. Nicknamed the 'white city' due to its many buildings built of sillar (a white stone), Arequipa blends religious, colonial, and republican architectural characteristics into a unique local style. On this tour, visit the Santa Catalina convent - a masterpiece of colonial architecture that had been closed to the public for almost 400 years. Then, head to the Plaza de Armas, one of the most beautiful main city squares in Peru, and its Cathedral. Next, visit the Juanita Mummy Museum that hosts the most famous mummy in the Andes due to its outstanding preservation. Afterwards, explore the colonial suburbs of Carmen Alto and Yanahuara, where you will enjoy the magnificent views of the city and its volcanoes. Return to the hotel.

*Meals included: buffet breakfast

Day 10 – Arequipa | The Road to the Canyon

In the early morning, venture out to Chivay. While driving through the picturesque Pampa Cañahuas national reserve, stop to watch and take pictures of the many llamas, alpacas, and vicuñas. After a brief break at Patapampa (the highest place of the trip at 4,800 m above sea level), descend to the town of Chivay for lunch and drop off at your hotel where you will unwind in its hot springs and spa.

*Meals included: buffet breakfast and lunch

Day 11 – Colca | The Flight of the Condor

After an early breakfast, depart for the "Condor's Cross" to watch the world-famous Andean condor birds soar majestically in the air as they rise up from the canyon. Visit a few different viewpoints of the canyon to appreciate its sheer size. On the way back, make a stop at the town of Yanque to visit its beautiful church and stone streets, among other attractions. Then visit the viewpoints of Choquetipo and Artahuilque, for some spectacular views of the Colca Valley, its pre-Inca tombs and terraces. After lunch at a local restaurant, return to your hotel to enjoy the rest of the day.

*Meals included: buffet breakfast and lunch

Day 12 – Puno | The Chullpas of Silustani

After an easy morning, head to Puno, visiting on the way the “Chullpas of Sillustani”, a pre-Inca cemetery located at a high plateau surrounded by a magical lagoon called Umayo. The tombs, which are built above ground in tower-like structures called chullpas, are the vestiges of the Qulla people who were conquered by the Inca Empire in the 15th century.

*Meals included: buffet breakfast

Day 13 – Puno | Floating Islands

In the early morning, start your adventure with a short trip to the lakeside marina where you will sail on a speedboat through the highest navigable lake in the world. Head first to the floating Uros Islands, a group of more than forty islands inhabited by pre-Incan families, learning about their fascinating history and lifestyle. Your adventure continues across the lake to Taquile Island known for the intricate, hand-knitted textiles produced by its inhabitants. In the late afternoon, return to Puno. 

*Meals included: buffet breakfast and lunch

Day 14 – Puno | The Sun Route

After enjoying your breakfast, take a scenic car ride to Cusco. This journey, also known as the “Sun Route”, lasts about 10 hours. During this journey, you will have 4 stops with guided visits to each tourist attraction: the temple of Andahuaylillas or Sistine Chapel of America, the Inka temple of Raqchi, the pass of the Raya at 4335 meters above sea level, and the lithic museum of Pukara. After reaching Sicuani, enjoy your lunch at a picturesque restaurant.  Upon arrival in Cusco, transfer to your hotel.

Optional: travel this segment of your journey on the Spirit of the Andes luxury train. Please ask for further details.

*Meals included: buffet breakfast and lunch

Day 15 – Cusco | The Imperial City

After a leisurely morning, join your guide to explore this majestic city – the ancient capital of the Inca Empire. First, visit the main Cathedral in the Plaza de Armas where you will see a range of paintings from Cusco’s School of Art- old writings and works in gold leaf and embossed silver. Once finished, continue to Koricancha or the ‘’Temple of the Sun’’ to appreciate its architecture and perfect stone constructions only seen in Inca temples of high importance. After this, head outside the city to visit the archaeological circuit of 4 sites: Sacsayhuaman, Q’enqo, Puca Pucara, and Tambomachay. Return to the hotel to enjoy the rest of your day.

*Meals included: buffet breakfast

Day 16 - Cusco | Salt Mines & The Inca Retreat

Begin your day with a trip to the village of Chinchero, where you learn about the ancient customs and traditions of its inhabitants by visiting the ruins of the Inca summer getaway and a beautiful colonial church. Next stop is Maras, a small village famous for its salt mines. Once there, discover how the Incas ingeniously tapped a natural salt water stream to create evaporating pools for collecting salt, a system that is still used today. Afterward, continue to the ruins of Moray, a site of circular terraces built by the Incas as an agricultural research center. Spend the rest of the day enjoying your stay at the Sacred Valley hotel.

*Meals included: buffet breakfast

Day 17 – Urubamba | The Sacred Valley

Today is the day of your adventure in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Your tour starts with a smooth drive through the Sacred Valley. On the way, enjoy the stunning views of the snow-capped mountains, green hills and beautiful fields. During your first stop, visit Awanacancha textile center and camelid farm, where you will meet llamas, alpacas and vicuñas. Feed them and take some funny pictures! Then, head to the ruins of Pisac followed by a stop at the famous Pisac Artisan Market. After having lunch at a picturesque restaurant, enjoy visiting Ollantaytambo and its mountainside terraces and fortifications, where the Incas made one of their last stands against the Spanish conquerors. Spend the evening relaxing at your hotel in the Sacred Valley.

*Meals included: buffet breakfast and buffet lunch

Day 18 – Machu Picchu Pueblo | Machu Picchu, a Wonder of the World

After breakfast, take the luxury Peru Sacred Valley train to the base town of Machu Picchu: Machu Picchu Pueblo. From there, have a 25-minute bus ride to Machu Picchu, an Incan citadel built in the 15th century. Explore this icon of Incan civilization by walking through its narrow streets, learning about its history, Incas lifestyle and the reason this place is one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. In the afternoon, return to Machu Picchu Pueblo to enjoy a leisurely evening at your hotel.

*Meals included: buffet breakfast and a la carte lunch onboard the train

Day 19 – Machu Picchu Pueblo | The Sun Gate

In the morning, meet your guide to continue the exploration of Machu Picchu, heading to Inti Punku – The Sun Gate. It is one of the most important archeological constructions around the Machu Picchu site, once serving as the main entrance to Machu Picchu.  Enjoy a great view of Machu Picchu from approximately 290 meters above it (a perfect picture opportunity, too). Enjoy your complimentary buffet lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge Tinkuy Restaurant by the entrance to the Machu Picchu archaeological site. Then head back to the town of Aquas Calientes for some souvenir shopping or just to stroll its vibrant streets. In the evening, reach your Sacred Valley hotel onboard a luxury train.

*Meals included: buffet breakfast, buffet lunch and a la carte dinner onboard the train

Day 20 – Paracas | Back to The Coast

After breakfast, transfer to Cusco Airport to board your Lima-bound flight. Upon arrival at Lima, meet your driver, who takes you on a 4-hour car trip to the small coastal town of Paracas. After arrival, check in to the hotel and enjoy the rest of the evening.

*Meals included: buffet breakfast

Day 21 – Paracas | Ocean Wildlife and Dunes

After breakfast, transfer to the pier for a guided, two-hour speedboat adventure which takes you to the beautiful Ballestas Islands - home to many sea birds, impressive colonies of sea lions and Humboldt penguins. Make a quick stop to look at the mysterious Candelabra, a prehistoric 200m long hillside geoglyph. After the boat trip, return to the hotel. Later in the afternoon, catch your transportation for the Magical Sunset experience. Tour the beautiful dunes onboard the dune buggy. Then reach your private camp set up in the middle of the desert, enjoying some wine, champagne or non-alcoholic beverages and refreshments with a beautiful view as the sun goes down. Try sandboarding, too, if you are feeling adventurous. After the tour, return to the hotel.

*Meals included: buffet breakfast; snacks and beverages during the desert tour

Day 22 – Paracas | The Mystery of Nazca Lines

Early in the morning, head to Ica airport to embark on a 75-minute flight over the mysterious Nazca Lines, a collection of giant pre-Columbian geoglyphs etched into the ground. Created by the ancient Nazca culture, the 2,000-year-old Nazca Lines depict various plants, animals and shapes, and can only be fully appreciated when viewed from the air given their massive size. After the overflight, set off on a Pisco Route tour where you will learn about the history behind pisco production and sample its varietals.  After this, head back to Lima Airport to catch your home-bound flight and say good-bye to beautiful Peru.

*Meals included: buffet breakfast

INCLUSIONS:

  • Complimentary 24/7 assistance line
  • Informative pre-departure briefing
  • Licensed English-speaking guide
  • Sites entrance fees
  • Private city tours of Lima, Arequipa and Cusco
  • Private full-day tours of Ruins of Caral; Tucume, Royal Tombs & Sipan; Sechin archeological complex; Trujillo city tour with archaeological museum, Sol & Luna temples, Chan Chan and Huanchaco; Witchcraft market, El Brujo complex & Cao museum; Sacred valley
  • Private half-day tours of Sican museum & Batan Grande; Maras, Moray & Chincheros; chullpas of Sillustani; Paracas reserve; desert magical sunset with sand buggies; Pisco route
  • Private full-day guided tour from Puno to Cuzco by car
  • Private three-day Colca canyon experience
  • Two private guided visits to Machu Picchu
  • Private full-day guided tour of Lake Titicaca, by shared speed boat
  • Shared half-day tour of Ballestas Island
  • Shared Nazca Lines overflight
  • Luxury Peru Sacred Valley train
  • Private & comfortable land transportation and internal economy class flights as per the itinerary
  • Private Hotel/Airport/ Railway Station pick-up and drop-off service
  • All meals and accommodation as per the itinerary

 

EXCLUSIONS:

  • International airfare
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Meals and beverages not listed in the itinerary
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Other personal expenses

LIMA

Belmond Miraflores Park Plaza

Ocean View Junior Suite

Luxury hotel set in one of Lima's most fashionable areas, with ocean views.

CHICLAYO

Costa del Sol Wyndham Chiclayo

Junior Suite

Strategically located in the center of the financial and commercial district.

TRUJILLO

Costa del Sol Trujillo Centro

Junior Suite

Contemporary and modern hotel located in the main square of the city’s historic center.

AREQUIPA

Wyndham Costa del Sol Arequipa

Premiun room

Luxury hotel surrounded by extensive gardens, with a spectacular view of the volcanoes.

COLCA

Colca Lodge Spa & Hot Springs

Junior Suite

Built on the banks of the Colca river surrounded by pre-Inca agricultural terraces.

PUNO

GHL Lago Titicaca

Junior Suite

Emblematic hotel with unique architecture and surrounded by  the Titicaca Lake.

CUSCO

Belmond Palacio Nazarenas

Junior Suite

A remodeled palace featuring walls made of Inca stones, centrally located.

SACRED VALLEY

Belmond Rio Sagrado

Deluxe Terrace

Set in lush gardens beside the Urubamba river, built in natural materials, resembling an Aldean village.

MACHU PICCHU

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo

Superior deluxe

An intimate Andean village with terraced hills, waterfalls and stone pathways.

PARACAS

Aranwa

Suite

Exclusive and modern hotel with great facilities in front of the ocean.

ESSENTIAL INFO

PASSPORT

Your full passport details are required to complete your booking. As a general rule, most countries expect that your passport has a minimum of 6 months' validity remaining and at least two blank pages on the day of entry to Peru. Bring a copy of the main passport pages and other important documents with you and leave another copy at home with family or friends. If your passport was changed after completion of the booking process, you must take both passports (old and new) with you.

VISAS

For U.S., Canadian, Australian and European Union citizens, no visa is required for stays fewer than 90 days. For all other nationalities, please send an e-mail inquiry for further information.

MEDICAL AND HEALTH INFORMATION

Before coming to Peru, discuss your health conditions with your doctor. Some pre-existing medical conditions are known to severely worsen at high altitudes and can be difficult to adequately treat on the ground; ultimately leading to more serious consequences. If you suffer from heart or lung disease, it is recommended to avoid traveling to high altitudes. Even if you do not have a pre-existing medical condition, we recommend that you carry a first aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements that may be difficult to find in Peru.

ALTITUDE SICKNESS

As parts of the journey may go above 2800 meters (9200 feet), it is common for travelers to experience shortness of breath, headaches, general lethargy or reduced appetite due to the altitude. It is important not to over exert yourself. Be sure to rest. Avoid alcohol, cigarettes and heavy food. If symptoms become more severe and prolonged, it is best to quickly seek medical attention and make arrangements to descend to a lower altitude. We understand that certain medications are reported to aid in acclimatizing to high altitude. Please discuss these options with your doctor.

 VACCINATIONS

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements.

If visiting the jungle region (Manu, Iquitos and Tambopata), it is recommended to be vaccinated against yellow fever and to bring your certificate. Consider that you must be vaccinated at least 10 days before arriving at the jungle region.

FOOD AND DIETARY REQUIREMENTS

Peruvian Food is one of the best cuisines in the world; however, you have to eat at the right establishments. Avoid eating from street vendors. Only use bottled water - even for things such as brushing your teeth. Avoid fruits or vegetables that have not been washed.

It is important that you let us know in advance any special dietary requirements. Some diet preferences (e.g. vegetarian) may expect a reasonable menu selection while more restrictive ones (vegans, celiac, gluten-free) may have less options than you are accustomed to having available at home.

MONEY MATTERS

Peru’s official currency is the Sol, but US dollars are also widely accepted. There are many money changing options in every Peruvian city; however, for safety reasons, we suggest you to exchange in a bank.

It may be not easy to find an ATM at some locations, so it is a good idea to carry some cash in smaller bills. Most restaurants and shops accept credit cards. Check with your bank before departure that your card is accepted in Peru and inquire about international fees and charges. Additionally, ensure your bank is aware of your travel plans as, suspecting fraud, they may cancel your cards after the first few international transactions.

TIPPING

Gratuities aren’t compulsory on your trip, but they can make a big difference to locals employed in the tourism industry.

SAFETY

Your safety is our number one priority. Your guide accompanies you on all included activities; however, during your trip, you have some free time to pursue your own interests. Please use your own judgement when selecting an activity in your free time:

  • Leave your expensive jewelry and other valuables at home - you won't need them while travelling.
  • Use your hotel safety boxes to store cash, passport, credit cards and other valuables.
  • Use a neck wallet or money belt to keep your money and documents safe when on the go.
  • Do not carry or expose expensive electronics or an excessive amount of cash.
  • Do not wander alone, especially after dark and away from tourist areas.
  • Do not use unauthorized taxis or private vehicles.
 

TRAVEL INSURANCE

Travel insurance is mandatory for all our trips. We require that you are covered for medical expenses, including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.

We request that you submit your insurance details during your booking process (see our Booking Terms and Conditions for more details).

PACKING

Before packing, be mindful that Peru has many different climates. From the hot and humid deserts and jungle, to the cold Andean mountains, be sure to bring clothes for each of our unique climates.

AMAZON SPECIFIC PACKING LIST

We recommend bringing the following items if visiting the Amazon Jungle:

  • Tight-weave, light colored, long cotton pants
  • Long sleeved, tight-weave, light colored cotton shirts
  • Comfortable shoes or sandals for wearing on boardwalks or around the lodge
  • Knee high rubber boots are provided for the duration of your stay. We recommend wearing these for the jungle walks. Please bring thick/long socks to wear with the rubber boots
  • Rain jacket or poncho
  • Insect repellent
  • Good binoculars (optional)
  • Head torch or flash light

TREKKING/GLAMPING PACKING LIST

We recommend bringing the following items for your mountain trail:

  • Reusable bottle for water
  • Waterproof, worn-in hiking boots
  • Day clothes:
    • Long walking trousers or exercise tights/leggings
    • T-shirts
    • Long-sleeved t-shirts
    • Lightweight rain-jacket or waterproof poncho
    • Thick socks
    • Underwear
  • Night clothes:
    • Fleece jumper/sweater
    • Long pants
    • Woolen hat, scarf and gloves
    • Thermal underwear
    • Flip flops/sandals
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses and sunhat
  • A standard torch/flashlight
  • Some cash (in small denominations) to tip your guides and porters
 

LOCAL CULTURE AND LGBT SCENE

Peruvian culture is a mix of both native traditions and customs imported from the Spanish settlers. Roman Catholic traditions have seeped into many aspects of Peruvian life. When travelling in Peru, many people often mistake the Inca national flag for a rainbow Pride flag. Peruvian society is quite conservative and with little progress in terms of LGBT rights. That said, Lima and some other main cities do have large LGBT communities as well as some popular bars and friendly LGBT scenes. Feel free to ask for more information.

LAST BUT NOT LEAST

We do not tolerate any form of violence (verbal or physical), discrimination or harassment. Sexual relationships between our personnel and travelers are strictly forbidden. Use or possession of illegal substances will not be tolerated and will be reported to local authorities. If you choose to consume alcohol, we encourage responsible drinking. The sex tourism industry is known to exploit vulnerable people and have negative consequences on communities, including undermining the development of sustainable tourism. For this reason, patronizing sex workers will not be tolerated on our trips.

If you feel someone is behaving inappropriately while travelling with us, please inform your guide immediately. Alternatively, contact us on the emergency telephone number mentioned in your travel voucher.

 

+
AT A GLANCE

AT A GLANCE:

Immerse into the ancient civilizations of Peru and visit 7 world heritage sites in style. Explore pyramids and fascinating archaeological sites in the desert and traverse the beautiful snowcapped mountains of the Andes, home to stunning natural and cultural environment.

 

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Gourmet dinner at one of the world’s best restaurants
  • Caral pyramids
  • The royal tombs of the Lord of Sipan
  • Chan Chan – the largest pre-Columbian city
  • Sechin Archeological Complex
  • Flight of the condors in the Colca Canyon
  • Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world
  • Sacred Valley of the Incas
  • Luxury Peru Sacred Valley train
  • Two-day visit to Machu Picchu
  • Nazca Lines overflight

 

QUICK FACTS:

  • Duration: 22 days
  • Price per person, based on double occupancy
  • Season: year round
  • Single supplement: 00.00USD
+
ITINERARY

Day 1 – Lima | Welcome to the City of the Kings

Meet our representative at Jorge Chavez Airport, who takes you to your hotel and conducts a short briefing about the upcoming journey.

Day 2 – Lima | Colonial and Modern Splendor

In the afternoon, enjoy your tour of the capital of Peru, known also as the City of the Kings. Walk through the colonial Lima to appreciate its beautiful monuments: houses adorned with Moorish-style balconies, the main city squares like Plaza San Martin and Plaza de Armas, the baroque Cathedral, the Governors Palace, and the Archbishop's Palace. After that, visit the convent of San Francisco and explore its extensive underground catacombs which served as a cemetery during the colonial period. Next, visit the Larco Museum. This unique, privately owned museum showcases remarkable chronological galleries providing an excellent overview on 5000 years of Peruvian pre-Columbian history. Continue to the modern part of the city, reaching Miraflores to enjoy its breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. In the evening, savor Peruvian cuisine during the complimentary dinner at one of the world’s best restaurants.

*Meals included: buffet breakfast and gourmet dinner

Day 3 - Lima | Caral Pyramids

Depart Lima in the early morning for the sacred city of Caral - an archeological site of pyramids that were built over 5,000 years ago. While there, enjoy a walking tour of Caral with your guide. See the sacred fire altar, a small temple where pieces of charcoal, bones, seeds and quartz were found. Visit the Temple of the Amphitheater, a sunken circular space, where the men of Caral performed religious ceremonies. Continue to the Great Pyramid, an imposing structure in a dominant position within the site and the Pyramid of the Huanca, before travelling back to Lima.

*Meals included: buffet breakfast and box lunch

Day 4 – Chiclayo| The Artifacts of the North

Early in the morning, head to the airport to board a short flight to Chiclayo. In the afternoon, depart on a tour taking you to the Batan Grande archeological complex. Explore high adobe pyramids used as temples, homes, cemeteries and craft workshops. Continue your tour to the Museum of the Lord of Sican; a fabulous exhibition of the artifacts discovered in the sites of Batan Grande. Appreciate a splendid ancient mortuary mask made of feathers, gold, and silver, as well as a recreation of the tombs of Sican noblemen with many other valuable goods displayed in the museum. Upon completion of the visit, return to the hotel for a relaxing evening.

*Meals included: buffet breakfast

Day 5 – Chiclayo | Royal Tombs

Start your day with a one-hour drive to Tucume. After exploring this archeological site and its 26 pyramids, follow your guide to the Royal Tombs Museum. Prior to entering, take a few minutes to admire the museum’s striking exterior — a replica of a Moche tomb. Then, have a look at some of the rarest artifacts from the Moche civilization, including the treasures found buried with the Lord of Sipan housed in the museum. Later, head southeast to Huaca Rajada, the archeological site where the remains of the Moche mummy known as the Lord of Sipan were found in 1987. Explore the site and learn about its important archeological findings and excavations. Return to your hotel later in the afternoon.

*Meals included: buffet breakfast

Day 6 - Chiclayo | The Witchcraft Market and Mysterious Huacas

After breakfast, say good-bye to the friendly city of Chiclayo by visiting the famous Witchcraft Market. This is one of Peru’s most interesting markets. Sprawling over several blocks it is a one-stop shop for brujos (witch doctors).  After this esoteric stop, hit Pan-Americana highway to Trujillo, visiting on the way El Brujo archaeological complex, which is represented by three major huacas that date back over 4,000 years. Check out the site where a female Moche mummy, the Lady of Cao, was discovered. Then, continue to the museum to appreciate its beautiful polychrome murals among other exhibits. Arrive at the hotel and enjoy the rest of the afternoon. 

*Meals included: buffet breakfast

Day 7 – Trujillo | The City of Eternal Spring

In the morning, start your day with a city tour of Trujillo. Visit the city’s main square, stop at the Liberty monument, visit the Cathedral with its beautiful altarpieces, and walk the pedestrian Pizarro street on the way to La Merced Church. You will also visit the Emancipation Mansion with its beautiful neo-classic windows, followed by a visit to the Archaeological Museum. Next is a 15-minute drive south to the Temple of the Sun (Huaca del Sol) and Temple of the Moon (Huaca de la Luna), collectively known as the Temples of Moche (Huacas de Moche). After this, head to Chan Chan, South America’s largest pre-Columbian city. Make a brief stop at Huanchaco: a small fishing town known for its “caballitos de totora” (small boats made of reed). Head back to the hotel later in the afternoon.

*Meals included: buffet breakfast

Day 8 - Trujillo | The Ancient Temple

After breakfast, follow your guide to the archaeological zone of Sechin. Approximately a 2.5-hour drive from Trujillo, this site consists of several structures and monoliths representing one of the oldest cultures in Peru. Continue your tour by visiting the Max Uhle Site Museum that exhibits the most important pieces obtained from archaeological excavations in the area. Later in the afternoon, return to your hotel.

*Meals included: buffet breakfast

Day 9 - Arequipa | The White City

Early in the morning, transfer to the airport where you board your flight to Arequipa. Spend your afternoon exploring Arequipa with your guide. Nicknamed the 'white city' due to its many buildings built of sillar (a white stone), Arequipa blends religious, colonial, and republican architectural characteristics into a unique local style. On this tour, visit the Santa Catalina convent - a masterpiece of colonial architecture that had been closed to the public for almost 400 years. Then, head to the Plaza de Armas, one of the most beautiful main city squares in Peru, and its Cathedral. Next, visit the Juanita Mummy Museum that hosts the most famous mummy in the Andes due to its outstanding preservation. Afterwards, explore the colonial suburbs of Carmen Alto and Yanahuara, where you will enjoy the magnificent views of the city and its volcanoes. Return to the hotel.

*Meals included: buffet breakfast

Day 10 – Arequipa | The Road to the Canyon

In the early morning, venture out to Chivay. While driving through the picturesque Pampa Cañahuas national reserve, stop to watch and take pictures of the many llamas, alpacas, and vicuñas. After a brief break at Patapampa (the highest place of the trip at 4,800 m above sea level), descend to the town of Chivay for lunch and drop off at your hotel where you will unwind in its hot springs and spa.

*Meals included: buffet breakfast and lunch

Day 11 – Colca | The Flight of the Condor

After an early breakfast, depart for the "Condor's Cross" to watch the world-famous Andean condor birds soar majestically in the air as they rise up from the canyon. Visit a few different viewpoints of the canyon to appreciate its sheer size. On the way back, make a stop at the town of Yanque to visit its beautiful church and stone streets, among other attractions. Then visit the viewpoints of Choquetipo and Artahuilque, for some spectacular views of the Colca Valley, its pre-Inca tombs and terraces. After lunch at a local restaurant, return to your hotel to enjoy the rest of the day.

*Meals included: buffet breakfast and lunch

Day 12 – Puno | The Chullpas of Silustani

After an easy morning, head to Puno, visiting on the way the “Chullpas of Sillustani”, a pre-Inca cemetery located at a high plateau surrounded by a magical lagoon called Umayo. The tombs, which are built above ground in tower-like structures called chullpas, are the vestiges of the Qulla people who were conquered by the Inca Empire in the 15th century.

*Meals included: buffet breakfast

Day 13 – Puno | Floating Islands

In the early morning, start your adventure with a short trip to the lakeside marina where you will sail on a speedboat through the highest navigable lake in the world. Head first to the floating Uros Islands, a group of more than forty islands inhabited by pre-Incan families, learning about their fascinating history and lifestyle. Your adventure continues across the lake to Taquile Island known for the intricate, hand-knitted textiles produced by its inhabitants. In the late afternoon, return to Puno. 

*Meals included: buffet breakfast and lunch

Day 14 – Puno | The Sun Route

After enjoying your breakfast, take a scenic car ride to Cusco. This journey, also known as the “Sun Route”, lasts about 10 hours. During this journey, you will have 4 stops with guided visits to each tourist attraction: the temple of Andahuaylillas or Sistine Chapel of America, the Inka temple of Raqchi, the pass of the Raya at 4335 meters above sea level, and the lithic museum of Pukara. After reaching Sicuani, enjoy your lunch at a picturesque restaurant.  Upon arrival in Cusco, transfer to your hotel.

Optional: travel this segment of your journey on the Spirit of the Andes luxury train. Please ask for further details.

*Meals included: buffet breakfast and lunch

Day 15 – Cusco | The Imperial City

After a leisurely morning, join your guide to explore this majestic city – the ancient capital of the Inca Empire. First, visit the main Cathedral in the Plaza de Armas where you will see a range of paintings from Cusco’s School of Art- old writings and works in gold leaf and embossed silver. Once finished, continue to Koricancha or the ‘’Temple of the Sun’’ to appreciate its architecture and perfect stone constructions only seen in Inca temples of high importance. After this, head outside the city to visit the archaeological circuit of 4 sites: Sacsayhuaman, Q’enqo, Puca Pucara, and Tambomachay. Return to the hotel to enjoy the rest of your day.

*Meals included: buffet breakfast

Day 16 - Cusco | Salt Mines & The Inca Retreat

Begin your day with a trip to the village of Chinchero, where you learn about the ancient customs and traditions of its inhabitants by visiting the ruins of the Inca summer getaway and a beautiful colonial church. Next stop is Maras, a small village famous for its salt mines. Once there, discover how the Incas ingeniously tapped a natural salt water stream to create evaporating pools for collecting salt, a system that is still used today. Afterward, continue to the ruins of Moray, a site of circular terraces built by the Incas as an agricultural research center. Spend the rest of the day enjoying your stay at the Sacred Valley hotel.

*Meals included: buffet breakfast

Day 17 – Urubamba | The Sacred Valley

Today is the day of your adventure in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Your tour starts with a smooth drive through the Sacred Valley. On the way, enjoy the stunning views of the snow-capped mountains, green hills and beautiful fields. During your first stop, visit Awanacancha textile center and camelid farm, where you will meet llamas, alpacas and vicuñas. Feed them and take some funny pictures! Then, head to the ruins of Pisac followed by a stop at the famous Pisac Artisan Market. After having lunch at a picturesque restaurant, enjoy visiting Ollantaytambo and its mountainside terraces and fortifications, where the Incas made one of their last stands against the Spanish conquerors. Spend the evening relaxing at your hotel in the Sacred Valley.

*Meals included: buffet breakfast and buffet lunch

Day 18 – Machu Picchu Pueblo | Machu Picchu, a Wonder of the World

After breakfast, take the luxury Peru Sacred Valley train to the base town of Machu Picchu: Machu Picchu Pueblo. From there, have a 25-minute bus ride to Machu Picchu, an Incan citadel built in the 15th century. Explore this icon of Incan civilization by walking through its narrow streets, learning about its history, Incas lifestyle and the reason this place is one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. In the afternoon, return to Machu Picchu Pueblo to enjoy a leisurely evening at your hotel.

*Meals included: buffet breakfast and a la carte lunch onboard the train

Day 19 – Machu Picchu Pueblo | The Sun Gate

In the morning, meet your guide to continue the exploration of Machu Picchu, heading to Inti Punku – The Sun Gate. It is one of the most important archeological constructions around the Machu Picchu site, once serving as the main entrance to Machu Picchu.  Enjoy a great view of Machu Picchu from approximately 290 meters above it (a perfect picture opportunity, too). Enjoy your complimentary buffet lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge Tinkuy Restaurant by the entrance to the Machu Picchu archaeological site. Then head back to the town of Aquas Calientes for some souvenir shopping or just to stroll its vibrant streets. In the evening, reach your Sacred Valley hotel onboard a luxury train.

*Meals included: buffet breakfast, buffet lunch and a la carte dinner onboard the train

Day 20 – Paracas | Back to The Coast

After breakfast, transfer to Cusco Airport to board your Lima-bound flight. Upon arrival at Lima, meet your driver, who takes you on a 4-hour car trip to the small coastal town of Paracas. After arrival, check in to the hotel and enjoy the rest of the evening.

*Meals included: buffet breakfast

Day 21 – Paracas | Ocean Wildlife and Dunes

After breakfast, transfer to the pier for a guided, two-hour speedboat adventure which takes you to the beautiful Ballestas Islands - home to many sea birds, impressive colonies of sea lions and Humboldt penguins. Make a quick stop to look at the mysterious Candelabra, a prehistoric 200m long hillside geoglyph. After the boat trip, return to the hotel. Later in the afternoon, catch your transportation for the Magical Sunset experience. Tour the beautiful dunes onboard the dune buggy. Then reach your private camp set up in the middle of the desert, enjoying some wine, champagne or non-alcoholic beverages and refreshments with a beautiful view as the sun goes down. Try sandboarding, too, if you are feeling adventurous. After the tour, return to the hotel.

*Meals included: buffet breakfast; snacks and beverages during the desert tour

Day 22 – Paracas | The Mystery of Nazca Lines

Early in the morning, head to Ica airport to embark on a 75-minute flight over the mysterious Nazca Lines, a collection of giant pre-Columbian geoglyphs etched into the ground. Created by the ancient Nazca culture, the 2,000-year-old Nazca Lines depict various plants, animals and shapes, and can only be fully appreciated when viewed from the air given their massive size. After the overflight, set off on a Pisco Route tour where you will learn about the history behind pisco production and sample its varietals.  After this, head back to Lima Airport to catch your home-bound flight and say good-bye to beautiful Peru.

*Meals included: buffet breakfast

+
INCLUSIONS

INCLUSIONS:

  • Complimentary 24/7 assistance line
  • Informative pre-departure briefing
  • Licensed English-speaking guide
  • Sites entrance fees
  • Private city tours of Lima, Arequipa and Cusco
  • Private full-day tours of Ruins of Caral; Tucume, Royal Tombs & Sipan; Sechin archeological complex; Trujillo city tour with archaeological museum, Sol & Luna temples, Chan Chan and Huanchaco; Witchcraft market, El Brujo complex & Cao museum; Sacred valley
  • Private half-day tours of Sican museum & Batan Grande; Maras, Moray & Chincheros; chullpas of Sillustani; Paracas reserve; desert magical sunset with sand buggies; Pisco route
  • Private full-day guided tour from Puno to Cuzco by car
  • Private three-day Colca canyon experience
  • Two private guided visits to Machu Picchu
  • Private full-day guided tour of Lake Titicaca, by shared speed boat
  • Shared half-day tour of Ballestas Island
  • Shared Nazca Lines overflight
  • Luxury Peru Sacred Valley train
  • Private & comfortable land transportation and internal economy class flights as per the itinerary
  • Private Hotel/Airport/ Railway Station pick-up and drop-off service
  • All meals and accommodation as per the itinerary

 

EXCLUSIONS:

  • International airfare
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Meals and beverages not listed in the itinerary
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Other personal expenses
+
ACCOMODATION

LIMA

Belmond Miraflores Park Plaza

Ocean View Junior Suite

Luxury hotel set in one of Lima's most fashionable areas, with ocean views.

CHICLAYO

Costa del Sol Wyndham Chiclayo

Junior Suite

Strategically located in the center of the financial and commercial district.

TRUJILLO

Costa del Sol Trujillo Centro

Junior Suite

Contemporary and modern hotel located in the main square of the city’s historic center.

AREQUIPA

Wyndham Costa del Sol Arequipa

Premiun room

Luxury hotel surrounded by extensive gardens, with a spectacular view of the volcanoes.

COLCA

Colca Lodge Spa & Hot Springs

Junior Suite

Built on the banks of the Colca river surrounded by pre-Inca agricultural terraces.

PUNO

GHL Lago Titicaca

Junior Suite

Emblematic hotel with unique architecture and surrounded by  the Titicaca Lake.

CUSCO

Belmond Palacio Nazarenas

Junior Suite

A remodeled palace featuring walls made of Inca stones, centrally located.

SACRED VALLEY

Belmond Rio Sagrado

Deluxe Terrace

Set in lush gardens beside the Urubamba river, built in natural materials, resembling an Aldean village.

MACHU PICCHU

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo

Superior deluxe

An intimate Andean village with terraced hills, waterfalls and stone pathways.

PARACAS

Aranwa

Suite

Exclusive and modern hotel with great facilities in front of the ocean.

+
ESSENTIAL INFO

ESSENTIAL INFO

PASSPORT

Your full passport details are required to complete your booking. As a general rule, most countries expect that your passport has a minimum of 6 months' validity remaining and at least two blank pages on the day of entry to Peru. Bring a copy of the main passport pages and other important documents with you and leave another copy at home with family or friends. If your passport was changed after completion of the booking process, you must take both passports (old and new) with you.

VISAS

For U.S., Canadian, Australian and European Union citizens, no visa is required for stays fewer than 90 days. For all other nationalities, please send an e-mail inquiry for further information.

MEDICAL AND HEALTH INFORMATION

Before coming to Peru, discuss your health conditions with your doctor. Some pre-existing medical conditions are known to severely worsen at high altitudes and can be difficult to adequately treat on the ground; ultimately leading to more serious consequences. If you suffer from heart or lung disease, it is recommended to avoid traveling to high altitudes. Even if you do not have a pre-existing medical condition, we recommend that you carry a first aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements that may be difficult to find in Peru.

ALTITUDE SICKNESS

As parts of the journey may go above 2800 meters (9200 feet), it is common for travelers to experience shortness of breath, headaches, general lethargy or reduced appetite due to the altitude. It is important not to over exert yourself. Be sure to rest. Avoid alcohol, cigarettes and heavy food. If symptoms become more severe and prolonged, it is best to quickly seek medical attention and make arrangements to descend to a lower altitude. We understand that certain medications are reported to aid in acclimatizing to high altitude. Please discuss these options with your doctor.

 VACCINATIONS

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements.

If visiting the jungle region (Manu, Iquitos and Tambopata), it is recommended to be vaccinated against yellow fever and to bring your certificate. Consider that you must be vaccinated at least 10 days before arriving at the jungle region.

FOOD AND DIETARY REQUIREMENTS

Peruvian Food is one of the best cuisines in the world; however, you have to eat at the right establishments. Avoid eating from street vendors. Only use bottled water - even for things such as brushing your teeth. Avoid fruits or vegetables that have not been washed.

It is important that you let us know in advance any special dietary requirements. Some diet preferences (e.g. vegetarian) may expect a reasonable menu selection while more restrictive ones (vegans, celiac, gluten-free) may have less options than you are accustomed to having available at home.

MONEY MATTERS

Peru’s official currency is the Sol, but US dollars are also widely accepted. There are many money changing options in every Peruvian city; however, for safety reasons, we suggest you to exchange in a bank.

It may be not easy to find an ATM at some locations, so it is a good idea to carry some cash in smaller bills. Most restaurants and shops accept credit cards. Check with your bank before departure that your card is accepted in Peru and inquire about international fees and charges. Additionally, ensure your bank is aware of your travel plans as, suspecting fraud, they may cancel your cards after the first few international transactions.

TIPPING

Gratuities aren’t compulsory on your trip, but they can make a big difference to locals employed in the tourism industry.

SAFETY

Your safety is our number one priority. Your guide accompanies you on all included activities; however, during your trip, you have some free time to pursue your own interests. Please use your own judgement when selecting an activity in your free time:

  • Leave your expensive jewelry and other valuables at home - you won't need them while travelling.
  • Use your hotel safety boxes to store cash, passport, credit cards and other valuables.
  • Use a neck wallet or money belt to keep your money and documents safe when on the go.
  • Do not carry or expose expensive electronics or an excessive amount of cash.
  • Do not wander alone, especially after dark and away from tourist areas.
  • Do not use unauthorized taxis or private vehicles.
 

TRAVEL INSURANCE

Travel insurance is mandatory for all our trips. We require that you are covered for medical expenses, including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.

We request that you submit your insurance details during your booking process (see our Booking Terms and Conditions for more details).

PACKING

Before packing, be mindful that Peru has many different climates. From the hot and humid deserts and jungle, to the cold Andean mountains, be sure to bring clothes for each of our unique climates.

AMAZON SPECIFIC PACKING LIST

We recommend bringing the following items if visiting the Amazon Jungle:

  • Tight-weave, light colored, long cotton pants
  • Long sleeved, tight-weave, light colored cotton shirts
  • Comfortable shoes or sandals for wearing on boardwalks or around the lodge
  • Knee high rubber boots are provided for the duration of your stay. We recommend wearing these for the jungle walks. Please bring thick/long socks to wear with the rubber boots
  • Rain jacket or poncho
  • Insect repellent
  • Good binoculars (optional)
  • Head torch or flash light

TREKKING/GLAMPING PACKING LIST

We recommend bringing the following items for your mountain trail:

  • Reusable bottle for water
  • Waterproof, worn-in hiking boots
  • Day clothes:
    • Long walking trousers or exercise tights/leggings
    • T-shirts
    • Long-sleeved t-shirts
    • Lightweight rain-jacket or waterproof poncho
    • Thick socks
    • Underwear
  • Night clothes:
    • Fleece jumper/sweater
    • Long pants
    • Woolen hat, scarf and gloves
    • Thermal underwear
    • Flip flops/sandals
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses and sunhat
  • A standard torch/flashlight
  • Some cash (in small denominations) to tip your guides and porters
 

LOCAL CULTURE AND LGBT SCENE

Peruvian culture is a mix of both native traditions and customs imported from the Spanish settlers. Roman Catholic traditions have seeped into many aspects of Peruvian life. When travelling in Peru, many people often mistake the Inca national flag for a rainbow Pride flag. Peruvian society is quite conservative and with little progress in terms of LGBT rights. That said, Lima and some other main cities do have large LGBT communities as well as some popular bars and friendly LGBT scenes. Feel free to ask for more information.

LAST BUT NOT LEAST

We do not tolerate any form of violence (verbal or physical), discrimination or harassment. Sexual relationships between our personnel and travelers are strictly forbidden. Use or possession of illegal substances will not be tolerated and will be reported to local authorities. If you choose to consume alcohol, we encourage responsible drinking. The sex tourism industry is known to exploit vulnerable people and have negative consequences on communities, including undermining the development of sustainable tourism. For this reason, patronizing sex workers will not be tolerated on our trips.

If you feel someone is behaving inappropriately while travelling with us, please inform your guide immediately. Alternatively, contact us on the emergency telephone number mentioned in your travel voucher.