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Best of Peru

Escorted or Private Tour-Land Only

12 Days/ 11 Nights

2019 Departures:

January 4 and 18
February 1 and 8
March 15 and 29
April 26
May 10 and 24
June 7 and 28
July 5
September 6 and 20
October 11
November 15

Peru – the “Kingdom of the Sun”, encapsulates the essence of South America, the “New World”, in geography as well as in the mix of native Indian and European cultures. A country of antique cultures, where the traditional way of life of the Indians has still got validity; great scenic contrasts, perhaps the greatest treasure of the Americas. The Spanish conquistadors came in ruthless search of gold, although they never found their most elusive prize of all, the “Lost City of the Incas”. Besides the impressive Inca ruins close to Cuzco and the “lost city” Machu Picchu, Peru is also home of the famous “Nazca lines”, the Chulpa-grave buildings of the Colla at Lake Titicaca and witness of the bloody Spanish conquest. With its stunning variety in landscapes Peru is also one of the most spectacular countries on earth. Of 103 possible ecological zones on earth 83 are represented only in Peru.
Price per Person:

In a double room using tourist class hotels $2799
Single supplement $589

In a double room using first class hotels $3249
Single supplement $949

This tour can also be taken on a private basis anytime for the following prices:

Per person in a double room using tourist class hotels $3699

Per person in a double room using first class hotels $4029

Package Includes:

11 nights accommodation at the following hotels: Tourist class package: Lima: Hotel La Hacienda Miraflores (standard room), Puno: Hotel Jose Antonio Puno (standard room), Cuzco: Hotel Xima (standard room), Yucay: Hotel Casa Andina Premium Valle Sagrado (superior room), Iquitos: Ceiba Tops Lodge (standard room) Hotels for first class package: Lima: Casa Andina Premium Miraflores (superior room), Puno: Hotel Libertador Lago Titicaca (superior room), Cuzco: Hotel Aranwa Cusco Boutique (classic room)- Yucay: Hotel Aranwa Sacred Valley & Wellness (colonial room), Iquitos, Ceiba Tops Lodge (standard room)
Breakfast each morning
4 lunches-drinks not included
3 dinners-drinks not included
I box dinner
All airport transfers in Peru
Sightseeing and entrance fees as per itinerary
Hotel Taxes and service charges


Day 1 Lima
Upon arrival you will be met and taken to your centrally located hotel. Remainder of the day is at leisure to begin your exploration of the Peruvian capital. 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 Vice royalty. 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 center comes with splendid colonial style architecture, ample squares such 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 restaurants. Peruvian cuisine is excellent and gets more and more famous in the world and Peruvians are extremely proud of their typical dishes. Overnight in Lima.

Day 2 Lima
Today 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. 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 Colombian cultures. Finally the world’s unique Erotic Hall gives you a glimpse of the fascinating sexual life of ancient Peruvians. Overnight in Lima.

Day 3 Lima-Cuzco-Yucay
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Cusco.(not included). Transfer to the airport for the flight to Cusco. Upon arrival you will start the tour with a visit to Chinchero community located 28 km away from Cusco. Here are the remains of what was the royal hacienda of Tupac Inca Yupanqui, as well as beautiful colonial temples built on Inca’s foundations. However, its main attraction is its Sunday market originally dedicated to the people of the valley to barter their products. This colorful and lively market still fascinates people with its variety of handicrafts and textiles made in true pre-Columbian style. Then you will be transferred to “El Mirador de Racchi” where you will have a splendid view of the Sacred Valley. Afterwards you will enjoy a typical lunch at a local house, followed by the transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Yucay.

Day 4 Yucay-Ollantaytambo-Yucay
After breakfast you will have the morning at leisure. You can take one of the following optional excursions. Trekking to the terraces of Yucay (1h) An easy and relaxing hike to enjoy nature. Behind the Plaza of Yucay you will see an impressive group of terraces that follow the outline of the mountain and are still in use by the locals. The trail will take you to witness also the old Inca’s aqueducts used for the irrigation of the agricultural terraces. .Optional: Moray and Maras The excursion starts with a 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). Urubamba River Rafting (3h, 1h30min in the river) At the given time you will be picked up from the hotel to be transferred to Pachar in the Sacred Valley of the Incas where your guide will be waiting for you ready with all the equipment. Here you will receive rafting equipment and a safety briefing (toilet facilities and changing rooms available). After a brief practice on the flat part of the river, you will start your journey on easy waters while admiring the spectacular views of the mountains and archaeological remains. Afterwards you will continue towards Ollantaytambo and its amazing Inca terraces. At that time you will experience class 2-3 rapids, to finish with “El Resbaladero” (The Slide), a strong class 3 rapid that includes waves and small whirlpools. You will then reach the river take out located in the community of Cachicata (Toilets available) just 10 minutes by car from Ollantaytambo. Biking in the Sacred Valley: Yanahuara (4h, 2h30min of biking) You will picked you up from your hotel be taken on a one hour drive to the Paucarbamba bridge. Here you will receive a safety briefing and will adjust your bikes for the ride. You will go through a trail following the Urubamba River, the sacred river of the Incas, until you reach the town of Pachar. From here you will take an easy descend through an ancient Inca trail that passes through farming fields and Inca terraces until you will get to the Inca bridge. Hiking, Ollantaytambo Cachicata (3h) Early in the morning, you will be picked you up from your hotel, on the way you will admire the imposing Urubamba range, along with potato fields to Ollantaytambo where Your hike will begin at the Inca Bridge over the Vilcanota River. Your 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 you will have an impressive view of the Veronica 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 you will enjoy a box lunch, followed by your descent while you 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 Cachicata’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 you in the community of Cachicata, to take you to your hotel in the Sacred Valley. In the afternoon you will enjoy a visit to Ollantaytambo, a typical Inca community. Towering above the town of Ollantaytambo you 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. Overnight in Yucay.

Day 5 Yucay-Machu Picchu-Cuzco
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 buses 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. Extensive guided visit of the ruins and return by bus and train to the Sacred Valley. Transfer to your hotel in Cuzco. .

Day 6 Cuzco
In the morning your half-day city tour begins. You will be shown the exact center of the Inca 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. Then proceed to Sacsayhuaman, a ruin located approx. 3 km above Cusco. Sacsayhuaman also offers a fabulous view of the city. Afterwards visit the surrounding ruins. Afternoon is at leisure. Overnight in Cuzco.

Day 7 Cuzco-Puno
A full day bus journey from Cuzco to Puno leads through the Peruvian highland along snow-covered peaks, passes up to 4.300 m above sea level and then goes down to Puno, which is right on Lake Titicaca. On route you will visit the town of Andahuaylillas, the ruins of Racchi, the small town of Pucara besides another Inca remains.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 had 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.” The main attraction of Puno is 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. Lunch in a typical restaurant en route is included. After arrival in Puno transfer to your hotel.

Day 8 Puno-Lake Titicaca-Lima
In the morning you will be taken on an excursion to Lake Titicaca to visit the Uros floating islands. The Aymara Indians build their houses over floating artificial islands that elaborate themselves on the waters of the Titicaca in which they inhabit in organizations and with ancestral customs. Continue to Taquile Island where you find numerous pre-Inca and Inca ruins and Inca terracing. The island is narrow, only about 1km wide, but 6-7km long. The people here still wear their traditional clothes and there is a co-operative shop on the Plaza where one can buy woolen goods of very fine quality. After lunch on Taquile Island back to Puno and take the flight (not included) to Lima. Boxed dinner included this evening. Overnight in Lima

Day 9 Lima-Iquitos
After breakfast you will be taken to the airport for your flight to Iquitos (not included). Arrival in Iquitos and brief city orientation, 40 km journey by boat down the Amazonas River to Ceiba Tops Lodge, where private rooms with air conditioning and hot water provide all of the comforts of home in the middle of the Amazon. Afternoon hike in the beautiful primary rain forest reserve surrounding Ceiba Tops which includes many huge trees festooned with epiphytes. After dinner there may be local flute or guitar music at the El Toucan Bar or the guides are always ready to relate some of the many legends of the Amazon forest

Day 10 Iquitos
Morning boat ride, spotting for dolphins, to visit a small village of Yagua Indians where your guide will explain the Yagua Indian culture and how it was affected by the arrival of Europeans and the passing of time. There will also be an opportunity to see some of the local crafts and for a demonstration of the blowgun which some of the Yagua elders still use for hunting. Afternoon walking excursion to the neighboring town of Indiana. Originally a Franciscan mission, Indiana has grown into a large river community with its own market, high school and small hospital.

Day 11 Iquitos
Early morning departure from Ceiba Tops by boat to the narrow motorcar crossing connecting the Amazon and Napo Rivers to continue by boat to ExplorNapo Lodge for breakfast. Hike to the spectacular Canopy Walkway spanning over 500 meters (one-third of a mile), connected by tree platforms, and reaching a height of over 35 meters (115 feet) but accessible without any type of climbing skill or equipment. After lunch, visit the “ReNuPeRu” Ethnobotanical Garden where over 240 medicinal plants are cultivated by a local shaman who will explain the nature of Amazonian natural healing and the uses of some of the plants. Return to Ceiba Tops in time to enjoy the pool or hammocks before dinner.

Day 12 Iquitos-Lima-End of Tour
Depending on your flight back to Lima you have the choice of morning walking or boating excursion to further enjoy the rain forest and Amazon River. In case you take the early morning flight, there will be no further excursions on this day. Transfer to Iquitos and to the airport for your flight back to Lima (not included.). Tour ends upon arrival at Lima Airport. Hotel nights in Lima can be added.

Additional nights in Lima are available

Pre and Post tours to the following are available: Northern Peru, Nazca Lines, and/or Puerto Maldonado


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