15 Days Discover Peru Tour Package from Peru for Less $2579/- (Posted on Jul 2 2011)

15 Days Discover Peru Tour Package from Peru for Less $2579/-

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Special 6: Lima – Paracas & Nazca – Arequipa & Colca Canyon – Puno & Lake Titicaca –
Cusco & Machu Picchu –
Amazon (15 days / 14 nights) – From $2,579 €1,883 £1,608

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This complete Peru travel package will take you to all the most important destinations in the country: Machu Picchu, Cusco, the Amazon rainforest, Lima, the Nazca Lines, the Colca Canyon, and Lake Titicaca. You will learn about the mysteries of the pre-Colombian civilizations, explore the vast array of flora and fauna in the jungle, watch the graceful condors soar across the canyons, and immerse yourself in the diverse culture of Peru.

 

Highlights of this amazing trip to Peru include World Wonder Machu Picchu, the masterpiece of the Inca Empire, but also stunning colonial Cusco and the lush Amazon rainforest. This 15-day tour will give you a taste of everything Peru has to offer, leaving you with a desire to return again soon.

Day 1: Arrival to Lima & Lima Tour

  • You will be picked up at the airport by a Peru For Less representative and taken to your confirmed Lima hotel.
  • After a short rest, you’ll meet your English-speaking expert guide for your exciting tour of Lima.
  • This Lima tours takes you to the main political and religious sites of the city. You’ll start in Lima’s historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here you will admire the Plaza Mayor (the central square), which is surrounded by 5 important buildings: the Government Palace, the Cathedral, the Archbishop´s Palace, the Municipal Palace, and the Palace of Lima. You’ll then travel a few blocks to the San Francisco Monastery, famous for its catacombs where over 250,000 bones rest. Your Lima tour will end with a picturesque panoramic view from Muralla Park.
  • You’ll have the evening to spend at your leisure. We recommend a stroll through the scenic Parque del Amor (Park of Love) above the cliff near Larcomar, a mall built into the jagged cliffs of Lima’s coastline.

Day 2: Arrival to Paracas & Nazca Lines Tour

  • After breakfast at your hotel you will be taken to the bus station for your trip to Paracas. You will travel approximately 3h30 aboard a comfortable first class bus. Upon arrival in Paracas, you will be taken to your confirmed Paracas hotel.
  • After you drop off your luggage in your hotel, you’ll head to the nearby Pisco airport to take off on your exciting tour of the Nazca Lines. Built between 500 BC and 500 AD, the Nazca Lines are a World Heritage Site and have been carefully studied for half a century, and yet they continue to perplex researchers. Many scientists believe the lines had some astronomical function for the Nazca civilization, although other more colorful theories abound. During your hour-long flight, you will see famous glyphs such as the condor, the hummingbird, and the monkey. See our Nazca Travel Guide for more in-depth information on the Nazca Lines.
  • After you touch back down to earth, you’ll be taken back to your Paracas hotel, where you can relax and ponder the mysterious Nazca Lines at your leisure as you enjoy a beautiful sunset over the Paracas Bay.
  • Note: Flights from Pisco to Nazca require a minimum of two passengers. Please contact your travel advisor for single passenger inquiries.

Day 3: Ballestas Islands Tour & Return to Lima

  • Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before departing on an adventurous boat trip to the Ballestas Islands. Here you can spot sea lions, seals, penguins, guano birds, and turtles (rarely found at this latitude). The boat trip lasts approximately 2 hours.
  • On the way to the islands, you will also get the opportunity to spot the Candelabra, a 165-foot (50-meter) long sketching in the rock, which experts believe is connected to the Nazca Lines. Debate with your companions whether the Candelabra formation represents a cactus— a symbol of power in the ancient Chavin culture—or perhaps the Southern Cross constellation.
  • After your boating excursion, you will be transferred to the bus station to return to Lima for the night.  After you check in to your Lima hotel, you will have the evening to explore the city at your leisure.

Day 4: Arrival to Arequipa & Arequipa Tour

  • After breakfast, you’ll take a morning flight to Arequipa, often called the White City due to its brilliantly white buildings constructed out of sillar, a white volcanic lava rock.
  • Upon arrival to the city, you will be greeted at the airport by one of our representatives who will take you to your confirmed Arequipa hotel. Here you will be able to relax and adjust to the altitude (we suggest sipping some delicious coca tea) before your afternoon city tour.
  • Meet your guide at your hotel for your Arequipa tour which will begin with a visit to the city’s beautiful main square. You’ll visit the town hall and the neo-classical Cathedral. You’ll then tour some famous mansions, many of which are intricately decorated with Baroque façades. You will also have the opportunity to stop at the bustling local market to mingle with locals as they do their daily shopping.
  • After the tour, we highly recommend a visit to the Santa Catalina Monastery during your free time. Alternatively, simply enjoy your beautiful surroundings and try the delicious Arequipeña cuisine. Browse our Arequipa Travel Guide for Arequipa restaurant and activity ideas.

Day 5: Colca Canyon Tour

  • Start the day with a filling breakfast at your Arequipa hotel before setting off on a scenic drive to the Colca Canyon, by way of Chivay. This ride takes you through spectacular highland landscapes and is one of the highlights of your journey to the canyon. As the road climbs up to Reserva Nacional de Salinas y Aguada Blanca, keep your eyes open for wild vicuñas and visachas, small rodents similar to rabbits.
  • As you descend from the Patapampa, the highest pass on this journey, you’ll begin to see pre-Inca agricultural terraces as you get close to the town of Chivay.
  • You’ll be taken to your Colca Canyon hotel and have the afternoon to relax amidst the pastoral beauty or soak in the nearby hot springs.

Day 6: Colca Canyon Tour & Arrival to Puno

  • Wake up at dawn to visit the Mirador Cruz del Condor, one of the best places to spot soaring Andean condors— one of the largest flying birds in the world. The road to this viewpoint takes you past picturesque villages and pre-Inca ruins, with the Ampato and Hualca glaciers looming in the distance. On clear days, you may even see smoke billowing from the active volcano Sabancaya.
  • You’ll reach Cruz del Condor in the early morning, when the birds are most active. Here you can stand at the viewpoint and gaze into the canyon’s depths, nearly 4,000 feet below.
  • You’ll then head to Chivay, gateway town to the canyon where you can enjoy lunch and browse the local market before continuing on by road to Puno where you will be taken to your Puno hotel and have the evening free to spend at your leisure. Check out our Puno Travel Guide for suggestions on where to eat and what to do in Puno.

Day 7: Lake Titicaca Tour

  • During your full-day Lake Titicaca tour you will visit two to three of the Islands of Uros. Uros is composed of about 32 islands constructed of many layers of totora reeds – the number changes as they are manmade and after a period of time are abandoned. Each island is inhabited by islanders who either work in Puno (generally those who live on the islands close to the shore), live in relative isolation (those far from the shoreline), or who use tourism as their main source of income and allow tourists to visit during the day or spend the night.
  • While visiting the islands, you will be given the chance to learn about the local customs, visit the reed homes, and ride on reed boats. Generally the families inhabiting the island will have a small display of traditional local handicrafts available for sale as well.
  • Following this exciting tour, you will be led to the Island of Taquile, located about 30 miles from Puno and abundant with numerous pre-Inca and Inca ruins.
  • The local islanders still maintain many ancient traditions which are reflected in their time-honored clothing and beautiful handicrafts. You will be led around the island to all of the most important sites such as the museum of traditional costumes and the ruins at the highest point of the island where you can catch an incredible sunset.
  • After the tour, you will return to Puno where you can enjoy a relaxing evening, sampling the delicious Peruvian gastronomy in the many restaurants.

Day 8: Arrival to Cusco

  • After breakfast in your Puno hotel, you will travel by bus, plane, or train (your choice!) to the famed city of Cusco.
  • Upon arrival in Cusco, a Peru For Less representative will meet you and take you to your confirmed Cusco hotel.
  • We recommend you spend the rest of the day taking it easy, in order to adjust to Cusco’s altitude as the city sits at 10,860 feet (3,310 meters) above sea level. Read our Cusco Travel Guide for Cusco restaurant and activity ideas.

Day 9: Cusco Tour

  • You will have the morning to relax and explore the city on your own after breakfast at your Cusco hotel.
  • In the early afternoon, you’ll start your Cusco tour, which will take you to the best archaeological sites and attractions in and around the city. You will see the Cathedral in the Plaza de Armas, and then continue to Cusco’s outskirts to visit Sacsayhuaman, Q’enko, Puka Pukara and Tambomachay.
  • You will return to your hotel in the late afternoon to enjoy a relaxing evening in Cusco. Check out our Cusco Travel Guide for suggestions of great Cusco restaurants.

Day 10: Sacred Valley Tour

  • Today you will tour the magical Sacred Valley of the Incas. This stretch of Peruvian country side is noteworthy for its natural beauty, fascinating archeological ruins, and traditional culture. Here locals proudly wear traditional clothing, cook in clay fire ovens, and use many of the irrigation techniques developed centuries ago.
  • Your first destination is Pisac, famous for its bustling market. Hundreds of traditionally-dressed artisans and sellers journey from surrounding village to sell their crafts and produce here.  You will have the opportunity to browse through stalls displaying beautiful handicrafts, Andean garments, jewelry, and ceramics.
  • After a quick lunch, stop and look-around in Urubamba, you’ll continue to the ancient and serene town of Ollantaytambo, which has been continuously inhabited since the 13th century. Here you will visit its impressive hillside fortress ruin. The site was originally the royal estate of Emperor Pachacuti during the Inca Empire, and later served as a stronghold for Manco Inca Yupanqui in the Inca´s final rebellion against the Spanish.
  • In the evening you will return to your comfortable Cusco hotel where you will once again be given the opportunity to spend the evening at your leisure in one of the many fine restaurants or bars available in the area.

Day 11: Machu Picchu Tour

  • After breakfast at your Cusco hotel you will take a train to the hidden temple of the Incas: Machu Picchu. The train ride is an attraction in itself, as much of the path winds along the river and mountain face, offering passengers dramatic views of the Andes as the train passes through abundant cloud forests.
  • Upon arriving in Aguas Calientes, the town at the foot of Machu Picchu, head to the bus station for the ride to the citadel itself. It is roughly 20 minutes by bus to the hidden ruins perched in the mountains above.
  • Once you arrive in Machu Picchu, you will begin a professionally guided tour of this world wonder. After the tour, you can wander around this impressive site by yourself and soak up the splendor. You will return to the train station in the mid-afternoon for the train ride back to Cusco and transfer back to your hotel.
  • Contact your travel advisor if you’d prefer to spend the night near Machu Picchu. See our Machu Picchu Guide for more information on what to see and do, as well as which Machu Picchu Restaurants we recommend for tasty dining.

Day 12: Arrival to Puerto Maldonado

  • Bright and early you will leave Cusco to take an early flight to Puerto Maldonado.
  • Upon arrival you will be immediately transferred to your jungle lodge. It is located in the territory of the Ese’eja native community and is built with the same materials and architectural techniques as those used by the native communities throughout the Amazon. As you leave the traces of the city of Puerto Maldonado behind, sailing in a dugout canoe on the Tambopata River, the tranquility of the rainforest will help you relax and prepare for the next phase of your journey.
  • In the evening you will enjoy a delicious dinner before tucking in early for your exciting jungle tour at the break of dawn.
Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

Day 13: Amazon Rainforest Jungle Tour

  • At dawn you will venture out on a short hike to witness the jungle come to life. Just a few minutes down river from the lodge is one of the famous parrot clay licks and home to one of the most spectacular wildlife spectacles the rainforest has to offer. Later, after breakfast, you will have time to try to spot giant river otters, turtles, hoatzin, and wading birds as you explore the surrounding jungle.
  • In the afternoon you will enjoy a guided walk through the forest where your Amazon expert guide will have the opportunity to point out hiding animals and indigenous plants. After dinner, you can go on a night walk to enjoy the nocturnal creatures that come to life or just relax while the sounds of the wild to lure you to sleep.

Day 14: Amazon Rainforest Jungle Tour

  • At dawn you can go for another optional visit to the clay lick. After breakfast, you will go for a hike accompanied by an Ese’eja who will explain how they use the forest in their everyday life for food, medicine, and construction materials among other things. You will enjoy a delicious local meal for lunch before heading off in the afternoon for another hike that will take you down a trail that crosses a floodplain and a bamboo forest.  This trail will offer yet another different variety of flora and fauna for you to enjoy.
  • You will return before dark to the jungle lodge for your final evening of this Peru tour.

Day 15: Departure from Puerto Maldonado & Arrival in Lima

  • After breakfast in your Amazon lodge, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to Lima. From here, you can continue on to your next South America destination, return home, or spend an extra few days in Lima.
Occupancy 3 Star 4 Star 5 Star
Double/Triple $ 2,579
€ 1,883
£ 1,608
$ 3,019
€ 2,204
£ 1,883
$ 4,149
€ 3,029
£ 2,587
Single $ 3,639
€ 2,657
£ 2,269
$ 4,519
€ 3,300
£ 2,818
$ 6,379
€ 4,658
£ 3,978

Prices may vary according to the season, availability and client preferences. Certain transport costs may not be included. Please contact one of our expert Travel Advisors for more information.

INCLUSIONS

  • 2 nights in Lima, 1 night in Paracas, 1 nights in Arequipa, 1 night in the Colca Canyon, 2 nights in Puno, 4 nights in Cusco, 3 nights in the Amazon jungle; all hotels based on US standards
  • Fight over Nazca Lines
  • All tours stated in the itinerary with English-speaking guides
  • All transfers and entrance fees
  • Transportation from Arequipa to Puno
  • All meals at your selected Amazon jungle lodge
  • All breakfasts

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Posted by on Jul 2 2011. Filed under Arequipa, Lima, Peru, South America.

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