WONDERS OF PERU
16 Day tour from $4,599
MACHU PICCHU • LIMA • CUSCO
INCLUDING FLIGHTS JANUARY - SEPTEMBER 2019

With its world-famous sights and ancient living culture, Peru is a destination at the top of most people’s travel wish lists. From the remote ruins of Machu Picchu to the glassy solitude of Lake Titicaca, every inch of this vibrant nation has the power to surprise, delight, and inspire.

Realise your dreams of exploring Peru on this dazzling 16 day package visiting Cusco, Lima, Puno, Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley and beyond. Get a taste of the Peruvian way of life on a tour of vibrant Lima; wander through the historic streets of imperial Cusco; witness the spectacular Andes Mountains; tick off the bucket list with a visit to the grand citadel of Machu Picchu; take a boat ride on Lake Titicaca; visit the famous Uros floating islands; enjoy a homestay with a local family at Luquina Island; and so much more. This incredible package includes return flights, two internal flights in Peru, 13 nights accommodation, English-speaking guides, airport transfers and more.

Crave a little more adventure? Upgrade to the 20 day package with Amazon jungle extension.

Tour Highlights
  • Discover the best of historic Lima on tour
  • Explore the Imperial City of Cusco
  • Enjoy a guided day tour of the Sacred Valley
  • Stay in Aguas Calientes hot springs town
  • Witness the spectacular Andes Mountains
  • Tour the historic ruins of Machu Picchu
  • Enjoy a guided tour of Pukara and Raqch’i
  • Visit the fascinating Uros floating islands
  • Marvel at impressive Lake Titicaca
  • Visit traditional villages on Taquile Island
  • Enjoy a boat trip across Lake Titicaca
  • Visit ancient Inca monuments

Tour Information
  • Where
    :

    MACHU PICCHU • LIMA • CUSCO, PERU

  • When
    :

    JANUARY 21, FEBRUARY 25, MARCH 27, APRIL 8, MAY 20, JUNE 12, JULY 8, AUGUST 5, SEPTEMBER 16 – 2019

  • What
    :

    CULTURE AND HISTORY, NATURE AND WILDLIFE, HIKING AND WALKING

Itinerary

Today depart from either Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, *Adelaide or *Perth to Lima, Peru via Santiago, Chile. Fly with LATAM Airlines, Qantas Airways, Air New Zealand and codeshare partners (subject to availability). Upon arrival into Lima, a representative will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel in Miraflores.

Overnight: Casa Andina Classic Miraflores Centro or similar, Lima

Meals included: In-Flight

Following breakfast, enjoy a city tour taking in the key sites of Lima. See Huaca Pucllana, Colonial buildings such as the Plaza Mayor, the Government Palace, and the Central bank Museum.

Return to your accommodation afterwards.

Overnight: Casa Andina Classic Miraflores Centro or similar, Lima

Meals included: Breakfast

This morning you will be picked up from the hotel and transferred to the airport for your flight to Cusco. Be met upon arrival at Cusco airport and transferred to your hotel in the centre of the city. Take the remainder of the day to explore this beautiful city at your own pace.

Overnight: Ramada Costa Del Sol or similar, Cusco

Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, enjoy a free day to explore Cusco at leisure or take part in an optional half day city tour. Optional Half Day Cusco Tour (not included): This morning you will be picked up from your hotel to begin your half day city tour. First you will visit the exquisite “Koricancha” Temple. Continue on to the Main Cathedral (entry not included), a marvel of religious art home to approximately 300 paintings from the Cusqueña School. Afterwards, travel to the archaeological complex of Saqsayhuamán. You will see the labyrinth of Q’enqo, which is a religious centre dedicated to the adoration of the Earth, and Puca Pucara (reddish place) – previously used as a military control centre. Complete the tour at Tambomachay (Temple of the Water), an Inca site which consists of a series of aqueducts, canals and waterfalls that run through the terraced rocks (entry not included). Afterwards you will be transferred back to your hotel accommodation for an evening of leisure.

Overnight: Ramada Costa Del Sol or similar, Cusco

Meals included: Breakfast

This morning you will travel from Cusco, past Saqsaywaman over the mountains towards the Sacred Valley. Here you will descend 1500 feet to the valley floor, and find yourselves by the sacred Urubamba River and village of Pisac (approx. 1 hour). In Pisac, enjoy a quick visit to a traditional artisan market, where you can browse and buy some local souvenirs if desired.

Afterwards, drive to the ruins of Pisac, where you can explore the extensive ruins and enjoy stunning views of the valley. Here you will be given a guided tour of the Citadel of Pisac, in which you will see the ruins of temples, homes, altars, carvings, tunnels, caves and the famous Intihuatana, which translates to ‘the hitching post of the sun’. Intihuatana, the place when the sun gets tied, is a religious construction used like a clock to measure when it was the time to celebrate winter solstice – one of the most important celebrations and rituals of the ancient Inca Empire.

For those who would prefer to spend more time in the market instead of visiting the ruins, please advise your guide so they can organise a time and place to collect you when returning past the market. Afterwards continue onwards to Urubamba (approx. 1 hour), where you will make a stop for lunch (not included). A short drive onwards is Ollantaytambo, which is surrounded by the sacred mountains. Here, you will enjoy further exposure to Incan constructions, mainly the amazing temple of the sun, enormous blocks of rock perfectly carved, stone water fountains, stairs and terraces. See the beauty of the local people in their traditional dress. Afterwards, return to Urubamba where you will check into your accommodation.

Overnight: San Agustin Hotel or similar, Urubamba

Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast this morning, transfer to Ollantaytambo train station (approx. 30 mins) and board a train bound for Aguas Calientes, a beautiful thermal town down the valley from the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel accommodation.

Overnight: Casa Andina Standard, Aguas Calientes or similar, Machu Picchu

Meals included: Breakfast

After an early breakfast, a local guide will pick you up from your hotel to begin the short bus ride to the gates of Machu Picchu where you may have the opportunity (weather permitting) to enjoy one of the most spectacular sunrises of your life!

After entering the Citadel you will begin a guided walking tour (approx. 2 hours), learning about the history of the area and the ruins. Enjoy some free time afterwards to explore this mysterious ancient city at leisure. This afternoon, meet your guide in Aguas Calientes for lunch (not included). Be transferred to the train station and begin the journey back to Cusco via Ollantaytambo. (approx. 3.5 hour train journey).

Overnight: Ramada Costa Del Sol or similar, Cusco

Meals included: Breakfast

Today enjoy a free day in Cusco to explore this beautiful mountain city at your own leisure.

Overnight: Ramada Costa Del Sol or similar, Cusco

Meals included: Breakfast

This morning rise early for breakfast and transfer to the bus station to travel to Puno. This is a great bus trip on a modern vehicle stopping at several interesting sites along the way such as Raqchi (Wiracocha God Temple), an Incan church of monumental dimensions and La Raya: the half-way point between Cusco and Puno and also the highest point (4335 meters above sea level). Along the way enjoy a rest stop and delicious buffet lunch in the town of Sicuani. The landscapes along this route are stunning and typical Andean animals like the llama, alpaca and vicuña are common sights. Upon arrival at the bus station in Puno, you will be met and transferred to your hotel where you will meet your guide who will welcome you and provide you with some extra information for the following days activities.

Please note: the bus transportation includes wifi, food and drink services on board, entertainment options, guided narration in English and Spanish, leather seats with wide leg rests, individual tables and air conditioning. Buses do not have toilets onboard, but this journey includes stops approximately every hour to allow for this.

Overnight: Casa Andina Classic or similar, Puno Tikarani

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch

After breakfast this morning, transfer from the hotel to the port of Puno where you will board a motorboat to visit the unique floating Uros Islands, located approx. 25 minutes from the port of Puno.

The islands have been created entirely from the buoyant totora reeds that grow abundantly in the shallows of the lake. Partially edible (tasting like non-sweet sugarcane), the reeds are used to build homes, boats and handicrafts. The islands are constructed from many layers of the totora, which are constantly replenished from the top as they rot from the bottom, so the ground is always soft and springy. You will visit two different islands and your guide will explain a little about the history and lifestyle of the people who have lived here for many years. You will have the opportunity to visit some of their homes to learn a little about their lifestyle.

Enjoy a trip to Taquile Island (approx. 2 hours). A traditional Quechua speaking community, the island is full of ancient agricultural terraces and some ruins dating to pre-Inca times. Community and family are of great importance to the local population, who were relatively isolated from the mainland up until the 1950s. When you reach the island, take the opportunity to enjoy impressive views of Lake Titicaca. Enjoy some free time to explore the Island on your own, and come together for lunch at a local restaurant. Following lunch, head down to the harbour to take a one-hour boat ride to the Chicuito Peninsula, south of the city of Puno, where the Luquina Karina community is located. Luquina Karina has remained relatively untouched and tourism is a new concept here. The inhabitants are very willing to receive visitors in their community. You will be warmly received by the families who will take you to their homes to spend the night.

Overnight: Traditional Homestay, Luquina Island

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch

Today enjoy breakfast with your host family and then participate in some local activities. After lunch, say goodbye to the local family and head down to the harbour for your boat transfer back to Puno arriving early evening.

Overnight: Casa Andina Classic, Puno Tikarani

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch

After breakfast, transfer to Juliaca airport (approx. 1 hour) for your flight to Lima (approx. 1 hour) where you will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the evening is free at leisure.

Overnight: Casa Andina Classic Miraflores Centro or similar, Lima

Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, enjoy the whole day at leisure to explore at your own pace before departing the following day.

Overnight: Casa Andina Classic Miraflores Centro or similar, Lima

Meals included: Breakfast

Today you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to Australia via Santiago, Chile. Please note: if your flight departs early a packed breakfast will be arranged for pick up from the hotel reception the night before.

Meals included: Breakfast; In-Flight

Arrive in Australia

Today say goodbye to Puno and transfer to the bus station to travel back to Cusco. Upon arrival be greeted and transferred to your accommodation.

Overnight: Ramada Costa Del Sol or similar, Cusco

Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, a transfer will be arranged from the hotel to the airport for your onward flight to Puerto Maldonado. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to Puerto Maldonado HQ. While enjoying your first taste of the jungle, pack only the necessary gear for your next few days, and leave the rest in a provided safe deposit. Skirting Puerto Maldonado, drive 20 kilometres to the Tambopata River Port, entering the native community of Infierno. Shortly after take a 2.5 hour boat ride from the Tambopata Port to Refugio Amazonas, this will travel past the Community of Infierno and the Tambopata National Reserve’s checkpoint and into the buffer zone of this 1.3 million hectare conservation unit.

Upon arrival at your lodge you will be welcomed with an orientation and shown to your room. Enjoy the remainder of the evening at leisure in this beautiful jungle environment. Take the opportunity at night to travel the river’s edge, scanning the shores with headlamps and flashlights to catch the red gleams of reflection in the eyes of caiman (small crocodile-like reptiles).

Overnight: Refugio Amazonas Lodge or Posada Amazonas Lodge, Tambopata National Reserve

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

This morning after breakfast, you may take part in an optional activity (included), or enjoy a free day at leisure soaking up the jungle environment.

Oxbow lakes are an important and distinct habitat found in the Amazon basin. Formed when a bend in an Amazonian river gets cut off from its main channel, their waters are much calmer and clear than the silty, turbulent river. Shallow and tranquil, oxbow lakes provide the perfect habitat for marsh grasses and a host of interesting animals that prefer these backwater lagoons.

Many of these animals are also easy to watch and thus make great photography subjects. Paddle around the lake on a canoe or a catamaran, looking for lakeside wildlife such as hoatzin, caiman and horned screamers. Macaws may also be seen flying overhead.

After looking for rainforest wildlife that lives in the water and forests next to the lake, your guide will take you back to the lodge by way of a hike on a well conserved rainforest trail.

Overnight: Refugio Amazonas Lodge or Posada Amazonas Lodge, Tambopata National Reserve

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

This morning after breakfast you may take part in an optional activity (included), or enjoy a free day at leisure soaking up the jungle environment.

A 15-minute boat ride and a 60 minute walk from Refugio Amazonas is a clay lick used both by parrots and parakeets. With a little bit of luck, spot mealy and yellow-crowned amazons, blue-headed Pionus, severe macaw and orange-cheeled (Barraband’s) parrot. A few minutes hike from the lodge is a beautiful growth patch of Brazil Nut forest that has been harvested for decades. See a demonstration of the harvesting process. Further along is the peccary clay lick, an area of exposed clay where animals such as birds and wild rainforest pigs gather to lick or eat the clay. Take the chance to spot the pigs, along with deer, guan or parakeets. Have the option of hiking out in the evening, when most of the mammals are active but difficult to see.

Overnight: Refugio Amazonas Lodge or Posada Amazonas Lodge, Tambopata National Reserve

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

After breakfast, retrace the river and road back to Puerto Maldonado, and then onwards to the airport for your flight back to Lima. Upon arrival into Lima airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Overnight: Casa Andina Classic Miraflores Centro, Lima

Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, enjoy the whole day in Lima free at leisure.

Overnight: Casa Andina Classic Miraflores Centro, Lima

Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, enjoy some leisure time before transferring to the airport for your flight back to Australia. Please note: if your flight departs early, breakfast will be arranged for pick up from the hotel reception the night before.

Meals included: Breakfast; In-Flight

Arrive in Australia

Pricing and Inclusions
Pricing and inclusions
    FROM16 Day tour20 Day Tour
    $4,599$5,999

    *Tipically $7,999. Book by 30 June 2018.

     

    FLIGHTS

    • Return international flights (economy class) departing SYD/MEL/BNE/*ADL/*PER
    • 2 x internal flights: Lima to Cusco and Juliaca to Lima

     

    ACCOMMODATION

    • 12 nights hotel accommodation
    • 1 night traditional homestay on Luquina Island

     

    DINING

    • Enjoy 16 meals including daily breakfast

     

    TOUR ESSENTIALS

    • English-speaking tour guides
    • Airlines taxes and surcharges

     

    TRANSPORT

    • Transportation by A/C vehicles
    • Return train tickets to Machu Picchu with Inca Rail Company or Peru Rail Company

     

    TRANSFERS

    • Return airport transfers

     

    20 DAY WITH AMAZON EXTENSION

    All of the above, (minus Juliaca to Lima flight) plus the following:

    • 2 x internal flights: Cusco to Puerto Maldonado, and Puerto Maldonado to Lima
    • 4 day guided Peruvian Amazon Jungle experience
    • 1 night pre-tour hotel accommodation in Cusco
    • 3 nights in an Amazon Jungle lodge
    • 10 additional meals including three meals daily in the Amazon
    • Visit the native village community of Infierno in Tambopata National Reserve
    • Experience the incredible sounds of the Amazon jungle
    • Take a boat ride down the amazing Amazon River
    • Canoe on Oxbow Lake; search for macaws, hoatzin, horned screamers and otters
    • Visit a parrot clay lick and mammal clay lick to see tropical birds and Amazon deer
    • Tour a Brazil nut forest

     

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