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LEGENDARY PERU
A World Heritage Sites Tour of Peru
From the mysterious Inca ruins of Machu Picchu to the colonial city of Arequipa and the ongoing excavations of more historical sites along the Northern coast and the highlands, Peru is indeed one of the most exciting destinations in archaeology and history. Beyond this, Peru is filled with spiritual history and powers, becoming a world center for healing and personal growth.


Tour Summary
Map
Day

Place
01
Lima
02
Lima
03 Lima / Arequipa
04
Arequipa / Cuzco
05
Cuzco / Sacred Valley
06
Sacred Valley / Machu Picchu/Cuzco
07
Cuzco / Puno
08
Puno / Lima
09
Lima

UNESCO World Heritage Sites Visited
This tour has been tailored to include the following World Heritage Sites

World Heritage Sites in Peru covered on this tour
City of Cuzco (1983) Located in the Peruvian Andes, Cuzco developed, under the Inca ruler Pachacutec, into a complex urban centre with distinct religious and administrative functions. It was surrounded by clearly delineated areas for agricultural, artisan and industrial production. When the Spaniards conquered it in the 16th century, they maintained its structure but built Baroque churches and palaces over the ruins of the Indian city.
Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu (1983) At 2,430 metres / 2657 yards above sea level, on a mountain site of extraordinary beauty, in the middle of a tropical mountain forest, Machu Picchu was probably the most amazing urban creation of the Inca Empire at its height, with its giant walls, terraces and ramps, which appear as though they have been cut naturally in the continuous rock escarpments. The natural setting on the eastern slope of the Andes encompasses the upper Amazon basin with its rich diversity of species.
Historic Centre of Lima (1988) Although severely damaged by earthquakes (in 1940, 1966, 1970 and 1974), this "City of Kings" was, until the middle of the 18th century, the capital and most important city of the Spanish dominions in South America. Many of its buildings, such as the San Francisco Convent (the biggest in this part of the world) are the result of joint creations between local craftsmen and masters from the Old Continent.
Historical Centre of the City of Arequipa (2000) The Historic Centre of Arequipa, built in volcanic sillar rock, represents an integration of European and native building techniques and characteristics, expressed in the admirable work of colonial masters and criollo and Indian masons. It is illustrated by its robust walls, archways and vaults, courtyards and open spaces, and the intricate Baroque decoration of its facades.
Detailed Itinerary
Day 1: Arrive Lima
Bienvenidos a Peru! We receive a Lima style welcome at the airport and are subsequently transferred to our hotel.
Overnight: Casa Andina Private Collection Hotel, Lima (2 nights)

Day 2: Lima
Our afternoon tour of the city begins with the centrally located Plaza Mayor (main square) designed and built by the famed Francisco Pizarro. The Cathedral, Palacio de los Virreyes, Palacio Arzobispal and Palacio Municipal. We also visit the San Francisco Convent, arguably the most beautiful architectural complex in the city. (B)

Day 3: Lima/Arequipa (Flight)
A short flight gets us to Arequipa, where this afternoon we tour the Santa Catalina Convent, Plaza de Armas, La Compañía cloisters and the districts of Yanahuara and Chilina where we enjoy a breathtaking view of the Misti Volcano.
Overnight: El Cabildo Hotel, Arequipa (1 night) (B)

Day 4: Arequipa/Cuzco (Flight)
A scenic flight conveys us to Cuzco. Afternoon tour includes the beautiful church of Santo Domingo, the Cathedral, the Hatunrumiyoc, as well as the Fortress of Sacsayhuaman - a most remarkable Inca building. Our tour continues to Quenqo, believed to have been an important sanctuary during the Inca period, Puca Pucara, a strategically located “red fortress” that dominates the entire area and Tambomachay with its two distinctive aqueducts that continue to provide clean water year round.
Overnight: El Dorado San Augustin, Cuzco (1 night) (B)

Day 5: Cuzco/Sacred Valley (Drive)
This morning we head out to the valley of Urubamba’s River (also called River Wilcamayu or Vilcanota) or “Sacred Valley” because grain and maize were cultivated for the Inka, his family and the upper class. Visit includes the Indian Market of Pisac. Pisac is famous for its peasant farms, native handicrafts and interesting Indian market that takes place three times a week (Tue, Thu & Sun). Our next stop is the fortress of Ollantaytambo, one of the most important examples of Inca military architecture. The complex has temples, palaces and a lot more to discover.
Overnight: Casa Andina Private Collection Hotel, Sacred Valley (1 night) (B)

Day 6: Sacred Valley/Machu Picchu/Cuzco (Drive/Train/Drive)
Our day starts with the incredible 3-hour scenic train ride to Aguas Calientes from where we take a coach transfer to South America’s most famous World Heritage Site, Machu Picchu. Our tour of the majestic Machu Picchu begins with the citadel, by far the most important attraction in the area. Discovered in 1911 by the American explorer Hiram Bingham, the citadel is one of the most extraordinary examples of landscape architecture in the world. We walk through the many stairways and canals carved out of stone that are recurrent throughout this remarkable archaeological site.
Overnight: El Dorado San Augustin, Cuzco (1 night) (B, L)

Day 7: Cuzco/Puno (Drive)
A pleasant 8-hour bus (seat-in-coach) trip takes us through picturesque rural landscapes dotted by small villages and herds of llamas and vicuñas. Our destination is Puno, however we make stops along our way to include visit to the Andahuylillas town and the Raqchi ruins. Arrival at Puno’s bus station, meet & transfer to hotel.
Overnight: Casa Andina Private Collection Hotel, Puno (1 night) (B, L)

Day 8: Puno/Lima (Flight)
Another exciting day as we embark on a two-hour motorboat excursion on Lake Titicaca to visit the floating islands of the Uros. Formed from layers of totora, these floating islands are inhabited by the descendants of the ancient people known as the Urus who, having been rejected by the Aymaras, had no choice but to live in isolation from other communities. Living in extreme poverty, these people earn a living by fishing and selling small handmade crafts to the tourists visiting the islands. Afternoon transfer to the airport for a flight to Lima, we stop en route to visit Sillustani, an ancient pre-Inca burial ground. The ancient people of Peru believed in a mother earth that created and regulated life; at Sillustani we see where the mummified bodies were kept, evidence of their great respect for “Mother Earth”. Arrive Lima and transfer to the hotel.
Overnight: Casa Andina Private Collection Hotel, Lima (1 night) (B)

Day 9: Depart Lima
Lima is one of the few capitals to have been designated a World Heritage Site. This morning we bid farewell to Peru as we are transferred to the airport for our departure flight. (B)

Possible pre-tour at the beginning of the tour using public transportation without guide

Nasca and Paracas


Nasca Lines
Day 1: Arrive Lima
Bienvenidos a Peru! We receive a Lima style welcome at the airport and are subsequently transferred to our hotel.
Overnight: Casa Andina Private Collection Hotel, Lima (1 night)

Day 2: Lima/Nasca
Morning transfer to the bus station for a seat-in-coach bus ride to Nasca.
Overnight: Cantayo Hotel, Nasca (1 night) (B)

Day 3: Nasca/Lima
Morning transfer to the local airport for the flight of approximately 30 mins over the Nasca lines and figures. Flights may be delayed or cancelled due to weather conditions. After the flight return to Lima to join the Legendary Peru program. (B)

B = Breakfast
L = Lunch
D = Dinner

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Departure Dates

2016
Daily


Prices
Season Tour Price US$ Single Sup US$
2016 Please contact us for details
Nasca and Paracas US$ 760 per person sharing (includes the flight). US$ 295 single room supplement
Tour Price Includes Tour Price Does Not Include:
  • Hotels as mentioned (or similar)
  • Meals as mentioned (Breakfast, Lunch)
  • All sightseeing and transfers by seat-in-coach services
  • Services of local Spanish/English speaking guides
  • Entrance fees
  • Vistadome train tickets
  • Any airfares (Domestic flights from US $840)
  • Departure taxes
  • Any visa fees
  • Drink/beverages with meals
  • Tips/gratuities


Estimated International Airfare (not included in tour price)
East Coast US $ 1000
West Coast US $ 1200
Please note: This tour operates with a minimum of 02 participants.

Other Dates / Customized Itinerary / Languages
In addition to our set programs we are also pleased to offer customized tours.
Please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss your individual needs.

Customized tours can be conducted in English, French, German, Spanish or Italian. Each departure is conducted in the designated language only.

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