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Peru Discovery from Jungles to Ruins

Starts: Lima, Peru
Finishes: Cuzco, Peru

Visit: Lima, Puerto Maldonado, Cusco, Pisac, Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu, Cusco

Tour Type: Group Tour

Accommodation: Moderate

Activity: Sightseeing

Overview

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Gaze up at Perus dazzling peaks and into picturesque valleys to understand why the Andean mountains were sacred for the Incas. This well-paced holiday combines time in the fascinating historic cities of Lima and Cuzco with time exploring some of Perus most amazing settings. Children will love the strange sensation of walking across islands made entirely from reeds. Enjoy a memorable train journey through the heart of the sacred valley to Machu Picchu and breathe in the magical spirit of the Incas.

Trip Highlights:
  • Stroll through Limas historic streets
  • Meet the people who live on Lake Titicacas reed islands
  • Step back in time in Cuzco, the capital of the Inca Empire
  • Enjoy an unforgettable train ride through the Andes
  • Be humbled by the incredible beauty of Machu Picchu
  • Relax in the thermal baths of Aguas Calientes
Trip Information:
  • Start: Lima, Peru
  • Finish: Cuzco, Peru
  • Group size: Min 3 , Max 16
  • Ages: Min 5
Trip Notes:
  • Please note that these trips are for adults and children travelling together and there must be at least one child under 18 with you.
  • Minimum age for children on this trip is 5 years old.
Accommodation: This trip uses hand-picked accommodation. Please refer to the itinerary section of this trip for details about the individual accommodation selected for this trip.

Included activities: There are many wonderful activities included with this trip. Please refer to the 'Nuts & Bolts' and 'Itinerary' tabs to see what activities are included in this itinerary.

Highlights

    • Stroll through Limas historic streets
    • Meet the people who live on Lake Titicacas reed islands
    • Step back in time in Cuzco, the capital of the Inca Empire
    • Enjoy an unforgettable train ride through the Andes
    • Be humbled by the incredible beauty of Machu Picchu
    • Relax in the thermal baths of Aguas Calientes

Trip Details

The Trip

Product Code: 141795
Tour Type: Group Tour
Accommodation: Moderate
Transport: Local (Public)
Guide Language: english
Travel Styles: Family Travel

Starts: Lima, Peru
Finishes: Cuzco, Peru
Duration: 10 days
Physical rating: Basic

Includes

  • Meals: 9 breakfasts
  • Accommodation: Hotel (6 nts)
  • Transport: Boat, Minibus, Plane, Train
  • Archaeological Museum
  • Catacombs - Lima
  • Cathedral, Coca Museum
  • Cuzco Museum Ticket (Boleto Turistico) - Cuzco

Excludes

  • Visas
  • Departure Tax
  • Optional activities
  • Emergency funds: USD 400.00
  • Travel insurance is compulsory
  • Budget for meals not included: USD 300.00
  • If you're happy with the services provided, a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate.

Price

Price person (sharing double) $000 ($0/day)

Deposit:

$250 per person for bookings made 57 days or more prior to departure

Full Amount for bookings made less than 57 days prior to departure

Cancellation: Super Strict

Trip Notes

Price does not include airfare (to the Trip start & from the end location)

Trip Price generally includes accommodation, transport/transfer, activities, services of a professional guide & more. (Please refer to the include/excludes section for details)

Tour packages spare you the hassles of trip planning, a la carte booking, organizing and managing the logistics at a foreign location.

Itinerary

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Day 1: Join a guided tour through the historic streets of the fascinating city of Lima.

Your trip starts in Lima with a welcome meeting at 6pm followed by an optional dinner.

ALTITUDE SICKNESS:
Parts of your trip go above 2800 metres / 9200 feet where it is common for travellers to experience some adverse health effects due to the altitude - regardless of your age, gender and fitness. It even happened to Sir Edmund Hillary!

Before your trip: Some pre-existing medical conditions are known to severely worsen at high altitude and be difficult to adequately treat on the ground, leading to more serious consequences. It is imperative that you discuss your pre-existing medical condition/s with your doctor. We understand certain medications are reported to aid acclimatising to high altitude. Please discuss these options with your doctor.

During your trip: While our leaders have basic first aid training and are aware of the closest medical facilities, it is very important that you are aware of the cause and effects of travelling at altitude, monitor your health and seek assistance accordingly.

Included Activities
  • Transport
Joining hotel: NM Hotel

Day 2: Embark on a city tour of this fabulous place, Lima.

While Peru's capital officially began life in 1535, when Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro founded the city on the Day of the Three Kings, settlements had been scattered through the valley since before the Incas. The city was built on top of an existing palace and temples that belonged to the local chief who had little choice but to move on. Lima was in its prime during the Spanish colonial days and much of the city's attraction now lies in its well-preserved historical centre.

While you are here there are many museums you can visit such as the Museo de la Nacion and the Gold Museum, which showcase the finest artifacts from the country's many ancient civilizations. You can also visit the finely preserved catacombs at the Church of San Francisco, and take in a bit of local culture at an evening folklore show.

This morning after breakfast we embark on a city tour of this fabulous place, key highlights include the eerie catacombs of San Francisco and the Basilica Cathedral. A great day to get you acclimatized to Peru.

Included Activities
  • Archaeological Museum
  • Catacombs - Lima
  • Cathedral

Days 3-4: Head into the Amazon Jungle.

This morning you will transfer to the airport for your flight to Puerto Maldonado, the gateway for the Amazon. Upon arrival, the lodge staff will take us to their office in town where you will leave most of your luggage in a safe storage and continue travelling with a small pack with just the necessary items for our next two nights in the jungle. Then take a motorised canoe up river to our jungle lodge in the Madre de Dios area.

Head into the jungle with our local, multilingual guides and encounter magnificent fauna and flora in their natural habitat. The guides can also teach us about the medicinal properties and practical uses of the plants.

The lodge is eco-friendly and combines low-impact architecture with traditional native style. Rooms are simple, but comfortable with flush toilets (en suite), showers (cold water only), mosquito nets and kerosene lamps for light.

Day 5: Enjoy a panoramic drive across the changing landscape of the Andes to Cuzco.

We transfer by boat back to Puerto Maldonado this morning and board a short flight to Cuzco. On arrival in Cuzco you check into your hotel and enjoy a first evening in this fascinating city.

The Cuzco region truly is the heart and soul of Peru. The city itself is the continent's oldest continuously inhabited city and was the home of the Incas for two centuries before the Spanish built their first capital here. Today Cuzco is a fascinating combination of both cultures. Inca-built walls line the central streets and many of the elegant colonial buildings are built on or around Inca foundations. This is a city steeped in history, tradition and legend and is a perfect base for explorations into the Inca world or to enjoy a range of outdoor activities.

Take the time to acclimatise to the city's 3,450 m (11,150 ft) altitude and explore the many Baroque churches and ancient temples that dot the city.

Included Activities
  • Coca Museum
Accommodation:  Taypikala Cusco Hotel (twin 1 night)

Day 6: Travel through the Sacred Valley to the small, traditional town of Pisac

We start our tour of the Sacred Valley this morning with a visit to Pisac.

Part of the Sacred Valley, Pisac is a small town famous for its market (Sunday, Tuesday & Thursday). There are also some Incan ruins spread out on the mountains above the town, dating from about the same time as Machu Picchu.

We will start with a tour to a local farm, and then visit the archaeological ruins before heading onto Awanacancha to see llamas, alpacas and vicnuas and learn about the old techniques of dyeing, spinning and weaving the Alpaca's wool. We spend the night in Pisac.

The Royal Inn in Pisac has a swimming pool.

Included Activities
  • Cuzco Museum Ticket (Boleto Turistico) - Cuzco
Meals Included: 1 Lunch

Accommodation: Royal Inka Pisac Hotel ( twin 1 night)

Day 7: Continue on through the Sacred Valley to the tiny town of Ollantaytambo.

We continue through the Sacred Valley this morning, stopping in at Ollantaytambo to visit another archaeological site.

The town of Ollantaytambo has been built over an ancient Inca town, which is a magnificent example of Inca urban planning. This is one of the few places where the Incas defeated the Spanish.

Ollantaytambo's archaeological site is located to the east of the Plaza de Armas. The upper terraces of this site offer great photo opportunities of the squared grid town below.

We then take a midday train up to Aguas Calientes where we spend the night, in preparation for our visit to Machu Picchu tomorrow.

Sitting at the base of Machu Picchu in a picturesque valley, Aguas Calientes takes its name from the numerous hot springs that are dotted throughout the area.

Accommodation: Machu Picchu Hostal ( twin 1 night)

Day 8: Rise early for a short morning bus ride up to Machu Picchu

Early this morning we catch the bus up to the stunning 'lost city' of Machu Picchu.

Machu Picchu is one of those genuinely magical places, and catching your first glimpse of the lost city of the Incas through the early morning mist is definitely a moment you’ll never forget.

The ruins of this forgotten city are stunningly located, perched high in the Andes surrounded by verdant cloud forest, with the river Urambamba running through the gorge far below. Hidden away on a ridge between the mountains, Machu Picchu is invisible from below, so it's no surprise it's ruins remained a secret for so many years. Historians believe the city was probably completely self-contained, surrounded by agricultural terraces sufficient to feed all it's inhabitants and watered by natural springs. It's thought that the city was the location of a royal palace and estate, home to the Inca emperors, or possibly a sacred religious and ceremonial sight.

Discovered in 1911 by the explorer Hiram Bingham, although the ruins were heavily covered by dense jungle foliage, many of the buildings were well preserved and in excellent condition. The city consists of more than 200 buildings, from houses to temples, storage buildings and public spaces. It's fascinating to be able to gaze down on the city from above and imagine how it would have looked during the height of the Inca empire.

We will have a guided tour of the site, as well as some free time, before returning to Aguas Calientes for the night.

Accommodation: Taypikala Cusco Hotel ( twin 1 night)

Days 9-10: Jump aboard a train back to Cuzco.

Free day in Cuzco.

Cuzco is a city with majestic architecture, impressive ruins, a lively town centre and cultural significance around every cobblestone corner. A World Heritage site set among red-green hills with ruins scattered close by, Cuzco is impressive in every way - be it history, culture, nightlife or architecture.

There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time.

Accommodation: Taypikala Cusco Hotel ( twin 1 night)

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Peru Lima, Amazon Jungle, Cuzco, Pisac, Aguas Calientes, Ollantaytambo Ruins, Machu Picchu
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Sightseeing

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