The rediscovered jewels of the Inca Empire, along with the magnificent scenery in the Peruvian Amazon, await you on this tour through Peru. Peru is one of the great originating centers of ancient culture, and on this vacation, you’ll discover its archaeological treasures, appreciate its ancient ruins, and learn about its ancient culture. A highlight of your vacation is a tour to Machu Picchu, where you’ll visit this amazing Inca city. Stand in awe as you witness the ancient ruins surrounded by soaring peaks—one of the most majestic images in South America! Also, see the Temple of Sacsayhuaman, which was built in the early 12th century, and try to figure out how it was built—with some stones weighing more than 350 tons! These are just a couple of this vacation’s many ancient highlights. You’ll also fly over the Nazca Lines and spend time in Peru’s Amazon. Discover the tropical jungle on multiple boat trips and be on the lookout for turtles, caimans, monkeys, river birdlife, and more—not to mention the lush vegetation. Search by canoe for the resident giant river otters, and visit a Parrot Clay Lick to watch the parrots and macaws. Ancient ruins, fascinating culture, and captivating flora and fauna—these all await you on this wonderful Peru vacation. For travelers ready for a new adventure, this tour is for you!
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| PERU’S AMAZON ||Enjoy three nights in the Peruvian Amazon|
| LIMA||Sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit San Francisco Monastery and a [LF] local Peruvian food market; welcome dinner at Casa Garcia Alvarado; farewell dinner|
| SACRED VALLEY||[LF] Enjoy a special lunch, complete with live Andean music and a Mother Earth Ceremony performed by a shaman; visit Pisac; visit Ollantaytambo and [LF] a local home for a glimpse into rural Peruvian life|
| MACHU PICCHU||Take the Vistadome train through the Urubamba Valley; sightseeing with a Local Guide and a second entrance to the ruins on your second day in Machu Picchu; Pisco Sour mixology lesson|
| CUSCO||Sightseeing with a Local Guide; Inca King greeting; visit the cathedral and Santo Domingo Monastery, Kenko Temple, and the Temple of Sacsayhuaman|
| LAKE TITICACA||Guided sightseeing to Taquile and the Uros Floating Islands|
| SILLUSTANI||Visit the ruins; [LF] learn about the lives of the local people|
| PARACAS||Fly over the Nazca Lines; cruise to the Ballestas Islands|
Headsets throughout the tour.
- Participation in this tour requires guest's name exactly as it appears on his/her passport, D.O.B., gender, and nationality at the time of booking.
- Maximum elevation on tour: 13,000 ft.
Breakfast daily, 7 lunches, 11 three-course dinners including a welcome dinner at a historic home and a farewell dinner in Lima
Day 1 ARRIVE IN LIMA, PERU.
Welcome to Lima, where you will be met by a Monograms representative
Day 2 LIMA–PUERTO MALDONADO–POSADA AMAZONAS.
Fly to Puerto Maldonado. Embark on a MOTORBOAT RIDE up the Tambopata River to your Amazon Jungle Lodge with your expert Naturalist. After settling in, participate in a night WALK with your expert Naturalist to observe nocturnal wildlife BreakfastLunch Dinner
Day 3 POSADA AMAZONAS.
A boat trip and walk bring you to OXBOW LAKE to search for the resident giant river otters, howler monkeys, macaws, and other fauna. Next, take a walk to the CANOPY TOWER to observe the forest and river and its inhabitants. This afternoon, visit a local FARM to meet local farmers and learn about the Amazon’s crops. Your guide will also teach you the medicinal uses of the area’s endemic plants BreakfastLunch Dinner
Day 4 POSADA AMAZONAS
Visit a CLAY LICK and watch from a blind as parrots and macaws perch to eat clay. Also, visit a Brazil nut FARM & CAMP and learn how this nut is sustainably harvested and prepared for consumption. Later, visit a MAMMAL CLAY LICK, where peccary and other large mammals can often be found BreakfastLunch Dinner
Day 5 POSADA AMAZONAS–PUERTO MALDONADO–LIMA.
Return to Puerto Maldonado and fly to Lima, where you will be met by your Tour Director
Day 6 LIMA.
This afternoon, your Local Guide focuses on the city’s colonial heritage during a WALKING TOUR. Start at the Plaza de Armas to see the Government Palace and the cathedral. From here, stroll to the venerable SAN FRANCISCO MONASTERY with its splendid 17th-century cloister murals. For a special treat, stop at a [LF] LOCAL PERUVIAN FOOD MARKET to taste some typical Peruvian fruit and experience a bit of everyday life in Lima. This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner with your fellow traveling companions at one of Lima’s finest historic homes, CASA GARCIA ALVARADO Breakfast Dinner
Day 7 LIMA–CUSCO–SACRED VALLEY.
Fly to Cusco, the impressive Andean city that was once the capital of the Inca Empire. Head into the Sacred Valley of the Incas, where you will enjoy a special lunch prepared exclusively for Globus guests at a private location. Here, enjoy a [LF] live Andean band and experience a mystical El Pago a la Tierra, or MOTHER EARTH CEREMONY, performed by a local shaman. These ceremonies thanking Mother Earth and asking for good health and safe travels have been practiced in Peru since before the arrival of the Incas. Next, continue to PISAC, an old mountain village where you will have free time to shop for local wares, such as alpaca sweaters and blankets, jewelry, or hand-painted ornamental dishes and vases. Stay in the Sacred Valley tonight, and enjoy a special dinner at the hotel BreakfastLunch Dinner
Day 8 SACRED VALLEY–MACHU PICCHU.
This morning, visit the Inca Fortress of OLLANTAYTAMBO, followed by the opportunity to visit a [LF] HOME, meet some of the locals, and experience their traditional way of life. Next, board the Vistadome TRAIN for a short journey through the lush Urubamba Valley. Then, transfer to a motorcoach for the ascent to legendary MACHU PICCHU, the “Lost City of the Incas,” high above the steep valley overlaid with dense tropical jungle. Your Local Guide will bring you closer to the lives and mysteries still hidden in these amazing structures built by the Pre-Columbian masters of this sacred land. Tonight, learn how to mix the perfect Pisco Sour, Peru’s national drink, before an exquisite dinner at the hotel BreakfastLunch Dinner
Day 9 MACHU PICCHU–CUSCO.
Your entrance to MACHU PICCHU is included for a second day. Enjoy the tranquility of the morning, with free time to wander the ruins at your own pace and experience the magic that is Machu Picchu. After lunch, return to the Sacred Valley by TRAIN RIDE and continue on to Cusco BreakfastLunch
Day 10 CUSCO
This morning, learn more about the Incas and their struggle against invading Spaniards on your Cusco CITY TOUR, with visits to the imposing CATHEDRAL and the SANTO DOMINGO MONASTERY. During your city tour, you will be greeted by an INCA KING, so have your cameras ready! Also visit the semi-circular KENKO Temple with its stone altars and labyrinth of passages, and see the ancient site of Puca Pucara before the TEMPLE OF SACSAYHUAMAN, perched on a hillside overlooking Cusco. It remains unfathomable how and when this fortress of gigantic stones—with some blocks weighing more than 350 tons—was built. The remainder of your day is free to explore at your leisure. Tonight, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant Breakfast Dinner
Day 11 CUSCO–JULIACA–PUNO (LAKE TITICACA).
Board a flight to Juliaca, where you will continue to Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca Breakfast Dinner
Day 12 PUNO. EXCURSION TO LAKE TITICACA.
Today, take a motorboat trip to some of the more unique islands of LAKE TITICACA. Start with TAQUILE ISLAND, which was once part of the Inca Empire and was one of the last areas of Peru to be conquered by Spain in the 16th century. The Spanish banned traditional dress on the island, which is why the Spanish peasant dress can still be found today. Next, travel to the fascinating UROS ISLANDS, home to the Uros Indians, who were forced to live on the lake as the Inca Indians pushed farther into their territory. These islands are completely made by reeds and are continually added to as they disintegrate to the bottom of the lake BreakfastLunch Dinner
Day 13 PUNO–SILLUSTANI–JULIACA–LIMA.
Depart for Juliaca this morning, visiting the ruins of SILLUSTANI en route. At this pre-Incan burial ground, see where the ancient Aymaras buried their high priests in chullpas—above-ground, cylinder-shaped tombs dating back to the 1400s. While here, [LF] spend some time with the locals, see their HOMES, learn how they work, what they eat, and gain a better understanding of their lives. Fly from Juliaca to Lima this afternoon Breakfast
Day 14 LIMA–PARACAS. BALLESTAS ISLANDS CRUISE & NAZCA LINES.
Enjoy a scenic drive south along the Pan-American Highway to the Bay of Paracas. Embark on a CRUISE out to the Ballestas Islands, which are inhabited by a wide variety of sea mammals and exotic birds, including boobies, sea lions, and Humboldt penguins. The huge Candelabro, a candelabra-shaped etching on the Paracas cliffside, can also be seen as you cruise back to shore. Continue to the town of Pisco, the wine capital of Peru. Have your camera handy today as you board your aircraft for FLIGHTSEEING over the Nazca plains, which can only be appreciated by air. Your pilot will point out the mysterious markings known as the NAZCA LINES, a series of drawings of animals and geometric figures etched into the parched soil—some up to 1,000 feet long! Theories vary, but the most accepted belongs to German mathematician Maria Reiche, who dubbed the land the “astronomical calendar” of the ancient Peruvians. Enjoy dinner this evening at your hotel Breakfast Dinner
Day 15 PARACAS–LIMA.
After some free time in Paracas, return to Lima today. Tonight, your Tour Director hosts a memorable farewell dinner at a local restaurant Breakfast Dinner
Day 16 LIMA.
Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.
Casa Andina Premium Miraflores
Ave la Paz 463 Lima LIM Peru
With its stylish contemporary design, cutting-edge technology and ideal location, the flagship Casa Andina Premium Collection Miraflores hotel is the top of its class in every aspect. Amenities include a restaurant, bar, coffee shop, beauty salon, spa, pool, gym, business center, gift shops, and laundry service.
Posada Amazonas Lodge
Av Aramburu 166 Dep 4b Puerto Maldonado AMA Peru
Posada Amazonas opened its doors in 1998 and has become a major attraction for those looking for a short stay in the rainforest with the promise of an authentic eco-tourist experience. The lodge is situated within the community's private reserve. Using local materials and architecture combined with modern expertise, Posada Amazonas is community built and as such is a testament to workmanship and endeavor. Posada Amazonas is a 30 bedroom lodge owned by the Community of Infierno and managed with Rainforest Expeditions. Thanks to its accessibility to excellent wildlife observation opportunities, cultural context and comfortable accommodations, Posada Amazonas is ideal for a three night introduction to Amazonia's richest rain forests.
Casa Andina Premium Valle Sagrado Hotel and Villas
5to Paradero Yanahuara Urubamba Valley Peru
The Casa Andina Premium Collection hotel in the Sacred Valley is a luxurious and satisfying retreat. Combining fine food, comfortable rooms, and personalized attention, it is the Valley's most complete hotel. In addition to a spa, a fitness center, and romantic dining, this hotel is best known for providing panoramic views of the Andes in every room. This charming mountain chalet-style hotel adds style and comfort to the already stunning atmosphere of Peru's Sacred Valley.
Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel
Av Hermanos Ayar Mz 1 Lote 3 Machu Picchu Peru
The Sumaq Hotel is located at the foot of the Machu Picchu ruins and boasts an Andean health spa, bar, restaurant, gift shop, and business center.
Casa Andina Premium Cusco
Plazoleta Limacpampa Chico 473 Cusco CUS Peru
A beautifully renovated 18th-century manor house is located 3 blocks from Cusco's Plaza de Armas. The hotel is distinguished by its 3 interior patios with wooden balconies. The principal patio, featuring a gurgling stone fountain, is one of Cusco's emblematic colonial courtyards. Amenities include a gourmet restaurant, bar, reading room, room service, gift shop, and laundry service.
GHL Lago Titicaca
Isla Esteves Puno PUN Peru
The GHL Lago Titicaca hotell is located on Esteves Island on the shores of Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world. Featuring unforgettable views of the lake, the hotel is located in the bay of Puno on a rocky hill surrounded by the extensive reed forest.
Doubletree Resort by Hilton Paracas
Lote 30-34 Urb. Santo Domingo Paracas Peru
The Doubletree Resort is ideally located along beautiful Paracas beach and offers guests a modern facility with a wide range of on-site amenities. This includes two restaurants, snack bar, private beach, fitness center, spa, pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, and business center. The resort also offers a wide array of leisure activities such as aerobics, dance lessons, volleyball, tennis, kayaking, or simply lounging and relaxing to the sound of waves on the beach.