HIGHLIGHTS OF PERU
Lima to Lima
Peru is a fascinating country with incredible history, inspiring nature and an endearing hospitable culture. Discover spectacular scenery, learn of ancient civilizations and experience age-old skills and traditions. This comprehensive tour is an inclusive cultural immersion, with great food, and boutique-style accommodations.
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Lima | Machu Picchu | Cusco | Sacred Valley | Lake Titicana
• Round-trip airfare
• Plaza Premium airport lounge pass
• Domestic flights
• Eight nights 4-star hotel accommodations
• Eight breakfasts, four lunches, two dinners
• Sightseeing as per the itinerary
• Private motor coach transportation
• Local English speaking tour guide
• Entrances fees as per the itinerary
• Peru destination guidebook
• Merit Travel tour host**
• All taxes and gratuities
Level of support:
Merit Travel Hosted
Breakfast Incl. (B), Lunch Incl. (L), Dinner Incl.(D)
DAY 1 | Apr. 04, 2019 | TORONTO—LIMA
Depart Toronto to Lima.
Upon arrival in Lima early morning transfer to your hotel for check in.
Accommodations: Costa del Sol Wyndham Airport Hotel or similar
DAY 2 | Apr. 05, 2019 | LIMA - CUSCO (B, L)
Breakfast at your hotel. Check out of the hotel and transfer to the airport for your flight to Cusco.
Upon arrival, you will enjoy a visit to the Chinchero community located 28 km away from Cusco. In this community you will find the remains of what was the royal hacienda of Tupac Inca Yupanqui, as well as beautiful colonial temples built on Inca’s foundations. However, the main attraction is the Sunday market, originally dedicated to the people of the valley to barter their products. This colourful and lively market still fascinates people with its variety of handicrafts and textiles made in true pre-Columbian style.
Then transfer to “El Mirador de Racchi” where you will have a splendid view of the Sacred Valley.
Afterwards, enjoy a lunch, followed by the transfer to your hotel.
Accommodations (2 nights): Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness or similar
DAY 3 | Apr. 6, 2019 | YUCAY (B, D)
Breakfast at your hotel.
Morning visit to Ollantaytambo, a typical Inca community with an impressive fortress towering above the town. A stone stairway leads up through the terrace walls, allowing visitors to step out on them. One of the best-preserved areas lies north of the Hanan Huacaypata square, an area of 15 blocks of houses built on top of carved stone walls.
Enjoy dinner with your group at the hotel with wine!
DAY 4 | Apr. 7 2019 | YUCAY—AGUAS CALIENTES—CUSCO (B)
Breakfast at your hotel.
Transfer by bus to the train station of Ollantaytambo. Board the train that travels along the Urubamba valley on to Aguas Calientes. Upon arrival, board a bus that will drive up the steep mountain to the ruins of Machu Picchu.
Enjoy a guided visit of the ruins and then return by bus to Aguas Calientes to board the train to Ollantaytambo station. On arrival, you will transfer to your hotel in Cusco and check in.
Accommodations (2 nights): Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel or similar
Day 5 | Apr. 8, 2019 | CUSCO (B)
Breakfast at your hotel.
Enjoy a half-day city tour of Cusco with stops at the Plaza de Armas square, and the cathedral and the old town with its magnificent renovated colonial buildings. Then continue to Sacsayhuaman, a ruin site located approx. 3 km above Cusco, and enjoy the fabulous view over the city. Afterwards visit the surrounding ruins.
Remainder of the day at leisure.
DAY 6 | Apr. 9, 2019 | CUSCO—PUNO (B, L)
After breakfast, check out of your hotel and depart by coach to the city of Puno. The journey starts through the Peruvian highland along snow-covered peaks of the Andes, small villages and reaches its
highest point in La Raya at 4,300m above sea level. On route you will visit the town of Andahuaylillas, the ruins of Racchi and the small town of Pucara and enjoy lunch in a typical Peruvian restaurant.
Upon arrival in Puno transfer to your hotel for your overnight.
Accommodations: Hotel Libertador Lago Titicaca or similar
DAY 7 | Apr. 10, 2019 | PUNO—LIMA (B, L)
Breakfast at your hotel and check out.
In the morning you will transfer to Puno’s dock and depart towards the Uros Islands on Titicaca Lake. The Uros are 40 small floating islands made of packed totora (reed), located within the Titicaca National Reserve. Here the inhabitants of the lake, the Uros, live just as their ancestors did, maintaining their customs.
After visiting the Uros Islands, continue by boat to Taquile Island. There are no roads or electricity in Taquile and the locals have maintained their traditions and culture and many still wear traditional dresses. The Taquileños are known for their high-quality handicrafts, especially for the knitting, which is exclusively performed by males. In the main square there is a cooperative shop, selling woollen goods and hand-woven items, as well as a small church.
A typical lunch at Taquile Island is included.
In the afternoon transfer to the airport of Juliaca for your flight to Lima. Upon arrival in Lima transfer to the hotel.
Accommodations (2 nights): Hotel Casa Andina Premium Miraflores or similar
DAY 8 | Apr. 11, 2019 | LIMA (B, D)
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel and your morning at leisure.
In the afternoon you will explore the city of Lima including The Plaza de Armas with the beautiful buildings of the government Palace, the town hall, the Palace of the archbishop and the cathedral. Then visit the beautiful San Francisco monastery which displays the largest collection of religious art in America. The highlight of this convent is the visit of the underground vaults known as “catacumbas” or catacombs.
Proceed through the modern districts of San Isidro and Miraflores and to the coastline enjoying the view over the beaches of Lima and the Pacific ocean.
Afterwards enjoy a guided visit of one of the Lima’s most noted museums, the Rafael Larco Herrera Archaeological museum which houses the world’s largest private collection of Peruvian pre-Columbian art. The Halls of the Larco museum are organized by subjects. The Metals, Ceramics, the Stones, the Culture, the Great Jewelry Vault and Textile Halls emphasize the technological aspects by pre- Columbian cultures.
This evening enjoy a farewell dinner with wine at the hotel.
DAY 9 | Apr. 12, 2019 | LIMA—TORONTO (B)
Breakfast at your hotel then transfer to the airport for your flight home.
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