Land of the Incas

Discover the treasures of Lima and uncover the archaeological site of Machu Picchu on this Country Explorer trip. Explore the vastness of Peru-traced from its Pacific edge to the mountain fortresses of the Incas and the shimmering blue of South America’s largest lake, the birthplace of the sun.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Lima

The Capital of the New World extends a warm welcome on your epic voyage through the iconic and unexpected highlights of Peru. Meet your local host on arrival and transfer to your hotel in the fashionable barrio of Miraflores. This evening, you’ll join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception at 6 p.m.

Hotel: Novotel Lima, 2 nights

Day 2: Lima Sightseeing

Ease in to Lima life with a leisurely morning to enjoy the city. Next, you’ll connect with the colonial heritage of Francisco Pizzaro’s “City of Kings”, joining your Local Specialist for a city tour that reveals Lima’s colonial splendour. Admire the UNESCO-listed Historic Centre and see the Church of San Francisco, delving into its hidden catacombs, religious art museum and extensive library. Later, you’ll embark on a scenic walk through Miraflores with your Travel Director and soak up the local sights and sounds.

Day 3: Lima – Cusco – Sacred Valley

We’ll fly to Cusco this morning, the gateway to Peru’s treasured Sacred Valley, where you will enjoy a local Peruvian lunch with sweeping views of the Sacred Valley. Then we’ll ‘Dive into Culture’, meeting a Shaman who will perform a special ceremony to welcome us to Peru. Tonight, you’ll stay in a hotel along the banks of the Vilcanota River, on the grounds of an old 17th-century colonial hacienda. It is great for morning birders and afternoon walks in the gardens.

Hotel: Aranwa Sacred Valley, 2 nights

Day 4: Sacred Valley

‘Connect with Locals’ over a ‘Be My Guest’ lunch, learn about the culture surrounding the production of Giant White Corn. Our hosts will demonstrate the differences between traditional farming techniques and the newer technologies used today. Revel in the romance of the local Marinera dance and local musicans. This evening, meet ‘Local Specialist’, Peter Frost, a writer, photographer and independent scholar who has explored the Andes and Amazon for 47 years, locating and investigating the previously unknown Inca and pre-Inca site of Qoriwayrachina. He currently resides in Peru and works as an accompanying expert for National Geographic Expeditions.

Day 5: Sacred Valley – Machu Picchu

Visit the mystical Incan stronghold of Ollantaytambo, en route to Machu Picchu, a village in the Sacred Valley, set on the Urubamba River amid majestic mountains. It’s known for the Ollantaytambo ruins, a massive Inca fortress with large stone terraces on a hillside. Then, ascend to the Lost City in the Clouds aboard the Vistadome train (light snack included). Here you will delve into the mysteries of this once-great civilisation, joining your ‘Local Specialist’ for an exploration of the temples, palaces and terraces whose construction defy imagination. Visit the iconic great Temple of the Sun, the House of the Priest, the Sacred Plaza and the intricately carved Intihuatana, most likely used as a sundial centuries ago. We return to our hotel where we’ll dine tonight.

Hotel: Sumaq Machu Picchu

Day 6:Machu Picchu – Cusco

The ruins of Machu Picchu beckon yet again and we enjoy one final opportunity to reconnect with its story, spending some time on our own to explore the hill-top fortress. Next, we’ll journey back to the Sacred Valley by train, stopping en route to Cusco to ‘Dive into Culture’ and learn about the natural dyeing techniques used by native weavers. Visit the Pisac handicraft market followed by sampling the sweet flavours of chicha as we ‘Dive into Culture’ yet again, savouring the favourite drink of the Andes. Then a ‘Stay with a Story’ tonight in what was once an old, colonial Hacienda located in the historic center of Cusco.

Hotel: Novotel Cusco, 2 nights

Day 7: Cusco Sightseeing

Begin your day at the ruins of the UNESCO-listed Sacsayhuaman fortress overlooking Cusco. Your Local Specialist will guide you through Cusco’s colonial centre. Later, you’ll join another Local Specialist who will reveal insights into the nearby 13th century Incan settlement of Qoriwayrachina. The afternoon is free.

Day 8: Cusco Sightseeing – Juliaca – Puno

Fly to Juliaca and meet a Local Specialist to learn about daily life on the Peruvian altiplano. After an included lunch, we’ll visit Sillustani, a pre-Incan burial ground on the shores of Lake Umayo. Explore the towering chullpas (above ground tombs) before travelling to Puno along the shores of Lake Titicaca, the birthplace of the sun.

Hotel: GHL Hotel Lago Titicaca, 2 nights

Day 9: Lake Titicaca Excursion

Cruise the deep blue waters of Lake Titicaca with a ‘Local Specialist’, passing floating islands constructed by the Uros Indians. Next, in the midst of South America’s largest lake lies Taquile Island, where we’ll embark on a private tour to gain insights into the tradition of knitting and weaving for which the local villagers-men and women-are renowned. Enjoy a lunch here and learn more about the islanders’ unique way of life upon islets make of totora reeds, which grow in the lake, and are attached to sticks driven into the bottom of the lake. Tonight, we indulge in a Trafalgar highlight-a Regional Dinner at our favourite local restaurant in Puno.

Day 10: Puno – Juliaca – Lima – Paracas

Return to Lima this morning, then continue your journey to the coastal playground of Paracas. Discover what life is like in Peru’s rural countryside before arriving to Paracas for dinner at your seaside hotel and an evening at leisure. Perhaps there’s even time for a stroll along the Malecon?

Hotel: Aranwa Paracas Resort and Spa, 2 nights

Day 11: Paracas – Nazca Lines Flight

Take to the skies, soaring above the coastal desert to see the enigmatic Nazca Lines, gigantic geometric designs viewable only from the air. Next, stop this afternoon at the Regional Museum of Ica where we’ll explore the centuries-old cultures of the Paracas and Nazca. ‘Dive into Culture’ during a visit to Bodega El Catador to learn about and taste the finest pisco in the country. The rest of the day is free.

Day 12: Paracas – Ballestas Islands – Lima

This morning, connect with nature, cruising around the uninhabited Ballestas Islands, a “mini-Galapagos” teeming with wildlife. See the mysterious Candelabra in Pisco Bay, then return to Lima where this evening, we’ll visit the Larco Museum with a Local Specialist. Our journey almost at its end, we’ll indulge in a festive Farewell Dinner in the museum’s garden restaurant.

Hotel: Novotel Lima

Day 13: Depart Lima

Say hasta luego to Peru and its ancient treasures, and take transfer to the airport for your flight home or consider extending your holiday in Lima at the Novotel Lima.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
January: 20$5,825.00$7,950.00
February: 10$6,050.00$8,175.00
March: 16$6,050.00$8,175.00
April: 06$6,275.00$8,400.00
April: 20$6,050.00$8,175.00
May: 04, 11, 18$6,050.00$8,175.00
June: 01, 15, 22$6,050.00$8,175.00
July: 06, 13, 27$6,050.00$8,175.00
August: 10, 31$6,050.00$8,175.00
September: 14$6,075.00$8,200.00
September: 28$6,125.00$8,250.00
October: 05, 12, 26$5,975.00$8,100.00
November: 09, 30$5,975.00$8,100.00
2021 Dates & Prices
January: 25$5,495.00$7,070.00
February: 22$5,495.00$7,070.00
March: 15$5,625.00$7,200.00
April: 12$5,625.00$7,200.00
April: 26$5,675.00$7,250.00
May: 10, 24$5,725.00$7,300.00
June: 07, 14, 28$5,725.00$7,300.00
July: 05, 12$5,725.00$7,300.00
August: 16$5,725.00$7,300.00
September: 06, 13, 20$5,725.00$7,300.00
October: 04, 18$5,725.00$7,300.00
November: 15$5,675.00$7,250.00
December: 06$5,675.00$7,250.00
2022 Dates & Prices
January: 17$5,925.00$7,500.00
February: 14$5,925.00$7,500.00
March: 14$5,925.00$7,500.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 12 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners
Transport:Luxury air-conditioned coach
Flights:Air Ticket: Lima - Cusco - Juliaca - Lima
Rail:Journey aboard the Vistadome train
Accommodation: 12 nights accommodation
Guide: An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Legacy of the Incas

Peru is one of the great originating centers of ancient culture, and on this holiday, you’ll discover its archaeological treasures, visit its ancient ruins, and learn about its ancient culture. A highlight of your holiday 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. Some of the stones used to build the fortress weigh more than 350 tons, and the stones were fit so tightly together that a piece of paper will not fit between the stones. Try to figure out how it was built without the help of modern technology and machinery! While at the ruins, experience a Mother Earth ceremony by a local shaman to thank Mother Earth and to ask for good health and safe travels.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive In Lima, Peru

Welcome to Lima! Meet your Tour Director upon arrival.

Hotel: Casa Andina Premium Miraflores, 2 nights

Day 2: 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 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 travelling companions at one of Lima’s finest historic homes, Casa Garcia Alvarado.

Day 3: 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 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, jewellery, or hand-painted ornamental dishes and vases. Stay in the Sacred Valley tonight, and enjoy a special dinner at the hotel.

Hotel: Casa Andina Premium Valle Sagrado

Day 4: Sacred Valley – Machu Picchu

This morning, visit the Inca Fortress of Ollantaytambo, followed by the opportunity to visit a 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.

Hotel: Sumaq Hotel

Day 5: 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.

Hotel: Casa Andina Premium Cusco, 2 nights

Day 6: 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..

Day 7: Cusco – Juliaca – Puno (Lake Titicaca)

Board a flight to Juliaca, where you will continue to Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca.

Hotel: Libertador Lake Titicaca, 2 nights

Day 8: 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.

Day 9: 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, 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.

Hotel: Casa Andina Premium Miraflores

Day 10: 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 305 metre (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.

Hotel: Doubletree Resort by Hilton Paracas

Day 11: 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.

Hotel: Casa Andina Premium Miraflores

Day 12: Depart Lima

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
January: 07$6,595.00$7,869.00
February: 18$6,595.00$7,869.00
March: 31$6,595.00$7,869.00
April: 28$6,595.00$7,869.00
May: 12$6,595.00$7,869.00
June: 23$6,595.00$7,869.00
July: 07$6,595.00$7,869.00
September: 29$6,595.00$7,869.00
October: 13, 27$6,595.00$7,869.00
November: 10$6,595.00$7,869.00
2021 Dates & Prices
January: 19$7,621.00Price on Application
April: 27$7,621.00Price on Application
April: 26$5,675.00Price on Application
June: 22$7,621.00Price on Application
September: 28$7,621.00Price on Application
October: 12, 26$7,621.00Price on Application
November: 09$7,621.00Price on Application
Inclusions 
Meals: 11 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 8 dinners
Transport:Luxury air-conditioned coach
Flights:Air Ticket: Lima - Cusco - Juliaca - Lima
Rail:Journey aboard the Vistadome train
Accommodation: 11 nights accommodation
Guide: Professional Tour Director
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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