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.
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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 & Prices||Twin Share||Solo Traveller|
|October: 13, 27||$6,595.00||$7,869.00|
|2021 Dates & Prices|
|January: 19||$7,621.00||Price on Application|
|April: 27||$7,621.00||Price on Application|
|April: 26||$5,675.00||Price on Application|
|June: 22||$7,621.00||Price on Application|
|September: 28||$7,621.00||Price on Application|
|October: 12, 26||$7,621.00||Price on Application|
|November: 09||$7,621.00||Price on Application|
|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.