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In the Footsteps of the Incas

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Tour Pace: Comfortable
Sacred Valley, Peru
Tour Style: First Class
10 Days from $3,481 per person

Treading the paths of the Incas and their ancestors, we uncover the symbols of Peru, from Lake Titicaca to Machu Picchu, traveling in comfort to this World Heritage Site aboard the Vistadome train.

You'll enjoy Insider moments like… sailing across Lake Titicaca to the floating reed islands of the Uros Indians with an expert who introduces you to native villagers. You'll sample authentic tastes, such as the local favorite, chicha, a drink made by local women and served at a chicheria.

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  1. Bienvenidos a Lima. Upon arrival, you will be met by a local host and taken to your luxury hotel in fashionable Miraflores.
    hotel:Hilton Miraflores
  2. Enjoy a leisurely morning before meeting your Local Specialist for a city tour of Lima's highlights. See Lima's ancient districts and visit the Church of San Francisco. Explore the impressive underground catacombs along with a religious art museum and extensive library. Later, join your Travel Director for a guided walk through the Miraflores neighborhood. 

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  3. Fly to Cusco this morning. On the drive to the Sacred Valley, stop to meet a Shaman who will perform a Pago a la Tierra (Payment to Mother Earth) ceremony, an ancient ritual of the Andean culture and Cultural Insight to welcome you to Cusco and bless your trip. Afterward, stop to visit an animal rescue sanctuary, another Cultural Insight, in Cochahuasi where animals such as vicuñas, alpacas, llamas, and Andean condors are being protected and rehabilitated. You will also learn about the natural dyeing techniques used by native weavers as they show their various weaving styles and ways of dress, a Cultural Insight. Enjoy a box picnic lunch before exploring the vibrant handicraft market of Pisac. Visit a local chicheria to learn about chicha, a Cultural Insight and favorite drink of the Andes. Arrive at your luxurious valley retreat in the heart of the Andes this afternoon.
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    hotel:Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel and Wellness
  4. This morning, visit the Inca stronghold of Ollantaytambo before heading toward Machu Picchu aboard the Vistadome train (light snack included). Panoramic views of the valley and mountains are sure to delight. Once you arrive at this UNESCO World Heritage Site, explore the stunning ruins of this once-great fortress with a Local Specialist. Visit the great Temple of the Sun, the House of the Priest, the Sacred Plaza and the intricately carved Intihuatana. Later, if you're interested, a cooking class will be offered by the hotel's head chef where you learn how to prepare Peruvian ceviche and mix the perfect pisco sour. Dinner is served at the hotel this evening.
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    hotel:Sumaq Machu Picchu
  5. Return to Machu Picchu and continue exploring on your own. Perhaps hike up to the Gate of the Sun for stunning views. Travel back to the Sacred Valley by train where your evening is free to explore Cusco or simply enjoy the amenities of your elegant hotel.
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    hotel:Palacio del Inka, a Starwood Luxury Collection Hotel Authentic Accommodations
  6. Meet a Local Specialist and begin the day with a visit to Sacsayhuaman, an impressive site of ruins towering over Cusco and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then visit the Cathedral, a stunning example of colonial architecture that was completed in 1694 after over 100 years of construction. Also visit bohemian San Blas, a unique neighborhood with artisan shops and craft workshops. Stroll the cobblestone streets and admire the Incan Walls. Meet an anthropologist, your Local Specialist, from the renowned National University of Antonio Abad in Cusco and gain insight into Peru's history, geography and culture. Tonight, enjoy a your choice dining experience, giving you the option to dine at one of several local restaurants.
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  7. In the morning, fly to Juliaca where you will meet your Local Specialist to learn about daily life on the Peruvian Altiplano. After an included lunch, visit Sillustani, a lakeside pre-Incan burial ground to explore its chullpas (above ground tombs) before arriving in Puno along the shores of magnificent Lake Titicaca. Enjoy breathtaking views of the lake at sunset.
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    hotel:Libertador Lake Titicaca
  8. Cruise beautiful Lake Titicaca with a Local Specialist. Discover the floating islands constructed out of reeds by the Uros Indians. Set out for Taquile Island and a private tour where you'll meet local Quechua-speaking villagers, known for their knitting and weaving techniques. Learn more about the culture of the people living on the island and enjoy a Regional Meal luncheon. Tonight, dinner is at a favorite local restaurant in Puno.
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  9. This morning, your journey continues with a flight to Lima. Take advantage of some free time this afternoon. Tonight, experience one of Lima's most renowned museums after dark. Join a Local Specialist on a visit to the Larco Museum, full of pre-Columbian artifacts such as jewelry, ceramics and pots that offer insight into the cultures of ancient Peru. You'll then sit down to a gourmet Farewell Dinner of Peruvian dishes, as you overlook the museum's beautiful gardens; a night of great food and culture celebrating your Peruvian vacation.
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    hotel:Hilton Miraflores
  10. Say hasta luego to Peru and transfer to the airport for your flight home, or if you like, extend your stay at the Hilton Miraflores.
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Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $1,050.

Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $103 per person.

Land and Intra Air prices include economy air and air-related charges for flights between Lima-Cusco, Cusco-Juliaca and Juliaca-Lima and require purchase of round-trip air travel on LATAM airline between your gateway city and the itinerary's start and end gateway cities (ticket number required). If flying with another airline between your gateway city and the itinerary's start and end gateway cities, the above prices will be higher.

Note: On the train to Machu Picchu, only hand luggage (overnight bag) can be taken. Your suitcase will be securely stored and returned to you in Cusco.

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  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Most Meals Most Meals
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Personal Flight Options Personal Flight Options

Meal Summary

9 nights' accommodations, 9 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners.

Included Highlights

Hidden Treasure

  • Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

Cultural Insight

  • Meet a Shaman, visit an animal rescue sanctuary, a weaving center and a chicheria.

Be My Guest

  • Visit a local market with a young chef and enjoy a special lunch at his cooking school.

Authentic Accommodations

  • Spend the night in a Cusco mansion dating back over 500 years.

Local Specialist

  • For included sightseeing in Lima, Machu Picchu, Cusco, the Peruvian Altiplano, Lake Titicaca and at the Larco Museum.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Lima and Cusco
  • Visit an animal sanctuary in Cochahuasi, the outdoor market at Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Machu Picchu, historic Sacsayhuaman, and the Uros Islands
  • Cruise Lake Titicaca
  • Scenic drive through the Sacred Valley
  • Iconic train journey aboard the Vistadome train

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  • U.S. citizens traveling to Peru must have a current passport that is valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens entering Peru.

  • The currency in Peru is the Peruvian Sol. You can use your debit or credit card to pay in most places and will usually find a better exchange rate in Peru.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • One of the most enjoyable parts of traveling is sampling the local cuisine.  Peruvian food is a colorful mix of cultural influences and flavorful ingredients. Sample popular specialties including seafood ceviche – the country’s national dish –stir fried beef, potatoes with spicy cheese sauce, and stuffed peppers. And there’s nothing quite like a South American pisco sour cocktail prepared with lemon juice, egg white, and pisco liqueur.

    The hot and spicy nature of Peruvian food, created by ají and ajo (hot pepper and garlic), has become celebrated at home and abroad. Peruvians enjoy a wide variety of vegetables, with over 2000 kinds of indigenous and cultivated potatoes alone. Tropical fruits are abundant. And the seafood is incredible. Try ceviche and the local seabass, prepared in a variety of ways. Typical dishes made with scallops (conchitas), mussels (choros), octopus (pulpo) and shrimp (camarones) are plentiful and delicious. Try the popular specialties sopa criolla (spicy soup with beef and noodles) and ají de gallina (shredded chicken in a piquant cream sauce).  Rice and potatoes accompany virtually every dish here. Alfajores (wafer-thin spirals of shortbread dusted with icing sugar) are Peru’s most popular dessert. 

    You’ll also encounter a variety of interesting beverages.  Peru’s most famous drink is the pisco sour cocktail, made from a potent grape brandy. Chicha de jora (fermented red or yellow corn juice) and chicha morada (non-alcoholic purple corn juice) are popular drinks dating from Inca times. Peruvian beers and national wines are also good.

  • We suggest bringing a variety of comfortable, lightweight clothing that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress in Peru’s various regions. Sturdy walking shoes are important. Insect repellent and sunscreen may come in handy, as well as a light jacket and reusable water bottle. A more formal outfit will serve you if you plan on dining out in nicer restaurants.  Keep in mind that your shoulders and knees should be covered while visiting religious sites. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • There is no hard and fast rule about tipping when dining out in Peru. Some restaurants will add a service charge to the bill in which case there is no need to leave an additional tip. In upscale restaurants it is appropriate to leave 10 percent gratuity.

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity.  We recommend the equivalent of $4-5 per person/per day for your driver and $6-7 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 dollars per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions. 

EASTER ISLAND CRUISE

Surrender to the magnetic allure of the imposing Moai statues that stand watch over Easter Island and are a testament to the mysterious Rapa Nui people, who called this remote, tempestuous Pacific island home. Witness their sacred traditions and explore their enigmatic culture. 

This locally hosted post-itinerary extension is available in conjunction with Highlights of Peru, In the Footsteps of the Incas, Land of the Incas,South America Revealed, Cultures and Contrasts of South America, Wonders of Patagonia.

 

Day 1: Arrive Easter Island (2 Nights)
Arrive on Easter Island, the cradle of an enigmatic culture that persists to this day. Be greeted by your local host and transferred to your hotel. After checking in, enjoy a private guided excursion to Ahu Akivi. Ahus signify the site of a sacred ceremony that has taken place on the island. 
Hotel: Taha Tai or Rapa Nui

Day 2: Easter Island Sightseeing 
Enjoy a privately guided excursion as you drive to the southern coast and witness the perfectly preserved Ahu Vaihu in the Bay of Hang Te'e. Proceed to Rano Raraku, a quarry of almost 900 stone statues - 397 of which are still located at the slopes of the Rano Kau volcano. Visit Ahu Tongariki, the largest ahu on the island. Continue to the eastern coast and visit Ahu Te Pito Kura and the "Navel of the World." Afterward visit scenic Anakena beach where you have the opportunity to enjoy the splendor of the Pacific Ocean. 
Continental Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: Easter Island Sightseeing and Departure
This morning another private excursion takes you up to the extinct Rano Kau volcano, as you take in the majestic views of the whole island along the way. After, drive to the ceremonial village of Orongo where you can see spectacular petroglyphs related to the local culture. Enjoy breathtaking views of the three islets of Motu Nui, Motu Iti and Motu Kao Kao on the opposite coast. Drive down to Ahu Vinapu for further evidence of the pre-Incan architectural influence in present-day Easter Island. Stop at the Ana Kai Tangata to view its ornate paintings from the outside. Return to your hotel before being transferred to the airport for your flight later this afternoon.
Note:Sightseeing ends at 12p.m., please keep this in mind when booking your return flights. 
Continental Breakfast

2018 Pricing 

Highlights of Peru, In the Footsteps of the Incas, Land of the Incas, South America Revealed, Cultures and Contrasts of South America, Wonders of Patagonia:
$975 Per Person twin-share 
$350 Single Supplement

Please note that airfare to Easter Island is not included in the prices listed. Due to the flight schedule, an additional night in Santiago for either pre or post extensions is required and is included in the cost of the extension package. The hotel in Santiago will be the Vacation Inn Santiago Airport, except for guests on South America Landscapes, who will stay at the InterContinental Santiago. For guests on Best of South America no additional overnight is required. 

Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this extension. 

PERUVIAN AMAZON

Explore a lush wilderness and the magnificent river that sustains its extraordinary biodiversity. Delve into the depths of Peru's Amazon in search of mythical tribes and a myriad of enchanting creatures. Scarlet macaws, howler monkeys, and stealthy jaguars will offer a glimpse of their million-year-old rainforest home. 

This locally hosted pre-itinerary extension is only available in conjunction with Highlights of Peru, In the Footsteps of the Incas, Land of the Incas, and Contrasts of South America.  

Day 1: Arrive Lima
Fly to Lima, Peru (airfare not included). Upon arrival, you'll be met and escorted to your airport hotel. The rest of the day is free. 
Hotel: Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport

Day 2: Lima - Puerto Maldonado - Corto Maltes Amazonia (3 nights)
This morning fly to remote Puerto Maldonado, then enjoy a journey along the Madre de Rios River to your jungle lodge. Get your first taste of the rainforest as your expert guide introduces you to the trees, medicinal plants, insects, and animals that call the jungle home. Before dinner, take a short caiman-spotting expedition aboard a small boat.
Hotel: Corto Maltes Amazonia
Full Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Amazon Exploration
Enjoy breakfast, then watch monkeys cavorting among the trees of Monkey Island. A short boat ride takes you into the Tambopata Candamo National Reserve. Disembark and hike through the jungle, marveling at towering green walls of vegetation, the cacophony of birdcalls and the sunlight filtering though the canopy above. Arrive at lovely Sandoval Lake, where you may spot a variety of birds, monkeys, giant river otters, black caimans, and the elusive anaconda. Savor a sunset over the lake before heading back to your lodge for dinner. 
Full Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Amazon Exploration
Enjoy the morning at leisure to stroll the grounds or take a dip in the pool. Then immerse yourself in local culture with members of the Ese'eja tribe and visit a local farm to learn about traditional Amazonian agriculture. Later, relish your last dinner in the rainforest and watch the stars twinkle in the great night sky. 
Full Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Corto Maltes Amazonia - Puerto Maldonado - Lima
This morning enjoy a dawn excursion to a popular feeding area for multi-colored parrots. After breakfast, bid farewell to the Amazon and head back to Puerto Maldonado for your flight to Lima, where you join your guided vacation on Day 1.

2018 Pricing 

$925 Per Person twin-share
$50 Triple Room Discount
$250 Single Supplement 

Land and Intra Air: These prices include economy air and air-related charges for flights between Manaus and Rio de Janeiro for the pre-itinerary extension, and between Rio de Janeiro and Manaus for the post-itinerary option and require the purchase of an eligible guided vacation.

Please not that Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this extension.  

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