Peru's classic Incan sights and cities meet experiences like sailing to Ballestas Islands, known as the mini-Galapagos, home to unique and elusive wildlife.
You'll enjoy Insider moments like… flying over the prehistoric Nazca Lines—enigmatic geometric designs etched in the coastal desert sand, over such a vast distance that they can only be seen from the air.
Enjoy a leisurely morning before meeting your Local Specialist for a city tour of Lima's highlights. Enjoy 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 scenic walk through the Miraflores neighborhood.
Fly to Cusco this morning. On the drive to the Sacred Valley, stop to meet a Shaman who will perform a special ceremony and Cultural Insight to welcome you to Peru. Enjoy a farm-to-table Be My Guest lunch, where you will learn about the culture surrounding the production of giant white corn. Your hosts will demonstrate the different farming techniques of years past, and the newer technologies used today. Enjoy a traditional dance of the Marinera on the property, and experience the showmanship of the Peruvian Paso horses. Later explore the vibrant handicraft market of Pisac and visit a local chicheria to learn about chica, a Cultural Insight and favorite drink of the Andes.
11 nights' accommodations, 11 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 7 dinners.
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Crossovers: These departures will operate as per the 2016 itinerary; hotels and inclusions may vary.
Festival Departures: A Christmas celebration is arranged for this departure.
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 $1,375.
Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip.
Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $124 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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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.
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.
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.
$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.
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.
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.
Tread lightly through another world - a moonscape unencumbered by humans and home to giant tortoises, Sally Lightfoots, and marching blue-footed boobies. Hop between the volcanic islands of the extraordinary Galapagos, into a land of magic and myths, and to the Middle of the World to touch an imaginary divide.
Day 1: Lima - Quito (2 Nights)
Fly to Quito where you will be greeted at the airport and taken to your hotel.
Hotel: Hilton Colon Quito
Day 2: Quito Sightseeing
Visit the historical center of the city, the first place in the world to be designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then travel to the "Middle of the World: and stand on the Equator. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Day 3: Quito - Galapagos Cruise (4 Nights)
Arrive at Baltra airport and the Itabaca Channel to take a ferry across to Santa Cruz Island. A short ride takes you through the highlands of Santa Cruz Islands to enjoy a refreshing lunch, and then continue to Puerto Ayora. Afterwards, visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and the giant tortoise pens within an impressive giant prickly-pear cactus forest home to many land birds. Then enjoy the Captain's welcome cocktails and dinner.
Yacht Isabella II
Full Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4: Cruise to South Plaza Island
Visit Santa Fe Island where the small, tranquil Bahia Barrington is home to green sea turtles and spotted eagle rays. This afternoon, see South Plaza Island, home to the famed Galapagos sea lions, yellow-gray land iguanas, and the unusual prickly-pear cactus tree.
Full Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5: North Seymour and Santa Cruz Island
Land near a long sandy beach on North Seymour Island, where sea lions and marine iguanas hang out on the rocks. Later cruise to Santa Cruz Island where you will swim and snorkel at Las Bachas, a saltwater lagoon and important feeding ground for flamingos.
Full Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6: Bartolome and Santiago Islands
Visit the breathtaking landscape of Bartolome Island. Hike to the island's summit for impressive views. The island is home to the Galapagos penguin, the only species of penguin to live near the equator. Later arrive at Sullivan Bay and enjoy dinner with a farewell cocktail this evening.
Full Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 7: Baltra Island - Depart Guayaquil
Transfer to Baltra Airport for your flight to Guayaquil where you will be assisted with your connection to your international flight (airfare not included) or transferred to the Guayaquil hotel should you wish to extend your stay.
$4,625 Per Person twin-share
$3,495 Children under 12 years old
$3,495 Single Supplement
Price Includes: Galapagos National Park Fee, Galapagos Transit Control Card, and all taxes and tips to shipboard personnel and cruise guides while on the cruise.
Land and Intra Air: These prices include economy air and air-related charges for flights between Lima-Quito, Quito-Galapagos, and Galapagos-Guayaquil and require the purchase of an eligible guided vacation plus round-trip air travel on LATAM between your gateway city and the itinerary's start and end gateway cities (ticket number required). If you are traveling internationally on another airline, the above prices will be higher.
Airport arrival is at 3:30 p.m., please keep this in mind when booking your flights.
Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.
Adult Price: $64.00 | Child Price: $52.00
La Dama Juana Restaurant combines typical Peruvian food with traditional folkloric dancing. The food is served buffet-style in clay pots. As you dine, watch the energetic dancers perform colonial and Inca ceremonial dances. The costumes are colorful and the music is lively. This optional experience can only be offered to guests that arrive to the hotel by 3pm on Day 1 of your guided vacation or have purchased extra nights. Total duration approximtely about 3 hours. (No Minimum)
Adult Price: $22.00 | Child Price: $22.00
The Magic Circuit of the Water is the world's largest fountain complex of beautiful interactive fountains featuring swaying water, colored lights and lasers dancing with the music. The Magic Fountain forces water to a height of more than 250 feet (80 meters). This optional experience is available Wednesday to Sunday. Total duration approximately 2 ½ hours. This optional experience can only be offered to guests that arrive to the hotel by 3pm on Day 1 of your guided vacation or have purchased extra nights. (No Minimum)
Adult Price: $80.00 | Child Price: $75.00
Visit Moray, the Inca agricultural greenhouse or laboratory that consists of four platforms that seem to disappear into a crater. At a depth of 500 feet (150 meters), the overlapping concentric circular stone rings widen as they rise. It was an experimental location the Incas used to study the adaptation of plants with agriculture. Next is the village of Maras, renowned for its ancient salt mines and wells. The salt has been used for economic purposes since the time of the Inca. You will meet the villagers who explain ancient salt mining techniques and have a chance to participate. Total duration approximately 4 hours. (Minimum 5 Guests)
Adult Price: $35.00 | Child Price: $31.00
Pachacamac is located around 30 km (19 mi) south of Lima and was constructed around 700 A.D. It was the most important ceremonial center on the Peruvian Coast during the pre-Inca and Inca period. The early inhabitants came here to worship and give offerings to their God “Pachacamac”, who was believed to be the creator of the world and all its creatures. The site includes several clay buildings including palaces, plazas and temples. This optional experience can only be offered if you have purchased post-stay nights. Total duration approximately 3 hours. Not available on Mondays. (No Minimum)
Adult Price: $65.00 | Child Price: $55.00
Visit 17th century Piquillacta, a pre-Inca citadel built by the Wari people, featuring an elusive history and bizarre architecture. Afterward, head to Andahuaylillas to see San Pedro Church, a perfect example of Peru’s colonial architecture and often referred to as the Andean Sistine Chapel. Total duration approximately 4 hours. (Minimum 4 Guests)
Adult Price: $52.00 | Child Price: $52.00
Visit the Choco Museum where you will learn the Peruvian chocolate making process from the cacao bean to the chocolate bar. You will participate in making the chocolate and experience the true feeling of a chocolate maker. Space is limited and total duration approximately 2 ½ to 3 hours. (Minimum 4 Guests)
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