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Peruvian Legends

Package Includes

  • Small groups of 10-18 travelers guaranteed
  • Round trip international flights Miami-Lima
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Intra-flights Lima-Arequipa & Cuzco-Lima
  • 11 nights in First Class accommodations that evoke the local character
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers and sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned vehicles
  • 27 meals: 11 buffet breakfasts, 9 lunches & 7 dinners (including a home hosted lunch & dinner and welcome & farewell dinners)
  • Bottled water during sightseeing excursions. Bottled water, coffee, and tea with all meals. Beer and wine included with dinner
  • Vistadome train to Machu Picchu
  • Services of local English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Comprehensive, guided sightseeing and entrance fees per itinerary
  • Active itinerary with unique cultural features

Tour Highlights

  • Thanks to our small group size of 10-18 travelers, we can get to the heart of our destination, visit places that other tours miss, and get to know the locals.
  • Stroll the cobbled streets of Arequipa with your guide, and marvel at one of the finest centers of Spanish colonial architecture
  • Savor the scenery of the Colca Canyon and view the rare Andean condor
  • Cruise the world’s highest navigable lake, and visit the Uros people who live on its waters and the Aymara who live near its shores
  • View the vibrant costumes of Puno, the festival capital of Peru, during an exclusive talk about local celebrations
  • Meet local children and learn about their daily lives when we drop by a local school
  • Experience Sacsayhuamán to its fullest, with a private Peruvian panpipe performance
  • Uncover the mysteries of Machu Picchu’s temples, sanctuaries, and fortresses during a visit to this magnificent site
  • See the largest collection of Peruvian pre-Columbian art at the Larco Herrara Museum
  • Dine at the renowned Huaca Pucllana, with views of a 1,500-year-old pyramid site

This is an active trip. Our small group covers a lot of ground each day, and we spend 4-5 hours on our feet during tours. The pace is moderate, with 2 one-night stays, 3 two-nights stays, and 1 three-night stay. Two days require long transfers by shuttle bus. Some of our tours require walking over uneven surfaces or up and down steep slopes. We spend 3 nights in Cuzco at an altitude of 11,000 feet and 2 nights in Puno at 12,400 feet. We have many early mornings. This tour is not recommended for people who have difficulty walking or who have heart conditions.

DAY 1, Thursday - Depart the USA
Depart the USA for Peru. Your overnight flight includes meals, drinks, and in-flight entertainment for the journey

DAY 2, Friday - Arrive Lima/Fly to Arequipa
Connect in Lima for your flight to Arequipa with help from a Gate 1 representative. Upon arrival, meet your tour manager and transfer to your hotel. The balance of your day is free to explore this charming, colonial city. This evening, get your first taste of Peru with a pisco sour during a tour briefing. Then, get to know your fellow travelers during a welcome dinner of local cuisine
Overnight: Hotel Libertador, Arequipa
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Saturday - Explore Arequipa
Today, we explore this remarkable colonial city. Throughout the day, you will wonder why so many visitors to Peru overlook this glorious gem. Its beauty lies in its cultural purity; Arequipa’s remote location has allowed its Spanish-based culture to thrive with little outside influence. Much of the city’s breathtaking architecture was built with sillar, a white volcanic rock. The shimmering stone lends a bright air to the streets – and has earned the city the nickname “La Ciudad Blanca,” the White City. We’ll visit two striking 16th-century structures in the historic Plaza de Armas – the massive cathedral and the Santa Catalina Monastery, beloved for its vividly painted façades. We’ll also browse the local San Camilo Market, whose stalls overflow with colorful produce and textiles. Sample some local fruit here and mingle with farmers who cart in their harvest from the Andean countryside. Enjoy the evening at leisure
Overnight: Hotel Libertador, Arequipa
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 4, Sunday - Drive through Andean Hills to Colca & Discover Colca Canyon
Our scenic drive to Colca takes us into some of the most magnificent terrain you’re ever likely to see. En route we visit Colca Canyon, the world’s deepest at 13,650 feet – more than twice the depth of the Grand Canyon. The Colca River has carved this geologic wonder over millennia and some of the terraced hillsides we see pre-date Incan civilization. The canyon is home to the Andean condor and we’ll stop at a strategic location where we’re likely to see them soaring on the warm currents of air rising from the canyon floor. Continuing on, admire tiny villages on an unspoiled countryside of Andean hills and terraced farmlands sloping into vast valleys. Perhaps you will see shepherds, some of who are descended from indigenous tribes like the Collagua and Cabana, tending to their alpaca. Upon arrival in Colca, we settle into our luscious accommodations at Colca Lodge. The land here is fed by hot springs, and there will be time to relax in its thermo-medicinal baths. Tonight, turn your gaze upward to a blanket of stars at the property’s observatory
Overnight: Colca Lodge & Spa, Colca
Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Monday - Visit Sillustani Tombs & Puno
Another magnificent day in the midst of Andean beauty. En route to Puno, we visit the Sillustani tombs and view the cylindrical, above-ground chambers called “chullpa.” In pre-Inca times, they served as burial houses for entire families. Our drive also passes by Lake Lagunillas, home to a variety of birdlife, llama, sheep, and vicuña. By afternoon, we arrive in Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world. Enjoy the vista from your water-view room
Overnight: Puno Libertador, Puno
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Tuesday - Explore Lake Titicaca Villages & Uros Islands
Get a close-up view of life in rural Peru today as we visit some nearby villages. At Copamaya, we gain a more intimate view of farming fields during a short hike. Next, we stop in Luquina to visit with the humble Aymara people. We’ve been invited to lunch with them on food they have grown themselves; during our stay we’ll learn about their local festivals, dances, and costumes. Later, we embark on a small boat for a visit to the remarkable Floating Islands of the Uros people on Lake Titicaca. Back at the hotel, learn more about local festivals and customs during an informative discussion
Overnight: Puno Libertador, Puno
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 7, Wednesday - Visit Raqchi
This will be a long and rewarding touring day as we travel to the Sacred Valley, making several interesting stops amidst the Andes' scenic splendor along the way. After a picnic lunch, with breathtaking vistas as our backdrop, visit Raqchi, one of the holiest sites in the Inca Empire. This temple complex was enormous in its heyday and drew worshipers in the thousands. By day’s end, we arrive at our hotel, a chalet-style mountain retreat
Overnight: Casa Andina Private Collection Sacred Valley, Urubamba
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Thursday - Discover Chinchero & Ollantaytambo
Throughout southern Peru, locals strive to keep the tradition of back-strap weaving alive. Today, we’ll witness this surviving ancient art firsthand in the small village of Chinchero. A demonstration by some local women illustrates intricate techniques and the coloring of the wool with natural dyes. Share your observations about the craft over lunch. Then visit the town of Ollantaytambo, home to the ruins of an Incan Emperors' Royal estate. During the Spanish invasion of Peru, this estate became a stronghold of Incan resistance and was the site of a rare Incan victory over the Spanish conquistadors. If time permits there may be a visit to a local school in Urubamba
Overnight: Casa Andina Private Collection Sacred Valley, Urubamba
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Friday - Explore Machu Picchu
Today, discover the crowning achievement of Inca ingenuity. After an early start from our hotel, we board a Vistadome train to Aguas Calientes. Once at Machu Picchu, there will be time for an overview from our guide, followed by an opportunity to explore the granite temples, sanctuaries, and residences on your own. These structures were built with such precision – and many of them without mortar – it’s said that even a blade of grass cannot be inserted between their stones. It is a glorious monument to a lost civilization. After a fascinating day, continue to our hotel in the heart of Cuzco
Overnight: Hotel Novotel Cusco, Cuzco
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 10, Saturday - Tour Cuzco/Enjoy Home-Hosted Dinner
All of Cuzco is right outside your door this morning. Though its Spanish structures clearly mark it as a colonial town, its Inca roots are literally at your feet; many buildings were erected on Inca foundations. Today, with its narrow cobbled streets and dramatic Andean setting, Cuzco is a walker’s delight. We visit the Cathedral of Cuzco, home not only to the faithful but also to a major collection of colonial art. Later, stop at the Koricancha, or Golden Temple. During our stay, imagine its walls adorned with plates of gold – as they were in Inca times. Later, we’re the guests of a Cuzco area family for dinner. Maybe one of the country’s hundreds of varieties of potato will be on the menu!
Overnight: Hotel Novotel Cusco, Cuzco
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11, Sunday - Visit Sacsayhuaman/Enjoy Panpipes at Kenko/Cooking Class
Today we journey outside the city to the incredible hillside fortress of Sacsayhuamán. The site is protected by a trio of colossal walls that zig-zag alongside each other for more than 1,000 feet. From the air, the complex resembles the head of a puma. Later, we stop at Kenko, a “huaca” or holy place where sacrifices were held. While here, get insight into the workings of a shaman and tap your foot to the rhythms of Peruvian panpipes music during a private performance. Next, we learn about local cuisine during a cooking class, and enjoy the results for lunch. Our day ends at the Almudena cemetery, where we learn about local burial customs
Overnight: Hotel Novotel Cusco, Cuzco
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 12, Monday - Fly to Lima/Enjoy City Tour
Transfer to the airport after breakfast for your flight to Lima. Upon arrival, enjoy lunch before perusing the pre-Columbian art collection at the Larco Herrara Museum, housed in a vice-royal mansion built over a seventh-century pyramid. This afternoon, our panoramic tour of Lima includes the bustling Plaza de Armas, the Government Palace, and the Cathedral where Francisco Pizarro is entombed. Our farewell dinner is at the renowned Huaca Pucllana in the trendy Miraflores district, with views of a 1,500-year-old pyramid site
Overnight: Sol de Oro, Lima
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13, Tuesday - Depart for the USA
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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