Peru: Ancient Land of Mysteries, 11 Days
Deal Number 5409104
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Discover Peru's archeological treasures as you travel through the soaring Andes to the spectacular Incan city of Machu Picchu.
Duration 11 days
Company Collette Tours
Availability Valid for selected departures 1 January 2019 - 30 April 2020
Call 1300 018 390
- 11 day tour departing Lima
- 10 nights accommodation in Hotels
- 17 meals including breakfast daily
- Services of a professional Tour Manager
- Transport by private motor coach
- Valid for selected departures 1 January 2019 - 30 April 2020
Lima - Cuzco - Sacred Valley of the Incas - Ollantaytambo - Machu Picchu - Puno - Uros Floating Islands - Las Chullpas de Sillustani - Lake Titicaca
Day 1 Lima.
Welcome to Peru, one of the treasures of South America. Travel through this intriguing land visiting some of the world's most legendary sites, including Machu Picchu, the "Lost City of the Incas." Arrive in Lima, the "City of Kings."
Day 2 Lima.
Discover Lima's fascinating history during a tour through the historic city centre, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Admire the artwork at San Francisco Monastery and enter the catacombs. View the Government Centre, the elegant Cathedral at Plaza de Armas, an abundance of colonial architecture, and the fashionable suburbs of San Isidro and Miraflores for insight into the daily life of the Limenos. Then, you will visit the Casa de Aliaga - former house of the conquistador Jeronimo de Aliaga y Ramirez - where the energy of colonial and republican Lima comes to life. This evening, get to know your fellow travellers during a welcome dinner with a tasting menu of artfully crafted Peruvian dishes and drinks; you will quickly discover why Peru has been named the world's top food travel destination four years in a row. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.
Day 3 Lima to Cuzco to Sacred Valley of the Incas.
Fly to Cuzco, in the heart of the Inca civilisation. Journey through the Andes to the majestic Sacred Valley of the Incas, the agricultural centre of their grand empire. Learn the centuries-old methods of spinning, dyeing and weaving traditional textiles during a visit to Awana Kancha, a living museum of the Peruvian Andes. After a short lesson on the local language, stop in Pisac village to browse the colourful handicraft market. Settle in this evening at your hotel nestled in the heart of the Sacred Valley. The rest of the evening is yours perhaps you'll take this opportunity to discover your hotel's planetarium to gaze at the stars. Today breakfast will be included.
Day 4 Sacred Valley of the Incas to Ollantaytambo to Sacred Valley of the Incas.
This morning, visit the spectacular Ollantaytambo ruins, the only Incan settlement that has been continually inhabited since its inception. A uniquely terraced complex topped with carved stone panels, these ruins reflect ancient Incan architecture and heritage. Then, head to the Pablo Seminario Ceramic Studio where you'll get first-hand knowledge of this internationally renowned artist's techniques and designs, inspired by ancient Peruvian cultures. Experience the lifestyle of the modern Andean people and delve into their culture when you travel to a nearby Quechua community and interact with the locals. You'll get a true taste of their daily life when participating in small group workshops that teach you traditional methods of growing, harvesting and weaving. Celebrate their culture as you learn their dances and listen to their musical instruments before enjoying a home-hosted farm-to-table lunch featuring local specialities. Tonight, savour an authentic Pachamanca dinner, a unique process where food is placed on hot stones and buried in the ground to cook. Today breakfast, lunch and dinner will be included.
Day 5 Sacred Valley of the Incas to Machu Picchu.
Climb aboard the Machu Picchu Vistadome train for breathtaking views through domed windows as you ride through the Andes to the "Lost City of the Incas." Hidden by mountains and semi-tropical jungle, Machu Picchu is considered the most spectacular sight in South America. Spend the afternoon with your guide uncovering the mysteries of these majestic ruins. Tonight, stay at the base of Machu Picchu for a chance to further soak up its atmosphere. Enjoy an exclusive culinary demonstration before enjoying an award-winning tasting menu at your resort. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.
Day 6 Machu Picchu to Cuzco.
With leisure time this morning you may take an optional tour to return to Machu Picchu and view the sunrise or explore the local markets in Aguas Calientes on your own. Return by Vistadome train to the Sacred Valley. Visit the Sacred Valley Brewing Company, a not-for-profit brewery created to support a local orphanage. Taste these Andean-inspired craft beers and learn about their drive to support their community before continuing to Cuzco, a city that blends Inca and Spanish colonial influences. Today breakfast will be included.
Day 7 Cuzco.
This morning it's your choice Follow a local guide on a walking tour of the city from your hotel or choose to board your coach for a comprehensive tour of the city's main sites. Both tours will take you on a journey through this former capital of the Incan Empire to experience the architectural legacy visible in the Cathedral, Santo Domingo and Plaza de Armas, and the central market. Enjoy the afternoon to explore Cuzco on your own. Later, gather together and travel above the city to discover the important sacred Incan ruins of Sacsayhuaman Fortress. Enjoy a toast at sunset while overlooking the city before returning to the heart of Cuzco where you are treated to an authentic dinner highlighting local flavours. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.
Day 8 Cuzco to Puno.
This morning, fly to Puno, hugging the shores of Lake Titicaca. Known as the birthplace of the Inca Empire, ancient legends say that life began here. Have time to meet the locals and discover the history of this region as you explore the village centre before checking into your lakeside hotel. Tonight, enjoy an evening at leisure. Today breakfast will be included.
Day 9 Uros Floating Islands to Las Chullpas de Sillustani to Lake Titicaca.
The Titicaca area, steeped in tradition and folklore, is the centre of Incan legends. Enjoy a morning cruise to the floating islands of the Uros people of Lake Titicaca. Experience walking on the spongy surface made from compacted beds of tortora reeds and meet the locals, learning about their history and lifestyle. Later, mingle with some local residents during an authentic home-hosted lunch where you'll taste regional specialities and engage in lively conversation. In the afternoon, visit the mystical Chullpas de Sillustani - an archaeological area boasting 13th-century funerary monuments. Participate in a local home visit to gain insight into daily life. Today breakfast and lunch will be included.
Day 10 Puno to Lima.
As your tour comes to a close, spend the morning relaxing on the shores of Lake Titicaca before flying to Lima. Upon arrival we head to the Larco Museum, a former mansion built on the site of a pre-Columbian temple. The museum offers a collection of over 3,000 years of ceramic, textile, and precious metal artefacts. After this incredible trip through history, your tour concludes with a sumptuous farewell dinner on the grounds of the museum. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.
Day 11 Lima.
Your tour comes to a close today. Today breakfast will be included.
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