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Peruvian Expedition

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People to People International Invites you to join our delegation on a once in a lifetime expedition to Peru.

For the first time, People to People is offering a once in a lifetime expedition to visit Peru from May 7th to May 18th, 2018. Come join us as we will not only explore Machu Picchu but dive deeper into Peruvian culture consisting of experiencing and learning about the indigenous communities during the ancient and present times. This trip will take you beyond the tourist areas and will be like no other in that local experts will take the time to provide in-depth knowledge and guidance to make sure this is a trip you will never forget.


Quick Itinerary

Day 1 Lima Arrival Day
Day 2 Lima / Lima Highlights
Day 3 Fly Lima - Cusco / Cusco Highlights
Day 4 Sacred Valley of the Incas / Ollantaytambo
Day 5 Ollantaytambo Archaeological Park / Train Aguas Calientes
Day 6 Machu Picchu / Train Cusco
Day 7 Cusco Free Day
Day 8 Cusco - Puno Overland
Day 9 Lake Titicaca Full Day / Puno
Day 10 Sillustani / Transfer Juliana / Fly Juliaca- Lima
Day 11 Lima Departure Day

Itinerary

Day 1 Lima Arrival Day (L,D)

Today is arrival day of your trip and Adventures to Peru welcomes you to the ‘City of Kings’. Upon arrival to the Lima airport (TBD arrival) you’ll come through Peruvian immigration, collect you luggage then exit the arrival area after passing Peruvian Customs. There will be lots of people holding signs and offering you transportation. Here, Adventures to Peru will greet you and accompany you to a waiting vehicle for a private transfer to your hotel for the day.

Check in, enjoy a Pisco Sour and the lively atmosphere in Lima. Your local Lima host will contact you today in the hotel and indicate a meeting time for tomorrow morning to give you a complete orientation briefing.

Overnight in Lima
3* Accommodation: Hotel Tierra Viva Larco Miraflores, Hotel Casa Andina Classic or similar
Elevation: 50m
 

Day 2 Lima Highlights / Lima Free Day (B,L,D)

This morning after breakfast (TBD meeting time) you’ll meet briefly with your Lima coordinator to go over the trip in detail and to answer all of your questions.

After the meeting you’ll be collected from the Miraflores hotel (TBD departure) and set off in private transportation to discover the Peruvian Capital on a private 4-hour Highlights of Lima excursion.

You’ll head directly to the Historic District of Lima and the San Francisco Convent and catacombs, a true 16th century architectural gem. In route to the Plaza Mayor you’ll pass the impressive Plazas San Martin (San Martin Square) and Plaza Grau. In the main plaza, see the City Hall, the Government’s Palace and the Archbishops Palace and the main Basilica Cathedral. After San Francisco you guide will lead you to the 11:45am Changing of the Guard ceremony in the Plaza Mayor (main plaza).

Following San Francisco and Lima’ Plaza Mayor you’ll take a short visit to Lima’s Central Market, located just around the corner from ‘El Barrio Chino’, or China Town. Spend about ½ hour exploring the market where inside the main building you find the food market with fresh fruits and vegetables, meat from rabbit to guinea pig to whole pigs, fish and seafood, groceries of all kinds and little food stands where 'Mamá or 'Jefe' cooks a simple, but fresh and delicious menu for a few Soles.

The tour continues passing the ‘Desamparados’ train station, and Exposition park, then on through the modern district of San Isidro passing the famous ‘Parque los Olivos’ or Olive Grove Park, where Spanish conquistadores planted hundreds of olive trees, then to the district of Miraflores where you’ll get a glimpse of the ‘Huaca Pucllana’, a pre-Inca adobe pyramid smack in the middle of the bustling city.

Following the Huaca Pucllana swing by the Parque del Amor for a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean before returning to your Miraflores hotel for an afternoon and evening at your leisure where you’ll be free to explore around Miraflores.

This afternoon and evening you’ll be free to explore around Miraflores and Barranco. Take a stroll along the ‘Malecon’ or coastal cliffs to ‘Parque del Amor’ and Larco Mar shopping center, where sheik Limeños go to be seen. Kennedy Park is worth a visit in the evenings. Located only minutes from the hotel, Parque Kennedy offers restaurants, open-air markets, art exhibits and glimpse into the fast paced modern Limeño lifestyle.

Overnight in Lima
3* Accommodation: Hotel Tierra Viva Larco Miraflores, Hotel Casa Andina Classic or similar
Elevation: 50m
 

Day 3 Fly Cusco / Cusco Highlights (B,L,D)

This morning you’ll be collected from your Miraflores hotel (TBD pick up) for a private transfer to the Lima airport and short flight to Cusco (TBD departure). Once in Cusco (TBD arrival) you’ll be greeted at the airport, accompanied to a waiting vehicle and transferred to your hotel. Here, enjoy a hot coca tea and receive a detailed briefing about your stay in the region.

Today we recommend you take it easy which will help acclimatization, so walk around slowly and to discover the city’s endless system of narrow Inca alleyways and Colonial mud-brick construction, both built atop original Inca stone foundations. Explore the many markets, courtyards, churches, museums, plazas and first-rate restaurants, all at your fingertips while exploring the city center freely on foot.

Then this afternoon your local Cusco host will collect you from the hotel embarking on a magical, but low impact excursion to some of Cusco’s famed highlights. Set off from the city center by private van towards the Xzone and the magnificent Inca fortress of Sacsayhuaman, which majestically overlooks the city of Cusco. Sacsayhuaman can be translated as 'speckled falcon' or 'speckled head'. The last interpretation refers to the belief that the city of Cusco was set out in the form of a puma whose head was the hill of Sacsayhuaman. The origins are uncertain but the fortress is generally credited to the period of Inca Pachacutec (1450-1490), the Inca king who essentially founded the Inca Empire.

After Sacsayhuaman, your van will be waiting to continue with visits to the smaller archaeological sites of Q’enko, Puca Pucara and Tambomachay also located near the X-zone, just outside the city, before returning to Cusco for a stop by the ‘Koricancha’ or Inca Temple of the Sun located beneath the Santo Domingo church and convent.

We’ll round out the visit with a visit to the local market. Spend about a ½ hour exploring the market where inside the main building you find the colorful food market, full of fresh fruits and vegetables, meat from rabbit to guinea pig to whole pigs, fish and seafood, groceries of all kinds and little food stands where 'Mamá or 'Jefe' cooks a simple, but fresh and delicious menu for a few Soles.

Following the visit to the local market you be returned to the hotel for an evening at your leisure.

Take the evening free to spend at your leisure. For dinner try ‘Chicha’ by Gaston Acurio, the most celebrated of Peruvian chefs! But you’ll have to make reservations early, as it fills up quickly! Nightlife in Cusco is vibrant, to say the least. Pubs, discos and restaurants fill nightly with partygoers and the plazas and parks are jam-packed with friendly locals.

Overnight in Cusco
3*Accommodation: Hotel Rumi Punku, Tierra Viva San Blas or similar
Elevation: 3350m
 

Day 4 Cusco / Sacred Valley of the Incas / Ollantaytambo (B,L,D)

Today one of the most spectacular days of the tour takes us through the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Once an important source of food for the Inca, the Sacred Valley is a lush agricultural region that continues to supply the city of Cusco with much of its produce. As it is 600m lower than Cusco, temperatures are on average 5 degrees Cº higher in the Sacred Valley.

Our travels will bring us through the major archaeological sites of Pisac and Ollantaytambo. On the way we’ll make a stop at Ahuanachancha, a small Llama farm where you can interact with the 4 species of Peruvian Camels, Llamas, Alpacas, Vicuñas and Huanachos.

Continue to the Pisac archaeological site for a breath taking optional 1.5- hour or 3km hike that will allow you to fully appreciate the Incan city nestled high in the Andean range. Later the van will make a short stop at the colorful artesian market at Pisac, known for the indigenous community’s continued use of the ‘treque’ or barter system to exchange their products.

You’ll keep moving through the Valley traveling north along the Sacred Urubamba River. After passing numerous indigenous villages, high snow peaks and gorgeous panoramos, enjoy a stop in Urubamba’s ‘Alhambra’ for huge buffet style Peruvian lunch, which included in your visit.

After lunch the day trip continues as we arrive to the picturesque village of Ollantaytambo, the location of another large Inca site. This major Inca ruin is known as the best surviving example of Inca urban planning and engineering. But more than that, Ollantaytambo is a living breathing Inca City. Make sure you take a stroll through the ‘Old City’, full of Inca streets and constructions, located just off the main Plaza de Armas in Ollantaytamo Here we’ll spend the evening and catch our breath before the train tomorrow to Machu Picchu village (Aguas Calientes) tomorrow.

Overnight in Ollantaytambo or Urubamba
3*Accommodation: Hotel Pakaritampu, Hotel Samanapaq or similar
Elevation: 2800m
 

Day 5 Ollantaytambo Archaeological Park / Train to Aguas (B,L,D)

You’ll begin the day with breakfast followed by a visit to the enormous archaeological site in Ollantaytambo. Full of Inca ornamental terracing, temples, shrines, Inca pathways and water fountains, the religious sector of Ollantaytambo is one of the noteworthy destinations in Peru. The village of Ollantaytambo, named after the Inca General Ollanta, is loaded with history and has been continuously inhabited since the 13th century.

After a private guided tour of the Site, you’ll be free to further explore the village of Ollantaytambo, climb up to the ‘Colcas’ or store houses on the adjacent mountainside and take advantage of the beautiful hotel grounds before crossing the street to the train station in Ollantaytambo to board the Tourist class train to Aguas Calientes (TBD departure) traveling northeast through the lush Sacred Valley of the Incas.

Upon arrival to Aguas Calientes you and your local guide will walk about 5 minutes to check into your hotel. After a short briefing you’ll have the afternoon to soak up the vibrant atmosphere, take a dip in the hot thermal pools, trek to Mandor Pampa water falls, have a nice dinner and get some rest for an early morning visit to Machu Picchu tomorrow.

Overnight Aguas Calientes
4*Accommodation: Hotel Tierra Viva Machu Picchu, Hotel Mapi by Inka Terra or similar
Elevation: 2040
 

Day 6 Machu Picchu / Cusco (B,L,D)

Today is the big day and you may need a wake up call for an early breakfast this morning. You’ll be collected from the hotel by your local private host for a pre-dawn start departing by local shuttle to Machu Picchu. Enjoy the ruins in virtual solitude for the first few hours during an expert 2.5-hour private guided tour during which you’ll visit the principal temples, plazas and shrines at Machu Picchu. Your guide will attempt to rationalize sensible theories as to who, when, where and why as the sun rises over the Andes and illuminates the Citadel.

At 10:00am we recommend you climb Huayna Picchu Mountain (Young Peak 2 hrs see below) hike to the Moon Temple (additional 2 1/2 hrs descending the backside of the peak), or venture to the Inca Draw Bridge! Huayna Picchu is an exclusive experience that only 400 visitors a day can enjoy, as entrances are limited and must be purchased well ahead of time! There is no shortage of things so see and do in Machu Picchu.

The trek is about 2.5hrs round trip from top to bottom. Once at the top you’ll have a stupendous overview of Machu Picchu from a unique angle. You can then choose to optionally hike to the Moon Temple (+2hrs) located down the trail on the backside of Huayna Picchu. The Moon Temple is a serious of Inca constructions located in and around a grouping of natural caves though to have been used for offerings during Inca times. The additional hike can take up to 3hrs round trip, but well worth it for those with an adventurous spirit, good fitness and some free time.

If not hiking Huayna Picchu you’ll have free time to explore, rest, meditate or simply chill out. Make the hour-long hike up to the ‘Intipunku’ or Sun Gate, trek to the Inca Bridge, a secret back entrance to Machu Picchu. Like a drawbridge, the bridge itself could even be made impassable across its 20- foot gap in the narrow mountain trail right where it clings to the face of a 1,900-foot cliff. Two long tree trunks could traverse the breach, but when removed, there would be no simple way through.

Generally most have lunch in Aguas Calientes although it is your choice. Then catch the afternoon Peru Rail Vista Dome Class train to Ollantaytambo or Poroy (TBD departure) and private transfer to your hotel in Cusco. Overnight in Cusco

3*Accommodation: Hotel Rumi Punku, Tierra Viva San Blas or similar
Elevation: 3350m
Note: Huayna Picchu Mountain entrance must be booked ahead of time
 

Day 7 Cusco Free Day (B,L,D)

Today is a full free day in the Inca Imperial Capital. Grab a map and your camera and set off to discover Cusco’s true amalgamation of Spanish and Inca cultures! The city offers an endless system of narrow Inca alleyways and Colonial mud-brick construction, both built atop original Inca stone foundations.

Your local tour host will surely recommend a stop by the Incan Archaeological Museum located only minutes from your hotel. This museum exhibits a chronological collection of Peruvian history dating back to 15,000 B.C, and is well worth the 2-hour visit.

Also recommended, time permitting, is a visit the recently opened ‘Casa Concha’, which houses hundreds of pieces removed from Machu Picchu by Hiram Bingham in 1912 and recently returned in 2011 (Centennial Anniversary of Machu Picchu’s scientific discovery) to Peru by Yale University in the United States.

Don’t miss the pre-Columbian art museum located within two blocks of your hotel.

Be sure to visit the ‘must see’ bohemian neighborhood of San Blas, full of artists, craftsmen and street vendors and colorful local market at San Pedro and the, both also only minutes from the hotel.

The artisan crafts market at Wanchaq is also close to the Historic district of Cusco. Full of unique souvenirs, handicrafts, textiles and ceramics, you are sure to find the perfect gifts for your loved ones back home.

As you can see, there is no shortage of things to see and do in Cusco. The day is yours!

Overnight in Cusco
3*Accommodation: Hotel Rumi Punku, Tierra Viva San Blas or similar
Elevation: 3350m
 

Day 8 Cusco / Puno Travel Day (B,L,D)

After breakfast and check out of the hotel you’ll be collected from the hotel to continue your overland journey through the high Plateau to Puno and Lake Titicaca (07:00am departure). Known for its’ safety record, our fleet of 19-seat mini buses offers plenty of space for a group of 10 passengers. Vehicles are also equipped with onboard GPS system, which is controlled directly by Peru’s Ministry of Transport and limited to a maximum average speed of 100 kph, assuring a safe journey.

The overland journey (6.5hrs) through the majestic Andes will astound you. Rated as ‘One of the most beautiful journeys on earth’, you’ll cover 380km, go over mountain passes at 4,334m (14,222ft) above sea level and pass through some of our favorite local indigenous villages. This is what you came to see!

Along the journey you’ll make a stop in Sucuani for lunch, which is included in your visit. The next stop is at the high point - La Raya Glacier (4335mts), for a quick break before continuing about 3hrs to Puno. You should be in Puno by 15:00pm, where upon arrival to the hotel enjoy a hot coca tea during a short briefing to detail your Lake Titicaca trip tomorrow.

Puno, a city of 150,00 inhabitants, is considered by local populations to be a linguistic, cultural and political border. To the south toward Bolivia the Aymara people and language are dominant. To the north, the better-known Quechua is the dominant tongue. Fortunately, you will see both.

This evening you’ll have at your leisure to explore the area around your Puno hotel and eat in one of the many restaurants in the area.

Overnight in Puno
3*Accommodation: Hotel Tierra Viva Puno Plaza, Hotel Sonesta Posada del Inka Puno or similar
Elevation: 3830m
 

Day 9 Lake Titicaca Full Day / Puno (B,L,D)

After breakfast you’ll be collected from your Puno hotel by your private guide for a 06:45am transfer to the port. At 07:15am depart on the "Titicaca Express" speedboat, a fully equipped vessel and with on board services.

At 08:30am we arrive to the southern tip of the cultural treasure chest, Taquile Island. The Island is known worldwide for its textiles, weavings and simplistic lifestyle. Due to the location Taquile Island has managed to conserve its’ pre-Inca traditions throughout the 500 years of Colonial influence. Here there are no roads, only footpaths. There are no dogs, just sheep, cows and chickens.

Hike through an original pre-Inca trail with spectacular landscapes of the island, visiting families of weavers to learn about their textile art & symbolism that has been declared by UNESCO as world heritage.

At 10:30am we return to the port to depart Taquile Island.

10:55am Arrival to the community of Santa Maria – Llachon, on the Capachica Peninsula. We are welcomed and quickly introduced to an intensive cross cultural experience, observe their dances, traditions and participate in an ancient ceremony to learn about their magical world. Then experience the preparation of "Pachamanca" a traditional way of cooking meat, fish and potatoes using underground ovens - this is one of the main dishes of Peruvian cuisine. Enjoy these delicacies in a small, but very scenic, restaurant. For the more adventurous there is an optional kayak along the coast of Llachon. At 13:50pm we depart Santa Maria.

14:25pm Arrival Titino Uros, located in a remote area of the National Reserve of Lake Titicaca, these are considered as the last authentic floating islands, less commercial and little visited. The Uros are descendants of one of the oldest cultures in South America. The Uros people are a specific cultural group, totally apart from the Incas. They are more sensitive and protective. We ask that visitors always proceed with respect. Please ask before snapping pictures, as some of the older generations will object. The locals are very friendly and produce souvenirs representing life on the Lake. You can support them by buying a souvenir if you choose.

Optional tours in reed boats. Return to Puno by (17:00pm arrival), followed by a transfer to your hotel.

Overnight in Puno
3* Accommodation: Tierra Viva Puno Plaza, Sonesta Posada del Inka Puno or similar
Elevation: 3830m
 

Day 10 Sullustani / Transfer Juliana / Fly Lima (B,L,D)

Today is will be time to say ‘Adios’ to Lake Titicaca and the Peruvian Altiplano. After breakfast and about 4 hours prior to your flight departure time (TBD pick up), you’ll be collected from your Puno hotel and transferred to about 35km from Puno to the Funerary Towers at Sillustani.

The most significant and well-preserved archeological site in the region, Sillustani is located on a peninsula surrounded by the Umayo Lagoon. Here you’ll be able appreciate the massive burial towers of the ancient Pre-Inca Hatun Colloa Kingdom on a 45-minute guided tour. The natural beauty, stunning landscape and impressive towers will no doubt never be forgotten.

Leaving Sillustani we’ll make a short stop to visit a local Andean family. Several families have opened their homes to travelers in order to demonstrate Andean culture, tradition and living conditions. They families produce wool textiles and ceramic handicrafts, which can be purchased as a means of supporting the family. They’ll also insist that we sample some local products, such as cheese, potatoes and a type of salty clay used for centuries as dipping sauce! The visit is included but a small gratuity or tip for the family is recommended.

Leaving Sullustani you’ll transfer directly to the Juliaca airport for your early afternoon flight to Lima (TBD departure)

Once on the ground at the Lima airport (TBD arrival), exit the domestic arrivals area where our Adventures to Peru driver will greet you and accompany you to a waiting vehicle for a private transfer to your Miraflores hotel for the afternoon.

Overnight in Lima
3* Accommodation: Hotel Tierra Viva Larco Miraflores, Hotel Casa Andina Classic or similar
Elevation: 50m
 

Day 11 Lima Free Day / Departure Day (B)

Today you will have a full free day in Lima to explore independently and enjoy the superb regional cuisine before a late evening transfer to the Lima International airport for an ongoing flight out of Peru.

During your free time we recommend exploring some museums in Lima. Located in the district of Jesus Maria about 20 minutes from Miraflores, the Larco Herrera Archaeological Museum is superb for few hours. The Gold Museum, located in Montericco also about 20 minutes from the hotel, is one of the most comprehensive museums in Peru. The Gold Museum is also the most important of its kind in the world, containing more than 33,000 gold objects.

Another must see in Lima is Barranco. Considered Lima’s romantic bohemian district, Lima’s foremost artists, musicians and authors call this quaint little district home. See the famous ‘Puente de los Suspiros’ or Bridge of Sighs. The "Bridge of Sighs" is the district's landmark. It was inaugurated on the 14th of February 1876. Since then the wooden bridge withstood the War of the Pacific and earthquakes, but had to be repaired several times and was cut down in the middle of the 20th century to its actual length of 31 m. As it always was, young couples meet at this romantic place in Barranco. Tradition says that the one, who makes a wish and then crosses the bridge for the first time without taking a breath, will have his wish fulfilled.

During the day you can take a stroll along the ‘Malecon’ or coastal cliffs to ‘Parque del Amor’ along the ‘Malecon Cisneros’ or ‘the beach cliff walk’, with beautiful green parks and stupendous views of the Pacific Ocean.

Along the same ‘Malecon’ is the Larco Mar shopping center, where sheik Limeños go to be seen. Kennedy Park is worth a visit in the evenings. Located only minutes from the hotel, Parque Kennedy offers restaurants, open-air markets, art exhibits and glimpse into the fast paced modern Limeño lifestyle.

Later this evening it’ll be time to say ‘Adios’ to Peru. You’ll be collected from your Lima hotel (TBD pick up) and private transfer to the Lima International airport for your international departure flight (TBD departure) out of Peru.

PTPI's Adventures to Peru services end today at the Lima airport.

Adios Amigos! We hope you had a spectacular trip!

Additional Information

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Inclusions

  • Adventures to Peru Full Time Adventure Host/Guide Cusco, Puno
  • Adventures to Peru Local Destination Guides Lima, Lake Titicaca
  • Hotel Accommodation (10nts)
  • 2 Domestic Flights Lima-Cusco, Juliaca (Puno)-Lima
  • Domestic Departure Taxes
  • All Ground Transportation as per the Itinerary
  • Private Airport/Bus/Train Terminal Transfers
  • Private Transportation Cusco-Puno
  • Guided Lima Highlights Excursion (Private)
  • Guided Half Day Highlights of Cusco Excursion (Private)
  • Guided Full Day Sacred Valley of the Incas Excursion (Private)
  • Guided Machu Picchu Excursion (Private)
  • Guided Full Day Lake Titicaca Express Excursion (Private Guide, Shared Boat)
  • Guided Sillustani Excursion (Private)
  • Executive Class Train Service to/from Aguas Calientes
  • 1 Adult Entrance Machu Picchu (Per Person)
  • 1 Adult Round Trip Machu Picchu Shuttle Pass (Per Person)
  • 1 Full BTG Entrance Ticket for Sites Around Cusco and the Sacred Valley of the Incas
  • Entrance Other Fees for Included Excursions, National Parks & Reserves
  • All Meals (Excluding Lunch & Dinner Departure Day)
  • Hotel Service Charges %10
  • %18 IGV Sales Tax Where Applicable
  • Permanent Pre-departure Support Throughout

Airfare

Hotels

1. Lima
a. Hotel Tierra Viva Larco Miraflores, Hotel Casa Andina Classic or similar

2. Cusco
a. Hotel Rumi Punku, Tierra Viva San Blas or similar

3. Ollantaytambo or Urubamba
a. Hotel Pakaritampu, Hotel Samanapaq or similar

4. Machu 
Hotel Tierra Viva Machu Picchu, Hotel Mapi by InkaTerra or similar

5. Cusco
a. Hotel Rumi Punku, Tierra Viva San Blas or similar

6. Puno
a. Hotel Tierra Viva Puno Plaza, Hotel Sonesta Posada del Inka Puno or similar

Terms and Conditions

Not Included

  • Visa, Passport Fees
  • Insurance / Immunizations Costs of any Kind
  • International Flights
  • Optional Activities/Day-Tours/Excursions
  • *Community Oriented Social Projects
  • Lunch & Dinner Day 11
  • Entrance to Hot Springs Aguas Calientes
  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu Mountain
  • Excess Baggage Fees
  • Tips, Gratuities & Personal Expenses and Extra Beverages
  • Bank Fees, Wire Fees and/or Credit Card Processing Fees