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Legacy of the Incas

New for 2019

Price per person
from £3,896

Price based on
London Heathrow
22nd Jan 2019 departure

Key inclusions

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • 13 days

  • Central and South America

  • Active pace

  • Globus escorted tours

Our first-class range of tours include more of everything you love, weaving in VIP access to the must-see sights and authentic experiences so you come away from your holiday having truly lived each place you visit.

Peru is one of the great originating centres of ancient culture, and on this holiday, you’ll discover its archaeological treasures, visit its ancient ruins, and learn about its ancient culture. A highlight of your holiday is a tour to Machu Picchu, where you’ll visit this amazing Inca city. Stand in awe as you witness the ancient ruins surrounded by soaring peaks—one of the most majestic images in South America! Also, see the Temple of Sacsayhuaman, which was built in the early 12th century. Some of the stones used to build the fortress weigh more than 350 tons, and the stones were fit so tightly together that a piece of paper will not fit between the stones. Try to figure out how it was built without the help of modern technology and machinery! While at the ruins, experience a Mother Earth ceremony by a local shaman to thank Mother Earth and to ask for good health and safe travels.

Of course, no trip to Peru is complete without seeing the Nazca Lines. When seen from the air, the lines form precise geometric shapes that number in the hundreds, as well as 70 figures, which include a monkey, whale, hummingbird, shark, spiders, and plants. Archaeologists remain puzzled about why the ancient Nazca people, who thrived here from 200 BC to 500 AD, created illustrations that could only be seen from far above the earth.

These are just some of the many highlights you’ll see on this wonderful Peru holiday. For travellers ready for a new adventure, this tour is not to be missed!

At a glance

  • Lima Sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit San Francisco Monastery and a local Peruvian food market; welcome dinner at Casa Garcia Alvarado; farewell dinner
  • Sacred Valley Enjoy a special lunch, complete with live Andean music and a Mother Earth Ceremony performed by a shaman; visit Pisac; visit Ollantaytambo and a local home for a glimpse into rural Peruvian life
  • Machu Picchu Take the Vistadome train through the Urubamba Valley; sightseeing with a Local Guide and a second entrance to the ruins on your second day in Machu Picchu; Pisco Sour mixology lesson
  • Cusco Sightseeing with a Local Guide; Inca King greeting; visit the cathedral and Santo Domingo Monastery, Kenko Temple, and the Temple of Sacsayhuaman
  • Lake Titicaca Guided sightseeing to Taquile and the Uros Floating Islands
  • Sillustani Visit the ruins; learn about the lives of the local people
  • Paracas Fly over the Nazca Lines; cruise to the Ballestas Islands

Extend your tour and see even more

  • 5 days: Amazon Pre Tour Extension

  • 4 days: Chiclayo and Trujillo Tour Extension

  • 8 days: Galapagos Cruise

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

What's included

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Individual audio system
  • All airport taxes
Price match guarantee

With accommodation, transfers, excursions, selected meals, private VIP home pick-up and the services of an expert Tour Director all included in the price, our escorted tour holidays are highly rated by our customers. But should you find a like-for-like tour cheaper elsewhere, we will match its price and give you a further £100 reduction.

Private home pick-up service

Our private home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

Read more about our private home pick-up service.

Make your own way

For more information please see our booking conditions for tour-only holidays.

Overview

Peru is one of the great originating centres of ancient culture, and on this holiday, you’ll discover its archaeological treasures, visit its ancient ruins, and learn about its ancient culture. A highlight of your holiday is a tour to Machu Picchu, where you’ll visit this amazing Inca city. Stand in awe as you witness the ancient ruins surrounded by soaring peaks—one of the most majestic images in South America! Also, see the Temple of Sacsayhuaman, which was built in the early 12th century. Some of the stones used to build the fortress weigh more than 350 tons, and the stones were fit so tightly together that a piece of paper will not fit between the stones. Try to figure out how it was built without the help of modern technology and machinery! While at the ruins, experience a Mother Earth ceremony by a local shaman to thank Mother Earth and to ask for good health and safe travels.

Of course, no trip to Peru is complete without seeing the Nazca Lines. When seen from the air, the lines form precise geometric shapes that number in the hundreds, as well as 70 figures, which include a monkey, whale, hummingbird, shark, spiders, and plants. Archaeologists remain puzzled about why the ancient Nazca people, who thrived here from 200 BC to 500 AD, created illustrations that could only be seen from far above the earth.

These are just some of the many highlights you’ll see on this wonderful Peru holiday. For travellers ready for a new adventure, this tour is not to be missed!

Total meals included:

  • 11 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 8 dinners

UK - Lima, Peru

Day
1

Depart UK for your flight to Lima.

Arrive in Lima, where you will be met by your Tour Director.

Lima

Day
2

This afternoon, your Local Guide focuses on the city’s colonial heritage during a walking TOUR. Start at the Plaza de Armas to see the Government Palace and the cathedral. From here, stroll to the venerable SAN FRANCISCO MONASTERY with its splendid 17th-century cloister murals. For a special treat, stop at a LOCAL PERUVIAN FOOD MARKET to taste some typical Peruvian fruit and experience a bit of everyday life in Lima. This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner with your fellow travelling companions at one of Lima’s finest historic homes, CASA GARCIA ALVARADO.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Lima - Cusco - Sacred Valley

Day
3

Fly to Cusco, the impressive Andean city that was once the capital of the Inca Empire. Head into the Sacred Valley of the Incas, where you will enjoy a special lunch prepared exclusively for Globus guests at a private location. Here, enjoy a live Andean band and experience a mystical El Pago a la Tierra, or MOTHER EARTH CEREMONY, performed by a local shaman. These ceremonies thanking Mother Earth and asking for good health and safe travels have been practised in Peru since before the arrival of the Incas. Next, continue to PISAC, an old mountain village where you will have free time to shop for local wares, such as alpaca sweaters and blankets, jewellery, or hand-painted ornamental dishes and vases. Stay in the Sacred Valley tonight, and enjoy a special dinner at the hotel.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu

Day
4

This morning, visit the Inca Fortress of OLLANTAYTAMBO, followed by the opportunity to visit a HOME, meet some of the locals, and experience their traditional way of life. Next, board the Vistadome TRAIN for a short journey through the lush Urubamba Valley. Then, transfer to a coach for the ascent to legendary MACHU PICCHU, the “Lost City of the Incas,” high above the steep valley overlaid with dense tropical jungle. Your Local Guide will bring you closer to the lives and mysteries still hidden in these amazing structures built by the Pre-Columbian masters of this sacred land. Tonight, learn how to mix the perfect Pisco Sour, Peru’s national drink, before an exquisite dinner at the hotel.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Machu Picchu - Cusco

Day
5

Your entrance to MACHU PICCHU is included for a second day. Enjoy the tranquility of the morning, with free time to wander the ruins at your own pace and experience the magic that is Machu Picchu. After lunch, return to the Sacred Valley by TRAIN and continue on to Cusco.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Cusco

Day
6

This morning, learn more about the Incas and their struggle against invading Spaniards on your Cusco city TOUR, with visits to the imposing CATHEDRAL and the SANTO DOMINGO MONASTERY. During your city tour, you will be greeted by an INCA KING, so have your cameras ready! Also visit the semi-circular KENKO Temple with its stone altars and labyrinth of passages, and see the ancient site of Puca Pucara before the TEMPLE OF SACSAYHUAMAN, perched on a hillside overlooking Cusco. It remains unfathomable how and when this fortress of gigantic stones—with some blocks weighing more than 350 tons—was built. The remainder of your day is free to explore at your leisure. Tonight, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Cusco – Juliaca – Puno (Lake Titicaca)

Day
7

Board a flight to Juliaca, where you will continue to Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Puno. Excursion to Lake Titicaca

Day
8

Today, take a boat trip to some of the more unique islands of LAKE TITICACA. Start with TAQUILE ISLAND, which was once part of the Inca Empire and was one of the last areas of Peru to be conquered by Spain in the 16th century. The Spanish banned traditional dress on the island, which is why the Spanish peasant dress can still be found today. Next, travel to the fascinating UROS ISLANDS, home to the Uros Indians, who were forced to live on the lake as the Inca Indians pushed farther into their territory. These islands are completely made by reeds and are continually added to as they disintegrate to the bottom of the lake.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Puno – Sillustani – Juliaca – Lima

Day
9

Depart for Juliaca this morning, visiting the ruins of SILLUSTANI en route. At this pre-Incan burial ground, see where the ancient Aymaras buried their high priests in chullpas—above-ground, cylinder-shaped tombs dating back to the 1400s. While here, spend some time with the locals, see their HOMES, learn how they work, what they eat, and gain a better understanding of their lives. Fly from Juliaca to Lima this afternoon.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Lima – Paracas. Ballestas Islands Cruise & Naza Lines

Day
10

Enjoy a scenic drive south along the Pan-American Highway to the Bay of Paracas. CRUISE out to the Ballestas Islands, which are inhabited by a wide variety of sea mammals and exotic birds, including boobies, sea lions, and Humboldt penguins. The huge Candelabro, a candelabra-shaped etching on the Paracas cliffside, can also be seen as you cruise back to shore. Continue to the town of Pisco, the wine capital of Peru. Have your camera handy today as you board your aircraft for a FLIGHT over the Nazca plains, which can only be appreciated by air. Your pilot will point out the mysterious markings known as the NAZCA LINES, a series of drawings of animals and geometric figures etched into the parched soil—some up to 1,000 feet long! Theories vary, but the most accepted belongs to German mathematician Maria Reiche, who dubbed the land the “astronomical calendar” of the ancient Peruvians. Enjoy dinner this evening at your hotel.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Paracas - Lima

Day
11

After some free time in Paracas, return to Lima today. Tonight, your Tour Director hosts a memorable farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Lima - UK

Day
12

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Alternatively explore Peru further with one of our optional tour extensions. 

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Home Landing in the UK

Day
13

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Extend your tour and see even more

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

Lima, Peru

Welcome to Lima, where you will be met by a Globus representative.

Lima – Puerto Maldonado – Posada Amazonas

Fly to Puerto Maldonado. Embark on a MOTORBOAT for a journey up the Tambopata River to your Amazon Jungle Lodge with your expert Naturalist. After settling in, participate in a night WALK with your expert Naturalist to observe nocturnal wildlife.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Posada Amazonas

A boat trip and walk bring you to OXBOW LAKE to search for the resident giant river otters, howler monkeys, macaws, and other fauna. Next, take a walk to the CANOPY TOWER to observe the forest and river and its inhabitants. This afternoon, visit a local FARM to meet local farmers and learn about the Amazon’s crops. Your guide will also teach you the medicinal uses of the area’s endemic plants.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Posada Amazonas

Visit a CLAY LICK and watch from a blind as parrots and macaws perch to eat clay. Also, visit a Brazil nut FARM & CAMP and learn how this nut is sustainably harvested and prepared for consumption. Later, visit a MAMMAL CLAY LICK, where peccary and other large mammals can often be found.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Posada Amazonas - Puerto Maldonado - Lima

Return to Puerto Maldonado and fly to Lima, where the remainder of your day is at leisure and you will be met by your Tour Director.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

Lima-Chiclayo

Take a morning flight to Chiclayo and begin with a visit to Sipan, discovered in 1987 and considered one of the most important archaeological discoveries this century due to its intact tombs. Dating back to around 100 AD, these pyramid-shaped tombs made from adobe hold many similarities to those found in Egypt. A visit to the Sipan Museum shows a reconstruction of the tombs as well as the artifacts found inside them. Visit the Tucume Pyramids, where ancient mythology and legend envelops these 26 adobe pyramids that once served as a ceremonial complex. Many natives still fear the site, known locally as “Purgatory.”

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Chiclayo-Trujillo

En route to Trujillo, visit El Brujo, a stepped pyramid believed to be used for religious ceremonies between the 1st and 7th centuries. At the museum, learn about and see the artifacts found in the tombs.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Trujillo-Lima

Visit the Sun & Moon Pyramids, the largest Pre-Columbian structures in South America, and hear how and why human sacrifice was practiced here. Continue to Chan Chan, a well-planned metropolis and ancient capital of the Chimu Empire. This archaeological site is characterised by very tall walls, some of which are 26 feet high, that enclose each of the 11 citadels. After lunch on Huanchaco Beach, transfer to the airport for your return flight to Lima.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Lima

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

Lima - Quito, Ecuador

Fly to Quito, capital of Ecuador.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Quito

On an included city tour, see INDEPENDENCE SQUARE with its CATHEDRAL and SAN FRANCISCO PLAZA CHURCH, and the BASILICA.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Quito – San Cristobal (Embarkation) – Cruising

Fly to San Cristobal and embark the Seaman Journey for a 4-night CRUISE. This afternoon, visit the GALÁPAGOS DARWIN INTERPRETATION CENTRE with your expert Naturalist and learn about ongoing conservation of the archipelago, its history, ecosystems, flora, and fauna.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Cruising: San Cristobal Island

Today, visit CERRO COLORADO TORTOISE RESERVE and learn about the island’s giant tortoise population and measures taken to help preserve and breed these endangered species. The centre includes a large corral, breeding centre, and interpretative trail, where it is possible to see different species of native and endemic plants as well as birds, such as the San Cristobal mockingbird, yellow warblers, many species of finch, and the Galápagos flycatcher. This afternoon, explore CERRO BRUJO, offering beautiful views of Kicker Rock and famous for being the first place Charles Darwin visited in the archipelago. Visit a lagoon, home to many migratory bird species, such as black-necked stilts, ruddy turnstones, whimbrels, and whitecheeked pintails. Also, enjoy snorkelling with the sea lions and other marine life.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Cruising: Española Island

Today, join your Naturalist for excursions to Gardner Bay and Punta Suárez on ESPAÑOLA ISLAND, one of the oldest islands in the archipelago. Here, you will see the famous blowhole, as well as unique sea bird colonies, including the waved albatrosses (Apr-Dec), Nazca and blue-footed boobies, and Darwin’s finches.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Cruising: Floreana Island

Wake up at FLOREANA ISLAND and visit CORMORANT POINT to see a brackish lagoon, which usually holds one of the largest flamingo populations in the Galápagos. The trail continues to a beautiful white-sand beach, one of the most important nesting sites of Green Pacific sea turtles. Enjoy a chance to snorkel among sea turtles, reef fish, sea lions, and even white-tipped reef sharks. This afternoon, visit POST OFFICE BAY, named for the wooden barrel that served as an informal post office for sailors passing through. Here, you may also encounter Darwin’s finches, yellow warblers, and lava lizards, and take advantage of another chance for great snorkelling.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Cruising: Santa Cruz (Disembarkation) – Baltra – Guayaquil

After breakfast, disembark and transfer to the CHARLES DARWIN RESEARCH STATION, where the Galápagos giant tortoise breeding program helps preserve the fragile Galápagos environment. Learn how eggs are brought from the nearby Galápagos Islands, incubated artificially until the galápaguitos (little turtles) are born and then at the age of five are returned to their native areas. Fly to Guayaquil.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Guayaquil

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

Things to note

2020 departures may be subject to itinerary modifications and full details will be published in August 2019. If we have to modify an itinerary, you will have an opportunity to cancel without penalty. See our full terms and conditions for more details.

Hotels

It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.

Lima - Casa Andina Select Miraflores

With its stylish contemporary design, cutting-edge technology and ideal location, the flagship Casa Andina Private Collection - Miraflores hotel is the top of its class in every aspect. Amenities include a restaurant, bar, coffee shop, beauty salon, spa, pool, gym, business centre, gift shops, and laundry service.

  • Location

    Ave la Paz 463 Lima, Peru

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Pool

Sacred Valley - Casa Andina Premium Sacred Valley

The Casa Andina Private Collection hotel in the Sacred Valley is a luxurious and satisfying retreat. Combining fine food, comfortable rooms, and personalised attention, it is the Valley's most complete hotel. In additon to a spa, a fitness centre, and romantic dining, this hotel is best known for providing panoramic views of the Andes in every room. This charming mountain chalet-style hotel adds style and comfort to the already stunning atmosphere of Peru's Sacred Valley.

  • Location

    5to Paradero Yanahuara Urubamba Valley, Peru

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • In-room safe
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer

Machu Picchu - Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel

The Sumaq Hotel is located at the foot of the Machu Picchu ruins and boasts an Andean health spa, bar, restaurant, gift shop, and business centre.

  • Location

    Av Hermanos Ayar Mz 1 Lote 3 Machu Picchu, Peru

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board

Cusco - Casa Andina Premium Cusco

A beautifully renovated 18th-century manor house is located 3 blocks from Cusco's Plaza de Armas. The hotel is distinguished by its 3 interior patios with wooden balconies. The principal patio, featuring a gurgling stone fountain, is one of Cusco's emblematic colonial courtyards. Amenities include a gourmet restaurant, bar, reading room, room service, gift shop, and laundry service.

  • Location

    Plazaleta Limacpampa Chico 473 Cusco, Peru

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • In-room safe
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board

Puno - Libertador Puno Hotel

The Libertador Lake Titicaca is located on Esteves Island on the shores of Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world. Featuring unforgettable views of the lake, the hotel is located in the bay of Puno on a rocky hill surrounded by the extensive reed forest.

  • Location

    Isla Esteves Puno, Peru

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Hairdryer

Paracas -Doubletree Hotel Paracas

The Doubletree Resort is located ideally along beautiful Paracas beach, and offers guests a modern facility with a wide range of onsite amenities. This includes two restaurants, a snack bar, private beach, fitness centre, spa, pool, jacuzzi, sauna, and business centre. The resort also offers a wide array of leisure activities such as aerobics, dance lessons, volleyball, tennis, kayaking or simply lounging and relaxing to the sound of waves on the beach.

  • Location

    Lote 30-34 Urb. Santo Domingo Paracas, Peru

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board

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