Peru Splendors with Arequipa & Colca Canyon


  • 11 days

  • Peru

  • On the go pace

tour : SOE3

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£2,911pp

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Highlights

LIMA
Sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit San Francisco Monastery; visit a LF local Peruvian food market; welcome dinner at a local Peruvian restaurant
SACRED VALLEYLF Mother Earth Ceremony with a shaman; visit Awanakancha and Pisac; visit Ollantaytambo and LF a local home for a glimpse into rural Peruvian life
MACHU PICCHUTake 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
CUSCOSightseeing with a Local Guide; LF participate in a celebratory pasacalle (Andean parade); visit the cathedral, Santo Domingo Monastery, Kenko, and the Temple of Sacsayhuaman; farewell dinner
AREQUIPA & COLCA CANYON Guided sightseeing of Arequipa & Colca Canyon

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2020 Tour itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Total meals included:

  • 10 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners

ARRIVE IN LIMA, PERU.

Day
1

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 LF LOCAL PERUVIAN FOOD MARKET to get a real taste of life for the local people. This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner at one of Lima’s Peruvian restaurants with your fellow traveling companions.

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 have lunch and experience an LF 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 practiced in Peru since before the arrival of the Incas. Next, stop at AWANAKANCHA to meet local families who preserve the ancient technique of Pre-Columbian weaving using South American camelid fibers. Here is your chance to get up close to the various camelids, including alpaca, llama, guanaco, and vicuña, indigenous to the region. Continue to PISAC, an old mountain village, where you will have free time to shop its famous market for local wares such as alpaca sweaters and blankets, jewelry, 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 LF HOME, meet some of the locals, and experience their way of life. Next, board the Vistadome TRAIN for a short journey through the lush Urubamba Valley. Then, transfer to a motorcoach 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, stay at a nearby hotel.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • 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 TRIP 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. A LF special treat is in store for you when you are greeted by a group of Andean musicians dressed in colorful Inca textiles. They will escort you on a PASACALLE (Andean Parade) through Cusco while playing traditional music and performing ancient dances—an experience you won’t soon forget! Also visit the semi-circular KENKO AMPHITHEATER with its stone altars and labyrinth of passages, and 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 a special farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

CUSCO–AREQUIPA

Day
7

Fly to Arequipa, known as the “White City,” as its buildings are made of sillar, a white volcanic rock found throughout the area. Upon arrival, a city TOUR of Arequipa shows off the Plaza de Armas, the cathedral, and the Jesuit CHURCH, considered the best example of the mestizo baroque style.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

AREQUIPA–COLCA CANYON

Day
8

Drive across Pampa Cañahuas within Aguada Blanca National Reserve, the habitat of vicuñas and a variety of birds. Admire beautiful Pre-Columbian terraces still being cultivated by native Collaguas. After lunch, arrive in COLCA CANYON, an impressive geological formation carved out by the river. More than twice as deep as the Grand Canyon, Colca Canyon is one of the deepest in the world. Observe the spectacular terracing, considered among the most extensive in southern Peru. These terraces, which allow cultivation and meticulously controlled irrigation of the steep slopes of the canyon, were built by natives between the 9th and 14th centuries.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

COLCA CANYON.

Day
9

This morning, visit CONDORS’ CROSS, an observation point where you have the possibility of observing the flight of the condor in its native habitat. From here, also enjoy the impressive Colca Canyon panorama. Next, visit the town of Yanque before returning to your hotel.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

COLCA CANYON–AREQUIPA–LIMA.

Day
10

Return to Arequipa and transfer to the airport for your return flight to Lima.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

LIMA.

Day
11

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Things to note

  • Participation in this tour requires guest's name exactly as it appears on his/her passport, D.O.B., gender, and nationality at the time of booking.
  • Maximum elevation on tour: 13,000 feet.

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