Jewels of Peru

  • View of Uros floating Islands with Boats in Puno
  • LIMA – PERU View of the cathedral church and the main square in the down town
  • View of the Lost Incan City of Machu Picchu near Cusco
  • Inca agricultural terraces in Pisac, Sacred Valley

Highlights

HIGHLIGHTS:

Tour includes:

  • 8 nights of hotel accommodation.
  • All airport transfers listed in the itinerary
  • Baggage handling at airports and at hotels
  • All tours and excursions indicated in the itinerary
  • All entrance fees and transfers needed to operate tours and excursions
  • All train tickets, bus tickets and boat services needed to operate tours and excursions
  • Excursion to Machu Picchu is aboard the Vistadome train.
  • Lunch in the excursion to Machu Picchu at El Mapi Hotel
  • Service of a bilingual licensed tour guide for all tours and excursions
  • Meals indicated in the itinerary. B for breakfast, L for lunch. D for dinner
  • Hotel accommodation and hotel service charge
  • Hotel taxes are exempt for foreigners visiting Peru
  • When domestic airfare within Peru is specified as included: Airfare includes all queues, security fee, fuel surcharges and 18% Peruvian sales tax.
  • Hat with embroidered, keychain with huayruro seeds, bead bracelet, picture frame, pencil case, notebook.
  • Domestic airfare: Lima to Cuzco and Juliaca to Lima

Not included:

  • International flights.
  • Extra expenses in case of modifying the itinerary due to flight cancelation, strikes or blocking of roads and train tracks by demonstrators or political activists. Travel insurance is strongly recommended.
  • Expenses such us beverages on meals, tips, laundry, phone calls and other personal expenses are not included.

Special Features:

  • Airport concierges with posture and manners of a true diplomat.
  • Proficient tour guides with at least 10 years guiding and with the charisma to make an excursion an unforgettable one.
  • 24/7 Service of a personal travel concierge who will call passengers upon arrival at an each town or city and also monitor the development of the itinerary.

Extra features for LATOUR passengers:

  • “Contact Information Summary” with names and numbers of tour guides and operations manager for each location. As well as hotels phone numbers and hotel managers.
  • Pre-arrival letter to hotel managers announcing the arrival of VIP guests, requesting upgrade and VIP courtesies and providing a brief profile.
  • Complimentary upgrade to a luxury sedan during their visit in Lima.

Itinerary

DAY 1 | ARRIVAL IN LIMA
Arrival transfer in Lima, the "City of Kings" famous for its Spanish Colonial architecture, extraordinary museums and cuisine. Lima is internationally recognized as the "Gastronomic Capital of the Americas." Its cuisine is considered among the most diverse and exquisite in the world, on par with French cuisine. (B,L,D)

LIMA CITY TOUR
We will visit both the colonial and modern sections of Lima. Colonial sites include the lovely Plaza Mayor, the Government Palace, San Francisco Church and the exquisite Torre Tagle Palace, modern day seat of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In modern Lima, drive along the exclusive residential areas of Miraflores and San Isidro. Lunch at hotel.

Magic Water Circuit and Lima by Nighta
Late afternoon, we visit the Magic Water Circuit at Parque de la Reserva. This recently remodeled park boasts 12 beautiful water fountains that literally “dance” under an awesome choreography of music, lights and laser beams. This park is the pride of Lima and has been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest water fountain park in the world. The 80-meter high water fountain is an impressive view. Continue our Lima by night tour passing by memorials, churches, impressive monuments and historical buildings.

Dinner at Huaca Pucllana
The Huaca Pucllana restaurant provides and an outstanding cuisine and enjoys a privileged location. It is across from an ancient Inca Pyramid. In the fifth century, the Lima valley inhabitants started the construction of the Huaca Pucllana. Under the management of sacred priests, it was built as an expression of their religious authority. It was also used to control the hydrological resources stemmed from the water canal system on the left bank of the Rimac river. Pucllana was an important ceremonial and administrative location. Its magnificence was reflected by the configuration of a monumental architecture.

Overnight at our hotel in Lima. (B,L,D)

DAY 2 | LIMA
Today, we will be impressed by the large variety of fish and sea fruit showcased at the local markets. Try the local fruit and learn about typical vegetables, followed by a demonstration of how to prepare our famous "ceviche" at one of the leading seafood restaurants.
Learn how to prepare a Pisco Sour and other Peruvian cocktails. We will have the chance to flavor our famous national drink, the Pisco, in different presentations. Finish with a tasting experience of traditional Peruvian food.

Continue with a visit to a different Peru, a side of Lima where the actual Limeños live and work.  We will learn interesting social and cultural facts but, most importantly, we will experience how Lima’s diverse inhabitants live their daily lives. We will visit one of Lima’s human settlements, the Peruvian version of the favela.  Our guide will show us around the neighborhood located on the slopes of the sandy hills of Lima’s outskirts. We will also see some of the innovative social and environmental projects that have been set up by a local NGO and have the opportunity to interact with several locals.

Overnight at our hotel in Lima. (B,L)

DAY 3 | LIMA | CUSCO | PISAC & OLLANTAYAMBO ARCHAEOLOGICAL COMPLEX
Early morning transfer from the hotel to the airport for a short but spectacular flight over the snowcapped Andes to the oldest inhabited city in the hemisphere, Cusco, at an elevation of 11,440 feet. (Flight included in package price).

Pisac Indian market and the Ollantaytambo Fortress
This morning, we depart for a drive through the fertile countryside of the Urubamba Valley. During our visit to the bustling marketplace, we will have the opportunity to bargain with the natives for many different types of Peruvian handicrafts and jewelry. Visit the religious nucleus and archaeological site of Pisac.

Lunch at Wayra with Peruvian Paso Horse Show
“Caballo de Paso” are known worldwide for their smooth gaited movements and unusual spirit. No other horse combines strength, intelligence and beauty so perfectly as the Peruvian Paso Horse. The particular characteristic of the Paso Horse is precisely the reason for its name - the sublime charm of its typical step. As they walk, their front legs step very high and forward, while the hooves sway to the sides in a graceful and synchronized movement. Enjoy a delightful demonstration of the skills of this unique member of the horse kingdom. Lunch at the celebrated Wayra at “Sol y Luna” in the Sacred Valley.

Continue to the Ollantaytambo archaeological complex. The Incas built it as a fort that included a temple, agricultural terraces and an urban area. There are two distinct sectors: the religious/worship zone and the residential area. Ollantaytambo was an important administrative center with probable military functions, considering the walls and towers. There are also traces of ancient roads and aqueducts. The town of Ollantaytambo is called a "Living Inca Town" since the inhabitants maintain very old practices and customs.

Overnight at our hotel in the Sacred Valley. (B,L)

DAY 4 | MORAY | MARAS | QUECHUA VILLAGE
Pass through unspoiled and picturesque Andean communities on our way to the Incan agricultural experimental center of Moray, famous for its sunken amphitheater. It is made up of four circular terraces, which appear to fade away into the earth like an artificial crater. The site was apparently an Inca agricultural research station filled with fertile earth and watered by complex irrigation systems. It was designed for experimenting with crops at various altitudes, some of which run down to depths of 100 meters.

Lunch at Paradoy de Moray
Inside the marvelous contrasts of this destination, and boasting a magical character, a restored hacienda of the Sacred Valley of the Incas bécame El Parador de Moray. It is the ideal place to make a stop and enjoy the new culinary proposal of Coque Ossio. Experience the highest and most traditional Peruvian cuisine, in an environment finely decorated with exquisite Peruvian crafts.

We continue to the impressive Maras salt pools formed by water, emerging from a lake inside a mountain in the Urubamba Valley. It’s an amazing view of evaporating ponds for the extraction of salt. Learn about ancestral techniques, which are still used, in agricultural, irrigation and salt-recollection tasks, as well as in Andean festivals and rites. After lunch, visit an authentic Quechua Village to feel the way of life of the Inca's ancestors. The Inca himself was a noble Quechua. They live off the land and are always wearing their colorful ponchos. See Quechua children scamper about while women are weaving their familys’ clothes. It’s meaningful experience!

Planetarium Visit
Discover the mysteries of the heaven of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Visit the planetarium and contemplate the Southern Cross and other constellations of the Southern Hemisphere. Moreover, we will be able to enjoy an amazing presentation in which we will project the constellations in our dome and to be part of an exclusive talk on the Andean worldview.

Dinner at our hotel. Overnight at our hotel in the Sacred Valley. (B,L,D)

DAY 5 | SACRED VALLEY | MACHU PICCHU | CUSCO

Morning train ride through the sacred valley of Urubamba to the "Lost City of the Incas," Machu Picchu. Perched 8,200 feet above the valley, it was hidden by mountains and semi-tropical jungles for 400 years until discovered by Hiram Bingham of Yale University in 1911. Archaeologists believe that the Inca "Virgins of the Sun" took refuge from the Spanish Conquistadors here. We will have a guided tour of the ruins upon arrival.

Lunch is at the El Mapi Hotel.  Afternoon return to Cusco. Overnight at our hotel in Cusco. (B,L)

DAY 6 | CUSCO
Get caught up in the excitement of touring the ancient capital of the Inca Empire, a delightful combination of Inca and colonial architecture. We visit important landmarks such us Cusco's Cathedral, Santo Domingo Church, Plaza de Armas and Koricancha, “The Temple of the Sun.” We also visit the emblematic Cusco neighborhood of San Blas. It is filled with typical narrow streets, charming small homes, galleries and craft workshops. See local artisans at work. Cusco is the oldest continuously inhabited city in the western hemisphere. Lunch is included.

Continue with a visit to the Choco Museum where we will enjoy a chocolate class. Learn the origin of chocolate and entire chocolate-making process starting with the cocoa tree from the Peruvian jungle. We will make our own milk or dark chocolates with more than 15 different flavors to choose from!

Overnight at our hotel in Cusco. (B,L)

DAY 7 | CUSCO | PUNO
We drive through the Peruvian Andes from Cusco to Puno, one of South America's most extraordinary overland trips. We pass through striking highland scenery and picturesque Andean villages. Our first stop is at Raqchi to see the remains of the remarkable temple of Viracocha, considered by the historians an important Inca construction. Next is the town of Andahuaylillas, a showcase of colonial art in Peru, sometimes called "the Sistine Chapel of America."

Lunch is included. Overnight at our hotel in Puno. (B,L)

DAY 8 | UROS | TAQUILE ISLANDS ON LAKE TITIKAKA
We will venture to the highest navigable lake in the world to the floating islands of the Uros Indians. These islands are man-made from totora reeds. The Uros considered themselves Lords of the Lake. They hunt wild birds and maintain traditional fishing methods. The men have developed an extraordinary skill in weaving reeds, as well as producing houses, boats and handicrafts. The women are expert knitters.

Continue to Taquile where a native community of about 400 families still lives with the traditions and high principals of the Incas. Taquile is a very important site on Lake Titikaka for its archeological remains, sacred and ceremonial sites, festive activities and rituals. Taquile is characterized by its friendly inhabitants who maintain their customs and traditional clothing. They distinguish themselves by their detailed, fine, and colorful textiles with symmetrical decorations and symbols that reflect their way of life and Andean beliefs.

Lunch is included. Overnight at our hotel in Puno. (B,L)

DAY 9 | PUNO | SILLUSTANI BURIAL TOWERS EN ROUTE | DEPARTURE
En route, this morning, we have an excursion to Sillustani Burial Towers. This complex stands on the shore of Lake Umayo and is famous for its chullpas. These large circular fortified burial towers were for the chiefs and important people of the early villages of the Collao plateau. Some are 39 feet high and remarkable for their shape, which is thinner at the base and wider at the top. These ancient and impressive tombs from the pre-Inca period were built from a mixture of stone and adobe. After lunch at the hotel, we transfer to the airport for our flight from Juliaca to Lima (flight included in package price), filled with our treasured memories. (B,L)

(B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (D) Dinner

Hotels

*Accommodations are subject to Availability
CITYNIGHTSHOTEL
Lima2Casa Andina Private Collection Lima
Sacred Valley2Casa Andina Private Collection Sacred Valley
Cusco2Casa Andina Private Collection Cusco
Puno2Sonesta Posada del Inca

Land Package Prices Per Person

Specific Departure Dates
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Starting From:$3,415$4,173

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