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Machu Picchu, an Inca mystery worth exploring…                             Photo courtesy of H.Fletcher

A country of many dimensions and exciting adventures

 

Travel Peru and go back in time as you explore the cultural centers of the pre-Columbian civilizations, enjoy colonial cities and ponder the mystery of the great Amazon. Peru’s history, nature and living culture make it a unique destination.
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Archaeologists are continually finding evidence of Inca cultures and the country’s colonial times have left a valuable heritage.  For ecologists Peru offers 84 eco zones, over 1700 bird species and 250,000 species of flora. Its ancestral cultures are alive with customs, fiestas, costumes and your palate will thank you for the great range of gastronomic experiences available in Peru. More….

 

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Peru Pisac Market

Sacred Valley of the Incas*

6 Day Immersion into the Inca civilization,
exploring
ancient ruins, markets,
and bustling towns
(LT-01)

*Combine this journey with Best of Ecuador & Galapagos

Day 1: CUSCO –OLLANTAYTAMBO
Upon arrival in Cusco, you will be met and transferred to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. En route it is possible to visit an Andean textile center whose principal objective is to keep the Incan textile art alive. Here one can learn about the age-old dyeing techniques and instruments used for the weaving of these famous textiles. Raw materials come from the 4 types of Andean camels (llamas, vicunas, guanacos and alpaca), which can all be observed on site.
Lunch will be served at Wayra Ranch. Here you can enjoy a spectacular equestrian exhibition, where the horses will impress you with their graceful gait and elegant look.

Day 2: SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCAS
This morning you will be taken to Pisac market, well-known for its local products such as textiles, carvings and replicas of ancient Inca objects.
Then continue on to Casa Hacienda Orihuela for lunch. The Orihuela family, collectors of paintings, old weapons, photography, ceremonial vessels and the ceramic bulls of Pucara, will be your hosts. The hacienda is set in a forest of eucalyptus trees and here the famous giant white corn is cultivated for export.
Visit Ollantaytambo Park, a typical example of the urban planning of the Incas, whose residents still live in accordance with their old traditions. Pachacútec (1438-1471) conquered the town, destroyed it and built a new one, absorbing it into his empire. It is now considered one of the most remarkable archaeological complexes of the Inca Empire.

Day 3: MACHU PICCHU
Transfer to the train station where you board the Vistadome train service. Upon arrival at Aguas Calientes Station, take a 30 minute shuttle bus ride up to the Machu Picchu citadel, the “Lost City of the Incas”. Enjoy a guided tour of the fabled ruins.
The ruins are located in a lush jungle and are believed to have been built in the mid-15th century by Inca Pachacútec. Lost in history, it was not discovered until 1911 by the American explorer Hiram Bingham.
Machu PicchuNow recognized as a member of the new 7 Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu is a marvelous and famous citadel which combines the visual and spiritual force of magnificent natural scenery with the natural diversity of a historic sanctuary. Machu Picchu is recognized as a Cultural and Natural Patrimony of the World, and is a sacred city or sanctuary because only the Inca and his noblemen, priests, priestesses and chosen women (Akllas) had free access to its premises.
Machu Picchu rises to an altitude of 7,900 feet above sea level between the Huayna Picchu (young peak) and Machu Picchu (old peak). It lies within the spectacular framework provided by the exuberant vegetation of the nearby jungle and rugged landscape.
The ruins are situated on the eastern slope of Machu Picchu Mountain in two separate areas – agricultural and urban. The latter includes the civil sector (dwellings, canalizations) and the sacred sector (temples, mausoleums, squares, royal houses). Although the constructions show different levels of architecture, the religious buildings exhibit a high degree of perfection. The construction was generally in stone and the roofs were built of tree trunks and thatched with Ichu or straw. The walls lean slightly inward to protect against earthquakes.
We recommend that you overnight at the lodge located adjacent to the ancient Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. It offers easy access from early morning to late afternoon, when most of the day visitors and buses have left.

Day 4: MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO
Return to the ruins and walk through the citadel for another visit – it is quite memorable in the morning mist.
Hike up Huayna Picchu for the best aerial views of the ruins. This mountain is located towards the north of the Citadel and appears in the background of Machu Picchu’s classic pictures. The way up is a long stairway of which some of the steps are simply carved in the mountain rock; a slow climb will take approximately one hour.
After lunch return to the station at Aguas Calientes and board the afternoon Vistadome train back to Cusco. On arrival transfer to your centrally located hotel and check in for 2 nights.

Day 5: CUSCO
At about 11,400 feet above sea level, Cusco was once the capital of the Inca Empire. UNESCO declared it a World Heritage Site in 1983 and its legacy dates back to the 15th century. It is attributed to the Inca Pachacútec, who built the city‘s most remarkable constructions.
Lined with stone streets and dotted with foundations laid centuries ago by skilled Inca stonemasons, Cusco defines the allure of a majestic Andean capital. A unique blend of colonial, pre-Columbian and Mestizo culture, Cusco offers superior insight into the many treasures of these varied, but equally rich cultures.
Start your tour with a visit to the Coricancha, also known as the “Temple of the Sun”, the construction of which was ordered by Inca Pachacútec. This was the base on which the Santo Domingo Convent was constructed by the Spaniards. It is also where the Sun God was worshipped during the Inca Empire and at the time its walls were fully covered with gold sheets and its courtyards were planted with golden corn.
Continue to the Cathedral, the most important building on the Main Square and one of the most splendid Spanish colonial churches in America. It houses about 400 colonial paintings from the Cusco art school, and impressive goldsmith, silversmith and precious stone works.
Visit the Sacsayhuamán fortress, an emblematic work of the Incas, which protected the Holy City. The Sacsayhuamán complex was built with megalithic blocks, whose transportation and construction continue to be a mystery. Continue on to Qenqo, an archaeological complex mainly used for religious purposes. It is believed that agricultural rituals took place there too.
Finally visit the vestiges of Puka Pukara, which means “red fortress”, an architectural complex presumably used for military purposes. It is believed that the Inca´s entourage used it while Pachacútec rested at Tambomachay.

Day 6: END OF TOUR
Check out of your hotel after breakfast and transfer to the airport in time for your onward flight.

Tour Dates: daily departures
Tour Cost: on request
Type of Accommodation: Choice of Deluxe, First Class and Superior Tourist Class
Group Size: min. 2 passengers

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Peru

Peru Encompassed

16 days Exploring the Highlights of Peru & Amazon (EX-DPRA)
*in Style

Based in comfortable hotels, we explore Peru – the sacred land of the Incas. We visit the historic ruins of Machu Picchu, which hang in the clouds like an eagle’s nest, and sail along Lake Titicaca – the highest navigable lake in the world. Visit the Uros Indians on their floating reed islands and pre-Inca ruins on Taquile Island. Drive across the high Altiplano to Cusco – the ancient Inca capital, the colonial streets of Lima and the beautifully preserved city of Arequipa and the Colca Canyon, one of the most impressive on the planet. We end the trip in the tropical Amazon Rainforest, exploring jungle-lined river banks by dugout canoe and searching for wildlife on walks through forest trails. There’s plenty of time to relax and soak up the atmosphere.

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Tour Highlights:

Machu Picchu –  travel by train to the ‘Lost City’, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World
Andean Explorer Train – from Puno to Cusco
Arequipa (2350m)Santa Catalina Convent
Colca Canyon – home to the Andean Condor
Lake Titicaca – traverse the highest navigable lake in the world, visiting the Uros and Taquile Islands
Cusco (3400m) explore the ancient capital city of the Incas
Machu Picchu –  travel by train to the ‘Lost City’, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World
Sacred Valley – unwind in this tranquil setting
Amazon – discover an exotic world of flora and fauna on foot and by canoe and absorb the sounds of the jungle

Comment: A tour suitable for all abilities. We gradually ascend the Andes, so altitude should be less of a factor, but still something to bear in mind.

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Tour Dates: Thursdays March to October 2017

Tour Cost: from $4,290 per person sharing twin accommodation
Single Supplement from $1030
Group Size: 10 – 16 passengers
Type of Accommodation: premium and standard hotels and lodges
Vehicles: bus, train, boat, flights
Meals: 15 breakfasts, 3 dinners, 5 lunches

 

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Peru

Sacred Land of the Incas

14 Day non-trekking Adventure across Peruvian Highlands
with extension option to the Amazon
(EX-PS)

Experience the land of the Incas as we discover the vast Colca Canyon, explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Arequipa. Across the Andes is Lake Titicaca, where the Uros Indians live on floating reed islands, and Taquile Island, home to fascinating pre-Inca ruins.  Then to Cuzco, the Inca capital and on to Machu Picchu, known as the ‘Lost City’ of the Incas and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Enjoy whitewater rafting through the Sacred Valley, and more.

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Tour Highlights:

Machu Picchu – travel by train to the ‘Lost City’ in the mountains, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World
Arequipa – discover the 500-year-old Santa Catalina Convent
Colca Canyon – home to the Andean Condor
Lake Titicaca – traverse the highest navigable lake in the world, visiting the Uros and Taquile Islands
Cusco – explore the ancient capital city of the Incas
Sacred Valley – a tranquil place to unwind

Comment: We gradually ascend the Andes, so altitude should be less of a factor, but still something to bear in mind.

It is possible to extend your stay in Peru with a 3-night sojourn in a jungle lodge deep in Amazonia. Flying to Puerto Maldonado, you can explore the Amazon jungle by dugout canoe and also on foot for close-up views of exotic tropical flora. There’s plenty of time to relax and soak up the atmosphere.

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Tour Dates: Saturdays from May to October 2017

Tour Cost: from $2,550 per person sharing twin accommodation
Single Supplement from $450
Group Size: 12 – 18 passengers
Type of Accommodation: standard hotels, Village House and Guesthouse
Vehicles: bus, train, boat, flight
Meals: 13 breakfasts

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machu picchu Inca Trail

Inca Trail Trek

9 Days Inca Trail, Sacred Valley and Cuzco (EX-PQ)

Walk along the classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Learn about traditional Andean culture on the 4-day trek to the summit of ‘The Lost City’ as we pass Inca ruins en route. Arrive at the Sun Gate entrance to Machu Picchu and enjoy a guided visit of this legendary lost city.

Discover the Sacred Valley, visit the colourful Pisac market and explore the historic town of Cuzco.

Note: the Inca Trail is a moderate to strenuous trek (5-6hrs a day, on average) for the physically fit. Maximum altitude is 4200m.

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Trip Highlights:

Inca Trail – fully supported four-day trek through stunning scenery visiting Inca ruins en route to arrive at the mountain citadel of Machu Picchu
Cuzco – an opportunity to explore the ancient capital of the Incas
Sacred Valley – Visit the lively market town of Pisac and magnificent ruins at Ollantaytambo. Opportunity to go whitewater rafting
Machu Picchu – a guided visit of the lost city, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World

Comment: It is possible to extend your stay with a 3-night sojourn in a jungle lodge deep in Amazonia:
Explore the Amazon jungle by dugout canoe and also on foot for close-up views of exotic tropical flora. There’s plenty of time to relax and soak up the atmosphere.

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Tour Dates: Saturdays from April to October 2017

Tour Cost: from $1,820 per person sharing twin accommodation
Single Supplement from $260
Group Size: 10 – 16 passengers
Type of Accommodation: standard hotel, camping, guesthouse
Vehicles: bus, train
Meals: 8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners

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Inca Trail Teen Adventure

14 Day Family Trekking with your Teens in Peru (EX-FPT)

Trek along the famous mountain trail to Machu Picchu, following in the footsteps of the Inca civilisation. Explore the ancient capital of Cusco and visit the colourful Pisac Market.

Stepping off the beaten track, experience traditional life with an overnight stay in a mountain village. Along the way there’s the opportunity for rafting and mountain biking in the Sacred Valley.

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Tour Highlights:

The Inca Trail – Four-day trek through stunning scenery visiting Inca ruins en route to arrive at the mountain citadel of Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu – One of the New Seven Wonders of the World
Rafting and mountain biking – Enjoy an exhilarating downhill bike ride in the Sacred Valley and optional whitewater rafting
Misminay – Trek to Misminay, home to our Inca Trail porters and spend the night in a village house
Cusco – Explore the ancient capital city of the Incas

Comment: The Inca Trail is a moderate to strenuous trek (average 5-6hrs a day) for the physically fit. Maximum altitude 4200m.
If you would prefer take the train from Puno to Cusco, it must be reserved at time of booking.

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Tour Dates: Saturdays in July and August, 2017

Tour Cost: from $3,830 per adult, sharing twin accommodation
Child rate: from $3,460 sharing with a parent

Minimum age: 11
Group Size: 10 – 16 passengers
Type of Accommodation: standard & basic hotels, basic camping, Village House
Swimming: not possible on this tour
Vehicles: Bus, Train, Flights
Meals: 13 Breakfasts, 4 Dinners, 5 Lunches

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About Peru:

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Peru Peru– a country of many dimensions and exciting adventures. Travel back in the past as you visit the cultural centers of the pre-Columbian civilizations, enjoy modern Lima, and ponder the mystery of futuristic Nazca. And, of course, it is always fun to bargain or trade with the natives for an alpaca wool sweater or an exotic blowgun. To make your trip most enjoyable, we offer the following information.

Peru While In Cusco Make sure you leave plenty of time to explore Cusco. This city, which dates from around 1200 AD, is the historic heart of Incan civilization. Wander the network of ruined temples and palaces, and learn of the Incas´ ancient religious practices, centered in the majestic Temple of the Sun. Just as fascinating is the colonial history of Cusco-see how the Spanish built their lavish churches on the sites of the Inca temples.

Peru CUSCO MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO BY VISTADOME TRAIN
Route: Cusco – Poroy – Ollanta – Machu Picchu – Ollanta – Poroy – Cusco
The train journey from Cusco to Machu Picchu is a highlight of any trip to the Andes. The scenery is simply spectacular, and the recently refurbished Vistadomes with their panoramic windows allow you to enjoy it in comfort.

Peru The 3 1/4 hour journey takes you through a changing landscape.
First there is a steep climb out of Cusco into the surrounding hillside, by means of a series of switchback turns known locally as “the zig zag”.
Soon the train stops at the beautiful village of Poroy, and then descends into the Sacred Valley, passing by lush, green fields and colourful villages in the foothills of the Andes.
machu picchuFrom here on, there are wonderful vistas of the mountains and, deep in its dramatic canyon, the beautiful Urubamba River running through the Sacred Valley.

For optimum views of the Andes, windows have been installed into the carriage ceilings. Also, a newly enhanced food-and-drink service, plus individual slip-down tables have been added.
And what a destination awaits you!

machu picchuMachu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas, is one of the wonders of the Americas. The stunning ruins of the ancient citadel, perched on a mountain peak high in the Andes, are perhaps the greatest surviving testament to Inca civilization. Built in the 15th and 16th centuries, Machu Picchu was the secret city of the Incas, never discovered by the Spanish. It was only rediscovered in 1911, by an American, Professor Bingham, and it remains South America’s most spectacular archaeological site.

 

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