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Purely Peru

Purely Peru

HIGHLIGHTS

Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, Colca Canyon

FROM

US$3,295

DURATION

16 Days

An active itinerary with an in depth look at Peru’s diverse cultures and geography. You will see some amazing highlights but we endeavour to show you the real Peru with some more authentic experiences and local tours. You also travel on a variety of transport from boats to motorized canoes, local buses and private minivans. The buses are large comfortable coaches with reclining seats. Accommodation is simple but comfortable with en-suite rooms. Hotels are chosen for their safety, location, ambiance and friendly staff. There may be one multi share night (triple or quad), at the hom-estay on Lake Tititcaca.

There is moderate walking involved throughout the tour, around Inca sites in the Sacred Valley, cities of Puno and Cusco. Though it can be a little tougher than usual when at altitude, however we spend plenty of time acclimatising slowly.

*All our tours are non-smoking

Our Peru tour explores this country of contrasts and allows ample time for unhurried acclimatisation. Visit local communities where we support and see the real side of life in this amazing country.

TRIP SUMMARY:

Duration: 16 days starting in Lima and ending in Cusco
Trip focus: Active sightseeing and cultural insights.
Accommodation: 14 nights hotels, 1 night home stay on Lake Titicaca
Transport: Flight, bus, launch
Group size: Maximum 12 + S.E.T. tour leader, minimum 4
Single supplement: US$780

WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • All accommodation
  • Meals daily as specified in tour
  • Airport arrival transfers to your accommodation
  • Airfare Lima-Arequipa
  • Full pre departure briefing and logistical support in Lima
  • All land and lake transport
  • Entry and guided visit to all Inca sites on the itinerary
  • Tips for local guides and drivers
  • Local payment of US$300

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED:

  • Alcoholic/soft drinks
  • Meals not specified in itinerary
  • Laundry
  • Souvenirs
  • Optional excursions
  • International flights
  • Travel insurance, visas and vaccinations
  • Tips for your tour leader
  • Optional Amazon Rainforest add on 3 nights/4 days

PAYING LOCALLY:

Most of our adventure tours involve a local payment. Paying locally allows us to keep the overall cost of our tours competitive and pass the savings on to you. These funds are put towards local expenses. In some developing countries the transferring of funds is at times problematic so this is a way to help us serve you, whilst saving you money. Payment is to be made to your leader upon arrival in cash.

All prices are approximate and subject to currency fluctuations until final payment has been made.

DAY 1 – ARRIVAL DAY LIMA

Arrive anytime today and meet your fellow tour participants. Though the flights from New Zealand for our Kiwi guests arrive a bit late, so we’d suggest an extra night. There’s a lot to see and do in Lima.

DAY 2 – LIMA, REALITY TOUR

Morning trip briefing. Join our insightful Lima reality city tour where take you to the historical center for half a day and then visit a local community project in a colourful shanty in the afternoon. These culturally sensitive tours let you see the real life of locals and gives back to the communities visited.

Meals Included: Dinner

DAYS 3 & 4 – AREQUIPA

A morning flight to arguably Peru’s most beautiful city. Arequipa exhibits delightful colonial past and a visit to the colourful Santa Catalina Convent is a must. Situated under the volcano “El Misti”, stroll around the city enjoying the local museums, churches and sample some of the many superb regional dishes.

Meals Included: 2 Breakfasts

DAYS 5 & 6 – COLCA CANYON

Colca Canyon, home to the famous Andean Condor. View these birds close up, as they soar above us while on the edge of the canyon. Visit local villages, soak in thermal baths and sample the life, music and spectacular scenery.

Meals Included: 2 Breakfasts

DAYS 7 to 9 – PUNO, LAKE TITICACA

We continue through to the city of Puno on Day 7. From the shores of magnificent “Lake Titicaca”, we board a boat bound for the floating islands of Uros and a local homestay in a less touristed community, along the way learning of the legends and the ways of the lake and its people where life has remained relatively unchanged over the centuries. An overnight home stay will allow us to live with a family on the islands.

Meals Included: 2 Breakfasts and 1 Dinner

DAYS 10 & 11 – SACRED VALLEY-INCA RUINS & LOCAL FAMILIES

Today we depart Puno and travel by road across the Altiplano to Cuzco and then we head out to the beautiful Urubamba Valley (Sacred Valley of the Inca’s). Explore the ancient township of Ollantaytambo Inca site, drive through rural villages to Pisac. Here we’re very privileged to visit a local farming community, where we’re welcomed with a ceremony to Pacha Mama (earth mother). Spend time learning the ancient and traditional ways of life, from medicinal herbs and wool dying to helping with farm projects. Later explore the Inca site and vibrant Pisac market.

Meals Included: 2 Breakfasts and 1 Lunch

***Inca Trail Option: If you still prefer to do the trail, we can book it for you as an independent tour. You will be with another group and have to advise us early, so that trail permits can be obtained. You would then stay in Cusco on day 10 and meet the group back in Cusco on day 14. Inca trail supplement will be approximately USD380 on a twin share basis.

DAY 12 – MACHU PICCHU

Take an early train to Aguas Calientes (now known as Machu Picchu village) where we’ll check in to our hotel and make our way to Machu Picchu. You’ll have free time until mid afternoon to wander around this amazing site, then join our guided tour once the crowds have subsided. Relax at your own pace for the rest of the day in Machu Picchu, head down to the village or soak in the hot springs.

Meals Included: Breakfast

DAYS 13 & 14 – CUSCO

An early morning train and bus takes us to the imperial city of the Incas, Cusco, visiting some interesting sites on the way. Rich in history and surrounded by ancient Inca sites, churches and museums and markets, there is plenty for all to do and see. Enjoy a half day city tour on day 14, then free time to enjoy the city, before taking part in a unique cooking class overlooking the city.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

DAY 15 – CUSCO

Free time to explore this beautiful city with great shopping, fascinating markets, or just relax in one of the many cafes and soak up the special atmosphere, which makes Cusco a truly unique place. Enjoy a farewell dinner at one of Cusco’s best restaurants.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

DAY 16 – DEPARTURE

Say farewell to Peru, or add on an Amazon Lodge stay for a serene wilderness experience.

TESTIMONIALS

SightseeingWildlife WatchingCultural ExperiencesFood and CookingBusTrainBoat

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Insightful Lima city tour
  • Experience the floating Uros islands and homestay with a local community on Lake Titicaca
  • Wander the colonial city of Arequipa and watch soaring condors in the Colca Canyon
  • In depth exploration of the Sacred Valley, visiting inca sites and rural communities
  • The lost city of the Incas Machu Picchu
  • Cooking class in Cusco to unlock the secrets of fine Peruvian Cuisine
  • Explore the city of Cusco

DATES

Start Date End Date Availability Cost
20th Aug 2020 4th Sep 2020 AVAILABLE US$3,295
19th Aug 2021 3rd Sep 2021 AVAILABLE US$3,295
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