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Best of Peru & The Amazon

BEST OF PERU & THE AMAZON

LIMA – YUCAY – CUSCO – PUNO – LIMA – IQUITOS – LIMA

Peru – Also known as The Kingdom of the Sun, Peru is one of the most representative countries of Latin America due to the mix of native Indian, afro American and European cultures. Peru is a country where the traditional customs have transcended through the years and they are the base for the current way of life. The contrast produced because of the different landscapes and people is the reason why Peru is a country so interesting for you to visit. The City of Kings was once the scenario of the war against the Spanish conquerors, who came in a ruthless search for the gold that was hidden somewhere in Peru. However, their most wanted treasure was the Lost City of the Incas: Machu Picchu, which they never found.

GUARANTEED DEPARTURE DATES JANUARY UNTIL NOVEMBER 2019

 

 

 

ITINERARY

 

DAY 1     FRIDAY                LIMA

Meals: None

Transfer airport – hotel

Arrival at the airport in Lima where you will be welcomed and transferred to the hotel.

Lima was founded in 1535 by the Spanish conqueror Francisco Pizarro as “The city of the kings” and became the capital and most important city of the Spanish Viceroyalty. Today it is still Peru’s most important city as it gives home to about 9 million people, almost 30% of the national population. The historical city centre comes with splendid colonial style architecture, ample squares as the Plaza de Armas (or Plaza Mayor) and grand churches which yielded it the declaration as UNESCO World Cultural Heritage. In its modern quarters such as Miraflores and San Isidro you can find present day architecture, rich entertainment possibilities and a great number of first class hotels and restaurants. Peruvian cuisine is excellent and gets more and more famous in the world and Peruvians are extremely proud of their typical dishes.

Middle Class:

Overnight at Hotel La Hacienda Miraflores 3*+ or similar (standard room)

 

Comfort Class:

Overnight at Hotel Casa Andina Premium Miraflores 4* or similar (superior room)

 

DAY 2     SATURDAY      LIMA  

Meals: Breakfast

City Tour including San Francisco monastery and Larco Museum (4h)

Today you will explore the city on a sightseeing tour through Lima. The Plaza de Armas with the beautiful buildings of the government Palace, the town hall, the Palace of the archbishop and the cathedral are still the most important places in town. After that you will visit the beautiful San Francisco monastery which displays the largest collection of religious art in America. The highlight of this convent is the visit of the underground vaults known as “catacumbas” or catacombs.

Proceed through the modern districts of San Isidro and Miraflores and to the Coastline enjoying the view over the beaches of Lima and the Pacific Ocean.

Afterwards enjoy a guided visit of one of the Lima’s most noted museums, the Larco Museum which houses the world’s largest private collection of Peruvian pre-Columbian Art. Mr. Rafael Larco Hoyle founded the museum on July 28, 1926, in the Chiclin sugar estate in Trujillo, naming it as his father as an expression of filial homage. In 1958 he moved the collection to Lima, installing the Museum in a Colonial house in the district of Pueblo Libre, where it currently functions. This locale was adapted to the characteristics style of the 18th century Colonial houses from Trujillo. The approximate 45,000 objects of the collection have been exhibited to the public in the Permanent Hall, Jewellery Vault and the Classified Storage Area ever since.

The Halls of the Larco Museum are organized by subjects. The Metals, Ceramics, the Stones, the Culture, the Great Jewellery Vault and Textile Halls emphasize the technological aspects by Pre-Columbian cultures. Finally the World’s unique Erotic Hall gives us a glimpse of the fascinating sexual life of ancient Peruvians.

In the afternoon the following optional tour can be booked:

Optional: Visit of the Waterpark and dinner (4h)

You will be picked up at the hotel and driven to the city center. You will visit the Parque de la Exposición, one of the biggest waterparks that exists within a city. There you can marvel at different shapes of fountains illuminated with different colors. The highlight of each evening is the music show at the biggest fountain with the water dancing at the rhythm of the tunes.

After the show you will stop at a famous restaurant in Barranco to enjoy a buffet dinner and a spectacular show of traditional folk dances from the Coast, Sierras and Jungle of Peru.

**Remark: Visit of the Waterpark is only possible from Tuesday to Sunday. The tour can also be booked on regular seat-in-basis (shared with other international travelers)

Middle Class:

Overnight at Hotel La Hacienda Miraflores 3*+ or similar (standard room)

 

Comfort Class:

Overnight at Hotel Casa Andina Premium Miraflores 4* or similar (superior room)

 

DAY 3     SUNDAY                LIMA – CUSCO – YUCAY

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Transfer hotel – airport

Flight Lima – Cusco (not included)

Transfer Airport Cusco – hotel Yucay including visit of the Chinchero community and the Chinchero market en route

Transfer to the airport for the flight to Cusco. Upon arrival you will start the tour with a visit to Chinchero community located 28km away from Cusco. Here are the remains of what was the royal hacienda of Tupac Inca Yupanqui, as well as beautiful colonial temples built on Inca’s foundations. However, its main attraction is its Sunday market originally dedicated to the people of the valley to barter their products. This colourful and lively market still fascinates people with its variety of handicrafts and textiles made in true pre-Columbian style.

Then you will be transferred to “El Mirador de Racchi” where you will have a splendid view of the Sacred Valley. Afterwards you will enjoy a typical lunch, followed by the transfer to your hotel.

Middle Class:

Overnight at Hotel Casa Andina Premium Valle Sagrado 4* or similar (superior room)

 

Comfort Class:

Overnight at Hotel Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness 5* or similar (colonial room)

 

DAY 4     MONDAY            YUCAY

Meals: Breakfast

Half day excursion to the Ollantaytambo Ruins (4h)

For the morning program the following optional tours can be booked on site:

Optional: Moray and Maras (4h)

The excursion starts with the visit to Moray, a little Andean community which is famous for its embedded amphitheater, formed by four circular terraces which seem to disappear into the interior of the puna, like an artificial crater. Evidences seem to suggest that Moray was an important Inca agricultural research center. Finally, you will be transferred to visit the Salt Mines of Maras. With the salt which is tapped by exposing salt water that bubbles to the surface from a spring called Qoripujio in men-made wells to the sun, people earn their living. The view of this complex of nearly 3,000 wells is spectacular. The local people demonstrate the ancient techniques to visitors, even allowing you to participate.

**Remarks: Visits are not recommended during the rainy season (November to April)

Optional: Trekking to the terraces of Yucay (1h)

An easy and relaxing hike to enjoy nature. Behind the Plaza of Yucay you will see an impressive group of terraces that follow the outline of the mountain and are still in use by the locals.

The trail will take you to witness also the old Incan water channel used for the irrigation of the agricultural terraces.  

In the afternoon, a visit to Ollantaytambo, a typical Inca community, is included. Towering above the town of Ollantaytambo we will find the Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo. Steep stone terraces rising from the edge of town lead up to the fortress ruins at the top of the hill. A stone stairway leads up through the terrace walls, allowing visitors to step out on them. One of the best-preserved areas lies north of the Hanan Huacaypata square: an area of 15 blocks of houses built on top of carved stone walls.

Middle Class:

Overnight at Hotel Casa Andina Premium Valle Sagrado 4* or similar (superior room)

 

Comfort Class:

Overnight at Hotel Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness 5* or similar (colonial room)

 

DAY 5     TUESDAY             YUCAY – MACHU PICHU – CUSCO

Meals: Breakfast

Full day tour to Machu Picchu

Transfer by bus to the train station of Ollantaytambo where the tour starts by train that goes through the fertile plain of the Urubamba valley and on to Aguas Calientes. From there, small busses drive up the steep mountain to the ruin town.

Machu Picchu called the Lost City of the Incas, this cultural heritage of mankind is a beautifully located impressive stone city constructed with a technique incredible for its era and even for present times. Stone upon stone, fitted together perfectly without any cement, with impressive delicacy, exquisite detail and discrimination worthy of the world’s greatest palaces. There are many theories about Machu Picchu, but one thing is for sure - it is one of the most impressive sites in the world.

Enjoy a guided visit of around 2 hours of the ruins and return by bus and train to Ollantaytambo station. Transfer to your hotel in Cusco. 

Cusco – South America's archaeological capital and oldest continuously inhabited city is now one of Peru’ s most important and most frequented tourist attractions. Nevertheless, it is still remaining its vivid legacy as the hub of the Inca Empire: Quechua-speaking Inca descendants can still be found multitudinously in the centuries-old stone-walled city streets.

Cusco also boasts magnificent repositories of colonial art – fine examples can be found in the Cathedral and Museum of Archaeology.

Middle Class:

Overnight at Hotel Xima 3* or similar (standard room)

 

Comfort class:

Overnight at Hotel Aranwa Cusco Boutique 5* or similar (classic room)

 

DAY 6     WEDNESDAY     CUSCO

Meals: Breakfast

Half day city tour and visit of the ruins

Afternoon at free leisure

Today you will start for a half day city tour. It will be shown the exact centre of the Incan Empire, the Plaza de Armas. There one can find the cathedral built on the ruins of the ancient Inca Palace. The cathedral borders on other churches on both sides. Next stop will be the old town with its magnificent renovated colonial buildings; some of them are being used as hotels.

Proceed to Sacsayhuaman, a ruin site located approx. 3km above Cusco. Sacsayhuaman also offers a fabulous view over the city. Afterwards visit the surrounding ruins.

**Remark: To protect the historic center of Cusco, vehicles are no longer allowed in the main square.

The afternoon is free at leisure.

Middle Class:

Overnight at Hotel Xima 3* or similar (standard room)

 

Comfort class:

Overnight at Hotel Aranwa Cusco Boutique 5* or similar (classic room)

 

 

DAY 7     THURSDAY         CUSCO – PUNO

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Overland transfer Cusco/Puno – On shared basis

A full day bus tour from Cusco to Puno leads through the Peruvian highland along snow-covered peaks of the Andes, small villages and reaches its highest point in La Raya at 4.300m above sea level. On route you will visit the town of Andahuaylillas, the ruins of Racchi and the small town of Pucara. Lunch in a typical restaurant en route is included.

Upon arrival in Puno transfer to your hotel.

**Remark: The full day transfer is shared with international travellers and accompanied by a bilingual English/Spanish speaking guide.

Puno – The beauty and charm of Puno town is made up by its habitants’ kind personality and by its mixture of typical Andean architecture that is to be found all way down from the sides of the hills until the bank of the Titicaca Lake. Its archaeological, cultural and architectural variety and richness owes Puno to the fact that it once has been inhabited by three different civilizations on the banks of the Titicaca Lake: Aymara, Quechua and Spanish. This multicultural origin has created a mestizo race that is also found in their artistic and cultural expression and especially in an incomparable folklore which is second to none and has made Puno the “Folklore Capital of Peru”. But the main attraction of Puno is the Titicaca Lake, a must for any visitor. The Sacred Lake of the Incas is one of the most enigmatic places in the world. It is the highest navigable lake and combines beautiful sights, culture and history.

Middle Class:

Overnight at Hotel Jose Antonio Puno 3*+ or similar (standard room)

 

Comfort class:

Overnight at Hotel Libertador Lago Titicaca 4* or similar (superior room)

 

DAY 8     FRIDAY                  PUNO - LIMA

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Box dinner

Full day excursion Uros & Taquile including lunch – On shared basis

Transfer to Juliaca airport

Flight Juliaca – Lima (not included)

Transfer airport - hotel

In the morning you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to Puno’s dock where you will depart towards the Uros Islands on Titicaca Lake. The Uros are 40 small floating islands made of packed totora (reed), located within the Titicaca National Reserve. Here the inhabitants of the lake, the Uros, live just as their ancestors did, maintaining their customs and idiosyncrasies. 

After visiting the Uros Islands we will continue by boat to Taquile Island. There are no roads or electricity in Taquile and the locals have maintained their traditions and culture and many still wear traditional dresses. The Taquileños are known for their high-quality handicrafts, especially for the knitting, which is exclusively performed by males. In the main square there is a cooperative shop, selling woollen goods and hand-woven items, as well as a small church.

A typical lunch at Taquile Island is included.

**Remark: The excursion is shared with international travellers and accompanied by an English-speaking guide.

Transfer from the hotel to the airport of Juliaca. A box dinner will be provided during the transfer.

Flight to Lima and upon arrival transfer to the hotel.

Middle Class:

Overnight at Hotel La Hacienda Miraflores 3*+ or similar (standard room)

 

Comfort Class:

Overnight at Hotel Casa Andina Premium Miraflores 4* or similar (superior room)

 

DAY 9     SATURDAY             LIMA – IQUITOS

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Transfer Hotel – Airport Lima

Flight Lima – Iquitos (not included)

4 Day/ 3 Night Ceiba Tops Lodge Package – On shared basis

Transfer from the hotel to the airport of Lima and flight to Iquitos.

Arrival in Iquitos and brief city orientation, 40 km journey by boat down the Amazonas River to Ceiba Tops Lodge, where private rooms with air conditioning and hot water provide all of the comforts of home.

Afternoon hike (approximately 90 min) in the beautiful primary rainforest reserve surrounding Ceiba Tops which includes many huge trees festooned with epiphytes.

**Remark: The Lodge Package is shared with international travellers and accompanied by an English-speaking guide.

Middle and comfort class:

Lunch, dinner and overnight at Ceiba Tops Lodge (standard room)

 

DAY 10     SUNDAY                              IQUITOS

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

4 Day/ 3 Night Ceiba Tops Lodge Package – On shared basis

Morning boat ride, spotting for dolphins, to visit a small village of Yagua Indians where your guide will explain the Yagua Indian culture and how it was affected by the arrival of Europeans. There will also be an opportunity to see some of the local crafts and for a demonstration of the blowgun which some of the Yagua elders still use for hunting.

Afternoon walking excursion to the neighbouring town of Indiana. Originally a Franciscan mission, Indiana has grown into a large river community with its own market, high school and small hospital.

Middle and comfort class:

Lunch, dinner and overnight at Ceiba Tops Lodge (standard room)

 

DAY 11     MONDAY            IQUITOS

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

4 Day/ 3 Night Ceiba Tops Lodge Package – On shared basis

Early morning departure from Ceiba Tops by boat to the narrow motorcar crossing connecting the Amazon and Napo Rivers to continue by boat to ExplorNapo Lodge for breakfast. Hike to the spectacular Canopy Walkway spanning over 500m (one-third of a mile), connected by tree platforms, and reaching a height of over 35m (115ft.) but accessible without any type of climbing skill or equipment. After lunch, visit the "ReNuPeRu" Ethnobotanical Garden where over 240 medicinal plants are cultivated by a local shaman who will explain the nature of Amazonian natural healing and the uses of some of the plants. Return to Ceiba Tops in time to enjoy the pool or hammocks before dinner.

Middle and comfort class:

Lunch, dinner and overnight at Ceiba Tops Lodge (standard room)

 

DAY 12     TUESDAY             IQUITOS – LIMA

Meals: Breakfast

Transfer Lodge – Airport Iquitos – On shared basis

Flight Iquitos – Lima (not included)

Depending on your flight back to Lima you have the choice of morning walking or boating excursion to further enjoy the rainforest and Amazon River. In case you take the early morning flight, there will be no further excursions on this day.

Transfer to Iquitos and to the airport IQT. Flight back to Lima.

**Remark: The transfer is shared with international travellers and accompanied by an English-speaking guide.

Arrival in Lima according to current flight schedule at 14:45h (subject to changes).

Extension night in Lima might be necessary depending on your international flight schedule.

 

End of our services

 

 

PRICE INFORMATION

 

WITH ACCOMMODATION IN (ROOM)                                                    DOUBLE                               SINGLE

 

Seat-in-coach rates from 2 pax on:

 

VALID FROM JANUARY UNTIL DECEMBER 2019:

 

MIDDLE CLASS HOTELS

PER PERSON NET IN USD                                                                              2.443,00                               2.890,00

                               

COMFORT CLASS HOTELS

PER PERSON NET IN USD                                                                              2.844,00                               3.598,00

 

You can book this tour on private basis (from 1 pax on):

All services on private basis, exception:

Day 7 Transfer Cusco/Puno on regular seat-in basis

Day 8 excursion Uros & Taquile on regular seat-in basis

Day 9 until 12 Ceiba Tops Lodge Package on regular seat-in-basis

 

VALID FROM JANUARY UNTIL DECEMBER 2019*:

 

Middle Class hotels

Basis 1 pax: per person net in USD                                                                                                           4.935,00

Basis 2 pax: per person net in USD                                                           3.229,00                           3.721,00              

 

Comfort Class hotels

Basis 1 pax: per person net in USD                                                                                                           5.513,00

Basis 2 pax: per person net in USD                                                           3.506,00                           4.279,00

               

*Rates are not valid during Carnival, Easter, Inti Raymi in Cusco, Christmas, New Year, public holidays, congresses and events!

 

 

The following entrance fees are included in our package rate and are subject to change without prior notice:

 

San Francisco Monastery                                                                             USD       14,00 per person

Larco Museum                                                                                                    USD       19,00 per person

Andahuaylillas, Racchi, Pucara,                                                                USD       29,00 per person

Aguas Calientes-Machu Picchu and vv shuttle bus                      USD       34,00 per person

Machu Picchu Entrance Fee                                                                       USD       104,00 per person

Cusco tourist tax                                                                                               USD       97,00 per person

Cathedral & Koricancha                                                                                USD       26,00 per person

Uros floating islands                                                                                        USD       12,00 per person

Taquile island                                                                                                        USD       12,00 per person

 

 

PRICE INFORMATION - FLIGHTS

 

Additional airfares - SAT is not responsible for any changes made by the airlines and the resulting costs (i.e. airfares, schedule changes, cancellations, taxes, fuel- and other charges). Airfares can only be guaranteed upon ticketing. Airport taxes are subject to change.

 

LIM/CUZ + JUL/LIM/IQT/LIM

 

January – December 2019:

 

net p. p. USD 697,00 incl. Q-tax and national airport tax

 

Attention:

 

In order to issue the tickets it is mandatory to receive the INTERNATIONAL TICKET NUMBER latest 6 weeks prior arrival!

 

 

 

 

PRICE INFORMATION – ADDITIONAL NIGHTS

 

Pre- & post-night and transfer in Lima:

 

Valid from January until December 2019:

 

Middle class

Hotel La Hacienda Miraflores  3*+

1 overnight/breakfast, standard room

net per person in double room                 USD 59,00    

net per person in single room                   USD 107,00

Comfort class

Hotel Casa Andina Premium Miraflores 4*

1 overnight/breakfast, superior room

net per person in double room                USD 99,00

net per person in single room                  USD 179,00

 

When the additional night(s) are booked via SAT, the transfers on arrival and departure days are included in the roundtrip rate from 2 persons on. In case further transfers are needed, the following costs will apply:

 

Transfer airport LIM/Hotel or Hotel/airport LIM (one way):

Basis 1                  USD       137,00

Basis 2                  USD       74,00

Basis 3/4             USD       53,00

 

 

 

**Rates are quoted in USD on per person basis and subject to change without prior notice**