12 Nights / 15 Days

Best of Peru - Glories of the Lost Empire

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Highlights of the tour

Peru, the land of Inca legends, inspires wonder in all who dream of exploring it, bursting with colour and music, and home to some of the world’s most iconic sites and natural wonders. Explore the best of Peru with postcard view of Machu Picchu, exotic Cuzco, floating islands of Lake Titicaca, the discovery of this child-mummy in Arequipa and the deepest canyon in the world – Colca Canyon.

Day

Overnight

Meal plan

Day 0  

Arrive Lima

-

Day 1-4

The Amazon

B / L / D

Day 5

Cuzco

B / L

Day 6

Sacred Valley

B / L

Day 7

Machu Picchu

B / L  / D

Day 8-9

Arequipa

B / L 

Day 10

Colca Canyon

B / L / D

Day 11

Puno

B / L / D

Day 12

Puno

B / L

Day 13

Depart Puno

B / D

Day 13

Depart Dallas

-

Day 15

Arrive Hong Kong

-

Hong Kong / Lima

Day 0

Flight time TBA

Upon arrival, check into your hotel.

Overnight: Lima

Meals: -

Lima / Puerto Maldonado

Day 1

Fly to Puerto Maldonado for your adventure in the Amazon rainforest. Upon arrival, meet and transfer to the jetty for ferry transfer (3.5 hours on shared basis) to Refugio Amazonas.

Have a good rest or enjoy some light activities.

Overnight: Refugio Amazonas

Meals: breakfast, boxed lunch, dinner

Refugio Amazonas / Tambopata Research Centre Lodge

Day 2

Enjoy morning safari activities and lunch before transferring by boat for 1 hour to Tambopata Research Centre Lodge for 3 nights on a fully inclusive basis.

Overnight: Tambopata Research Centre Lodge

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Tambopata Research Centre Lodge

Day 3-4

Enjoy the various safari activities in the lodge.

Overnight: Tambopata Research Centre Lodge

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Tambopata Research Centre Lodge / Puerto Maldonado / Cuzco

Day 5

Early in the morning, transfer by boat and car from the lodge to ​Puerto Maldonado for your flight to Cuzco.

Upon arrival, be met and transfer to your hotel, and take the afternoon leisurely to allow your body acclimatise to the high altitude.

Overnight: Cuzco

Meals: breakfast, lunch

Cuzco / Sacred Valley

Day 6

Cuzco is the exotic Incas’ capital, which has been listed as a world heritage site. The city is adorned with excellently preserved colonial architecture and its setting amidst the high Andes is indeed majestic.

You have the morning to explore the vibrant bazaar and magical Cuzco city riding through the main streets with their Inca walls. You will visit the Cathedral. Inside, we shall find beautiful cedar wood carvings such as the choir and the Pulpit, as well as the paintings of Cuzco School, and some objects made from silver. You won’t miss out the Sun Temple called today as Santo Domingo Church, one of the few places that you will see both Spanish and Inca stonework in one complex.

 

Then, you will visit the Sacsayhuaman Fortress, an amazing and huge stone construction; this place has a great cosmic energy: that is why people think it was an astronomic observatory and an Incan oracle. In the afternoon, visit an impressive Inca complex, the archaeological site of Pisac, with terraces built on its hills. To visit the site, you must walk along winding paths along a mountain cliff. Among the most important buildings are Pisaq, which is a curved wall; the Intihuatana, a solar clock among a group of temples and the military zone called "Q'allaqasa." Also visit its colourful market where an artisans’ fair takes place every Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, an exhibit and sale of fine woven crafts, colourful tapestries, handicrafts and textiles from Pisac and neighbouring villages.

Check-into your hotel.

Overnight: Sacred Valley

Meals: breakfast, lunch

Sacred Valley / Machu Picchu

Day 7

Drive half an hour to visit the archaeological site of Ollantaytambo, which shows the best example of city planning done by the Incas. Its excellent construction with its strong walls was both a temple and a fortress.

 

Take the train to Machu Picchu from there.

Upon arrival, be transferred and check-into your hotel. The sight of Machu Picchu nestled amongst rugged forested mountains is indeed an unforgettable sight. You will enjoy an afternoon tour of the ruins.

Overnight: Machu Picchu

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Machu Picchu / Cuzco / Arequipa

Day 8

You have the whole morning to explore Machu Picchu at your own leisure and to soak in the ambience. For the energetic ones, you may climb to the Sun Gate or Huayna Picchu with stunning bird’s eye view of the site. (Second entrance ticket included).

Take the train back to Cuzco for your flight to Arequipa.

Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the hotel for check-in. Founded in 1540, this second largest city in Peru retains an elegant historic centre constructed almost entirely of sillar (a porous, white volcanic stone).

Overnight: Arequipa

Meals: breakfast, boxed lunch

Arequipa

Day 9

Founded in 1540, this second largest city in Peru retains an elegant historic centre constructed almost entirely of sillar (a porous, white volcanic stone).

Visit the extraordinary Monasterio de Santa Catalina. Its architectonic style is mainly colonial, but of a Mestizo nature and once served as a town within itself housing 450 nuns. Visit the Museum Santuarios Andinos to see the Juanita Mummy. The discovery of this child-mummy gives the world an insight into the ritual of sacrifice to the Apus, the mountain gods by the mysterious Inca civilisation.

Afternoon at your own leisure.

Overnight: Arequipa​

Meals: breakfast, lunch

Arequipa / Colca Canyon

Day 10

Early in the morning, after breakfast, departure by land on your excursion towards the Colca Valley driving across Pampa Cañahuas at the Aguada Blanca National Reserve, habitat of herds of Vicuñas and stopping at the Mirador de Los Andes, the Crater of Chucura, the Mirador de Chivay, where beautiful pre-Columbian terraces still being cultivated by native people can be observed. The highest point of the road is at 4910 meters above sea level.

In the afternoon visit the town of Coporaque and its church. Continue to Hanging Bridge Sifón (Viewpoint of Chininia where you can see the Colcas, but it depends on the condition of the passenger).

You have some free time to enjoy Hot Spring Thermal and Medicinal Bath after checking in Aranwa Hotel.

Overnight: Colca Canyon

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Colca Canyon / Puno

Day 11

Depart early this morning to visit Condor Cross, where the depths of the canyon can be seen, which is considered to be deeper than the Colorado Canyon. In addition, you can appreciate the majestic flight of the condors in their natural habitat.

 

As you return, visit the towns of Macca and Yanque and its churches of colonial times. You will also visit the viewpoints of Wayra Punku, Antahuilque and Choquetico. You will arrive at Chivay between 10:30 and 11:00 am. Immediate departure to Puno. The route has a length of 320 km approximately. On the road, you will appreciate a beautiful highland landscape with animals and plants of the region. In addition, you can also see some rocky formations that resemble a stone forest. You will go through the towns of Pillones, Imata, Crucero Alto (the highest point at 4538m).

 

You continue to the beautiful zone of Lagunillas and its impressive natural lake, the towns of Santa Lucía, Cabanillas, Juliaca, until you arrive at the city of Puno and check-in to your hotel. This trip takes 6 hours approximately.

Overnight: Puno

Meals: breakfast, boxed lunch, dinner

Puno

Day 12

This morning, we take a boat ride across Lake Titicaca to visit the unique floating Tortora reed island of the Uros.

 

The boat journey will continue to Llachon, a lesser-visited Quechua community where you are rewarded by genuine scenes of countryside life in this pristine environment free from mass tourism.

 

Enjoy authentic village walks, visits to the family house, witness the farming and weaving activities of the locals and tasting local cuisine. Return to Puno this afternoon.  

Overnight: Puno

Meals: breakfast, lunch

Puno / Lima / Dallas

Day 13

This morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Lima.

Have some time at leisure in Miraflores and enjoy a walk in the avenue Petit Thouars – lined with Indian markets great for shopping of alpaca clothing, silver jewellery, silverware, textiles and crafts from all over Peru.

 

Have dinner at La Rosa Nautica – a unique restaurant in Victorian-style is set on the water with views of the Pacific Ocean as well as the cliffs and provides the scenic location to drink a toast to a memorable trip in Peru (best known for its refined seafood cuisine). At the appropriate time, transfer to the airport for your international flight.

Flight: TBA

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Meals: breakfast, dinner

Dallas / Hong Kong

Day 14

Fly home from Dallas today. Arrive in Hong Kong on day 15.