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Peru & Mystical Machu Picchu

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This land of ethnic splendours offers distinct cultural experiences that vary depending on where you are standing. Experience colonial Conquistador plazas in major cities, local handmade bead wares, charming communities living among the rolling Andean peaks and soaring condors. No visit would be complete without discovering Machu Picchu, the mystical remnants of the great Incan Empire dating back over 700 years. Practice your conversational Quechuan, one of the oldest native languages still spoken today, and cleanse your palate with wedges of sweet Cherimoya fruit, spicy Aji and savory ceviche.

Departure dates

2021 October 10 - October 25 (Max 16 travellers)
2022 April 28 - May 13 (Max 16 travellers)
2022 October 9 - October 24 (Max 30 travellers)
2022 October 16 - October 31 (Max 30 travellers)

16 days

All-inclusive

$5,995

Per person in double occupancy

Single supplement: $1,045

Total PERKS value: $1,957

Our approach perks

Private car service to and from your home airport

International flights and transportation while abroad

Meals and excursions that are typically sold separately

Tips for all service providers

24/7 Group Guru (in addition to tour guide and local guides)

$5 million of emergency medical travel insurance coverage, as well as protection for lost, damaged or stolen luggage

This tour also includes

Tour Essentials

Tour essentials

Flexible booking terms

Groups of only Canadian travellers

Safe Travels certified sanitary protocols

International flights with Air Canada and 2 domestic flights

14 nights in first class hotels (or the best available in that city)

1 train transfer

Dedicated English-speaking tour guide and local guides

Carefully selected visits, with entrance fees

Luxury coach bus transfers and luggage porterage throughout

Food & drinks

Food & drink

All 42 meals, including: 14 breakfasts, 14 lunches and 14 dinners

Folkloric farewell dinner (included in meal count)

Peruvian cooking class (included in meal count)

Welcome cocktail

Pisco sour tasting

Bottled water daily (2 x 500ml)

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This tour’s itinerary

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DAY 1 GOODBYE CANADA, HOLA PERU!

Enjoy a private car ride to the airport. Travellers departing from the Toronto airport are assisted with their check-in. Meet your dedicated Group Guru and fellow travellers and fly to Lima, arriving late at night. Overnight in Lima.

DAY 2 COLONIAL LIMA

Late morning tour of the colonial center, including Plaza de Armas and the Renaissance-era Cathedral. Then, discover the fascinating underground catacombs of San Francisco Monastery. In the afternoon, head to the trendy seaside districts of San Isidro and Miraflores and visit the National Museum of Archeology. Back at your hotel, raise your first Pisco sour toast at our welcome cocktail. Salud! Overnight in Lima. (B,L,D)

DAY 3 COOKING CLASS & CALLAO

In your late morning cooking class, create and sample authentic Peruvian dishes. After lunch, visit La Punta and old Callao, known for its emerging street art scene. Then, explore La Arenilla beach and its display of migrating birds before returning to your hotel. Overnight in Lima. (B,L,D)

DAY 4 LIMA & AREQUIPA (FLIGHT)

Morning flight to Arequipa. Upon arrival, take time to adjust to the mildly increased elevation before wandering into the peaceful Santa Catalina Convent, the largest colonial monastery in Peru. Overnight in Arequipa. (B,L,D)

DAY 5 EXPLORING AREQUIPA

Guided tour of gorgeous colonial-era Arequipa, including Plaza de Armas, the Basilica Cathedral and Yanahuara viewpoint. In the afternoon, feel free to continue exploring Arequipa on your own, or join us for a visit of Mundo Alpaca, a petting zoo and educational center detailing the rich tradition of the region’s alpaca and vicuña wool trades. Overnight in Arequipa. (B,L,D)

DAY 6 INCA MUMMIES & SCENIC COLCA VALLEY (160 KM)

Explore Arequipa by foot, and pop into the Museo Santuarios Andinos, home to the well-preserved frozen body of a young “Ice Maiden” offered to the Inca gods in the 15th century, a story that still mesmerizes to this day. Afternoon roadtrip to our next destination, Colca Valley, for an overnight stay. (B,L,D)

DAY 7 CONDORS, HANGING TOMBS & SPA

Gaze in awe at the vastness of Colca Canyon from Cruz del Condor viewpoint and admire the majestic flight of the giant Andean condor. Encounter pre-Incan agricultural terraces on your way to see the hanging tombs of Pinchollo and Maca. Tour the baroque church in the lively village of Yanque before enjoying a dip in La Calera’s thermal waters. Overnight in Colca. (B,L,D)

DAY 8 PUNO (450 KM)

Rest and let the memories of Colca settle on your scenic drive to Puno. Along the way, visit the necropolis of Sillustani and its chullpas, the tower-shaped tombs of the Aymara elite. Arrive in the afternoon and settle into your hotel in Puno, Peru’s lovable folkloric capital. Overnight in Puno. (B,L,D)

DAY 9 LAKE TITICACA & FLOATING ISLANDS

Lift anchor at Puno’s port and explore Lake Titicaca, the world’s highest navigable body of water. Up-close encounter with the fascinating Uros tribe, who work and live on floating reed “islands”. Sail to the island of Taquile for lunch with sweeping views, and learn about the island’s knitting men and their exquisite wool pieces. In nearby Llachon, you can still hear native Quechuan being spoken by colourfully clad locals. Overnight in Puno. (B,L,D)

DAY 10 ANDEAN JOURNEY TO CUSCO (389 KM)

Take in breathtaking views as we cross the La Raya mountain range on our way to Cusco. Stretch your legs and tour the ruins of Pukara, the Raqchi Inca site, as well as Andahuaylillas, whose golden ornaments earned it the name “Andean Sistine Chapel”. Arrive in the Inca empire’s original capital. Overnight in Cusco. (B,L,D)

DAY 11 OLLANTAYTAMBO & THE SACRED VALLEY (144 KM)

Enjoy the scenic route to the Sacred Valley. In addition to having the best-preserved ruins in Peru, Ollantaytambo village is a quaint, cobblestone street outpost in the heart of the Sacred Valley. Overnight in neighbouring Urubamba before our highly anticipated adventure. (B,L,D)

DAY 12 MACHU PICCHU (110 KM)

Morning train ride to Aguas Calientes, home base for our adventure’s crown jewel. Nothing prepares you for your first gaze of Machu Picchu. Perched high in the Andes, the Incan Citadel offers a glimpse of this people’s structural genius. Guided site tour followed by free time to explore and appreciate this mystical world wonder. Overnight in Urubamba. (B,L,D)

DAY 13 URUBAMBA VALLEY, SACSAYHUAMÀN & CUSCO

Excursion in the Urubamba valley, where we will explore Inca ruins in Pisac and visit the historically significant citadel of Sacsayhuamàn. Continue to Cusco and discover its impressive cathedral and labyrinthic streets. Overnight in Cusco. (B,L,D)

DAY 14 CUSCO TO LIMA (FLIGHT)

Before our afternoon flight to Lima, take the morning to meander around colonial Cusco and perhaps pick up that baby alpaca wool scarf you were eyeing the night before. Overnight in Lima. (B,L,D)

DAYS 15 & 16 DISCOVER LIMA & HOME SWEET HOME

Guided tour of the Larco archaeology museum, followed by time to explore Lima. Memorable farewell dinner accompanied by authentic folk music, and evening flight back to Canada, arriving the next day. Your driver will meet you at the airport to help you with your luggage and drive you home. (B,L,D)
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