GT-211 – HIGHLIGHTS OF PERU

Eight Days/Seven Nights
A journey thru culture, traditions, history and archaeology
Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca
Minimum two persons

USA Departures Dates from Miami:
2013: May 11, May 25, June 15, June 22, July 13, July 27, August 17, September 14, September 28,October 12, October 26, November 16, November 30, December 14

ITINERARY

DAY: 1 – Arrival in Lima

Arrival in Lima, the “City of Kings” famous for its Spanish Colonial architecture, extraordinary museums and cuisine. Lima is internationally recognized as the “Gastronomic Capital of the Americas”, and its cuisine is considered among the most diverse and exquisite in the world on par with French cuisine. Upon arrival a host will meet and assist you in transferring to the hotel and in registering.
Overnight accommodations Casa Andina Private Collection

DAY 2: Lima City Tour (B)

Breakfast. Tour of Modern and Colonial Lima – This half-day tour visits both the colonial and modern sections of Lima. Colonial sites include the lovely Plaza Mayor, the Government Palace, San Francisco Church and the exquisite Torre Tagle Palace modern day seat of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In modern Lima, drive along the exclusive residential areas of Miraflores and San Isidro.
Overnight accommodations Casa Andina Private Collection (B)

DAY 3: Lima / Cusco/ Pisac Market and Ollantaytambo Archaeological Complex

Breakfast. Early morning transfer from the hotel to the airport for a short but spectacular flight over the snowcapped Andes to the oldest inhabited city in the hemisphere, Cusco, at an elevation of 11,440 feet.
Full Day Excursion to the Pisac Indian Market and the Ollantaytambo Fortress – Morning departure for a drive through the fertile countryside of the Urubamba Valley to the colonial village of Pisac where an Indian Market takes place Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Other days you will tour the religious nucleus and
archaeological site of Pisac. During your visit to the bustling marketplace you will have the opportunity to bargain with the natives for many different types of Peruvian handicrafts and jewelry.
Continue to the Ollantaytambo archaeological complex, the Incas built it as a fort that included a temple, agricultural terraces, and an urban area. There are two distinct sectors: The religious and worship zone, and the residential area. Ollantaytambo was an important administrative center with probable military functions if one considers the walls and towers.

There are also traces of ancient roads and aqueducts. The town of Ollantaytambo is called a “Living Inca Town” since the inhabitants maintain very old practices and customs. Lunch is at a beautiful country estate on the shores of the Urubamba River. Overnight at Sacred Valley.
Overnight accommodations Casa Andina Private Collection Sacred Valley (B/L)

DAY 4: Moray, Maras and Quechua Village (B,L)

Breakfast. Moray, Maras Salt Pools and Authentic Quechua Village – Pass through unspoiled and picturesque Andean communities on your way to the Incan agricultural experimental center of Moray, famous for its sunken amphitheater, made up of four circular terraces, which appear to fade away into the earth like an artificial crater. The site was apparently an Inca agricultural research station filled with fertile earth and watered by complex irrigation systems, designed for experimenting with crops at various altitudes (some of which run down to depths of 100 meters).
Continue to the impressive Maras salt pools formed by water emerging from a lake inside a mountain in the Urubamba Valley. An amazing view of evaporating ponds for the extraction of salt. Learn about ancestral techniques, which are still used, in agricultural, irrigation and salt-recollection tasks, as well as in Andean festivals and rites.
After lunch, visit an authentic Quechua Village to feel the way of life of the Inca’s ancestors. The Inca himself was a noble Quechua. They live off the land and are always wearing their colorful ponchos, see Quechua children scamper about while woman are weaving their family’s clothes. A meaningful experience! Lunch is included. Overnight at Sacred Valley.
Overnight accommodations Casa Andina Private Collection Sacred Valley (B/L)

DAY 5: Sacred Valley / Machu Picchu (B,L,D)

Breakfast. Morning transfer to Ollanta´s train station for your train ride through the sacred valley of Urubamba to the “Lost City of the Incas,” Machu Picchu. Perched 8,200 feet above the valley, it was hidden by mountains and semi-tropical jungles for 400 years until discovered by Hiram Bingham of Yale University in 1911. Archaeologists believe that the Inca “Virgins of the Sun” took refuge from the Spanish Conquistadors here. Guided tour of the ruins upon arrival. Lunch is at the Orient Express’ Sanctuary Lodge located just a few steps from the Inca citadel. Overnight at Machu Picchu
Overnight accommodations Hotel Inkaterra (B/L/D)

DAY 6: Machu Picchu Free Day. Return train ride (B)

Free morning to enjoy one of the most incredible sights on earth, the sanctuary of Machu Picchu. Take as much time as you need to study these magnificent ruins, hike the steep stone-paved trail of Huayna Picchu, the pyramid-shape mountain above Machu Picchu for a breathtaking view of the site, or stroll to the Inca Bridge a secret entrance used by the Inca’s army or walk toward the Inca Trail to find the historic Intipunku or Sun Gate. Bus and entrance fee to Machu Picchu included. Huayna Picchu entrance fee is available upon request at extra charge. Afternoon return train ride.
Overnight accommodations Casa Andina Private Collection Cusco (B)

DAY 7: Cusco City Tour and Nearby Ruins (B)

Breakfast. Tour of Cusco and Nearby Ruins – Visitors are caught up in the excitement of touring the ancient capital of the Inca Empire, a delightful combination of Inca and colonial architecture.
The tour visits important landmarks such us Cusco’s Cathedral, Plaza de Armas and Koricancha “The Temple of the Sun”. This tour of the oldest continuously inhabited city in the western hemisphere also includes the nearby ruins of Kenko, Puca-Pucara, Tambomachay as well as the Sacsayhuaman fortress, an imposing example of Inca military architecture.
Overnight accommodations Casa Andina Private Collection Cusco (B)

DAY 8: Depart Cusco

Breakfast. Morning transfer from hotel to airport for your flight to Lima or your next destination.
Guests returning to USA will be provided with day time or overnight hotel accommodations depending on the international flight departure time. (B)

HOTELS:

Lima: Costa del Sol Ramada (First Class) and Casa Andina Private Collection (Deluxe):
Sacred Valley: Casa Andina Private Collection (First Class)
Machu Picchu: Inkaterra Machu Picchu (Deluxe), Sumaq Hotel (Deluxe)
Cusco: Casa Andina Private Collection
(GT-210 is also available with other hotel categories)

RATE PE PERSON BASED ON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY: From: $2,181.00
Including air Lima/Cusco/Lima

INCLUDES:

Round trip air Lima/Cusco/Lima. Fuel surcharges and taxes subject to change. All airport transfers listed in the itinerary. Hotel accommodations and hotel service charges and taxes. Baggage handling at airports and at hotels. All tours and excursions indicated in the itinerary. All entrance fees and transfers needed to operate tours and excursions. All train tickets, bus tickets and boat services needed to operate tours and excursions. Excursion to Machu Picchu is aboard the Vistadome train. Service of an English speaking licensed tour guide for all tours and excursions. All meals indicated in the itinerary.
(B= Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)

NOT INCLUDED:

International air to be quoted separately on request. Expenses such us beverages on meals, tips, laundry, phone calls and other personal expenses are not included. International and local Airport departure taxes. pproximate cost is US $31.00 for international flights, and US $7.40 for each domestic flight.

SUGGESTED EXTENSION TO GT-211

DAY 8: (Day 1) – Cusco to Puno / Orient Express’ First Class Scenery Train Service – Monday, Wednesday and Saturday (B,L)

This first class and spectacular rail journey aboard the Orient Express’ “Andean Explorer” travels south to the beautiful city of Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca. On the journey the train makes a gentle climb to higher, and cooler, altitudes. The first half of the journey is dominated by the magnificent Andean mountains, which tower over the deep valleys of the meandering Huatanay River.
It then reaches the gentler, rolling Andean Plains, where vicuña and alpaca can be seen. The glass-walled observation car of the Andean Explorer provides the perfect opportunity to view the beautiful scenery. The journey is broken by a scenic stop at La Raya, which is also the highest point on the route.
Train journey includes a three-course lunch. A Breakfast Menu, along with various snacks and a continuous Restaurant and Bar service is available at an additional cost.
Late afternoon arrival in Puno

DAY 9: (Day 2) – Uros and Taquile Islands on Lake Titikaka (B,L)

Boat excursion to Uros and Taquile Islands on Lake Titikaka. This full day excursion will take you to the highest navigable lake in the world to the floating islands of the Uros Indians, man-made islands by tying totora reeds. The Uros considered themselves Lords of the Lake; they hunt wild birds and maintain traditional fishing methods. The men have developed an extraordinary skill in weaving reeds; producing houses, boats and handicrafts, and the women are expert knitters.
Continuing to Taquile where a native community of about 400 families still lives with the traditions and high principals of the Incas. Taquile is a very important site on Lake Titikaka for its archeological remains, the sacred and ceremonial sites, the festive activities and their rituals. Taquile is characterized by its friendly inhabitants, who maintain their customs and traditional clothing. They distinguish themselves by their detailed, fine, and colorful textiles with symmetrical decorations and symbols that reflect their way of life and Andean beliefs. Lunch is included.

DAY 10: (Day 3) – Puno / Lima / Home / Sillustani Burial Towers en route (B)

Excursion to Sillustani Burial Towers on route to airport. This complex stands on the shore of Lake Umayo and is famous for its chullpas, large circular fortified burial towers for the chiefs and important people of the early villages of the Collao plateau. Some are 12 meters high (39 feet), and remarkable for their shape, thinner at the base and wider at the top. These ancient and impressive tombs from the pre-Inca period were built from a mixture of stone and adobe.
Arrival to the airport in Juliaca to take your flight to Lima and connecting flight home.
Arrive home full of great memories of the rich tradition of Colonial Lima and the mystical Land of the Incas. (B)

HOTEL:

Puno: Libertador Lago Titicaca – Puno (Deluxe)

RATE PE PERSON BASED ON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY: From: $1,078.00
Including air Cusco/Juliaca (Puno)/Lima

INCLUDES:

Air Cusco/Juliaca/Lima. Fuel surcharges and taxes subject to change. All airport transfers listed in the itinerary. Hotel accommodations and hotel service charges and taxes. Baggage handling at airport and at hotel. All tours and excursions indicated in the itinerary. All entrance fees and transfers needed to operate tours and excursions. All train tickets, bus tickets and boat services needed to operate tours and excursions. Service of an English speaking licensed tour guide for all tours and excursions. All meals indicated in the itinerary. (B= Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)

NOT INCLUDED:

International air to be quoted separately on request. Expenses such us beverages on meals, tips, laundry, phone calls and other personal expenses are not included. International and local Airport departure taxes. Approximate fees: US $31.00 for international flights, and US $7.40 for each domestic flight.

 

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13494 NW 7th Street
Plantation, Florida 33325

Miami, Florida 
9930 SW 142 Street
Miami, Florida 33176

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(305 436 0843

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G T TOURS OFFICES:

Plantation, Florida  
13494 NW 7th Street
Plantation, Florida 33325

Miami, Florida 
9930 SW 142 Street
Miami, Florida 33176

Toll Free USA & Canada:
(800) 666 8687
Local Number: 
(305) 436 0933 
Fax:     
(305 436 0843

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G T TOURS OFFICES:

Plantation, Florida  
13494 NW 7th Street
Plantation, Florida 33325

Miami, Florida 
9930 SW 142 Street
Miami, Florida 33176

Toll Free USA & Canada:
(800) 666 8687
Local Number: 
(305) 436 0933 
Fax:     
(305 436 0843