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Peru Vacation - 18 Days

Peru Vacation

Peru Vacation 18 Days 17 Nights

Peru Tour, discover the Andes Mountains, Amazon jungle and beyond.

Overview on the 18 Day Peru Vacation

Explore Peru’s ancient Incan landscape on this incredible 18 day tour to the Andes Mountains, Amazon jungle and beyond. Discover the capital city of Lima, with its colonial architecture and vibrant dining scene. Experience the dizzying heights of Machu Picchu, the amazingly ornate chapels of Andahuaylillas, and see living history at the Maras salt ponds – a mining tradition since pre-Inca times. Cruise famous Lake Titicaca, birthplace of the sun in Andean culture, enjoy a slice of local life with a homestay on the island of Amantani and exploring the Peruvian Amazon jungle. With its world-famous sights and ancient living culture, Peru is a destination like no other. Realise the dream and experience all the wonders this South American gem has to offer.

Highlights:

  • Tour the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu
  • Admire Colonial architecture on a tour of historic Lima
  • Visit the ancient Inca Ruins of Moray
  • Discover the ancient salt mines of Maras
  • Witness the spectacular Andes Mountains
  • Explore the fascinating Uros floating islands
  • Marvel at impressive Lake Titicaca
  • Visit traditional villages on Taquile Island
  • Enjoy a boat trip across Lake Titicaca
  • Explore the ‘Imperial City’ of Cusco
  • Stay in Aguas Calientes ‘hot springs town’
  • Visit ancient Inca monuments
  • Enjoy a guided tour of Pukara and Raqch’i
  • Peruvian Amazon jungle

Itinerary on the 18 Day Peru Vacation

Day 1 Welcome to Peru, Lima  Colonial City

Upon arrival into Lima, a representative will be waiting for you to transfer you to your hotel located in Miraflores or San Isidro.

Overnight: Casa Andina Classic Miraflores Centro, Lima

Day 2 Lima City Tour (B)

After breakfast enjoy a city tour and visit key sites of Lima, including Huaca Pucllana, Colonial buildings such as the Plaza Mayor and the Government Palace, and the San Francisco Museum. Afterwards return to the accommodation and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Overnight: Casa Andina Classic Miraflores Centro, Lima

Day 3 Lima – Cusco (B)

After breakfast, be picked up from the hotel and transfer to the airport for your flight to Cusco. Be met upon arrival at Cusco airport (Alejandro Velasco Astete) and taken to your hotel in the centre of the city. Take the remainder of the day to explore this colonial and beautiful city at your own pace.

Overnight: Rumi Punku Centre, Cusco

Day 4 City Tour Half Day (B)

After breakfast, you will have a free morning to enjoy Cusco. At 1:00pm we will meet you at the hotel lobby to begin your city tour (not included) visiting the following sites: Cathedral, Koricancha , Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Puca Pucara and Tambomachay . Return to Cusco city around 6:30pm.

Overnight: Rumi Punku Centre, Cusco

Day 5 Cusco – Maras Salt Mines & Moray Ruins – Cusco (B)

Depart Cusco at 9:00am. First stop is Maras to visit the salt mines. The salt mines display a bizarre spectacle of beauty. Located on a wide-open hill above the Sacred Valley, a natural salt-water stream runs underground. Since pre-Incan times, they have been evaporating the salty water from this stream in order to obtain the salt that gets left behind. How it works: The highly salty water emerges at a spring, a natural outlet of the underground stream. The flow is directed into an intricate system of tiny channels constructed so that the water runs gradually down onto the several hundred ancient terraced ponds. The water, which is exposed to the sun, leaves salt on the land. Viewed from the peak, the myriad of rectangles look like an enormous painting designed by nature.

After the salt mines, continue on a short distance to the Moray ruins (Earth Mother Temple). The ruins are composed of three colosseums used by the Incas as a sort of open-air crop laboratory. The colosseums consist of several enormous terraced circular depressions, the largest of which is about 30m/98ft deep. The purpose of these depressions are uncertain but their depth and orientation with respect to wind and sun, creates a temperature difference of as much as 15 °C/27 °F between the top and bottom. This large temperature difference was possibly used by the Incas to study the effects of different climatic conditions on crops. The terraces are arranged in concentric circles and are reminiscent of an ancient Greek theatre. In the afternoon, return to your hotel in Cusco.

Overnight: Rumi Punku Centre, Cusco

Day 6 Cusco – Aguas Calientes (B)

Be picked up at 8:00am to head to the train station. The train leaves at approximately 11:30am (time may change depending on availability and changes to timetable). After a 3.5-hour journey of majestic views, arrive at Aguas Calientes (Hot Springs Town) to spend the night. There will be plenty of time to relax and enjoy a hot bath in the natural springs (not included).

Overnight: Casa Andina Classic, Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu)

Day 7 Grand Citadel Machu Picchu – Cusco (B)

Rise early for breakfast. A guide will pick you up from your hotel at 5:40am to begin the short bus journey to the gates of Machu Picchu where you will watch the sunrise. After entering the Citadel begin the guided walking tour (approximately two hours). After this experience, enjoy some free time to explore the mysterious city at leisure. This afternoon, meet your guide in Aguas Calientes for lunch (not included)

Overnight: Rumi Punku Centre, Cusco

Day 8 Sacred Valley Tour Full Day (B)

This tour is one of the most traditional tours in Cusco City, the Sacred Valley of the Incas was a crucial area for the Inca empire and it functioned as both an agricultural, spiritual and political center for them. Throughout its length there are many Inca, Pre-Inca sites that can be found and in the Sacred Valley tour you explore the three main sites, (Not included) visiting the following sites: Pisac, Ollantaytambo and Chinchero. Lasting a full day you will get to appreciate the fine works of craftsmanship that the Incas produced and see the beautiful scenery of the Sacred Valley

Overnight: Rumi Punku Centre, Cusco

Day 9 Cusco – Raqchi – Puno (B,L)

After breakfast, be picked up from the hotel at 6:20am and dropped to the Bus station to travel to Puno, a great bus trip stopping at several interesting sites along the way. Andahuaylillas is one of the most beautiful examples of Andean popular religious art; Raqchi (Wiracocha God Temple), an Incan church of monumental dimensions; 100 meters long, 26 meters wide and 14 meters high; and La Raya: the halfway point between Cusco and Puno, the highest point (4335 meters above sea level) And also visit Pukara, the most important and oldest ceremonial centre of the altiplano. The landscapes here are stunning and typical Andean animals like the llama, alpaca and vicuña are common sights.

And enjoy a delicious buffet lunch in Sicuani. Upon arrival at the bus station in Puno (approximately 5:00pm) be transferred to your hotel where you will spend the night and meet your guide who will welcome you and provide you some extra information for the following days activities.

Overnight: Rumi Punku Centre, Cusco

Day 10 Puno – Lake Titicaca – Uros Islands – Traditional Homestay (B,L)

After breakfast, between 7.00am to 7:30 am, transfer from the hotel to the port of Puno where you will board the motorboat for the floating Uros Islands, which are located 25 minutes from the port of Puno. This is one of 65 small floating islands that exist today. You will visit two different islands and the guide will explain a little about the history and lifestyle of the people who have lived on these islands for many years, and you will also have the opportunity to talk with the people of these islands and visit their homes to learn a little about their lifestyle.

Afterwards, sail to Amantani Island . The island is a traditional Quechua speaking community, full of ancient agricultural terraces and some ruins dating back to the pre-Inca times. When you reach the island, walk up along a narrow path, enjoying impressive views of Lake Titicaca and seeing gorgeous traditional houses inhabited by the direct descendants of the Incan Culture.

After lunch, have some free time to explore the Pacha Tata temple an hour walk up from Amantani village with your guide. The inhabitants are very willing to receive visitors in their community, and be warmly received by the families, who will take you to their homes to spend the night and participate in the local activity such as dancing with local people

Overnight: Traditional Homestay, Amantani Island

Day 11 Amantani Island – Taquile Island – Puno (B,L,D)

Today enjoy breakfast with the host family and after Breakfast, say goodbye to the local family and go down to the harbour for your boat. Then continue by boat to Taquile Island, afterwards sail towards Puno (approximately three hours) and arrive back in Puno at approximately 5:00pm.

Overnight: Casa Andina, Puno

Day 12 Puno – Cusco (B)

After breakfast, say goodbye to Puno and transfer to the bus station to travel back to Cusco. The remainder of the day will be at leisure.

Overnight: Casa Andina, Cusco

Day 13 Cusco – Puerto Maldonado (Amazon Jungle) (B,L,D)

Upon arrival (approximately 11:35am), transfer the ten minutes to Puerto Maldonado headquarters. While enjoying your first taste of the jungle, pack only the necessary gear for your next few days, and leave the rest in a provided safe deposit. Skirting Puerto Maldonado, drive 20 kilometres to the Tambopata River Port, entering the Native Community of Infierno. Shortly after take a 2.5 hour boat ride from the Tambopata Port to Refugio Amazonas, this will travel past the Community of Infierno and the Tambopata National Reserve checkpoint and into the buffer zone of this 1.3 million hectare conservation unit. At night travel the river’s edge, scanning the shores with headlamps and flashlights to catch the red gleams of reflection from caiman eyes.

Overnight: Inkanatura, Puerto Maldonado

Day 14 Oxbow Lake Visit (B,L,D)

Paddle around the lake on a canoe or a catamaran, looking for lakeside wildlife such as hoatzin, caiman and horned screamers, hoping to see the otters, which are infrequently seen here. Macaws may also be seen flying overhead. A 30 minute walk will lead to the 25m Canopy Tower, a staircase providing an excellent vantage over the forest towards the Tambopata National Reserve. Along this trail, find a variety of plants and trees that are used by the local population with at least the same variety of purposes. Learn about the medicinal (and other) uses of Ajo-Sacha, Yuca de Venado, Uña de Gato, Charcot-Sacha, Para-Para, among several others. Nightly lectures by the staff of Refugio Amazonas cover conservation threats, opportunities and projects in the Tambopata National Reserve.

Overnight: Refugio Amazonas Lodge, Puerto Maldonado

Day 15 Parrot and Peccary Clay Lick (B,L,D)

A 15-minute boat ride and 60 minute walk from Refugio Amazonas is a clay lick used both by parrots and parakeets. With luck, spot Mealy and Yellow-crowned Amazons, Blue-headed Pionus, Severe macaw and Orange-cheeled (Barraband’s) parrot. Here, see remains of a camp used two months a year by Brazil Nut gatherers. See a demonstration of the harvesting process. Further along 20 minutes from the Refugio Amazonas is the peccary clay lick. This is where wild rain forest pigs show up in herds to eat clay in the late morning. Take the chance to spot them along with deer, guan or parakeets. Have the option of hiking out at night, when most of the mammals are active but difficult to see.

Overnight: Refugio Amazonas Lodge, Puerto Maldonado

Day 16 Puerto Maldonado – Cusco (B)

After breakfast retrace the river and road journey back to Puerto Maldonado, and then onto the airport for a flight back to Cusco.

Overnight: Rumi Punku Centre, Cusco

Day 17 Cusco Free Day (B)

Today enjoy a free day in Cusco to explore at your own pace or take part in the optional half day tours to the South Valley, horseback riding tour (three hours), walking tour, etc (not included) visiting the following sites: Tipon, Pikillacta, and Andahuaylillas. Tours departs in the mornings at 8:45am.

Overnight: Rumi Punku Centre, Cusco

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Day 18 Cusco, Lima – Home (B)

After breakfast, enjoy some more leisure time before transferring to the airport for your flight back to Home.

Price on the 18 Day Peru Vacation

Accommodation Used:

Standard Package: 3 and 4 Star Hotels

  • US$5250 per person for Solo Traveller with Single Room
  • US$4915 per person for Travellers with 2 or More “with sharing double, matrimonial or triple rooms

Discounts:

Student Discount: US$80 (Requires ISIC Card to qualify)

Under 18’s Discount: US$

Optional Extra:

Wayna Picchu ticket US$25

Vistadome 40 USD Per Person (Round trip 80 USD P/p)

Inclusions on the 18 Day Peru Vacation

Package Includes:

Flights:

  • Domestic flights (economy class)
  • Three Flights: Lima to Cusco, Cusco to Puerto Maldonado and Cusco to Lima

Accomodation:

  • 13 nights hotel accommodation
  • One night traditional homestay on Amantani Island

Dining:

  • Enjoy 19 meals including daily breakfast

Tour Essencials

  • Professional English-speaking tour leader
  • Airlines taxes and surcharges

Transport:

  • Return train tickets to Machu Picchu with Peru Rail or Inca Rail Company
  • Return bus tickets from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
  • Transportation by A/C vehicles

Transfers:

  • Return airport transfers
  • Domestic flights: Cusco to Puerto Maldonado round trip
  • Four day guided Peruvian Amazon Jungle Experience to Puerto Maldonado
  • One night pre-tour quality accommodation in Cusco
  • Three nights in a traditional Amazon Jungle lodge
  • 19 additional meals including three meals daily in the Amazon
  • Visit the native village community of Infierno in Tambopata National Reserve
  • Take a boat ride down the amazing Amazon River
  • Enjoy a night time boat trip looking for the Caiman
  • Canoe on Oxbow Lake; search for macaws, hoatzin, horned screamers and otters
  • Take a canopy walk to search for bird life
  • Enjoy a Ethnobotanical tour and local farm visit
  • Visit a parrot clay lick and mammal clay lick to see tropical birds and Amazon deer
  • Tour a Brazil nut forest
  • Enjoy a night jungle walk; see nocturnal flora and fauna
  • Experience the incredible sounds of the jungle

Trip Preparation

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Price From USD 5,200 USD $ 4,915/person
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Total $ 4,915 USD