Peru – July 17 – 25, 2017

  • Destination:
  • Duration: 9 days
  • Departs: 07/17/2017
  • Price: $1,290

Explore South America’s most rewarding travel destination – Peru! The main part of the tour begins in the pleasant colonial city of Arequipa, with an impressive location below towering Misti Volcano. Visit a rural home near Puno to learn about indigenous culture. Take a full-day tour on Lake Titicaca to visit floating islands made of reeds and Taquile Island with its rich traditions.

Go to Cusco, the ancient Inca capital. Take the train through the beautiful Andes to Aguas Calientes, at the foot of Machu Picchu. Visit Machu Picchu, the greatest ancient city of the Americas.

Optional 4-day extension to the Peruvian Amazon July 25-29 for +$590 (not including airfare): stay at a jungle lodge and explore the rainforest with a guide, with close encounters with wildlife like monkeys and sloths.

PERU TOUR IS FULL AS OF 1/23/17; click the BOOK NOW button below to get on the WAITING LIST.

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LAND COST = $1290 (hotels, transportation by bus, train, and boat, entries/activities, local guides, Matt Ebiner as leader, all breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner)

International and domestic airline tickets are extra and cost about $1000-$1100 from LAX, including taxes

Optional extension to Amazon Rainforest (July 25-29) costs $590, not including round-trip airfare from Lima to Iquitos (about $250)

You can reserve a spot by clicking the BOOK NOW button above, with no payment due until 14 days after your booking.  

Arrive Peru

Monday July 17, 2017 –  Depart USA to Peru

Depart USA in the morning (or on July 16), arrive in Lima, and connect on flight  to Arequipa, beautifully located below towering Misti Volcano.   Two nights at Casa de Melgar Hotel, formerly the residence of the archbishop of Arequipa. 

Arequipa

Tuesday July 18 – Arequipa

Visit Arequipa’s historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  The highlight is Santa Catalina Monastery with beautiful architecture.  Enjoy the beautiful Plaza de Armas with plenty of restaurants and shopping.  Afternoon is free to visit scenic viewpoints or visit the excellent Andinos Museum with a recently discovered mummy of an Inca sacrificial victim.  Night #2 in Arequipa. 

Puno

Wednesday July 19 – Arequipa to Puno

Morning 6-hour bus ride to Puno on the shore of Lake Titicaca, 12,500’ elevation.   Afternoon tour of the pre-Inca tower tombs at Sillustani followed by a rural home visit to learn about traditional culture.  Two nights at Mosoq Inn in Puno. 

Lake Titicaca

Thursday July 20 – Lake Titicaca

Take a boat trip on Lake Titicaca, first to the Uros Islands, floating islands made of reeds.  Continue to Taquile Islandwhere you’ll enjoy traditional music, dancing, and lunch.  Hike to a white sand beach and consider taking a swim in the cool, clear waters of the lake.   Night #2 in Puno. 

Cusco

 

Friday July 21 – Puno to Cusco

Bus ride from Puno to Cusco, the capital of the Inca Empire 500 years ago and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Afternoon orientation walk in Cusco’s beautiful historic center. Two nights at Hostal Corihuasi  in Cusco, just 2 blocks from the main plaza; many excellent restaurants nearby. 

Cusco

Saturday July 22 – Cusco

Explore Cusco in the morning.  Free time in Cuzco for museums, shopping, or relaxing.   Night #2 in Cusco. 

Train & Salineras

Sunday July 23 – Cusco-Salineras-Sacred  Valley-Aguas Calientes

Leave Cusco and visit the ancient salt mines at Salineras.  Enjoy views of snow-capped peaks of the Andes as we travel to Ollantaytambo.  Afternoon train ride along the whitewater Urubamba River to Aguas Calientes at the foot of Machu Picchu.  One night in Aguas Calientes. 

Machu Picchu

 

Monday July 24 – Machu Picchu

Morning bus ride up to Machu Picchu, the greatest archeological site of the Americas.  Visit at sunrise when it is most beautiful.  Guided tour of Machu Picchu with an option to explore on your own for additional great views of the ruins, gorges, and mountains.  Afternoon train back to Ollantaytambo and bus to Cusco.   Farewell dinner.   One night in Cusco.

Depart Cusco

Tuesday July 25 – Cusco – Amazon Rainforest or to USA

Morning flight from Cusco to Lima.  Fly home to the USA or continue your travels in Peru with a post-trip extension to the Amazon Rainforest.  If doing the rainforest extension, fly Lima to Iquitos.   One night in Iquitos, the largest city in the Peruvian Amazon.

Amazon Rainforest

Wednesday July 26 – Amazon Rainforest

Leave Iquitos by boat down the Amazon River.  Stay in a jungle lodge for 3 days/2 nights (all-inclusive: lodging, 3 meals/day, transport, activities).  Visit an animal reserve with opportunities to see (and hold) rainforest wildlife up close.  At night explore the rainforest by canoe (with guide).

Amazon Day #2

Thursday July 27 – Amazon Rainforest

Canoe ride at dawn to see birdlife.  Afternoon jungle hike with a guide.  Visit a village of Yagua Indians.  Boat ride on the Amazon River to see pink dolphins.  Swim in the Amazon.  A colorful Amazon sunset completes an amazing day.

Amazon Day #3

Friday July 28- Amazon Rainforest

Go fishing in the Amazon for piranhas and catfish.  Return by boat to Iquitos.  One night in Iquitos.

Depart Iquitos

Saturday July 29 – Peru – USA

Morning flight from Iquitos to Lima.  Fly home to the USA or continue your travels in Peru.

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