Peru Splendors with Arequipa & Colca Canyon (SOE3)

11 days from Lima to Lima

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Love a good mystery? This 11-day vacation to Peru is the perfect escape to delve into the world’s most intriguing lost and found story. Featuring not one, but two days behind the misty gates of Machu Picchu, this below-the-equator tour takes you high into the Andes and deeper inside the Lost City of the Incas to unearth its centuries-old secrets. Navigating the cryptic maze of trails, temples, and terraces in the world’s most famous forgotten city is one for the memory books. Other great finds on this tantalizing tour of Peru? Up-close encounters with llamas, alpacas, and other Sacred Valley locals; colorful, handwoven textiles in the former Inca Empire capital of Cusco; bold, multicultural cuisine in the foodie capital of Lima; and a warm welcome inside a traditional family home for an authentic taste of Peruvian hospitality. Craving a deeper Peruvian experience? Add the Colca Canyon and Arequipa to your Peru vacation. Twice as deep as the Grand Canyon, Colca Canyon is the second deepest canyon in the world. Enjoy the spectacular views below while the giant condor soars above. A visit to the “White City” of Arequipa, built from white volcanic rock, promises more dramatic views.

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 DESTINATIONS & SIGHTSEEING

Sightseeing:

LIMA
Sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit San Francisco Monastery; visit a [LF] local Peruvian food market; welcome dinner at a local Peruvian restaurant

SACRED VALLEY
[LF] Mother Earth Ceremony with a shaman; visit Awanakancha and Pisac; visit Ollantaytambo and [LF] a local home for a glimpse into rural Peruvian life

MACHU PICCHU
Take the Vistadome train through the Urubamba Valley; sightseeing with a Local Guide and a second entrance to the ruins on your second day in Machu Picchu

CUSCO
Sightseeing with a Local Guide; [LF] participate in a celebratory pasacalle (Andean parade); visit the cathedral, Santo Domingo Monastery, Kenko, and the Temple of Sacsayhuaman; farewell dinner

COLCA CANYON
Guided sightseeing of Arequipa & Colca Canyon

Notes:

  • Participation in this tour requires guest's name exactly as it appears on his/her passport, D.O.B., gender, and nationality at the time of booking.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Breakfast daily, 5 lunches, 4 dinners

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1

ARRIVE IN LIMA, PERU. Welcome to Lima! Meet your Tour Director upon arrival.

Day 2

LIMA. LIMA Guided sightseeing includes the Plaza de Armas, the Government Palace, Cathedral, and San Francisco Monastery. Tastings at a [LF] Peruvian food market. Welcome dinner at a local restaurant.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 3

LIMA–CUSCO–SACRED VALLEY. LIMA Fly to Cusco.
SACRED VALLEY Participate in an [LF] El Pago a la Tierra (Mother Earth Ceremony) with local shaman. Visit Awanakancha to see a pre-Columbian weaving demonstration, and llamas, alpacas, guanacos, and vicuñas. Free time for shopping Pisac’s famous market.
Breakfast Breakfast Lunch Lunch Dinner Dinner

Day 4

SACRED VALLEY–MACHU PICCHU. SACRED VALLEY Visit to the Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo and a [LF] local Peruvian home. Scenic ride on the Vistadome Train through the Urubamba Valley.
MACHU PICCHU Guided sightseeing at Machu Picchu. Dinner at your nearby hotel.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 5

MACHU PICCHU–CUSCO. MACHU PICCHU Second included entrance to Machu Picchu. Afternoon train to the Sacred Valley. Transfer to Cusco.
Breakfast Breakfast Lunch Lunch

Day 6

CUSCO. CUSCO Guided sightseeing includes visits to the Cathedral and Santo Domingo Monastery. Traditional [LF] Pasacalle (Andean Parade) and visits to Kenko Amphitheater and the Temple of Sacsayhuaman. Free time this afternoon before a farewell dinner.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 7

CUSCO–AREQUIPA. CUSCO Fly to Arequipa and meet your Monograms Local Host.
AREQUIPA Guided city tour of Arequipa shows off the Plaza de Armas, the cathedral, and the Jesuit Church, considered the best example of the mestizo baroque style.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 8

AREQUIPA–COLCA CANYON. AREQUIPA Drive across Pampa Cañahuas within Aguada Blanca National Reserve, the habitat of vicuñas and a variety of birds. Admire beautiful Pre-Columbian terraces still being cultivated by native Collaguas.
COLCA CANYON Arrive in Colca Canyon, an impressive geological formation carved out by the river. More than twice as deep as the Grand Canyon, Colca Canyon is one of the deepest in the world. Observe the spectacular terracing, considered among the most extensive in southern Peru. These terraces, which allow cultivation and meticulously controlled irrigation of the steep slopes of the canyon, were built by natives between the 9th and 14th centuries.
Breakfast Breakfast Lunch Lunch

Day 9

COLCA CANYON. COLCA CANYON This morning, visit Condors’ Cross, an observation point where you have the possibility of observing the flight of the condor in its native habitat. From here, also enjoy the impressive Colca Canyon panorama. Next, visit the town of Yanque before returning to your hotel.
Breakfast Breakfast Lunch Lunch

Day 10

COLCA CANYON–AREQUIPA–LIMA. AREQUIPA Scenic drive to Arequipa. Fly to Lima.
LIMA Free time this evening.
Breakfast Breakfast Lunch Lunch

Day 11

LIMA. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

MAURICIO YONFA-ESTUARDO

Escorting tours for more than 20 years

"Born in Venezuela and raised in Ecuador, I'm an architect by profession, but a Tour Director by heart. I have worked as a South America lecturer for cruise lines, a guide in Ecuador and the Galápagos, and a Tour Director in South America. My goals are to transform each guest into a Peruvian expert and to encourage them to try and appreciate authentic Incan food. So, let's discover together the mysterious land of the Incas and maybe even sample roasted guinea pig!"

Tour Director - MAURICIO YONFA-ESTUARDO

 Accommodations

AREQUIPA

CASA ANDINA PREMIUM AREQUIPA

Hotel as shown or similar
Deluxe
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

COLCA CANYON

COLCA LODGE

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

The Colca Canyon Lodge affords you the opportunity to enjoy a marvelous natural environment which includes thermal water springs. Built completely of stone, mud bricks, and thatch roofs, the hotel is situated in the heart of the valley, next to the Colca River and in the midst of ancestral farming terraces. Amenities include a living room with fireplace, bar, game room, spa, jacuzzi, and thermal hot springs.

CUSCO

SONESTA HOTEL CUSCO

Hotel as shown or similar
Superior First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

The Sonesta Hotel Cusco, which was built in 1986 and completely renovated in 2010, now features a modern contemporary décor and a fine dining restaurant serving classic Peruvian cuisine. It is within blocks of a handcraft market, Plaza de Armas, shops and restaurants. Amenities include a retsaurant, room service, business center, and bar.

LIMA

CASA ANDINA SELECT MIRAFLORES

Hotel as shown or similar
Moderate First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

This hotel welcomes you to Lima in comfort and style. It is located in the center of Lima's bustling district of Miraflores, within walking distance of shops, restaurants, bars, and other Lima attractions. The excellent Casa Andina Select Miraflores exudes sophistication and comfort, focusing on personalized service and great amenities.

MACHU PICCHU

EL MAPI BY INKATERRA

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

SACRED VALLEY

SONESTA POSADAS DEL INCA - SACRED VALLEY - YUCAY

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

 Optional Excursions

Contact your Travel Consultant for more information.
Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)



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