Mystical and Colourful Peru - 14 days in The Andes and Machu Picchu!

Lima Region, Peru

Singapore Changi Airport

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Lima Region: Mystical and Colourful Peru - 14 days in The Andes and Machu Picchu!

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Discover the vibrant culture, ancient traditions, mysterious folklore, amazing architectural ingenuity, and colourful heritage of the Peruvian people in this 14 Day tour of Peru! The culmination of this tour is your ascent into the citadel of Machu Picchu - declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, and voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007.

Mystical and Colourful Peru - 14 days in The Andes and Machu Picchu! starting at Lima Region, PeruMachu Picchu - UNESCO world heritage site and voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in a 2007 worldwide Internet poll

This tour will begin in Lima, the capital of Peru, where you will arrive in the city's international airport.

On the morning of your arrival we will begin a 7-hour guided city tour and culinary experience of Lima. You will be taken to historic buildings, monuments, and colonial and republican architecture and you will visit beautiful cathedrals, palaces, churches, a monastery and its catacombs, and the town square called the Plaza De Armas. The guide will also bring you to his mother's kitchen (literally) where she will delight your taste buds with gastronomic Peruvian cuisine. You will also learn how to make the Ceviche, a lovely Peruvian appetiser and the cocktail, Pisco Sour.

Mystical and Colourful Peru - 14 days in The Andes and Machu Picchu! starting at Lima Region, PeruLima with The Andes mountains in the background

After the tour, you will return to your hotel to rest and refresh before taking a overnight bus to Nazca, arriving in the early hours of the morning. You will board a small airplane at the airport to fly over the desert and see the famous Nazca Lines. These large ancient geoglyphs are believed to date from 500 BC to 500 AD and the longest is over 350 metres with over 70 designs of animals tress and flowers. The Nazca Lines was also declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1994.

Mystical and Colourful Peru - 14 days in The Andes and Machu Picchu! starting at Lima Region, PeruNazca Lines, as seen from a plane, depicting a hummingbird.

You also get to ride in a Dune Buggy and travel over the desert sand dunes and have a chance to sandboard your way down the sandy slopes of the dunes. An experience you probably will never have again.

Click here to watch 4X4 Sandboarding Tour in Nazca

A hotel check-in will be available for a rest and freshening up as we will again take a night bus to get to our next destination - Arequipa.

The 9 to 10 hour bus ride from Nazca to Arequipa will take us near the western coast of Peru for most of the way and it is best taken as an overnight ride. Very comfortable VIP seats with 160 degrees recline will allow you to sleep comfortable on this journey. A beautiiful coastal sun rise will likely greet you as you look out the window before we reach our destination around 9am.

Mystical and Colourful Peru - 14 days in The Andes and Machu Picchu! starting at Lima Region, PeruArequipa (UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000) with EL Misti, the 5,825m volcano in the background

In Arequipa, we will check-in to our hotel and then go on a guided tour of this beautiful city, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000. Arequipa is the second largest city in Peru, framed by three volcanoes. The city is proud of its contribution to Peru's gastronomic renaissance - so be prepared to try various classic dishes that originated from here. The guided tour will also take us to the famous Santa Catalina Convent which is like a city within a city and has an interesting history of the nuns that once inhabited this convent.

Mystical and Colourful Peru - 14 days in The Andes and Machu Picchu! starting at Lima Region, PeruOne of the many viewing points in the Colca Canyon - one of the world's deepest river canyon.

The next day, we will leave for the Colca Canyon where the main attraction is the spectacular sight of Condors flying overhead at various view points. These view points also gives magnificent views of the valley's villages, pre-Inca terraces, and the whole countryside. Our guide will also take us to Maca and Yanque, two interesting towns, with domestic and traditional animals and a beautiful hot spring - where you can take a soak if you want. The tour continues to Chivay, where there is an option to have a buffet lunch. After lunch, we will depart Chivay for Puno.

Mystical and Colourful Peru - 14 days in The Andes and Machu Picchu! starting at Lima Region, PeruCondor - flying over the Colca Canyon

We will arrive in Puno at about 7pm to check into our hotel. Puno is the city where Lake Titicaca, the world's highest navigable body of water, is thought to be the birthplace of the Incas, and is home to numerous ruins and sheltering rare aquatic wildlife. Tourists arrive here to see the unique floating islands on the lake that is made entirely of reeds, and on which small housing communities of the indigenous people, the Uros, lived. They have been living on these floating islands for hundreds of years as they were forced to, when the Incas expanded onto their land

Mystical and Colourful Peru - 14 days in The Andes and Machu Picchu! starting at Lima Region, PeruLake Titicaca - world's highest navigable body of water

The next day, we will a board and travel on Lake Titicaca. Our guide will show us three islands and we get to make a visit onto at least one of the Floating Islands that is made of reeds. We will visit the inhabitants of these islands and get an experience of how they actually live on these islands with even the houses that are made of reeds. We will eventually make our way to Amantani, an island of 4000 inhabitants. We will have a homestay with a family on this island getting a chance to taste their traditinal cooking and have our meals prepared by them during our one-night stay. We will also get a chance to hike up a hill on this island and get an amazing panoramic view of the surroundind islands and the natural scenery. Dinner will be with the host family. If the weather is kind, we wil get a chance to view the open night sky.

Mystical and Colourful Peru - 14 days in The Andes and Machu Picchu! starting at Lima Region, PeruOne of the 92 floating islands made of reeds on Lake Titicaca

The next morning after breakfast, we bid farewel to the family and continue on our boat to Taquile Island - where we learn about the unique culture of the Taquile people. We will return to Puno after that in the afternoon.

Mystical and Colourful Peru - 14 days in The Andes and Machu Picchu! starting at Lima Region, PeruEverything is made of reeds on the floating islands.

We will once again board a night bus (our last one for this whole tour) to make our way from Puno to Cusco - a 6.5-hour journey.

We will arrive in Cusco at about 4.30am and check-in to our hotel. We will have the morning free to explore Cusco or if our hotel is ready, we can have some rest for the morning before our tour of the city after lunch. Our very knowledgeable guide for this tour will take us round the city by walking, and by this, we will discover its spell, visit traditional markets, old neighborhoods, the inca museum and the fascinating sun temple. Cusco city is America's archaeological capital and it is the heartland of the Inca culture. After the tour, we are free to explore Cusco by ourselves.

Mystical and Colourful Peru - 14 days in The Andes and Machu Picchu! starting at Lima Region, PeruCusco

The next day after breakfast and at 8am, we will depart on the Sacred Valley Tour with the same guide. This tour will provide us with a good combination of archaeology, culture and history and we will get to see the farming terraces built at the banks of the Urubamba River, nice villages such as Pisaq and its market and archaeological park, Ollantaytambo and its archaeological park, Chinchero village and its fascinating colonial church that is the highlight of the tour, and where we will see murals from the 17th century. We will return from this tour to our hotel in Cusco.

Mystical and Colourful Peru - 14 days in The Andes and Machu Picchu! starting at Lima Region, PeruThe Sacred Valley - near Cusco

The next day we will leave early in the morning for Machu Picchu. We will board a train to the little town of Aguas Calientes ("Hot Water" in Spanish) which is the starting point for all tours up to the Machu Picchu citadel. During the scenic train ride, you will take in the jaw-dropping views of glaciers, snow capped peaks, lush green valleys and Incan farming terraces and ruins. On your arrival at Aguas Calientes, you will enter the subtropical forests region with flowering plants and ferns. You will then check-in at your hostel there and have the rest of the day to explore the area which has hot springs, waterfalls, the Mandor Gardens Natural Reserve and the Machu Picchu Museum. In the evening you will have dinner at Indio Feliz, the best restaurant in this little town (according to the local tour company).

Mystical and Colourful Peru - 14 days in The Andes and Machu Picchu! starting at Lima Region, PeruMachu Picchu

Breakfast the next morning will be about 5am which will allow us to catch the early shuttle bus (a 25-min ride) that will take us up to the Machu Picchu citadel and see the sun rise. You may also wish to hike up to the citadel which will take around 1.5 hours. For some, this is part of the experience of Machu Picchu.

Mystical and Colourful Peru - 14 days in The Andes and Machu Picchu! starting at Lima Region, PeruLooking back on the route, going up to the Machu Picchu citadel

At the citadel of Machu Picchu, you will get a 2-hour guided tour and then the rest of the morning is a free and easy walk around this magnificent landscape - some finding a tranquil spot to sit and take in the awesome splendour of mother nature. From here, you may also wish to hike up to the Sun Gate (1 hour), or the short trek up Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain - the latter two requiring climbing permits (US$35 and US$15 respectively) that have be arranged weeks before (*do let me know right away if you want to do this, so that I can booked the permits). Both treks up are steep but short climbs, 45mins for Huayna Picchu and 90mins for Machu Picchu Mountain.

Mystical and Colourful Peru - 14 days in The Andes and Machu Picchu! starting at Lima Region, PeruAlpaca - common sight on the slopes and in Machu Picchu

In the afternoon, after you have descended from the citadel by shuttle bus or a hike down, you will take the train back to Ollantaytambo where you will be trasferred by bus back to your hotel in Cusco. You will stay your final night in Peru at Cusco.

Mystical and Colourful Peru - 14 days in The Andes and Machu Picchu! starting at Lima Region, PeruPervian women in their traditional dress

You last day in Peru will be mostly in Cusco, and it will be a free day of shopping for interesting souvenirs, gifts, and exclusive Peruvian traditional crafts, fabric accessories, or food and snacks. In the late afternoon or evening, you will board a flight from Cusco to Lima (1hour 20min flight) where you will have some time before your midnight flight from Lima back to Singapore.

**PLEASE NOTE THAT THE ABOVE DESCRIPTION AND IMAGES OF THE TOUR DO NOT TALLY WITH THE ITINERARY SHOWN BELOW.
THE ITINERARY SHOWN BELOW IS FINAL AND THE TOUR WILL PROCEED ACCORDING TO THE ITINERARY AS SET OUT BELOW


Dates of Tour
13D/12N Land Tour

28 Jul to 9 Aug 2018


* Extensions to the tour beyond the tour dates to cover other parts of South America is of an interest to a member of the tour group. Please sign up for this tour and you can be linked with this member for travel to other parts of South America

Itinerary

Depart Singapore on 27 July 2018

 

28 Jul                     Arrival – La Paz

Arrival in La Paz after midnight – about 3am (29 Jul)

Visa on arrival in Bolivia

Transfer from airport to hotel - 2 night stay in La Paz hotel

 

29 Jul                     La Paz                                                    Meals: BF

Free and Easy day to acclimatize after 5am check-in into Hotel

30 Jul                     La Paz – Oruro - Uyuni                   Meals: BF           

Morning: Depart on Flight: La Paz to Oruro, then Train: Oruro – Uyuni

                - Scenic train ride will also see the beautiful start of Salt Flats

Arrived about 9.20pm Uyuni – 1-night stay in hotel

 

*Optional upgrade: 3-Day Uyuni Salt Flats Tour (USD 283)

Day 1

Morning flight to Uyuni – Dep La Paz 8.40am, Arr Uyuni 9.40am

10.30am - Start of Salt Flats Tour – 1st Day

 

31 Jul                     Uyuni Salt Flats                                Meals: BF

Full Day Uyuni Salt Flats Tour – Start at 10.30am, End at 6.30pm

8.30pm: Depart Uyuni by overnight Bus, to arrive in La Paz next morning

 

*Optional upgrade: 3-Day Uyuni Salt Flats Tour

Day 2

Full 2nd Day tour by local operator

 

1 Aug                     Uyuni Salt Flats – La Paz               Meals: none

6am – Arrival in La Paz from overnight bus

Optional: La Paz City Tour

Check-in to La Paz Hotel 1-night stay

 

*Optional upgrade: 3-Day Uyuni Salt Flats Tour

Day 3

Final day of tour – Arrive in Uyuni after tour at 6.30pm

8.40pm: Dep on flight to La Paz

9.40pm: Arrive in La Paz – 1 night stay in La Paz Hotel

 

2 Aug                     La Paz – Copacabana – Puno       Meals: BF

7am: Depart in Bus from La Paz to Copacabana

11.30am: Arrive in Copacabana – free afternoon in Copacabana

1pm to 5pm: Boat ride to Isla Del Sol (An island on Lake Titicaca)

5pm: Bus depart for Puno

8pm: Arrive in Puno – 1 night stay in Puno hotel

 

3 Aug                     Puno – Cusco                                     Meals: BF

Full day tour of Lake Titicaca

9.30pm Overnight bus depart for Cusco

4 Aug                     Cuzco                                                    Meals: none

6am - Arrive in Cuzco – 1 night stay in Cusco hotel

Cusco City tour and / or Maras Salt mines

5 Aug                     Cuzco – Aguas Calientes               Meals: BF, D

Early morning pickup for:

2-Day Train Tour to Machu Picchu

*Optional Upgrade: 2-Day Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu (USD 130)

Evening check into hotel in Aguas Calientes (base town of MP)

6 Aug                     Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cuzco              Meals: BF

6am Ascent of Machu Picchu from Aguas Calientes – hike-up or take shuttle bus

Optional: Climb up Huayna Picchu OR Machu Picchu Mountain (Adv booking of permit required USD 75)

Afternoon: return back to Aguas Calientes by shuttle bus (at your leisure)

Board train with group to depart for Cuzco, transfer from train station to Cuzco hotel – arrive evening

 

7 Aug                     Cuzco – Lima                                      Meals: BF

Morning: Transfer to airport, Depart for Lima

Arrive in Lima, transfer to Lima hotel - 2 night stay

Afternoon: City tour of Lima

8 Aug                     Lima – Paracas – Huacachina – Lima        Meals: BF

6am: Tour bus pick-up for Full day Tour

10am: Arrive in Paracas - Ballestas Islands Tour (2 hours)

1pm: Depart for Huacachina, arrive at 2.15pm – free time

4pm – 6pm: Sand Buggy and Sand Boarding Tour in Huacachina

6.30pm: Depart for Lima, arrive at 11pm

 

9 Aug                     Lima – Departure from Lima                       Meals: BF

After Breakfast, free time till airport transfer for flight departure back to SIN


Price

This tour is estimated to be around USD 2,642 for a group of 6.
This works out to SGD 3,540. Exchange rate USD 1 to SGD 1.34
The price will be lower with a bigger group - up to a maximum of 8 persons.

Once the number of people are confirmed, we will advised you on the payment in Singapore dollars.
The current listed price is an estimation in Singapore dollars based on a group of 6.
Due to exchange rate fluctuations, we can only calculate the actual amount to be paid in SGD when you are due to make the balance payment in your final payment. This is also after we have received the confirmed deposit payments and know how many is going for sure.

Included in the tour
- transfers by coach between all the cities (VIP class for overnight transfers)
- flights: Return flight LaPaz - Uyuni - Lapaz, and One-way flight Cusco to Lima
- all accommodations
- meals (as indicated in the itinerary)
- all tours with qualified local guides
- 1-day Uyuni Salt Flats tour (optional upgrade to 3-days @ USD 283)
- Boat ride to Isla Del Sol
- 1-day guided tour on Lake Titicaca
- Sacred Valley and Maras Moray Salt Mines Tour with qualified local guide
- 2-day train tour to Machu Picchu (optional upgrade to 2-day Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu @ USD 130)
- City tour of Lima (Optional: change to Rainbow Mountain Hike)
- Ballestas Islands Tour
- 4x4 Sandboarding Tour
- All transfers to and from airports and train stations
- All tour assistance and guidance needed while you are on tour

Not included in the tour:

- Air tickets for inbound flight Singapore to La Paz (Bolivia), and for outbound flight Lima (Peru)

- Travel Insurance

- fees for visa applications, ESTA, or other fees related to enter a country or border crossing

- admission fees, park fees, entry fees, tourist fees, or any other fees not covered by the tour operators
- Meals not stated in the itinerary

- Entrance to hot springs in Aguas Calientes (Optional)

- Permit fees for climbing Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain (Optional)

- Personal expenses for other food, beverages, and snacks, souvenirs, and tips for local guides/drivers



Deadline:
Deposit of SGD 2,000 needs to be paid up by 29 Mar 2018.
Final balance of payment to be paid up by 30 May 2018

Recommended flight:
This will be announced once we have confirmation of 4 persons for the tour.


Please email any queries to:

daniel@innerpassage.ca

Or Whatsapp:

 +1-403-397-6776

 

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