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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.

Dates of Tour
1 August to 14 August 2017 (14 Days)
You will have to board the flight in Singapore on 1 August to arrive in Lima, Peru on 2 August
Tour will be from 2 August to 12 August.
You will depart from Lima on 12 August at 2359h to arrive in Singapore on 15 August 12.20am (on the night of 14 August).

26 June to 11 July 2018 (16 Days)
This tour will be repeated with the above dates in 2018 with the inclusion of the Classic Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu (a 4-day hike with camping and porters) to replace the 2-Day Train Tour to Machu Picchu. The tour will therefore be 16 days.

17 July to 30 July 2018 (14 Days)
The very same 14-Day tour will be repeated in July 2018.
Dates are tentatively set for 17 July to 30 July 2018.


Itinerary

1 Aug (or 31st July)

Depart SIN with connections and transits to arrive in LIM (Lima, Peru) on 2 August.

 

2 Aug - Meals included: L               Accommodation: 2* Hotel (no night stay)

Arrival in Lima and transfer to hotel for check-in.

City tour in Lima by local qualified guide.

Special culinary lunch presented by the guide’s mother in her kitchen.

Learn how to make traditional Peruvian dish “Ceviche” and “Pisco Sour”, a Peruvian cocktail.

After tour, rest and freshen up at hotel to prepare for overnight tour bus (VIP class) to Nazca.

 

3 Aug - Meals included: BF           Accommodation: 2* Hotel (no night stay)

On arrival into Nazca in the morning, board a plane for a guided flight tour over the Nazca Lines.

After return from flight, check-in to hotel.

Sand dune tour – ride on a 4x4 Dune Buggy fit for 6 to 8 passengers. This is a guided tour to a couple of interesting sites through sand dunes in the desert, followed by, thrilling sand boarding!

Return to hotel to rest and freshen up to board overnight tour bus (VIP class) to Arequipa.

 

4 Aug - Meals included: BF           Accommodation: 2* Hotel (1-night stay)

See fabulous early morning coastal sunrise on tour bus as it makes its way to Arequipa.

Check-in to hotel, then city tour in Arequipa by local qualified guide.

The tour will start with a nice walk through the city streets viewing interesting houses and two churches, and the local market, and perhaps sipping a typical cup of Peruvian coffee before boarding a car or van to Yanahuara Square, a look-out of the city. Lunch is on our own and then tour continues to Santa Catalina the highlight of this tour. This convent is like a city within a city with an interesting history of the nuns that once lived in this convent.

Rest early in the evening for 3am tour departure the next day.

 

5 Aug - Meals included: BF           Accommodation: 2* Hotel (1-night stay)

3am – depart for guided tour of Colca Canyon, the second deepest canyon in the world.

We will make several stops at various viewing points to see Andean Condors, the largest flying land birds in the western hemisphere, and beautiful panoramic views of the valleys villages, pre-Inca terraces, and the whole countryside. We will also stop at villages like Maca to see their traditional domestic animals and village craft souvenirs, and Yanque for their natural hot spring.

After Lunch at Chivay, we will travel to Puno, to arrive by 7pm, and then check-in to hotel.

 

6 Aug - Meals included: BF, L, D                 Accommodation: In local family home (1-night stay)

After breakfast, local guide will pick us up for 2- day tour of islands on Lake Titicaca with a home-stay on the island of Amantani hosted by a local family. Lake Titicaca is the world’s highest navigable lake and is unique for having 92 floating islands made of reeds inhabited by small communities of indigenous people, the Uros. We will visit 2 floating islands before Amantani, where we will have lunch, hike up a hill for a beautiful view of the lake and its surroundings, then dinner with the host family. And if the weather is good, we will have a view of a clear night sky to enjoy, before we head to bed for the night.

 

7 Aug - Meals included: BF           Accommodation: 1* Hotel (no night stay)

After breakfast, we bid farewell to our host family and continue on the 2nd day of the island tour. We head to the island of Taquile that is known for their fine handwoven textiles and clothing, which are regarded as among the highest-quality handicrafts in Peru. In fact, UNESCO has granted Taquile and its Textile art the acclaim, "Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity” in 2005.

We’ll be having lunch (own expense) on one of the islands.

We’ll return to Puno by late afternoon, check-in to hotel to rest and freshen up, then board our last overnight bus (VIP class) to Cusco.

 

8 Aug - Meals included: None     Accommodation: 2* Hotel (2-night stay)

We arrive in Cusco very early in the morning. Rest in hotel after check-in for 2-night stay.

At 1pm – city tour with local qualified guide to visit San Pedro market, Qoricancha – the Sun Temple, 17th century oil paintings, San Blas – artisans neighbourhood to visit workshops, Inca Museum, and the Cathedral of the city.

Free in the evening

 

9 Aug - Meals included: BF           Accommodation: 2* Hotel

Tour of the Sacred Valley

- tour the most beautiful of places in the Sacred Valley of the Incas – Pisaq, Ollantaytambo, Chincheros

Pisaq Archaeological Park – Inca villages, water fountains, largest Inca tombs, then Pisaq market

Ollantaytambo – beautiful old town designed and built during the Incas, visit archaeological park to see  perfectly carved stones of the Incas.

Chincheros – visit magnificent colonial church with its murals and paintings from the 17th century, and family of textile weavers to see the process of their beautiful handicraft.

Return to hotel in evening.

 

10 Aug - Meals included: BF, D   Accommodation: 2* Hotel (1-night stay)

The highlight of our whole tour: Machu Picchu

Today begins our 2-Day Train Tour of Machu Picchu.

Depart at 6.45am after breakfast for train station. Train ride with amazing views of lush green valleys, snow-capped peaks, pre-Inca terraces, ancient ruins, arriving at Aguas Calientes for hotel stay. The afternoon is free to visit hot spring, waterfalls, the Mandor Gardens, and the Machu Picchu Museum.

Dinner is at Indio Feliz, the best restaurant in town.

 

11 Aug - Meals included: BF                         Accommodation: 3* Hotel (1-night stay)

Early morning ascent of Machu Picchu to catch sunrise.

After breakfast, depart 5.30am to catch shuttle bus to arrive at citadel of Machu Picchu. Alternatively, you can hike up – 1.5 hours

At the citadel, 2-hour guided tour by qualified local guide.

Free to explore after guided tour – Huayna Picchu, Machu Picchu Mountain, Sun Gate.

Board train in the afternoon at Aguas Calientes to head back to train station near Cusco. Transfer from there to hotel in Cusco. Check-in to hotel for 1-night.

 

12 Aug - Meals included: BF

Free day in Cusco for shopping – visit markets for crafts, souvenirs, snacks.

Board flight in Cusco to arrive in Lima in time to catch your flight to SIN


Price

This tour is estimated to be around USD 2,642 for a group of 4.
Currently, this works out to SGD 3,670 (as of 23 June 2017).
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 4.
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
This will include
- transfers by coach between all the cities (VIP class for overnight transfers)
- flight from Cusco to Lima on the last day
- all accommodations
- meals (as indicated in the itinerary - that will be posted)
- all city tours with qualified local guides
- guided flight tour over Nazca Lines
- 4x4 Sandboarding Tour
- Colca Canyon Tour
- 2-day guided tour on Lake Titicaca with homestay on the island of Amantani
- Sacred Valley Tour with qualified local guide
- 2-day train tour to Machu Picchu (with 2-hour guided tour at the citadel)
- and all transfers to and from airports and train stations
- all tour assistance and guidance needed while you are in Peru

Not included in tour:

- Air tickets from Singapore to Lima (Peru)

- Travel Insurance

- ESTA fees if you are transiting in the U.S.

- Meals not stated (as included) in the itinerary

- Airport tax USD 10 for Nazca flight

- All entrance fees during the 2 day tours in Cusco: museums, temples, cathedrals, dance theatre.

- Entrance to hot springs in Colca Canyon and Aguas Calientes (Optional)

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

- Tips for local guides/drivers

- Personal expenses



Deadline:
Deposit of SGD 1,500 needs to be paid up by July 7.
Final balance of payment to be paid up by July 14.

Recommended flight:
This will be announced once we have confirmation of 4 persons for the tour.
It is recommended you depart SIN on Aug 1 in the early hours of the morning.
You need to arrive in LIM (Lima, Peru) on the morning of Aug 2.
You will depart LIM on night of Aug 12 to arrive in SIN on Aug 14 (or early hours of Aug 15)

Please email any queries to:

daniel@innerpassage.ca

Or Whatsapp:

 +1-403-397-6776

 

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