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Peru Bolivia Living Culture Tour

PERU BOLIVIA LIVING CULTURE TOUR

Tour Code: CS-

Highlights: Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Aguas Calientes & Puno

Departure Location: Lima airport

Duration: 10 Days,9 Nights

Departure Dates: Daily from January 1 to December 20, 2017

Tour Price: From US$ 1705 per person in double occupancy

 

DAY 1 LIMA 

Upon your arrival in Lima, you will receive assistance at the airport and will be transferred to the selected hotel. Today you will have free time to walk around and get to know the city.

DAY 2 LIMA TOURS EXCLUSIVE CITY TOUR: CATHEDRAL, ALIAGA HOUSE AND LARCO MUSEUM  NEW!

Today you will visit the built-up area of the city of Lima, a World Heritage Site listed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). You will start the day with a scenic tour by the historic downtown, reaching the Main Square, where you will stop to appreciate its attractions. You will then walk to the Cathedral of Lima, located on the Main Square, Peru’s most important church built between 1542 and 1622. Then you will go to the Aliaga House, an ancient vice regal resident granted by Francisco Pizarro to one of his captains in 1535 (Jerónimo de Aliaga), after the foundation of the city. This is the only house of that time that belongs to the same family to date. You will then visit the Larco Museum, located in the traditional Pueblo Libre district. Founded by Rafael Larco Hoyle in 1926 inside a viceregal mansion built on a pre-Columbian pyramid of the 7th century, the museum houses the most complete pre-Hispanic collection of gold and silver artifacts, as well as pieces of erotic art. Finally, you will be driven to the Love Park in the Miraflores district, where you can watch the cliffs with a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean.  The tour may end at the Larcomar Shopping Mall, at the “Peru pa’ti” Food Market or at the hotel.

DAY 3 CUSCO – City tour & archaeological SITES

You will start the tour by visiting the Qoricancha, also known as the “Sun Temple”, built under the orders of Inca Pachacútec (1410 – 1471), which became the foundation for the construction of the Monastery of Santo Domingo. This was the place of worship of the Sun (“Inti”) during the time of the Incas and it used to be filled with pieces of gold. You will then visit the Cathedral, the most impressive monument on the Main Square, built between 1560 and 1654. This is followed by the visit to the Sacsayhuamán Fortress, one of the emblematic constructions of the Incas, built by Inca Pachacútec in the 15th century. This is a huge fortress erected with large stones, and the manner in which they were transferred and cut remains a mystery. The Inti Raymi Festival, which worships the Sun, is re-enacted on June 24 of each year. You will head for Q’enqo, an archaeological complex located 4 kilometers away from the city of Cusco, mainly used for religious purposes where it is believed the Incas practiced agricultural rituals. Finally, you will go to Puca Pucara (red fortress, in Quechua), an architectural complex located 7 kilometers away from the city, supposedly used for military purposes, It has many rooms, squares, bathrooms, aqueducts, walls and towers. It is believed it was used by the Inca’s retinue while he rested at Tambomachay. You will return to the hotel at the end of this visit.

DAY 4 CUSCO / MACHU PICCHU – AGUAS CALIENTES

Your trip to Machu Picchu will start with a private transfer from your hotel to the Ollantaytambo train station, a route of approximately 2 hours, from where you will take the train to Aguas Calientes, which takes approximately 1 and a half hours. In Aguas Calientes you will find the train station, a handicraft market, restaurants and various categories of accommodation for those who prefer to spend the night at the foot of the mountain and climb to the top in the early morning. After a short trip, you will arrive in Machu Picchu, a masterpiece of engineering and architecture which is believed to have served as a sanctuary and leisure residence for Inca Pachacútec (1410 – 1471). Machu Picchu means “Old Mountain” and UNESCO has listed it as a World Heritage Site and it is one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. At the end of the tour, you will return to Aguas Calientes by bus. You will have lunch at “Café Inkaterra” in Machu Picchu Pueblo. You can enjoy a free afternoon. You will overnight at the hotel of your choice in Aguas Calientes.

DAY 5 AGUAS CALIENTES / CUSCO 

Today you can return to Machu Picchu to optionally visit any attraction that the citadel has to offer. You can visit the Intipunku (“Gateway of the Sun”), which was a sort of guardhouse and the Sun rises through that door every day. You can also climb the Huayna Picchu (subject to availability of space), which means “Young Mountain”. It takes around an hour to reach the top and its main attraction is the “Temple of the Moon”, an underground building complex probably conceived for the use of the élite. Finally, you may visit the Inca Bridge, an incredible stone construction which served to enter and exit the citadel. In the afternoon, you will be transferred to the Aguas Calientes train station where you will board your return train to Ollantaytambo train station and then your transfer for the city of Cusco.

DAY 6 Cusco / PUNO

You will be transferred to the bus station. Your tour to Puno will make three stops. First, you will stop in Andahuaylillas, a town located 40 kilometers away from Cusco and its top attraction is the Andahuaylillas Church, also known as the ‘Sistine Chapel of the Americas’, due to the high quality of the art Works it houses. The structure was built in the 16th century over the vestiges of buildings that could have belonged to the Wari culture.  It now has an original pipe organ that has been recently repaired. You will continue to Racchi, to visit the Wiracocha Temple, an amazing and singular 30-m wide and 20-m high rectangular building that resembles a Wall.  It has large windows and doors and it is believed it was the tallest building of the Inca Empire. You will stop in Sicuani to have lunch and then you will make a brief stop at La Raya, the highest point on the route between Puno and Cusco, located above 4313 masl. From here, 61 kilometers away from the city of Juliaca (very close to Puno), you will reach the town of Pucará, to visit the Pucará Lithic Museum.  Pucará was the first urban settlement proper of the lacustrine altiplano and it developed between 100 and 300 BC. Finally, you will start the last part of your trip to the city of Puno and you will be transferred to the selected hotel.

DAY 7 TOUR TO THE UROS ISLANDS & Taquile – LaKE Titicaca

You will be transferred to Puno’s lake port, where a vessel will take you to the floating islands of the Uros. The Uros are an ancestral society that inhabits a series of artificial islands built with totora, a reef that grows in the lake. The islands are built by weaving totora reeds in the places where they grow the thickest and form a natural layer. They build their totora houses over it and cook in the open air to prevent possible fires. After a one and a half-hour tour, you will continue your trip to the Taquile Island. Unlike other islands, inhabited by Aymara-speaking people in the lake, its residents speak Quechua. It was part of the Inca Empire and it is still possible to notice vestiges of said culture in their buildings. Nevertheless, when the Spaniards arrived, they forced them to get rid of their typical clothes and forced them to wear traditional farmers’ clothes. Upon your arrival, you will receive a brief explanation of the island and will attend a cultural activity. You will have lunch and will return to the city of Puno.

DAY 8 PUNO / LA PAZ

You will depart very early in the morning on a trip to Copacabana by land, crossing the Peruvian towns of Juli, Pomata and Yunguyo. At your arrival, visit the sanctuary of the Dark Virgin and board the Catamaran to cruise Lake Titicaca toward the Island of the Sun, and make a stop on the route to see the Pilkokaina Temple. After having lunch on board, reach the Island of the Sun to visit the garden, the staircases and the water springs. An exclusive tour to the ethno-ecological complex on the Island of the Sun is included. You will have the opportunity to participate in the ancient Kallawaya ceremony and the ceremony of the water. In the afternoon, you will continue to La Paz (Bolivia) and to the hotel. You will arrive at dusk.

DAY 9 La Paz – City Tour + MOON VALLEY

City tour, visiting the Church of Saint Francis and the Witchdoctors’ Market. You will continue to Moon Valley, strange geological clay formations caused by erosion.

DAY 10 DEPARTURE

After having breakfast at the hotel, a transportation service will transfer you to the airport, where you will receive assistance with your international departure flight.

 

TOUR PRICE INCLUDES

  • Operated with a bilingual tour guide (English-Spanish).
  • Two nights’ accommodation and breakfast in Lima, Two nights’ accommodation and breakfast in Cusco, night’s accommodation in Aguas Calientes, two nights’ accommodation in Puno and two nights’ accommodation and breakfast in La Paz.
  • Daily breakfast and lunch Day 4 at Café Inkaterra.
  • Buffet lunch on Day 6.
  • Transfer from/to the hotel on a private vehicle, during the tours and on the train to Machu Picchu (Executive service).
  • Cusco/Puno tour bus.
  • Crossing of Lake Titicaca on Catamaran to Puno/La Paz.
  • All the monuments and visits mentioned in the program.
  • Porter at the airports, stations, hotels and during the transfers.

 

TOUR PRICE EXCLUDES

  • Personal expenses, drinks and meals not explicitly mentioned in the program.
  • International air tickets to Peru.
  • Domestic air tickets.
  • Domestic and international airport taxes.

 

DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES 2017 (SEAT IN COACH TOUR PRICES)

Departure Period CATEGORY Per Person in Double Occupancy Per Person in Triple Occupancy Single Supplement
JANUARY 1 TO DECEMBER 20/ DAILY Standard $ 1725 $ 1640 $ 440
Comfort $ 1705 $ 1685 $ 425
First Class $ 2080 $ 1965 $ 690
Luxury $ 2800 $ 2705 $ 1270

 

PRIVATE TOUR PRICES & DATES

Departure Period CATEGORY Per Person in Double Occupancy Per Person in Triple Occupancy Single Supplement
JANUARY 1 TO DECEMBER 20/ DAILY Standard $ 2125 $ 1890 $ 850
Comfort $ 2095 $ 1930 $ 830
First Class $ 2400 $  2135 $ 1305
Luxury $ 3190 $ 2950 $ 1665

 

Rates not applicable for: June 22-28, July 27-31. PLEASE CONTACT WITH US TO CONSULT PRICES FOR THESE DATES

 

VALID HOTELS

HOTELS STANDARD COMFORT FIRST CLASS LUXURY
 

Lima

 

– Tambo I

– Britania

– Girasoles

– León de Oro

– Mariel

– Carmel

 

– Tambo II

– Allpa hotel & Suite

– Habitat

– Casa Andina Miraflores Centro

– Casa Andina San Antonio

 

– Hacienda

– José Antonio Miraflores

– José Antonio Executive

– San Agustín Exclusive

– Casa Andina Select

– Ibis

– Nobility

-Conquistadores

 

– Marriott

– Swissotel

– Hilton Miraflores

 

Cusco

 

– San Francisco Plaza

– Casa Don Ignacio

– Mabey

– Augustos

– Munay Wasi

– Samay

– Sueños del Inca

Taypikala

 

– Casa Andina Koricancha

– Casa Andina San Blas

– San Agustín Internacional

– Sonesta Posada del Inca Cusco

– Maytaq Wasi

– Casa Andina Catedral

– Casa Andina Plaza

 

– Sonesta Cusco

– José Antonio

– Eco Inn

– San Agustín Plaza

– Los Portales

– San Agustín Dorado

– Esplendor Cusco

 

– JW Marriott Cusco

– Libertador Luxury Collection

– Aranwa Cusco

 

Puno          

 

– Hacienda Puno

– Casa Andina Tikarani

– Casona Plaza

– Qelqatani hotel

 

-La Hacienda Plaza

– Eco Inn

– José Antonio  

– Libertador


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