Cultural Roundtrip Peru

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7. September 2023
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18 Days
Lima, Peru
Lima, Peru
Max People : 20
Tour Details

This is our big trip in 2020 where our main tour leader Rita Hauge will be with you on the whole roundtrip in Peru. She speaks four languages, including Norwegian and Spanish and will be a good link between you and those you meet on this wonderful journey. Of course, the tour goes to Cusco, Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley, Lake Titicaca with the floating reed islands and accommodation on Amantani Island. In addition, you will experience the real Amazon jungle with all the rich plant and wildlife there and the Pacific coast with the “mini Galapagos islands”, the mysterious Nazca lines and the capital of Lima. A lot to look forward to. The price includes the roundtrip in Peru. All accommodation will be on 4 * hotels except for one night at Amantani island (day 14).

Departure & Return Location

Lima, Peru

Price Includes

  • Accommodation per person in double room in 3 or 4 * hotels throughout the roundtrip except one night at Amantani island.
  • Meals as specified in the program (approx. 70% of all meals).
  • All transport in Peru (flights, bus, train, boat).
  • All transfer between hotel and airport, train station etc.
  • All excursions including guides.
  • All tickets, entrance fees to museums, etc. with a few exceptions (see below).
  • 24/7 available phone no. in Norway (Norwegian) or Peru (English and Spanish) you can call if there are any issues.
  • Whatsapp service for boarding cards etc. For smaller private groups you can borrow one Smart phone with Peruvian sim card for free during the entire roundtrip in Peru.

Price Excludes

  • Tips in restaurants, to guides etc.
  • Fee to fly over Nazca lines.
  • Laundry service.
  • Meals not specified in the program.
  • Ticket to Wuaynapicchu at Machu Picchu
  • 2 or 4-days Incatrail - This comes at an extra cost
Itinerary

Day 1

We arrive in Lima.
Reception at the hotel reception. We meet our tour operator in Lima and our local guide.
Accommodation in Lima.
We are staying at a hotel in Miraflores.

Day 2

We visit the old part of Lima, where the buildings are still very much characterized by the colonial architecture, which is the oldest in all of Latin America.
After lunch, we continue to modern Lima in Miraflores, where we stop at tourist areas such as “El Parque del Amor”, (the park of love) and admire a great panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean.
The tour ends by visiting one of the most interesting museums in our city, the Anthropological Museum – where you can get a good idea of our pre-Hispanic culture.
Optional:
In the evening we invite you to attend a traditional show where you can enjoy our Peruvian folklore. This is not included in the price.

We are staying at a hotel in Miraflores.

Included: Breakfast and lunch.

Day 3

After breakfast we go to the airport.
We fly to Puerto Maldonado. We begin our excursion to the Amazonas.
We arrive in the exciting Amazon jungle to start our tour.
Lunch.
In the afternoon we go on a small hitchhike into the jungle to “La isla de los monos” (Monkey Island).
Safari evening. We travel along the river and observe wildlife in the evening. Exciting experience.

Full pension

Day 4

Breakfast is served early in the morning, so that we get out into the jungle early to experience as much as possible of the animals’ morning grooming.
We begin by hiking deep into the jungle along a road specially made for our trip. On the way we will observe the Kaiman (alligator) cave. Further on we come to “La Cocha Perdida” (the lake). There is a phenomenal panoramic view around the lake, with huge trees surrounded by swamps and marshes. We also get to climb a ladder high up in a tree where we get a fantastic view of the lake. A fascinating sight.
Lunch.
Back to the hotel where we, among other things, enjoying delicious exotic fruits and a delicious dinner.

Full pension.

Day 5

Breakfast.
We say goodbye to the jungle and head for Puerto Maldonado where we visit the local market with, among other things, a rich selection of different exotic fruits and plants.
We fly to Cusco.
We arrive at the beautiful capital of the Inca Empire. There we will be picked up by our local guide and tour operator. Because it takes time to de-acclimatize due to the altitude, we go directly to the Sacred Valley which is 2,800 meters above sea level. in contrast to Cusco, which is 3,400 m above sea level. That way, we get a smoother transition when we come from the lowlands of the Amazon jungle.

Only breakfast and box lunches this day.

We stay at a hotel in the Holy Valley.

Day 6

Breakfast
Visit to the village of Ollantaytambo where we can walk around the streets that have stood exactly the same since Inca times. Then we visit the ruins located in the mountains around the village. These are the ruins of a huge military fort from the Inca era. This is one of the few places where the Spanish lost a military battle against the Incas. On the way to lunch, we stop at a local beer brewery to be explained how the process takes place. Those who wish can have a small taste as an aperitif before lunch.
Lunch.
After lunch we start in the direction of the wonderful Sacred Valley. We have a stop in Pisaq village.
From there we go on to the Pisaq ruins, some impressive ruins from the Inca era, which are actually bigger than Machu Picchu and played an important role in the great Inca Empire.

Half Board

We stay at a hotel in the Holy Valley.

Day 7

Excursions to Moray and Chinchero.
After breakfast we go to Moray, a nice bus trip where we drive through different villages and agricultural areas. We get to experience a spectacular view through some beautiful valleys.
Lunch under the open sky.
Then we go to Chinchero, a village of an Indian community where they mainly do agriculture and textile production.
45 minutes of quiet yoga at sunset to inspire us for the next day when the trip goes to Machu Picchu.

Half Board.

We spend the night in a hotel in Urubamba.

Day 8

This day is special for everyone as we now begin our journey to Machu Picchu. We have 3 options:
– Inka Trail 4 days (extra charge, contact us for more information)
– Inka Trail 2 days (extra charge, contact us for more information)
– Take the train directly to Aguas Calientes at Machu Picchu (included in the price).

Here there is only a description of the Inca trail 2 days, and those who take the train directly to Aguas Calientes. If you are interested in the 4-day Inca Trail, you will be sent a tour description.
Early the next morning we go to the legendary city of Machu Picchu, the forgotten Inca community on a mountain top high in the Andes. We take the train which takes approx. 2 hours to Aguas Calientes. For those of you who are going to do the Inka Trail, we start by getting off the train at “Kilometer 104” and begin the impressive journey on foot.
We eat packed lunches on the way. The trip will take approx. 6 hours to Machu Picchu where you can see the sunset and enjoy the view of Machu Picchu. You take the bus down to Aguas Calientes. The others continue with the train to “Aguas Calientes”, where you can take a nice bath in the hot springs found there, or just have a relaxing day.
The rest of the evening is free.

Half board.

We are staying at a hotel in Aguas Calientes.s.

Day 9

Breakfast.
Early in the morning we get up and take the bus up to Machu Picchu to see the sunrise. It is an advantage to arrive early as this famous city, which is located on a mountain top far up in the Andes, is visited by many tourists.
We visit legendary Machu Picchu where our guide will guide us through the entire city. The old Inca city is known for its beautiful and impressive surroundings, which can take anyone’s breath away! The Spanish conquistadors never found Machu Picchu, and this is probably the most important reason why the city is an almost untouched monument from the Inca era.
We return to the village to eat a joint dinner buffet.
In the afternoon we travel back to Cuzco.

Only breakfast and lunch

We are staying in a hotel in Cusco.

NB. For those who walk the 4-day Inca Trail, this is their DAY 2.

Day 10

Free morning.
Lunch on your own.
In the afternoon we start by visiting the impressive cathedral in Cuzco which was built from stones taken from Inca buildings. You will also experience a fantastic collection of paintings from both famous Peruvian and Spanish painters. Then we visit the Qorikancha temple in the middle of Cuzco, a sacred place for both the Incas and the Spanish. The Spanish built over it, in order to prove their power over the Indians.
After we finish in the city, we will continue to the outskirts of Cusco to visit the following ruins; Sacsayhuamán, Tambomachay and the Moon Temple. After the circumambulation of the Moon Temple, those who wish can participate or observe a Native American ceremony where you thank mother earth for all the good things we get from her. The ceremony will take place as the sun sets where we have a view of the valley.
Shared dinner in the evening.

Breakfast and dinner only.

We are staying in a hotel in Cusco.

NB. For those who walk the 4-day Inca trail, this is their DAY 3.

Day 11

Breakfast.
This day is on your own. We recommend that you visit some of the temples, museums and the bohemian district “El barrio de San Blas”. There you will find the best craftsmen in Cusco.
Lunch on your own.
In the afternoon you can shop on your own. We can recommend some shopping places.
You also have the opportunity to take spa lessons with a relaxing massage.
Also small half-day tours in small villages around Cuzco. Let me know if it is applicable.

Alternatively, for those who would like to experience more trips, you can take a day trip to “Rainbow Mountain”, Ausangate Mountain. It is located around 100 km from Cusco. The mountains here have become famous for their incredible rainbow colors. This trip has an additional cost that depends on how many of us join the trip.
We have a farewell party with our tour operator. We are served a three-course dinner with entertainment and live music and traditional dances from the Andes.

Breakfast and dinner only.

We are staying in a hotel in Cusco.

NB. For those who do the 4-day Inca Trail, this is their DAY 4 with a return to Cusco.

Day 12

After breakfast we head for Puno. We take a bus from Cuzco and drive south on the high plain “Altiplano”. The trip goes through a beautiful mountain landscape that belongs to colorful Indians. The trip takes approx. 8 hours to drive.
We eat lunch on the road.
The rest of the afternoon is free.

Half board.

We spend the night at a hotel in Puno.

Day 13

Breakfast.
Excursions on Lake Titicaca. We travel out on Lake Titicaca by boat. The first stop is on the floating islands of Uros, where we will see how people live and not least take a short trip in one of their reed boats that Thor Heyerdahl has used as a basis for his Ra I and II expeditions. From there we travel to the Amantani island where Quechua Indians live almost unaffected by today’s modern society. We spend the night with local farmers. We will experience something of their life and traditions, such as food and music.
We have lunch there.
We are invited to take part in a traditional party that the locals organize for us. At night in the clear air you will also experience a phenomenal starry sky that will simply take your breath away!
NB!! We stay with local Indians, with a simple standard, but very clean.

Full pension.

Day 14

After breakfast with the locals, we take the boat back to Puno. It takes approx. 3 hours.
We eat a box lunch.
We fly to Lima from Juliaca.
We will be picked up at the airport in Lima and driven directly to Paracas. The trip takes approx. 4 hours.

Half board.

Day 15

We take the day off and enjoy coastal life and catch up after a long and exciting journey in the mountains full of new impressions.

We are staying at a hotel in Paracas.

Day 16

Breakfast.
We go to Pisco, approx. half an hour to drive. We fly over the Nazca lines. These are gigantic drawings in the stone desert outside Nazca, which can only be viewed properly from the air. These have been preserved until our time and can be seen clearly from the air. They are one of the great mysteries of Peruvian history.
Lunch.
We will return to the hotel. The rest of the afternoon is free.

Half board.

We are staying at a hotel in Paracas.

Day 17

Breakfast.
In Peru we have something called the “Mini Galapagos”, the Ballestas Islands in the Pacific Ocean off Paracas. We will have a great maritime nature experience where we will be able to see penguins, sea lions and a diverse birdlife. In addition, the mountain landscape around the islands is a fantastic sight.
We are going back to Lima. We have lunch on the way to Lima.

For those who wish, they can join the tour guide to “Barranco” to enjoy a beautiful panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean and enjoy the old bohemian town district with a traditional Peruvian dish “Antichucho y Picarones”. RECOMMENDED.

Only breakfast and lunch.

We are staying in a hotel in Lima.

Day 18

Breakfast.
On the last day in Lima, we have two options:
– Just to take a day off.
– The other option is to visit what we call “community kitchens”, a place where women from poor neighborhoods gather to cook dinner for their local community and sell each portion very cheaply. This measure has helped many poor people to survive through the harsh economic crises they are going through.
We also have the opportunity to visit a special school that we have supported for many years. We also get an insight into how a large proportion of Lima’s population lives where, among other things, I, as a tour guide, can tell you about how it started and the development since.
We have lunch together before heading back to the hotel.
We go to the airport and say goodbye to Peru.

Safe trip home !