Cultural Roundtrip Peru

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19 Days
Oslo, Bergen and Stavager Norway
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 flights to and from Norway and the roundtrip in Peru. All accommodation will be on 4 * hotels except for one night at Amantani island (day 14).

Departure & Return Location

Norway

Price Includes

  • International flight from Oslo or Bergen to Lima with return. (From other airports in Norway an extra charge to the price may incur).
  • Accommodation per person in double room in 4 * hotels throughout the roundtrip except one night at Amantani island (day 14). Addition for single room.
  • 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.
  • "2-day" Incatrail or direct train to Aquas Calientes.

Price Excludes

  • Tips in restaurants, to guides etc.
  • Fee to fly over Nazca lines (day 17).
  • Laundry service.
  • Meals not specified in the program.
  • Ticket to Wuaynapicchu (day 10).
  • 4-days Incatrail - This comes at an extra cost
Itinerary

Day 1

Departure from Norway

Departure from Amsterdam with KL743.

Arrival Lima. Meals during the flight. We are picked up at the airport and driven to the hotel.

Reception at the hotel. We can taste our first “Pisco Sour”, which is the typical and traditional Peruvian “cocktail” made of “Pisco”, the famous Peruvian grape liquor. In addition, we can have a small taste of exotic fruits, such as papaya and granadilla.

We stay at a hotel in Lima.

Day 2

Breakfast.
30 min. morning yoga for those who want to do this.

City sightseeing.

We visit the old part of Lima, where the buildings are still largely characterized by the colonial architecture that is the oldest throughout Latin America.

Lunch at Larco Mar, where you will be introduced to the peruvian cousine. I also recommend to try a “Pisco Sour”. It’s perhaps the best Pisco Sour in town here.

After lunch we go on to “Museo Oro del Peru” (the gold museum). Here our local guide will take us on a journey in the past where we can compare the various art species from pre-inca and Inca culture. Moreover, here they have one of the largest collections of gold treasures from a vanished time.

We return to the hotel.

You will stay in hotel in Lima.
Only breakfast and lunch included.

Day 3

After breakfast we head to the airport. We begin our excursion to the Amazon and fly to Puerto Maldonado.

We arrive at the exciting Amazon jungle to begin our tour.

Lunch.

In the afternoon we go on a small hike into the jungle “La isla de los monos” (Monkey Island).

Safari evening. We travel along the river and observe wildlife in the evening. Exciting experience.

All meals included.

Day 4

For the early birds, you can join us in a 30 min. Yin yoga before breakfast.
Breakfast is served early in the morning, so we arrive early in the jungle to get the most out of the early morning wildlife.

Early morning expedition.
We start by going deep into the jungle along a road specifically made for our trip. On the way we will observe the Kaiman (alligator) cave. We also reach “La Cocha Perdida” (the lake). There is a phenomenal panoramic view around the lake, with huge trees surrounded by swamp and marshland. We can also climb a ladder far up in a tree where we have a fantastic view of the lake. A fascinating sight.

Lunch.

In the afternoon we visit a local family.

Back to the hotel where we can enjoy delicious exotic fruits and a delicious dinner.

In the afternoon we have 45 minutes of yin yoga in the sunset before dinner for those who want this.

All meals included.

Day 5

Breakfast.

We say goodbye to the jungle and head to Puerto Maldonado where we visit the local market including a rich selection of various exotic fruits and plants.

We fly to Cusco.

We arrive at the beautiful Inca capital of Cusco. There we are picked up by our local guide and tour operator who drives us down to the Sacred Valley.

Only breakfast and box lunch this day.
We stay in a hotel in the Sacred Valley.

Day 6

Breakfast followed by 45 min. yoga with the amazing mountains around us for those who want it.

Visit to the village of Ollantaytambo where we can wander around the streets which have not changed much since the Inca’s ruled here. Then we visit the ruins that lie in the mountains around the village. These are ruins that originate from a huge military fort from the Inca era. This is one of the few places where the Spaniards lost a military battle against the Incas. On the way to lunch we stop at a local beer brewery to be explained the brewery process. Those who want it can have a little 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 move on to the Pisaq ruins, some impressive ruins from the Inca era, which are actually larger than Machu Picchu and have played an important role in the great Inca Kingdom.

Half Board

We stay in a hotel in the Sacred Valley.

Day 7

Breakfast followed by 45 min. yoga with the amazing mountains around us for those who want it.

Excursions to Moray and Chinchero.
After breakfast we head to Moray, a nice bus ride where we drive through different villages and agricultural areas. We get to experience spectacular views through some beautiful valleys.

Lunch under the open sky.

Then we go to Chinchero, a village of Native American society where they mainly deal with agriculture and textile production.

45 minutes of quiet yoga at sunset to inspire us for the next day when we go to Machu Picchu.

Half Board

We stay 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:

– Incatrail 4 days
– Inkatrail “2 days”
– Take the train directly to Aguas Calientes, at Machu Picchu.

Here is only the description of the Inca trail “2 days” and the direct train to Aguas Calientes.

Early the next morning we head to the legendary town of Machu Picchu, the forgotten Inca community on a mountain top far up in the Andes. We take the train which takes approx. 2 hours to Aguas Calientes. For those of you who are going to walk the Inkatrail, we will get off the train at “Kilometer 104” and begin the impressive journey on foot.

We eat lunch on the way. The tour will take approx. 6 hours to Machu Picchu where you will see the sunset and enjoy the view of Machu Picchu. You take the bus down to Aguas Calientes. The others continue on the train to “Aguas Calientes”, where we can take a nice bath in the hot springs there, or just have a relaxing day.

The rest of the evening is free.

Half board.

We stay at a hotel in Aguas Calientes.

Day 9

Breakfast.
We get up early in the morning 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 Mountains is visited by many tourists.

We visit legendary Machu Picchu where our guide will guide us throughout the city. The old Inca city is known for its beautiful and impressive surroundings, which can take your breath away! The Spanish conquistadors never found Machu Picchu, and this is probably the main reason why the city is highly an untouched monument from the Inca era.
Those wishing to go can climb the Huaynapicchu mountain peak where you will have a spectacular view of Machu Picchu, but remember that this must be booked well in advance.

We return to the village to eat a communal dinner buffet.
In the afternoon we travel back to Cuzco.

Breakfast and lunch only.

We stay at a hotel in Cusco.

NB. For those who go 4 days incatrail this is their DAY 2.

Day 10

Morning is free.

Lunch on your own.

In the afternoon we start by visiting the impressive cathedral in Cuzco which was built of stones taken from Inca buildings. You will also experience a fantastic collection of paintings by both famous Peruvian and Spanish painters. Then we visit the Qorikancha Temple in the middle of Cuzco, a sacred place for the Incas as well as for the Spaniards. The Spaniards built over it, in order to prove their power over the Indians.

After we finish the town, we continue to the outskirts of Cusco to visit the following ruins; Sacsayhuamán, Tambomachay and the Moon Temple. After we return from the Moon Temple, those who wish to attend, can observe or participate in a Native American ceremony thanking Mother Earth for all the good we get from her. The ceremony will take place while the sun goes down where we overlook the valley.

Shared dinner in the evening.

Breakfast and dinner only.

We stay at 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 free. We recommend you to visit some of the temples, museums and the bohemian district of “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 hours with a relaxing massage.
Also small half-day tours in small villages around Cuzco. Please let us know if this is of interest.

Alternatively, for those who would like to experience more hiking, you can take a day trip to the “Rainbow Mountain”, Ausangate Mountain. It is located about 100 km from Cuzco. The mountains here are known for their incredible rainbow colors. This tour has an extra cost that depends on how many of us join the tour.

NB. For those who walk the 4 day inca trail, this is their DAY 4 with return to Cusco.

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 Mountains.

Breakfast and dinner only.

We stay at a hotel in Cuzco.

Day 12

After breakfast we head for Puno. We take a bus from Cuzco and drive south on the plateau “Altiplano”. The tour goes through a beautiful mountain landscape belonging to colorful Indians. The tour takes approx. 8 hours to Puno.

We have lunch on the way.

The rest of the afternoon is free.

Half board

We stay in a hotel in Puno.

Day 13

Breakfast.

Excursions on Lake Titicaca. We travel 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 small tour in one of their reef boats which the norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl has used as the 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 want to experience some of their lives and traditions, such as food and music.

We have lunch there.

We are invited to attend a traditional party organized by the locals for us. At night in the clear air you will also experience a phenomenal starry sky that just takes your breath away!

NB !! We live with local Indians, of a simple standard, but very clean.

All meals included.

Day 14

After breakfast with the locals, we return to Puno. It takes approx. 3 hours.

We eat a box lunch.

We fly to Lima from Juliaca.

For those who want, they can join the tour guide to “Barranco” to enjoy a beautiful panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean and enjoy ourselves in the old Bohemian urban area with a traditional Peruvian dish “Antichucho y Picarones”. RECOMMENDED.

Half board.

We stay at a hotel in Lima.

Day 15

Breakfast.

Excursions to Chincha / Pisco / Paracas

We head for Paracas by bus. On the way we stop in a fishing village where we can taste typical coastal food. Our guide will tell us about the life in these villages.

We have lunch at the hotel “La Hacienda”.

The afternoon is free. For those who want it, we have 45 minutes of yoga overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Half board.

We stay at a hotel in Paracas.

Day 16

Breakfast.

We head 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 properly viewed from the air. These have been preserved up to our time and can be seen clearly from the air. They are one of the great mysteries in Peruvian history.

Lunch.

We return to the hotel. The rest of the afternoon is free.
For those who want it we can have 45 min. yoga.

Half board.

We stay at a hotel in Paracas.

Day 17

In Peru we have something called “Mini Galapagos”, the Ballestas Islands in the Pacific off Paracas. We will have a great maritime nature experience where we will be able to see penguins, sea lions and a diverse bird life. Also, the mountain scenery around the islands is a fantastic sight.

We are heading back to Lima. We have lunch on the way.

The rest of the day is free to relax or shop etc.
For those who want it, we can go to a typical dance restaurant we call Peña. After being at the height, we are all well trained and we can have a dance.

Breakfast and lunch only.

We stay at a hotel in Lima.

Day 18

Breakfast.

The last day in Lima we have two options:
– Just take a day off.
– The other alternative is to visit what we call “communal 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 survive through the severe economic crises they are undergoing.

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 live here, and also I, as a travel manager, can tell you about how it started and the development since.

We eat a communal lunch before returning to the hotel.

We leave for the airport and say goodbye to Peru.
The plane goes to Amsterdam.

Arrival Norway 6th October
Meals during the trip.

Safe trip home !