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Inspirational Peru Group Tour

Overview

Join us on our small group tour to this incredible country and experience some of the best sites that Peru has to offer: Visit the elusive Machu Picchu; discovered in 1911, this ‘lost’ city has become one of the most important discoveries in South America. Take a guided tour of this infamous settlement up in the clouds as well as enjoying some free time to reflect on its true magic.

Lake Titicaca is the highest navigable lake in the world, lying on the border between Bolivia and Peru, its vibrant blue waters are truly dazzling! Visit the islands of Uros, Amantani and Taquile to meet the local people of these lake communities and even spend the night on Titicaca’s waters – a wonderful, unique opportunity.

The capital city Lima is packed with architectural and archaeological delights for you to explore, where the modern and the colonial now stand side by side making the differences even more striking. Venture to the lofty heights of Cusco which is renowned for its distinctive and delightful character that is like nowhere else! Explore its many intriguing ruins in the city and nearby and absorb the relaxed atmosphere of the pleasant ‘Plaza de Armas’. Follow in the footsteps of the Incas on the captivating Sacred Valley where evidence of this long forgotten time is everywhere. Explore everything from Incan agriculture, to colourful markets and remote villages which hold ancient traditions.

This is the ultimate grand tour of Peru, so join us for the experience of a lifetime!

This amazing price includes all flights! Get in touch to book your place today!

Itinerary

Day 1: UK - Lima
Today, you will depart on your direct flight from London to Lima. On arrival in the vibrant capital of Peru, you will be met and privately transferred to your hotel in the modern, downtown district of Miraflores.

Day 2: Lima
On your first day in the lively city of Lima, explore the contrasts of both modern and colonial Lima, which now exists in harmony in this city known as ‘The City of Kings’! Begin with the districts of Miraflores and San Isidro, where you pass by the Huaca Huallamarca – an ancient stepped pyramid dating back to the sixth century, particularly impressive due to its contrast to the modern surrounding buildings. Head on to the Historic City Center, where you will visit the famous Main Square (Plaza Mayor), which contains the Government Palace, the Archbishop's Palace, The Municipality and the striking Cathedral. Continue to the Convent of Santo Domingo, declared as ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage’ and home to the remains of saints San Martin de Porres and Santa Rosa de Lima. Next, a visit to the world-famous Larco Museum. Showcasing remarkable chronological galleries and providing an excellent overview on 3000 years of development of Peruvian pre-Columbian history, this is a real highlight of Lima. At the Larco Museum you will also have the chance to admire the finest gold and silver collection from Ancient Peru and the famous erotic archaeological collection - one of the most visited Peruvian tourist attractions! After this visit, enjoy the best of Peruvian gastronomy in the magical environment of the museum’s excellent restaurant. Finally, return to Miraflores where you will arrive into one of the most beautiful parks of the area - the “Parque del Amor” (Love Park), where you can enjoy stunning views of the Pacific Ocean.

Day 3: Lima - Cusco
A private transfer will collect you from your hotel today and take you to the airport in Lima for your flight to Cusco. After a short internal flight (around 1.5 hours) you will arrive in the lofty and atmospheric city of Cusco. Sitting at around 3,400m above sea level this beautiful, colonial city nestled in the Andes is a treat for any visitor! On arrival in Cusco you will be met and transferred to your hotel in the city centre, near the main square and overlooking picturesque parks and mountains. You have the evening free to relax. We suggest you rest this evening and acclimatize to the altitude.

Day 4: Cusco
Today, get to know the city of Cusco - a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site with a style all of its own! The tour begins at the Koricancha Temple, an old Incan palace and main centre for the worship of the sun god, Inti. Once the Spanish conquered Peru, the Dominican order built a church over this temple’s foundations: The Temple of Santo Domingo. Take some time to explore this atmospheric site while your local guide gives an informative tour. Continue forward, stopping in the San Cristobal Lookout, from where you can enjoy a beautiful view of this amazing city. Your next destination is the Main Square ‘Plaza de Armas’ - home to the iconic cathedral, colonial architecture, flourishing gardens and a pretty central fountain. This is where the people of Cusco gather to do business, meet friends or just sit, relax and watch the world go by! Your adventure continues to the Sacsayhuaman Fortress - built of enormous stone blocks expertly shaped by the Incas, this mysterious site still puzzles archeologists to this day. From here you will visit the impressive archaeological sites of Kenko and Puca-Pucará – little is still known about these sites but it is thought they were very important religious and administrative centres for the Incas. Finally, visit a local art workshop called ‘Inka’s Expression’ where artists work on silver pieces and wood paintings. Take some time here to appreciate the intricate and beautiful Andean art. Enjoy lunch today at a local restaurant offering the very best in Peruvian cuisine. After lunch, head back into the city where you have a relaxing afternoon and evening.

Day 5: Cusco - Sacred Valley
Today, embark upon a journey to the elusive Sacred Valley. A real highlight of the trip, this incredible area tells a fascinating story of the life of the Incas. Travel along the Urubamba Valley to visit archaeological remains in the village of Pisac, with a pretty view of the Vilcanota River, along with a visit to the market where you can find a vibrant blend of colours, traditions and local people showing their handicrafts and local products. The well-preserved fortresses, urban complexes, temples and Andean terraces here were built by the Incas and create an imposing and unforgettable view. After lunch, continue to Ollantaytambo - the most ancient and continuously occupied village of the Americas. Ollantaytambo is the former administrative Centre of the Incas and known as being the gateway to the Amazon corner of the Inca Empire. Visit the Ollantaytambo fortress, situated in the ‘Temple Hill’ section of this huge, sprawling area of incredibly preserved ruins. You can choose to take the steep walk up the huge terraces of the fortress or admire the surroundings from below! Your hotel for the evening is a historical building in the Sacred Valley, which has been transformed into a charming boutique hotel.

Day 6: Sacred Valley-Aguas Calientes
The town of Chinchero is famous for having preserved traditional Andean weaving techniques, and is an important Inca archaeological centre. Today you will spend some time exploring this fascinating site and visiting a market in the town square which sells handmade crafts from around the region. This market is a lively affair and local people wear their best colourful, traditional dress. Nearby is the town of Maras, where you have the chance to visit the impressive salt pans - one of the finest salts in the world is extracted here. This is a process that has been practiced since the Inca Empire and is truly fascinating site in an unexpected location. Continue your journey to Moray and visit the enormous circular and semi-circular agricultural terraces built into the top of the hill overlooking the Urubamba Valley. These were used by the Incas as a botanical laboratory. This advance in agriculture is truly unique and inspired – growing different crops on each level due to its different conditions. Learn all about the innovation of the Incas in this area from your guide. This afternoon, embark the train to Aguas Calientes travelling through the pretty scenery of Peruvian farming land and picturesque mountains. Aguas Calientes is known as the gateway to Machu Picchu. This evening, enjoy dinner at your hotel.

Day 7: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco
This site needs no introduction! Today make your way by bus from Aguas Calientes to the incredible, towering heights of the world famous Machu Picchu. The heart of the Inca Empire, this is one of the most important energy centers of the world. A Wonder of the World and UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site- a visit to this astonishing place is truly an unforgettable experience. Take some time to explore every possible corner of this extraordinary archaeological gem – both with an informative tour guide and in your own time, giving you the chance to really absorb the remarkable atmosphere of this staggering area. After some time in the magical ruins, descend to Aguas Calientes and board the train for your return trip to Ollantaytambo, where you will be transferred to your hotel in the center of Cusco.

Day 8: Cusco
Today embark on something a little bit different with an innovative culinary experience that combines chocolate, pisco and coffee. Through an expertly guided tour, you can uncover the infinite world of these three national Peruvian products. Today includes a 2-hour interactive workshop at ‘Choco Museo’ learning how chocolate is transformed from bean to bar. After the workshop, there is plenty of time for chocolate and beer tasting! Learn the art of coffee making from harvest to grain selection and toasting, and sample three different types of coffee at the excellent Coffee Museum of Cusco. Finally round up your culinary experience with an interactive pisco workshop. A popular spirit produced in both Peru and Chile, Pisco is made by distilling fermented grape juice and has an extremely unique flavour. After the workshop, sample 4 different kinds of piscos combined with some local savoury delights. The rest of the day is then free for you to enjoy the city. Why not hit the shops for some local handicrafts visit one of the many excellent restaurants and bars or just take some time to relax in the serene gardens of Plaza De Armas. This evening, you are treated to dinner and a folklore show at an excellent restaurant in Cusco. Join in with the traditional dancing and music while enjoying some world-class cuisine.

Day 9: Cusco - Puno
Today transfer from Cusco to Puno by private bus where you can enjoy the wonderful scenery along the way and stop at various sights of interest with your local guide. Visit the town of Andahuaylillas - home to a stunning church from the 17th century famous for its spectacular organ intricately decorated with angels and cherubs. Continue on to the archaeological site of Raqchi, where the most prominent structure is ‘The Temple of God Wiracocha’. Excellently preserved, these impressive ruins stand tall. The last stop before arriving in Puno will be La Raya -the highest point on the road between Cusco and Puno where, on a clear day, you can enjoy amazing views of the mountains and valleys below. Arrive in Puno early in the evening, and enjoy the rest of the evening at your leisure.

Day 10: Puno
Your islands adventure begins early today as you head out of the city of Puno onto Lake Titicaca by speedboat! Famous for its bright blue waters, Lake Titicaca is the world’s highest navigable lake and lies on the border between Peru and Bolivia. Sail towards the Uros Islands – an incredible floating community made by the inhabitants themselves from reeds obtained from the lake. Those living on the islands are hunters and gatherers and handicraft vendors as well as descendants of the first altiplano residents. Spend an hour on these islands learning about the life of the residents and appreciating the unbelievable craftsmanship that goes into creating these unique floating neighborhoods! Next, sail over to Amantani Island, which is located at an elevation of 4150meters and whose culture can be traced back to Pre-Incan times. Upon arrival, you will receive a warm welcome by the locals! Enjoy a delicious local lunch and then visit the Pacha Tata ceremonial centre on the island, famous for its ‘mystical energy’. Spend a unique evening on the island hosted by a local family who will make you feel most welcome. This is a truly unique and unforgettable experience that is not your average hotel!

Day 11: Puno- Lima
After breakfast and saying goodbye to your hosts on Amantani, take a 1 hour boat ride across the lake to Taquile Island. This beautiful, mountainous island has an intriguing ancient culture which dates back to Pre-Incan times. The islanders still live according to the traditions and beliefs of their ancestors and are world renowned for their unique outfits and incredible textiles. In fact, UNESCO has declared the textile art of Taquile Island as a ‘Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity’. After spending some time with the islanders and making the most of the incredible views of the spectacular Lake Titicaca, return to dry land and to the city of Puno! This evening you will be taken to Juliaca airport by private transfer for your short internal flight to Lima. You will be staying in the downtown area of Miraflores again, so on arrival you will be taken to your hotel for a well-deserved rest!

Day 12: Lima
Today you have a free day to relax and explore Lima in your own time, making the most of your last day in Peru! Why not peruse the shops, sample some local cuisine or admire the stunning architecture surrounding you? When it is finally time to say goodbye, a private transfer will take you from your hotel to the airport for your flight to the UK.

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Included:
  • International flights
  • Internal flights
  • Ground transport
  • Accommodation with daily breakfast
  • Excursions/Activities mentioned in the itinerary (unless otherwise stated)
  • National Park, Natural reserves or museum entrance fees (unless otherwise stated)
  • Bilingual guides
  • Not Included:
  • Airport taxes (if applicable)
  • Meals & drinks not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Tips & personal expenses
  • Essentials

    Are you wondering about flights, deposits and other bits and pieces? Here are a few items of essential information that could help with the planning of your trip with Tango Tours. If you have any questions please just contact us.

    International Flights
    International flights to/ from Peru are included in this tour. Tango Tours are experienced in planning flights and as an ATOL bonded tour operator, your entire tour can be protected under our ATOL licence by booking your international flight with us. Please note that 100% of your flight ticket price is payable on tour confirmation and is non-refundable.

    Internal Flights
    As with international flights, Tango Tours' friendly and knowledgeable staff arrange any internal flights needed on your Peru tour for you. Our ATOL licence will protect your whole tour if your internal flights are purchased through us. Please note that 100% of your flight ticket price is payable on tour confirmation and is non-refundable.

    Payment
    We occasionally ask for a refundable deposit of £100 to secure your place on popular tours. To then confirm your booking, we require a payment of 20% of the ground-based arrangements and 100% of all flight prices. The remaining balance of your tour is then payable 10 weeks prior to departure. For any bookings made within these 10 weeks, the full amount is payable.

    Activities
    We provide brief information of activities/excursions in the itinerary. If you would like to know more, we are very happy to provide more in-depth details - just contact us to find out more! Please note: itineraries may be subject to change.