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12 Day Peruvian Highlights Tour

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 12 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 25 people
Destination(s): Peru  
Specialty Categories: Cultural Journey   Rainforest  
Season: May
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 2425 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 3000 US Dollar (USD)

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1, May 16: Los Angeles. Tonight you will make your way to the airport for your flight to Peru.

Day 2, May 17: Los Angeles - Lima. You will depart for Lima. The adventure begins! Upon your arrival in Lima, you will be met by a driver and transferred to your hotel. The rest of your afternoon is free to rest up and prepare for this exciting trip.

Day 3, May 18: Lima. Start the day with leisurely morning before your tour of the "City of the Kings". Visit the historic Plaza Mayor, where you will see the Government Palace, the City Hall, the Cathedral and the Archbishop's Palace. Visit the Casa Aliaga, America's best preserved colonial mansion, occupied by the same family since 1535. Proceed to the San Francisco Monastery, a wonderful work of Colonial architecture. Drive through the residential districts of Miraflores and San Isidro, where you will enjoy a magnificent view of the Pacific Ocean and its beaches. Finish the tour with a visit to the Gold Museum; which displays superb examples of pre-Hispanic artifacts. Includes: (B).

This evening enjoy dinner at Huaca Pucllana Restaurant. Located in an unparalleled setting within the compound of 1,500 -year old- adobe pyramid built by the original inhabitants of Lima. The restaurant is designed in a rustic colonial style with a lovely dining terrace. The menu is creative Peruvian, with fusion touches spicing up classic criollo cooking. (Round trip transfers included). Includes: (D).

Day 4, May 19: Lima - Ica. Take a 3½ hour drive south on the Panamerican highway to Paracas Peninsula. Then we proceed with our trip to Ica. We'll take a flight by high-wing light aircraft over the desert and the mysterious Nasca Lines. Visit the regional museum in Ica. Afterwards transfer to your hotel. Includes: (B).

Day 5, May 20: Ica - Ballestas Islands - Lima. Early morning departure for the Ballestas Islands, inhabited by boobies, pelicans, sea lions and Humboldt penguins. The boat will leave to in front of the peninsula in order to view the unexplained figures of the Candelabro Lines. Return along the Pacific coast to Lima and the hotel.

Dinner at La Rosa Naútica Restaurant. La Rosa Nautica, located in Pier 4 of the Lima Beach Circuit at Miraflores is an elegant Victorian style restaurant that offers a selection of Peruvian and international cuisine. Includes: (B), (D).

Day 6, May 21: Lima - Puerto Maldonado. Depart for your flight to Puerto Maldonado; the biodiversity capital of Perú. You will depart from the port and travel down the Madre de Dios River. Along the riverbanks you will see caimans, turtles, herons and other species of animals. You will be taken to the Ecoamazonia Lodge. In the afternoon, visit Monkey Island. Observe extraordinary scenery and exuberant flora that shelters a tremendous variety of monkeys in their natural habitat. You will complete your visit to Monkey Island by enjoying the sunset, and then returning to the Lodge for dinner. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 7, May 22: Puerto Maldonado. Begin your guided adventure through the rain forest on foot to the Lost Cocha. This area is a unique part of the Ecoamazonia Reserve, because its immense swamps and marshes still remain fully intact today. Later, you will arrive at our extraordinary Amazon Watch Tower, built at the top of an immense tree (the Shihuahuaco) from which you can appreciate the full and magical beauty of the rain forest. Also go for a pleasant canoe ride around the lake, return to the Lodge for lunch. In the afternoon there is another canoe trip down the river to visit a local family living in the rain forest. Return to the Lodge for dinner. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 8, May 23: Puerto Maldonado - Cusco. Return trip to Puerto Maldonado and the airport for flight to Cusco. Upon arrival in Cusco, you will be transferred to your hotel. Take a tour of the city, starting out at the Santo Domingo convent monastery, previously the Koricancha temple, devoted to worship of the sun. Also stop at the Plaza de Armas and the Cathedral. Afterwards you will be driven to the countryside outside Cusco to visit the culture centre of Sacsayhuaman, the temple and amphitheatre of Kenko, and the Red Fortress of Puca Pucara. Includes: (B).

Day 9, May 24: Cusco - Sacred Valley. Drive to the "Sacred Valley of the Incas" to visit Ollantaytambo, the Inca fortress, and walk through the quaint streets of the nearby town. Then, take a drive through the valley and bargain with vendors at a typical market in Pisac. Lunch at Tunupa Urubamba Restaurant. Novoandean, national and international dishes. Includes: (B), (L).

Day 10, May 25: Urubamba - Machu Picchu. After breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred to the Ollantaytambo train station for your train to Aguas Calientes. Upon arrival at Aguas Calientes, you'll be assisted and will take a 25-minute coach ride to "The Lost City of the Incas", discovered by American explorer Hiram Bingham in 1911. Then you'll have a guided tour of the marvelous citadel, an awe-inspiring experience. Later, feel free to stroll around the archaeological site. Buffet Lunch. Includes: (B), (L).

Day 11, May 26: Machu Picchu - Cusco. We recommend that you wake up early to see the sunrise over Machu Picchu. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. For those interested, you can return to Machu Picchu for a second observation in the early morning. We must meet at the train station in the afternoon, for our return to Poroy by rail. Upon arrival, you'll be transferred to your hotel in Cusco. The rest of the evening is free. Includes: (B), (L).

Day, 12, May 27: Cusco - Lima. Enjoy a free day about the city of Cusco, maybe do some last minute shopping and explore this Incan town. In Inca times Cusco was both a political capital and religious center. Since the arrival of the Spanish it has been a city of contrasts; where splendid colonial buildings were erected on the foundations of Inca architecture. This beautiful and culturally rich city was declared a World Heritage Site in 1983 by UNESCO, it is also known as the archaeological capital of the Americas. In the afternoon you will be transferred from the hotel to the airport for your flight back to Lima.

Tonight enjoy a private farewell dinner and show at Manos Morenas. In a beautiful early 1900s house in Barranco, this is one of the coolest restaurants in Lima. The name makes reference to the country's small but culturally potent Afro-Peruvian population and its traditions, influences crucial to both the menu and the lively, costumed music-and-dance shows that the restaurant has become famous for. includes: (B), (D).

Day 13, May 28: Lima - Los Angeles. The morning is free before your transfer to the airport for your flight back to Los Angeles with a lifetime of memories! Includes: (B).

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Internal Domestic Peruvian flights
- Private-group transportation, transfers
- Good quality 3 and 4-star hotels, guides
- Drivers, all tours listed, entrance fees
- Meals as listed (B, L, D)
- Double occupancy accommodation.

Price Excludes:
- International Air, Passport fees
- Any visas needed, drinks with meals, a la carte choice of menu
- Porterage, excess baggage, tourist cards
- Valet and room service, telephone calls
- Additional excursions, tips for guides, drivers and porters.

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