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PERUVIAN ODYSSEY
WITH OPTIONAL EXTENSION TO VISIT
THE NATURAL WONDERS
of Lake Titicaca and La Paz Bolivia

Trip dates: July 8-15
Optional extension July 15-18

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MACHU PICHU PERU

Join us for an incredible adventure to visit some of the most incredible lands of South America

We will enjoy 7 days and nights visiting Peru’s amazing sites.

Enjoy a guided tour of the Incan Temples of Machu Pichu; Soaking in the hot springs of Aguas Calientes, where you can relax and gaze at the Andean mountains;  A stroll through the Pisac Marketplace of Cusco, where natives offer local handicrafts in a unique outdoor marketplace and a visit to the desert wonderland of Ica, where you can visit the mysterious Nazca Lines, and take a unique morning river boat cruise to see aquatic wildlife such as seals, sea lions and penguins in their natural habitat.

For the adventure minded, enjoy an optional hike to mystical Huyanu Pichu and the Moon Palace

After our 7 day tour, if you wish to see more, enjoy  an optional 3 day extension to see the wonders of Lake Titicaca, on the border of Peru and Bolivia, the gorgeous sun and moon islands on the lake and the sites and culture of La Paz Bolivia with hotel accommodations and guided touring included.

 

DAILY ITINERARY – 7 NIGHT TOUR JULY 8-15

 

Sat. July 8th   LIMA.  Arrive in Lima on your own arrangement  
Reception at airport and private transfer to, Description: PER-Lima-Main-Sq-2 hotel Britania for 1 night with breakfast. Check-in 1pm.

Sun. July 9th   LIMA  /  ICA.   Morning Residential & Colonial private sightseeing tour of Lima, Capital of Perú, located on a strategic valley, at the mouth of the Rimac River (which means “talking river” in Quechua), Lima “The City of Kings” was founded on 1535 (Jan. 18) by Francisco Pizarro.  Lima was the headquarters of Spanish power in the New World for three centuries.

 A city of contrasts as on the Peruvian history, the legacy of architecture, ceramic and textiles of the pre-Inca Civilizations links with the splendid art and architecture of colonial time up to present time.  Starting at the Main Square (Plaza Mayor), where the Government Palace, City Hall, Archiepiscopal Palace and the Cathedral are located. After visiting the Cathedral you will be passing by San Francisco church, San Pedro Church where you may have a chance to take a picture of the Torre Tagle Palace (Ministry of Foreign Affairs), then continue to the residential districts, passing by the Olive Grove of San Isidro and Miraflores where you will visit the “Love Park” at mean time a beautiful panoramic view of the Green Coast at the Pacific Ocean. Continue by private motorcoach and escort to Ica, where we will spend the next two nights (B)

 

Hotel Las Dunas for 2 nights with room taxes and breakfast.

 

 

Mon. July 10th   ICA.  This morning we will enjoy a Ballestas motorboat cruise, with transportation via private motorcoach and escort for Paracas Bay, where you will board a boat to visit Ballestas Island - known as the Small Galapagos, here you will see sea lions, black cormorants, penguins, seagulls, Peruvian boobies, red legged cormorants and many more… then continue back to your hotel in Ica. (B)     

 

                                                                                           
Description: http://taratours.com/Peru/PER-nazca_lines.jpgThis afternoon is free to enjoy an Optional dune buggy ride on sand, and/or Nazca Lines 1h 30m-flight sightseeing over the famous markings.

 

 

 

Tue July 11th   ICA / LIMA.   Morning Private motorcoach escorted transfer from our Ica hotel to Lima Airport.  

 

LIMA – CUZCO             LA Flight 2063            405P  -  525P

 

 

Arrive and reception greeting at airport and private transfer to
Hotel SAN AGUSTIN DORADO for 2 nights with taxes and breakfast.                                 

Balance of day at leisure to get used to the altitude of 11,000 feet. (This is the highest altitude of your 7 day tour, as it is much higher than the altitude of Machu Pichu which we will go to later this week) (B)

 

 

Wed July 12th  CUZCO  -  SACRED VALLEY  -  CUZCO.   Full day private excursion to visit the colorful indigenous market of Pisac, where hundreds of natives come to town wearing their unique customs, to exchange or buy products.  After lunch at a local restaurant, continue with your tour guide to see and learn about Ollantaytambo Fortress.  A typical town of Inca origin.  Its design and the foundations of the majority of its buildings date from the Inca era.  Above it, a fortress as a defense against the primitive inhabitants of the hot valleys of the "Antis", or jungle Indians. (B,L)

 

Thu July 13th   CUZCO  -  MACHU PICCHU.   We are transferred by bus to the Vista Dome train which takes us to the most mysterious and energetic place of the Inca civilization - Machu Picchu. 

 The train journey to Machu Picchu is a highlight of any trip to the Andes.  The scenery is simply spectacular, and the recently refurbished VistaDome Trains with their panoramic windows allow you to enjoy it in comfort.

The 3-hour journey takes you through a changing landscape, passing by lush, green fields and colorful villages in the foothills of the Andes.  On arrival in Machu Picchu, you will be transferred by small buses to the entrance of the ruins to commence our touring.  Machu Picchu rises to an altitude of 7,900 ft. above sea level between the Huayna Picchu (young peak), and Machu Picchu (old peak).  It lies within the spectacular framework provided by the exuberant vegetation of nearby jungle and the rugged landscape.  The ruins are situated on the eastern slope of Machu Picchu in two different areas:  the agricultural and the urban. The latter includes the civil sector (dwellings, canalizations), and the sacred sector (temples, mausoleums, squares, royal houses). 

 Although constructions show different levels of architecture, religious buildings exhibit a high degree of perfection.  The construction was with general use of stone, and the roofs were built of tree trunks and thatched with ichu straw. The walls were made with an inward inclination for protection against earthquakes.  Overnight in the village of Aguas Calientes, at the bottom of Machu Picchu.  Lunch at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge.     (B,L,D)

 

EL MAPI HOTEL MACHU PICCHU / SUPERIOR DELUXE ROOMS / dinner & breakfast  for 1 night with room taxes and breakfast.

 

Fri July 14th    MACHU PICCHU  -  CUZCO.  Morning at leisure.  Optional Morning hike of Huayna Picchu. 

3.20PM Vista Dome train back to Cuzco for overnight at   Hotel DORADO for 1 night with room taxes and breakfast. (B)            

 

Sat July 15th   CUZCO.   9AM Check-out of rooms.  Assistance and private transfer to Cuzco Airport. 

For those not going on our optional 3 night extension to Lake Titicaca and Laz Baz Bolivia, you will be taken to the airport for your included domestic flight to Lima  
CUZCO  -  LIMA  LA flight 2022         1030A  -  1200N            (B)

End of basic group program. 

For those wishing to take our optional 3 night trip extension to Lake Titicaca and La Paz Bolivia, please see the details below

 

INCLUDED IN THE 7 NIGHT TRIP PROGRAM:   Hotel accommodations for 7 nights, with room taxes and service charge.  Daily buffet breakfast.  Private transfers to/from airports, hotels, and  Cuzco train station.  Private city tour of Cuzco, and private tour of Machu Picchu (Jul.13),   with an English-speaking tour guide from Cuzco.  Entrance fees, Vista Dome train tickets, Cuzco archaeological tax, bus tickets. Tips to airport porters.  Local airfare Lima-Cuzco-Lima via LAN Peru .

Not included:   International airfares from your home city to Lima and back to your home city from Lima.  Meals, unless specified in itinerary.  Our Travel Insurance (available upon request).  Tips to hotel bellboys, chambermaids, guides, or drivers.   Any other service not mentioned in itinerary, or above.  

 

EXTENSION TO PUNO, LAKE TITICACA & BOLIVIA 

SAT JUL 15th - Cuzco  -  Puno.   Depart Cuzco about 7:30am for a picturesque bus ride thru the Andean mountains. Stops will be made at Andahuaylillas, noted for its colonial chapel with beautiful Creole frescoes –also call the Sistine Chapel of South America, then Raqchi, where a 6-mile Inka wall surrounds the Temple of the Inka God Wiracocha. Continue to "La Raya Pass" at 14,500 feet high with spectacular views of the white snow peaks. Time to take some pictures. Then, buffet lunch at typical restaurant. Final stop will be made at Pucara where you will find an interesting small museum with some statues from the Pucaras - a Pre-Inka civilization. Arrive in Puno Peru and transfer to hotel CASA ANDINA CLASSIC  (B,L)

 

 

Description: Hidrofoil crossingSun. JUL 16 Puno  -  LA PAZ.    Wake up to see the spectacular Sunrise here and enjoy a full day Lake Titicaca crossing by hydrofoil boat, visiting Sun & Moon Islands.  In Sun Island, drink water from the Sacred Spring - believed to be the source of eternal life.  Experience like the local people do, the energy of the Incan Sun God.  Then, on to visit the colorful Andean town of Copacabana, with its re-knowned Church to Virgin Mary of Copacabana.  Lunch is included enroute.  Disembark the hydrofoil boat in Huatajata, and visit Andean Roots Eco-Village, and then we will be transferred by land to La Paz, with drop-off at
HOTEL PRESIDENTE / STANDARD ROOMS / for 2 nights with  breakfast.   (B,L)

 

 

Mon. JUL 17 La Paz.   Morning Tiahuanaco ruins (shared tour).  Departs every day at 9:00 AM.
Description: Bolivia-Tiahuanaco-2015This is a four-hour tour, in which you will visit Tiwuanacu, the capital of a great civilization.

 

Tour includes transportation, guide, and entrance fee.   The area around Tiwanaku may have been inhabited as early as 1500 BC as a small agricultural village.  During the period between 300 BC and AD 300.  Tiwanaku is thought to have been a moral and cosmological center for the Tiwanaku Empire to which many people made pilgrimages.  Researchers believe it achieved this standing prior to expanding its powerful empire.   Posnansky's final and most important book, Tiahuanaco, the Cradle of American Man, was published in 1945 (volumes I and II) and 1957 (volumes III and IV).  In it, Posnansky argued that Tiwanaku was constructed approximately 17,000 years ago by American peoples, although not by the ancestors of those then living in the area, the Aymaras.

 

PM City tour of La Paz (shared).   Sightseeing of the Capital of the Altiplano -La Paz, visiting the Open Air Museum, and Tiwuanacu Art Collection, Casa Murillo (Colonial Museum), the picturesque Witch Doctor’s Market, the 16th Century San Francisco Church, the residential area of Obrajes  and visit the Moon Valley with its surrealistic landscape.

 

Tues. JUL 18 La Paz  -  USA. 12n Check-out of rooms.   PM Assistance and private transfer to airport for flight on your own arrangement from LA PAZ back to the USA.

This optional 3 night trip extension includes hotel accommodation for 3 nights with taxes and buffet breakfast, English-speaking local tour guides, entrance fees when necessary, tours as per itineraries assistance of our local representative 24/7).

Not included: International airfare from la Paz back to your home city.  Meals, unless specified in itinerary. Insurance (available upon request). Tips to tour guide or bus driver. Any other service not mentioned in itinerary; Airport departure taxes. Assistance of our local reps 24/7 

 

ABBREVIATIONS: EP=No meals, CB=Continental breakfast, AB=American breakfast, BB=Buffet breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner.  CB, AB, L, D, are fixed menu meals  

 

TRIP COSTS:

 

7 DAY TOUR OF PERU: $2999 per person with free roommate matching based on gender and non - smoking or smoking.

Optional single room supplement: $799

 

OPTIONAL 3 DAY TOUR OF LAKE TITICACA, THE SUN AND MOON ISLANDS AND LA PAZ BOLIVIA: $1389 per person with free roommate matching based on gender and non smoking or smoking

Optional single room supplement: $399

 

Deposits:

A $400 deposit is require to book your reservation on just the 7 day tour. 
A $500 deposit is required for a reservation on the full 10 night tour including Peru, Lake Titicaca and Bolivia.

 

Cancelations: If you cancel by January 5th your deposit is fully refundable.

If you cancel between Jan. 5th and Feb. 8th, your deposit is fully transferable to any other trip in 2017. If you cancel after Feb. 8th your deposit is non refundable and non transferable.

Balance payments are due Friday April 7th and are non refundable and non transferable

Trip insurance is available upon request.

 

About our trip hotels:

 

hotel Britania Lima for 1 night

Hotel Amenities
Air Conditioned, Car Rental Desk, 24 Hour Front Desk, Elevators, Free Parking, Outdoor Parking, Restaurant, Room Service, 24 Hour Room Service, Safe Deposit Box, 24 Hour Security, Laundry/Valet Services, Handicapped Rooms/Facilities, Wireless Internet Access, Hairdryers Available, Safe, Projector, Breakfast Buffet, City Center,

  • 24-hour front desk 
  • Total number of rooms - 60 
  • Elevator/lift 
  • Restaurant 
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk 
  • Wifi access

Room Amenities

  • Air conditioning 
  • Hair dryer 
  • In-room safe 
  • Room service 
  • Room service (24 hours) 

 

Hotel las dunas : Ica Peru – 2 nights – 4 star hotel

Las Dunas Hotel is the perfect place to relax, enjoy its comfortable facilities, spacious and cozy rooms with a beautiful view of the ponds, pools and green areas from its private terraces. Enjoy the varied and exquisite Peruvian cuisine accompanied by our typical drinks, as the traditional Pisco Sour.

From here you can begin your experience discovering the wonders of Peru: let yourself be surprised by the vast natural Desert of Ica, visit the old wine cellars, vineyards, and all those hidden places full of magic.

Our rooms maintain a classic style beauty, characterized by large courtyards, domed ceilings and large blinds which allow the view of our ponds, pools and gardens from their private terraces. Our rooms feature air conditioning, in room safe, hair dryer, wi fi, 24 hour room service, balcony and terrace, mini bar and shower with tub,

 

Hotel SAN AGUSTIN DORADO – Cusco Peru – 3 nts . – 4 stars

San Agustin Dorado hotel is located in one of the most important avenues in Cusco called “El Sol” just to 2 blocks to the main square. It has a Colonial and Andean front, its style is subtle and elegant as a result of the mixture of Andean stone and modern touches.On the other hand the hotel offers comfortable rooms where you will find everything that you need to your business and pleasure trips.

The restaurant features a contemporary style with a capacity of 60 people giving their guests a wide and exclusive range of Novoandina and international dishes

 

Rooms feature TV LCD 32” with cable, direct dial national and international telephone, safe deposit box, frigobar, internet access wi-fi, marble bathroom with tub and hair dryer.

 

EL MAPI HOTEL MACHU PICCHU / SUPERIOR DELUXE ROOMS

1 night – 4 stars

The hotel rooms feature free toiletries and bathrobes, the hotel offers a 24 hour front desk, a restaurant and lounge. It is only a three minute walk to the Agues Calientes hot springs.

 

Hotels on our optional 3 night trip extension:

Casa Andina Classic, Puno Peru – 1 night

Located in the heart of Puno, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Coca and Costumes Museum and Puno Cathedral. San Juan Church and Pine Park are also within 5 minutes

 

Hotel Features

Along with a 24-hour business center, this smoke-free hotel has meeting rooms and dry cleaning. Free buffet breakfast and free self parking are also provided. Additionally, a 24-hour front desk, a lobby fireplace, and a front-desk safe are onsite.
Room Amenities
All 50 rooms offer WiFi, LCD TVs with cable channels, and ceiling fans. Hair dryers, safes, and phones are among the other amenities that guests will find.

Business-related amenities at this 3.5-star property consist of a 24-hour business center and meeting rooms. A complimentary breakfast is offered. Event facilities measure 452 square feet (42 square meters). For a surcharge, a roundtrip airport shuttle (available 24 hours) is offered to guests. This business-friendly hotel also offers a fireplace in the lobby, dry cleaning/laundry services, and a safe deposit box at the front desk. Onsite self parking is complimentary.
Casa Andina Classic Puno Tikarani is a smoke-free property.

HOTEL PRESIDENTE La Paz Bolivia  / for 2 nights – 4 stars
Located in Downtown La Paz, Hotel Presidente is adjacent to San Francisco Church and within a 5-minute walk of other popular sights like La Paz Metropolitan Cathedral. This 3.5-star hotel welcomes guests with 103 rooms and conveniences like an indoor pool, free in-room WiFi, and free self parking. Also close to this La Paz hotel are Plaza Murillo and Hernando Siles Stadium.

Dining
Free hot/cold buffet breakfast is served each morning from 5 AM to 10 AM. Enjoy dining at one of 2 onsite restaurants including La Bella Vista, which specializes in international cuisine. Order from room service to satisfy your hunger without leaving your room.

 

Rooms
The 103 rooms have an array of amenities, including minibars, free bottled water, and laptop-compatible safes. Guests can expect free WiFi and flat-screen TVs with cable channels. Other standard amenities include hair dryers and phones.

Property features
Guests of Hotel Presidente have access to an indoor pool, a fitness center, and a spa tub. You can take advantage of free parking, along with a free airport shuttle (available on request). The front desk is staffed 24/7 to help with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Additional amenities include a sauna, free WiFi in public areas, and conference space.
Highlights

  • Walking distance to San Francisco Church and La Paz Metropolitan Cathedral
  • Free hot/cold buffet breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas

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