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COLOURS OF PERU

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15 days from $4999pp

EXPLORE THE INCA RUINS OF MACHU PICCHU
VISIT SACRED VALLEY, CUSCO, LAKE TITICACA & MORE
INCLUDES RETURN INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS

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With its world-famous sights, colourful cities and ancient living culture, Peru is a destination that begs to be explored. From historic Lima and Cusco to the misty ruins of Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley to the glassy solitude of Lake Titicaca, every step through this nation is both thrilling and inspiring.

On this 15 day highlights tour, the diverse wonders of Peru are truly yours to discover. Begin with a tour of vibrant Lima, taking in sights from Plaza Mayor to the adobe and clay pyramid of Huaca Pucllana. Journey into the spectacular Andes Mountains, stopping in the hot springs town of Aguas Calientes, and fulfil your bucket list dreams of walking the grand citadel of Machu Picchu. Learn of traditional weaving at the small village of Ccaccaccollo, spend time among the locals in the Sacred Valley community of Chawaytire, and shop for handicrafts at Chinchero Market. Enjoy a boat ride to the unique Uros Floating Islands of Lake Titicaca, experience a homestay with a local family at Taquile Island and so much more! This awe-inspiring package includes return flights from New Zealand, two additional internal flights, and English-speaking tour guides - plus a whole lot more.

Want the fun to continue? Answer the call of the wild on the 19 day package with Amazon extension. Includes internal flights, jungle lodge accommodation, and sightseeing along the vast Amazon River.


 

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ITINERARY

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Day 1 New Zealand - Lima, Peru

Today depart from Auckland for Lima, Peru via Santiago, Chile. Fly with the fully serviced LATAM Airlines or Qantas Airways to name a few (subject to availability). Upon arrival into Lima, a representative will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel in Miraflores.

Overnight: Jose Antonio Hotel or similar, Lima 
Meals included: In-Flight


 

Day 2 Lima City Tour

After breakfast, enjoy a city tour visiting the key sites of Lima. Take in Huaca Pucllana, Colonial buildings such as the Plaza Mayor, the Government Palace, the historical and modern centres of Lima, the San Francisco Catacombs and the Central Bank Museum. 
 
Afterwards, return to the hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Overnight: Jose Antonio Hotel or similar, Lima  
Meals included: Breakfast


 

Day 3 Lima - Cusco - Urubamba

This morning you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Cusco. Upon arrival, be met by your guide and drive onwards to the Sacred Valley. 
 
On the way enjoy a stop in Ccaccaccollo - a small and scenic town in the Peruvian Andes. Here there are some 50 families who make a living out of agriculture and textiles. You will have the opportunity to attend a talk and demonstration about how these textiles are made, as well as learn about the different styles and shapes made in this area (blankets, ponchos, chullos etc.). 
 
A member of one of the families will explain, in Quechua (translated in English), the best techniques to understand the secrets of traditional iconography. You will also have the chance to observe the processes involved in the creation of textiles, from the shearing of wool, spinning, the washing of the wool, along with the collection of plants and flowers used for natural dyeing.
 
Afterwards, continue onwards to your nearby hotel accommodation in the town of Urubamba, in the Sacred Valley region of south-eastern Peru. A busy transportation hub, it sits on the Urubamba River, surrounded by rugged mountains.

Overnight: Hotel Agusto Urubamba or similar, Urubamba 
Meals included: Breakfast


 

Day 4 Sacred Valley Tour

This morning, continue your tour of the famous Sacred Valley of the Incas. Stop in the town of Pisac, founded during Colonial times. Here you will have the opportunity to test your bartering skills, interact with the local craftsmen and purchase hand-made souvenirs.
 
Afterwards, learn more about indigenous agriculture and all it has to offer with a visit to the Potato Park. Here you will meet members of the local community, learn about the unique process of potato cultivation in the region, and see the beautiful flora and fauna of Peru!
 
Afterwards, travel to the Chawaytire community and have a tasty lunch made from local products and the native potatoes you have learned so much about with the Qachum Waqchi. Next, it’s time to visit Ollantaytambo. The narrow streets along with their canals have not changed much from the time of the Inca Empire. Here you will visit the Chinchero market, believed to be the mythical birthplace of the rainbow. Finish the day back at the hotel in Urubamba to enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Overnight: Hotel Agusto Urubamba or similar, Urubamba 
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch


 

Day 5 Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu Grand Citadel

Following breakfast this morning, transfer to Ollantaytambo train station (approx. 30 mins) and board a train bound for Aguas Calientes, a beautiful thermal town down the valley from the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu. After the approximate 1 hour and 40-minute journey, during which time you’ll be treated to some truly majestic views, you will arrive in Aguas Calientes hot springs town. Here you will take the bus to Machu Picchu archaeological site (approx. 20 minutes).
 
After entering the Citadel you will begin a guided walking tour (approx. 2 hours), learning about the history of the area and the 15th-century ruins. Enjoy some free time afterwards to explore this once-forgotten city at leisure. In the afternoon, transfer to your hotel in Aguas Calientes and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Overnight: Casa Andina Classic or similar, Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu) 
Meals included: Breakfast


 

Day 6 Aguas Calientes - Cusco

This morning is free at leisure to explore Aguas Calientes and its surroundings, or perhaps take another trip back up to Machu Picchu (not included) before meeting at the train station in the early afternoon and boarding a train to the town of Poray (approx. 3 hours). Here you will be met and transferred to Cusco (approx. 1 hour) and travel onwards to the hotel for an evening at leisure in this magical city.

Overnight: Costa Ramada Del Sol or similar, Cusco 
Meals included: Breakfast


 

Day 7 Cusco City Tour

This morning you will be picked up from the hotel to begin your full-day Cusco city tour, starting with the city centre where you will view the Incan foundations of many buildings, the famous Cathedral, and the Temple of the Sun. You will also visit the typical Peruvian market of San Pedro. Next, visit the hills around Cusco for a tour of four of Cusco’s famous ruins: Sacsayhuaman, Q’enqo, Puca Pucara, and Tambomachay. Finish the day back at your hotel where you may enjoy an evening at leisure, or enjoy an optional folklore show and dinner (not included).
 
Optional Activity: Folklore Show and Dinner - $45 per person 
Head to the Tunupa restaurant, located just near the central Plaza de Armas of Cusco (a short walk from the hotel), and experience a fabulous buffet dinner. There is a large selection of typical Peruvian dishes featuring meat, fish and vegetables. The night becomes more enjoyable when the traditional dance show begins; get involved with folk, traditional and classical music, enjoying the sounds of Andean instruments. If you wish, you can also share the dance floor with the dancers and enjoy a great, memorable experience.

Overnight: Costa Ramada Del Sol or similar, Cusco 
Meals included: Breakfast


 

Day 8 Cusco Free Day

Today enjoy a free day in Cusco. Explore at your own pace or take the opportunity to join an optional tour (not included).
 
Optional Tour: Maras Salt Ponds & Moray Ruins Day Tour - $70 per person
  Be picked up from your hotel early in the morning and travel to Moray - known as the Inca agricultural greenhouse. The drive will take approx. 1 hour and 20 minutes amid the snow-capped peaks of the Andes and lush yellow fields of wheat. Moray boasts three amphitheatre-like terraces made by the Incas. These terraces, which are carved deep into the earth in a bowl shape, are believed to have been used to determine the optimal growing conditions for crops. Finish exploring Moray and continue to the salt mines of Maras, which is about 3km away. This village is known as a former salt-producing centre and thought to date back to pre-Inca times. There are over 3000 salt pools all carved into the mountainside - a truly epic sight! The highly salty water emerges at a spring, a natural outlet of the underground stream, after which the water is exposed to the sun and left to dry on the land - leaving the precious salt behind. After this dazzling visit, drive back to Cusco where you may enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Overnight: Costa Ramada Del Sol or similar, Cusco  
Meals included: Breakfast


 

Day 9 Cusco - Pukara - Puno

This morning rise early for breakfast and transfer to the bus station to travel to Puno. This is a great bus trip on a modern vehicle stopping at several interesting sites along the way, such as Raqchi (Wiracocha God Temple), an Incan church of monumental dimensions and La Raya: the half-way point between Cusco and Puno.
 
Along the way, enjoy a rest stop and delicious buffet lunch in the town of Sicuani. The landscapes along this route are stunning, with typical Andean animals such as the llama, alpaca and vicuña a common sight. Upon arrival at the bus station in Puno, you will be met and transferred to the hotel, where you will meet your guide who will welcome you and provide you with some extra information for the following day’s activities.
 
Please note: the bus transportation includes Wi-Fi, food and drink services on board, as well as entertainment options, guided narration in English and Spanish, leather seats with wide leg rests, individual tables, and air-conditioning. Buses do not have toilets on board, however this journey does include rest stops approximately every hour to allow for this.

Overnight: Hacienda Puno or similar, Puno Tikarani  
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch


 

Day 10 Puno - Lake Titicaca – Uros Islands - Traditional Homestay

After breakfast this morning, transfer from the hotel to the port of Puno, where you will board a motorboat to visit the unique floating Uros Islands on Lake Titicaca - approx. 25 minutes from the port of Puno.
 
The islands have been created entirely from the buoyant totora reeds that grow abundantly in the shallows of the lake. The reeds are used to build homes, boats and handicrafts. The islands are constructed from many layers of totora, which are constantly replenished from the top as they rot from the bottom; the ground is always soft and springy. You will visit two different islands and your guide will explain a little about the history and lifestyle of the people who have lived here for many years. You will have the opportunity to visit some of their homes to learn about their lifestyle. 
 
Enjoy a trip to Taquile Island (approx. 2 hours). A traditional Quechua speaking community, the island is full of ancient agricultural terraces and some ruins dating from pre-Inca times. When you reach the island, take the opportunity to enjoy impressive views of Lake Titicaca. Take some free time to explore the Island on your own, and then come together for lunch at a local restaurant. 
 
Following lunch, head down to the harbour to take a one-hour boat ride to the Chicuito Peninsula, south of the city of Puno, where the Luquina Karina community is located. Luquina Karina has remained relatively untouched and tourism is a new concept here. The inhabitants are very willing to receive visitors in their community. You will be warmly received by the families who will take you to their homes to spend the night and cook you dinner from locally sourced food.

Overnight: Traditional Homestay, Luquina Island  
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner


 

Day 11 Luquina Island - Puno

Today enjoy breakfast with your host family and then participate in some local activities. After lunch, say goodbye to your host family and head down to the harbour for your boat transfer back to Puno, arriving in the early evening. 

Overnight: Hacienda Puno or similar, Puno Tikarani  
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch


 

Day 12 Puno - Juliaca Airport - Lima

After breakfast, transfer from the hotel to Juliaca Airport for your flight to Lima. On arrival into Lima airport, a transfer will be arranged to the hotel. The rest of the evening is at leisure.

Overnight: Costa Del Sol Wyndham Airport or similar, Lima 
Meals included: Breakfast


 

Day 13 Lima, Peru - New Zealand

After breakfast, enjoy your last day at leisure before transferring to the airport for your flight back to New Zealand via Santiago, Chile. 


Meals included: Breakfast;In-Flight


 

Day 14 In Transit

Day 15 Arrive in New Zealand

Please note: Some flights may arrive +1 day later.


 

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 TERMS AND CONDITIONS

*Prices are per person (pp) in NZD, twin share based on lead in season. All care is taken to promote correct pricing at time of publication but is dependent upon availability and will be confirmed at time of reservation. Valid for sale until sold out. Airfares not included unless specified. Offers are subject to availability and can change without notification due to fluctuations in charges and currency. Credit card surcharges apply. For full terms and conditions please contact a World Travellers consultant.