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12 Day Andean Highlights "The Best of Peru & Machu Picchu" w/Air

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12 days

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In this tour, you will visit the following places: Lima (The City of the Incan Kings), Arequipa (Home to Colca Canyon), Puno (Folkloric Capital), Lake Titicaca and its mystical floating islands of: Uros, Amantani & Taquile, Cusco (The Imperial city of the Incas) ending with an amazing visit to Machu Picchu (One of the New Seven Wonders of the World).

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Highlights

Price Includes:

  1. All transportation.
  2. Round trip flights (Miami-Lima / Lima–Miami)
  3. Domestic flights (Lima-Arequipa / Cusco-Lima)
  4. Airline taxes & fuel.
  5. Nine nights’ accommodations ( 3 star Casa Andina hotel or similar standard hotel)
  6. 01 night at Luquina island with a home stay
  7. 13 meals: (10 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 1 dinner)
  8. City tour in Lima
  9. Colca Canyon trip
  10. Private bus to Puno
  11. 2 days home stay: Uros, Luquina and Taquile islands tour
  12. Guided tour by bus to Cusco
  13. Private guided tour in Machu Picchu
  14. Round trip train tickets to Machu Picchu with Inca Rail Company
  15. Round trip bus tickets from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
  16. Entrance fee per itinerary
  17. Tour leader during whole trip.more details.

Not Included:

  1. Single supplement fee: $400 USD (for solo travelers).
  2. High season fee: $225 USD (January, July and December)
  3. Entrance fees to the hot springs in Chivay (Colca) and Machu Picchu ($ 5 USD).
  4. Meals where not otherwise stated
  5. Gratuity
  6. Optional tours: Sacred Valley in Cusco ($45 USD).
  7. Entrance fee for optional tours
  8. Optional: Climb up the Wayna Picchu while in Machu Picchu ($65 USD).

Itinerary

  • Board your overnight flight from Miami to Lima at Miami international airport with LAN airlines. You will need to be at the airport of Miami at least 3 to 4 hours before the flight schedule in order to check-in.

    After your arrival in Lima, a representative of Valencia Travel Cusco will be waiting to pick you up and take you to your hotel in Miraflores. You will stay in the following hotel or one similar:

    NOTE: Check in time at Lima hotel is at 2:00pm.

    In the mid-morning, you will have the opportunity to tour the city of Lima to the following sites:

    • "Huaca Pucllana" (a magnificent ceremonial and archeological center)
    • The historic center of Lima
    • Colonial buildings (Plaza Mayor, the Government Palace, the Archbishop's Palace, the Cathedral, the City Hall).
    • The Central bank Museum
    • San Francisco
    • Modern Lima

    After touring the colonial city of Lima, we will rest before travelling to the home of the condor!



  • A representative of Valencia Travel Cusco will pick you up from the hotel (time to be confirmed) and take you to the airport, where you will take your flight to Arequipa!

    In Arequipa, a representative of Valencia Travel Cusco will pick you up and take you to your hotel in Arequipa.

    You have the opportunity to walk around the white city and its surroundings.

    The architecture in the historic center is characterized by the prominence of ashlar, the use of which began in the last third of Century XVI. This volcanic stone, white or pink is exceptionally soft, lightweight, and weatherproof, emerged as a seismic structural solution.

  • Colca Canyon trip:

    We pick you up at 8:00am. We have a bus journey of approximately 4 hours including stops along the way, enjoying the beautiful landscapes and scenery. You will arrive in the town of Chivay and have time to settle in to your hotel. In the afternoon, you can go to the thermal baths, which are 3 km from Chivay. They cost 10 soles per person (not included in the tour price). In the evening, there will be a folkloric show with dinner (optional).

  • We will have breakfast around 5.30am and then leave the hotel to go to Cruz Del Condor. This is the point, where you can see the depth and beauty of Colca Canyon. Hopefully, you’ll be able to see condors. After this, we head back towards Chivay, visiting a few small villages along the way.

    We will have lunch in Chivay and in the afternoon, begin our journey towards Puno. Once you arrive in Puno, the folkloric capital, you will be taken to your hotel, where you’ll stay the night.

    At night, try to keep to main lit areas. The main street will be obvious and there are lots of little restaurants there. This would be a good time to buy gifts for your host family for your island trip. Gifts are not obligatory but recommended. Suggested gifts are: 1 kilo of sugar, 1 kilo of rice, and a bottle of oil. Practical items such as these are welcomed. Please, do not take sweets for the children or give your host family money.

  • After breakfast between 7:00am and 8am, we will transfer you from the hotel to the port of Puno. Where you will board the motor boat that takes you to the floating islands of Uros, which are located 25 minutes from the port of Puno. There are about 65 small islands floating today but you will only visit two while the guide explains the history and lifestyle of the people living on these islands. You will also have the opportunity to talk with the local people of these islands and visit their homes to learn a little about their lifestyle. You’ll enjoy a one hour visit on these floating islands. Afterwards, we will sail towards Taquile Island, which is about two hours. This island is a traditional Quechua speaking community, full of ancient agricultural terraces and ruins dating back to the pre-Incan times. The Taquile population was relatively isolated from the mainland until 1950s and the notion of community and family is still very strong. The weaving tradition of this Island goes back to early civilizations while keeping elements from pre-Incan cultures alive in the present. The most characteristic garments are the "Chullo", a knitted hat with an earflap and "The Calendar Waistband" depicting the annual cycles connected to ritual and agricultural activities. When you reach the island, you’ll walk up along a narrow path, enjoying impressive views of Lake Titicaca and seeing gorgeous little houses inhabited by the direct descendants of the Incan Culture. You will then have free time to explore the island on your own. Afterwards, you will meet the group for lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, we will go down to the harbor to take a boat to continue with a one-hour boat ride to the peninsula of Chucuito. South of the city of Puno, is a community located in Luquina Karina, the remarkable thing about this place is that tourism is new. The inhabitants of this place are very willing to receive visitors in their community. You will be received directly by the families and they will take you to their homes to spend the night. Karina community has a white sand beach on Lake Titicaca. There will be activities like fishing and farming.

    • Overnight at Luquina Island.
  • Today, we will enjoy breakfast with our host family and then, we will participate in local activities such as farming. Then, we will have lunch and say goodbye to the local family to go down to the harbor to take the boat. Afterwards, we will sail towards Puno, which takes approximately two hours. We arrive back to Puno at around 5:00pm.

  • We will pick you up at 7:10am and take you to the bus station to catch the bus to Cusco. This bus trip is more like a tour as it stops at four interesting sites along the way, where you have guided tours:

    1. Pukara: This is the most important and oldest ceremonial center of the altiplano. There are interesting sculptures and tombs.
    2. La Raya: This is the half-way point between Cusco and Puno and also the highest point (4335 meters above sea level). The landscapes here are stunning and it is common to see typical Andean animals like the llamas, alpacas and vicuñas. It is also the geographical border between two cultures, the Quechua and Aymara.
    3. Raqchi (Wiracocha God Temple): This was an Inca church of monumental dimensions; 100 meters long, 26 meters wide and 14 meters high. The temple is divided into two naves, and each nave has eleven giant columns- that’s huge!
    4. Andahuaylillas: This is the Sistine chapel of South America: this church is one of the most beautiful examples of Andean religious art.

    Arrival time to Cusco will be around 5pm.

  • OPTION 1. Full day Sacred Valley tour ($45 USD extra cost per person)

    You will have breakfast (which is included) and be picked up from your hotel at 8:15 am. This will be full day excursion to the Urubamba Valley, visiting the colorful native market in Pisac. Where you will be able to appreciate the mixtures of colors, traditions, have the opportunity to test your bartering skills, interact with the local craftsmen and purchase hand-made souvenirs. Pisac is located at the entrance of the Sacred Valley. The Valley is 31km/19mi from Cusco at an altitude of 2,970m/9,700 ft. After Pisac, we head towards Urubamba, where we have a delicious lunch buffet at Tunupa restaurant. Then, we continue on to Ollantaytambo, the oldest continuously occupied town in the South American continent. The narrow streets of Ollantaytambo, along with their canals, have not changed much from the time of the Incan Empire, giving a feeling of what it was like to live during those times. The last visit will be the Chinchero market. Chinchero is believed to be the mythical birthplace of the rainbow! Its major attraction in tourism is, its colorful Sunday market, which is less tourist-orientated than the market at Pisac. At the end of the tour, we return you to the Plaza de Armas in Cusco at approximately 6:30pm. The night will be free for you to eat in any restaurant of your choice. We always have plenty of restaurant suggestions for you should you require them.

    Sacred valley tour includes:

    • Private Transport
    • Professional English speaking guide

    Sacred valley tour does not include:

    • Tourist ticket US$ 25
    • Lunch approx. US$ 20
    • Tips
  • We will pick you up at 6:45am (to be confirmed) and take you to the train station. The train leaves at 8:20 am (time may change depending on availability and changes to time table). After a three and half hour journey through majestic views, you arrive in Aguas Calientes (Hot Springs Town), where you will spend the night. There will be plenty of time to relax if you want to have a hot bath in the natural springs!

    Things to do in Aguas Calientes:

    1. Visit the Machu Picchu 'Manuel Chávez Ballón' museum and orchid exhibition. This is open from 9am to 4.30pm, and is a 35 minute walk down the road from Aguas Calientes to Puente Ruinas. It is a very illustrative museum that gives an interesting introduction to Machu Picchu.
    2. Thermal baths (10 soles per person).
  • You will have breakfast and then your guide will pick you up from your hotel at 5:40am. You will take the bus up to majestic Machu Picchu to catch the sunrise and then begin your walking tour (2 hours) with your guide. After this, you can explore the mysterious city by yourselves.

    You will meet your guide in Aguas Calientes (by bus or on foot) for lunch and be given your train tickets back to Cusco. You will then catch the train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo followed by a bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.

    NOTE: If desire to climb up the Waynacpicchu Mountain, please request it as soon as you can in order to avoid any disappointment, if you miss it. We usually do this at 10:00am.

  • You will have the morning to rest, relax, and go on free walking tour. Then, we will pick you up from your hotel to take you to the airport, where you will take your flight back to Lima.

    OPTION 2: Free walking tour

    There is an optional free walking tour around 10:00am (time to be confirmed) that will show you various parts of the city of Cusco. We will see the following places:

    • Plaza de Armas / Main Plaza, which is home to the main cathedral and colonial houses
    • Plaza Nazarenas (with the convent of Nazarenas)
    • San Blas neighborhood
    • The stone of 12 angles
    • San Pedro local market
  • Today, you will board your overnight flight back to Miami.

Prices & Departure Dates


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Trip Preparation & F.A.Qs:

Tips to know before you go

Although most of the planning and preparation is taken care of for you, there are still a few things you should know and some details you should take care of to ensure your comfort, safety and peace of mind.
Please review the following information before your departure to ensure that any surprises along the way will only be pleasant ones.

  • Know Before You Go

    Although most of the planning and preparation is taken care of for you, there are still a few things you should know and some details you should take care of to ensure your comfort, safety and peace of mind. Please review the following information before your departure to ensure that any surprises along the way will only be pleasant ones.

    Getting Ready to Go

    Passports and Visas

    It is each traveller's responsibility to have a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of entry to Peru and a visa if required.

    Passengers requiring visas, whether obtained in advance or locally upon arrival, should ensure that their passport has unstamped visa pages.

    Passport information must be submitted to Valencia Travel Cusco at least 30 days prior to departure. This information is necessary to issue Machu Picchu train tickets.

     

    Trip Preparation

    A little pre-planning can make your trip go a lot smoother. Several weeks before your trip, make a list of what you will need to take with you. Make sure your personal documents (passports, visas and driver’s license) are in order and that you have enough prescription medications to last through the trip. We suggest that you make photocopies of passports, visas, personal IDs and any other important travel documents and pack them separately from the originals. Pack a list of medications including dosage and generic names. If you lose the originals while travelling, you'll have copies for easier reporting and replacement. You may consider bringing a small supply of over the counter medications for headaches and/or anti-diarrhea pills. We recommend that you pack a portable alarm clock. Avoid placing valuables such as cameras in your checked luggage. Airplane pressure can cause similar pressure in your body, most notably in ears, as well as liquid tubes and bottles. Your physician can suggest medication for decongestion. As for the liquid containers, we suggest that you squeeze out excess air from those containers and place into Ziploc bags to catch any leaks.

    Cell Phones and Calling Cards

    You may wish to carry a cell phone while traveling. Check with your cell phone provider if your phone will work in the destination(s) you are visiting. U.S. service is dominated by the CDMA technology standard, while most of the world uses the incompatible GSM standard. Some U.S. providers do offer GSM, but you may incur high international roaming fees. With GSM, however, you can often choose to have your phone unlocked and then add a local SIM card for lower fees. If you can access the Internet as you travel, you can take advantage of email or a Skype Internet telephone (VOIP) account for the best value. Alternatively, you may investigate renting a cell phone before you leave or buying an inexpensive phone locally.

    When calling the U.S. from a Peru, you may also use a prepaid calling card; normally, the only additional charge (besides the prepaid long distance charges) is a local fee of a few cents and possibly a connection fee if you are using your card at your hotel. It is best to check with the hotel's reception desk prior to making phone calls to avoid unexpected charges.

    Wireless Internet Access

    Passengers traveling with WiFi enabled devices (such as a personal computer, smartphone, tablet, or digital audio player) may be able to connect to the Internet via wireless networks. Passengers requiring Internet access can often locate free WiFi hotspots such as libraries or coffee shops.

    Staying Healthy While Traveling

    All travellers should familiarize themselves with local conditions, such as high altitude or required immunizations, which could affect their health. We recommend you consult with your personal health-care provider, the Centers for Disease Control (www.cdc.gov) and/or the World Health Organization (http://www.who.int/en/) for their recommendations.

    There are several easy steps you can take to stay healthy while traveling which may help prevent contracting an illness while away from home.
    Watch what you eat. Try new foods in modest quantities, and depending upon your destination, you may want to avoid street foods, salad bars, raw vegetables and fruits, unless they have thick peels like bananas or grapefruit.

    Stay hydrated. Drink bottled water and avoid consuming ice cubes made with tap water.
    If you have allergies to foods, medications or insect bites, or have any other unique medical issues, consider a medical alert bracelet and/or a physician's note detailing required treatment should you become ill.

    Wash your hands regularly and carry hand sanitizer.

    Where appropriate, pack sunscreen and insect repellent (for both active and warm destinations).

    You may also want to bring a small first-aid kit with band aids, antibiotic cream, pain killers, bug bite cream, digestive aids like antidiarrheal or anti-bloat medications, antacids, and cold medicine. This is in addition to any prescription medications to last for the entire trip.

    Climate & Clothing

    In Peru, the sun is strong, particularly in higher altitudes. Please, bring a sun hat that has a circular brim all the way around (not a baseball cap) and sunscreen. Bring comfortable, cushioned walking shoes for the hard cobblestone streets, a sweater, clothes you can layer and an all-weather jacket. Remember that during your trip, you will be travelling between regions and will need to be prepared for all weather conditions. Winter months (May through October) are cold. During those periods, you will need a warm jacket, gloves, a hat and a scarf.

    The highland regions of Peru (Cuzco, Puno, Urubamba and Machu Picchu) have a dry temperate climate that also experience two distinct seasons. The dry season (May through October) consists of sunny days and cold nights with very little rain. The rainy season in the highlands runs from December to March. Temperatures can change drastically during the day in this region, sometimes varying as widely as highs around 65°F and lows of 35°F during the same day.


    IMPORTANT
    Peru Average Temperatures


    City

     

    Jan

    Feb

    Mar

    Apr

    May

    Jun

    Jul

    Aug

    Sep

    Oct

    Nov

    Dec

    Lima

    Low

    68

    70

    70

    67

    63

    61

    61

    61

    59

    61

    63

    67

    High

    79

    81

    81

    76

    72

    70

    67

    67

    67

    70

    72

    76

    Urubamba

    Low

    46

    46

    46

    43

    39

    36

    34

    37

    41

    45

    45

    46

    High

    68

    68

    68

    70

    70

    68

    68

    70

    70

    72

    72

    70

    Cuzco

    Low

    43

    43

    43

    41

    36

    32

    32

    36

    40

    41

    43

    43

    High

    65

    65

    67

    67

    67

    67

    67

    67

    68

    70

    70

    70

    Puno

    Low

    39

    38

    38

    34

    29

    25

    21

    25

    30

    34

    37

    38

    High

    61

    61

    61

    63

    61

    61

    61

    61

    63

    65

    63

    63

    Aguas Calientes

    Low

    45

    45

    42

    41

    37

    34

    32

    36

    39

    43

    43

    45

    High

    66

    66

    66

    68

    68

    66

    66

    68

    68

    70

    70

    70

    Book & Film Recommendations

    Many of our guests enjoy reading about their destination, either in advance of their trip or while travelling, as a way of adding context to their visit. Whether reading a traditional guidebook, learning about the history and culture, or simply enjoying a fictional novel set in the destination, a good book can add greatly to your experience. Similarly, a good movie set in your destination helps set the mood before you travel. We asked our tour managers and staff to recommend books and films that past guests may have enjoyed. The following list does not constitute an endorsement of any authors, books or movies; it is merely a collection of guests' recommendations.

    Books

    Machu Picchu:
    Lost City of the Incas by Hiram Bingham (1948)
    Machu Picchu Sacred Center by Johan Reinhard (2007)
    Turn Right At Machu Picchu by Mark Adams (2011)
    Machu Picchu: Unveiling the Mystery of the Incas by Richard L Burg (2008)
    Incas: Book 3: The Light of Machu Picchu by A.B. Daniel (2003)
    The Steamer Trunk Adventures #2: The Ghosts of Machu Picchu by R.M. Garcia (2006)

    General Peruvian Life / Exploration:
    The Peru Readers by Orin Starn, Carlos Ivan Degregory, and Robin Kirk (2005)
    The Art of Peruvian Cuisine by Tony Custer (2003)
    Eight Feet in the Andes: Travels with a Mule in Unknown Peru by Dervla Murphy (2003)
    Conversation in the Cathedral by Mario Vargas Llosa (1975)
    Aunt Julia & the Scriptwriter by Mario Vargas Llosa (1977)
    The White Rock - An exploration of the Incas heartland by Hugh Thomson (2001)

    Incas:
    The Conquest of the Incas by John Hemming (1970, reprint 2003)
    Narrative of the Incas by Juan de Betanzos (originally from 1550s, not discovered and published until 1980s)
    The Secret of the Incas by William Sullivan (1997)
    Incas: Books 1&2 by A.B. Daniel (2002-2003)

    Other Archaeology/sites:
    Lost Tomb of Viracocha by Maurice Cotterell (2001)
    Temple by Matthew Reilly (2002)

    Movies:
    The Secret of the Incas (1957)
    The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)
    The Royal Hunt of the Sun (1969)
    Indiana Jones & The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008).

     

  • About Your Flights

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    Luggage

    Although luggage sizes are now fairly standard, each airline does have specific requirements based upon the route and aircraft size.
    Valencia Travel Cusco land tour packages allow for one piece of luggage per person plus a carry-on bag. Valencia Travel Cusco is not responsible for loss or damage to luggage and personal belongings. Therefore, you must report any loss or damage items immediately at the time of the incident and obtain a written report from the local authority for submission to your insurance provider. Avoid placing valuables in your checked luggage. If your luggage is lost or damaged by the airlines, a baggage claim form must be filed with the carrier before leaving the airport. Any cost to retrieve luggage will be your responsibility and you should retain receipts to submit to your insurance provider.

    Code-share Flights

    If your flight itinerary displays a flight as "Operated By" another carrier, you should check-in at the desk of the "Operated By" airline. When you arrive at the airport, check the airport monitors for updated check-in desk listings.

    Airline Flights

    Please check in at least three to four hours prior to the scheduled departure time for international flights and two hours prior for domestic flights. Many airlines do not permit check-in less than one hour prior to the scheduled departure time.

    Passengers connecting from another point within the USA should check their luggage through to their final destination. Although problems with lost luggage have been minimal, it is a possibility. Certain carriers do not allow baggage "interlining," and luggage must be checked separately for each flight. When you check your luggage, please verify where your luggage is being sent. If you are connecting from a domestic flight that is delayed for any reason, causing you to miss your international flight, ask the airline for assistance in getting you to your destination. Since all airline tickets are issued on special fares that carry restrictions and penalties if changed, you must hold the airlines responsible for making alternate arrangements on your behalf, as Valencia Travel Cusco has no authority or control over airline activities and policies. Do not leave the airline check-in desk until an alternative itinerary has been confirmed.

    The Transportation and Safety Administration

    The (TSA) has increased security measures drastically since September 11, 2001. Plan to arrive no fewer than two hours prior to a domestic flight and three to four hours prior to an international flight. Check the TSA website www.tsa.gov for the current list of acceptable items you may bring on a plane before packing.

    About Business Class Airfares
    Business Class service may not be available on all flights or aircraft types, and therefore some flights within an itinerary may not include Business Class seating. This includes, for example, some US domestic connections and/or short haul flights abroad. When Business Class service is not available, you will be accommodated in the best alternative class of service and seating. Please check your operating airline to determine the extra services you may receive in Business Class.

    Peru Domestic Flights
    The airline tickets enclosed are for your international flights to/from Lima (provided that you purchased them from Valencia Travel Cusco). If tickets for your flights within Peru are not enclosed, you will receive your tickets (for example, Lima to Cuzco and vice versa) once you arrive in Peru. Please note that you may only bring a total of up to 50lbs of luggage per person on flights within Peru. This weight restriction may differ from your international carrier's and is subject to change.
    A passport or picture ID is required to board all flights in Peru.

    Frequent Flier Programs

    Passengers are responsible to contact their airline directly regarding mileage eligibility and accrual. Airline frequent flier programs determine whether to award miles in part or total based on their own rules, which are updated frequently. Some discounted or promotional airfares as well as some code-share flights are not eligible for mileage accrual.

     

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