Travel to South America and tour Peru on an eye-opening sojourn from the depths of the Amazon to the heights of the Andes. Visit Lima, explore ancient Cuzco, see the lush Sacred Valley and Ollantaytambo, and marvel at the wonder of Machu Picchu. Offering an up close look at Peru’s diverse attractions, this is an unforgettable trip at a relaxing pace. Discover ancient cultures, natural wonders, welcoming locals and vibrant modern life as you journey through the homeland of the Incas.
9 day tour includes:
• Meals: 8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
• Accommodation: hotel (6 nts), jungle lodge (2 nts)
• Transport: bus, canoe, plane, train
• Included activities: Coca Museum, complimentary arrival transfer, guided jungle walks, guided tour of Machu Picchu, Ollantaytambo Ruins visit, Sacred Valley community visit, Saqsayhuaman, Qenqo and Tambomachay archaeological sites
• Intrepid tour leader
From: $2,540* per person, twin share
Day 1 Lima
Welcome to Peru! Plaza Mayor, in Lima’s historic centre, the ideal place to begin an exploration of the city’s churches, palaces and ornate colonial mansions. Try the local seafood specialty – ceviche.
Days 2-3 Amazon Jungle
The call of exotic birds and dense jungle awaits. Learn about the Amazon’s complex ecosystem on a hike with a local guide.
Days 4-5 Cuzco
Become acquainted with Cuzco on a stroll around the city centre. Cuzco is a melting pot of Spanish and Inca influences, rich in history and legend. Visit a coca tea shop – tasting included – then haggle for wares at the colourful San Pedro market. Top off the stay here with a trip out to the archaeological sites of Qenqo, Tambomachay and Sacsayhuaman.
Day 6 Sacred Valley/Ollantaytambo
See woolly llamas, and locals dressed in brightly-coloured traditional clothes on a trip through the spectacularly terraced Sacred Valley. Stay overnight in the ancient Inca town of Ollantaytambo and visit its fortress, which played a crucial role in Inca history.
Day 7 Aguas Calientes
Reach the mountain village of Aguas Calientes by train. Spend free time soaking in the natural hot springs or take an optional sneak peek of Machu Picchu.
Days 8-9 Machu Picchu/Cuzco
Enjoy a guided tour of Machu Picchu and be sure to have cameras ready – these ruins are seriously photogenic. Return to Cuzco for more sightseeing. The cathedral – built on the foundations of an Inca palace – is well worth a visit. Why not have lunch at Aldea Yanapay Cafe? All proceeds go towards helping Cuzco’s underprivileged kids.
*Conditions apply. Price is per person twin share and land only. Advertised price valid for departures on 27 Jan, 10 Feb, 03 Mar 13. Seasonal surcharges apply for other departure dates between 01 Oct 12 and 31 Mar 13. Book and pay in full by 20 Oct 12. 20% saving already included in the advertised price. Price is subject to change without notice. Further conditions apply, Contact me for full terms and conditions.
Call 02 9267 0232 or email (click here) for more details and to book.