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Andean Adventure: Ultimate Peru Vacation

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PRIVATE TOUR - 12 DAY SAMPLE ITINERARY

FROM £$ 5438

Private Tour Highlights

  • Stepping inside the Catalina Convent, a 16th-century monastery in Arequipa.
  • Mooring up at the island of Taquile, known for both its pre-Inca and Inca ruins and terraces.
  • Taking home memoirs of the markets, including brightly-colored textiles of the highest quality.
  • Marveling at Andean Condors soaring above the imposing Colca Canyon, one of the deepest in the world.
  • Setting foot in the magical Incan citadel, Machu Picchu; a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
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Tour Overview

Take an Andean adventure: the ultimate Peru vacation. This highlight tour will guide you to the diverse landscapes and cultures that make Peru both beautiful and unique. Take a tour of historic Lima, the capital of Peru including the Colonial city center. A short flight from Lima brings you to Arequipa, Peru’s second largest city. Here, you can step inside the Catalina Convent, a 16th-century monastery. From here you will visit the breathtaking Colca Canyon, one of the deepest in the world, where you can marvel at the soaring Andean Condors. From Colca you will take a bus to Lake Titicaca and visit the famous floating islands of Uros and the island of Taquile, known for its pre-Inca and Inca ruins and terraces. Bring home memoirs of the markets, including colorful woven textiles, from the markets in Cusco. Set foot in the magical Incan citadel,  Machu Picchu, for a once-in-a-lifetime experience in centuries-old ruins.

Recently, following UNESCO recommendations, Peruvian authorities have placed restrictions on the visitation of Machu Picchu, the lost Incan ruins. Currently, no more than 2,500 people daily will be allowed to visit the ruins. While these new restrictions are great for the preservation of the ruins, they may cause some difficulties in your ability to visit them, so we recommend booking with plenty of notice.

Inclusions
Prices include one-way airfare from Lima to Arequipa; one-way airfare from Lake Titicaca to Cusco; one-way airfare from Cusco to Lima; hotel accommodation including continental breakfast; all transfers between airports and hotels with assistance and baggage handling; locally guided tours in English including all entrance fees; and meals where specified.

Note:
*Cost includes Vistadome train from Cusco or the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu. Vistadome is ideal for travelers who want a personalized immersion of Andean culture with traditional dances and music along the way. This train features panoramic windows, leather seats, new table design as well as heating and air conditioning.

*Deluxe service Hiram Bingham train features an observation wagon with a bar and two dining cars. In addition, this train includes a gourmet brunch on board, exclusive bus return to Machu Picchu, entrance to Machu Picchu as well as a guided tour. Afternoon tea in the Sanctuary Lodge, pre-dinner cocktails and a 4-course, a la carte dinner is also included. The train does not operate on Sundays. Upgrades available from Vistadome to Hiram Bingham Deluxe; please ask your Yampu Tour Consultant for the cost of the upgrade.

*Andean Explorer Train from Puno to Cusco (Monday, Wednesday and Saturday only): Fantastic train ride that takes a gentle climb to higher and cooler altitudes. The first half of the journey is dominated by the magnificent Andean mountains which tower over the deep valleys of the meandering Huatanay River. It then reaches the gentler, rolling Andean Plains, where vicuña and alpaca can be seen. The glass-walled observation car provides the perfect opportunity to view the beautiful scenery. The journey is broken by a scenic stop at La Raya, which is also the highest point on the route. Three-course lunch included. Restaurant and bar service is available at an additional cost. Train leaves Puno at 8 am and arrives in Cusco at 6:00 pm.
Exclusions

Local airport departure taxes that are payable in the country of destination are not included. Airfare taxes and security fees that can be paid at time of ticketing are included in the cost.

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Pricing Details
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Double £$4936 £$5438 £$6356 £$9077
Single £$7492 £$8487 £$10120 £$14404

Prices shown above are per person. Hotel categories do not adhere strictly to international ratings; Yampu has evaluated the hotels according to destination and availability. Prices include local airfare (where applicable), hotel accommodation including daily breakfast; all transfers with baggage handling, all guided tours in English and all entrance fees.

Trip Type:

All our trips are operated on a private basis unless specified otherwise. This is only a sample itinerary; your Yampu Tour Consultant will personalize this trip for you according to your available dates, interests and type of hotels. This is your trip and we will work on making it perfect!

Tour Itinerary

Day
1

Flight to Lima

Overnight flight to Lima.

Overnight flight to Lima.

Day
2

Private City Tour of Lima

Upon arrival in Lima, be greeted for airport reception and transferred to the hotel.
In the afternoon enjoy a private city tour of Lima, one of the most important cities in South America since its founding in 1535. Journey through the historic center of the city, admire the beauty of San Martín and Major squares, the Cathedral, the Government Palace, and visit San Francisco Convent, a religious building from the late 16th century, and its catacombs. This tour also includes a drive through the residential districts of San Isidro and Miraflores. Please note the Cathedral is open daily except on Sundays.
During the tour, also visit the Museo Larco. Founded in 1926 the Museo Larco chronologically showcases the past 3,000 years of Peruvian history and culture including its pre-Colombian history. The museum is located in a beautiful 18th century vice-royal mansion built atop a 7th century pre-Colombian tomb. After exploring the Museo Larco enjoy a complimentary cocktail and appetizer at the onsite Larco Cafe overlooking the beautiful, surrounding gardens.
Note: check-in is normally after 2 pm. Early check-in may be granted subject to availability (not confirmed).
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Day
3

Lima - Arequipa

Early this morning, transfer to the airport for the flight to Arequipa. Upon arrival in Arequipa, be greeted for airport assistance and transferred to the hotel.
This afternoon, enjoy a private city tour of Arequipa’s highlights including the Catalina Convent, the Plaza de Armas or Main Square, the Cathedral, the Church of La Compania and the Colonial district of Yanahuara.

Early this morning, transfer to the airport for the flight to Arequipa. Upon arrival in Arequipa, be greeted for airport assistance and transferred to the hotel.
This afternoon, enjoy a private city tour of Arequipa’s highlights including the Catalina Convent, the Plaza de Armas or Main Square, the Cathedral, the Church of La Compania and the Colonial district of Yanahuara.

Arequipa_Peru
Day
4

Colca Canyon

Arequipa / Chivay
This morning, depart Arequipa by bus transferring to Colca. The drive today will cross the Salinas and Aguada Blanca National Reserve. One will also pass by Pampa Canahuas, the Bojedales of Tocra (water filterings), and enjoy a stop at Patapampa, a special viewpoint of the Andes situated at 4,800 meters. Arriving in Colca, transfer to the hotel for an evening at leisure.
Today, enjoy lunch, included at Chivay.

Arequipa / Chivay
This morning, depart Arequipa by bus transferring to Colca. The drive today will cross the Salinas and Aguada Blanca National Reserve. One will also pass by Pampa Canahuas, the Bojedales of Tocra (water filterings), and enjoy a stop at Patapampa, a special viewpoint of the Andes situated at 4,800 meters. Arriving in Colca, transfer to the hotel for an evening at leisure.
Today, enjoy lunch, included at Chivay.

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Day
5

Colca Canyon

Colca Canyon
Today is at leisure in the Colca Canyon.
Note: One may choose to enjoy optional excursions. For more details, please ask a Yampu Travel Consultant.

Colca Canyon
Today is at leisure in the Colca Canyon.
Note: One may choose to enjoy optional excursions. For more details, please ask a Yampu Travel Consultant.

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Day
6

Chivay- Puno

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Chivay/Puno
In the morning, be met for a group tour to Cruz del Condor. Cruz del Condor is the premier viewpoint to admire the majestic flight of the Andean condor. After the excursion, transfer from the hotel to the bus station in Chivay to catch the bus departing in the early afternoon. Enjoy the scenic bus ride through the highlands and arrive to the main bus station in Puno to be greeted for reception and transferred to the hotel for an evening at leisure.
Note: From Colca Canyon to Puno the journey takes approximately five hours, stopping half way where there is a nice, local restaurant to buy snacks or hot drinks.
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7

Full Day Tour of Lake Titicaca

Full day Tour of Lake Titicaca
This morning, transfer to the port to take a boat ride over beautiful Lake Titicaca. The first visit this morning will be to the famous floating islands of Uros, home of the Uros Tribe a civilization dating before the Incas. The islands are composed entirely of reed, including the houses and boats. Explore these fascinating islands and interact with the friendly locals and enjoy opportunity to purchase their handicrafts, ride in their boats, and see into their daily lives.
Leaving Uros, the scenic ride will continue to the island of Taquile. This island is known for its pre-Inca and Inca ruins, as well as its Inca terraces. The people of Taquile are popular for their high quality textiles, arguably the best in Peru. The knitting on the island of Taquile is reserved exclusively for the males, while the women make the yarn and weave. Return to Puno and transfer to the hotel. Lunch (included) is served on the lake.
Note: One can also enjoy this tour on private basis, visiting Uros Island first and then Taquile Island, allowing a visit to the islands when they are less crowded. The private tour has an additional cost of $75 per person, based on two people traveling and $175 per person based on one person traveling.
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Day
8

Flight to Cusco

Today, transfer to the airport to take the flight to Cusco. Upon arrival in Cusco be greeted for airport reception and transferred to the hotel.
This afternoon is at leisure.
Note: Check-in is normally after 2 pm. Early check-in may be granted subject to availability (not confirmed).
Note: One may also take the Andean Explorer train from Cusco to Puno (10 hour scenic ride), which operates on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, and Fridays also from April to December; surcharge applies, please ask a Yampu Travel Consultant. Note that if one is to take the train they will not be able to visit the Sillustani Ruins.
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Day
9

Walking Tour of Cusco

This morning, enjoy a private walking tour of Cusco to visit the Korikancha Temple, or Temple of the Sun, and the Cathedral and its Art Museum. During this private tour today there is the option to visit the Casa Concha museum or the San Pedro Market.
The Casa Concha museum was recently renovated and houses over 360 archaeological pieces from Machu Picchu, recently returned by Yale University.
San Pedro Market is a lively, local market where one will receive a briefing about the local Andean ingredients and have an opportunity to purchase them. This market visit is a great opportunity to interact with the locals either selling or purchasing items from the market.
This afternoon there will be time for lunch before continuing to the nearby water shrine of Tambomachay (the Inca Fountains), Puca Pucara (the Red Fortress), the amphitheater of Kenko and finally the Sacsahuaman Fortress. This afternoon, return to the hotel for an evening at leisure.
Note: For more adventurous travelers, Yampu suggests an optional sunset horseback riding tour through the Sacsahuaman Ruins. Please ask a Yampu Travel Consultant for more information.
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Day
10

Machu Picchu

Early morning transfer to the train station. The train will head through the Sacred Valley of the Incas up to the town of Aguas Calientes. From here, board a bus to Machu Picchu and then have a guided tour of the ruins. Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas, was a flourishing ceremonial and agricultural site, probably the gateway to the jungle marshes of the Inca Empire. The central buildings were erected with the polished stone works of the Cusco Imperial style, though the site was probably occupied well before the Incas started their expansion. It was associated with the earth cult revolving around the coca leaf, which was a privilege of the Inca royal family and priests. Enjoy lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge, at the entrance of the ruins, before returning to the hotel at your leisure. In the evening, enjoy a wonderful dinner at the hotel or in the town of Aguas Calientes.
Note: Government regulations limit the number of visitors to Machu Picchu daily. Entrance is subject to availability. Please book with plenty of notice to confirm entrance to the ruins. Machu Picchu entrance tickets are nonrefundable and nontransferable.
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Day
11

Day at Leisure

Today is at leisure. One may choose to return to Machu Picchu, hike Huayna Picchu or relax in the village of Aguas Calientes and its hot springs. In the afternoon, board the train to return to Cusco. Upon arrival, train station reception and transfer to the hotel.
Note: Entrance tickets to Machu Picchu on this day are not included. Please contact a Yampu travel consultant to go back to the ruins or hike the Huayna Picchu at time of booking (subject to availability).

Today is at leisure. One may choose to return to Machu Picchu, hike Huayna Picchu or relax in the village of Aguas Calientes and its hot springs. In the afternoon, board the train to return to Cusco. Upon arrival, train station reception and transfer to the hotel.
Note: Entrance tickets to Machu Picchu on this day are not included. Please contact a Yampu travel consultant to go back to the ruins or hike the Huayna Picchu at time of booking (subject to availability).

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Day
12

Flight Home

Today be met at the hotel in Cusco to transfer to the airport for your flight to Lima, connecting with the international flight home or the Yampu add-on of choice.

Today be met at the hotel in Cusco to transfer to the airport for your flight to Lima, connecting with the international flight home or the Yampu add-on of choice.

Lima, Peru

Arequipa, Peru

Colca Canyon, Chivay, Arequipa, Peru

Puno, Peru

Cusco, Peru

Machupicchu, Cusco, Peru

Places You'll See

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    Lima

    Bursting with architectural history and culture, Lima has an eclectic array of attractions. Visit the Santo Domingo Convent, a religious and artistic staple of the city’s historic center. Take a walk along the cliffs of the Miraflores district, showcasing the beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean, and after, enjoy some shopping at the Larcomar Mall.

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    Arequipa

    With a blend of European and native characteristics, and historical heritage, Arequipa has earned the title of an UNESCO World Heritage Site. With many of its buildings being built out of sillar, a white stone, it was given the nickname the “White City.” Learn about the history and culture by visiting any of the numerous museums and monuments.

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    Colca Canyon

    More than twice as deep as America’s Grand Canyon, Colca Canyon is one of the deepest in the world. It is home to the Andean Condor, a near threatened species of bird. Get a glimpse of many other species of creatures as you enjoy the La Calera natural hot springs. Visit some of the many archeological sites such as the caves of Mollepunko, or attend the Wititi festival.

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    Puno (Lake Titicaca)

    Situated on the shores of Lake Titicaca, is the picturesque city of Puno. Visit the llama farm where the locals get the fleece to make their signature textiles. Climb to the top of the hillside city for beautiful views of the lake, or head out on the water for a boat ride to see the famous floating islands.

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    Cusco

    Once a powerful Incan city, Cusco is filled to the brim with relics of its grand history. Visit the ruins of the ancient Incan Koricancha Temple, where the Church of Santo Domingo now stands atop. Behold the many beautiful, colonial buildings in the Main Square, including the Cathedral and Church of La Compania de Jesus (Society of Christ).

  • Machu Picchu

    Recently, following UNESCO recommendations, Peruvian authorities have placed restrictions on the visitation of Machu Picchu, the lost Incan ruins. Currently, no more than 2,500 people daily will be allowed to visit the ruins. While these new restrictions are great for the preservation of the ruins, they may cause some difficulties in your ability to visit them, so we recommend booking with plenty of notice.

Hotel Options

3 Star Properties

Lima : El Tambo 2

Lima : Hotel Jose Antonio

Lima : Allpa Hotel & Suites

Lima : Casa Andina Standard Miraflores Centro, Lima

Trujillo : Costa del Sol

Arequipa : Casa Andina Ciudad Blanca

Arequipa : Casa Andina Standard, Arequipa

Colca Canyon : Pozo del Cielo

Puno (Lake Titicaca) : Casa Andina Standard, Puno

Cusco : Terra Andina

Cusco : Maytaq Wasin

Cusco : Rumi Punku

Machu Picchu : La Cabana

Machu Picchu : Casa Andina Standard, Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu : El MaPi

4 Star Properties

Lima : Dazzler Lima

Lima : Hotel Atton (San Isidro)

Lima : Doubletree El Pardo

Arequipa : El Cabildo

Colca Canyon : Colca Lodge

Cusco : Esplendor Hotel

Cusco : Casa Andina Premium, Cusco

Cusco : Andean Wings

Cusco : El Mercado

Machu Picchu : Tierra Viva

Machu Picchu : Casa del Sol

5 Star Properties

Lima : Country Club Hotel (San Isidro)

Lima : JW Marriott, Lima

Lima : Miraflores Park Plaza

Lima : The Westin Lima Hotel (San Isidro)

Arequipa : Casa Andina Premium (standard), Arequipa

Arequipa : Libertador Arequipa, Superior

Puno (Lake Titicaca) : Casa Andina Premium, Puno

Puno (Lake Titicaca) : Libertador Lake Titicaca

Cusco : Palacio del Inka by Libertador, Cusco

Cusco : Casa Cartagena

Cusco : Inkaterra La Casona

Cusco : Belmond Hotel Monasterio

Machu Picchu : Sumaq Hotel

Machu Picchu : Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo

Luxury Properties

Lima : Miraflores Park Plaza (Ocean View)

Arequipa : Casa Andina Premium (Senior Suite), Arequipa

Arequipa : Libertador Arequipa, Junior Suite

Puno : Titilaka (All Inclusive)

Cusco : Palacio Nazarenas

Machu Picchu : Sanctuary Lodge (standard Room)

Testimonials

Lyn

Traveled July, 2015

The trip was as wonderful as I could expect.

Pre-departure: You have done a very good job of putting things together. You and your company have been worth the extra money. It certainly has made my life easier getting ready.Post-trip: The overall trip was excellent. I would highly recommend Wendy Murray and Yampu. I will always turn to this Agency as they are highly trained and always there, regardless of the time or where in the world I am. They fix things however small and do it very quickly. Yampu is also very respected among the different hotels and restaurants. Peru is truly a hidden secret. The trip was as wonderful as I could expect. The agency did a beautiful job putting the trip together. They took care of us the entire way. They were more than worth the money they charge for their services. Thanks millions,

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Rebecca

Traveled March, 2014

I was extremely happy

I just wanted to write you a quick note to let you know what a great asset Stephanie is to your team. I have been trying to coordinate a trip to Peru since February and I was not able to get what I wanted through all the agencies that I contacted. Somehow I came across with the name of Yampu Tours and after doing some research about the company, I decided to give it a try. From the first moment I spoke with Stephanie, I had a feeling that she was the solution to my puzzle. In less than 24 hours, she had the itinerary with the budget that I needed. I was extremely happy and waiting to give my husband the good news that night, unfortunately, the same day when my husband came home he advised me that the doctor called him with the test results showing some non-life threatening, but issues that had to be dealt with before travel, and he would not be able to go to Peru until next year. Again, I contacted Stephanie and she was just as helpful as when I called her the first time. I cannot compliment Stephanie enough. She has excellent customer service, knowledge of the business and patience. She is always in a good mood and you can tell that no matter how many questions you have, she will be there to help you without feeling that you are bothering her. If all your employees are the same, then you have a special niche that the industry lacks. From experience, I find that a lot of the travel agencies that I contacted, the employees lacked the knowledge, the patience and the excellent customer service. Again, congratulations for hiring such a great asset to your team.

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Nina

Traveled November, 2015

The trip was absolutely fantastic.

Thank you so much for all your work! The trip was absolutely fantastic. The people were incredibly nice, and the entire tour was extremely well planned and perfect. We absolutely loved the trip and are really glad we decided to choose Yampu to help us tour Peru. We had an amazing time there. Thank you so much for all the effort you put into making this trip possible. Please pass on our regards to everyone from Yampu who worked to make this trip a success.

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