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Inca Sites to Caribbean Coast: Peru and Colombia Tour

PRIVATE TOUR - 12 DAY SAMPLE ITINERARY

FROM £$ 5008

Private Tour Highlights

  • Discovering Cusco, where colonial architecture collides with Incan structures, and visiting the Temple of the Sun: “Korikancha”.
  • Delighting in the colonial and pre-colonial architecture of Cusco on a private walking tour, with visits to the bustling markets.
  • Soaking up the majesty of Machu Picchu, the ‘Lost City of the Incas’, with its polished stone works of the Cusco Imperial style.
  • Glimpsing historic Lima and relishing lip-smacking Peruvian cuisine.
  • Lapping up the extraordinary atmosphere of Cartagena, the picturesque walled city awash with cobbled streets and pretty plazas.
  • Delving into the jungle at Tayrona National Park to glimpse the pre-Columbian civilization of the Tayrona at the archaeological site of Pueblito, before finishing up at heavenly beaches.
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Tour Overview

The Inca Sites to Caribbean Coast: Peru and Colombia Tour includes the must-see destinations in two of Latin America’s amazing countries: Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu and Cartagena, ending in the amazing Tayrona National Park. The Park is an unspoiled region with white Caribbean beaches; solitary bays; coral reefs and mangroves all at the foothills of the Sierra Nevada.

Cartagena is one of the most fascinating cities in the Caribbean and was once the “Jewel of the Spanish Crown.” Experience the history of pirate assaults, the workings of the dreaded Tribunal of the Inquisition, and imagine the stories of the writer Gabriel Marquez. Cartagena is known for its friendly, diverse people, architectural beauty, stunning Caribbean coast and the warm evening winds. Note: The beaches are not spectacular in Cartagena, and we recommend adding a few days on an island to enjoy a truly breathtaking Caribbean beach.

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 domestic airfare from Lima to Cusco return, hotel accommodation including daily continental breakfast, all transfers between airports and hotels with assistance and baggage handling, guided tours in English including 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.
Exclusions

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

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Double £$4307 £$5008 £$5834 £$7661
Single £$7072 £$8428 £$9943 £$13536

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.

Please note that prices are subject to change based on availability and seasonality, especially during the holiday season from December 20th through January 5th each year. Please contact a Yampu Travel Specialist for more information on best times to travel.

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 Peru

Overnight Flight to Lima

Overnight Flight to Lima

Day
2

Lima City Tour

Upon arrival in Lima, be greeted for airport assistance.
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 Martin 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, 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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Flight to Cusco

Early this morning, transfer to the airport for a flight to Cusco. Upon arrival in Cusco, be greeted and transferred to the hotel. This afternoon is at leisure to acclimate. Cusco’s elevation is approximately 3,400 meters (11,200 feet), so it is highly recommended to rest upon arrival for a few hours and taking in some coca tea.


Note: Check-in is normally after 2 pm. Early check-in may be granted subject to availability (not confirmed).

Early this morning, transfer to the airport for a flight to Cusco. Upon arrival in Cusco, be greeted and transferred to the hotel. This afternoon is at leisure to acclimate. Cusco’s elevation is approximately 3,400 meters (11,200 feet), so it is highly recommended to rest upon arrival for a few hours and taking in some coca tea.


Note: Check-in is normally after 2 pm. Early check-in may be granted subject to availability (not confirmed).

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4

Walking Tour of Cusco

This morning, enjoy a private walking tour of Cusco and visit the Korikancha Temple, or Temple of the Sun, and the Cathedral and its Art Museum. During the 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 travelers 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 Sacsayhuaman 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 Sacsayhuaman Ruins. Please ask a Yampu Travel Consultant for more information.
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Machu Picchu

Early morning transfer to the train station. The train will travel 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 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 of 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).

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
7

Cartagena

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Transfer to the airport to take the flight to Lima and connect with a flight to Cartagena. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel. Cartagena is the fifth largest city in Colombia and an important port city on the Caribbean coast. After numerous pirate attacks during the colonial era, a wall was built to surround the historic city center and protect its inhabitants. Cartagena is now a popular tourist destination that retains its colonial architecture and charm.

Note: Direct flights from Lima to Cartagena only operate on Wednesdays and Sundays otherwise flights will operate via Bogota.
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8

Old Town of Cartagena

Today, be carried away by the incredible and majestic tour of the Old City and discover the enchantment of the Cartagena. Be surrounded in the mysticism of its narrow streets and plazas filled with stories and discover the meaning of their names. Don’t hesitate to participate and enjoy this walk as the best alternative to discovering even more of the charm of the “Corralito de Piedra”. Afternoon at leisure.
Day 9

Today, be carried away by the incredible and majestic tour of the Old City and discover the enchantment of the Cartagena. Be surrounded in the mysticism of its narrow streets and plazas filled with stories and discover the meaning of their names. Don’t hesitate to participate and enjoy this walk as the best alternative to discovering even more of the charm of the “Corralito de Piedra”. Afternoon at leisure.
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Day
9

Day at Leisure

Yampu recommends a tour to Islas Rosario.

Yampu recommends a tour to Islas Rosario.

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Day
10

Tayrona National Park

Land transfer to Tayrona National Park (4 1/2 hours). Upon arrival, check-in to the hotel. Day at leisure to enjoy Tayrona National Park. Tayrona National Park is located on Colombia's northern Atlantic coast near Santa Marta. It is an idyllic expanse of land and sea that is well-known for the wide variety of wildlife that can be seen throughout this stunning part of the country. Dinner Included.

Land transfer to Tayrona National Park (4 1/2 hours). Upon arrival, check-in to the hotel. Day at leisure to enjoy Tayrona National Park. Tayrona National Park is located on Colombia's northern Atlantic coast near Santa Marta. It is an idyllic expanse of land and sea that is well-known for the wide variety of wildlife that can be seen throughout this stunning part of the country. Dinner Included.

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11

Day at Leisure

Relax on the beach or for optional excursions in the area such as a walk to Pueblito, snorkeling and horseback riding. An excellent representation of the Tayrona's ingenuity is in Pueblito which contains many bridges, canals, terraces and ceramics that were created by the Tayrona.

Relax on the beach or for optional excursions in the area such as a walk to Pueblito, snorkeling and horseback riding. An excellent representation of the Tayrona's ingenuity is in Pueblito which contains many bridges, canals, terraces and ceramics that were created by the Tayrona.

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12

Flight Home

Morning transfer to Santa Marta airport to take the flight back home.

Morning transfer to Santa Marta airport to take the flight back home.

Lima, Peru

Cusco, Peru

Machu Picchu, Urubamba Province, Cusco, Peru

Cartagena - Bolivar, Colombia

Tayrona National Park, Magdalena, Colombia

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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    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.

  • Cartagena-Colombia

    Cartagena

    The walled city of Cartagena, with its cobblestone streets and gorgeous colonial architecture, is full of exciting and engaging sites and activities. Visit the Palacio de la Inquisicion, where the Spanish Inquisition condemned men accused of crimes against religion. Or spend the day at the Playa Blanca beach, enjoying the surf and the sand.

  • Tayrona-National-Park-Colombia

    Tayrona National Park

    Tayrona National Park is a protected area in northern Colombia, encompassing over 50 square miles of land and some of the loveliest coastlines of Columbia. With its two ecosystems between the sea and the mountains one may see some of the local wildlife including the elusive Titi Monkeys.

Hotel Options

3 Star Properties

Lima : El Tambo 2

Lima : Hotel Jose Antonio

Lima : Allpa Hotel & Suites

Lima : Casa Andina Standard Miraflores Centro, Lima

Machu Picchu : La Cabana

Machu Picchu : Casa Andina Standard, Machu Picchu

Cartagena : Hotel Bantu

Cartagena : Alfiz

Tayrona National Park : Playa Koralia

4 Star Properties

Lima : Dazzler Lima

Lima : Hotel Atton (San Isidro)

Lima : Doubletree El Pardo, Lima

Machu Picchu : El MaPi

Machu Picchu : Tierra Viva

Machu Picchu : Casa del Sol

Cartagena : Sofitel Santa Clara (Classic)

Cartagena : Hotel Casa Pestagua

Tayrona National Park : Cabanas Arecife

5 Star Properties

Lima : Country Club Hotel (San Isidro)

Lima : The Westin Lima Hotel (San Isidro)

Machu Picchu : Sumaq Hotel

Machu Picchu : Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo

Cartagena : Ananda Hotel Boutique

Cartagena : Sofitel Santa Clara (Superior)

Cartagena : Casa del Arzobispado

Tayrona National Park : Ecohabs Tayrona

Luxury Properties

Lima : JW Marriott, Lima

Lima : Miraflores Park Plaza

Trujillo : Costa Del Sol Wyndham Trujillo

Lima : Hotel B

Machu Picchu : Sanctuary Lodge (standard Room)

Cartagena : Hotel Casa San Agustin

Cartagena : Charleston Santa Teresa

Tayrona National Park : Hotel Merecumbe

Testimonials

John and Patty J.

Traveled October, 2014

John and I had a fabulous time on the trip you planned for us in Peru and Ecuador.

John and I had a fabulous time on the trip you planned for us in Peru and Ecuador.You planned every part of our trip down to the last detail, and we are happy to report that all went as planned! We were met at every flight by the guides who did an excellent job of teaching us about the areas we were visiting.They made each day interesting and fun. All of our accommodations were excellent, we especially appreciated the splash pool in our cabana at Inkaterra Amazonica. The weather there was very hot and humid, so being able to cool off in our private pool was a luxury! The one day hike into Machu Picchu was perfect. It gave us a taste of what hiking the Inka Trail was like. For us, it was a great alternative to hiking 4 or more days. We were able to see so many other places to add to our experience, without adding too many more days to our trip.

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Tom

Traveled July, 2005

everything went great, without a hitch

We’re back from our trip to Peru and Chile. everything went great, without a hitch. This was certainly a trip that we’ll always remember. Regards,

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Jennifer

Traveled March, 2008

The trip was great! Thank you

I have been meaning to write, but have been so busy now that I am back to work. The trip was great! Thank you. I had no troubles. I loved Bolivia-wished I had stayed there longer. My guide, Marco, was wonderful there. I enjoyed Peru very much, too. Especially Cusco. The people at there were really excellent. Very helpful and reliable. When my flight from Lima to Cusco was canceled, my guide Elena came back to the airport to look for me and assist me. I was very impressed with that. Already thinking of my next trip, but of course I will need to save money and time off from work again. Thanks to everyone at Yampu,

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