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17-Day Ecuador and Peru Tour form Quito, ends in Lima Tour Code: 300-19244

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Quito, Ecuador
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Visit Cuzco, Lima, Machu Picchu, Otavalo, Papallacta, Quito, Banos, Chinchero, Ecuadorian Amazon, El Pailon del Diablo, Urubamba, Lake Titicaca (Uros Floating Islands), Puno, Raqchi.
  • Visit Colonial Quito, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and walk through its cobblestone streets
  • Stand at the Middle of the World Monument, situated at latitude 0º
  • Browse for local goods at the traditional Otavalo Market
  • Stay in the Amazon region, the world's largest ecosystem
  • City Tour of Lima with its 2000 years of history
  • Visit the impressive Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo
  • Discover the astonishing ancient citadel of Machu Picchu via the PeruRail Vistadome Train
  • Excursion by boat to the fascinating Uros Floating Islands
Price In USD (Price per person based on double occupancy)
Price (/person)
    Single $4488
    Double $3699
    3rd Person
    Adult $3868
    Child
    (Age 0-12)
    $3077
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Transportation SingleDoubleTripleQuadruple
Quito Transfer - Airport to Hotel - Surcharge $80$80$80$80
Lima Transfer - Hotel to Airport - Surcharge $80$80$80$80
Roundtrip Airport Transfer - Surcharge $160$160$160$160
Activity Options AdultChild
Termas de Papallacta Spa Package - Surcharge $57$57
Butterfly Farm & Balsa Wood Carving Demonstration - Surcharge $12$12
Canopy Adventure Park - Surcharge $19$19
Cacao Farm & AmaZOOnico Rescue Center - Surcharge $15$15
Evening Larco Herrera Museum with dinner - Surcharge $89$89
Pachacamac Pre-Inca Ruins - Surcharge $39$39
Pachacamac Pre-Inca Ruins + Evening Larco Herrera Museum with dinner - Surcharge $128$128
Dinner with Local Peruvian Family - Surcharge $25$25
Maras & Moray Tour - Surcharge $49$49
Dinner with Local Peruvian Family + Maras & Moray Tour - Surcharge $74$74
Half Day Cuzco Behind the Scenes AM - Surcharge $59$59
Half Day Highlights of Cuzco PM - Surcharge $79$79
Half Day Cuzco Behind the Scenes AM + Half Day Highlights of Cuzco PM - Surcharge $138$138
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Day 1: Arrive in Quito

After guests arrive at the airport in Quito, they will transfer to the local hotel. They will be able to spend the remainder of the day at their own leisure.
Deluxe Hotel: Hilton Colon Quito or similar 5 Star Hotel

Day 2: Quito - Otavolo (51 km)

In the morning, we will tour the colonial section of Quito, walking along the narrow cobblestone streets. We will see Independence Plaza, the local Cathedral, the Presidential Palace, the Archbishop's Palace, and either La Compania Church or the Church of San Francisco. Afterward, we will see the Middle of the World Monument, located right on the Equator. In the afternoon, we will take a bus to Otavolo, arriving in the evening with a brief orientation and welcome dinner. This is where we will spend the night.
  • Quito, ECUADOR

    Quito, ECUADOR
    The capital city of Ecuador sits on the slopes of Pichincha, an active volcano in the northern Andes Mountains. At an elevation of 9,350 feet, it is the highest capital city in the world.

    Church of San Francisco

    Church of San Francisco is a magnificently decorated 16th-century Roman Catholic church in Quito. The church’s interior is covered with thousands of gold-plated leaves. The imposing structure has the distinction of being the largest architectural ensemble among the historical structures of colonial Latin America. The church took 70 years to complete, although the style evolved over almost 150 years of construction and renovation.

    Independence Plaza

    This plaza, at the heart of Old Quito, is perfect for relaxing and people-watching. It is surrounded by four buildings that underscore the historical influence of religion and government on Ecuadorian culture (the Presidential Palace, the Municipal Palace, the Archbishop’s Palace, and the Cathedral of Quito).

    La Compania Church

    La Compania Church is the best-known church in Quito because of its large central nave, which is profusely decorated with gold leaf, gilded plaster and wood carvings. Approximately seven tons of gold are plastered all over the ceilings and the walls. Built over a period of 160 years, La Compania Church is one of the most significant works of Spanish Baroque architecture in South America.

    Middle of the World Monument

    The Middle of the World is a popular tourist destination located in Quito, Ecuador. It is a monument that marks the location of the equator, which is the line that divides the Earth into two hemispheres – the Northern Hemisphere and the Southern Hemisphere.

    Presidential Palace

    Palacio de Carondelet Quito's presidential palace is located in the historic center of the city right on the Plaza Grande. The building dates back to the mid-1500s when it was several private homes.
Deluxe Hotel: Hacienda Pinsaqui/Puertolago Country Inn or similar 4 Star Hotel
Breakfast: Included|Dinner: Included

Day 3: Otavalo - Papallacta (126 km)

This morning visit Peguche, known for its beautiful waterfall. Then, take a tour of the market in Otavalo, one of the largest in South America run by the local Otavalenos. Here, enjoy the lively market atmosphere and browse the various stalls for traditional goods such as hand-woven cloth and rugs, jewelry and more. This afternoon, transfer to Papallacta located in the Andes Mountains. The remainder of the day is at leisure or join the optional tour to Papallacta's spas and hot springs, for which it is famous
  • Otavalo, ECUADOR

    Otavalo, ECUADOR
    Capital of Otavalo Canton, has a population largely made up of the Otavalo indigenous group. It is located in Imbabura Province of Ecuador. It is surrounded by the peaks of Imbabura (4,630 metres (15,190 ft)), Cotacachi (4,995 metres (16,388 ft)), and Mojanda volcanoes.

    Peguche Waterfall

    Peguche Waterfall is 18 meters high and surrounded by lush green vegetation, which creates a very photogenic spot.
  • Papallacta, ECUADOR

    A small village in Napo Province, Ecuador located at an altitude of 3,300 m in the Andes just off the Eastern Cordilleras on the road from Quito which leads into the Amazon jungle.

    Termas de Papallacta Spa Package

    Indulge in a little relaxation and pampering this evening at the Spa at Termas de Papallacta. Unwind for 20-30 minutes in one of the thermal hot pools and the refreshing cold pool. Next, enjoy a 20 minute mineral infused steam as hot water trickles over rocks and eucalyptus leaves in the Steam bath at the thermal grotto. Wrap up your session with a 30 minute neck and back massage to help you relax after an exciting day of sightseeing.

    Please note that a swimsuit is required to enter the Spa and Thermal Pools.

    Admission (Optional): Adult $57; Child $57|Duration: Approx. 1 Hour 30 Minutes

Deluxe Hotel: Termas de Papallacta or similar 4 Star Hotel
Breakfast: Included|Dinner: Included

Day 4: Papallacta - Amazon Rainforest (1802 km)

After breakfast, transfer by bus to La Punta Ahuano on the Napo River where you will board a canoe that will take you to your Amazon lodge*. Enjoy the serene tranquility that the lodge has to offer and prepare to be amazed by both the wildlife and the culture inherent to the Amazon. In the afternoon, visit Ahuano and a local Quechua community interpretation center to learn about their way of life firsthand before returning to the hotel
*Upon arrival the lodge is approximately a 5-10 minute walk uphill from where passengers will exit the canoe. Passengers are required to transport their own carry on luggage
  • Ecuadorian Amazon, ECUADOR

    The Amazon Basin, and the Ecuadorian Amazon in particular, is home to truly astounding biodiversity: the Yasuni Biosphere Reserve is believed by many to be home to the most diverse set of species on the Earth.
Standard Hotel: Casa del Suizo or similar
Breakfast: Included|Lunch: Included|Dinner: Included

Day 5: Amazon Rainforest

After a canoe ride you can hike in the Misicocha Private Nature Reserve for approximately two hours while viewing the beautiful flora and fauna up-close. The Amazon rainforest is the world's largest ecosystem, so be sure to keep an eye out for the innumerable species of tropical plants and insects. Admire the views as you cross suspended bridges and fly through the jungle on a short zip line basket ride. At the end of the hike, take a rafting trip on a traditional balsa log raft*. Balance of the day is at leisure or, choose to participate in one of the optional tours, including the Butterfly Farm & Balsa Wood Carving Demonstration, Cacao Farm & AmaZOOnico Rescue Center or Canopy Adventure Park
*This is an active hike and sections of the path include steps. Also, those who participate in the rafting trip will need to step through the water to reach the raft and will get wet during the ride
Optional: Butterfly Farm & Balsa Wood Carving Demonstration
Optional: Cacao Farm & AmaZOOnico Rescue Center
Optional: Canopy Adventure Park
  • Ecuadorian Amazon, ECUADOR

    The Amazon Basin, and the Ecuadorian Amazon in particular, is home to truly astounding biodiversity: the Yasuni Biosphere Reserve is believed by many to be home to the most diverse set of species on the Earth.

    Butterfly Farm & Balsa Wood Carving Demonstration

    Today, visit the nearby Butterfly Farm, just a 15 minute walk from the lodge. The farm houses and serves as the mating ground to many butterfly species found in the surrounding jungle, including the brilliant blue morpho butterfly. Observe how these beautiful creatures are fed, raised and undergo metamorphosis. Enter the "winged room" where you will be surrounded by hundreds of exquisite colored butterflies flying around. After, walk for another 15 minutes and visit an indigenous handicraft workshop, before returning to your lodge.

    Admission (Optional): Adult $12; Child $12|Duration: Approx. 1 Hour 30 Minutes

    Cacao Farm & AmaZOOnico Rescue Center

    Take a 25 minute canoe ride on the Arajuno River to visit a cacao farm, where you watch the process of obtaining chocolate from the seeds of the cacao fruit. Try your hand at grinding the roasted cacao beans in order to obtain the paste from which chocolate is made. At the end of the demonstration, taste a delicious cacao spread on toast or, a cup of hot chocolate. After, get back on your canoe and ride downriver to visit the AmaZOOnico Animal Rescue Center. The AmaZOOnico serves to rescue and care for the Amazonian animals who were injured, mistreated and illegally-trafficked. Take a guided tour of the center and watch rare species of animals in their natural habitat.

    Admission (Optional): Adult $15; Child $15|Duration: Approx. 3 Hours 30 Minutes

    Canopy Adventure Park

    Take a 15 minute drive and then hike 30 minutes through the rainforest to get to the Canopy Adventure Park that is located near the Pangayacu River. The Canopy Adventure Park is a ropes course or "parcour". You’ll find yourself whizzing under the foliage and over the jungle floor in no time with the help of experienced guides. There are two circuits, each with increasing level of difficulty. It is recommended that you wear hiking boots for this activity as you will be walking some distance through the forest. For some, this activity may be considered very strenuous and people with difficulty breathing, heart or other medical conditions, should consider not choosing this optional tour. Minimum age is 8 years old and minimum height is 3' 3" (1 meter)

    Admission (Optional): Adult $19; Child $19|Duration: Approx. 2 Hours

Standard Hotel: Casa del Suizo or similar
Breakfast: Included|Lunch: Included|Dinner: Included

Day 6: Amazon Rainforest - El Pailon del Diablo - Banos (10320 km)

This morning, board a canoe for the short trip to La Punta Ahuano, continuing by coach to Patate. Stop along the way to visit the powerful El Pailon del Diablo (hike to and from El Pailon del Diablo waterfall) , one of Ecuador's most beautiful waterfalls. Drive to Banos, an idyllic little town known for its hot thermal baths and the sometimes steamy Tungurahua Volcano. Have lunch at a local restaurant. Afterwards, watch a demonstration on vegetable ivory, a traditional craft that utilizes palm nuts to make jewelry and animal carvings. In late afternoon, check into your resort hotel in Banos. Balance of the day is at leisure to enjoy all the amenities offered by your hotel or, explore the town of Banos, a short walk away
  • El Pailon del Diablo, ECUADOR

    El Pailon del Diablo or in English “Cauldron of the Devil” is a magnificent waterfall in the Rio Verde area, about half an hour from Banos. The Pailon Del Diablo is about 80 meters high and it’s one of the most spectacular waterfalls to visit in Banos and in Ecuador.
  • Banos, ECUADOR

    This small city in Ecuador is one of the country's top tourist destinations because of the local hot springs, the lush wilderness that surrounds the area, and the belief that the image of the Virgin Mary appeared in a waterfall.
Deluxe Hotel: Samari Spa Resort or similar 4 Star Hotel
Breakfast: Included|Lunch: Included|Dinner: Included

Day 7: Banos - Rose Plantation - Quito (134 km)

Today, take a tour of a beautiful rose plantation. Although roses are not native to Ecuador, the country has a perfect environment for rose cultivation and is presently one of the world's major producers. On the plantation, you'll learn more about the farming process, from planting to exporting. After lunch, continue to the hotel in Quito for this evening's "Farewell to Ecuador" dinner
Deluxe Hotel: Hilton Colon Quito or similar 5 Star Hotel
Breakfast: Included|Lunch: Included|Dinner: Included

Day 8: Quito - Lima (1325 km)

Today we will transfer to the airport for our flight to Lima, Peru. Upon our arrival there, we will transfer to the local hotel before getting to spend the rest of the day at our own leisure.
Deluxe Hotel: Hotel Jose Antonio Deluxe or similar 4 Star Hotel
Breakfast: Included

Day 9: Lima

This morning's tour of Lima, with its 2000 years of history, begins at the colonial center of the city, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its historic buildings surrounding the splendid Plaza Mayor. View the impressive Palace of the Archbishop with its fine carved balcony, the opulent Government Palace, official residence of the President, and the 16th century Cathedral of Lima whose first stone was laid by Pizarro. Continue to the 17th century Monasterio de San Francisco complex with its magnificent tiles, ornate carved ceilings, exceptional paintings and world-renowned library. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure or join the optional Pachacamac Pre-Inca Ruins tour. Visit the archaeological site of Pachacamac, one of the largest religious centers in pre-Inca times on the Peruvian coast. This afternoon, join your Tour Manager for an orientation meeting. Tonight, perhaps attend the optional Evening Larco Herrera Museum with dinner. Experience one of Lima's most magnificent museums by night on this tour, that also includes a light supper. Admire the world's largest collection of pre-Columbian masterpieces and a stunning exhibition of gold and priceless jewels
  • Lima, PERU

    Lima, PERU
    Lima, the capital city of Peru, was founded by conquistador Francisco Pizarro in 1535. This city's historic places include the National University of San Marcos, which was established in 1551 and is the oldest university in the Americas.

    Government Palace

    Government Palace
    The Government Palace, located on the north side of the Plaza Mayor in Peru's capital city Lima. The palace was built in 1535 and is a stately government building with a set of ornamental guards. It features a large wrought-iron fence that surrounds the building and lines one side of the Plaza Mayor behind the Rimac River.

    Monastery of San Francisco

    Monastery of San Francisco
    Saint Francis Monastery located in Lima, Peru. The church and convent are part of the Historic Centre of Lima, which was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1991. Aside from a church and monastery it also contains a library and catacombs.

    Cathedral Basilica of Lima

    A Roman Catholic cathedral located in the Plaza Mayor of downtown Lima constructed in 1535 - 1649.

    Evening Larco Herrera Museum with dinner

    This evening drive through Lima and arrive at the Larco Herrera Museum. Experience one of Lima’s most magnificent museums by night on this tour that also includes dinner. Sit down to a light supper in the elegant dining room. The museum is located in an 18th century restored mansion, built over a 7th century pyramid and surrounded by gardens. Following supper, immerse yourself in the cultural intrigue of the museum with your local guide. Admire the world's largest collection of pre-Columbian masterpieces and a stunning exhibition of gold and priceless jewels.

    Admission (Optional): Adult $89; Child $89|Duration: Approx. 3 Hours

    Pachacamac Pre-Inca Ruins

    Visit the archaeological site of Pachacamac, one of the largest religious centres in pre-Inca times on the Peruvian coast. Uncover the ancient mystery of the Pachacamac Temple with the help of your knowledgeable guide. Explore the remarkable religious compound and discover its intriguing history and 200 AD origin. Marvel at the majestic pyramids dedicated to the sun and the moon and admire the architectural precision of the buildings while learning about the customs and traditions of the pre-Inca civilization.

    Admission (Optional): Adult $39; Child $39|Duration: Approx. 4 Hours

Deluxe Hotel: Hotel Jose Antonio Deluxe or similar 4 Star Hotel
Breakfast: Included

Day 10: Lima - Cusco - Chinchero - Sacred Valley of the Incas (12858 km)

Depart Lima this morning by flight to Cuzco, ancient capital of the Inca Empire and the oldest continuously inhabited city in South America. Upon arrival, drive through the rugged mountainous region with its magnificent panoramas, along roads with farms and small villages to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. En route, stop in Chinchero. Here, have an authentic Peruvian lunch followed by a demonstration of the ancient Andean tradition of making textiles from naturally dyed handwoven alpaca wool. Remarkably, the source for the vibrant colors are dyes that come from plants, minerals, and insects. Wander around the complex and shop for souvenirs among the fine textiles and other local treasures. This evening, dinner with music is at a lovely restaurant
  • Cuzco, PERU

    Cuzco, PERU
    This city once served as the capital of the Inca Empire. Many of its most popular sights are the ruins of this once-great people, such as the famous "lost city" of Machu Picchu. Cuzo itself also has many sights.
  • Chinchero, PERU

    The small rustic town of Chinchero lies off the main road between Cusco and Urubamba. It sits at 3762m above sea level. It is towered over by the Vilcabamba range and the snowcapped peak of Salcantay. There is a great display of Inca architecture, ruins and megalithic carved rocks. Chinchero is home to the famous Peruvian weaving and also has a colouful market. Chinchero is also believed to be the birthplace of the rainbow.
Deluxe Hotel: Sonesta Posada del Inca Yucay or similar 4 Star Hotel
Breakfast: Included|Lunch: Included|Dinner: Included

Day 11: Sacred Valley of the Incas

We will be able to enjoy the morning at our own leisure in the Sacred Valley and explore some of the ruins independently. Alternatively, we will also have the option to tour Moray, a remarkable agricultural center that demonstrates the Incas' mastery of high-altitude crop growing, and Maras, known for its nearby salt evaporation ponds. This afternoon, we will visit the impressive fortress of Ollantaytambo. In the evening, we will go to the countryside home of a local Peruvian family for a traditional dinner.
  • Urubamba, PERU

    The largest town located in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Urubamba, whose name in Quechan means "flat land of spiders," is a short journey north of Cuzco.

    Maras & Moray Tour

    Begin the tour in Moray, an impressive agricultural center that demonstrates the ancient Incan’s mastery of high-altitude crop growing. Here, you’ll see a large complex of terraced circular depressions in the earth which historians believe were used to study the climatic conditions on crops. As you descend each layer, the surrounding temperature descends as well, degree by degree, making for a unique and highly sophisticated thermo graphic tool. During the tour, you’ll have the opportunity to see the local farmers and shepherds working with native crops and animals all along the valley. This is a unique chance to peer into the daily lives of the indigenous people. Next, visit the colonial town of Maras, known for its nearby salt evaporation ponds in use since the time of the Incas. Learn more about salt extraction from the locals.

    Admission (Optional): Adult $49; Child $49|Duration: Approx. 5 Hours

    Dinner with Local Peruvian Family

    Tonight, you're invited to dine with a traditional Peruvian Family in their countryside home. Sample delectable local home-cooked Peruvian cuisine along with a warm and friendly cultural exchange with the family. As you share dinner, you’ll get to know the family first-hand and learn about work and everyday life in Peru.

    Admission (Optional): Adult $25; Child $25|Duration: Approx. 2 Hours

Deluxe Hotel: Sonesta Posada del Inca Yucay or similar 4 Star Hotel
Breakfast: Included

Day 12: Urubamba - Machu Picchu - Cuzco (123 km)

Early morning transfer to the Sacred Valley's Ollanta Station to board the Vistadome Train that travels through misty peaks to the astonishing ancient citadel of Machu Picchu, the "Lost City of the Incas", designated by UNESCO as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Machu Picchu was virtually unknown to the western world until Hiram Bingham's re-discovery in 1911. Spend the morning viewing the unforgettable wonders of this 15th century retreat, abandoned nearly 100 years later with the arrival of the conquistadors. See the highlights of the site including the imposing Temple of the Sun, the House of the Priest, the Sacred Plaza and the intricately carved rock likely used as a sundial by the ancient Incas. The images of this significant archaeological site will be a long-lasting memory. Return to the Sacred Valley in the early evening and transfer to your hotel in Cuzco for overnight
  • Machu Picchu, PERU

    Machu Picchu, PERU
    The famous citadel of the Inca sits atop a scraggy mountain peak overlooking the valley that was sacred to those people. These ruins feature many temples and the famous terraced-gardens the Inca developed for agriculture in the Andes.

    Duration: Approx. 3 Hours

    Temple of the Sun

    Temple of the Sun
    The Temple of the Sun is a building in Machu Picchu that one stood as the tallest building in the city, to mark its importance for the Inca. Sacred religious rituals and astronomical studies were held within the building.
Deluxe Hotel: Palacio Del Inka A Luxury Collection Hotel or similar 5 Star Hotel
Breakfast: Included

Day 13: Cusco

We will spend our day today discovering the imperial city of Cusco, the former capital of the Inca Empire. In this lively city, we will see the influence of both Incan and Spanish cultures. We will take the time to explore and shop for the finest handicrafts and textiles in all of Peru. We will go on a "Behind the Scenes" tour of the city, visiting a local market to try some fresh-baked chuta bread and shop for ingredients to use in this afternoon's cooking lesson. We will stop at the Cuzco Cemetery to learn about Andean life and death and meet with a local shaman (holy man). Then, we will take a cooking lesson and get to eat our delicious creations when they are ready. In the afternoon, we will go on an optional excursion to see the highlights of Cusco, like the Colonial Cathedral, the Temple of the Sun, and the fortress of Sacsayhuaman. Tonight, we will savor the culinary delights of Andean cuisine at a local restaurant.
  • Cuzco, PERU

    Cuzco, PERU
    This city once served as the capital of the Inca Empire. Many of its most popular sights are the ruins of this once-great people, such as the famous "lost city" of Machu Picchu. Cuzo itself also has many sights.

    Half Day Cuzco Behind the Scenes (AM)

    Begin with a "Healing Ceremony". Meet with an Andean shaman or healer and witness an offering to mother earth & the sacred mountain protectors to thank them for this trip. Continue with a visit to a local fruit and vegetable market and observe the locals shopping for their daily goods. Try the local chuta bread and enjoy this colorful market where you will experience many new things. Later, head to the local Cuzco cemetery, where you will learn about the Andean understanding of life and see how the locals decorate the graves with gifts and food for their dead. It is traditional belief that the dead eat and drink as they would during life. Conclude the tour with a cooking demonstration by a local chef showing you how to make a traditional dish from Cuzco, followed by lunch.

    Admission (Optional): Adult $59; Child $59|Duration: Approx. 4 Hours

    Half Day Highlights of Cuzco (PM)

    Starts at the impressive Colonial Cathedral in Cuzco which contains over 400 paintings from the CusqueNa School in addition to an impressive collection of colonial art, including Marcos Zapata's depiction of The Last Supper displaying Cuy, or Guinea Pig, as the main course. Continue on to visit the Temple of the Sun, whose walls and floors were allegedly once covered by sheets of solid gold. From here you will travel to Sacsayhuaman. This impressive fortress, which consists of individual stones weighing well over 100 tons, took over seven decades to complete and is a prime example of Incan military architecture. Conclude the day at the Kenko amphitheater, a mysterious limestone formation decorated by intricately carved depictions of mythical entities. During the tour, you will have the opportunity to visit a local shop featuring alpaca clothing and accessories, and a local jewelry shop, featuring gold and silver necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and rings.

    Admission (Optional): Adult $79; Child $79|Duration: Approx. 4 Hours

Deluxe Hotel: Palacio Del Inka A Luxury Collection Hotel 5 Star Hotel
Breakfast: Included|Dinner: Included

Day 14: Cusco - Raqchi - Puno (12811 km)

Depart Cuzco early in the morning on a long drive today. Enjoy spectacular scenery as you drive through the Andes mountain range and the Andean plains to Puno on the Peruvian side of Lake Titicaca. In this area, South American camelids (llamas and alpacas) graze on the immense plateaus and plains. En route visit the 15th century Temple of Wiracocha, with its elaborate stonework, the largest Inca temple ever discovered. Today, Raqchi remains home to many farmers, ranchers and artisans. Then, you arrive at pristine Lake Titicaca sitting majestically at 12,500 feet above sea level, backed by the snowcapped peaks of Bolivia's Cordillera Real range. This is the highest navigable lake in the world and South America's largest fresh water lake. A box lunch will be provided en route before arriving in Puno for overnight
  • Raqchi, PERU

    An Inca archaeological site in Peru known as the Temple of Wiracocha, one of its constituents.

    Temple of Wiracocha

    The Temple of Wiracocha is the most famous construction of the archaeological site of Raqchi in Cusco. Its name is related to the god Huiracocha, creator of the world according to many ancient cultures of the coast and mountains of Peru. It is a temple over 14 meters high, the tallest Inca structure discovered to date.
  • Lake Titicaca, PERU

    In Andean belief, Titicaca is the birthplace of the sun. Set between Peru and Bolivia, it’s the largest lake in South America and the highest navigable body of water in the world. Bright days contrast with bitterly cold nights. Enthralling, deep-blue Lake Titicaca is the unifying, longtime home of highland cultures steeped in the old ways.
  • Puno, PERU

    Puno is a city in southeastern Peru, located on the shore of Lake Titicaca. It is the capital city of the Puno Region and the Puno Province. Puno has several churches dating back from the colonial period; they were built to service the Spanish population and evangelize the natives.
Standard Hotel: Sonesta Posada Del Inca Puno or similar 3+ Star Hotel
Breakfast: Included|Lunch: Included

Day 15: Excursion to Uros Islands on Lake Titicaca (12942 km)

This morning, an excursion by boat transports you from Puno to the fascinating Uros Floating Islands where the indigenous people of the area, the Uros, live on islands that dot the lake. The Uros live very much the same as their ancestors did and still follow the ancient customs and traditions. These islands are completely man-made structures, using the totora reeds from the lake to build the islands and houses. Return to Puno for the remainder of the day at leisure. Or, take the optional tour to the Sillustani Tombs, the pre-Incan burial ground on the shores of Lake Umayo. The tombs here are built above the ground in tower-like structures called chullpas, vestiges of the Colla people before they were conquered by the Incas in the 15th century. Evening is at leisure in Puno
  • Lake Titicaca, PERU

    In Andean belief, Titicaca is the birthplace of the sun. Set between Peru and Bolivia, it’s the largest lake in South America and the highest navigable body of water in the world. Bright days contrast with bitterly cold nights. Enthralling, deep-blue Lake Titicaca is the unifying, longtime home of highland cultures steeped in the old ways.

    Uros Floating Islands

    Created by the indigenous Uros people as protection against attacks from the Incas, the Uros Islands are one of the world's most innovative feats of human engineering.
  • Puno, PERU

    Puno is a city in southeastern Peru, located on the shore of Lake Titicaca. It is the capital city of the Puno Region and the Puno Province. Puno has several churches dating back from the colonial period; they were built to service the Spanish population and evangelize the natives.

    Half Day Sillustani Tombs

    Afternoon drive to the pre-Incan burial ground of Sillustani. Upon arrival, a walking tour to the "Chullpas" of Sillustani on Lake Umayo, where the ancient Aymaras buried their high priests, in cylinder-shaped tombs. Please note that the archaeological site is located approximately a half-mile, 15 minute walk uphill from where you exit the bus.

    Admission (Optional): Adult $49; Child $49|Duration: Approx. 3 Hours 30 Minutes

Standard Hotel: Sonesta Posada Del Inca Puno or similar 3+ Star Hotel
Breakfast: Included

Day 16: Puno - Lima (874 km)

We will depart Puno by flying to Lima, where we will spend the rest of the day at our own leisure. In the evening, we will have dinner with the group, enjoying more Peruvian specialties.
Deluxe Hotel: Hotel Jose Antonio Deluxe or similar 4 Star Hotel
Breakfast: Included|Dinner: Included

Day 17: Lima

Bon Voyage! Today, guests will transfer from the hotel to the airport for their departure flights.
Breakfast: Included
* Due to the high elevation, travel in the Peruvian highlands may cause some passengers to experience the temporary effects of altitude sickness. If you have any concerns about traveling to higher than your accustomed elevation, please consult your healthcare provider.
* Note: Some flights depart shortly after midnight in the very early morning. Transfers depart the hotel approximately 4 hours prior to flight time.
  • Price does not include arrival/departure transfers, if you need this service, please choose it when you book this tour
  • Some flights depart shortly after midnight in the very early morning. Transfers depart the hotel approximately 4 hours prior to flight time.

Price Includes

  • All intra-flights: Quito-Lima, Lima-Cuzco & Juliaca-Lima
  • 16 nights accommodations in your choice of hotels: 2 nights Quito; 1 night Otavalo; 1 night Papallacta; 2 nights Punta Ahuano (Amazon); 1 night Banos or Patate; 3 nights Lima; 2 nights Urubamba Sacred Valley; 2 nights Cuzco; 2 nights Puno
  • 31 Meals: 16 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 9 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern motor coach in Peru
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in air-conditioned motor coach
  • English-speaking tour manager and local guides in all major cities.
  • Entrance fees per itinerary

Price Excludes

  • Admission Fees:
    Destination Adult Child
    Cuzco
    Half Day Cuzco Behind the Scenes (AM) (Optional) $59 $59
    Half Day Highlights of Cuzco (PM) (Optional) $79 $79
    Ecuadorian Amazon
    Butterfly Farm & Balsa Wood Carving Demonstration (Optional) $12 $12
    Cacao Farm & AmaZOOnico Rescue Center (Optional) $15 $15
    Canopy Adventure Park (Optional) $19 $19
    Lima
    Evening Larco Herrera Museum with dinner (Optional) $89 $89
    Pachacamac Pre-Inca Ruins (Optional) $39 $39
    Papallacta
    Termas de Papallacta Spa Package (Optional) $57 $57
    Puno
    Half Day Sillustani Tombs (Optional) $49 $49
    Urubamba
    Dinner with Local Peruvian Family (Optional) $25 $25
    Maras & Moray Tour (Optional) $49 $49
    • Prices are subject to change without prior notice.
    • If you would like to join the optional activities, please pay the fee in cash to the tour guide. You cannot buy / use the tickets on your own or use City Passes. The tour guide will arrange the tickets for the group.
  • Airport transfer: Quito Transfer - Airport to Hotel; Lima Transfer - Hotel to Airport
  • Air fares between your hometown and the arrival/departure city of this tour.
  • Optional tours, tips to guides, driver, and tour manager.
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, wines, water, beverages, food other than the table d'hote menu, passport and visa fees, insurance, airport taxes and fees, and foreign port taxes unless specifically indicated in the package inclusions.

Additional Note

  • Passports and Visas

    It is each traveler's responsibility to have a passport valid for at least 6 months beyond the dates of travel and a visa if required.

    IMPORTANT: Passengers who are not U.S. citizens must check with the respective consulate or a visa agency to determine what personal identification is required. Passengers who enter, leave and then re-enter the same country on their itinerary should check if they require a double-entry visa. Passport applications are available at most U.S. Post Offices, as well as at regional Passport Agencies. Passengers requiring visas, whether obtained in advance or locally upon arrival, should ensure that their passport has blank pages.

  • Optional Tours: We suggest you book your optional tours before you travel. Tours purchased while traveling cost at least 10% more. Additionally, guests are encouraged to purchase optional tours in advance as they often sell out.
  • Travel Protection Plan only covers services purchased prior to departure.
  • Many countries do no accept credit card payments. Cash encouraged.
  • One or more of the services you selected needs to be requested. If the service(s) cannot be confirmed, an alternative may be offered and the price may change. You may accept the alternative or request a refund for the service(s) which cannot be confirmed. If an Instant Purchase airfare was selected, tickets may not be issued until services are confirmed, which may take as long as 3 or 4 business days, in which case the airfare will need to be rebooked and may be subject to change of itinerary and/or price. If you plan to reserve your own flights, we recommend waiting until all services have been confirmed.
  • All travelers must be fully vaccinated against the Covid-19 virus. This requirement will remain in place until October 31, 2023.
    Click here to explore current Covid-19 requirements for countries you will be visiting. As guidelines are continually changing, we encourage you to check this information when your departure date nears.

Confirmation

  • All purchases are subject to re-confirmation within 2-3 business days after booking. Please do not book the airline tickets until you received the confirmation.

Redemption

  • Complete operator information, including local telephone numbers at your destination, are included on your e-ticket. You must print and bring e-ticket(s) on your trip, as they serve as proof of purchase.

Terms & Condition

  • The purchase of any travel services represents your acceptance Terms & Conditions set out herein. Please ensure that you read carefully and understand these Terms & Conditions prior to booking.
  • PRICES: Prices are per person based upon shared twin room occupancy. All prices are based on current exchange rates and are subject to change without notice. If the US Dollar devalues by 5% or more, operator reserves the right to increase prices accordingly. Prices are correct at time of publication. In case of human or computer error, operator reserve the right to charge for the correct price or service. A full refund will be made to passengers who choose not to pay an increase, provided operator receives a written cancellation within five days of the price increase notification.
  • Fuel Surcharges: All package prices include fuel surcharges based upon prevailing rates at the time of agreements with suppliers. Fuel surcharges are subject to change without notice due to fluctuating oil prices. Operator reserves the right to amend tour prices at any time prior to receiving your final tour payment due to increases in fuel surcharges imposed by suppliers including airlines, cruise lines, motorcoach companies and hotels. To avoid potential increases, you may choose to pay for your tour package in full at any time.
  • PAYMENT & CANCELLATION
    Full Payment is due at the time of reservation.
    Cancellation: Once a partial or full payment has been made, cancellations will only be accepted in writing. Cancellation terms will be applied based on the date that the written cancellation is received and based on the following dates prior to departure.
  • Cancellation fees per person as follows; The refund amount will be credited directly to your account. Or the refund can also be forwarded directly to your credit card with a 6% handling fee.
    Hotel only:
    Up to 31 days prior to departure: $100 p.p.
    30 to 8 days prior to departure: $100 p.p. plus 1 night
    7 days or less prior to departure: 100%
    Reservations without Sea or River Cruise:
    Up to 46 days prior to departure: $100 p.p.
    45 to 31 days prior to departure: 50% of cost
    30 days or less prior to departure: 100% of cost
    Reservations with Greek Island or River Cruise:
    Up to 61 days prior to departure: $200 p.p.
    60 to 31 days prior to departure: 50% of cost
    30 days or less prior to departure: 100% of cost
    Reservations with Sea Cruise:
    Up to 121 days prior to departure: $200 p.p.
    120 to 91 days prior to departure: $300 p.p
    90 to 61 days prior to departure: 35% of cost
    60 to 31 days prior to departure: 50% of cost
    30 days or less prior to departure: 100% of cost
    Reservations with Galapagos Islands:
    Up to 121 days prior to departure: $400 p.p.
    120 to 61 days prior to departure: 35% of cost
    60 days or less prior to departure: 100% of cost
    Reservations with Passion Play 2010:
    Up to 181 days prior to departure: $900 p.p.
    180 to 121 days prior to departure: 50% of cost
    120 to 61 days prior to departure: 75% of cost
    60 days or less prior to departure: 100% of cost
  • Special Events & Products
    Deposit, Final Payment, and Cancellation penalties may differ for special events, select hotels and tour packages and will be advised at time of booking on your invoice.
  • Reservation Changes:
    Changes to an existing reservation, whatever the cause, will incur $50 per person plus any additional supplier fees. This includes name changes* and removal of any services such as optional tours and transfers. Changes or additions after departure are subject to local rates at the time of amendment and must be paid directly by the passenger to the service provider. There are no refunds for unused services.
  • Contact Information: Passengers are responsible to ensure that operator Travel has the correctly spelled name, address, phone number, email and fax data for all passengers. Names printed on the invoice must exactly match the first and last name written in their passport (middle names or initials are not needed). Operator will not be responsible for passengers who do not receive documents due to inaccurate information.
  • Passports and Visas: Passengers are responsible for ensuring that they have the proper travel documents and MUST CHECK with the respective consulate(s) or visa agency to determine whether any visas or passports are required. Passports are required to be valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel.
  • Children: All children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Minimum age for children on escorted or guided tours is six. Minimum age for European River Cruises is 12. There is no minimum age on independent packages. Discounts for children sharing a room as third may apply to children under 12.
  • Travel Protection (Insurance): The cost of your trip may increase, due to personal emergencies that may affect your travel plans. Comprehensive trip insurance is therefore highly recommended by operator. Your premium is related to your trip cost, so you don't have to worry about being over-insured. Trip Protection Plan premiums are non-refundable. Click here for more information.
  • Travelers with Disabilities: Tour participants requiring any form of assistance are required to notify operator in writing at the time of reservation, and must be accompanied by an individual responsible for providing those services. Tour managers, guides, drivers or other tour, hotel, ship personnel are not able to provide such assistance. Wheelchairs + Walkers: Due to physical constraints and space limitations, wheelchairs and walkers may not be taken aboard motor coaches and/or river cruise ships. Operator reserves the right to remove any person from a tour or cruise who has not provided the required notification, has not received written confirmation from operator, or does not comply with these regulations. All related expenses, including those to return home, will be borne by the passenger.
  • Hotel Accommodations: All rooms are standard twin-bedded (two single beds) rooms with private facilities, unless you have specifically requested and paid for an upgraded room category. Special requests such as bed types, smoking preference and connecting rooms are subject to availability. Room selection in all cases, unless otherwise reserved, is strictly at the discretion of the hotel's management on a run-of-house basis. Triple rooms consist of standard twin beds plus a sofa/folding bed or cot for third person. The number of persons accommodated does not dictate the room size. Although available at most 4 and 5 star hotels, use of air-conditioning abroad differs greatly from the United States. Many European hotels were built before central air-conditioning was introduced. Air-conditioning is often shut down at night and from the end until the start of the summer months. All hotel rates are based on operator agreements with its suppliers and are not negotiable. Hotel check-in time is generally not before 4:00 p.m. and check-out time is prior to noon. Please be sure that adequate arrangements for accommodations have been taken into consideration when a late night flight is being used. If a day room is included in the itinerary, check-out will normally be 6:00 p.m. We reserve the right to make substitutions with hotels of equal standard. There will be no refunds for any difference in the cost of those accommodations.
  • Meals: As specified in each itinerary. Meals are based on the hotel's or restaurant's buffet or set menu. In general, beverages are not included, unless specifically stated.
  • Transfers: Transfers are provided as indicated for each tour by car, minibus, or motor coach provided airfare is purchased from operator. If you purchase a land-only tour, or if you deviate from the arrival and/or departure dates as stated in the itinerary, you will automatically be billed for the transfer service, which you may advise us to cancel at any time prior to your final tour payment date. Your arrival transfer is guaranteed for up to one hour from your scheduled arrival time in order to compensate for minor delays. Operator or the transfer company will not be responsible for flight delays, for any reason, beyond one hour from your originally scheduled arrival time. In case of a delay, whether due to flight delay or time spent reporting baggage damage or loss, it will be your responsibility to make other transfer arrangements such as a taxi. Transfer costs are not refundable and any additional expenses will be your responsibility.
  • Sightseeing: Will be operated by motor-vehicle, its size dictated by the number of participants. All tours have been designed to accommodate individuals as well as groups. The number of participants may vary during the tour, as operator accommodates travelers arriving on different airlines and on different days of the week. Times listed in itineraries are approximate and meant only as guidelines. It is your responsibility to arrive on time for all scheduled flights, cruises, and package components. Arriving late may be considered a "no-show", in which case you will not be eligible for refund for the unused service(s). We cannot guarantee the number of passengers who will be on any given tour. You may find that you are traveling with a sizeable group or only with your own companions. Services, however, will remain constant no matter the number of tour participants. On dates including, but not limited to religious holidays and national celebrations, some monuments and sites may be closed. On these occasions, touring itineraries may be amended to reflect these closures. Occasionally, during holidays and certain periods, due to unforeseen circumstances there may be last-minute changes, sometimes after arrival, in the sequence of the tour and/or hotels. Therefore, we reserve the right to adjust the sequence and/or substitute any hotels with others of similar category. In such cases there will be no cost adjustment.
  • Rail: Rail tickets are valid for the dates and times specified and once issued are non-refundable. The possibility of date and/or time changes once issued is strictly subject to availability and may by accompanied by rate increases.
  • Optional Sightseeing Tours: A limited selection of optional sightseeing tours are available for purchase at any time until the final payment due date. Those associated with escorted and guided programs will be available for purchase locally based upon availability. Some optional tours require a minimum number of participants and may not be operated; in such cases, the tour company will attempt to notify you locally, and you will receive a full refund upon your return home. Optional tours may be conducted in more than one language.
  • Non-Operation of Escorted Tour: Escorted tour packages are based upon a minimum number of participants. Cancellation of any tour for lack of participation will be advised at least 30 days prior to the tour's departure, and all money will be refunded. Operator will not be held responsible for any costs relating to the issuance and/or cancellation of airline tickets or visa fees. Voluntary cancellations due to political instability, acts of terrorism, government intervention or US State Department warning will be subject to the above fees, provided the program is deemed (by operator) able to continue. Should operator elect to cancel a departure for any of these reasons, every effort will be made to obtain refunds from suppliers, however no guarantees can be provided on their behalf.
  • Group Harmony: To ensure the desired group synergy, operator reserves the right to accept, reject or expel any individual who is deemed disruptive or incompatible with the interests of the group. All expenses to do so will be borne by the passenger.
  • CUSTOMER SERVICE: All customer service issues must be submitted in writing and received no later than 30 days following your return. Claims for refund of undelivered services must be accompanied by payment receipt(s) and local documentation. There will be no refunds for unused package tour services or features, including missed transfers due to airline changes and/or missed flights, unused meals, missed sightseeing tours, unused entrance fees, and accommodations. Airline flight cancellations and delays for any reason are not the responsibility of operator. Submit your claim directly to the airline. Operator does not guarantee airline response. Eligible airline tickets may only be refunded once the original paper coupons are returned to operator via a trackable overnight package; e-tickets do not need to be returned. Lost paper tickets have no refund value. Processing of claims will take up to eight weeks from the date operator receives relevant documents. These terms may not be changed by anyone other than an authorized representative of operator and must be documented in writing. Operator is not obliged to guarantee promises (written or verbal) made by local hotel staff, tour guides, or any other persons not under direct employ of operator.
  • RESPONSIBILITY: Operator and its representatives abroad act only as independent contractors acting on behalf of neither the customer nor the suppliers and principals. All exchange orders, coupons, and tickets, whether paper or electronic, are issued subject to the terms and conditions under which such means of transportation, accommodations, and other services are offered or provided. The issuance and acceptance of such documents shall be deemed to be consent to the further conditions. Operator does not own nor operate the hotels, motor coaches, airlines, cruise lines, or any other service providers which compose their tours, and will not be held responsible for changes and/or cancellations for any reason by airlines, hotels or cruise ships.
  • The Travel Agent and/or Tour Operator, shall not be in any way liable for injury, damage, loss, accident, delay, or irregularity in any vehicle, or through the act of default of any company, or person engaged in conveying passengers, or of any hotel proprietor, personnel, servant or any other person otherwise in connection therewith. Operator shall not be held responsible for potential risks and hazards associated with travel to destinations included in this brochure, where injury, delay, or unanticipated events may occur. Operator shall not assume responsibility for standards of quality, hygiene, political stability, cuisine, sanitation facilities, diseases or viruses contracted while traveling for any cause, cleanliness, telecommunications facilities, methods of conducting business, emergency medical evacuation, treatment, or medical services found in these destinations. Travel to these areas may entail risks including but not limited to the hazards of traveling in politically unstable areas, civil disturbances, war, and arbitrary changes mandated by government authorities or private concerns. It is the responsibility of the passenger(s) to check with the U.S. State Department, Consular Information, click here for any current advisories and updates to the destinations on their itinerary. Operator shall be held harmless from any and all liability in connection with the foregoing. Operator cannot accept responsibility for loss or expense due to delay or changes in transportation schedule or other causes. Operator shall not be held responsible for potential loss of services due to inclement weather conditions.
  • Any and all disputes and matters whatsoever arising under, in connection with or incident to these Terms and Conditions, to the brochure, to the website, or any other information relating in any way to the trip, or to the trip itself, shall be litigated before the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, or as to those lawsuits to which the Federal Courts of the United States lack subject matter jurisdiction, before a court located in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. to the exclusion of the courts of any other county, state or country. Any suit to recover on any such claim is waived unless filed within 180 days after the date of departure, and unless served on operator within 120 days after filing.

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