Legacy Of The Incas With Peru's Amazon 2015

Legacy Of The Incas With Peru's Amazon 2015


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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

The rediscovered jewels of the Inca Empire, along with the magnificent scenery in the Peruvian Amazon, await you on this tour through Peru. Peru is one of the great originating centers of ancient culture, and on this vacation, you’ll discover its archaeological treasures, appreciate its ancient ruins, and learn about its ancient culture. A highlight of your vacation is a tour to Machu Picchu, where you’ll visit this amazing Inca city. Stand in awe as you witness the ancient ruins surrounded by soaring peaks—one of the most majestic images in South America! Also, see the Temple of Sacsayhuaman, which was built in the early 12th century, and try to figure out how it was built—with some stones weighing more than 350 tons! These are just a couple of this vacation’s many ancient highlights. You’ll also fly over the Nazca Lines and spend time in Peru’s Amazon. Discover the tropical jungle on multiple boat trips and be on the lookout for turtles, caimans, monkeys, river birdlife, and more—not to mention the lush vegetation. Search by canoe for the resident giant river otters, and visit a Parrot Clay Lick to watch the parrots and macaws. Ancient ruins, fascinating culture, and captivating flora and fauna—these all await you on this wonderful Peru vacation. For travelers ready for a new adventure, this tour is for you!

Day 1: Arrive in Lima, Peru.
Welcome to Lima, where you will be met by a Globus representative.

Day 2: Lima–Puerto Maldonado–Hacienda Concepcion.
Fly to Puerto Maldonado. Embark on a MOTORBOAT for a journey up the Madre de Dios River to view the exotic wildlife. Arrive at your Amazon Jungle Lodge and meet your Naturalist, who will lead a NATURE WALK to observe the forest and its inhabitants. Tonight, a nighttime excursion by CANOE introduces you to the rainforest and its nocturnal wildlife. (B,L,D)

Day 3: Hacienda Concepcion.
A boat trip and walk bring you to OXBOW LAKE to search for the resident giant river otters, howler monkeys, macaws, and other fauna. After lunch, a trip to the CANOPY walkway, towering 100 feet in the air, allows you to explore the rainforest with your Naturalist from the treetops. (B,L,D)

Day 4: Hacienda Concepcion.
Visit the CLAY LICK and watch parrots and macaws perch to eat clay. This afternoon, try your hand at piranha fishing and continue the search for the native life in the area. (B,L,D)

Day 5: Hacienda Concepcion–Puerto Maldonado–Lima.
Return to Puerto Maldonado and fly to Lima, where the remainder of your day is at leisure.

Day 6: Lima.
This afternoon, your Local Guide focuses on the city’s colonial heritage during a walking TOUR. Start at the Plaza de Armas to see the Government Palace and the cathedral. From here, stroll to the venerable SAN FRANCISCO MONASTERY with its splendid 17th-century cloister murals. For a special treat, stop at a [LF] LOCAL PERUVIAN FOOD MARKET to get a real taste of the lives of the local people. This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner with your fellow traveling companions at one of Lima’s finest historic homes, CASA GARCIA ALVARADO. (B,D)

Day 7: Lima–Cusco–Sacred Valley.
Fly to Cusco, the impressive Andean city that was once the capital of the Inca Empire. Spend the day in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, starting with a visit to the TEMPLE OF SACSAYHUAMAN, perched on a hillside overlooking Cusco. It remains unfathomable how and when this fortress of gigantic stones—with some blocks weighing more than 350 tons—was built. While at the ruins, experience an [LF] El Pago a la Tierra, or MOTHER EARTH CEREMONY, performed by a local shaman. These ceremonies thanking Mother Earth and asking for good health and safe travels have been practiced in Peru since before the arrival of the Incas. Next, stop at the semi-circular KENKO Temple with its stone altars and labyrinth of passages. See the ancient site of Puca Pucara before continuing to PISAC, an old mountain village where you will have free time to shop for local wares such as alpaca sweaters and blankets, jewelry, or hand-painted ornamental dishes and vases. Stay in the Sacred Valley tonight, and enjoy a special dinner outing with a PERUVIAN PASO HORSE SHOW. (B,L,D)

Day 8: Sacred Valley–Machu Picchu.
This morning, visit the Inca Fortress of OLLANTAYTAMBO, followed by the opportunity to visit a [LF] HOME, meet some of the locals, and experience their way of life. Next, board the Vistadome TRAIN for a short journey through the lush Urubamba Valley. Then, transfer to a motorcoach for the ascent to legendary MACHU PICCHU, the “Lost City of the Incas,” high above the steep valley overlaid with dense tropical jungle. Your Local Guide will bring you closer to the lives and mysteries still hidden in these amazing structures built by the pre-Columbian masters of this sacred land. Tonight, learn how to mix the perfect Pisco Sour, Peru’s national drink, before dinner at the hotel. (B,L,D)

Day 9: Machu Picchu–Cusco.
Your entrance to MACHU PICCHU is included for a second day. Enjoy the tranquility of the morning, with free time to wander the ruins at your own pace and experience the magic that is Machu Picchu. After lunch, return to the Sacred Valley by TRAIN and continue on to Cusco. (B,L)

Day 10: Cusco.
This morning, learn more about the Incas and their struggle against invading Spaniards on your Cusco city TOUR, with visits to the imposing CATHEDRAL and the SANTO DOMINGO MONASTERY. The remainder of your day is free to explore at your leisure. Tonight, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)

Day 11: Cusco–Juliaca–Puno (Lake Titicaca).
Board a flight to Juliaca, where you will continue to Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca. (B,D)

Day 12: Puno. Excursion to Lake Titicaca.
Today, take a motorboat trip to some of the more unique islands of LAKE TITICACA. Start with TAQUILE ISLAND, which was once part of the Inca Empire and was one of the last areas of Peru to be conquered by Spain in the 16th century. The Spanish banned traditional dress on the island, which is why the Spanish peasant dress can still be found today. Next, travel to the fascinating UROS ISLANDS, home to the Uros Indians, who were forced to live on the lake as the Inca Indians pushed farther into their territory. These islands are completely made by reeds and are continually added to as they disintegrate to the bottom of the lake. (B,L,D)

Day 13: Puno–Sillustani–Juliaca–Lima.
Depart for Juliaca this morning, visiting the ruins of SILLUSTANI en route. At this pre-Incan burial ground, see where the ancient Aymaras buried their high priests in chullpas—above-ground, cylinder-shaped tombs dating back to the 1400s. While here, [LF] spend some time with the locals, see their HOMES, learn how they work, what they eat, and gain a better understanding of their lives. Fly from Juliaca to Lima this afternoon. (B)

Day 14: Lima–Paracas. Ballestas Islands Cruise & Nazca Lines.
Enjoy a scenic drive south along the Pan-American Highway to the Bay of Paracas. CRUISE out to the Ballestas Islands, which are inhabited by a wide variety of sea mammals and exotic birds, including boobies, sea lions, and Humboldt penguins. The huge Candelabro, a candelabra-shaped etching on the Paracas cliffside, can also be seen as you cruise back to shore. Continue to the town of Pisco, the wine capital of Peru. Have your camera handy today as you board your aircraft for a FLIGHT over the Nazca plains, which can only be appreciated by air. Your pilot will point out the mysterious markings known as the NAZCA LINES, a series of drawings of animals and geometric figures etched into the parched soil—some up to 1,000 feet long! Theories vary, but the most accepted belongs to German mathematician Maria Reiche, who dubbed the land the “astronomical calendar” of the ancient Peruvians. Enjoy dinner this evening at your hotel. (B,D)

Day 15: Paracas–Lima.
After some free time in Paracas, return to Lima today. Tonight, your Tour Director hosts a memorable farewell dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)

Day 16: Lima.
Your tour ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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Inclusions

NOTE:

  • Participation in this tour requires guest's name exactly as it appears on his/her passport, D.O.B., gender, and nationality at the time of booking.

PERU’S AMAZON
Enjoy three nights in the Peruvian Amazon

LIMA
Sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit San Francisco Monastery and a [LF] local Peruvian food market; welcome dinner at Casa Garcia Alvarado; farewell dinner

SACRED VALLEY
Visit the Kenko Amphitheater, the Temple of Sacsayhuaman, Ollantaytambo, and Pisac; [LF] visit a local home for a glimpse into rural Peruvian life; [LF] Mother Earth Ceremony with a shaman; dinner and Peruvian Paso Horse Show

MACHU PICCHU
Take the Vistadome train through the Urubamba Valley; sightseeing with a Local Guide and a second entrance to the ruins on your second day in Machu Picchu; Pisco Sour mixology lesson

CUSCO
Sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit the cathedral and the Santo Domingo Monastery

LAKE TITICACA
Guided sightseeing to Taquile and the Uros Islands

SILLUSTANI
Visit the ruins; [LF] learn about the lives of the local people

PARACAS
Fly over the Nazca Lines; cruise to the Ballestas Islands

Headsets throughout the tour


MEALS
Breakfast (B) daily, 7 lunches (L), 12 three-course dinners (D) including a welcome dinner at a historic home and a farewell dinner in Lima

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Accommodations

Dates & Prices do not include air travel.
Participation in this vacation requires purchase of the following flights from Globus, not included in pricing: (1) roundtrip air from your U.S. gateway and intra-vacation air segments, starting at $1773 (based on Miami, departure in March, 2015); or (2) intra-vacation air segments only. Required intra-vacation air segments: Lima/Puerto Maldonado; Puerto Maldonado/Lima; Lima/Cusco; Cusco/Juliaca; Juliaca/Lima. Air prices were effective on July 16, 2014 and their availability is limited. At the time you purchase your tour, air prices may be higher.

Prices based on double room occupancy.

Single Room Supplement:
$1030

Triple Room Reduction per person:
$35

Extra Nights per person in Lima:
in single room $176; in twin room $94; in triple room $88

2016 prices and itineraries are subject to change. Details will be available in July 2015.

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