Following the Inca's Footsteps

Classic Touring

12 Days from $5,899

May 2020 - Sep 2020 Departures

This all-out Peruvian adventure leaves no stone unturned as you delve into the history of the Incas. Explore capital Lima, the 'City of Kings', and end your sightseeing with a tasting of Peru's signature tipple, the pisco sour. In Arequipa step back in time at the 16th century Santa Catalina Convent, then take an unforgettable journey through a landscape of volcanoes, lagoons and Andean plains to Colca. Look out for condors soaring above the Colca Canyon before heading to the Sacred Valley, high in the Andes in Cuzco. Sightseeing highlights here include the remarkable archaeological site of Moray and the imposing Ollantaytambo Inca ruins. Now you're going to journey by train through cloud forest and subtropical jungle along the famous Inca Trail, which you'll then explore by foot. Your walk ends at what was once the main entrance to Machu Picchu, giving you a first glimpse of this incredible 'Lost City'. Next day, this wonderfully preserved citadel is yours to discover in depth as you follow in the footsteps of intrepid explorers. Further ancient sites, including the Coricancha Temple and the holy site of Kenko await once you head back to Cuzco, and an evening tour gives you the chance to not only enjoy another pisco sour, but to learn how to make one!

Overview

What's included

  • Just You Tour Manager as your host& Specialist Local Guide
  • 11 nights in 3 & 4-star hotels
  • 18 meals: 11 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners including welcome drink & dinner
  • Free scheduled group transfers are available on arrival from Lima & Cuzco on departure, other transportation​ & porterage

Included excursions

  • Tour of Lima, including the Larco Museum
  • Visit to Lima's Barranco district with dinner & folklore show
  • Dinner & folklore show in bohemian district of Barranco
  • Walking tour of Arequipa & Santa Catalina Convent
  • Take in spectacular views & look for Andean condors at the Colca Canyon
  • Visit the colourful towns of Pinchollo & Maca
  • Discover the Sacred Valley, including the archaeological site of Moray, the Maras salt pans & Ollantaytambo fortress & village 
  • Walk the famous Inca Trail from 'Kilometre 104', stopping at the archaeological sites of Chachabamba, Wiñaywayna & Intipunku
  • Guided tour of the 'Lost City' of Machu Picchu
  • Cuzco including Coricancha Temple, Sacsayhuamán fortress & the Kenko archaeological site
  • Cuzco by night, including a pisco sour-making lesson

Itinerary

Make your own way to Lima where you can meet us for the scheduled group transfers to your hotel.

Today we’re going to explore Lima, starting in the modern upmarket districts of Miraflores and San Isidro before moving on to the pre-Columbian adobe pyramid, Huaca Huallamarca. In Lima’s historic centre we’ll visit the UNESCOlisted Santo Domingo Convent, which houses the remains of Saint Martin of Porres and Saint Rose of Lima. Other highlights are the Main Square, which is bordered by the Presidential Palace, the Archbishop’s Palace, the Municipal Palace of Lima and the cathedral. Our sightseeing comes to a brief halt as we enjoy a tasting of Peru’s signature cocktail, a pisco sour. After this we’ll make our way to the Larco Museum, a private collection showcasing 5,000 years of Peruvian history. We’ll get together this evening and head to the bohemian Barranco district, where a buffet dinner and spectacular folklore show are included

We transfer to the airport this morning for our flight to Arequipa. An afternoon of exploration begins as we walk to the Main Square, seeing the grand façade of the Church of the Third Order of San Francisco en route. Next we step back in time at the walled community of the Santa Catalina Convent. Our final call is at the Jesuit Church, in the El Solar neighbourhood. Destroyed by an earthquake in 1584, the current building dates from 1650 and is made with sillar, a white volcanic rock you’ll see all over the city.

Today we head off on an unforgettable journey by road to Colca. Our route takes us through the town of Yura and the fascinating landscapes of the Salinas and Aguada Blanca National Reserve. Majestic volcanoes, Andean plains and beautiful lagoons here provide the perfect habitat for varied wildlife. Keep a lookout for South American camelids such as alpacas, llamas, guanacos and vicunas, and birds including flamingos and crested ducks.
We'll stop for lunch in the market town of Chivay, gateway to the Colca Canyon, which we visit tomorrow. The rest of the afternoon is spent at leisure after arrival in Colca. ​

Reaching a depth of 3,400 metres, the Colca Canyon is one of the deepest in the world, and we’re going to see it today. We’ll make our way to the Condor Cross lookout, which is a fantastic spot from which to take in the exceptional views. If we’re lucky, we might see majestic Andean condors.

Our flight today takes us to Cuzco, and on arrival we’ll transfer to the Sacred Valley, high in the Andes.
We’ve a full day to discover the treasures of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. We’ll take in the amazing views from the Racchi vantage point, then head to the remarkable archaeological site of Moray – enormous circular terraces located on a high valley. Next we’ll visit the Maras salt pans to see how this commodity is harvested today just as it would have been when the Incas discovered this site more than 1,000 years ago. After lunch, we’re going to explore the imposing Ollantaytambo Inca ruins, the most common starting point of the famous Inca Trail. We’ll end our tour in Ollantaytambo, a ‘living’ Inca town.

Walk 15km - 7/8hrs

Today we’re going to discover the Inca Trail, the most famous trek in South America, with its pièce de résistance the incredible Machu Picchu. We’ll journey by Vistadome train with huge panoramic windows to ‘kilometre 104’, the point where we’ll begin our walk. We’re going to spend around seven hours exploring on foot, up to altitudes of 8,700ft. Highlights include the archaeological sites of Chachabamba and Wiñaywayna. Our walk comes to an end as we reach the Intipunku, or Sun Gate, once the main entrance to Machu Picchu. This is where we’ll get our first tantalising glimpse of the famous ‘Lost City’.

Today’s the day that you reap the rewards of yesterday’s fairly strenuous trek, as you explore the incredible ruins of Machu Picchu, the end of the Inca Trail. Perched on a high ridge above a steep valley in the Andes and swathed in jungle, this wonderfully preserved citadel was discovered in 1911. As you spend a couple of hours in the company of a specialist guide, you’ll learn all about the history of this complex of palaces, plazas, temples and homes. You’ll then get to head off to explore independently. After heading back to Aguas Calientes by road, our journey continues by train to Cuzco, the historic heart of the Inca Empire.

A packed morning of sightseeing in Cuzco begins at the imposing Coricancha Temple, the UNESCO listed city’s spiritual heart. Formerly an Incan palace and the main centre of worship of the sun god Inti, the Church of Santo Domingo was built over its foundations. In Cuzco’s main square we’ll visit the cathedral, and then we’ll head up to the hilltop ruins of the massive Sacsayhuamán Fortress. Next, we head to the archaeological site of Kenko, one of the largest holy places of the region, where the Incas would worship the sun, moon and stars. The final historical site we’ll visit today is Puca Pucara. Unlike most of the Inca structures you will have seen so far, this fortress was built using irregular-shaped stones. This suggests it was erected in a hurry, possibly to thwart an imminent attack. Before we enjoy a relaxing evening back at our hotel we’ll have the chance to watch traditional craftsmen at work at the Inka Expression Workshop.

The pace slows a little today, with free time to discover Cuzco independently or with your travelling companions. Shop for Andean handicrafts in its markets, step inside the Pre-Columbian Museum or maybe just admire the city’s fascinating combination of Inca and colonial architecture. Later, we’ll head off into the city for a night-time walking tour. The views from the San Cristobal viewing point are quite something, and we’ll end the evening with a visit to one of Cuzco’s popular bars. You sampled a pisco sour cocktail earlier in your tour, and now you’ll learn how to make one!

Your tour comes to an end today. Scheduled group transfers are available to the airport, please see www.justyou.com/transfers

 

Accommodation

The 4-star Jose Antonio Hotel is located in the heart of Miraflores, close to downtown Lima. Hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar and gift shop. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, mini-bar, TV and hairdryer.
Located within a lovely area of Arequipa, close to the Plaza San Francisco, the recently restored Casa Andina Classic acts as an excellent base to explore the ''White City'' of Arequipa. Hotel facilities include free Wi-Fi in public areas and a 24-hour front desk.
The 3-star Hotel Casa Andina is located in the Colca Valley. <br><br> Hotel facilities include a buffet breakfast. Bedrooms have private facilities, safe and a TV.
Located within a lovely area of Arequipa, close to the Plaza San Francisco, the recently restored Casa Andina Classic acts as an excellent base to explore the ''White City'' of Arequipa. Hotel facilities include free Wi-Fi in public areas and a 24-hour front desk.
Set in the scenic and historic grounds of a converted monastery, the Sonesta Posadas del Inca Yucay is truly a remarkable hotel. Placed in the Sacred Valley, this property is surrounded by beautiful mountains – and as such has been rated as being in one of the best locations of the region. Contemporarily styled rooms are complemented by the authentic aesthetic that is found throughout the rest of the site. The guest rooms are fitted with private facilities and a TV. With further great aspects of this hotel including the availability of free Wi-Fi and a restaurant terrace that overlooks a charming garden.
El Mapi by Inkaterra is a contemporarily styled hotel that is located in the centre of Machu Picchu town. There is both a bar and a restaurant at the hotel and in terms of general service the hotel has been rated as being the best value in the area. Rooms come with cable TV and bathrobes – whilst there is also free Wi-Fi in the communal areas.
The Jose Antonio Cuzco is situated just a few minutes’ walk from the main square. The hotel is fitted with modern amenities but also features stunning colonial details. Rooms are spacious with features including hair dryers, Wi-Fi and cable TV. The hotel also has two great restaurants serving both Peruvian specialties as well as international options.

Jose Antonio Hotel Lima

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Sunday 24 May 2020

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$5,899

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Sunday 13 Sep 2020

12 Days

$5,949

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