Highlights of Peru

From $4,649
Duration 9 Days
Departures from Mar 2020 - Oct 2020
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From $4,649
Duration 9 Days
Departures from Mar 2020 - Oct 2020
Tour Overview

​​Follow in the footsteps of intrepid adventurers in Peru's mountain wilderness. Explore the remains of the Incas' final stronghold in the 'lost city' of Machu Picchu, visit beautiful colonial towns and discover the world's highest navigable lake on this fascinating trip.

  • Classic Touring
  • All Breakfasts
  • Flight Choices
  • Max Group Size 30

Your Holiday Includes

  • Just You Tour Manager as your host & Specialist Local Guides
  • 7 nights in 4-star hotels, 1 night's homestay on one of Lake Titicaca's islands
  • 15 meals : 8 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners including welcome drink & dinner
  • Free scheduled group transfers are available on arrival & departure from Lima, other transportation, internal flights & porterage included.

Included Holiday Highlights

  • Tour of Lima including the cathedral
  • Visit the Incan citadel of Machu Picchu
  • Cuzco tour including Sacsayhuman Fortress
  • Lake Titicaca's Uros Islands
  • Sample the lifestyle of the locals during a 'Homestay' on Amantani Island in Lake Titicaca Taquile Island & its unique traditions

Itinerary

Day 1 Lima

Make your own way to Lima where you can meet us for the scheduled group transfers to your hotel. Founded in 1535 by the Spanish Conquistador, Francisco Pizarro, much of Spain’s colonial influence can still be seen in Lima. Must-see sights include the cathedral, the Archbishop’s Palace and the Presidential Palace, which all feature on our included tour. The pre-Inca and Inca artefacts in the city’s many museums are also fascinating and you’ll have a chance to see them too. Get to know your travelling companions over a drink this evening.

Meals included: D

Day 2 Cuzco - at leisure

It’s important to allow your body time to acclimatize to the high altitude in Peru, so we’ve left today free for you to do just that.

Meals included: B

Day 3 Sacred Valley

The Valley of the Incas is awash with intriguing sites, and if you choose to join today’s optional excursion you’ll visit the town of Chinchero, whose colourful market sells all kinds of unique handicrafts. Next you’ll discover the impressive ruins at Ollantaytambo. Originally a fortress settlement, this is one of the few places where the Spanish colonists were defeated by the Incas

Meals included: B

Day 4 Machu Picchu

Perched above a steep valley, swathed in dense jungle and often referred to as the ‘Lost City’, Machu Picchu is a truly incredible site. With a Local Guide, we’ll travel here by narrow gauge railway and take the bus up to mist-shrouded ruins

Meals included: B,L

Day 5 Cuzco

Cuzco, the former Inca capital, features a fascinating combination of Inca and colonial architecture in its mansions, churches and cobbled streets. Discover the city and the surrounding Inca sites, including the mighty ruins of the stone Sacsayhuaman Fortress, on a tour today. This afternoon we’re going to visit a community centre in Ccaccaccollo to learn how the Planeterra weaving co-operative has impacted the village. Very few communities benefit from tourism and this centre helps maintain a traditional way of life, helping bring back weaving traditions whilst supporting small local communities. Today, more than 55 women are part of the association, constantly learning new methods, whilst also maintaining traditional ones. Women involved with the project report that all of their children are now able to study at university, and they are the first generation to be completely literate in Spanish. Learn all about weaving and dyeing techniques used to create traditional garments, and afterwards have the opportunity to purchase them.

Meals included: B

Day 6 Cuzco - Puno

​Today we're going to travel to Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca. We'll travel through magnificent scenery and make several stops en route. First we'll visit Andahuayluillas, where a beautiful 17th century church contains an organ decorated with angels and cherubs. Next we'll call at the ruins of Racchi, and after an included lunch we'll see the archaeological site of Puca-Pucara, before arriving in Puno.

Meals included: B,L

Day 7 Puno - Lake Titicaca

We’ve an early start today, as we make our way to the Uros Islands. Floating on Lake Titicaca, they are home to descendants of the region’s native population, and we’ll spend time learning about their lives before setting sail for Amantani Island. For a truly unforgettable and authentic Peruvian experience, we’re going to stay overnight in the homes of local families here. Your host family will welcome you on arrival and after showing you around their home, you’ll sit down to lunch with them. Later, you can journey to one of the island’s highest points, an ancient ruin known as the Pachatata ceremonial centre, where we’ll watch the sun set. No matter where you are on the island, this is a beautiful sight. Back at our hosts’ homes, we’ll enjoy dinner and traditional music.

Meals included: B,L,D

Day 8 Puno-Lima

After breakfast with our host families, our explorations of Lake Titicaca’s islands continues as we set sail for Taquile Island. Life here hasn’t really changed for more than 1,000 years, and the Taquileños create everything they need themselves, including unique textiles and handicrafts. We’ll return to Puno, and after dinner, we’ll fly back to Lima.

Meals included: B,L,D

Day 9 Lima - Departure

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

Meals included: B

Additional Information

Please note: During this tour you will experience altitudes of over 12,000ft where altitude sickness can occur. If you suffer from heart of respiratory conditions, or have any other concerns, please consult your doctor.
 
JY Cares in partnership with Planeterra

When you book this tour you're supporting Planeterra' 'Ccacccaccollo Women's Weaving Workshop that helps provide local women with income from Peru's toruism industry.

Accommodation

Jose Antonio Lima Hotel

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.

Hotel Jose Antonio Cusco

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.

Hotel Jose Antonio Puno

The Jose Antonio Puno is positioned in front of the incredible Lake Titicaca, 10 minutes from the centre of Puno. The restaurant''s bar overlooks the lake – an ideal spot for a Pisco sour!

Amantani Homestay

On Amantani Island, you will stay overnight in a Peruvian home, an experience few are able to have! This means you''ll sample the authentic lifestyle of the locals as you stay in a real home, depending on your group size, a number of homes may be used, and although basic in style, this promises to be an incredible and unforgettable experience. Facilities will be relatively basic and the bathroom is likely to be shared. Water on the island is heated by solar power, so hot water may be limited.