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Enchanting Peru - 11 Days

Enchanting Peru

DESTINATION: Peru, South America  DATES: May 3rd to 13th, 2019

VISITING: Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu

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HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Peruvian Culinary Demonstration
  • Half day tour of Modern and Colonial Lima
  • Visit to the Larco Museum in Lima
  • Visit to the pre-Inca ruins of Pachacamac
  • Peruvian Paso Horse Show
  • Cusco City Tour and Nearby Ruins
  • Visit to discover more about local crafts and Andean superfoods at the San Pedro Market
  • Visit to the Choco Museum where you will enjoy a chocolate class
  • Sacred Valley with Visit to Awanacancha, the living museum of the Andes
  • Weaving demonstration by Nilda Callañaupa at the unspoiled Andean village of Chinchero
  • Enriching Lives Exclusive Excursion: Visit to an authentic Quechua Village
  • Ollantaytambo archaeological complex
  • Moray Terraces, Sacred Valley
  • Maras Salt Pools, Sacred Valley
  • Train ride to enjoy the unbelievable sights of the “Lost City of the Incas", Machu Picchu
  • Magic Water Circuit in Lima

Day 1
Friday 3rd May 2019 Toronto / Lima

Today you will board your flight to Lima.

**Due to the early morning arrival of the international flight, on May 4, your rooms have been booked from today, to guarantee immediate occupancy upon arrival at the hotel.

Overnight: Courtyard by Marriott or similar

Day 2
Saturday 4th May 2019 Arrival in Lima

Welcome to Lima. Upon arrival you are will be met by our local representative to assist and transfer you to the hotel.

Lima, the “City of Kings” is famous for its Spanish Colonial architecture, extraordinary museums and cuisine. Lima is internationally recognized as the “Gastronomic Capital of the Americas”, and its cuisine is considered among the most diverse and exquisite in the world on par with French cuisine. Upon arrival a host will meet and assist you in transferring you to the hotel and in registering, for check-in.

Breakfast at the hotel.

Late morning, you will meet your local guide in the hotel lobby and depart for a Peruvian Culinary Demonstration:

Visitors are impressed by the large variety of fruits & vegetables showcased at our local market; try the local fruit and learn about our typical vegetables, followed by a demonstration of how to prepare one of the most popular Peruvian dishes at an outstanding venues for Peruvian Cuisine, where tradition and modernity mingle in a beautiful decorated, the “Señorio de Sulco”.

Enjoy lunch after the demonstration.

In the afternoon, depart for a Half Day tour of Modern and Colonial Lima and visit:

Plaza Mayor or Plaza de Armas of Lima is the birthplace of the city Lima as well as the core of the city.

Also visit, The Government Palace, San Francisco Church and the exquisite Torre Tagle Palace, modern day seat of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In modern Lima, drive along the exclusive residential areas of Miraflores and San Isidro.

Continue to visit the Larco Museum, founded in 1926, it displays remarkable chronological galleries providing an excellent overview on 3000 years of development of Peruvian pre-Columbian history. Located in a unique vice-royal mansion of the 18th century built over a 7th century pre-Columbian pyramid is surrounded by beautiful gardens. The Larco Museum also features the finest gold and silver collection from Ancient Peru and the famous erotic archaeological collection, one of the most visited Peruvian tourist attractions.

Overnight: Courtyard by Marriott

Courtyard by Marriott Lima Miraflores provides accommodation with free WiFi access throughout the entire property. Rooms feature private bathroom facilities with free toiletries, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a desk, a minibar, a safety-deposit box and air-conditioning. Courtyard by Marriott Lima Miraflores has a restaurant, where guests can enjoy local and international cuisine. Room service is also available. Additionally, there is a mini-market on site where guests can fulfill their basic necessities.

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 3
Sunday 5th May 2019 Lima

Breakfast at the hotel.

Meet your local guide in the hotel lobby and depart for sightseeing tour and visit Pachacamac. A drive along the Pan-American Highway with its views across the beautiful Pacific beaches will take you years back. Visit to the pre-Inca ruins of Pachacamac considered by many to be the most important archaeological site near Lima. Four hundred years before the Incas, the Ishmay culture developed a major ceremonial center, featuring streets, dozens of temples fitted with ramps and the Painted Temple.

Peruvian Paso Horse Show:

“Caballo de Paso” known worldwide for their smooth gaited movements and unusual spirit. No other horse combines strength, intelligence and beauty as perfectly as the Peruvian Paso Horse. The particular characteristic of the Paso Horse is precisely the reason for its name: the sublime charm of its typical step. As it walks, its front legs step very high and forward while the hooves sway to the sides in a graceful and synchronized movement. Enjoy a delightful demonstration of the skills of this unique member of the horse kingdom.

The show includes lunch and will be served at Hacienda Los Ficus.

Later, dinner will be served at Huaca Pucllana - The Huaca Pucllana Restaurant provides and an outstanding cuisine and enjoys a privileged location, it is practically on top of an ancient Inca Pyramid. In the Fifth century, the Lima valley inhabitants started the construction of the Huaca Pucllana. Under the management of sacred priests, the Huaca Pucllana was built as an expression of their religious authority and to control the hydrological resources stemmed from the water canal system, on the left bank of the Rimac river. Pucllana was an important ceremonial and administrative location. Its magnificence was reflected by the configuration of a monumental architecture.

Overnight: Courtyard by Marriott

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 4
Monday 6th May 2019 Lima / Cusco

Breakfast at the hotel.

Transfer from the hotel to the airport in Lima for a short but spectacular flight over the snowcapped Andes to the oldest inhabited city in the hemisphere, Cusco, at an elevation of 11,440 feet. Upon arrival a host will meet and assist you in transferring to the hotel and in registering.

In the afternoon depart for a Cusco City Tour and Nearby Ruins.

Visitors are caught up in the excitement of touring the ancient capital of the Inca Empire, a delightful combination of Inca and colonial architecture. The tour visits important landmarks such us Cusco’s Cathedral, Plaza de Armas and Koricancha “The Temple of the Sun”. This tour of the oldest continuously inhabited city in the western hemisphere also includes the nearby ruins of Kenko, Puca- Pucara, Tambomachay as well as the Sacsayhuaman fortress, an imposing example of Inca military architecture.

In the evening, dinner will be served at Greens Organic - This is an era of many awakenings. People want the ability to control their diet, to know where their food comes from. Health has prevailed as the correct path to be followed, while the sustainability of our ecosystem has become a priority for today’s conscious travelers. Each dish, each detail on our menu is designed to disprove the myth that what is clean cannot be surprising and what is healthy cannot be exciting. Open your senses to a life of evolution and purity, making the most of each moment with energy throughout your day. Come to Greens Organic and discover a menu tailor-made to complement your energy and your love for life.

Overnight: Sonesta Cusco Hotel

The Sonesta Hotel Cusco is less than 1 km from the city centre. All rooms feature a mountain or city view. Rooms at the Sonesta Hotel Cusco feature contemporary décor and are equipped with cable TV, free WiFi and private bathroom with separate bathtub. Guests can enjoy a fusion of Peruvian and international food at the Sonesta Hotel Cusco’s fine dining restaurant or a drink at the hotel bar, which serves regional spirits.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 5
Tuesday 7th May 2019 Cusco

Breakfast at the hotel.

Meet your local guide in the lobby and depart to visit the San Pedro Market.

A colorful and informative visit to discover more about local crafts and Andean superfoods! Begin the tour making the way to the San Pedro Market. Upon arrival the San Pedro Market, one of the city’s most bustling and colorful food and crafts markets, you will meet the very best of the market’s endless stands and vendors. Designed to feel like an informal visit with local friend, this walking tour promises to be both fun and informative.

Proceed to visit Emblematic San Blas and visit the emblematic Cusco neighborhood, filled with narrow typical streets, charming small homes, galleries and craft workshops, where you see local artisans at work.

A visit to the Baroque pulpit of San Blas is also included. The pulpit itself is a masterpiece of carpentry and wood carving and is attributed to the renowned indigenous artist Diego QuispeTito.

Continue with the visit to the Choco Museum where you will enjoy a chocolate class. Learn the entire chocolate-making process starting with the cocoa tree from the Peruvian jungle. Learn the origin of chocolate; make your own chocolates (120g) with milk or dark chocolate and more than 15 different flavors to choose from.

Overnight: Sonesta Cusco Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

Day 6
Wednesday 8th May 2019 Cusco

Breakfast at the hotel.

Meet your local guide in the hotel lobby and depart for a visit to an authentic Quechua Village. This activity is an Enriching Lives Exclusive project. Here, you will have a glimpse of the heart-warming experience of “purpose-driven tourism.” You will be able to interact with the children of this remote, mountain community and to bring badly needed supplies to this village such as coats, blankets, clothing and school supplies. You can also donate directly to this village and see the immediate results of giving back. Tourcan Vacations also donates $10 per booking towards all our Enriching Lives projects. Further details on how you can help can be found by visiting www.enrichinglivesinternational.com. Here, in this remote Quechua Village, you can also experience the authentic the way of life of the Inca’s ancestors. The Inca himself was a noble Quechua. They live off the land and are always wearing their colorful ponchos. Enjoy learning activities such as the ceramics process, apiculture (extraction of honey), elaboration of Chicha de Jora (drink of fermented corn) and the process of textile art, floriculture among other activities. A meaningful experience!

Tribute to Mother Earth (Pago a la Tierra):

The Pachamama or Mother Earth is so far one of the major divinities to man the Andes. Mother Earth is the one who provides food and life and therefore thank you on a “tribute to the earth”, is an ancient ceremony that will connect us with one of the purest expressions of the ancient Andean culture.

Enjoy lunch specially cooked with native ingredients by the women of the community.

Rest of the day is at leisure.

Overnight: Casa Andina Premium

Casa Andina Premium Cusco offers accommodation In central Cusco overlooking Limacpampa Square, with traditional, courtyard-facing rooms. It is located only a short walk from Plaza de Armas and Koricancha. Free WiFi access is available throughout the property. Casa Andina Premium Cusco’s rooms are built around colonial-style courtyards with wooden balconies. All rooms and suites provide cable TV.Casa Andina’s gourmet restaurant, Alma Restaurante & Bar, features fresh, Sacred Valley produce and Andean specialties. The colonial-style bar serves drinks in the evenings, which you can enjoy on the terrace. There is also a lounge and reading room with a fireplace for guests to relax. The hotel is a 10-minute drive from the airport.

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 7
Thursday 9th May 2019 Cusco / Sacred Valley

Breakfast at the hotel.

Visit the Awanacancha, the living museum of the Andes.

This Living Museum of the Andes showcases the South American Camelids such as llamas, vicuñas, guanacos and alpacas in their native environment. You will also enjoy a spinning and weaving demonstration of ancient techniques on how to make clothing from the wool fibers of these animals. You can also see native flowers and some agricultural terraces from the Inca times.

Continue to the unspoiled Andean village of Chinchero for an impressive weaving demonstration by local women of the community, who learned to weave as children while tending the flocks in the fields of their village, preserving the traditional themes and techniques of weaving in the Andean community.

Stop for lunch at a local restaurant.

After Lunch, depart to visit the Moray Terraces. Pass through unspoiled and picturesque Andean communities on your way to the Incan agricultural experimental center of Moray, famous for its sunken amphitheater, made up of four circular terraces, which appear to fade away into the earth like an artificial crater. The site was apparently an Inca agricultural research station filled with fertile earth and watered by complex irrigation systems, designed for experimenting with crops at various altitudes.

Continue to the impressive Maras salt pools formed by water emerging from a lake inside a mountain in the Urubamba Valley. An amazing view of evaporating ponds for the extraction of salt. Learn about ancestral techniques, which are still used, in agricultural, irrigation and salt-recollection tasks, as well as in Andean festivals and rites.

Overnight: Casa Andina Premium

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 8
Friday 10th May 2019 Sacred Valley / Machu Picchu

Breakfast at the hotel.

Continue to the Ollantaytambo archaeological complex, the Incas built it as a fort that included a temple, agricultural terraces, and an urban area.

There are two distinct sectors: The religious and worship zone, and the residential area. Ollantaytambo was an important administrative center with probable military functions if one considers the walls and towers. There are also traces of ancient roads and aqueducts as well as several Inca’s waterways coming from nearby rivers that still benefit the town irrigation system. During the Spanish conquest of Peru Ollantaytambo was the stronghold the Inca’s resistance. Its cobblestoned streets are part of the Inca’s city planning in the 1200s. The town of Ollantaytambo is called a “Living Inca Town” because their inhabitants still maintain ancient practices and customs from their ancestors.

Later, depart to board the train to enjoy the unbelievable sights of the “Lost City of the Incas,” Machu Picchu. Perched 8,200 feet above the valley, it was hidden by mountains and semi-tropical jungles for 400 years until discovered by Hiram Bingham of Yale University in 1911.

Archaeologists believe that the Inca “Virgins of the Sun” took refuge from the Spanish Conquistadors here. Enjoy the guided tour of the Sanctuary and plenty of free time to study the mysterious site.

Stop for lunch at Tinkuy restaurant, located just a few steps from the Inca citadel.

Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Overnight: El Mapi Hotel, Aguas Calientes

Located in the village of Aguas Calientes, only a few minutes from the train station “Puente Ruinas” where the buses leave to the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. This centrally located hotel will provide you with comfortable accommodations and friendly services, which are certain to please.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 9
Saturday 11th May 2019 Machu Picchu / Cusco

Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning is at leisure to enjoy one of the most incredible sights on earth, the sanctuary of Machu Picchu. Take as much time as you need to study these magnificent ruins or hike the steep stone-paved trail of Huayna Picchu, the pyramid shape mountain above Machu Picchu for an impressive and breathtaking “condor view” of the site. (Reservation is required and additional fee is applicable).

The few of those who climb the peak take advantage of the opportunity to see the even more impressive Temple of Moon. Tucked into a complex of caves hidden from the main ruins is an otherworldly shrine — possibly a burial site — built directly into the mountain rock. The Temple of the Moon features some of the finest stonework in Machu Picchu.

The main reward for the climb up the ancient stone stairs is the most incredible view that can be achieved (short of a helicopter ride) of how Machu Picchu was carefully integrated into its natural surroundings. Among skyscraping Andean peaks tower in the distance while the winding Urubamba River nearly wraps itself around the main site.

Please note: Spaces are limited, reservation is needed.

Other activities are:

* Stroll to the Inca Bridge a secret entrance used by the Inca’s army

* Walk toward the Inca Trail to find the historic Sun Gate (Intipunku)

* Soak in the unique thermal springs of town

* Wander into the Mandor valley

* Explore the open air market of Machu Picchu village

* Visit Manuel Chavez Museum

* Hike the round-shape mountain of Putukusi.

In the afternoon make a return journey to Cusco.

Overnight: Sonesta Cusco Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

Day 10
Sunday 12th May 2019 Cusco / Lima / Depart

Breakfast at the hotel.

In time check out and meet our local representative in the hotel lobby and you will be transferred to the airport board your flight to Lima.

Late afternoon, visit the Magic Water Circuit at Parque de la Reserva. This recently remodeled park boasts 12 beautiful water fountains that literally “dance” under an awesome choreography of music, lights and laser beams. This park is the pride of Lima and has been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest water fountain park in the world. The 80-meter high water fountain is an impressive view.

Dinner will be served at Cala Restaurant.

From the day it opened, Cala has adopted a successful combination of stupendous cuisine, an excellent view of the sea, reasonable prices and a revitalized the menu with new and modern dishes that emphasize respect for the ingredients. Strategically located on the shores of the Pacific Ocean, its setting and atmosphere are outstanding, casual and contemporary. An ideal place by the

Sea, while listening to the sound of the waves.

After dinner you will be transferred to the airport to board your home bound flight.

Overnight: En route

Meals: Breakfast

Day 11
Monday 13th May 2019 Cusco / Lima / Home

Arrive home full of great memories of the rich tradition of Colonial Lima, the snow capped roaring Andean mountains and lush valleys, and the zigzag road to the overwhelming sight of Machu Picchu, the amazing legacy the Incas.

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The Tour Cost Includes:

  • A representative for assistance on arrival and departure transfers
  • 9 nights hotel accommodation as per the hotels mentioned or similar
  • Baggage handling at airports and at hotels
  • Bilingual transfer representative, bilingual licensed tour guide
  • All entrance fees, all bus, boat and train tickets needed to operate the tours
  • Accommodation as indicated, hotel tax exemption, hotel service charge
  • Daily breakfast, 4 lunches and 4 dinners per itinerary
  • Passenger welcome kit with map, suggested restaurants, gift and pick-up time
  • Security fees, fuel surcharges are included
  • Information for services in Peru. 24-hours emergency phone numbers
  • Entrance fee for 2nd day in Machu Picchu, only when it is specified as included
  • Enriching Lives Exclusive Excursion to Comunidad de Ayllacca Accoccay
  • Important Notes below:
  • Seat-in-Bus Premium or Semi-Private consists of the following:
  • Tours are guided in one language only, we use the most proficient licensed tour guides
  • Vans Pick up travelers from no more than three hotels and average group size is 6 to 8 persons
  • Tours are provided on deluxe late model mini vans
  • Tour to Machu Picchu operates with a private guide based in Machu Picchu Pueblo

The Tour Cost Does Not Include:

  • International airfare
  • Travel insurance
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Optional sightseeing
  • Departure taxes (subject to change)
  • Peru: Departure tax to be paid in USD or local currency after check-in before entering gate area. (All Airports - International: $31 & Domestic: $7.40. Please note: All passengers receive Andean Immigration Card upon arrival. This card must be presented after check-in for your international flight)
  • Additional meals
  • Items of a personal nature such as telephone calls, room service, etc.
  • Tips and Gratuities
  • Any item not listed under included

LAND ONLY COSTS: (International Airfare Available Upon Request)

Per person on double occupancy: CAD $3495

Single supplement: CAD $645

Minimum passengers: 10 / Maximum passengers: 20

Deposit: $300 at time of booking

Balance due: 90 days prior to departure date


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Guaranteed Room mate Match Program: If you don’t have a travelling companion, WOW will match you up with a suitable roommate. We guarantee this match program.

Accommodations: Superior First Class hotels in central areas (where applicable).

More inclusions: meals, unique experiences and a personalized host who will pamper you and look after every detail.

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Hotels used (or similar):
LOCATION: ACCOMMODATION: CATEGORY: DURATION:
LIMA Courtyard by Marriott Superior First Class 3 Nights
CUSCO Sonesta Cusco Hotel Superior First Class 2 Nights
SACRED VALLEY Casa Andina Premium Superior First Class 2 Nights
MACHU PICCHU El Mapi Hotel, Aguas Calientes Superior First Class 1 Night
CUSCO Sonesta Cusco Hotel Superior First Class 1 Night

Trip Facts

  • Peru, South America
  • Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu
  • Saturday May 4th 2019
  • Daily breakfast, 4 lunches and 4 dinners
  • 9 Nights per Hotels Mentioned or similar

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