Peru Colonial Tour

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Peru Colonial Tour

Arequipa is Peru’s colonial-era capital of Arequipa Region. Located in a beautiful valley at the foot of three snow-capped volcanos, it has fine Spanish buildings and churches built of Sillar, a white volcanic rock. The flowered Plaza de Armas is faced by the twin-towered neoclassical Basilica Cathedral, founded 1612, and San Ignacio chapel with a beautiful polychrome cupola. Colonial churches in the city include San Francisco, San Augustin, La Merced and Santo Domingo, all worth seeing.

This Peru’s colonial city tour begins in the capital, Lima. Discover its colonial arcaded buildings then transfer to the beautiful white city of Arequipa. Watch Andean Condors soar the thermals over Colca Canyon. Then sail on the world’s highest navigable Titicaca Lake. No Peru holiday would be complete without a visit to Machu Picchu, the lost city of the Incas where the supremely sacred Intihuatana stone surprises even hardened sceptics with its mysterious energy and life force.

TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 12-DAY PERU COLONIAL CITY TOUR…
And, also visit the floating islands of Uros, made with Totora reeds.
 

What We Love
  • Explore the fabled, Inca lost city of Machu Picchu and other, less know sacred sites.
  • Watch Andean Condors soar above Colca, the world’s deepest canyon.
  • Discover the ‘White City’, Arequipa, surrounded by three spectacular volcanoes.
  • Visit the Uros Indians on the floating islands of Lake Titicaca.
  • Designed with the best luxury accommodation and services available. 
  • This tour is designed to provide maximum outdoor experience.
What to Know
  • For hiking enthusiasts, we suggest a walk up to the peak of Huayna Picchu.
  • In Cusco, take the archaeological circuit of the surroundings.
  • This is an active tour and may include walking on rough terrains.
  • Unique, insider travel experiences and network of experts around the world.
  • Around the clock support in each destination during your trip. 
  • We strongly recommend that you take travel insurance for this holiday.

Review

Peru's major programme of urban renewal under UNESCO, makes it worth a day or two in Lima, for its excellent museums, fine restaurants and vibrant nightlife.

Transfer to Arequipa, the “White City”, so named because of the pale volcanic rock used in a lot of the architecture. Take a city tour to include visits to the Santa Catalina Convent, Plaza de Armas and the La Comañia cloisters. The city is surrounded by three impressive volcanoes: Misti, Chachani and PichuPichu and one can see at least one of these from almost any place in the city.

Nearby is Colca Canyon, reportedly the deepest in the world and twice as deep as the Grand Canyon in the USA. In addition to the awesome scenery, you will also see Andean condors, huge birds of prey, at close range as they float on the rising thermals, scanning for carrion far beneath them.

Next to Puno to visit Uros, where the inhabitants still live as they did centuries ago, on floating islands they make with the Totora reeds that grow on the lake. Continue sailing towards Taquile Island for a 30 minute hike towards a village inhabited by Quechua speaking natives who have, over the generations, developed both an efficient and original social system as well as a refined hand-weaving technique.  

Enjoy a tour of the most magical city of Cusco, capital of the Inca Empire (15th Century) starting at the Santo Domingo convent monastery. This former Colonial monastery was previously the Koricancha temple, one of the most important temples devoted to worship of the sun.  

The ruins of Machu Picchu, rediscovered in 1911 are one of the most beautiful and enigmatic ancient sites in the world. Here the Inca built a small but extraordinary city that was invisible from below and completely self-contained. The tour ends in Lima.

Getting There

The principal international airlines are Lan and Avianca. There are no direct flights from London but there are direct flights to Lima from Madrid, Paris and Amsterdam. Airlines with regular services to Peru include Air Canada, American Airlines, Iberia and KLM. From Heathrow you can expect the journey to take anywhere between 16 and 22 hours, depending on the routing and stopovers.

Prices of flights to Peru from London are fairly consistent around the year, with a slight rise in the summer and over the major holidays. It’s best to avoid buying international air tickets in Peru, where prices are inflated by a high tax. If you’re uncertain of your return date, it will probably still work out cheaper to pay the extra for an open-ended return than to buy a single back from Peru.
 

 
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Peru In-Depth

Lima, Arequipa, Colca Canyon, Puno, Cusco, Machu Picchu
(12 Days – Travel Any Day)


Day 1 – Arrive
Lima Arrive at Lima Jorge Chavez International airport (LIM). Meet and greet on arrival and escort on a private transfer to your hotel.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Sol de Oro Hotel (B)

Day 2 – Private City Highlights Tour
Lima In the morning, visit the Archaeology and Anthropology Museum. This small but well laid out museum offers one of the best overviews of ancient Peruvian art and archaeology. In the afternoon, after lunch at a local restaurant we explore Lima’s colonial and modern architecture. These include the imposing Cathedral, the Government Palace, the Plaza Mayor, the City Hall and the 17th century San Francisco Monastery. The tour ends with a visit to the modern suburbs of San Isidro, where we  visit the pre-inca pyramid of Huaca Huallamarca (closed Mondays) before continuing to Miraflores, which overlooks the Pacific Ocean.  
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Sol de Oro Hotel (B)

Day 3 – Transfer & Private Touring
Arequipa Transfer to the airport for your flight to Arequipa. Meet and greet on arrival and take a private transfer to the hotel. After lunch and rest, take an afternoon tour of some of most beautiful places in Arequipa city also known as the ‘White City,’ since most of its buildings are made of white volcanic stone. Tour includes a visit to the Monastery of Santa Catalina that had remained closed to the public for over 400 years.  
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Sonesta Posada Arequipa Hotel (B)

Sonesta Posada del Inca Arequipa is located in the centre of the city's main square and next to the beautiful Cathedral. The hotel is just a few steps from the commercial and financial districts of Arequipa.  The Posada's ideal location allows easy access to the city's major tourist attractions, such as the monastery of ‘Santa Catalina’, the Museum of the ‘Dama de Ampato (Juanita mummy)’ and more.

Day 4 – Transfer
Colca Canyon We take a morning transfer (8 am) for the scenic bus ride to the Colca Canyon. You will drive through the Aguada Blanca National Reserve where you will see herds of llamas and alpacas grazing on the Patahuasi plains. After 4 hours you will reach the beginning of the Colca Canyon with its green valleys and Andean terraces. A stop is made at the picturesque town of Sibayo for a box lunch and visit to a vicuna reservation. The journey ends at the town of Chivay known for hot springs.  
Overnight: Local Lodge (B, L, D) 

Day 5 – Condor Tour & Transfer
Arequipa After breakfast, an early morning departure towards the ‘Condor Cross’, the best point for a breathtaking view of the Colca Canyon with the Colca river flowing 1,200 meters below and the majestic condors in flight above. Visit the Hanging Tombs at Choquetico before continuing on to the towns of Maca, Achoma and Yanque with its lovely white church. Return to Chivay for lunch before driving back to your hotel in Arequipa.  
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Sonesta Posada Arequipa Hotel (B, L)

Day 6 – Transfer
Puno Transfer to the airport for your flight to Juliaca. Meet and greet on arrival and transfer to your hotel. En route visit the Sillustani Mausoleums, a pre-Incan burial ground near Puno. The tombs were built above ground in tower-like structures called ‘chullpas’ of the Colla people, who were conquered by the Inca in the 15th century. The structures housed the remains of complete family groups, although they were probably limited to nobility. Afternoon at leisure.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Casa Andina Private Collection (B)  

Day 7 – Private Touring
Puno Today is a private guided full day tour. We will first visit the Titicaca Lake, one of the highest lakes in the world, to the remarkable floating reed islands - built on layers of totora reeds - home to the Uros Indians, who still live as their ancestors did a thousand years ago. Likewise, we will visit The Taquile Island, three and a half hours by boat from Puno, this remote island is a remarkable community where the islanders keep Quechua, the language of the Incas, alive. The outstanding highlight of its inhabitants is their handicraft derived from techniques developed over the centuries.  
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Casa Andina Private Collection (B, L packed)    

Day 8 – Transfer
Cusco After breakfast, you will be transferred to the station to board the bus to Cusco enjoying all the beautiful landscapes of the nearby valleys. En route you will visit interesting archaeological sites like Raqchy Ruins, Piquillacta and the village of Andahuaylillas, 17th century church with an impressive organ. Late in the afternoon, arrival to Cusco.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Casa Andina Private Collection (B, L packed)    

Day 9 – Private Touring
Cusco Morning at leisure. After lunch we take a private guided tour of this beautiful city and surrounding ruins. You will visit the Koricancha, or Temple of the Sun, where you will appreciate the incredible masonry of the Incas. The Plaza de Armas important for many historical events during the Inca and Spanish reigns. Appreciate the remarkable Spanish Colonial architecture of the Cathedral and the Church of La Compania, built on the foundations of Inca palaces. Enjoy the drive to the Inca fortress of Sacsayhuaman on the hill above the city of Cusco. The views from here looking down into the Andean valley and the city are spectacular. Drive back down to Cusco and your hotel.  
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Casa Andina Private Collection (B)    

Day 10 – Transfer
Machu Picchu Transfer to the train station to catch the morning train for a two day tour of Machu Picchu, the ‘Lost City of the Incas’ one of the most renowned examples of Inca architecture. Surrounded by lush cloud forest, the citadel perches on a mist-shrouded mountaintop. Overnight in Aguas Calientes, little town located at the bottom of Machu Picchu.  
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge (B, L)    

Day 11 – Private Touring
Machu Picchu Excellent opportunity for an early wake up to see the sun rising over Machu Picchu. Enjoy the ruins and watch the mist rise over this mountaintop citadel at dawn. (Transportation and entrance fees are included, no guide included this day). In the afternoon, return to Cusco and Accommodation. 
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge (B, L)  

Day 12 – Depart
Cusco/ Lima  Early transfer to the airport to catch your flight to Lima. After arrival, transfer to your hotel (day use). At a fixed time, transfer to the airport for your international connection.
Meals: B
 

 

Recommended price

  • 5-star: From GBP 250 per person per day
  • 4-star: From GBP 200 per person per day
  • 3-star: From GBP 150 per person per day

The true price is customised based on final choice of hotels, travel dates, and other custom preferences. All prices exclude international flights.

Price Includes: hotels, airport transfers and transportation within the country, unique experiences guided by local experts and 24X7 support during your trip.

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  • Exclusive Tour: your own private multilingual guide throughout the trip  
  • Price Guarantee: costing 25-30% less than similar tours of the same flexibility and quality
  • Tailor Made: customised itinerary to create your dream holiday
  • Duration: shorten or lengthen the tour to suit your wishes
  • Dates: depart and return whenever you choose
  • Hotels: change hotel grade to suit your budget
  • Group Discounts: call 020 8350 6199


Overview Peru has some of the most beautiful scenery in the whole of South America and a mind-bendingly fascinating history, with archaeological sites to match. Here the Andes attain the height of their glory, building the world's great centres of ancient civilization and their remains fascinate travellers and archaeologists alike.

The city of Cuzco is the oldest continuously inhabited city on the continent and once the centre of the Inca Empire, flaunts its glorious legacy, not only in its architecture, ruins and museums but also in the people, who speak the Inca language, Quechua.

Where to go Begin your tour in the sprawling capital city of Peru. It is worth to spend a day or two in Lima, seeing its excellent museums, fine restaurants and vibrant nightlife.

Peru is known for its archaeological sites of which Machu Picchu is most famous. But along the coast, there are more fascinating archaeological sites, as well as glorious beaches and charming towns. South of Lima are the bizarre Nasca Lines, the drawings so monumentally huge that some can only be seen from the sky. And the National Reserve of paracas is inhabited by an enormous variety of birds, amongst which are Humboldt Penguins, Flamingoes and Pariguana.

North of Lima lie the great adobe city of Chan Chan and the Valley of the Pyramids. The surfing hangouts of Puerto Chicama and trendy Máncora beach are big draws along this stretch, but almost all of the coastal towns come replete with superb beaches, plentiful nightlife and great food.

For High Mountain trekking and climbing is the town of Huaraz, 420 km north of Lima. It is the gateway for visitors to the Callejón de Huaylas, the spectacular range with some of the highest peaks in Peru. The other key attraction here is the remains of the temple complex of Chavín de Huantar, one of the most important pre-Inca cultures, to the east of Huaraz.

For wildlife and nature enthusiasts, the Peruvian Amazon, known as "Amazonia", is considered to be the best preserved part of the Amazon Jungle. Jungle treks, lasting from a day to a week or more, are organised from Iquitos, the northern gateway to the Peruvian Amazon basin. The Manu Biosphere Reserve and the Tambopata-Candamo Reserved Zone, are in the South while the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve is in the North.

Finally for Machu Picchu, you will travel to Cuzco, the undisputed jewel in the crown of the Peruvian Andes. Once the ancient heart of the Inca Empire, it is surrounded by some of the most spectacular mountain landscapes and palatial ruins in Peru, and by magnificent hiking country. You will visit the Urubamba valley, also called the Sacred Valley before reaching Machu Picchu, the magical Lost City of the Incas.

When to go January – April: This is the rainy season. The eastern slope of the Andes, like the Amazon basin, experiences very heavy rainfall during the wet season, which extends from January through April. Travellers however visit the highlands all the rear round since it rarely rains for more than a few hours and there is still plenty of sunshine to enjoy.

During February, the Inca Trail is closed. However, Machu Picchu remains open but it is a bit more challenging for those wishing to trek. As February ends, the rains begin to ease and more visitors begin to arrive. This is a good period to combine Peru with a visit to the Galapagos Islands.

May – September: This is the best time to visit Peru, which is a dry season in the highlands. The western side of the Andes are very clear, warm, and dry for the greater part of the year. This being the high tourist season, most hotels get booked hence it is advisable to book early. More importantly, The Inca Trail that has limited spaces hence those wishing to travel from June onward should book at least six to nine months in advance.

October – December: The dry season comes to an end, but conditions are still pleasant. An abundance of birdlife and flora, particularly orchids, can be enjoyed in Peru’s cloud forests at this time. Water levels in the Amazon will be high from December to March, meaning fauna may not venture as close to the river banks, but it also makes it easier to explore smaller tributaries.

Visa British nationals don’t need a visa to travel if the purpose of the visit is tourism.
On arrival, you’re normally given permission to stay for up to 6 months.

If you enter Peru overland from Ecuador, make sure your passport is stamped with a Peruvian entry stamp at the local immigration office. Most people crossing the border with Ecuador enter Peru through Aguas Verdes (Tumbes region) - you may need to ask for directions to the immigration office.

If you enter Peru from Bolivia by bus or taxi, make sure your passport is stamped with a Peruvian entry stamp at the immigration office in Desaguadero or Copacabana (Puno region).

Immigration authorities may also not let you leave Peru without a valid exit stamp from the last country you visited. The British Embassy can’t intervene in immigration issues. Make sure you get your entry stamp when you arrive in Peru.

Passport validity: Your passport should be valid for at least 6 months on arrival in Peru.

Customs: British nationals have experienced problems when trying to enter the country with more than one laptop. You should familiarise yourself with Peruvian immigration or customs procedures before you enter the country.

If you are returning to the UK via Europe, be aware that the customs authorities in European airports frequently confiscate duty free alcohol and other liquids purchased at the duty free shops in Lima airport from passengers in transit.  

For further details contact the Peruvian Consulate in London.  
Visa information source: www.gov.uk