Peru Splendors with Peru's Amazon, Arequipa & Colca Canyon (SOY3) - 2014

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15 days from Lima to Lima


Peru Splendors with Perus Amazon, Arequipa & Colca Canyon
Crops growing on the hillsides of the Andes
Crops growing on the hillsides of the Andes
The “Lost City of the Incas”
See the beautiful Lily Pads in the Amazon
San Francisco Monastery in Lima, Peru
A beautiful Blue Butterfly found in the Amazon
The Santo Domingo Altar is richly decorated with sculptures and paintings
Amazon rain forest
Experience the wonder of Machu Picchu in Peru
The ancient ruins of Machu Picchu

Itinerary

DAY 1Arrive in Lima, Peru

Welcome to Lima!

Walk through the beautiful streets of Lima 
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DAY 2Lima–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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

See the beautiful Lily Pads in the Amazon Amazon rain forest A beautiful Blue Butterfly found in the Amazon 
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DAY 3Hacienda 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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DAY 4Hacienda 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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DAY 5Hacienda Concepcion–Puerto Maldonado–Lima

Fly to Lima today, where the remainder of your day is at leisure. (Breakfast)

Walk through the beautiful streets of Lima 
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DAY 6Lima

This morning, 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 Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite LOCAL PERUVIAN FOOD MARKET to get a real taste of life for the local people. This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner at one of Lima’s Peruvian restaurants with your fellow traveling companions. (Breakfast, Dinner)

San Francisco Monastery in Lima, Peru Walk through the beautiful streets of Lima 
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DAY 7Lima–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 Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite 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 Amphitheater 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

The Peruvian village of Pisac Visit the ruins of Sacsayhuaman, with intricate stone walls 
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DAY 8Sacred Valley–Machu Picchu

This morning, visit the Inca Fortress of OLLANTAYTAMBO, followed by the opportunity to visit a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite 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, stay at a nearby hotel. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Legendary Machu Picchu Machu Picchu 
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DAY 9Machu 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. (Breakfast, Lunch)

The ancient ruins of Machu Picchu The “Lost City of the Incas” Peruvian peasants of the area had always known about the site and gave it its name, Machu Picchu, which means Ancient Peak Experience the wonder of Machu Picchu in Peru 
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DAY 10Cusco

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 a special farewell dinner at a local restaurant. (Breakfast, Dinner)

The Santo Domingo Altar is richly decorated with sculptures and paintings 
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DAY 11Cusco–Arequipa

Fly to Arequipa, known as the “White City,” as its buildings are made of sillar, a white volcanic rock found throughout the area. Upon arrival, a city TOUR of Arequipa shows off the Plaza de Armas, the cathedral, and the Jesuit CHURCH, considered the best example of the mestizo baroque style. (Breakfast)

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DAY 12Arequipa–Colca Canyon

Drive across Pampa Cañahuas within the Aguada Blanca National Reserve, the habitat of vicuñas and a variety of birds. Admire beautiful pre-Columbian terraces still being cultivated by native Collaguas. After lunch, arrive in COLCA CANYON, an impressive geological formation carved out by the river. More than twice as deep as the Grand Canyon, Colca Canyon is one of the deepest in the world. Observe the spectacular terracing, considered among the most extensive in southern Peru. These terraces, which allow cultivation and meticulously controlled irrigation of the steep slopes of the canyon, were built by natives between the 9th and 14th centuries. (Breakfast, Lunch)

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DAY 13Colca Canyon

This morning, visit CONDORS’ CROSS, an observation point where you have the possibility of observing the flight of the condor in its native habitat. From here, also enjoy the impressive Colca Canyon panorama. Next, visit the town of Yanque before returning to your hotel. (Breakfast, Lunch)

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DAY 14Colca Canyon–Arequipa–Lima

Return to Arequipa and transfer to the airport for your return flight to Lima. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Walk through the beautiful streets of Lima 
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DAY 15Lima

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

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