Legacy of the Incas with Peru's Amazon (SPQ) - 2014 / 2015

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16 Day Tour from Lima to Lima


Legacy of the Incas with Perus Amazon
The ancient ruins of Machu Picchu
The ancient ruins of Machu Picchu
The Peruvian village of Pisac
San Francisco Monastery in Lima, Peru
Visit the ruins of Sacsayhuaman, with intricate stone walls
Enjoy beautiful views of Lake Titicaca
Amazon rain forest
Peruvian peasants of the area had always known about the site and gave it its name, Machu Picchu, which means Ancient Peak
Dwellings located on the Floating Islands of Uros
A beautiful Blue Butterfly found in the Amazon

Vacation Overview

The rediscovered jewels of the Inca Empire, along with the magnificent scenery in the Peruvian Amazon, await you on this tour through Peru. Peru is one of the great originating centers of ancient culture, and on this vacation, you’ll discover its archaeological treasures, appreciate its ancient ruins, and learn about its ancient culture. A highlight of your vacation is a tour to Machu Picchu, where you’ll visit this amazing Inca city. Stand in awe as you witness the ancient ruins surrounded by soaring peaks—one of the most majestic images in South America! Also, see the Temple of Sacsayhuaman, which was built in the early 12th century, and try to figure out how it was built—with some stones weighing more than 350 tons!

These are just a couple of this vacation’s many ancient highlights. You’ll also fly over the Nazca Lines and spend time in Peru’s Amazon. Discover the tropical jungle on multiple boat trips and be on the lookout for turtles, caimans, monkeys, river birdlife, and more—not to mention the lush vegetation. Search by canoe for the resident giant river otters, and visit a Parrot Clay Lick to watch the parrots and macaws.

Ancient ruins, fascinating culture, and captivating flora and fauna—these all await you on this wonderful Peru vacation. For travelers ready for a new adventure, this tour is for you!

     
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PERU’S AMAZON
Enjoy three nights in the Peruvian Amazon

LIMA
Sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit San Francisco Monastery and a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite local Peruvian food market; welcome dinner at Casa Garcia Alvarado; farewell dinner

SACRED VALLEY
Visit the Kenko Amphitheater, the Temple of Sacsayhuaman, Ollantaytambo, and Pisac; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite visit a local home for a glimpse into rural Peruvian life; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Mother Earth Ceremony with a shaman; dinner and Peruvian Paso Horse Show

MACHU PICCHU
Take the Vistadome train through the Urubamba Valley; sightseeing with a Local Guide and a second entrance to the ruins on your second day in Machu Picchu, Pisco Sour mixology lesson

CUSCO
Sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit the cathedral and the Santo Domingo Monastery

LAKE TITICACA
Guided sightseeing to Taquile and the Uros Islands

SILLUSTANI
Visit the ruins; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite learn about the lives of the local people

PARACAS
Fly over the Nazca Lines; cruise to the Ballestas Islands

Headsets throughout the tour

NOTE:

  • Participation in this tour requires guest's name exactly as it appears on his/her passport, D.O.B., gender, and nationality at the time of booking.


DAY 1Arrive in Lima, Peru

Welcome to Lima, where you will be met by a Globus representative.

Walk through the beautiful streets of Lima 
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DAY 2Lima–Puerto Maldonado–Refugio Amazonas

Fly to Puerto Maldonado, entry to Peru’s Amazon Jungle. Take a MOTORBOAT journey up the Tambopata River to view turtles, caimans, monkeys, and birdlife such as capped herons, black skimmers, and kingfishers. Arrive at your Amazon Jungle Lodge within the Tambopata National Reserve. As nights falls, head out by canoe to search for nocturnal wildlife. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Amazon rain forest A beautiful Blue Butterfly found in the Amazon See the beautiful Lily Pads in the Amazon 
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DAY 3Refugio Amazonas

Start your day with a canoe trip around OXBOW LAKE to search for giant river otters—the largest, most endangered of the otter species—and other lakeside fauna. Visit the CANOPY TOWER for views high above ground—look for macaws, toucans, and raptors. Then, visit a local farm and learn about medicinal uses of the area’s endemic plants on a NATURE WALK. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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DAY 4Refugio Amazonas

For more insight into jungle life, visit the PARROT CLAY LICK and watch parrots and macaws perch to eat clay. Also visit a MAMMAL CLAY LICK, where wild rainforest pigs can be found among deer and other animals. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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DAY 5Refugio Amazonas–Puerto Maldonado–Lima

Return to Puerto Maldonado and fly to Lima, where the remainder of your day is at leisure.

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 the lives of the local people. This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner with your fellow traveling companions at one of Lima’s finest historic homes, CASA GARCIA ALVARADO. (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)

Visit the ruins of Sacsayhuaman, with intricate stone walls The Peruvian village of Pisac 
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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, learn how to mix the perfect Pisco Sour, Peru’s national drink, before dinner at the 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)

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 The “Lost City of the Incas” The ancient ruins of Machu Picchu 
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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 dinner at a local restaurant. (Breakfast, Dinner)

The Santo Domingo Altar is richly decorated with sculptures and paintings 
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DAY 11Cusco–Juliaca–Puno (Lake Titicaca)

Board a flight to Juliaca, where you will continue to Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Lake Titicana Huts 
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DAY 12Puno. Excursion to Lake Titicaca

Today, take a motorboat trip to some of the more unique islands of LAKE TITICACA. Start with TAQUILE ISLAND, which was once part of the Inca Empire and was one of the last areas of Peru to be conquered by Spain in the 16th century. The Spanish banned traditional dress on the island, which is why the Spanish peasant dress can still be found today. Next, travel to the fascinating UROS ISLANDS, home to the Uros Indians, who were forced to live on the lake as the Inca Indians pushed farther into their territory. These islands are completely made by reeds and are continually added to as they disintegrate to the bottom of the lake. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Dwellings located on the Floating Islands of Uros Lake Titicana Huts 
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DAY 13Puno–Sillustani–Juliaca–Lima

Depart for Juliaca this morning, visiting the ruins of SILLUSTANI en route. At this pre-Incan burial ground, see where the ancient Aymaras buried their high priests in chullpas—above-ground, cylinder-shaped tombs dating back to the 1400s. While here, Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite spend some time with the locals, see their HOMES, learn how they work, what they eat, and gain a better understanding of their lives. Fly from Juliaca to Lima this afternoon. (Breakfast)

Walk through the beautiful streets of Lima 
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DAY 14Lima–Paracas. Ballestas Islands Cruise & Nazca Lines

Enjoy a scenic drive south along the Pan-American Highway to the Bay of Paracas. CRUISE out to the Ballestas Islands, which are inhabited by a wide variety of sea mammals and exotic birds, including boobies, sea lions, and Humboldt penguins. The huge Candelabro, a candelabra-shaped etching on the Paracas cliffside, can also be seen as you cruise back to shore. Continue to the town of Pisco, the wine capital of Peru. Have your camera handy today as you board your aircraft for a FLIGHT over the Nazca plains, which can only be appreciated by air. Your pilot will point out the mysterious markings known as the NAZCA LINES, a series of drawings of animals and geometric figures etched into the parched soil—some up to 1,000 feet long! Theories vary, but the most accepted belongs to German mathematician Maria Reiche, who dubbed the land the “astronomical calendar” of the ancient Peruvians. Enjoy dinner this evening at your hotel. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 15Paracas–Lima

After some free time in Paracas, return to Lima today. Tonight, your Tour Director hosts a memorable farewell dinner at a local restaurant. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Walk through the beautiful streets of Lima 
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DAY 16Lima

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

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Breakfast daily, 7 lunches, 11 three-course dinners including a welcome dinner at a historic home and a farewell dinner in Lima


With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

FERNANDO CASARIEGO

Years of Experience: 21 years

Born and raised in Buenos Aires, I studied English in London, French in Paris, Italian in Siena, and Tourism with the focus on the American market in Rio de Janeiro. I have been a Tour Director for many years, and enjoy helping guests better understand the customs, cultures, and people. The friendships that are created within each group lead to an energy that revitalizes me, bringing happiness and satisfaction to the end of each tour.

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites


The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on the Legacy of the Incas with Peru's Amazon:

  • Cusco
  • Machu Picchu
  • Historic Center of Lima
  • Nazca Lines