Legacy of the Incas (SP)

12 Day Tour from Lima to Lima

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Peru is one of the great originating centers of ancient culture, and on this vacation, you’ll discover its archaeological treasures, visit 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. Some of the stones used to build the fortress weigh more than 350 tons, and the stones were fit so tightly together that a piece of paper will not fit between the stones. Try to figure out how it was built without the help of modern technology and machinery! While at the ruins, experience a Mother Earth ceremony by a local shaman to thank Mother Earth and to ask for good health and safe travels.

Of course, no trip to Peru is complete without seeing the Nazca Lines. When seen from the air, the lines form precise geometric shapes that number in the hundreds, as well as 70 figures, which include a monkey, whale, hummingbird, shark, spiders, and plants. Archaeologists remain puzzled about why the ancient Nazca people, who thrived here from 200 BC to 500 AD, created illustrations that could only be seen from far above the earth.

These are just some of the many highlights you’ll see on this wonderful Peru vacation. For travelers ready for a new adventure, this tour is not to be missed!
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

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 and Pisac; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Mother Earth Ceremony with a shaman; dinner and Peruvian Paso Horse Show; visit Ollantaytambo and Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite a local home for a glimpse into rural Peruvian life
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, and the Temple of Sacsayhuaman
LAKE TITICACA
Guided sightseeing to Taquile and the Uros Floating 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.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Breakfast daily, 4 lunches, 8 three-course dinners including a welcome dinner at a historic home and a farewell dinner in Lima

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1 Arrive in Lima, Peru

Arrive in Lima, where you will be met by your Tour Director.

Day 2 Lima

This afternoon, 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.

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Day 3 Lima–Cusco–Sacred Valley

Fly to Cusco, the impressive Andean city that was once the capital of the Inca Empire. Head into the Sacred Valley of the Incas, where you will 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 Temple 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.

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Day 4 Sacred 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.

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Day 5 Machu 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.

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Day 6 Cusco

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. Also visit 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. The remainder of your day is free to explore at your leisure. Tonight, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

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Day 7 Cusco–Juliaca–Puno (Lake Titicaca)

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

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Day 8 Puno. 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.

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Day 9 Puno–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 Breakfast

Day 10 Lima–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.

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Day 11 Paracas–Lima

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

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Day 12 Lima

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

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.

MAURICIO YONFA

Escorting Tours for more than 15 years

Born in Venezuela and raised in Ecuador, I'm an architect by profession, but a Tour Director by heart. I have worked as a South America lecturer for cruise lines, a guide in Ecuador and the Galápagos, and a Tour Director in South America. My goals are to transform each guest into a Peruvian expert and to encourage them to try and appreciate authentic Incan food. So, let's discover together the mysterious land of the Incas' and maybe even sample roasted guinea pig!

Tour Director - MAURICIO YONFA

 Accommodations

Lima
Sacred Valley
Machu Picchu
Cusco
Puno
Paracas

Lima

Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores

Moderate Deluxe

Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores Ave la Paz 463, Lima, LIM Peru

Ave la Paz 463
Lima, LIM Peru

With its stylish contemporary design, cutting-edge technology and ideal location, the flagship Casa Andina Private Collection - Miraflores hotel is the top of its class in every aspect. Amenities include a restaurant, bar, coffee shop, beauty salon, spa, pool, gym, business center, gift shops, and laundry service.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Gift Shop
  • Elevator
  • Spa Services
  • Beauty Salon
  • Currency Exchange
  • Fitness Room
  • Parking/Valet
  • Business Center
  • Concierge desk
  • Pool
  • Luggage Storage
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Dry Cleaning
  • ATM

Room Amenities

  • In-Room Safe
  • Climate Control
  • Coffee Maker
  • Internet Access
  • Alarm Clock
  • Desk
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Room Service
  • Phone
  • Mini-bar
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Hair Dryer
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Air Conditioning
  • Television

Sacred Valley

Casa Andina Private Collection Sacred Valley

Casa Andina Private Collection Sacred Valley 5to Paradero Yanahuara, Urubamba Valley,  Peru

5to Paradero Yanahuara
Urubamba Valley, Peru

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

The Casa Andina Private Collection hotel in the Sacred Valley is a luxurious and satisfying retreat. Combining fine food, comfortable rooms, and personalized attention, it is the Valley's most complete hotel. In additon to a spa, a fitness center, and romantic dining, this hotel is best known for providing panoramic views of the Andes in every room. This charming mountain chalet-style hotel adds style and comfort to the already stunning atmosphere of Peru's Sacred Valley.

Hotel Amenities

  • Business Center
  • Spa Services
  • ATM
  • Parking/Valet
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Luggage Storage
  • Currency Exchange
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Free WiFi
  • Fitness Room
  • Bar/Lounge

Room Amenities

  • Room Service
  • Coffee Maker
  • Internet Access
  • In-Room Safe
  • Phone
  • Hair Dryer
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Desk
  • Clock Radio
  • Television
  • Window Opens
  • Cable/Satellite

Machu Picchu

Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel

Moderate Deluxe

Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel Av Hermanos Ayar Mz 1 Lote 3, Machu Picchu,   Peru

Av Hermanos Ayar Mz 1 Lote 3
Machu Picchu, Peru

The Sumaq Hotel is located at the foot of the Machu Picchu ruins and boasts an Andean health spa, bar, restaurant, gift shop, and business center.

Hotel Amenities

  • Concierge desk
  • Spa Services
  • Currency Exchange
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Business Center
  • Gift Shop
  • Luggage Storage
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Elevator

Room Amenities

  • Desk
  • Window Opens
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Voicemail
  • Mini-bar
  • Room Service
  • In-Room Safe
  • Television
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Hair Dryer
  • Phone

Cusco

Casa Andina Private Collection Cusco

Casa Andina Private Collection Cusco Plazaleta Limacpampa Chico 473, Cusco, CUS Peru

Plazaleta Limacpampa Chico 473
Cusco, CUS Peru

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

A beautifully renovated 18th-century manor house is located 3 blocks from Cusco's Plaza de Armas. The hotel is distinguished by its 3 interior patios with wooden balconies. The principal patio, featuring a gurgling stone fountain, is one of Cusco's emblematic colonial courtyards. Amenities include a gourmet restaurant, bar, reading room, room service, gift shop, and laundry service.

Hotel Amenities

  • Luggage Storage
  • Gift Shop
  • Currency Exchange
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Business Center
  • Free WiFi

Room Amenities

  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Phone
  • In-Room Safe
  • Television
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Alarm Clock
  • Internet Access
  • Mini-bar
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Hair Dryer
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Room Service
  • Coffee Maker

Puno

Libertador Puno Hotel

Libertador Puno Hotel Isla Esteves, Puno, PUN Peru

Isla Esteves
Puno, PUN Peru

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

The Libertador Lake Titicaca, a 5-star hotel, is located on Esteves Island on the shores of Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world. Amenities include a restaurant, bar, business center, gift shop, gym, jacuzzi, sauna, and private dock.

Hotel Amenities

  • Gift Shop
  • Luggage Storage
  • Elevator
  • Parking/Valet
  • Business Center
  • Pool
  • Fitness Room
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Spa Services
  • Currency Exchange
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Concierge desk
  • Free WiFi
  • Dry Cleaning

Room Amenities

  • Cable/Satellite
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • In-Room Safe
  • Climate Control
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Room Service
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Desk
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Alarm Clock
  • Television
  • Phone
  • Voicemail

Paracas

Doubletree Hotel Paracas

Doubletree Hotel Paracas Lote 30-34 Urb. Santo Domingo, Paracas,  Peru

Lote 30-34 Urb. Santo Domingo
Paracas, Peru

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

The Doubletree Resort is located ideally along beautiful Paracas beach, and offers guests a modern facility with a wide range of onsite amenities. This includes two restaurants, snack bar, private beach, fitness center, spa, pool, jacuzzi, sauna, and business center. The resorts also offers a wide array of leisure activities such as aerobics, dance lessons, volleyball, tennis, kayaking or simply lounging and relaxing to the sound of waves on the beach.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Gift Shop
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Currency Exchange
  • Spa Services
  • Fitness Room
  • Business Center
  • Luggage Storage
  • Parking/Valet
  • ATM
  • Elevator
  • Free WiFi
  • Pool

Room Amenities

  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Window Opens
  • Coffee Maker
  • Phone
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Television
  • Alarm Clock
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Voicemail
  • Room Service
  • Mini-bar
  • Hair Dryer
  • Desk
  • In-Room Safe
  • Air Conditioning
  • Cable/Satellite

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