Peru Splendors with Arequipa & Colca Canyon (SOE3)

11 Day Tour from Lima to Lima

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From its amazing archaeological treasures to its gastronomic delights and from its rich history to its melting pot of cultures, Peru offers visitors a wide array of attractions. On this tour you’ll experience its highlights, finishing in Colca Canyon and Arequipa, a spectacular natural wonder in Peru! Start in Lima, a cosmopolitan city steeped in history with pre-Columbian ruins, Spanish colonial buildings, and remnants of colonial mansions. On your sightseeing tour you’ll see many of its famous sights. High in the Andes Mountains, Cusco is the oldest continuously inhabited city in South America and is sure to please history buffs. Learn about the Incas’ struggles with the invading Spaniards on your tour of Cusco and visit the Temple of Sacsayhuaman, built in the early 12th century, with some stones weighing more than 350 tons. Try to figure out how it was built so precisely without the help of modern machinery and technology! Of course, no vacation to Peru is complete without visiting Machu Picchu. Built around 1450 at the height of the Inca Empire, Machu Picchu is located in a gorgeous mountain setting above the Urubamba Valley. Stand in awe as you witness it—it is one of the most majestic images in all of South America!

Not only will you visit the must-see sites, you’ll also have an opportunity to learn about Peruvian life. Experience a 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. You’ll also stop at a Peruvian food market and visit a home to meet some of the locals and experience their way of life.

Conclude your vacation by heading south to Arequipa and Colca Canyon, one of the deepest canyons in the world. Colca Canyon is an outdoor escape where you can take a day trek to see some of the most impressive views in Peru, mingle with locals in the villages, or maybe spot majestic condors overhead. Known as the “White City,” Arequipa is a picturesque location with its sillar volcanic stone buildings and Mount Misti as a backdrop. It’s a unique finish to a uniquely Peruvian discovery!
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

LIMA
Sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit San Francisco Monastery; visit a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite local Peruvian food market; welcome dinner at a local Peruvian restaurant
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
CUSCO
Sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit the cathedral and the Santo Domingo Monastery; farewell dinner
COLCA CANYON
Guided sightseeing of Arequipa & Colca Canyon
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.

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • City of Cusco
  • Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu
  • Historic Center of Lima
  • Historical Centre of the City of Arequipa

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Breakfast daily, 5 lunches, 4 three-course dinners including a welcome dinner in Lima and a farewell dinner in Cusco

 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 life for the local people. This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner at one of Lima’s Peruvian restaurants with your fellow traveling companions.

Breakfast Breakfast
DinnerDinner

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 have lunch and 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 its famous market 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, stay at a nearby 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.

Breakfast Breakfast
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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 a special farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Breakfast Breakfast
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Day 7 Cusco–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 Breakfast

Day 8 Arequipa–Colca Canyon

Drive across Pampa Cañahuas within 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.

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Day 9 Colca 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 Breakfast
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Day 10 Colca Canyon–Arequipa–Lima

Return to Arequipa and transfer to the airport for your return flight to Lima.

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Day 11 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

Years of Experience: 15

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
Arequipa

Lima

Casa Andina Select Miraflores

Calle Schell 452
Lima, Peru

Free Wifi

This hotel welcomes you to Lima in comfort and style. It is located in the center of Lima's bustling district of Miraflores, within walking distance of shops, restaurants, bars, and other Lima attractions. The excellent Casa Andina Select Miraflores exudes sophistication and comfort, focusing on personalized service and great amenities.

Hotel Amenities

  • Parking/Valet
  • Luggage Storage
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Beauty Salon
  • ATM
  • Currency Exchange
  • Free WiFi
  • Fitness Room
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Concierge desk
  • Elevator
  • Business Center

Room Amenities

  • Mini-bar
  • Desk
  • In-Room Safe
  • Alarm Clock
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Television
  • Phone
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Air Conditioning
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Hair Dryer
  • Coffee Maker
  • Internet Access
  • Climate Control
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Voicemail

Sacred Valley

Posada Del Inca Yucay

Plaza Manco 11 De Yucay 123
Sacred Valley, Peru

Bursting with character, the Posada Del Inca Yucay is the leader in boutique hotels in the Sacred Valley. Featuring a rustic ambiance with modern comforts, dynamite local cuisine, and friendly service, it makes for a memorable stay in one of the most remarkable places in the world. The colonial-style former monastary is surrounded by views of the Andes and beautiful gardens - a leisurely and soothing escape.

Hotel Amenities

  • Gift Shop
  • Currency Exchange
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Parking/Valet
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Business Center
  • Luggage Storage

Room Amenities

  • Internet Access
  • Television
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Phone
  • Voicemail
  • In-Room Safe
  • Air Conditioning
  • Room Service
  • Alarm Clock
  • Climate Control
  • Wake-Up Calls

Machu Picchu

El Mapi Hotel Machu Picchu

Av Pachacutec 109
Machu Picchu, Peru

Free Wifi

Smart and contemporary are the defining elements of this hotel, amidst the commercial village of Machu Picchu Pueblo; it welcomes a wide range of guests expecting an uncomplicated visit. Hotel amenities include a restaurant, bar, hot-water pond, gift shop, Internet, and laundry service.

Hotel Amenities

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

Room Amenities

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

Cusco

Sonesta Hotel Cusco

Av. El Sol 954
Cusco, CUS Peru

Free Wifi

The Sonesta Hotel Cusco, which was built in 1986 and completely renovated in 2010, now features a modern contemporary décor and a fine dining restaurant serving classic Peruvian cuisine. It is within blocks of a handcraft market, Plaza de Armas, shops and restaurants. Amenities include a retsaurant, room service, business center, and bar.

Hotel Amenities

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

Room Amenities

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

Arequipa

Casa Andina Private Collection Arequipa

Calle Ugarte 403
Arequipa, Peru

Free Wifi

Restored to its original grandeur, this storied sillar (white volcanic stone) colonial mansion is one of the finest hotels in Arequipa's historic center - and is as much living museum as it is hotel. Amenities include a restaurant, bar, complimentary high-speed Internet, gift shop, and laundry service.

Hotel Amenities

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

Room Amenities

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

Colca Lodge

Fundo Puyé s/n - Yanque -Arequipa
Colca Canyon, ARE Peru

The Colca Canyon Lodge affords you the opportunity to enjoy a marvelous natural environment which includes thermal water springs. Built completely of stone, mud bricks, and thatch roofs, the hotel is situated in the heart of the valley, next to the Colca River and in the midst of ancestral farming terraces. Amenities include a living room with fireplace, bar, game room, spa, jacuzzi, and thermal hot springs.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Bar/Lounge

Room Amenities

  • Internet Access
  • Smoking Rooms

 Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be offered. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

Arequipa

Arequipa

Dinner at Zig Zag Restaurant

Dinner at Zig Zag Restaurant

Indulge in a fusion of European and South American cuisine at the impressive Zig Zag Restaurant in the heart of Arequipa. This restaurant inhabits a two-story colonial house with an iron stairway designed by Gustave Eiffel. The menu features decadent fondues, carpaccio, stone-grilled steaks and other South American game dishes.

Approximate value: $52 USD per person

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