Legacy of the Incas with Peru's Amazon (SPQ)

16 Day Tour from Lima to Lima

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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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 Destinations & Sightseeing

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
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Enjoy a special lunch, complete with live Andean music and a Mother Earth Ceremony performed by a shaman; visit Pisac; 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; Inca King greeting; visit the cathedral and Santo Domingo Monastery, Kenko Temple, 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.

Notes:

  • 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
  • Lines and Geoglyphs of Nasca and Pampas de Jumana

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Breakfast daily, 7 lunches, 11 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, including admission charges where applicable.

Day 1 ARRIVE IN LIMA, PERU

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

Day 2 LIMA–PUERTO MALDONADO–REFUGIO AMAZONAS

Fly to Puerto Maldonado. Embark on a MOTORBOAT for a journey up the Tambopata River to your Amazon Jungle lodge with your expert Naturalist. After settling in, participate in a night WALK with your expert Naturalist to observe nocturnal wildlife.

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Day 3 REFUGIO AMAZONAS

A boat trip and walk bring you to OXBOW LAKE to search for the resident giant river otters, howler monkeys, macaws, and other fauna. Next, take a walk to the CANOPY TOWER to observe the forest and river and its inhabitants. This afternoon, visit a local FARM to meet local farmers and learn about the Amazon’s crops. Your guide will also teach you the medicinal uses of the area’s endemic plants.

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Day 4 REFUGIO AMAZONAS

Visit a CLAY LICK and watch from a blind as parrots and macaws perch to eat clay. Also, visit a Brazil nut FARM & CAMP and learn how this nut is sustainably harvested and prepared for consumption. Later, visit a MAMMAL CLAY LICK, where peccary and other large mammals can often be found.

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Day 5 REFUGIO AMAZONAS–PUERTO MALDONADO–LIMA

Return to Puerto Maldonado and fly to Lima, where the remainder of your day is at leisure and you will be met by your Tour Director.

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Day 6 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 taste some typical Peruvian fruit and experience a bit of everyday life in Lima. 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 7 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 enjoy a special lunch prepared exclusively for Globus guests at a private location. Here, enjoy a live Andean band and experience a mystical 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, continue 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 at the hotel.

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Day 8 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 traditional 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 an exquisite dinner at the hotel.

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Day 9 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 10 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. During your city tour, you will be greeted by an INCA KING, so have your cameras ready! Also visit the semi-circular KENKO Temple with its stone altars and labyrinth of passages, and see the ancient site of Puca Pucara before 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 11 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 12 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 13 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.

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Day 14 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 15 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. (B,D

Day 16 LIMA

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

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 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-ESTUARDO

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-ESTUARDO

 Accommodations

Puerto Maldonado
Lima
Sacred Valley
Machu Picchu
Cusco
Puno
Paracas

 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)

No Excursions are available at this time.

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