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Discovery Peru 10D/9N

  • Introduction

    Travelers seeking opportunities to combine adventure, participation sports and cultural experiences will find Peru an ideal destination filled with awesome superlatives:

    - Cuzco, South America’s oldest continuously inhabited city;

    - Lake Titicaca, the world’s highest lake;

    - Machu Picchu, one of the world’s most spectacular ruins.

    For the active traveler in search of adventure high in the amazing Andes, Peru offers unforgettable mountain hiking, horseback riding, whitewater rafting, kayaking and the like. Additionally, the country offers amazing cultural opportunities.

    Minimum participants: 2 | Maximum participants: 9

    Languages: Spanish/English

  • Itinerary

    This day-to-day itinerary is subject to change based on variables, such as weather and safety issues. Although the local hosts will have the final authority to select alternative activities, they will make every reasonable effort to take the wishes of the group into consideration.

    Day 1: (Arrival Day)

    The group will be met by the TOURS UNLIMITED' representative at Jorge Chavez Airport in Lima and transferred to a hotel in the Miraflores District of the capital city.

    Evening: We will be on our own for dinner on Day 1. Overnight at our hotel.

    Day 2: Touring Cuzco and nearby ruins

    Morning: After breakfast at our hotel, we will be transferred to the airport for the domestic flight to Cuzco. On arrival we will be met by a local guide and transferred to our Cuzco hotel where we will check in and then set off for a full day of touring which will include a stop at a convenient time for lunch.

    Our day will cover a visit to the archaeological park of Sacsayhuaman (the fortress-temple), the nearby shrines of Qenqo (funeral worship) and Tambomachay (cleansing water rituals). We will visit the ancient Tambo of Pukapukara(an Inca's storage place). Of the outstanding colonial monuments, we will visit the Cathedral, famous for its gold & silver barrow style and the Temple of the Sun (Qorikancha, in the Inca times).

    Evening: Dinner and overnight at our hotel at our hotel.

    Day 3: Cuzco / Sacred Valley; River Rafting

    Morning: After breakfast we will be transferred to the Cusipata River in the Sacred Valley for a couple of exhilarating hours rafting the class II and III rapids. After our whitewater rafting experience we will be whisked off for a hot shower and sauna and then a delicious and hearty lunch. Noon: After lunch we will head back to Cuzco for a bit of free time and relaxation before dinner. There will be some time for shopping for those interested.

    Evening: Overnight in our Cuzco hotel.

    Day 4: Zip Lining

    Morning: Following breakfast we will be transferred to the Sacred Valley, the starting point for today’s zip lining experience. We will hike about a half hour up to the first of the six lines on which we will soar across incredible chasms where the views will be both magical and breathtaking. The six lines that make up our zip lining course will take us across 2000 meters (approximately one and a fourth miles). After our zip lining experience there will be a snack before returning to our hotel. We will will have some free time before dinner. There is some shopping available in Ollantaytambo although not as broad as that in Cuzco.

    Evening: Dinner and overnight at our hotel in the Sacred Valley.

    Day 5: Sacred Valley / Machu Picchu

    Morning: After breakfast at our hotel it’s off to the train station where we will board the Vistadome train for the one and a half hour scenic journey to Machu Picchu. As we approach this well preserved Inca archeological site, the valley through which we have been traveling turns into a canyon and the vegetation changes to a cloud forest. Our late morning arrival will give us nearly the entire day to explore this breathtaking Incan citadel which has given rise to more speculation than any other Peruvian site (except for possibly the Nasca Lines). An optional hike is available to Huayna Picchu. Anyone interested can make arrangements with the local guide. The cost (outside of the overall tour cost is $60.00).

    Evening: After our full day of exploring Machu Picchu, we will head down to the town of Aguas Calientes for dinner and overnight.

    Day 6: Machu Picchu / Sacre Valley / Cuzco, Horseback Riding

    Morning: After breakfast in our hotel, we will return to the Machu Picchu ruins for some additional touring. Those interested in shopping may opt to tour the shops in lieu of the tourist sites, noting that the shopping in Ollantaytambo is less elaborate than in Cuzco. In the late morning we board the train for the return trip to the Sacred Valley, arriving close to the equestrian center where we will embark on a 2 to 3 hour spectacular horseback ride. Our ride will begin with some basic instruction for those of us who are unfamiliar with the joys of horseback riding or are novices. The Andean ride that we will experience has been described as “the smoothest riding….in the world in one of the most fascinating regions of the Andes, the Sacred Valley of the Andes.”

    Evening: Dinner and over night at our hotel.

    Day 7: Cuzco / Puno

    Morning: We will have breakfast at our hotel then it’s back to the airport for our domestic flight to Puno, on Lake Titicaca, the world’s highest altitude lake. Upon arrival in Puno, we will be met by an TOURS UNLIMITED representative and transferred to our hotel. Barely on the ground in Puno, we will be instantly taken with the city’s beauty, charm, archeological remains, historic monuments, traditional Andean architecture, and the people: humble, poor and kind. It will be quickly apparent why Puno has the reputation of being the ”Folklore Capital of Peru.”

    The rest of the day is free to pick and choose activities as we wish. Exploring and shopping will be available in Puno for those so desiring. Our local host will direct us to the best points of interest and shopping venues. An optional half day of kayaking on Lake Titicaca can be arranged for anyone interested. As this is an optional activity the cost of transfer to the put-in site, the kayak rental, and the guide will be outside of the cost of the tour package cost.

    Day 8: Puno

    Morning: After breakfast in our hotel, we will head out to visit the two better known of the small floating islands, made of packed totora, in Lake Titicaca: the Uros and the Taquile Islands, where, traditionally, the men have been devoted to agriculture and fishing, and the women to weaving. The locals have developed an original form of “communal tourism”, in which visitors share their food, homes, customs and traditions. Noon: Our exploration of the floating islands will include a stop for lunch.

    Evening: Tonight’s dinner will be in a restaurant and then it’s back to our hotel for the night.

    Day 9: Puno, Horseback riding among the Sillustani Ruins

    Morning: Breakfast will be served at our hotel. Today’s activity will be an equestrian one that will enable us to explore, along with our guide, the spectacular area and take in some incredible panoramic views of the Uyumayo Lagoon along the archaeological complex of Sillustani and some local family homes before returning to Puno.

    Day 10: Puno Sightseeing, Transfer to Lima, International Departure

    Morning: After breakfast, we’ll do a final tour of Puno where we will visit some of the city’s most interesting sites, such as the 16th century cathedral, the Dreyer Museum (which has an impressive collection of pottery from the Tiwanaku, Pukara, Koalla and Lupaka cultures), the Casa Del Conde de Lemus, La Casa del Corregidor, Cerrito El Huajsapata (natural observatory of Puno’s city) and El Arco Deustua. At the appropriate time we will be transferred back to the airport for our flight to Lima where we will connect with our international flights.

2013 DATES

May 17 - May 27, 2013

October 18 - October 28, 2013

2013 PRICING:

2 persons on trip: $2950 (per person)

3 persons on trip: $2835 (per person)

4 to 9 persons on trip: $2790 (per person)

For solo travelers, a $300 single supplement will apply; unless the solo traveler agrees to share lodging AND TOURS UNLIMITED is able to match the solo traveler a willing same sex solo traveler.

The stated price includes all transportation* from the meeting point on Day 1 until the drop off point on Day 10 at the Jorge Chavez Airport in Lima, all meals beginning with breakfast on Day 2 through breakfast on Day 10, all sports equipment and related safety gear, all fees for entry to points of interest on the itinerary, and English speaking guides.

The stated price does not include gratuities, alcoholic beverages or articles of a purely personal nature. *The stated price includes air fare for the Peruvian domestic flights described in the day to day itinerary. These prices are based on domestic air fare in Peru as of the date of publication of this itinerary. The final amount due from the client may be adjusted in accordance with changes in the Peruvian domestic air fare. A fifty percent deposit is due at the time of booking. The remaining balance is payable forty days prior to Day 1 of this expedition.

PAYONLINE

LODGING

During our stay in Peru, we will be staying in comfortable and clean hotels, chosen for their charm, style, and graciousness.

TRANSPORTATION

Our land transportation will be by clean and comfortable vans. On Days 2, 3, 5, and 8 we may be joined by other tour groups in our vehicles, a wonderful opportunity to meet travelers from other parts of the world.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

The activities on this trip do not require any particular experience or skill level. Sufficient instruction will be provided for participants who are beginners or who have limited experience with respect to any of the listed activities. All that is required is a spirit of fun and adventure as well as an open mind and a willingness to try something new.

Participants should be generally in good health and able to walk up to 8 miles (13 kilometers). The weight limitation for the equestrian activity is 195 pounds (90 kg).

TOURS UNLIMITED recommends that all participants engage in a physical conditioning and fitness program as part of trip preparation. Our fitness partner, Fit for Trips®, provides custom designed fitness programs designed especially for the activities of each of our TOURS UNLIMITED vacations.

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS

Participants who are nationals of countries other than Peru are advised to check with the Peruvian embassy (or a Peruvian consular office) in their home countries to determine the applicable passport / visa requirements. As of the date of publication, if you are a national of the United States, Canada, Australia, the UK, or the EU, you may enter Peru for tourism with a valid passport and a return ticket. A visa will not be required.

TOURS UNLIMITED recommends that your passport be valid for a period of six months beyond your anticipated date of return to your home country.

INOCULATIONS

No inoculations/vaccinations are required to enter Peru, unless you are coming from a country where Yellow Fever is present; in this case you may be required to show a current vaccination. All participants are advised to have a current tetanus shot. TOURS UNLIMITED recommends that you consult the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at www.cdc.gov/travel/ or your personal physician to consider whether you wish to get shots for typhoid, hepatitis, and other diseases.

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