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Experience more with so much included

  • Scheduled return flights from London Heathrow
  • Explore the extraordinary civilization of the Incas, the colonial heritage of the Spanish Conquistadors and the colourful culture of present-day Peru
  • Guided visit to Machu Picchu, the fabled ‘Lost city of the Incas’
  • Tour of Sacred Valley of the Incas
  • Stay in hand-picked three and four-star hotels with daily breakfast
  • Guided sightseeing of Cusco, once capital of the Inca empire, now one of South America’s most enchanting cities
  • Visit to the famous floating islands of Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world
  • See the great South American condor in flight, at the stunning Colca Canyon, one of the world’s deepest
  • Guided tour of Arequipa, one of South America’s most charming Spanish colonial cities
  • Experience the Peruvian Amazon basin with a two-night stay at an eco-lodge in the jungle
  • Escorted by an experienced tour manager

Selected departures from April to October 2019

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At a Glance
3 to 4-star accommodation
2 nights in Amazon Jungle Eco-Lodge
Return flights & transfers
Programme of daily tours & visits
Daily breakfast & 5 meals
Full board at the Eco-Lodge
Expert tour manager
Checked Luggage
 

Overview

Explore the extraordinary civilization of the Incas, the colonial heritage of the Spanish Conquistadors and the colourful culture of present-day Peru & Experience the Peruvian Amazon basin with a two-night stay at an eco-lodge in the jungle.

Peru is without doubt the most intriguing and fascinating of all South American countries. The incredible remains of the Inca civilization are a huge draw and combined with its colonial architecture, the stunning vistas of the jagged peaks of the Andes, the Amazonian jungle, its superb cuisine and the warmth of the Peruvians themselves, this is one of the most captivating destinations in the world!

Firstly, its scenery is world-class: the Andes, the second highest mountain range in the world rising to a jaw-dropping 20,000 feet, run like a backbone down the entire country. Snow-clad volcanoes pierce the sky, whilst torrential rivers surge through rocky valleys from the numerous glaciers. At lower altitudes is the altiplano, a timeless plateau covered with tufts of wiry grass and studded with occasional but distinctive low thatched houses of the indigenous Indians. Completing the scene are small herds of instantly recognisable llama, whilst above, giant condors soar on the rising thermals.

Lake Titicaca is the highest navigable lake in the world. At 13,000 feet the luminescent light and clear air cause the lake to emit a stunning sapphire-blue colour and its infinite vastness stretches into the horizon. With the ever-present Andes as the backdrop, the dark greens of the altiplano plunge into the deep waters whilst an eerily haunting silence pervades; it exudes an almost other-worldly natural beauty. The lake itself is home to the Uros, an Indian people who live much as they have always done, on extensive floating islands constructed from reeds.

Peru, in all our minds though, is indivisible from the fabled Incas, that remarkable people who, by the early 16th century had created the greatest empire in the then world. Stretching from Colombia to Chile, amazingly without the benefit of writing, ferrous metals, horses, currency or wheels. The Incas were the last of dozens of pre-Colombian civilisations, but how did a tiny group of 160 Spaniards manage to conquer this highly organised and sophisticated society of 32 million people? We visit the sites of battles, palaces and the most sacred temples of the Incas answering this question and many others.

We stay a few days in Cusco, the oldest inhabited city in the Americas. As Peru’s undisputed archaeological capital, surrounded by exceptionally beautiful Andean countryside, it is one of South America’s most charming cities. It is a curious blend of old and new with immense, virtually earthquake-proof Inca walls lining cobbled streets and forming the foundations of some gorgeous colonial buildings, reminiscent of medieval Spain. We see its 16th century cathedral, fabulous art and opulent treasure collections, the main square where the conquistadors were almost overwhelmed and the last Inca emperor was executed in a public display of Spanish supremacy.

The most striking image of Peru, and probably the entire continent, is of course the awesome Machu Picchu. One of the greatest archaeological discoveries of modern times, it is set in a breathtaking landscape of rich rainforest, deep perilous gorges and lofty snow-covered peaks. Nothing can prepare you for the sheer exhilaration felt as you approach the site and it gloriously comes into view. You ascend a slope and suddenly there it is, its magic hits you right between the eyes: the classic view from countless travel posters, it will truly take your breath away!

Peru is also the culinary centre of South America with many specialities. You should try ceviche, a meaty sea-fish similar to sea-bass, marinated in lime juice. Alpaca steaks are popular too, but you may wish to draw the line at the Inca speciality of guinea pig, still considered a delicacy. There are over thirty different types of potatoes, one of which is bright yellow and delicious baked in salt, and the most mouth-watering corn on the cob, totally different from the selectively bred varieties we are used to.

Peru is fascinating: a striking mixture of old-world Spanish influence combined with many Inca customs and beliefs persisting to this day. Peruvians are justly proud of their unique and complex cultural heritage and no visitor can fail to be enchanted by their genuine kindness, intrigued by their long and colourful history and captivated by their spectacular and beautiful country.

Your Itinerary

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Price Includes

The price of this holiday is per person, based on two people sharing a twin room. Single rooms available at the relevant supplement. The price includes return scheduled flights; 11 nights on bed and breakfast basis in four and three-star hotels, all tours as mentioned, all transfers and one item of luggage per person; the services of a Riviera tour manager.

Included excursions are guided visits to the Colca Canyon, Sacred Valley, Pisac Market, guided tour of Arequipa, Machu Picchu, Cusco, Taquile and Uros Islands on Lake Titicaca

Important notes regarding your Amazon stay (please see Useful Information for more details)

  • Due to limited space available on the boat transfers to the lodge, guests’ luggage is restricted to 22lbs (9.5kg) per person, but the lodge has secure storage available for extra baggage near the airport.
  • Weather is hot and humid year-round. May to Oct is the ‘dry’ period when exploration on foot is easier; Nov to Apr is the wet season, making it the ideal time to explore by canoe. The lodge also provides ‘wellies’ for all clients, although we recommend some good boots and a lightweight hooded rain jacket or poncho.
  • Electricity is normally limited to 4 hours per day and wifi is very limited in the main lodge. There are no TVs or air-conditioning in keeping with the natural environment.

Useful Information

Important Note on Health

This tour includes five days at altitudes in excess of 11,000 feet so you do need to be reasonably fit and mobile. In order to minimise the effects of altitude, we have designed our tour to encourage a slow acclimatisation process by spending the first three nights in the Andes at the slightly lower altitudes of Arequipa and Colca Canyon, before visiting the higher elevations of Lake Titicaca and Cuzco.

The NHS Fit for Travel website provides useful information for travellers in general, and has a section on altitude sickness and how to avoid or minimise it. Our experienced tour managers will also be able to advise on how to minimise the effects of the altitude.

If you suffer from heart or respiratory problems, anaemia or high blood pressure, we strongly recommend you talk to your GP prior to travel. Please also ask a health professional about relevant inoculations.

Mobility

We want to ensure you make the correct choice before you book your holiday with us. If you have any concerns regarding the suitabilty of the holiday due to reduced mobility we would encourage you to call us to discuss these concerns. General information on mobility in connection with our tours can be found here.

Transfer Times

All transfer times listed here are approximate, and dependent on traffic. If you have a question regarding transfer times please don't hesitate to contact us

Arrival airport First hotel location Transfer time Final hotel location Departure airport Transfer time
Lima - Jorge Chávez International Airport Lima 1 hr Lima Lima - Jorge Chávez International Airport 1 hr

Fact File

  • Currencies: Peruvian, Nuevo, Sol
  • Deposit: £200 per person
  • Flight time: Approx. 14 hrs 50 mins
  • Languages: Spanish, Quechua, Aymara
  • Time zone: GMT-5
  • Country: Peru

Amazon Jungle Lodge

As part of this tour you will experience an incredible stay in an Eco-Lodge located deep in the Peruvian Amazon. Here you have the wonderful opportunity to see even more spectacular wildlife on the various river boat trips and rainforest nature trails. See above for the full itinerary.

The Inkaterra Hacienda Conception Lodge is located close to the Madre de Dios River. Each room is equipped with two twins or one king size bed, hypoallergenic pillows and comforters, 100% cotton sheets, cotton bath robes, reading lights and a ceiling fan. There is also an en-suite bathroom in each room with natural essence toiletries. All rooms have a forest view with a sitting area on the immediate porch.

Electricity is normally limited to 4 hours per day and wifi is very limited in the main lodge. There are no TVs or air-conditioning, in keeping with the natural environment, though there is a ceiling fan in each room.

Your stay at the Inkaterra Hacienda Conception Lodge is on a full board basis. We will then move to the four-star Casa Andina Select Miraflores hotel (with breakfast) in Lima for the last night before your flight home.

For more information, please call our reservations department.


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