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zAAA Vacations® - Peru Explorer

12 days

Never more than 16 guests. Guaranteed.

Small Group Discoveries

  • Retreat to the enchanting Inkaterra El Pueblo Hotel, situated in a pristine riverside cloud forest in the shadow of Machu Picchu.
  • Our exclusive visit to Cuyuni affords authentic, immersive engagement with the people, life and culture of a remote Andean village.
  • From a genuine Indian market and pioneering animal sanctuary to the studios of artists and weavers, you’ll return with a deeper, more meaningful appreciation of Peru’s True Spirit.
  • Experience Peru’s Colonial history, vibrant culture and ancient Inca landmarks with our Trip Leader Ana Maria, highly praised by our guests for the insights and knowledge which she brings to their travels.

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Day
1

An Extra Night in Lima

AAA Complimentary Inclusion: Enjoy a free extra night in Lima before your tour at the Doubletree El Pardo, ideally set in the seaside district of Miraflores.

Day
2

Welcome to Lima

Enjoy a day at leisure in Lima. Meals B

Day
3

Discover Lima c

Your city tour includes the lovely Santo Domingo Church & Convent and the Larco Herrera Museum, famed for its fine pre-Columbian artifacts. Meals B 

Day
4

Into the Sacred Valley of the Inca

Fly to Cuzco c where you’ll be greeted by Ana Maria. Journey with her into the Sacred Valley to visit the Cochahuasi Animal Sanctuary, dedicated to the rescue of endangered Andean animals. At Awanacancha, see llamas and alpacas in their natural habitat, and learn about ancient weaving techniques. Explore the colorful town of Pisac and have lunch before checking in to the Casa Andina Private Collection Hotel. With little ambient light, the Sacred Valley is a great place to star gaze. Tonight, head over to your resort’s planetarium and observatory to marvel at the constellations of the Southern Sky!  Meals B,L

[Please note: Due to limited visibility, the planetarium is closed from January through March. During this time, guests will enjoy an extra sightseeing stop in Lima on Day 2 to visit Casa Aliaga. This handsome residence is the oldest house in the Americas and has been home to the same family for nearly 500 years!]

Day
5

Explore the Sacred Valley with Ana Maria

Tour the mountaintop fortress of Ollantaytambo with Ana Maria and stop by a local chicheria to learn about chicha, an Andean beverage distilled from corn. Then visit the studio of Pablo and Marilu Seminario – renowned pottery artisans who draw on ancient techniques and designs. Tonight, witness a Pago a la Tierra, a Tribute to the Earth, performed by an Andean shaman. Meals B,L

Day
6

Through the Sacred Valley by rail to Machu Picchu c

A two-day visit to the Lost City of the Inca begins with a rail journey through the spectacular Sacred Valley. Arrive Machu Picchu and explore the mountain citadel as Ana Maria illuminates the history of the ancient Inca. Overnight at the Inkaterra El Pueblo. Meals B,L,D

Day
7

Morning at Machu Picchu and back to Cuzco by train

We include your transportation and entry ticket so you can ascend again to explore at your own pace as the sun casts its first light upon Machu Picchu. With morning dew, the paths can be slippery, requiring caution. Enroute to Cuzco, stop in Chincheros, a high-mountain town known for its skilled weavers. Spend three nights in the heart of Cuzco at the Novotel Hotel, set in a 16th-century landmark. Meals B,D

Day
8

Morning sightseeing

Join Ana Maria this morning to discover Cuzco’s iconic landmarks, including Sacsayhuaman and the Temple of the Sun. Then mingle with city residents and visit Almudena Cemetery to experience traditional facets of daily life here in the Andes. Meals B

Day
9

Off the beaten path to Oropesa and Cuyuni

Journey across the high-mountain plains south of Cuzco to Oropesa. Rarely visited by tourists, this handsome Colonial-era town is renowned throughout the region for its generations-old bread-making traditions, a skill still practiced by many of the town’s residents. Take in the aroma of freshly-baked breads and sample the traditional Oropesa bread. Then continue to the remote mountain village of Cuyuni where you’ll have a chance to mingle and stroll with residents. They’ll take you into their homes and fields, teaching you about their traditions and a way of life that has changed little over the centuries. Return to Cuzco and dine tonight at Incanto. Meals B,L,D

Day
10

From Cuzco back to the capital

Fly to Lima where you’ll have a day-use room at the Doubletree El Pardo. Our services end upon your late afternoon check out. Meals B

Day
1

An Extra Night in Lima

AAA Complimentary Inclusion: Enjoy a free extra night in Lima before your tour at the Doubletree El Pardo, ideally set in the seaside district of Miraflores.

Day
2

Welcome to Lima

Check in to the superior first class Doubletree El Pardo Hotel

Day
3

Discover Lima c

Your city tour begins in the lively seaside district of Miraflores, one of Lima’s most enchanting areas. In the historic center of town, you’ll visit the lovely Santo Domingo Church and Larco Herrera Museum, famed for its fine pre-Columbian artifacts. Stroll with your guide through Barranco, a charming enclave where historic 19th-century buildings are now home to thriving galleries and studios. Meals B 

Day
4

Into the Sacred Valley of the Inca

Fly to Cuzco c where you’ll be greeted by Ana Maria. AAA Engaging Experiences: Journey with her into the Sacred Valley to visit the Cochahuasi Animal Sanctuary, dedicated to the rescue of endangered Andean animals. At Awanacancha, see llamas and alpacas in their natural habitat and learn about ancient weaving techniques. Explore the colorful town of Pisac, renowned for its bustling Andean market, and have lunch before checking in to the Casa Andina Private Collection Hotel. Tonight, head over to your resort’s planetarium and observatory to marvel at the constellations of the Southern Sky. Meals B,L

[Please Note: Due to limited visibility, the planetarium is closed from January through March. During this time, guests will enjoy an extra sightseeing stop in Lima on Day 2 to visit Casa Aliaga. This handsome Colonial residence is the oldest house in the Americas and has been home to the same family for nearly 500 years.]

Day
5

Explore the Sacred Valley with Ana Maria

Tour the spectacular mountaintop fortress of Ollantaytambo with Ana Maria and stop by a local chicheria in this authentic Inca-era town to learn about chicha, an Andean beverage distilled from corn. AAA Engaging Experience: Then visit the studio of Pablo and Marilu Seminario – renowned pottery artisans who draw on ancient techniques and designs. Tonight, witness a Pago a la Tierra, a Tribute to the Earth, performed by an Andean shaman. Meals B,L 

Day
6

Through the Sacred Valley by rail to Machu Picchu c

A two-day visit to the Lost City of the Inca begins with a rail journey through the spectacular Sacred Valley. Arrive Machu Picchu and explore the mountain citadel as Ana Maria illuminates the history of the ancient Inca. AAA Engaging Experience: Retreat to the enchanting Inkaterra El Pueblo Hotel, nestled in a riverside cloud forest at the base of Machu Picchu. Meals B,L,D

Day
7

Morning at Machu Picchu and back to Cuzco by train

We include your transportation and entry ticket so you can ascend again to explore the Lost City early this morning at your own pace. AAA Engaging Experience: Stand in awe as the sun casts its first light upon the ancient stones of Machu Picchu; it’s a powerful and unforgettable experience. With morning dew, the paths can be slippery, requiring caution. En route to Cuzco, stop in Chincheros, a high-mountain town known for its skilled weavers. Spend three nights at the charming El Mercado Hotel, set in a splendidly renovated historic building in the heart of Cuzco. Meals B,D

Day
8

Morning sightseeing

Join Ana Maria this morning to discover Cuzco’s iconic landmarks, including Sacsayhuaman and the Temple of the Sun. Then mingle with city residents at the lively San Pedro Market and visit Almudena Cemetery to experience traditional facets of daily life here in the Andes. Return to your city central hotel and enjoy your afternoon at leisure. Meals B

Day
10

From Cuzco back to the capital

Fly to Lima for your onward journey. Guests with late international departures will have a day-use room at the Doubletree El Pardo Hotel. Meals B

Extend Your Trip

Add Lake Titicaca to your Tour

3-Days Post-Tour Extension from $899

Experience one of the world’s highest lakes! We include transportation from Cuzco to Puno, 2 nights in your choice of hotel, 4 meals, full day sightseeing including the floating Uros Island, and your return flight to Lima.

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Day
9

From Cuzco to Puno

Transfer to the airport in Cuzco and fly on your included flight to Juliaca.  Upon arrival you’ll be warmly greeted and transferred to the lake-front Libertador hotel.  Meals B

Day
10

Exploring across Lake Titicaca

A full-day excursion across the sacred waters of this high mountain lake begins with the remarkable floating islands of the Uros Indians. Here you’ll encounter a timeless way of life as you visit their small floating communities, built on layers of Totora reeds. Continue on to Taquile Island where islanders speak Aymara, the language of the high Andean plateau, and craft colorful handsome textiles using ancient techniques. Return to your hotel in the late afternoon. Meals B,L

Day
11

Return to Lima

Check out from your lakefront hotel and visit the mysterious pre-Incan towers of Sillustani. Return to Lima where you connect to your flight home, or continue your exploration of Peru.  Meals B

International Airfare

International airfare is provided on LAN Airlines
Fare valid only on LAN Airlines for Miami-Lima-Miami on tour dates where we hold reserved space and includes all taxes and fees.  Airline baggage policies are subject to change, see  www.lan.com  for up-to-date information.

Private Tour Add-Ons

Arequipa and the Colca Valley

Tour this lovely, Colonial-era Peruvian town and then journey into the Colca Valley, one of South America’s greatest natural wonders and home to the magnificent condor! Enjoy a deluxe hotel in Arequipa and wonderful hot spring lodge in the Colca Valley.

Quito

Discover this fascinating city cradled high in the Andes. We include a choice of fine hotels and a private tour showcasing the Colonial monuments and lively culture of Ecuador’s alluring capital.

Peru's Amazon Lodges

Discover the remote and pristine Amazon jungles of Peru! We include your choice of eco-lodge deep in the rainforest, roundtrip transportation from Puerto Maldonado and all meals. Then set out with our expert naturalists to explore the unique flora and fauna of the Amazon.

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Prices are per person, land only. We offer air on LAN. Add extra nights.

Family + Friends

Travel is one of  life's most rewarding experiences, perhaps even more so when it's shared with those you love! Combine our limited-time pay-in-full discount with our Family & Friends offers and save even more:
  • Save $50 more per person when 3 guests go
  • Save $100 more per person with 4 people
  • Save $150 more per person with 5 people
  • Save $200 more per person with 6 or more people!

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