Picture Perfect Peru
Day 1 Lima 12/8
Magic Waters; Dinner
Welcome to Lima, the “City of Kings”. Today our tour leader will meet us for a welcome briefing and some tips for our stay in Lima. Then we’ll visit the Magic Water circuit in historic Reserve Park. We’ll see the most impressive fountains, including the Tunnel of Surprises, the Labyrinth of Dreams, the Fountain of Life, the Fountain of Illusion, the Magical Fountain, and the Fountain of Fantasy. Then, we will go for a group dinner together.
Antigua Hotel (2N)
Day 2 Lima 12/9
Walking Tour; Lima Night Bites
Today we will enjoy a tour of Lima that connects you with the heart and soul of this fascinating Peruvian city. We’ll visit the storied Bolivar hotel, stroll along pedestrian only Jiron de la Union, continue to the Central Market, and conclude with the impressive Monasterio San Francisco. After a free afternoon we’ll gather for a “Lima Night Bites” stroll. We’ll start with a Pisco Sour in the bar where the iconic drink was created. Then we’ll sample traditional Limeñan street food on a progressive dinner stroll.
Day 3 Amazon Jungle 12/10
Flight; Canopy Tower; River Stroll
After breakfast we board a short flight to Puerto Maldonado (flight included), gateway to the Peruvian Amazon. We’ll continue by bus and motorized canoe to our rain forest lodge. An afternoon walk brings us to a Canopy Tower for far-reaching views and bird spotting. After dinner, an optional river stroll to observe the nocturnal denizens of the river.
Posada Amazonas Lodge (3N)
Day 4 Amazon Jungle 12/11
Amazon safari; Jungle Walk
Wake at dawn to the sound of bird calls and, after breakfast, travel by boat and foot to an oxbow lake for an aquatic wildlife safari. In the afternoon, we’ll venture out on a jungle walk, keeping an eye out for wildlife while learning from a local guide about the many resources the Amazon provides.
Day 5 Amazon Jungle 12/12
Clay Lick; Farm Visit
This morning’s activity is a visit to the Parrot Clay Lick and a short hike. From a nearby observation spot, we should see dozens of parrots and parakeets descend to ingest the clay on the river bank. In the afternoon, we’ll visit a working farm in the village of Infierno.
Day 6 Cuzco 12/13
A morning flight returns us to Cuzco (flight included), the heart and soul of Peru. It is a fascinating combination of Incan and Spanish cultures. Cuzco is 10,800 feet, so we will take a day off from sight-seeing to acclimatize. But this evening we’ll don aprons and make our very own chocotejas, using local Peruvian chocolate. While your chocotejas set, you’ll have an opportunity to sample some favorite wines of South America.
Casa Andina Koricancha (2N)
Day 7 Cuzco 12/14
Sacsayhuaman; Qenqo; Coca Museum
This morning we will start off by visiting the huge Inca ceremonial center of Sacsayhuaman. Its construction is amazing, with huge rocks perfectly fitted. Later, we’ll visit another important Inca site known as “Qenqo”, a place of subterranean passages and carved stone channels. Its inner sanctuary contains a carved stone table where it is said the Incas mummified their dead. For those with sufficient energy, there are two more Inca sights to explore and we can organize a visit to the Coca Museum.
Day 8 Sacred Valley 12/15
Village Lunch; Ollantaytambo
Today we board a bus for the Sacred Valley. Treasured for its climate, fertile land, and the Urubamba (Sacred) River. We’ll visit a nearby community to learn about the local lifestyle and enjoy lunch in the community. We’ll continue on to the town of Ollantaytambo, built over an ancient Incan settlement.
Casa Andina Machu Picchu (3N)
Day 9 Machu Picchu 12/16
After breakfast we take a train through the winding Urubamba Valley to Aguas Calientes. From there on to Machu Picchu via a bus ride up the steep, zigzagging road to the impressive Lost City of the Incas. Our guide will show us the most important sights, including the great Intiwatana (solar clock), the Sun Temple, the urban sector, and the agricultural sector. We’ll finish the day with time for photography before returning to our hotel.
Day 10 Machu Picchu 12/17
Machu Picchu; Waterfall
Today we have a free day to visit Machu Picchu on your own and take advantage of the seemingly endless photo opportunities (transportation and entrance included). We will also offer an optional hike to a nearby waterfall.
Day 11 Cuzco 12/18
After 2 days of admiring the amazing Machu Picchu, it’s time to return to Cuzco. In the evening we will participate in a food and craft beer pairing session, testing 6 craft beers with a selection of diverse snacks.
Casa Andina Koricancha (1N)
Day 12 Puno 12/19
Today is primarily a travel day as we make our way south to Puno. Located on the shores of Lake Titicaca, Puno is a melting pot of Aymara and Quechuan Indian culture. The town is known as the folklore capital of Peru and is famous for its traditional dances.
La Hacienda Plaza Hotel (2N)
Day 13 Puno 12/20
Lake Titicaca; Dinner
Today we will visit Lake Titicaca. A full day tour by boat to the Uros and Taquile Islands will reveal the local culture. Uros people live on “floating islands”, made entirely of totora reeds and use traditional boats, also made of reeds. We’ll enjoy a typical lunch in a rustic local restaurant and return to Puno in the afternoon. We’ll gather for a final dinner together tonight.
Day 14 Puno 12/21
Tour over after breakfast. Imprint will assist in arranging airport transportation.
Pre-Tour Nazca Lines Extension
Day 1 Lima/Paracas 12/7
Nazca Lines Flight
We will gather first thing in the morning in Lima and take a bus to Paracas. From there we will be transferred to Pisco airport to overfly the Nazca Lines. Buckle up and get ready to be amazed by the magnificent symmetry and scale of the ancient designs. The questions surrounding the Nazca Lines enigma continue to go unanswered. Some suggest they are an ancient solar calendar, others that the Lines act as ritual pathways for religious processions, and still others believe it was just a way of asking the gods for water. It will be up to us to decide for ourselves. Once on the ground again we’ll return to our hotel and have dinner together.
San Agustin Paracas Hotel (1N)
Day 2 Paracas/Lima 12/8
Candelabro; Bellestas Islands Excursion
In the morning we will be transferred to Paracas harbor. Along the way, we’ll see the famous figure known as The Candelabro, an enigmatic ancient design etched on the desert floor. We’ll learn the most popular theories about its origins and take a few photos of the lovely ocean vista. At the harbor, we will board a boat bound for the Ballestas Islands. An amazing variety of marine life inhabits these islands including 200+ types of migratory birds. The Islands also shelter the shy Humboldt penguin and plenty of sea lions. Then it is back to Lima in time to join the regular tour.
Post-tour Colca Canyon extension
Day 1 Chivay 12/4
Colca Canyon; Coporaque walking tour
Our Colca Canyon extension begins with a drive to Chivay. We stop en-route to enjoy the spectacular views of the canyon – more than twice as deep as the Grand Canyon. In the afternoon we’ll enjoy a guided walk to the colorful town of C. In the evening you are free to sample the local thermal baths or see traditional Andean dance.
Pozo del Cielo (1N)
Day 2 Arequipa 12/5
Cruz del Condor
The Colca Canyon is renowned for its condors, and we stop at the famous observation point Cruz del Condor to see these impressive birds, with their colossal wing-spans. The canyon views here are equally impressive. After plenty of time for photos, we continue on to Arequipa.
Casa Andina Standard Arequipa (1N)
Day 3 Extension over 12/6
Extension ends after breakfast. Imprint will assist with airport transfers.
13 night’s accommodation; All breakfasts, 6 dinners, 4 lunches; full time services of professional tour director, tour leader, and local guides for all excursions and sights; all tips for drivers, guides, tour leader, group meals; all tour transport; all sight entrance fees and activities (excursions: Magic Water; Discover Lima tour; Lima Bites & Sights; Canopy Tower; Oxbow/hike; night safari; Clay Lick; farm visit; wine/chocolate; Chocolate making; community visit; vistadome train; beer/snack pairings; Lake Titicaca entrances: Machu Picchu; Mandor Waterfalls; Sacsayhuaman; Qenco; Coca Museum; and more)
Nazca: 1 night accommodation; 1 breakfasat, 1 dinner; overflight Nazca Lines; Candelabro; Belaran Islands excursion; bus transport from/to Lima
Colca: 2 nights accommodation; 2 breakfast, 1 dinner; Canyon hike; Candelabro walking tour; Condor observation excursion; bus transportation
Tour participants are responsible for the cost of drinks, free-time sightseeing, meals not covered in itinerary, and visas. See our Terms and Conditions for important details regarding everything listed above.