Day 1 Lima
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.
Hotel Antigua Miraflores (2 nights)
Day 2 Lima
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
Canopy Tower; Nocturnal 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 (3 nights)
Day 4 Amazon
Oxbow lake; 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
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
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 (2 nights)
Day 7 Cuzco
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.
Day 8 Aquas Calientes
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. Later you'll take a train up to Aguas Calientes, taking in gorgeous Andean scenery along the way. In Aguas Calientes you can get an early night if you like, in preparation for tomorrow's visit to Machu Picchu.
Casa Andina Machu Picchu (3 nights)
Day 9 Aquas Calientes
After breakfast we have a free morning. We will offer a guided hike to a nearby waterfall as an optional activity. At midday (entrance to MP is limited to an AM or PM visit), it's 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 Aquas Calientes
Today we have an early start to visit Machu Picchu in the morning. We will enter with our guide (required) but you will be free to explore on your own today and take advantage of the seemingly endless photo opportunities. Your afternoon is free.
Day 11 Cuzco
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 (1 night)
Day 12 Puno
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 (2 nights)
Day 13 Puno
Today we will visit Lake Titicaca. A 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 return to Puno in time for lunch and a free afternoon. We’ll gather for a final dinner together tonight.
Day 14 Tour Over
Tour over after breakfast. Imprint will assist in arranging airport transfers or post-tour travel arrangements.
[Itinerary details & hotels subject to change]
Pre-Tour Nazca Lines Extension
Day 1 Lima/Paracas
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 (flight included). 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 (1 night)
Day 2 Paracas/Lima
Ballestas 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
Our Colca Canyon extension begins with a spectacular scenic drive to Chivay. We stop en-route to enjoy the spectacular views of the surrounding Andes. In the afternoon we’ll enjoy an orientation walk of Chivay and an optional hike to the local thermal baths.
Pozo del Cielo (1 night)
Day 2 Arequipa
Cruz del Condor
Today’s destination if the canyon itself. En route we will make a brief stop in the colorful town of Coporaque. The Colca Canyon is renowned for its condors, and we stop at the famous observation point Cruz del Condor (Condor Crossing) to see these impressive birds with their colossal wing-spans. The canyon views here are equally impressive. The great rift is more than twice as deep as the Grand Canyon. After plenty of time for photos, we continue on to Arequipa - another beautiful Andean drive. Arequipa is a beautiful colonial city and a lovely place to extend your stay on your own.
Casa Andina Standard Arequipa (1 night)
Day 3 Extension Over
Extension over after breakfast. Imprint will assist with airport transfers and post-extension travel arrangements.
[Extension(s) itinerary details and hotels are subject to change.]
13 night’s accommodation; All breakfasts, 6 dinners, 4 lunches; All tour transport (bus, van, plane, boat); All tips (tour leader, escort, local guides, drivers, boat captains, group meals, hotel staffs); Full-time services of a Peruvian tour leader, an Imprint escort, and local guides; All entrances: Machu Picchu (2), Sacsayhuaman, Qenco, Ollantaytambo; All activities: Magic Waters, Discover Lima tour, Lima Bites & Sights, Canopy Tower, Oxbow/hike, night safari, Clay Lick, farm visit, wine/chocolate pairing, Chocolate making, community visit, vistadome train, beer/snack pairings, Lake Titicaca excursion, and more
Nazca: 1 night accommodation; 1 breakfast, 1 dinner; bus transport from/to Lima; All tips; Full-time services of Peruvian tour leader, Imprint escort, and local guide (Ballestas); overflight Nazca Lines, Ballestas Islands excursion
Colca: 2 nights accommodation; 2 breakfasts, 1 dinner; bus transportation; All tips; Full-time services of Peruvian tour leader, Imprint escort, and local guide; Canyon hike; Condor observation excursion
Tour participants are responsible for the cost of drinks, free-time sightseeing & meals, expenditures of a personal nature, and flight baggage overage fees.