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Small Group Tour Highlights
  • Lima touring including historic Casa Aliaga
  • Visit to Larco Herrera Museum
  • Historic Cuzco
  • Cuzco’s Incan ruins
  • Sacred Valley touring
  • Visit to Indian market in Pisac
  • Lunch in the home of a Cuzco family
  • Two guided visits to ruins at Machu Picchu
  • Scenic drive from Cuzco to Lake Titicaca
  • Full-day tour of Lake Titicaca
Day-by-Day Itinerary

Day 1: Depart U.S. for Lima, Peru We depart today for the Peruvian capital. Upon arrival tonight we transfer directly to our hotel.

Day 2: Lima We meet our Odysseys Unlim­ited Tour Director and fellow travelers at this morning’s briefing about the journey ahead, then embark on a tour of colonial Lima. A highlight is our visit to treasured Casa Aliaga, one of the oldest homes in Lima (circa 1535), with a rich architectural heritage and a collection of Peruvian art and artifacts. Given the land by his friend conquistador Francisco Pizarro, Jeronimo de Aliaga, one of Lima’s founders, built the home that has been continuously occupied by his descendants ever since, some 18 generations. Next we tour Larco Herrera Museum, whose ceramics collection (including a renowned set of erotic pre-Columbian figures) is unparalleled. We enjoy a welcome lunch at the museum; dinner tonight is on our own. B,L

Day 3: Lima/Cuzco/Sacred Valley This morning we transfer to the airport for the brief flight to Cuzco. Upon arrival we visit the sacred sites of Koricancha and Santo Domingo then continue on to the beautiful Sacred Valley, a region of Inca sites and indigenous villages. We stop at the colorful Indian market at Pisac before reaching our hotel mid-afternoon. B,L,D

Day 4: Sacred Valley This morning we attend a native ceremony, “Offering to the Earth,” then set out for Ollantaytambo, a living town and site of massive Incan ruins dating to the 15th century that still inspire wonder today. After touring here we continue on to the Incan farming town of Chincheros, set on a broad plateau presided over by a snowcapped mountain. Here residents live much as their ancestors did, wearing traditional clothing and conducting business and local government by time-honored means. They also weave as their ancestors did, as we see at a demonstration of this traditional craft. Late afternoon we return to our hotel, where we dine tonight. B,L,D

Day 5: Sacred Valley/Machu Picchu/Aguas Calientes  Early this morning we board a train for the 1½-hour journey to Aguas Calientes, where after lunch we board a bus for Machu Picchu and our first guided visit of the stunning “Lost City of the Incas.” Thanks to its small size, our group will move nimbly through the ruins and have the leisure to absorb the beauty and mystery of this haunting UNESCO World Heritage site. Mid-afternoon we return to Aguas Calientes and our hotel, with time at leisure before dinner together tonight. B,L,D

Day 6: Machu Picchu/Cuzco This morning before the crowds of day trippers arrive, we take our second guided tour of Machu Picchu, when the early morning sun bathes the stones in a haunting, evocative light. After lunch in Aguas Calientes, we return to Cuzco, arriving early evening. Dinner tonight is on our own. B,L

Day 7: Cuzco After a morning at leisure, we set out on a tour of the archaeological hub of the Americas, the continent’s oldest continuously inhabited city, and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Dynamic and historic, Cuzco is rich with the legacies of its Inca and Spanish forebears. We stop at the ruins of Sacsayhuaman, the still beautiful “House of the Sun,” an Incan masterpiece, then enjoy lunch in the home of a gracious Cuzco family. B,L

Day 8: Cuzco/Puno This morning we depart for the day-long journey by coach to Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca. As we travel through the rugged snowcapped Andes dotted with small villages and herds of llama and alpaca, we make several stops along the way, beginning with Andahuaylillas, an attractive village known for its lovely 17th-century church. We continue on to the ruins at Raqchi, once the holiest site in the Incan empire; La Raya, perched on Peru’s altiplano (high plain) and home to the Llama and Alpaca Research Center; and the ceramics center of Pucara. We reach our hotel on the shores of Esteves Island on Lake Titicaca late this afternoon; it’s a short distance to the center of Puno from our hotel. Dinner tonight is on our own. B,L

Day 9: Puno/Lake Titicaca We spend the day exploring the fascinating life of Lake Titicaca, South America’s largest lake and at 12,500 feet above sea level, among the world’s highest navigable lakes. Up here the air is clearer, the colors sharper, and the horizon farther. By boat we visit the Floating Islands of Los Uros, where the top-hatted Uros people live on “islands” made of the reeds that grow in the lake’s shallows; in fact, the Uros rely on these reeds for their boats, the small huts in which they live, household items, and the handcrafts they sell to visitors. We also visit Isla Taquile, known for the high-quality textiles crafted by the indigenous people who live here; sales of their textiles support the self-sustaining Taquilenos. On our visit, we see the men in their signature woven woolen caps with floppy earpieces, and women in tailored waistcoats and multi-layered skirts. We also witness the breathtaking natural beauty surrounding us, with Bolivia’s snowcapped Cordillera range a striking backdrop to the deep blue of Lake Titicaca. Tonight we celebrate our Peruvian adventure at a farewell dinner at our hotel. B,L,D

Day 10: Puno/Lima/Depart for U.S. This morning we visit the mysterious burial towers (chullpas) at Sillustani overlooking Lake Umayo. After lunch we transfer to the airport for the flight to Lima, where we check into our day rooms at an airport hotel. Late this evening we depart on our flight to the U.S. B,L

Day 11: Arrive U.S. We arrive in the U.S. this morning and connect with our return flight home.

Please note:  This trip involves considerable walking uphill, on uneven terrain, and at sites of ancient ruins.  You should be in good physical condition to enjoy the tour to the fullest.  In addition, the high altitude of Lake Titicaca (12,500 feet) and Cuzco (11,150 feet) could pose problems for travelers with certain health conditions.  You should consult with your physician if you have concerns.

B = Breakfast included L = Lunch included D = Dinner included

Tour Price Includes
  • Round-trip air transportation from listed cities; all flights within itinerary
  • 9 nights’ accommodations in Deluxe, Superior First Class, and First Class hotels
  • 22 meals: 9 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Extensive sightseeing as described, including all ­entrance fees
  • Services of an Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director
  • Private motorcoach transportation throughout your trip
  • Luggage handling for one bag per person
  • Gratuities for local guides, dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers
  • $100 frequent traveler credit towards your next Odysseys Unlimited tour ($200 after 3 tours; $300 after 10 tours)
Tour Dates & Prices

2020 Tour Dates & Prices
including international airfare and all taxes, surcharges, and fees

Jan 13
Feb 3
Mar 9
Nov 4
Nov 30
Mar 23
Apr 13
Oct 5
Oct 12
Oct 19
May 4
May 18
Jun 1
Aug 3, 17
Sep 14
Sep 21
Miami$3,987$4,187$4,287
Orl, Tampa$4,287$4,487$4,587
Atlanta, Balt, Bos,
Char, Chi, Cinc,
Cleve, Houston,
Minn, New York,
Phil, Wash, DC
$4,387$4,587$4,687
Dallas, Denver,
Detroit, Los Ang,
Phoe, Port (OR),
San Fran, Seattle
$4,487$4,687$4,787

Please call if your city is not listed or for land only prices. Prices are per person based on double occupancy and include airline taxes, surcharges, and fees of $592, which are subject to change until final payment is made.

Single travelers please add $995. Your $375 deposit is fully refundable up to 95 days prior to departure. All 2020 tour prices above (excluding airline taxes, surcharges, and fees) are guaranteed.

Business Class upgrade (subject to availability) on round- trip international flight from Miami: $995

Accommodations
    Casa Andina Premium Miraflores, Lima / Days 1-2 / Superior First Class

    Situated in the heart of the Miraflores district, Casa Andina Premium Miraflores houses the works of local artisans and combines both traditional Peruvian architecture and several modern amenities. Renovated in 2008, the hotel offers a restaurant, café, and bar; fitness center; spa with massage, sauna, and beauty salon; indoor pool; Internet access; and laundry service. Air-conditioned guest rooms boast private bath with hair dryer, safety deposit box, coffee-making facilities, TV, and phone.

    Sonesta Posada del Inca, Sacred Valley / Days 3-4 / First Class

    Located in the middle of the Sacred Valley, this former monastery maintains its traditional colonial style surrounded by beautiful gardens. Hotel features include a restaurant, laundry service, and Internet access. Guest rooms have private bath (hair dryer upon request), in-room safe, TV, and phone.

    Inkaterra Machu Picchu, Machu Picchu / Day 5 / Superior First Class

    Tropical gardens laced with lush plantings, stone paths, and small water features surround this 83-room, Andean-style hotel. Hotel amenities include a restaurant, café, and bar; spa; Internet access; laundry and dry cleaning services; and gift shop. Individually decorated guest rooms feature wood furniture designed and handmade by local artisans, as well as private bath with hair dryer, mini-bar, TV, and phone.

    Palacio del Inka, a Luxury Collection Hotel (formerly Hotel Libertador Cuzco), Cuzco / Days 6-7 / Deluxe

    This historic 254-room hotel incorporates 16th-century Pizarro’s Palace and a modern addition in Spanish Colonial design. It is well located in the heart of the city, just two blocks from the main square, and offers a restaurant, café, and bar; fitness center with Jacuzzi; Internet access; and laundry and dry cleaning services. All rooms have private bath with hair dryer, air conditioning, mini-bar, TV, and phone.

    Hotel Libertador Puno, Puno (Lake Titicaca) / Days 8-9 / First Class

    Situated on the shores of Esteves Island in Lake Titicaca, Hotel Libertador Puno stands five minutes from downtown Puno and connects to the mainland by a causeway. This 123-room hotel has a restaurant, café, fitness center with sauna and Jacuzzi, laundry service, gift shop, and Internet access. Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, mini-bar, TV, and phone.

    Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport, Lima / Day 10 (day room), Extension / First Class

    Opened in 2007 and located at the Lima International Airport, the 130-room Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport features woodwork and walls bearing the coats of arms of Lima and Pizarro Larcomar. The hotel has a restaurant serving both local and international cuisine, a bar, Internet access, gift shop, laundry and dry cleaning services, fitness center, spa, hair salon, and indoor pool. Each air-conditioned room offers private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, mini-bar, TV, and phone.

    Ceiba Tops Lodge & Resort, Iquitos / Extension / Superior First Class

    This secluded 74-room jungle lodge is situated about 45 minutes down the Amazon River from Iquitos. Lodge facilities include an indoor/outdoor dining room, bar and patio with hammocks, and swimming pool. All units are air-conditioned with full private bath with hot water, twin beds, lights, fan, window screens and rainforest or Amazon River view.

Ratings are based on the Hotel & Travel Index, the travel industry standard reference.
Post-Tour Extension

Amazon Rainforest

4 days/4 nights for $1,195 total price
Single Supplement: $235

Discover the Amazon’s amazing flora, fauna, and even villages on this exceptional – and comfortable – tour.

 

Your Tour Price Includes
  • Round-trip air transportation Lima/Iquitos
  • 4 nights’ accommodations: 1 night in Lima at Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport Hotel (First Class); 3 nights in the jungle at Ceiba Tops Lodge & Resort (Superior First Class)
  • 11 meals: 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Extensive sightseeing, including guided Canopy Walkway tour and visit with ribereños (Amazon river people)
  • Fully escorted by an Amazon-born naturalist guide as your Odysseys Unlimited representative
  • Private vehicle transportation
  • Gratuities for dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers

Please note that guests on extension will overnight in Lima on Day 10.

Land only guests: $1,295 total price

Please see the Accommodations tab for hotel information.

 

Tour Directors for this Journey
Francisco Arriz

“Francisco was over-the-top in touch and attentive to the needs of all.”
Karen & Ralph Lightner
Ellicott City, MD

Marco Ayala

“I cannot say enough about how wonderful Marco was. His concern about our welfare and his helpfulness on places to go and where to find things was invaluable.”
Jean Marshall
Albuquerque, NM

Sheila Carpio

“Sheila was special. She could be used to train other tour directors.”
Wayne & Susan Bailey
Lansdale, PA

Victor Colunga

“Victor was an outstanding tour guide. I felt that he cared about me as a person. Each tour I think, ‘This person was the best.’ However, evidently you obtain excellent tour directors!”
Marianne W. Cardea
Milford, DE

Ofelia Larco

“Ofelia was amazing! Her attention to detail and excellent customer service was highly commendable. She found ways to find each of us special. She is a gem!”
Jim & Linda Wyatt
Arlington Heights, IL

Juan Carlos Nina

“Juan Carlos was very professional, thorough, and calm. A joy to be with.”
Steve & Barbara Lomnes
Mechanicsville, NY

Oscar Oviedo

“Oscar Oviedo did an outstanding job! He is smart, knowledgeable, and has a great customer service orientation. I felt very well cared for by him. Thank you!”
Barbara Webb
Denver, CO

Ernesto Riedner

“He is the BEST!!”
Gail Becker
Louisville, KY

Efrain Vidalon

“Efrain was courteous, calm, helpful, and always pleasant. He seemed interested in the sights and in us.”
April Wright
Jonesville, WI

Destination Insight

Suggested Reading

Hiram Bingham
Lost City of the Incas
This first-rate adventure story by the man who brought Machu Picchu to the attention of the world is not just a gripping tale of exploration and archaeology, it also sets the scene for any visitor to the site.

Mike Torrey
Stone Offerings
Torrey captures the dramatic setting, solitude and intricate construction of the Inca site of Machu Picchu in 100 striking color photographs taken over a few days at summer and winter solstice.

Insight Guides
Insight Guide Peru
Panoramic in scope, this illustrated overview brings Peru to life in color photographs and vivid essays on history, archaeology and culture.

Borch Maps
Peru Map
A detailed laminated relief map of Peru at a scale of 1:1,750,000. This is a very clear, colorful map, which also features detailed insets of Lima and Cuzco and even a site plan of Machu Picchu.

Wright Water Engineers
Archaeological Map of Machu Picchu
Ken Wright’s foldout color site plan shows the monuments, topography and physical features of the Inca sanctuary with exquisite clarity.

Alexander Stewart
The Inca Trail, Cuzco & Machu Picchu
An excellent overview of local culture and history, including chapters on exploring Cuzco, the Sacred Valley and Lima. Fifth edition.

Brian S. Bauer
Ancient Cuzco, Heartland of the Inca
A scholarly overview of the Inca capital, its history and development, by the team leader of the Cuzco Valley Archaeological Project.

John Hemming
Conquest of the Incas
This classic prize-winning history of the Inca struggle against the Spanish invasion weaves wide-ranging, scholarly material into a gripping narrative.

James Higgins
Lima, A Cultural History
An erudite guide to the cultural gems and literary history of Peru’s capital city. James Higgins, who specializes in Peruvian literature, covers the scope of the city’s history from its pre-Columbian museums, to its conquistador heritage, to its dynamic present.

Benjamin Orlove
Lines in the Water, Nature and Culture at Lake Titicaca
With the author’s photographs and reflections on the relationship of the lake-dwelling fishermen to their environment, this is an illuminating personal account of life in the Andean highlands.

Ruth M. Wright
Machu Picchu Revealed
Wright’s handsome little tribute to Machu Picchu includes not only gorgeous color photographs but also a map, color rendering and suggestions for exploring the site.

Orin Starn
The Peru Reader, History, Culture, Politics
Lively and literate, this meaty anthology ranges from historical accounts to modern analysis.

Kim Macquarrie
The Last Days of the Incas
MacQuarrie tackles the personality, aspirations and greed of Francisco Pizarro in this vivid account of the conquest of a continent.

Rebecca Stone-Miller
Art of the Andes, from Chavin to Inca
This authoritative and concise illustrated survey of Andean art and architecture covers not only Machu Picchu and additional Inca monuments, but also Chan Chan, Nasca and other archaeological sites and cultures.

Richard L. Burger (Editor), Lucy C. Salazar (Editor)
Machu Picchu, Unveiling the Mystery of the Incas
Burger and Salazar vividly evoke the art, architecture, culture and society of Machu Picchu in this illustrated, up-to-date survey. With Hiram Bingham’s original report, archival and modern photographs and excellent chapters on recent archaeology at the site.

Adriana von Hagen, Craig Morris
The Incas
Morris and von Hagen trace the rise and rule of the Inca with authority in this region-by-region survey, reconstructing the finely built palaces and temples of Cusco and life at lavish royal estates like Chinchero and Machu Picchu. With 150 mostly black-and-white photographs and illustrations, including extensive site plans.

Mark Adams
Turn Right at Machu Picchu
Over his head on an arduous guided trek to Choquequirao and other remote sites, Mark Adams mixes entertaining tales of his adventures (he makes himself out to be quite the accidental explorer) with analysis of the rather grand Hiram Bingham in this light-hearted “following-in-the-footsteps-of” account.

Michael Jacobs
Andes
Jacobs journeys 4,300 miles from Venezuela to Tierra del Fuego in the footsteps of Simon Bolivar, Charles Darwin and other explorers, describing in vivid detail the landscape and diverse cultures of South America.

Peter Matthiessen
Cloud Forest, A Chronicle of the South American Wilderness
Matthiessen recounts with wit, insight and style his odyssey to the Amazon and Andes, including Machu Picchu and Tierra del Fuego.

Thornton Wilder
The Bridge of San Luis Rey
The classic tale of Franciscan missionaries in 18th-century Lima, Peru by the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist. First published in 1927.

Pablo Neruda, Nathaniel Tarn (Translator)
The Heights of Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu and the Inca civilization inspired this celebrated epic poem, an expansive and introspective hymn to the Americas by the great Pablo Neruda, winner of the 1971 Nobel Prize in Literature. Bilingual edition

Tom Schulenberg, Dan Stotz, John O’Neill, Dan Lane (Illustrator)
Birds of Peru
Gorgeously illustrated, this authoritative guide covers nearly 20 percent of the world’s birds.

David L. Pearson, Les Beletsky
Peru, Travellers’ Wildlife Guides
Featuring 500 illustrations of the birds, amphibians, reptiles, mammals and insects of the Amazon, Andes and Pacific Coast.

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