How to Book: For more information on Andean Explorer package, a 10-day vacation to Lima, Paracas, Cusco, Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca and Puno call us at 866-270-9841, your preferred travel agent or send us an email.
YOUR MONOGRAMS TRIP
Buffet breakfast daily (Breakfast), 3 lunches (Lunch), and 1 three-course dinner (Dinner); Local Host service in each city; sightseeing with a Local Guide and transportation as outlined in the day-by-day itinerary (except intra-vacation flights, which are additional; inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE).
Buffet breakfast daily, 3 lunches, one three-course dinner
Day 1: Arrive Lima, Peru
Where you will be met by your Local Host.
Day 2: Lima
Your included city TOUR focuses on Lima's rich colonial history as well as the modern city. Lima was the bastion of Spanish South America from its founding in 1535 until the independence of the South American republics in the early 19th century. See the Cathedral, where the remains of Francisco Pizarro are sealed in a wooden coffin and San Francisco MONASTERY with its eerie burial crypts. (Breakfast)
Day 3: Lima–Pisco–Nazca Lines–Paracas
Enjoy a scenic drive south along the Pan-American Highway to Pisco, the wine capital of Peru. Have your camera handy today as you board your aircraft for a FLIGHT over the Nazca plains, which can only be appreciated by air. Your pilot will point out the mysterious markings known as the Nazca Lines, a series of drawings of animals and geometric figures etched into the parched soil—some up to 1,000 feet long! Theories vary, but the most accepted belongs to German mathematician Maria Reiche, who dubbed the land the "astronomical calendar" of the ancient Peruvians. (Breakfast)
Day 4: Paracas–Ballestas Islands–Lima
Head north to the Bay of Paracas. CRUISE out to the Ballestas Islands, which are inhabited by a wide variety of sea mammals and exotic birds, including boobies, sea lions, and Humboldt penguins. The huge Candelabro, an unexplained candelabra-shaped etching on the Paracas cliffside, can also be seen as you cruise back to shore. Later, return to Lima. (Breakfast)
Day 5: Lima–Cusco
Fly to Cusco high in the Andes. Take a short drive into the Urubamba Valley, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, to AWANAKANCHA, where you will learn about the importance of the alpaca (llama) for Inca cultures as well as the ancient weaving techniques still in use today. Continue to the market town of PISAC. Handmade rugs, alpaca sweaters, and jewelry can be bought here at bargain prices. At the other end of the valley visit OLLANTAYTAMBO. Here, some of the finest examples of Inca masonry can be seen. Tonight, try out the area cuisine at one of Cusco's numerous restaurants recommended by your Local Host. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 6: Cusco–Machu Picchu
Board a TRAIN bound for MACHU PICCHU and cut a path through the Sacred Valley to this "Lost City of the Incas," discovered by American explorer Hiram Bingham in 1911. On a guided TOUR, explore this intact fortress with its temple remains, holy houses, and mile-long aqueduct. For hikers, a brisk one-hour walk leads to the Sun Gate, the ancient entrance used by the Incas. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 7: Machu Picchu–Cusco
A morning at leisure in MACHU PICCHU allows you to wake up early to see the sunrise over Machu Picchu. Return to Cusco, where your Local Host will recommend options for your free time. Perhaps visit the Inca Museum or wander through the artisan district of San Blas. (Breakfast)
Day 8: Cusco–Juliaca–Puno
Your guided TOUR of Cusco visits the Plaza de Armas and its CATHEDRAL and the Santo Domingo MONASTERY, previously the Koricancha Temple, one of the most important temples devoted to worship of the sun. It is said it was covered in gold leaf and filled with golden representations of nature. Later, fly to Juliaca, where you will be transferred to Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca. (Breakfast)
Day 9: Puno. Lake Titicaca
Today, enjoy a full-day sailing on LAKE TITICACA and take a motorboat to some of the lake's more unique islands. Start with TAQUILE, once part of the Inca Empire and one of the last areas of Peru to be conquered by Spain in the 16th century. The Spanish banned traditional dress on the island, which is why the Spanish peasant dress can still be found today. Next, travel to the fascinating UROS ISLANDS, home to the Uros Indians who were forced to live on the lake as the Incas pushed farther into their territory. These islands are completely made from reeds, which are continually added to as they disintegrate to the bottom of the lake. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 10: Puno–Sillustani–Juliaca–Lima
Depart for Juliaca this morning, visiting the ruins of SILLUSTANI en route. At this pre-Incan burial ground, see where the ancient Aymaras buried their high priests in chullpas, above-ground cylinder-shaped tombs dating back to the 1400s. Transfer to the airport for your return flight to Lima, where the remainder of the day is at your leisure. (Breakfast)
Day 11: Lima
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)
* Price is per person (double occupancy) with all international and intra-vacation flights (Lima/Cusco, Cusco/Juliaca, Juliaca/Lima). The From price is based on flights originating from Miami for the March 3, 2013 departure. Other departure dates are available between January and December and flight prices might vary by season and U.S. gateway departure city. Air-inclusive prices include all government-imposed taxes and fees applicable and your air quote will include all air taxes, surcharges and fees applicable for your itinerary at the time of booking. For return travel from some countries, prices do not include airport and/or departure taxes of up to $60, which may be collected by the foreign government. Additional airline fees for baggage may apply. For the most current airline-imposed baggage fees, please check the following website, www.iflybags.com. Applies to new 2013 bookings only, reliant on space availability. May be withdrawn at any time. Seats are limited and prices may be restricted to specific flights, class of service, travel dates, length of stay or room type. Offer applies to US originating travelers only. Frequent flyer mileage/points do not apply. Not included in the price: federal inspection fees for the Federal U.S. Customs and Immigrations; agricultural tax; other per person taxes imposed by government entities; applicable cruise taxes, fees, fares and port charges; passports; visas and vaccinations; transfers; tips to your Tour or Cruise Director, Local Host, driver, Local Guides, and/or ships' crew; laundry; telephone; minibar; alcohol, optional excursions; portage at train stations; Travel Protection premiums; and all other items of a personal nature. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Additional restrictions may apply.