Tour Lima, see the sights of the beautiful rose-tinted city of Cuzco, browse the colourful markets at Pisac, travel by train through the mountains to the fantastic ruins of the ‘Lost City’ of Machu Picchu, cross Lake Titicaca by catamaran and experience La Paz – with its ethnic markets, cobblestone streets and the mysterious Valley of the Moon.
– All airfares & taxes (Flying LATAM Airlines)
– Accommodation in 4-star & 5-star hotels
– 14 breakfasts, 5 lunches & 9 dinners
– The 360′ Machu Picchu Train
– Touring by private coach
– Group tipping
– Services of English-speaking local guides
– Assistance of your Tour Leader, Mark Windsor
– Land Only price on application
– Extending your stay – before or after Tour Dates
– Deposit: $750 per person
– Group Size: 20 travellers (max)
We start our adventure with our LATAM Airlines flight to Santiago. When we arrive, we will be met and transferred to our hotel.
We get to know Santiago as we enjoy a city tour which will take in La Moneda Palace, Plaza de Armas, Cathedral Metropolitan, the National Historical Museum and the central post office. There is a lot to see and enjoy. After we will be transferred to the airport for our flight to Peru. On arrival in Lima we are met and travel to our hotel.
This morning we have a city tour including the Cathedral and Presidential Palace overlooking the Plaza de Armas, and the Catacombs beneath San Francisco Convent.
Then on to the Rafael Larco Herrara Museum to have lunch and to see the largest private collection of pre-Colombian Peruvian art in the world.
We take to the air again for our short flight to Cuzco with spectacular views of the Andes. On arrival, we’ll be met and transferred to Cuzco for lunch at a local restaurant. When we are ready, we will travel to our hotel in the Sacred Valley. This afternoon is yours to explore, relax, acclimatize and enjoy the hotel and its surroundings.
Today we enjoy a full day Sacred Valley tour including the Chinchero community where we’ll see a local weaving workshop and the wonders of Maras & Moray. Maras is famous for its salt mines, exploited from Inca times until today; it is worth visiting due to the wonderful sight of hundreds of salt ponds. Moray is an archaeological site and contains unusual Inca ruins, mostly consisting of several terraced circular depressions, the largest of which is approximately 30 m deep. As with many other Inca sites, it also has an irrigation system.
We have lunch at a local restaurant.
This morning we visit the town of Ollantaytambo, where Manco Inca defeated the Spaniards in 1538 before fleeing into the mountains. We climb the steep stone steps up to the imposing Inca fortress to admire the Temple of the Sun and the view down the valley.
Late morning, we depart on the 360° Machu Picchu Train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes. We travel along the valley, with the river racing beside us, and the snow-capped mountains towering above us.
This afternoon we have a guided tour of the ‘Lost City’ of Machu Picchu.
with a leisurely lunch or a return to Machu Picchu for a second look and some time to sit and absorb this magical place (a second entry fee is included in our tour price).
Late afternoon we board our train at Aguas Calientes for the ride to Cuzco.
We start the day with a stroll through the beautiful rose-tinted city of Cuzco, that was known by the Incas as the “Navel of the World”. Much of the incredible stonework making up the foundations of modern Cuzco was laid by the Incas themselves. The
city is a maze of streets, colour and contrasts.
This afternoon we have an excursion to the surrounding ruins of Sacsayhuaman (pronounced “sexy woman”), and the altar to Pachamama, hidden deep under the rocks at Kenko.
This morning we visit the outstanding Pre-Colombian Art Museum, located in a beautiful Spanish colonial era house. The museum is the first and only to be dedicated to Peru’s ancient cultural arts. Among the exhibits are gold and jewellery, sculptures and ceramics spanning from 1250 BC until 1532 AD.
We have time at leisure this afternoon.
Today we fly to Juliaca, near Lake Titicaca. On arrival in Juliaca we travel to Puno and have lunch at a local restaurant. Then we check in to our hotel and the rest of the afternoon is at leisure.
This morning we take a boat ride to visit the fascinating floating Uros Islands and meet the people of this spongy habitat. Here the Uros Indians live as they have for hundreds of years, building their huts and boats with totara reeds from the lake.
After lunch at a local restaurant we drive to 4,000 metres to see the circular stone towers, used as graves for the nobles, at Sillustani.
We travel by coach into Bolivia to Copacabana where we board our catamaran for a cruise on the highest navigable lake in the world! As we cruise to Sun Island we’ll enjoy lunch on board. At Sun Island, take some deep breaths as we climb to the top of the legendary birthplace of the Incas.
Tonight we sleep on board the catamaran in cute cabins with private facilities. The food is delicious and dinner comes with local entertainment.
Landlubbers again! Today we travel to La Paz where we have lunch at a local restaurant. The rest of the afternoon is for exploring and enjoying the pleasant vibe of La Paz. This evening we enjoy dinner at our hotel.
La Paz tumbles down the hill into a volcanic mountain valley. This morning we tour the city and its colourful markets and visit the mysterious ‘Valley of the Moon’. If time permits, we’ll do some shopping at a local pottery factory.
This afternoon we experience a Cable Car ride between the cities of La Paz and El Alto. On one of the most unique means of transportation in South America and we enjoy amazing views of La Paz.
Tonight, we kick up our heels at the Pan De Oro restaurant with a dinner and show.
This morning we say farewell to the high-altitude. We board our plane and watch the mountains change to desert as we fly to Santiago.
On arrival we have the use of a hotel day room before flying back to New Zealand.
We cross the international dateline … and arrive home with a wealth of stories to tell about the astonishing sights we have seen.
Mark has enjoyed the outdoors all his life. He has done lots of hiking, particularly in the Himalaya. He and his wife, Annie also cycled down the full length of New Zealand to raise money for a charity.
Mark loves meeting new people and hearing about their life stories. He also reads avidly, indulging his interest in new science and technical discoveries as well as a wide range of historical topics.
Mark is warm, intelligent and very well travelled.
Excellent problem solver. Well organised
Always has something interesting to talk about and unique perspective on things.