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Highlands & Caribbean a Journey from Peru to Colombia

Also known as The Kingdom of the Sun, Peru is one of the most representative countries of Latin America due to the mix of native Indian, afro American and European cultures. Peru is a country where the traditional customs have transcended through the years and they are the base for the current way of life. The contrast produced because of the different landscapes and people is the reason why Peru is a country so interesting for you to visit. The City of Kings was once the scenario of the war against the Spanish conquerors, who came in a ruthless search for the gold that was hidden somewhere in Peru. However, their most wanted treasure was the Lost City of the Incas: Machu Picchu, which they never found. Colombia – the land of coffee and culture has a huge and  diverse landscape ranging from the greenery of the Andean foothills, to the Caribbean coastal lowlands. This facinating country is fast becoming one of South Americas most captivating destinations. 

Guaranteed departure dates 2020:

17th Jan, 7th Feb, 28th Feb, 13th Mar, 17th Apr, 15th May, 29th May, 12th Jun, 26th Jun, 19th Jul, 24th Jul, 7th Aug, 21st Aug, 18th Sep, 9th Oct, 6th Nov, 20th Nov

Duration
14 days

Guide Price

 £5,999  pp
Best time to go
All year
Options
Private or Group basis, Escorted
Start your journey
Machu Picchu

Trip highlights

  • Lima
  • Yucay
  • Cusco
  • Machu Picchu
  • Bogota
  • Cartagena

Arrival at the airport in Lima where you will be welcomed and transferred to the hotel.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Hotel Casa Andina Premium Miraflores

Today you will explore the city on a sightseeing tour through Lima. The Plaza de Armas with the beautiful buildings of the government Palace, the town hall, the Palace of the archbishop and the cathedral are still the most important places in town. After that you will visit the beautiful San Francisco monastery which displays the largest collection of religious art in America. The highlight of this convent is the visit of the underground vaults known as “catacumbas” or catacombs.

Proceed through the modern districts of San Isidro and Miraflores and to the Coastline enjoying the view over the beaches of Lima and the Pacific Ocean.

Afterwards enjoy a guided visit of one of the Lima’s most noted museums, the Larco Museum which houses the world’s largest private collection of Peruvian pre-Columbian Art. 

In the afternoon the following optional tour can be booked:

Optional: Visit of the Waterpark and dinner (4h)

You will be picked up at the hotel and driven to the city center. You will visit the Parque de la Exposición, one of the biggest waterparks that exists within a city. There you can marvel at different shapes of fountains illuminated with different colors. The highlight of each evening is the music show at the biggest fountain with the water dancing at the rhythm of the tunes.

After the show you will stop at a famous restaurant in Barranco to enjoy a buffet dinner and a spectacular show of traditional folk dances from the Coast, Sierras and Jungle of Peru.

**Remark: Visit of the Waterpark is only possible from Tuesday to Sunday. The tour can also be booked on regular seat-in-basis (shared with other international travelers)

 

Suggested Accommodation

  • Hotel Casa Andina Premium Miraflores

Transfer to the airport for the flight to Cusco. Upon arrival you will start the tour with a visit to Chinchero community located 28km away from Cusco. Here are the remains of what was the royal hacienda of Tupac Inca Yupanqui, as well as beautiful colonial temples built on Inca’s foundations. However, its main attraction is its Sunday market originally dedicated to the people of the valley to barter their products. This colourful and lively market still fascinates people with its variety of handicrafts and textiles made in true pre-Columbian style.

Then you will be transferred to “El Mirador de Racchi” where you will have a splendid view of the Sacred Valley. Afterwards transfer to your hotel.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Hotel Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness

Today a visit to Ollantaytambo, a typical Inca community, is included. Towering above the town of Ollantaytambo we will find the Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo. Steep stone terraces rising from the edge of town lead up to the fortress ruins at the top of the hill. A stone stairway leads up through the terrace walls, allowing visitors to step out on them. One of the best-preserved areas lies north of the Hanan Huacaypata square: an area of 15 blocks of houses built on top of carved stone walls.

Lunch in a typical restaurant.

For the afternoon program the following optional tours can be booked on site: 

Optional: Moray and Maras (4h) 

The excursion starts with the visit to Moray, a little Andean community which is famous for its embedded amphitheater, formed by four circular terraces which seem to disappear into the interior of the puna, like an artificial crater. Evidences seem to suggest that Moray was an important Inca agricultural research center. Finally, you will be transferred to visit the Salt Mines of Maras. With the salt which is tapped by exposing salt water that bubbles to the surface from a spring called Qoripujio in men-made wells to the sun, people earn their living. The view of this complex of nearly 3,000 wells is spectacular. The local people demonstrate the ancient techniques to visitors, even allowing you to participate.

**Remarks: Visits are not recommended during the rainy season (November to April)

 

Optional: Trekking to the terraces of Yucay (1h)

An easy and relaxing hike to enjoy nature. Behind the Plaza of Yucay you will see an impressive group of terraces that follow the outline of the mountain and are still in use by the locals.

The trail will take you to witness also the old Incan water channel used for the irrigation of the agricultural terraces.  

Suggested Accommodation

  • Hotel Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness

Transfer by bus to the train station of Ollantaytambo where the tour starts by train that goes through the fertile plain of the Urubamba valley and on to Aguas Calientes. From there, small busses drive up the steep mountain to the ruin town.

Machu Picchu called the Lost City of the Incas, this cultural heritage of mankind is a beautifully located impressive stone city constructed with a technique incredible for its era and even for present times. Stone upon stone, fitted together perfectly without any cement, with impressive delicacy, exquisite detail and discrimination worthy of the world’s greatest palaces. There are many theories about Machu Picchu, but one thing is for sure - it is one of the most impressive sites in the world.

Enjoy a guided visit of around 2 hours of the ruins and return by bus and train to Ollantaytambo station. Transfer to your hotel in Cusco. 

Cusco – South America's archaeological capital and oldest continuously inhabited city is now one of Peru’ s most important and most frequented tourist attractions. Nevertheless, it is still remaining its vivid legacy as the hub of the Inca Empire: Quechua-speaking Inca descendants can still be found multitudinously in the centuries-old stone-walled city streets. 

Cusco also boasts magnificent repositories of colonial art – fine examples can be found in the Cathedral and Museum of Archaeology.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Hotel Aranwa Cusco Boutique

Today you will start for a half day city tour. It will be shown the exact centre of the Incan Empire, the Plaza de Armas. There one can find the cathedral built on the ruins of the ancient Inca Palace. The cathedral borders on other churches on both sides. Next stop will be the old town with its magnificent renovated colonial buildings; some of them are being used as hotels.

Proceed to Sacsayhuaman, a ruin site located approx. 3km above Cusco. Sacsayhuaman also offers a fabulous view over the city. Afterwards visit the surrounding ruins.

**Remark: To protect the historic center of Cusco, vehicles are no longer allowed in the main square.

 The afternoon is free at leisure.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Hotel Aranwa Cusco Boutique

A full day bus tour from Cusco to Puno leads through the Peruvian highland along snow-covered peaks of the Andes, small villages and reaches its highest point in La Raya at 4.300m above sea level. On route you will visit the town of Andahuaylillas, the ruins of Racchi and the small town of Pucara. Lunch in a typical restaurant en route is included.

Upon arrival in Puno transfer to your hotel.

**Remark: The full day transfer is shared with international travellers and accompanied by a bilingual English/Spanish speaking guide.

Puno – The beauty and charm of Puno town is made up by its habitants’ kind personality and by its mixture of typical Andean architecture that is to be found all way down from the sides of the hills until the bank of the Titicaca Lake. Its archaeological, cultural and architectural variety and richness owes Puno to the fact that it once has been inhabited by three different civilizations on the banks of the Titicaca Lake: Aymara, Quechua and Spanish. This multicultural origin has created a mestizo race that is also found in their artistic and cultural expression and especially in an incomparable folklore which is second to none and has made Puno the “Folklore Capital of Peru”. But the main attraction of Puno is the Titicaca Lake, a must for any visitor. The Sacred Lake of the Incas is one of the most enigmatic places in the world. It is the highest navigable lake and combines beautiful sights, culture and history.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Hotel Libertador Lago Titicaca

In the morning you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to Puno’s dock where you will depart towards the Uros Islands on Titicaca Lake. The Uros are 40 small floating islands made of packed totora (reed), located within the Titicaca National Reserve. Here the inhabitants of the lake, the Uros, live just as their ancestors did, maintaining their customs and idiosyncrasies. 

After visiting the Uros Islands we will continue by boat to Taquile Island. There are no roads or electricity in Taquile and the locals have maintained their traditions and culture and many still wear traditional dresses. The Taquileños are known for their high-quality handicrafts, especially for the knitting, which is exclusively performed by males. In the main square there is a cooperative shop, selling woollen goods and hand-woven items, as well as a small church.

 A typical lunch at Taquile Island is included.

**Remark: The excursion is shared with international travellers and accompanied by an English-speaking guide.

 Transfer from the hotel to the airport of Juliaca. A box dinner will be provided during the transfer.

Flight to Lima and upon arrival transfer to the hotel.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Hotel Casa Andina Premium Miraflores

Transfer from the hotel to the airport and flight to Bogota in Colombia. After arrival in Bogota transfer to the hotel.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Hotel Cité

During the city tour in the morning you will visit the colonial part La Candelaria, the gold museum with a multitude of gold and silver pieces of several pre-colombian cultures and the Fernando Botero Museum.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Hotel Cité

Drive from your hotel to the Usaquen neighborhood in Bogotá, a very traditional area of the city. Immerse yourself into the delightful world of high end coffee; listen about the coffee production in Colombia and through a sensorial exploration, learn the particular attributes of coffee, while cupping three varieties.

Then, drive via the fertile plateau to Zipaquirá, where you will visit the famous underground salt cathedral, 120 m (394 ft) long and of a total of more than 8.500 square meters.

Inside this cave church all is carved from salt crystal: monumental crosses, angels and the Madonna statue. In addition to the main cathedral, there are small chapels and Stations of the Cross, the 14 stations are interconnected through labyrinthine tunnels. Afterwards transfer back to the hotel.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Hotel Cité

Transfer to the airport and flight to Cartagena. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel.

During the city tour you will visit the Castillo San Felipe de Barajas, a fortress in the city of Cartagena which is located on the Hill of San Lázaro in a strategic location, dominating approaches to the city by land or sea. In 1984, UNESCO listed the castle, with the historic centre of the city of Cartagena, as a World Heritage Site. Continue to the old city centre and walk along the colourful streets, winding alleyways and main squares of the old Cartagena. At the end you visit the convent San Pedro Claver.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Hotel Bantu By Faranda Boutique

The day is free at leisure. Enjoy on your own the colonial city or the beaches.

 

Suggested Accommodation

  • Hotel Bantu By Faranda Boutique

Transfer to the airport of Cartagena for your individual departure flight.

Included

  • All meals where stated
  • Internal Flights

Not included

  • International flights