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Peru-and-Colombia

Overview
Are you ready for the South American trip of a lifetime? We are proud to present a combined itinerary that takes you through the jewels of Peru and the marvels of Colombia. Check out our 13 day itinerary
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13 Day Itinerary
Upon arrival into Lima International Airport, you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel. Our representative will assist you with check-in procedures and provide you with a detailed itinerary, vouchers covering all the services included in your tour and additional information on the organization of your Peru trip. You will also receive a contact information sheet with all the hotel details as well as our offices contact information for each city and a 24-hour emergency number. Overnight in Lima.
After breakfast at the hotel you will be assisted to board your flight to Cusco. Upon arrival to Cusco's airport our representative will assist you with your luggage and drive you to the hotel located in the Sacred Valley.
On the route to the valley you will have the chance to stop at Awanacancha, where you will observe the traditional Andean weaving techniques and see the four types of camel-related Andean animals – llamas, guanacos, alpacas and vicunas.
Alpacas have thick wool and is the most commonly used, while the vicunas are small and delicate with fur considered the finest. Awanacancha is a weaving center with the goal to keep alive the traditional textile arts. Then, visit the Pisac market where you will have opportunity to interact with local people, and even negotiate with sellers.
Lunch included at Wayra Restaurant with Paso Horse demonstration: Peruvian Paso Horses, with their elegance and noble spirit, symbolize a centuries-old tradition of cultural fusion and folklore that defines and enriches Peru.
Overnight in the Valley.
Full day excursion. Visit Chinchero Village, a must see is the Colonial church where beautiful paintings of the Cusco School are kept. We get to the Andean terraces, then we ascend up to the top frontal part of this one, from where we appreciates better the structures. The viewing-point of Urquillos´s Gully shows us the presence of the mountain named Shimil, which is a reference that we are in the highest point.
Continue to Maras Salt Mines. These archaeological ruins reveal that this resource was already well-known and used at pre - Hispanic time, it could have been one of the many sources of supply of salt for the Inca village. The technique for the extraction of the salt has been very similar to that used one for nine hundred years or more.
During all these centuries this technology has been conserved and that consists of a true hydraulic engineer installation but of miniature, since the pool has relatively small dimensions, constructed in shapes of platforms on one of the slopes of the gorge.
Each pool has an entrance channel and vents the water, this way the steam is expected to come out and later the salt grain that is settled in the floor is gathered.
The extraction is seasonal; it’s done in dry season, from May to November or at the beginning of December.
Lunch will be served on a local restaurant.
Continue to the Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo. The site was built just as the Spaniards arrived and evidence of how it was constructed is still visible. After seeing the magnificent past of the spot stroll through the quaint streets of the present town.
Transfer to the train station.
Departure by Vistadome or Inca Rail train to Machu Picchu Town (1hrs 20 minutes)
Arrival to Machu Picchu and transfer to the hotel.
Overnight in Machu Picchu.
Breakfast at the hotel. Early in the morning you will have a guided tour to the citadel of Machu Picchu.
Your guide will explain the surprising degree of technology achieved by the builders of this incredible citadel. The exact precision of massive stone building, the provision of water channels that reveal a deep understanding of hydraulics, the steps carved into the rock of the mountain and Intihuatana (“the highest point of the Sun”), which served as a solar calendar that regulate planting and harvesting, are tangible and concrete expression of the deep knowledge and technological advancement of the empire.
All these buildings, along with the Temple of the Sun, the Royal Tomb, the Priest’s House, the Inca Baths and the Temple of the Three Windows, allow you to go back in time and with the help of your guide, revive the existence of those truly admirable builders. Lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge Restaurant.
In the afternoon you will take the Vistadome back to Ollantaytambo and then private transfer to your hotel in Cusco.
Overnight in Cusco.
AM: Walking city tour, including a visit to the district of San Blas, with its winding streets, the whitewashed houses, the blue balconies hung with geranium-filled flowerpots, the uneven line of the tiled rooftops and the endless stairways. In the neighbourhood live the folk artists of Cusco, who for centuries have used their hands to tell the tale of their longings and frustrations working in stone and woodcarving, sculpture, doll-making, silverware, weaving and textile arts, gold-leaf, mask-making, and an array of ceramics in utilitarian, architectural, sculptural, monumental, grotesque and many other styles for example Edilberto Merida, renowned sculptor.
He looked to religion for his primary inspiration, but he moved away from traditional religious images, by making grotesque images with exaggerated features. It is a form of sculpture that has come to be known as "mud of protest." His style is one of expressionism and has thus been referred to as Expresionismo Indio. Then visit the Pre-Columbian Art Museum, the only museum in Peru dedicated to rebound the arts of ancient Peruvian cultures. The collection of 450 master pieces date from 1250 B.C to.1532 A.D. Continue with a visit to the Cathedral, the Main Square, the Korikancha temple.
PM: Afternoon at leisure for personal activities. Overnight in Cusco.
This special City Tour will take you back and show you 500 years of history of Lima. You will discover the history and traditions hidden in every corner of the capital of Peru. Visit to the market of Surquillo where we will see and try some exotic fruits and vegetables grown in the country. Continue to Lima downtown.
We will stop at El Cordano bar, a Lima institution since 1905. This old-world dining hall with its swinging, “saloon-style” doors has received practically every Peruvian president for the last 100 years as a customer. From here we will visit some historical buildings on a pleasant walking tour. We will visit The Archbishop's Palace of Lima, the residence of the Archbishop and the administrative headquarters of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Lima. The current building is considered a prime example of neo-colonial architectural that developed in Lima.
Continue with our walking visit, we will pass through The Jiron de la Union, a pedestrian street that for many years was one of the most important boulevards of the city. We will finish our Lima´s Down Town visit with a delicious Piscosour at El Bolivar Hotel, that was declared Historical monument on 1972.
Finally we will visit the modern part of Lima, passing through Huaca Huallamarca ending in Miraflores with a pleasant 10 minutes walk in the Malecon with a nice ocean view.
At proper time, transfer back to the airport for your international flight departure.
Arrive at El Dorado International Airport, Bogotá. Met and greeted by tour guide and transferred to the selected hotel for checking-in.
Transfer to the well preserved historical colonial quarter of La Candelaria. There will be an opportunity for photographs at Plaza de Bolivar, the main square of Bogotá. The Cathedral, the Congress Palace, the Cardinal’s Palace, the colonial church of El Sagrario, the House of Independence, the Palace of Justice and the City Hall are located here.
After visit the famous and ‘must see’ Gold Museum, where the world’s greatest collection of pre-Hispanic Indian gold crafts is displayed. This tour commences with a drive through the northern residential area of the city and through the fertile plateau to the small colonial town of Cajicá, where there’s a short stop at the main plaza. Lunch included. After a hearty lunch the tour continues to the town of Zipaquirá famous for its underground salt cathedral. Experience the sights extraordinary architecture where the Stations of the Cross and three naves are eerily illuminated along with other sculptures and cavernous pools all hewn from the salt mine tunnels under the Halite Mountains. Though a popular tourist destination, it is still a place of pilgrimage for the local community
NOTE: The Gold Museum is closed on Mondays.
Overnight in Bogotá.
Transfer to the Airport of Bogota to take the flight to Medellin.
Arrival in Medellin, meet and be greeted by the tour guide and transfer to the selected Hotel
Overnight in Medellin
Tour around the city to learn about the roots of Medellín and its most symbolic visiting points such as the Paisa Little Town, the Smart Building, the Main Square, the Convention Centre, La Alpujarra Administrative Centre and Carabobo’s Crosswalk. Afterwards you will take the Metro to take the Cable Car, used as a mass way of transportation to visit Spain Library Park, a prominent architectural structure. Return to the hotel and rest.
Breakfast and early morning transfer to the airport for the flight to Cartagena. Met and greeted by the guide and transfer to the selected hotel.
Cartagena is truly a highlight of Colombia. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage site the city has a wealth of character that will capture any traveller’s senses, from its well preserved colonial architecture, romantic atmosphere, vibrant flora, balmy temperature, excellent cuisine and amazing sunsets over the Caribbean to its warm and inviting people. It was this alluring setting that fueled the imaginative powers of Gabriel García Márquez to write ‘Love in a time of Cholera’.
Overnight in Cartagena.
Driving from the hotel through Bocagrande, the modern residential district, the tour visits the most important monuments of the city. The first excursión takes in the Convent of La Popa built at the beginning of the 17th century on the hill of the same name. From there a magnificent view of the city and the bay can be seen. The tour will then continue on to San Felipe's Fort, built in the 17th century to protect the city from marauding invaders. After a tour looking at the construction of this impregnable fortress, there will be a stroll to the walled colonial city and stop at the colourful handicraft stores of Las Bóvedas where the local artisans display their ware.
Walk along interesting streets to admire old houses, beautiful balconies and different little squares. It will be possible to learn about the different systems of construction of the Spaniards , and after that it will be easy to recognize the areas where poor or wealthy people lived. There will be also the opportunity to see this alive city, with its students, vendors of fruit or juices, and all the people that live here. Arrival at the Plaza of San Pedro Claver, named in honour of the Spanish born monk who was known as the ‘Apostles of Blacks’ Free time to take some pictures and return to the hotel .
Overnight in Cartagena
Day at Leisure
Overnight in Cartagena.
Breakfast, and at the appropriate time, transfer to airport for flight to Bogotá and connection to next destination.
End of our services
Important Notice
  • Price does not include domestic or international airline tickets or airport tax.
  • Private tours with a local guide in Portuguese. Tour to Machu Picchu is included in the train ticket of Expedition.
  • Price does not include: early check-in/late check-out/hotel extras or food.
  • Meals will be provided according to the detailed itinerary. Extras will be accounted by the passengers.
  • Beverages during meals are not included.
  • It is not possible to visit Lima’s Cathedral on Sundays.
  • Alternative hotels can be confirmed according to the hotel’s disponibility at the moment of processing the reservation.
  • To confirm airline and train tickets, it is necessary to provide: Passenger’s full name, nationality, date of birth and passport number.
  • Price valid till 23 of December 2013.
  • Standard accommodations in all of the hotels. In most hotels, triple rooms are made by 1 double bed + additional bed.
  • There might be some changes in the itinerary during the holidays.
  • Prices do not apply during special events or Inti Raymi Celebration (from 20-27 of June). In case passengers want to travel during these dates, please check new prices.
  • It is mandatory to present your passport with the entry seal and immigration card in the hotels.
  • As soon as the reservation is confirmed, the bank transfer for the total must be made.
  • Activities in the jungle may vary according to the weather.

 

COLOMBIA

Important Notice
  • Prices may vary according to the Hotel disponibility.
  • By purchasing only the accommodation, it must be added the tax value of 16%.
  • The full price applies per person, valid through 2013 except during Easter (March/23 till 31), end of the year (24 of December – 31 of December) and other national or religious holidays when special prices may apply, please verify.
  • Price does not include airline tickets.
INCLUDED
  • Transfer from airport/hotel/airport.
  • Accomodations in the selected hotel.
  • Activities and Meals indicated in the itinerary.
NOT INCLUDED
  • National and international airline tickets.
  • Meals and Activities not described in the itinerary.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Additional expenses in hotels.
  • Tips to guides.

 

Hotels

Standard Alternative
Nights City Hotel
1nt Lima Lima Wasi Hotel-  Standard Room
1nt Sacred Valley Hacienda Valle Sagrado- Standard Room.
1nt Machu Picchu El Mapi Hotel- Superior Room
2nt Cusco Mamasara Hotel – Superior Room
2nt Bogotá Augusta Hotel –
2nt Medellin Blue Estelar
3nt Cartagena Don Pedro de Heredia Hotel
Superior Alternative
Nights City Hotel
1nts Lima Casa Andina Select–Traditional Room
1nt Sacred Valley Casa Andina Private Collection Valle Sagrado –  Superior Room
1nt Machu Picchu Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel- Superior Deluxe
2nt Cusco Casa Andina Private Collection Cusco – Superior Room
2nt Bogotá Royal Hotel
2nt Medellin ArtHotel
3nt Cartagena Bantu Hotel
Alternativa First Class
Nights City Hotel
1nts Lima Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores- Superior Room
1nt Sacred Valley Hotel Aranwa Sacred Valley- Colonial Room
1nt Machu Picchu Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo – Superior  Deluxe
2nt Cusco Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel- Classic Room
2nt Bogotá JW Marriott Hotel – Standard Room
2nt Medellin Diez Hotel – Standard Room
3nt Cartagena Casa San Agustin – Standard Room
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