BEST OF PERU & BOGOTA, COLOMBIA
Includes overnight stays in the Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu Valley
15-DAYS – OCTOBER 25 TO NOVEMBER 8, 2018
Day 1 Depart CANADA
Lima, PERU Hotel Overnight
Day 2 Lima, PERU Hotel Overnight
Day 3 Lima, PERU Hotel Overnight
Day 4 Sacred Valley, PERU Hotel Overnight
Day 5 Sacred Valley, PERU Hotel Overnight
Day 6 Machu Picchu, PERU Hotel Overnight
Day 7 Cusco, PERU Hotel Overnight
Day 8 Cusco, PERU Hotel Overnight
Day 9 Cusco, PERU Hotel Overnight
Day 10 Puno, PERU Hotel Overnight
Day 11 Puno, PERU Hotel Overnight
Day 12 Bogota, COLOMBIA Hotel Overnight
Day 13 Bogota, COLOMBIA Hotel Overnight
Day 14 Bogota, COLOMBIA Hotel Overnight
Day 15 Depart for CANADA
DOUBLE Occupancy – $8,495
SINGLE Occupancy – $10,995
Deposit requirement is $1,000 CA per person – Final balance is due by JULY 26, 2018
ALL PRICES ARE IN CANADIAN DOLLARS AND INCLUDE:
Return airfare from TORONTO (other cities available upon request).
3-Nights first class hotel stay in Lima, PERU with breakfast.
3-Nights first class hotel stay in Cusco, PERU with breakfast.
2-Nights first class hotel stay in Sacred Valley, PERU with breakfast.
2-Night first class hotel stay in Puno, PERU with breakfast.
1-Night first class hotel stay in Machu Picchu Valley, PERU with breakfast.
3-Night first class hotel stay in Bogota, COLOMBIA with breakfast.
All meals as listed in our day-by-day itinerary.
All guided tours as per our day-by-day itinerary.
All gratuities for your local guides, drivers, and restaurant staff.
Fully hosted by Expo Cruises & Tours.
Day 1 – CANADA – LIMA, PERU
Morning departure from Canada to Lima aboard AC Rouge flight via Bogota. Upon arrival, you will be met by our local guide and transferred to the hotel. The Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizzaro founded Lima in 1535. Here you will find the broken glamour of the colony as well as the boiling vitality of an oriental bazaar. You have melancholic cloud covered winters and light warm summers, and next to extensive slums you will see beautiful old buildings in quiet, elegant corners, where the evening air smells of jasmine. In Lima, you will find the decadence glamour of the colonial time as well as the boiling diversity that reminds one of an oriental bazaar. Dinner at La Huaca Pucllana and overnight at hotel. Accommodation: HOTEL HILTON MIRAFLORES or similar (3 nights). (In-flight Meals, D)
Day 2 – LIMA, PERU
Breakfast at the hotel. Later, you will be picked up at the hotel to begin a tour of the city’s main avenues, boulevards, and squares. The tour will begin with an exploration of Colonial Lima. First, you will stop off at the Main Square, where you will get a chance to explore the square on foot and admire the exteriors of the Government Palace, the Cathedral of Lima, and the City Hall all examples of Lima’s still-present colonial architectural opulence. You will visit the Cathedral of Lima; as you walk through the Cathedral’s numerous chapels, you’ll travel to the past and discover various architectural styles (from Renaissance to Neo-Classical), and learn about the religious history of Peru. Our tour continues with the visit to San Francisco Convent built in the 17th century, and its “Catacombs” ancient underground cemetery of Lima. Finally, you will leave behind Lima’s Historic Center and begin a journey through the streets of modern Lima as you head toward the most traditional of the residential zones of the capital: San Isidro and Miraflores. In San Isidro, you will pass through the heart of the city’s financial district; soon afterwards, you will travel to the district of Miraflores, a perfect spot to enjoy wonderful views of the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy the rest of your day at leisure. Dinner at Rosa Nautica restaurant and overnight at the hotel. (L,D)
Day 3 – LIMA, PERU
Breakfast at the hotel. This morning visit the Larco Museum with lunch. Founded in 1926, the Larco Museum showcases remarkable chronological galleries providing an excellent overview on 3000 years of development of Peruvian pre-Columbian history. Located in a unique vice-royal mansion of the 18th century built over a 7th century pre-Columbian pyramid it is surrounded by the beautiful gardens. It features the finest gold and silver collection from Ancient Peru and the famous erotic archaeological collection, one of the most visited Peruvian tourist attractions. For an unforgettable experience, Larco is one of the few museums in the world where visitors can also choose to enter the storage area with its 45.000 classified archaeological objects. Its masterpieces are considered worldwide icons of Pre-Columbian art, having been exhibited in the world’s leading museums. Afternoon is at your leisure. (B,L)
Day 4 – LIMA – CUSCO – SACRED VALLEY, PERU
Breakfast at hotel. Fly to the beautiful city of Cuzco which was once the capital of the Inca Empire. Arrival in Cuzco and transfer to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, called this way to the end of the extensive valley of Urubamba, near Cuzco where the agricultural cattlemen and beautiful towns were concentrated since Inca times. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant. Later visit the town of Ollantaytambo and its great fortress. Legend counts that Ollántay (the titan of the Andes) of plebeian origin, loved the princess Cusi Coyllor (cheerful star) the Inca king’s daughter Pachacútec, who disagreed with this love. Pachacútec sent the princess to a house of Virgins; Ollántay tried to abduct her, without getting her, being able to escape. From the fortress that Ollántay controlled he rebelled against Pachacútec, and after bloody battles was defeated, but the generosity of Pachacútec forgave the life of Ollántay. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight. Accommodation: HOTEL CASA ANDINA PC SACRED VALLEY or similar (2 nights). (B,L,D)
Day 5 – SACRED VALLEY, PERU
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer from your hotel to a local market located in Urubamba. Here passengers will immerse into the local commercial place, a real in depth cultural experience, where you will put in alert your 5 five senses. New smells, colors, textures, sounds and tastes will introduce you to a new cuisine concept. From the marketplace, passengers will be transferred to our lunch spot near Ollantaytambo, where passengers will meet their cooks that will teach them how to cook a traditional Pachamanca. After helping to prepare the ingredients and placing them under ground you have to wait for a while, and will enjoy a Mother earth or Pachamama ceremony, which is a worshiping of mother Earth and thanking her for the food they will eat. Then the Pachamanca will be opened and dishes will be served. After lunch, passengers will be transferred back to their hotel. (B,L)
Day 6 – SACRED VALLEY – MACHU PICCHU VALLEY, PERU
Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning, journey by train to the fabled ‘Lost City of the Incas’, arguably the most important archaeological site in South America. The Machu Picchu Citadel was built by the Incas as a favoured retreat for Inca nobility, and remarkably until 1911, it lay hidden from the world amongst dense jungle covered mountains.
Lunch included at the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge Restaurant. Afternoon, check-in at the hotel. Dinner at the hotel.
Machu Picchu is a mystical place, a monument to divinity, where people can feel that they are a creation of God. The high sense of spirituality that inhabits this place seems to transport its visitors to a place where everything “in an unimaginable way” is possible. It is a place where strange forces of nature allow the individuals to reach an incomparable cosmic state, a state that can only be experimented in Machu Picchu. It is one of the most popular archaeological sites in the world, and therefore, the most visited attraction in Peru. The Citadel of Machu Picchu (in Quechua language ” Old Mountain”) is known throughout the world for its amazing ruins and its unusual location on a high mountain overlooking the mighty currents of the Urubamba River. Even today nobody has been able to solve the mystery how the builders and designers managed to transport the huge blocks of limestone to the top of the mountain which was required for the construction of the city. Accommodation: HOTEL EL MAPI BY INKATERRA or similar (1 night). (B,L,D)
Day 7 – MACHU PICCHU VALLEY – CUSCO, PERU
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning at leisure. You can visit the Machu Picchu ruins on your own for a second time or enjoy the sunrise in the park (entrance fee and shuttle bus included). Afternoon, take the train back to Cusco. Upon arrival in the evening, transfer to your hotel. Accommodation: HOTEL HILTON GARDEN INN or similar (3 nights). (B)
Day 8 – CUSCO, PERU
Buffet Breakfast at the hotel. Morning is at leisure for you to climatize with the altitude. Cusco is a city living in the past as well as in the present. Almost half a millennium after the Spaniards arrived; Cusco is a meeting point for two cultures. The Indian traders in the markets speak Spanish with the tourists and Quechua among themselves. The Incas called their most important city Cusco, the navel of the world, as they held the navel for the centre of life. Afternoon, walking tour of Cusco. We show you the centre of the Inca Empire, the Plaza de Armas. There you will find the cathedral built on the ruins of the Inca Palace. The cathedral borders on other churches on both sides. The next stop will be the old town with its magnificent restored colonial buildings, which some are being used as hotels. Dinner and folkloric show at La Retama restaurant. (B,L)
Day 9 – CUSCO, PERU
Breakfast at the hotel. Today, we will enjoy a tour of Incan ruins. You will also visit Sacsayhuaman; a ruin located approximately 3 km above Cusco. Sacsayhuaman also offers a fabulous view of the city. You will then stop in Tambo Machay, the bath of the Inca, Kenko, the giant rock whose niches and gaps were carved in a strange way, and Puca Pucara, the ruin of a small fort. Afternoon at leisure to do some shopping and walk around the city. Dinner at an Incanto restaurant. (B,D)
Day 10 – CUSCO – PUNO (LAKE TITICACA), PERU
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure by bus to Puno visiting Inca ruins enroute (lunch included). Lake Titicaca – is the highest navigable lake on earth and center of a region, where thousands of farmers nourish themselves by fishing in the ice-cold water, cultivate potatoes on its stony shores and breed lamas. Lake Titicaca, once a holy water, today forms the natural border between Bolivia and Peru. Accommodation: HOTEL LIBERTADOR or similar (2 nights). (B,L)
Day 11 – PUNO (LAKE TITICACA), PERU
Breakfast at the hotel. You will be picked up from your hotel in Puno with a motorboat which will take you to the islands. Arrival at Uros Island, where a fishermen and hunters inhabit the floating islands. The residents of the Uros use the cattail, a type of rush, which grows in the lake, to create the conditions that ensure the islands stay afloat. The dense roots that the plants develop support the island. The roofs are waterproof and the houses are extremely humid because of the surrounding water. At present they speak Quechua and Aymara. Then we will visit Amantaní which is a circular, 9 sq. km. island located 36km (22 miles) northeast of Puno. The island is dominated by two mountain peaks, called Pachatata (Father Earth) and Pachamama (Mother Earth), next to which some pre-Hispanic ruins are found (including a mummy cemetery). The island’s main attraction, though, are the two lookouts atop the peaks, almost 300 meters over the lake. They offer beautiful sights of Lake Titicaca, particularly during sunsets. The hillsides of the island are lined with stone walls that divide the many terraces planted with typical Andean crops: potatoes, corn, quinoa, beans, etc. Besides agriculture, the Amantaní people, distributed in half a dozen or so villages, live on fishing and raising cattle, sheep, and alpacas (which are found grazing freely on the hills). Similar to the Taquileños, the inhabitants of Amantaní are also known for their textiles, as well as their ceramics. Most of the inhabitants live in houses of adobe. There is a small health clinic and school on Amantaní, and, while there are no hotels, some families offer meals and overnight lodging to tourists. In return, guests are expected to bring food (such as rice or sugar) as a gift. The island has no cars and is powered for only a few hours a day by a generator. We will return to Puno in the afternoon. (B,L)
Day 12 – PUNO – BOGOTA, COLOMBIA
Early breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Bogota. Upon arrival at the airport transfer to your hotel. Bogotá is a modern capital city with stand-out cultural, intellectual and social draws as well as rich colonial heritage. Colombia’s back. After decades of civil conflict, Colombia is now safe to visit and travelers are discovering what they’ve been missing. The diversity of the country may astonish you. No wonder the ‘magic realism’ style of Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez emerged from here – there is a dreamlike quality to Colombia. Here at the equator, with the sun forever overhead, the fecund earth beneath your feet, heart-stopping vistas in every direction and the warmth of the locals putting you at ease – you may find it difficult to leave. Colombian culture, like the country’s weather, varies by altitude. The essence of Colombia resides in the mountains in the alpine cities of Bogotá, Medellín and Cali, and the smaller cities of the Zona Cafetera (coffee zone). Afternoon, 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. Later you will continue your visit to Monserrate Hill. You will travel by cable car up to 10.500 feet to the mountain that looks over Bogotá. Return to your hotel and rest. Dinner at the hotel. Accommodation: HOTEL HILTON or similar (3 nights). (B,D)
Day 13 – BOGOTA, COLOMBIA
Breakfast at the hotel. Buffet breakfast. Early morning departure for a half day tour to the Sacred Lake of Guatavita. Discover the beauty of Colombia’s “Laguna de Guatavita” and hear about the story of “El Dorado” which became a legend. This journey starts through the breathtaking landscapes you will see along the hike toward the lake. Afterwards, you will arrive to the sacred lake where the legendary pre-Columbian ritual was originated. According to this legend, the Muisca’s indigenous tribe held special religious ceremonies when a new chief was chosen. The “cacique” or tribe ruler with his body totally covered with gold dust, was taken to the middle of the lake and accompanied by four of his priests; he was immersed into the water as an offering to their gods. The tribe then would throw precious stones and gold pieces into the lake, while the ceremony was taking place. The Spanish conquerors, as well as many other people from around the world have tried in the past to drain the lake in order to find the gold and the treasures submerged. However, none of these expeditions have been successful. After exploring the scenic landscape surrounding the “Laguna de Guatavita”, you will pass by the Tominé Reservoir, which controls the water supply for Bogotá. The tour will continue to the new town of Guatavita, which was built in 1967 after the old town was flooded by the reservoir. This new town was constructed to be a perfect replica of a Spanish colonial town; the houses have white facades with clay roof tiles and wooden doors and windows. Finally, you will have the opportunity to shop for local handicrafts, before returning to the hotel. Lunch is included during the tour at a local restaurant. (B,L)
Day 14 – BOGOTA, COLOMBIA
Breakfast at the hotel. Today drive through the northern residential area of the city and through the fertile plateau to the small colonial town of Cajicá, where a short stop will be made at the main plaza. This visit begins with a panoramic view of the city and the vast plateau of the northern area of Bogotá. You will arrive to the small town of Zipaquirá where you will take an underground tour to discover the famous Salt Cathedral. You, will have the opportunity to experience the extraordinary architecture and engineering of this remarkable underground mine. This cathedral was carved inside an active salt mine formed 250 million years ago, under the Halite Mountains. Here you will find 14 small chapels that represent the Stations of the Cross and Jesus Christ’s crucifixion, a sanctuary and a main cathedral. Although this is a popular tourist destination to be visited, this is also a place of pilgrimage for the local community. Afterwards continue to visit the town of Zipaquirá which was founded in 1600 and still conserves its colonial heritage. Stop at the main square, where you will find whitewashed houses decorated with olive-green trim as well as the most important municipal buildings. Lunch is included during the tour at a local restaurant. The salt mine is not recommended for people who might be claustrophobic. Tonight, we have our Farewell dinner at the hotel. (B,L,D)
Day 15 – BOGOTA – CANADA
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning at is at your leisure. Check- out at the hotel at noon and transfer to the airport for your homebound flight. (B,In-Flights Meals)