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Peru & The Lost City of the Incas

Experience a lifetime’s worth of adventure in Peru, land of the fabled Incan empire, on a journey that inspires wonder and fires the imagination, with its blend of ancient mysteries and alien theories, treasure rooms of gold and temples hidden away on mist-veiled mountains. 

From visiting the majestic ruins of Machu Picchu to strolling Cusco’s cobblestone streets. From flying over the Nazca Lines to sailing the penguin-inhabited islands of the Ballestas. Explore it all in the company of a small band of like-minded women. 

Throughout, get a first-hand glimpse into the legacy of the Incans and the daily lives of Peruvians: shopping in local markets, drinking pisco sours and tangoing the night away.

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Trip Dates: 02 Jun - 14 Jun
Availability: Yes, 10 spots left
Places Covered: Peru
Category: Women Only

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VIDEO JOURNAL: PERU 2016 WITH PRERNA

Trip leader Prerna headed to Peru with a fun and adventurous group of women, determined to find out whether Machu Picchu was built by Incans or aliens, and to jump headfirst into the colour, culture and vibrancy of Peru! 

What did they discover? Aliens? Incans? You'll just have to watch the video to find out.

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Touchdown Lima! Welcome to Peru, the land of Incas, pisco sours and llamas.

Upon arrival at the airport, a local representative will be waiting to welcome you, and chauffeur you in a private vehicle to your hotel (45 minutes - 1 hour). 

In the evening: we’ve arranged a special welcome dinner for you at the La Rosa Nautica Restaurant. This is one of Lima's loveliest restaurants, which is set at the end of a pier, and overlooks the Pacific Ocean. Fill up on traditional Peruvian fare and toast to your holiday with your first (of many) pisco sours.

Tonight's festive atmosphere is perfect for getting to know your new travel mates and tour leader better. 

Head back to the hotel afterwards. Then unwind from your travels, counting sheep –or rather, llamas, as you drop off into a restful sleep.
In the morning, set out to explore the city with a local guide. We’ll visit historic landmarks, including the Government Palace and the bright-yellow San Francisco Convent, famous for its bone-lined catacombs, which containing an estimated 70,000 remains.

We’ll cap the tour by stopping by the modern San Isidro and Miraflores districts, from where you’ll have an unparalleled view of the Pacific Ocean. At San Isidro, you’ll be able to go parasailing! (Please note that this is an optional activity at an additional price of $20-40, and is subject to weather conditions)
 
In the afternoon, you’re free to do as you please. Recommended: go shopping at the Incan and Indian markets, and don’t forget to bargain! You may also like to stop by Barranco, Lima's artsy district. With bright street art, fountains, small cafes and street performers, it’s a delight to explore.
It’s an early start this morning, but trust us, it’s worth it.

After breakfast at the hotel, we’ll drive to Ica county, from where we’ll be able to board a plane to fly over the Nazca Lines. The drive will take around 4-5 hours, so you can catch up on some sleep en route.

Upon arrival (around 11:00 AM), it’s time to take flight! (Please note you will need to pay US$10 for airport tax locally for the flight, which is subject to weather conditions. Additionally, the flight can make even the most seasoned traveller a little queasy, so if you are sensitive to motion sickness, please come prepared.)

As the plane soars over the desert, you will be able to see the immense geoglyphs etched into sands. There are many of individual figures, perfectly straight lines, ranging in complexity from simple lines to stylized hummingbirds, spiders, monkeys, and lizards. It’s one of the most incredible sights on the planet.

Back on ground, we’ll make our way to the Huacachina Oasis where you can have lunch – on your own. Here, you can enjoy some sand boarding or dune buggy fun (optional activity at an additional cost). Then, onwards to Paracas, a small port town, where we’ll spend the night.
Get ready for a day of sunshine, sea and lots of wildlife: we’re going to the Ballestas Islands! If all looks good weather-wise, we’ll climb aboard a shared yacht with a private guide and set sail through white-tipped waves. (Please note that this is a 2 hour activity that is subject to weather conditions. Make sure you wear a windbreaker to stay warm and carry a hat!)

Keep the camera ready as there’ll be plenty of sights to see. If you look towards the bordering desert, you’ll soon spy an immense 595-foot tall symbol etched onto the rocky flank of a hill. What does it mean? Who carved it there? The answer depends on whom you ask; a few say it pays homage to a South America god, others, that sailors made it as a landmark, and yet others claim aliens made it. The truth is no one really knows.

As we draw nearer to the islands, you’ll get an eyeful and then some of the wildlife of the region: Peruvian pelicans hover in the air while nearby, hundreds of barking sea lions take a nap on rocks under the sun. And, keep an eye out for Humboldt penguins looking dashing in their tuxedos.

You’ll be free for the rest of the day, which you can idle away swimming or lounging by the pool with a drink in hand.
We’ll be heading back on a private bus to Lima today, stopping for lunch (on your own) along the way.

After we get back, you’re free to spend the rest of the day on your own. Recommended: venture out into the city and choose from hundreds of picanterías (literally, ‘spicy restaurants’) for a dinner of local specialties, such as cuy (which might come as a bit of a shock for guinea pig owners) or Papa a la Huancaína (yellow potatoes in a spicy, creamy sauce). Explore. Eat. Enjoy.
You will be driven to the airport this morning to catch a flight to Cusco. Our local representative will be waiting for you upon arrival to drive you to the hotel.

Lunch: at the Manka Restaurante, for our first taste of cuisine from this city.

You’re free for the rest of the day. It is advisable to take it really easy to help the body acclimatize to the altitude. If you would like to explore a little, your hotel is located near the city centre so after resting, so you will find many restaurants nearby for dinner.
Today, head out to explore this legendary city with a local guide.

Once the capital of the mystic Inca Empire, Cusco is home to some magnificent sights – some extraordinary and otherworldly. One moment you’re standing in the Koricancha Temple (The Temple of the Sun) and the next moment you’d find yourself standing on a baroque altar in a Cathedral from the Cusco School.

We will also visit the ruins of Sacsayhuaman (believed to be the site of ritual ceremonies), Tambomachay, known also as The Inca Baths, the labyrinth of Puca Pukara and the Amphitheatre of Kenko. It’s a whole lot to take in, so you’d best be prepared for a trip through the ages.

Afterwards, you’re free to enjoy the rest of the day to shop at ease and have dinner on your own. Recommended: hit the San Pedro Market. Here, you can snack on Peruvian doughnuts made from pumpkin and sweet potato, in between shopping for alpaca jumpers and pachamama dolls; this is, after all, why you kept aside that extra suitcase space.
Gear up for a full day excursion to the Sacred Valley of the Incas (subject to train schedule). 

First up: visit the village of Pisac and attend the local agricultural open-market where artisans from all over the area congregate to sell their crafts. Continue to the north to visit Ollantaytambo, an old Incan a fortress built by the Incas that showcases their trademark military architecture.

At the Ollantaytambo station, board the Vistadome train (train timings will be advised) up to Aguas Calientes, where we will check into our hotel and have dinner.
It’s straight to Machu Picchu today. As peak experiences go, there are few that beat it.
We’ll leave the hotel at 6:00 AM. A short bus ride means that we’ll reach the iconic Inca citadel in 30 minutes or so. To reach the gates, there will be a short trek (20 -25 minutes) – you will need to be physically fit for this.  

Then, find yourself gazing on one of the greatest vistas in the world – the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu – the ultimate symbol of the Inca Empire at the peak of its power and achievement – bookended by two immense forested peaks that spike up from the deep green valley. It is a truly spectacular sight.

With our English-speaking guide, we’ll walk around the Incan ruins of temples, stables, servants quarters, royal bedrooms, craft workshops and halls made entirely of stone, and which becomes even more incredible in explanation – just ask your guide.

You’re free for the rest of the day (shop around in the local markets for souvenirs). Dinner is at the hotel.
Enjoy a leisurely morning.

Then, depart by the Vistadome train back to the Poroy train station. (This will take around 5 hours, but don’t worry, if you’re peckish, a small snack will be served on the train). A local representative will meet you here to chauffeur you to your hotel in Cusco.

We’ll have dinner at the hotel.
We’ll check out from the hotel around 10:00 AM, and head to the airport for our flight to Lima. After arrival, and checking-in at the hotel, you’re free to spend the rest of the day as you please.
Dinner will be at the hotel.

If you’re a Tintin fan, you’ll be delighted in what we have in store this morning: the Pachacamac ruins today. This impressive archaeological site is dotted with pyramids, temples and palaces. The largest and most impressive structure here is the Temple of the Sun, which unlike the Egyptian pyramids, is flat at the top. From the summit, you can look out over the Pacific Ocean.

When we get back, you’ll be free to spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Dinner: feast on contemporary Peruvian dishes at the Huaca Pucllana Restaurant. From the deck, you will have a beautiful view of the 1,500-year-old, pre-Incan ruins next door.
All good things must eventually come to an end, and sometimes, the end comes way too soon. But here we are at the end of our journey. You will be picked up from your hotel and driven to the airport. Have a safe flight back home!

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