Highlights of Peru

Dates July 15 - July 27, 2019
Destination Lima, Peru; Puno, Peru; United States Puerto Maldonado, Peru; Cusco, Peru; Sacred Valley, Peru; Machu Picchu, Peru;
Duration 13 days 12 nights
Price From 3,450

Religious Focus:

Sightseeing:

Activity Level:

While there is not a lot of strenuous "hiking" on this tour, there is some "climbing" of tall steps and walking on uneven surfaces that may cause concern to some. 


Peru is a country of great civilizations that have left their mark over the ages. 

We'll start our tour in Lima, then head to the Amazon jungle to stay at an all-inclusive Lodge for 3 nights. The Peruvian Amazon is one of the Natural Wonders of the World. Continue the route on to Cusco; tour the city of the Incas and discover the citadel that centuries later would become one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World: Machu Picchu. We will have the opportunity for an Andean service project and interact with a local community at a local school, where we will be able to make a difference on children's lives.  End your trip with a visit to the highest navigable lake in the world, Lake Titicaca and its floating islands.

This tour is for sure a BUCKET LIST experience!  Come make new friends while living your adventurer side dream.

To Book This Tour, Contact:

Carol Alegre, Tour Manager
Tel: (801) 483-6165
Email Carol

 TOUR ID#929G26

CASH DISCOUNT of $75.00 for final payment by check

Day 1: Monday, July 15, 2019

Depart the US for Lima, Peru, arriving in the evening. We are met by our local guide and transferred to the hotel.

Meals : In-flight
Day 10: Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Cusco to Juliaca/Puno

Today we transfer to the airport for our flight to Juliaca. Upon arrival, we are met by our local guide and transfer to the hotel. We overnight in Puno for two nights.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 11: Thursday, July 25, 2019

Puno/Lake Titicaca

We have a full day tour to explore Lake Titicaca. First, we visit the Uros, friendly inhabitants of these handmade islands made of totora reeds. Next it’s off to Taquile Island, a place in which the settlers still maintain their ancestral traditions and colorful typical clothes. We have a great opportunity to explore the island and get the best view of the lake. We are provide with a typical local-style lunch on the island. In the afternoon, we return to the city.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch
Day 12: Friday, July 26, 2019

Puno to Lima

Today we transfer to the airport for our flight back to Lima. On arrival, we transfer to Huaca Pucllana restaurant to have a farewell dinner. After dinner, we transfer back to the airport. 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 13: Saturday, July 27, 2019

Lima to home city

Early today we depart from Lima and arrive back in the US on the same day.

Meals : In-flight
Day 2: Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Lima 

Today we have a city tour of Lima. We begin by the “Parque del amor” in Miraflores, with a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean. Then, we have a panoramic view of the Huaca Pucllana, ceremonial center of the Lima culture. Continuing to the Main Square, we find the Palace of Government and the Municipal Palace. We visit the main cathedral and walk up to the Convent of Santo Domingo, whose corridors were touched by San Martin de Porres and Santa Rosa de Lima in the XVII century, and currently their remains lay. We continue with a short visit to the Lima LDS Temple. Later, we enjoy a delicious lunch at Cafe of the Museum, a contemporary restaurant located within the Larco Museum. This museum is an 18th century mansion built on the summit of a pre-Colombian pyramid that dates from the 7th century. We have the opportunity to see collections and treasures that have traveled to several of the most famous museums in the world. This evening we enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. 

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3: Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Lima to Puerto Maldonado

This morning we transfer to the airport and fly to Puerto Maldonado. As we head to our accommodations, we see beautiful scenery as our guide provides information on animal species indigenous to area, that we may be able to see. Upon arrival at our accommodations and after check-in, the rest of the afternoon is free to choose from the diversity of tours at the Reserva Amazonica. For our first day, we recommend entering the rainforest through a guided tour along the trail system in the natural area of the Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica, where we discover the wonderful Amazon Basin. At night, we suggest the "River at Night" excursion. Sailing down the Madre de Dios River, we witness the transformation from a diurnal to a nocturnal world: Birds and other diurnal animals give way to species especially adapted to night. After dinner, we can attend a discourse on the experience of living in the rainforest.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4: Thursday, July 18, 2019

Puerto Maldonado

In the morning we make the trip to Sandoval Lake, a paradise on earth where various species of birds and monkeys live together. At the lake, we can observe river otters, caimans, piranhas, and giant paiches. After lunch, we recommend visiting the Canopy Inkaterra. We hike to the rainforest across a network of bridges linking eight observation platforms. We can extend the tour to see the sunset in one of the towers. After climbing down the Canopy, we go on the "Anaconda Hike" along 200 meters of wooden bridges over the Aguajales swamps. In this lush ecosystem, we observe different species of amphibians, birds, mammals, and wild rainforest flora. In addition, it is possible to observe snakes on these wetlands. At night, we attend a presentation on Nature at the Eco Center.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5: Friday, July 19, 2019

Puerto Maldonado - Gamitana Creek

We enjoy a long walk through the Gamitana Creek exploring the jungle for one hour and a half hours.  Along the winding Gamitana Creek, home to piranhas, caimans, turtles, and birds. We follow this with a brief visit to Gamitana farm to learn more about a model farm in the Amazonian region. After returning to the lodge for lunch, we go on an excursion to Hacienda Concepción, where we see over 200 different plant species and learn about current uses and benefits of local flora. We continue with a canoe ride in search of turtles, nightjars, and exotic herons. At night, we carry on with the "Night Rainforest" excursion going through the trails of Inkaterra Ecological Reserve.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6: Saturday, July 20, 2019

Puerto Maldonado to Cusco

After our breakfast, we depart on our 45-minute return trip, by boat, on the Madre de Dios River to Puerto Maldonado, where we may visit the Butterfly House. Peru boasts the greatest variety of butterflies in the world, with 3,700 known species. Many of these can be seen at the Butterfly House, a showcase for the variety, beauty, and adaptability of these fascinating insects. At the designated time, we transfer to the airport to board our flight to Cusco. Upon arrival, we are met by  our local guides and transferred to the hotel. We have an afternoon walking tour of the colonial gem of Cusco, starting at the Koricancha Temple that welcomes us with its splendor. The Golden Precinct is the meaning of its name in Quechua; its walls were once lined in gold sheets. We go on to the Main Square to visit the cathedral that houses invaluable colonial works of art. Finally, we walk to Saint Blas, the craftsmen’s quarters, finding midway the Inca Roca Palace, today known as the Archbishop’s Palace, and we have time to appreciate the worldwide famous Stone of the Twelve Angles. This evening we have a buffet dinner and show at a local restaurant and overnight in Cusco.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7: Sunday, July 21, 2019

Cusco to Sacred Valley

Early in the morning, we get away from the crowds to visit Sacsayhuaman, an impressive colossal citadel surrounded by beautiful landscapes in complete communion with nature. We continue to the Inca shrine of Qenqo, with its awesome altar for sacrifices embedded in the side of the rock. We finally reach the Puca Pucara watchtower and Tambomachay, a monument of noticeable architectural excellence, considered one of the pillars of the Andean view of the world; a box lunch is included. We proceed to a local community for volunteer work and have a chance to make a difference in their lives. We overnight in the Sacred Valley.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch
Day 8: Monday, July 22, 2019

Sacred Valley

Today, we visit the most outstanding sites of the Sacred Valley of the Incas: A traditional market of Pisac, where we have free time to explore and buy crafts. We have the opportunity to try traditional fare as we pass by the firewood ovens of bread and empanadas. A buffet lunch is provided. In the afternoon, we continue toward Moray with its impressive views, thanks to colossal concentric terraces simulating a large amphitheater. Its usefulness includes recreating 20 different types of microclimates, measurements which ensured the agricultural production of the empire. We continue on to Maras, the famous and ancient salt mines of the colonial era. The contrast of its white wells with the green valley is impressive and not to be missed; a spectacular postcard of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Finally, we visit Ollantaytambo, a picturesque village continuously inhabited since the Inca period, where we visit its temple of the same name that was used as a fortress during the Inca resistance and from where we will obtain images of the collection. We overnight in the Sacred Valley.

NOTE: This evening we will pack a small bag for our train journey to Machu Picchu (on day 9). For all train journeys, each passenger is allowed 1 bag or backpack which must not exceed 5kg/11lbs and/or 157cm/62 inches (length + height + width). Baggage exceeding these measurements is not allowed. We ask that only the absolute necessities are packed.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch
Day 9: Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Machu Picchu/Cusco

This morning, we are transferred from our hotel to the Ollantaytambo station for boarding the train to Machu Picchu; one of the new seven wonders of the world. We arrive at the Aguas Calientes station where we board a bus to go up the winding road to Machu Picchu amid a spectacular view of the Urubamba River and its canyon. The Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu, astonishes with its terraces, ceremonial shrines, steps, and urban areas. Energy is all around us. After a guided visit, we travel back to town for lunch before taking a return train to the Sacred Valley, then on to Cusco where we overnight.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch

Included:

  • 1 tour-bus experience for the whole tour
  • Flights within Peru (Lima/Puerto Maldonado/Cusco/Juliaca/Lima)
  • 11 Nights Hotel Accommodations in 4/5 star hotels
  • Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica All-Inclusive package with optional tours
  • Local Hotel Taxes
  • Experienced Morris Murdock Group Tour Manager
  • English Speaking local guides
  • Round trip Train ride on the Vistadome to Machu Picchu
  • Round trip bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
  • Deluxe motor coach transportation
  • Sightseeing as outlined on the itinerary
  • Entrance fees to all sites including Machu Picchu
  • Opportunity for an Andean Service Project
  • Round trip transfers hotels to airport
  • Tips for guides and drivers
  • Digital Travel App
  • Most meals as indicated on the itinerary (Daily breakfast/8 Lunches/6 dinners)

Not Included:

  • International flight to Lima & Cusco Peru (From Salt Lake, round trip $1500)
  • Meals not included on tour
  • Additional hotel nights or sightseeing tours not included
  • Optional Travel Protection policy - starting from $35
  • Items of a personal nature (room service, phone calls, internet, etc.)

Payment Terms::

  • $500 per person due at the time of booking
  • Final payment is due 16 April 2019
  • $ 4,220.00 Single rate (for those with their own room)
  • This tour is based on 30 passengers traveling together to operate at the advertised price. If enrollment falls under that number an additional supplement may be requested or the tour may be canceled.  Any tour canceled for low enrollment will receive a FULL REFUND of paid deposits.