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Andes & Amazon Highlights Vacations
For 18 - 35 Young Professionals, Singles and Students


Vacation Overview

Let the good times roll as you go deep into some of Peru’s ultimate spots on this 8 day adventure. Get your culture fix at Machu Picchu, with its unbeatable views & ancient Inca history. Feel an adrenalin rush in Cusco, with rafting & mountain biking at the ready, before heading to the mighty Amazon. Try fishing for piranha, spotting Amazonian Caiman & sleeping at a luscious lodge in the rainforest. Note: You can choose to either trek the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, or take it easy & go by train.

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Vacation Itinerary

Vacation Day 1 - Arrive Cusco
Hola! Welcome to Cusco. Once the heart of the Inca Empire, it’s now the modern-day starting point for visits to Peru’s most famous site, Machu Picchu. With huge numbers of travellers flocking to the site every year, it’s led to the development of loads of awesome attractions, so there’s plenty of cool ways to spend your time.

First up we’ll help you get your bearings on a walking tour of the city including a visit to the neighborhood of San Blas, and a stop on Calle Hatunrumiyoc, not far from Plaza de Armas. It is a narrow pedestrian street, famous for its Inca walls where huge stones are precisely carved to fit together without mud or concrete. Hatunrumiyoc is a great place to have a closer look at the engineering skills of the Incas. The 12 sided stone, and the wall it is found on, is a perfect example of the stonework that was reserved for the 'elite' of Incan society who lived in houses of perfect stonework, cut and shaped with not a gap to be seen. The walls were so well built that the Spanish used them for the foundations of their buildings after the conquest.

From here we’ll head to the Koricancha or Santa Domingo Church. Originally an Inca temple devoted to the worship of the sun god, in its glory days it was covered in gold leaf with a field filled with gold statues surrounding it. The site was later converted into a Dominican church during the Spanish conquest. We’ll take a guided tour so you can really get into the history as we learn about the differences in architecture and cultural beliefs.

Our next stop is Cusco Cathedral. Built over a period of more than 100 years, the cathedral is a true testament to the place of the church in both the heart of the Spanish conquistadors and their desire to convert the religious beliefs of the locals to coincide with their own. It is filled with beautiful examples of the ‘Cusco School’ style of paintings, gold and religious icons.

Take a break for lunch before visiting the famous San Pedro market. As you cruise from aisle to aisle you will be amazed by the variety of foods on offer here. From delicious jungle fruits, whole animals to ‘cacao buds’ (one of the new ‘it’ super foods) there is little that you can’t find. A must-do is trying a tasty and refreshing freshly squeezed juice.

If getting an adrenalin fix or getting back to nature is what you’re looking for, then Cusco is perfect for getting amongst it. With a free afternoon, there are tons of options - from biking, rafting and horseback riding and best of all, your Trip Manager can arrange these for you.

Or, for those wanting to explore town, simply take a stroll through the city’s cobble-stone streets for a load of examples of Inca constructions and the intricately-carved, wooden colonial doors and balconies.

For the shopaholics in the group, this is the perfect spot to pick up some gifts for friends and family (or for yourself), there’s loads of artists selling items like woolen and alpaca goods, gorgeous jewelry to artwork. These can be purchased from low-priced market stalls to expensive boutiques that line the streets near the main square, so there’s something to suit all tastes and budgets.

For the foodies on tour, you are in for a treat in Cusco. Peru’s cuisine is exquisite and can be tried in lots of places dotted throughout the town. If you’re feeling like a taste of home, there’s also a number of cosmopolitan restaurants here too, it’s perfect for finding something for everyone. Tonight we’ll check out the nightlife that is sure to keep you hopping into the wee hours of the night. Hotel (D)

Vacation Day 2 - Cusco to Jungle Lodge
We’ll catch a flight over the Andes to the city of Puerto Maldonado in Peru’s southern jungle. We’ll have lunch on the river as we travel upstream by a traditional Peruvian boat to our 18-35 Special Stay Rainforest Lodge, where we’ll try to spot toucans, macaws and capybaras along the way.

Our lodge is a special experience in itself! Located in then luscious rainforest and made from wood and clay, its open walls leave you sleeping virtually amongst the rainforest! After you settle in, we’ll get a different take on the jungle as we take a hike to the canopy tower. After climbing the 100ft of stairs you will be provided with a birds-eye view of the rainforest! Home to monkeys, birds, bromeliads and other jungle life, this is the ultimate way to see the jungle.

After dinner you can experience something really different, heading out to look for caiman, a member of the alligator family native to the Amazon. Scan the shores with flashlights and see if you can catch the red gleam of the light as it reflects off of the caiman’s eyes. Special Stopover (B,L,D)

Vacation Day 3 - Jungle Lodge
With another day at the jungle lodge, keep your eyes peeled for a wildlife like the giant otter.. Special Stopover (B,L,D)

Vacation Day 4 - Jungle Lodge to Cusco
Spend today exploring the beautiful city of Cusco - wander the main plaza, visit the Tread Right support weaving centre or feed your sweet tooth with a visit to the chocolate museum. Then get into Cusco's amazing nightlife & join our Illary (Sunrise) Club!. Hotel (B)

Vacation Day 5 - Cusco to Sacred Valley
Say farewell to Cusco this morning as we make our way to the Sacred Valley of the ancient Incas.The Sacred Valley was the heart of the Inca’s agricultural setting and an important ceremonial region, with the sacred sites of Cuzco at one end and Machu Picchu at the other and countless ceremonial sites in between. Our first stop is to one of these sites, Pisac. On our guided tour we will see two of the most important aspects of the Inca culture – terracing – a farming technique created by the Inca’s and their religion. We’ll take a walk before descending in the village below for a quick visit to the market. This will be great practice for those who have chosen the one-day hike to Machu Picchu tomorrow. Don’t miss the town’s huge wood-oven bakery!

After a stop for lunch in Urubamba we’ll make our way to one of the oldest continuously inhabited towns of South America – Ollantaytambo.
On our way, we can see the ‘salineras’ or salt mines of the area from a distance. For hundreds of years these pools, constructed by the Inca’s, have provided salt to the surrounding communities.

We’ll also make a quick stop to try the local brew “Chicha de Jora” (traditional beverage made from fermented maize) and play a traditional Peruvia game of “Sapo” (Frog) if you’re up for it.

We soon arrive to the town and archaeological site of the same name, Ollantaytambo, the last fully-functioning Inca town. We’ll wander around the site or visit the still inhabited Inca buildings before checking into the hotel. Hotel (B)

Vacation Day 6 - Sacred Valley to Aguas Calientes
For those that have chosen the Inca Trail trek, well wake up this morning and take the train to KM104 to start your trek. Under the guidance of our professional Inca Trail Guide you’ll climb a gentle slope and experience the wildlife and cloudforest found here. You’ll pass a beautiful waterfall on your trek to Winayhuayna where we’ll stop for lunch at a trekker’s lodge. Explore the area if you’re up for it, to get you warmed up for Machu Picchu.

After lunch begin the journey to our highlight, Machu Picchu. We’ll walk along the original Inca stonework path, past an altar to the Sun Gate where you’ll catch your first look at this awesome site. Another 45 minutes will take us to the Guardian’s House, where there’s the opportunity to take photos of the site at its best. After a wander around the site and some stunning photos to show off back home, we’ll take a bus back into town to meet up with the rest of the group where you can tell your stories from your day of hiking.

If you haven’t chosen our Inca Trail Trek today, then the morning is free to explore Sacred Valley. If you’re up for it, rafting and horse-riding await you today. Or if relaxing is more your thing, visit the town’s spectacular square and have a wander through the local markets.

This afternoon, we’ll catch a train through the lush and verdant mountains to Aguas Calientes the town at the base of the ruins. Tonight, soak up the atmosphere, wander through the market stalls, or visit the hot springs which gave the town its former name of Aguas Calientes. Later, we’ll meet up with those who chose to do the one-day hike into Machu Picchu and listen to the stories of their day! The chilled atmosphere and amazing setting makes for a great place to enjoy a couple of drinks on the patio with the group. Hotel (B)

Vacation Day 7 - Machu Picchu to Cusco
Wake up early and enter Machu Picchu for sunrise. Learn more about Machu Picchu on a tour, then explore before returning to base. Hotel (B, D)

Vacation Day 8 - Depart Cusco
Don’t forget to swap addresses with your mates and Tour Manager, as our South American adventure ends this morning after breakfast. (B)
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Vacation Prices

Starts Lima / Ends Cusco

Trip StartsTrip EndsPriceAvailabilityDeparture status
27 Oct 2017 08:00
3 Nov 2017 11:00
US$2199 Available Definite
24 Nov 2017 08:00
1 Dec 2017 11:00
US$2199 Available  
22 Dec 2017 08:00
29 Dec 2017 11:00
US$2199 Available Definite
19 Jan 2018 08:00
26 Jan 2018 11:00
US$2199 Available  
16 Feb 2018 08:00
23 Feb 2018 11:00
US$2199 Available  

Starts Lima / Ends Cusco

Trip StartsTrip EndsPriceAvailabilityDeparture status
27 Oct 2017 08:00
3 Nov 2017 11:00
US$2479   Definite
24 Nov 2017 08:00
1 Dec 2017 11:00
US$2479   Definite
22 Dec 2017 08:00
29 Dec 2017 11:00
US$2479   Definite
19 Jan 2018 08:00
26 Jan 2018 11:00
US$2479   Definite

Starts Lima / Ends Cusco

Trip StartsTrip EndsPriceAvailabilityDeparture status
9 Mar 2018 08:00
16 Mar 2018 11:00
US$2479    
4 May 2018 08:00
11 May 2018 11:00
US$2479    
1 Jun 2018 08:00
8 Jun 2018 11:00
US$2479   Definite
27 Jul 2018 08:00
3 Aug 2018 11:00
US$2479   Definite
24 Aug 2018 08:00
31 Aug 2018 11:00
US$2479    
21 Sep 2018 08:00
28 Sep 2018 11:00
US$2479 Available  
19 Oct 2018 08:00
26 Oct 2018 11:00
US$2479 Available  
16 Nov 2018 08:00
23 Nov 2018 11:00
US$2479 Available Definite
14 Dec 2018 08:00
21 Dec 2018 11:00
US$2479 Available  
18 Jan 2019 08:00
25 Jan 2019 11:00
US$2479 Available  
*This trip requires travel insurance that must be purchased before final payment.
*Prices not guaranted until time of booking

*Single Room available (extra cost)


All of this & more, included as standard on your trip.

Accommodation

    • 7 nights accommodation: 6 nights twin-share hotels, 1 night Special Stay experience
    • 2 flights & transfers
    • Transport in a private air-conditioned coach, mini-coach or van
    • Sightseeing tours of all major areas
    • Local taxes & service charges

Team

    • An experienced & professional Trip Manager
    • English speaking local guides

Food

  • 12 meals: 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches (or 3 for Machu Picchu Trekking option) & 3 dinners

Inclusions

    • 6 World Heritage Sites visited
  • City sightseeing tour, including the National Palace, the Zocalo & Chapultepec Park
  • Visit the ancient Aztec city of

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Full payment is due 45 days prior to vacation departure.
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