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Highlighting Ancient Mysteries
of Peru
Bolivia
and Chile


21 Days

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Locally Hosted Independent Tour

Suggested Departure Day:
Friday

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ITINERARY (Subject to change without notice):

Friday - Miami - Lima: Afternoon flight south to Lima, arriving in the evening. Meeting and transfer to the Miraflores Park for two night stay.

Saturday - Lima: Full day exploring the main points of interest in Lima, often called "The City of Kings" and once the seat of the Vice Royalty of Spain, including the Plaza de Armas with government palace and cathedral, the San Francisco or Santo Domingo Convent and the new suburbs of the city.Visit your choice of two museums, such as Gold and Archaeology Museum and enjoy lunch at Huaca Pucllana, located beside an archaeological dig in the heart of Lima. (B/L)

Sunday - Lima - Cuzco: Transfer for morning flight over the Andes to Cuzco, ancient capital of the Inca empire and considered the oldest continuously inhabited city in the Western Hemisphere. Upon arrival, meeting and transfer to the Hotel Monasterio for two night stay. Afternoon visit to the main points of interest in Cuzco, considered to be the oldest continuously inhabited city in the Western Hemisphere, and to the nearby ruins of Sacsayhuaman, Kenkko and Tambo Machay. (B)

Monday - Cuzco: This morning visit to the museums of your choice, including the new MAP museum, for further insight into the history of Peru and its ancient civilizations Afternoon at leisure to explore at your own pace. (B)

Tuesday - Cuzco-Urubamba: Full day excursion through the Sacred Valley of the Incas to the town of Pisac to visit the colorful Indian Market - plenty of time to explore and bargain for textiles and souvenirs, and to roam the produce and animal sections of the market. Then continue through the valley to the ruins of Ollantaytambo, precariously perched on the mountainside, for a visit. Lunch en route and afternoon drop-off at the Sol y Luna for overnight stay. (B/L)

Wednesday - Urubamba-Machu Picchu: Early morning transfer to the train station in Ollantaytambo for VistaDome rail service to Aguas Calientes for mini-bus 2,000 foot serpentine ascent to the top of the mountain and the entrance to famed Machu Picchu, Lost City of the Incas. Enjoy a guided tour of these spectacular ruins, never found by the Spanish Conquistadores and only rediscovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911, have lunch and time to explore at your own pace. The ruins remain open until dusk. Overnight at either the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge at the ruins. (B/L/D)

Thursday - Machu Picchu-Cuzco: Day at leisure to explore at your own pace. You'll want to plan to re-visit the ruins early in the morning so you have plenty of time to explore at your own pace before the day-trippers begin to arrive around 11 AM. The ruins open at 7AM; re-entry tickets are available for purchase at the ruins. Be sure to be back at the train station at Aguas Calientes in time for your return train to Cuzco, with evening arrival. Upon arrival, meeting and transfer to the Hotel Monastario for two night. (B)

Friday - Cuzco: Morning visit to nearby Moray, thought to have been the agricultural laboratory of the Incas, and nearby salt pans of Maras, still in use today. Afternoon at leisure to explore historic Cuzco at your own pace. (B)

Saturday - Cuzco - Puno: Morning transfer to the train station to board the Andean Express for a full day of riding the rails! Cross the scenic Altiplano and pass through many villages, with a scenic stop at La Raya, the highest point of the train journey. Lunch is served on board.  Arrive in Juliaca in the afternoon and transfer to Puno and your hotel on the shores of Lake Titicaca, the Hotel Esteves., for a two night stay. (B/L)

Sunday - Puno: Morning visit to the Uros Indians, living on floating islands made from the tortura reeds of the lake. You'll have time to explore and shop for handicrafts. In the afternoon, visit the nearby Sillustani's "chullpas", ancient graves from a civilization pre-dating the Incas. (B)

Monday- Puno - Lake Titicaca - Inca Utama: Morning transfer to the port to board your modern hydrofoil for your "flight" across the highest navigable lake in the world, Lake Titicaca, and  "fly" to Copacabana where you will have time to visit the historic cathedral. Then re-board your hydrofoil for "flight" to Sun Island.  Walk up ancient Inca steps, visit the Fountain of Youth and have spectacular views of Moon Island and the lake the Uma Kollu restaurant where you will have lunch. Continue by hydrofoil to Moon Island to visit the Sun Virgin's Temple and then finally "fly" through the narrow Tiquina Strait and to the Inca Utama Hotel and Spa for two night stay.  This evening you'll enjoy a briefing on the magical, mystical world of the Kallawayas, the medicine men of the high Altiplano, and a visit to the Kallawayas Museum. (B)

ABOUT THE INCA UTAMA: A five star hotel right on the shores of Lake Titicaca, there are 60 rooms and suites, each with private facilities, space heater, electric blanket and lots of of water. There is a new Choza Nautica over-the-water restaurant, a cozy bar with over-stuffed couches and roaring fireplace, "Suma Utavi" restaurant, a complete spa, and elevators in both the original hotel building and the new Colonial Towers. The Inca Utama has a complete cultural complex consisting of the Altiplano Museum; Andean Eco Village complete with handicraft center, Eco Museum, Limachi brothers and their full size replica of the RA II, stone fisherman village, mud igloos and floating islands of the Urus Chipayas, Tikanas agricultural terraces and the famous Sukakollos; Kallawayas Museum and the Alajpacha native observatory.

Tuesday - Lake Titicaca - La Paz: This morning you will drive towards La Paz and then off the main road to the ruins of Tiahuanaco where the remains of five civilizations, one on top of the other, have been found - the last one disappearing 100 years before the first Inca arrived. After your visit, continue driving to La Paz for overnight stay at the Hotel Europa  in the heart of the town and just blocks from the famed Witch Doctor's Market.  In the afternoon,   visit the main points of interest in La Paz, the highest capital in the world, lying in a natural basin some 13,000 feet high. Founded in 1548 by the Spaniards, little of the colonial influence remains. Visit the city, including the open-air archaeological museum, Witch Doctors Market, residential areas & the Moon Valley where clay formations give you a unique panorama. Afternoon atleisure to explore at your own pace. (B)

Wednesday- Lake Titicaca - La Paz - Santiago: Morning transfer to the La Paz airport for flight to Santiago. Upon arrival, meeting and transfer to the Santiago Ritz Carlton for a three night stay.. Balance of the day at leisure. (B)

Thursday - Santiago: Morning visit to the main points of interest in Santiago including the Pre-Columbian Museum, a drive up Cerro San Cristobal for a bird's-eye panoramic view of the city and wine tasting at the Wine House. Afternoon at leisure to explore this cosmopolitan city at your own pace.(B)

Friday - Santiago:   Todau you will enjoy a drive out along Maipo Valley and the Andean foothills passing through many small towns, to the vineyards of Santa Rita, among the best known of Chilean wine producers. Here you will enjoy a guided tour of the premises and have a chance to sample some of its wines. Lunch will be included at Dona Paula's on the vineyard grounds. Afternoon return transfer to Santiago. (B/L)

Saturday - Santiago - Easter Island: Transfer for 5 hour flight west over the vast Pacific Ocean to Easter Island. Upon arrival, meeting and transfer to Hotel Taha Tai for three night stay. Depending upon arrival time, you may do an afternoon excursion. (B)

Easter Island, the singularly most remote island on earth, is one of the most remarkable open air museums to be found anywhere. Here are found in profusion the material remains of a sophisticated and complex culture which produced spectacular religious architecture, gigantic sculptures, roads, towers, great stone quarries, petroglyphs & other monuments.

Located some 2300 miles from the Central Coast of Chile, the island's surface is less than 104 miles squared. It is a perfect triangle not quite 15 miles long and only a little over 7 miles wide at the widest point. Easter Island possesses a characteristic marine subtropical climate that is profoundly influenced by wind and maritime currents. The average temperature is 79 degrees Fahrenheit, with highs of  82 during the summer and between the high 50's and low 70's during the winter. May is the wettest month although it can rain any time of the year.

Sunday  - Easter Island: Today you'll begin discovering this mysterious island, probably the most remarkable open air museum to be found anywhere. Here, in profusion, are the material remains of a sophisticated and complex culture which produced spectacular religious architecture, gigantic sculptures, roads, towers, great stone quarries, petroglyphs, masonry line caves and many other unique monuments. Today you'll enjoy a full day visit to some of the main points of interest on the island (lunch not included). (B)

Monday - Easter Island: Again today, in both the morning and afternoon, you'll continue visiting the main points of interest not yet visited. In all, during your stay you will enjoy a full day excursion and three half day excursions. (B)

Tuesday  - Easter Island - Santiago: At leisure until transfer to the airport for your return flight to Santiago. Meeting and transfer for overnight stay at the Santiago Ritz Carlton.

Wednesday - Depart Santiago: Day at leisure to explore Santiago at your own pace. Hotel check-out 12 noon; the hotel will store your luggage until evening transfer to the airport for your return overnight flight to Miami. (B)

Thursday - Arrive Miami: Morning arrival in Miami. Clear customs and immigrations and make connections to your home city.


RATES and DETAILS:

SAMPLE LAND RATE PER PERSON: (All rates subject to change without notice)
YEAR Single Occupancy Twin Occupancy - P/P Triple Occupancy - P/P
2012 $17,600 to $18,700 $11,500 tp $12,700 Request
2013 Estimate + 10%
Plus Air fares and USA Departure Taxes
PAYMENTS: By credit card; special form required & must carry Card Holder's signature
Deposit - Per Person 2nd deposit - Per Person Full Payment Due
$1000 in order to confirm To complete 30% deposit upon confirmation of all space 65 days prior departure
CHANGES:
After reservations confirmed If new documents are required
$100 per change $100 per change + $100 re-issue documents
CANCELLATIONS:
Cancelled Between Up to 91 days 89 to 61  days 60 to 31 days 30 to 00 days
Fees Per Person $1000 30% 50% 100%
TRIP CANCELLATION INSURANCE: Highly reccomended
RATE INCLUDES:
  • Hotel accommodations with hotel taxes and service charges
  • Meals as indicated, table d'hôte basis
  • Transfers as indicated, with English speaking guide
  • Luggage handling at airports
  • Sightseeing as indicated, with English speaking guide
  • Surface and overland travel as indicated
RATE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
  • Air fares
  • USA and Foreign airport departure taxes
  • Chilean Reciprocity tax
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities to drivers, guides, hotel bellboys
  • Meals not specifically indicated as included
NOTE: Information was last updated January 01, 2012. Information & rates subject to change.
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