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PERU: LAND OF THE INCAS

PERU: LAND OF THE INCAS
• 9 Days & 8 Nights
• Lima, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cusco

Amazing adventures, an ancient citadel and Amazonian chocolate await the explorers who make their way to Peru. Hike to the stunning 15th century Incan bastion of Machu Picchu. Descend from the mighty Andes into Cusco aboard the luxurious Belmond Hiram Bingham Train. Visit the salt flats of Mara in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Wander along an ancient Incan trail and Huayna Picchu. Prepare and savor an authentic, delicious Peruvian meal with the locals. Visit the home of an art collector and learn about the impressive local art scene. Bring home a work of local art and a lifetime of magical memories. We have designed itineraries that enlighten and excite travelers and transform experiences into unforgettable memories of Peru creating a perfect introduction to Peru.

Over a long period of time, we have built a deep understanding of the key ingredients to create an enjoyable tour in Peru. These include well - planned and comfortably paced itineraries, expert guidance on the ground, free time to explore on your own and last but not least, the congenial company of like-minded travelers. Most travelers believe Machu Picchu will be the highlight of their Peruvian travel experience. While they will not be wrong, it will be far from the only highlight of their journey. 5000 years of history have left plenty to explore. There are lost civilizations, amazing chocolate, geographic and cultural diversity, and mouth-watering local food. Then there's adventure and wildlife that will leave you amazed. And obviously, there are the people that make Peru a colorful carnival that's best experienced by diving straight into it. As our guest, you will not merely see the sights; you will be immersed in the ambience, textures, flavors and fragrances of each destination.

“Explore the treasures of Incas on this small group journey to Peru. Enjoy many special experiences, including tours of Lima and Machu Picchu, unique dining experiences, museum visits led by curators and opportunities to interact with locals. See the picturesque salt flats of Mara and take the luxurious Belmond Hiram Bingham train while on your most memorable, exciting Andean journey.”

2019 DEPARTURE DATES
Mar 21, Apr 04, May 09, Jun 06, Jul 04, Aug 15, Sep 19, Oct 10 & 24.

CATEGORY
5 Star Luxury

PRICING
Double Occupancy - $5,295/person
Single Occupancy - $7,695/person

Journey Highlights
• Explore the historic colonial center of Lima, named a UNESCO World Heritage Site
• Tour Machu Picchu, the 15th - century Incan citadel
• Take the luxurious Belmond Hiram Bingham train on your descent into Cusco
• See the picturesque salt mines of Mara
• Savor flavorful, gourmet Peruvian cuisine and unique dining experiences throughout your journey
• View impressive artwork led by curators and in the private home of a collector
• Delight in specially arranged opportunities to interact - and cook with - locals
• Enjoy the opportunity to hike part of the Incan trail and Huayna Picchu

Inclusions
• Private arrival and departure airport transfers to and from your hotel
• All planning, handling and operational charges
• Other inclusions as noted in your itinerary
• Accommodation as noted in itinerary, based on double occupancy
• Guided sightseeing in air-conditioned vehicle (exceptions may apply)
• Services of Professional English-Speaking Guide(s) and/or Tour Director as detailed in your itinerary
• All entrance fees as mentioned in itinerary
• Tips for porterage, drivers, restaurant staff and local tour guides (Tour Director tips are not included)
• Meals as mentioned in itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
• Baggage handling,1 piece of luggage per person unless otherwise noted. (Please note that any additional luggage may require modification in vehicle size)

Exclusions
• International and internal region airfares, unless otherwise stated
• Meals other than those mentioned in itinerary
• The cost of personal items such as laundry, drinks with meals or otherwise, additional incidentals, etc.
• Gratuity for tour director
• Airport Security Charges if levied by any airport to cover the cost of security arrangements and payable locally and Airport Departure Taxes (if applicable)
• Optional and additional sightseeing not included in itinerary
• Cost of obtaining passports or required visas where necessary
• Any fees associated with using air miles for your air travel
• Transport between your home and home airport/port/station
• Gratuities unless stated in "What Your Land Price Includes"
• Travel Protection Insurance
• Other inclusions if not noted under "Inclusions"

ITINERARY DETAILS
• Day 1
Arrive in Lima
Private arrival transfer from airport to hotel in Lima
Welcome to Peru, land of the Incas! Upon arrival, we welcome and escort you to your hotel.
o Meals: On Your Own.

• Day 2
Lima
Explore the Barranco neighborhood and local museums
Begin the day exploring the Barranco neighborhood of Lima, established as a beach destination for Lima's aristocracy in the 19th century. Barranco is now home to art galleries, shops and museums, many of which are housed in former colonial mansions. Visit two of these museums, the Pedro de Osma and the Mario Testino, this morning.
Continue to the Historic Center of Lima and the Larco Museum
In the afternoon, explore the Historic Center of Lima, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its architectural and cultural importance. Later, view one of the finest collections of pre-Columbian art with the curator of the Larco Museum. The museum's display includes a collection of ancient erotic pottery that "might make you blush" according to our destination specialist. This evening, enjoy welcome cocktails and dinner.
o Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

• Day 3
Lima - Sacred Valley
Travel to Cusco and head to the Sacred Valley
Fly from Lima to Cusco this morning. Upon arrival, head into Sacred Valley.
Enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch on the shores of Huaypo Lagoon
Afterwards, be treated to an alfresco tented lunch catered by the chefs of La Cicciolina-named Cusco's best restaurant for seven consecutive years-while overlooking the breathtaking Huaypo Lagoon. Following lunch, be escorted to your hotel, where you can relax and enjoy its amenities and surroundings.
o Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

• Day 4
Sacred Valley
Visit the local community of Tierra de los Yachaqs and prepare a local dish from the harvest
Interact with locals this morning during a cultural exchange at Tierra de los Yachaqs. Following a welcome ceremony, learn about local farming techniques and food harvesting. Have an opportunity to cook a traditional Andean dish using locally sourced ingredients.
Spend the afternoon visiting the community-maintained natural salt mines of Maras
In the afternoon, visit the picturesque salt flats of Mara, which have been used since Incan times.
Take an optional hike on the Inca Trail
Note: There's an option of hiking the Inca Trail from marker KM 104 to Machu Picchu. Those who choose to hike will not visit Ollantaytambo.
o Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


• Day 5
Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu
Marvel at the mighty Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo
Visit the Incan town of Ollantaytambo, once used by Emperor Pachacuti as a royal estate and still inhabited today.
Travel by train to the base of Machu Picchu, then continue by shuttle to the sacred ruins
Afterwards, board our Vistadome train for a scenic ride to Machu Picchu.
Enjoy a guided visit of the iconic citadel
Upon arrival, enjoy lunch at your hotel before embarking on your first visit to Machu Picchu.
Note: There's an option of hiking the Inca Trail from marker KM 104 to Machu Picchu. Those who choose to hike will not visit Ollantaytambo.
o Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

• Day 6
Machu Picchu - Cusco
The morning is at leisure.
Take an optional hike to Huayna Picchu
For early risers and the more adventurous, embark on a strenuous guided hike up Huayna Picchu.
Delight in a second visit to the ruins
In the afternoon, enjoy a second visit to Machu Picchu.
Relax with afternoon tea
Then, enjoy afternoon tea before boarding luxurious Belmond Hiram Bingham train, where you will sample a South American-inspired meal created with local produce.
Board the luxury Belmond Hiram Bingham train to Cusco, with dinner onboard
Upon arrival in Cusco, be transferred to your hotel.
o Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

• Day 7
Cusco
Dive further into ancient history at the magnificent fortified complex of Sacsayhuaman
This morning, visit Sacsayhuaman, a stone fortress created with remarkable precision in the 12th and 13th centuries.
Stroll through Cusco's local market, Mercado de San Pedro
See other impressive sites of Cusco before visiting Mercado de San Pedro, a market frequented by locals.
The afternoon is at your leisure.
Celebrate with a special farewell dinner
This evening, enjoy a special dinner at Baco.
o Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

• Day 8
To Cusco - Lima
Return to Lima and enjoy lunch
This morning, fly back to Lima and be transferred to your hotel.
Visit the Barbosa Stern Private Art Collection
After lunch, visit the Barbosa Stern Collection, Peru's most important private collection of paintings, sculptures and other works of art. This exclusive viewing will be led by one of the collection's owners in their home.
o Meals: Breakfast

• Day 9
Lima - Onward Journey
Transfer to the airport for your onward flight
You will be escorted to the airport for your journey home.
o Meals: Breakfast

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World Oyster Travel

World Oyster Travel, an affiliate of Departure Lounge, is owned and operated by Marilen Rose. A native of Chile, Marilen moved to the United States over 25 years ago. While growing up in her native land, her family moved back and forth across the country several times. The exposure to Chile's vastly different landscapes from the desert to the sea and the unique ways of living adopted by the locals not cultivated the crucial life-skill of adaptation, but also a desire and need within Rose to always be open-minded, to make human connections by seeking and holding what is common to us all, to stay flexible and welcoming by experiencing new ways of daily living, and to be a lifetime learner.

When Marilen first moved to the United States she had to first learn the new, local language and, after moving temporarily to another continent altogether, she came back and earned a degree in Psychology. In between those years, she had also spent time studying and living in the Canary Islands in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain, where she got her first college degree in Tourism Business Management. Combining the two degrees with her lifetime experiences, she has now come full circle in her career.

"I loved learning about the travel and hospitality industry and my heart was also full from spending quality time in other countries and learning to live life like the locals do. It was a transformational experience and I decided I would one day enable others to enjoy their own travel experiences."

"I'm passionately sharing my own experience and inspiring others to have a deeply grounding and revitalizing experience or vastly enjoy an unforgettable journey, with each and every trip. I have visited many countries in North, Central and South America, Europe and Africa and have lived in 3 different countries in different continents. I’m equally fluent in English and Spanish, can have basic conversations with people speaking Portuguese and Italian, and I have many friends all over the world. My main objective is to help you find trips that are a perfect match to what you are looking for or are curious about, have access to special additions, upgrades, amenities or enhancements with the best that the local destination has to offer, and for you to come back home with a unique experience that will forever live in your memory. What better gift can there be than an experience of a lifetime!”

“My favorite trips to plan are expeditions, unique local adventures and experiences, family reunions and special celebrations, food and wine experiences, transformational or balancing retreats, snow and mountain sports, destination weddings and elopements, honeymoons and anniversaries, women trips, men trips, and trips to learn skills from the origin or hub (cooking, cycling, survival, motorcycle, wine-making, sustainability, homesteading, etc.) My favorite destinations to send travelers to are Patagonia, Iceland, Spain, Italy, Scandinavia, UK, and North, Central and South America. I am also a Virtuoso Family Travel and Australis Cruise Specialist (Patagonia region.)”

In her occasional free time, Marilen prefers to stay active, spend time outdoors and quality time with her family, reconnect with old friends or make new ones, networking with other entrepreneurs, constantly learning more about holistic health and wellness, designing and planning life-changing experiences and retreats, attending live music shows and festivals, and she's also been known to enjoy knitting, cooking, wine-tasting and playing tennis and basketball when the opportunity presents itself.

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