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Escorted Tours

Sacred Peru including

Lima


Route:
  • London
  • Lima
  • Arequipa
  • Puno
  • Cusco
  • Lima
  • London

2 NIGHTS from €290pp

Tour Highlights
  • Enjoy a 2 night stay in Lima
  • UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site of Lima
  • Visit Lake Titicaca
  • See the ruins of Machu Picchu
  • Explore the Colca Canyon
  • Urubamba, The Sacred Valley of the Incas
  • Inca Fortress at Ollantaytambo
  • Volcanic city of Arequipa
  • Colonial city of Cusco

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Extend your stay in Lima

Delve further into The 'City of the Kings' with an extended stay in Peru's capital city of Lima. Brimming with heritage, you will have free time to explore the city to gain further insight into the local area and ancient cultures.

A UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site, Lima offers rich history, great museums, pre-Columbian temples and colonial mansions. Discover more of the city or venture out to the nearby, bohemian district of Barranco where daily life is more relaxed and take a stroll around the old colonial and republican houses. The beautiful area of Miraflores, known for its gardens, parks and beaches, is also not to be missed.

Tour Itinerary

1
UK to Lima

Depart London on your scheduled flight to Lima, via Bogota, Colombia.

2
Lima

On arrival in Lima, you will be met by your local representative and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.

3
Lima to Arequipa

Known as the 'City of the Kings', today's tour combines the culture of historic downtown Lima with the modern district of Miraflores. You will first visit the main square to see the Cathedral, Government Palace and City Hall. Next see one of the best-preserved monasteries in Lima, the beautiful Santo Domingo Convent and then on to Miraflores, a bustling shopping area with stupendous views of the Pacific Ocean. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Arequipa to spend the night.

  • Breakfast
4
Arequipa

With its large traditional square and colonial buildings, Peru's second largest city Arequipa has a very Spanish feel. Known as the 'Cuidad Blanca' (White City) and set against the backdrop of the misty volcano, Arequipa offers some truly wonderful cultural and historic sites including the Church of the Society of Jesus, the frescoes of America's Sistine Chapel at the San Ignacio Dome and the labyrinth Santa Catalina Convent. The tour ends with a relaxed walk around the local areas of Cayma and Yanahuara. The rest of the afternoon and evening are at leisure.

  • Breakfast
5
Arequipa & Colca Canyon

Today the tour moves on to the open plains of the Pampa Canaguas and Salinas where you will see llamas, alpacas, and guanacos roaming in the wild. The wetlands are teeming with different species of birdlife, and Patapampa, a high point offers stunning vistas of volcanoes. After about a five hour drive you arrive at Chivay, your base for the night where dinner is included.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
6
Colca Canyon to Puno

An early start from Chivay sets you up for a spectacular scenic tour of the Colca Canyon with its terraced fields, hanging tombs and deep gorges, all culminating with a chance to see the majestic condors as they rise deep from within the canyon. You will then make your way back to the hotel and after lunch, commence your journey to Puno, arriving in the evening where dinner at your hotel is included.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
7
Puno

Today's highlight is a trip to Lake Titicaca, the highest and largest navigable lake on earth. The views from Taquile Island that, on a clear day, can stretch to Bolivia are stunning and well worth the hour or so walk to the top from the port. Have a 'coca tea' break half way up before lunch is taken in a simple restaurant that overlooks the lake. Later you will walk back down to the port and board a boat for a brief visit to one of the floating reed islands to visit a local family home. Overnight is in Puno.

  • Breakfast & Lunch
8
Puno to Cusco

This morning you will travel from Puno to Cusco and be able to appreciate the surrounding valleys' wonderful landscapes en route. The journey includes a stop at La Raya pass, 4,300 metres above sea level, from where you will be able to take in some amazing vistas of the Andean snow-capped mountains. You will also stop at the Raqchi ruins, known as the Temple of the God Wiracocha, and Andahuaylillas village where there is a beautiful church from the 17th century. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before arriving in Cusco and transferring to your hotel.

  • Breakfast & Lunch
9
Cusco to The Sacred Valley

Today the tour heads for Urubamba, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, where one of the highlights is a visit to the imposing Inca Fortress at Ollantaytambo. En route you will visit a camelid compound to see these unique animals at close quarters as well as the colourful Pisac market where local Indians display and sell their handmade artefacts. Lunch is in a comfortable restaurant then the journey continues to reach your hotel for an overnight stay in the valley.

  • Breakfast & Lunch
10
The Sacred Valley to Cusco

Machu Picchu is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and this morning you will be taken to the station to board the Vistadome train to start your adventure to this incredible site. The train will take you to the city of Aguas Calientes where you disembark and board a bus to the archaeological site. Constructed on a saddle between two Andean peaks, Machu Picchu was one of the greatest achievements of South American civilisation. After a guided tour of this 550-year-old citadel, there is some free time for you to explore and absorb the awe-inspiring atmosphere. You will then descend back to Aguas Calientes for lunch, then catch the train back to Ollantaytambo and return to Cusco by coach.

  • Breakfast & Lunch
11
Cusco

This morning's city tour of Cusco will introduce you to this amazing colonial city built on the foundation of Inca palaces. Visit the 'Temple of the Sun' where you can appreciate the incredible masonry of the Incas, the Plaza de Armas and the Cathedral with its carved woodworks, altars and paintings. Later you will drive to the Inca fortress of Sacsayhuaman, then to the underground cave and temple of Kenko - one of the largest wak'as (holy places) in the region. Experience a panoramic view of Puca Pucara and, finally, stop at the living art workshop, 'Inka's Expression' to admire how the local ar

  • Breakfast
12
Cusco to Lima

Transfer to the airport for your domestic flight to Lima. You will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel where you will have the rest of the day at leisure.

  • Breakfast
13
Lima

This day is spent at leisure, allowing you to explore the many sights of Lima.

  • Breakfast
14
Lima to the UK

After breakfast transfer to Lima International airport for your flight to the UK.

  • Breakfast

Important Information

Visas

No visa is required for this tour of Peru.

Insurance

You must obtain suitable travel insurance prior to departure. Mercury Direct is partnered with Holiday Extras which offer insurance at the following prices

Age in YearsUp to 6465 - 7475 - 85
Up to 17 days cover (Sacred Peru)£39£75£129
Up to 24 days cover (Chilie, Bolivia and Peru)£45£89£139
For all persons 86 years and over, please contact us for insurance prices. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24 hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Direct will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.

Payment

If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of €300pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

Flight Information

All flights are operated by LAN TAM Airlines. Each passenger is entitled to 23kg of hold luggage & hand luggage not exceeding 56cm x 35cm x 22cm in size. Flight times are for guidance only & subject to change.

Health and Vaccinations

We recommend that you consult your local GP for advice on vaccinations and travel health before your departure.

Physical Accessibility

This tour is accessible to most people with an average level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves full days of sightseeing, often on foot, and includes some climbing of stairs and getting on and off coaches and boats. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

Group Size

There is no minimum number of travellers for this extension however the main tour passenger numbers will apply for the main part of the tour. If in the unlikely event there are less than the required number of people booked on your main tour date then you may be asked to change to a different date. A full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.

Tour Guide

A Tour Leader will be with you on your trip starting in Arequipa on Day 3, ending in Puno on Day 12. Day 1, Day 2, Day 11 and Day 12 in Lima do not include a tour leader, however, transfers will be provided by a local English speaking guide.

Currency Information

The currency in Peru is the Nuevo Sol, the symbol is S/. We recommend that you exchange your currency before you depart US Dollars are widely accepted in Peru should you wish to keep an alternative currency on you. Cash machines are available in all the major cities to withdraw money in the local currency.

Personal Expenses

You will need to take some extra money with you to cover any lunches and dinners where these are not mentioned on your itinerary and personal purchases, such as souvenirs, laundry and extra drinks and snacks. Approximately £200-£400 will be sufficient for the duration of the tour, depending on how much of a bargain-hunter you are!

Tour Dates & Prices

Depart UKArrive UKExtension PriceTour PriceTotal Price
2019 DATES
Hotel Casa Andina Classic Centro
14 Feb 201927 Feb 2019€290€2496€2786
14 Mar 201927 Mar 2019€290€2440€2730
25 Apr 201908 May 2019€290€2552€2842
09 May 201922 May 2019€290€2597€2887
30 May 201912 Jun 2019€290€2608€2898
13 Jun 201926 Jun 2019€290€2597€2887
27 Jun 201910 Jul 2019€290€2496€2786
11 Jul 201924 Jul 2019€290€2552€2842
22 Aug 201904 Sep 2019€290€2709€2999
05 Sep 201918 Sep 2019€290€2485€2775
26 Sep 201909 Oct 2019€290€2485€2775
10 Oct 201923 Oct 2019€290€2328€2618
31 Oct 201913 Nov 2019€290€2384€2674
14 Nov 201927 Nov 2019€290€2440€2730
28 Nov 201911 Dec 2019€290€2496€2786
Travelling alone?

We have 2 rooms available on every tour date for single use where no single supplement will need to be paid. But hurry, these spaces are limited and subject to availability. If however once all the places are sold out and you are happy to share with another passenger of the same gender then let us know at the time of booking and we will endeavour to find you a travelling partner.

Private Tours:

If the group departure dates are not suitable for you and you would prefer a more personal and flexible experience then you can choose to book a private guide for your tour at a reasonable supplement.

Hotel Change

Please note that in 2017 the hotel in the Sacred Valley will be changed to the Hacienda del Valle.

What to expect

Fact File
Currency

Nuevo Sol

Average Flying time

16 Hours

Min/Max temperature

16 °C / 28 °C

Spoken languages

Spanish

When to go

Weather can vary quite considerably throughout the year, so please familiarise yourself with the climate charts below.

Lima

Arequipa

Puno

Cusco

What to pack
  • Warm Clothes in case of cold weather (Jumper and Jacket)
  • Rain Wear for rainy season
  • Long-sleeved shirts
  • Long Trousers
  • Insect Repellent
  • Sun cream and a hat with a big brim for sunny days
  • Comfortable shoes such as trainers
  • A pair of light boots and sandals
  • A torch and batteries
  • Binoculars
  • Sunglasses and plastic bags
  • Towel and Swimsuit
  • Rucksack or light bag per person
  • Personal toiletries and first aid kit
  • Medicine to arrest or prevent the so called Soroche or altitude sickness. Please seek medical advice for this
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