Tuesday, March 13 to Sunday, March 25, 2012
Peru: Ancient Land of Mysteries featuring Machu Picchu
Day 1: Tues., March 13 - Overnight Flight
Day 2: Wed., March 14 -Arrive Lima, Peru - Tour Begins Arrive this morning in the “City of Kings,” Lima, Peru, where a day room is reserved for you to use on arrival. This afternoon, enjoy a fascinating city tour of Lima, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Admire the artwork at San Francisco Monastery and enter the catacombs. View the Government centre, the Plaza de Armas’s elegant Cathedral, an abundance of colonial architecture, and the fashionable suburbs of San Isidro and Miraflores for insight into the daily life of the Limeños. This evening, join your fellow travellers for a welcome dinner showcasing Peru’s delicious cuisine and festive entertainment. (D)
Day 3: Thurs., March 15 - Lima - Cuzco - Sacred Valley of the IncasFly to Cuzco, in the heart of the Inca civilization. Board your coach to descend through the Andes to the majestic Sacred Valley of the Incas, the agricultural centre for the Incas. Learn the centuries-old methods of spinning, dyeing and weaving Andean traditional textiles during a visit to Awana Kancha, a living museum of the Peruvian Andes. (B & D)
Day 4: Fri., March 16 - Sacred Valley of the Incas - Ollantaytambo- Sacred Valley of the IncasExperience the lifestyle of the modern Andean people and delve into their culture when you travel to a nearby community and interact with the locals. This afternoon, visit the spectacular Ollantaytambo ruins, the only Inca settlement that has been continually inhabited since its inception. (B)
Day 5: Sat., March 17 - Sacred Valley of the Incas - Machu PicchuClimb aboard the “Vistadome” train for a breathtaking ride through the Andes to the “Lost City of the Incas.” Hidden by mountains and semi-tropical jungle, Machu Picchu is considered the most spectacular sight in South America. Spend the afternoon with your guide uncovering the mysteries of these majestic ruins. Tonight, stay at the base of Machu Picchu, for chance to further soak up its atmosphere. Enjoy an exclusive culinary demonstration before dinner. (B & D)
Day 6: Sun., March 18 - Machu Picchu - CuzcoWith leisure time this morning, you may return to Machu Picchu on your own or explore the local markets. Return by train and continue to Cuzco, a city that blends Inca culture and Spanish colonial influence. Enjoy a visit to a local orphanage sponsored by the Collette Foundation and learn about their efforts to help the children of the region. Relax and become acclimated to the altitude this evening. (B)
Day 7: Mon., March 19 - CuzcoExplore this former capital of the Inca Empire during a colonial city tour, experiencing the architectural legacy visible in the Cathedral, Santo Domingo and the Plaza de Armas. This evening, enjoy a dinner and performance of traditional Andean folkloric music and dance. (B & D)
Day 8: Tues., March 20 - Cuzco - Puno Join your tour guide this morning for a visit to the Centro Artesanal Cuzco market, where you can browse colourful displays of textiles, pottery and jewellery. Or enjoy leisure time to explore the San Blas artisans quarter or visit one of the many impressive museums. Then fly to Puno, hugging the shores of Lake Titicaca. Known as the birthplace of the Inca Empire, ancient legends say that life began here. Relax this evening at your lakeside hotel. (B & D).
Day 9: Wed., March 21 - Uros Floating Islands - Las Chullpas de Sillustani - Lake TiticacaThe Titicaca area, steeped in tradition and folklore, is the centre of Incan legends. Enjoy a morning cruise to the floating islands of the Uros people of Lake Titicaca. Experience walking on the spongy surface, made from compacted beds of tortora reeds and meet the locals. In the afternoon, visit mystical Chullpas de Sillustani, an archeological area boasting 13th century funerary monuments. Participate in a local home visit to gain insight into daily life. (B)
Day 10: Thurs., March 22 - Puno - Lima - Paracas National ReserveThis morning fly to Lima; continue south to the Paracas National Reserve - Peru’s only coastal wildlife sanctuary. Enroute, travel through the region of Pisco, known for wine and “pisco” (Peru’s national drink) production. Visit a local bodega for a tour and tasting of pisco. (B & D)
Day 11: Fri., March 23 - Paracas National ReserveToday is yours to spend at leisure at your ecologically-designed seaside resort. Try spotting the dolphins in the bay! (B & D)
Day 12: Sat., March 24 - Paracas National Reserve - Lima - Tour Ends This morning, cruise out to the Ballestas Islands - the “Galapagos of Peru”. These islands are home to thousands of sea birds including Humboldt penguins, boobies and pelicans, who share their home with hundreds of playful sea lions. Next you’ll visit an artisan workshop to learn about locally made textiles, famous in the Nazca region. Travel north and return to Lima, taking in views of the Peruvian Pacific coast. After a farewell dinner at one of Lima's finest restaurants, transfer to the airport for your overnight flight home. (B & D).
Day 13: Sun., March 25 - Lima - Toronto - Return flights to Pearson International Airport and transferred to home.
Tour includes: Door to door sedan service with pick-up and transfer to airport within 100 km area of Pearson Airport, return flight from Toronto to South America, Interior flights, air taxes, hotel transfers and departure taxes, hotel accommodation, 10 breakfasts, 8 dinners, Train Trip, Boat Cruise, admissions as outlined, Collette Tours Director, gratuity for Collette driver and Collette Tour guide & HST EXEMPT.
Cost per person:
A Valid Passport is required for this tour.
RBC Travel Insurance is available through our office at the
time of booking at an additional charge.