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Conquistadors Sacred Valleys and Inca Mysteries 2014

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San Francisco Monastery in Lima, PeruMachu Picchu, PeruTemple of the Sun at Machu Picchu, PeruNazca Lines, PeruThe National Flag of Peru
San Francisco Monastery in Lima, Peru
Machu Picchu, Peru
Temple of the Sun at Machu Picchu, Peru
Nazca Lines, Peru
The National Flag of Peru
  • Duration: 11 Days
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  • Brochure: South America 2014
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    Family Experiences 2014
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  • Style: Family Experiences
  • Description: On this exciting Family Experience itinerary see the vibrant cultures and unique traditions that make up this fascinating region. Have the chance to touch llamas, alpacas and vicunas at a Sacred Valley ranch. Then prepare for a thrilling dune buggy ride with the chance to sand board down one of the dunes in the middle of the desert – a truly unique adventure! Create your own masterpiece to take home at a Peruvian pottery factory and learn to play the quena flute, a traditional instrument of the Andean people, all on this action-packed South America adventure! You can customise your trip with one of these itinerary extensions: Galapagos Island Cruises, Easter Island and Peruvian Amazon.
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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1

    ARRIVE LIMA (2 NIGHTS)

    Bienvenidos a Lima! Upon arrival, you'll be greeted and taken to your hotel (check in time is 3 p.m.) in San Isidro, close to lots of fun restaurants and shops.

    Hotel: Novotel Lima (F)

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  • Day 2

    LIMA FREE TIME & SIGHTSEEING

    Enjoy the morning to settle in the great city of Lima, dubbed the “City of Kings” by the early conquistadors. Then, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Be My Guest lunch and a warm welcome at the Casa Diez Canseco. Here, Dr. Diez Canseco, the illustrious owner, will take you on a tour of his historical and enchanting home, and join you in celebrating your arrival in Peru with a festive Kick-off Party and a home-cooked meal of tasty Peruvian dishes. Then, set out on a walk with a Local Expert through Lima's UNESCO World Heritage Historical Centre. Be brave as you descend into the eerie catacombs of the San Francisco Monastery, where you will see hundreds of old bones and skulls. Later, be wowed by the incredible collection of pre-Columbian artefacts at the Larco Museum.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Be My Guest Dining)

  • Day 3

    LIMA – CUSCO – SACRED VALLEY (3 NIGHTS)

    Fly to Cusco and travel toward the Sacred Valley with a Local Expert. En route, visit Awanakancha, a breeding centre for wooly llamas and alpacas. You'll also see rare vicunas whose super-fine wool the Incas called “the fabric of the gods.” Travel on to Wayra Ranch where you are treated to an exciting performance of dancing and horsemanship featuring Peruvian Paso horses while you enjoy a Highlight Lunch. Later, meet a ceramicist, and Local Expert, who shows you how to create your own pottery masterpiece to keep as a souvenir. Sample the Peruvian drink called chicha, a Local Speciality, at a local watering hole. After tonight's make your own pizza Highlight Dinner, meet an Andean storyteller and learn about intriguing local legends and the strange quipu or “talking knot.”


    Meal(s): (Continental Breakfast or Full Breakfast / Highlight Lunch / Highlight Dinner)

    Hotel: Sol y Luna Lodge & Spa (SF) or Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness (SF)

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  • Day 4

    MACHU PICCHU ADVENTURES

    All aboard! Ride the rails on an adventure to mysterious Machu Picchu - “The Lost City of the Incas” - one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Visit the ruins, the great Temple of the Sun, the House of the Priest, the Sacred Plaza and many more cool places. Save up some energy to hike up to the Gate of the Sun along the Inca Trail to look out over the fortress and the valley below. Return to your hotel by train late this afternoon.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Lunch)

  • Day 5

    SACRED VALLEY ADVENTURES

    Decisions, decisions! Go river rafting? Mountain biking? Horseback riding? Ziplining? Relaxing at the hotel? The choice is yours - it's all included! Tempting your taste buds at another Highlight Lunch is a Peruvian Pachamanca feast, where you can lend a hand, cooking tasty foods in a large hole in the ground! Then meet with a Shaman for a Local Speciality demonstration of the Inca's Pago a la Tierra, or Payment to the Earth ceremony. Kids and kids at heart can join a game of Sapo or “frog game,” handed down from an ancient Inca royal family. Tonight, stargaze with a Local Expert at the Observatory.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Highlight Lunch)

  • Day 6

    SACRED VALLEY – MARAS – SACSAYHUAMAN – CUSCO (2 NIGHTS)

    Did you know that potatoes originated from Peru over 7,000 years ago and that today, Peruvian farmers grow more kinds of corn than anywhere else on earth? Learn about Peru's ancient farming history as you explore some local farm fields. Then saddle up on a donkey for a ride through the little village of Maras and visit the amazing ancient Inca salt pans with a guide. Visit a local family for lunch (box lunch provided) and learn how to make delicious quinua soup, a Local Speciality. At the Inca fortress of Sacsayhuaman, test your strength and try to figure out how the ancient Incas moved these enormous stones.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Lunch)

    Hotel: Novotel Cusco (F)

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  • Day 7

    CUSCO SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME

    This morning, join a Local Expert and check out Cusco's colonial Cathedral and the Temple of the Sun, said to have been sheeted in silver and gold! Continue on to watch expert weavers create the Local Speciality of intricate Andean Textiles and try some weaving yourself. The afternoon is yours for further exploration. Maybe you'll want to join in the dancing at tonight's Highlight Dinner, where you'll be shown traditional dances.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Highlight Dinner)

  • Day 8

    CUSCO – LIMA – ICA (2 NIGHTS)

    Fly back to Lima and travel with a Local Expert south into the Peruvian desert to Ica whose dry climate is just perfect for the preservation of mummies. View the creepy collection and learn about the sacred burial process at the Regional Museum.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Lunch)

    Hotel: Las Dunas Sun Resort (F)

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  • Day 9

    ICA ADVENTURES

    Take to the sky to see the otherworldly Nazca Lines, yet another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Marvel at the mysterious ancient drawings of creatures and wonder how and why they were created. Back on the ground, grownups can sample Peru's Local Speciality, Pisco, at El Catador Pisco Winery, while kids will enjoy a stop at a chocolate factory. This afternoon, hit the slopes on a fast and furious dune buggy ride and sand-boarding adventure on the vast sand dunes! Tonight, celebrate your new friendships and share your awesome experiences at a festive Farewell Dinner at the hotel.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Farewell Dinner)

  • Day 10

    ICA – BALLESTAS ISLANDS – LIMA

    Board a motorboat for an expedition with a Local Expert to the Ballestas Islands, a wildlife wonderland. Be sure to look back toward the coast to see the Candelabra, another mysterious design carved into the earth; then observe thousands of sea lions, Humboldt penguins, countless bird species, and, if you're lucky, blue-footed boobies and dolphins playing in the waves. Return to Lima late afternoon.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: Novotel Lima (F)

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  • Day 11

    DEPART LIMA

    Bid adios to your newfound compañeros as you take your transfer to the airport for your onward travel arrangements. You may wish to extend your adventure in Lima at the Novotel Hotel.


    Meal(s): (Continental Breakfast or Full Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.
  • Be My Guest Be the guest of Dr. Diez Canseco, the descendant of a Peruvian family; visit the beautiful estate and hear all about the family's and Peru's fascinating history.
  • Local Speciality Sip the Peruvian drink called chicha at a chicheria.
  • Local Speciality Meet a Shaman and witness a demonstration of the Pago a la Tierra ceremony.
  • Local Speciality Visit a Maras family and learn how to prepare Quinua Soup.
  • Local Speciality Visit the Centre for Traditional Textiles to see artisan weavers at work and try weaving yourself.
  • Local Speciality Sample Pisco at El Catador Pisco Winery and chocolate factory.
  • Local Expert Discover the beloved ceramics of Peru and learn how to create your own masterpiece of pottery.
  • Local Expert Gaze at stars and planets with local astronomy experts.
  • Local Expert For included sightseeing in Lima, Sacred Valley, Cusco and Ica.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • LimaExplore San Francisco Monastery and the catacombs; visit Lima's UNESCO World Heritage Historical Centre; admire pre-Columbian art at the Larco Museum.
  • Sacred ValleyGet up close with llamas, alpacas and vicuñas; enjoy a performance of dancers and Paso horses; stop at farm fields to get a taste of local farming history.
  • Machu PicchuDiscover these amazing Inca ruins, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
  • MarasRide a donkey through the village; investigate the Inca salt mines.
  • CuscoMarvel at the Inca fortress of Sacsayhuaman; visit the Cathedral; explore the Inca Temple of the Sun.
  • IcaInvestigate the collection of mummies; view the giant dunes at the oasis of La Huacachina; see the Nazca Lines from the sky; ride a dune buggy and try sand boarding; launch an expedition to the Ballestas Islands or “Little Galapagos.”

Dining

  • 10 breakfasts:
    • 8 full breakfasts
    • 2 continental breakfasts
  • 6 lunches:
    • 2 Highlight Lunches with drinks in the Sacred Valley
    • Be My Guest lunch with wine in Lima
    • 3 lunches
  • 3 evening meals:
    • Make Your Own Pizza Highlight Dinner with wine in the Sacred Valley
    • Highlight Dinner with wine in Cusco
    • Farewell Dinner with wine in Ica

Travel Highlights

  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom.
  • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo and map.
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey.
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last day of your guided holiday
  • 10 nights First Class accommodation
  • A Trafalgar bonus – all Intra-Air Flights: Lima to Cusco and Cusco to Lima

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