Lets Wander Travel Club is going to Peru!
And you are welcomed to join us. In fact, we want you to!
Traveling to faraway locations can be hard to pull off but when you travel with a group it seems to get much easier. The trip is already planned out, you just need to put yourself on the ride. And come with an open mind and a fun attitude and you will leave with plenty of great friends that you may want to travel with again.
Here are the nitty gritty details.
Trip dates: July 14- 21, 2018
Cost without airfare is $2149 per person double occupancy if paid in full after Jan12, 2018
Deposit right now-- $250 holds your spot.
Flights will be around $700 if you purchase in a timely manner. I will watch the flights carefully and keep you alert to when the best time to purchase them. There will also be an option to add on a hotel the day before and a few days after for additional optional experiences.
You will need a passport and I will need your name exactly how it will be on the passport. Not only will be flying to Lima but we will be flying within the country in order to get to the many places we will be visiting.
And that is it for housekeeping. Here is the day to day itinerary. We will be visiting 4 locations within Peru. Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu
- DAY 1
- ARRIVE LIMA (2 NIGHTS)
- Bienvenidos a Lima, founded in 1535 by conquistador Francisco Pizarro who dubbed it the "City of Kings." Upon arrival in Lima, you will be warmly greeted and taken to you to your hotel in San Isidro, one of Lima's exclusive neighborhoods, bustling with shops and restaurants. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Reception at 6 p.m.
- DAY 2
- LIMA SIGHTSEEING
- Late this morning, a memorable experience is waiting to welcome you to beautiful Peru. Meet Ignacio Barrios, a young chef who has worked alongside many of Peru's most award-winning chefs. Visit a local market where Ignacio will explain how Peruvian fruits, vegetables, seafood, and meat are the basis of Peruvian cooking. Visit Ignacio's cooking school where you'll see a demonstration on how to prepare some of Peru's most popular foods before dining on a Be My Guest lunch of typical Peruvian dishes created just for you by Ignacio and his sous chef. After lunch, bid farewell and spend the afternoon exploring Peru's capital with your Local Specialist. Immerse yourself in the colonial splendor of Lima's Historic Centre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, including the expansive Plaza de Armas with its impressive cathedral and the stately government palace. See the Church of San Francisco and discover its hidden catacombs and splendid architecture. The evening is yours to enjoy.
- DAY 3
- LIMA – CUSCO – SACRED VALLEY
- Take a morning flight to Cusco and head for the Sacred Valley. Stop at Awanakancha, a Cultural Insight and living museum of the Peruvian Andes, where you can see and interact with llamas, alpacas and vicuñas. Enjoy a picnic box lunch before visiting the vibrant market of Pisac where local Quechua people come to sell their produce and handicrafts. Spend some time browsing the stalls, sip a cup of coca tea to help you acclimate to the altitude and keep your ears open for roving bands playing the traditional music of the Andes. Later this afternoon, arrive at your lovely hotel, a former 18th-century colonial-style monastery, surrounded by beautiful gardens in the heart of the Sacred Valley. Learn about Peruvian weaving as you observe the centuries-old methods used for spinning, dyeing and weaving Andean traditional textiles. Discover this Cultural Insight with Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez, a Quechua scholar and recipient of a TreadRight Foundation grant. This evening, enjoy a convivial dinner at the hotel.
- DAY 4
- SACRED VALLEY – MACHU PICCHU
- After breakfast, head to Ollantaytambo to visit this famous Inca stronghold built from immense blocks of stone. Learn about Inca history as you tour the ruins of the hilltop fortress. Next, board the Vistadome train for the journey to the great citadel of the Incas (light snack included). Panoramic windows allow you to appreciate the incredible scenery as you follow the Rio Vilcanota to the town of Aquas Calientes. Upon arrival, take a short ride up to the entrance gate and begin your exploration of one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Visit the ruins of this once-great fortress built in the 15th century and abandoned nearly 100 years later with the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors. See the highlights of this UNESCO World Heritage Site with a Local Specialist-the great Temple of the Sun, the House of the Priest, the Sacred Plaza and the Intihuatana, an intricately carved rock most likely used as a sundial by the ancient Incas. Dinner is served at the hotel.
- DAY 5
- MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO (2 NIGHTS)
- Return to Machu Picchu to continue exploring on your own. If you're feeling adventurous, hike up to the Gate of the Sun for stunning views over the fortress and the valley below. Or view the incredible stonework and amazing feats of engineering required to transport the huge blocks of stone to the top of this isolated mountain. In the early afternoon, board the train to the Sacred Valley. Head toward the great colonial city of Cusco by coach. On the way, stop at a local chicheria for a taste of chicha, a Cultural Insight, and learn how this Peruvian corn beer is made by local women.
- DAY 6
- CUSCO SIGHTSEEING
- This morning, embark on a tour of Cusco, the "Imperial City". This lively city, rich in history, bears marks of both the Incas and Spanish who came after them. Enjoy an introduction to the city's highlights, including the incredible baroque Cathedral on the main Plaza de Armas. Delve deeper into the history of this ancient locale at the 17th century Church of Santo Domingo, which was built atop the foundation of the Inca Temple of the Sun, referred to as Korikancha. Just outside of town, visit the ruins of the Sacsayhuaman fortress and see nearby warehouses where the Incas stored their grain. Spend the rest of the afternoon on your own. This evening, gather for a Regional Meal at a local restaurant, enjoying Cusquenian dishes and ancestral dance performances.
- DAY 7
- CUSCO – LIMA
- Fly back to Lima late this morning and enjoy an afternoon on your own to do some more exploring, pick up souvenirs or just relax. Later, meet a Local Specialist and curator at the Larco Museum, which houses the largest private collection of pre-Columbian art in the world, and learns about the evolution and cultures of ancient Peruvian societies. Later, gather with your traveling companions for a Farewell Dinner in the museum's garden restaurant.
- DAY 8
- DEPART LIMA
- Transfer to the airport for your onward flight or perhaps extend your stay at the Novotel Lima.
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