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Peru

September 1-10, 2019

Classic Tour

Embark on this amazing journey with the Women's Travel Club to Peru. We will visit many beautiful areas in Peru as we work our way to the highlight of the tour, Machu Picchu. After our visit to this iconic site, we board the Andean Explorer and enjoy a scenic rail ride to Lake Titicaca.

 

Signature Moments

  • Shop in a Peruvian Market
  • Visit a native weaving cooperative
  • View the Sacred Valley while you explore the Pisac Ruins
  • Cross one off your bucket list as we spend a day touring & exploring Machu Picchu
  • Relax as the Andean Express takes you from Cusco to Puno
  • Live like a local for a day on Amantani Island in Lake Titicaca
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Inclusions & Highlights
  • 9 Nights superior, first class accommodations
  • Transportation by private, luxury air-conditioned coach
  • 9 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 1 Dinners
  • Visit to Larco Museum & Museum of Anthropology & Archaeology
  • Visit Lima's Magic Water Circuit
  • Visit to Chinchero & Pisac
  • Visit Maras Salt Pools
  • Andean Cooking Class
  • Visit Moray Agricultural Terraces
  • Visit Maras Salt Pools
  • Inca Rail train to Aguas Calientes
  • Entrance and tour of Mach Picchu
  • Cusco city tour
  • Titicaca Vistadome train to Puno
  • Tipon Excursion
  • Excursion to Amantani Island
  • Excursion to floating Islands of Uros
  • Sillustani Graves excursion
  • English speaking guide
  • hotel and airport portages
  • Airport transfers
  • Services of a Women's Travel Club guide

 

Optional Amazon Extension
  • 4 Nights Rainforest lodge accommodations
  • 1 Night Cusco
  • Round trip transportation by land and river (Airport/Lodge/Airport)
  • Buffet breakfast / a la carte lunch & dinner
  • Tea time
  • Bottled water in room
  • Included excursions
  • Entrance fees to Lake Sandoval
  • Cocktail hour
  • English speaking guide
  • Services of a Women's Travel Club guide
Itinerary
Peru Tour
Day 1 - Arrive Lima

Welcome to Peru! Upon arrival at the airport today you will be met by a local guide and transfer to your hotel.
Peru's capital with over eight million residents, Lima perches on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean and has an uninterrupted history of more than 2000 years. A capital founded by Spanish conquistadors that subsequently exploded with influxes from Asia and then from Peru's own Andean highlands, Lima is perhaps the most fascinating city in the continent.
The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your tour leader will review the details of your tour. After our meeting we will enjoy a wonderful welcome dinner with our fellow travelers.
Accommodations - Jose Antonio Hotel

 

Day 2 - Lima

Our full day tour begins at a "Peruvian Market" (Suquillo Market), where we will be able to appreciate a wide variety of Peruvian products, enjoy and taste exotic fruits and be amazed by a huge variety of fish and seafood Next we visit Larco Museum, which collects more than 45,000 pieces, mostly ceramics. From there, we proceed to the Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology, a small but well organized museum, offering one of the best perspectives of art and archaeology of thousand-year-old Peru. This afternoon, we discover the faded grandeur of Lima’s beautiful Spanish colonial past and visit the Plaza Mayor with the government palace, City Hall, the Archbishop palace and the Cathedral. We also se the San Francisco cloister and its 17th century church, a world cultural heritage site. Tonight, we tour the Reserve Park – formally known as the Magic Water Circuit, with its 13 impressive fountains that combine movement, lights and sounds in one spectacular show.
Accommodations - Jose Antonio Hotel

 

Day 3 - Cusco - Sacred Valley

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. At the scheduled time, transfer to the airport to board your flight. When you arrive in Cusco, you’ll be met by a local guide and transfer to the Sacred Valley. Along the way, visit you’ll visit Chinchero, Pisac market & Pisac ruins with lunch at a local restaurant. The day’s outing begins with a visit to Chinchero, a quaint little town that houses an important Incan outpost, built at the end of the 1400’s, as well as a lovely and very traditional church. The townsfolk are famous for having preserved traditional Andean spinning and weaving techniques, and they set up a market in the town square to sell handmade crafts made around the region to visitors. Then, you will visit the town of Pisac, 31 km from Cuzco, in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. The old city, an Incan archaeological site, is located at the top of a mountain, and there you will witness firsthand the stonemasonry skill of our ancient ancestors. Afterwards, you will descend to the town and walk through its colorful market.
Accommodations - Sonesta Posada Del Inca Yucay Hotel

 

Day 4 - Sacred Valley

After breakfast at the hotel, head out for your full day tour of Maras salt flats, the terraces of Moray and Misminay community.
Visit the town of Maras, where one of the world’s finest salts is extracted: Maras’s salt. These mines form terraces and lagoons, which are a mandatory spot for snapping amazing pictures. Plus, visit the Misminay community, where you will experience the Andean lifestyle. You will explore local gastronomy through a wonderful cooking class, beginning your experience with the planting and harvesting of some products, according to the season. Then, next to your hosts, you will prepare a delicious traditional dish using only local products, which you will enjoy for lunch. Then, you will visit the Moray agricultural terraces, which were used as a botanic laboratory by the Incas and from where you’ll have a privileged view of the Sacred Valley
Accommodations - Sonesta Posada Del Inca Yucay Hotel

 

Day 5 - Machu Picchu

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. Take a small overnight bag with you to the train (remaining luggage is sent ahead to the hotel in Cusco).
A visit to one of the most important tourist destinations in the world: Machu Picchu. The excursion starts with a train trip to the town of Aguas Calientes, also known as Machu Picchu Pueblo. The natural beauty of the surroundings makes the train the best way to start your visit. When you arrive, you will start the ascent to the ruins, which will without a doubt be one of your most unforgettable experiences. At Machu Picchu you can see one of the Seven Modern Wonders of the World and take some impressive photos. Lunch is included. Then it is back down to Aguas Calientes for rest.
Accommodations - El Mapi by Inkaterra

 

Day 6 - Cusco

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and a morning at leisure.
This afternoon, you board the VISTADOME train for the return journey and transfer to your hotel.
Accommodations - Sonesta Cusco

 

Day 7 - Cusco

After breakfast join your guide for a full day tour. Get to know the city of Cusco, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site and possessor of a style all its own. The tour begins at the Koricancha Temple, an old Incan palace and main center for the worship of the sun god, Inti. Once the Spanish conquered Peru, the Dominican order built a church over this temple’s foundations: the Temple of Santo Domingo. Your next destination is the Main Square, then the adventure continues at the Sacsayhuaman Fortress built of enormous stone blocks expertly shaped by the Incas. The tour continues with visits to three archaeological sites: Kenko and Tambomachay, important religious and administrative centers for the Incas. Continue the visit to the San Blas neighborhood, famous for its artisans. Continue to see the famous Twelve Angles stone, part of the largest Inca wall of Cusco, which used to be the Hatunrumiyoc (Big Stone) palace, built by Inca Sinchi Roca.
Your excursion continues to Tipon, an Inca archeological complex in which water flows through large stone canals. Here you will appreciate the amazing hydraulic engineering knowledge of the Incas, as well as a wonderful system of terraces in which the land delivers privileged fruits until today. Continue with the tour towards Andahuaylillas, a place that holds a beautiful 16th century church, which has an impressive organ, decorated with angels and cherubs.
Accommodations - Sonesta Cusco

 

Day 8 - Puno

This morning, we will be transferred to the train station to board the train to Puno
This spectacular train trip starts in the historical city of Cusco and goes South, to Puno, by the side of Lake Titicaca. The glass windows on the Andean Explorer train will let you perfectly observe the beautiful landscape: the train slowly ascends to very high and cold places, around the magnificent Andes mountain range, over the deep Huatanay River valleys. Then, the train goes through the Andean plains, where you can see vicunas and alpacas grazing among the small villages along the road. The trip includes a stop at La Raya, the highest spot of the route, to observe the spectacular landscape at 4,300 meters above sea level. The trip includes a three course lunch on board. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel which is located at the lake side.
Accommodations - Jose Antonio Puno

 

Day 9 - Amantani & Uros Islands

Today, you will have your excursion to Amantani Island, located at an elevation of 4150 meters and famous for its terraced hillsides where its people used to farm. Pre-Incan peoples claimed that this island was a sacred pl ace, and that is why, if you allow it, you can feel its mystical energies flow around you. Upon arrival, the locals will welcome you, leading you to your home stay accommodations, where they will show you their day to day activities, like weaving, farming, mystical ceremonies, and others. Next on the itinerary is a stopover at the handicraft center and the main square. Then, it’s time for a delicious lunch. In the afternoon, before returning to Puno, you will visit the famous floating Uros Islands made out of reeds, whose inhabitants still live according to the customs of their ancestors.
Accommodations - Jose Antonio Puno

 

Day 10 - Puno

Enjoy breakfast, then if you are on the optional Amazon extension you will depart for the airport or depart for a half day visit to Sillustani Graves. You will be taken to the ruins at Sillustani, a famous cemetery on the Andean plateau near Puno, next to the beautiful Lake Umayo. The site contains huge funerary towers called chullpas, which date from 600 to 800 A.D., some of which reach 12 meters high and are 7.50 meters in diameter. On the way you will also see the Waru-Waru or interconnected canals used in agriculture. You will surely be impressed by the beautiful scenery in this zone. Next, a half day visit to the city of Lampa in Puno, known as the "Pink City" from the color of the local clay. The tour includes a visit to the beautiful colonial-era church of Santiago, built entirely of stone by the Jesuits between 1675 and 1685. You will also see the catacombs, in which those who died during the construction of the church were interred. Lampa has a number of town houses dating from the colonial and republican eras. One of the best is the Casona de los Frisancho, 300 years old, in Lampa's Main Square, in the heart of the city. Also included is a visit to the brotherhood of the Vicuñas de la Inmaculada, where there is an enormous silver bier built to resemble that which carries the Virgin of Macarena in Spain. The excursion ends with our return to Juliaca Airport directly.

 

Optional Amazon Extension

Travelling to Tambopata National Reserve offers a rare opportunity to discover a lively biodiversity of birds, mammals, reptiles, insects and trees. Record-setting numbers of animal species are concentrated within small areas, and the variety of plant life is greater than almost anywhere in the world. To help you experience the wonder of this magic place, we have prepared a suggested itinerary for your stay at Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica.

Day 10 - Cusco

Take a short flight from Puno to Cusco. We will check into our hotel for the evening and you will have the rest of your day at leisure.
Accommodations - El Retablo Hotel

 

Day 11 - Puerto Maldonado

After breakfast we will take a short flight from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado.
Welcome to Puerto Maldonado. Begin to experience the enchantment of the rainforest, as you take the 45-minute boat ride along the Madre de Dios River, to arrive at Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica lodge. After a short briefing, settle into your beautiful cabaña and enjoy your lunch in the dining room. Take a nap, followed by a refreshing tea time and get ready for the afternoon excursion. After gathering with your Inkaterra Explorer Guide, choose from the various excursions available at Inkaterra Reserva Amazónica. On your first day, we recommend a guided walk along the Trail system, into the Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica natural area, where you will discover the Amazon Basin. This trail offers an excellent introduction to the jungle environment, winding past impressive trees such as the staggeringly tall kapok, and the strangely beautiful strangler fig, offering excellent opportunities for birdwatching and observing exotic insects. We also recommend on the first night our Twilight River excursion — a guided afternoon boat ride on the Madre de Dios river. Witness the transformation from a diurnal to a nocturnal world: animals and birds of the daytime give way to species specially adapted to the night. As you enjoy their paradise, you will learn about their habits, while you search for nightjars, owls, capybaras and up to three different caiman species. Enjoy dinner served in the main dining room from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. After dinner, you may retire early to your own cabaña, or share your experience in the rainforest with other guests and interpreters, as you listen to the intriguing sounds of the jungle at night.
Accommodations - Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica

 

Day 12 - Amazon

Wake up late or rise early — the choice is yours. Breakfast begins at 5:30 a.m., for those who want to avoid the heat, and enjoy nature at its fullest. A full buffet breakfast is served from 5:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. This morning you may visit the Lake Sandoval excursion into the Tambopata National Reserve. Glide in a wooden canoe, across a beautiful, mirror-like oxbow lake that is home to the endangered giant river otter, as well as red howler monkeys, red-bellied macaws, anacondas, side-neck turtles and black caimans. Return to the Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica for lunch. After lunch, consider the remarkable Inkaterra Canopy Walkway. Ascending the first tower, 29 meters above the forest ground, you begin your encounter with the treetop realm. For more than a quarter of a mile, you will literally walk through the rainforest canopy on a suspension bridge network linking eight observation platforms. During this hour-and-a-half expedition, be on the lookout for colorful toucans, woodpeckers, trogons, monkeys, and sloths. If you wish you may extend your excursion and appreciate the sunset from one of the towers. The excursion finishes by returning to the lodge. Once at the lodge, enjoy the daily nature presentation in the Eco Center.
Accommodations - Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica

 

Day 13 - Amazon

Enjoy a trip to Gamitana Creek, located 25 minutes by boat from the Inkaterra lodge. For one and a half hours, explore the rainforest along the banks of a winding, dark-water creek that is home to many piranha, caiman, turtles and birds, until the Sanipanga landing point. Navigate your way back downstream, observing the abundant flora and Fauna along the way. You will return to Gamitana Farm to do a short guided tour to see how local farmers grow fruits and vegetables. Return to the lodge for lunch. After lunch, walk along the lodge trails to the Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica Rainforest Garden just around the cabanas. This interesting native garden was started by the locals more than ten years ago showcasing native plants, trees and orchids. An in-depth explanation familiarizes you with the traditional use and highly interesting benefits of the plants and trees used for construction including those that were used for building the lodge, as well as native clothing accessories. Then consider the Rainforest by Night excursion through the Inkaterra Ecological Reserve at night for an approximately 2-hour excursion. Biological activity differs greatly between night and day in the Amazonian ecosystem. Venture into the forest and experience the mystery of the animal activity that awakens in the rainforest after dark, enhancing animal resources to create new adaptation mechanisms. Listen to nocturnal forest sounds and spot species that only emerge at night. Return to the lodge.
Accommodations - Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica

 

Day 14 - Amazon

Enjoy the trip to Hacienda Concepcion, built in an old cocoa and rubber plantation on the grounds of a place once known as "Fundo Concepción ", a medical center of the Catholic mission in the 50´s. Until 1976, this property also served as a center of ecological research and training for the local community; within 819 ha. of natural forest naturally nestled in an oxbow lake. Hacienda Concepción has diverse ecosystems, tropical plants and wild animals. During this excursion, you will also learn about the history and visit the remains of a ship called Fitzcarrald. Return to Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica for lunch. After lunch, you may enjoy a visit to the Wetlands, where you will have the opportunity to visit and interesting ecosystem in the 200-meter boardwalk over the Aguajales rainforest swamps. See the transition of the forest ecosystem from dry to marshlands, and observe the various species of amphibians, reptiles, snakes, birds and mammals. Get to know the lush flora and trees, how they adapt to the wetland ecosystem, their benefits and uses. Return to the lodge.
Accommodations - Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica

 

Day 15 - Depart

Enjoy a full breakfast before departure. A 45-minute return trip by boat on the Madre de Dios River takes you to Puerto Maldonado, where you will visit the Butterfly House. Peru boasts the greatest variety of butterflies in the world, with 3,700 known species. Many of these can be seen at the Butterfly House, a showcase for the variety, beauty and adaptability of these fascinating insects
It is time to say good-bye to this beautiful country and fabulous new friends. Return to the airport as needed for your flight home.

 

**Prices are subject to change and availability. Space is limited and activities and specific hotels are subject to change. Travel insurance is strongly recommended.

Important Details & Pricing
Rates

Double Occupancy - $4289 CAD per person (sharing a room)

Single Occupancy - $5219 CAD per person (your own room)

If you would like the double occupancy rate but don't have a roommate we will match you with a suitable roommate. The single occupancy rate will give you your own room. Single occupancy very limited.

Deposit of $300 per person due at time of booking. Bookings after June 1, 2020 will require payment in full.

Final Payment due - June 1, 2020

 

Amazon Extension Rates

Double Occupancy - $1929 CAD per person (sharing a room)

Single Occupancy - $2399 CAD per person (your own room)

*All payments are non-refundable Please see full terms and conditions.

 

Booking Deadline

Guaranteed Departure
You may now book flights for this tour. The Women's Travel Club will assist with flight bookings if you wish.

 

Activity Level

Moderate Activity
While this tour is at a fairly relaxed pace you should be able to walk comfortably for short periods. Walks around the ruins will be at a relaxed pace but will require walking up and down hills and stairs at altitude.

 

Group Size

Minimum - 6 ladies
Maximum - 14 ladies

 

Exclusions
  • Airfare (can be arranged by WTC)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visa/passport handling fees
  • Meals not listed in itinerary
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Gratuity
  • Optional Activities
  • Expenses of a Personal Nature
  • Early check-in and late check-out of hotel

 

Tour Leader

Marianne Southall
Marianne is the founder of the Women's Travel Club. She is well traveled and loves to get off the beaten path, her favorite type of tour would involve nature and animals.

 

Flight Information

Please do not booking any flights until the tour is confirmed. Once your flights are booked please forward a copy of your itinerary to info@womens-travel-club.com.
A Women's Travel Club agent is available to help you book your flights. Please do not book any flights until tour is confirmed. Follow this link to a form to request flight options and quotes. A Women's Travel Club agent will send you back the recommended flight option that best suits you. We are pleased to offer a flight booking service for your tour. As quoting of flights can be a time-consuming endeavor, a service fee of $113 ($100 plus HST) will apply.

Arrive to Lima, Peru
Depart from Inca Manco Cápac International Airport, Juliaca, Peru

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Accommodations
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Jose Antonio Hotel

Jose Antonio Hotel is situated in the heart of Miraflores, just 20-minutes from downtown Lima. It has a restaurant, free Wi-Fi and a business center.

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Sonesta Posada Del Inca Yucay

The Hotel Sonesta Yucay located in the heart of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, it is built on an old monastery of the XVIII century, at the foot of the mountain in a surprising natural enclave, just 5 minutes from the city of Urubamba and 30 minutes from the train station from Ollantaytambo and same time towards Pisac.The Hotel is a wonderful place to enjoy a cozy and relaxing atmosphere, with the appearance of an Andean village, surrounded by flowers and green areas.

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El Mapi by Inkaterra

Step into the smart, contemporary and cozy confines of El MaPi, amidst the picturesque Machu Picchu Pueblo. Discover an efficient, lively and friendly atmosphere, welcoming guests expecting an unfussy, down-to-earth break. The flowing lobby creates a sense of vitality. Lofty ceilings, panoramic windows and an open café allow natural light to filter between tall eucalyptus dried branches, creating an ambience of order and wellbeing.

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Sonesta Cusco

Completely renovated, its new decor reaches the atmosphere of warmth, modernity and tranquility that characterize this hotel. This added to its culinary excellence and unparalleled service to establish itself as one of the best hotels in the city. highly trained, world-class infrastructure and warm hospitality guarantee a memorable ideal stay for business or pleasure.

Women's Travel Club Peru Tour
Jose Antonio Puno Hotel

An oasis of peace and relaxation on the banks of the Titicaca Lake. Situated amongst the stunning beauty of the largest lake in South America and just eight minutes from the city, we invite you to unwind in one of the most exclusive areas of Puno.

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El Retablo Hotel

This colorful boutique hotel in a restored stone building is an 11-minute walk from the Inca ruins of Coricancha and a 5-minute walk from the 16th-century Cusco Cathedral.

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Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica

Adjacent to Tambopatat National Reserve, this gracious rainforest lodge, set in 200 hectares of lush verdant rainforest, offers a range of land and river excusrions that introduce guests to the magic of the Amazon

Extra Hotel Nights

Often ladies will book a night at the first hotel prior to the tour. This gives them a chance to relax after a long flight and settle in before the tour starts. Let us know if you would like pricing and information on the hotel.
Follow this link to request pre or post tour hotel nights.

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