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Enchanting Peru

MACHU PICCHU, LAKE TITICACA, CUZCO, SACRED VALLEY & LIMA

    Save up to $800 per couple!!!

For a limited time only save up to $800 per couple on these amazing Peru vacation packages. Reserve by March 10 2016 to qualify for the early booking discount. Space is limited so please reserve early.

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Itinerary at a glance Highlights Your tour includes
  • 2 nights in Yucay
  • 3 nights in Cuzco
  • 2 nights in Puno
  • 1 night in Lima
  • Machu Picchu
  • Lake Titicaca
  • Sacred Valley of the Incas
  • Indian Market in Pisac
  • Plaza de Armas (Lima)
  • Tour of Modern & Colonial Lima
  • Round trip airfare from Miami via LAN Airlines (NY departures add $100)
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • Intra-Peru flights, ground transportation and transfers
  • Accommodations at First Class hotels
  • 11 meals: 8 full buffet breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L) and 2 dinners (D)
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours including admission fees
  • Experienced English speaking guides
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Land + Air
(Land Only Prices Available Upon Request)

Tour cost airfare included

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$ 2199

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$ 1999

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Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single room supplement is $499
NEW YORK DEPARTURES: Add $100
IMPORTANT TRAVELERS NOTE
The high altitudes reached on this trip (up to 11,000 feet above sea level) requires that you be in good physical condition to fully enjoy the trip. We strongly suggest that you consult a physician regarding any concerns prior to making a reservation.
For more information on this tour, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Mon-Fri, 9:30-5:30 EST) at 800-337-7773.
Reservations and Payments 
Reservations can be made by phone (1-800-337-7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of $300 per person non-refundable deposit (by check) which must be received within 7 days of reservation. Full payment is due 75 days prior to departure. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. For complete booking information and terms & conditions click here.

 

Day 1
Depart USA.
Your exciting expedition to Peru begins late this evening with an overnight flight.
Day 2
Arrive Peru.
Early morning arrival in Peru’s capital, Lima. Here, connect for a short flight to Cuzco, the fabled capital of the Inca Empire, perched at about 11,000 feet above sea level. On arrival, journey to the nearby Sacred Valley of the Incas. The valley has amazing landscapes of fertile land, mystical ruins and indigenous villages. On your way to the Sacred Valley, experience a Shaman ceremony, one of the ancient rituals of Peru, and then visit Awanakancha, a weaving center that keeps ancient weaving techniques and traditions alive. Arrive at your hotel located in the quaint village of Yucay and surrounded by lush gardens. This evening your tour director hosts a welcome dinner and orientation. Sonesta Posada del Inca Yucay Hotel or similar. (D)
Day 3
Pisac and Sacred Valley Excursion.
On today’s excursion visit the world renowned and colorful Indian market in Pisac where many beautiful crafts are traded. Later, travel through the lush valley to Ollantaytambo and explore the splendid ruins of this massive ancient fortress. The village below is a fine example of the Incas incredible urban planning skills. Return to your hotel in Yucay later this afternoon. (B,L)
Day 4
Machu Picchu Rail Excursion/Cuzco.
Embark today on an expedition to Machu Picchu. You’ll ride aboard the Vistadome train through the lush Urubamba Valley passing along stunning scenery. Arrive at “The Lost City Of the Incas” rediscovered in 1911. The beauty of its location and the genius construction make Machu Picchu  travel the jewel of all Inca settlements and a top stop in your Peru vacation packages. To this day nobody can explain how the Incas managed to transport the huge blocks of limestone for the city’s construction onto the mountaintop. An expert guide leads you through the ruins and shares with you the amazing story of Machu Picchu. You’ll have some free time to further discover the mystical ruins and absorb the beauty of this enchanting site. Later, re-board the train and journey to magical Cuzco. Novotel Hotel (B)

Day 5
Cuzco is a vibrant town, dotted with archaeological sites. On a guided walking tour, visit the main Inca and Colonial monuments. See the Plaza de Armas, the center of the Inca Empire and the impressive 16th century cathedral, built on the ruins of the Inca Palace. In the old town view magnificently restored colonial buildings. Your hotel is superbly located in the heart of the old town near the lively Plaza de Armas. Evening at leisure. (B)
Day 6
A day at leisure to explore vibrant Cuzco at your own pace. Walk the narrow streets of the old colonial town, browse the galleries and shops selling local crafts and relax in one of the many outdoor cafes. You may also venture to the outskirts of Cuzco to visit the amazing ruins of Sacsayhuaman, an Inca architectural masterpiece with fabulous views of the city below. (B)
Day 7
Cuzco/Puno/Lake Titicaca.
Embark on a thrilling journey to Puno. As you traverse the rugged snow-capped Andes you’ll enjoy the breathtaking scenery and see quaint local villages as well as herds of llama and alpaca. Visit the charming village of Andahuaylillas, with its renowned 17th-century church. Arrive at your hotel overlooking majestic Lake Titicaca. Sonesta Posada Del Inca Puno Hotel (B)

Day 8
Lake Titicaca Boat Excursion.
Situated on the border between Peru and Bolivia, Lake Titicaca is South America’s largest and highest navigable lake. Today, embark on an unforgettable boat journey to explore the magnificent scenery and fascinating life on and around the tranquil lake. First, visit the floating islands of the Uros Indians that still practice the old traditions of fishing, trapping birds and living on the lake plants. The totora reeds,which grow abundantly in the shallows of the lake, are used for their boats, houses and to build the very islands on which they live. This way of life began over 500 years ago when the Uros built the islands in an effort to isolate themselves from the Kollas and the Incas. Later, proceed by boat to Taquile Island, where the indigenous inhabitants are dedicated to agriculture and crafting of high quality textiles. You’ll witness their customs, traditions and unique costumes before returning to your lakeside hotel. (B)

Day 9
Puno/Sillustani/Lima.
This morning visit the mysterious Chullpas at Sillustani. These unique and well preserved burial towers were built by the Kollas, a tribe that dominated the Titicaca Region before the arrival of the Incas. Each tower contained the remains of a Kolla nobility accompanied by their treasures. This afternoon board a short flight to Lima, Peru’s diverse capital. You’ll be escorted to your upscale hotel. Casa Andina Select Miraflores Hotel (B)

Day 10
Enjoy the morning at leisure before a guided afternoon tour of both colonial and modern Lima, founded in 1535 and later dominated by the Inca nation. See the historical center and the San Francisco Church as well as Plaza de Armas and the Government Palace. Later, see the fashionable districts of San Isidro and Miraflores with their beautiful parks and elegant residences. This evening join your fellow travelers at a festive farewell dinner at a famous local restaurant. After dinner transfer to the airport for your late night flight. (B,D)
Day 11
Lima/USA.
 Bid farewell to enchanting Peru! Your memorable journey ends as you arrive in the US today.

Check out this video from a smarTours traveler on this trip of a lifetime!


Trip Preparation

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

The high altitude reached on this trip (up to 14,000 feet above sea level) as well as the considerable amount of walking involved, often on uneven terrain, requires that you be in good physical condition to enjoy this trip. We strongly suggest that you consult with your physician regarding any concerns as well as possible medications to ease the effects of the high altitude. Immunizations are NOT currently required; however, you may wish to consult your personal physician or local public health authorities as to their suggestions.

FLIGHT INFORMATION

Your flights from the U.S. to Peru and back are via LAN Airlines (operating as LAN Chile, and LAN Peru). You need to arrive at the designated airport at least 3 ½ hours before your scheduled departure. Schedules are as follows:

Departure Date

Miami

New York (JFK)

Depart

Return

Depart

Return

Aug. 2015 – Oct. 2015, Mar. 2016 – Jun. 2016

11:55PM

8:00AM

11:30PM

9:30AM

Nov. 2015 – Feb. 2016

11:55PM

7:00AM

10:30PM

8:30AM

Please make sure to allow sufficient time for clearing immigration and customs if you are planning a connecting flight.  We recommend at least 3 ½ hours. Please keep in mind that flight schedules are always subject to change.

ADVANCE SEAT ASSIGNMENT

LAN Airlines (Lan Chile/Lan Peru Airlines) does not accept advance seat assignment. Actual seat assignment will be provided at the airport. Please note that smarTours is not involved with your seat assignments. 

PASSPORT AND VISA INFORMATION

You must be in possession of a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of return. American passport holders do not require a visa. Non U.S. citizens should check with the respective consulates as to the most current visa requirements to all their travel destinations. It is your responsibility to obtain the necessary travel documents before the trip.

TICKETS AND FINAL DOCUMENTS

Your airline tickets along with final instructions and travel tips will be sent to you 10 – 7 days before the scheduled departure of your tour.  Please make sure to advise us in writing in case of a change of your address.

CLIMATE

Since Peru is located near the Equator, the weather is temperate with average daytime high temperatures ranging from 60’s to the 80’s. Evening temperatures will be about 20 to 30 degrees cooler.

NON-INCLUDED MEALS

You may dine at either of the hotels used on this tour or other nearby restaurants recommended by your guide. Average cost for dinner (excluding drinks) in the hotel’s coffee shop is about $10-20 per meal per person. Your hotel will accept credit cards for your non-included meals. 

CREDIT CARDS AND LOCAL CURRENCY

Hotels and some stores accept major credit cards.  However, for “street shopping” you will need local currency or U.S. dollars.  Your hotels will be able to exchange your cash to local currency. It is recommended that you bring along cash in small denominations.

BAGGAGE

Each passenger may bring one piece of checked-in luggage not to exceed 44 pounds and one carry-on piece not to exceed 18”x10”x8”.

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by Teresa Wantland on smarTours
GREAT TRIP!

I wanted to start by saying that Enrique our tour director, was amazing. He made us feel like we really mattered. He even let my husband and I tag along with him during his down time to enjoy an amazing meal in the town below Machu Pichu. The hotels were great, although the beds were a bit hard in Cuzco( but that is not anyones fault). The food was great, and every place that Enrique recommended to eat was amazing. The value as usual was unbeatable. Our only input for improvement might be that you add an extension to the end of the trip in Lima of a day or two with the optional tour of going to see the Nazca lines, otherwise had a great time. The group was all fun to be with as well. Thank you again for all of wonderful experiences, I look forward to the next adventure!

by Eddie on smarTours
Excellent experience!!!

We had an extremely pleasant vacation!!! The trip activities, hotels, flights and guides were outstanding. THis was our first tour experience and it was superb (not sure future will be the same.. ;-( we are used to coordinating our vacations ourselves). One big minus on the tour is that there is practically no time at all in Lima!!! Paying for only the land portion to extend stay is not economically fair. Nevertheless was an outstanding experience...

Thank you, Eddie. So glad you had an "excellent", 5-star experience. We have not heard the feedback that there is not enough time in Lima, but we will certainly keep an eye out for that going forward!

by Lois Lewis on smarTours
Enchanting Peru

We were fortunate to have Luis (Leuko) as our tour guide. He was through, kind, and patient, had a good command of the English language, and explained places we visited and customs well. Many of the people of Peru dress daily in their colorful native costumes. It is a trip I am glad that we took.

by Fred Levine on smarTours
Enchanting Peru

This was one of the best Smartours we have taken. Our tour guide,Alvin, was perfect. As far as I'm concerned, he could do no wrong. The Peruvian people were very friendly, the food was great and the sights were fabulous. What more could you ask for. The hotels were very good also. When we are ready to book a tour again, Smartours is on the top of my list!!,

by Heidi Baier on smarTours
Enchanting Peru

My husband, son and I, along with my sister-in-law and her partner tried to think of one thing that could have improved this tour company and this trip...but came up with nothing. This tour company runs a smooth, competent tour...run like a well oiled machine. From the flights, hotels meals, recommended restaurants, sights and tours were planned with such expertise and wonder. This was our first experience with a tour company and I was overwhelmed with their professionalism and attention to detail. The entire trip was meticulously planned so that we were climatized appropriately...with amazing hotels (best I've stayed at in the world) so unique and meals were art in themselves...our tour guide Lucou...not sure of spelling...was knowledgable, friendly, patient, caring and become all our friend....I just sat back and enjoyed, with not a single worry...felt very safe, secure and well taken care of. Every penny spent on this tour was worth it and more. I wish I was better with writing to express my gratitude to Smartours for introducing e to a whole new way of travel for my husband and I...Every moment was scheduled to give the proper balance of rest and wonder.....Thank you Thank you Thank you and can't wait for our next adventure with Smartours.

by Rich and Laura Brown on smarTours
Another great trip!!

This was our sixth tour with Smartours and it was fabulous. We are always amazed at the high quality hotels and tours for such an affordable price!!
Our tour guide, Enrique Virto was the most outstanding tour guide we have ever had. His knowledge and love of Peru was evident in the information provided. His presentation was understandable and humorous at times. Enrique went the extra mile to ensure special requests were met. We saw all of the wonders of Peru and came home extremely satisfied.

by Hilary Lyon on smarTours
Enchanting Peru- Amazing Tour Guide

Just returned from this trip to Peru, and without a doubt our tour guide/director Enrique Virto was amazing- his rich Inca history, knowledge of local politics, healthcare and historical facts made the trip incredible. He took care of us like we were family, accomodating requests and making sure we not only experianced the best of our tour but kept us enthralled with local information and helpful hints. It is clear he loves and is proud of his country and heritage and I cant imagine another guide to have given more of himself to us than Enrique did- Booking Patagonia with Smartours next- the bar is set high!

by Toni Dee on smarTours
Enrique is the best! Amazing trip!

This was out 3rd SmarTour (one woman on our trip was on her 14th SmarTour). It was an amazing trip. Everything was perfect especially our tour guide - Enrique. He was so fabulous - extremely knowledgeable about everything, fascinating, smart and funny. I would definitely go when you know Enrique will be leading the tour. We are now trying to figure out which SmarTour to take next. The hotels, the tours and the price can't be beat.

by Michael and Gail Shaw on smarTours
Super Value Tour

We loved the group and our tour guides Enrique and Charros. It was so good we booked our second smarTours trip to New Zealand and Australia for next fall.

Only complaint is we would like to sit together on flights. See if you can work that out for our next trip.

by Rosalyn Baxandall on smarTours
the tour Guides made the trip

I just returned from Peru and I'm a historian and read a bit before the tour. I never imagined our guides Enrique and Charros would be so knowledgeable, funny, informed and passionate. They both had a sense of the history and put the present and history of the region in perspective. Enrique kept a tight ship and no one dared come late. He lead us by passion and humor.Both cared deeply about the history and were dramatic and brought it to life. Both allowed time for questions. The Lima guide in comparison was poor and didn't answer questions and often exaggerated and gave us misinformation.

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