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Following The Inca's Footsteps

South America
  • Duration: 14 days
  • Board Basis: Mixed Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TJUSSLPIN

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Air

​This all-out Peruvian adventure leaves no stone unturned as you delve into the history of the Incas. You'll discover pre-Columbian archaeological wonders, the palaces of 'City of Kings' Lima and the immense Colca Canyon. What comes next is exploration of the Sacred Valley, a two-day adventure walking the famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and the chance to experience northern Peru's secret gems.

This all-out Peruvian adventure leaves no stone unturned as you delve into the history of the Incas. You'll discover pre-Columbian archaeological wonders, the palaces of 'City of Kings' Lima and the immense Colca Canyon. What comes next is exploration of the Sacred Valley, a two-day adventure walking the famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and the chance to experience northern Peru's secret gems.

PRICE FROM ? £3499 per person
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What's Included

  • Just You Tour Manager as your host
  • Return flights from Heathrow with LATAM
  • Use of an airport lounge in the UK
  • 11 nights in 3 & 4-star hotels plus 2 nights in flight
  • 18 meals: 11 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners

Plus...

  • Specialist Local Guides
  • Overseas transfers & other transportation
  • Porterage
  • Dedicated Just You representative to greet you at all UK airports
  • Tour of Lima, including the Larco Museum
  • Visit to Lima's Barranco district with dinner & folklore show
  • Walking tour of Arequipa & Santa Catalina Convent
  • Take in spectacular views & look for Andean condors at the Colca Canyon
  • Visit the colourful towns of Pinchollo & Maca
  • Discover the Sacred Valley, including the archaeological site of Moray, the Maras salt pans & Ollantaytambo fortress & village 
  • Walk the famous Inca Trail from 'kilometre 104', stopping at the archaeological sites of Chachabamba, Wiñaywayna & Intipunku
  • Guided tour of the 'Lost City' of Machu Picchu
  • Cuzco including Coricancha Temple, Sacsayhuamán fortress & the Kenko archaeological site
  • Cuzco by night, including a pisco sour-making lesson

Not Included

Itinerary

  • Day 1 UK to Lima
  • ​You'll fly to Lima today, Peru's capital and its largest city.​

  • Day 2 Lima
  • ​On arrival in Lima today, we'll transfer you to your hotel for an overnight stay.​
  • Day 3 Lima
  • Today we're going to explore Lima, named in 1535 the 'City of Kings' by its founder the Spanish Conquistador Francisco Pizarro. We'll start in the modern upmarket districts of Miraflores and San Isidro then move on to the pre-Columbian adobe pyramid, Huaca Huallamarca.

    The layout of Lima's historic centre is based on that of Spanish cities, especially Seville. Here, we'll visit the UNESCO-listed Santo Domingo Convent, which houses the remains of Saint Martin of Porres and Saint Rose of Lima. Other highlights are the Main Square, which is bordered by the Presidential Palace, the Archbishop's Palace, the Municipal Palace of Lima and the cathedral. 
    Our sightseeing comes to a brief halt as we enjoy a tasting of Peru's signature cocktail, a pisco sour, made with local brandy and lime juice. After this we'll make our way to the Larco Museum, a private collection showcasing 5,000 years of Peruvian history through more than 45,000 exhibits. 
    After some time to relax, let's get together this evening and head to the bohemian Barranco district, where a buffet dinner and spectacular folklore show are included.​

  • Day 4 Arequipa
  • ​We transfer to the airport this morning for our flight to Arequipa. We'll check into our hotel then head out for an afternoon of exploration, which begins as we stroll to the Main Square. On the way we'll see the grand façade of the Church of the Third Order of San Francisco, whose courtyard is planted with beautiful blue-flowered jacaranda trees.
    Next we step back in time at the walled community of the Santa Catalina Convent, which was founded in 1580. You'll see picturesque cloisters, streets and plazas which have changed little over time, and learn about the lives of the nuns who lived here.
    Our final call is at the Jesuit Church, in the El Solar neighbourhood. Destroyed by an earthquake in 1584, the current building dates from 1650 and is made with sillar, a white volcanic rock you'll see all over the city.​
  • Day 5 Colca
  • ​Today we head off on an unforgettable journey by road to Colca. Our route takes us through the town of Yura and the fascinating landscapes of the Salinas and Aguada Blanca National Reserve. Majestic volcanoes, Andean plains and beautiful lagoons here provide the perfect habitat for varied wildlife. Keep a lookout for South American camelids such as alpacas, llamas, guanacos and vicunas, and birds including flamingos and crested ducks.
    We'll stop for lunch in the market town of Chivay, gateway to the Colca Canyon, which we visit tomorrow. The rest of the afternoon is spent at leisure after arrival in Colca.​
  • Day 6 Colca Canyon
  • ​Reaching a depth of 3,400 metres, the Colca Canyon is one of the deepest in the world, and we're going to see it today. We'll make our way to the Condor Cross lookout, which is a fantastic spot from which to take in the exceptional views. If we're lucky, we'll see majestic Andean condors gliding overhead, riding the thermals above the canyon. 
    On the way back to Arequipa, we'll visit the colourful colonial villages of Pinchollo and Maca, and stop off again in Chivay for a bite to eat.​
  • Day 7 Sacred Valley
  • ​Our flight today takes us to Cuzco, and on arrival we'll transfer to the Sacred Valley, high in the Andes.​
  • Day 8 Sacred Valley
  • We've a full day to discover the treasures of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, a fertile area flanked by steep-sided mountains. Let's start by taking in the amazing views from the Racchi vantage point. We'll then head to the remarkable archaeological site of Moray – enormous circular terraces located on a high valley. Resembling crop circles, it's believed that they were actually used as an experimental facility for growing crops, as the temperatures from top to bottom vary drastically.

    Salt is on the menu next, as we visit the Maras salt pans. This important commodity is harvested today just as it would have been when the Inca discovered this site more than 1,000 years ago. This ingredient is sure to feature in our restaurant lunch too.

    Once refreshed, we're going to explore the imposing Ollantaytambo Inca ruins, the most common starting point of the famous Inca Trail. This effective fortress and temple site is one of the few places where the Spanish colonists were defeated by the Incas. We'll end our fascinating tour in Ollantaytambo. This 'living' Inca town is a stunning example of Inca urban planning, and its stone-paved streets have been in continuous use since the 13th century.​

  • Day 9 The Inca Trail
  • ​Today we're going to discover the renowned Inca Trail, the most famous trek in South America. Mountains, cloud forest, subtropical jungle and stunning Inca ruins are fabulous highlights, with its pièce de résistance the incredible Machu Picchu. 
    We'll board a Vistadome train, whose huge panoramic windows almost take us right into the surrounding scenery! Our thrilling journey ends at 'kilometre 104', the point where we'll begin our walk. We're going to spend around seven hours exploring on foot, up to altitudes of 8,700ft, with plenty of rest stops along the way. After just a few minutes we'll find ourselves at the archaeological site of Chachabamba, a cluster of buildings facing a ceremonial plaza. We'll also see the ruins at Wiñaywayna, another great example of Inca civilisation, before we ascend to a nearby waterfall, a lovely spot to eat our packed lunch.
    Today's walk comes to an end as we reach the Intipunku, or Sun Gate, which was once a fortress and the main entrance to Machu Picchu. This is where we'll get our first tantalising glimpse of the famous 'Lost City'. Rest your legs on the drive to Aguas Calientes, where we stay overnight.​

  • Day 10 Machu Picchu
  • ​Today's the day that you reap the rewards of yesterday's fairly strenuous trek, as you explore the incredible ruins of Machu Picchu, the end of the Inca Trail. Perched on a high ridge above a steep valley in the Andes and swathed in jungle, this wonderfully preserved citadel was discovered in 1911. As you spend a couple of hours in the company of a specialist guide, you'll learn all about the history of this complex of palaces, plazas, temples and homes.
    You'll then get to head off to explore independently and take in the splendour of this long-abandoned site that remained a secret for centuries.
    After heading back to Aguas Calientes by road, our journey continues by train to Cuzco, the historic heart of the Inca Empire.​
  • Day 11 Cuzco
  • ​A packed morning of sightseeing in Cuzco begins at the imposing Coricancha Temple, the UNESCO-listed city's spiritual heart. Formerly an Incan palace and the main centre of worship of the sun god Inti, the Church of Santo Domingo was built over its foundations. In Cuzco's main square we'll visit the cathedral, and then we'll head up to the hilltop ruins of the massive Sacsayhuamán Fortress. This impressive example of Inca military architecture includes a 500,000 gallon water reservoir, storage systems and underground chambers. 
    Next, we head to the archaeological site of Kenko, one of the largest holy places of the region, where the Incas would worship the sun, moon and stars. The final historical site we'll visit today is Puca Pucara. Unlike most of the Inca structures you will have seen so far, this fortress was built using irregular-shaped stones. This suggests it was erected in a hurry, possibly to thwart an imminent attack.
    Before we enjoy a relaxing evening back at our hotel we'll have the chance to watch traditional craftsmen at work at the Inka Expression Workshop. ​
  • Day 12 Cuzco
  • The pace slows a little today, with free time to discover more of Cuzco independently or with your travelling companions. The mansions and churches along its cobbled streets display a fascinating combination of Inca and colonial architecture and will transport you back in time. You can pick up Andean handicrafts in its markets, maybe step inside the Pre-Columbian Museum or relax and take in your surroundings in one of the inviting cafés.

    Later, we're going to get together and head off into the city for a night-time walking tour. The views from the San Cristobal viewing point are quite something, and we'll end the evening with a visit to one of Cuzco's popular bars. You sampled a pisco sour cocktail earlier in your tour, and now you'll learn how to make one!​

  • Day 13 Cuzco to UK
  • After breakfast we'll transfer to the airport for our flight to the UK via Lima.​ ​
  • Day 14 UK
  • ​You'll arrive back in the UK today.​

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Accommodation

    • Jose Antonio Lima Hotel
    • The 4-star Jose Antonio Hotel is located in the heart of Miraflores, close to downtown Lima. Hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar and gift shop. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, mini-bar, TV and hairdryer.
    • Casa Andina Standard Arequipa
    • Located within a lovely area of Arequipa, close to the Plaza San Francisco, the recently restored Casa Andina Classic acts as an excellent base to explore the ''White City'' of Arequipa. Hotel facilities include free Wi-Fi in public areas and a 24-hour front desk.
    • Casa Andina Standard Colca
    • The 3-star Hotel Casa Andina is located in the Colca Valley.

      Hotel facilities include a buffet breakfast. Bedrooms have private facilities, safe and a TV.
    • Casa Andina Standard Arequipa
    • Located within a lovely area of Arequipa, close to the Plaza San Francisco, the recently restored Casa Andina Classic acts as an excellent base to explore the ''White City'' of Arequipa. Hotel facilities include free Wi-Fi in public areas and a 24-hour front desk.
    • Sonesta Posada del Inca Yucay
    • Set in the scenic and historic grounds of a converted monastery, the Sonesta Posadas del Inca Yucay is truly a remarkable hotel. Placed in the Sacred Valley, this property is surrounded by beautiful mountains – and as such has been rated as being in one of the best locations of the region. Contemporarily styled rooms are complemented by the authentic aesthetic that is found throughout the rest of the site. The guest rooms are fitted with private facilities and a TV. With further great aspects of this hotel including the availability of free Wi-Fi and a restaurant terrace that overlooks a charming garden.
    • El Mapi by Inkaterra
    • El Mapi by Inkaterra is a contemporarily styled hotel that is located in the centre of Machu Picchu town. There is both a bar and a restaurant at the hotel and in terms of general service the hotel has been rated as being the best value in the area. Rooms come with cable TV and bathrobes – whilst there is also free Wi-Fi in the communal areas.
    • Hotel Jose Antonio Cusco
    • The Jose Antonio Cuzco is situated just a few minutes’ walk from the main square. The hotel is fitted with modern amenities but also features stunning colonial details. Rooms are spacious with features including hair dryers, Wi-Fi and cable TV. The hotel also has two great restaurants serving both Peruvian specialties as well as international options.
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Optional Excursions

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Further Information

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