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  • San Blas District - Cusco

  • The spectacular Andes Mountains

  • Machu Picchu

  • Plaza de Armas - Cusco

  • The salt mines of Moray

  • Aboard the train to Machu Picchu

  • Uros floating islands

  • San Blas District - Cusco

  • The spectacular Andes Mountains

  • Machu Picchu

  • Plaza de Armas - Cusco

  • The salt mines of Moray

  • Aboard the train to Machu Picchu

  • Uros floating islands

  • The village of Ollantaytambo

   

16 Day Spirit of Peru

  • Discover Machu Picchu & Maras salt mines
  • Explore Cusco, Lima, Lake Titicaca & More
Includes Return International Flights

Discover the many wonders of Peru on this 16 day tour to Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu, and beyond.

From the ruins of Machu Picchu to the glassy solitude of Lake Titicaca, this tour is a chance to experience all the wonders this South American gem has to offer. Get a taste of the Peruvian way of life on a tour of Lima; wander the historic laneways of Cusco; explore the ancient salt mines of Maras; tick off the bucket list with a visit to the grand citadel of Machu Picchu; take a boat ride on Lake Titicaca; and so much more. With return flights, English-speaking guides, 13 nights accommodation, and more, this is a trip you will never forget.

Have more time? Upgrade to the 20 day tour with Amazon extension.

ITINERARY

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Itinerary - 1

Today, depart from either Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or Adelaide to Lima, Peru via Santiago. Fly with the fully serviced LATAM Airlines or Qantas (subject to availability). Upon arrival into Lima, a representative will be waiting for you to transfer you to your hotel in Miraflores.

Casa Andina Classic Miraflores Centro, Lima Meals included: In-Flight

After breakfast enjoy a city tour and visit key sites of Lima, including Huaca Pucllana, Colonial buildings such as the Plaza Mayor and the Government Palace, and the Central bank Museum. Afterwards return to the accommodation and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Casa Andina Classic Miraflores Centro, Lima Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, be picked up from the hotel and transfer to the airport for your flight to Cusco. Be met upon arrival at Cusco airport and taken to your hotel in the centre of the city. Take the remainder of the day to explore this beautiful city at your own pace.

Casa Andina Classic, Cusco Plaza Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, enjoy a free day to explore Cusco at leisure or take the optional full day tour to the beautiful ‘Sacred Valley’ (not included). The ‘Sacred Valley’ tour involves a pick up from your hotel at 8:00am. This is a full day excursion to the Urubamba Valley visiting the colourful Indian market in Pisac, where you will be able to appreciate the mixture of colour and tradition. Here you will have the opportunity to test your bartering skills, interact with the local craftsmen and purchase hand-made souvenirs. After Pisac travel to Urubamba, and continue on to Ollantaytambo, the oldest continuously occupied town on the American continent. The narrow streets of Ollantaytambo, along with their canals, have not changed much from the time of the Inca Empire. The last visit will be the Chinchero market. Chinchero is believed to be the mythical birthplace of the rainbow. Its major claim to tourism is its colourful Sunday market, which is much less tourist-orientated than the market at Pisac. At the end of the tour, return to the Plaza de Armas in Cusco at approximately 6:30pm. The night will be free for you to eat in a restaurant of your choice.

Casa Andina Classic, Cusco Plaza Meals included: Breakfast

Depart Cusco at 9:00am. First stop is Maras to visit the salt mines. The salt mines display a bizarre spectacle of beauty. Located on a wide-open hill above the Urubamba Valley, a natural salt-water stream runs underground. Since pre-Incan times, they have been evaporating the salty water from this stream in order to obtain the salt that gets left behind. How it works: The highly salty water emerges at a spring, a natural outlet of the underground stream. The flow is directed into an intricate system of tiny channels constructed so that the water runs gradually down onto the several hundred ancient terraced ponds. The water, which is exposed to the sun, leaves salt on the land. Viewed from the peak, the myriad of rectangles look like an enormous painting designed by nature. After the salt mines, continue on a short distance to the Moray ruins. The ruins are composed of three colosseums used by the Incas as a sort of open-air crop laboratory. The colosseums consist of several enormous terraced circular depressions, the largest of which is about 30m/98ft deep. The purpose of these depressions are uncertain but their depth and orientation with respect to wind and sun, creates a temperature difference of as much as 15 °C/27 °F between the top and bottom. This large temperature difference was possibly used by the Incas to study the effects of different climatic conditions on crops. The terraces are arranged in concentric circles and are reminiscent of an ancient Greek theatre. In the afternoon, return to your hotel in Cusco.

Casa Andina Classic, Cusco Plaza Meals included: Breakfast

Be picked up at 8:00am to head to the train station. The train leaves at approximately 11:30am (time may change depending on availability and changes to timetable). After a 3.5-hour journey of majestic views, arrive at Aguas Calientes (Hot Springs Town) to spend the night. There will be plenty of time to relax and enjoy a hot bath in the natural springs (not included).

Casa Andina Classic, Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu) Meals included: Breakfast

Rise early for breakfast. A guide will pick you up from your hotel at 5:40am to begin the short bus journey to the gates of Machu Picchu where you will watch the sunrise. After entering the Citadel begin the guided walking tour (approximately two hours). After this experience, enjoy some free time to explore the mysterious city at leisure. This afternoon, meet your guide in Aguas Calientes for lunch (not included). Be transferred to the train station and begin the journey back to Cusco via Ollantaytambo.

Casa Andina Classic, Cusco Plaza Meals included: Breakfast

Today enjoy a free day in Cusco to explore at your own pace or take part in the optional half day tour to the South Valley (not included) visiting the following sites: Tipon, Pikillaqta, and Andahuayllas. Tour departs early in the morning at 7:45am.

Casa Andina Classic, Cusco Plaza Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, be picked up from the hotel at 6:20am and droped to the Bus station to travel to Puno, a great bus trip stopping at several interesting sites along the way. Andahuyalillas is one of the most beautiful examples of Andean popular religious art; Raqchi (Wiracocha God Temple), an Incan church of monumental dimensions; 100 meters long, 26 meters wide and 14 meters high; and La Raya: the half-way point between Cusco and Puno and also the highest point (4335 meters above sea level). The landscapes here are stunning and typical Andean animals like the llama, alpaca and vicuña are common sights. Also visit Pukara, the most important and oldest ceremonial centre of the altiplano, and enjoy a delicious buffet lunch in Sicuani. Upon arrival at the bus station in Puno (approximately 5:00pm) be transferred to your hotel where you will spend the night and meet your guide who will welcome you and provide you some extra information for the following days activities.

Casa Andina Classic, Puno Tikarani Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch

After breakfast, between 7.00am to 7:30am, transfer from the hotel to the port of Puno where you will board the motorboat for the floating Uros Islands, which are located 25 minutes from the port of Puno. This is one of 65 small floating islands that exist today. You will visit two different islands and the guide will explain a little about the history and lifestyle of the people who have lived on these islands for many years, and you will also have the opportunity to talk with the people of these islands and visit their homes to learn a little about their lifestyle. Afterwards, sail to Taquile Island (approximately two hours). The island is a traditional Quechua speaking community, full of ancient agricultural terraces and some ruins dating back to the pre-Inca times. The Taquile population was relatively isolated from the mainland until 1950s and the importance of community and family is still very strong. When you reach the island, walk up along a narrow path, enjoying impressive views of Lake Titicaca and seeing gorgeous traditional houses inhabited by the direct descendants of the Incan Culture. Have some free time to explore the Island on your own and afterwards meet the group for lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, head down to the harbour to take a one-hour boat ride to the peninsula Chucuito, South of the city of Puno, where the Luquina Karina community is located. Luquina Karina has remained relatively untouched and tourism is a new concept here - the inhabitants are very willing to receive visitors in their community, and be warm ly received by the families, who will take you to their homes to spend the night.

Traditional Homestay, Luquina Island Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch

Today enjoy breakfast with the host family, and then participate in the local activities such as farming. After lunch, say goodbye to the local family and go down to the harbour for your boat. Afterwards sail towards Puno (approximately two hours) and arrive back in Puno at approximately 5:00pm.

Casa Andina Classic, Puno Tikarani Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch

After breakfast, transfer to Juliaca airport (approximately one hour) in order to fly to Lima where you will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the evening is free at leisure.

Casa Andina Classic Miraflores Centro, Lima Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, enjoy the whole day in Lima free at leisure to explore at your own pace, before departing the following day.

Casa Andina Classic Miraflores Centro, Lima Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast enjoy your last day at leisure before transferring to the airport for the flight back to Australia via Santiago, Chile. Please note: if your flight departs early, breakfast will be arranged for pick up from the hotel reception the night before.

Meals included: Breakfast

Meals included: In-Flight

Itinerary - 2

After breakfast, say goodbye to Puno and transfer to the bus station to travel back to Cusco. Upon arrival be greeted for a transfer to the accommodation. The remainder of the day will be at leisure.

Casa Andina Classic, Cusco Plaza Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, a transfer will be arranged from the hotel (approximately 8:40am) to the airport for your flight to Puerto Maldonado. Upon arrival (approximately 11:35am), transfer the ten minutes to Puerto Maldonado headquarters. While enjoying your first taste of the jungle, pack only the necessary gear for your next few days, and leave the rest in a provided safe deposit. Skirting Puerto Maldonado, drive 20 kilometres to the Tambopata River Port, entering the Native Community of Infierno. Shortly after take a 2.5 hour boat ride from the Tambopata Port to Refugio Amazonas, this will travel past the Community of Infierno and the Tambopata National Reserve's checkpoint and into the buffer zone of this 1.3 million hectare conservation unit. At night travel the river’s edge, scanning the shores with headlamps and flashlights to catch the red gleams of reflection from caiman eyes.

Refugio Amazonas Lodge, Puerto Maldonado Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Paddle around the lake on a canoe or a catamaran, looking for lakeside wildlife such as hoatzin, caiman and horned screamers, hoping to see the otters, which are infrequently seen here. Macaws may also be seen flying overhead. A 30 minute walk will lead to the 25m Canopy Tower, a staircase providing an excellent vantage over the forest towards the Tambopata National Reserve. Along this trail, find a variety of plants and trees that are used by the local population with at least the same variety of purposes. Learn about the medicinal (and other) uses of Ajo-Sacha, Yuca de Venado, Uña de Gato, Charcot-Sacha, Para-Para, among several others. Nightly lectures by the staff of Refugio Amazona's cover conservation threats, opportunities and projects in the Tambopata National Reserve.

Refugio Amazonas Lodge, Puerto Maldonado Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

A 15-minute boat ride and 60 minute walk from Refugio Amazonas is a clay lick used both by parrots and parakeets. With luck, spot Mealy and Yellow-crowned Amazons, Blue-headed Pionus, Severe macaw and Orange-cheeled (Barraband's) parrot. A few minutes hike from the lodge is a beautiful old growth patch of Brazil Nut forest that has been harvested for decades. Here, see remains of a camp used two months a year by Brazil Nut gatherers. See a demonstration of the harvesting process. Further along 20 minutes from the Refugio Amazonas is the peccary clay lick. This is where wild rain forest pigs show up in herds to eat clay in the late morning. Take the chance to spot them along with deer, guan or parakeets. Have the option of hiking out at night, when most of the mammals are active but difficult to see.

Refugio Amazonas Lodge, Puerto Maldonado Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

After breakfast retrace the river and road journey back to Puerto Maldonado, and then onto the airport for a flight back to Lima. On arrival to Lima airport a transfer will be arranged to the hotel.

Casa Andina Classic Miraflores Centro, Lima Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, enjoy the whole day in Lima free at leisure before departing the following day.

Casa Andina Classic Miraflores Centro, Lima Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, enjoy some more leisure time before transferring to the airport for your flight back to Australia. Please note: if your flight departs early, breakfast will be arranged for pick up from the hotel reception the night before.

Meals included: Breakfast

Meals included: In-Flight

Tour Inclusions

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  • Admire Colonial architecture on a tour of historic Lima
  • Explore the 'Imperial City' of Cusco
  • Discover the ancient salt mines of Maras
  • Visit the ancient Inca Ruins of Moray
  • Stay in Aguas Calientes 'hot springs town'
  • Witness the spectacular Andes Mountains
  • Tour the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu
  • Enjoy a guided tour of Pukara and Raqch’i
  • Explore the fascinating Uros floating islands
  • Marvel at impressive Lake Titicaca
  • Visit traditional villages on Taquile Island
  • Enjoy a boat trip across Lake Titicaca
  • Visit ancient Inca monuments
  • Return international flights (economy class) departing SYD/MEL/BNE/ADL
  • 12 nights hotel accommodation
  • 1 night traditional homestay on Luquina Island
  • Enjoy 16 meals including daily breakfast
  • Professional English-speaking tour leader
  • Airlines taxes and surcharges
  • Transportation by A/C vehicles
  • Return train tickets to Machu Picchu with Inca Rail Company
  • Return bus tickets from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
  • Return airport transfers
    All of the above, plus the following;
  • 2 x internal flights: Cusco to Puerto Maldonado and Puerto Maldonado to Lima
  • 4 day guided Peruvian Amazon Jungle Experience to Puerto Maldonado
  • 1 night pre-tour hotel accommodation in Cusco
  • 3 nights in a traditional Amazon Jungle lodge
  • 10 additional meals including three meals daily in the Amazon
  • Visit the native village community of Infierno in Tambopata National Reserve
  • Take a boat ride down the amazing Amazon River
  • Enjoy a night time boat trip looking for the Caiman
  • Canoe on Oxbow Lake; search for macaws, hoatzin, horned screamers and otters
  • Take a canopy walk to search for bird life
  • Enjoy a Ethnobotanical tour and local farm visit
  • Visit a parrot clay lick and mammal clay lick to see tropical birds and Amazon deer
  • Tour a Brazil nut forest
  • Enjoy a night jungle walk; see nocturnal flora and fauna
  • Experience the incredible sounds of the jungle

Customer Reviews

We had the most amazing holiday to Peru and the Amazon. What a trip! To sum it up, each day got "better and better". Trip a Deal really know how to put a top quality, value for money package together. Definitely going to travel with them again.

Monique S, QLD

We went to Peru on the twentieth of April with TripAdeal. It was the most brilliant trip. We had a homestay on Lake Titicaca and we were shown how to dance a wonderful folkloristic dance. Their fluid movements and genuine smiles says it all. Our stay with these people was so insightful. Peru has so much to offer, not just Machu Picchu.

Michael H, QLD

Important info

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BOOKING INFORMATION

After purchase, you will receive a receipt and a Purchase Confirmation email. You will also be directed to an online Passenger Information Form. You must complete your Passenger Information Form within 72 hours of purchase.

Any special requests, preferences and optional extras MUST be clearly stated in your Passenger Information Form. Any change requested after submitting your Passenger Information form cannot be guaranteed, is strictly subject to availability and will incur surcharges as outlined in the Schedule of Fees below.

On purchasing this Travel Offer you are bound by TripADeal’s standard Terms and Conditions in addition to the specific terms and conditions outlined in this Important Information. 

Please Note: all additional charges are payable direct to TripADeal (unless otherwise stated).

OFFER ESSENTIALS

Travel offer is valid for travel on selected dates until the 24th August 2018

Travel offer is valid for one person based on twin share

Single Traveller Supplement
For solo travellers a mandatory single supplement applies
- 16 Day Package: $950
- 20 Day Package: $1250

Departure Dates
2017
November: *16 (SOLD OUT)

2018
March: 9
April: 13
May: 11, 18
June: 15
August: 24

Surcharges
Please note: dates/months with a * incur a flight high season surcharge of $200 per person

Departure Cities
Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide

FLIGHTS

Airline(s) Used

LATAM Airlines, Qantas Airways, Air New Zealand plus any codeshare partners (subject to availability)

Arrive early in Lima
$200 per person, subject to availability
Please note:
- This fee does not include extra nights accommodation, meals or airport transfers
- No flight booking changes or cancellations permitted after air tickets have been issued
- Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking

Stay behind in Lima
$200 per person, subject to availability
Please note:
- This fee does not include extra nights accommodation, meals or airport transfers
- No flight booking changes or cancellations permitted after air tickets have been issued
- Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking

Stopover Packages (Pre Tour Only)
Twin share: $450 per person/each way
Solo Traveller: $750 each way
Locations:
* Santiago, Chile
Includes:
- 2 Nights in 4 star accommodation
- Daily breakfast
- Return airport transfers 
Please note: 
- An outbound and inbound stopover may be chosen; though the stopover location must be the same each way, due to the airline used
- Stopover packages are subject to availability
- Please note entry into Chile also requires the additional payment of a Chilean reciprocity fee at approximately $117 USD (subject to change) per person payable upon entry

Flight Class Upgrades
- Premium Economy: Not available
- Business Class: Starting from $7499*
Please note: 
- *Starting from quotes will be processed and returned for your consideration
- All Premium Economy and Business Class upgrades are subject to availability (if we are not able to fulfill your business class request the upgrade cost will be refunded)
- On any Cabin Upgrade purchase, short haul flights and domestic flight sectors are not guaranteed in Premium or Business cabin subject to aircraft configuration

ACCOMMODATION

Accommodation Used

STANDARD PACKAGE: 4 Star (self-rated)
- Miraflores, Lima: Casa Andina Classic Centro
- Cusco: Casa Andina Classic Cusco Plaza
- Aguas Calientes: Casa Andina Classic, Machu Picchu
- Puno: Casa Andina Classic Tikarani
- Luquina Island: Traditional Homestay (no star rating applicable)

WITH AMAZON EXTENSION: 4 Star (self-rated)
- Puerto Maldonado: Refugio Amazonas Lodge
*Please note: rooms offered are based on a lead-in room type, and are subject to availability based on seasonality. Properties will be confirmed, no later than two weeks prior to travel.

Extra Nights (Pre/Post Tour)
- Lima (Pre Tour): $200 per room including breakfast
Please note: extra nights are subject to availability until the time of booking. Airport transfers are not included if you wish to arrive early or stay behind

Maximum Room Capacity
3 people (subject to availability)

Child Policy
- No child discounts. Full price applies for all children travelling with their parents
- Strictly valid for Children/infants 12 years old and over
Please note: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years old and over to travel. No unaccompanied minors allowed

Triple Share
No discounts apply for 3rd person travelling. Full price applies, subject to availability

Bedding Configuration
Double or Twin bedding (subject to availability)

Adjoining Rooms
Subject to availability and at the hotels discretion. Please enquire on booking if you require this option

GENERAL TOUR INFORMATION

Minimum group size 16, maximum group size 36 per vehicle

Optional Tours / Activities
CUSCO:
Day 3: Half day City Tour: USD $30 (Approx. $40 AUD)
Day 4: Full Day Sacred Valley Tour: USD $45 (Approx. $60 AUD) 
Day 8: Half Day South Valley Tour: USD $40 (Approx. $55 AUD)
Please note: The Cusco City Tour and the Sacred Valley Tour have some entrance fees that are not included in the tour price. You can by a Cusco Tourist Ticket which will cover these fees and can be purchased directly through the land operator. General Ticket - $45 USD (approx. $61 AUD) (Recommended if you wish to participate in the Sacred Valley Tour). Partial Ticket - $25 USD (approx. $34 AUD) (Recommended if you wish to participate in the Cusco City Tour)

AGUAS CALIENTES:
Day 6: 
- Thermal Baths (Hot Springs): $5 USD (Approx. $7 AUD)
- Manuel Chávez Ballón Museum entry: $10 USD (Approx. $14 AUD)

LIMA:
Day 13: The Magic Water Circuit at night (3 hours): USD $30 (Approx. $40 AUD)
* Be amazed with the largest electronic water fountains complex in the world, certified by the Guinness Book of Records.
Please Note:
- prices are based on per person, are subject to availability, time permitting and weather conditions, and are payable direct to the tour operator in the currency specified
- Some tours require minimum numbers to operate

EXCLUSIONS

- Visa fees and requirements (A visa for Peru is not required if travelling on an Australian passport)
- Meals/beverages not stated in the itinerary
- Recommended gratuities/tipping approx. 25 sols (approx. $10 AUD) per person/day
- Optional activities/tours
- Personal expenses
- Travel insurance (Strongly recommended)
*** Please Note: A comprehensive travel Insurance policy must be organised BEFORE all details can be finalised with TripADeal.

OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

Altitude

You will reach an altitude of 12,500m above sea level.

COACH TOUR:
Meals:

Daily breakfast is included in the tour, for all other meals; lunches and dinners the tour manager will offer assistance with reservations, suggestions and directions to local restaurants. You can also enquire about any allergies and food and if necessary advise meals to be to be prepared with any medication you require.

Luggage:
You will be responsible for all your personal belongings whilst on the tour. With regards to luggage, you must carry your own luggage from the coach to the hotel room and back to the coach. The driver will assist with the uploading and offloading of their luggage from the coach.

Gratuities:
Gratuities (tips) are not included in the tour price for services of the tour manager and driver throughout the tour. The recommended tip for the tour manager and driver is 25 sols (approx. $10 AUD) per person per day, which will be collected by the tour manager whilst on tour.

Fitness Level Required / Mobility:
Our coaches are not equipped with wheelchair access, so unfortunately our tours are currently not suitable for wheelchair users and those less mobile. 
Please note; a moderate level of fitness will be required. If you have any concerns please consult your healthcare provider prior to purchase/travel.

VISAS

A Tourist visa for Peru is not required if travelling on an Australian passport.
Please Note: Customers choosing the Stopover package post-tour will require to pay a Chilean Reciprocity Fee of approximately $117 USD (subject to change) per person paid at airport customs in Chile. This fee is paid in US dollars and we recommend customers carry sufficient US dollars in cash to pay this fee as credit card facilities may be unavailable. This does not affect customers who do not choose the stopover package.
****Please start arranging your visa at least 3 weeks prior to departure to account for any delays due to consulate operating hours
Please Note: Passengers who are not Australian citizens must check with the respective consulate or a visa agency to determine what their visa requirements are and what personal identification is required

INSURANCE

TripADeal is proud to offer a range of travel insurance products in partnership with My Travel Insurance

SCHEDULE OF FEES

Voluntary Changes

This includes booking changes requested by you, including but not limited to those changes requiring airline ticket or receipt of purchase reissue
· 1st Change - $100.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider
· 2nd Change - $150.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider
· Subsequent changes - $250.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider
· Changes within 30 days of departure $350.00 person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider
· Changes within 14 days of departure $500.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider

Name Changes Due To Passenger Error
· If the incorrect name has been advised to TripADeal, charges of $150.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/ cruise company/ other travel provider will apply
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