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OVERVIEW

Solos Only

This journey is for solo travellers looking for the trip of a lifetime, on a small group experience!

Discover all the wonders of Peru.  Arrive to Lima, a town rich in ancient history for an overnight stay. Next, take off with a stunning short flight over the Andes to arrive to Cusco, the archeological capital of the Americas. From here transfer to the Sacred Valley for your marvellous discovery of Inca history and continuing on for the highlight visit to Machu Picchu, ‘The Lost City of the Incas’, one of the Seven Wonders of the World.  

From your Machu Pichu discovery return to the charming town of Cusco for a relaxing three night stay, with visits including prominent archeological sites and free time to soak up all the delights of this beautiful Andean town. Then, onto the altiplano, as you make your way to Lake Titicaca with visits to Taquile and Uros Islands. From the lake, travel to a new landscape – the volcanic terrain of Arequipa and the stunning region of the Colca Canyon before heading back to Lima with a flight from Arequipa to the capital.  Finish your exploration of Peru, with a city tour of the capital including the Larco museum.  And, ending on a high a gastronomic tour in Lima, showcasing the food of Peru.

OPTIONAL EXTENSION: AMAZON JUNGLE
Have some more time. Join our optional 4 day / 3 night visit to Peru’s Amazon jungle.

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PACKAGE DETAILS
  • Ages:
    40+
  • Duration:
    14 Days
  • Status:
    Early bird offer
  • Region:
    South America
  • Destinations:
    Peru
  • Travel Style:
    Discovery
  • Accommodation:
    Hotels
  • Prices from:
    AUD $6475 @ early bird, tour with your own room
  • Transport:
    Minivan,Train,Air,Boat
  • Pace:
    3
  • Max Group Size:
    14
REVIEWS

'I would highly recommend a holiday with Encounter Travel. My trip was well organised and the co-ordinator was fun and helpful and full of energy. I met some great people of all walks of life. There is a good mix of organised activities and free time. I had a blast.'

Linda, Victoria

'Thank you for your organisation of a great holiday. As a first time traveller with Encounter, I didn't know what to expect. The Red Centre is indescribably beautiful and should be on every Australians' bucket list. We saw every sensational attraction in just the right order - each new experience was more incredible than the last. Thank you for recruiting such a great group of people for my travelling companions. The hotels were clean and very comfortable and it was a pleasure to be transported across such an amazing landscape so comfortably. I learnt so much about our wonderful country and wished I had done such a trip years earlier.'

Sarah, 52 years, Sydney, Australia
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INCLUSIONS

 ACCOMMODATION & MEALS

  • 13 nights
  • 13 breakfasts
  • 6 lunches including 2 highlight lunches
  • 3 dinners including 1 highlight dinner

SIGHTSEEING & GUIDES

  • All entrance fees to sightseeing inclusions as per the itinerary
  • Tipping included for tour guides, drivers
  • English speaking locally based guides
  • English speaking tour director with groups of 8 or more 

TRAVEL

  • Vistadome train return journey from Cusco to the town of Aguas Calientes, Peru
  • Road travel by private air conditioned vehicle
  • Boat excursion, Lake Titicaca
  • One way airfare Lima to Cusco
  • One way airfare Arequipa to Lima 

ADDITIONAL SERVICES

  • Porterage in and out of hotels included where available
  • Small group, not more than 14 travellers

# Arrival & departure airport transfer provided for nominated tour flight, booked with us as part of your package.  

OPTIONAL AMAZON JUNGLE EXTENSION – INCLUSIONS

  • 3 night / 4 day package
  • All meals at your lodge
  • Sightseeing inclusions as per the itinerary
  • English speaking guide/s for excursions
  • To join extension, airport transfer day 14 from hotel to Lima airport

* airfare to the jungle is not included. It should be booked on your international airfare

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AUD $6475 @ early bird, tour with your own room
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Own Room

EARLY BIRD:  Discover Peru 14 Day Tour

AUD$6475

STANDARD: Discover Peru 14 Day Tour

AUD$6625

AMAZON JUNGLE EXTENSION (DAY 14 – 17)

4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS
includes Lima hotel to Lima Airport Transfer on day 14 of Discover Peru tour

Prices per person, AUD

Own Room

Amazon Jungle Extension 4 days / 3 nights  

AUD$1579

International airfares are additional. 

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Trip Code: PERU20-6

Itinerary

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Stay in the Sacred Valley of the Incas including a local handicraft market visit
  • Visit Chinchero, a small picturesque Andean village
  • See Sacred Valley Inca ruins from the 15th century
  • Take the Vistadome train journey to Aguas Calientes, Peru
  • Take in the incredible site of Machu Picchu with an expert guided tour
  • Discover colourful Cusco with guided tours, and enjoying free time to wander the streets of this charming town.
  • Some wonderful dining experiences showcasing Peruvian cuisine
  • Spend two nights at Lake Titicaca, Puno
  • Visit Colca Canyon including a visit to the National Reserve Salinas Aguada Blanca
  • Discover Arequipa with guided touring
  • Tour, Lima, the most important American city during colonial times
  • Enjoy the best of small group touring

PRE TOUR STAY OPTION:
We encourage travellers to arrive the day prior to the tour commencement. The cost of the additional hotel night of stay applies.  

DAY 1
Lima, PERU

Welcome to Lima, Peru! Get ready for an incredible discovery of Peru’s highlights. In the evening meet your tour guide and other travellers for a tour briefing and welcome drink.

Meals: n/a

DAY 2
Lima to Sacred Valley of the Incas

Today we take a short morning flight from Lima to Cusco. We make an early start so we can make the most of the day. Enjoy the view from the sky across the Andes. Arriving to Cusco, we transfer to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. On the way we visit Awana Kancha, where you can see all the local fauna including the various camelids; llamas, alpacas and vicuna. Then, onto the captivating Pisac Market, with an enchanting essence of the Andes.

HIGHLIGHT LUNCH
Today, the group enjoys a delicious lunch at a community restaurant; all income earned by the restaurant is used for local social projects, while ingredients are sourced from local farmers. The setting is impressive, and the food will leave you wanting for nothing more.

We arrive to our hotel to enjoy our next two nights in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. The evening is free for you to relax and enjoy the beautiful location of your hotel.

Meals:  Breakfast, Highlight Lunch 

DAY 3
Sacred Valley 

Today we visit Chinchero, a small picturesque Andean village and visit the home of a textile artisan, where you will see some of his original work and learn about his techniques, as well as the creative process. Then visit some significant Inca ruins dating from the end of the 15th century, as well as a beautiful traditional church.  Afterwards, on the road to Ollantaytambo, we stop for one of the best views of the Sacred Valley.

HIGHLIGHT LUNCH
Enjoy an unforgettable lunch in a top rated restaurant in the Sacred Valley. Experience some of the finest food in a superb setting, enjoying the essence of Peru.

Ollantaytambo, is one of the most representative building complexes of the Inca Empire and site of one of the Spanish Conquistadors' rare strategic defeats. Famous for its terraced fields, Ollantaytambo was a very effective fortress and religious centre. From the archaeological site, look down at the town and see its incredibly narrow streets and canals that have not changed since the Incas constructed them.

After a full day, we return to our hotel for a relaxed evening. 

Meals: Breakfast, Highlight Lunch 

DAY 4
Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu 

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. Today we visit to one of the most important tourist destinations in the world: Machu Picchu.

HIGHLIGHT EXPERIENCE
Awaiting you today is by far and away one of the high points in world tourism:  Machu Picchu archaeological site. The Vistadome train journey is an experience in itself, with stunning countryside scenery as you journey to the foot hills of Machu Picchu to arrive to the town of Aguas Calientes. 

Once there, we disembark the train to then then board a bus that makes the ascent to Machu Picchu, one of the Seven Modern Wonders of the World and UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site.  Take part in a guided tour, and of course take some of those iconic photos!

After our exciting morning, we enjoy a hosted lunch at a beautiful lodge at Machu Picchu.  Then return to Aguas Calientes for a free afternoon, giving you time to wander around and make your own discoveries.  In the evening, join together for dinner at our hotel.   

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

DAY 5
Aguas Calientes to Cusco, Peru

The morning is at leisure before we take a return train and travel to Cusco. The train journey takes us to Ollantaytambo Station, where you will be met and driven to your hotel in Cusco.

Cusco is located approximately 3400m about sea level and an enchanting town, packed with culture and Incan history. For some the altitude may require an adjustment, and we’ve not scheduled any activities for the rest of the day.

FREE TIME EXTRAS:

Return to Machu Picchu
For an early start take the option to return to Machu Picchu for your own time at leisure, returning in time for the return train. Must be booked prior to the final monies due date and subject to availability at the time of booking.

Meals: Breakfast 

DAY 6
Cusco, Peru 

This morning enjoy a half day tour of the city of Cusco and nearby archaeological sites.
Cusco, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site has a lot to take in.  The tour begins at the Koricancha Temple, an Incan palace and main centre for the worship of the sun god, Inti.  When the Spanish conquered Peru, the Dominican order built their church over this temple’s foundations – so stands today the church of Santo Domingo.

Your next destination is the main square, the Plaza de Armas and then continuing to the Sacsayhuaman Fortress, built of enormous stone blocks expertly shaped by the Incas.  How did the ancients move and place these gigantic stones?   Enjoy the view to Cusco from here. The tour continues with visits to the other significant archaeological sites: Kenko and Puca-Pucara.

Finally, you will visit the Inka's Expression art workshop, where you will appreciate how different Peruvian natural products are used (such as plants, fruits, vegetables among others) and you will discover their nutritional, curative and cosmetic properties.

There’s a free afternoon before joining together for dinner with a show.

Meals: Breakfast, Highlight Dinner

DAY 7
Cusco

A day at leisure. One of the loveliest of towns for a free day. In the evening why not find a local bar at try a local Pisco Sour, enjoy the crisp setting of this mountain town, steeped in cultural and tradition.

FREE TIME EXTRAS:
Optional Fine Dining Dinner, Cusco
Tonight, take the option to enjoy a beautiful a la carte fine dining experience.  The dinner is booked in advance with your tour guide.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8
Cusco – Puno (Lake Titicaca), PERU
   

You will be picked up from our hotel to make the journey to Puno. En route enjoy the magnificent scenery of the South Valley of Cusco.

First stop is Andahuaylillas, where you will find the church of San Pedro, a beautiful seventeenth century building that has an impressive organ, decorated with angels and cherubs. Then, visit the ruins of Raqchi, also known as The Temple of God Wiracocha. At the end of this visit, enjoy a delicious and typical lunch buffet at a local restaurant.

Then, head towards La Raya, the highest point between Cusco and Andahuaylillas, where you will make a brief stop to appreciate the landscape. Afterwards, head towards Pucara, where you will visit the town and museum of this Inca military construction, which also functioned as an administrative centre. The day comes to an end as you arrive to Puno and are transferred to your hotel for an evening of leisure.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch 

DAY 9
Taquili Island and Uros Islands, Lake Titicaca

The day begins early as you head out of the city of Puno to board a boat to visit islands of Lake Titica.  The sailing day is a shared service but with a private guide for our group.

Our first island is Taquili Island.  The culture on the island is old, dating back to Pre-Incan times. The islanders still live according to the traditions and beliefs of their ancestors and are world renowned for their lovely outfits and incredible textiles. In fact, UNESCO has declared the textile art of Taquile Island as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.

Next, while still on the island, you will visit the community of Huayllano, whose members will show you their handicraft, and farming activities. After this time of sharing, you will enjoy a traditional lunch and then sail over to the famous Uros Islands, a set of man-made floating islands in the middle of the Lake Titicaca National Reserve. Here, you will meet the islanders, hunters and gatherers and descendants of the first altiplano inhabitants, who still live on totora reed platforms. At the end of the trip you will be taken back to your hotel and the evening is at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch 

DAY 10
Puno to Colca Canyon
 

An early start to make our way from Puno to the Colca Valley. First stop is Lagunillas, where you will see migratory birds such as flamingos, Andean goose, ducks and Andean eagles (`Kara Kara`), then we continue to visit the National Reserve Salinas Aguada Blanca to see the beautiful vicuñas in their natural habitat. Then, to Patahuasi, and we make a short break before the descent to the Colca Valley. We arrive to Chivay to enjoy a delicious buffet lunch in a local restaurant then onto our hotel with the rest of the day at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 11
Colca Canyon to Arequipa
 

After breakfast, we leave early in the morning to start our visit to the Colca Valley and get to the Condor Cross, where you will have the best view of the canyon and if the weather allows it, you can appreciate the majestic flight of the condor which is the biggest bird in the world. On the return, before we visit the towns Maca and Yanque, you will appreciate the hanging tombs of Choquetico. Arriving to Chivay we stop for a buffet lunch in a local restaurant. After lunch, we go to Patapampa which is the highest point in the route whose altitude ascends up to 4900 metres above sea level and from this point we can see the Chila mountain range and the Ampato, Sabancaya, Hualca Hualca volcanoes as well as the snow-capped Mismi considered as the place where the Amazon River is born. Continuing the tour we will stop in Patahuasi and finally arriving to Arequipa at the end of the day.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 12
Arequipa
 

After breakfast we head out for a half day city tour walking around Arequipa.  We head to the historic centre and start the tour with a walk through the main square, as well as main streets of the city. You will visit the San Francisco church and the Third Order, appreciating its beautiful facades and interior architecture. Then, you will head to the Santa Catalina Monastery, founded in 1580, where you can appreciate its cloisters, picturesque streets and squares, which have remained intact over the centuries. From the end of the tour, transfer back to our hotel. We head out to enjoy dinner at a local Peruvian restaurant, featuring regional food.  

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 13 
Arequipa to Lima   

Today we take a flight Arequipa to Lima (included in your tour price). Arriving to Lima there’s a half day city tour.  We visit the modern and colonial parts of the city of Lima, "The City of Kings", starting with the districts of Miraflores and San Isidro and onto the historical centre.  Visit the the Plaza Mayor, surrounded by the Government Palace, the Archbishop's Palace, the City Hall and the Cathedral. Then visit the Larco Museum, which houses the unsurpassed private collection of Treasures of Ancient Peru with more than five thousand years of history of Ancient Peru through more than 45,000 pieces.

FREE TIME EXTRAS:
Tonight, the option to experience some of Lima’s finest food, highlighting the best of Peruvian cuisine. The dinner is booked in advance with your tour guide.

Meals: Breakfast 

DAY 14
Lima, PERU 

Enjoy a buffet breakfast at the hotel.

FREE TIME EXTRAS: 
Later this morning, a Gastronomic highlight experience. The most representative flavours of Peruvian gastronomy are waiting for you. Embark on an unforgettable culinary adventure, beginning your tour at a typical Peruvian market. There you will find a variety of national ingredients, among which you will find traditional Peruvian fruit like cherimoya, lucuma and aguaymanto. Then, visit an exclusive restaurant in Lima where you will learn to prepare pisco sour and ceviche, two great representatives of the Peruvian flavour. Finally, enjoy a delicious lunch with Peru’s most important dishes.

Late check out at your hotel is arranged as part of this itinerary and your touring services come to an end in the afternoon.

Meals: Breakfast

AMAZON JUNGLE EXTENSION (DAY 14 – 17)
4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS

The extension package suits an independent traveller, and is not escorted with a tour director. It is not private group touring, and services included are shared by other guests at the Amazon lodge.

Puerto Maldonado, in the Southern Peruvian rainforest near the Bolivian and Brazilian borders,  is the gateway to one of the world’s most remote and extraordinary tropical environments. Your journey will take you to the heart of the Tambopata National Reserve, where you will experience magnificent beauty in the sounds, scents, colours and solitude of the rainforest. You will find yourself surrounded by a vast environment, connecting with nature in an entirely new way.

Below is a suggested itinerary for your visit to the Amazon but there are options to pick and choose activities as you please, decided when you arrive to the lodge.

DAY 14
Lima – Amazon Jungle, Peru

This morning, transfer to Lima airport for a short flight to Puerto Maldonado. You will be picked up and welcomed in Puerto Maldonado and from the first moment you will feel the spell of the jungle, taking a boat tide for 45 minutes up the Madre de Dios River to the Inkaterra Amazon Reserve.
After a short introduction, enjoy lunch with ingredients from the region. After lunch enjoy a nice tea while meeting with your guide to discuss and choose your excursions during your stay.

On your first day, it’s recommendation to take a guided walk through the rainforest on the trail network that surrounds the lodge. Here you will discover the beauty, complexity and fragility of the ecosystem and will have the opportunity to bird watch. For your first evening, a night river excursion is a good option. You witness the transformation from the daytime world to the nighttime world. Birds and other daytime animals begin to settle down for the night and give way to the species specially adapted for nocturnal life. Be alert for the appearance of nightjars, owls, capybaras and large caimans. Later you will enjoy dinner served in the main dining room and you can head back to your cabin early or join a talk about the experience of living in the jungle.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

DAY 15
Amazon Jungle, Peru 

If you are an early riser or prefer to sleep in, you can choose a plan for the day that fits your preference.  In any case the day begins with a lovely breakfast buffet.

During the morning you can take an excursion to Lake Sandoval in the Tambopata National Reserve. Paddle in a wooden canoe on the lake, home to many endangered species, such as the Giant River Otter, Red Howler Monkeys, Red-bellied Macaw, anacondas and the Yellow-spotted Sideneck Turtle. Head back to your lodge for lunch. In the afternoon the recommendation is to visit the Inkaterra Canopy, a 29 meters tall observation tower where you can see many species that live in the high canopy of the forest. Next you can take the Anaconda Hike, where you will walk for 30 minutes along 200 metres of wooden bridges over the marsh, looking for anacondas. If you wish, you can extend the excursion to watch the sunset in one of the canopy towers. Once back at the lodge you will have the opportunity to see a nature presentation in the Eco Centre, followed by dinner. 

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

DAY 16
Amazon Jungle, Peru

After breakfast explore the jungle for an hour and a half, following the Gamitana Ravine, home to piranhas, caimans, turtles and birds, until arriving to Sanipanga. Float on the river and enjoy the abundant flora and fauna of the tropical jungle. Visit Gamitana, a model ranch of the Amazon. Return to your lodge for lunch. After lunch, you will go on an excursion to Hacienda Concepción, with the possibility to see more than 200 different species of plants and learn about their uses and benefits. Next, take a 30-minute canoe ride to look for turtles, nightjars and exotic herons. Your excursion continues into the night with a night walk on the Ecological Reserve trail network around the lodge. You will enter the secondary forest and experience the mystery of animal activity that awakens in the jungle at sunset. Listen to the nocturnal sounds of the forest and discover species that only emerge in the darkness of the night. Return to the lodge for dinner and time at leisure.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 17
Amazon Jungle to Lima 

Enjoy a full breakfast before departing the Amazon.   It’s a 45-minute boat ride on the Madre de Dios River, back to Puerto Maldonado where you will visit the Butterfly House before departing the Amazon. Peru has the largest variety of butterflies in the world, with 3,700 known species. Then take your return flight to Lima. Connect with your onward flight or consider options to extend your stay in Lima.

Meals: Breakfast

 

Itineraries may be subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. IF there is any itinerary change prior to departure of significance we aim to inform you prior to travel.  Itinerary changes while on tour will be informed by your tour leader/guide while on tour. 

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ACCOMMODATION

HOTELS

Destination

Hotel Name

Nights
of Stay

Lima

AC Hotel Lima Miraflores

1

Sacred Valley

Sonesta Posada del Inca

2

Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu)

El Mapi by Inkaterra

1

Cusco

Xima Cusco

3

Puno, Lake Titicaca

Casa Andina Standard

2

Colca Canyon

Colca Lodge

1

Arequipa

Casa Andina Standard

2

Lima

Casa Andina Select Miraflores

1

Hotels may be subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. Should this occur, a hotel of a similar standard will be provided.

AMAZON EXTENSION TOUR – 4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS

Destination

Hotel Name

Nights
of Stay

Puerto Maldonado

Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica

3

AC Hotel Lima Miraflores, Lima

Xima Hotel, Cusco

Sonesta Posada del Inca Yucay

Sonesta Posada del Inca, Yucay, Sacred Valley

Colca Lodge, Colca Canyon

El Mapi by Inkaterra, Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu)

Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica, Puerto Maldonado

AC HOTEL LIMA MIRAFLORES, LIMA
AC Lima Hotel, a 4.5 star Marriott property enjoys an unbeatable location at Malecón de la Reserva, with stunning ocean views of Miraflores. Conveniently located next to LarcoMar, an upscale shopping centre with a vast variety of dining, shopping and entertainment options, A few minutes' walk from our AC Hotel Lima Miraflores will take you to popular attractions such as Kennedy Park, the Indigenous Market, where beautiful handcrafts can be bought and most of the restaurants of the local gastronomic boom. In summer, beautiful sunsets are part of the hotel’s landscape.

Guest Room Experience: Featuring cable TV, Netflix and local entertainment. Rooms are equipped with a full bathroom suite, telephone, hairdryer, and air-conditioning. All of our rooms feature high speed Internet and complimentary minibar and bath amenities in all rooms. The hotel has a smoke-free policy.

HOTEL SONESTA POSADAS DEL INCA, YUCAY, SACRED VALLEY
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.

EL MAPI BY INKATERRA, AGUAS CALIENTES
A superior 3 star hotel, Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel is an intimate Andean village with terraced hills, waterfalls, stone pathways and 81 whitewashed adobe casitas tucked away in the cloud forest. Member of National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World, the property has 12 acres of exquisite natural beauty, where 214 bird species – such as the golden-headed quetzal and the iconic Andean cock-of-the-rock – and the world’s largest native orchid collection (372 species) have been registered.

There is  the Unu Spa, which combines the classic nurturing with a mystical Andean approach. Natural products are derived from local botanical extracts (mint, eucalyptus and orchids), thus providing a pleasing spiritual, sensual and soothing experience. The first-class restaurant features stunning views of Vilcanota River, and shares the secrets of Peruvian cuisine with a contemporary twist. 

XIMA HOTEL, CUSCO
A 4 star property, The Xima Cusco Hotel is a short walk from the main square of Cusco and just opposite the largest handicraft market in the city. It offers modern rooms with buffet breakfast included. All rooms are equipped with a flat-screen LCD TV with cable channels and some have a balcony. Free wired internet is available in all areas. The spa of the Xima Cusco Hotel offers special treatments and relaxing massages in a unique environment, using elements and special techniques of the Inca culture that revitalize the body, mind and spirit. It has a sauna, a hot tub and a special oxygen room.  The Atrium Café has beautiful water features and Wi-Fi. 

CASA ANDINA STANDARD, PUNO
A comfortable and nice hotel with spacious public areas, including a living room with a fireplace and a patio and a convenient location in the main square. Among the services offered are breakfast, free WiFi and an ATM. Rooms have a desk, safety box, LCD TV, shower, free WiFi. 

Wi-Fi: free

COLCA LODGE, COLCA CANYON
Built on the banks of the River Colca and surrounded by hundreds of pre-Inca agricultural terraces that have been declared a Peruvian National Heritage. 

It's design inspired by the old pre-Inca structures, Colca Lodge employs earth, stone and straw in its construction to create a magical environment where the rooms are connected with the gardens which, in turn, shade into the adjacent crop-fields without the use of dividing structures such as walls or hedges. There is full contact with nature without sacrificing the comfort of this rural environment far from civilization - with the exception of television, whose moderate use is limited to the area of the bar and relaxation spaces. An additional attraction of the privileged location of Colca Lodge is that guests have relaxing thermal springs, unique in Peru, at their permanent disposal. The four pools, which have different temperatures and contain water rich in lithium, are located in completely natural surroundings where the magic of the elements takes on an extraordinary dimension.

CASA ANDINA STANDARD, AREQUIPA
A classic and well located hotel just a few blocks from the Plaza de Armas and a brief walk from the Monasterio of Santa Catalina.  All rooms are non-smoking.  Rooms have a desk, radio/alarm clock, safety box and free WiFi. 

Wi-Fi: free

CASA ANDINA SELECT MIRAFLORES, LIMA
A four star comfortable hotel with a fully equipped fitness room as well as sauna, jacuzzi and hair salon. Room amenities include; desk, iPod port and alarm clock, mini bar (empty), coffee kit, digital safety box, Iron & ironing board, hair dryer, bathtub. La Plaza restaurant combines tradition with the exquisite local ingredients. Guests will enjoy a tasty and varied breakfast buffet with seasonal fruits, cereals, select hams, cheeses, and eggs. The restaurant is open 6am to 11pm.

Wi-Fi: free  

INKATERRA RESERVA AMAZÓNICA
An eco-luxury lodge in front of Madre de Dios River, Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica has 35 wooden cabanas inspired in the Ese’Eja culture. Pristine, remote and yet easily accessible. Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica is adjacent to the lush Tambopata National Reserve, where the Madre de Dios river meanders through the Southern Peru rainforest region, known as the Biodiversity Capital of Peru. A welcoming haven situated at the heart of a 17,000 hectare (42,008-acre) private ecological reserve, only a 25-minute flight from Cusco.

The property offers a varied selection of à-la-carte excursions, including a visit to the Inkaterra Canopy Walkway, a bridge system at 30 metrrs above the ground, allowing adventurers to enjoy a privileged view of the Amazon. In 2013, Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica was selected by National Geographic Traveler magazine among the world’s 25 best eco-lodges.

Superior cabanas offer creature comforts in these wooden cabañas, topped by a high thatched-palm roof. Stay in a twin bedroom with canopy mosquito net, outfitted with 100% cotton sheets and hypoallergenic pillows. For your added comfort, plush bathrobes and Andean rubber slippers are supplied. Soak up in the soothing and spacious bathroom with independent shower and toilet, hot water, large towels, and a complete set of ecologically friendly toiletries. Put your feet up and loosen up on the hammock of the screened siesta area. Cabanas offer umbrellas, flashlights and kerosene lamps, ceiling fan, citronella candles and an electric outlet.


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GETTING THERE

Arrive to: Lima, Peru
Depart from: Lima, Peru 

You must hold a valid passport with a minimum of six 6 months validity from your return date to your home country. Ensure you have at least two blank pages in your passport. See 'VISA' information in our MORE INFORMATION section of our website.

HOTEL CHECK IN /CHECK OUT TIMES
Consider the hotel check in time on arrival and the hotel check out time on departure.
Early check in or late check out can be requested but without payment cannot be guaranteed. As a guide, hotel check in times are not generally before 2pm or sometimes 3pm and hotel check out times are by 11am or 12 midday.

TRANSFERS FOR NOMINATED TOUR FLIGHT
If you book the nominated group tour flight with us, airport transfers on arrival to Lima are included for day 1 of the tour and one day prior to the tour commencement date. The departure transfer on the final day of the tour is include, and also for all travellers that end their tour with the extension to  the Amazon.

Other Flights
If you have booked your flights with us but it is not the nominated tour flight/s, a transfer service fee applies.
If you have not booked flights with us, you can book airport transfers with us and a service fee applies.

Please ask our travel team about transfers at the time of booking. 
For transfers arranged with us, a local representative will meet you on arrival at the airport in Lima, and you are transferred to the group hotel.

DETAILS

Read on for other key trip information that you should know before you decide on joining the group.

TRIP AVAILABILITY
If this trip seems right for you then we encourage you to book early and secure your place with a deposit.  Tour space is limited. Also, many services on this tour must be booked well in advance. To ensure your place, please check trip availability at your earliest convenience.

FELLOW TRAVELLERS 
You will enjoy this group experience with a maximum of 14 travellers. This is a Solos Only tour, exclusively for single-solo travellers.

THE PACE - MEDIUM [3 out of 5]
A moderate to faster pace. There are some days with early starts and full days of touring.  The nights of stay at each destination are either 1, 2 or 3 nights (refer to the tour map for details).

A reasonable level of fitness or more is recommended for joining this tour.  You should be able to walk for up to 5 kilometres on uneven ground and climb several flights of stairs. You must be able to carry your own bags, as porter service may not always be available at all hotels. 

Fit to Travel Holiday Requirements
Travellers of 70 years or over will be required to return a Fit to Travel form that is completed by their doctor. 

Touring Physical Requirements
Touring is exciting and diverse and the best way to enjoy your travels is to be sure that you meet the minimum physical requirements required for touring.

In many destinations while touring could be walking on uneven surfaces such as cobble stoned streets, need to climb steep staircases, and/or walk up hills to reach attractions. Also, in some cities tourist transport has limited options for coach drop offs and pick ups and this may mean that travellers are required to walk some distance to reach attractions or hotels, even up to 15 minutes.

Some touring may not be suitable for travellers with mobility issues and/or low fitness levels.  If unsure about your suitability for the trip please contact us to seek further advice. 

ABOUT THE MEALS   
It’s regular that our trips include welcome dinners and farewell dinners for our groups. In addition, we include other group dining experiences to ensure that everyone can enjoy the benefit of travelling and dining as a group.  There’s nothing better than to share a meal with new friends and discuss the day’s adventures.

Please be sure to advise us at the time of booking of any special dietary requirements. We always do our best to accommodate special diet needs and in most cases, special dietary needs can be met. However, in some destinations the variety of choice for certain special diets may be limited. If you are concerned please check with us before you book.

Highlight Dinners
The itinerary includes a number of highlight dining experiences, dining at local restaurants and some meals at our hotels. 

TOUR DIRECTOR
A tour direct the tour is best suited to independent style travelleres are a tour escort does not join the group. Rather, local guides are used in each destination and travel between each place of stay is without a tour escort.

LOCAL GUIDES
This is a private group tour with English speaking locally based guides for each destination. A tour escort does not join the group.

TRANSPORT
Transport includes road, air, train and boat travel.

LUGGAGE INFORMATION AND RESTRICTIONS
COACH TOURING: Maximum checked luggage allowance is a maximum weight of 20kg (40lbs).  Luggage is limited to one medium size suitcase per person, the sum of its length/width and depth not to exceed 140cm (56") plus an overnight bag (airline bag size) which may be carried on board the vehicle. If your luggage exceeds this limit, we ask that you make alternative arrangements for the excess to be forwarded to the termination point of your tour. We suggest you have wheels on your suitcase, as there are certain places where assistance is not available.

TRAIN: On the train journey to/from Machu Picchu allowable passenger carryon bags must not exceed 5kg and restricted to sizes 157cm (length + width + height) - any luggage not meeting the measurements cannot be taken aboard.

AIRLINES: As a guide, for internal flights in South America, maximum 1 piece of checked luggage not exceeding 23 kilograms. For specific airline luggage restrictions, refer to your ticket terms. 

TRAVEL GUIDE QUICK FACTS
Visit our Travel Guide PERU and BRAZIL page on our website for destination information. You may also view our Destination Highlights: PERU and BRAZIL.

TRAVELLER REVIEWS

'I would highly recommend a holiday with Encounter Travel. My trip was well organised and the co-ordinator was fun and helpful and full of energy. I met some great people of all walks of life. There is a good mix of organised activities and free time. I had a blast.'

Linda, Victoria

'Thank you for your organisation of a great holiday. As a first time traveller with Encounter, I didn't know what to expect. The Red Centre is indescribably beautiful and should be on every Australians' bucket list. We saw every sensational attraction in just the right order - each new experience was more incredible than the last. Thank you for recruiting such a great group of people for my travelling companions. The hotels were clean and very comfortable and it was a pleasure to be transported across such an amazing landscape so comfortably. I learnt so much about our wonderful country and wished I had done such a trip years earlier.'

Sarah, 52 years, Sydney, Australia

'Did a Red Centre solo 7 day tour absolutely fantastic, Uluru and Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), Kings Canyon, Palm Valley you have to see it and experience it. The coach drivers were professional, excellent knowledge and with a great sense of humor.'

David, Eschol Park, Sydne, New South Wales
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