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Description
This Latin American adventure begins in Peru’s capital, Lima, from where guests will travel to the famed city of Cuzco and the impressive ruins of Machu Picchu. After exploring the fascinating Lake Titicaca, guests will return to Lima and fly to Columbia’s captivating capital city of Bogota. The charming Caribbean city of Cartagena, a place rich in history with a vibrant cultural scene, provides the perfect end to this unforgettable journey.
Tour Highlights
• Visit the stunning ancient Inca site of Machu Picchu
• Explore Lake Titicaca and learn the secrets of the Uros floating islands
• Tour Bogota’s glittering gold museum in Columbia
• Stroll through the streets of Cartagena, the jewel of Columbia’s Caribbean coast
   

Lima To Cartagena 13 Days


** Arrival for 2016 dates on Thursdays.
DAY
1
LIMA (-/-/-)
Arrival at the airport in Lima, where you will be welcomed by an English speaking guide. Transfer to the hotel and Check-in. Overnight in Lima

Lima was founded in 1535 by the Spanish conqueror Francisco Pizarro as “The city of the kings” and became the capital and most important city of the Spanish Viceroyalty. Today it is still Peru’s most important city as it gives home to about 9 million people, almost 30% of the national population. The historical city centre comes with splendid colonial style architecture, ample squares as the Plaza de Armas (or Plaza Mayor) and grand churches which yielded it the declaration as UNESCO World Cultural Heritage. In its modern quarters such as Miraflores and San Isidro you can find present day architecture, rich entertainment possibilities and a great number of first class hotels and restaurants. Peruvian cuisine is excellent and gets more and more famous in the world and Peruvians are extremely proud of their typical dishes.


DAY
2
LIMA – CUSCO – YUCAY (B/-/-)
Transfer to the airport for the flight to Cusco.
Upon arrival transfer to the hotel located in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. On the way you will visit the typical Pisac market in the town of Pisac. Here a very special and traditional market is performed every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. A large handicraft fair is organized by the Pisac and Cusco craftsmen who exhibit and sell wide variety of fine crafts such as woven goods, Alpaca rugs, tapestry, sculpture, jewellery.
Continue to the ruin site of Ollantaytambo and visit the town, the shrines and the fortification with its stairs to the sky. Afterwards transfer to the hotel in Yucay located in the Urubamba valley. Overnight in Yucay


DAY
3
YUCAY (B/-/-)
In the morning the following optional tours can be booked on site:

Optional: Pisac Market (Half Day)
Visit of the typical Pisac market in the town of Pisac. Here a very special and traditional market is performed every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. A large handicraft fair is organized by the Pisac and Cusco craftsmen who exhibit and sell wide variety of fine crafts such as woven goods, Alpaca rugs, tapestry, sculpture, jewellery.

Please contact for other optional tours available for this day.

DAY
4
CUSCO – MACHU PICCHU - CUSCO (B/-/-)
Transfer by bus to the train station of Ollantaytambo where the tour starts by train that goes through the fertile plain of the Urubamba valley and on to Aguas Calientes. From there, small busses drive up the steep mountain to the ruin town Machu Picchu. Called the Lost City of the Incas, this cultural heritage of mankind is a beautifully located impressive stone city constructed with a technique incredible for its era and even for present times. Stone upon stone, fitted together perfectly without any cement, with impressive delicacy, exquisite detail and discrimination worthy of the world’s greatest palaces.
There are many theories about Machu Picchu, but one thing is for sure - it is one of the most impressive sites in the world.
Enjoy a guided visit of the ruins of around 2 hours and return by bus and train to the Sacred Valley. Transfer to your hotel and overnight in Cusco.



DAY
5
CUSCO (B/-/-)
In the morning the half-day city tour begins. It will be shown the exact centre of the Inca Empire, the Plaza de Armas. There one can find the cathedral built on the ruins of the ancient Inca Palace. The cathedral borders on other churches on both sides. Next stop will be the old town with its magnificent renovated colonial buildings; some of them are being used as hotels. Then proceed to Sacsayhuaman, a ruin located approx. 3 km above Cusco. Sacsayhuaman also offers a fabulous view of the city. Afterwards visit the surrounding ruins.
The afternoon is free at leisure. Overnight in Cusco


DAY
6
CUSCO - PUNO (B/L/-)
A full day bus journey from Cusco to Puno leads through the Peruvian highland along snow-covered peaks, passes up to 4.300 m above sea level and then goes down to Puno, which is right on Lake Titicaca. On route we will visit the town of Andahuaylillas, the ruins of Racchi and the small town of Pucara. Lunch in a typical restaurant en route is included. After arrival in Puno transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Puno

The beauty and charm of Puno town is made up by its habitant’s kind personality and by its mixture of typical Andean architecture that is to be found all way down from the sides of the hills until the bank of the Titicaca Lake. Its archaeological, cultural and architectural variety and richness owes Puno to the fact that it once has been inhabited by three different civilizations on the banks of the Titicaca Lake: Aymara, Quechua and Spanish. This multicultural origin has created a mestizo race that is also found in their artistic and cultural expression and especially in an incomparable folklore which is second to none and has made Puno the “Folklore Capital of Peru”. But the main attraction of Puno is the Titicaca Lake, a must for any visitor. The Sacred Lake of the Incas is one of the most enigmatic places in the world. It is the highest navigable lake and combines beautiful sights, culture and history.


DAY
7
PUNO - LIMA (FLIGHT) (B/L/-)
Full day excursion on Lake Titicaca to visit the Uros floating islands. The Aymara Indians build their houses over floating artificial islands that elaborate themselves on the waters of the Titicaca in which they inhabit in organizations and with ancestral customs. Continue to Taquile Island where you find numerous pre-Inca and Inca ruins and Inca terracing. The island is narrow, only about 1km wide, but 6-7km long. The people here still wear their traditional clothes and there is a co-operative shop on the Plaza where one can buy woollen goods of very fine quality. A typical lunch at Taquile Island is included. Afterwords return to Puno and transfer to Juliaca for your flight to Lima. Overnight in Lima

DAY
8
LIMA (B/-/-)
Transfer from the hotel to the airport of Juliaca. Flight to Lima and transfer to the hotel.
Today you will explore the city on a sightseeing tour through Lima. The Plaza de Armas with the beautiful buildings of the government Palace, the town hall, the Palace of the archbishop and the cathedral are still the most important places in town. After that you will visit the beautiful San Francisco monastery.
Proceed through the modern districts of San Isidro and Miraflores and to the Coastline enjoying the view over the beaches of Lima and the Pacific Ocean.
Afterwards enjoy a guided visit of one of the Lima’s most noted museums, the Rafael Larco Herrera Archaeological Museum which houses the world’s largest private collection of Peruvian pre-Columbian Art. Mr. Rafael Larco Hoyle founded the museum on July 28, 1926, in the Chiclin sugar estate in Trujillo, naming it as his father as an expression of filial homage. In 1958 he moved the collection to Lima, installing the Museum in a Colonial house in the district of Pueblo Libre, where it currently functions. This locale was adapted to the characteristics style of the 18th century Colonial houses from Trujillo. The approximate 45,000 objects of the collection have been exhibited to the public in the Permanent Hall, Jewelry Vault and the Classified Storage Area ever since. The Halls of the Larco Museum are organized by subjects. The Metals, Ceramics, the Stones, the Culture, the Great Jewelry Vault and Textile Halls emphasize the technological aspects by Pre-Columbian cultures. Finally the World’s unique Erotic Hall gives us a glimpse of the fascinating sexual life of ancient Peruvians. Overnight in Lima


DAY
9
LIMA – BOGOTA (FLIGHT) (B/-/-)
Transfer from the hotel to the airport and flight to Bogota in Colombia (not included). After arrival in Bogota transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Bogota



DAY
10
BOGOTA (B/-/-)
During the city tour in the morning you will visit the colonial part La Candelaria, the gold museum with a multitude of gold and silver pieces of several pre-columbian cultures and the Fernando Botero Museum.
In the afternoon you will visit the famous underground salt cathedral of Zipaquira, 120 m long and a total of more than 8500 square meters. Inside this cave church is all carved from salt crystal: monumental crosses, angels and the Madonna statue. In addition to the main cathedral, there are small chapels and stations of the Cross, its 14 stations are interconnected through labyrinthine tunnels. Afterwards transfer back to the hotel. Overnight in Bogota


DAY
11
BOGOTA - CARTAGENA (FLIGHT) (B/-/-)
Transfer to the airport and flight to Cartagena (not included). Upon arrival transfer to the hotel.
On the half day city tour you will visit the monastery of La Popa where you can enjoy a wonderful panorama view over the city and the historic centre. During a photo-stop at San Felipe de Barajas Fortress you can admire the massiveness of this military construction, built by the Spaniards. Afterwards walk to the colourful streets and winding alleyways of the old colonial walled Cartagena. At the end you visit the convent of San Pedro Claver. Overnight in Cartagena.

DAY
12
CARTAGENA (B/-/-)
The day is free at leisure. Enjoy on your own the colonial city or the beaches. Overnight in Cartagena


DAY
13
CARTAGENA (B/-/-)
Transfer to the airport of Catagena for your individual departure flight

This tour is also available on private basis for minimum 2 people
*Rates are not valid during Easter, Inti Raymi in Cusco, Christmas, New Year, public holidays, congresses and events!

Tour prices do not include regional flights, which cost approximately USD $1050. Prices will be confirmed at the time of booking.

Guaranteed Departure Dates

Superior Category
Start Date End Date Price Per Person on Twin Sharing Basis Supplement for Single Room
04 Mar 2017 16 Mar 2017 USD $ 2350.00 Per Person USD $ 699.00 Per Single
18 Mar 2017 30 Mar 2017 USD $ 2350.00 Per Person USD $ 699.00 Per Single
13 May 2017 25 May 2017 USD $ 2350.00 Per Person USD $ 699.00 Per Single
27 May 2017 08 Jun 2017 USD $ 2350.00 Per Person USD $ 699.00 Per Single
17 Jun 2017 29 Jun 2017 USD $ 2350.00 Per Person USD $ 699.00 Per Single
15 Jul 2017 27 Jul 2017 USD $ 2350.00 Per Person USD $ 699.00 Per Single
19 Aug 2017 31 Aug 2017 USD $ 2350.00 Per Person USD $ 699.00 Per Single
16 Sep 2017 28 Sep 2017 USD $ 2350.00 Per Person USD $ 699.00 Per Single
07 Oct 2017 19 Oct 2017 USD $ 2350.00 Per Person USD $ 699.00 Per Single
21 Oct 2017 02 Nov 2017 USD $ 2350.00 Per Person USD $ 699.00 Per Single
25 Nov 2017 07 Dec 2017 USD $ 2350.00 Per Person USD $ 699.00 Per Single
Deluxe Category
Start Date End Date Price Per Person on Twin Sharing Basis Supplement for Single Room
04 Mar 2017 16 Mar 2017 USD $ 2990.00 Per Person USD $ 1240.00 Per Single
18 Mar 2017 30 Mar 2017 USD $ 2990.00 Per Person USD $ 1240.00 Per Single
13 May 2017 25 May 2017 USD $ 2990.00 Per Person USD $ 1240.00 Per Single
27 May 2017 08 Jun 2017 USD $ 2990.00 Per Person USD $ 1240.00 Per Single
17 Jun 2017 29 Jun 2017 USD $ 2990.00 Per Person USD $ 1240.00 Per Single
15 Jul 2017 27 Jul 2017 USD $ 2990.00 Per Person USD $ 1240.00 Per Single
19 Aug 2017 31 Aug 2017 USD $ 2990.00 Per Person USD $ 1240.00 Per Single
16 Sep 2017 28 Sep 2017 USD $ 2990.00 Per Person USD $ 1240.00 Per Single
07 Oct 2017 19 Oct 2017 USD $ 2990.00 Per Person USD $ 1240.00 Per Single
21 Oct 2017 02 Nov 2017 USD $ 2990.00 Per Person USD $ 1240.00 Per Single
25 Nov 2017 07 Dec 2017 USD $ 2990.00 Per Person USD $ 1240.00 Per Single

12 Nights accommodation at the mentioned hotels or similar
Breakfast daily
Meals as indicated on itinerary
All applicable taxes
All transfers as per the program
Transport and sightseeing as per itinerary
Vistadome train to Aguas Calientes
All sight seeing and entrance fees, as per itinerary
Visa Fees
International or domestic airfare
Any applicable fight charges
Travel insurance
Items not mentioned as included
Items of personal nature
Airport departure taxes
12 Nights
Accommodation will be provided on a twin sharing basis
Accommodation Type - Standard
Eco Inn - Cusco (Cusco)
Our Rating: 4 Star   |   Local Rating: 4 Star   |   Accommodation Type: Standard
Eco Inn Cusco is located in the “Av. EL Sol”, principal avenue of the city. Some blocks from Cusco’s main square and just in front of the largest craft market of the City. We offer the most complete service and comfort where you can indulge in our amazing facilities. Eco Inn Cusco hopes your visit will be enjoyable.
LA HACIENDA MIRAFLORES (Lima)
Our Rating: 4 Star   |   Local Rating: 4 Star   |   Accommodation Type: Standard
La Hacienda Miraflores Hotel is strategically located in the heart of Miraflores, just 20 minutes away from Jorge Chavez International Airport, and in the midst of Lima’s touristic hot spots. Minutes away from our hotel you can find authentic Peruvian markets selling handicrafts, interesting archaeological remains, and walk historical streets that have been untouched by the passage of time. Miraflores is also the financial center of Lima which makes La Hacienda Miraflores the perfect place for business executives and tourists enjoying our vibrant city.
Accommodation Type - Superior
Casa Andina Private Collection - Lima (Lima)
Our Rating: 5 Star   |   Local Rating: 4 Star   |   Accommodation Type: Superior
With its stylish contemporary design, cutting-edge technology and ideal location, the flagship Casa Andina Private Collection - Miraflores hotel is the top of its class in every aspect. Once the Miraflores César's, Lima’s fondly remembered, original five-star hotel, this modern icon was dramatically transformed in 2008 into the capital’s newest luxury hotel. Its quintessential Limeño flavor reverberates in the exquisite art collection of contemporary local artists and prized colonial-era antiques, in both public spaces and accommodations. The 17-story hotel, with views over Miraflores and the Pacific coast, offers 148 sophisticated, contemporary luxury rooms and suites, with soundproofing and LCD flatscreen TVs in every room. First-class amenities include a heated, covered pool and breezy terrace, gymnasium with the latest exercise equipment, prestigious Joop salon & massage room, business center, and 5 multimedia-equipped corporate event & meeting rooms.
Hotel Excelsior (Bogota)
Our Rating: 3 Star   |   Local Rating: 3 Star   |   Accommodation Type: Superior
Excelsior Hotel is centrally located near Bogotá's best shopping centers, restaurants, and fashion district. At Excelsior Hotel you can appreciate the best of two worlds: the warmth, privacy and independence of your own space along with the design and comfort of a hotel.
Libertador Lago Titica (Puno)
Our Rating: 4 Star   |   Local Rating: 4 Star   |   Accommodation Type: Superior
Located on a private island, the Esteves Island, Libertador Lake Titicaca offers unforgettable sunrises and sunsets from any point in the hotel. The lake is visible 360º views of the highest navigable lake int he world. From its private pier, travelers can navigate to islands lost in time where they can witness and participate from centuries-old traditions and crafts with their inhabitants
Sonesta Posada del Inca - Yucay (Sacred Valley)
Our Rating: 4 Star   |   Local Rating: 4 Star   |   Accommodation Type: Superior
The 87-room Sonesta Posadas del Inca Yucay is located in the heart of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, a one-hour drive from the ancient Inca capital of Cusco and close to Machu Picchu. The Sonesta Yucay Posada is a former 18th century colonial-style monastery and is surrounded by beautiful gardens. The Sacred Valley produces an idyllic year-round climate of moderate warm weather with abundant sunshine and fresh air. The area is a perfect setting for horseback riding, hiking, rafting and other activities. Near the Sonesta Posada are the craft markets of Pisac and Chincheros, the Salt Mines of Maras, the town of Moray, Ollantaytambo ruins and Machu Picchu.
Hotel Jose Antonio (Puno)
Our Rating: 4 Star   |   Local Rating: 4 Star   |   Accommodation Type: Superior
Located in front of the majestic and sacred lake of the Incas, Lake Titicaca, just 10 minutes away from the city of Puno, Jose Antonio Puno offers the comfort and warmth of home you deserve.
Hotel Don Pedro de Heredia (Cartagena)
Our Rating: 3 Star   |   Local Rating: 3 Star   |   Accommodation Type: Superior
Magnificent and stunning as it is, Hotel Don Pedro de Heredia is the best place to stay that you can ever see in the center of the historical walled city of Cartagena de Indias. If you are looking for a passionate and superb quality of services, we at Hotel Don Pedro de Heredia do not only provide you with the best hotel experience, we provide you with unforgettable hotel experience that you will always come back and look for. Stand in awe as we open its doors for you to see… come inside Hotel Don Pedro de Heredia. Hotel Don Pedro de Heredia maintains its quality standard services that let you experience the beauty of their amusing culture, the richness and opulence of their astonishing history, and lastly; the warmth, compassion, and the love of its people to provide you with satisfaction that will carve a perfect impression in your hearts and in your minds.
Accommodation Type - Deluxe
Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel (Cusco)
Our Rating: 5 Star   |   Local Rating: 4 Star   |   Accommodation Type: Deluxe
Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel is the essence of luxury and comfort in the heart of the Inca city. Built in a colonial mansion of the XVI century, it displays several paintings of the Cuzco school, colonial sculptures and carvings that transport us to the greatness of the time. Its elegant rooms, equipped with intelligent oxygen system, its gardens and its sophisticated Spa (coming soon) , are complemented by friendly service.
Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness (Sacred Valley)
Our Rating: 5 Star   |   Local Rating: 4 Star   |   Accommodation Type: Deluxe
Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness is built on a seventeenth century colonial hacienda by the Vilcanota River, just one hour away from the city of Cusco and 30 minutes from Ollantaytambo train station; on the route to Machu Picchu. The hotel offers rooms decorated in colonial style as well as other modern minimalist decor. Enjoy unforgettable days in Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness and let yourself be carried away by its mystical atmosphere in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. It is the magical meeting of two eras: ancients Inca culture and colonial sumptuousness in one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world.
Hotel Urban Royal (Bogota)
Our Rating: 4 Star   |   Local Rating: 4 Star   |   Accommodation Type: Deluxe
"The Hotel of the World Trade Center" is the first of the Royal hotel chain. We have 142 spacious and newly renovated rooms, exquisite cuisine, excellent service and a high level of security.We are a traditional hotel with 23 years of prestige, and we are certified with ISO 9001:2000 quality standard. The hotel has 142 guest rooms that offer comfort, ample space, mew technology and everything you may need to either work or rest.
Hotel Casa India Catalina (Cartagena)
Our Rating: 4 Star   |   Local Rating: 3 Star   |   Accommodation Type: Deluxe
Situated in Cartagena, this hotel is close to Plaza de los Coches, Puerta del Reloj, and Iglesia Convento San Pedro Claver. Also nearby are Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas and University of Cartagena. Indoor and outdoor pools Recreational amenities at Casa India Catalina include an indoor pool and an outdoor pool. Other amenities include complimentary wireless Internet access and tour/ticket assistance.
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