Peru In-Style

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Flights Included Fully Guided Coach Small Group Rail Scenic / Sightseeing Andean Explorer Belmond Hiram Bingham
Our Price From 12,739 Per Person
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 Trip Length
17 Days
 Trip Starts
Lima
 Trip Finishes
Arequipa
17 Day Peru In-Style Itinerary (Bunnik)
Countries Explored: Peru
Trip Operator:
Accommodation
3.5 - 4 Star
Max. Group Size
16
Trip Code
BUN231

Overview

Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on Bunnik's 17 Day Peru In-Style. Experience the finer side of life on this 5-star journey through enthralling Peru. Discover the contrasts between the bustling modern capital of Lima and the ancient archaeological site of Machu Picchu. Bask in the opulence of the Hiram Bingham and Andean Explorer trains and witness the Andean Condor cruising through the stunning landscapes of the Colca Canyon. Return international flights are included between Australia and the start & end point of your trip. Surcharges may apply.

Itinerary

Welcome to South America! Consisting of 13 countries, it is the fourth largest continent and home to some of the world's most recognisable UNESCO World Heritage sites.

This evening we arrive in Lima, the capital of Peru. The city was founded in 1535 by the Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro, and is now a mix of modern shopping malls, high rise buildings, large urban sprawl and beautiful colonial architecture. As Lima was the seat of Spanish rule for some 300 years, it features wonderful churches, cloisters and monasteries. Today, the patchwork of Lima's vibrant city life and neighbourhoods combine with a plethora of museums and churches to offer visitors a fascinating and rich cultural heritage to discover. Meet your fellow travellers this evening over a welcome drink in the hotel.

Explore colonial Lima on a half day city tour. Our first stop is the Plaza de Armas, where we see the Government Palace, the House of El Oidor and the stunning City Hall buildings. We take a stroll through the Cathedral of Lima and hear about some of the religious history of Peru. Next is a visit to the Larco Museum which houses one of the most impressive collections of Incan artefacts and gives a fascinating insight into ancient Peru.

We'll learn about ancient culture as we visit the Textiles Gallery, the Spaniards' Arrival Gallery, the Sacrifice Ceremony Gallery and the Gold, Silver and Jewels Galleries. We then continue to explore the Barranco district, one of the city's most romantic and atmospheric areas. The afternoon is at leisure for you to rest and relax or explore further at your own pace.

Special Experience: In the evening, tour Lima's oldest colonial mansion, Casa Aliaga, before a decadent 3-course dinner in the dining room, courtyard or main salon. This elegant colonial mansion was built on land granted to Captain Jeronimo de Aliaga y Ramirez by conquistador Francisco Pizzaro after Lima's founding in 1535. The Aliaga family and their descendants have resided in the house ever since, making it the oldest dwelling in the Americas and home to the same family for an impressive 17 generations! (B/D)

We depart Lima early this morning for our flight to Cusco, the Inca capital of ancient times. High up in the Andes Mountains, Cusco is also known as the gateway to both the Sacred Valley and the world-famous site of Machu Picchu. On arrival we are transferred to our hotel before heading out to lunch at Limo, one of the city's best restaurants that boasts unbeatable views over the Plaza de Armas, Cusco's main square. The plaza features wide stone pathways, colourful gardens and is home to the city's iconic buildings; the Cusco Cathedral and Church La Compañía de Jesús.

We'll visit the religious complex of Qoricancha, which contains the Temple of the Sun. It served as the main astronomical observatory for the Incas and was considered home by 4,000 priests and their attendants. Looted and then destroyed by the Spanish, they used the foundations for the Dominican Convent of Santo Domingo, creating perhaps the most incongruous imperial-colonial architectural clash in Cusco. The evening is at your leisure in Cusco – why not visit the nearby Pisco Museum and try the country's favourite cocktail, the Pisco Sour? (B/L)

Our first stop for the day is the San Pedro Market - a huge, open-air market with an eclectic variety of produce and interesting wares for sale. This is a great stop for freshly squeezed juices and beautiful pastries, or maybe you'd like to try the local delicacies of roasted guinea pig or soup with a jawbone garnish.

We'll explore the fascinating fortress of Sacsayhuaman, one of the best-known Inca ruins in the Cusco vicinity, before visiting La Vicuñita, a local retailer offering high quality garments made from alpaca wool, vicuña and other raw materials. Next, we will check out Urpi Joyeria, a jewellery shop stocking traditional, hand-crafted jewellery.

Later we tour the 17th century Cusco Cathedral – the façade of which is a fine example of colonial baroque architecture. We'll walk the historic San Blas neighbourhood, known for its narrow, cobblestone streets and colonial architecture. There are many sights to see including the Main Square of Cusco, Hatun Rumiyoc Street, the San Blas Temple and the Merida House. (B)

Enjoy a magical day as we travel on the Hiram Bingham train through the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu. Sit back, relax and indulge in a sumptuous brunch, accompanied by a selection of delicious Peruvian wines. The luxurious Hiram Bingham train is named after the explorer who rediscovered the Inca citadel. Decorated in the style of 1920's Pullman trains, each carriage has been furnished in polished wood and brass with large, comfortable armchairs. The train features two dining cars with tables that are exquisitely set with gleaming crystal and polished cutlery. It also features an observation car, furnished with large, cushioned seats – the perfect place to sit, relax and watch the Peruvian landscape unfold.

On arrival in Aguas Calientes we'll check into our 5-star eco retreat, Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo, before taking a local bus up the mountain to the entrance of Machu Picchu. One of the ‘New Seven Wonders of the World' and known as the lost city of the Incas, Machu Picchu was built around 1450, but abandoned 100 years later at the time of the Spanish conquest. Our guide will give us an in-depth introduction and description of the site and we'll also have time to explore the ruins at our own pace afterwards. (B/D)

This morning is at leisure. You have the opportunity to return to Machu Picchu for a second visit to enjoy the beauty of this ancient phenomenon before the day crowds arrive. We'll then travel to Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley of the Incas by Vistadome train.

The Urubamba Valley, as the Sacred Valley is also known, encompasses the heartland of the Inca Empire. The valley was formed by the Urubamba River and contains numerous archaeological remains and villages. It was valued by the Incas due to its special geographical and climatic qualities and was one of the empire's main points for the extraction of natural wealth. We'll stop at a chicheria to try Peru's favourite drink, chicha, and get the chance to taste the local delicacy of cuy – guinea pig. Make sure you have a game of sapo (toad) while you're here – it's a local Andean game and almost a rite of passage when visiting a chicheria.

Optional Excursion: Machu Picchu 2nd visit & Huayna Picchu - Your tour already includes one visit to Machu Picchu; however, you may wish to take a second visit to explore this phenomenon further. Alternatively, you may wish to also incorporate a climb up to Huayna Picchu (considered to provide the best view over Machu Picchu). Please note both options include entry into Machu Picchu and transportation (guide not included). If you choose the Huayna Picchu option, entry to the peak is also included. Half day Machu Picchu only - from $86pp US. Half day Machu Picchu incl. Huayna Picchu – from $104pp US.

Please Note: Huayna Picchu has a limited number of tickets available each day, with two times available to visit – 7.00am and 10.00am. There is a restriction of only 200 visitors per time slot. These usually sell out well in advance and it is unlikely it will be possible to arrange entry upon arrival into Aguas Calientes. To avoid disappointment, we suggest you purchase your entrance ticket online in advance to secure entry. However, it is important to note that this option is non-refundable even if entry is cancelled due to bad weather. If possible, we recommend booking the earlier time slot, visiting Huayna Picchu first prior to touring the Inca site. The online option will only secure your ticket to Huayna Picchu and entrance to Machu Picchu; the return bus from Aguas Calientes will be in addition and will need to be arranged locally. Visit the following web address: http://www.machupicchu.gob.pe (B)

A fascinating day ahead, beginning with an exploration of the salt ponds of Maras and the impressive circles of Moray. At Maras you'll find the fascinating Inca salt ponds, which have been in use since pre-Incan times. The individual ponds have been owned by the same local families for generations and they still use the traditional techniques to farm the salt. At Moray, you'll see the special elliptical irrigation terraces which the Sacred Valley is famous for. These terraces are considered the agricultural experimental centre of the Incas, where they trialled growing different crops on the different levels.

Special Experience: Experience a famous Paso horse show over lunch 'al fresco'. In Urubamba we'll visit the beautiful Wayra Ranch for an unforgettable afternoon that includes a Peruvian buffet lunch and Paso Horse show. The display of coordination, discipline and passion from horse and rider will astound and the mountains of the Sacred Valley serve as a dramatic backdrop.

Our afternoon continues in the ancient Inca village of Ollantaytambo, one of the best surviving examples of Inca city planning. We'll climb the steep stone staircase to enter the fascinating Incan ruins that form an impressive fortress. We explore the town's narrow streets for an up-close look at the Inca's dry masonry skill. Their astounding craftsmanship ensures that even after centuries of earthquakes, a knife cannot be slipped into the seams between the limestone blocks.

The next stop is the Seminario pottery workshop which contextualises styles and techniques used in Peru's ancient cultures. (B/L)

On our way back to Cusco this morning, we visit the impressive ruins and the lively market at Pisac - a great place to pick up some beautiful souvenirs and well known for its handicrafts. After lunch at the beautiful Sarapampa Farm, we'll also stop at Awanacancha where we'll meet native weavers and see the South American camelid species – llamas, alpacas, guanacos and vicuñas. We arrive into Cusco in the late afternoon. (B/L)

Enjoy a day at leisure in colourful Cusco. Full of plaza's, archaeological ruins and interesting craft shops, it's a great place to explore and experience on your own. Why not check out the Casa Concha Museum, containing artefacts from Machu Picchu that were found by Hiram Bingham and recently returned by Yale University? (B)

All aboard the luxurious Andean Explorer train as we travel from Cusco to Puno. Unwind in your splendid cabin as the train winds its way through the majestic High Andes Mountains. Savour lunch in one of the elegant dining cars where the menu is based around refined Andean specialities, served with a contemporary flair.

Along the way, we'll stop at the Raqchi Ruins – an Inca archaeological site. The complex has many buildings and structures, with the most prominent being the Temple of Wiracocha. This large structure reaches 92 metres tall and is said to have been built to appease Wiracocha, the ‘creator god'.

This evening we'll enjoy a sunset over La Raya Mountains as we dine. Our inside tip is to retire to the bar as the train continues on its way to Lake Titicaca. (B/L/D)

Wake early to catch the breathtaking sunrise across Lake Titicaca, the world's highest navigable lake, before returning to the dining car for a decadent breakfast. We'll spend the day discovering the eclectic beauty and rich diversity of life on Lake Titicaca. First, we visit an Indian community located on the floating Uros Islands. What makes the Uros Islands so unique is the material used to create them - reeds that are found in the lake are used for the foundation. They are bound and connected by ropes, then anchored by logs which go deep into the bottom of the lakebed.

The main activities of the people who live here are fishing, weaving and handicrafts, which are then sold to visitors. Next, we discover Taquile Island - famous for its craft production and beautiful textiles. We'll enjoy a private lunch on Collata Beach, complete with demonstrations from traditional dancers and artisanal workers. We'll return in time for afternoon tea at the station before the train continues its journey on to Arequipa. (B/L/D)

Explore the spellbinding scenery of the rugged Lake Lagunillas on an early morning excursion. We'll also visit Sumbay Caves, home to a series of 8,000-year-old cave paintings. Later we'll disembark the train in Cañahuas and transfer to the famous Colca Canyon. This canyon is the world's deepest at twice the depth of the Grand Canyon. We'll enjoy lunch at a local restaurant en route. (B/L/D)

An early start this morning to reach the Cross of the Condor, the deepest point of the Colca Canyon. It is here the majestic Andean condor can be seen cruising over the morning thermals.

Special Experience: Spend time observing the majestic Andean condor in flight over the canyon – a once-in-a-lifetime experience. We'll then explore the villages of Yanque, Achoma, Maca and Pinohollo. On our way to Arequipa, we stop at Antahuilque to observe the importance of the balconies and mountain terraces. We also visit Choquetico and view the remains of the hanging tombs. (B/L)

A popular spot for tourists, Arequipa, the 'white city', has something for everyone. In fact, Arequipa is Peru's second largest city, and its historic centre is a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site. Highlights of this morning's city tour include a visit to the Convent of Santa Catalina, the Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral (outside only), Church of La Compañía and the Carmen Alto viewpoint, for a stunning view of the surrounding volcanic landscape. The afternoon is at leisure for you to rest and relax or explore at your own pace. Why not visit the Museo Santuarios? This museum is famous for Juanita, the Inca frozen ‘mummy', preserved in a glass refrigerator. In the evening, we'll meet for a dinner at Zig Zag restaurant to bid farewell to captivating Peru. (B/D)

Today marks the end of our luxurious Peruvian adventure. We hope you leave with fantastic memories! (B)

Trip Inclusions

Discover the wonders of Peru

  • Discover the sights of Lima on a city tour including the colonial and Barranco districts
  • Visit the famous Larco Museum, containing priceless Incan artefacts
  • Enjoy a tour and dinner at historic Casa Aliaga
  • Visit Qoricancha, the Temple of the Sun
  • Explore the ancient Incan fortress of Sacsayhuaman in Cusco and the San Pedro Market
  • Check out the local wares offered at La Vicuñita and Urpi Joyeria
  • Take a walking tour of Cusco’s Plaza de Armas, visiting the 17th century cathedral and the beautiful San Blas neighbourhood
  • Sit back, relax and indulge in a sumptuous brunch, accompanied by delicious Peruvian wines on-board the luxury Hiram Bingham train to Machu Picchu
  • Feel the magic of the Lost Incan City of Machu Picchu on an in-depth, guided tour and explore the ruins at your own pace
  • Spend the night in a junior suite at the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel
  • Travel by Vistadome train to Ollantaytambo
  • Visit a local chicheria and try some of the local delicacy, guinea pig
  • Explore the patchwork of the salt pans at Maras and the elliptical terraces of Moray
  • Experience a traditional Paso Horse show over lunch 'al fresco' at Ranch Wayra in Urubamba
  • Tour the town and fortress ruins of Ollantaytambo
  • Be welcomed into a local home and gain insight into daily life
  • Visit the Seminario pottery workshop in Urubamba
  • Stop in the small town of Pisac and explore the impressive ruins and lively market
  • Enjoy a traditional Peruvian weaving demonstration in the village of Awanacancha
  • Wander through the cobblestone streets of Cusco, the ancient Incan capital
  • Marvel at the amazing scenery from the opulent Belmond Andean Explorer train travelling through the High Andes Mountains from Cusco to Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca and then continuing on to Cañahuas in the Colca Valley
  • Cruise to the incredible floating reed Uros Islands. Then visit Taquile Island and learn about the local traditions of the island’s inhabitants
  • Enjoy the scenery of Lake Lagunillas and visit Sumbay Caves
  • Visit the Cross of the Condor and watch the majestic Andean condors as they cruise over the morning thermals
  • Stroll through the villages of Yanque, Achoma, Maca and Pinohollo and stop at the mountain terraces of Antahuilque
  • Discover the "white city" of Arequipa and its beautiful buildings built from volcanic stone

  • Return economy-class flights from Australia to Peru. Taxes included
  • 1 economy-class flight within Peru
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Tipping Made Easy, $205pp pre-paid
  • Tipping is not included for the Andean Explorer train and will need to be paid locally. We suggest you allow for approximately US$10-15 per person, per day

  • 12 nights in 5 star deluxe hotels
  • 2 nights on board the opulent Belmond Andean Explorer Train
  • JW Marriott Hotel, Lima
  • Situated in Lima's sophisticated Miraflores district, our hotel is located near top, fine dining restaurants, notable historic sites, and picturesque public spaces. The stylish guest rooms feature spectacular ocean views and include amenities like marble bathrooms and designer bedding. Savour fine Peruvian dining at one of the two acclaimed restaurants in the hotel, book a spa treatment at the Health Club, or break a sweat in the state-of-the-art fitness centre.
  • JW Marriott Hotel El Convento Cusco, Cusco
  • Built atop ancient Incan ruins and situated around a 16th-century convent, this resort is a veritable museum in the historic city of Cusco. Wander the remarkable grounds; the two exhibition halls showcase Peruvian artifacts, and daily tours are offered of their San Agustín Convent. Offering the ideal location to explore the city, just steps away from the historic Plaza de Armas.
  • Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, Aguas Calientes
  • An intimate 85-cottage luxury hotel in a sprawling Andean-style village within 12 acres of secluded exquisite beauty, where guests follow stone pathways to their rooms, located in comfortable whitewashed casitas nestled into terraced hills. Offering a separate sitting area, you’ll love relaxing by the fire in your spacious junior suite. Savour the delights at their first-class restaurant, boasting stunning views of the rushing Vilcanota River.
  • Tambo del Inka, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Sacred Valley
  • Belmond Andean Explorer Train
  • Your time aboard this opulent train promises to be every bit as inspiring as your off-board moments of discovery. Inviting, indulgent accommodation and refined Andean cuisine ensure an unforgettable journey. Observation, Lounge and Spa Cars are the perfect places to unwind, designed to offer modern comfort with traditional flourishes.
  • Belmond Las Casitas, Colca Canyon
  • Casa Andina Premium Arequipa, Arequipa

  • 14 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 6 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

  • English-speaking locally based tour director (based on minimum of 8 passengers)
  • English-speaking locally based guides

  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Disruptions to itinerary may occur.
  • Tipping is not included for the Andean Explorer train and will need to be paid locally. We suggest you allow for approximately US$10-15 per person, per day
  • On day 4 you will need to pack an overnight bag (maximum of 5 kilograms per bag) for your overnight stay in Machu Picchu. Due to limited space on the trains you are unable to take your main suitcase, it will however, be transferred to the hotel in the Sacred Valley so it is there for you when you arrive. We suggest you bring an umbrella, spray jacket and strong insect repellent with you. Our accommodation will also have its own hot springs, so you may also like to bring your swimwear.
  • On days 10 and 11 we will be overnighting on the Belmond Andean Explorer train. Only 5 kilograms of hand luggage per person is permitted in your cabin. Your main suitcase will be stored in the luggage coach, however you will only be able to access this by contacting staff on board the train. We recommend any essential items such as medication be stored in your hand luggage for ease of access.
  • All optional tours are based on a minimum of 2 participants (unless otherwise stated) and are subject to availability. The length of tours advised is an approximate only. Tours can be booked on tour directly with your Tour Director or guide. We recommend arranging the booking at the beginning of the tour to avoid disappointment. Please note some optional tours may also be available on multiple or alternate days. Prices are a guide only and are subject to change without prior notice. Payment by cash is preferred as there are no guarantees that credit card facilities will be available. Please check with your Tour Director or guide locally for information relating to this. Credit card fees and exchange rates are at the discretion of your bank.
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