Lima, Cusco, Urubamba, Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca
THE SUPER VALUE TOURS DIFFERENCE
A BETTER WAY TO TOUR: To us, 'value' means making a better way to tour. We love to surprise our guests with unique experiences, top-notch service, hidden local delights, & memories of a lifetime. Our Peru tour is designed so you can enjoy the all the best highlights in a comfortable and luxurious manner.
Lima: Capital of Peru and also one of the best gastronomic cities in the world
Take a tour of Lima's historic centre, an UNESCO World Heritage Centre
See the artistic side of Lima in the Barranco district and visit world-renowned photographer Mario Testino's museum
Cusco: The capital of the once mighty Inca Empire
Sacsayhuaman: Admire the impeccable stonework of this Inca fortress and get a bird's eye view of the entire city
Maras Salt Pans: Walk through the salt pans dating back to the Incas
Awana Kancha Farm: Visit the four types of South American camelids. We have also specially arranaged for our guests to experience first hand the shearing process
Machu Picchu: Once in a lifetime trip to this Wonder of the World
Spend a night in Machu Picchu and explore the ruins at different times of the day
Avoid crowds and unnecessary transportation time by staying at the only hotel located at the entrance
Traverse the Andes on the luxury Belmond Andean Explorer train
Lake Titicaca: Explore the highest navigable lake in the world
Visit Uros Floating Islands and ride a totora reed boat
Speed boat to Taquile Island with a local style lunch with entertainment
SUPER VALUE STANDARD
Depart North America Lima, Peru (LIM) 【L, D】
Belmond Miraflores Park
Lima (1.5hrs) Cusco【3 meals】
Palacio Nazarenas (Studio Suites)
Palacio Nazarenas (Studio Suites)
Cusco (28mi, 1.5hr) Maras (9mi, 30mins) Urubamba【3 meals】
Tambo del Inka (Deluxe Room)
Urubamba (3 hrs) Aguas Calientes (6mi, 30mins) Machu Picchu 【3 meals】
Belmond Sanctuary Lodge
Machu Picchu (1.5hrs) Ollantaytambo (44mi, 2hrs) Cusco【3 meals】
JW Marriott El Covento Cusco
Cusco (3hrs) Raqch'i (2hrs) La Raya (5hrs) Lake Titicaca (Puno)【3 meals】
Belmond Andean Explorer Train (Twin Cabin)
Puno (Lake Titicaca)【3 meals】
Puno (33mi, 1.5hrs) Juliaca Airport (1.5hrs) Lima Your Next Destination【3 meals】
The largest city in Peru, as well as the nation's capital. Founded by Spanish colonists in 1535, Lima is home to an abundance of Spanish colonial architecture including many churches and monasteries. Surrounded on all sides by mountains and desert, Lima is situated in a verdant valley, and enjoys some of the best produce and seafood on earth, making it a great place to experience not only the best of Peruvian cuisine, but various other international styles as well. In fact, the 2006 'Fourth International Summit of Gastronomy Madrid Fusión' formally declared Lima to be the "Gastronomy Capital of the Americas"!
The grand central city square of Lima. Much like similar city squares in other Spanish colonial cities, the Plaza de Armas was traditionally used for various public events such as bullfighting, markets, and public executions, as well as serving as a place for townspeople to gather and take up arms should the city come under siege (hence 'de Armas'). This particular square was the site where, in 1821, Peruvian independence was declared.
A privately-owned museum of pre-Columbian art located in Lima. The museum's collection contains a wide variety of artifacts such as jewelry, ceramics, and textiles that span 10,000 years of Peruvian history-- but it is known particularly for its large collection of ceramics, including an entire gallery of pre-Columbian erotic pottery!
Twenty-five miles south of Lima lies the ruins of a pre-Columbian temple complex, called Pachacamac. Believed to have been first settled around 200AD, this remarkable archaeological site covers over 1300 acres of land, and flourished for 13 centuries until the Spanish conquest. Home to a remarkable structure called the 'Temple of the Sun': a 30,000m^3 terraced pyramid.
A small town in the highlands of Southern Peru, Urubamba is a popular stopover for travelers on their way to Machu Picchu due to its moderate-but-not-extreme altitude, offering an ideal opportunity to relax and acclimate to the thin Andean air. In addition, the town is also home to a variety of Incan ruins and regularly hosts a public market where visitors can purchase a variety of Peruvian produce and daily essentials (though the offerings are more catered to locals than tourists, so don't expect to find much in the way of ornaments or trinkets here!).
The salt pans were believed to be built by the Incas in the 1400s and it is still actively in use today. The Incas dug shallow pools into a sloped hillside, the nearby hypersaline underground spring fills the pans, and when the water evaporates, the salt is harvested by hand and sold. Today, there are a network of about 3,000 pans that are owned and farmed by local families and community members.
Over a mile and a half above sea level, nestled so high amongst the Andes that it seems to float atop the clouds lies the ancient city of Machu Picchu: an icon of pre-Columbian Inca civilization so remote as to have remained undiscovered (by Western academics, anyway) for hundreds of years after its abandonment in the 16th century. Believed to have been built as a residence for the then-Emperor of the Inca Empire, this incredible site was 'rediscovered' in 1911 by American historian Hiram Bingham, and was named a UNESCO Heritage Site in 1983.
Situated more than 11,000ft above sea level, Cusco was once the ancient capital of the Inca Empire. Founded around 13th century by the legendary first Inca, Manco Capac, it served as the spiritual and administrative center of the Inca Empire until the Spaniards arrived in the 16th century. Cusco was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1983. Walking through the cobblestoned streets of Cusco, you may notice a 7-stripe rainbow flag flying high, not to be confused with Gay Pride movement, it is actually the official flag of Cusco!
As one of the most important religious and worship sites during the Inca Empire, Qorikancha, meaning "Golden Courtyard" in Quechua, was once the richest temple. When the first conquistadors came, the walls of the temple, lined with 700 solid gold sheets each weighing 2kg and other life-size sculpture replicas made from solid gold and other precious metal, were all looted or melted down. Today, all that remains is the masterful stonework.
Sacsayhuaman, meaning "satisfied falcon" in Quechua, is one of the most impressive Inca sites towering high above Cusco city. Construction began in 1440s under the reign of Pachacutec. Thousands of indigenous laborers worked to transport massive limestone, diorite, and andesite blocks from nearby mountains to the site at 12,142ft above sea level. Without using mortar, the stone blocks are impeccably cut and fit together so that not even a piece of paper can slip through. The largest block is estimated to be over 300 tons! This ancient engineering feat and masterful masonry is not to be missed by any visitor, not to mention the spectacular Cusco city view one can enjoy from high above.
This is the best place to get up close and personal with alpacas and llamas. You are free to feed them and take photos together. Super Value prepares a speacial DIY shearing show for our guests. At the same farm, we can learn and see antique Andean weaving techniques.
Built on the site of the palace of the Inca Viracocha and using stones from Sacsayhuaman, the Cusco Cathedral took nearly a century to complete. It is joined by Iglesia del Triunfo, Cusco's oldest church to the right, and Iglesia de Jesus Maria to the left. The Cathedral houses an amazing collection of colonial art. The most notable work of art is the painting of the "Last Supper" by Quechua artist Marcos Zapata. It depicts Jesus and the twelve apostles gathered around the table to dine on a guinea pig.
Surrounded by altiplano, Lake Titicaca is the highest navigable lake in the world and South America's largest with a surface elevation of 12,507ft. Believed to be the birthplace of the Sun and the Incas, the lake straddles the border of Peru and Bolivia. On Lake Titicaca, visit the unique Floating Islands of Uros made completely out of totora reeds and Taquile Island, famed for its textile art and weaving.
Their uniqueness is due to their construction. They have been created entirely with the buoyant totora reeds that grow abundantly in the shallows of the lake. The lives of the Uros people are interwoven with these reeds. Partially edible (tasting like non-sweet sugarcane), the reeds are also used to build homes, boats and crafts. The islands are constructed from many layers of the totora, which are constantly replenished from the top as they rot from the bottom, so the ground is always soft and springy.
Taquile is an island on the Peruvian side of Lake Titicaca, 45 km offshore from the city of Puno. About 2,200 people live on the island, which is 5.5 by 1.6 kilometres.Taquileños are known for their fine handwoven textiles and clothing, which are regarded as among the highest-quality handicrafts in Peru. Knitting is exclusively performed by males, beginning in early boyhood. Women spin wool and use vegetables and minerals to dye the wool to be used by the community. In 2005, "Taquile and Its Textile Art" were honored by being proclaimed "Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity" by UNESCO.
The Westin Lima Hotel is conveniently located in the heart of the Lima's affluent business district. Awarded the 2017 Travelers Choice by TripAdvisor, guests will rest well here for 2 nights before flying to higher altitude.
This hotel, located in the Miraflores district of Lima, is truly an urban oasis. Tucked away in a peaceful verdant garden, it is only a 5-min walk to the bustling Larcomar Shopping Center. All of our rooms offer a prime ocean view and guest can enjoy breakfast on the 11th floor with a spectacular view of Lima city and the Pacific Ocean coastline.
Fully renovated in 2016, this hotel is located directly across from Larcomar Shopping Center in the Miraflores district. We use Prime Ocean View rooms to ensure spectacular views during your stay.
Palacio Nazarenas has been awarded 2018 Travelers' Choice Award from TripAdvisor. It is ranked #1 on the Top 25 Hotels-South America list and #16 on the Top 25 Hotels-World list. Built on Inca foundations and refinished with all the modern comforts, the beautifully decorated rooms here have a blend of understated elegance with Peruvian touches. Each room is equipped with an Oxygen Enrichment System where 3% pure oxygen is constantly being supplied to the room to relieve any discomfort caused by high altitude. Did we mention the minibar is free for your enjoyment?
Slowly accumulate to the higher attitude at this luxury property located in the heart of the Sacred Valley and along the Urubamba River. The hotel also has a private train station where guests walk 5mins to board the PeruRail Sacred Valley Train to Machu Picchu.
With only 31 rooms, this is the only hotel located at the entrance of Machu Picchu. While most travelers have to travel 30mins by bus to get to the entrance of Machu Picchu, an overnight stay here means you can avoid the crowds and visit Machu Picchu conveniently without any hassles. Although a night here has a price tag of almost $1000/night, it is well worth it for a chance to experience Machu Picchu at different times of the day.
Located in the heart of Cusco, this hotel is a five-minute walk from the city centre. The Spanish colonial-style architecture allows you to feel its unique charm. In addition, the hotel offers wide range of amenitites, such as a swimming pool, hot water massage pool, body care and massage. Each room is equipped with a unique oxygen supply system that combines air conditioning to make you feel at home without being affected by the high altitude.
South America's first luxury sleeper train will be our home for one night as we journey from Cusco to Lake Titicaca. This train travels along one of the highest train routes in the world and offers breathtaking views along the way. Onboard, relax and hang out in the Observation Car, Piano Bar Car, Spa Car, or Dining Car. Retreat to your room in the evening equipped with your own private bathroom.
*Triple accommodation not available on board.
At more than 12,500 feet, Lake Titicaca is the highest navigable lake in the world. It's also a massive body of water, covering more than 3,200 square miles in Peru and Bolivia, dotted with islands inhabited by local indigenous groups. Suasi Island is privately owned and it's home to the Isla Suasi Hotel. While the bulk of the hotel and its facilities were built on a plateau above the lake, Isla Suasi also has a private cottage situated right on the lakeshore offering a master bedroom and a second bedroom
A stay at Libertador Lake Titicaca, on the private island of Esteves, offers you a privileged position from which to marvel at the richly colored dawn sky or relax at the end of the day with a glass of red wine as you watch the sunset over the lake. The hotel is located at one extreme of Titicaca, in the bay of Puno on a rocky hill surrounded by the extensive reed forest or totorales that dominate this side of the bay.
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