Mystic Peru - 9 Days

2018

Land Only from US $4499 + on tour airfare

Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca

Jun 29 & Oct 12

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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. 

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • 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 Barranco district and visit world renown photographer Mario Testino's museum 

  • Cusco: The capital of the once mighty Inca Empire 

    • Sacsayhuman: 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: Visit the four types of South American camelids, feed and get a photo with these adorable animals 

  • 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 totoro reed boat

    • Speed boat to Taquile Island with a private lunch on the beach 

LUXURY ACCOMMODATIONS

  • Lima: Westin Lima Hotel-Comfort, value, and located close to airport and historic center 
  • Lima: Belmond Miraflors Park-In the heart of Miraflores district, walking distance to shopping and restaurants
  • Urubamba: Tambo del Inka-Situated next to the Urubamba River with its private train station
  • Cusco: Palacio Nazarenas: Finest hotel in Cusco equipped with Oxygen Enrichment System in each room
  • Machu Picchu: Belmond Sanctuary Lodge: Only hotel located at the entrance of Machu Picchu
  • Puno: Andean Explorer Train-Luxury Sleeper Train from Cusco to Lake Titicaca 

CULINARY EXPERIENCES

  • Arranging great culinary experiences is a specialty we are very proud of. Before a restaurant is selected for our itinerary, our development team spends countless hours sampling dozens of restaurants for comparison. On this trip, you will have a chance to taste Peruvian delicacies, including Cuy (guinea pig), food from the jungle, traditional Peruvian dishes such as ceviche, lomo saltado and much more.   

SUPER VALUE STANDARD

  • Charismatic and knowledgeable Super Value trained guides.
  • A comprehensive travel insurance plan. Details  
  • High quality headsets to hear our tour guide's presentation clearly.
  • Porterage service is provided at most hotels (where available).

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Itinerary
Day1

Depart North America  Lima, Peru (LIM) 

  • Welcome to Peru! A Super Value Tours Representative will meet you in the arrival hall and bring you to our hotel. 
  • Airport transfer is available for flights arriving between 10:00PM~2:00AM 

HotelWestin Lima 5☆

Day2

Lima【3 meals】

  • Pachacamac Archaeological Complex: Travel 25 miles south of Lima to one of the most important pilgrimage and religious sites in Ancient Peru.
  • Larco Museum: Visit one of the finest museums for pre-Columbian artifacts and see the impressive pottery collection displayed in the storage room.
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BreakfastHotel Buffet LunchOrganic Peruvian Fare DinnerLatin America TOP 50 Restaurant HotelWestin Lima 5☆

Day3

Lima  (1.5hrs) Cusco  (1hr) Maras  (30mins) Urubamba【3 meals】

  • This morning, fly to Cusco (altitude: 11,152ft), the capital of the Inca Empire.
  • In order to slowly accumulate to the altitude, we first descend and visit the Sacred Valley (altitude: 9,420ft).
  • Maras Salt Pans: See the impressive view of the Inca salt pans cascading down the mountainside and learn about how the Incas and villagers today utilize the pans to produce salt. 
  • Due to limited luggage space on the train to/from Machu Picchu, we will provide a complimentary carry-on tote bag for your to pack belongings for 2 days & 1 night use. Your tour leader will arrange the transfer of your large suitcases to our hotel in Cusco. 

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BreakfastHotel Buffet LunchLocal Specialty DinnerLocal Specialty HotelTambo del Inka 5☆ or Belmond Rio Sagrado 5☆

Day4

Urubamba  (3 hrs) Machu Picchu 【3 meals】

  • Journey from Urubamba to Machu Picchu on the brand new Peru Rail Sacred Valley Train.
  • Machu Picchu Tour (approx: 2hrs; altitude 7,972): Avoid the crowds and visit this wonder of the world in the afternoon after most tourists have left. 
  • Our hotel tonight is located right across from the entrance of Machu Picchu. The prime location allows us to spend more time experiencing the site and less time on transportation. 

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BreakfastHotel Buffet LunchLight fare on the Train DinnerHotel Specialties HotelBelmond Sanctuary Lodge

Day5

Machu Pichhu  (1.5hrs) Ollantaytambo  (1hr) Chinchero  (50mins) Cusco【3 meals】

  • Return to Machu Picchu this morning as early as 6am and appreciate the beauty at daybreak. Based on your interest and physical strength, choose to explore the grounds in one of three ways (all activities may be subject to weather conditions): 
    1. Guard House + Sun Gate (Hiking time: 2.5 hrs; Difficulty:★★★★☆) : See daybreak at the Guard House then follow the original Inca trail path and trek to Sun Gate (Inti Punku), once the main entrance into Machu Picchu and the finishing point for hikers on the famous Inca Trail. 
    2. Huayna Picchu (Hiking time:3 hrs; Difficulty:★★★★★): Strenuous trek to the summit but the panoramic bird's eye view of Machu Picchu will make the journey well worth it.
      • (Only 200 visitors are allowed to hike Huayna Picchu at first entrance, therefore we must purchase tickets months in advance. Tickets are not guaranteed, please notify your sales agent at the time of booking if you are interested in this option.) 
    3. Wake up anytime and visit Machu Picchu at your own leisure. You will have free time until lunch at 11am. Revisit places you have already seen or just sit and admire this engineering and architectural masterpiece. 
  • Take the Vistadome train with panoramic windows located beside and above your seats back to Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley.
  • Chinercho Andean Weaving: Stop by a women cooperative aimed preserve the traditional Andean weaving techniques.
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BreakfastHotel Buffet LunchHotel buffet exclusively catered for us! DinnerLocal Specialty HotelPalacio Nazarenas 5☆

Day6

Cusco【B, L】

  • Cusco City Tour: A city with a blend of Inca and Spanish cultures, spend the day visiting some of the must-see sites including Sacsayhuaman Fortress, Cusco Cathedral and Qorikancha. 
  • Awana Kancha Farm: Although a bit touristy, it gives us a chance to see the 4 South American camelids in one place. While llamas and alpacas are abundant, it is rare to see Vicuna and Guanaco elsewhere. 
  • Freetime to explore the charming city on your own. Dinner is not included tonight but we have prepared a map with some suggestions.
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BreakfastHotel Buffet LunchLocal Specialty DinnerNot Included HotelPalacio Nazarenas 5☆

Day7

Cusco  (3hrs) Raqch'i  (2hrs) La Raya  (5hrs) Lake Titicaca (Puno)【3 meals】

  • San Pedro Market: Stroll through a local market in Cusco where you can find the freshest fruits, local souvenirs, and award-winning coffee and chocolate beans. 
  • Traversing through the breathtaking scenery of the Peruvian Andes on the brand new Belmond Andean Explorer Train. During the day, we will stop in Raqch'i for a short tour, enjoy music and afternoon teatime on board, and see sunset at La Raya. At night, rest comfortably on this luxury sleeper train, first of its kind in South America.
    • Triple accommodation is not available aboard the train. If you are booking triple rooms throughout the tour, please note a $400 single room supplement will apply for the train. 


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BreakfastHotel Buffet LunchServed on the Train DinnerServed on the Train HotelBelmond Andean Explorer Train

Day8

Lake Titicaca  (1.5hrs) Juliaca  (1.5hrs) Lima 【3 meals】

  • Lake Titicaca (altitude: 12,555ft): World's highest navigable body of water and the birthplace of the Incas. 
  • Floating Islands of Uros: Get a glimpse of the life of Uros people living on these floating islands made entirely out of totora reeds.  
  • Taquile Island: Ride a speed boat to this isolated island on Lake Titicaca known for its Textile Art, recognized by UNESCO as "Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity." 


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BreakfastServed on Train LunchLocal Specialty DinnerLocal Specialty HotelBelmond Miraflores Park 5☆ or JW Marriott Lima 5☆

Day9

Lima  Your Next Destination【3 meals】

  • Historic Centre of Lima Tour: Visit some of the most prominent sites in the UNESCO World Heritage Centre including the Convent of San Francisco, Plaza Mayor, Plaza San Martin etc. 
  • MATE Museum: Founded by world renowned photographer Mario Testino, see some of the best international contemporary art and photography. 
  • After our farewell dinner, airport sendoff is available for flights between 11:30pm-3:00am. 
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BreakfastHotel Buffet LunchLocal Specialty DinnerFarewell Dinner

Health & Safety 

  • This tour is well-paced active tour that includes walking on inclined or uneven pavements in high altitudes.
  • We're sorry, but guests in wheelchairs are not encouraged to join this tour due to lack of wheelchair accessibility in some hotels and sites, including Machu Picchu.
  • Travelers can experience altitude sickness in destinations higher than 8,000ft above sea level. Common symptoms of altitude sickness include headache, nausea, shortness of breath, fatigue, and lack of appetite. Guests with preexisting medical conditions such as heart or lung disease should consult with your doctor before traveling. 
  • Cusco and Puno are 11,000ft-12,500ft above sea level, please consult with your health care provider regarding altitude sickness prevention and medication. 
  • We strongly encourage you to visit the CDC website and check with your health care provider for a list of recommended and required shots when traveling to Peru and other South American countries. 
  • Zika virus is present in Peru. Please practice enhanced precautions when traveling. Women who are pregnant should not travel to any area of Peru below 6,500ft. For more information, visit the CDC or CA Department of Public Health websites. 

Upgrades

  • In the spirit of "Travel Happy" we do not believe in hidden fees - no options are sold on tour.

  Hotel Rooms

  • TWIN (2 bed) rooms are limited. Please let us know if you require a TWIN room for the entirety of the tour - we will try our best to accommodate. Otherwise rooms may be DOUBLE (1 large bed).
  • TRIPLE (3 bed) rooms are limited and not guaranteed in all hotels. Not available on Andean Explorer Train; A $400 single supplement will be charged for a private room aboard the train.

 Dietary Restrictions

  • It's important everyone has a great dining experience while traveling with us! If you have a special meal restriction (i.e. no raw fish, no cheese, etc), please let us know. We will do our best to oblige, but we regret some dietary preferences may not be available due to cultural differences.

Luggage Handling

  • Due to limited space aboard our train to Machu Picchu, please prepare an overnight bag (carry-on size) for 2 day/1 night use on Day 3. We will arrange the transfer of your large suitcases to our hotel in Cusco.
  • Porterage service included in all hotels, train stations, and airports where available. 
  • Domestic airlines in Peru allow 1pc of checked luggage (up to 50lbs). 


Lima

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 vallet, 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"!

Plaza de Armas

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.

Pachacamac Archaeological Complex

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.

Larco Museum

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!

Urubamba

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 acclimatize 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!)

Maras Salt Pans

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. 

Machu Picchu

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.

Cusco

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 cobble stoned 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!

Cusco Cathedral

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. 

Qorikancha

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

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 fitted together that not enough a piece of paper can cut 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. 

Lake Titicaca

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. 

The Westin Lima Hotel & Convention Center

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.  

Tambo del Inka

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 we can walk 5mins to board the PeruRail Sacred Valley Train to Machu Picchu. 

Belmond Sanctuary Lodge

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. 

Belmond Palacio Nazarenas

Built on Inca foundations and refinished with all the modern comforts, the beautifully decorated rooms here has 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? This is hands down the best hotel in Cusco. 

Andean Explorer Train

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. On board, 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. 

Belmond Miraflores Park

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 prime ocean view, and enjoy breakfast located on the 11th floor with a spectacular view of Lima city and the Pacific Ocean coastline.

  • Pisco Sour


  • Ceviche


  • Lomo Saltado


  • Aji de Gallina


  • Hearts of Palm Salad


  • Anticuch (Beef Heart)


  • Cuy (Guinea Pig)


  • Amazon Giant Snail


  • Lucuma Ice Cream


  • Alpaca Steak


  • Tamales


  • Causa


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