Peru 2018-01-10T13:56:34+00:00

Peru 2018

Travel to Peru with the Salt Lake Chamber! This international trip visits the Inca nation of Peru, known for its stunning natural beauty and ancient civilization. Stay in Lima, Peru’s capital, known as the City of Kings. Travel by train to Cusco, the historic capital of the Inca Empire, where you will spend time at the famous Sacred Valley of the Incas, home to the mountainous citadel of Machu Picchu. Aguas Calientes, Huaca Huallamarca and the village of Maras are yours to enjoy as we explore Peru.

October 11-19, 2018

Cost: $3,399*

9-day trip includes:
  • Round trip scheduled airfare from Salt Lake City to Lima, Peru
  • 8 nights hotel in Peru
  • Daily breakfast
  • All transfers while overseas and fuel surcharges

For pricing and other questions, please contact Maria Loftis at 801.328.5047 or mloftis@slchamber.com

For complete itinerary, click here. For registration form, click here.

*Price is per person, based on double-occupancy. Early-bird discount registration by March 30, 2018; price increases to $3,499 per person after this date. Taxes not included (approximately $150).

REGISTER ONLINE NOW – USE BOOKING CODE: B002279

Day-by-Day Itinerary

October 11-19, 2018

DAY 1: USA – PERU

Today you will board your flight to Peru.

DAY 2: ARRIVAL IN PERU

Arrive in Lima, Peru today. Founded on January 18, 1535 by the Spanish Conqueror Francisco Pizzaro, Lima is known as the “City of Kings”. It is a cosmopolitan city blending the splendor of its colonial past with the modern era. Nestled on the banks of the Rimac River and the shores of the Pacific Ocean, Lima is home to the seat of government; the country’s most important institutions and 1/3 of Peru’s population. The day will be at leisure to explore museums with great works of art, city beaches, shopping and enjoying the exquisite cuisine that gives Peru’s capital an authentic personality and makes for a unique traveling experience.

DAY 3: LIMA – CITY TOUR

After a buffet breakfast you will experience Lima, the City of the Kings, and the most important city of the Americas during colonial times. Take a walk around the Main Square, where you can find Presidential Palace, the Cathedral, the Archbishop’s Palace and Metropolitan City Hall, beautiful buildings, all full of history and tradition. Then, you will go to the San Francisco Monastery, probably the most spectacular church of colonial Lima, housing the catacombs and a very fine museum of religious art from the XVII century. The tour then continues to the modern district of San Isidro, where you will appreciate Huaca Huallamarca, a pre Incan pyramid made out of adobe, and end up in the district of Miraflores, where you will observe the Pacific Ocean coast from the vast seafront. After some free time for lunch our Cultural Discovery Series will take you to visit one of Latin America’s most complete museums, the Larco Museum, with its unequaled private collection called the Treasures of Ancient Peru; it inspires its visitors to discover, learn about, and enjoy the more than five thousand years of the history of ancient Peru. There are more than 45,000 ceramic artifacts on display, mostly from the Mochicas, which were compiled by Rafael Larco Hoyle, an important Peruvian archaeologist and major collector. This evening dinner is at local restaurant in Lima.

DAY 4: LIMA/CUSCO CITY TOUR

After a buffet breakfast you will head to Lima airport to board your flight to Cusco. Upon arrival in Cusco you will be transferred to your hotel. Welcome to Cusco known as the ‘Archaeological Capital of the Americas’. Cusco is a beautiful city of contrasts between the indigenous way of life and the modern western world. It is these contrasts that have given Cusco its rare beauty. In the afternoon get to know the city of Cusco, an UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site and possessor of a style all its own. The tour begins at the Koricancha Temple, an old Inca palace and main center for the worship of the sun god, Inti. Once the Spanish conquered Peru, the Dominican order built a lovely church over this temple’s foundations: the church of Santo Domingo that is still there today. Your next destination is the Main Square; then the adventure continues at the Sacsayhuaman Fortress, built of enormous stone blocks expertly shaped by the Incas. It is strategically located at the top of a hill overlooking the city of Cuzco. What a view of the city! The tour continues with visits to three archaeological sites: Qenko, Puca-Pucara, and Tambomachay, important religious and administrative centers for the Incas. As a part of the Cultural Discovery Series, this evening you will enjoy dinner and folklore show at local restaurant.

DAY 5: CUSCO

Today is yours to explore Cusco, visit the local markets, drink in the atmosphere or take an optional tour – the Secrets of the Sacred Valley. You will travel deep into the Sacred Valley and to Moray. Moray is a fantastic place where circular and semi-circular agricultural terraces have been built into the top of a limestone hill overlooking the Urubamba Valley and were used by the Incas as a botanical laboratory. Apart from their agricultural function, some believe they have a mystical meaning that we have yet to unlock. Close at hand see the Colonial village of Maras, famed for its salt ponds where Maras salt is extracted. The area resembles a patchwork of terraces and ponds – it’s a photographers dream! Have you ever thought what Peruvian village life is all about? Today you have the opportunity to see as you will visit the Andean community of Misminay where you will meet with townsfolk, who have preserved their ancient traditions and culture. The families live in small one or two room adobe houses, and they raise Guinea pigs, cows, and sheep and live off the land and off the grid! You can choose between helping them plow or harvest their crops, depending on the time of year. You can even take part in a ceremony that honors mother earth. See townsfolk spin and dye wool thread using natural dyes as well as weave fabric following their ancient techniques, and enjoy a once in a lifetime Peruvian cultural exchange and discussions. Here a delicious lunch will be prepared as a community event and served in the communal dining room. After lunch you will then visit the local school to meet the pupils and teachers up-close, learn of the Peruvian rural education system. (Due to scheduling the school visit is not always possible.)

DAY 6: CUSCO – AGUAS CALIENTES/MACHU PICCHU (BY TRAIN)

Awaiting you today is by far and away one of the high points in world travel: Machu Picchu. Enjoy a morning departure to the train station and board your train to Aguas Calientes. You will visit one of the new Seven Wonders of the World and an important source of energy: Machu Picchu. On the way you will enjoy an impressive view of Urubamba’s Sacred Valley. Once we arrive at Aguas Calientes, board your bus to Machu Picchu archaeological site. It will be an unforgettable experience. A professional guide will walk you through the intriguing story that envelopes this mystifying place. After discovering this UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site, you will have free time to explore at leisure, or simply relax and meditate. After lunch on your own you will go back to
your hotel. Dinner tonight will be served at the hotel.

DAY 7: AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU/CUSCO

Why not experience every nook and cranny of amazing Machu Picchu on a second optional visit? Standing on the top of a mountain range, being able to witness one of the world’s most ancient cities being illuminated by the sun’s rays, revealing an abundance of color and contrast, is a truly mystical experience. Whether your quest is spiritual or photographic, you’ll be awestruck with the impressive views. After breakfast you will board the train back to Ollanta station, enjoying beautiful panoramic windows to make the most of the spectacular scenery and allow for fantastic photo opportunities. Upon arrival back to Ollanta you will be transferred to your hotel in Cusco you will be transferred to your hotel. Check-in, relax or continue to explore the
wonders of Cusco and their Inca influence.

DAY 8: CUSCO

Today you have a day at leisure to explore the heart of the Inca world – Cusco. Experience some of the country’s finest colonial and religious splendors, shop in its vibrant and colorful markets.

DAY 9: CUSCO/LIMA – USA

Today we transfer to the airport for your international flight home. Due to flight schedules your return flight may arrive back to the USA on day 10.

Puno Post-Tour

(Optional)

October 19-21, 2018

Enjoy 2 Nights – $699

Not ready to go home? Extend your stay in Puno, the beautiful city on the shores of Lake Titicaca.

Day 10: CUSCO — PUNO

Early morning you will be picked-up at your hotel for the day-long bus journey to Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world. First you will visit Andahuaylillas, a town where a precious church from the 17th century boasts an amazing organ decorated with angels and cherubs. After this you will visit Racchi ruins, known as “The Temple of God Wiracocha”. The last stop before arriving to Puno will be La Raya, highest point on the road between Cusco and Puno from where we will get excellent photo opportunities. After this you will arrive to Puno. Upon arrival you will check into your hotel and relax.

Day 11: PUNO CITY TOUR — TAQUILE ISLAND & UROS ISLANDS 

The day begins early as you head out of the city of Puno towards Taquile Island, about 35 kilometers away and 3950 meters above sea level. 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 everyday artistic, handicraft, and farming activities. After this time of sharing, you will enjoy a box 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 day you will be taken back to your hotel.

Day 12: PUNO/LIMA — USA

After breakfast you will be transferred to Puno airport to board your flight back to Lima and then to the USA. Due to flight schedules your return flight may arrive back to the USA the next day.

For pricing and other questions, please contact Maria Loftis at 801.328.5047 or mloftis@slchamber.com

For complete itinerary and reservation form, click here.