Super Value Tours - Mystic Peru - 9 Days_Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca

Mystic Peru - 9 Days

2019

Land Only from US $4499 + on tour airfare

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Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca

Jul 9th & Aug 13th

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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 

    • 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 

LUXURY ACCOMMODATIONS

  • Lima: Westin Lima Hotel-Comfort, value, and located in the heart of the finanical district 
  • Lima: Belmond Miraflores Park and JW Marriott-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 South America 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 07:30A-08:30A &10:00PM~12:00AM 
  • Pre-tour hotel extension: (per room/per night, breakfast included)
    • Belmond Miraflores Park US$380 (Single/Twin/Double Room), US$460 (Triple) 
    • JW Marriott US$280 (Single/Twin/Double Room), US$360 (Triple) 

HotelBelmond Miraflores Park or JW Marriott 5☆

Day2

Lima smiley 【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. 
  • Larco Museum: Visit one of the finest museums of pre-Columbian artifacts and see the impressive pottery collection displayed in the storage room. 
Plaza de Armas plaza-de-armas.jpg Monastery of San Francisco Monastery-of-San-Francisco-Lima-Peru.jpg Larco Museum ff8080815ecedfaa015ecf58b7e00140.jpg

BreakfastHotel Buffet LunchPeruvian Anticuchos DinnerLimeño Seafood Specialties HotelBelmond Miraflores Park or JW Marriott 5☆

Day3

Lima  (1.5hrs) Cusco  (28mi, 1hr) Maras  (9mi, 30mins) Urubamba【3 meals】

  • This morning, fly to Cusco (altitude: 11,152ft), capital of the Incan Empire.
  • In order to acclimate slowly, we first descend and visit the Sacred Valley (altitude: 9,420ft).
  • Maras Salt Pans: See the impressive view of Inca salt pans cascading down the mountainside and learn about how the Incas and villagers today utilize the pans to produce salt. 
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BreakfastHotel Buffet LunchTraditional Peruvian Lunch DinnerPeruvian Horse Show Ranch Dinner HotelTambo del Inka 5☆ (Deluxe Room)

Day4

Urubamba  (3 hrs) Aguas Calientes smiley (6mi, 30mins) Machu Picchu 【3 meals】

  • Journey from Urubamba to Machu Picchu on the brand new Peru Rail Sacred Valley Train.
  • Machu Picchu Tour (approx: 2.5hrs; 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 DinnerFusion Cuisine with Andean Ingredients HotelBelmond Sanctuary Lodge

Day5

Machu Picchu  (1.5hrs) Ollantaytambo  (44mi, 2hrs) 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 (activities subject to weather conditions): 
  1. Guard House + Sun Gate (Hiking time: 3 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:3.5 hrs; Difficulty:★★★★★): The trek to the summit is strenuous, but the panoramic view of Machu Picchu will make the journey well worth it. (Only 100 visitors per day are allowed to hike Huayna Picchu, therefore arrangements must be made far in advance. Subject to availability. Please notify your sales agent at the time of booking if you are interested in this option). Nonrefundable $20/person due at time of booking. $70/person for tickets purchased within three months of tour start.
  3. Explore Machu Picchu at your own leisure. Free time until lunch at 11am.
  • Take the Vistadome train with panoramic windows located beside and above your seats back to Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley. 
Sun Gate D7 SG_1.jpg Hike to Huayna Picchu machu-picchu.jpg Belmond Palacio Nazarenas Hotel belmond-palacio-nazarenas.jpg

BreakfastHotel Buffet LunchHotel Buffet exclusively catered for us! DinnerNot Included HotelPalacio Nazarenas 5☆ (Studio Suites)

Day6

Cusco【2 meals - 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: See the 4 South American camelids in one place. While llamas and alpacas are abundant, it is rare to see Vicuna and Guanaco elsewhere. We have also made special arrangements to see the shearing process. 
  • Freetime to explore the charming city on your own. Dinner is not included tonight but we have prepared a map with some of our favorites.
Qorikancha Site koricancha.jpg Awana Kancha Farm awana-kancha.jpg Sacsayhuaman Fort sacsayhuaman-fort.jpg

BreakfastHotel Buffet LunchCusco Plaza Typical Peruvian Meal DinnerNot Included HotelPalacio Nazarenas 5☆ (Studio Suites)

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. 
  • Traverse breathtaking scenery of the Peruvian Andes on the brand new 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.
    • Please note WIFI is not provided on the train due to unstable service.
    • Twin and bunk cabins have folding beds.  
    • Triple accommodation not available aboard the train. If you are booking triple rooms throughout the tour, a Bunk room will be provided for the 3rd guest. We will also provide a Bunk room for Single travelers as well. 
    • Optional upgrade to Suite Cabins:+ $120, subject to availability - please request at time of booking. 
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BreakfastHotel Buffet LunchServed on the Train DinnerServed on the Train HotelBelmond Andean Explorer Train (Twin Cabin)

Day8

Puno (Lake Titicaca)【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 LunchTaquile Island Specialties DinnerHotel Dinner HotelSuasi Hotel or Libertador Hotel

Day9

 Puno  (33mi, 1.5hrs) Juliaca Airport  (1.5hrs) Lima  Your Next Destination【3 meals】

  • Stay in Libertador Hotel: Visit Sillustani ancient tombs.
  • 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. 
Titicaca Lake View Isla-Suasi-Lake-Titicaca-3.jpg Barranco Area Barranco.jpg MATE Museum Mate.jpg

BreakfastHotel Buffet LunchHotel Lunch Box DinnerLatin America TOP 50 Restaurant HotelOn the flight

Health & Safety 

  • This tour is well-paced active tour that includes walking on inclined or uneven pavements in high altitudes.
  • We're sorry, guests in wheelchairs are not encouraged to join this tour due to lack of wheelchair accessibility in hotels and sites, including Machu Picchu.
  • Travelers can experience altitude sickness in destinations higher than 8,000ft above sea level. Common symptoms include headache, nausea, shortness of breath, fatigue, and lack of appetite. For most travelers, it is a manageable condition through medication, herbal remedies, and breathing exercises. We have designed our tour to start at lower altitude and gradually progress to higher altitude areas, so it allows the body time to slowly accumulate. All of our buses and hotels are equipped with oxygen tanks, medical professionals are also accessible if needed.
  • Guests with preexisting medical conditions such as heart or lung disease should consult with your doctor before traveling. 
  • 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. We do not recommend women who are pregnant to travel to Peru. For more information, visit the CDC or CA Department of Public Health websites. 

Upgrades

  • New 2019 regulations for Huayna Pichu: Only 100 visitors per day are allowed to hike Huayna Picchu, therefore arrangements must be made far in advance. Subject to availability. Please notify us at the time of booking if you are interested in this option). Nonrefundable $20/person due at time of booking. $70/person for tickets purchased within three months of tour start.
  • Optional upgrade to Suite Cabin on the Andean Explorer Train for $120USD per room. Availability is limited, please inquire with your sales agent at the time of booking. 
  • 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. Triple is not available on the Andean Explorer Train; a Bunk room is provided for the 3rd guest. 

 Dietary Restrictions

  • We want everyone to have a great dining experience while traveling with us! On this trip, we will try exotic meats such as Guinea Pig, Alpaca, and beef hearts as well as ceviche (raw fish) and different types of cheese. If you have special dietary restrictions, please let us know in advance and we will do our best to accommodate, but we regret some preferences may not be available due to cultural differences. 

Luggage Handling

  • Due to limited luggage space on our train to/from Machu Picchu, we will provide a complimentary carry-on tote bag for you to pack an overnight bag 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.

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!

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. 

Awana Kancha

This is the best place to get close to alpacas and llamas. You are free to feed them and take photos togehter. Supervalue prepare a speacial DIY shearing show for our guests. At the same farm, we can learn and see antique andean weaving technique. 

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. 

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. 

Uros Island

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 Island

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.

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.

JW Marriott Lima

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.  

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

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 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? 

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. 

Suasi Private Island Hotel

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

Libertador Puno Hotel

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. 

  • Pisco Sour


  • Ceviche


  • Lomo Saltado


  • Aji de Gallina


  • Hearts of Palm Salad


  • Anticuchos (Beef Heart)


  • Cuy (Guinea Pig)


  • Lucuma Ice Cream


  • Alpaca Steak


  • Causa


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