Empire of the Incas: Peru & Bolivia

A scenic rail journey to Machu Picchu's mysteries... visits to floating islands where time stands still... history in Lima, Cusco and La Paz... Peru's Paso horses, Pisco Sours, and more await on your adventures through Peru and Bolivia.



Explore the world of the ancient Incas and witness the impact of the Spanish conquistadors on cultures from out of the mists of history... from Pizarro's colonial Lima and Cusco, to the Sacred Valley of the Incas and Machu Picchu to Lake Titicaca to La Paz. Discover Inca strongholds and sacred sites surrounded by the Andes... admire the skill and craftsmanship of ancient artisans whose true medium was gold... and learn the secrets of the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. Attend a folkloric performance based on Inca mythology... take a boat to meet locals living like their ancestors did on floating reed islands on Lake Titicaca... see famous Peruvian Paso horses demonstrate their skills... and discover the cultural and architectural diversity of La Paz, highest capital city on Earth.

Explore the world of the ancient Incas and witness the impact of the Spanish conquistadors on cultures from out of the mists of history... from Pizarro's colonial Lima and Cusco, to the Sacred Valley of the Incas and Machu Picchu to Lake Titicaca to La Paz. Discover Inca strongholds and sacred sites surrounded by the Andes... admire the skill and craftsmanship of ancient artisans whose true medium was gold... and learn the secrets of the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. Attend a folkloric performance based on Inca mythology... take a boat to meet locals living like their ancestors did on floating reed islands on Lake Titicaca... see famous Peruvian Paso horses demonstrate their skills... and discover the cultural and architectural diversity of La Paz, highest capital city on Earth.

Traveling Well Includes:
  • Private, four-course Farewell Tasting Dinner at Restaurant Gustu in La Paz
  • On-Tour Air (2 flights)
  • A memorable rail journey to the Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu, aboard the Vistadome
  • Visits to UNESCO World Heritage Sites including the historic center of Lima, the colonial city of Cusco, and incredible Machu Picchu
  • A private folklore performance of Apus of the Andes in the Sacred Valley, based on Quechua and Inca mythology
  • Experience a Peruvian cooking demonstration and buffet lunch, plus a lesson on making a Pisco Sour in the Sacred Valley

  • Call (256) 413-0701 for more information or to book today! Mention code 14631447

    Tour Operator
    Tauck Tours
    Offer
    Offer valid through 12/31/2019
    Duration
    12 Days
    DayDestinationDescription
    Day 1LimaArrive Lima

    Tour begins: Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel. Upon arrival at Lima's Jorge Chavez International Airport, you'll be met by a Tauck representative and transferred to Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel, your home for your first two nights.



    Lodging: Belmond Miraflores Park

    Meals:
    Day 2LimaLima, an Oceanside City of Contrasts

    Your Peru tour begins in the lovely colonial center of Lima, originally mapped out by Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro, preserved on UNESCO's World Heritage List. Following a welcome breakfast, you'll be inspired by the city's age-old beauty and venerable traditions during a tour this morning. Some of Lima's most historic buildings surround the splendid Plaza Mayor (or Plaza de Armas) - see the Archbishop's Residence, with its fine carved balcony, and the opulent Government Palace, the official residence of the president of Peru. Visit the 16th-century Cathedral of Lima, whose first stone was laid by Pizarro himself in 1535. At the Monasterio de San Francisco, find a 17th-century complex with glazed tiles, carved ceilings, exceptional paintings and an amazing crypt. Have lunch at a local restaurant. This afternoon, enjoy a guided visit to the Museo Larco, displaying an archaeological collection of gold, silver and earthenware acquired over a lifetime by Rafael Larco Herrera and chronicling 4,000 years of Peruvian pre-Columbian history. Join us this evening for a welcome cocktail reception and dinner at a local restaurant.

    Lodging: Belmond Miraflores Park

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 3UrubambaEnter the Sacred Valley

    A short flight this morning takes you from cosmopolitan Lima to Cusco; continue overland to the Sacred Valley of the Incas for a two-night stay. Enjoy a barbecue lunch and an equestrian demonstration starring famous Peruvian Paso horses en route to your Sacred Valley hotel, where you can relax, have dinner and adjust to the higher altitude this evening... and have your journey blessed by a local shaman.

    Lodging: Tambo del Inka, A Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Valle Sagrado

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 4Valle SagradoSacred Ruins, Beliefs & Traditions

    Like Egypt's pyramids, mystery surrounds the construction methods used to build the massive stone Temple of the Sun and the Inca town of Ollantaytambo. One of the best preserved of the Inca settlements, this living museum reveals much about what life was like here in the 15th century during a tour; the people of the town still practice a very traditional lifestyle today, as you'll discover on a visit to a private home. Return to your hotel for a demonstration of Peruvian cuisine preparation by a chef, followed by a scrumptious buffet lunch - and you'll learn how to make a Pisco Sour! Tonight, you'll be treated to a performance incorporating music, dance, Andean traditions, Quechua lore and Inca mythology by the folk-arts group Kusiwasi, followed by a barbecue dinner.

    Lodging: Tambo del Inka, A Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Valle Sagrado

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 5Machu PicchuTo Mystical Machu Picchu by Rail

    Board the Vistadome train in Ollantaytambo and travel through mist-shrouded peaks that the Incas believed to be sacred to Aguas Calientes, gateway to the 'lost city of the Incas,' Machu Picchu. Spending the afternoon exploring this incredible UNESCO World Heritage Site, recently named one of the 'New Seven Wonders of the World,' with our local guides will be an unforgettable highlight of your Peru tour. Inspiration is everywhere amidst the architectural and aesthetic genius evidenced in the palaces, temples, houses and baths of this mountaintop, totally self-contained retreat. It is said by some that if you are a spiritually sensitive person and touch your forehead to the Intihuatana stone - still a precise indicator of the two annual equinoxes - you'll be able to see into the spirit world! Return to Aguas Calientes for an overnight stay at the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel... where you can enjoy a complimentary Pisco Sour at the bar (between 5:00 and 6:00 PM) prior to dinner at your leisure.

    Lodging: Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 6CuscoTo Cusco, Capital of the Incan Empire

    This morning is yours to do as you please... which might include rising super-early and returning before sunup to Machu Picchu to explore more of the site on a memorable guided sunrise tour; enjoying a nature walk through your hotel's stunning gardens, home to many species of orchids and birds; checking out local shops and such in Aguas Calientes; or indulging in a soothing treatment employing local botanicals and a mystical Andean approach at the hotel's spa (for an additional charge). After lunch, again board the Vistadome train for a scenic return rail journey, then drive to Cusco for a two-night stay. The beautiful Belmond Hotel Monasterio, named the 'Best Hotel in South America' by Conde Nast Traveler, will be your home for the next two nights. Originally built in 1592, this former monastery in the center of Cusco will indulge you with its unique atmosphere, unequaled charm and gracious hospitality.



    Lodging: Belmond Hotel Monasterio

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 7CuscoCusco - of Incans & Conquistadores

    Just about everywhere you look in Cusco - once capital of the Inca Empire, and the oldest continuously inhabited city in the Americas - you'll see traces of its Incan past and its importance to the Inca people as the 'navel of the world,' as well as of the early Spanish colonial city built above it; walk through its bustling San Pedro marketplace, alive with contemporary mestizo culture, before heading outside town to see more testaments to Incan ingenuity. At Sacsayhuaman, explore Inca ruins - a fortress built of massive stones without the use of mortar. Back in town, discover more about Cusco on a city sightseeing tour that includes the main square and a visit to 16th-century Convent of Santo Domingo; its arcades and artwork sit atop the walls of Koricancha, once a temple dedicated to the sun. Also visit the city's 16th-century Baroque cathedral - considered one of the most splendid Spanish colonial churches in America for the quality of its paintings and carvings, incorporating imagery from the Incan culture, such as the pumas carved on its enormous doors. The remainder of your day and evening are free in Cusco.

    Lodging: Belmond Hotel Monasterio

    Meals: B
    Day 8PunoFly to Lake Titicaca & visit Sillustani

    Fly this morning from Cusco to Juliaca, then continue on to your hotel in Puno, along the shores of Esteves Island on Lake Titicaca. Following lunch, if you wish, join us this afternoon for an excursion to the pre-Inca archaeological site of Sillustani, with its cylindrical stone burial towers (chulpas) left by the Colla people, who were conquered by the Incas in the 1400s. Return to your hotel for dinner at your leisure this evening.

    Lodging: Libertador Lake Titicaca

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 9PunoLife on One of Earth's Highest Lakes

    Legend has it that the Inca Empire began at Lake Titicaca when the sun god summoned his children from its chilly waters and sent them forth to establish Cusco. Centuries later, some of the indigenous people of the area - the Uros - dwell on forty-five Islas Flotantes de los Uro, floating islands made from reeds that dot the lake, living much as their ancestors did and still following their ancestral customs. View and visit some of these islands via powerboat, going ashore to meet the inhabitants and discover what their lives are like. Later, on Taquile Island, visit the home of an Aymara family who will prepare lunch for you and perform some of their traditional dances. You'll no doubt notice that on Taquile all the men seem to be industriously knitting, and you'll see some of the items that they produce. Return to the hotel for an afternoon spent as you choose, and dinner this evening at your leisure.

    Lodging: Libertador Lake Titicaca

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 10La PazTo the Heights of Bolivia

    Begin the day by concluding your Peru tour with a drive along the coast of Lake Titicaca, then cross the border and enter Bolivia. En route to Bolivia's capital, La Paz, you'll visit the archaeological site of Tiwanaku - once the capital of a pre-Inca civilization that thrived here between 500 and 900 AD. Enjoy a typical Bolivian lunch, then continue on our journey through the South American Altiplano toward the Royal Mountain Range and our final destination, La Paz, Bolivia - the highest capital city on Earth - for a two-night stay; enjoy dinner at your leisure in the hotel this evening.

    Lodging: Camino Real Suites Hotel

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 11La PazDiscover Lofty La Paz

    Begun on the site of an existing Aymara village, La Paz was founded in 1548 by Spaniards. The highest capital city in the world above sea level, La Paz is also home to the highest golf course on Earth; in the thin air, a good tee shot will travel an amazing distance! Venture just outside the city to explore the lunar-like badlands dubbed the Valle de la Luna (Valley of the Moon), a stone landscape of deep gullies and bizarre rock formations, before heading to La Paz's city center to soak up some local color and browse in the Mercato de las Brujas (Witches' Market) for magic amulets, potions, spells or plants reputed to have healing powers. From the Plaza Murillo, you'll see the colonial-era Government Palace, known as the Burned Palace because it was set on fire during eight different revolutions; the Congress building had been a convent, a jail and a university before being renovated in 1904 to house the congress of Bolivia. Explore more of the city as you please this afternoon. This evening, join us in lofty La Paz for a Tauck Exclusive private farewell reception and Tasting Dinner at Restaurant Gustu, founded by Claus Meyer (chef and co-founder of world-famous Noma in Copenhagen). You'll enjoy a sparkling four-course tasting menu featuring local Bolivian fare, with each course being paired with local beer, wine or spirits... all for Tauck guests only!

    Lodging: Camino Real Suites Hotel

    Meals: B, D
    Day 12La PazJourney Home

    Tour ends: La Paz. A transfer from the Camino Real Suites Hotel to La Paz El Alto International Airport is included. Please allow 3 hours for airport check-in formalities. Thank you for traveling with Tauck; we wish you a safe and pleasant journey home. Hasta la vista!



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    Meals: B
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      A scenic rail journey to Machu Picchu's mysteries... visits to floating islands where time stands still... history in Lima, Cusco and La Paz... Peru's Paso horses, Pisco Sours, and more await on your adventures through Peru and Bolivia.

     
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