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Globus Legacy of the Incas with Peru's Amazon, Chiclayo & Trujillo(SPY2)

19 days from Lima to Lima 
The rediscovered jewels of the Inca Empire, the magnificent scenery in the Peruvian Amazon, the mysterious Nazca Lines, and the archaeological treasures of Chiclayo and Trujillo await you on this tour through Peru. Peru is one of the great originating centers of ancient culture, and on this vacation you’ll discover its archaeological treasures, appreciate its ancient ruins, and learn about its culture.

Begin with a trip to Peru’s Amazon, where you’ll discover the tropical jungle on multiple boat trips. Be on the lookout for turtles, caimans, monkeys, river birdlife, and more—not to mention the lush vegetation. Search by canoe for the resident giant river otters, and visit a Parrot Clay Lick to watch the parrots and macaws. In Lima, see vestiges of the Spanish colonial period before heading to Cusco and the Sacred Valley. See the Temple of Sacsayhuaman, which was built in the early 12th century. Some of the stones used to build the fortress weigh more than 350 tons, fit so tightly together that a piece of paper will not fit between the stones. Just ponder how it was built without the help of modern technology and machinery! While at the ruins, experience a Mother Earth Ceremony, performed by a local shaman to thank Mother Earth and to ask for good health and safe travels. A highlight of your vacation is a tour to Machu Picchu. Stand in awe as you witness the ancient ruins surrounded by soaring peaks—one of the most majestic images in South America!

No trip to Peru is complete without seeing the Nazca Lines. When seen from the air, the lines form precise geometric shapes that number in the hundreds. Archaeologists remain puzzled about why the ancient Nazca people, who thrived here from 200 BC to 500 AD, created illustrations that could only be seen from far above the Earth. To round out this Incan Empire discovery, head to Chiclayo—Peru’s Egypt—for an archaeological feast! Visit tombs dating back to 100 AD, still intact, and the ceremonial pyramids feared by many natives, who often refer to it as “Purgatory.” Not far from Chiclayo, Trujillo offers the chance to see the Sun and Moon Pyramids, and some of the oldest and largest archaeological sites in South America.

Ancient ruins, fascinating culture, and captivating flora and fauna—these all await you on this wonderful Peruvian vacation. For travelers ready for a new adventure, this tour is for you!
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  • Save 10% per person on 2018 Globus Europe, South and North America early booking vacations.*
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Globus Highlights & Sightseeing

PERU’S AMAZON
Enjoy three nights in the Peruvian Amazon

LIMA
Sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit San Francisco Monastery and a [LF] local Peruvian food market; welcome dinner at Casa Garcia Alvarado; farewell dinner

SACRED VALLEY
[LF] Enjoy a special lunch, complete with live Andean music and a Mother Earth Ceremony performed by a shaman; visit Pisac; visit Ollantaytambo and [LF] a local home for a glimpse into rural Peruvian life

MACHU PICCHU
Take the Vistadome train through the Urubamba Valley; sightseeing with a Local Guide and a second entrance to the ruins on your second day in Machu Picchu; Pisco Sour mixology lesson

CUSCO
Sightseeing with a Local Guide; Inca King greeting; visit the cathedral and Santo Domingo Monastery, Kenko Temple, and the Temple of Sacsayhuaman

LAKE TITICACA
Guided sightseeing to Taquile and the Uros Floating Islands

SILLUSTANI
Visit the ruins; [LF] learn about the lives of the local people

PARACAS
Fly over the Nazca Lines; cruise to the Ballestas Islands

CHICLAYO & TRUJILLO
Sightseeing of Sipan, Tucume, El Brujo, Sun & Moon Pyramids, and Chan Chan

Itinerary (2018)

Day 1ARRIVE IN LIMA, PERU.
 Welcome to Lima, where you will be met by a Globus representative.
Day 2LIMA–PUERTO MALDONADO–REFUGIO AMAZONAS.
 Fly to Puerto Maldonado. Embark on a MOTORBOAT for a journey up the Tambopata River to your Amazon Jungle lodge with your expert Naturalist. After settling in, participate in a night WALK with your expert Naturalist to observe nocturnal wildlife. (B,L,D)
Day 3REFUGIO AMAZONAS.
 A boat trip and walk bring you to OXBOW LAKE to search for the resident giant river otters, howler monkeys, macaws, and other fauna. Next, take a walk to the CANOPY TOWER to observe the forest and river and its inhabitants. This afternoon, visit a local FARM to meet local farmers and learn about the Amazon’s crops. Your guide will also teach you the medicinal uses of the area’s endemic plants. (B,L,D)
Day 4REFUGIO AMAZONAS.
 Visit a CLAY LICK and watch from a blind as parrots and macaws perch to eat clay. Also, visit a Brazil nut FARM & CAMP and learn how this nut is sustainably harvested and prepared for consumption. Later, visit a MAMMAL CLAY LICK, where peccary and other large mammals can often be found. (B,L,D)
Day 5REFUGIO AMAZONAS–PUERTO MALDONADO–LIMA.
 Return to Puerto Maldonado and fly to Lima, where the remainder of your day is at leisure and you will be met by your Tour Director. (B)
Day 6LIMA.
 This afternoon, your Local Guide focuses on the city’s colonial heritage during a walking TOUR. Start at the Plaza de Armas to see the Government Palace and the cathedral. From here, stroll to the venerable SAN FRANCISCO MONASTERY with its splendid 17th-century cloister murals. For a special treat, stop at a [LF] LOCAL PERUVIAN FOOD MARKET to taste some typical Peruvian fruit and experience a bit of everyday life in Lima. This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner with your fellow traveling companions at one of Lima’s finest historic homes, CASA GARCIA ALVARADO. (B,D)
Day 7LIMA–CUSCO–SACRED VALLEY.
 Fly to Cusco, the impressive Andean city that was once the capital of the Inca Empire. Head into the Sacred Valley of the Incas, where you will enjoy a special lunch prepared exclusively for Globus guests at a private location. Here, enjoy a live Andean band and experience a mystical [LF] El Pago a la Tierra, or MOTHER EARTH CEREMONY, performed by a local shaman. These ceremonies thanking Mother Earth and asking for good health and safe travels have been practiced in Peru since before the arrival of the Incas. Next, continue to PISAC, an old mountain village where you will have free time to shop for local wares such as alpaca sweaters and blankets, jewelry, or hand-painted ornamental dishes and vases. Stay in the Sacred Valley tonight, and enjoy a special dinner at the hotel. (B,L,D)
Day 8SACRED VALLEY–MACHU PICCHU.
 This morning, visit the Inca Fortress of OLLANTAYTAMBO, followed by the opportunity to visit a [LF] HOME, meet some of the locals, and experience their traditional way of life. Next, board the Vistadome TRAIN for a short journey through the lush Urubamba Valley. Then, transfer to a motorcoach for the ascent to legendary MACHU PICCHU, the “Lost City of the Incas,” high above the steep valley overlaid with dense tropical jungle. Your Local Guide will bring you closer to the lives and mysteries still hidden in these amazing structures built by the Pre-Columbian masters of this sacred land. Tonight, learn how to mix the perfect Pisco Sour, Peru’s national drink, before an exquisite dinner at the hotel. (B,L,D)
Day 9MACHU PICCHU–CUSCO.
 Your entrance to MACHU PICCHU is included for a second day. Enjoy the tranquility of the morning, with free time to wander the ruins at your own pace and experience the magic that is Machu Picchu. After lunch, return to the Sacred Valley by TRAIN and continue on to Cusco. (B,L)
Day 10CUSCO.
 This morning, learn more about the Incas and their struggle against invading Spaniards on your Cusco city TOUR, with visits to the imposing CATHEDRAL and the SANTO DOMINGO MONASTERY. During your city tour, you will be greeted by an INCA KING, so have your cameras ready! Also visit the semi-circular KENKO Temple with its stone altars and labyrinth of passages, and see the ancient site of Puca Pucara before the TEMPLE OF SACSAYHUAMAN, perched on a hillside overlooking Cusco. It remains unfathomable how and when this fortress of gigantic stones—with some blocks weighing more than 350 tons—was built. The remainder of your day is free to explore at your leisure. Tonight, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)
Day 11CUSCO–JULIACA–PUNO (LAKE TITICACA).
 Board a flight to Juliaca, where you will continue to Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca. (B,D)
Day 12PUNO. EXCURSION TO LAKE TITICACA.
 Today, take a motorboat trip to some of the more unique islands of LAKE TITICACA. Start with TAQUILE ISLAND, which was once part of the Inca Empire and was one of the last areas of Peru to be conquered by Spain in the 16th century. The Spanish banned traditional dress on the island, which is why the Spanish peasant dress can still be found today. Next, travel to the fascinating UROS ISLANDS, home to the Uros Indians, who were forced to live on the lake as the Inca Indians pushed farther into their territory. These islands are completely made by reeds and are continually added to as they disintegrate to the bottom of the lake. (B,L,D)
Day 13PUNO–SILLUSTANI–JULIACA–LIMA.
 Depart for Juliaca this morning, visiting the ruins of SILLUSTANI en route. At this pre-Incan burial ground, see where the ancient Aymaras buried their high priests in chullpas—above-ground, cylinder-shaped tombs dating back to the 1400s. While here, [LF] spend some time with the locals, see their HOMES, learn how they work, what they eat, and gain a better understanding of their lives. Fly from Juliaca to Lima this afternoon. (B)
Day 14LIMA–PARACAS. BALLESTAS ISLANDS CRUISE & NAZCA LINES.
 Enjoy a scenic drive south along the Pan-American Highway to the Bay of Paracas. CRUISE out to the Ballestas Islands, which are inhabited by a wide variety of sea mammals and exotic birds, including boobies, sea lions, and Humboldt penguins. The huge Candelabro, a candelabra-shaped etching on the Paracas cliffside, can also be seen as you cruise back to shore. Continue to the town of Pisco, the wine capital of Peru. Have your camera handy today as you board your aircraft for a FLIGHT over the Nazca plains, which can only be appreciated by air. Your pilot will point out the mysterious markings known as the NAZCA LINES, a series of drawings of animals and geometric figures etched into the parched soil—some up to 1,000 feet long! Theories vary, but the most accepted belongs to German mathematician Maria Reiche, who dubbed the land the “astronomical calendar” of the ancient Peruvians. Enjoy dinner this evening at your hotel. (B,D)
Day 15PARACAS–LIMA.
 After some free time in Paracas, return to Lima today. Tonight, your Tour Director hosts a memorable farewell dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D
Day 16LIMA–CHICLAYO.
 Take a morning flight to Chiclayo and begin with a visit to SIPAN, discovered in 1987 and considered one of the most important archaeological discoveries this century due to its intact tombs. Dating back to around 100 AD, these pyramid-shaped tombs made from adobe hold many similarities to those found in Egypt. A visit to the SIPAN MUSEUM shows a reconstruction of the tombs as well as the artifacts found inside them. Visit the TUCUME PYRAMIDS, where ancient mythology and legend envelops these 26 adobe pyramids that once served as a ceremonial complex. Many natives still fear the site, known locally as “Purgatory.” (B,L)
Day 17CHICLAYO–TRUJILLO.
 En route to Trujillo, visit EL BRUJO, a stepped pyramid believed to be used for religious ceremonies between the 1st and 7th centuries. At the museum, learn about and see the artifacts found in the tombs. (B)
Day 18TRUJILLO–LIMA.
 Visit the SUN & MOON PYRAMIDS, the largest Pre-Columbian structures in South America, and hear how and why human sacrifice was practiced here. Continue to CHAN CHAN, a well-planned metropolis and ancient capital of the Chimu Empire. This archaeological site is characterized by very tall walls, some of which are 26 feet high, that enclose each of the 11 citadels. After lunch on Huanchaco Beach, transfer to the airport for your return flight to Lima. (B,L)
Day 19LIMA.
 Your tour ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Included Globus Meals

Breakfast daily, 9 lunches, 11 three-course dinners including a welcome dinner at a historic home and a farewell dinner in Lima

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Globus Pricing Details

Dates & Prices do not include air travel.
Participation in this vacation requires purchase of the following flights from Globus, not included in pricing: (1) roundtrip air from your U.S. gateway and intra-vacation air segments, starting at $1,859 (based on Miami, departure inJanuary, 2018); or (2) intra-vacation air segments only. Required intra-vacation air segments: Lima/Puerto Maldonado; Puerto Maldonado/Lima; Lima/Cusco; Cusco/Juliaca; Juliaca/Lima; Lima/Chiclayo; Trujillo/Lima. Air prices were effective on July 12, 2017 and their availability is limited. At the time you purchase your tour, air prices may be higher.

Gratuities for Tour Director, driver, and Local guides are available for pre-purchase on the base vacation. For vacations that include an extension to the base, pre-paid gratuities only include the base portion. Any additional gratuities would need to be paid on trip.

Prices are per person, based on double room occupancy.

Single Room Supplement:
$1,300

Triple Rooms are available at no reduction.

Extra Nights per person in Lima:
in single room $183; in twin room $98; in triple room $92

2019 prices and itineraries are subject to change. Details will be available in July 2018.

Globus Notes

  • Participation in this tour requires guest's name exactly as it appears on his/her passport, D.O.B., gender, and nationality at the time of booking.

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Guaranteed Departure 01/19/2018 $5,619.00
03/02/2018 $5,619.00
03/30/2018 $5,619.00
04/13/2018 $5,619.00
05/11/2018 $5,619.00
06/22/2018 $5,619.00
07/06/2018 $5,619.00
08/03/2018 $5,619.00
09/14/2018 $5,619.00
09/28/2018 $5,619.00
10/12/2018 $5,619.00
01/18/2019 $5,979.00
02/15/2019 $5,979.00
03/01/2019 $5,979.00
03/15/2019 $5,979.00
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