Solo travel experience
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- Earlybird savings
- Single rooms
Discover all the wonders of Peru on this solo journey through this ancient country.
Encounter travel specialise in taking the 'alone' out of solo travel and creating memorable small group journeys for solo travelers.
Discover all the wonders of Peru. Arrive in Lima, a town rich in ancient history for an overnight stay. Next, take off with a stunning short flight over the Andes to arrive to Cusco, the archeological capital of the Americas. From here transfer to the Sacred Valley for your marvellous discovery of Inca history and continuing on for the highlight visit to Machu Picchu, ‘The Lost City of the Incas’, one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
From your Machu Pichu discovery return to the charming town of Cusco for a relaxing three night stay, with visits including prominent archeological sites and free time to soak up all the delights of this beautiful Andean town. Then, onto the altiplano, as you make your way to Lake Titicaca with visits to Taquile and Uros Islands. From the lake, travel to a new landscape – the volcanic terrain of Arequipa and the stunning region of the Colca Canyon before heading back to Lima with a flight from Arequipa to the capital. Finish your exploration of Peru, with a city tour of the capital including the Larco museum. And, ending on a high a gastronomic tour in Lima, showcasing the food of Peru.
- 13 nights
- 13 breakfasts
- 6 lunches including 2 highlight lunches
- 3 dinners including 1 highlight dinner
- All entrance fees to sightseeing inclusions as per the itinerary
- Tipping included for tour guides, drivers
- English speaking locally based guides
- English speaking tour director with groups of 8 or more
- Vistadome train return journey from Cusco to the town of Aguas Calientes, Peru
- Road travel by private air conditioned vehicle
- Boat excursion, Lake Titicaca
- One way airfare Lima to Cusco
- One way airfare Arequipa to Lima
|4-17 June 2020||Early bird offer||$6,325|
*Prices are per person for single occupancy only
Day 1: Lima, Peru
Welcome to Lima, Peru! Get ready for an incredible discovery of Peru’s highlights. In the evening meet your tour guide and other travellers for a tour briefing and welcome drink.
Day 2: Lima to Sacred Valley of the Incas
Today we take a short morning flight from Lima to Cusco. We make an early start so we can make the most of the day. Enjoy the view from the sky across the Andes. Arriving to Cusco, we transfer to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. On the way we visit Awana Kancha, where you can see all the local fauna including the various camelids; llamas, alpacas and vicuna. Then, onto the captivating Pisac Market, with an enchanting essence of the Andes.
Today, the group enjoys a delicious lunch at a community restaurant; all income earned by the restaurant is used for local social projects, while ingredients are sourced from local farmers. The setting is impressive, and the food will leave you wanting for nothing more.
We arrive to our hotel to enjoy our next two nights in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. The evening is free for you to relax and enjoy the beautiful location of your hotel.
Meals: Breakfast, Highlight Lunch
Day 3: Sacred Valley
Today we visit Chinchero, a small picturesque Andean village and visit the home of a textile artisan, where you will see some of his original work and learn about his techniques, as well as the creative process. Then visit some significant Inca ruins dating from the end of the 15th century, as well as a beautiful traditional church. Afterwards, on the road to Ollantaytambo, we stop for one of the best views of the Sacred Valley.
Enjoy an unforgettable lunch in a top rated restaurant in the Sacred Valley. Experience some of the finest food in a superb setting, enjoying the essence of Peru.
Ollantaytambo, is one of the most representative building complexes of the Inca Empire and site of one of the Spanish Conquistadors' rare strategic defeats. Famous for its terraced fields, Ollantaytambo was a very effective fortress and religious centre. From the archaeological site, look down at the town and see its incredibly narrow streets and canals that have not changed since the Incas constructed them.
After a full day, we return to our hotel for a relaxed evening.
Meals: Breakfast, Highlight Lunch
Day 4: Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. Today we visit to one of the most important tourist destinations in the world: Machu Picchu.
Awaiting you today is by far and away one of the high points in world tourism: Machu Picchu archaeological site. The Vistadome train journey is an experience in itself, with stunning countryside scenery as you journey to the foot hills of Machu Picchu to arrive to the town of Aguas Calientes.
Once there, we disembark the train to then then board a bus that makes the ascent to Machu Picchu, one of the Seven Modern Wonders of the World and UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. Take part in a guided tour, and of course take some of those iconic photos!
After our exciting morning, we enjoy a hosted lunch at a beautiful lodge at Machu Picchu. Then return to Aguas Calientes for a free afternoon, giving you time to wander around and make your own discoveries. In the evening, join together for dinner at our hotel.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5: Aguas Calientes to Cusco, Peru
The morning is at leisure before we take a return train and travel to Cusco. The train journey takes us to Ollantaytambo Station, where you will be met and driven to your hotel in Cusco.
Cusco is located approximately 3400m about sea level and an enchanting town, packed with culture and Incan history. For some the altitude may require an adjustment, and we’ve not scheduled any activities for the rest of the day.
Day 6: Cusco, Peru
This morning enjoy a half day tour of the city of Cusco and nearby archaeological sites.
Cusco, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site has a lot to take in. The tour begins at the Koricancha Temple, an Incan palace and main centre for the worship of the sun god, Inti. When the Spanish conquered Peru, the Dominican order built their church over this temple’s foundations – so stands today the church of Santo Domingo.
Your next destination is the main square, the Plaza de Armas and then continuing to the Sacsayhuaman Fortress, built of enormous stone blocks expertly shaped by the Incas. How did the ancients move and place these gigantic stones? Enjoy the view to Cusco from here. The tour continues with visits to the other significant archaeological sites: Kenko and Puca-Pucara.
Finally, you will visit the Inka's Expression art workshop, where you will appreciate how different Peruvian natural products are used (such as plants, fruits, vegetables among others) and you will discover their nutritional, curative and cosmetic properties.
There’s a free afternoon before joining together for dinner with a show.
Meals: Breakfast, Highlight Dinner
Day 7: Cusco
A day at leisure. One of the loveliest of towns for a free day. In the evening why not find a local bar at try a local Pisco Sour, enjoy the crisp setting of this mountain town, steeped in cultural and tradition.
Optional Fine Dining Dinner, Cusco
Tonight, take the option to enjoy a beautiful a la carte fine dining experience. The dinner is booked in advance with your tour guide.
Day 8: Cusco – Puno (Lake Titicaca), Peru
You will be picked up from our hotel to make the journey to Puno. En route enjoy the magnificent scenery of the South Valley of Cusco.
First stop is Andahuaylillas, where you will find the church of San Pedro, a beautiful seventeenth century building that has an impressive organ, decorated with angels and cherubs. Then, visit the ruins of Raqchi, also known as The Temple of God Wiracocha. At the end of this visit, enjoy a delicious and typical lunch buffet at a local restaurant.
Then, head towards La Raya, the highest point between Cusco and Andahuaylillas, where you will make a brief stop to appreciate the landscape. Afterwards, head towards Pucara, where you will visit the town and museum of this Inca military construction, which also functioned as an administrative centre. The day comes to an end as you arrive to Puno and are transferred to your hotel for an evening of leisure.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 9: Taquili Island and Uros Islands, Lake Titicaca
The day begins early as you head out of the city of Puno to board a boat to visit islands of Lake Titica. The sailing day is a shared service but with a private guide for our group.
Our first island is Taquili Island. 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 handicraft, and farming activities. After this time of sharing, you will enjoy a traditional 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 trip you will be taken back to your hotel and the evening is at leisure.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 10: Puno to Colca Canyon
An early start to make our way from Puno to the Colca Valley. First stop is Lagunillas, where you will see migratory birds such as flamingos, Andean goose, ducks and Andean eagles (`Kara Kara`), then we continue to visit the National Reserve Salinas Aguada Blanca to see the beautiful vicuñas in their natural habitat. Then, to Patahuasi, and we make a short break before the descent to the Colca Valley. We arrive to Chivay to enjoy a delicious buffet lunch in a local restaurant then onto our hotel with the rest of the day at leisure.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 11: Colca Canyon to Arequipa
After breakfast, we leave early in the morning to start our visit to the Colca Valley and get to the Condor Cross, where you will have the best view of the canyon and if the weather allows it, you can appreciate the majestic flight of the condor which is the biggest bird in the world. On the return, before we visit the towns Maca and Yanque, you will appreciate the hanging tombs of Choquetico. Arriving to Chivay we stop for a buffet lunch in a local restaurant. After lunch, we go to Patapampa which is the highest point in the route whose altitude ascends up to 4900 metres above sea level and from this point we can see the Chila mountain range and the Ampato, Sabancaya, Hualca Hualca volcanoes as well as the snow-capped Mismi considered as the place where the Amazon River is born. Continuing the tour we will stop in Patahuasi and finally arriving to Arequipa at the end of the day.
Day 12: Arequipa
After breakfast we head out for a half day city tour walking around Arequipa. We head to the historic centre and start the tour with a walk through the main square, as well as main streets of the city. You will visit the San Francisco church and the Third Order, appreciating its beautiful facades and interior architecture. Then, you will head to the Santa Catalina Monastery, founded in 1580, where you can appreciate its cloisters, picturesque streets and squares, which have remained intact over the centuries. From the end of the tour, transfer back to our hotel. We head out to enjoy dinner at a local Peruvian restaurant, featuring regional food.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 13: Arequipa to Lima
Today we take a flight Arequipa to Lima (included in your tour price). Arriving to Lima there’s a half day city tour. We visit the modern and colonial parts of the city of Lima, "The City of Kings", starting with the districts of Miraflores and San Isidro and onto the historical centre. Visit the the Plaza Mayor, surrounded by the Government Palace, the Archbishop's Palace, the City Hall and the Cathedral. Then visit the Larco Museum, which houses the unsurpassed private collection of Treasures of Ancient Peru with more than five thousand years of history of Ancient Peru through more than 45,000 pieces.
Tonight, the option to experience some of Lima’s finest food, highlighting the best of Peruvian cuisine. The dinner is booked in advance with your tour guide.
Day 14: Lima, Peru
Enjoy a buffet breakfast at the hotel.
Optional. Later this morning, a Gastronomic highlight experience. The most representative flavours of Peruvian gastronomy are waiting for you. Embark on an unforgettable culinary adventure, beginning your tour at a typical Peruvian market. There you will find a variety of national ingredients, among which you will find traditional Peruvian fruit like cherimoya, lucuma and aguaymanto. Then, visit an exclusive restaurant in Lima where you will learn to prepare pisco sour and ceviche, two great representatives of the Peruvian flavour. Finally, enjoy a delicious lunch with Peru’s most important dishes.
Late check out at your hotel is arranged as part of this itinerary and your touring services come to an end in the afternoon.
- Prices subject to change at any time
- Early bird valid until 31 October 2019
- Passengers must be 45 years & over
- Solo travelers only
- Subject to availability
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