Official Language: Spanish
Population: 30,475,144 as of July 2013
Currency: Peso (MXN)
Calling Code: +51
Religion: A large proportion are Christians found mainly outside the coastal and eastern provinces.
Climate:Land north of the twenty-fourth parallel experiences cooler temperatures during the winter months. South of the twenty-fourth parallel, temperatures are fairly constant year round and vary solely as a function of elevation. This gives Mexico one of the world's most diverse weather systems.
Located on the northern coast, Máncora is a small town featuring Peru’s best sandy beach, stretching for several kilometers along the Pacific. The town also boasts a large proportion of beach resorts, luxury restaurants and nightclubs for such a small town where the Pan-American Highway serves as the town’s main street. The consistently good waves makes Mancora a popular surfing destination while a raucous nightlife keeps visitors busy after the sun disappears.
According to some, the Peruvian Amazon jungle is a better adventure holiday destination than its Brazilian counterpart around Manaus, with basically the same wildlife but less spoilt and better value. Starting point to an Amazon boat tour in Peru is Iquitos, the world’s largest city that cannot be reached by road. That leaves planes and boats as the primary means of entrance and exit for both people and supplies.
The Nazca Lines are located between the towns of Nazca and Palpa along the northern Pacific coast. Created between 200 BC and 700 AD the figures range from simple lines to stylized spiders, monkeys, fish, llamas, lizards and human figures. The lines were created on such a large scale that it wasn’t until the 1920′s, when Peruvian airlines started to fly from Lima to Arequipa, that they were recognized as figures. Hotels and tour agents in Nazca offer round flights in a Cessna to view the lines. There is also an observation tower along the Pan-American highway with a view of three of the figures.
Santa Catalina Monastery
Founded on October 2, 1580, the Santa Catalina Monastery in Arequipa covers a walled area of 20,000 square meters with walls, streets, walkways, stairways and small squares. The monastery is predominantly of the Mudéjar style, and is characterized by the vividly painted walls. It is one of the most important monasteries of colonial Peru and Latin America.
One of the most beautiful and impressive ancient sites in the world, Machu Picchu is the undisputable nr 1 among the top tourist attractions in Peru. The “Lost City of the Incas” is invisible from the Urubamba Valley below and completely self-contained, surrounded by agricultural terraces and watered by natural springs. Although known locally, Machu Picchu was largely unknown to the outside world before being rediscovered in 1911 by historian Hiram.
Useful Tips: Present a gift at a social meeting, not during a formal business meeting. Give good quality whiskey, wine, coffee table books and name brand pens. Gifts for your counterpart's children will be appreciated. Don't smoke in public. Federal law bans smoking in public places.
Tipping System: Workers in most services get tipped 10%, and as they make the minimum wage, which is not enough to live on, you can be sure they need the money. There are many places where tipping is not customary but is a welcome gesture. The local juice stands, bars, coffee corners, street and beach vendors are all tipped on occasion.
05DAYS 04NIGHTS - LIMA + CUSCO
Day 1: Lima (L / D)
Arrival to Lima, meet and transfer to your hotel
Lunch at local restaurant.
Visit downtown at City of the Kings, the most important American city during colonial times. Take a walk around the Main Square, where you can find Presidential Palace, the Cathedral, the Archbishops Palace and Metropolitan City Hall, beautiful buildings, all full of history and tradition. Then, go all over 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 goes all the way to modern district of San Isidro, where you will appreciate Huaca Huallamarca, a pre Incan pyramid made out of adobe, and end up in the touristic district of Miraflores, where you will observe the Pacific Ocean coast from the vast seafront.
Dinner at local restaurant.
Day 2: Lima, Cusco (B / L / D)
At scheduled time transfer to the airport to take the flight to Cusco
Arrival to Cusco, reception and transfer to your hotel.
Lunch at local restaurant.
The tour will show you the amazing colonial city built on the foundations of the Inca palaces. You will visit the Koricancha or Temple of the Sun, where you can appreciate the incredible masonry of the Incas, the Plaza de Armas and the Cathedral with its carved woodworks, altars and paintings. Then you will be driven to the Inca fortress of Sacsayhuamán, to the underground cave and temple of Kenko, PucaPucará and to Tambomachay, known as the Baths of the Inca. Finally, we stop at the living art the workshop “Inka´s Expression”. The visit will allow passengers to admire how the local artisans create wonderful silver pieces, paintings and wood carvings.
Dinner at the Hotel
Day 3: Cusco (B / L / D)
FULL DAY OLLANTAYTAMBO+PISAC MARKET (PVT, + 7HOURS, LUNCH INCLUDED)
Early in the morning you will be transferred to Ollantaytambo, an Inca vestige that was a military, religious and agricultural center. Here, the fortress located in the highest part of the mountain, protected the valley from the invaders. The view of the town from the top is overwhelming, narrow streets and water channels are still used by the locals. After lunch at a local restaurant, we continue to Pisac, a beautiful town famous for its typical handicraft market, full of color and tradition.
Dinner –Show at local Restaurant.
Day 4: Cusco (B / L / D)
At scheduled time transfer from Cusco to Ollantaytambo train station to take Vistadome Train
FULL DAY MACHUPICCHU (WITH PRIVATE GUIDE ON BOARD AND FOR EXCURSION, BUFFET LUNCH AT MPSL)
You will arrive to the Aguas Calientes Station in Machu-Picchu whereyou will be transported by bus to the top of the mountain and citadel of Machu-Picchu, one of the most renowned examples of Inca architecture, surrounded by lush cloud forest. Lost in history, it was not discovered until 1911 by the American explorer Hiram Bingham. After a guided visit of the ruins, you will have a self-service lunch at Machupicchu Sanctuary Lodge.
Vistadome train back to Ollantaytambo station and transfer back to your hotel
Dinner is included at the hotel
Day 5: Cusco, Lima (B)
At the scheduled time, transfer to the airport to take the flight back to Lima
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