It is true to say that no trip to Peru would be complete without a trip to the famed Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, located high in the Andes. But for many visitors, this and perhaps a short stay in Cuzco and Lima is the extent of their adventure to Peru. What they are missing out on is a Peru that is full of cultural, historical and environmental wonders, from the rainforests to the arid landscapes of the Colca Canyon, the Amazon jungle to the cultural centers like Arequipa. Here is a selection of airfare inclusive and land-only packages which may help you see a little more of this magical country.
Traveland (tel. 800/321-6336; www.traveland.com) is offering an "Inca's Legacy, Cuzco and Machu Picchu" trip starting from $999 per person based on dual occupancy. The six-night package includes round-trip airfare from Miami to Lima, airport transfers, one-night accommodation at the four-star Hotel Carrera Las Americas in Lima, round-trip domestic flight to Cuzco, daily breakfast, two lunches, tour of Incan ruins near Cuzco, four nights at the three-star Mabey Palacio Hotel in Cisco, dinner, full-day guided tour to Sacred Valley of the Incas, transfer to and from train stations, train ride from Cuzco to Aguas Calientes, one night at the three-star Presidente Hotel in Aguas Calientes and an escorted tour to Machu-Picchu with an English speaking guide. This price is for 2006 departures on March 9, 23 & 30; April 6, 13 & 20; May 4; August 1, 16 & 30; and September 1 & 20. Additional departure dates in May, June and July incur an extra $100 charge.
Their "Cuzco, Machu Picchu and Lake Titikaka" tour is priced from $1,199 (out of Miami). This seven-night adventure includes round-trip airfare to Lima, transfers, daily breakfast, three lunches, one-night at Hotel Carrera Las Americas, a domestic flight to Juliaca, two-nights at Casona Plaza Hotel, motorboat transfer to the Uros islands and Taquile island, bus ride to Cuzco, visits to three archaeological sites, three-nights at Mabey Palacio Imperial Hotel in Cuzco, a city tour of Cuzco, dinner and a show, transfers to and from train stations, train to Aguas Calientes, one-night at Presidente Hotel, bus to Machu Picchu and a guided tour plus plenty of free time at the ruins. This price is for departures from March 9 to May 4 and from August 1 to September 20, 2006 with other tours in May, June, July and August costing an extra $100. Add $100 from Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York or San Francisco for either tour.
Latin America 4 Less (tel. 800/480-0707; www.latinamerica4less.com) has a Super Save deal on its "Peru Experience" trip. The six-night package is priced from $1179 from Miami and includes round-trip airfare to Lima, one-night hotel accommodation in Lima, two- nights in Cuzco, one-night in Aguas Calientes and two-nights in Puno, transfers, daily breakfast, a half-day guided City tour in Cuzco and nearby ruins, a full-day Machu Picchu tour, train transportation, guided excursions to the Uros Islands, Lake Titikaka and to Sillustani ruins in Puno, and domestic flights from Lima to Cuzco and Juliaca to Lima, Add $90 from Los Angeles and $119 from New York. Single supplement is 4235. Prices valid for departures on March 16, April 20, May 11 and 25, June 8, September 7 and 28, 2006. Must be purchased by May 31, 2006.
Got My Fare (tel. 800/722-4522; www.gotmyfare.com) has an extensive 14-night, land-only "Wonders of Peru" package. It includes ground transportation by buses, 14-nights accommodation in hotels and lodges, breakfast daily, two lunches, a sand dunes buggy excursion at the Paracas peninsula, a boat excursion to the Ballestas Island (famed for its sea lions, penguins and other birds), an over flight of the Nazca Lines, a visit to the pre-Inca Chauchilla cemetery, Arequipa city tour and the Santa Catalina Convent, a full-day excursion to the Colca Canyon, a full-day excursion to Taquile island and the floating Uros Islands, Cuzco city tour and nearby ruins of Sacsayhuaman, Kenko, Pucapucara and Tambomachay, full-day excursion to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, the Indian market at Pisac, the Ollantaytambo fortress, a full-day excursion to Machu Picchu, a Lima city tour plus the Gold Museum and transfer to Lima airport.Â¿International airfare plus the flights from Arequipa to Juliaca and from Cuzco to Lima are additional. This trip is priced from $1098 per person based on double occupancy.
Manu National Park, located in southeastern Peru, is one of the largest parks in South America and a UNESCO world heritage site. The Got My Fare eight-day Manu National Park tour is priced from $979 and includes specialized bilingual guides, two-person tents, sleeping mattress, meals, dining tent, first aid kit, all ground and river transportation to and from Cuzco and Park permits.
Highlights include visiting the Chullpas tombs of Ninamarca, the picturesque town of Paucartambo, the Acjanacu pass, Manu National Park, (home to the Cock of the Rock (Peru's national bird), Spectacled Bear, Orchids, Tree Ferns, mosses and lichens) a motorized canoe down the Alto Madre de Dios river, a visit to the village of Boca Manu, Limonal, a boat ride along the Manu River to Salvador Lake (with incredible diversity of birdlife, reptiles and mammals), Lake Otorong to see the Giant Otters and Black Caimen, Blanquillo, a catamaran trip down the river at the Collpa Macaw lick to observe and back to Atalaya and Cusco.
For something out of the ordinary and an exceptional range of land-only Peru add-on and short trips, try the Peru Explorer (tel. 888/671-2852; www.peru-explorer.com) website. From rafting on the Urabamba River (two days from $185) to horseback riding in Sacsayhuaman (half-day from $75), the company offers a multitude of appealing choices. A five-day/four-night Ceiba Tops and Canopy Walkway Special in the middle of the Peruvian Amazon is priced from $555 and a four-day/three-night adventure rainforest tour along the Tambopata River is priced from $390. Why not discover one of the most famous, yet lesser visited archaeological sites and pay homage to the Lord of Sipan (the richest tomb ever discovered in the Americas) with a three-day Sipan and Chan Chan tour that includes visiting the Valley of the 26 pyramids and the colonial city of Trujillo from $425.
International airfares to Lima from Miami range from approximately $400 to around $600 between now and May 31, 2006, through companies like Travelocity (tel. 888/872-8356; www.travelocity.com), My Low Fare (tel. 800/688-0051; www.mylowfare.com), Taca International Airlines (www.taca.com), Copa Airlines (www.copaair.com) or Lacsa Airlines (www.lacsa.net). Prices are somewhat similar from New York or Los Angeles, based on midweek departures.
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