Peru is one of the word's most spectacular places to celebrate the New Year! Each New Year, our cities fill with country folk, city folk, and travelers from all over the world, uniting for several days to celebrate with fireworks, music, dancing, the performing of rituals and acts to bring in such things as luck, fortune, health and good travels in the new year. Come join in the festivities and celebrations in Peru!
December 26.- Lima.
Arrival in Lima. Reception and transfer to the hotel of your choice.
December 27.- City Tour Lima.
After breakfast, full city tour of modern and colonial Lima, declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1991. Tour in an air conditioned bus with a bilingual guide. The tour includes a visit to the Cathedral, Main Square, San Francisco Convent and its Catacombs, and the residential areas of San Isidro and Miraflores. Time for lunch in a internationally restaurant, strategically located and with a wonderful view to the Pacific Ocean. After lunch, a visit to the Gold Museum. Originally from a private collection, the museum houses numerous gold, silver and copper artefacts from several pre-Hispanic cultures. The most precious piece in the collection is the solid gold Tumi (ceremonial knife) belonging to the Lambayeque culture (350AD). Return to your hotel. Free evening.
December 28.- Lima - Arequipa - City Tour.
Free morning. Afternoon flight to Arequipa, the most beautiful city in Peru. Transfer to your hotel. A brief overview of the "white city", including the 16th century convent which is built entirely of volcanic lava. The Misti Volcano stands as a sentinel behind this colonial city. Overnight accommodation at the hotel of your choice.
December 29.- Arequipa - Colca Canyon.
After breakfast, we drive through some wonderful scenery towards the Colca canyon, witnessing groups of wild alpacas, vicuñas and guanacos in their natural habitat. Arrical to Chivay, the main town of the canyon in time for lunch. Transfer to your hotel, the Colca Lodge, located in the canyon itself. Free afternoon for personal leisure.
December 30.- Colca Canyon - Arequipa.
An early start to visit the Colca Canyon, the second deepest canyon in the world (the deepest canyon lies only a few kilometres from here). We shall also have an opportunity to see the huge condor, the world's largest flying bird before returning to Arequipa. Overnight accommodation at the hotel of your choice.
December 31.- Arequipa - Cusco.
After breakfast, flight to Cusco, reception and transfer to the hotel of your choice. Free day to acclimatize to the altitude and an opportunity to explore the ancient capital of the Incas on foot. Our tour leaders will be available to accompany you around this fascinating city.
January 01.- Cuzco - Machu Picchu.
An early start by Vistadome train to Aguas Calientes. Guided visit of the most spectacular ancient city in the world. This fabulous city contains houses, temples, warehouses, a large central square; and all connected by narrow roads and steps that are surrounded by terraces cut into the mountain side. Time for New Year lunch in the Sanctuary Lodge located in the front Machu Picchu. After the tour, free time to enjoy this spiritual wonder. Opportunity for a guided trek (approx 1 hour) up to the sungate (Intipunku), which is a part of the Inca Trail, for a magical view of the sanctuary or alternatively an unguided climb to the top of Wayna Picchu, with a magnificent view of the whole Sanctuary (recommended for fit individuals only). Accommodation at the hotel of your choice.
January 02.- Machu Picchu - Cusco.
Opportunity to return to the sanctuary for a more personal appreciation of the Eighth wonder of the world. Lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge Hotel located in front of Machu Picchu. Return in the afternoon by train to Cusco and transfer to the hotel of your choice.
January 03.-Cusco - Sacred Valley.
Free day to relax. For those wishing to continue with their discovery of Peru, a full-day excursion to Urubamba, the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Visit the village of Pisaq, founded during Colonial times. On Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays the Indians barter their products, and artisans from all over the area sell their woven alpaca wool blankets and ponchos, engraved gourds, antique reproductions and jewellery. On Sundays, it is also the meeting place for the local Mayors of the region, who come dressed in their traditional costumes, to attend morning mass. After buffet lunch at the Tunupa Restaurant, a visit to Ollantaytambo, the only Inca town which is still inhabited. Explore the ruins above Ollantaytambo before returning to Cuzco via the traditional market town of Chinchero. Return to your hotel.
January 04.- Cusco - City Tour.
Afternoon guided visit of the four ruins nearby; the Sacsayhuaman Fortress overlooking the city of Cuzco, a pre Inca architectural masterpiece; Kenko, a rock sanctuary whose main attraction is the monolithic altar representing a puma, the red Fortress of Puca-Pucara and Tambomachay, a beautiful fountain fed by a spring forming a series of basins continue to the city of Cuzco; the Main Square, the Cathedral and the Koricancha or Temple of the Sun. Dinner and folkloric show in the evening.
January 05.- Cusco - Lima - Home.
Transfer at the airport , return home.
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