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I had an amazing trip! A once in a lifetime experience, and memories I will cherish forever ... the entire experience from booking to trekking was exceptional, I couldn't expect higher standards.

Gabrielle Johnston | North Ryde, Australia

Ancient Cultures and Fine Food - the Very Best of Peru with Andreas Holland

This is truly a unique opportunity to see the very best of Peru accompanied by Peru connoisseur - Andreas Holland. Based on over 30 years experience of designing and leading trips in Peru, Andreas has handcrafted this very special itinerary to include time in the great deserts of its coast, the high hidden valleys and mountains of the sierra and the vastness of its rainforest. We celebrate the incredible cultural history of this country with visits to the great pyramids and tombs of Túcume and Sipan to the fabulous site at El Brujo and to Chan Chan - the largest ancient mud city in the world. We head up into the mountains to the beautiful 'white city' of Arequipa and on to Cusco, the glorious Sacred Valley and the fabled site at Machu Picchu. This great adventure ends in the green mansions of the Peruvian Amazon rainforest which boasts the greatest diversity of flora and fauna on earth! Dotted throughout this itinerary are eating experiences in some of Andreas' favourite restaurants (including Astrid and Gaston, voted one the 50 best restaurants in the world) and combined with our wonderful atmospheric hotels, this is sure to be a journey to remember.

Brief Itinerary

DAY 1 Join Lima
DAY 2 Lima city tour, visit the Larco Herrera Museum and fly to Chiclayo
DAY 3 Visit the Valley of Pyramids of Túcume and Huaca Las Balsas
DAY 4 Drive to the town of Sipán to visit the Huaca Rajada, the funeral tomb of the Lord of Sipán (1,700 years old), drive south to Trujillo, en route we visit the superb El Brujo complex
DAY 5 Drive south to the fishing port of Huanchaco, visit Chan Chan and the Temples of the Sun and Moon
DAY 6 Transfer to airport for flight to Arequipa via Lima
DAY 7 In Arequipa, visit the Catholic University Museum that houses the famous 'Ice Maiden Juanita'
DAY 8 Fly to Cusco
DAY 9 Visit the archaeological sites above the city of Cusco and walk through the famous San Blas district
DAY 10 Visit the weaving village of Chinchero, walk through the Inca salt pans into the Sacred Valley and continue to Ollantaytambo
DAY 11 In Ollantaytambo, explore the Inca site at Pumamarca before walking down to the lovely hamlet of Marcacocha for a picnic lunch involving a tasty 'pachamanca' or Andean feast
DAY 12 Train to Aguas Calientes and visit Machu Picchu
DAY 13 Return to Machu Picchu, walk the short Inca Trail to the famous Inca drawbridge, train back to Ollantaytambo and to drive to Cusco
DAY 14 In Cusco
DAY 15 Flight to Puerto Maldonado and on to Sandoval Lake Lodge
DAY 16 Walks through the rainforest and lakes
DAY 17 Transfer back to Puerto Maldonado and fly to Lima
DAY 18 In Lima, trip concludes

traveller reviews

Andreas was an excellent tour leader. Having attended one of his South America presentations in Sydney, I was impressed by his knowledge, enthusiasm and genuine affection for Peru and its people. After that, the ‘Ancient Cultures and Fine Food – The Very Best of Peru with Andreas Holland’ was the only tour I wanted to do. And I wasn’t disappointed! The holiday was definitely good value when you consider the excellent hotels and some of the best restaurants in Peru as inclusions.

B Hing NSW Australia

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Trip Code: PAH
Trip Grading: Adventure Touring
Duration:  18 days
Activities:  Adventure Touring Day Walking
Next Trip:  12 October 2015
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price: $5,090.00 USD

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