b"Ollantaytambo2 Machu Picchu 2 SOUTH AMERICAYOUR ITINERARY Lima 2+1 CuscoPERUDays 1-4 - To Lima and Arequipa Colca Valley PunoWe fly to Lima, Perus vibrant capital. On a guided tour on Day 2, we see2 2Casa de Aliaga, the best-preserved colonial mansion in the Americas. Dating back to 1535 the house is still lived in today and boasts grand2 Arequipaarchitecture and furnishings. On Day 3, we fly to the White City of Arequipa, nicknamed due to its white volcanic stone buildings. We take a guided tour, beginning at the Carmen Alto viewpoint where we take in impressive views. We continue to the traditional neighbourhood ofNights in hotel Rail Coach FlyYanahuara, known for its pearly white buildings and Spanish-colonialTOUR HIGHLIGHTSchurches. Next we visit the cathedral, as well as the complex of monasticbuildings that make up Santa Catalina Convent. Founded in 1580, the convent has been refurbished with period furniture and paintings,Step back in time at the world-and is home to around twenty nuns. On Day 4, youre free to explorefamous lost city of Machu Arequipa. Picchu. Days 5-8 - Colca Canyon and Lake Titicaca Explore the fascinating Santa We travel to Colca Valley, stopping at the National Reserve of PampaCatalina Convent in Arequipa. Canahuas and the village of Chivay, with its traditional stone buildings.Discover the Sacred Valley and We also stop by Yanque, visiting a museum dedicated to the region.attend a weaving demonstration.Colca Canyon is home to the legendary condor, and onDay 6we visitEnjoy a journey aboard the Mirador Cruz del Condor, an ideal viewpoint from which to spot thesePeruRail Titicaca, travelling magnificent birds. We take a coach to Puno on Day 7, enjoying scenicthrough dramatic landscapes. stops on the way as we enjoy views across the Andes. OnDay 8,we take an excursion by speedboat to Lake Titicaca, and cruise the UrosWHAT'S INCLUDEDfloating islands, where flotillas made out of totora reeds are used by the enterprising Uros people. We continue to Taquile, an island home to the Spanish-speaking Aymara, who live in an almost economically- UK Tour Manager throughoutautonomous community. We enjoy lunch before returning to the hotel. Return flights from London Days 9-10 - Cusco Heathrow to Lima, via AmsterdamWe board the PeruRail Titicaca Train, enjoying one of the finest railAll internal flights, rail and routes in South America as we journey to Cusco, a city of true beauty.coach transfersOne of the most impressive attractions here are the Inca walls, created13 nights 3, 4 and 5-Star hotel from enormous granite blocks that were carved to fit together withoutaccommodationthe aid of mortar beds. Day 10includes a sightseeing tour of the ancient capital. We take in the Plaza de Armas and San Pedro market25 meals including 13 breakfasts, before visiting the Temple of Koricancha. This temple was one of the8 lunches and 4 dinnersmost important in the Inca Empire. Today, a Spanish cathedral sits on the original stone foundations, with an underground archaeologicalAll tour excursionsmuseum displaying relics from the site.Days 11-12 - Machu Picchu and Ollantaytambo Today is a holiday highlight, as we travel on a scenic rail route to Aguas Calientes to the Lost City of the Incas: Machu Picchu. A winding bus ride takes us to the city itself, where were greeted by one of the mostREGIONAL DEPARTURES AVAILABLEawe-inspiring sights in the world. Our guide explains the history of thisfrom Birmingham, Manchester and fascinating site, which was forgotten for 400 years until its discoveryEdinburgh from 50 per person.in 1911. Its now a UNESCO World Heritage site, and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Next we join the train to Ollantaytambo,2021 DEPARTUREtransferring by coach to our hotel. On Day 12, we admire the citys impressive fortress, which, even in ruins, is an incredible sight. Next, we make our way to Chinchero to experience the Sunday market. We alsoOct 6 3,695visit its church and see some traditional weaving techniques. 2022 DEPARTURESDays 13-15 - Pisac, Lima and home We drive to Pisac for a walk around the Inty Huatana fortress. Here, itsMay 4 3,495 Oct 5 3,495possible to find the ancient Intihuatana ritual stone, which was used asTour Code: PUJ| per person based on 2 a clock by the Incas. We return to Cusco, stopping at the Awanachanchasharing. Deposit from 540 per person. Textile Centre where we meet the llamas and other creatures whoseSupplement for solo travellers from 845. Please coats are transformed into colourful cloths. On Day 14, following a flightnote the itinerary for 2021 departures may differ, please call for more details. For the latest to Lima, we fly home, arriving onDay 15. guidance on entry requirements, please visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-adviceCall us on 01904 521990 or visit GreatRail.com for more details 151"