Highlights of Peru with Optional Extension in Ecuador

Quechua Weaver in Peru

Member price from
$2,364
Nonmember price from $2,364
8 days
Peru, South America
3
Regional

Experience the history and allure of Peru. You'll meet llamas, explore the Plaza de Armas in Cusco and more.

Optional Me to We Extension in Ecuador

The depths of the Amazon provide a mesmerizing backdrop to your encounter with a local community. Support their work and learn about their life when you join Me to We for a transformative journey.

Pricing

Peru

  • Base rate per person double: $2,087
  • Internal Air: $277
  • Total per person double: $2,364
  • Single supplement (subject to availability): $550
  • Triple room reduction (subject to availability): $40

Me to We Extension in Ecuador

  • Per person double only: $2,795
  • Total Peru + Ecuador extension: $5,159
Included
  • Hotel accommodations & meals indicated on itinerary
Not Included
  • Linking flight from Lima to Quito for Ecuador extension

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Day 1 - Saturday, Sept. 12 - Arrive Lima
Welcome to the Capital of the New World - the launch pad to our effortlessly delivered encounter with the iconic and unexpected highlights of Peru. On arrival in Lima, you’ll be transferred to your hotel in the exclusive bairrio of San Isidro where you’ll enjoy a Welcome Reception this evening to meet your Travel Director and travel companions. Meal(s): Welcome Reception
Day 2 - Sunday, Sept. 13 - Lima Sightseeing
Connect with the colonial heritage of Francisco Pizzaro’s “City of Kings”, admiring the colonial splendor of Lima’s UNESCO-listed Historic Center. Stand in the birthplace of this ancient, yet modern city, surrounded by the Baroque façades of Cathedral of Lima and Palace of the Union. See the Church of the San Francisco and discover its hidden catacombs. Celebrate Lima’s status as the culinary capital of South America and ‘Connect with Locals’ when you meet Ignacio Barrios, who has worked alongside many of Peru’s most award-winning chefs. We visit a local market where Ignacio will explain how Peruvian fruits, vegetables, seafood and meats are the basis of Peruvian cooking. Then, continue to Chef Ignacio’s cooking school where we’ll enjoy a demonstration on how to prepare some of Peru’s most popular dishes and have an opportunity to sample some at a ‘Be My Guest’ lunch before spending the rest of the day at leisure. Meal(s): Breakfast and Be My Guest
Day 3 - Monday, Sept. 14 - Lima - Cusco - Sacred Valley
Board a morning flight to Cusco and the Sacred Valley. ‘Visit the Pisac market displaying Quechua arts and crafts, then continue to a former 18th century colonial-style monastery in the Sacred Valley, our hotel for the night. ‘Dive into Culture’ and meet Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez, a master Quechua weaver, and the first person from her village to attend university. She been an ambassador for Andean traditions since she began learning ancient pre-Columbian weaving techniques as a young girl in the 1960s. ‘Make a Difference’ as your visit helps to preserve and promote traditional pre-Columbian weaving techniques in the 21st century. Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4 - Tuesday, Sept. 15 - Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu
The mystical empire of the Incas takes center stage today. We visit the famous Sacred Valley stronghold of Ollantaytambo, before boarding the Vistadome train (light snack included) for our epic journey to Machu Picchu, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Delve into the mysteries of this once-great civilisation, admiring the 15th century stone ruins of temples, palaces and terraces perched high amidst the clouds. Join your ‘Local Specialist’ for an exploration of the iconic great Temple of the Sun, the House of the Priest, the Sacred Plaza and the Intihuatana, an intricately carved rock most likely used as a sundial centuries ago. We return to our hotel where we dine tonight. Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner
Day 5 - Wednesday, Sept. 16 - Machu Picchu - Cusco
The ancient ruins of Machu Picchu beckon again and we have an opportunity to re-connect with this ancient wonder. If you’re feeling adventurous, hike up to the Gate of the Sun for stunning views over the fortress. We board a train to the Sacred Valley, then head to the colonial city of Cusco, stopping en route at a local chicheria. ‘Dive into Culture’ and enjoy the sweet flavors of chica as you learn how this Peruvian corn beer is brewed by the local women. Meal(s): Breakfast
Day 6 - Thursday, Sept. 17 - Cusco Sightseeing
Embark on a sightseeing tour of the sacred city of Cusco this morning, admiring the 16th century Spanish colonial buildings that stand on the foundations of former Inca temples and palaces. See the baroque Cathedral on the Plaza de Armas and 17th century Church of Santo Domingo. Visit the ruins of the Sacsayhuaman fortress and see nearby warehouses where the Incas once stored their grain. The afternoon is free to explore on your terms. This evening, gather for a Regional Dinner at a local restaurant, enjoying Cusquenian dishes and ancestral dance performances. Meal(s): Breakfast and Regional Dinner
Day 7 - Friday, Sept. 18 - Cusco - Lima
A leisurely start to our day sees us return to Lima this afternoon. Meet a Local Specialist and curator at the Larco Museum, which houses the largest private collection of pre-Columbian art in the world. This evening we join our travel companions for a Farewell Dinner in the museum’s garden restaurant. Meal(s): Breakfast and Farewell Dinner
Day 8 - Saturday, Sept. 19 - Depart Lima
Our discovery of an ancient civilisation has come to an end. We transfer to the airport for your onward flight or perhaps extend your stay at the Novotel Lima. Meal(s): Breakfast
Day 8 - Saturday, Sept. 19 - Ecuador Extension: Arrive Quito
Your gateway to the Amazon is Ecuador’s elevated capital, Quito. Arriving this evening, you’ll meet your ME to WE representative and take a transfer to your hotel where you’ll rest up for your impending adventure. Hotel: Wyndham Quito Airport
Day 9 - Sunday, Sept. 20 - Amazon Basin
Aft er a hearty breakfast, you’ll embark on a journey along winding mountain roads and past snow-capped volcanoes, descending gently into the Amazon basin. Your surrounds will change from peaks to lush cloud forest as you meander through the Ecuadorian countryside. Your first encounter with the Amazon’s incredible biodiversity is an introductory motor canoe ride up the Napo River. Your Local Specialist will reveal insights into the culture of the Amazon River area, while you keep a keen eye out for the colorful fl ashes of Macaws and other birdlife. You’ll arrive at Minga Lodge just in time to enjoy your first Amazon sunset over the river. Celebrate the end of the day amidst the flavors of local treats like plantain chips with a glass of chilled guayusa tea. Aft er settling into your beautiful surrounds, you’ll meet with the team to learn how WE Village works to empower the local community through education, clean water, health care services, agriculture and alternative income projects. Then it’s time for dinner featuring local delicacies such as heart of palm, stinging nettle and fi sh cooked in palm leaves. Add a scoop of aji hot sauce to get the true local experience. Later, you’ll have an opportunity to learn a few key Spanish phrases which will help you connect with your new friends in the community. (B, L, D) Hotel: Minga Lodge
Day 10 - Monday, Sept. 21 - Amazon Basin
An early start to the day sees us get our first taste of the Amazon rainforest with a hike in the nearby reserve. You’ll encounter the creatures, great and small, that find sanctuary amidst the dense and lush landscapes. After breakfast, join a ME to WE team member for a short jungle walk or canoe ride to the nearby community, where you’ll roll up your sleeves and help the locals with their building projects. Gain insights into the community mindset of the Kwicha people and the community movement years ago that inspired the formation of ME to WE. Return to the lodge for lunch before joining the community to work on their most urgent projects for the afternoon. This evening, you’ll sit down to a well-deserved family-style feast and share stories of your interactions with the community. (B, L, D)
Day 11 - Tuesday, Sept. 22 - Amazon Basin
You’ll have a full day to connect with the community as you continue the work you started the day before and learn about their needs. After lunch at Minga Lodge, return to the community and walk in the shoes of a local by helping them with their day-to-day activities, like fetching water from the river, planting seeds or harvesting crops. Tonight’s sunset dinner is served high above the Napo River – the sounds of the jungle providing an intoxicating backdrop for time spent with new friends. Spend your evening delving into the depths of the Amazon a final time with your Local Specialist cultural guide who will take you through the rainforest at night to see the nocturnal species which have willingly provided the soundtrack to your great Amazonian adventure. (B, L, D)
Day 12 - Wednesday, Sept. 23 - Transfer to Quito - Depart Quito
Say farewell to the steamy Amazon and take your boat transfer to Coca where you will board your flight to Quito Airport. (B) This locally hosted post-itinerary extension is only available in conjunction with Highlights of Peru and South America Revealed.
DescriptionDurationPrice
Peru Only
8 Days
$2,364.00
Peru with Ecuador Extension
12 Days
$5,159.00

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