14 Day Peruvian Legends

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Is This Trip Right for You?

This is an active trip. Our small group covers a lot of ground each day, and we spend four to five hours on our feet during tours. The pace is moderate. Two days require long transfers by shuttle bus. Some of our tours require walking over uneven surfaces or up and down steep slopes. The altitude, of 11,000 feet in Cuzco and 12,400 feet in Puno, may be a consideration for those who have heart conditions or are otherwise affected by height, and is not recommended for people who have difficulty walking. This is a Small Group program. For more information, click here.

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Accommodation Details

  • Requests are not guaranteed and are subject to each hotel's discretion and availability

Package Includes

  • Small groups of maximum 20 travelers guaranteed
  • Round trip flights Miami-Lima, Lima-Miami
    Some departure dates may be offered from an alternate nearby airport. Check flight itinerary options when booking.
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-flights: Lima-Arequipa & Cuzco-Lima
  • 13 nights in First Class accommodations
    • 3 nights Lima
    • 1 night Arequipa
    • 2 nights Colca
    • 2 nights Puno
    • 3 nights Cuzco
    • 2 nights Sacred Valley
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 28 meals: 13 breakfasts, 7 lunches & 8 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern motor coach
  • Vistadome train to Machu Picchu
  • Services of local English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Comprehensive, guided sightseeing and entrance fees per itinerary
  • Active itinerary with unique cultural features

Tour Highlights

Thanks to our small group size, we can get to the heart of our destination, visit places that other tours miss, and get to know the locals
  • Stroll the cobbled streets of Arequipa and marvel at the superb examples of Spanish colonial architecture
  • Travel to the dramatic Colca Canyon, thought to be twice as deep as the Grand Canyon, and view the flight of rare Andean condors
  • Boat excursion to the fascinating floating Uros Islands where the indigenous people of the area - the Uros - live on tiny islands that dot the lake
  • Join a traditional Peruvian family for a delectable home-cooked dinner in their home along with an informative cultural exchange
  • Stand in awe at the impressive Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo, the last stand of the Incas in their defense against the Spanish conquistadors
  • Discover the crowning achievement of Inca ingenuity at the astonishing ancient citadel of Machu Picchu, the "Lost City of the Incas"

†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

Is This Trip Right for You?

This is an active trip. Our small group covers a lot of ground each day, and we spend four to five hours on our feet during tours. The pace is moderate. Two days require long transfers by shuttle bus. Some of our tours require walking over uneven surfaces or up and down steep slopes. The altitude, of 11,000 feet in Cuzco and 12,400 feet in Puno, may be a consideration for those who have heart conditions or are otherwise affected by height, and is not recommended for people who have difficulty walking. This is a Small Group program. For more information, click here.

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DAY 1, Thursday - Depart for Peru
Depart for Lima, Peru. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure with time to rest, relax and acquaint yourself with Peru’s vibrant capital, founded in 1535 by the conquistador Francisco Pizarro
Overnight: Lima

DAY 2, Friday - Lima City Tour
Start your day with an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager on the fascinating journey of Peru that awaits you. Afterward, walk to a local restaurant. Here, attend a ceviche cooking demonstration where you’ll learn about the history of the dish and how to prepare this signature Peruvian specialty. Demonstration will be followed by lunch, then to downtown Lima and walk from San Francisco Basilica to the splendid Plaza Mayor, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and surrounded by historical buildings. View the impressive Palace of the Archbishop with its fine carved balcony, the opulent Government Palace, the official residence of the President, and the 16th-century Cathedral of Lima, whose first stone was laid by the conquistador Francisco Pizarro. Later, journey back to Miraflores for a walk along the coastline from the "Parque del Amor" (Love Park) to Larcomar, offering spectacular views of the coast and Pacific Ocean. Tonight, a festive Welcome Dinner with your fellow travelers celebrates your arrival in Peru
Overnight: Lima
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3, Saturday - Fly to Arequipa
Depart Lima this morning by flight to Arequipa, the remarkable colonial city in the desert mountains of the Andes, surrounded by three imposing volcanoes. The city's remote location has allowed its Spanish-based culture to thrive with little outside influence. Superb examples of Spanish colonial architecture can be found throughout the center of the city with some of the ancient houses now completely refurbished, serving as living museums. After lunch on the way to the hotel, embark on a tour that takes you through this city glowing with sillar, a white volcanic rock used in the construction of most of the buildings. The shimmering stone lends a bright air to the streets, earning the city its nickname of "La Ciudad Blanca," (the White City). Visit 16th-century structures in the historic Plaza de Armas including La Iglesia de la Compañía, known for its beautiful wooden altarpieces covered in gold leaf, and the Santa Catalina Monastery, beloved for its vividly painted facades, once housing the largest convent in the world. The view of this gigantic cathedral with its dramatic walls, coupled with the ethereal image of the El Misti volcano behind it is indeed a spectacular sight. Walk the lanes of the bustling San Camilo Market, whose stalls overflow with colorful produce, vibrant textiles and unusual local crafts. Have a "taste of Peru" and mingle with farmers who cart in their harvest from the Andean countryside. This evening, a delectable dinner together at the hotel restaurant
Overnight: Arequipa
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Sunday - Drive through the Andean Hills to Colca
Awake this morning and enjoy breakfast at the hotel before departing for your journey to Colca. Enjoy the scenic ride as you pass through rolling hills and see some of the best natural scenery Peru has to offer. After a stop to eat your box lunch, arrive at your hotel in the afternoon. Tonight, enjoy dinner with your fellow travelers
Overnight: Colca
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Monday - Discover Colca Canyon
Unforgettable sights lie ahead today! This morning, you will see the dramatic Colca Canyon, reportedly the deepest in the world and thought to be twice as deep as the Grand Canyon. The Colca River has carved this geologic wonder over millennia and some of the terraced hillsides are known to predate Incan civilization. The Canyon is also home to the extraordinary Andean condor. Although the population of condors is dwindling in South America, at the Colca Canyon you'll have the rare opportunity to see them soaring gracefully on the thermal drifts created in the canyon. The Colca Valley has been known by many different names including The Valley of Wonders, The Valley of Fire and The Territory of the Condor - and now it is acclaimed as one of the "Seven Natural Wonders of the World". Journey past tiny villages with terraced farmlands on the picturesque drive to the town of Colca. Perhaps, catch a glimpse of shepherds tending to their alpaca, some descended from indigenous tribes such as the Collagua and Cabana. Upon arrival, settle into your comfortable accommodations at the Colca Lodge. There will be time to enjoy the lovely amenities of the lodge and luxuriate in thermo-medicinal baths fed by hot springs. Tonight, turn your gaze upward to a spectacular blanket of stars
Overnight: Colca
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Tuesday - Drive to Puno
Experience another day surrounded by Andean beauty. The journey takes you past tranquil Lake Lagunillas, home to a variety of birdlife, llama, sheep, and vicuña. As you arrive in Puno, your first spectacular view is of pristine Lake Titicaca, the world's highest navigable lake, sitting majestically at 12,500 feet above sea level, backed by the snowcapped peaks of Bolivia's Cordillera Real range. At the hotel, enjoy the vistas of the lake from your waterfront room. Tonight, dinner together at the hotel, after an exhilarating day
Overnight: Puno ▲
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Wednesday - Explore the Uros Floating Islands, Sillustani Tombs
This morning, take the time to explore the villages and culture around the shores, to gain a greater understanding of day-to-day life in rural Peru. Afterward, a boat excursion transports you to the fascinating Uros floating Islands where the indigenous people of the area - the Uros - live on tiny islands that dot the lake. The Uros live very much the same as their ancestors did and still follow the ancient customs and traditions. These islands are completely man-made structures, using totora reeds from the lake to build the islands and houses. Return to Puno for an orientation walking tour of the city. Leisure time for lunch on your own before visiting the pre-Incan burial ground of Sillustani on the shores of Lake Umayo. The tombs on this site are built above ground in tower-like stone structures, which house the remains of nobles and complete family groups. These chullpas, sometimes more than 35 feet tall, are the vestiges of the Colla people, conquered by the Incas in the 15th century. The remainder of the day is at leisure
Overnight: Puno
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Thursday - Visit Raqchi, Travel to Cuzco
In the morning, depart Puno and head towards Cuzco. En route, stop for a visit to a local school. After lunch at a local restaurant, travel to the ruins of the 15th century Temple of Wiracocha in the archaeological complex at Raqchi. This is the largest Inca temple ever discovered, with external adobe walls of over 39 feet, considered one of the holiest sites in the Inca Empire. This temple complex lured worshipers in the thousands and was also used as a fortress and storage facility for weapons. Many compare this enormous site to an Inca version of the Colosseum in Rome. Today, the quiet town of Raqchi remains home to many farmers, ranchers, and artisans. At the end of the day, arrive in Cuzco, ancient capital of the Inca Empire for dinner and overnight
Overnight: Cuzco
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Friday - Tour Cuzco
Morning is at leisure in the "Imperial City" of Cuzco. With its narrow cobbled streets and dramatic Andean setting, Cuzco is truly a delight for walkers.Take time to explore some of the city's stunning sights or shop for some of the finest handicrafts and textiles in all of Peru. In the afternoon, join your group on a tour of Cuzco that takes you to the impressive colonial Cathedral, with its collection of over 400 paintings from the Cusqueña School and to the extraordinary Temple of the Sun at Koricancha, an important religious site of the Incas. This sumptuous temple's walls and floors were allegedly once covered by sheets of solid gold. Tonight, an exclusive evening! You're invited to share dinner together with a traditional Peruvian Family in their home. Sample delectable local home-cooked Peruvian cuisine along with a warm and friendly cultural exchange with the family
Overnight: Cuzco
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10, Saturday - Full Day in Cuzco
Discover Cuzco independently, or join the optional Cultural Cuzco tour including lunch. Journey outside the city to the incredible hillside fortress of Sacsayhuaman, protected by a trio of colossal walls that zigzag alongside each other for more than 1,000 feet. From the air, the complex resembles the head of a puma. Later, stop at Kenko, a holy place (huaca) where sacrifices were held. While here, you'll gain insight into the workings of a shaman (holy man) and tap your foot to the music and rhythms of a Peruvian panpipe during a private performance. Next, understand more about local cuisine during a chef-led demonstration - taste the delectable results of their skills at lunch. Return to the hotel after a visit to the cemetery to learn about local burial traditions and customs. The rest of the day is at leisure for independent activities
Optional: Cultural Cuzco with lunch
Overnight: Cuzco
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11, Sunday - Discover Chinchero and Ollantaytambo
Today, travel through the rugged mountainous region with magnificent panoramas to Chinchero and visit the archaeological site. After, attend a silver jewelry making workshop and watch as unique silver pieces are handcrafted by a skilled jeweler. Peru is one of the top silver producing countries in the world. Continue with a demonstration of the ancient Andean tradition of making textiles from naturally dyed handwoven alpaca wool. Remarkably, the source for the vibrant colors are dyes that come from plants, minerals, and insects. Savor an authentic Peruvian lunch and wander the stone complex in search for local treasures, before restarting the journey. En route to Ollantaytambo, visit a pottery workshop before touring the impressive Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo, an ancient complex of temples and terraces towering high over the valley, the last stand of the Incas in their defense against the Spanish conquistadors. Marvel at the magnificent Inca architecture in this well-preserved settlement, considered a living museum of 15th-century life. Tonight, savor the serenity in the mountain setting of your chalet
Overnight: Urubamba
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 12, Monday - Explore Machu Picchu
Today, discover the crowning achievement of Inca ingenuity. Early morning transfer to the Sacred Valley's Ollanta Station to board the Vistadome train that travels through misty peaks to the astonishing ancient citadel of Machu Picchu*, the "Lost City of the Incas", designated by UNESCO as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Machu Picchu was virtually unknown to the western world until Hiram Bingham's rediscovery in 1911. View the unforgettable wonders of this 15th-century retreat, abandoned nearly 100 years later with the arrival of the conquistadors. See the highlights of the site including the imposing Temple of the Sun, the House of the Priest, the Sacred Plaza and the intricately carved rock likely used as a sundial by the ancient Incas. The images of this glorious monument to a lost civilization will be a lifelong memory. Return to the Sacred Valley in the evening
*Approximate time spent at the ruins of Machu Picchu is 3 hours
Overnight: Urubamba
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 13, Tuesday - Fly to Lima
Return to Lima by flight on your last day in Peru. The afternoon is yours to re-discover some of Lima's fabulous sights, or shop to your heart's content for handmade silver jewelry, knits and local crafts. Tonight, enjoy a very special Farewell Dinner at a renowned Lima restaurant in the trendy Miraflores district. Share memories, photos and stories of your wonderful journey in Peru with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers
Overnight: Lima
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 14, Wednesday - Depart Peru
Transfer from the hotel to the airport for your departure flight*
*Some flights depart shortly after midnight in the very early morning of Day 14 and will require a transfer on Day 13. Transfers depart the hotel approximately 4 hours prior to flight time.
Meals: Breakfast

▲ Due to the high elevation, travel in the Peruvian highlands may cause some passengers to experience the temporary effects of altitude sickness. If you have any concerns about traveling to higher than your accustomed elevation, please consult your healthcare provider.

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Cultural Cuzco with lunch

Journey outside the city to the incredible hillside fortress of Sacsayhuaman. The site is protected by a trio of colossal walls that zigzag alongside each other for more than 1000 feet. From the air, the complex resembles the head of a puma. Later, stop at Kenko, a holy place (huaca) where sacrifices were once held. While here, gain insight into the workings of a shaman (holy man) and tap your foot to the rhythms of a Peruvian panpipe during a private performance. Next, learn about local cuisine during a chef-led cooking demonstration -- enjoy the results of their creations for lunch. End the day at the Almudena cemetery where you learn about local burial customs.

Details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 8 hours.

Day #10 01 Jan 2020 - 15 Jan 2021 $109.00
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Peruvian Legends, April 2018
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We recently had an excellent experience on the Peruvian Legends trip, our second Gate 1 trip. The group of 12 travelers blended well together for a congenial two weeks. Our tour director, Arturo Espinoza, was excellent. He had a vast fund of knowledge about Peru, especially the Cusco and Machu Pichu regions. He was highly organized yet pleasant and helped the group dynamics. He was quick to take initiative on local issues and made us feel very comfortable in his country, Peru. A great trip overall and we will return to Gate ! in the future!

Jon H. Shelburne, VT
Peruvian Legends, April 2018
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I thoroughly enjoyed the entire trip to Peru. It was packed with fun, challenging activities & I will be recommending Gate 1 to other people (in fact, I already have). The trip was even more enjoyable due to the expertise of the tour manager, Arturo Espinoza. He was very knowledgable and professional. Arturo was very personable and charming, he was extremely helpful to everyone. He managed to keep the group together & he guided us through every itinerary smoothly. Arturo is a definite asset to the Gate 1 company and our group was lucky to have benefited from his guidance. I'm looking forward to another Discovery Tour in the near future.

Susan L. Midvale, UT
Peruvian Legends, June 2017
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The Peru trip was excellent. Scenery was spectacular, activities all very interesting. Tour guide Egbert was fantastic and extremely knowledgeable. Felt very well looked after. Accommodations and food were above expectations and very enjoyable. I would highly recommend the tour. Touring at high altitude was arduous but all part of the travel experience.

Lynn N. QLD, Australia
Peruvian Legends, March 2017
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Was one of the most memorable trips we have ever taken. Our tour guide Rolly was wonderful. Have never been on a tour before & highly recommend if going to Peru to see the highlights this is the way to go & Gate 1 Discovery is incredible.

Beverly P. Fernandina, FL
Peruvian Legends, February 2017
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Our trip was fabulous. Pavel, our guide, was the best resource that we ever could have wished for. He gave us so many opportunities to learn about the culture and to meet local people. Keep him happy! He is your best asset in Peru.

Kathleen R. Cobourg, Canada
Peruvian Legends, December 2016
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The Peru trip was wonderful. Machu Picchu is amazing and magical place. We had tremendously good, caring and empathetic guide, Jesus.

Elena P. Chula Vista, CA
Peruvian Legends, October 2016
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The trip was fabulous -- everything was so well organized and our accommodations were lovely! Our tour manager -- Rogger -- was a really great guy. I loved the small group and will definitely travel with you guys again! I have absolutely no complaints whatsoever.

Bonita G. Amarillo, TX
Peruvian Legends, May 2016
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I have so many great things to say about this trip, I don't even know where to begin! First of all, our guide Rene- the best!! I've traveled to many places and I've had many guides, but he is by far one of the best, most compassionate and knowledgable tour guides I've ever had. He made us feel like family. The nature of the Discovery Tour was fantastic. I have traveled with Gate 1 before, and I loved how Discovery went off the typical tourist path and we were able to discover things we otherwise wouldn't have been able to in a larger group. From having lunch and dinner with local families, visiting the school, everything felt very personal and I don't think I've ever interacted with so many locals on a vacation. Amazing trip! Wish I were still there!

Louis P. Miami Lakes, FL
Peruvian Legends, March 2016
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We had a great trip, a great guide and wonderful hotels and so much to see. And, as always with travel, we learned a lot about the People and their history.

Allen C. Tuckahoe, NJ
Peruvian Legends, December 2015
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It was an amazing trip. We've experienced a lot during it. We enjoyed all the services provided by Gate 1 and for sure will have more trips with your company. We've also told the members in the group about our other Gate 1 trips and they expressed will continue to go with Gate 1 in the future too.

Cicely Z. Vienna, VA