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Discover South America’s most exhilarating destinations! Immerse yourself in colourful culture and Incan wonders in enchanting Peru before enjoying colonial treasures and coffee in vibrant Colombia.
Admire Lima’s colonial sights
Cruise on Lake Titicaca
Marvel at the Incan citadel of Machu Picchu
Visit the unique Salt Cathedral
Delight in colonial Cartagena
Relax on the beautiful beaches of Isla Del Encanto
- Return international flights
- All Accommodation
- Selected meals
- All transportation & transfers
- All sightseeing & entrance fees
- English speaking National Escort & local guides
- Visa fees for UK & EU passport holders
Days 1-2: Fly to Lima
Fly overnight to Lima, Peru’s historical capital, arriving the same or following day. On arrival, you will be welcomed at the airport by your Wendy Wu Tours representatitve and transferred to your hotel.
Day 3: Lima City Tour
Founded by conquistador Francisco Pizarro, and originally named the City of the Kings, Lima has plenty of heritage, which you’ll begin exploring today.
Day 4: Travel to Lake Titicaca
Rise early to be transferred to the airport, approximately 1 to 2 hours, for your flight to Juliaca of 2 hours. On arrival, transfer to the city on the shores of Lake Titicaca, Puno, about 1 hour 30 minutes. Spend roughly 2 hours 30 minutes visiting Puno’s sights, including viewpoints for spectacular views, a local market, a handicraft market, and the Carlos Dreyer Museum.
Day 5: Lake Titicaca
This morning, you will be picked up from the port of Puno and taken to the floating islands of Uros on Lake Titicaca, approximately 20 minutes by boat.
Day 6: Travel to the Sacred Valley
Travel approximately 10 hours from Puno to The Urubamba Valley, also known as the Sacred Valley, is home to Incan citadels and beautiful landscapes. You’ll travel across the Peruvian altiplano, passing Andean peaks and crossing La Raya Pass, with spectacular scenery throughout.
Day 7: Urubamba Valley
Today will be a full day of sightseeing, transfer an hour out of the Sacred Valley to the charming town of Pisac, where you’ll visit the excellent market to both mingle with the locals and to browse the plentiful Peruvian handicrafts, then see fascinating terracing at the Pisac ruins.
Day 8: Train to Machu Picchu
Transfer 25 minutes to Ollantaytambo to board the train that will take you through the mountainous landscapes to the small town of Aguas Calientes in 1 hour 30 minutes. From here you will ascend to the Incan citadel of Machu Picchu by shuttle bus, which takes about 30 minutes along winding roads. Long abandoned by the Inca, it came to international attention when it was stumbled upon by Hiram Bingham in 1911, and is considered one of the new 7 Wonders of the World.
Day 9: Machu Picchu
Today, return to Machu Picchu through a new entrance, taking the same shuttle bus as yesterday, and enjoy some free time at Machu Picchu, exploring the complex as you wish. We recommend visiting the Intipunku, or ‘Sun Gate’, this is a steep climb and only recommended for people with a high fitness level.
Day 10: Discover Cusco
Home to an incredible legacy, Cusco has some of the richest heritage in South America and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Today’s touring will include visits to the Plaza de Armas, once the heart of the Incan capital of Huacaypata; and Qoricancha, the temple of the sun.
Day 11: Fly to Bogota
Bid farewell to Peru and transfer 25 minutes to the airport, to fly to Bogota. The flight is approximately 3 hours 30 minutes. Colombia’s capital, nestled at the foot of the Andean peak of Monserrate, is home to a delightful colonial old town full of museums and galleries.
Day 12: Bogota City Tour
Explore the sights of the city, starting in the historic centre at the Plaza de Bolivar where you can wander some of the surrounding streets to admire the impressive colonial architecture.
Day 13: Salt Cathedral
This morning, you will be transferred through La Sabana de Bogota to the town of Zipaquira, 2 hours drive. Tour one of Colombia’s most unusual attractions; the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira, around 40 minutes on foot. Built 200 metres below ground in a salt mine and beautifully illuminated, this cavernous space is considered an outstanding example of modern Colombian architecture.
Day 14: Cocora Valley
Wander through the beautiful landscapes of Cocora Valley, transferring 1 hour 30 minutes from your hotel. An ecoguide will introduce you to the Cocora Natural Reserve and lead you through the cloud forest, full of a diverse range of flora and fauna – keep an eye out for palma de cera, Colombia’s national tree.
Day 15: Coffee Hacienda
Transfer 1 hour 30 minutes to a hacienda. With a welcome cup of java in hand, learn all about the growing and processing of coffee. Enjoy an introductory talk, exercises in tasting and smelling coffee, and a tour of the factory.
Day 16: The "Jewel of the Indies"
Cartagena is Colombia’s most popular destination. Vibrant and colourful, located on the Caribbean coast and home to a beautifully preserved UNSECO World Heritage-listed old town, it’s easy to see why!
Day 17: Rosario Islands
Spend a dreamy full day on Isla Del Encanto, one of the islands that make up the coral archipelago of Rosario. Transfer here 1 hour by speedboat.
Days 18-19: Fly from Cartagena back to the UK
Transfer 1 hour approximately to the airport and fly to the UK, arriving the following day.
Best of Peru & Colombia is a moderate tour. This means that the itinerary requires a good level of fitness.
- On this tour you will be spending several nights at altitude – in Cusco at 3,400 metres, in Puno at 3,830 metres. You will also stop briefly at La Raya Pass between Cusco and Puno, which is 4,335 metres. – activity at these altitudes will be at an easy pace.
- You will be required, on several occasions, to climb on and off boats without assistance and sightseeing may be on steep or uneven ground.
- There will be several days of sightseeing on foot, and in some cases for an extended period of time. ▪ This tour includes some long days of travelling, notably Puno to Cusco is a 9 to 10 hour drive, rest assured there will be comfort and sight, seeing breaks throughout the journey.
Your accommodation is selected for convenience of location, comfort or character, and can range from business hotels to rainforest lodges.
Coaches: Coaches with air conditioning are used on our group tours for city short excursions to the countryside and longer transfers between destinations.
Planes: Internal flights are based on economy class, with reputable airlines.
Most Wendy Wu groups consist of 10 travellers or more, there will usually be no more than 29 travellers in each group.
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