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April 23 -May 4, 2013, Peru: Ancient Land of Mysteries

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12 Days
19 Meals: 11 Breakfasts, 8 Dinners

High in the Peruvian Andes on Lake Titicaca, discover one of the most unique and fascinating cultures in the world - the Uros. Step inside their world; see their way of life; visit an Uros home - it's a cultural experience you won't forget. When the Inca Empire expanded into their territory, the Uros moved into Lake Titicaca, where they began constructing the islands for their new homes. These fabled floating islands are built from layers upon layers of intertwined tortora reeds, a plant which grows naturally in the lake. The Uros homes, furniture and boats are also made out of this distinctive plant. The Uros are proud fishermen and make their living from the lake as well as from their beautiful embroidery and handicrafts. There are about 600 Uros living in communities on over 40 islands today and they welcome visitors into their homes to showcase their unique lifestyle. Walk on floating islands and meet these warm people for an unrivaled cultural experience.

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Double - $4,999
Single - $5,849
Triple - $4,949

Included in Price: Round Trip Air from Kansas City Int'l Airport, Air Taxes and Fees/Surcharges of $200 (subject to increase until paid in full), Hotel Transfers

Not Included in Price: Cancellation Waiver and Insurance of $260 per person

* Rates are Per Person

Your Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-2 Doubletree El Pardo, Lima
Days 3-4 Casa Andina Private Collection Sacred Valley, Sacred Valley or Sonesta Posada del Inca Yucay, Sacred Valley
Day 5 Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel, Machu Picchu
Days 6-7 Novotel Cuzco Hotel, Cuzco
Days 8-9 Sonesta Posada del Inca Puno, Puno
Days 10-11 Doubletree by Hilton Resort, Paracas, Paracas
*On some dates, alternate hotels may be used.

Optional Tour Extensions

  • Optional 4 Days 3-night Northern Kingdoms of Peru Pre Tour Extension

Rate: $1,249.00 USD per person, double, land & air inclusive

  • Optional 5 Days 4-night Peruvian Amazon Post Tour Extension

Rate: $999.00 USD per person, double, land & air inclusive

  • Optional 4 Days 3-night Iguazu Falls Discovery Pre Tour Extension

Rate: $1,749.00 USD per person, double, land & air inclusive

  • Optional 5 Days 4-night Easter Island Discovery Post Tour Extension

Rate: $2,1999.00 USD per person, double, land & air inclusive

Peru: Ancient Land of Mysteries

Day 1: Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Arrive Lima, Peru - Tour Begins
Journey to Peru, one of the treasures of South America. Vast in landscapes and diversity, you will experience the unchanged culture and breathtaking beauty of the Andes. Travel through this intriguing land visiting some of the world's greatest mysteries such as Machu Picchu, the "Lost City of the Incas." Arrive late this evening in the "City of Kings", Lima, Peru.
Day 2: Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Today enjoy a fascinating city tour through the historical center of Lima, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Admire the artwork at San Francisco Monastery and enter the catacombs. View the Government Center, the Plaza de Armas's elegant Cathedral, an abundance of colonial architecture, and the fashionable suburbs of San Isidro and Miraflores for insight into the daily life of the Limeños. This evening join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner showcasing Peru's delicious cuisine and festive entertainment. (B,D)
Day 3: Thursday, April 25, 2013
Lima - Cuzco - Sacred Valley of the Incas
Fly to Cuzco, in the heart of the Inca civilization. Board your coach to descend through the Andes to the majestic Sacred Valley of the Incas, the agricultural center for the Incas. Learn the centuries-old methods of spinning, dyeing and weaving Andean traditional textiles during a visit to Awana Kancha, a living museum of the Peruvian Andes. After a short lesson on the local language, stop in Pisac village to browse the colorful handicraft market. A visit to Pablo Seminario Ceramic Studio teaches you about this internationally renowned artist's techniques and designs, inspired by ancient Peruvian cultures. Settle in this evening at your hotel nestled in the heart of the Sacred Valley. (B,D)
Day 4: Friday, April 26, 2013
Sacred Valley of the Incas - Ollantaytambo - Sacred Valley of the Incas
  Experience the lifestyle of the modern Andean people and delve into their culture when you travel to a nearby community and interact with the locals. This afternoon, visit the spectacular Ollantaytambo ruins, the only Inca settlement that has been continually inhabited since its inception. A unique terraced complex topped with carved stone panels, these ruins reflect ancient Incan architecture and heritage. Do as the locals do and enjoy a tasting of "chicha", a unique regional drink made from maize, at a local pub. (B)
Day 5: Saturday, April 27, 2013
Sacred Valley of the Incas - Machu Picchu
Climb aboard the Machu Picchu train for breathtaking views through domed windows as you ride through the Andes to the "Lost City of the Incas." Hidden by mountains and semi-tropical jungle, Machu Picchu is considered the most spectacular sight in South America. Spend the afternoon with your guide uncovering the mysteries of these majestic ruins. Tonight, stay at the base of Machu Picchu for a chance to further soak up its atmosphere. Enjoy an exclusive culinary demonstration before dinner. (B,D)
Day 6: Sunday, April 28, 2013
Machu Picchu - Cuzco
With leisure time this morning, you may return to Machu Picchu on your own or explore the local markets. Return by train and continue to Cuzco, a city that blends Inca culture and Spanish colonial influence. Enjoy a visit to a local orphanage sponsored by the Collette Foundation and learn about their efforts to help the children of the region. Relax and become acclimated to the altitude this evening. (B)
Day 7: Monday, April 29, 2013
Explore this former capital of the Inca Empire during a colonial city tour, experiencing the architectural legacy visible in the Cathedral, Santo Domingo and the Plaza de Armas. Discover the important sacred Incan ruins of Sacsayhuaman Fortress. This afternoon perhaps join an optional excursion to explore the enigmatic Inca terraces at Maras and the salt mines of Moray. This evening, enjoy a dinner and performance of traditional Andean folkloric music and dance. (B,D)
Day 8: Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Cuzco - Puno
Join your tour guide this morning for a visit to the Centro Artesanal Cuzco market, where you can browse colorful displays of textiles, pottery and jewelry. Or enjoy leisure time to explore the San Blas artisans quarter or visit one of the many impressive museums. Then fly to Puno, hugging the shores of Lake Titicaca. Known as the birthplace of the Inca Empire, ancient legends say that life began here. Relax this evening at your lakeside hotel. (B,D)
Day 9: Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Uros Floating Islands - Las Chullpas de Sillustani - Lake Titicaca
The Titicaca area, steeped in tradition and folklore, is the center of Incan legends. Enjoy a morning cruise to the floating islands of the Uros people of Lake Titicaca. Experience walking on the spongy surface, made from compacted beds of tortora reeds, and meet the locals, learning about their history and lifestyle. In the afternoon, visit mystical Chullpas de Sillustani - an archeological area boasting 13th century funerary monuments. Participate in a local home visit to gain insight into daily life. (B)
Day 10: Thursday, May 2, 2013
Puno - Lima - Paracas National Reserve
This morning fly to Lima; continue south to the Paracas National Reserve - Peru's only coastal wildlife sanctuary. En route, travel through the region of Pisco, known for wine and "pisco" (Peru's national drink) production. Visit a local bodega for a tour and tasting of pisco. (B,D)
Day 11: Friday, May 3, 2013
Paracas National Reserve
Today is yours to spend at leisure at your ecologically-designed seaside resort. Try spotting the dolphins in the bay! Or, join an option day tour to Nazca to see the enigmatic Nazca Lines. (B,D)
Day 12: Saturday, May 4, 2013
Paracas National Reserve - Lima - Tour Ends
This morning, cruise out to the Ballestas Islands - the "Galapagos of Peru." These islands are home to thousands of sea birds including Humboldt penguins and pelicans, who share their home with hundreds of playful sea lions. Watch for them swimming around your boat and for a glimpse of the elusive condor. Next you'll visit an artisan workshop to learn about locally made textiles, famous in the Nazca region. Travel north and return to Lima, taking in views of the Peruvian Pacific coast. After a farewell dinner at one of Lima's finest restaurants, transfer to the airport for your overnight flight home. (B,D)
Included Meals Key: B= breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

Please Note:
Air rate and schedule are applicable for groups of 100 or more traveling on the same flights and dates.

Airport departure taxes that must be paid when travelling on this extension are approx. 5 USD. This fee is at your own expense.

To complete your vacation, we include roundtrip airport-to-hotel transfers when purchasing Collette airfare with your tour. If you have arranged for you own air, we are pleased to provide you the option of
purchasing these transfers. Please note that all transfers will leave at pre-scheduled times.

Each client is responsible for proper documentation and inoculations that may be required and/or recommended to participate on this tour. Please contact your local travel clinic or personal physician for specific details on the destinations you are traveling to and from.

Wheelchairs and walkers cannot be accommodated on this tour. Some of the most unique sightseeing can mean accessing locations that restrict motorcoaches, especially in historic areas. For your comfort, we recommend bringing good walking shoes.

In general, hotels outside of Lima are small with one or two levels and do not have elevators which may require you to climb 10-15 steps to get to/from the room.

Highest elevation is approximately 12,421 feet (Puno).

Due to flight schedules, a post night may be required in Miami (at an additional cost). Please inquire at time of booking.

The internal flights on this tour are not included in the land price of your vacation. These flights need to be arranged and purchased separately if you arrange your own air. Internal flights are included with the air portion of your vacation if you purchase air through Collette Vacations.

*Please note that Collette Foundation sites may not be available for visits due to school holidays or programming challenges. The Collette Foundation is an employee-run, global initiative connecting Collette employees, its vendors, and travelers like you with partner communities worldwide in our mission to improve the quality of life for children worldwide - one project at a time.

To truly experience the program and destination, you need to be able to participate in physical activities such as longer walking tours, walking over uneven terrain, climbing stairs and periods of standing. Some of the touring days may be longer, with select included activities occurring later in the evening.  

Important Reservation Information

Passports are required for this tour at your expense. Certain countries require a minimum of 6 months passport validity. You are strongly urged to contact the appropriate consulate for details. Visit for the U.S. State Department for the latest details about passports and visa requirements.

IMPORTANT: We recommend that our clients traveling abroad take a photocopy of their passport and applicable visas. It should be packed separately from your actual passport and visa. We also recommend leaving a copy at home with your emergency contact.

*Airfare: For your convenience, we offer airfare for purchase with all vacation packages. If you purchase an air inclusive program, your airfare will be quoted inclusive of all fuel, taxes, and fees. Your rates are subject to change until paid in full. Seats are limited and may not be available on every flight or departure date.

Checked Baggage Charges: Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage. Please contact your airline or refer to its website for detailed information regarding your airline's checked baggage policies.

Cancellation Charges for this tour: After your seat reduction date has passed, a non-refundable deposit will be retained. For Cancellation between 60-16 days prior to departure: cancellation fee of 30% of total price. For cancellation between 15-1 days prior to departure: cancellation fee of 50% of total price. For cancellation on the day of departure and after: 100% of total price. For Ocean Cruises: For cancellation between 90-61 days prior to departure: cancellation fee of 35% of total price. For cancellation between 60-31 days prior to departure: 60% of total price. 30 or fewer days prior to departure: 100% of total price. For River Cruises: including Europe, Russia, Egypt and China, 90-61 days prior to departure: cancellation fee of 50% of total price. For cancellation between 60-31 days prior to departure: cancellation fee of 85% of total price. For cancellation 30 or fewer days prior to departure: cancellation fee of 100% of total price. For Galapagos and Antarctica: A cancellation fee of 60% will apply for cancellation between 120-90 days prior to departure; A cancellation charge of 100% will apply for cancellation less than 90 days prior to departure. Cancellation protection is highly recommended and must be purchased at time of deposit. Air rates are subject to change until tour is paid in full. If waivers have not been purchased and a reservation is cancelled for any reason prior to departure - Air is 100% non-refundable once paid in full. Cancellation charges also apply to reservations made for "pre" and "post" night accommodations. Purchase of Waiver and Insurance guarantees a full refund of all payments (including deposit), except the Waiver and Insurance fee itself, made to Collette Vacations for travel arrangements in case of cancellation of your travel plans for any reason prior to the day of departure. The Waiver and Insurance does not cover any single supplement charges which arise from an individual's Traveling companion electing to cancel for any reason prior to departure. Upon cancellation of transportation or travel services where you, the customer, are not at fault and have not cancelled in violation of the terms and conditions above, you will be refunded 100%. Please see your sales agent for more information, or review our brochure for details.

Consumer Protection Plans: Collette Travel Service holds membership in the following highly reputable industry organizations: the United States Tour Operators Association and the American Society of Travel Agents. Each association operates a consumer protection plan to cover deposits made by travelers. Full details are available from the organizations or Collette Travel Service. Collette is pleased to give this additional protection to our clients. Our California Sellers of Travel registration number is 2006766-20. Our State of Washington Unified Business Number is 601220855. Our Nevada Sellers of Travel registration number is 2003-0279.

Responsibilities: Neither Collette Travel Service, Inc., its affiliated entities and its and their employees, shareholders, officers, directors, successors, agents, and assigns (collectively "Collette"), own or operate any person or entity which is to or does provide goods or services for these trips. Because Collette does not maintain control or operate the personnel, equipment, or operations of the suppliers it uses and as such Collette assumes no responsibility for and cannot be held liable for any personal injury, death, property damage or other loss accident, delay, inconvenience, or irregularity which may not occasioned by reason of (1) any wrongful, negligent, willful or unauthorized acts or omissions on the part of any of the suppliers or other employees or agents; (2) any defect in or failure of any vehicle, equipment, or instrument owned, operated or otherwise used by any of these suppliers; or (3) any wrongful, willful or negligent act of or omission on the part of any other party not under the supervision and control of Collette. Additionally, Collette waives any and all liability for losses or expenses due to sickness, lack of appropriate medical facilities or practitioners, weather, strikes, theft or other criminal acts, war, terrorism, computer problems, acts of God, or other such causes. All services and accommodations are subject to the laws of the country in which they are provided. Collette reserves the right to make changes in the published itinerary whenever, in their sole judgment, conditions warrant, or if Collette deems it necessary for the comfort, convenience, or the safety of the tour. Collette reserves the right to withdraw any tour at any time. Collette reserves the right to decline to accept any person as a member of the tour, or to require any participant to withdraw from the tour at any time, when such action is determined by the tour manager to be in the best interests of the health, safety, and general welfare of the tour group or of the individual participant. Collette does not accept liability for any carrier's cancellation penalty incurred by the purchase of a non-refundable airline or other ticket to the tour departure city and return or otherwise. Baggage and personal effects are the sole responsibility of the passenger at all times. Passengers may be photographed for the promotional purposes of Collette. Payment of the deposit to Collette constitutes acceptance of these terms and conditions. I agree that any dispute concerning, relating, or referring to this contract, the brochure or any other literature concerning my trip, or the trip itself, shall be resolved exclusively by binding arbitration according to the then existing rules of the American Arbitration Association in the State of Rhode Island. Such proceedings will be governed by and in accordance with the substantive Rhode Island law. The arbitrator and not any federal, state, or local court or agency shall have exclusive authority to resolve any dispute relating to the interpretation, applicability, enforceability, conscionability, or formation of this contract, including but not limited to any claim that all or any part of its contract is void or voidable. Explorations and Smithsonian Journeys Travel Adventures are brands of Collette Travel Services Inc., a Rhode Island based corporation.

Passengers may be photographed for the promotional purposes of the Nodaway Valley Bank Ambassadors Club. To opt out of this promotional usage, written notification must be provided to the Nodaway Valley Bank Ambassadors Club Coordinator (view Contact Us info).