To celebrate a new year, Wendy Wu Tours is waiving the single supplement available on a selection of tours to China, India, Myanmar and Peru. On this thrilling journey through the wonders of Peru, you’ll experience the very best the country has to offer; from Lake Titicaca through the heart of the Inca Empire to the captivating Machu Picchu.
This itinerary has been intricately designed for travellers who wish to see iconic sites and magnificent treasures. You'll travel with the assurance that all your arrangements are taken care of, with international flights, accommodation and all the touring listed below. You will be accompanied by industry-leading National Escorts whose unparalleled knowledge and talent will turn your tour into an unforgettable experience.
Your holiday includes:
Your accommodation is selected for convenience of location, comfort or character, and can range from business hotels to rainforest lodges. Hotels are generally rated as local three to four-star standard, but please note that there is no international classification system for hotels and differences in facilities and quality may exist between Australia and Peru.
All group tour hotels have private bathroom facilities and air conditioning where needed. If you experience any difficulty, please speak to your National Escort.
Please note prices are subject to availability at time of booking or until sold out and may change without notice. The prices below include airline fuel surcharges and taxes which are subject to change.
The following prices are based on 06 May 2020, 23 Sep 2020 and 04 Nov 2020 departures from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide & Perth (other cities and dates are available on request):
*No single supplement on this tour - valid for new bookings until 29 Feb 2020
To secure your preferred departure or need more details, please call our local travel team on 1300 414 198.
DAY 1: FLY TO LIMA (D)
Fly to Lima, Peru’s historical capital, arriving the same day due to crossing the International date line en route. On arrival, you will be welcomed at the airport by your Wendy Wu Tours representative and transferred to your hotel. The transfer time is approximately 1 hour 30 minutes. Tonight, enjoy your first taste of Peruvian cuisine at a local restaurant.
DAY 2: LIMA CITY TOUR (B)
Founded by conquistador Francisco Pizarro, and originally named the City of the Kings, Lima has plenty of heritage, which you’ll begin exploring today. Start in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed historic centre to admire the colonial magnificence. Explore the 17th century San Francisco Monastery. Visit Casa Aliaga, a beautifully preserved colonial mansion, and finish the day at Huaca Pucilana Archaeological Centre.
DAY 3: URUBAMBA VALLEY (B, L)
Fly to Cusco and transfer to the Urubamba Valley. Also known as the Sacred Valley, it is home to Incan citadels and beautiful landscapes. Beginning in the charming town of Pisac, 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. Later, meet a typical Inca community at Ollantaytambo. The town has some wonderfully preserved Incan houses, whilst above it there is an old Incan fortress, both of which you can explore.
DAY 4: HUILLOC COMMUNITY (B, L)
Spend the day in the remote village of Huilloc,, where you’ll catch a glimpse of the authentic culture of the valley’s Quechua communities. You’ll be able to interact with the villagers, share lunch with them and witness their day to day life. The women of Huilloc have a rich tradition of weaving which they still practice by hand today. The textiles they produce bear the same images as those of their ancestors; condors, cougars and Huallata birds, and can be purchased here. You’ll aslo enjoy a cooking demonstration of a typical Quechua dish..
DAY 5: TRAIN TO MACHU PICCHU (B, L, D)
From Ollantaytambo board the panoramic Vistadome train to travel through the mountainous landscapes to the small tour of Aguas Calientes. From here, you will ascend to the magnificent Machu Picchu. 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 6: MACHU PICCHU (B)
Enjoy some free time at Machu Picchu, exploring the complex as you wish – venturing up to the Intipunku, ‘Sun Gate’ is a rewarding climb. This afternoon, return to Aguas Calientes and take the train back to Ollantaytambo and transfer to Cusco.
DAY 7: DISCOVER CUSCO (B, D)
Home to an incredible Incan legacy Cusco has some of the richest heritage in South America and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The tour will include visits to the Plaza de Armas, once the heart of the Incan capital of Huacaypata; and Qoricancha, the temple of the sun. Head just out of town to the ruins of Sacsayhuaman and Puka Pukara, the ‘Red Fortess'. In the afternoon, you will have the option to take part in a chocolate-making tour, followed by a Peruvian dinner and folklore dance show.
DAY 8: TRAIN TO PUNO (B, L)
Today take a train from Cusco to Puno. Journey through amazing Andean landscapes to Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca, passing through the spectacular Peruvian highlands. The train has 4 dining cars, a bar car and an observation car. Along the way you will enjoy a gourmet lunch prepared with exquisite Andean ingredients and there will be music and dance shows on board.
DAY 9: LAKE TITICACA (B, L)
Cruise on Lake Titicaca. Visit the Islas Uros, floating islands constructed entirely from reeds. Meet the ancient Uros people who call them home and spend some time learning about their way of life out on the water with traditional dancing, cooking and basket weaving. Continue across the lake to tour the island of Taquile. Protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and once a stronghold of the Inca, you’ll find ruins and wonderful textiles made by the island’s men.
DAY 10: COLCA CANYON (B, L)
Today travel to Colca, passing through Lagunillas and Tocra along the way. Keep your eyes peeled for flamingos, Andean ducks and llamas. Reach Pata Pampa at 4,820 metres altitude, where you can admire the volcanoes Ampato, Sabancaya, Hualca-Hualca and Mismi (the source of the Amazon River), as well as views of the Cordillera de Chila. Once in Chivay, enjoy the view of the terraces of the Colca Valley before time to bathe in the natural hot springs.
DAY 11: TRAVEL TO AREQUIPA (B, L)
Depart Colca and travel to Arequipa. En route, stop at Condor Cross for a picturesque view of the canyon, and hopefully a few sightings of the native condors gliding on the thermals. Enjoy a short walk here with your guide. Hopping back in the bus, you’ll also visit the villages of Maca; an Andean community that experienced an earthquake in 1991, and Yanque; a settlement that contains arguably the most beautiful church in the valley.
DAY 12: EXPLORE AREQUIPA (B, L, D)
Peru’s spectacularly situated second city is surrounded by volcano's and boasts some beautiful colonial architecture. Start to explore the city at the Carmen Alto viewpoint before visiting Yanahuara Quarter and admiring the UNESCO- listed Plaza de Armas and the Monastery of Santa Catalina. Continue on to the San Camilo market to buy ingredients with which you’ll cook a traditional dish with a local family and then dine together. Fly from Arequipa to Lima, this afternoon, with a farewell dinner in Lima.
DAYS 13-15: DEPART LIMA FOR AUSTRALIA (B)
This morning after breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to the Australia, arriving home in 2 days due to crossing the International Date Line once again.
Customary tipping amount of approximately AU$174 is paid locally in Peru.
Australian passport holders currently do not require a visa to enter Peru. You will need a minimum of 6 months validity from your return date on your passport to travel. Keep up to date with the latest visa requirements atwww.smartraveller.gov.au
The fitness level required for this tour is a level 2 - a reasonable level of fitness is required but it’s more about spending time on your feet rather than covering large distances. You’ll be getting on and off coaches and boats, walking around the sights and climbing some steps.
Peru’s climate is heavily influenced by its geography. The desert coast is very hot between December and March and cooler and misty from April to November. In the Andes, the seasons are more recognisable with a rainy season from December to March, and a dry period from June to September.
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. At these sort of altitudes, Altitude Sickness is a risk. Symptoms may include dizziness, fatigue, nausea and shortness of breath. It is recommended that travellers utilise their first day in high-altitude destinations to acclimatise. To help you acclimatise, we have designed our tours to be at a slower pace with more convenience stops and more free time, during the first few days. Staying hydrated, eating light meals and following a very light schedule will all help. We recommend that any symptoms that are unusual should be brought to the attention of your guide. Your guide will be extremely well-trained in dealing with its effects – taking it easy and taking some time to acclimatise are the best ways to prevent and combat it. Serious cases (meaning that you must descend immediately) are rare. The itinerary makes sure that your time at these heights is as relaxed and easy as possible.
There are no specific factors, such as age or fitness, that can cause you to suffer from. Altitude Sickness can affect anyone at any time and symptoms may vary. In some instances, a short spell on oxygen can help enormously. All the hotels that have been selected for this tour provide oxygen free of charge, please ask to use this. There is medication - that can help treat and prevent symptoms. Consult a doctor before taking any of these medications, before engaging in strenuous activity at high altitude and regarding any necessary vaccinations in plenty of time before travelling.
Coaches with air conditioning are used on our group tours for city short excursions to the countryside and longer transfers between destinations. Roads in Peru have generally been improved over recent years, but please be aware traffic and/or weather conditions may extend driving times. There may be sections of road where the surface may be comparatively bumpy but our drivers will do their utmost to lessen the impact.
Internal flights are based on economy class, with reputable airlines. Within Latin America flights are often changed multiple times before departure, both timings and flight numbers. The utmost care will be taken to ensure that your final documents will have the latest information, however your local guide will confirm this in destination. Boarding passes can be collected directly at the airport. The flights booked as part of your itinerary will always reflect the best timings to suit the touring itinerary, with direct flights wherever possible, however due to limited schedules some flights may require a fairly early departure or late arrival.
Most of our groups consist of 10 travellers or more and will be accompanied by a National Escort. There will usually be no more than 28 travellers in each group. All departures are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 8 travellers booked. For groups with fewer than 10 travellers,departures will operate with local guides.
Tipping while on holiday is common in most parts of the world and Latin America is no exception. You will be provided suggested tipping amounts with your final documents for your convenience, however tipping is entirely at your own discretion.
All travellers are limited to two items of luggage each, a suitcase with a maximum weight of 20kg and one piece of hand luggage with a maximum weight of five kilograms. It is essential that your luggage is lockable. Please note that authorities will only allow bottles onto the aircraft if they have been checked in as main baggage.Bottles in hand luggage may be confiscated. Please note luggage restrictions apply when travelling to Machu Picchu by Rail - please check your final documents for details.
On this tour, you will be travelling through various regions of Peru with quite diverse climates especially in Cuzco, where all four seasons can be experienced in one day. It is recommended to bring lots of layers - including the following: T Shirts made of breathable materials, hiking trousers (with the option to turn into shorts), a fleece jacket for colder parts and the evenings, a waterproof Jacket as shell layer or a light rain jacket, a scarf and hat and warm socks. A small backpack that fits into your main hand luggage to carry your daily essentials should also be taken.
Travel at 60 booking conditions apply.
*Australian passport holders do not require a visa for Peru. Free single room supplement on selected departures in 2020 of a selection of 16 tours, including: Glories of China, Majestic Yangtze, China Delights, Ancient China, Magnificent China, Enchanting China, Dreams of Nature, A China Adventure, Myanmar Explorer, Hidden Treasures of Myanmar, Journey Through Central Asia, Inspiring India, Golden Triangle, Highlights of India, Kerala & the Southern Highlights and Panoramic Peru. Offer available on new bookings confirmed between 26 December 2019 and 31 January 2020. This offer cannot be combined with any other offer or promotion, including loyalty discounts. Strictly subject to availability and some departures may become unavailable during the course of the offer. A non-refundable deposit of $300pp payable within 3 days. Second non-refundable payment of $1,000pp due within 3 weeks..