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          Discover the best of PERU:
       Lima, Sacred Valley of the Incas,
          Cusco and MACHU PICCHU



Designed and escorted by Ylan Chrem for friends


             APRIL 15 – 22, 2012
 SUNDAY APRIL 15 – LIMA                                                         -/-/-



     Upon arrival in Lima, assistance at the airport and transfer to
     HOTEL CASA ANDINA PRIVATE COLLECTION 55555 (www.casa-andina.com)




 MONDAY APRIL 16 – LIMA                                                       B/L/-



Buffet Breakfast at the hotel.


06:45am: Perhaps one of the most unforgettable experiences you can have in Lima* or anywhere else
in the world is the fish market of Villa Maria. The fishing terminal of Villa Maria constitutes an ictio-
gastronomic experience. Upon arrival, a full array of all types of seafood are displayed before us. From
the entrance, we are received by the almost controlled chaos, typical of these markets. The "caseros"
stand before their refrigerating vans offering their fish like "toyo", "corvina", "lenguado", "diablos", and
many other local species. Filleting is optional and can be done in situ. The most picturesque area is in
the middle of the terminal, and is the zone of seafood merchandising. One handful or bunch (eight
dozens) is the standard unit of measurement for scallops and bivalves. Shells, shrimps, lobsters, can be
acquired for little money.

Like any cosmopolitan city, Lima contains its country's most important markets where you can find
everything. The local fruit market has treasures from the coast, highlands and the jungle.
We then proceed with a city tour; Get acquainted with Peru's Capital City, its 2000 years of history and
Colonial heritage. Experience the artistic traditions and contemporary lives of its residents. Lima* has
hundreds of years of fascinating history. Discover them through one of its oldest taverns and best-loved
family restaurants, Cordano tavern, delight yourself with its famous bread with locally cured ham.
Visit the best preserved colonial mansion, Casa de Aliaga (c 1535) . Home to 16 generations, it is the
oldest family household in continuous use in the Americas and the jewel of Colonial Lima.


Lunch at Cafe del Museo and then visit the Larco Museum, housed in an 18th century colonial mansion
that hosts the most extensive collection of pre-Columbian art in Peru. It contains fine examples of
textile work, one of which has a world record-breaking 398 threads per inch, as well as the tools
ancient Peruvians used to produce metals, huaco ceramics and gold and silver pieces with semiprecious
stones.

*Lima, UNESCO World Heritage Site
TUESDAY APRIL 17 – LIMA/CUSCO/SACRED VALLEY                                B/L/-




Buffet Breakfast at the hotel.

Transfer to the airport to take the flight to Cusco (1 hour flight) **

Upon arrival in Cusco, assistance at the airport and transfer to Urubamba, the
Sacred Valley of the Incas. (1 ½ hour drive)


Accomodations at HOTEL SOL Y LUNA 55555 Lodge (www.hotelsolyluna.com)


Lunch at Wayra Ranch. Rich soil, ideal weather and millenary wisdom have combined to
make the Sacred Valley arguably the most fertile in the world. You will probably become a
believer as you indulge in its bounty. Delight yourself with a surprising gastronomic feast
led by the prominent Chef, Pedro Miguel Schiaffino and Nacho Solis. The Peruvian Paso
horse, renowned for the smoothest gait in the world. Stunning equestrian demonstrations,
to the rhythm of Marinera music will render the environment favorable for tasting the
quality of their cuisine.


Drive to the archaeological complex of Maras and Moray. The picturesque town of
Maras, a multicolored caprice of nature, possesses important salt mines. These have
been exploited since Inca and colonial times. We will continue with our tour, to the
archeological site of Moray, where there are impressive agricultural terraces
constructed by the Incas. One of the most notable features of Moray is the
temperature difference between the top and the bottom of the Moray complex, which
can vary by 59°F.
Next is an unforgettable experience visiting the pleasant village of Maras riding a
donkey. During the excursion you can visit the church of St. Francis of Asis, which
contains unique works of art, friezes and a font dating from the 18th Century. Learn
how to make chicha de jora, from the choice of grain through fermentation to tasting.
Then you can try out your artistic talents by weaving your own souvenirs using maize
leaves; local people will teach you how. Visit the most famous hat maker of the
village, who will tell you the secrets of his traditional craft. You will be accompanied by
a local flautist, who will be playing Andean melodies




                                    Maras Salt Mines




                                 Moray farming terraces
WEDNESDAY APRIL 18 – SACRED VALLEY                                         B/L/-


Buffet Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning at leisure to take some of the optional adventure tours offered by the hotel:

HORSE BACK RIDING
Enjoy a two to three hour horse ride that will give you the unique experience of
riding the smoothest riding horse in the world, the Peruvian Paso Horse. There are
many places to visit: the salt pans of Maras, the old village of Pichingoto, the lively
market towns of Urubamba or the wonderful farmland and the Quechua
communities in the valley. All the while you will become familiar with our beautiful
Peruvian Paso Horse.

MOUNTAIN BIKING
Ride a mountain bike through beautiful Urubamba Valley scenery. All bikes are heavy
duty American Schwinn in different sizes. They're low weight, Shimano LX gear,
24-27 speed, and         have   front suspension. Choose between different routes
depending on the grade of difficulty you're looking for. You'll enjoy the beauty of
the scenic farmlands of the Quechua communities in the valley.


WHITE RIVER RAFTING
We will provide overland transport for an early morning departure to Huambutio.
From there you'll embark on an exciting white water rafting adventure down the
Urubamba River. After a brief period of practice on the calmer parts of the river, we'll
begin your rafting experience. We'll pass Ollantaytambo and its Inca terraces and
through class II and III rapids, finishing with "El Resbaladero" (the slippery one), a
powerful CLASS III rapid that includes waves and small whirlpools.

ATV’S
Enjoy a fascinating adventure to "Quebrada de Pumahuanca". A fun ride on versatile
all-terrain vehicles, to places outside the most traditional tourist routes, where you
will relish unique landscapes and authentic glances into local life. During this ride, you
will visit the communities of Rumichaca, Palcaraqui and Pumahuanca.                     An
unparalleled scenery surrounds you while you reach the archaeological remains of
Huayna Capac Palace. The journey continues on to Chichubamba community, where
you will see their typical chicherias, and learn about their ancestral traditions.
Enjoy lunch at the renowned restaurant “El Huacatay”, undoubtedly the best cuisine
you find in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

Visit the picturesque Andean village of Chinchero, admire the well preserved Inca wall
at the Main Square and visit the colonial church with interesting frescoes on the
portico. We will then visit a local community to watch weavers from associated villages
as they demonstrate their skills, You will also find textiles of the highest quality for
sale. Most have been specially selected by Nilda Callanaupa, one of the Centre's finest
weavers. The local weaving techniques have remained virtually unchanged for
centuries. We watch as wool is carded, spun and dyed. Finally, we learn about the
different techniques used to create ponchos, fajas (belts), and mantas (shawls).




THURSDAY APRIL 19- SACRED VALLEY/MACHU PICCHU                            B/L/D


Buffet Breakfast at the hotel

Visit the Inca fortress Ollantaytambo and walk through the quaint streets of the nearby
town. We will proceed to the station to board the train Expedition to Machu Picchu.
Upon arrival in Machu Picchu village, head to Café Inkaterra for lunch.
In the afternoon, you will take a 25-minute motor-coach ride to "The Lost City of
the     Incas", which was discovered by American explorer Hiram Bingham in 1911.
Guided tour of the marvelous citadel, a unique awe-inspiring experience, visit the
Main Square, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows, the Circular
Towers, the Sacred Sun Dial and the Burial Grounds.

Dinner and overnight at HOTEL INKATERRA MACHU PICCHU PUEBLO 55555 Lodge
(www.inkaterra.com)
FRIDAY APRIL 20 - MACHU PICCHU/CUSCO                                     B/-/-


Buffet Breakfast at the hotel.

We strongly recommend that you wake up early to see the sunrise over Machu
Picchu. This is a once-in-a-lifetime sight. For hiking enthusiasts, we suggest a walk up
to the peak of Huayna Picchu.

Or you can stay at the hotel to relax in their spa or take some of the walks offered by
the hotel.

Afternoon back to Ollanta Station by train Expedition.

Upon arrival, transfer to HOTEL ARANWA CUSCO 55555 (www.aranwahotels.com)


SATURDAY APRIL 21 – CUSCO                                                B/L/-


Buffet Breakfast at the hotel

We visit one of the remarkable Inca ruins of the Inca Empire, the culture centre of
Sacsayhuaman. Then we continue to San Blas to visit its beautiful colonial church. This
houses an impressive pulpit and a filigree woodcarving bearing the fruits of the region.
The church is dedicated to the Virgin of the Blessed Event.
Stroll through the many handicraft and native art galleries in the little square. Roam
the older quarters of the city, which date back to the 16th and 17th centuries.
Proceed to visit the Santo Domingo Convent Monastery, which was once the
Koricancha temple, the most important Inca temple dedicated to the worship of the
sun.
According to the chronicles, it was covered in gold leaf and filled with golden
representations of nature. Finish this excursion visiting the cathedral that was built in
1539 in the "Suntur Wasi", and was known at the time as the church of victory.

Lunch at Restaurant “Chicha” owned by the renowned Peruvian Chef Gaston Acurio.

Afternoon and evening at leisure to discover Cusco on your own.




SUNDAY APRIL 22–        CUSCO/LIMA                                          B/L/D


Buffet Breakfast at the hotel.

Transfer to the airport to take your flight to Lima. **

Upon arrival, assistance and transfer to HOTEL CASA ANDINA PRIVATE COLLECTION.

Lunch at CALA Restaurant, overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Farewell dinner at one of the most exclusive restaurants in Lima: “RAFAEL”, where the
decoration, attention to detail and creativity are revealed in each of the restaurant’s
refined specialties and make any occasion into a memorable gastronomic experience of
unique flavors, aromas and sensations. Rafael was awarded as best restaurant in Peru
in 2011.


            *** END OF OUR EXPEDITION TO THE LAND OF THE INCAS ***
         For reservations and further information please contact:

                                  Ylan Chrem
                              ylan@saexperts.com

                             Cel.   (305) 785 2116
                             Office (954) 980 5040

                             skype ylanchrem
                        www.facebook.com/ylanchrem


Price of the expedition:

Sharing room:              USD 1,999.00 per person
Single room:               USD 2,699.00 per person


Price of the optional activities in the Sacred Valley / Cusco
Horse Back Riding  USD 90.00
Biking             USD 90.00
River Rafting      USD 100.00
Quads              USD 130.00


OUR RATES INCLUDE
- Porterage at station and hotels, on transfers.
- Entrance fees on sightseeing and tours.
- Accommodation as noted in day by day itinerary
- Meals mentioned in the itinerary. (B Breakfast / L Lunch / D Dinner)
- Private services with English Speaking Guide.
- Train ticket to Machu Picchu (Expedition Train)

OUR RATES DO NOT INCLUDE
 - International and domestic air fares
       o USA / Lima and Lima / Cusco round trips
 - Meals not mentioned in itinerary.
 - Domestic airport tax. ($10)
 - Expenses of personal nature (laundry, beverages, communication.)
 - Second entrance fee to Machu Picchu.
 - Tips

** Domestic airfare can be booked through Lima Tours at very special reduced rates.




Pre and Post expeditions to Peru’s destinations such as Lake Titicaca, the
Colca Canyon, the Nasca Lines, the Amazon jungle, the Northern Kingdoms
and Tambopata National Park are available upon request from Lima Tours.
                           PERU GENERAL INFORMATION


PERU: A PRIVILEGED DESTINATION
Heir to ancient cultures and a rich colonial tradition, Peru is a magical spot which
involves one of the richest biodiversities on Earth, and is a melting pot of different
cultures who together are forging the promise of a better future.
While Peru inevitably evokes images of Machu Picchu and the Inca Empire, the country
is also riddled with archaeological sites that are a legacy of even more ancient times.
Where pre Inca great civilizations bequeathed the gifts of their art, customs, rituals,
wisdom and skills.

CURRENCY AND DENOMINATIONS
The official currency of Peru is the Nuevo Sol (S/.), which is divided into 100 cents.
Coins in circulation include the amounts of 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents, as well as 1, 2 and
5 Soles. Paper bills come in 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 Soles.
US Dollars are accepted in most commercial establishments, restaurants and service
stations, at the current exchange rate.
Most of the establishments accept the most popular credit cards, such as Visa, Master
Card, Diners and American Express. Travellers’ Checks are used with some limitations.
Inquire at the establishment as to whether or not they are accepted.

ATM’s
ATM’s are available thorough out Lima and Cusco. Banking hours in Peru are normally
from Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

MONEY EXCHANGE
It is recommended that money should be exchanged in hotels, banks and authorized
money exchange offices (Service hours: 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m). The exchange rate
against the US Dollar is variable. Inquire before changing your money.

TOURIST VISAS
Visas are not required for US citizens.

SECURITY
Take normal precautions against pickpockets. Carry a copy of identification documents
and keep originals and your valuables in the safety deposit box of your hotel. Carry
valuables discreetly and try to not carry large amounts of cash. Drivers license should
be carried at all times as a form of ID.


TELEPHONE
International and long distance national calls can be made from public pay phones or
from hotels.
Country and city codes are normally shown in the telephone booths. To make an
international call, dial: 00 + 1 + area code + telephone number. To call from one city
to another within Peru, dial: 0 + city code + telephone number

INTERNET
Lima and Cusco do have public Internet booths. WIFI is available in most hotels, cafes
and restaurants.
SHOPPING
In general, shops, shopping centres, and handcraft markets are open everyday (even
on holidays) Soles, US$ and credit cards are widely accepted.

Peru is known for sterling silver and 18 karat gold jewellery as well as alpaca and
                                              ts                           Cusco
vicuna knits. Boutiques and handcraft markets are available in Lima and Cusco.

WEATHER




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 This expedition has been hand-crafted with the help of Lima
      Tours, purveyors of fine travel in Peru since 1956…

				
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