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2021 Tours Coming Up 
2022 Tours Coming Up 
Through the Eyes of Women

October 20 - 29, 2021
10 Days / 9 Nights

Tour starts and ends in Lima

$4,480 per person / double occupancy
$1,360 optional single supplement
$340 additional night at Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores in Lima, single or double, includes airport transfer
Includes all fees and taxes


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This tour may be combined with The Wonders of Brazil and Argentina (October 6 - 18, 2021)

This tour starts on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 in Lima.

Day 1: LIMA 

If you are arriving in Peru from the US or Canada, your flight will probably arrive late in the evening. On arrival at the Lima International Airport, you will be met by your private chauffeur who will transfer you to the hotel. The Casa Andina Hotel is located in the Miraflores neighborhood of Lima, and is set among art galleries, upscale restaurants and leafy parks, and it's the perfect place to begin your Peruvian adventure.
Meals: none
Accommodations: Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores, Lima

Day 2: LIMA 

Since most flights arrived late last night, we'll meet our local guide in the late morning, before setting out for a tour of the colonial Lima. The highlight of the day will be visiting the Larco Herrera Museum, the largest private collection of pre-Columbian art in the world, where we'll be graciously hosted by its head curator, Ulla Homquist, whose special interest is the role of women in pre-Columbian Peru. Another highlight today will be a visit to the private Barbosa-Stern Private Collection which will be presented to us by its founders, who are passionate collectors and art restorers. The collection provides an insight into the Peruvian School, the highest exponent of colonial art in Latin America, and a fascinating blend of the Andean and the European cultural traditions. In the evening, we'll enjoy another aspect of Peruvian culture. Since Lima is one of the culinary capitals of the world, we'll get a chance to appreciate its famous cuisine, presented during our welcome dinner at La Huaca Pucllana Restaurant, as we dine in a beautiful setting of the fantastic pre-Incan ruins surrounded by a mesmerizing glow, as if on fire.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations: Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores, Lima


Today, we'll leave Lima and take a short flight to Cuzco. From here, we'll explore the Sacred Valley, treasured by the Inca for its wealth and mild climate. The highlight of the day will be meeting with Nilda Cañallaupa and learning about her native weaving project. Nilda is the founder of the Center for Traditional Textiles, and a native of the village of Chinchero who by age 15 was presenting at the Smithsonian Institute and the American Museum of Natural History. She will share with us her life story and her passion for preserving the weaving heritage of the Andean people. The Center also provides shelter for women, ensures that young girls connect with their elders, and helps native weavers control the marketing of their textiles. We'll also enjoy a colorful picnic lunch and participate in the Andean religious ritual “Tribute to the Mother Earth” which is a special ceremony to renew life energy, performed by the Shaman or Paq’o and accompanied by Andean music.
Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch
Accommodations: Sol y Luna Lodge & Spa, Urubamba


As we acclimatize to the high elevation today, we'll continue touring the beautiful Sacred Valley. We'll spend time in the native community of Cuyuni where time stands still as llamas and alpacas graze and people feel a spiritual unity with the Earth. We'll be transported back in time, meeting with natives who in many ways are still living as their ancestors have. We'll get a chance to experience the daily lives of the Cuyuni community and its traditions that date back to pre-Inca times, as we get a rare opportunity to view one of the few traditional Andean communities left in Peru. We'll even take part in several community activities, like the harvesting of native potatoes, blessing of food and caring for the llamas and alpacas.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations: Sol y Luna Lodge & Spa, Urubamba


After breakfast, we'll set out to see the mystic Inca ruins in Ollantaytambo, and after a brief visit there, we'll take the Vistadome train to Machu Picchu. On arrival, we'll enjoy an in-depth, guided visit of the stunning Machu Picchu citadel, "The Lost City of the Incas". The ruins of Machu Picchu, rediscovered in 1911 by Hiram Bingham, are one of the most beautiful and enigmatic ancient sites in the world. While the Inca people certainly used the Andean mountaintop from the early 1400's, erecting hundreds of stone structures, legends and myths indicate that Machu Picchu was revered as a sacred place since a far earlier time. The special tour of Machu Picchu will be guided by Jean Jacques Decoster, the director of Casa Concha Museum of the Inca Cultures and an anthropologist, who devoted his life to studying the Inca cultures. Our small group will have the privilege to absorb the beauty and the history of Machu Picchu, whose original purpose remains a mystery, with a true scholar passionate about sharing his insights with us.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations: Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel, Machu Picchu


Since we'll be spending the night at a hotel in Machu Picchu, this morning we'll have the advantage of seeing Machu Picchu at leisure, before the crowds get there. We have included a second visit to Machu Picchu, so we'll have time for individual exploration of this enigmatic World Heritage Site at our own pace, and examine the extensive terraces and intricate stonework of the nearly vertical terrain, as the early sun bathes the ancient stones in haunting light. In the afternoon, we'll take the Vistadome train back to Cuzco and check into our luxurious hotel in the center of the historic city. The evening will be free to enjoy the festive atmosphere of Cuzco which is synonymous with South American lost civilizations.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodations: Hotel Monasterio, Cuzco


In the morning, we'll enjoy a guided tour of the historic city of Cuzco, once the powerful capital of the Inca Empire. We'll visit the baroque Cuzco Cathedral; stop at the Koricancha, the most revered temple in the Inca Empire, dedicated to Inti, the Sun God; the walled fortress of Sacsayhuaman, built with large rocks fitted together with absolute accuracy and considered a masterpiece of Inca architecture; and the colorful local market of San Pedro. We'll end the day with a gourmet dinner at Bacco Restaurant, part Peruvian gourmet kitchen and part sophisticated wine bar.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations: Hotel Monasterio, Cuzco


Today, we'll ride the Andean Explorer train on one of the world's most spectacular train journeys. After settling into our elegant 1920’s Pullman-style carriage, we'll follow a scenic route leading through the captivating scenery of high plateaus dotted with small villages, grazing llamas and alpacas and with the backdrop of the snowcapped Andean peaks. A gourmet lunch will be served onboard as we are entertained with live music and traditional dancing. After a short stop in La Raya, the highest point on the route, we'll enjoy afternoon tea before reaching Puno, located on the peaceful shores of Lake Titicaca and close to the Bolivian border. We will check into our hotel overlooking the lake, and the rest of the evening will be at leisure.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations: GHL Lago Titicaca Hotel, Puno


After breakfast, we'll board a boat for a tour of Lake Titicaca, the world's highest navigable lake, to visit the islands where time seems to have stood still. During the journey over the deep blue waters of the lake with the striking backdrop of Bolivia's snowcapped Cordillera range, we'll discover the fascinating way of life on the lake. We'll first visit the floating islands of Los Uros, where we'll enter the world of the Aymaras, the bowler-hatted people who live on islands made of reeds growing in the lake's shallows. We'll continue to Taquile Island, known for its high quality textiles, where we'll meet with one of the native families who'll share with us their traditions and customs. After lunch at a local home, we'll stop at Amantani Island, home of the best medicine men in the region, and visit the legendary Inca remains of the Throne of the Inca and the Hide of the Inca, before returning to Puno for dinner.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations: GHL Lago Titicaca Hotel, Puno

Day 10: PUNO - LIMA 

After a leisurely breakfast today, we'll transfer to Juliaca airport for our flight back to Lima. We'll spend our last afternoon in Peru revisiting Lima, followed by farewell dinner at an ocean-view restaurant. Your return flight from Lima will likely leave late in the evening or in the early morning hours, and we will return to the airport around 9PM.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

This tour ends at 9:00PM on Friday, October 29, 2021 at the Lima International Airport. Please schedule your return flight no sooner than 11:00PM. When looking for your flights, please also check flights departing Lima in the early morning hours (1:00AM or 2:00AM) on October 30, 2021.

Itinerary specifics subject to change.

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