This itinerary allows you to explore the diverse landscape of Peru. Peru is a country that never ceases to amaze and inspire, promising to thrill the adventurer, excite the historian, and astound any nature lover
Encinitas, CA (PRWEB) December 21, 2011
Encinitas based specialty travel company Global Basecamps has developed a new 11 day luxury Peru tour that covers the highlights of the country. The itinerary includes a Machu Picchu tour, and also allows sufficient time to explore Cusco and the Sacred Valley, as well as Lake Titicaca. Like every itinerary Global Basecamps’ creates, the Peru tour is custom-built, so it can be revised to meet any travel goals, hotel preferences or time restrictions.
The custom tour begins in Arequipa, known as the “White City,” located in southern Peru and surrounded by the peaks of El Misti, Chachani, and Pichu Pichu. Next, the tour goes to Colca Canyon, which is one of the deepest canyons in the world and twice as deep as the Grand Canyon. Parts of Colca canyon have pre-Colombian terrace fields still supporting agriculture and human life. An expert local guide will provide insight into the people who inhabit the canyon. Travelers spend another day in Colca visiting the Condor research center, watching the birds in flight and exploring the Yanque Church.
Day four is a travel day to Puno, a city located on the shores of beautiful Lake Titicaca. The following morning travelers enjoy a boat excursion on Lake Titicaca to visit the Uros Indians, who build their homes on floating islands of totora reeds. The boat ride continues to the Island of Taquile, which is renowned for its decorative weavings. Taquile is an Aymara community where visitors can discover the unique customs of the local people and explore the island. The second half of the journey begins in Cusco, where there is plenty of time to explore the beautiful city, including the colonial architecture, surrounding ruins, and rich culture. The journey continues to the Sacred Valley, which is located between the towns of Pisac and Ollantaytambo. The Sacred Valley has incredible Inca ruins, Andes Mountains’ views, and quaint towns.
The highlight of the trip will be Machu Picchu, which travelers reach via train from Ollantaytambo. The four-hour ascent includes beautiful views above the great valley and a waterfall near the site of Wiñay Wayna. The hike passes through Inca Trail sites, lush cloud forest, and then joins the main Inca Trail Trek. After exploring the citadel of Machu Picchu, travelers spend the night at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge. The next day starts with an early morning guided tour of the ruins, before retuning to Cusco for the evening. "This itinerary allows you to explore the diverse landscape of Peru. Peru is a country that never ceases to amaze and inspire, promising to thrill the adventurer, excite the historian, and astound any nature lover,” says Global Basecamps’ Product Specialist Lauren Hoffman who recently visited Peru.
Global Basecamps’ local partner in Peru is owned by a nonprofit conservation group. Through the partnership, Global Basecamps contributes to the maintenance of national parks, reserves, and archaeological sites, while also helping preserve the local culture.
Global Basecamps is a specialty travel resource designed to simplify the process of researching and booking sustainable hotels, lodges and private tours worldwide. Allowing independent travelers to journey at their own pace and ensuring trip priorities are met while keeping maximum flexibility on the road, Global Basecamps truly makes exploration easy. Please visit http://www.globalbasecamps.com.
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