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Perú brims with romantic sentiment musically, gastronomically, and geographically. Andean huaynos (Peruvian folk genre) are known for their romantic melancholy, their lyrics often calling out for a lost loved one or celebrating the torn emotions of an eternal love, while the percussive cajon of Afro-Peruvian criolla music beats to the tune of two dancing hearts. Peruvian dishes like ceviche or lomo saltado marry fresh and local ingredients to create endless moments of savory, tangy, spicy, and citrusy bliss. Not to mention the stark mountain landscapes that quite literally take ones breathe away at upwards of 13,000 feet, and the northern Peruvian coast line, only a few hours away by plane, that offers sun, surf, sand, and solitude. The following sample itinerary, ideal for a Peru honeymoon or a romantic re-encounter, takes you on an exclusive tour of the country’s most enchanting venues, exploring its sights, sounds, and tastes. Are you ready to fall in love all over again?
DAY 1: ARRIVE AT YOUR HOTEL IN LIMA AFTER YOUR INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT TO PERU! When your international flight arrives in Lima, look for your SAMEXTOURS host holding a sign with your name on it! We know you’ll most likely be a little tired after your long flight, so we’ll save you the stress of trying to navigate and bring you straight to your hotel where you can shake off that icky flight feeling with a shower and a sleep. Relax into the evening and enjoy a good night’s rest. DAY 2: FLY TO CUSCO AND VISIT THE MANOS DE LA COMUNIDAD LIVING MUSEUM IN SACRED VALLEY. This morning we’ll escort you back to the airport for your morning flight to Cusco. Watch the windows as the desert coast rises into the snow-capped peaks of the Andes! Upon touch down in Cusco, we’ll bring you out for a tasty lunch, before taking you to the Sacred Valley, where the lower altitudes make it easier to acclimatize. Just 15 minutes outside of Cusco, true Peruvian countryside will stretch away on either side of you, sheep grazing tranquilly road-side. Impossibly steep peaks rise in the distance. Our first stop is at Manos de la Comunidad Living Museum. At this “living museum,” you’ll come face-to-face with some of South America’s most endearing inhabitants, including alpacas, llamas, vicuñas and guanacos, as well as learning about traditional weaving. DAY 3: TOUR AN ANCIENT LOCAL HACIENDA AND STOP-BY THE AGRICULTURAL RUINS AND VIBRANT MARKET OF PISAC. After breakfast, your journey will take you to an ancient hacienda, nestled in the fertile valley next to the pueblo of Pisac. Step onto the family-owned hacienda grounds and step into centuries past while your hosts expound upon the growing process of Giant White Corn and its profound cultural significance in the Andes Mountains. This hacienda dates back generations, and you’ll immediately be immersed in local customs steeped in the spirits and mysticism of the Andes, and embraced by the warmth of local Peruvians. Relish your time on the farm with a delicious multi-course lunch with sample dishes featuring none other than the “white gold” giant-kernelled corn, and make sure to visit the on-site stables housing the renowned Peruvian Paso horses. Watch the horses dance with their human counterparts in a “marinera” demonstration, and even go for a quick trot yourself if you feel up to the task! From there, your exclusive tour of Peru will take you to another valley town – Pisac – where you’ll have the chance to rub shoulders with locals as you survey the artisan offerings of the market. Vegetables, textiles and silver jewelry are just some of the items that are sold here. From here, continue up the mountain in your private vehicle for today’s final stop at the ruins overlooking Pisac. Here, you’ll learn about the complexity of the Incan agricultural system, their methods of cultivating thousands of varieties of corn and potatoes, and you’ll watch the sun sink over the tips of the Andes Mountains surrounding you. DAY 4: MEET WITH ANDEAN SHAMAN FOR A TRADITIONAL WEDDING CEREMONY AND OFFERING TO PACHAMAMA (MOTHER EARTH)! Performed by an Andean shaman amidst the splendor of Peru’s sierra, and in the presence of the Apus (mountain spirits) and Pachamama (Mother Earth), an Andean wedding ceremony is an incredibly mystical and meaningful way for a couple to bind their lives together or renew their vows to one another. The ceremony begins in the morning and will include rites of purification and flowering, as well as rites of the four elements – water (purity), fire (strength), air (the Apus) and earth (Pachamama). Together with the help of your shaman you will make an offering to Pachamama, asking that she protect your union, before exchanging symbolic presents and drink to ensure the strength of your union. DAY 5: ENJOY A MORNING TRAIN THROUGH THE CLOUD FOREST AND VISIT THE MACHU PICCHU CITADEL! Prepare for a climactic day! In the morning, we will board the train in Ollantaytambo for our journey to Machu Picchu. Watch the cloud jungle pass by through the large glass windows! Upon arrival to Aguas Calientes, we’ll tuck in to an early lunch in order to refuel before ascending to Peru’s lost citadel. After a bus ride to the gates of this wonder of the world, you will pass through the main gates with your private guide to finally emerge at the top of the world – Machu Picchu. The incredible Inca stone construction will be spread below, alternately hidden and revealed by clouds. Your expert guide will give you a private tour of the ancient city. Upon conclusion of your tour, return for an evening in Aguas Calientes. Enjoy an excellent dinner on-site at your hotel and fall into bed, lulled to sleep by the sound of the cloud forest around you.
DAY 6: HIKE ONE OF THE COVETED, LIMITED-ENTRY HIKES, HUAYNA PICCHU! Today you have the option to hike two different trails – Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, so it’s completely up to you on how you would like to culminate your Machu Picchu luxury tour. Feeling adventurous? Consider hiking the steep slope of neighboring Huayna Picchu, which offers unrivalled views over Machu Picchu. Please note that only a limited amount of hikers are allowed to climb Huayna Picchu each day and tickets will need to be purchased in advance along with your Machu Picchu entrance. In the afternoon, reconvene in Aguas Calientes and board the return train to Ollantaytambo. Your SAMEXTOURSPERU host will meet you at the station and bring you to your hotel for a well-deserved good night’s rest. DAY 7: VISIT THE HUAYOCCARI HACIENDA FOR AN ENCHANTING HORSEBACK RIDE AND GOURMET LUNCH. After breakfast this morning, we are visiting the Hacienda of Huayoccari. Tucked away in the lush, vegetation-filled private estate of the Lambarri-Orihuela family, this centuries-old hacienda is still family-owned and operated. As you walk through the hacienda, remember to stop and look at the private collection of pre-Colombian, Inca, and colonial artefacts including an impressive collection of ‘Qeros,’ the traditional drinking vessels. You will start the morning by taking a tour on horseback off-the-beaten-path communities surrounding the hacienda. Peruvian Fine-Step horses, or “Peruvian Paso” horses, are small and elegant creatures known for their smooth gait and friendly disposition. Afterwards, return to the Huayoccari Hacienda for a delicious fresh gourmet lunch. DAY 8: EXPLORE THE HIDDEN COBBLESTONE STREETS OF HISTORICAL CUSCO AND TASTE YOUR WAY THROUGH THE MOST ICONIC PERUVIAN PRODUCTS. It’s time to get acquainted with Cusco, a gorgeous city that wins the heart of most every traveler that passes through it. Get to know the real Cusco during a private tour. After breakfast, meet your guide and wander among the archaeological remains of Sacsayhuaman, where the Incas staged a great battle against the Spaniars. Return to the city and roam the atmospheric streets of the bohemian neighborhood of San Blas, which is known for its free-spirited scene. Explore Qoricancha and the Santo Domingo monastery (a colonial structure built on top of the ancient Inca temple of the sun); see where the locals make their grocery runs at the open-air San Pedro market and pass the famous 12-angled stone, whose image appears on the bottle of the local Cusqueña beer. At the end of the tour, your guide will suggest places to enjoy a delicious local lunch. DAY 9: FLY FROM CUSCO TO TUMBES VIA LIMA AND SETTLE INTO YOUR BEACHSIDE RESORT. Time for a change of scenery today! Early this morning we will pick you up from your Cusco hotel to continue your romantic encounter or Peru honeymoon in Peru’s northern beaches. We will send you on your way to Tumbes in the north of Peru via a connecting flight in Lima. A host from your beachside resort will be waiting to meet you at the airport in Tumbes, ready to accompany you on a breathtaking coastal road trip to Mancora. Check in to your beautiful hotel and instantly begin enjoying its comforts on this simply lovely stretch of coast. DAY 10: SPEND THE DAY SOAKING IN THE SERENITY OF THIS TRANQUIL CORNER OF PERU. Spend the day reveling in the luxury and tranquility of your hotel and enjoying these wonderful beaches. Relax, take a surf lesson, or ask your hotel about sites of interest and places to visit whilst you are here. DAY 11: LAST DAY TO ENJOY THE NORTHERN BEACHES OF PERU! This is your last day to fully relax, and throw your cares away. Maybe go snorkeling in the lively Organos Bay and discover its unique marine wonder world, including a coral reef and its colorful inhabitants. This beautiful bay is an ideal spot to enjoy snorkeling, an activity suitable for almost every level of expertise. If it is your first time snorkeling, you will be given some basic techniques so that you will be able to learn all you need in just one day. The only requisite is to know how to swim! Delight your senses and encounter the magic of the northern coast. DAY 12: BID FAREWELL TO PERU! Going home is the worst part of any private Peru vacation, but at SAMEXTOURSPERU, we’ll do our best to make it as smooth and hassle-free as possible. First, we’ll bring you to Tumbes airport for your return flight to Lima. In Lima, a SAMEXTOURSPERU host will meet you and take you to the restaurant in Costa del Sol before returning to the airport for your journey home! Have a nice trip!
Notes: There are many additional activities that can be added to the Romantic Andean Getaway private tour, as our tours are entirely customized to your interests, hobbies, and expectations! Please note that Huayna Picchu has a limited entry quota per day and needs to be booked months in advance.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE Dear Tourist, Thank you very much for choosing us and letting us take on the responsibility of giving you a very nice experience here in Peru. We ask you to please read our terms and conditions of service very carefully. About the costs: Our costs are expressed in American dollars (US$) and before you make any reservation, we ask that you be voluntarily in accordance with the price you are going to pay for the tour you’ll be taking. This is to avoid any inconveniences or any dilemmas regarding any prior claims. Our prices are subject to change without any pre-vious announcement, however, if you have already confirmed your reservation, there will not be any variation regarding the amount of money you have had to pay for your tour. Dear customer, Before confirming your Machu Picchu / Machu Picchu Huayna Picchu / Machu Picchu Montaña entrance tickets buying. Please read carefully the following information about our terms and conditions of tickets buying. 1.- All prices are expressed in US Dollars. 2.- Each ticket has already included our agency fee and taxes. 3.- If you are an Student with ISIC card you must send us a copy of it. If you are a un-der age (-17) you must send us the passport copy as well. 4.- Paypal payments has plus payment fee of 7% and visa payment plus 5%. The cus-tomer must asume it. 5.- Once the ticket is bought there is NO way to get any refund. 6.- In case we couldn’t buy your ticket, we are going to give you fully refund. 7.- Once the ticket is bought there is NO way to make any changes. 8.- SAMEXTOURSPERU is going to send you your an invoice and your ticket in PDF format also the reservation code to print it out throught the gobervement site. 9.- All buying will be made between 24hs unless there is holidays or Sundays. If so It could take 48hs 10.- SAMEXTOURSPERU doesn’t assume any liability if you lost, forgot your ticket. Wrong data, strike, any situation that could prevent you to enter to Machu Picchu cita-del. This terms and conditions are subject to changes without any notice. About the type of trips we offer: SAMEXTOURSPERU offers the following types of tours: Restriction y/o Condition In some tours we´ll need a minimum of people to confirm the departure. If we don´t get the minimum people, the departure is going to be cance-lled automatically. Before to make the reservation you must agree with this condition. Anyways we´ll let you know if the tour has any restriction or condition. Or you can see it in the itinerary. Economic Service: understand that at times we will need to use the services of other agencies or tour operators. In this case, according to the kind of trip, the tourist will have to strictly abide by all other regulations required by the other travel agency, as well as the guides, the times, and anything else that is included in the tour. SAMEXTOURSPE-RU will do the best they can so that you can have a very good experience along your journey, while we work alongside any other travel agencies or companies. We ask for your complete cooperation and understanding. Within groups using our Economic Ser-vice, the minimum amount of people is 15 to 30 people maximum. Exclusive Service: While travelling with SAMEXTOURSPERU, we guarantee that all aspects of your tour will be carried out by us. With the Exclusive Service, we will only operate with tourists that use our company, SAMEXTOURSPERU. We will not share any services with any other travel agency. We will assign an exclusive travel guide that will always be with you. Along this tour, the minimum amount of people permitted in the group is between 2 and 4 people and the maximum amount is about 16 people, which are for adventure tours and 15 people for traditional tours. The average amount of peo-ple within our groups is between 6 and 12 people per group. Private Service: While travelling on the Private Service, SAMEXTOURSPERU gua-rantees that we will fully carry out our trips in their entirety. We will provide a private guide just for you. Luxury Service: When you travel with us on the Luxury Service, SAMEXTOURSPE-RU guarantees that we will carry out the trips in their entirety. We will make sure that we assign an escort to you, who will accompany you while you go along your trip, from beginning to end. We will provide you with a quote of the price of our Luxury Service for you. TRIPS IN PERU: SAMEXTOURSPERU offers considerable trips: economic, exclusi-ve, private and luxury, some of which might not necessarily be normally what you are looking for. However, we guarantee that we will put all of our effort and diligence into your tour so that your experience is unforgettable. Travelling through Peru requires flexibility, patience, being in a good mood, and being understanding about any changes that we might have to make, according to circum-stances that are not under our control (like a force majeur – see below), By reserving any of the trips we offer, you need to be in accordance with any of the changes that SAMEXTOURSPERU will need to make, without us having any responsibility for the following occurrences: FORCE MAJEUR: This includes any incident SAMEXTOURSPERU cannot avoid. Trying to find any way to solve the problems at hand, these occurrences do consist of wars or threats to oneself, protests, revolts, illnesses, natural disasters, adverse meteo-rological conditions, fires, or any similar occurrences that are out of our control. In this case, SAMEXTOURSPERU will not be responsible for any of the mentioned occurren-ces and reserves the right to modify, postpone, or cancel the trip (which would be the last resort for us). In the case of strikes, protests, standstills, etc., it’s possible that we would need to leave a day early or do the trip in a few days less, by modifying the itinerary (normally 3 days). Without any additional cost and/or disbursement from our part, you accept the fact that you agree with any inconveniences that might occur. Regarding reserving the 4 day or 2 day Inca Trail: Once you have reserved the trek, we will not be able to make any changes to the trip, because everything is controlled by the DRC (Decentralized Management of Cusco Culture). We don’t allow any modifications. After having made the reservation, which will have been established by law, any cancellations and/or waiting list do not work with the Inca Trail tour. TRAVEL INSURANCE: Before starting your trip, we highly recommend that you obtain travel insurance, which will cover accidents, medical expenses, and emergency repa-triation, including aerial rescue or aerial ambulance. We also recommend that your travel insurance cover any cancellations or loss of lug-gage. If you would like to, you can send us a scanned copy of your policy to our email address or have it sealed by a family member or a confidential friend. RISKS: For your reservation for any of our trips, you understand the risks that are im-plied and that you totally assume the risks that are involved upon going on your tour with us. SAMEXTOURSPERU doesn’t assume any liability with respect to anything that might occur along the way, by negligence of the tourist or anything else that might hap-pen that is out of our control. RESPONSIBILITY: SAMEXTOURSPERU does not assume any responsibility or obli-gation for any accidents, harm, illnesses, deaths, delays, and injuries to other people or to property. We also don’t assume any responsibility for any causes of forces majeur, such as strikes, adverse weather conditions, earthquakes, political situations, etc., that might determine any cancellations, changes, or delays, etc. The client will have to pay any additional fee, as a result of situations like this that can occur. We are not responsi-ble for the loss of any luggage, theft, or type damage to your baggage, understanding that you be travelling under your own responsibility. SAMEXTOURSPERU reserves the right to cancel or modify the planned itinerary when you consider that for the better development of our services. It is the client’s responsibi-lity to have the appropriate documentation with you like: passports, visas, travel insu-rance, vaccines, vouchers, receipts, etc. which you will need to have with you upon entering Peru and for the tours that you will be taking. SAMEXTOURSPERU is not res-ponsible for any delays or extra costs, as a result of having the wrong documents or the lack of any travel documents whatsoever. About Risks and Responsibility: We will need you to sign and leave a digital finger-print on our risk and responsibility form. This is to be done when you visit our office or while at one of our meetings. Our meetings will require you to come into our office befo-re the start of your trip. You’ll have to be in accordance with all of our requirements, before the purchase of any of our trips. Personal information needed to make a reservation. To confirm a reservation, we will need you to send us the information for everybody who is going to be travelling with you along your tour. Upon, sending us your personal information for the reservation, we will need your full name, nationality, and age. Your passport number or DNI need to be correct and valid. Take into account that the autho-rities who control the entries into the archaeological sites, especially the Inca trail are not very nice when it comes to the processing of your documentation. What we do ask is that all the information that you send us be correct and valid. The ISIC card (if applica-ble), also needs to be valid and you’ll need to present it upon entering the Inca Trail, along with the document you used to make your reservation (your passport or your per-sonal ID). Discounts for students and people under age students that have an ISIC card and/or are under age, on some trips will receive a discount and for this discount to be valid, you will need to send us a scanned document or an image of your document. The copy or ima-ge of your document does need to be legible. REGARDING PAYMENT. To secure and confirm your reservation, it is necessary that you have the confirmation of your payment In some cases, you will need 100% of the payment, and in other ca-ses, we will only need you to pay some of the cost of your tour. Then, later on, the rest of your payment will be made once you arrive here in Cusco. Confirmation of a reservation: We will always confirm your reservation and when we have received all of the requirements needed, especially the date of the start of the tour and any alternative dates, the dates on your passport and the confirmation of your payment. If you are lacking any of this information with your reservation, it won’t be possible to confirm your reservation at all. The confirmation of a reservation, could de-lay between 2 hours to 48 hours during business days. As for the purchase of train tickets, bus tickets, plane tickets, entry into archaeological sites, etc., the payment for whichever kind of ticket purchase outside of or within a pa-cket is not reimbursable. You need to accept the fact that you agree with these regula-tions before confirming the purchase of your tickets. Methods of payment: VISA: Compared to other types of payments that we have, paying with a VISA card is 6% of commission charges. However, in the case of us having to reimburse you in any way, there will be a 6% fee charged to your card. Within the total amount of your pur-chase, we will have to calculate the reimbursement in its entirety. We will have to sub-tract all purchases made such as the purchase of entry tickets, the payment of hotels, providers, taxes and any administrative fees. PAYPAL: For payments made by PayPal, the client will need to add on a percentage of the commission, in which you will be informed of before the confirmation of your reservation. Bank Transfer: For payments made abroad to our checking account, the client will need to add on an additional amount, which you will be informed of before your reser-vation is made. Upon receiving the money from outside Peru via bank transfer, some-times the amount received can vary and it can result in being less than expected. Once transferred, we will let you know about the exact amount of payment that we have re-ceived. Meetings prior to your tour. One or two nights before the departure of your tour, we will have a briefing at our offi-ces or at your hotel. In some cases, it might be by telephone. Usually, the meetings take place between the hours of 6pm and 7pm, however the exact time and place of the meeting will be confirmed to you. This meeting is just so that we can coordinate the trip with you and provide you with any required information regarding the tour. We will also clear any doubts or worries that you might have at the meeting. The payment of your final balance: We require that you complete the payment of your tour at our office or at your hotel the moment we meet. It needs to be before the beginning of your tour (in American dollars or in soles). We reserve the right to cancel your trip, if your completed payment is not made before your trip. Train tickets: When you purchase one of our tours to Machu Picchu, it will include a train ticket to and from Aguas Calientes. We will be leaving from the Poroy train station or from Ollantaytambo, travelling on the Expedition train. Your return train ticket will go from Aguas Calientes to and/or Ollantaytambo or Poroy. While travelling along the Ex-pedition train, the client will definitely be able to change his or her train class to the Vis-tadome or Hiram Bingham, while taking into consideration the change of cost involved. In the case of hiking on the Inca Trail and other trips that arrive at Machu Picchu, the return trip will be on the Expedition train. The train will leave between the hours of 6:20pm and 6:45pm, and at other times the train departure might be at 9:30pm. All of this information will be confirmed at the meeting we will have with you before the depar-ture of your tour. Modification of your train ticket: Along some trips, you will get the option to stay one or two more nights in the town of Aguas Calientes. We offer the option to purchase your train ticket for the next day or the date that you wish to travel (subject to availability). However, these extra fees will be added onto the client’s account (new ticket for entry into Machu Picchu, round-trip bus ticket, bus from Ollantaytambo back to Cusco, food, accommodation, among others). If you would like to change the time of your train ticket and there is the possibility of changing it, with the ticket being on the same train cate-gory as your original ticket or any other category, the client will have to take responsibili-ty for the extra charges that these changes involve. CANCELLATIONS: 1. If you only had sent us some of the purchase cost or had pre-paid any reservation you had made, this payment will be neither reimbursable nor transferrable. 2. If you had completely paid for all of your purchase and you cancel your trip 4 days or more before the start of your trip, we will be able to reimburse you, subtracting all of the purchases made for your trip such as train tickets, bus tickets, entry tickets, hotels, ta-xes, payment to the providers, administrative payments, etc.) The remaining amount that you send us will require us to subtract the fees and/or any commissions that are sent to us. If the cancellation had been made 3 days before the start of your trip, we will not be able to return any of the payment, because this will result in us considering it a NO SHOW. 3. SAMEXTOURSPERU will need to be notified of any change or cancellation of your trip as soon as possible. You need to be certain of the changes being made and will ha-ve to send us an email to notify us. Once the trip is cancelled, there won’t be any way to change this situation at all. 4. Once the final payment has been made, it won’t be possible to return the payment for any cancellation that has been made. 5. We can provide a letter to your insurance company for you. VERY IMPORTANT: We strongly suggest that you stay at high altitude (at least 3000 meters high, in Cusco or in another city that has a high altitude) during the 3 or 4 days (minimum) before you go on your trip. This is to get us to minimize the possible illnesses that might result in being at high altitude. You also can help your body out in this way by acclimatizing yourself. To acclimatize yourself, you’ll need to drink a lot of liquids, ad-ding a little bit of sugar to your beverages, eating foods that are rich in carbohydrates, avoiding tobacco and alcohol, and by drinking coca tea (an ancient and traditional tea leaf). The use of Diamox can also be useful. Please ask your doctor for a prescription. Upon confirming your reservation, you will be expressing the fact that you fully accept all of our terms and conditions. Note: The terms and conditions of service are subject to change without any previous notice. Thank you once again for choosing us and we wish you a marvelous trip!