ADVENTURES IN PERU HOSTED BY THE NYU RECENT ALUMNI NETWORK

Experience rich culture, beautiful scenery and unending adventure in Peru with the Recent Alumni Network. From thrilling white water rafting to hiking at the famed Machu Picchu archaeological site, this trip is the adventure of a lifetime.

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Itinerary:
 

DAY 1: Lima, Peru

Upon arriving in Lima, you will be met by your local guide and transferred to your hotel. 

 

This evening, you will kick off the trip by experiencing the food scene of Lima with dinner at a local eatery in the Barranco district. Here you will be served traditional home-style cuisine, resurrecting old traditional family recipes rather than reinventing them.  

 

Save room for a few more tastes after dinner including a traditional dessert and the perfect cup of coffee, made from 100% Peruvian coffee beans, at one of the city´s best coffee houses before returning to your accommodations for the evening.

Overnight at: Casa Andina Premium Miraflores
Meals Included: Dinner

 

DAY 2: Lima / Sacred Valley

Today you will enjoy an exclusive visit of Callao and see for yourself why this neighborhood might easily become the new ‘Peruvian Soho’. The cultural movement known as FUGAZ, has set up in the port city and works on exhibitions, transforming spaces into shops for local designers or restaurants and gives artists a platform to exhibit their work. You will meet with a key person of FUGAZ and start your exploration of this up and coming area before trying out your own hand at graffiti art.

After lunch at a local restaurant, continue to the airport for your flight to Cusco. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the Sacred Valley. The valley is located at a lower elevation than Cusco, enjoys a mild climate and offers you a chance to acclimatize to the region.

Dinner tonight is enjoyed at your accommodations.

Overnight at: Casa Andina Premium Sacred Valley
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Sacred Valley

This morning, head to Chinchero where the Piuray Lake is located. This beautiful lake offers spectacular scenery, perfect flat water and plenty of birds to observe during your kayaking adventure. After a few hours of kayaking and taking in the beautiful landscape, return to the shore for lunch and then return to the hotel.

This evening, dinner is at your leisure to enjoy on your own before we gather to experience the night sky in our private planetarium.

Overnight at: Casa Andina Premium Sacred Valley
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
 

Day 4: Sacred Valley

Adventure awaits today on an exciting white water rafting excursion. 

After rafting, head to El Albergue restaurant where you will enjoy a typical Andean meal “Pachamanca"; this traditional dish uses a cooking method preparing food underground with hot stones.

 

Afterward, see more of the Sacred Valley of the Incas and explore one of the finest remaining Inca archaeological sites. The Ollantaytambo ruins are spread out over a large area and follow a long mountain top crest.

Return to the hotel for the evening at leisure.

 
Overnight at:
Casa Andina Premium Sacred Valley
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 5: Sacred Valley / Aguas Calientes

This morning, visit the circular terraces of Moray, an agricultural “research laboratory” for the Incas where they studied temperature variation from one terrace to another in order to develop different crop varieties. Cross the extensive Maras Pampas, where people farm the land and rear cattle and sheep. The Urubamba mountain range and its snow-capped peaks provide a spectacular background for your visit. 

 

Next, head to Ollantaytambo train station to board Vistadome train to Aguas Calientes.

 

On arrival, check-in at your selected hotel and enjoy dinner at your accommodations.

Overnight at: El Mapi by Inkaterra Aguas Calientes
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

DAY 6: Machu Picchu / Cusco

Early this morning depart for your visit to Machu Picchu. You will climb one of the iconic peaks, Machu Picchu Mountain, with your guide, to experience spectacular views of all of Machu Picchu, the valleys and mountains that surround it. Afterwards, you will visit the Sacred Inca citadel, exploring its main temples and hidden corners with your guide and expert.

 

After the visit, enjoy a buffet breakfast at Belmond Sanctuary Lodge and then head back to Aguas Calientes to enjoy some free time before boarding your Vistadome train back to Poroy Station.

 

Upon arrival to the train station, you are met and transferred to Cusco city. Dinner tonight is on your own to enjoy one of the many local eateries.

Overnight at: Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

 

DAY 7: Cusco

Today you will have a free morning to wander around the charming colonial streets of Cusco by yourself.

 

In the afternoon, meet your guide and start your visit of Cusco. Walk to vibrant San Pedro market where you will get a first-hand look at how locals live day-to-day. Smell the scents of local produce and flora, absorb the styles and textures of the local fashion and discover the traditional fruits, vegetables and ingredients that make up the main staples of traditional meals.

 

After the market, visit the legendary Koricancha,  the Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral, and finally end your visit in the bohemian quarter of San Blas, home to the workshops and stores of the most renowned artisans in Cusco, including Mendivil and Merida.

 

This evening, you will enjoy a farewell dinner at Calle del Medio restaurant, with innovative interpretations of the most classic dishes of Peruvian cuisine. An imposing bar with high quality, creative cocktails, the best artistic shows in the city, privileged location and a beautiful view of the Plaza de Armas of Cusco.

Overnight at: Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
 

DAY 8: Cusco / Home

Today you will be transferred to the airport for your independently arranged flights home.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Trip Details
 

2021 Pricing

$3,445.00

Single Supp: $767.00

Deposit: $500.00^

 

Prices are per person in USD based on double occupancy.

^Deposit is refundable, less $15 processing fee, until 105 days prior to departure. Final balance due 105 days prior to departure. From 105 days - 61 days prior to departure, full trip cost is 50% non-refundable. After 60 days prior to departure, full trip cost is non-refundable.

All travelers will need to agree to Destination Partners Terms and Conditions prior to travel.

Dates

April 20 - 27, 2021

8
days
EXCLUSIVE NYU SMALL GROUP:

Min. Group Size: 10 travelers

Max. Group Size: 25 travelers

 

The best way to connect with fellow travelers from your Alma mater and the local culture is in a small group, which is why we limit the group size to no more than twenty-five (25) travelers on this departure. Destination Partners' NYU Alumni Travel Programs are exclusive to NYU alumni and their travel partners and require a minimum of ten (10) travelers to operate. In the unlikely event the program is under enrolled and cannot run, all payments made will be refunded 105 days prior to departure.

EXCEPTIONAL ACCOMMODATIONS:
The properties throughout our Signature Series itineraries are selected because of their unique sense of place, allowing you to enjoy the destinations in comfort and style and explore them to the fullest.
INCLUDED:

Accommodations including daily breakfast, lunches & dinners per the itinerary, airport transfers on Day 1 and the final day of the itinerary only, services of expert local guides throughout, transportation, domestic flight (airfare subject to change until tickets issued 60 days prior to departure), entrance fees for included activities, all taxes and service charges.

NOT INCLUDED:

International airfare to and from Peru, gratuities for drivers and guides, alcoholic beverages with meals, personal expenses, airport taxes and baggage fees, any required passport, visa or other government entry fees if applicable, required or recommended vaccines or medicines, optional travel insurance.

ARRIVE / DEPART:

Please plan to arrive in Lima's International Airport (LIM) by 3pm on Day 1 of the itinerary in order to partake in the welcome dinner. Check-in time is 2pm. You can request an early check-in at an additional cost. Domestic flights from Lima to Cusco are included. You may book flights to depart Cusco's Alejandro Velasco Astete Airport (CUZ) anytime on the final day.

 

If you need assistance with International flights, Destination Partners air department will be happy to assist you.