PERU ALUMNI ADVENTURE
EXCLUSIVE NYU SMALL GROUP:
Min. Group Size: 7 travelers
Max. Group Size: 20 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 travelers. Destination Partners' NYU Alumni Travel Programs are exclusive to NYU alumni and their travel partners and require a minimum of seven travelers to operate. In the unlikely event the program is under enrolled and cannot run, all payments made will be refunded 90 days prior to departure.
DAY 1: Arrive Lima
This afternoon, we meet our guide and head out to historic downtown Lima. Known as “the City of the Kings,” this UNESCO World Heritage Site dates back to the 16th century and the city’s history is richly portrayed in the remnants of the Spanish colonial extravagance. Later in the evening, we will gather again for a Welcome Dinner.
Overnight in Lima: Dazzler Lima
Meals Included: Dinner
DAYS 2 & 3: Lima / Cuzco
This morning we will explore one of Lima’s vibrant and symbolic markets. Peru’s cuisine, abundant with local ingredients and influences from the indigenous and many immigrant cultures, is highlighted during a cooking demonstration by a local chef who will prepare for us a delicious lunch of signature Peruvian dishes. After lunch, we will depart on our domestic flight to Cuzco. Located in a high Andes valley at an impressive 11,150 feet above sea level, our first night in Cuzco is at leisure to relax and adjust to the altitude.
The next morning, our guide will help us discover this unique city - the capital of the Inca Empire and center of indigenous Quechua culture in the Andes - before visiting the surrounding ruins of the Sacsayhuaman Fortress. Built of enormous stone blocks expertly shaped by the Incas and strategically located on a hilltop overlooking Cuzco, the view of the city is spectacular.
In the evenings, our hotel is ideally located in the historic center with a variety of restaurants and sights an easy stroll away.
Overnights in Cuzco: El Mercado Tunqui
Meals Included: Breakfast (Day 2&3), Lunch (Day 2)
DAYS 4 & 5: Cuzco / Sacred Valley
Our next two days are spent in the heart of the impressively scenic Sacred Valley of the Incas. The remnants of the Incan’s innovation is ever present in the small towns of Pisac and Ollantaytambo where Incan agricultural terraces and finely worked stone walls are still in use today. Pisac’s traditional artisan market is filled with wares wrought in alpaca wool, silver, and ceramic.
The next day we journey to the Urumba Valley. Here, the Misminay community subsists off the land more than 12,000 feet above sea level with traditions and techniques unchanged for centuries. We will be welcomed into their daily life and may even be asked to help with the plowing or participate in an offering to the earth mother, who is so vital to this community’s existence. An experience like no other, after sharing a traditional lunch prepared by this community, we will return to the hotel feeling as if we traveled years, not miles.
We spend our nights in the Sacred Valley at a converted 18th century monastery surrounded by beautiful gardens. A perfect place to relax and reflect on our days.
Overnights in the Sacred Valley: Sonesta Posadas del Inca Yucay
Meals Included: Breakfast (Day 4&5), Lunch (Day 4&5), Dinner (Day 4)
DAY 6: Machu Picchu
No adventure to Peru would be complete without experiencing the remarkable Machu Picchu. The 15th century Inca city, now a recognized UNESCO World Heritage site, still has experts puzzled and awed by its construction and purpose. Theories of its use as a royal retreat or a spiritual site are among the many ideas of why such an incredible development would have been built atop a mountain ridge. We depart early by train and bus to the archeological site to spend the day discovering this New Seventh Wonder of the World with our expert local guide and ponder on its majesty.
We enjoy a final dinner together of Novoandean and international cuisine at the hotel’s exquisite Inkafé Restaurant.
Overnight in the Sacred Valley: Sonesta Posadas del Inca Yucay
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 7: Cuzco / Lima /Home ~OR~ Optional Extension: Peruvian Amazon
After breakfast, we return to Cuzco for our flight to Lima to connect with your return flights home.
Meals Included: Breakfast
Jul 30- Aug 5, 2016
Prices are per person in USD based on double occupancy.
*Internal air costs are subject to change until ticketed at 60 days prior to departure.
^Deposit is refundable, less a $15 processing fee, up until 90 days prior to departure.
The properties throughout our Alumni Adventure itineraries are
selected because of their unique sense of place and ideal locations, allowing you to enjoy each destination in comfort and style and explore it to the fullest.
Accommodations including daily breakfast, four lunches & three dinners, airport transfers on Day 1 and the final day of the itinerary only, early check-in on Day 1, domestic airfare between Lima and Cuzco (priced separately), services of expert local guides throughout, transportation, entrance fees and permits for included activities, all taxes and service charges.
Airfare to/from Lima, gratuities for drivers and guides, beverages with meals or alcoholic beverages, personal expenses, airport taxes and bagagge fees, any required passport, visa or other government entry fees if applicable, optional travel insurance.
ARRIVE / DEPART:
Please plan to arrive Lima, Peru by 5pm on Day 1 of the itinerary. You may depart anytime on the final day after 6pm. If you need assistance with your flights, Destination Partners air department will be happy to assist with your round-trip travel arrangements.
OPTIONAL EXTENSION: 3 days / 2 nights
For those travelers interested in continuing to the Peruvian Amazon, you will fly from Cuzco to Puerto Maldonado on the final day where your Amazon adventure will begin.