Lost Civilisations and Natural Wonders - Saga's new action-packed tour of Peru

Wednesday 3 May 2017

  • Spot the Andean Condor at Colca Canyon
  • Cruise the Ballestas Islands to watch sea lions
  • Explore the Amazon rainforest by night and day
  • Sail on Lake Titicaca and visit the Uros community

Guests travelling on Saga’s new Lost Civilisations and Natural Wonders tour of Peru explore the Amazon rainforest and dramatic mountain valleys where the Andean condor soars overhead.

As well as watching for wildlife the 18-night tour highlights the colonial cities of Lima and Cuzco, plus haunting Inca ruins including Machu Picchu, Ollantoytambo and Raqchi.

Guests fly into Lima for two nights to explore the city’s colonial elegance before taking a flight to Puerto Maldonado. From here a motorised canoe is the mode of transport to reach the Inkaterra Hacienda Concepcion (4Q), in the Peruvian Amazon.

Days are spent exploring the tropical rainforest’s waterways by canoe and taking hikes in the jungle. At Lake Sandoval there’s a chance to see black caimans and giant otters while on a canopy walkway guests can look out for white-throated toucans, squirrel monkeys and the three-toed sloth.

After a two-night stay at Sonesta Posada del Inca Yucay, to view Incan ruins at Ollantoytambo, guests take a train ride through the Sacred Valley into the mountains where the ruins of Machu Picchu sit among the peaks.

In Cuzco, once the imperial capital of the Inca Empire, guests stay for two nights at the Jose Antonio Cuzco (3Q), while the journey to Puno is punctuated with a visit to Andahuaylillas to see the Incan remains of Raqchi.

The next two nights are spent at Sonesta Posada del Inca Puno (3Q) and guests head out onto the waters of Lake Titicaca to visit the Uros community who make their homes on artificial floating islands made of reeds.

A scenic drive to Chivay brings guests to the slopes of Colca Canyon and the Condor’s Cross to observe Andean condors – the world’s largest flying bird – soaring overhead.

The tour continues to the Choquetico and two nights are spent at Casa Andina Select Arequipa (3Q).  Arequipa, flanked by three volcanic peaks, is home to exquisite 16th and 17th-century churches and convents.

The tour returns to Lima with a transfer to Paracas for a three-night stay at La Hacienda Paracas (4Q). An included trip takes guests to Paracas National Reserve, a dramatic and desolate area of golden desert and cliffs that meet a bright blue sea. A cruise around the rocky Ballestas Islands is a further tour highlight to see the colony of sea lions and a vast number of sea birds.

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For details call free on 0800 414 383 or visit saga.co.uk/peru

Contact PR officer Jessica Myers email jessica.myers@saga.co.uk or call 01303 776113

18 nights (inc. 2 on board aircraft) from £3,799 departing London Heathrow on January 16, March 6, April 10, May 15, June 12, September 11, October 9 and November 6, 2018. Price includes VIP door-to-door chauffeur service, return flights, airport taxes, accommodation, most meals, porterage, tour manager, optional travel insurance and additional cancellation rights, or a discount if passenger has own insurance. 

Saga has created four new ‘Time to’ holiday styles: Go for it, Stay & Explore, Discover and Unwind. Each style helps guests decide on a holiday that feels right for them. Lost Civilisations and Natural Wonders is Discover (Pace 2).

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