PERU – Land of Diversity
• Peru is one of the most diverse countries
in the world. A country made up of
beaches, flatlands, mountains and
jungles, ...
Peru – Land of Diversity
• The culture and history of Peru is diverse.
Each region has its own history and
uniqueness. Each city is different and
o...
• Dry season is the most popular time to
travel. High season in the tourist regions is
from June to September. Shoulder
se...
• Lima is the capital city of Peru and the first
city that visitors fly into. Lima has a
population of approximately 8 mil...
• Lima has a wide variety of great museums
and interesting areas. The government
palace, Plaza de Armas, main Cathedral,
t...
• From Lima, travelers can choose to go
north, south or inland. Many people with
short travel times choose to fly from Lim...
The Imperial City of the Incas Cusco
• Cusco is the most popular tourist
destination. This is the jumping off point to
go to Machu Picchu, Manu National Park,
...
• Cusco is located at an altitude of 3,330
masl. For this reason travelers need to
allow themselves time to acclimatize.
•...
• The wide variety of museums and sites in
the city and area can keep tourists busy
for many days.
• Incan streets and the...
• Most tourists spend one or two days in the
city, but you can easily occupy three or
four days just wandering the streets...
• Above the city of Cusco, just a 10 minute
drive or half hour climb, is the large
archeological site of Sacsayhuaman. Thi...
• From Cusco, it is usual for travelers to
continue on to the Sacred Valley of the
Incas. The small town of Pisaq is locat...
Sacred Valley of the Incas
• The Sacred Valley has plenty of
agriculture, as it is located at an altitude
2,792 masl.
• Most travelers only spend one...
Pisaq
• Pisaq is located just 45 minutes outside of
Cusco and is easily reached by tourist or
local transport.
• There is a love...
Ollantaytambo – Inca Fortress
• Ollantaytambo is another popular site in
the Sacred Valley. This is a beautiful town
built on Incan foundations. A visit...
Moray, Maras and the Salineras
• On the rim of the Sacred Valley, you find
the unique archeological site of Moray, as
well as the colonial town of Maras,...
Other Sites Around Cusco
• Around Cusco are many other sites to
enjoy. Most are along the route to Puno,
but several require private vehicles or
sp...
• The impressive pre-Inca site of Raqchi is
located approximately 2 hours outside of
Cusco along the route to Puno.
• Trav...
Machu Picchu –
The Lost City of the Incas
• Of course, the highlight of most travellers
vacation to Peru is the time they spend in
the famous site of Machu Picchu.
...
• A standard group tour of Machu Picchu
includes a two hour guided visit of the site.
A private tour would include a guide...
• For travellers who choose to visit Machu
Picchu for one day, and take the train to
and from Cusco, this can be a very lo...
• Most travellers find that one day is enough
in Machu Picchu, but if you choose to
spend more than one day here, you can
...
Inca Trail and Other Treks
• The Traditional Inca Trail is one of the
most famous treks in the world. This 4 day
trek starts from just outside the to...
• The Inca Trail trek can depart on any day
of the week, and most groups have up to
16 travellers.
• The first three days ...
• Inca Trail entrances are limited to 500 per
day, and can be sold out 6 months in
advance during high season. The trail i...
• The Salkantay Trek is also four days and
is considered the back route to Machu
Picchu. There are no limited entrances on...
• The Salkantay Trek is also a high altitude
trek. Services normally include all camping
gear, meals, pack horses, cooks, ...
• There are many other trekking
opportunities in the Cusco area, from two
days to sixteen days. Please ask us about
our cu...
Other Adventure Activities
• The country of Peru abounds with
adventure opportunities. If you like
mountain biking, white water rafting, day
hiking, ...
Life in the Country
• One of the things to be enjoyed in Peru is
the diverse culture and local peoples. The
mountain areas offer different asp...
• Every area and town is unique. Each use
their own colors, weaving techniques,
agricultural methods and even different
co...
Festivals
and
Celebrations
• Festivals and celebrations are a huge part
of life in Peru. Each festival is unique and
they are largely made up of inte...
• Inti Raymi is a full day celebration, starting
in the Sun Temple of Qoricancha, and
ending in the site of Sacsayhuaman.
...
• During most months (and sometimes each
week!) you can witness little celebrations in the
streets of Cusco.
• Each Sunday...
The Jungle
• In Peru there are two areas in which to
visit the jungle. The most popular and
easiest to access is Manu National Park.
...
• The Manú Biosphere Reserve has a very rich wildlife. If
you are lucky you can view some of these on your
travels!
• Mamm...
• Manu tours can be taken from Cusco,
from three days to a week or more. You
can go by bus and boat, or fly in and out.
We...
Lake Titicaca and Puno
• Puno is a small city located on the banks
of the largest navigable lake in the world:
Lake Titicaca. Most travellers vis...
• Most travellers who choose to visit Puno
go for the Islands tours. These tours can
be one day or two days. The one day t...
• If you have time in the Puno area, you can
enjoy a great view at the top of 700 steps
(or take a taxi to the top) at the...
Arequipa and the Colca Canyon
• Arequipa is considered the “White City” of Peru.
This city has approximately one million people
and is not a tourist bas...
• Arequipa is located in close proximity to
various volcanoes, and a visit to “Volcano
Alley” is possible to or from the C...
• Arequipa is a lovely city that is worth a
couple of days to visit. If you have the
time, allow one to two days for a cit...
The Coast – Ica, Pisco, Paracas,
Nazca, Huanchaco
• Peru is an incredibly diverse country, and
there are many places to visit and
experience not just the Incan history, but...
• From Lima you can fly or take the bus to
the northern part of Peru, including the
cities of Trujillo, Cajamarca, Chiclay...
• The sites located in the northern areas of
Peru, inland or along the coast, offer a
different history than those in the ...
• To visit the coastal areas of Trujillo and
Chicalyo, you may want to allow three or fours
days, or up to a week if you w...
• The southern coast offers even yet a
different scope of sites and activities.
• From Lima, you can take a tour or bus to...
• In the Nazca area, there are also little
museums to visit, or take a half day tour
out to the Chauchilla Cemetary.
• The...
• While we have tried to give you a good
idea of what is available to see and do in
Peru, it is impossible to include ever...
• We hope you have enjoyed the pictures and
information!
• Please don’t hesitate to contact us at any time
at: info@journe...
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Peru – A Land of Diversity - Plan Your Vacation Now!

  1. 1. PERU – Land of Diversity
  2. 2. • Peru is one of the most diverse countries in the world. A country made up of beaches, flatlands, mountains and jungles, the area of Peru is approximately twice the size of the province of Alberta (Canada) but has the population of all of Canada. • There are 23 provinces within Peru, with the most popular travel areas being Lima, Nazca, Arequipa, Puno, Cusco and Manu. • Peru has two languages: Spanish, and the local mountain language of Quechua.
  3. 3. Peru – Land of Diversity
  4. 4. • The culture and history of Peru is diverse. Each region has its own history and uniqueness. Each city is different and offers different activities and sites to visit. • Peru only has two seasons: rainy and dry. Rainy season affects the interior regions including the jungle. This season runs from November to March. During this season it is hot summer weather along the coastal regions and December and January are considered summer holidays for Peruvians.
  5. 5. • Dry season is the most popular time to travel. High season in the tourist regions is from June to September. Shoulder seasons (and the best time to travel) are April, May and the first two weeks of June, as well as the last two weeks of September and all of October. • Travel during January and February is not highly recommended for the Cusco, Sacred Valley or Machu Picchu regions as it can flood.
  6. 6. • Lima is the capital city of Peru and the first city that visitors fly into. Lima has a population of approximately 8 million people and has a lot of international businesses. • Many tourists choose not to spend time in Lima, but there are many interesting sites and activities available there.
  7. 7. • Lima has a wide variety of great museums and interesting areas. The government palace, Plaza de Armas, main Cathedral, the catacombs of San Francisco, and the areas of Miraflores and Baranco are well worth a visit. • There are several archeological sites in the Lima area as well, including the site of Pachacamac, just a short trip south of the city and one of the most interesting sites in the area.
  8. 8. • From Lima, travelers can choose to go north, south or inland. Many people with short travel times choose to fly from Lima to Cusco, which is the most popular destination. • You can also fly from Lima to Arequipa, the Lake Titicaca area, Trujillo, Chiclayo or Cajamarca. Iquitos is only accessible by flight. You can travel by bus to all areas, including Paracas, Ica and Nazca.
  9. 9. The Imperial City of the Incas Cusco
  10. 10. • Cusco is the most popular tourist destination. This is the jumping off point to go to Machu Picchu, Manu National Park, and the Sacred Valley. • Cusco is a city of approximately 350,000 people. There is very little industry here other than tourism. Cusco has almost doubled its size in the past 10 years. • Cusco was considered the centre of the Incan Empire and has significant archeological sites within the city as well as in the surrounding areas.
  11. 11. • Cusco is located at an altitude of 3,330 masl. For this reason travelers need to allow themselves time to acclimatize. • We recommend a slow first day in Cusco to acclimatize, with no large meals, no alcohol, no caffeine, and of course, lots of coca tea!
  12. 12. • The wide variety of museums and sites in the city and area can keep tourists busy for many days. • Incan streets and the main Plaza de Armas with its impressive Cathedral give Cusco an old world ambience that is hard to resist. Most hotels and sites are within walking distance of the main Plaza. • The most popular sites to visit in the city are the Cathedral, the Sun Temple of Qoricancha, and the Inca Museum, as well as the large local market of San Pedro.
  13. 13. • Most tourists spend one or two days in the city, but you can easily occupy three or four days just wandering the streets and experiencing the fabulous culture and sites. • Cusco is full of great restaurants and shops as well. Handmade alpaca items, weavings and other handicrafts show off the culture and talent of the area. The variety of restaurants showcase some of the fantastic Peruvian cuisine which is becoming famous worldwide.
  14. 14. • Above the city of Cusco, just a 10 minute drive or half hour climb, is the large archeological site of Sacsayhuaman. This site affords great views of the city and is usually included in any tour of the city. • There are four archeological sites above the city: Tambo Machay, Puka Pukara, Q’enko, and Sacsayhuaman, which is the largest. • You can visit the sites by walking, horseback riding tour, or by transport in between the sites.
  15. 15. • From Cusco, it is usual for travelers to continue on to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. The small town of Pisaq is located at one end of the Valley, and Ollantaytambo at the other. • The Sacred Valley offers plenty of interesting sites, such as the archeological sites of Pisaq, Ollantaytambo, Moray, Chincheros, Pumamarca, the salt mines of Maras, the weaving village of Huilloc, and many other sites and interesting villages.
  16. 16. Sacred Valley of the Incas
  17. 17. • The Sacred Valley has plenty of agriculture, as it is located at an altitude 2,792 masl. • Most travelers only spend one day in the Valley, but if you would like a more relaxed travel, plan to spend two or three days enjoying the area.
  18. 18. Pisaq
  19. 19. • Pisaq is located just 45 minutes outside of Cusco and is easily reached by tourist or local transport. • There is a lovely, large artisan market located in the Plaza which is very popular. The largest market days here are Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, although there are vendors all week long. • Above the town itself is a large archeological complex. Most Sacred Valley tours include a visit to this town and site.
  20. 20. Ollantaytambo – Inca Fortress
  21. 21. • Ollantaytambo is another popular site in the Sacred Valley. This is a beautiful town built on Incan foundations. A visit to the archeological site is usually included in a Sacred Valley tour. • The town itself offers hiking opportunities, interesting cultural aspects, and beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. • This is also a jumping off point for Machu Picchu. There are a variety of train departures from here to Aguas Calientes, just one hour and 15 minutes away.
  22. 22. Moray, Maras and the Salineras
  23. 23. • On the rim of the Sacred Valley, you find the unique archeological site of Moray, as well as the colonial town of Maras, and the still functioning salt mines (salineras). • These two sites can be included in part of a Sacred Valley tour, or can be done in a half day tour from Cusco.
  24. 24. Other Sites Around Cusco
  25. 25. • Around Cusco are many other sites to enjoy. Most are along the route to Puno, but several require private vehicles or special tours to visit. • The 17th century church in Andahuaylillas is considered the Sistene Chapel of the Americas. This is located just south of Cusco on the route to Puno. • The Incan site of Tipon is also located south of Cusco, and is a more off the beaten track location which has fewer tourists.
  26. 26. • The impressive pre-Inca site of Raqchi is located approximately 2 hours outside of Cusco along the route to Puno. • Travellers who choose to take a tourist bus from Cusco to Puno (or reverse) can enjoy guided visits to the church in Andahuaylillas, the site of Raqchi, and the museum in Pukara, as well as a stop at the highest point in the route, and a buffet lunch.
  27. 27. Machu Picchu – The Lost City of the Incas
  28. 28. • Of course, the highlight of most travellers vacation to Peru is the time they spend in the famous site of Machu Picchu. • Trains depart from either Poroy (20 minutes outside of Cusco), Urubamba or Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes. There are three types of train services available. • You can also hike the traditional Inca Trail, or choose another trekking route to arrive at this incredible site.
  29. 29. • A standard group tour of Machu Picchu includes a two hour guided visit of the site. A private tour would include a guided visit for a minimum of four hours, to a full day visit. • There are only 2500 entrances available for Machu Picchu daily. Entrances must be bought before arriving to Aguas Calientes. • The small mountain, Wayna Picchu, is also available to climb at two morning times per day. Entrances are limited to 200 people.
  30. 30. • For travellers who choose to visit Machu Picchu for one day, and take the train to and from Cusco, this can be a very long day. You arrive late in the morning and can be surrounded by many other people while visiting the site. • If you have the time, we recommend travelling to Aguas Calientes the night previous to your visit, and take the first bus (about 5 am) in order to avoid crowds and, if you like, climb to the Sun Gate to see the sunrise over Machu Picchu.
  31. 31. • Most travellers find that one day is enough in Machu Picchu, but if you choose to spend more than one day here, you can enjoy the off the beaten track places within the site as well, including the Inca Bridge, the small mountain of Wayna Picchu, and the climb to the Sun Gate. • The area around the town of Aguas Calientes is also worth a walk, with interesting flora and fauna and local life. There are also hot springs to relax in!
  32. 32. Inca Trail and Other Treks
  33. 33. • The Traditional Inca Trail is one of the most famous treks in the world. This 4 day trek starts from just outside the town of Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley, and travels through the mountains with the destination of Machu Picchu. • Although this is a very popular trek, this is not for everyone, as it travels through very high altitudes (4100 masl) and is not recommended for those with breathing or heart problems, or those with knee problems (lots of stairs!)
  34. 34. • The Inca Trail trek can depart on any day of the week, and most groups have up to 16 travellers. • The first three days are trekking with site visits along the way, with the fourth arriving very early to the actual site of Machu Picchu, and you have a two hour tour upon arrival. • If you have the time, we recommend you stay the night in Aguas Calientes and visit Machu Picchu a second time after your trek.
  35. 35. • Inca Trail entrances are limited to 500 per day, and can be sold out 6 months in advance during high season. The trail is closed for the month of February. • Inca Trail services usually include two person tents, sleeping mats, meals, guide, general porters, dining tent, eating utensils, etc. Sleeping bags and personal porters are not included. • Please note that not all companies offer the same level of service. Agencies do need to be licensed to operate this trek.
  36. 36. • The Salkantay Trek is also four days and is considered the back route to Machu Picchu. There are no limited entrances on this trek and many people who can not get entrances for the Inca Trail choose to do this trek instead. • This trek takes you through the mountains and down to the valley leading to Aguas Calientes, where you will either walk the train tracks or take the local train. With this trek you spend the night in Aguas Calientes before visiting Machu Picchu on the fifth day.
  37. 37. • The Salkantay Trek is also a high altitude trek. Services normally include all camping gear, meals, pack horses, cooks, guides, horse drivers. Sleeping bags are not included. • Different companies offer different levels of service. Please be careful when choosing your trekking services. • This trek does not have any archeological sites along the route, but has amazingly beautiful views of mountains and glaciers, leading down to cloud forest.
  38. 38. • There are many other trekking opportunities in the Cusco area, from two days to sixteen days. Please ask us about our culture treks, or other archeological site treks. • These treks include: Choquequirao, Choquequirao to Machu Picchu, Lares, Ausangate, and Vilcabamba. • Of course, Cusco is not the only area in Peru to have trekking opportunities, so please ask about all of our trekking services throughout Peru.
  39. 39. Other Adventure Activities
  40. 40. • The country of Peru abounds with adventure opportunities. If you like mountain biking, white water rafting, day hiking, climbing, horseback riding, sand boarding, dune buggies, zip lining, swimming, surfing or 4 x 4 tours, you have found the perfect country to enjoy these! • Bird watching and animal watching in the jungle areas is also very popular.
  41. 41. Life in the Country
  42. 42. • One of the things to be enjoyed in Peru is the diverse culture and local peoples. The mountain areas offer different aspects to life than the cities, and can be enjoyed with day tours from Cusco or the other cities. • If you have the time, we recommend taking an off the beaten track day tour to visit the smaller communities and areas to get a view of the real life and people of the country.
  43. 43. • Every area and town is unique. Each use their own colors, weaving techniques, agricultural methods and even different cooking methods. • Outside of the cities, locals still dress in traditional clothing, use traditional weaving techniques, and live in traditional ways. Many travellers never get to see the true living conditions of the local people. • There is still much poverty in many areas, and each year people die of exposure and malnutrition, as well as easily treated diseases.
  44. 44. Festivals and Celebrations
  45. 45. • Festivals and celebrations are a huge part of life in Peru. Each festival is unique and they are largely made up of interpretive dances from each area, and music. • There are several large celebrations throughout the year, and many are based on Catholic celebrations, with the local beliefs mixed in. • The largest festival during the year is the Incan celebration of Inti Raymi, which is celebrated on June 24th. This is the only true Incan ceremony still reproduced today
  46. 46. • Inti Raymi is a full day celebration, starting in the Sun Temple of Qoricancha, and ending in the site of Sacsayhuaman. • You can view part of the celebration for free along the route or in the main Plaza de Armas, but get there early to get a good seat! • If you want to see the final part of the celebration, it is possible to pay for a seat in Sacsayhuaman where you can have a great view of the end of the ceremony. It is very interesting to see the full day.
  47. 47. • During most months (and sometimes each week!) you can witness little celebrations in the streets of Cusco. • Each Sunday in the Plaza de Armas in most cities, there is a raising of the flags ceremony. This changes each week as you can see different businesses and schools performing or marching, as well as the police and military. • In Cusco and in Arequipa you can enjoy breakfast from one of the many balconies and watch the flags ceremony. In Lima, you can enjoy the changing of the guards ceremony outside of the government palace every Sunday morning.
  48. 48. The Jungle
  49. 49. • In Peru there are two areas in which to visit the jungle. The most popular and easiest to access is Manu National Park. • Manu National Park is the largest national park in Peru and is a World Heritage Site. It covers a total area of 18,811 km². • More than 15,000 species of plants are found in Manú, and up to 250 varieties of trees have been found in a single hectare. The reserve is a destination for birdwatchers from all over the world, as it is home to over 1000 species of birds.
  50. 50. • The Manú Biosphere Reserve has a very rich wildlife. If you are lucky you can view some of these on your travels! • Mammals : 222 species • Reptiles : 99 species • Amphibians : 140 species • Birds : 1000 species • Fish : 210 species • Butterflies : 1307 species • Ants : 300 species • Dragonflies : 136 species • Beetles : 650 species
  51. 51. • Manu tours can be taken from Cusco, from three days to a week or more. You can go by bus and boat, or fly in and out. We recommend a minimum of four days in order to really enjoy the trip. • The other area to visit the jungle from is Iquitos, located in the north of Peru. Please note that this is a fly in and out city only, and is not noted for being particularly safe for foreigners. Also, services are not as developed as in the Manu region.
  52. 52. Lake Titicaca and Puno
  53. 53. • Puno is a small city located on the banks of the largest navigable lake in the world: Lake Titicaca. Most travellers visit Puno in order to visit the islands of the lake, or on the way to or from Bolivia. • Puno can be reached by bus or air from Lima, Cusco, Arequipa or the Colca Canyon (bus only). • Puno is a higher altitude than Cusco, at 3860 masl. We do not recommend flying from Lima to Puno (Juliaca airport) directly.
  54. 54. • Most travellers who choose to visit Puno go for the Islands tours. These tours can be one day or two days. The one day tour takes you to the floating reed islands of Uros, and to the island of Taquile. If you have a bit more time and want to see the life on the islands, try the two day tour, which takes you to the island of Amantani where you spend the night in a home stay and have the opportunity to hike to the pre-Incan ruins on the island.
  55. 55. • If you have time in the Puno area, you can enjoy a great view at the top of 700 steps (or take a taxi to the top) at the statue of the condor. • Also, you can enjoy a tour to the site of Sillustani, which is a site of funeral towers located close to the city of Juliaca. • Please note that all flights to Puno fly in and out of Juliaca, which is located approximately 45 minutes away from Puno.
  56. 56. Arequipa and the Colca Canyon
  57. 57. • Arequipa is considered the “White City” of Peru. This city has approximately one million people and is not a tourist based city, like Cusco. • Arequipa is a colonial city, and the history and sites here differ greatly from other regions and cities. • The Colca Canyon is located outside of Arequipa and can be visited by a one, two or three day tour. The Colca Canyon is more than twice the depth of the Grand Canyon and is an excellent place to view condors flying. There are also excellent trekking and whitewater rafting opportunities here.
  58. 58. • Arequipa is located in close proximity to various volcanoes, and a visit to “Volcano Alley” is possible to or from the Colca Canyon. You can view two major volcanoes from the city itself. • Arequipa has interesting architecture and colonial history, including the main Cathedral, Santa Catalina Convent, the Casa de Moral, and many other sites. • Arequipa also houses the mummy of Juanita, a young Incan sacrifice found on one of the volcanoes nearby.
  59. 59. • Arequipa is a lovely city that is worth a couple of days to visit. If you have the time, allow one to two days for a city tour and two days for the Colca Canyon. • Many travellers choose to come to Arequipa to help acclimatize on the way to Puno or Cusco, as Arequipa is approximately half the altitude. • This is a great city in which to learn about a different part of the history of the country.
  60. 60. The Coast – Ica, Pisco, Paracas, Nazca, Huanchaco
  61. 61. • Peru is an incredibly diverse country, and there are many places to visit and experience not just the Incan history, but the pre-Incan civilizations as well. The new northern route has opened up new sites and areas for travellers to visit. • As well the southern coast offers a variety of sites and different cultural experiences. • If you want to experience surfing, beaches, sand boarding or dune buggying, the coastal areas are where you need to be.
  62. 62. • From Lima you can fly or take the bus to the northern part of Peru, including the cities of Trujillo, Cajamarca, Chiclayo, Leymebamba and Chachapoyas. • We highly recommend taking an organized tour to these areas, as local buses are unreliable, and many people in these areas do not speak English. Also, this is a developing area, which means that services are not always the standard of other areas of the country.
  63. 63. • The sites located in the northern areas of Peru, inland or along the coast, offer a different history than those in the Cusco area, because the archeological remains here are all from pre-Incan cultures. • As well as archeological sites in these areas, there are impressive canyons, waterfalls, and breathtaking views, great surfing, nice beaches, flora and fauna, and lots of opportunities to learn about local life.
  64. 64. • To visit the coastal areas of Trujillo and Chicalyo, you may want to allow three or fours days, or up to a week if you want to include some surfing days. • To complete the northern route, which includes the cities and sites around Cajamarca, Leymebamba, Chachapoyas, Chiclayo and Trujillo, please allow 7 to 10 days, or up to two weeks if you want to include surfing or beach days. • These areas are a great option for those wishing to return to Peru after already visiting the Cusco area.
  65. 65. • The southern coast offers even yet a different scope of sites and activities. • From Lima, you can take a tour or bus to visit the National Reserve in Paracas, where you can view the sea and bird life; travel down to Ica to taste some wine or Pisco at a local vineyard, go sandboarding or take a ride in a dune buggy, or visit the great Ica museum; and continue down to the famous town of Nazca to have a birds eye view of the Nazca Lines.
  66. 66. • In the Nazca area, there are also little museums to visit, or take a half day tour out to the Chauchilla Cemetary. • The Nazca Lines can be viewed by a short flight, or if you choose you can see a few of the lines from various viewpoints. • We recommend two days travel if you want to visit Paracas, Ica and Nazca, and return to Lima.
  67. 67. • While we have tried to give you a good idea of what is available to see and do in Peru, it is impossible to include everything! • We are happy to provide detailed descriptions of any sites or areas to anyone interested and we are happy to help you plan the perfect vacation for you. • We provide high quality custom and small group services for all group sizes throughout Peru and other parts of South America.
  68. 68. • We hope you have enjoyed the pictures and information! • Please don’t hesitate to contact us at any time at: info@journeysinfiniteadventures.com • Or check out our website at www.journeysinfiniteadventures.com • We are always reviewing and upgrading our information and tours, and we welcome any comments or suggestions. Please be patient as we are currently upgrading our website (so you may see different formats on different pages!)

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