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TOUR: DISCOVER OUR PAST IN AYACUCHO

Tour to Ayacucho - Wari - Quinua - Huanta

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Tour Summary
Ayacucho, "The City of Churches", is one of Peru's most fascinating Andean towns, filled with gorgeous architecture, renowned artists and full of traditions and history. Peru's largest religious festival is held in Ayacucho during Easter Week, when celebrations last for a week full of processions, parades and parties famous for their unique blending of Christian faith and pagan traditions. Visiting Ayacucho, without doubt, will be one of the most rewarding experiences of your trip to Peru.
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Tour Details
Duration: 4 days / 3 nights
Price: From US$ 231
Starting point: Ayacucho
Ending point: Ayacucho
Tour Type: Archaeological, Cultural

Tour Description

All our programmes can be tailor made according to your requirements, whether regarding the length of your tour, any special interests or specific activities, flight reservations, optional destinations or tours.

DAY 01: Ayacucho: Sightseeing the City
Pick up at the bus station or airport and transfer to selected hotel. In the afternoon, Sightseeing Tour, including the Main Square, one of the largest and most beautiful Arequipa Tours -Traditional Arequipa, Peru Tours in the country;and the Cathedral, with its magnificent main and side altars,decorated with beautiful gold leaf carvings, especially its pulpit which is one of the most notable in the City. Visit also the University of Huamanga; the Church of Santo Domingo, a one-nave church in the shape of a Latin cross, with its magnificent dome and Baroque altars; La Merced, with some marvellous oil paintings and La Magdalena. Then, a visit to the Monastery of Santa Teresa, which contains one of the most extraordinary Baroque altars in Peru; the Mirador of Acuchimay; the Santa Ana Handicraft Quarter and old Colonial mansions such as the Casa Olano and Casa de Jauregui y Vivanco.

Meals Included: None

DAY 02: Wari - Quinua.
After breakfast, a visit to the Wari ruins, 22 km. from the City. This was the Capital of the first of the pre-Hispanic Andean Empire and is an incredible complex of streets, squares, stone tombs, paths and irrigation channels, food depositories and stone structures. The tour continues with a visit to the Town of Quinua, 35 km. from Ayacucho; known for its churches built from mud bricks ("adobe"). In the Main Square there is a museum where the Surrender of Ayacucho was signed, sealing South American freedom from the Spaniards. Later a visit to "La Pampa de la Quinua", surrounded by a eucalyptus forest. This Plain is a National Historic Sanctuary, as the Battle of Ayacucho, the final battle of the Wars of American Liberation from the Spaniards was fought here. Return to the hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 03: Huanta.
After breakfast, drive to the Huanta Valley, 51 km. from Ayacucho, renowned for the beauty of the surrounding landscape. Visits to the Cathedral, the Church and Convent of Los Padres Redentoristas, the City Museum and a fruit liquor factory. In the afternoon visits to workshops, of Huamanga stone, with replicas of altars, wool carpets, and works in silver and other metals, giving you a great opportunity to learn more about the Popular Art of Ayacucho.

Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 04: Back to Lima.
After breakfast, assistance on your departure back to Lima or next destination.

Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner


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Tour Inclusions

INCLUDED:
  • 3 Nights accommodation
  • In and out transfers
  • All applicable taxes
  • Bilingual guided tours (english / spanish)
  • Entrance fees for the excursions mentioned above
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary

NOT INCLUDED:
  • International and Domestic flights (Lima / Ayacucho / Lima: US$ 294 aprox.)
  • Airport taxes ($30.25 for international flights and $6.05 for domestic flights)
  • Baggage excess
  • Alcoholic drinks, soda or bottled mineral water
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • International or National personal telephone calls
  • Additional nights for bad weather o flight cancellation
  • Snacks.


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ORIENTATION
Peru is located on the central west coast of South America. Its neighboring countries are: Ecuador and Colombia to the N; Chile to the S; Brazil and Bolivia to the E; and the Pacific Ocean to the W. It is the third largest country in South America, with a surface area of 1 285 215,6 km2 (larger than France, Spain, and Germany combined) distributed approximately in the following manner: 12% coastal territory, 28% Andean highlands and 60% Amazon jungle. Its capital, Lima, is located in the coastal area, where the country's greatest economic activities take place.

TIME ZONE
Peruvian time is five hours past Greenwich Mean Time and is similar to Eastern Standard Time in the United States (except when the U.S. goes on daylight savings time from April to October). In reference to other cities, when it is noon in Peru, it is:

Santiago de Chile and Caracas 13:00
Rio de Janeiro 14:00
New York 12:00
Madrid 18:00
Londres 17:00
Tokyo 03:00


TEMPERATURE
Being such a geographically diverse country within the tropical belt, the weather in Peru is determined both by altitude and season. However, it also means that there is almost invariably sunshine somewhere in Peru ! Below is a summary of the weather conditions you can expect to find in each different region of the country at different times of the year.

Coast (Ica, Chiclayo, Lima, Piura, Trujillo, Tumbes)
Northern region: warm year-round with highs of up to 35°C in the summer.
Central and southern regions: two well-defined seasons, winter between April and October, and summer between November and March.

Highlands (Ancash, Arequipa, Ayacucho, Cajamarca, Cusco, Puno)
This region has two seasons, dry season between April and rainy season between November and March.

Rainforest (Iquitos, Madre de Dios, Manu)
High rainforest (over 2,300 feet asl): has a temperate, subtropical climate with abundant rainfall.

WE RECOMMEND YOU TO
- Use boots or sneakers on long walks.
- Drink a lot of liquid during long excursions.

WHAT TO BRING
- Hiking boots, sneakers and shoes.
- Long pants or slacks.
- Long-sleeved shirts.
- T-shirts.
- Sweaters and a jacket.
- Camera.
- Insect Repellent and sun block.
- Personal toilet items and first-aid kit (Bandaids, cotton,alcohol, Aspirin, tablets for stomach troubles, medicines to avoid altitude sickness).

WEATHER
Mean temperature all year long fluctuating from 16 to 18ºC with sunny days and cold nights especially from May to August. Rainy season is from December to March.

ALTITUDE
Lima: Sea level, 54 m.a.s.l.
Ayacucho: 2750 m.a.s.l.

WATER
Tap water in most of Peru is potable, but the chemical content varies from place to place. To avoid problems, we recommend you to always drink bottled water.

VISAS
All travellers should contact the nearest Peruvian consulate in order to ascertain what visa rules apply, since these may change without previous notice.
For more information clic here:
Type of visa to enter Peru

AIRPORT

Hand luggage regulations

a) All liquids must be carried in containers whose capacity can not exceed of 100 ml (or its equivalent in other volumetric units, such as liquid ounces for instance). No liquids will be allowed in containers of more capacity than the said 100 ml, even if the container is not completely full.

b) The containers must be placed in reclosable plastic bags with a maximum capacity of 1 liter. The containers must fit effortlessly in the transparent plastic bag, which must be perfectly sealed.

c) The plastic bag must be presented at the inspection post for its visual examination. Only one plastic bag per passenger can be allowed.

d) Exceptions must be made in case of medications, milk and baby food, as well as in case of passengers who require a special diet. There must be the appropriate means in place to verify the nature of these liquids.

Likewise, exceptions must be made regarding liquids purchased in the duty free shops at the airport or on board an aircraft, provided that these liquids are packed in a sealed plastic container foolproof against undue manipulations, and that a satisfactory proof (receipt) is produced showing that the article was acquired at the airport’s duty free shops, or aboard an aircraft on the traveling day(s) for passengers leaving an airport or being there on transit.

LANGUAGE
The official languages of Peru are Spanish, spoken by 73% of the population, and Quechua spoken by 24% of Peruvians. English is widely spoken in hotels and shops.

CURRENCY
Peru's official currency is the Nuevo sol ; its symbol is S/. The denominations in circulation are bills of 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 nuevos soles; coins of 1, 2, and 5 nuevos soles; and coins of 5, 10, 20 and 50 céntimos of a nuevo sol. US$ are widely accepted.
At the moment, US$ 1.00 is worth around 3.50 Nuevos Soles.

TIPPING
Whilst tipping is a personal matter, we are happy to give some guidelines:
Most restaurants add a 10% tip. The total tip should be about 15%.
Doorkeepers should be tipped 1 US$ per bag. Taxi drivers do not expect a tip.

Full-day excursion : US$6.00 per person
Half-day excursion : US$3.00 per person

PHOTOGRAPHY
If you are taking photographs of local people, always ask their permission beforehand. Your guide can assist you in this. Do not take photographs of military installations or airports. Film is readily available in all tourist areas. It is advisable to carry your camera in a dust-proof bag. Photography or camera fees are applicable at most sights and museums; your guide can give you details of the latest charges.

ELECTRICITY
Power voltage in Peru is 220 Volts AC, 60 Hz. Most modern electrical appliances do not need adapters since they will accept both 110 as well as 220 AC voltages. Please make sure to check the voltage options of those artefacts you intend to take with you during your trip, such as hair dryers, battery chargers, notebooks and lap tops, video cameras, etc. Most of these do not usually need a special adapter, but it is important that you make sure of that before leaving your country of origin in order not to have to buy special 110 V / 220 V AC adapters, which, however, can be found in the local market here in Peru.

HEALTH
Vaccinations
Full details of the latest health requirements should be obtained from an authorized medical source, such as your doctor. There are no mandatory health requirements for Peru.
Because you are visiting Andean areas, don't forget to take precautions to avoid altitude sickness. Be sure to try hot tea or infusion of coca leaves on your arrival in the altitude; during your first day move slowly and eat lightly.

PERUVIAN GASTRONOMY
Peruvian cuisine is highly varied and spicy. Some of our typical dishes are: "cebiche" (raw fish marinated in lemon juice), "aji de gallina" (de-boned chicken cooked in a milk and aji sauce), and "anticuchos" (shish kebabs of beef heart and meat), apart from the typical dishes from each region.
Be sure to try "Pisco Sour", Peru's typical mixed drink prepared with pisco, lemon, egg white and sugar.

Restaurants during your trip
In Lima: International, vegetarian, local food restaurants and franchises of international fast food chains.
In Ayacucho: International and local food restaurants.
... more about Ayacucho restaurants

DRESS CODE
Dress in general is very casual unless you want to eat in one of the more expensive restaurants in Lima for example, in which case a tie and/or jacket will be required and smarter ladies' wear. Due to the altitude, it is important to remember whatever the season, to take some warmer woollens for the nighttimes drop in temperature.

IMPORTANT: We reserve the right to make changes to the order of the trip, without prior notice, due to changes in climate conditions, river water levels, flight or bus arrival and departure times or any other reason relevant to the best development of the trip.

 
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